Charlie Baker Is America’s Most Popular Governor, Poll Finds


AND CREWS CAN START DISENTANGLING WHALES AGAIN EXCEPT FOR THE WHITE WHALES. AND MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR CHARLIE BAKER NAMED THE MOST POPULAR GOVERNOR IN THE COUNTRY. JON KELLER HAS A CLOSER LOOK AT THE REASON WHY. YES, REPUBLICANS ARE HAVING A TOUGH TIME OF IT AROUND THE COUNTRY. CONGRESS IS IN DISREPUTE, AND THE PRESIDENT IS STRUGGLING TO SHED DISMAL APPROVAL RATINGS. BUT HERE IN THE NATION’S BLUEST STATE, IT APPEARS THERE’S NO SHORTAGE OF REPUBLICAN FOR THE LONE REPUBLICAN IN A SEA OF DEMOCRATS. HERE COMES THE REPUBLICAN KING OF OUR STATE’S OVERWHELMINGLY DEMOCRATIC POLITICAL KING COME. WITH A NEW POLL GIVING HIM A NEAR — CONGRESS COME. WITH A NEW POLL GIVING HIM A NEAR RECORD HIGH 70 PERCENT APPROVAL. REPORTER: CAN YOU EXPLAIN WHY THEY LIKE IT? DROP THE FALSE MODESTY AND TELL US? MY WIFE WOULD CALL IT A C. REPORTER: BAKER BENEFITS FROM COMPARISONS WITH THE ON GOING WASHINGTON MELT DOWN. TO BE AS COLLABORATIVE AS WE CAN BE AND NOT WORRY SO MUCH ABOUT WHOSE TEAM WE’RE ON. REPORTER: AND THERE’S A LOCAL CONTRAST TOO. DO YOU THINK YOU BENEFIT BY COMPARISONS WITH YOUR PREDECESSOR? I THINK PEOPLE APPRECIATE THE APPROACH WE TAKE TO GOVERNING GENERAL RIDE SHARING. REPORTER: AND THEN THE ROLE — GENERALLY. REPORTER: AND THEN THE ROLE PERSONALITY PLAYS. SOMEONE SAID YOU’RE A NO DRAMA ADMINISTRATION, AND I APPRECIATE THAT. REPORTER: IT DOESN’T HELP TO BE BORING? MAYBE. REPORTER: BUT IT ALSO HELPS TO LET THEM SEE YOUR HUMAN SIDE, LIKE CHOKING UP DURING A FAREWELL TO A TRUSTED AID. THIS WASN’T SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN. NOW, THERE IS A PRECEDENT FOR BAKER’S SUCCESS. WE WERE TALKING ABOUT HIS MENTOR, BILL WELD. HE WAS ANOTHER MODERATE REPUBLICAN THAT WON A SECOND TERM WITH 71 PERCENT OF THE VOTE. COINCIDENTALLY THE SAME PERCENT THAT APPROVE OF BAKER RIGHT NOW. 71 PERCENT, DOES THIS GUARANTEE HIM RE-ELECTION? HE’S IN A BLUE STATE. ABSOLUTELY NO WAY. IT’S WAY TOO EARLY. ASK ME AGAIN A YEAR FROM NOW. ANYTHING CAN AND WILL HAPPEN, AND KEEP IN MIND, HE BARELY WON

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