During this campaign, and especially during the three debates, Mitt Romney has repeatedly proclaimed himself candidate that can reach across the aisle and build a consensus for good public policy. Sarah Jones reveals just how false that claim is, pointing out that Romney vetoed a staggering 800 bills in his term as Massachusetts governor — and got almost 90% of them overridden.
At the first Presidential debate, Romney said, “I figured out from Day 1 I had to get along, and I had to work across the aisle to get anything done.” But Romney liked vetoes so much, he used his vetoes in an ad titled “I like vetoes” during his 2008 run….
In the ad in which Romney tells us how much he likes vetoes, and he ends by saying, “I can’t wait to get my hands on Washington.” These are not the words of someone who is bipartisan, but they are also not the words of someone who understands the power of the Presidency. Unlike a Massachusetts governor, the President can’t line-item veto.
Vetoes don’t scream bipartisanship, and Romney had so many of them that it’s obvious he was on bad terms with the legislators from both parties as Governor. All told, Romney issued 800 vetoes in his one term as Governor. 800. Nearly all of them were overridden – 707 to be exact. Romney doesn’t mention that part in his “I like vetoes” ad.
Yes, some of these vetoes were of the line-item variety, which a president doesn’t have, but that’s still an astonishing number of vetoes. And the fact that almost all of them were overridden is pretty strong evidence against his self-declared ability to work across the aisle.