During the first night of their convention, Democrats launched a vigorous defense of President Obama’s health care law, rolling out personal stories from people who have benefited from the Affordable Care Act.
Amid those testimonials was a video tribute to the late Senator Ted Kennedy. Using footage from Kennedy’s 1994 Senate race against Governor Romney, it offered not only a stark contrast between Romney and President Obama but Democrats and Republicans.
Kennedy was a huge champion of health reform, and his words provide a defense of the law that Romney and the Republicans want to repeal. Ironically, health care was one issue on which Romney and Kennedy didn’t disagree. While governor of Massachusetts, Romney worked with Kennedy to enact the state’s landmark law, which eventually became the basis for the Affordable Care Act.
But as Romney runs on the Republican line, that moment of collaboration is all but forgotten. Instead, Romney is running from the issues that Democrats–through the vision of Kennedy–are betting will help them win in November.