Mitt Romney Speaks At Annual Reagan Lecture, Live Webcast


Mitt Romney

will speak today, May 25, 2010, at the

Annual Reagan Lecture

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

Simi Valley, California

Pre-lecture interview:

Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library:

May 25, 2010
Annual Reagan Lecture with Mitt Romney*
3:30 p.m. Book Signing
6:00 p.m. Lecture
7:00 p.m. Dinner

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney will deliver the annual Reagan Lecture at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Tuesday, May 25, 2010.

Governor Romney will also be signing copies of his latest book, No Apology: The Case for American Greatness (Release date: March 2, 2010) from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. In his latest book, Governor Romney proposes simple solutions to rebuild industry, create good jobs, reduce out of control spending on entitlements and healthcare, dramatically improve education, and restore a military battered by eight years of war.

Larger-than-life statue of 40th president greets visitors at entrance of Ronald Reagan Library.

UPDATE: Romney sounding more like candidate

Toward the end of Mitt Romney’s bid for the Republican nomination in the 2008 presidential election, his wife, Ann, turned to a documentary camera and said: “We’re never doing this again.”

But today, she is worried about the direction of the country.

“And she’s changed her mind,” Romney said Tuesday night to an energized room of his supporters at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley.

Romney delivered the eighth Reagan Lecture at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, joining influential leaders who have spoken at the annual event in the past, including Former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Chief Justice John Roberts.

Romney escorted former first lady Nancy Reagan into the Presidential Learning Center, where an audience of about 700 rose to greet them.

Although there was no announcement of his candidacy, Romney went through a litany of criticisms of current social, diplomatic and financial policies coming out of Washington and the Obama White House.
“America doesn’t need to hear about a president who makes apologies for his country,” he said.

He said the American principles of education, taxes and growing the economy remain the most important.

He said there is optimism. Americans are “awakening that this administration is on the wrong track,” he said.
Davia Navarrette of Oak Park attended the lecture with her mother and said Romney “lit the room on fire.”

“He has got a strong love for the country. He will have our support if he runs for president,” she said.

(emphasis mine)

UPDATE 5/27/10: For video of Romney’s Annual Reagan Lecture speech click here.

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13 Responses to Mitt Romney Speaks At Annual Reagan Lecture, Live Webcast

  1. cj says:

    can’t wait to listen to it! he is a great speaker and his speeches are not only inspiring they have substanance!!!! go mitt!

  2. Jayde Wyatt says:

    Agree, CJ. Looking forward to tonight’s speech!

    I think Ronald Reagan and Mitt Romney would have been very good friends.

  3. cj says:

    i believe that mitt’s dad and reagan were good friends:)

  4. cj says:

    totally awesome speech and A&Q segment! he is the real deal! the whole package that America needs!

  5. Dan says:

    I agree CJ. This was one of the best situations I’ve ever seen Mitt or any other perspective candidate in.

  6. Jayde Wyatt says:

    I loved it during Q&A when a woman took the microphone and said something to the effect of being so inspired by Mitt and his speech that she was ready to work on a presidential campaign for him ‘right now!’

    We know how she feels! :)

  7. Paulee Willette says:

    Just plain fabulous….He is the smartest we have….and knows how to manage…..Honest…oh yeah!!!!! Let’s get going….I am with ya…..Ready, set, go!!!!!The race will go to Our Man Mitt…Just listen to him!!!!!

  8. Paulee Willette says:

    thx, Jayde….. YOU Are the BEST….great post…..

  9. Chris says:

    As they say in Hawaii… Awwwwwe Soooommmme!

  10. Gary says:

    Is this the same Mitt Romney who, along with Jeb Bush went on a “forget Ronald Reagan tour” ?

    I believe it is.

    This is the same Mitt who was spouting the “era of Reagan is over” not long ago, along with the rest of the country club establishment Republican squishes.

    This is an insult to the Great Renaldus Magnus, and an insult to humanity.

  11. Makeli says:

    C’mon Gary, you’re harshing the office mellow…

  12. Jayde says:

    Gary, your memory regarding Romney is incorrect.

    On May 2, 2009, Jeb Bush, Eric Cantor, and Mitt Romney were speakers at an event in a small pizza parlor in Arlington, VA. In the course of his remarks, Jeb Bush made the statement that it was time for the Republican Party to give up its “nostalgia” for the heyday of the Reagan era and look forward – that Republican ideas needed to be forward looking and relevant – to upgrade the message.

    Eric Cantor then spoke about having conversations with the American people. He said it was important to explain Republican principles to anyone who would listen because “what is going on in Washington right now is not reflective of the mainstream of this country.”

    Then, Mitt Romney spoke. He said that his party – the Republicans – needed to do a better job of listening: “Let’s not underestimate the people of America; let’s make sure and listen to the people of America … listen to what they’re feeling and get their ideas.” Then, in a tactful way to put forth his own ideas on Reaganism, he said there would be no wholesale changes to the core tenets of the party. He further added, “For America to move forward, they’re going to want to see a party that has answers, not politics.”

    After the hour-long meeting, Romney then told a Times interviewer that Republican PRINCIPLES remain the same. (Another confirmation of Reagan.)

    Mitt Romney never ‘spouted that the era of Reagan is over’ as you claim. Romney didn’t insult the great Ronald Reagan or humanity.

    Romney is busy doing what he does not for politics, but for answers – solutions to help America.

    If Ronald Reagan were here, he’d approve of Mitt Romney.

  13. PAULEE says:

    You are accurate, Jayde…I saw that video also….