Transcript for Does Romney Video Show Support For Earmarks?
-- just days from the Super Tuesday showdown. Mitt Romney is gaining steam across the country but as the front runner faces questions from Rick Santorum about as conservative credentials ABC's John -- -- -- an exclusive report. It's your voice your vote and John you obtain some video on that loaded issue of earmarks and government spending. That's right George -- Mitt Romney has hammered Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich is big spending Washington insiders and this video we have obtained. He has -- touting in 2002 his Washington connections and promising to bring lots of federal money to Massachusetts. It's -- lost tape obtained by ABC news from Romney's 2002 campaign for governor. Surreptitiously shot by his democratic opponents. Other big believer in getting money where the bloodiest. The monies and Washington where my Olympic experiences you have people don't really understand how Washington works -- have personal associations there. Just two weeks ago Romney suggested that it under his leadership the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics got on no more taxpayer money. The previous games in the history of the Olympic movement the -- the government has always provided the transportation security. So we came to the federal government asking for help on transportation and security but in this video he talks about getting all kinds of money. I've received overboard ten million dollars that would have. That is a huge increase over anything ever done. We -- that I'm going after every agency of government. Even boast about getting money from the Olympics from the Department of Education race that's right the Department of Education I believe that -- The Department of Education funding to buy tickets for kids. It this way we got kids there we'll spend additional revenues that we would have had that kind of creativity on -- It's exactly the kind of approach he promised to bring the Massachusetts in 2002. After every. Every -- every project every department you might expect a candidate for governor to promised to get federal money from state. That is precisely what now presidential candidate Romney has attacked his Republican opponents for doing. Republicans spent too much money borrowed too much money earmarked too much and Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich have to be held accountable in this race. I'm the only guy that hasn't spent time in Washington. The Romney campaign tells ABC news that Romney's words in 2002 do not contradict his message now. A spokeswoman injury assault tells us. Every state budget in the country is dependent on federal funding and every governor in the country -- request for funding. But governors do not get to decide how congress spends that money. George they say that is the stuff. He saw Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich did they were spending money lavishly in Washington. Romney was simply asking -- for Massachusetts OK we'll see of that explanation holds up thank you John lots more on the race is Sunday on this week. I'm -- and Newt Gingrich and president Obama's top strategist David Axelrod plus a powerhouse roundtable -- George -- -- spar with former democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean.
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