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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