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Romney Criticizes Patronage Politics (posted December 7, 2003)

Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney lashed out against patronage politics and expressed his unhappiness over politicians who "lard up the way we do business with patronage." Appearing on the WJAR-TV show "10 News Conference" with Bill Rappleye, Romney said there needed to be better balance in the legislature. "I believe two parties are essential to democracy," he argued. "I am going to work very hard to get a few additional Republicans elected." However, recognizing his state's tendency to elected Democrats, he added that his effort to get more Republicans "is an uphill fight."

In other news, Romney expressed his support for video lottery terminals in Massachusetts, a request that was rejected by his legislature last year. Regarding same-sex marriage, Romney reiterated his view that "marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman" and indicated he supported a constitutional amendment to mandate that principle. He also noted that Massachusetts had solved its multi-billion dollar budget deficit "without raising taxes."
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