Paul: Romney Not a Free Market Conservative

Tuesday, 06 Mar 2012 05:35 PM

By Marti Lotman

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Ron Paul lambasted GOP rival Mitt Romney’s economic stance, saying on Laura Ingraham's radio show that Romney is “not a free-market conservative” and that his “flip-flopping” may indicate that he would keep the national individual mandate for healthcare in place, Politico reports.

Ingraham mentioned the 2009 Op-Ed article Romney wrote in USA Today and an interview he did with Meet the Press, in which he specifically referred to the Massachusetts solution as a viable option nationally, including the provision that would require Americans to buy insurance as part of his healthcare plan. She asked for Paul’s take on the issue.

“Well I think it tells you that he is not a free-market conservative and that if the conditions are such, that you would wonder if he wouldn’t do that nationally again. It really raises a lot of questions because he’s been on both sides of so many issues,” Paul told Ingraham, according to Politico.

Paul went on to characterize Romney as a flip-flopper who has changed his mind on key issues, but argued that the other candidates are not immune to the same behavior.

“If Romney’s doing it, do you think Santorum’s not doing it? I mean, he voted for funds for Planned Parenthood but conservatives aren’t hanging it on him. And Gingrich has been all over the place too.”

Paul’s most recent campaign ad out last week depicts Romney as a “flip-flopper who’s been on all sides.”

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