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From the 2008 Opposition Research report prepared by the McCain Campaign.


    In late 2002, Romney described himself as “a progressive-on-social-issues governor of Massachusetts.”

    Romney left the state GOP weaker than when he took over as governor, with the party described as being “at its weakest point in years.”

    During 1998 panel on urban issues, Romney addressed need for Boston business communities to work together and claimed “Hillary Clinton is very much right, it does take a village.”

    In 1994, Romney opposed the Contract with America without even reading it.

    Romney has made political contributions to Democratic candidates, saying he places friendship above

    Romney appeared in 2003 TV ad endorsing Democrat Rocky Anderson – who has been outspoken in calling for President Bush’s impeachment over Iraq war – for reelection as Salt Lake City mayor; Romney featured an Anderson testimonial in his own TV ads while running for governor in 2002.

    Romney proclaimed he wasn’t a Republican during the Reagan years, saying “I was an independent during the time of Reagan-Bush. I’m not trying to return to Reagan-Bush.”

    Romney was an independent until deciding to run for the Senate in 1994.

    Romney voted for Paul Tsongas in the 1992 Democratic presidential primary.

    Romney has surrounded himself with policy advisers – like Gregory Mankiw, Vin Weber, Kerry Healey, Bill Weld and more – who do not share his beliefs on key issues.

    Top Romney campaign aides and surrogates have ties to several recent Washington ethics scandals.

    Romney’s spending decisions as chairman of the Republican Governors Association during 2006 election cycle “raised eyebrows” in light of his presidential aspirations.