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"COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) _ Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has cooled his friendship with Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson now that the liberal Democrat has called for President Bush's impeachment.
In an interview Thursday with The Associated Press, Romney sought to minimize his relationship with Anderson, once a prominent example of bipartisan camaraderie. The two worked closely together when Romney ran the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
'He was a mayor that worked well with me during the Olympics, and I supported his work as a mayor,' said Romney, who spoke before an event in heavily Republican western Iowa, where he planned to meet privately with key activists. 'I do not endorse or support his views on President Bush or almost any other issue, particularly that's unrelated to being a mayor.'
Anderson was so impressed with Romney's work on turning around the problem-plagued Olympics that he backed the Republican in a television commercial during Romney's 2002 campaign for Massachusetts governor.
'People often say I'm a Massachusetts-type Democrat. To me, that's a compliment,' Anderson said in the spot, which ran in heavily Democratic Massachusetts. Anderson then urged viewers to 'take it from this liberal Democrat: If you want an amazing leader, vote for Mitt Romney.'''