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[THIRD Edition]
Boston Globe - Boston, Mass.
Subjects: Political campaigns; Personal profiles; State elections -- Massachusetts; Personality
Date: Apr 16, 2002
Start Page: A.21
Section: Op-Ed
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IN SEARCH OF THE MAN BEHIND MITT, I HAVE LUNCH WITH THE GOP GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE AND PICK UP SOME INTERESTING INFORMATION, INCLUDING THIS: UP UNTIL AGE 5, HIS NICKNAME WAS "BILLY." Willard Mitt Romney was born March 12, 1947. Willard, understandably, turned into Billy. But then the kindergarten girls teased him with a song, "Oh, where have you gone, Billy boy, Billy boy?" which, trust me, he can still sing. That's when he became Mitt, the nickname of Milton Romney, one of his father's cousins, who played quarterback for the Chicago Bears from 1925 to 1928.

[Jane Swift]'s biggest gift to Romney is her new willingness to delay the voter-endorsed income tax rollback. With Swift taking the heat on fiscal matters, "it will be over" by the time the next governor takes office, predicts Romney.

"The first responsibility of government is to educate our kids and care for the poor," declares this self-described "Romney Republican," who cites his parents as his political and personal inspiration. But like any advocate for a cause, especially his own, Romney likes to leave out details that don't support his case. Take his description of his father, George Romney, a governor of Michigan and onetime GOP presidential candidate.

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