Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) has walked a fine line on the healthcare law Mitt Romney signed as Massachusetts governor, rejecting its individual mandate while praising Romney for getting something done.
The issue has proven politically challenging for DeMint, a two-term senator who has built a brand as an ardent opponent of government intrusion, but who wants to do everything possible to help the eventual nominee unseat President Obama.
When DeMint met with Romney on Thursday, he said he wasn't bothered by the GOP front-runner's role in enacting healthcare reform in Massachusetts that's not dissimilar to the president's national plan.
"That comparison is not a problem for me," DeMint said. "I still don't like the plan the way it ended up in Massachusetts, but I like the fact he tried to solve the problem."