[Mitt Romney] said he had not publicly opposed the cuts, according to one observer at the meeting, prompting [Barney Frank] to ask, "Will you?" Romney replied that he probably would not. The answer triggered laughter in what both sides described as an otherwise bipartisan session.
Despite speculation that the administration may try to use Romney to counter Senator John F. Kerry of Massachusetts as Kerry seeks the Democratic presidential nomination, the governor said, "any mention of Senator Kerry was just a passing reference and a little humor."
Instead, Romney said, he spent the bulk of his time lobbying to get Massachusetts included in the next round of federal antiterrorism funding. He also discussed the formula for distributing the money to the states, an issue he must deal with in his new role as the Republican cochairman of the National Governors Association homeland security committee. After his session at the White House, Romney headed for a meeting with Tom Ridge, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, and a session with Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona.
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