Palin calls Romney’s state health care mandate ‘tough for a lot of us’ to accept

Paul Conner Executive Editor
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If Mitt Romney hoped to have Monday’s news day to himself, Sarah Palin didn’t get the memo.

Palin, the former vice presidential candidate, addressed the former Massachusetts governor’s state health care plan in his home state, predicting “there will be more the explanation coming from former governor Romney, on his support for government mandates.”

Palin spoke to reporters Thursday at Bunker Hill, Mass., as reported by MSNBC, not far from where Romney has officially announced his candidacy for president in Stratham, N.H.

Romney has distinguished between a federal health care mandate and his state mandate.

“He makes a good argument there that it does. States rights and authority and responsibility allowed in our states makes more sense than a big centralized government telling us what to do,” Palin 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 our own businessmen and women making decisions for ourselves. Not any level of government telling us what to do.”