Obamacare & Romney’s July 4th: “Agree with Supreme Court DISSENT, but it’s a TAX”

After participating today in the annual Fourth of July parade in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, Governor Mitt Romnney offered his assessment of the Supreme Court’s ruling on Obamacare: “It’s a tax.

Romney spoke with CBS News’ chief political correspondent Jan Crawford:

The Supreme Court has spoken, and while I agreed with the dissent, that’s taken over by the fact that the majority of the court said it’s a tax, and therefore it is a tax. They have spoken. There’s no way around that. “I said that I agreed with the dissent, and the dissent made it very clear that they felt it was unconstitutional, but the dissent lost – it’s in the minority.” – Mitt Romney

Romney’s senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom earlier this week claimed Romney viewed the Obamacare matter as a penalty, or fine.

The L.A. Times offered more on Romney’s parade appearance:

The presumptive Republican nominee, accompanied by what he called “a bevy of Romneys,” marched near the end of the parade, which filled Wolfeboro’s Main Street for more than two hours and showcased a mind-bending vision of small-town Americana.

There was the American Legion and the Rotary, the Daughters of the American Revolution and virtually every local elected official. There also was a Toro lawnmower brigade, a truck from Big Moose RV

Sales, a rolling wood-fired pizza oven and enough military and farm vehicles to move and feed an army. There also was a parade favorite, the Wolfeboro Offshore Ad-Lib Precision Lawn Chair Drill Team — basically, a bunch of senior citizens who march in formation throwing lawn chairs around with abandon, except when they are taking a break by sitting in them.

Shaking hands and greeting the crowd along the route, Romney was flanked by family members and supporters. When the parade finished, he spoke to a large gathering, where a smallish group of Obama supporters were present to chant support for their guy.

NECN’s Lauren Collins posted the following parade report (Look at the long stream of Romney supporters who marched in the parade with him!):

Ms. Collins finished her report wondering if The Gov’s remarks would have a highly charged political tone… Here’s her answer:

Romney went so far as to celebrate the presence of President Obama’s supporters in the parade and quickly silenced his own backers who booed at their mention.

“You know what?” Romney told them, as he spoke from the back of a pickup truck overlooking a blue-green vista of the lake and distant mountains. “They were courteous and respectful and said, ‘Good luck to you,’ and ‘Happy Fourth of July.’”

Continuing, he said. “This is a time for us to come together as a people. We have differing views on political issues, but with regards to our conviction that this nation is unique and exceptional, we must come together and show respect for what it is that makes us such a great nation.”

To read Romney’s July 4th statement, see Team Romney’s new video, and view photos click here.



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Romney: “Appreciate Blessing of Liberty, America’s Greatest Days Yet Ahead”

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Governor Mitt Romney today released the following July 4th statement:

Today we celebrate 236 years of the world’s greatest design for liberty and self-government. As we gather to enjoy food and fireworks, let us also take a moment to pay tribute to the patriots who signed the Declaration of Independence — and the brave men and women who have fought to protect our freedoms through every generation that has followed. With so many around the world still consigned to tyranny, the Fourth of July is a time to appreciate the blessing of liberty and be thankful that we are Americans.”

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‘Romney For President’ also released this fantastic new web video The Best of America:

“Everywhere I go, I meet people who represent the best of America. They are hopeful, hard-working, determined and proud.”

“These Americans are quiet heroes. They raise strong families, run our factories, and grow our food. They coach Little League and soccer. They serve on the PTA. Their volunteers help our neighbors. And they dream big dreams…”

“The vision and the values, the character and the can-do spirit that you find in our small towns have made America great.”

This is the America known for thriving farms and factories. For prosperous towns and cities and great colleges and universities. For solid communities and churches. All of them born out of American optimism; nourished and sustained by hard work and a belief that the American future is one of the limitless possibilities and that opportunity is an American birthright.”

“There was a time – not so long ago – when each of us could walk a little taller and stand a little straighter because we had a gift that no one else in the world shared. We were Americans.”

“We knew it without question. And so did the world.”

“The spirit that has brought this country together.”

“Those days are coming back. That’s our destiny.”

“From now until November, our campaign will carry a simple message: America’s greatest days are yet ahead.”

~ Governor Mitt Romney

From all of us at MRC


Let freedom ring!

Happy Fourth of July!

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