The Perry campaign sent out an e-mail this afternoon charging that “Mitt Romney falsely denied that MIT economist Jonathan Gruber played a key role in creating Romneycare and the individual mandate that served as the blueprint for Obamacare.”
I missed a minute or two of the press conference — switching channels since an anchor started speaking over the conference — so it’s possible I missed it, but from what I heard, Romney did deny that “aides” of his had advised Obama, instead using the word “consultants.” But I didn’t hear a direct denial about Gruber’s role, either in helping create Romney’s health-care program or in advising President Obama. I didn’t hear the question, but I’d guess it had to do with the NBC News story earlier today about how some of the advisers who had shaped Romney’s health-care program had also advised Obama and his team about how to shape Obamacare.
“Mitt Romney has real problems shooting straight with the American people, especially on the clear policy and personnel links between Romneycare and Obamacare,” said Perry spokesman Mark Miner in a statement in the e-mail. “Mr. Romney looked right into the camera and denied the facts – that his advisors helped craft the government-mandated Romneycare and Obamacare health care plans. We call on Mr. Romney to repudiate government-mandated health care as crafted in Romneycare and admit his policies and advisors ushered in Obamacare’s costly and destructive health care mandates.”