According to the Politico and the Huffington Post, it looks like yet another Republican presidential candidate was supportive of a healthcare mandate. Politico and HuffPo report that former UT Gov. John Huntsman Jr. supported an individual mandate in 2004 and as late as 2007.
This is what happens when the Republican party flip-flops on a previous position. The individual mandate was designed by conservatives and used to be considered a fairly conservative solution to healthcare reform. Unfortunately, simply because Obama decided to use it did the GOP decide to oppose it. Its just bad politics plain and simple.
Furthermore, Mitt Romney is the only Republican who can claim authenticity and honesty on this subject. Romney is the only Republican candidate who has stood by his previous position on healthcare mandates by continually supporting the mandate he helped introduce in MA. Romney still affirms that it was a good thing for his state.