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What Romney said on 'Meet the Press' in Dec. '07

One of the downsides of live-tweeting a debate is that nuance, complexity, and precision sometimes get lost in 140 characters.

During the back-and-forth over health care in tonight's GOP debate, Mitt Romney said this about his Massachusetts health-care law, "This is something that was crafted for Massachusetts. It would be wrong to adopt this as a nation."

Since I've spent the past four years examining Romney's record, I knew he had said -- on "Meet the Press" back in Dec. 2007 -- that his health-care law could serve as a model for other states. And I fired off this tweet: "Fact check: Romney said on MTP in 2007 that he'd want the 50 states to use the MA health-care as a model."

That was close to what he said, but not exactly: "Now, I happen to like what we did. I think it's a good model for other states," Romney said. "Maybe not every state, but most." 

The Romney camp also wrote back to emphasize what he said at the top of that health-care answer in '07: "Given the kind of differences between states, I'm not somebody who's going to say what I did in Massachusetts I'm going to now tell every state they have to do it in the same way." 

Here is his full answer from that "Meet the Press" interview:

So, let's look, for instance. The plan we put together in Massachusetts I think is working in Massachusetts. I sure hope so. We're going to get more information about how well it's working, of course. But Massachusetts has roughly 7 percent of our population uninsured. Texas has 25 percent. Given the kind of differences between states, I'm not somebody who's going to say what I did in Massachusetts I'm going to now tell every state they have to do it in the same way. Now, I happen to like what we did. I think it's a good model for other states. Maybe not every state, but most. And so what I'd like to do at the federal level is give to every state the same kind of flexibility we got from the federal government, as well as some carrots and sticks to actually get all their citizens insured. And I think a lot of states will choose what we did. I wouldn't tell them they have to do our plan. (Meet the Press, 12/16/2007)