All the Candidates' Pork

GOP presidential contenders want to cut federal spending. That wasn't always the case

Illustration by Sean McCabe for TIME; From left: David J. Phillip / AP; LM Otero / AP; Richard Ellis / Getty Images; Andy Dunaway / AP

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Mitt Romney rode in a BMW convertible down Interstate 395 just yards from the burning Pentagon. He would later recall the black smoke, the smell "like war" and the realization that "the world would never be the same." But there is a part of the story Romney doesn't tell these days, now that he is seeking the presidential nomination of a party outraged by federal spending.

A Democratic lobbyist named Cindy Gillespie, who would later work for Romney after he became governor of Massachusetts, sat next to him in the car. Until the hijacked...

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