Romney is ‘center to center left,’ says GOP freshman Rep. West

The freshman Republican doesnt see the GOP front-runner as a conservative.


Freshman Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) said this week that he sees Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney not as a conservative on the right, but as someone who is center to center left.

Lets be very honest, West told the South Florida Sun Sentinel. He did govern a blue state in Massachusetts, so I think that how he presented himself as a New England Republican is probably different from what a person would see as a Republican or definitely a conservative when you come down into the Bible Belt, the Southeast and maybe even the Midwest.

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Still, West left open the possibility that Romney would govern more from the right should he win the GOP nomination and defeat President Obama.

The guy, he governed a certain way in Massachusetts, West said. And I think that everyone believes in redemption. So you can come back and recreate yourself, and how he would govern the United States of America would probably be a lot different.

Romney won the Iowa GOP caucuses by just eight votes over Rick Santorum, and is expected to easily win the New Hampshire primary next Tuesday.