Sarah Palin says that her One Nation bus tour is a not a campaign event. Still, that didn’t stop her from grabbing some of the attention away from former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney who officially entered the presidential race on Thursday.
In Boston Thursday morning, Palin told reporters that Romney’s imminent announcement was “exciting” and “great” for him. A little later, she called attention to one of his biggest vulnerabilities—the health care legislation he signed into law in 2006 while governor of Massachusetts.
“In my opinion, any mandate coming from government is not a good thing,” said Palin, adding that Romney would have some explaining to do.
He’s tried to do that by contending that states have the right to issue mandates for its residents while the federal government should mind its own business. Romney will have to come up with a better argument for Palin, however.
“States’ rights and authority and responsibility allowed in our states makes more sense than a big centralized government telling us what to do,” she said. “However, even on a state level and even a local level, mandates coming from a governing body, it’s tough for a lot of us independent Americans to accept, because we have great faith in the private sectors and our own families and in our businessmen and women making decisions for ourselves.”
Palin also is scheduled to visit New Hampshire Thursday evening for the first time since the 2008 race when she was the Republican ticket’s vice presidential candidate. She’s being coy with reporters about her bus tour schedule, but rumor has it there also will be stops in Iowa and South Carolina. For someone who’s not campaigning, it’s interesting how drawn she is to the early primary states where people who are in fact campaigning are eager to make a good impression.
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