Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is on the offensive one day after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of President Obama's controversial health care bill. With the GOP looking to Romney for leadership he has used the divisiveness surrounding the president to raise $4.2 million and thrown gas on the fire by using footage from Hillary Clinton's 2008 campaign in an attack ad against Obama.
Our mission is clear. If we want to get rid of Obamacare we have to replace President Obama, Romney said during his statement yesterday after the Supreme Court decision. Six years after saying, We must have an individual mandate the presidential hopeful has changed his stance and in doing so might have boosted his own position.
Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said , As of this morning, we have raised $4.3 million with 43,000 donations online.
SCOTUS' decision might have been a big win for the Obama administration but conservatives are using the ruling in an effort to drive public opinion against him. Romney is riding that wave by assuring his supporters that, if elected, he'll repeal the Affordable Care Act. ...regardless of what the court said about the constitutionality of the law, Obamacare is bad medicine, it is bad policy, and when I'm president, the bad news of Obamacare will be over, Romney emailed to supporters yesterday.
Technically, the GOP would be able to repeal the healthcare bill but that would require Romney in the oval office, a Republican majority in the House of Representatives, and at least 50 Republican votes in the Senate. House Majority leader Eric Cantor announced Thursday the Republicans are scheduling their own vote to repeal on July 11.
The Romney camp also is reaping the benefits of calling the healthcare plan a job killer and saying it ...puts government between patients and their doctors.
This morning in New York City Romney repeated similar phrases at a fundraising event to an audience that paid $2,500 each to be there. New York Jets owner Woody Johnson introduced the former governor of Massachusetts, who also spoke about creating jobs and stimulating more economic growth.
The Romney camp also used today to trot out a new ad that used Obama's own secretary of state against him. The new commercial addresses Obama's recent claims that Romney was an outsourcer during his time at Bain Capital.
It dismisses Obama's claims by associating them with the tight 2008 campaign for the presidential nomination. That's Barack Obama, he also attacked Hillary Clinton with vicious lies, the narrator of the advertisement says. The most powerful point comes when the video shifts to footage of Clinton saying, Shame on you, Barack Obama.
Aside from the awkward moments it may cause in the White House it seems likely someone from the administration will comment on the commercial because of Clinton's position.