A brief examination of their respective records reveals that Mr. Romney’s performance regarding cooperation and his command of arithmetic is stronger than Obama’s. Let us begin with cooperation, or working across the aisle in a bi-partisan way.
Clinton emphasized Obama’s record in having named Republicans to his cabinet. Not surprisingly, Clinton did not emphasize Obama’s ability to work with the other party in Congress, because Obama has in fact been openly running against Congress, particularly the Republicans, and his predecessor in office.
Romney on the other hand learned to work with Democrats. Ann Romney captured this side of her husband’s character when she stated, “You may not agree with Mitt’s positions on issues or his politics. Massachusetts is only 13 percent Republican, so it’s not like that’s a shock. But let me say this...[n]o one will work harder.”
In his address to the Republican National Convention, Romney emphasized jobs. Working with a heavily Democratic legislature, Massachusetts went from 50th in job creation the year before Romney took office to 28th in his final year as governor. The Romney campaign acknowledges that this would not have been possible without working with Democrats in the legislature.
With time, Democrats, including the former Democratic Speaker of the House Tom Finneran came to respect Romney, even though they were often put off by his CEO style, which gets us to the second point – arithmetic.