Ferhnstrom: Romney Agrees With Obama, Mandate Not A Tax
Just a couple of posts below, John Marzan complained about the advice Romney was getting from Eric "Etch-a-Sketch" Fehrnstrom. This after Rupert Murdoch said that Romney needed to shake up his campaign if he wants to win. This exchange from MSNBC this morning would seem to bolster their argument:
TODD: The governor does not believe the mandate is a tax — that’s what you’re saying?
FEHRNSTROM: The governor believes what we put in place in Massachusetts was a penalty and he disagrees with the Court’s ruling that the mandate was a tax. [...]
TODD: But he agrees with the president that it is not — and he believes that you should not call the tax penalty a tax, you should call it a penalty or a fee or a fine?
FEHRNSTROM: That’s correct. But the president also needs to be held accountable for his contradictory statements. He has described it variously as a penalty and as a tax. He needs to reconcile those two very different statements.
Well, that will convince voters of the two candidates' differences, right? You can watch the whole painful thing here: