Romney says he'd work with Democrats

January 8, 2012 - 10:57 AM
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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney points towards the audience as former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum looks on before a Republican presidential candidate debate at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, N.H., Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney says he'll be able to work with Democrats as president.

In the Sunday debate, Romney pointed to his time as governor of Massachusetts as proof he will be able to compromise with people in the other party. He says he developed a "relationship of respect and rapport" with Democratic leaders in the Massachusetts state legislature that allowed him to accomplish policy goals.

As governor, Romney says, he passed tax cuts and encouraged charter schools, both conservative priorities. But Romney also signed a health care bill that included a mandate for Massachusetts residents to buy health insurance, an idea that conservatives now intensely oppose.

Romney was debating five other GOP hopefuls at an NBC News-Facebook debate Sunday.