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politics lead

September 27th, 2013
02:04 PM ET

Exclusive: Romney disagrees with GOP ‘tactics’ on Obamacare in D.C.

By CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper and Sherisse Pham

(CNN) - [Updated 5:30 p.m. ET] Mitt Romney thinks Obamacare is a bad law that will hurt the country, but disagrees with how conservatives in Washington are trying to get rid of it.

In an exclusive interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee said using the politically charged Affordable Care Act as a wedge in Washington’s fiscal wars is counterproductive.

"We're more effective tactically not to use a shutdown of some kind to pursue the ... anti-Obamacare objective. I don't think that will be as effective," Romney said in the interview conducted on Friday in Boston.
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pop lead

September 27th, 2013
10:49 AM ET

Web exclusive: So, a comedian walks into a glass window...

Watch "The Lead with Jake Tapper" Monday at 4 p.m. ET for more of our interview with actor and comedian Stephen Merchant.

By his own account, strange things happen to actor Stephen Merchant. Like that time, about three weeks ago, when he was at a party at comedian Sarah Silverman's house.

"A lot of comedians were there. I'm slightly intimidated by big rooms of comedians, because comedians are often very sharp-tongued and don't let you forget your failings, your mistakes," said Merchant.

"While I was at the party, someone offered me some chocolate. What's wrong with some harmless chocolate? England is riddled with chocolate, delicious chocolate," said the British comedian.

But this chocolate was more than just chocolate.
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