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
By Deborah Mcdermott
November 3, 2021

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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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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Florida: Endorsements for Romney, Names Phil Handy Co-Chair of Two Committees - FL Advisory, Natl Education

The setting sun casts a golden glow over the mangroves, saw grass marshes, and estuaries of the Florida Everglades. More Sunshine State endorsements for Governor Mitt Romney have been announced. Oct 5, 2021

We love hearing good news from The Sunshine State…

It speaks to an individual’s belief in Mitt Romney when that individual wants to serve dual co-chair roles for The Gov. Such is the case with Phil Handy. He will lend his expertise to Romney’s Florida Advisory Committee and his National Education Policy Committee:

“I am pleased to earn the support of Phil Handy,” said Mitt Romney. “Phil will be critical to my campaign in Florida and will be a trusted adviser on education policy. I look forward to working with him as I reach out to voters in Florida and across the country.”

Phil Handy said, “President Obama and his policies have failed to deliver promised results to the American people. Mitt Romney’s leadership is needed today more than ever. His record as Governor of Massachusetts and experience in the private sector gives me great confidence that he can put our country back on the path to prosperity. He understands the important connection between America’s global economic competitiveness and world-class schools. As governor, he emphasized innovation and results at the state level and guided Massachusetts to distinction as a national leader in education.”

Check out Phil Handy’s impressive background…

Phil Handy Is Chief Executive Officer Of Strategic Industries. Handy was Chairman of Jeb Bush’s 1994, 1998, and 2002 campaigns. Handy served as Chairman of John McCain’s 2008 Florida campaign. From 2000 to 2006, Handy served as Chairman of the Florida State Board of Education. Most recently, Handy was Chairman of Governor Tim Pawlenty’s Florida campaign. Handy currently serves on the National Board of Education Sciences after being appointed by President Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

There’s more… endorsements continue!

Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today announced the endorsements of Speaker Designate Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel), Representative Chris Dorworth (R- Lake Mary) and Representative Richard Corcoran (R-Trinity).

“I am honored to have the support of Representatives Weatherford, Dorworth and Corcoran,” said Mitt Romney. “They are the current and future leaders of the Republican Party in Florida. As I visit the state and reach out to voters, I look forward to working with these leaders to fix our economy and bring jobs back to Florida. They share my pro-growth agenda and with their help, we can defeat President Obama in 2012.”

Announcing his support, Speaker Designate Weatherford said, “I am proud to get behind Mitt Romney in this election. He has the vision and experience that will be necessary to put our country back on the right path. President Obama’s policies are creating uncertainty and killing jobs in this country. With millions of Americans unemployed, Florida voters are looking for a candidate who will be able to turn this economy around.”

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Background On Florida State Representatives Endorsing Mitt Romney:

State Representative Will Weatherford was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2006. Currently the Chair of the Redistricting Committee, Rep. Weatherford also serves on the Rules & Calendar Committee and was designated to become Speaker of the House in 2012. A proponent of improving education, he is also involved with a variety of organizations in his community, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Florida, Goodwill Industries, and several local chambers of commerce.

State Representative Chris Dorworth was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2007. He serves on the Appropriations Committee, Redistricting Committee, and Rules & Calendar Committee. Prior to entering the House, Rep. Dorworth started his own real estate investment business and worked for Proctor & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson. He served as Seminole CountyChairman of the Bush re-election campaign in 2004. Governor Jeb Bush appointed him to Seminole Community College’s Board of Trustees.

State Representative Richard Corcoran was elected to the Florida State House of Representatives in 2010. In the House, he serves as Vice Chair of the Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee. Previously, he advised three Speakers of the Florida House and was also Chief of Staff to Marco Rubio. Rep. Corcoran served for six years in the U.S. Naval Reserve. Rep. Corcoran is an attorney.

All three members had previously endorsed Governor Tim Pawlenty. Pawlenty has also endorsed Mitt Romney for President.

It’s wonderful to have Phil Handy and Reps Weatherford, Dorworth, and Corcoran on Team Romney!

► Jayde Wyatt