Thursday, January 25, 2007

Leavitt and Romney

It'll be interesting to see how prominent Mormons play into Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. Take Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Mike Leavitt, for instance. Romney worked closely with Leavitt during the run up to the 2002 Olympics, but yesterday Leavitt had what I thought was a somewhat awkward exchange with reporters about Romney's faith and the Massachusetts health care he signed into law.

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Blogger David Kennedy said...

I thought about Leavitt's answer to the reporter's question and I partially chalked it up to him being in Bush's cabinet and probably not being allowed to get in the middle of this presidential campaign.

When Leavitt said about the Massachusetts health care plan that "I'm not 100 percent sure how they did that" I'm wondering if he didn't mean he didn't know how it worked out politically and not necessarily that he didn't understand how it could work.

4:32 PM  
Blogger Marc said...

I think your interpretations are very possible. We didn't really get the quotes in context. The quote on health care had particularly perplexed me though. One could read it as questioning whether it would really work.

4:36 PM  
Blogger Allan M. Bailey said...

It seems to me that Secretary Leavitt had an actual concern about the economic feasibility of the Massachusetts health plan. As one who worked in the health care field most of his life, the Massachusetts plan just runs philosophically against what most free-marketers like Leavitt think is best for health care in America. As far as questions about Romney's faith are concerned, I fail to see what was awkward about Leavitt's exchange.

3:04 PM  

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