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Huntsman: Mass. Health Law Shows Romney Isn’t Conservative Enough

In the GOP presidential primary fray, Jon Huntsman challenged former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu for backing Mitt Romney because Romney, according to Huntsman, is not his equal in conservative credentials. Meanwhile, Romney pushes back on a Mass. program which allowed illegal immigrants to have access to safety net health care services. Lastly, NPR profiles Ron Paul.

Los Angeles Times: Huntsman Assails New Hampshire Ex-Gov. Sununu For Backing Romney
Insisting that he was the better conservative, Jon Huntsman on Monday lashed out at the former governor of New Hampshire for endorsing Mitt Romney for the GOP presidential nomination. … Romney has struggled against the perception that he is more centrist than the conservative GOP base, especially on health care because he signed a Massachusetts program similar to President Obama's health insurance reform. Sununu, however, is highlighting Romney's conservative credentials  (Muskal, 10/24).

CNN: Romney Blames Successor For Illegal Immigrant Health Care
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's GOP presidential campaign is pushing back against a Los Angeles Times article that could prove troublesome. "Medical help for illegal immigrants could haunt Mitt Romney" reads the headline Monday's edition of the newspaper. The story details a program in the 2006 Massachusetts health care plan (which then Gov. Romney signed into law) called Health Safety Net, which allows undocumented illegal immigrants to obtain needed medical care along with other people in the state who lack insurance (Steinhauser, 10/24).

NPR: Before He Delivered For Voters, Paul Delivered Babies
And while those supporters may want him to be the next president for different reasons, they're all well aware that before entering politics, Paul was a doctor back in the southeast Texas district he represents in the U.S. House. "I think that by being a doctor he's able to address the root causes and not just treat the symptoms of these problems that we're facing as Americans," says Sean Donovan, a supporter from Boston (Rovner, 10/25).

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