Romney on Hannity Radio: “Obama Attacks Deflect From Issues Nation Faces” / Five-Step Jobs Plan

Sean Hannity welcomed Governor Mitt Romney to his radio program yesterday to talk about an article released yesterday by the Romney press team titled The Truth Hurts. For weeks Obama and surrogates have been telling lies about Romney’s record; this fact-filled article debunks Team Obama’s despicable distortions and fabrications.

Romney called in from Grand Junction, Colorado; you don’t want to miss this excellent interview:

A few highlights from Romney…

@ 2:19 - The challenge for this president is in a lot of respects he’s an old-style Democrat; the old liberals were always in favor of more government programs, more spending, more borrowing when things were difficult. And, we’ve found that has not worked. The right course for America is not to raise taxes on people, not to go out and borrow excessively, but instead to live within our means and to have tax policies that encourage job creators and small businesses to grow their business and add employees.

@7:30 - I have a five-step plan to see jobs recover in this country.
1. Take advantage of our energy resources – oil, coal, gas, renewables.
2. Open trade – particularly in Latin America and crack down on China when they cheat.
3. Put us on track to have a balanced budget.
4. Make sure we have schools and training programs that prepare us for the jobs of today and tomorrow.
5. Restore economic freedom in this country. The taxes, the regulations, the burdens applied by government are crushing economic freedom, are crushing entrepreneurs. That has to end. We have to restore the American dream or our economy will stay in the doldrums.

@9:45 – …I would make the Bush tax cuts permanent, but then go to work to reform our tax code altogether

@11:28 – Isn’t it amazing that the President of the United States – who by the way, called me and congratulated me when I got a pretty good lock on the nomination – he called me and said, “The country is going to benefit by an honest and important debate on the future direction of the country.“ That’s what he said. And yet, what he has done has been one attack after the other on items that deflect interest from a real debate on the issues the nation faces. This most recent one suggesting that I would engage in something that is illegal, that is criminal, that I would hide assets and not pay fair taxes, not pay the taxes that are owed - I mean it’s unbelievable. He said, “Well, it’s a matter of transparency.” Well, how about the transparency of a president who through executive privilege is preventing the American people from finding out what happened in the Fast & Furious program? If there is transparency that needs to be condemned here it’s the lack of transparency in his administration to let the American people know what has happened in a scandalous activity known as Fast & Furious. So Sean, I can assure you of this – I have followed the law, I have paid my taxes as due, I have also disclosed through all the requirements of the government every asset which I own – fairly and honestly – recognizing, of course, not to do so would be not only wrong, but illegal and criminal. It is this president however, that must explain why he has resorted to executive privilege to hide from the American people the truth about Fast & Furious.

UPDATE - After delivering his speech today to the NAACP, Romney was interviewed by Neil Cavuto (FOX News). The Hill reports:

Romney also discussed the state of the campaign, downplaying concerns voiced by some Republicans that his campaign had not been aggressive enough in combating attacks from Democrats. But Romney said his campaign was better served by trying to focus on issues they saw as relevant to voters.

“I respond to the attacks that come, but they say in politics if you are responding, you are losing,” Romney said. “I think the better course for our campaign is to respond to the attacks as being completely off-base. People are tired of this petty attack that comes from politicians and they want to see someone who talks about the issues they care about.”

Romney also dismissed calls from the Obama campaign to release additional years of tax returns, calling the issue a distraction. The Obama campaign issued a new commercial Wednesday calling on Romney to disclose more information about his financial holdings.

The Democrats are always going to be critics,” Romney said. “We have released all of the financial statements required by law and two years of tax returns. The most recent year we will be releasing as soon as that’s prepared. Tax information is there, other financial disclosure is there; the same level of information that [Sens.] John McCain [(R-Ariz.)] and John Kerry [(D-Mass.)] for that matter released when they were running for president.


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New Romney VIDEO: Trade, Stop Cheating China, Apple, Obama Isn’t Working

Romney for President: It’s estimated about 750,000 U.S. jobs are lost every year due to counterfeiting. The trade deficit with China is at $273 billion, the largest in history. President Obama is currently doing nothing to address this issue. Mitt Romney will work aggressively to open new markets for our goods and services by forging relationships with other nations committed to the principles of free trade.

'In this photo taken Thursday, July 21, 2011, customers browse products at a shop masquerading as a bona fide Apple store in downtown Kunming in southwest China's Yunnan province. China, long known for producing counterfeit consumer gadgets, software and brand name clothing, has reached a new piracy milestone, fake Apple stores.' (AP Photo)


Romney for President has released a new web video, “Obama Isn’t Working: Trade.” The video highlights China’s stealing of intellectual property and President Obama’s failure to confront China. With the recent passing away of Apple CEO Steve Jobs (10/5/11), the specific mention of China’s counterfeiting of Apple products is especially poignant:


SCRIPT

Camilla Herron:

“People in China identified Apple products being sold in certain stores. And following the investigation, it turned out these entire stores were counterfeit. Apple went in and investigated and the prevalence of the stores just show how epidemic this has become that a company like Apple who is focused on solving this problem still finds these surprises in the marketplace.”

Herron:

“My name is Camilla Herron. I investigate people that manufacture, distribute and sell counterfeit products globally and I work with federal and state law enforcement. The experts say that almost 70% or more of the value of any company is in their intellectual property. It’s not in their buildings, or their office space. It’s in their intellectual property.”

Video text: “China: The Intellectual-Property Battleground”

• “China: The Intellectual-Property Battleground” (James Dyson, “China: The Intellectual-Property Battleground,” Bloomberg Businessweek,2/16/11)

Herron:

“And once you put that at risk and it’s gone, you don’t get it back. And if you look at what China is doing they are subverting us on every level.”

Video text: “750k Jobs Lost Due To Counterfeiting”

• “Counterfeiting Costs U.S. Businesses As Much As $250 Billion Every Year And Results In The Loss Of 750,000 Jobs, According To FBI Estimates.” (U.S. Chamber Of Commerce, “U.S. Chamber Urges Congressional Action on Counterfeiting,” Press Release, 3/17/05)

Herron: “

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates between 750,000 to a million U.S. jobs are lost a year due to the counterfeiting. Even huge companies that are globally visible, for example Google, who is a very large employer here in the Bay Area, has challenges in China.”

Video text: “Trade Deficit With China: $273 Billion – Largest In History”

The 2010 Trade Deficit With China Was $273 Billion. (“U.S. Trade With China,” U.S. Census, 10/12/11)

• “The U.S Trade Deficit With China Hit A Record $273 Billion In 2010.” (Steve Bennish, “Industrial Power Use Plummets,” DaytonDaily News, 9/25/11)

Herron:

Anything that will generate revenue is being counterfeited and the vast majority of it is coming out of China. Currently, I don’t see President Obama doing anything to address this issue.”

Video text: “Industries Are Being Robbed On The Floors Of Chinese Factories”

• “America’s Most Innovative Industries Are Being Robbed Every Day On The Floors Of Chinese Factories.” (Ted C. Fishman, “How To Stop Intellectual Property Theft In China,” Inc. Magazine, 6/1/06)

Herron:

I don’t recall him ever calling the Chinese out on any of these issues. The public is not being made aware of the job losses. 750,000 a year to a million job losses. That’s a huge issue in this country. Innovation leads to new products, new products lead to manufacturing, manufacturing leads to jobs in distribution. Even retail clerks stocking shelves. Everything. If we don’t stop the hemorrhage of intellectual property in the next three to five years we will have reached a point of no return.”

Steve jobs is an inspiration to American entrepreneurs. He will be missed.
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Yesterday, one day after the Dartmouth presidential debate, Governor Romney was interviewed by Laura Ingraham. China was the first topic discussed (along with tax loopholes/banks and Rick Perry/Baptist pastor Jefress):

Ingraham: “Without a doubt, the most forceful commentary about China cheating on trade, the effects on the U.S. economy, and holding China accountable have come from Governor Romney.”


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Mitt Romney Talks about Obama and Crisis Management on the Laura Ingraham Show

Mitt was on radio this morning talking with Laura Ingraham about Obama’s speech from the Oval office (read Jayde’s excellent recap here), and about crises management. Mitt, of course, is an excellent guest to have on this subject as he has been the leader during many times of crisis, both in business and government, as well as his famous turnaround of the 2002 Winter Olympics. Laura asks some interesting and direct questions at the end of the second clip - be sure to continue on to that.

Part 1 of 2

Part 2 of 2

A very good interview overall. I especially like Mitt’s answer when Laura asks him what the steps are when you find yourself in a crisis situation (her question is the end of clip one, his answer beginning of clip two). Mitt’s response: 1, Do a complete audit of the situation. Define the problems, resources and assets. 2, Assemble your team. Bring in all the minds you need to solve the problem. 3, Focus, focus, focus. Make your decision, set your strategy and then use all your energy, your passion, and time to accomplish the objective.

Mitt is absolutely right. The president has done absolutely none of those steps. Time for a new prez, eh?

related:
Jayde’s excellent recap of Obama’s speech
Mitt Romney’s excellent op-ed about being a leader

~Nate Gunderson