Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in an interview Friday came out against GOP efforts to link the defunding of Obamacare to avoiding a government shutdown.

“We're more effective tactically not to use a shutdown of some kind to pursue the ... anti-Obamacare objective,” Romney told CNN on Friday, according to early excerpts of an interview released by the network. “I don't think that will be as effective.”

The former Massachusetts governor ran on a platform of dismantling Obama’s signature legislative achievement — and he still supports defunding the health law — but believes a government shutdown would hurt Republicans politically.

The Senate on Friday sent a stopgap funding bill to the House, which removed Republican language calling for the defunding of Obamcare.

Obama has repeatedly mentioned Romney in recent days, reminding the public that the Republican “lost” last November. In effect, the president is arguing that voters rejected the anti-Obamacare campaign.

Romney still is calling for the elimination of Obamacare, however. And he argued that the president had not exhibited the “kind of leadership” needed to keep Washington out of seemingly chronic fiscal clashes.

“I think there's a better way of getting rid of Obamacare — my own view — and that is, one, delaying it by at least a year,” he told CNN. “That was Senator [Joe] Manchin's idea, the Democrats' idea."

The full interview will air later Friday on CNN.