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Romney Urged Obama To Embrace Individual Mandate In 2009

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Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign rally at Cleveland State University's Cole Center on March 2, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign rally at Cleveland State University's Cole Center on March 2, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

In July 2009, Mitt Romney called on President Obama to require Americans to buy insurance as part of his health care plan, using "tax penalties" as a backstop - in other words, the individual mandate that Republicans virulently oppose.

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