Romney: Mandate is Not a Tax

The GOP has been jumping all over the great gift of the Supreme Court's ObamaCare ruling - that the law is funded by a tax, not a penalty. This puts Dems in their standard position of vulnerability - that they love higher taxes. But the Romney campaign is taking a contradictory approach.

Let me say that when the Supreme Court ruling came down last week… Governor Romney went before the cameras and he said that he disagreed with the ruling...

What we put in place in Massachusetts is a penalty and he disagrees with the Court’s ruling that it is a tax...

The Romney campaign is arguing that the mandate would be legal if it was a tax, but agrees with the dissenting court opinion calling the mandate an unconstitutional penalty.

What is President Obama's position: is his federal mandate unconstitutional or is it a tax?" Romney campaign spokewsoman Amanda Henneberg said.