Gov. Deval Patrick: Romney ‘Was a Lot More Interested in Having the Job Than Doing the Job’

By Melanie Arter | September 5, 2012 | 12:34 PM EDT

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (AP Photo)

( Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said Tuesday that when GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney was governor, “he was a lot more interested in having the job than doing the job.”

“In Massachusetts, we know Mitt Romney. By the time he left office, Massachusetts was 47th in the nation in job creation during better economic times, and household income in our state was declining,” Patrick said, speaking at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

“He cut education deeper than anywhere else in America. Roads and bridges were crumbling. Business taxes were up, and business confidence was down. Our clean energy potential was stalled, and we had a structural budget deficit,” he added.

“Mitt Romney talks a lot about all the things he’s fixed. I can tell you, Massachusetts was not one of them. He’s a fine fellow and a great salesman, but as governor, he was a lot more interested in having the job than doing the job,” Patrick said.

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“So, when I came to office, we set out on a different course – investing in our selves and our future. And today, Massachusetts leads the nation in economic competitiveness, student achievement, health care coverage, life sciences and biotech, energy efficiency and veterans’ services,” he said.

“Today with the help of the Obama administration, we are rebuilding our roads and bridges and expanding broadband access. Today, we’re out of the deficit hole Mr. Romney left, and we’ve achieved the highest bond rating in our history,” Patrick added.

“Today, with labor at the table, we’ve made the reforms in our pension and benefit systems, our schools, our transportation system and more that Mr. Romney only talked about. And today in Massachusetts, you can marry whomever you love,” he said.