2002 interview causing problems for Romney

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December 13, 2011, 6:05 pm
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(NECN: Alison King) - It's another bad week for Mitt Romney. His $10,000 bet in Saturday's debate continues to dog him.

He's watched Newt Gingrich, the republican he was least concerned about, become the new frontrunner.
And now this: a 2002 interview with Alison King has gone viral in which Romney makes comments that scare the daylights out of hardcore conservative republicans, the ones who vote in caucuses and primaries.

“I think people recognize that I’m not a partisan republican, that I’m someone who is moderate, and that my views are progressive and that I’m going to go to work for our senior citizens, for people that have been left behind by urban schools that are not doing the right job. And so they're going to vote for me regardless of the party,” said Romney in 2002.

It's a spiel that played well when Romney was trying to get elected governor in liberal Massachusetts but could be a deal breaker for those who believe, like conservative media personality Glenn Beck, that, "progressivism is the cancer in America that has infected both parties."

Jeff Berry, a Tufts professor, gave his take on it.

The Romney campaign response?

“The democrats are continuing their campaign of deception in their strategy to 'kill Romney.' If anyone has a question of how Mitt Romney will govern as president, take a look at his record of creating jobs, cutting spending and protecting the sanctity of life and traditional marriage,” said Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul.

All of this highlights the dangers of the YouTube world for each of the candidates. Just recently, the Romney campaign released this 2010 video of Newt Gingrich praising Romney's job creation skills.
"I know that Governor Romney made a powerful case here and, frankly, Governor Romney in his business career created more jobs than the entire Obama cabinet combined, so he can actually talk about it," said Newt Gingrich from 2010 conservative political action conference.

With his decades in public life, there is plenty of Newt Gingrich video out there and you can be sure the Romney campaign is sifting through every bit of it they can dig up.

Tags: Alison King, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, progressive, Election 2012, moderate
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