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The Maddow Blog: The 'Romneycare' Anniversary

On April 12, 2012, The Maddow Blog reported:

Exactly six years ago today, then-Gov. Mitt Romney put his signature on his most notably political accomplishment: an overhaul of Massachusetts’ health care system, which brought coverage to all of the state’s residents, thanks in part to a government mandate.

To mark the occasion, American Bridge 21st Century released this video, showing Romney’s remarks at the time, many of which sound, with the benefit of hindsight, like a defense of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

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ThinkProgress: Romney Campaign Enlists GOP Women Who Opposed Equal Pay Bills To Attack Obama

On April 11, 2012, ThinkProgress reported:

Romney’s campaign followed these two releases with a statement from his former Massachusetts Lt. Governor, Kerry Healey (R). Though she too takes the curious tact of blaming her party’s “war on women” on President Obama, American Bridge 21st Century notes that while in office, Healey “publicly condemned Romney for vetoing spending for women’s health, including breast and cervical cancer screenings and treatment, calling the move: ‘penny-wise, pound-foolish.’”

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TPM: The General Election, Day One: What Romney And Obama Need To Do

On April 11, 2012, Talking Points Memo reported:

Run The GOP Primary Race On Continuous Loop

Republican pundits like to comfort themselves after a long and acrimonious primary by likening the whole thing to the 2008 Obama/Clinton showdown that ended with a Democratic blowout in the general election. But the poll numbers show that comparison’s a sham: Romney has suffered major damage to his favorability numbers and the Republican brand is as weak as ever.

Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom suggested the general election have an Etch-a-Sketch-like effect and reset the race. Team Obama is looking to make sure that no one forgets the primary’s greatest hits. In his first major general election speech last week, Obama name-checked an array of golden oldies from the primary, from Gingrich’s denunciation of the House GOP budget Romney supports as “right-wing social engineering”  to the early debate where the whole Republican field refused to consider any kind of compromise on the deficit, no matter how stacked in their favor. And Democrats are ready to roll with a host of clips of Romney tossing red meat rhetoric on issues like immigration the second they see him trying to tack to the center.

“We are going to have video archive that proves these Republicans are talking out of both sides of their mouth,” Rodell Mollineau, head of American Bridge, told TPM last week.

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POLITICO: Steve King Flags Concern On Romney Federal Court Picks

On April 5, 2012, POLITICO reported:

Iowa Congressman Steve King, one of the staunchest conservatives in the House and a member whose endorsement was sought by almost all the presidential hopefuls ahead of the caucuses, said he will be an “enthusiastic” supporter of the eventual nominee of the party – but raised concerns about Mitt Romney’s potential judicial picks as opposed to those who Rick Santorum would tap at a town hall in his home state last night.

He also expressed being “uneasy” about Romney and how he will address the health care law as well during the forum, which was captured by the Democratic outside group American Bridge.

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Indy Star: Senator Richard Lugar Under Attack From All Sides

On April 1, 2012, the Indianapolis Star reported:

Ferguson said Lugar’s campaign has not done a good job of handling the issue so far. It got worse recently when the liberal PAC American Bridge supplied research to reporters showing that Lugar had violated Senate rules by charging taxpayers for Indianapolis hotel rooms while in Indiana during Senate recesses.