From NBC's Catherine Chomiak
In an appearance this morning on 'The View,' former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) agreed with the Obama administration's response so far to the protests in Egypt, and he called for Egyptian President Mubarak to step down.
The agreement stopped there, however, as Romney called the federal health-care law unconstitutional.
"We need to communicate that we stand with the voices of freedom and democracy," Romney said about the situation in Egypt. "I think the administration has settled down to a message which is about right -- which is we would like to see a transition, we'd like to see the government ultimately move to one where there is greater representation on the part of the people."
These supportive comments put him at odds with other potential GOP presidential candidates, like former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who have been more critical of the administration's response.
Romney offered more advice, "I don't think the United States should go out publicly and call for the resignation of someone who has been our friend." Co-host Barbara Walters then asked if the advice behind the scenes would be for President Mubarak to step down -- to which Romney responded, "It could very well be."
If Romney runs for president, the health-care system he implemented in Massachusetts -- which is similar to the federal law that Obama and the Democrats wrote and passed -- will be something he has to address. Here's how he handled it today: "We addressed a problem in Massachusetts that was designed to solve problems for the people of Massachusetts. But it is wrong and unconstitutional to take what is designed for one state and say we're going to apply that in every state."
Anything he learned from his unsuccessful 2008 bid for the White House? "The challenge I had last time is that I answered every question. And sometimes you need to say, 'You know, let me quickly answer that question and then get on to what's really important.'"