I thoroughly enjoy listening any of Romney’s speeches but… they are nothing compared to the Q and A sessions that sometimes follow them. In the speech embedded below I highly recommend both parts. His answers to the random questions display his firm grasp of issues, histories and facts. I’ve frequently heard him answer criticism to the Mass health care bill, and this episode is one of my favorites. He also gives his impassioned view of the Tea Party and the good they are doing in upcoming elections. Sit down and enjoy!
MITT ROMNEY ADDRESSES THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COMMITTEE FOR HERITAGE 9/23/10:
0:00 – 2:45 Introduction of Michael Reagan – “The Current Reagan”
2:45 – 8:00 Michael Reagan comments and intro of Mitt Romney
—- 4:45 Mitt Romney is one of the next great leaders of this movement
8:00 – 31:15 Mitt Romney’s Speech
—- 9:05 Invites crowd to ask the really embarrassing questions – the interesting ones that make him squirm.
—- 12:00 Romney: I think we are doing better if the President is getting advice from his caddy rather than his economic advisers
—- 13:30 Romney: Obama used the poor economy as cover to promote other agenda
—- 17:20 Romney: [Obama plan] is the most anti-Jobs, anti-growth, anti-investment strategy we have seen in our lifetime. He called it ambitious; I call it reckless.
—- 21:50 Romney: Total Debt and unfunded liabilities of the US is approximately 75 Trillion dollars
31:15 – 44:40 Q and A Session
—- 31:30 Q1: Your Massachusetts health care plan has been compared to ObamaCare. Where did it go wrong and would you have changed that program at all?
—- 31:45 If I were President of the United States … I would commit to repeal Obamacare. It is wrong for America. (Offers several distinctions between MassCare and Obama Care)
—- 34:05 Romney: Frankly I would love the chance to go toe to toe with the Obama folks to explain to them why their program is such a mess.
—- 34:15 Q2: Do you favor raising the eligibility age for Medicare and Social Security recipients to keep those programs solvent?
—- 35:55 Q3: Given the right policies in Washington, how long would it take to see obvious positive movement in the economy?
—- 37:05 Q4: What is your opinion on a flat tax, and do you think it’s attainable?
—- 38:20 Q5: Please address the Tea Party, and how it can affect the upcoming election.
—- 38:20 Romney (very boldly): The Tea Party is a manifestation of the energy and passion of the American people for real change, to get America back to its roots. It’s a good thing for us.
—- 39:10 Q6: Looking past our current economic problems, what should be our long term economic strategy?
—- 42:10 Q7: What can the Republican Party do that would be a platform of positive rather than negative?
—- 42:20 Romney: As others have noted… it’s a good thing to say no to bad stuff.
—- 43:10 Romney: Democrats Party bows to the teachers union
—- 44:15 Romney: We have a positive agenda for America’s future. A future that is bright for our kids, and their kids. And we are going to win in November!
Video H/T: Bosman