CHUCK TODD (MSNBC): What you just said is that Governor Romney agrees that it's not a tax. But you guys call it a penalty.
ERIC FEHRNSTROM (TOP ROMNEY AIDE): The governor disagreed with the court. He agreed with the dissent that was written by Justice Scalia which very clearly stated that the mandate was not a tax.
TODD: So ... I think we're talking around each other. The governor does not believe the mandate is a tax, that's what you're saying?
FEHRNSTROM: The governor believes that what we put in place in Massachusetts was a penalty and he disagrees with the court's ruling that the mandate was a tax.
TODD: But he agrees with the president that it is not, that you shouldn't call the tax penalty a tax, you should call it a penalty or a fee or a fine?
FEHRNSTROM: That's correct.
Wow.Romney advisor Fehrnstrom takes the "health-reform-is-a-tax" argument off the table for Republicans: huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/02/eri…— Jennifer Granholm (@JenGranholm) July 2, 2012
Could Eric Fehrnstrom be on the way to getting his etch sketched?— Roger Simon (@politicoroger) July 2, 2012
@MittRomney FIRE adviser Eric "Etch-A-Sketch" Fehrnstrom!!— Courtney Cambern (@LittleMsLiberty) July 2, 2012
@gregpinelo Mitt still has cred?— House of Knerd (@TheKnerdKing) July 2, 2012
@MittRomney Eric Fehrnstrom should not be allowed on TV! First the Etch-A-Sketch and now on MSNBC today saying you agree with Pres. Obama— DJ Bronco Jim (@broncojimusa) July 2, 2012
I guess Eric Fehrnstrom, Romney's Sr. Advisor did not get the Republican memo on what to say about the HCA-tax or penalty.— MiddleclassVote (@Voter99percent) July 2, 2012
NEWS FLASH.The Romney camp is standing firmly on both sides of an issue. huff.to/NeYAcQ— Keith Lennox (@lennoxfell) July 2, 2012
@LOLGOP Fehrnstrom! *shakes fist*— Zandar (@ZandarVTS) July 2, 2012
Eric Fehrnstrom strikes again. Maybe Murdoch was right. It's time for Romney to get new staff. #tcot— MSNBC Watch (@MSNBCWatch) July 2, 2012
"@stevebenen Are they even on the same planet?— Michael Chase Walker (@mchasewalker) July 2, 2012
Obamacare = tax. This is not hard messaging for the GOP. Get it together, Romney.— Tabitha Hale (@TabithaHale) July 2, 2012
@Chris_Moody Romney seems intent on proving GOP critics right. Perry, Santorum, Gingrich, etc.— Calchala (@Calchala) July 2, 2012