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Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney spent his July Fourth holiday marching in a New Hampshire parade, and backtracking statements a top adviser made about the individual mandate in the Obama health care law.
"We love Mitt. He's going to be great for America," says Jeff Bichard, who lives in Wolfeboro and manages a fleet of trucks for a lighting company.
Bichard is convinced Romney will invigorate the economy, and he plans to work hard to help Romney carry the state, where recent polls show the former Massachusetts governor and President Obama in a near dead heat.
"I am picking up a sign for my house," Bichard adds. "I am going to put it on my front lawn, and I'm going to get a T-shirt and I've got it on my hat. We love Mitt."
Her husband, John Paul Jones, was quick to utter the epithet that has dogged Romney for years: "He's a flip-flopper."
That's a message Democrats will be selling, and Romney gave them some fresh ammunition.
"The majority of the [Supreme] Court said it's a tax, and therefore it is a tax. They have spoken. There is no way around that. You can try and say you wished they had decided another way, but they didn't," Romney told CBS News regarding the requirement that all Americans have insurance.
The individual mandate is at the core of Obama's health insurance overhaul. It's also the linchpin of the health law Romney passed as Massachusetts governor.