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Charlie Baker on Principles & Values

 

 


More important to ask questions than be judgmental

I would suggest that it's more important during times like these to ask questions. To be curious. To show empathy--and to maintain an open mind--than it is to make brash statements and name call. Social media--over time, too much of our daily discourse has come to resemble it. Not curious. Just judgmental. In the end, this makes it harder for us to understand one another. To learn from one another. And most importantly, to grow.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to Massachusetts legislature , Jan 26, 2021

Harvard graduate; majored in English

Baker says "I majored in English because I think it's really important that people be able to write and communicate precisely and concisely" During all his campaigning, Baker acknowledged he's fallen behind in many aspects of day-to-day life, including his reading. One fact not widely publicized about the successful businessman is that he actually graduated from Harvard College with a degree in English. "I majored in English because I think it's really important that people be able to write and communicate precisely and concisely," he said. Asked what books are collecting dust on his shelf, Baker began rattling off an eclectic list that included the latest book by Marcus Luttrell, the Navy SEAL who authored "Lone Survivor." "There's a Benjamin Franklin book in there, there's a Harry Truman book in there," Baker said. "It's a big fat pile." (Telegram & Gazette, 9/2/2014)
Source: Mass IEPAC: Research Profile on Charlie Baker, p.147 , Sep 1, 2014

Bill Weld Republican: fiscal conservative & social moderate

Baker: "I've always considered myself to be sort of a Bill Weld Republican. I worked for Bill Weld for eight years when he was governor--four at Health and Human Services, and four at Administration and Finance, in and I'm pretty much cut from his cloth, which I would describe as fiscally conservative and socially moderate. I'm a pro-choice candidate and I support marriage equality. My brother is actually gay and married. But I'm a pretty hard-headed guy when it comes to math and the budget and whether you're getting bang for your buck." Baker stressed his opposition to an issue central to another ballot question, automatic increases to the gas tax based on inflation. "My position on that one separates me, from, certainly, the other Democrats in the race," he said. (WGBH News, 7/22/2014)
Source: Mass IEPAC: Research Profile on Charlie Baker, p.157 , Sep 1, 2014

Tea Party has contributed to civic engagement

Republican gubernatorial candidate Charles Baker said today he supports the civic engagement that Sarah Palin and the Tea Party Express, headed to Boston next week, bring to the political landscape. Baker spoke to readers statewide via an online chat midday via Boston.com. When asked about Palin and the Tea Party movement, Baker answered: "I think civic engagement is a good thing. I've been involved in local and state government--as a community volunteer and as a former state official-- for my entire adult life. The Tea Party seems to me to be another example civic engagement--which is ALWAYS a good thing. And most folks I know who are Tea Party members are terrified about deficit spending, taxing and jobs. Me too. "And Sarah Palin is simply one person. To me, what makes the Tea Party work is the involvement of thousands of people on the local level across this country." (Boston Globe, 4/5/2010)
Source: Mass IEPAC: Research Profile on Charlie Baker, p. 163 , Sep 1, 2014

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