Romney attacks Obama's health reform in victory speech

By Tom Sullivan
10:32 AM

In something of an election twist, Newt Gingrich called on conservatives to back Mitt Romney – even though he has yet to officially drop out of the race.

[Update: CNN and other outlets are now reporting that Gingrich will end his campaign next Tuesday.]

Gingrich’s remarks came after GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney both swept yesterday’s five primaries and garnered the Republican National Committee’s endorsement.

In his victory speech Tuesday night, Romney attacked President Obama regarding the health reform law.

“With Obamacare fully installed, government will come to control half the economy, and we will have effectively ceased to be a free enterprise society. This President is putting us on a path where our lives will be ruled by bureaucrats and boards, commissions and czars. He's asking us to accept that Washington knows best - and can provide all,” Romney told supporters. “We've already seen where this path leads. It erodes freedom. It deadens the entrepreneurial spirit. And it hurts the very people it's supposed to help.”

[Political Malpractice: They all chant 'ACA repeal' but what could a GOP president actually do?]

Ron Paul maintained that he intends to continue toward the national convention, if not to win the nomination, then to help steer the discourse. “I don't shy away from the fact that it has a lot to do with changing the nature of the debate," CNN quoted Paul as saying.

Gingrich, meanwhile, is marching forward into North Carolina where he has 23 stops planned, despite saying that “it’s pretty clear Romney is going be the nominee,” and adding that he’ll have more information on his campaign’s future “in the next couple of days.”

For more of our primaries coverage, visit Political Malpractice: Healthcare in the 2012 Election.