Eric Fehrnstrom, the Mitt Romney campaign adviser made famous by his “etch-a-sketch” comments (check our our Romney Etch-a-Sketch cartoons) has done it again.
This morning on The Daily Rundown, Fehrnstrom told Chuck Todd that Romney disagrees with Republicans who claim that the individual mandate in President Obama’s Affordable Care Act is a “tax.”
Here’s the exchange:
TODD: The governor does not believe the mandate is a tax — that’s what you’re saying?
FEHRNSTROM: The governor believes what we put in place in Massachusetts was a penalty and he disagrees with the Court’s ruling that the mandate was a tax. [...]
TODD: So he agrees with the president that it is not — and he believes that you should not call the tax penalty a tax, you should call it a penalty or a fee or a fine?
FEHRNSTROM: That’s correct. But the president also needs to be held accountable for his contradictory statements. He has described it variously as a penalty and as a tax. He needs to reconcile those two very different statements.