UPDATE: From the Washington Post: The plan is detailed in a 160-page book published by the Romney campaign titled “Believe in America: Mitt Romney’s Plan for Jobs and Economic Growth.”
Mitt Romney - the Man with a Plan (Image by Andrew Redford Young)
I have a feeling this is going to be epic.
When Romney criticizes Obama for having no tangible jobs plan (ie. not hope and change), liberals favorite response is “all I hear from Mitt is how Obama is doing it wrong, but Romney has no plan whatsoever.” Well, today that all changes. And what I find ironic is that Romney is releasing his jobs plan a year and half before his tentative term, Obama is giving his 2 and a half years after the beginning of his term – relatives to the start of each of their terms that is a 4 year difference!
Granted, Obama had made an effort earlier spur the economy, but I’d hardly consider throwing hundreds of billions of dollars wantonly at pet projects a real jobs plan. Yet Obama promised that if the stimulus was approved that unemployment would never go above 8%. IT HASN’T BEEN UNDER 8% SINCE! In fact the number of consecutive months that unemployment has been above 8% is now at 31 – something that has not happened since the great depression.
Yesterday Governor Romney released an op/ed entitled My Plan to Turn Around the U.S. Economy that was published by USA Today as well as on his campaign website. Previously I had no idea what might be entailed in Romney’s plan, but after reading Mitt’s preview op/ed I am guessing that this is going to be HUGE. Matt Coulter of Race42012.com shares my sentiment:
Folks, tomorrow when Romney rolls out his plan, we will witness what is likely to be the most comprehensive plan in recent primary campaign history — on any subject. Back at the beginning of 2007, I was searching for a candidate to support when I heard Romney’s speech to the Detroit Economic Club. As I wrote here on Race back then, I got goosebumps listening to his speech. The level of detail in his proposals and the understanding of the economy he displayed are the reasons I originally became a Romney supporter. For fiscal/economic nerds like me, the unveiling of his plan tomorrow promises to be a similar experience.
Here is short excerpt from the op/ed: (be sure to read the whole thing)
Tomorrow, I will introduce a plan consisting of 59 specific proposals — including 10 concrete actions I will take on my first day in office — to turn around America’s economy. Each proposal is rooted in the conservative premise that government itself cannot create jobs. At best, government can provide a framework in which economic growth can occur. All too often, however, government gets in the way. The past three years of unparalleled government expansion have retaught that lesson all too well.
I didn’t realize until last night that Romney was giving a speech today in Las Vegas where he would be unveiling his plan. But my feeling is there has to be more than just the speech. With 59 specific proposals there will have to be some sort of press release to accompany it. It may have only bullet-points, or it may expound on each of them. I am hoping for the latter since that is what would be necessary for proposals to be “specific”. Either way, my guess is that it will be the most comprehensive plan laid out by any candidate, including the sitting President. It will be dissected and analyzed, the talking-heads will start turning their heads, and Romney will slowly and surely be elevated up above the rest of the field. This will be an inflection point in Mitt Romney’s campaign.
Governor Romney will be introducing his plan at McCandless International Trucks, a business in North Las Vegas. His remarks will be at 3:30 Eastern (12:30 local). The event is open to the press, but we don’t know yet if it will be live on TV or online. We will update this post as soon as we hear anything.
I am overly anxious with excitement to see this new plan, to compare it with the others of the GOP field, to compare it with Obama’s speech on Thursday (will his plan be any more than a speech?), and to see and hear what the media reaction will be. The timing of the release could not be more perfect – one day before the GOP at the Reagan library, and two days before Obama’s jobs speech before a joint session of congress. Of course we will post all the reactions and links we can find here on our site.
Good luck today Governor!
UPDATE – Viewing options for Mitt’s jobs plan speech:
C-Span 3:40 PM EST and then replayed at 8:00 PM EST
CNN 3:30 PM EST
FOX News livestream 3:30 PM EST
Fox News has been promoting Mitt’s appearance with Greta On the Record (vote for Mitt in her poll) tonight after his big jobs speech in Nevada. Mitt was on CNBC at 4:45 EST to talk about his jobs speech and will be on with Larry Kudlow on CNBC at 7:00 PM EST.
Update2: The entire 160 page publication is available online at Mitt Romney’s website now. You can download the Kindle version for free as well! Write a 5-star review and “like” the plan here.
Update3: The TwitPics are rolling in. Here are 3 showing the set-up for the announcement that show banners with some of the points of his plan: http://twitpic.com/6h0azl – http://twitpic.com/6h0i96 – http://twitpic.com/6h0i97
Update4: You can watch the event again here. How about Mitt giving this performance without a teleprompter or even prepared remarks? Could President Obama even dream of doing that?