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What Romney’s past tells us about his future
Jane Edmonds, a self-described liberal Democrat, was Governor Romney's Secretary of Workforce Development. She supports the Republican candidate.
November 6th, 2012
08:54 AM ET

What Romney’s past tells us about his future

By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN

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Boston, Massachusetts (CNN) – Mitt Romney was the Republican governor of a state that, more often than not, leans Democrat. So what can his time as governor tell us about how he would lead as a president?

It depends on who you speak with.

Jane Edmonds, a self-described liberal Democrat, was Romney's Secretary of Workforce Development.

[2:37] “The guy, in terms of his leadership style, he’s extremely inclusive and for me, that’s important, because as I said politics aside, I’m a liberal Democrat, so coming into an administration like that would tell me that all of us would have a voice and that our voices would be respected, and that they would be valued. And that’s what I think goes to the core of his strength.”

Other Democrats in Massachusetts, like State Senator Karen Spilka, has a different view of the former governor. She says he had a top down leadership style.

[6:15] "The legislature was just almost a formality for him, that he should dictate what the course of the state should be.”

Mitt Romney is best known for bring universal health insurance coverage to the state. He’s also remembered for cutting funds to many local community programs as he tried to close a budget deficit.

At its height, is approval rating was 66 percent. When he left office, it was down to 39 percent.

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