06/23/2011 02:30 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Primary Election 2012: GOP Hopefuls Supported Individual Mandate, Before Coming Out Against It (VIDEO)

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has faced sharp criticism from conservatives over the health care reform package he signed into law in the Bay State during his tenure, and more specifically, the plan's inclusion of a mandate that individuals purchase health insurance.

Romney, however, is not the only Republican running for president in the next election cycle who has voiced support for the measure -- a key element of the health care law signed by President Barack Obama -- in the past only to later criticize it.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Utah governor Jon Huntsman and former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty have all spoken out in favor of the individual mandate.

Below, a look at the GOP hopefuls who supported the measure before coming out against it.