The Hill: Healthcare Issue Will Be A Heavy Lift For Romney Against President Obama
As Mitt Romney moves closer to locking up the Republican presidential nomination, the questions about his ability to attack President Obama on healthcare are only getting louder. Conservatives have long been uneasy with Romney’s record on healthcare. But as an Obama-Romney matchup becomes increasingly likely, so does the prospect that Republicans won’t be able to aggressively campaign against a law that helped propel their historic wins in 2010 — and hasn’t gotten much more popular since (Baker, 3/10).
Bloomberg: Santorum Says Romney Would Force Party To Forfeit Health Care
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said the nomination of rival Mitt Romney would force the party to forfeit its most potent issue in a general election campaign against Democratic President Barack Obama: Obama’s health care law. Santorum, who trails Romney in the delegate count for the Republican nomination, said the former Massachusetts governor passed a health-care law with the same mandate for health insurance that Obama’s plan imposed nationwide (Drajem, 3/11).
The Washington Post: Santorum Wins Kansas GOP Caucuses
Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum has won the Kansas Republican caucuses, the Associated Press projects, giving his campaign a boost as he seeks to make the case for a one-on-one contest against former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney for the GOP nomination. ... And as a new jobs report on Friday showed the economic recovery picking up steam, Santorum recast the GOP race as a battle over not economic issues but over which candidate is best-equipped to face Obama on foreign affairs and the national health care reform law (Sonmez, 3/10).
The Wall Street Journal: Santorum Wins Kansas; Romney Takes Wyoming
Rick Santorum easily won the Republican presidential caucuses in Kansas on Saturday, but front-runner Mitt Romney was victorious in the Wyoming county caucuses and other balloting that extended his GOP delegate lead (McCain Nelson, 3/11).