A New Hampshire newspaper makes its "first foray into the 2012 primary" by hammering Mitt Romney's attempt to defend the healthcare law passed when he was Governor of Massachusetts.
Politico takes note of the New Hampshire Union Leader's disapproval:
"As Romney waded into the weeds of health care policy, he committed the same error he so often made during his 2008 run for the Republican presidential nomination. He failed to match his policy to his professed philosophy," the paper says. "The sticking point is the individual mandate. Both Romneycare and Obamacare force individuals to buy health insurance."
The Union Leader editorial comes days after Romney gave a fierce defense of his Massachusetts health care plan and labored to draw distinctions between that plan and President Barack Obama's national health care overhaul.
"Romney and Obama both agree that the solution is to make everyone carry insurance," the newspaper says. "Obama thinks Washington should do that, and Romney thinks states may, and in some cases should."