GREENWICH – Mitt Romney offered a far different view today than Linda McMahon’s declaration that the campaign trail is no place for a discussion of how to control the cost of federal entitlement programs.

In town to headline a rally and fundraiser for Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley, the once and likely future presidential candidate said that campaigns must address Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

“I think in this environment, the American people are ready for the truth, that they recognize that we can’t keep on the path we’ve been on forever and that it potentially jeopardizes the future of the nation,” Romney said.

He said candidates should go back to Ross Perot’s 1992 presidential campaign, in which he used flip charts to review ways of cutting federal spending.

“I think we’re going to have to have that kind of honesty in campaigns across the country,” Romney said.

McMahon, the GOP nominee for U.S. Senate, has said that a discussion of entitlement programs must be bipartisan and take place away from the hothouse atmosphere of a campaign.

Foley said he expected Romney’s visit would help him raise $50,000.

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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