TEMPEST IN A TOTE BAG?

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Ingrid Fuhriman from Bellevue, Wash., and Natalie Lavering from Lake Stevens, Wash., cheer as they watch a video presentation during an abbreviated session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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Ingrid Fuhriman from Bellevue, Wash., and Natalie Lavering from Lake Stevens, Wash., cheer as they watch a video presentation during an abbreviated session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Maybe Mitt Romney assumes GOP delegates won't read all the way to page 177 of his book, "No Apology," included in their gift bags.

If they do, they'll find an uncomfortable sentence for Romney — a sentence dropped from the paperback edition. It alludes to his push, as Massachusetts governor, to require all residents to obtain insurance as part of health care reforms.

"We can accomplish the same thing for everyone in the country, and it can be done without letting government take over health care," Romney wrote. That sounds a lot like the health care mandate in "Obamacare," which Romney now vows to undo.

In the paperback edition, the passage refers only to preventing a government takeover of health care. Publications including the Washington Examiner took note of the hardback's presence.

Of course, hardbacks make nicer gifts. And the swag bags don't include much else — mints and sunglasses, mainly.

— Charles Babington — Twitter http://twitter.com/cbabington

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