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The Many Masks of Mitt Romney

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 by Félix Pérez

In today’s political world, it’s not uncommon for candidates to tweak their positions as they pivot from appealing to hardcore party faithful during the primaries to winning over moderate swing voters in the general election. Still, the transformation undergone by Mitt Romney has left many voters “frightened” that they don’t know which Romney would occupy the White House.

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So, as a general Halloween caution against all things scary and spooky, we present the “Many Masks of Mitt.”

Education Funding
MASSACHUSETTS MITT
As governor of Massachusetts, Romney slashed $2.3 million from special education, and $25 million from school readiness grants, early literacy programs and school meals for low-income students.
PRIMARY MITT
I’m very supportive of the Ryan budget plan. It’s very much consistent with what I put out earlier.” The Ryan plan, written by Romney’s vice presidential running mate, Paul Ryan, would cut education funding by $115 billion over 10 years and eliminate more than 190,000 Head Start slots.
MODERATE MITT
“I’m not going to cut education funding.”

Teacher-Led Unions
MASSACHUSETTS MITT
“We should put together all the stakeholders at the table, but not the unions. Individual teachers, yes, but not the unions.”
Gov. Romney failed to meet even once with the largest teacher-led union in his state, the Massachusetts Teachers Association.
PRIMARY MITT
“We don’t need more teachers.”
“All the talk about ‘we need smaller classroom size’ . . . that’s promoted by the teachers unions to hire more teachers.”
MODERATE MITT
“I love teachers.”

College Affordability
MASSACHUSETTS MITT
As governor of Massachusetts, Romney proposed raising tuition by 15 percent and reduced higher education funding. As a result, student fees were increased by 63 percent to offset budget cuts.
PRIMARY MITT
“I want to make sure that we keep America a place of opportunity, where everyone has a fair shot. They get as much education as they can afford.”
I’m very supportive of the Ryan budget plan. It’s very much consistent with what I put out earlier.” The Romney-Ryan budget plan would cut Pell Grants to 9.6 million college students by more than $1,000 in 2014.
MODERATE MITT
“I don’t have any plan to cut . . . grants that go to people going to college.”

Standing With 100% of Americans
MASSACHUSETTS MITT
Gov. Romney vetoed a bipartisan bill that would have raised the minimum wage to $8 an hour.
PRIMARY MITT
“There are 47 percent of the people . . . who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. . . My job is not worry about those people.”
“I’m not concerned about the very poor.”
MODERATE MITT
“This whole campaign is about the 100 percent. When I become president it will be about helping the 100 percent.”

Affordable Health Care
MASSACHUSETTS MITT
Gov. Romney signs comprehensive health care reform law, which forms the basis of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
PRIMARY MITT
“Obamacare is the death knell for freedom.”
MODERATE MITT
“I’m not getting rid of health care reform. There are a number of things I like in health care reform.”

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