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Lakeland Ledger - Romney Speaks To County Republicans At Dinner

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Lakeland Ledger - Romney Speaks To County Republicans At Dinner

"Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney had his audience clapping and cheering at his jabs at Democrats, the immigration bill and high taxes at the Thursday evening Polk County Republican Party's Lincoln Day Dinner.

"The former Massachusetts governor then had them sighing, with a few eyes misting, when he told them of the dedication and patriotism of athletes performing at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, which Romney had helped rescue from poor administration and delays.

"But the crowd cheered the loudest at The Lakeland Center dinner when the candidate took after Democratic candidates, especially U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton. Calling for health insurance for Americans who do not have it, he added, 'I don't mean go toward socialized medicine and I don't accept Hillary care,' a reference to her proposed health care insurance.

"Romney also addressed immigration. The immigration bill now before Congress must be rewritten so that it does not reward the 12 million illegal immigrants in this country, Romney told the crowd of 305."


"In an interview with The Ledger before his speech, Romney said he was not giving specifics on his plan for immigration because three criteria must come first: securing the borders, developing a system for determining the legality of any potential immigrant employee and the resolve that illegal immigrants not be given an advantage for residency, as he thinks the current bill would appear to do.

"'I haven't laid out specifics. There is a lot of negotiations that have to take place, but those three principles must be met first. Then we can talk about whether they should go home before they can apply for a Z Visa or pay a fine,' he said."


"During his address to the GOP faithful, Romney also criticized Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, to audience cheers.

"'John Edwards said there is no such thing as the war on terror. Well, go tell that to people in Nigeria, the Sudan, Madrid, London, Indonesia and New York. If terrorists are going to wage war on us, we are going to wage war on them.'

"As president, Romney said he would add a total of 100,000 more troops to the various military services and would increase defense spending." ...

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