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