Recently reelected Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) continued his media tour for his new book on Fox News on Monday, railing against progressivism and claiming that Americans' alleged opposition to Obama's health care overhaul will hurt potential GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney due to his past connection to a similar program.
From Perry's interview with Greta Van Susteren of Fox News:
VAN SUSTEREN: Is there any way you could ever support Governor Mitt Romney in light of the fact that the Massachusetts health care program is so similar to the national health care plan?
PERRY: I think it's a problem to go -- if he were to stand up and say "You know what, this was a program that didn't work, and I wish I hadn't tried it" -- I think that would help him substantially.
But the fact is: they are so similar that it is going to be a major anchor unless he stands up and repudiates that approach.
Though it's not the first time Perry has noted potential complications for a Romney 2012 run because of the current placement of health care reform in GOP crosshairs, President Obama also recently took a thinly-veiled jab at the former Bay State Governor for similarities in their health care blueprints.
"We thought that if we shaped a bill that wasn't that different from bills that had previously been introduced by Republicans, including a Republican Governor in Massachusetts who's now running for president, that we would be able to find some common ground there," Obama said on CBS's "60 Minutes" over the weekend. "And we just couldn't."
If the GOP agenda continues to trend toward demands for a full repeal or serious revamping of the still unfurling health care reform bill, Romney can expect to continue to get pounded by Republicans and Democrats alike who will attempt to exploit the clear weakness of a candidate who beat Obama in a recent theoretical face-off.
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