Romney: Individual mandate "is a tax"
July 4, 2012 9:02 AM
In an exclusive interview, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Wednesday told CBS News chief political correspondent Jan Crawford that the individual mandate in President Obama's signature health care law, which was upheld last week by the Supreme Court, is "a tax." The remark contradicts what his campaign asserted Monday, when senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom said Romney believes the mandate is a "penalty," not a tax. Watch more of Romney's interview Wednesday night on the "CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley" (6:30 p.m. EST), and Thursday on "CBS This Morning" (7 a.m. EST).