Romney Speaks on Issues With NH Newspaper Editorial Board (video segments)

Mitt Romney had a sit-down with the Portsmouth Herald editorial board in New Hampshire today. He covered a wide variety of topics including social issues, health care, capital punishment, energy policy, and more:

Romney presents presidential plans at Portsmouth meeting
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By Deborah Mcdermott
November 3, 2011

PORTSMOUTH — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said if he had the opportunity to appoint a Supreme Court justice he or she would be in the mold of Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Chief Justice John Roberts.

“Their approach is the approach I would encourage,” he said. “I would try to find those who would follow the Constitution.”

The U.S. Supreme Court should not create law through its rulings, but should confine itself to interpreting the Constitution, Romney told the Portsmouth Herald editorial board Thursday.

“There are two very different approaches to the Supreme Court. There are those who feel the Constitution is a starting point, with justices saying, ‘We should go here with that thinking.’ You see this in the activist courts,” he said. “Others say the Constitution is not a launching point, but a beginning and ending point. I follow the second camp.”

Romney said justices should not make their own determination about what is wrong with a law or with the Constitution. That should be left to lawmakers or to a Constitutional amendment.

Governor Romney was asked why he wanted to be President:

“On a personal basis, I wouldn’t,” he said, adding that at the end of the 2008 Primary election when he lost to Sen. John McCain, “my wife and I decided I would not run again.”

But after seeing what he said is “an exceptional nation headed in a direction that imperils our future,” his wife had a change of heart — “even before I did.”

“She said, ‘Mitt, you have to get in and do it again.’ And because I love this country, and I’m concerned about my kids and my grandkids, I said, OK,” he said.

For a synopsis of Romney’s take on federal debt, capital punishment, Social Security reform, health care, energy policy, social issues, and education, continue reading here.

Romney shares his views with the editorial board on Supreme Court justices:

ABC posted this next video portion of Romney’s interview. He references his book ‘No Apology’, defends his consistency on the issues, e.g., same-sex marriage and global warming. He knows it’s political season and that those playing the ‘gotcha’ game are looking for any little variance in the words he uses to explain policy:

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The penchant of some who seek to take Romney’s words out of context, mis-quote him, and mischaracterize him is a great disservice to voters. We’re happy to help keep the record straight on Romney, along with the pro-Romney sites found on the right-hand side of this page.

By the way, have you read Romney’s No Apology?

It’s a treasure-trove of detailed Romney policy.

Every American who wants to restore our nation should dive into it.

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Ahead of His Fiscal Policy Speech, Romney’s Op-ed: “How I’ll Tackle Spending, Debt”

While President Obama is in Cannes, France at the G-20 Summit, the hovering Greek cloud is unmistakable. Obama says U.S. influence hasn’t diminished but the evidence suggests otherwise. Obama is no longer center-stage; he’s been sharing the limelight with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. World leaders know America is broke.

Meanwhile, Mitt Romney knows the Greek cloud is headed our way, but not if he can help it. Ahead of his major fiscal policy speech today in New Hampshire, he’s written an op-ed on how he’ll tackle America’s spending and debt:

USATODAY OPINION

Romney: How I’ll tackle spending, debt
By Mitt Romney
November 3, 2011

I spent much of my 25-year career in the private sector turning around failing enterprises. With a great team behind me, I helped to turn around the Salt Lake City Olympic Games, and fix a badly broken state budget in Massachusetts. But I have never seen an enterprise as large, as poorly led, and as badly in need of a turnaround as our federal government.

President Obama inherited a severely imbalanced budget, and he made it much worse. Many now question whether we can ever return to fiscal sanity, let alone fiscal strength. A point of no return may well be approaching — a decade of huge deficits could drive our principal payments and interest rates beyond our reach while starving the economy of the capital it needs to grow.

We can still correct course because our economy retains tremendous capacity for growth. As president, I will bring to Washington the turnaround philosophy it so badly needs.

Any turnaround must begin with clear and realistic goals. By the end of my first term, I will bring federal spending as a share of GDP down from last year’s staggering 24.3% to 20% or below. This level is in line with the historical average and nears the tax revenue our economy generates when healthy. With economic growth of 4% a year, meeting this goal will require approximately $500 billion of spending cuts in 2016, and that would still allow us to undo the Obama administration’s irresponsible defense cuts.

There are three ways to reduce spending, which combined, will achieve a fiscal turnaround of this size.

First, eliminate every government program that is not absolutely essential. There are many things government does that we may like but that we do not need. The test should be this: “Is this program so critical that it is worth borrowing money to pay for it?” The federal government should stop doing things we don’t need or can’t afford. For example:

•Repeal ObamaCare, which would save $95 billion in 2016.

•Eliminate subsidies for the unprofitable Amtrak, saving $1.6 billion a year.

•Enact deep reductions in the subsidies for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Legal Services Corporation.

•Eliminate Title X family planning programs benefiting abortion groups like Planned Parenthood.

•End foreign aid to countries that oppose America’s interests.

Second, return federal programs to the states where innovation, cost management and reduction of fraud and abuse can far exceed what Washington achieves. I will block grant Medicaid and workforce training, saving well over $100 billion in 2016.

Third, sharply improve the productivity and efficiency of the federal government itself. Where we do want the federal government to act, it must do a better job. For instance:

•Reduce the federal workforce through attrition and align compensation with the private sector, saving over $40 billion by 2016.

•Repeal the Davis-Bacon Act, a union giveaway that artificially raises costs for government projects, and save taxpayers more than $10 billion a year in the process.

•Attack rampant fraud in government programs by enacting far stiffer penalties for those who steal from taxpayers. Cutting improper payments in half could save more than $60 billion a year.

•Consolidate, eliminate and streamline federal departments, agencies and offices following a stem-to-stern review.

(emphasis added ) Continue reading here.

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~NOTE from Rebel Ross

I bet Mike Pence is going to especially like the part of Mitt’s plan that says “Eliminate Title X family planning programs benefiting abortion groups like Planned Parenthood.” because he’s been leading that charge for quite awhile now. We’ve been fighting alongside with him for a long time, and it sure would be nice to pick up his endorsement.

Romney Interviewed by NH Eagle Tribune, Will Work to Make USA Best For JOBS


Mitt Romney sat down with members of the New Hampshire Eagle Tribune editorial board last week. They shared about an hour together.

The Gov spoke about the economy, foreign policy, Obamacare and MA private-market insurance, Social Security and Medicare, national defense, and trade. He also spoke about wisdom gained from political losses…

Mitt Romney gets down to business

Oct 2, 20121 – By John Toole

Romney wants to help business. In helping business, he thinks the United States will grow jobs and find its way out of the current economic mess.

I understand how business works and am intent on making this the most attractive place for enterprise, small and large,” Romney said. “I want America to be the most pro-business, pro-investment, pro-jobs nation in the world.”

Romney, 64, is the former governor of Massachusetts, a man who once led the Olympic games in the U.S. He met with The Eagle-Tribune editorial board for more than an hour last week to talk about his run for president.

Romney admits he is a different candidate than the one who lost to John McCain four years ago in the 2008 race for the Republican nomination.

“You learn from losses,” Romney said.

He learned not only from his loss to McCain, but also his loss in a Senate race to Ted Kennedy, he said.
“I’m one of those hard learners,” Romney said. “I’ve got to lose once or twice to figure out what to do right.”

What he’s learned is that, unlike business, a lot of what happens in politics is out of your control. He’s learned, too, to deliver a clear message. Romney said a candidate has to say what he believes, express his convictions, describe his experience.

“If the American people want that group of qualities, then you get elected,” Romney said. “If they don’t, you don’t.”

The political lessons have enabled him to, in his words, be a little more calm. He knows he has a great life, a great wife, children and grandchildren who love him. There’s always business, too.

I’m focused on telling people what I believe, honestly and directly,” Romney said. “If they like it, wonderful.”

Besides, Romney thinks the time is right for him.

“Today the issue America cares about most is the economy,” Romney said. “It’s a time which is more geared to someone for whom the economy is their wheelhouse, like me.”

Romney said he is worried about the country’s future.

Mitt and Ann Romney with some of their grandchildren, Dec 2010. (click to enlarge)

“I’m really concerned for my grandkids,” Romney said. “Kids in their early teens and younger. What will America be like for them? Will there be jobs there?”

There are tough challenges ahead, he said, but the American people not only are up to the challenges, they will welcome the sacrifices to meet them. That means working together, working longer and harder, taking risks, he said.

“As a people, we like being called to do something great,” Romney said. “Politicians have been getting elected by promising free stuff. …

Romney said he believes the people are looking for a leader to restore America to greatness.

On the Obama economy:

“I think they are badly disappointed with this president,” Romney said. “He’s been a disappointment. Both internationally he’s failed and domestically.”

Unemployment is extremely high and in one term President Obama has stacked up as much debt as all other presidents combined, Romney said.

“It’s a presidency that is now casting about to blame somebody,” Romney said.

He has no use for a second stimulus from Obama.

“It’s too late for a stimulus,” he said. “We need a fundamental restructuring of America’s economy to make sure we’re a competitive economy that attracts employers, investment, entrepreneurs and jobs.”
Romney would build economic recovery around seven categories, what he describes as “the seven habits of highly effective economies.”

He would lower taxes on business.

“I’d bring our corporate employer tax rates down at least to the level of competing nations,” Romney said.

He would loosen regulation to encourage free enterprise, rather than burden it.

“Streamline, update, modernize regulation and get regulators to see business as their friend and their ally,” Romney said.

CEOs have told Romney that paying taxes and complying with regulatory policies, as well as energy expenses, cost them nearly 18 percent more here than doing business in foreign countries.

On foreign trade:

Romney wants more foreign trade, agreements with other nations to open more markets. He wants to crack down on competitor nations that unfairly undercut America.

“China is cheating,” Romney said. “You have to say, ‘stop.‘”

(emphasis added ) Read the entire interview here.

Romney during an Eagle-Tribune editorial board meeting (Sept 29, 2011):


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Indiana GOP Forum: Romney Blasts Obama, Remembered For Saving 2002 Winter Olympics

As dusk settles, city lights glow in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. Governor Mitt Romney spoke at a GOP forum in the capital city Friday evening. Attendees mentioned Romney's remarkable work in turning around the 2002 Winter Olympics. 9/23/11


Ahh, the beautiful Hoosier State…

Governor Romney was there last night to speak at a free GOP forum…

An article linked on the Indiana GOP website reported that The Gov’s visit created the most buzz among local Republicans:

His [Romney's] visit has created the most stir among local Republicans. Far more people have told the Indiana Republican Party they plan to attend Romney’s forum than showed up to hear either of the first two candidates to campaign here: former Godfather’s Pizza Chief Executive Herman Cain and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman.

While speaking to a large crowd of about 400 party activists at the JW Marriott downtown, Romney ripped into Obama for the uncertainty and pain his policies have injected into the American economy:

Romney hammers Obama in Indianapolis

For about a half hour, he talked to a crowd of Republicans at the JW Marriott downtown. Romney spent the better part of his time hammering President Obama, accusing the president of hurting the American economy by creating uncertainty with his policies on everything from health care reform to new financial regulation.

“We can deal with bad news. Businesses encounter bad news all the time. What we can’t deal with as entrepreneurs and innovators is uncertainty, and virtually everything the president did increased uncertainty in this country,” said Romney.

Romney also said Obama’s policies have generally been harmful to time-honored fundamentals of the country’s economy like capitalism and free enterprise.

Because he’s an experienced businessman who’s created jobs, Romney said he’s the right person to lead the country. Romney is also a former governor of Massachusetts and was credited for making the Salt Lake City Olympics a success.

Romney frequently compared his business experience to that of the president Friday, saying that Obama had no real executive experience going into the White House and that the country is now seeing the consequences.

While speaking, Romney was also complimentary of Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. The article points out that perhaps the most interesting party of Romney’s visit might have been what he didn’t say. No mention of Rick Perry…

Romney hammers Obama in Indianapolis: wane.com

The Political Hotsheet (CBS News) reports that a number of Republicans attending the GOP forum are most impressed with Romney’s extraordinary work to save the debt-ridden, scandalous 2002 Winter Olmpic Games:

On the stump, Romney has made his success as a businessman his calling card, but a number of Republicans here said they are most impressed with his record rescuing the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City from scandal.

He had a huge problem to deal with. He was kind of thrust into it,” said Wayne Baer, a Romney supporter who described himself as a Republican moderate. “We’ve got a lot of problems on a bigger scale, but you know, I like that. I think he can handle anything.”

On February 8, 2002, Mitt Romney, Pres. George W. Bush, and Jacques Rogge (Pres. of International Olympic Committee) marched together amid heavy security to the center of Rice-Eccles Olympic Stadium in Salt Lake City, UT, to mark the arrival of the salvaged U.S. flag from the World Trade Center and open the Winter Olympic Games. (AFP photo/Robert Schmidt)

This is a perfect place to remind our readers of the extraordinary feat Governor Romney accomplished in salvaging the 2002 Winter Olympic Games:

When the offer came for Romney to take over the troubled 2002 Olympic Winter Games, to be held in Salt Lake City in Utah, she [wife, Ann Romney] urged him to take it, and eager for a new challenge, he did. On February 11, 1999, Romney was hired as the new president and CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee.

Before Romney came on, the event was running $379 million short of its revenue benchmarks. Plans were being made to scale back the games to compensate for the fiscal crisis and there were fears the games might be moved away entirely. The Games had also been damaged by allegations of bribery involving top officials[.]

Romney revamped the organization’s leadership and policies, reduced budgets, and boosted fund raising. He soothed worried corporate sponsors and recruited many new ones. He admitted past problems, listened to local critics, and rallied Utah’s citizenry with a sense of optimism. Romney worked to ensure the safety of the Games following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks by ignoring those who suggested the games be called off and coordinating a $300 million security budget. He became the public face of the Olympic effort, appearing in countless photographs and news stories and even on Olympics souvenir pins.[…]

Overall he oversaw a $1.32 billion budget, 700 employees, and 26,000 volunteers.

Despite the initial fiscal shortfall, the Games ended up clearing a profit of $100 million, not counting the $224.5 million in security costs contributed by outside sources. Romney broke the record for most private money raised by any individual for an Olympics games, summer or winter. His performance as Olympics head was rated positively by 87 percent of Utahns. Romney and his wife contributed $1 million to the Olympics, and he donated to charity the $1.4 million in salary and severance payments he received for his three years as president and CEO.

Romney was widely praised for his successful efforts with the 2002 Winter Olympics including by President George W. Bush, and it solidified his reputation as a turnaround artist.

Harvard Business School taught a case study based around Romney’s successful actions.

(footnotes removed, emphasis added)

Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony (Part 1) The Fire Within:

The fire within… an apt description of Governor Romney.



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Praise for Romney’s Jobs Plan: Book is Detailed, Easy to Understand, and FREE

Candace Salima, US Daily Review contributor, praises Mitt Romney’s 156 page detailed jobs plan:

Book Review: Believe in America by Mitt Romney

I don’t believe we’ve ever seen a candidate for United States president publish the basis of his economic plan for all to read before. And yet, this is precisely what Mitt Romney has done. He then, very wisely, made it available in electronic format, both on his website and on Kindleand to top it all off, it’s free.

That’s the right price for me, so I immediately downloaded it onto my laptop and Galaxy Tab and started reading. I was not only pleasantly surprised by the thoroughness of the contents, it set a new standard for me in presidential candidates. Let me explain.

When someone, Mitt Romney in this instance, puts a plan down on paper, we can then hold them to it, every aspect of it. That takes a certain kind of conviction and ability to stand behind what you say. I’d like to see the rest of the candidates do the same. I’d like their plans for the U.S. economy down on paper, published, and made available, for free, to the American people. Then we can vote on facts rather than just debates, websites, and news articles. Of course, you’ll be held accountable, but isn’t that the point of the current political climate. Taking responsibility.

Ms. Salima agrees with Romney’s list of problems that America is grappling with: taxes, regulations, trade policies, energy, labor, human capital, and fiscal policies.

She appreciates Romney’s commitment to his jobs/economic plan, the way it is outlined, and that the price is right – FREE:

This takes an immense amount of belief in one’s stance on the issues. Whether you support Mitt Romney or not, I am going to encourage you to read Believe in America because I came away with a clear, concise understanding of the fiscal situation we are now facing, as well as a solid plan to put America back on the proper fiscal path. It is written in understandable language and is not in a complicated fashion. It was written, I believe, to put forth Romney’s plans for America so it could be understood by everyone willing to read it.

…[I]t is short, concise and worth the read.

Access Believe in America on Mitt Romney’s website

Access Believe in America on Kindle

Cost: $0.00

Rating: 4 Stars


(emphasis added) Read entire article here.

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Fairbanks, Alaska: Josh Romney, Son of Mitt & Ann Romney, Speaks at GOP Luncheon

Josh Romney, son of Mitt and Ann Romney, pictured campaigning for his dad in Alaska during Governor Romney's first presidential run (Sept 15, 2007) was in 'The Last Frontier' state last Friday (Sept 16, 2011). He brought his father's message to attendees at a GOP luncheon in Fairbanks.


A couple of days ago, (Sept 16th) Josh Romney delivered a message from his father, Mitt Romney, to a Republican luncheon in Fairbanks, Alaska:

FAIRBANKS — He has been traveling across the United States, campaigning for his father, and Friday, Josh Romney arrived in Fairbanks to do more of the same.

Josh is the son of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and it is his fourth trip to Alaska to spread his dad’s message to potential voters. Friday, he met with Fairbanks Republicans at Denny’s restaurant to speak and answer questions about his dad’s politics.

Being a family member, Josh said that he was allowed to share some details that Mitt doesn’t typically share with the crowds.

“He calls himself frugal,” Josh said. “My four brothers and I, we know he’s cheap.”

He told a story of how Mitt decided he and his boys would fix a 100-foot walkway rather than hire someone to do the job. It took five or six weeks to finish it, laying bricks on Saturdays. The job was completed at a lower cost than hiring a contractor.

“He may be frugal, which is good — it’s what we need in this country but he’s hard working,” Josh said.

As a former governor of Massachusetts, Josh said his dad was able to balance the state’s budget from a $3 billion deficit. When Romney left office, there was a budget surplus, Josh said.

He knows how to turn things around,” he said. “That’s exactly what we need in Washington.”

(emphasis added)

Josh answered questions on health care, illegal immigration, and energy independence:

[...]
He also said that his dad believes that the U.S. needs to “finish the fence” on the Mexican border, and get rid of some of the “magnets” that are attracting illegal immigrants to the U.S. like some health care plans and education opportunities. Josh said Romney is a huge proponent of legal immigration.

Romney said his father believes “We’re not getting off oil anytime soon” and would be looking to increase oil production in Alaska while also looking at alternative energy sources for the future.

“Alaska plays a huge role, no matter how you slice it, in energy independence,” he said.

More on Josh’s response to energy:

“Alaska plays a huge role, in that Alaska will be a big part in helping us attain more oil, more natural resources, obviously in the gulf and other places.

We’ve got to explore other alternative sources as, including nucelar power and clean coal technology.

Alternative sources, these things all in concert will allow us to become energy independent if we have a plan and we really stick to it, as we start moving forward on it.”

Hopefully we’ll continue to see more of Mitt and Ann’s family as their campaign trail leads to the White House. Son Tagg and his eldest daughter were at the presidential debate in Ames, Iowa and accompanied Governor Romney to the Iowa State Fair. (Seems like a good place to say that I sure miss the Mitt Mobile. During the last campaign, Josh was the one who drove that thing to all 99 counties in Iowa!)

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Mitt Romney Engages Voters at Town Hall Mtg in Lebanon, New Hampshire (VIDEO)

Mitt Romney takes questions at a town hall meeting in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Aug 24, 2011 (Photo/MittRomney.com)

On this day after hurricane Irene thundered her way across the eastern U.S., we’re happy the damage wasn’t as extensive as originally feared, but we’re sorry to hear about the loss of life and damage left in her wake. Our condolences to those who who lost loved ones. We hope electricity will soon be restored to all and that those involved in restoration and clean-up stay safe.

Governor Romney cancelled fundraisers over the weekend due to the hurricane which we would have covered today, so we’re posting video of Mitt Romney’s entire lively town hall meeting held in Lebanon, New Hampshire last Wednesday (8/24/11). The meeting is divided into six parts; the first part contains Romney’s sharing of interesting information on his and Ann’s family backgrounds. He also introduced special guest Doug Scamman, former Speaker of the New Hampshire House. (Romney announced his candidacy for president at Scamman Farms):

Governor Romney in Lebanon, NH Part 1


From MittRomney.com

Mitt [...] addressed a crowd at Lebanon Senior Center, where he emphasized that “government is not the source of American greatness.” Mitt proceeded to answer questions from voters, offering his view of the issues facing our nation. “This has been fun, I’ll tell ya. This is the most fun I’ve had in a long time. This is a great group. This is what’s so fun about town meetings in New Hampshire. You guys care. You’re informed.”

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

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~Update from Ross
Mitt’s been doing so many townhalls lately it’s tough to keep them straight. The picture and the commentary are from Mitt’s townhall event in Lebanon and the videos are from Mitt’s townhall event in Exeter.

Also, Mitt called President Obama’s presidency a “DDD presidency — it’s a presidency that’s been associated with debt and with downgrade and delay.” and then he tweeted the following since President Obama prefers AAA”:

.@BarackObama’s approach to the budget should be rated triple A: Arrogant, Absent and Alarming #ObamaIsntWorkingless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Mitt Romney ‘On The Record’ with Greta Van Susteren: Talks Gas Prices (VIDEO)

This tweet from Governor Romney earlier today was welcome news:


Looking forward to discussing my op-ed on S&P credit warning w/ @gretawire tonight on @foxnews at 10 pm EDT http://mi.tt/dWtPwqless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Among the topics discussed, Romney spoke ‘On The Record’ with Greta Van Susteren about Obama’s failures – his Stimulus Bill that stiffed taxpayers and only created a few government jobs, Obama’s refusal to allow America to be energy self-sufficient, i.e. the President’s decisions that are making Americans gasp and groan at the gas pump, our indebtedness to China, illegal immigration, and the presidential race for 2012 (Donald Trump).


UPDATE: FULL INTERVIEW

Romney: Obama White House Downplaying ‘Giant Wake-up Call’, talks gas prices

You have to have an energy policy that says America is going to develop our own energy resources, as well as developing those renewable sources that – frankly – are important to us, but simply CAN’T POWER OUR CARS.” -Mitt Romney


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Mitt Romney Plays Hardball on ‘The Kudlow Report’


Larry Kudlow, host of CNBC’s The Kudlow Report, hosted a quick-paced interview with Gov Mitt Romney this evening. Prior to the program, Romney gave us the ‘heads up’ with a couple of tweets:

@Larry_Kudlow Looking forward to being on @thekudlowreport today to discuss jobs and the economy #Mitt2012

Great talking to @Larry_Kudlow today. Watch @CNBC @thekudlowreport tonight at 7pm. http://twitpic.com/4k4xr8 #Mitt2012

Kudlow, whose program regularly features top officials from the White House and Capitol Hill, business leaders, and top journalists, played hardball with questions on the economy, whose head should roll at the White House, trade and competitiveness with China, health care, Donald Trump, and more:



Many thanks to Mitt Romney. He was tough and intense.” ~Larry Kudlow





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Romney’s High Octane Energy Policy

Romney Energy

In his 2010 book “No Apology,” former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney maps out the issue of America’s energy policy, in a chapter titled “Running Low.” In his writings, Romney recaps the current situation regarding our nation’s dependence on foreign oil and the dangers it poses to our national security, economic stability and our overall liberty as free people. Romney asserts the following as the premier risks involved in being reliant on non-US energy supplies:

  • “From a foreign policy perspective, our addiction to foreign oil necessitates a massive military presence in the Middle East, and it has contributed to involving us, like it or not, in ancient and seemingly intractable conflicts.”
  • Romney goes on to cite other perils of relying on Mid East oil, such as profits from oil being used to fund terrorism, development of destructive weaponry, selling advanced technology to unsuitable parties, such as Iran and ultimately leading to war, as in the 1992 Iraq War.
  • Non-Mid East dependence is also a risk in Romney’s view, pinpointing the efforts of Venezuela, as led by Hugo Chavez, to “supplant democracy throughout Latin America” via the wealth his oil exploitation provides. In Romney’s view, Chavez’ “verbal buffoonery” is eclipsed by his megalomania and menacing of freedom.
  • Domestically, Romney states the US “spends $200 billion per year importing oil from other nations.” Citing the high cost of producing energy at home, it’s good business policy for American companies to import, as you want to by the product as cheaply as possible. To remedy this situation, Romney would reverse the cost equation by spending money on producing domestic energy supplies.
  • Romney advocates the development of all our energy sources, nuclear, oil, natural gas and coal. “One of the great disappointments of the so-called stimulus package of 2009 was that we spent nearly a trillion dollars and have no new energy production facilities to show for it.”

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