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Date:10/4/2007

WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Smooth talking Mitt Romney is heading back to the Granite State today to defend his support for President Bush's veto of legislation that would provide health care for 8,700 uninsured children in New Hampshire. [Families USA, September 25, 2007] Despite recent polls showing that seven in 10 Americans supported the bill, which would have provided health insurance to 10 million children across the country by expanding the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), Romney said if he were president today he would do exactly what President Bush did: veto it. [Kansas City Star online, 10/01/07] Romney's support for President Bush's veto is his latest politically motivated flip-flop. As governor of Massachusetts, Romney championed and signed into law a health care plan that relied on an expansion of the SCHIP program to expand health care to low income children.

Romney's decision to parrot President Bush's failed leadership on children's health care comes after New Hampshire joined seven other states -- including New York, Arizona, California, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey and Washington -- in suing the Bush Administration for jeopardizing kids' health coverage. The bipartisan plan that Romney opposes has the support of 43 governors, including 16 Republican governors. [Associated Press, 10/2/07]

"New Hampshire children simply cannot afford four more years of a Republican president who will promote his political agenda by denying millions of children the opportunity to see a doctor, receive preventative care and live healthier and happier lives," said Democratic National Committee Spokesman Damien LaVera. "Smooth talking Mitt Romney may be desperate to run from his own health care record, but turning himself into a Bush Republican who would spend billions of dollars on a failed strategy in Iraq and then block funding for children's health care at home is hardly the kind of change the American people
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