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Romney Decries the 'Political Dysfunction' in Washington

Friday, 27 Sep 2013 10:53 PM

By Cathy Burke

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Mitt Romney thinks Obamacare is a bad law and would like to see it "go away," but said Friday he disagrees with how conservatives are trying to engineer that.

In an interview with CNN, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee said using the the Affordable Care Act in the debate over a funding bill and debt ceiling rise is not effective -- and counterproductive.

"We're more effective tactically not to use a shutdown of some kind to pursue the ... anti-Obamacare objective," he said. "I don't think that will be as effective."


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"The tactic of using a government shutdown to try and push that will be counterproductive politically, that it's going to end up hurting our party, and it could well - it could be inconvenience, and hurt some individuals as well, and checks are late, and so forth," said Romney.

Romney said he'd take a different tack.

“We’re all fighting for the same thing, to repair, replace, slow it down...," he said. "I have a harder time seeing where a shutdown leads… there’s a better way of getting rid of Obamacare…delaying it by a year.

"The other would be potentially working hard to get Republicans elected to the House and Senate and they'd be able to do in a traditional way."

Romney gave Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz credit for speaking for his 21-hour "quasi filibuster" and bringing attention to the issue.

Romney called GOP lawmakers' demands over the debt ceiling -- including a one-year delay of Obamacare, blocking certain business regulations, federal approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, and blocking the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating ash waste from coal fired power plants -- "a tactical choice."

Romney decried the "political dysfunction" in Washington.

"There's no question that the political dysfunction is the cause of many of the problems of the country," he said, noting that leadership is needed to "break through" it.

"And unfortunately, we haven't seen the kind of leadership in the White House. The president spends his time attacking the opposition party."

Romney bristled at the suggestion Obamacare compared with the health care law he championed while governor of Massachusetts.

"There's some wonderful differences," he said. "We don't have in my state people losing jobs - 40-hour-week jobs, going down to 29.5-hour-week jobs as a result of the bill that we passed."

He also said Massachusetts' plan was never meant to be a national model.

"Let them do it in their own way," he said of other states. "And if Vermont wants to be a single-payer, socialized medicine state, let them try it. We'll learn from that experiment. But don't have the federal government impose a one-size-fits-all plan on the entire nation because it will hurt people, and it is."

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