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What Would President Romney Do?
National Journal, by Josh Kraushaar

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Posted By:StormCnter, 2/22/2013 4:54:11 AM

For those convinced that President Obama doesn’t deserve any blame for the fiscal gridlock, let’s do a thought experiment. Let’s imagine that Mitt Romney was elected president, and was dealing with the same Congress that Obama has faced so much trouble in getting legislation to avert sequestration and myriad fiscal emergencies. Would a President Romney be confronting the same crisis? It’s impossible to know for sure, but a look at Romney’s compromising tendencies with a Democratic Legislature as governor of Massachusetts suggest that things would look very different. Romney cut his business and political profile as a deal-maker,

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: kjack, 2/22/2013 5:38:38 AM     (No. 9190153)

Nothing would have happened.

Harry Reid said that he would not work with President Romney.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: noproblems, 2/22/2013 8:09:16 AM     (No. 9190308)

give it up Josh. there will never again be a country club republican elected to office

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