Willard Mitt Romney's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Willard Mitt Romney
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Ann; 5 Children: Tagg, Matt, Josh, Ben, Craig
Birth Date: 03/12/1947
Birth Place: Detroit, MI
Home City: Belmont, MA
Religion: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
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Mitt Romney refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • Mitt Romney. CNN 'Republican Debate' - Transcript. 13 June 2011. "People have had a chance to look at my record and look what I've said as -- as I've been through that last campaign. I believe people understand that I'm firmly pro-life. I will support justices who believe in following the Constitution and not legislating from the bench. And I believe in the sanctity of life from the very beginning until the very end." (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Mitt Romney: "A Million Abortions a Year Cannot be Squared With the Good Heart of America". 22 January 2012. “Today marks the 39th anniversary of one of the darkest moments in Supreme Court history, when the court in Roe v. Wade claimed authority over the fundamental question regarding the rights of the unborn. The result is millions of lives since that day have been tragically silenced. Since that day, the pro-life movement has been working tirelessly in an effort to change hearts and minds and protect the weakest and most vulnerable among us. Today, we recommit ourselves to reversing that decision, for in the quiet of conscience, people of both political parties know that more than a million abortions a year cannot be squared with the good heart of America." (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. CNN Southern Republican Debate. 19 January 2012. “I am pro-life. And the Massachusetts Citizens for Life and several other family-oriented groups wrote a letter two weeks ago and said they'd watched my record, that I was an avidly pro-life governor. I'm a pro-life governor. I am a pro-life individual.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Values Voters Summit 2007. 19 October 2007. "I will be a pro-life President. I will appoint and fight for justices who follow the law and the Constitution, who understand judicial restraint and who won’t legislate from the bench. But being a pro-life president also means promoting policies that reflect our respect for the sanctity of life. I will oppose taxpayer funding of abortion, oppose partial birth abortion, oppose abortion in military clinics, oppose funding abortion in international aid programs, and I will work to ban embryonic cloning. I will work to increase adoptions by making the adoption tax credit permanent and raising awareness about embryonic adoption, or snowflake babies." (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Republican Presidential Candidates Debate. 10 January 2008. “My term as governor was decidedly pro-life. On every decision I could make as governor, I came down on the side of life. And that's why the Massachusetts Right to Life Association awarded me their leadership award after my term as governor.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. My Pro-Life Pledge. 18 June 2011. "I am pro-life and believe that abortion should be limited to only instances of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother." (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Issue Position: Affirming America's Cultural and Values. 23 June 2011. "I am pro-life. I believe that abortion is the wrong choice except in cases of incest, rape, and to save the life of the mother. I wish the people of America agreed, and that the laws of our nation could reflect that view. But while the nation remains so divided over abortion, I believe that the states, through the democratic process, should determine their own abortion laws and not have them dictated by judicial mandate." (votesmart.org)

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  • Mitt Romney. Mitt's Remarks at the VFW National Convention. 30 August 2011. “First, the White House proposed cutting military spending by $400 billion over the next twelve years. Then, President Obama agreed to a budget process that could entail cutting defense spending by $850 billion. The incoming Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has called a cut of that magnitude 'very high risk.' Defense Secretary Panetta has warned that it could have 'devastating effects on our national defense.' And that's coming from a guy who works for President Obama. This is the first time in my memory that massive defense cuts were proposed without any reference to the missions that would be foreclosed and the risks to which our country and its men and women in uniform would be exposed. Cuts of this magnitude can only be the product of one of two mistaken beliefs. On the one hand is wishful thinking that the world is becoming a safer place. The opposite is true. Consider simply the Jihadists, a near-nuclear Iran, a turbulent Middle East, an unstable Pakistan, a delusional North Korea, an assertive Russia, and an emerging global power called China. No, the world is not becoming safer. And so, on the other hand, that leaves us with the belief that America should become a lesser power. It flows from the conviction that if we are weak, tyrants will choose to be weak as well; that if we could just talk more, engage more, pass more U.N. resolutions, that peace will break out. That may be what they think in that Harvard faculty lounge, but it's not what they know on the battlefield!” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. CNN "CNN National Security Debate" – Transcript. 22 November 2011. “Congressman Paul, what they're doing is cutting a trillion dollars out of the defense budget. They're cutting a trillion dollars out of the defense budget, which just happens to equal the trillion dollars we're putting into "Obama-care." And so what you have is a president that has a priority of spending us into bankruptcy, but he's not just spending us into bankruptcy, he's spending the money foolishly. We need to protect America and protect our troops and our military and stop the idea of "Obama-care." That's the best way to save money, not the military.” . (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. The Romney Agenda: Strengthening Our Military And Caring For Our Military Families And Veterans. 17 December 2007. “Our military suffered a dangerous decline under the Clinton Administration and the Congress in the 1990s and has faced serious strains as we confront Jihadist threats following 9/11. To support our troops, we need to ensure we have the personnel and resources needed to maintain a strong America and safe world by: - Adding At Least 100,000 More Troops To Our Armed Forces. By expanding our military's size, we can help alleviate some of the stress faced by our current Armed Forces and National Guard and military families. - Committing 4% Or More Of Our Gross Domestic Product To Defense, A Policy Recently Supported By The Chairman Of The Joint Chiefs Of Staff. This will help provide the resources needed to make long-overdue investments in equipment, weapons systems, modernization, training, health care, family programs, and treatment of our wounded soldiers. - Ensuring Funds Are Used To Support Our Forces By Eliminating Waste And Washington Pork. Governor Romney will call upon a team of private-sector and defense experts to carry out a stem-to-stern review of military purchasing because increased spending should not mean increased waste.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Republican Presidential Candidates Debate - Transcript. 30 January 2008. “Right now federal spending is about 60 percent for entitlement -- Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid -- and that's growing like crazy. It'll be 70 percent entitlements, plus interest, by the time of the next president's second term. And then the military is about 20 percent today. No one's talking about cutting the military. We ought to grow it.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. The Foreign Policy Initiative Forum: Luncheon with Governor Mitt Romney. 21 September 2009. "I don't see how we can possibly have the military capacity to fulfill the missions which our military has at three percent of GDP nor to provide the confidence to our friends around the world that America is strong. That's necessary to preserve and protect freedom over this century. Is three percent -- excuse me. Is four percent too large a figure? Well, generally over the last, I don't know, decades, the Federal Government has taken about 20 percent of GDP in taxes and of the U.S. economic activity. About 20 percent. So I'm saying that four percent, four points out of 20 points should be used for defense. That seems to me to be an appropriate and not excessive level of investment to protect the freedom of ourselves and of our friends around the world." (votesmart.org)

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  • Mitt Romney. Governor Romney on Today's Budget Message from the President. 24 September 2007. "I applaud the President for his message of budget restraint. Republicans must renew our commitment to fiscal responsibility in Washington. The Democrats want more spending, which will lead to higher taxes. Change in Washington begins with Republicans standing up for fiscal discipline and protecting taxpayers." (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Meet the Press/Facebook New Hampshire Republican Primary Debate. 8 January 2012. “But I can tell you this, the right course for America is not to raise taxes on Americans.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. CNBC "Republican Presidential Debate" – Transcript. 9 November 2011. “This president has failed us so badly, we have 26 million people out of work, working part-time jobs that need full-time work, or stopped looking for work altogether. Median incomes have dropped 10 percent in the last three years. At the same time, gasoline prices are up, food prices are up, health care costs are up. And so what I want to do is help the people who've been hurt the most, and that's the middle class. So what I do is focus a substantial tax break on middle-income Americans. Ultimately, I'd love to see -- see us come up with a plan that simplifies the code and lowers rates for everybody. But right now, let's get the job done first that has to be done immediately. Let's lower the tax rates on middle-income Americans.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. USA Today - Romney: My Plan to Turn Around the U.S. Economy. 6 September 2011. “The contrast between what the Obama administration has done and what I would do as president could not be starker. First, President Obama has raised or threatened to raise taxes on both individuals and businesses. I would press hard in the opposite direction. Marginal income tax rates and tax rates on savings and investment must be kept low. Further, taxes on interest, dividends and capital gains for middle-income taxpayers should be eliminated. Our corporate tax rate is among the world's highest. It leaves U.S. firms at a competitive disadvantage and induces them to park their profits abroad, benefiting the rest of the world at our expense. I will fix these problems with permanent solutions.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Republican Debate at the Reagan Presidential Library. 7 September 2011. “The great majority of Americans are having a very, very difficult time. And our effort has to be to find ways to reduce to burden on those people. And that's why I've proposed that anybody who's earning $200,000 a year and less ought to be able to save their money tax-free, no tax on interest, dividends, or capital gains. Let people save their money, invest in America, and not have to give more money to the government. The middle class needs our help.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Iowa Republican Debate. 11 August 2011. "BAIER: Well, I'm going to ask a question to everyone here on the stage. Say you had a deal, a real spending cuts deal, 10 to one, as -- as Byron said, spending cuts to tax increases. […] Can you raise your hand if you feel so strongly about not raising taxes, you'd walk away on the 10 to one deal? […] OK. Just making sure everyone at home and everyone here knows that they all raised their hands. They’re all saying that they feel so strongly about not raising taxes that a 10 to one deal, they would walk away from. Confirming that." (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Fox News-Google GOP Debate. 22 September 2011. “I put my plan out, I want to make it clear my intent is to help the people who have been most hurt by President Obama's economy. And the people who have been most hurt are the middle income families of America. And that's why my plan says that if middle income families want to save their money, anybody earning under $200,000 and not pay any taxes on interest, dividends or capital gains, zero tax on their savings, that's the plan I'm for. And I will get that done in my first year.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Romney: Tax Deal, Bad Deal. 14 December 2010. "The deal has several key features. It reduces payroll taxes, extends unemployment benefits and keeps current tax rates intact. So far, so good. But intermixed with the benefits are considerable costs of consequence. Given the unambiguous message that the American people sent to Washington in November, it is difficult to understand how our political leaders could have reached such a disappointing agreement. The new, more conservative Congress should reach a better solution. The deal keeps current tax rates from rising to pre-Bush era levels for two years. But in 2013, unless Congress acts again, rates will increase dramatically. Of course, delay now is better than an immediate tax hike." (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Simplifying The Tax System. 24 October 2011. "I said no to a tax hike; raising taxes hurts working people and scares away jobs. I also said no to more borrowing; borrowing just shifts our problems to the backs of our kids. [...] Instead, I went after waste, inefficiency, duplication, and patronage." (votesmart.org)

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  • Mitt Romney. Republican Presidential Candidates Debate - Transcript. 30 January 2008. "Right now federal spending is about 60 percent for entitlement -- Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid -- and that's growing like crazy. It'll be 70 percent entitlements, plus interest, by the time of the next president's second term. And then the military is about 20 percent today. No one's talking about cutting the military. We ought to grow it. So people talk about the 20 percent and how we have to go after that 20 percent. There's not enough in the 20 percent to go after if we don't go after the entitlement problem. And you listen to all the folks running for president. No one wants to talk about it, but we have to talk about it. We have to put together a plan that says we're going to rein in the excessive growth in those areas, promising to meet the obligations we made to seniors. We're not going to change the deal on seniors but we're going to have to change the deal for 20-and-30-and-40-year-olds, or we're going to bankrupt our country." (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. CNN Southern Republican Debate. 19 January 2012. “The people of Massachusetts who are on Medicaid -- I would like to end that program at the federal level, take the Medicaid dollars and return them to the states and allow states to craft their own plans. That would make the plan we had in Massachusetts a heck of a lot better. My view is get the federal government out of Medicaid, get it out of health care. Return it to the states.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. CNBC "Republican Presidential Debate" – Transcript. 9 November 2011. “I -- I didn't know whether Ron Paul was saying we're going to -- he's going to get rid of Medicaid. I would not get rid of Medicaid. It's a health program for the poor. What I said was I would take the Medicaid dollars that are currently spent by the federal government, return them to the states so that states can craft their own programs to care for their own poor, rather than having the federal government mandate a one-size- fits-all plan in the entire -- entire nation. Obamacare is wrong. I'll repeal it. I'll get it done.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. CNN "CNN-Tea Party Republican Debate" – Transcript. 12 September 2011. “I'd reform Medicare and reform Medicaid and reform Social Security to get them on a sustainable basis, not for current retirees, but for those in their 20s and 30s and early 50s. But the key to balancing the budget -- and we talk about all the waste in government and the inefficiency. And having spent 25 years in business, I know something about taking waste out of enterprises. I'd love to do that to the federal government. And there is massive waste. But we're not going to balance the budget just by pretending that all -- all we have to do is take out the waste. We're going to have to cut spending. And I'm in favor of cutting spending, capping federal spending as a percentage of GDP, at 20 percent or less, and having a balanced budget amendment. That's essential to rein in the scale of the federal government.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Obama Must Slay the Job-Killing Beast. 3 November 2010. "He should propose less costly progressive indexing for future Social Security beneficiaries – using the consumer price index inflator rather than the wage index for higher-income retirees. Medicaid should be granted in block to the states, giving them flexibility to meet the needs of poor residents in their own ways." (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Issue Position: Fiscal Responsibility - Entitlement Spending. 12 August 2011. "Federal spending on entitlement programs like Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security has not only spiraled out of control, but has placed their very solvency in danger. Unfortunately, President Obama has failed in his fundamental responsibility to articulate a serious vision and plan for the future of these programs. At present, the total cost of U.S. entitlement programs accounts for more than half of all federal spending. Combined with interest payments on the national debt, so-called "mandatory" spending is over 60 percent of all federal spending. [...] Mitt knows that our economic future--along with the future of entitlement programs--depends on fundamental reform. If we wisely begin to reform entitlements and commit to live within our means, we can bestow on the next generation an America that is stronger and even more prosperous than the one we know today." (votesmart.org)

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  • Mitt Romney. CNN "CNN-Tea Party Republican Debate" – Transcript. 12 September 2011. “I'd reform Medicare and reform Medicaid and reform Social Security to get them on a sustainable basis, not for current retirees, but for those in their 20s and 30s and early 50s. But the key to balancing the budget -- and we talk about all the waste in government and the inefficiency. And having spent 25 years in business, I know something about taking waste out of enterprises. I'd love to do that to the federal government. And there is massive waste. But we're not going to balance the budget just by pretending that all -- all we have to do is take out the waste. We're going to have to cut spending. And I'm in favor of cutting spending, capping federal spending as a percentage of GDP, at 20 percent or less, and having a balanced budget amendment. That's essential to rein in the scale of the federal government.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Obama Must Slay the Job-Killing Beast. 3 November 2010. "Medicare will require reform of health care, making it more like a consumer market and less like a regulated utility. Medicare recipients should also be given better options for private coverage. Regardless of the reforms chosen, the entitlements budget should be subject to Rule One – set a total first and conform the programs to that level." (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Republican Presidential Candidates Debate - Transcript. 30 January 2008. "Right now federal spending is about 60 percent for entitlement -- Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid -- and that's growing like crazy. It'll be 70 percent entitlements, plus interest, by the time of the next president's second term. And then the military is about 20 percent today. No one's talking about cutting the military. We ought to grow it. So people talk about the 20 percent and how we have to go after that 20 percent. There's not enough in the 20 percent to go after if we don't go after the entitlement problem. And you listen to all the folks running for president. No one wants to talk about it, but we have to talk about it. We have to put together a plan that says we're going to rein in the excessive growth in those areas, promising to meet the obligations we made to seniors. We're not going to change the deal on seniors but we're going to have to change the deal for 20-and-30-and-40-year-olds, or we're going to bankrupt our country." (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Issue Position: Fiscal Responsibility - Entitlement Spending. 12 August 2011. "Federal spending on entitlement programs like Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security has not only spiraled out of control, but has placed their very solvency in danger. Unfortunately, President Obama has failed in his fundamental responsibility to articulate a serious vision and plan for the future of these programs. At present, the total cost of U.S. entitlement programs accounts for more than half of all federal spending. Combined with interest payments on the national debt, so-called "mandatory" spending is over 60 percent of all federal spending. [...] Mitt knows that our economic future--along with the future of entitlement programs--depends on fundamental reform. If we wisely begin to reform entitlements and commit to live within our means, we can bestow on the next generation an America that is stronger and even more prosperous than the one we know today." (votesmart.org)

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  • Mitt Romney. Iowa Republican Debate. 11 August 2011. "I was very proud of the fact that Republicans and Democrats worked together in Massachusetts to cut spending. I came in, we had a huge deficit. I went to the legislature and I said I want expanded powers to unilaterally be able to cut spending not just slow the rate of growth but to cut spending and they gave it to me and I did. We cut spending. Every single year I was governor we balanced the budget. And by the end of my term we had put in place over a two billion dollar rainy day fund." (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Restore Fiscal Sanity to Washington. 17 January 2012. “I will cut programs if we do not need them, send programs to the states if they can run them better, and then make the federal government we do need more efficient and effective. And then I will pursue a Balanced Budget Amendment, to ensure that no president will ever repeat the damage our current one has done to America's future." (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Letter to the Voters of South Carolina. 20 January 2012. “I'll open up new markets for American goods. I'll press to exploit fully our abundant energy resources. I will cut and cap spending, and lead us toward a balanced budget.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Fox News "Your World with Cavuto" – Transcript. 6 December 2011. “Right now, government is spending about 25 percent of the entire economy. That's too much. We have got to get that down to at least 20 percent. I have put out a plan to do that. I cut about $500 billion annually from federal spending. The president has got to come up with something of his own vision that cuts the extraordinary expense of this government and stops the unnecessary borrowing. That is step one. And if we do it as part of this payroll tax extension, great. Let's begin to see the president talk about how he is going to cut spending and, by the way, talk also about what he is going to do to reform entitlements.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. USA Today - Romney: My Plan to Turn Around the U.S. Economy. 6 September 2011. “President Obama has engaged in a massive spending binge of choice. He threw dollars at every problem he encountered, running up the national debt and accomplishing worse than nothing in exchange. I will restore fiscal discipline by cutting the federal budget and placing an ironclad cap on spending. I will also press for a Constitutional amendment to balance the budget. Tellingly, while the private sector shed 1.8 million jobs since Barack Obama took office, the federal workforce grew by 142,500, or almost 7%. A rollback is urgently required.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Issue Position. Fiscal Responsibility- End Deficit Spending. 26 July 2011. "Washington is addicted to deficit spending. As President, Mitt Romney will cut spending to finally move our nation toward a balanced budget. […] Mitt Romney will bring fiscal restraint to Washington by placing a hard cap on federal spending to force our government to live within its means and put an end to deficit spending […] Mitt Romney's goal is to put the federal government on a course toward a balanced budget and true fiscal responsibility." (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. CNN "CNN-Tea Party Republican Debate" – Transcript. 12 September 2011. “But the key to balancing the budget -- and we talk about all the waste in government and the inefficiency. And having spent 25 years in business, I know something about taking waste out of enterprises. I'd love to do that to the federal government. And there is massive waste. But we're not going to balance the budget just by pretending that all -- all we have to do is take out the waste. We're going to have to cut spending. And I'm in favor of cutting spending, capping federal spending as a percentage of GDP, at 20 percent or less, and having a balanced budget amendment. That's essential to rein in the scale of the federal government.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Iowa Republican Debate. 11 August 2011. "If I’d have been — well, I’m not — I’m not president now, though I’d like to have been. If I were president, what I would have done is cut federal spending, capped federal spending as a percentage of the total economy, and then worked for a balanced budget amendment. If we do that, then we can rein back the scale of government. And that’s the right thing to do." (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Governor Mitt Romney On The Democrats' Budget Proposal. 16 May 2007. “Today, Democrats in Congress have agreed on a plan that balances the budget on the backs of hard-working American taxpayers. Only liberals in Washington would think that fiscal responsibility means billions of dollars in new taxes and new revenue for government. Instead, we need to balance our budget by making Washington adhere to strong fiscal benchmarks. These benchmarks include capping spending, lowering taxes, giving the President line-item veto authority and reducing government waste. Fiscal responsibility in Washington should never come at the expense of the American people. We must bring conservative change to Washington and force government to live within its means.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. The Romney Agenda: A Conservative Blueprint to Restrain Government Spending. 24 November 2007. "Today, In New Hampshire, Governor Mitt Romney Discussed His Conservative Blueprint To Restrain Government Spending. Americans and the people of New Hampshire are concerned about the overspending in Washington. Like the millions of families and businesses across the country, government must also live within a budget. Excessive spending is not an option for American families and should not be an option for Washington politicians." (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Issue Position: Fiscal Responsibility. 26 July 2011. "The mission to restore America begins with getting our fiscal house in order. President Obama has put our nation on an unsustainable course. Spending is out of control. Yearly deficits are massive. And unless we curb Washington's appetite for spending, the national debt will grow to the size of our entire economy this year. As President, Mitt Romney will cut federal spending and bring much-needed reforms to entitlement programs. Mitt will work toward balancing the budget, reducing the size and reach of the federal government, and returning power to states and the people." (votesmart.org)

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  • Mitt Romney. Issue Position: Stop Runaway Spending. 27 May 2011. "The Federal government must stop its borrowing and spending binge. The debt is a burden on our economy, our currency, our foreign policy, and our future. This is beyond pork barrel spending. We must address entitlement programs - not just to save money - but to give Americans confidence in their future." (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Letter to President Obama. 22 November 2011. “Dear President Obama, […] You and your advisors sold your economic "stimulus" package to Congress on the basis of a forecast that it would hold unemployment below 8 percent. There is a reason why this projection was wildly off base and that unemployment soared above 10 percent and is now stuck around 9 percent. Your stimulus bill was filled with special interest giveaways, and eased the way for your administration to shovel loan guarantees out the door to politically connected "green" technology firms, some of which are now in bankruptcy, with the taxpayers on the hook for more than $500 million.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Governor Romney on the Stock Market and an Economic Stimulus Package. 22 January 2008. “I think actually that what we're seeing in the stock market today is only one peek at what's been happening for some time in the overall economy, and that, is we have some intractable problems that Washington has been not been willing to solve. And everything from reining in overspending and entitlements, as well as other government spending, to leveling the playing field in international trade, to getting us independent of our dependence on foreign oil, these challenges continue to grow and grow, and Washington has failed to take action. And what you're seeing with the stock market reaction, here and around the world, is a recognition of these long-term features and an underscoring the need to take a different direction.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Fox News “Your World.” 16 September 2008. “Raising taxes and increasing federal spending right now is exactly the wrong way to go.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. CNN 'Republican Debate' - Transcript. 13 June 2011. “There is a perception in this country that government knows better than the private sector, that Washington and President Obama have a better view for how an industry ought to be run. Well, they're wrong. The right way for America to create jobs is to -- is to keep government in its place and to allow the private sector and the -- and the energy and passion of the American people create a brighter future for our kids and for ourselves.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Believe in America: My Plan for Jobs and Economic Growth. 6 September 2011. “As we move forward, a fundamental question before us is the proper role of the federal government in our economic life. The President appears to believe that government can do a better job managing the economy than can a free people and free enterprise. I disagree. Washington has become an impediment to economic growth. Extracting the overreaching hand of government will not be easy. Entrenched interests and their allies in government will fight every step of the way. But it is not a battle from which we can shrink. We must restore the principles that have enabled the American economic engine to outperform the world. The federal government has become bloated to the point of dysfunctionality. It needs to be pared back and redirected. Instead of threatening and stifling enterprise, it must encourage investment in growth and people.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. CNN "The Situation Room" – Transcript. 15 September 2011. “The president needs to sit down and look at a major re-haul of our entire economic foundation, and I don't think he has in within him. I mean, I think he's gone from stimulus to stimulus. What we really have to do is restructure our corporate tax rates, our regulatory structure, energy policies, our trade policies, our labor policies, and he's got all of those wrong.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. 'I Believe in America' Mitt Romney Federal Spending and Jobs Summit. 30 April 2011. “I believe in small government, America believes in small government. We’re spending too much money – we oughta cap how much money we spend at the federal level at 19% percent of GDP or lower. Cap the spending and cap the regulations as well.” (youtu.be)

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  • Mitt Romney. Fox News-Google GOP Debate. 22 September 2011. “I happen to believe that to create jobs it helps to have had a job, and I have. And having had a job in small business and in big business, I know what you have to do is make America the most attractive place in the world for business, and that means our corporate tax rates, our employer tax rates have to be competitive. Small business pays at the highest rate. We need to get those rates down to globally competitive levels.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. CNBC - Obama Has Failed Michigan. 8 November 2011. “Cutting taxes is essential. If we are going to create jobs in America again, marginal tax rates need to be kept low; we need to encourage not discourage savings and investment. I would eliminate taxes on dividends and capital gains for middle-income taxpayers. I would cut the corporate rate; among the world's highest, it is one of the factors that propels companies to invest abroad and take jobs with them. And I would press for an overhaul of the entire tax code to make it flatter, fairer, and simpler.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. CNBC "Republican Presidential Debate" – Transcript. 9 November 2011. “What happens with profit is that you can grow the business. You can expand it. You have working capital and you hire people. The right thing for America is to have profitable enterprises that can hire people. I want to make American businesses successful and thrive. What we have in Washington today is a president and an administration that doesn't like business, that somehow thinks they want jobs, but they don't like businesses. Look, I want to see our businesses thrive and grow and expand and be profitable.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. USA Today - Romney: My Plan to Turn Around the U.S. Economy. 6 September 2011. “First, President Obama has raised or threatened to raise taxes on both individuals and businesses. I would press hard in the opposite direction. […] Our corporate tax rate is among the world's highest. It leaves U.S. firms at a competitive disadvantage and induces them to park their profits abroad, benefiting the rest of the world at our expense. I will fix these problems with permanent solutions. Ultimately, I will press for a total overhaul of our overly complex and inefficient system of taxation.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Massachusetts State of the Commonwealth Address 2004. 15 January 2004. “Higher taxes kill good jobs and drive away employers.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Free and Strong America Blog. 7 March 2011. “Now he's [Obama] finally adopting some of the job-creating incentives for which I and other Republicans have been calling. Making the R&D tax credit permanent and letting businesses immediately write off capital expenditures will make a real difference for jobs and the economy. It's unfortunate that it has taken the President so long to listen.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Romney's Message to Obama -- Tax Cuts are the Answer. 7 September 2010. "For two years we've listened to President Obama say that Republicans have no ideas to boost the economy as he pursued his reckless spending policies. Now he's finally adopting some of the job-creating incentives for which I and other Republicans have been calling. Making the R&D tax credit permanent and letting businesses immediately write off capital expenditures will make a real difference for jobs and the economy. It's unfortunate that it has taken the President so long to listen. It would be a mistake, however, to attach another spending stimulus, paid for with higher taxes, to the ideas that will actually work. Keep the good, and drop the bad." (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. The Romney Agenda: A Conservative Blueprint to Strengthen the Economy. 7 February 2007. “And if you want to see growth in this economy, you keep taxes down, regulation down, you make the cost of doing business low, you invest in technology and education, you let the American people have the incentives to innovate and create new industry. That's why America is so successful.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Mitt Romney. Mr. President, Here's How to Lift Our Economy. 2 December 2009. "New spending should be strictly limited to items that are critically needed and that we would have acquired in the future, such as new military equipment to support our troops abroad and essential infrastructure at home." http://votesmart.org/speech_detail.php?sc_id=677519 (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Romney Adds Final Muscle to VA Governor's Race. 29 October 2009. "The people of Virginia need to have a leadership team that knows how to create jobs. And, that starts with a conviction that the right way to create jobs and to attract new growth and employers to a state is by keeping taxes down, by keeping spending in control, having fiscal responsibility, by improving schools, and by investing in technology and innovation, infrastructure, highways, and energy.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. CNN "The Situation Room" – Transcript. 15 September 2011. “ROMNEY: There's no question but to investment in infrastructure makes enormous sense for our country. It's good for business. It's good for the economy. And as the governor that watched the completion -- well, almost the completion of the big dig, I think that was -- I don't know how many governors watched that $15 billion project, they do create a lot of good jobs and they help our economy. They're great things. BLITZER: All right, so what's the difference between what you have in mind and what the president has in mind when he talks a lot about infrastructure and jobs? ROMNEY: Well, I said the same thing a moment ago, which is that infrastructure is good for jobs and for the foundation of our economy, but it's not a short-term, quick fix, put in a few million dollars or a few billion dollars. This is the kind of project that's going to have to be part of a very comprehensive effort to restructure our infrastructure in America, and that's going to require a new financing setting. We have to look to see whether we use toll roads public/private partnerships.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Republican Candidate Debate. 30 January 2008. “There's no question but that investment in infrastructure makes enormous sense for our country. It's good for business. It's good for the economy. […] They do create a lot of good jobs and they help our economy; they're great things. But unfortunately, a road project isn't going to stimulate the economy in the time frame we have right now, at the tipping point. […] Building a road project, you have to get designs, eminent domain, you get the engineers to approve; it takes years and years and years to get a road project. So it's a wonderful idea, but it's not related to short-term economic stimulus.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. The Romney Agenda: A Conservative Blueprint to Strengthen the Economy. 10 October 2007. “Governor Romney will invest in building and repairing the nation's transportation infrastructure. We need to invest in infrastructure projects critical to the national economy and the flow of goods and people, instead of funding home-district pork.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Mitt Romney. Fox News-Google GOP Debate. 22 September 2011. “One, education has to be held at the local and state level, not at the federal level. We need get the federal government out of education. And secondly, all the talk about we need smaller classroom size, look that's promoted by the teachers unions to hire more teachers. We looked at what drives good education in our state, what we found is the best thing for education is great teachers, hire the very best and brightest to be teachers, pay them properly, make sure that you have school choice, test your kids to see if they are meeting the standards that need to be met, and make sure that you put the parents in charge.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. USA Today - Straight Talk About Schools; On Education Reform, One Candidate Stands Out. 14 January 2008. "Romney rightly regards closing the achievement gap in schools as 'the civil rights issue of our time.' He would improve No Child by focusing more attention on individual student progress and by giving more flexibility to states that meet or exceed testing requirements." http://www.votesmart.org/speech_detail.php?sc_id=677918 (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Raising the Bar on Education. 27 January 2005. "It's going to take teachers, superintendents and parents talking to their legislators saying yes, we want more money of course...but we also want changes in the way our schools are managed. We want our principals to have the ability to manage their schools." (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Values Voters Summit 2007. 19 October 2007. '“I will work for better schools and better education for our children. I want school choice – every child should have an equal opportunity to have a good education. I fought and won the fight to add charter schools in Massachusetts." (votesmart.org)

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  • Mitt Romney. Mitt Romney on Danger of New Energy Tax. 30 January 2008. '“When you put in place a new cap or a mandate, and particularly if you don’t have any safety valve as to how much the cost of that cap might be, you would impose on the American people, if you do it unilaterally, without involving all the world, you’d impose on the American people a huge new effective tax: 20% on utilities, 50 cents a gallon for gasoline--that’s according to the energy information agency--would be imposed on us. What happens if you do that? You put a big burden on energy in this country as the energy-intensive industries say, 'We’re going to move our new facilities from the US to China, where they don’t have those agreements.' You end up polluting and putting just as much CO2 in the air because the big energy users go there. That’s why these ideas make sense, but only on a global basis. They don’t call it 'America warming.' They call it 'global warming.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Republican Presidential Candidates Debate. 30 January 2008. “Well, I said with states to be able to make their own regulations with regards to emissions within their own states.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Foster's Daily Democrat - An Environment for Job Creation. 27 August 2011. “As governor of Massachusetts, lots of unnecessary regulations and taxes came to my desk and I saw it is as my job to say no to them. Concern about the environment brought the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) before me. The cap-and-trade program for New England electric utilities imposes a charge for carbon dioxide emissions above certain limits. I examined the costs, which included possible spikes of more than 20 percent in electricity rates for our state's manufacturers. And I studied the claimed benefits to the environment, which seemed to be extraordinarily thin. I said no thanks.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. With More Layoffs in Michigan, Governor Romney Asks 'Where's Washington?' 12 January 2008. "Likewise, Senator Lieberman, Senator McCain proposed a unilateral cap and trade program on carbon emissions. Look, we all agree that there should be a global effort to reduce carbon emissions. But if you place that burden just on the U.S., you make the U.S. less competitive. You make it more expensive to manufacture here, not only automobiles, but everything that we manufacture.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Politico: Mitt Romney: No Apologies on Climate Change Stance. 9 June 2011. “I don't speak for the scientific community, of course, but I believe the world is getting warmer, and I believe that humans have contributed to that. I can't prove that, but I believe based on what I read that the world is getting warmer. No. 2, I believe that humans contribute to that. I don't know how much our contribution is to that, because I know there's been periods of greater heat and warmth than in the past, but I believe we contribute to that. And so I think it's important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants, of greenhouse gases, that may well be significant contributors to the climate change and global warming that you're seeing.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. National Journal Interview. 9 February 2007. “I believe that there are no-regrets approaches to reducing our use of energy and reducing our CO2 emissions that we should pursue aggressively. I'm not a sufficient scientist to decide exactly how much human intervention or human emissions have caused global warming, but I believe they have contributed to it, and so there is a very good reason to help reduce global emission of carbon dioxide. A no-regrets policy allows us to also find ourselves using far less oil and buying less oil from people who are not our friends.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Mitt Romney. Foster's Daily Democrat - An Environment for Job Creation. 27 August 2011. “I would seek out every opportunity to reduce the regulatory burden on industry. I would systematically remove the obstacles that the Obama administration has placed in the way of energy producers. And I would support the aggressive expansion of domestic energy production. With the right policies and the right leadership millions of American could be at work drilling for oil and natural gas, mining coal, and operating power plants. The country would be richer and less dependent on foreign energy.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Fox News 'Your World' - Transcript. 24 June 2008. “We're going to have to recognize that if we want to see energy prices that are more stable and, most important in my view, if we want to see that instead of money flooding out of our country going to other places but instead it stays here, then we're going to have to develop our own resources, nuclear, coal, gas, of course additional drilling, the renewable resources, better battery technology -- […] all of these things mean money here.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Achieving Energy Independence. 9 September 2006. “We're using too much oil. We have an answer. We can use alternative sources of energy -- biodiesel, ethanol, nuclear power -- and we can drill for more oil here. We can be more energy independent and we can be far more efficient in the use of that energy. […] We must become independent from foreign sources of oil. This will mean a combination of efforts related to conservation and efficiency measures, developing alternative sources of energy like biodiesel, ethanol, nuclear, and coal gasification, and finding more domestic sources of oil such as in ANWR or the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). […] We're using too much oil. We have an answer. We can use alternative sources of energy -- biodiesel, ethanol, nuclear power -- and we can drill for more oil here. We can be more energy independent and we can be far more efficient in the use of that energy." (votesmart.org)

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  • Mitt Romney. GOP Presidential Forum. 5 September 2011. “The president has been reactive, and anytime there's a reactive approach to foreign policies, sometimes you get it right, sometimes you get it wrong. I'm glad he got some of Bin Laden. He was opposed to the surge in Iraq, but fortunately he pursued a surge in Afghanistan.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. CNN "CNN National Security Debate" – Transcript. 22 November 2011. “We spent about $450 billion so far, 1,700 or so service men and women have lost their lives there, and many tens of thousands have been wounded. Our effort there is to keep Afghanistan from becoming a launching point for terror against the United States. We can't just write off a major part of the world. […] And the -- and the commanders on the ground feel that we should bring down our surge troops by December of 2012 and bring down all of our troops, other than, perhaps, 10,000 or so, by the end of -- of 2014. The decision to pull our troops out before that, they believe, would put at risk the extraordinary investment of treasure and blood which has been sacrificed by the American military.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Policy Briefing: Governor Romney Details Strategies To Defeat The Jihadists, Nuclear Terrorism And The Iranian Threat. 16 October 2007. “First, We Must Succeed In Iraq And In Afghanistan. At a minimum, success means not leaving behind a safe haven in Iraq and Afghanistan for Al Qaeda or other terrorist groups, from which they can finance, train and launch devastating attacks on America, Israel, and the world. In Iraq, the Surge's success has been vital to ensuring that Al Qaeda is denied a safe haven from which to launch attacks.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Obama Has Lost His Way on Afghanistan. 13 November 2009. “Let me turn for a moment to Afghanistan. Here is what I believe. I believe ‘the terrorists who planned and supported the 9-11 attacks are in Pakistan and Afghanistan.’ I believe that ‘if the Afghan government falls to the Taliban–the country will again be a base for terrorists who want to kill as many of our people as they possibly can.’ I believe that ‘the future of Afghanistan is inextricably linked to the future of its neighbor Pakistan.’ I believe that 'we are in Afghanistan to confront a common enemy that threatens the United States, our friends and allies.’ I believe that ‘to succeed, we and our friends and allies must reverse the Taliban’s gains, and promote a more capable and accountable Afghan government.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Mitt's Remarks at the VFW National Convention. 30 August 2011. “In Afghanistan, the President has chosen to disregard the counsel of the generals on the ground. I don't know of a single military advisor to President Obama who recommended the withdrawal plan the President chose, and that puts the success of our soldiers and our mission at greater risk.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Iowa Republican Debate. 11 August 2011. "[N]ow we are at a point where they are going to have to earn and keep that freedom themselves. This is not something we are going to do forever. We’ve been there 10 years. We’ve been training the Afghan troops. Sometime within the next two years, we are going to draw down our troop strength and reach a point where the Afghan military is able to preserve the sovereignty of their own nation from the teary of the Taliban. That has to happen. It’s time for the troops of Afghanistan to take on that responsibility according to, as I said in that last debate, according to the time table established and communicated by the generals in the field." (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. CNN 'Republican Debate' - Transcript. 13 June 2011. "It's time for us to bring our troops home as soon as we possibly can, consistent with the word that comes to our generals that we can hand the country over to the Taliban military in a way that they're able to defend themselves. Excuse me, the Afghan military to defend themselves from the Taliban. That's an important distinction. […] I think we've learned some important lessons in our experience in Afghanistan. I want those troops to come home based upon not politics, not based upon economics, but instead based upon the conditions on the ground determined by the generals. But I also think we've learned that our troops shouldn't go off and try and fight a war of independence for another nation. Only the Afghanis can win Afghanistan's independence from the Taliban." (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Des Moines Register – Strengthen American Family, Economy, Security. 27 November 2007. “And we must win the war in Iraq and Afghanistan to make sure that neither becomes a safe haven for al-Qaida or other terror groups.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Mitt Romney. Media Picks Mitt Romney For Next President. 6 December 2010. "Of course we get Osama bin Laden and track him wherever he has to go and make sure he pays for the outrage he exacted on America. We'll move everything to get him. [...] This is a global effort we're going to have to lead to overcome this jihadist effort. This is not just about Osama bin Laden, but he is going to pay and he is going to die." (youtu.be)
  • Mitt Romney. CNN "CNN National Security Debate" – Transcript. 22 November 2011. “We were attacked on 9/11. There have been dozens of attacks that have been thwarted by our -- by our security forces. And we have, right now, Hezbollah, which is working throughout Latin America, in Venezuela, in Mexico, throughout Latin America, which poses a very significant and imminent threat to the United States of America.” . (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. CBS "CBS News/National Journal Debate" – Transcript. 12 November 2011. “I'm-- I believe the way to conduct foreign policy is with American strength. Everything I do will make America stronger. And I will stand and use whatever means necessary within the law to make sure that we protect America's citizens and Americans' rights.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Mitt Romney Statement on Osama bin Laden. 1 May 2011. "This is a great victory for lovers of freedom and justice everywhere. Congratulations to our intelligence community, our military and the president. My thoughts are with the families of Osama bin Laden's many thousands of victims, and the brave servicemen and women who have laid down their lives in pursuit of this murderous terrorist." (www.facebook.com)

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  • Mitt Romney. Governor Romney On The U.S. Supreme Court's Decision To Review Second Amendment Case. 20 November 2007. "It is my hope that the Supreme Court will reaffirm the individual right to keep and bear arms as enshrined in the Bill of Rights and protect law abiding gun owners everywhere. To further guard this fundamental liberty, as President, I will take care to appoint judges who will not legislate from the bench but will instead strictly interpret the Constitution." (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Mitt Romney - NRA Convention 2009. 15 May 2009. "It’s good to be with members of the National Rifle Association — people who believe that the principles and protections and rights of the Constitution are more than history: that today as in the past, they drive our prosperity, ensure our safety, and protect our freedoms. I want to publicly commend the strongest of those voices. defending our Second Amendment freedoms. [...] No Constitutional protection is more often ignored, distorted, or disdained than the individual right to keep and bear arms. When demagogues promote policies that would disarm law-abiding citizens, it’s the NRA that says no way. The NRA has a better idea: enforce the laws that are on the books. And, let upright citizens defend themselves, their homes, and their freedoms." (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Republican Presidential Candidates Debate. 24 January 2008. “I do not support any new legislation of an assault weapon ban nature, including that against semiautomatic weapons. I instead believe that we have laws in place that, if they're implemented and enforced, will provide the protection and the safety of the American people. But I do not support any new legislation, and I do support the right of individuals to bear arms, whether for hunting purposes or for protection purposes or any other reasons. That's the right that people have.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. The Romney Record: Second Amendment. 28 December 2007. "I believe that the Second Amendment protects a truly fundamental individual right. I believe that every law-abiding American has the right to own a firearm for hunting, personal protection, skeet, trap or target shooting, or for any other sporting purpose or as part of a collection. I do not support any new gun laws including any new ban on semi-automatic firearms." (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. NBC 'Meet the Press' Transcript. 16 December 2007. "Let's describe what it is -- I signed -- I would have supported the original assault weapon ban. I signed an assault weapon ban in Massachusetts as governor, because it provided for a relaxation of licensing requirements for gun owners in Massachusetts, which was a big plus, and so both the pro-gun and the anti-gun law became together with a bill, and I signed that, and if there is determined to be, from time to time, a weapon of such lethality that it poses a grave risk to our law enforcement personnel, that is something that I would consider signing. There is nothing of that nature that's being proposed today in Washington. But I would look at weapons that posed extraordinary lethality." (votesmart.org)

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  • Mitt Romney. Statement from Governor Romney on House Passage of the Health Care Bill. 22 March 2010. "What Barack Obama has ushered into the American political landscape is not good for our country; in the words of an ancient maxim, 'what starts twisted, ends twisted.' His health-care bill is unhealthy for America. It raises taxes, slashes the more private side of Medicare, installs price controls, and puts a new federal bureaucracy in charge of health care. It will create a new entitlement even as the ones we already have are bankrupt. For these reasons and more, the act should be repealed. That campaign begins today." (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Letter to the Voters of South Carolina. 20 January 2012. “And I will repeal Obamacare. On my first day as president, I will direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to grant waivers from Obamacare to all 50 states.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. CNN Southern Republican Debate. 19 January 2012. “QUESTION: My name is Sonny Cohen (ph). I'm from Sevier County, Tennessee. My question to any of the candidates is: Do any of you sincerely believe that Obamacare can either be repealed or reversed in its entirety? […] ROMNEY: Well, first of all, the executive order is a beginning process. It's one thing, but it doesn't completely eliminate Obamacare. It's one thing I want to get done to make sure that states could take action to pull out of Obamacare. But number two, we have to go after a complete repeal and that's going to have to happen. […] But I do believe that having been there, having been in the front lines, showing that I have compassion for people that don't have insurance but that the Obama plan is a 2,700-page massive tax increase, Medicare-cutting monster. I know how to cut it. I'll eliminate it. I will repeal it. And I'll return to the -- I'll return the power to the states, where the power for caring for the uninsured ought to reside constitutionally. ” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Full Transcript: ABC News Iowa Republican Debate. 10 December 2011. “By the way, the-- the problem with President Obama's plan is it does three things we didn't in my opinion, among others. I understand we disagree on this. But among others, one, it raises taxes by $500 billion. We (NOISE) didn't raise taxes. Two, it cuts Medicare by $500 billion. We didn't do that, either. And three, it doesn't just deal with the people that don't have insurance. It's a 2,000-page bill that takes over health care for all the American people. It is wrong for health care. It's wrong for the American people. It's unconstitutional. And I'm absolutely adamantly opposed to ObamaCare.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Fox News-Google GOP Debate. 22 September 2011. “Our plan in Massachusetts has some good parts, some bad parts, some things I'd change, some things I like about it. It's different than Obamacare. And what you -- what you heard from Herman Cain is one absolutely key point, which is Obamacare intends to put someone between you and your physician. It must be repealed. And if I'm president of the United States, on my first day in office, I will issue an executive order which directs the secretary of health and human services to provide a waiver from Obamacare to all 50 states. That law is bad; it's unconstitutional; it shall not stand.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Fox News "The O'Reilly Factor" – Transcript. 14 September 2011. “Obamacare, however, is unconstitutional, will not work, is massively expensive. I will repeal it. By the way, I had this same position four years ago.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. CNN 'Republican Debate' - Transcript. 13 June 2011. "You know, let me say a couple things. First, if I'm elected president, I will repeal Obamacare, just as Michelle indicated. And also, on my first day in office, if I'm lucky enough to have that office, I will grant a waiver to all 50 states from Obamacare. […] It's a huge power grab by the federal government. It's going to be massively expensive, raising taxes, cutting Medicare. It's wrong for America. And that's why there's an outpouring across the nation to say no to Obamacare. And I'm delighted to be able to debate him on that." (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Iowa Republican Debate. 11 August 2011. "And the answer is — the answer is, I think you have to repeal Obamacare, and I will, and I’ll put in place a plan that allows states to craft their own programs to make those programs work." (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Issue Position: Health Care. 26 July 2011. "Mitt Romney believes that Obamacare must be repealed. On his first day in office, he will issue an executive order paving the way for waivers from Obamacare for all 50 states. Subsequently, he will call on Congress to fully repeal Obamacare, and advocate reforms that return power to the states, improve access by slowing health care cost increases, and make health insurance portable and flexible for today's economy." (votesmart.org)

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  • Mitt Romney. Iowa Republican Debate. 11 August 2011. “What we did in our state was this. We said, look, we're finding people that can afford insurance, health insurance, that are going to the hospital and getting the state to pay for them. Taxpayers are picking up hundreds of millions of dollars of costs from people who are free riders. We said, you know what? We're going to insist that those people who can afford to pay for themselves do so. We believe in personal responsibility. And if the people aren't willing to do that, then they're going to help the government pay for them. That was our conclusion. The right answer for every state is to determine what's right for those states and not to impose Obamacare on the nation. That's why I'll repeal it.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. CNN "The Situation Room" – Transcript. 15 September 2011. “The Massachusetts plan was crafted for Massachusetts, for the needs of 8 percent of our population that didn't have insurance, not for the 92 percent that did. Obamacare is a plan that takes over 100 percent of the people in the country and their health care, and that's one of the reasons why people don't want it. […] But a federal takeover with the federal government telling states how to do it, that's a mistake and that's one reason I'd repeal Obamacare.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. ABC News: Mitt Romney: No Apology for Individual Health Care Mandate. 1 February 2011. “That was the whole idea of our federal democracy, we’d have people be able to try different ideas state to state but what we did not do was say that the federal government can make its choice and impose it on all of the states. That is one of the reasons why this bill is unconstitutional. The right thing for the president to do now with these decisions saying this bill is unconstitutional, with the house taking action to repeal it, with the senate considering doing so, he should press the pause button and say ‘You know what, let’s hold back on this 'Obamacare.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. CNBC "Republican Presidential Debate" – Transcript. 9 November 2011. “Health care in 30 seconds is a little tough. But let me try. Number one, you return to the states the responsibility for caring for their own uninsured. And you send the Medicaid money back to the states so they can craft their own programs. That's number one. Number two, you let individuals purchase their own insurance. Not just getting it through their company. But buy it on their own if they want to, and no longer discriminate against individuals who want to buy their insurance.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Full Transcript: ABC News Iowa Republican Debate. 10 December 2011. “But the idea of a federal government or a federal mandate, as you see with Obamacare, flies in the face of the Constitution, violates the tenth amendment. I think the Supreme Court will strike it down. If they don't, I will.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Mitt Romney. Transcript: Third G.O.P. Debate. 5 June 2007. “I very firmly believe that we have to make sure that we enforce our borders, that we have an employment verification system, and that those people who have come here illegally do not get an advantage to become permanent residents, they do not get a special pathway.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Republican Debate at the Reagan Presidential Library. 7 September 2011. “If we want to secure the border, we have to make sure we have a fence, technologically, determining where people are, enough agents to oversee it, and turn off that magnet. We can't talk about amnesty, we cannot give amnesty to those who have come here illegally. We've got 4.7 million people waiting in line legally. Let those people come in first, and those that are here illegally, they shouldn't have a special deal.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. CNN "CNN-Tea Party Republican Debate" – Transcript. 12 September 2011. “One of the things I did in my state was to say, look, I'm going to get my state police authorized to be able to enforce immigration laws and make sure those people who we arrest are put in jail, to find out they're here illegally, we're going to get them out of here. We have to recognize that this is the party that believes in supporting the law. We're going to enforce the law. We're the party of opportunity, we're also the party of legal law abiding citizens.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. NBC 'Meet the Press.' 16 December 2007. “And, of course, the Cornyn proposal required all of the immigrants to go home. The McCain proposal required most of them to go home but let some stay, and the Bush proposal I frankly don't recall in that much detail, but they had very different proposals. My own view is, consistent with what you saw in the Lowell Sun, that those people who had come here illegally and are in this country, the 12 million or so that are here illegally, should be able to sign up for permanent residency or citizenship, but they should not be given a special pathway, a special guarantee that all of them get to stay here for the rest of their lives merely by virtue of having come here illegally, and that, I think, is the great flaw in the final bill that came forward from the Senate. MR. RUSSERT: But they shouldn't have to go home? MR. ROMNEY: Well, whether they go home -- they go home eventually. There's a set -- in my view, they should have a set period during which period the sign up for application for permanent residency or for citizenship, but there's a set period whereupon they should return home, and if they've been approved for citizenship or for a permanent residency, why, that would be a different matter. But for the great majority, they'll be going home.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. CNN Southern Republican Debate. 19 January 2012. “And with regards to those that have come here illegally now, we're not going to round them all up and deport them, but we're also not going to give them a preferential pathway to become permanent residents or citizens. They need to go back home, apply for citizenship, apply for permanent residency, like everyone else. Coming here illegally should not give you an advantage being able to become a permanent resident of the United States.” (votesmart.org)
  • Numbers USA. 2011. Project Vote Smart Interest Group Ratings. 29 July 2011. “As of February 25th, 2011, NumbersUSA - 2012 Presidential Hopefuls gave Romney a grade of D based on what Romney says a President should do about immigration.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Full Transcript: ABC News Iowa Republican Debate. 10 December 2011. “I-- I believe that any time that we start talking about a-- a form of amnesty, whether it's technically amnesty or not, when we start talking about how people have been able to come here and stay illegally for some period of time, that they're gonna be able to stay here permanently and become a permanent resident of the United States with-- with rights to our education system, our health care system, and so forth, we will then create another magnet that draws people into our country illegally. So, the right course for us is to, once again, talk about what you described. Secure the border. Once we do that, we can start talking about the 11 million or whatever number that may be that are in the country illegally. My own view is those 11-- 11 million people should register the fact that they're here in the country. They should be given some transition period of time to allow them to-- settle their affairs and then return home and get in the-- in line at the back of the line with everybody else that wants to come here.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. CNN "CNN National Security Debate" – Transcript. 22 November 2011. “BLITZER: Just to precise, and I'll give Speaker Gingrich a chance to respond. Are you saying that what he's proposing, giving amnesty in effect, or allowing some of these illegal immigrants to stay, is a magnet that would entice others to come to this country illegally? ROMNEY: There's no question. But to say that we're going to say to the people who have come here illegally that now you're all going to get to stay or some large number are going to get to stay and become permanent residents of the United States, that will only encourage more people to do the same thing.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Mitt Romney. Governor Mitt Romney On Iowa's Defense Of Marriage Act. 30 August 2007. "The ruling in Iowa today is another example of an activist court and unelected judges trying to redefine marriage and disregard the will of the people as expressed through Iowa's Defense of Marriage Act. This once again highlights the need for a Federal Marriage Amendment to protect the traditional definition of marriage as between one man and one woman.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Meet the Press/Facebook New Hampshire Republican Primary Debate. 8 January 2012. “[...] I don't discriminate, and in the appointments that I made when I was governor of Massachusetts, a member of my cabinet was gay. I appointed people to the bench regardless of their sexual orientation, made it very clear that, in my view, we should not discriminate in hiring policies and legal policies. At the same time, from the very beginning in 1994, I said to the gay community: I do not favor same-sex marriage. I oppose same-sex marriage, and that has been my -- my view.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. 2012 ABC/Yahoo!/WMUR New Hampshire Republican Primary Debate. “There can be domestic partnership benefits or -- or a contractual relationship between two people, which would include, as -- as Speaker Gingrich indicated, hospital visitation rights and the like. We can decide what kinds of benefits we might associate with people who form those kind of relationships, state by state. But -- but to say that -- that marriage is something other than the relationship between a man -- a man and a woman, I think, is a mistake. And the reason for that is not that we want to discriminate against people or to suggest that -- that gay couples are not just as loving and can't also raise children well. But it's instead a recognition that, for society as a whole, that the nation presumably will -- would be better off if -- if children are raised in a setting where there's a male and a female.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Republican Presidential Candidates Debate. 24 January 2008. “In terms of marriage, as the governor, I fought same-sex marriage every way I could find a way to do that. And I actually went to Washington -- Washington to testify in favor of an amendment to preserve the sanctity of marriage.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. MSNBC: Romney plays 'Hardball' on Gay Marriage. 26 August 2005. “I'm going to want to see a marriage limited to a man and a woman. I don't want to see civil union either.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Governor Mitt Romney's Remarks At The National Right To Life Convention Forum. 15 June 2007. "My opponent said she would sign a bill that would sanction same sex marriage. I said that I would oppose gay marriage and civil unions.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Iowa Republican Debate. 11 August 2011. "I believe we should have a federal amendment in the constitution that defines marriage as a relationship between a man and woman, because I believe the ideal place to raise a child is in a home with a mom and a dad." (votesmart.org)

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  • Mitt Romney. The Republican Debate on Fox News Channel. 21 October 2007. “Currently, we're taking more money into Social Security that we actually send out. So our current seniors, their benefits are not going to change. For people 20 and 30 and 40 years old, we have four major options, for instance, for Social Security. One is the one Democrats want: raise taxes. It's the wrong way to go. Number two, the president said let's have private accounts and take that surplus money that's being gathered now in Social Security and put that into private accounts. That works. Other people said, well, extend the retirement age. That mathematically works. It's not as attractive.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Obama Must Slay the Job-Killing Beast. 3 November 2010. “He [Obama] should propose less costly progressive indexing for future Social Security beneficiaries – using the consumer price index inflator rather than the wage index for higher-income retirees.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mitt Romney. Republican Presidential Candidates Debate. 28 January 2008. “The other -- there are three other ways that you can solve the problem of Social Security, and they're ways that have been brought forward by a number of Republicans over the years […] Well, number one, you can have personal accounts where people can invest in something that does better than government bonds -- with some portion of their Social Security. Number two, you can say we're going to have the initial benefit calculations for wealthier Americans calculated based on the Consumer Price Index rather than the wage index. That saves almost two-thirds of the shortfall. And then number three, you can change the retirement age. You can make -- push it out a little bit. And so those are the three arithmetic things you can do.” (votesmart.org)

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