Governor Rick Perry of Texas is hitting former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney on comments he made in an early version of his much-touted book, “No Apology,’’ only to delete them in the paperback that followed.
A video released by the Perry campaign yesterday focuses on Romney’s initial claim that health insurance changes in Massachusetts would ensure that everyone gets portable, affordable health coverage.
“We can accomplish the same thing for everyone in the country, and it can be done without letting government take over health care,’’ Romney wrote in the hardcover, published in 2010.
In a version released in 2011, Romney deleted the phrase, “We can accomplish the same thing for everyone in the country.’’
The video cites Perry calling Romney on the change during a Republican presidential debate last week and Romney not only denying it, but also boasting that “words have meaning’’ and needling Perry to stick to those in his own book because Romney sticks to his.
Then a red arrow points to the deleted phrase.
Romney’s campaign has chalked that - and other changes - up to changing political events. For example, when the book was published in the beginning of March 2010, President Obama’s health care overhaul had not yet been signed into law.
Romney has said on the campaign trail that he stands by the Massachusetts law on a state level, but it should not be seen as a blueprint for national reform.
Yet Romney’s plan - which includes a mandate that individuals buy health insurance - has been an albatross for him during the campaign. Republican opponents have stated repeatedly that Romney’s plan was a blueprint for Obama’s overhaul, which Romney and the other Republicans have vowed to repeal.
The video is the latest in a series of attacks between Perry and Romney, who are both at the top of national polls.
Earlier yesterday, Romney attacked Perry as being similar to Obama, a Democrat, because of Perry’s support for in-state tuition for illegal immigrants.
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