Mitt Romney responded to White House senior adviser David Plouffe's contention that he is the "godfather" of health care reform by saying that gives him the "right to kill it," on Hugh Hewitt's conservative radio talk show Monday evening. From the show's transcript:
HH: Now yesterday, the president’s campaign manager said that you are the godfather of Obamacare. I know that’s not the case. I know you didn’t cut Medicare or raise taxes, and you didn’t change every American’s health care plan. But just for the moment, if that’s who you are, can you make the Democrats an office they can’t refuse to repeal it?
MR: (laughing) That’s a great idea. We counted, by the way, that Mr. Plouffe is the Rumpelstiltskin of trying to turn straw into gold. He will not be successful. I can tell you one thing. If I’m the godfather of this thing, then it gives me the right to kill it. And if I’m the president, I will get rid of Obamacare. I will stop it in its tracks on Day One, and get it repealed.