Earlier this week, Eric Fehrnstrom, a top Romney advisor, told MSNBC that his candidate still did not think of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate penalty as a tax. Then, yesterday, appearing to contradict Fehrnstrom’s comments, Romney said during an interview with CBS News that he must accept the court's ruling that it is a tax. The Romney campaign apparently isn’t consistent on their message, but the former governor's comments have already invited comparisons to the healthcare law he passed in Massachusetts.
Ron Christie is a Takeaway contributor and Republican political strategist. Kathleen Hall Jamieson is the director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania.