In a long-forgotten tape from the 2002 Massachusetts governor's race obtained by ABC News, Mitt Romney is seen touting his Washington connections and his ability to get millions of taxpayer dollars from the federal government.
"I am big believer in getting money where the money is," Romney says on the video, "The money is in Washington."
The video, which was surreptitiously shot by Democratic opponents of Romney on Oct. 16, 2002, shows him addressing a group called the New Bedford Industrial Foundation. The Power Point presentation he uses lists ways to improve economic development in Massachusetts, including "boost federal involvement."
"I want to go after every grant, every project, every department in Washington to assure that we are taking advantage of economic development opportunities," Romney tells the group.
And while Romney now often criticizes his opponents for being Washington insiders, in this video he touts his Washington connections.
All senators and governors try to bring home the bacon for their state, so this isn't a surprising video, but it does run contrary to what Romney's been campaigning on. Then again, he claims his views have changed so much since 2002. I don't know that I buy that. I wonder if we'll see some of this footage in a new Santorum ad.