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Romney Does 180 on Energy Policy

Republican candidate for U.S. President shifted to right on energy as run for White House beckoned.

Published: 02-Oct-2012

WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney, true to his roots as the son of an auto executive, was talking about cars.

It was May 2006. Mr. Romney, the Massachusetts governor, was chatting up his Montana counterpart about his vision for an energy-efficient car of the future — lightweight and narrow, with tandem-style seating, so that two vehicles could drive side by side in one highway lane.

“He was getting animated about all these little cars that would be driving around in these lanes,” Brian Schweitzer, the Montana governor, recalled in an interview. Mr. Schweitzer, a Democrat, laughed, thinking about how Republicans might react. “I said, ‘Mitt, if you ever run for president, don’t ever talk about that again.’ ”

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