(NEW YORK) — Mitt Romney said there is “greater urgency” in the election now following the decision by the Supreme Court to uphold President Obama’s health care plan.
“What happened yesterday calls for greater urgency, I believe, in the election,” Romney said speaking at a private fundraiser at a Manhattan restaurant — his first remarks since his statement in Washington on Thursday. “I think people recognize that if you want to replace Obamacare, you’ve got to replace President Obama.”
“And the urgency of doing that is something which is galvanizing people across the county,” Romney continued. “I think many people assumed that the Supreme Court would do the work that was necessary in repealing Obamacare. It did not get that job done.”
Romney went on to say that the legislation will cost “$500 billion in taxes” and cut “Medicare by $500 billion” — similar claims he made Thursday in the immediate aftermath of the decision.
That sense of “urgency” is also being touted by the campaign in fundraising numbers.
Since the decision was handed down, the Romney campaign reports that they have received 42,000 donations to the sum of $4.2 million dollars in support of a repeal of the law, and that the number is still growing.
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