Mitt Romney: The Missing Years

The Obama campaign did something interesting today. Instead of dwelling exclusively on Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital, they drew attention to his record in the only public-sector job he’s ever held, as governor of Massachusetts. Here’s Eric Kleefeld’s report:

The Obama campaign fired back at Mitt Romney’s speech Wednesday on education, in which Romney put forward school choice proposals, holding a conference call with reporters in which they tied “Romney economics,” of short-term gains, to their opponent’s positions on education.

“Mitt Romney might not want to talk about his lackluster record in Massachusetts, but it’s an important window into what he would do as president,” said Obama campaign national press secretary Ben LaBolt, criticizing Romney for having sought cuts to early literacy programs, and for sharp increases in public college tuition during his term as governor.

Once the primary season ended, and there were no rival Repubican candidates around to talk about RomneyCare, it was easy to forget that the man actually held a public office. And while he had a decent record on health care policy, it wasn’t all a smooth ride with fine results. I’m sure there’s a fat oppo research file somewhere in a hard drive in Chicago that could supply lots more detail. Let’s hear more of that.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.