FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe says tea party leaders can’t support former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for president because they can’t get past Romneycare. Kibbe also said Thursday on MSNBC tea party leaders can’t accept the fact that a GOP 2012 candidate supports an individual mandate — whether Americans can afford it or not.
A Romney aide said on Thursday the former governor would formally announce his candidacy on June 2 in New Hampshire.
“I’ve been traveling all week talking to tea party leaders — time and time again, what I hear is they can’t get past Romneycare,” Kibbe said. “They can’t get past the idea that a . . . candidate would support an individual mandate where the government forces every American to buy a mandated insurance package, regardless of whether or not they want it, need it, or can afford it.
“That’s just not the proper role of government,” he said. “Mitt Romney, more than anybody else, has been unwilling to walk away from what has been a failed experiment in Massachusetts. They can't get past that, and it’s an anathema to the basic tea party values.”
Kibbe said tea party leaders have fought against government intruding “so deeply into a personal aspects of our lives, and we’re looking for something better.”
“Ii don’t have a personal problem with him — he’s a successful businessman, but we are looking for authenticity,” he said.
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