As for what the choice of Leavitt says about Romney, Lee said, “I think it says that he recognizes in Mike Leavitt an extremely gifted legislator, one who possesses sound judgment in a number of areas and that he can trust Mike Leavitt to get a difficult job done in a compressed period of time, which is what this particular role requires.”

Lee also argued that Romney is likely to govern a lot differently as president than he did as governor, particularly on health care, because states have a different role than the federal government.

“There are things he did as governor of Massachusetts that he would never dream of doing as president,” Lee said.