January 6, 2008


GIBSON: But Governor [Mitt] Romney’s system has mandates in Massachusetts, although you backed away from mandates on a national basis.

ROMNEY: No, no, I like mandates. The mandates work.

[FRED] THOMPSON: I beg your pardon? I didn’t know you were going to admit that. You like mandates.

ROMNEY: Let me — let me — oh, absolutely. Let me tell you what kind of mandates I like, Fred, which is this. If it weren’t…

THOMPSON: The ones you come up with.


At that point, Mitt Romney busted out the “yo mama” jokes.