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posted: 10/31/2012 4:00 AM

Romney's record as governor dismal

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So the Daily Herald has endorsed Mitt Romney. Almost four years ago, Mitch McConnell stated that it was the GOP's objective to have Obama as a one-term president. Why did McConnell not state that the GOP would, nonetheless, do its part for a better American economy? But once again, this party has done far too much to wreak havoc in the country and of the U.S. economy. And you endorse a Republican, Mitt Romney, though you acknowledge, "The historic intransigence of a sizable bloc of Republicans in Congress has contributed mightily to the partisanship."

But since Romney rarely talks about his four years as governor, let's have a brief review. In Romney's only term as governor, Massachusetts was 47th of the 50 states in job creation. He used 800 vetoes while the legislature overrode nearly all of them, sometimes unanimously. Romney made frequent out-of-state trips testing the waters for his first presidential run. Republicans lost seats in the midterm elections of 2004. His one signature accomplishment was Romneycare.

When Romney decided not to run for re-election in 2006, his approval rating in Massachusetts was 34 percent which is what it continues to be to this day. As governor and as CEO of Bain Capital, Romney has a very questionable resume in job creation. It must be highlighted, though, that the essence of a private equity firm is to create wealth, not jobs.

Four years ago, John McCain took many positions on many topics. The third presidential debate stood out in that in many instances, he appeared to be endorsing Obama. What would be amusing is if Romney were to win, that he would shake the Etch-a-Sketch again and become President Moderate Mitt Romney. What would the GOP scream machine, particularly those on the far right, do?

Kevin Martin


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