“They weren’t trying to score points when they were debating. They were trying to get somewhere,” said Baker, a Republican making his second bid for the governor’s office.
It was a lesson that would serve Baker well years later when he took a job as Health and Human Services secretary and later as budget chief for former GOP Govs. William Weld and Paul Cellucci.
Weld and Cellucci also practiced the art of political compromise as they negotiated with Democratic leaders, Baker said.
“If they had a choice between scoring points or getting something done, they almost always chose getting something done,” Baker told The Associated Press in a recent interview.
Baker said he’ll also adopt a practical approach if elected, focusing on what he calls a “meat and potatoes type of agenda” of jobs and education "
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