Asked Five Times, Tea Party Rep Unable To Name A Single Policy Difference Between House GOP And Mitt Romney

Rep. Frank Guinta (R-NH)

CONWAY, New Hampshire — Pressed to name even one policy difference between House Republicans and a future President Romney, a Tea Party congressman conceded that he couldn’t foresee any.

ThinkProgress spoke with Rep. Frank Guinta (R-NH), who was elected to Congress in the 2010 Tea Party wave, at a debate late last week. We asked five separate times whether there were any policy areas of disagreement, but Guinta couldn’t name a single difference. He ultimately said that he couldn’t foresee any policy disagreements, but offered that “I’m sure there’ll be differences.”

KEYES: Are there any policy differences you see between House GOP and a future President Romney?

GUINTA: Oh sure, a President Romney would bring his own ideas to the table. […]

KEYES: Are there any major policy differences you can think of though between House GOP and a President Romney?

GUINTA: I think candidate Romney is talking about fueling the economy through predictability, through tax reform, through spending modifications.

KEYES: Is that different than the House GOP?

GUINTA: We’ve done a lot of that. We’ve done a lot of that. And a lot of it we’ve done bipartisanly.

KEYES: But any difference I guess between the House GOP and a President Romney?

GUINTA: I’m sure there’ll be differences. There’s always differences within parties and across parties.

KEYES: But none that you can foresee at the moment?


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