Guess what Republican Mitt Romney was doing on June 5, 2007 — the day that Democrat Barack Obama was videotaped speaking of racial injustice and giving a shout-out to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
Touting his health-care mandate.
Romney, who was making his first bid for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination, was taking part in a party debate in New Hampshire, defending the mandate for insurance in the Massachusetts health-care law that he signed as governor.
“We need to find a way to get everybody in our state insured with private insurance,” he said. “The half a million who didn’t have insurance, all the people worried that if they lost their job, they’d lose insurance, we said, `We’ve got to find a way to get them insured without raising taxes, without a government takeover.’”
“And that’s what we did. It relies on personal responsibility,” Romney said in debate. “This is a big issue for this country. Every Democrat up there is talking about a form of socialized medicine, government takeover, massive tax increase. We have to stand up and not just talk about it. I’m the guy who actually tackled this issue. We get all of our citizens insured. We get people that were uninsured with private health insurance.”
“We have to stand up and say, `The market works. Personal responsibility works.’”
On this day, candidate Obama, then a senator from Illinois, also was campaigning for his party’s presidential nomination. His appearance before black clergy members at Hampton University in Virginia that day is replaying today at conservative Web sites, replaying his supportive words about the Chicago pastor whom he later rejected in that campaign because of Wright’s incendiary remarks in the pulpit.
Romney has pledged to repeal Obama’s 2010 health-care law, which includes a mandate that most Americans obtain insurance starting in 2014, if he is elected president. He has maintained in this campaign that the health-care law he signed in Massachusetts was right for his state, but not necessarily for a nation. And he has accused the president of trimming Medicare to pay for his health-care plan while taxing Americans more for it.
June 5, 2007, a quotable day all around.