It’s interesting that the White House rolled this one out just after Mitt Romney’s drubbing in three contests yesterday — one that was largely driven by Romney’s inability to connect with social conservatives.

At the press briefing just now, White House press secretary Jay Carney twice highlighted the fact that as Governor of Massachusetts, Romney supported a contraception policy that was very similar to the one Obama has now adpoted, to much criticism.

Romney has been attacking Obama over the issue, and Carney was asked to respond.

“The former governor of Massachusetts is an odd messenger on this, given that the services that this rule would provide for women around the country are the same as those that are provided in Massachusetts, and were provided when he was governor, including contraception,” Carney said.

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