Election 2012

Getting Money Where The Money Is

Need a laugh this afternoon?

Via Jonathan Karl of ABC News, here's a video of Mitt Romney in 2002 touting his deep Washington connections and his expertise in sucking money out of the system like no one else can.

I am big believer in getting money where the money is,” Romney says on the video, “The money is in Washington.”

The video, which was surreptitiously shot by Democratic opponents of Romney on Oct. 16, 2002, shows him addressing a group called the New Bedford Industrial Foundation. The Power Point presentation he uses lists ways to improve economic development in Massachusetts, including “boost federal involvement.”

“I want to go after every grant, every project, every department in Washington to assure that we are taking advantage of economic development opportunities,” Romney tells the group. [...]

“I have learned from my Olympic experience that if you have people who really understand how Washington works and have personal associations there you can get money to help build economic development opportunities,” Romney says. [...]

“We actually received over $410 million from the federal government for the Olympic games. That is a huge increase over anything ever done before and we did that by going after every agency of government,” he says.

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Mitt Romney is a "big believer" in "getting money where the money is."

Tell us something we don't know.

For the record, I don't see anything wrong with utilizing federal programs to boost the local economy, however Mitt's words are antithetical to the modern Republican platform of tax-cut magic and "government is the problem."

Taking it a step further -- Mitt's words in this video are contradictory to the modern Mitt Romney platform. This is an entirely different person.

Ironically, as I write this I'm looking at a banner ad from the Pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future attacking Rick Santorum for saying "I'm very proud of all the earmarks I've put in bills."

The Republicans are closeted socialists.