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Denver Debate: Obama Bear Hugs Romneycare (VIDEO)


Romney responded by, more aggressively than usual, defending his plan -- but on the basis of the fact that it passed with more bipartisan support than Obama's law.

"I like the way we did it in Massachusetts," Romney said. "I like the way we had Republicans and Democrats come together and work together. What you did was push through a plan without a single Republican vote."


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