Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is facing harsh criticism from some Tea Partiers after his Tuesday evening remarks denouncing those who want to fight to defund Obamacare in the upcoming continuing resolution (CR) that funds government operations.
Speaking to a New Hampshire GOP fundraised, the failed 2012 GOP candidate said he opposes Obamacare but shunned efforts by conservatives to try to defund it. “I badly want ObamaCare to go away, and stripping it of funds has appeal,” Romney said at the GOP fundraiser, according to The Hill. “But we need to exercise great care about any talk of shutting down government. What would come next when soldiers aren’t paid, when seniors fear for their Medicare and Social Security, and when the FBI is off duty?”
Romney continued, “I’m afraid that in the final analysis, ObamaCare would get its funding, our party would suffer in the next elections, and the people of the nation would not be happy. I think there are better ways to remove ObamaCare.”
Romney did not offer an alternative solution to stopping Obamacare.
Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin told Breitbart News on Tuesday night, “Romney did not want to fight to repeal Obamacare while he was on the campaign so it is no surprise be would not fight now.”
FreedomWorks spokeswoman Jackie Bodnar told Breitbart News, “I would think Mitt Romney, of all people, would know that the Party suffers in election years when the issue of ObamaCare is taken off the table, not placed as the centerpiece.”
ForAmerica chairman Brent Bozell said it would be foolish for Republicans and conservatives to take political advice from Mitt Romney. “The last person the conservative movement should turn to for winning advice is Mitt Romney,” Bozell said in a statement provided to Breitbart News. “Far from being a hero when it comes to the issue of health care, he foisted RomneyCare on Massachusetts, his own government-run health care scheme. If he had been consistent in opposition to big government, perhaps we wouldn’t be facing a situation where President Obama is threatening to shut down the government if he doesn’t get funding for the ‘train wreck’ that is ObamaCare.”
Technically, the way this fight would work moving forward, according to Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), is that the House would pass a CR funding all of government except for Obamacare. Then, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Obama would need to make the decision whether or not to shut down the government to save funding for Obamacare. The House bill that would serve as a vehicle to accomplish this goal, theDefund Obamacare Act of 2013 or H.R. 2682 from Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA), currently has 138 cosponsors, up 17 from last Friday, as more and more senior members of the House Republican conference join the battle. Several committee chairmen and members of House GOP leadership have signed on in recent days.