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Speak Your Piece: Rural And Romney

What kind of president would Mitt Romney be for rural America?

What kind of president would Mitt Romney be for rural America?

There wasn't much discussion of rural issues in last week's debate, but the void in the debate got me thinking, and then remembering. It was mid-October 2005, and torrential rains pelted New England, creating a massive flood.

Folks looking for insight into how Mitt Romney would treat rural America as president can learn from our experience. When the Massachusetts Legislature passed a sweeping economic stimulus in 2006, Romney vetoed rural broadband access provisions designed to bring high-speed Internet service to the hinterlands.

He also chopped $3 million for an agricultural innovation center at the University of Massachusetts. Luckily for rural Massachusetts, the House and Senate overrode those vetoes by huge margins.

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