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Sat Oct 6, 2012, 06:11 PM

Romney Claims of Bipartisanship as Governor Face Challenge

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Source: NY Times

As a Republican governor whose legislature was 87 percent Democratic, Mr. Romney said in Wednesday’s debate, “I figured out from Day 1 I had to get along, and I had to work across the aisle to get anything done.” The result, he said, was that “we drove our schools to be No. 1 in the nation. We cut taxes 19 times.”

But on closer examination, the record as governor he alluded to looks considerably less burnished than Mr. Romney suggested. Bipartisanship was in short supply; Statehouse Democrats complained he variously ignored, insulted or opposed them, with intermittent charm offensives. He vetoed scores of legislative initiatives and excised budget line items a remarkable 844 times, according to the nonpartisan research group Factcheck.org. Lawmakers reciprocated by quickly overriding the vast bulk of them.

The big-ticket items that Mr. Romney proposed when he entered office in January 2003 went largely unrealized, and some that were achieved turned out to have a comparatively minor impact. A wholesale restructuring of state government was dead on arrival in the legislature; an ambitious overhaul of the state university system was stillborn; a consolidation of transportation fiefs never took place.

Mr. Romney lobbied successfully to block changes in the state’s much-admired charter school program, but his own education reforms went mostly unrealized. His promise to lure new business and create jobs in a state that had been staggered by the collapse of the 2000 dot-com boom never quite bore fruit; unemployment dropped less than a percentage point during his four years, but for most of that time, much of the decline was attributed to the fact that any new jobs were being absorbed by a shrinking work force.


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After winning the Republican primaries by attacking Gingrich and Perry from the right, Romney's newly discovered support of bipartisanship comes under scrutiny.

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Reply Romney Claims of Bipartisanship as Governor Face Challenge (Original post)
TomCADem Oct 2012 OP
gateley Oct 2012 #1
heaven05 Oct 2012 #2
goclark Oct 2012 #3
beac Oct 2012 #4
McCamy Taylor Oct 2012 #5
BrainMann1 Oct 2012 #6
hollysmom Oct 2012 #7
DallasNE Oct 2012 #8
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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 06:13 PM

1. ANYTHING Romney claims should face a challenge!

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Response to gateley (Reply #1)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 06:33 PM

2. yep

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 06:34 PM

3. A lady that ran against him in MA

was on television this moring --can't remember what show but she said he has not changed one bit and that MA did not like him then and they don't like him now.

Does anyone else have that link?

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Response to goclark (Reply #3)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 06:41 PM

4. Not a link to her comments, but here's an OFA ad from late September

showing MA politicians talking about what BS Romney's claim of bipartisanship & success is:




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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 07:00 PM

5. Liar, liar pants on fire.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 07:19 PM

6. We all know now he's flip-flopping.

If this isn't mentioned in the debates I'll fly over with a MSNBC sign glued to my butt. Go Alex,Al, Ed, Rachel, Martin, Lawrence and the Cycle and the rest of the crew there.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 07:36 PM

7. Was listening to TV and heard a story that is so the Romney I see.

It was the woman he ran against for governor. She said a lot of the tuff about not being bipartisan or as successful as he claims in his re-written history. So here is her one story

Mitt did not like to have to share elevators where a legislator or the press could corner him, so he had one public elevator taken out of service and used it for himself. Why is this like the Romney I see, because everything is about Romney and his comfort. everyone else be damned.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 07:38 PM

8. The Impression I Always Had Of Romney

Is that the reason he dare not run for re-election as Governor was because he wouldn't work with the majority Democrats in the legislature and was wildly unpopular as a result. Think not, then why does he trail so badly in the Massachusetts polls -- they still can't stand him.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 07:51 PM

9. Sorry, but this is not Breaking News

It's a feature/analysis/commentary article. It would be nice if you could post it in Politics 2012 or General Discussion.

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