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REVISIONISM Newt Flip-Flopped on Romneycare Evan Vucci / AP Photo

Newt Flip-Flopped on Romneycare

Well, this is awkward. A 2006 memo has surfaced in which Newt Gingrich praises Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts health-care initiative—but Gingrich's team later claimed the candidate did not write the memo, which was titled "Newt Note." Gingrich has repeatedly denounced Romney's universal health-care initiative on the campaign trail. In 2006 Gingrich wrote: “We agree entirely with Governor Romney and Massachusetts legislators that our goal should be 100 percent insurance coverage for all Americans.” The former speaker also made a case for the so-called individual mandate—one of the key parts of President Obama’s health-care plan that conservatives have taken issue with. Gingrich spokesman R. C. Hammond said the "Newt Notes" essay wasn't penned by Gingrich himself but didn't identify the author of the memo.

December 27, 2011 1:00 PM