Presidential campaigns regroup, refocus after court decision on health care lawJun-30-2012
The 2012 presidential campaigns quickly refocused Thursday after the Supreme Court let stand the Affordable Care Act, with President Obama vowing to move forward and Republican challenger Mitt Romney again promising to repeal the law, if elected.
Their immediate reactions underscored how the decision, far from resolving the debate over the health care law, would energize both sides of that divide going into the November election. Obama and the Democratic allies who helped him pass the law and have defended it all along counted Thursday's decision as a best-case-scenario victory, and vindication of the president's biggest legislative achievement.
But Republicans, determined to make the best of the situation, made clear that the opinion would only hand them a rhetorical weapon in the upcoming campaign. Both sides were raising hundreds of thousands of dollars off the ruling in the hours following the decision, proving that despite pleas by top-ranking lawmakers not to view the decision through a political lens, campaign chiefs were rapidly working the ruling into their election-year strategy.
By mid-afternoon, the Romney campaign was up with a one-minute ad that closed with, "The Supreme Court may have made their decision, but the American people haven't. Day one. Job one. Repeal ObamaCare."
With the high court ruling the law constitutional, Romney argued it was still bad policy because it cuts Medicare and raises taxes on Americans by, he said, roughly $500 billion.
"What the court did not do on its last day in session I will do," Romney said. "ObamaCare was bad law yesterday, it's bad law today."
Attempting to tie the high-court decision to his core message that he is better suited to revive the country's slumping economy, Romney also called the law a "job killer."
"Our mission is clear," he said on Capitol Hill. "If we want to get rid of ObamaCare, we're going to have to replace President Obama. My mission is to make sure we do exactly that."
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