Andrea Mitchell Spins Health Care Decision as the 'Most Politically Written and Charged' Yet
Published: 2/1/2011 6:22 PM ET
MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell on Tuesday repeated Democratic talking points in the wake of Monday's ruling by a federal judge that Barack Obama's health care legislation is unconstitutional. She spun the decision as " most politically written and charged ruling and the broadest ruling yet."
Talking to Jeanne Cummings, an assistant managing editor for Politico, Mitchell repeated the White House's version: "Stephanie Cutter, their point person, saying that 'the ruling is just a case of judicial overreaching. The judge's decision contradicts decades of Supreme Court precedent...'" Mitchell continued, "So, you know, their best argument here that it's judicial activism."
The MSNBC anchor did play a clip of potential Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney discussing the ruling, but only in the context of the political problems he faces for signing a similar law as governor of Massachusetts.
The Romney interview, which aired on Tuesday's GMA, featured the politician making the case for states rights in regard to the law. MSNBC cut that part out, however.
In an amusing moment, after playing the clip, Mitchell confused Mitt Romney, with his father, the former governor of Michigan: "Well, that's going to be the tone of the debate and that's one reason why George Romney [sic] is facing a lot of opposition within the Republican Party."
For more on MSNBC's coverage, see a blog by the MRC's Ken Shepherd.
A transcript of the Andrea Mitchell segment, which aired at 1:20pm EST, follows: