As the principal author of the 2006 Massachusetts health care law that became the prototype for President Obama’s health care overhaul, Mitt Romney was something of a nonstarter for many Tea Party activists. With a political past strewn with moderate policies and pronouncements that he shed in recent years, Romney maintained an awkward, arm’s-length relationship with the movement throughout the nominating process. But his choice of Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate has improved his standing with the boosters of minimal government.
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