Today, Mitt Romney outlined his plan for reforming the health care system in the nation. True to form he gave a clear, detailed outline for the future, with an emphasis on repealing and replacing the overreaching government power grab that is Obamacare.
For those who were unable to view it live (a bit too captivated by the action at TPC Sawgrass, perhaps) a video is linked over at C-SPAN. Once I have found an embeddable video that I can include here, I will do so.
Finally, the Romney USA Today Op-Ed.
And that did not take long… Governor Romney has posted a transcript of his speech over at Free and Strong America. The full text is presented below.
Governor Romney delivered the following remarks to CPAC:
I’ve been in Ann’s shadow ever since our first date in high school. Over our years together, she’s waged some pretty impressive battles. Among her many accomplishments, none is more important or rewarding—to us and to our country—than her accomplishment as a successful mother of 5 and grandmother of 16.
Thank you, Ann.
The other night, from opposite coasts of the country, Ann and I watched President Obama’s State of the Union address. Ann figured out pretty fast what was going on. She sent me an email saying that it sounded like he was reading my CPAC speech from last year.
What we were hearing was not just a new and improved Barack Obama; it was an entirely different Barack Obama.
Saul Alinsky was out; Jeffrey Immelt was in.
The President went from “Change you can believe in” to “Can you believe this change?”
He sounded like he was going to dig up the First Lady’s organic garden to put in a Bob’s Big Boy.
But as the speech went on, it was clear that this was just the appearance of change: His answer for Americans out of work was more government spending and $50 billion for high speed rail.
He replaced his Chicago politician chief of staff with a fresh face from Chicago, named Daley.
Make no mistake: What we are watching is not Brave New World; what we’re watching is Groundhog Day!
Two years ago, this new President faced an economic crisis and an increasingly uncertain world.
An uncertain world has been made more dangerous by the lack of clear direction from a weak President. The President who touted his personal experience as giving him special insight into foreign affairs was caught unprepared when Iranian citizens rose up against oppression. His proposed policy of engagement with Iran and North Korea won him the Nobel Peace Prize. How’s that worked out? Iran armed Hezbollah and Hamas and is rushing toward nuclear weapons. North Korea fired missiles, tested nukes, sunk a South Korean ship and shelled a South Korean island. And his “reset program” with Russia? That consisted of our President abandoning our missile defense in Poland and signing a one-sided nuclear treaty. The cause of liberty cannot endure much more of his “they get, we give” diplomacy!
The world – and our valiant troops – watched in confusion as the President announced that he intended to win the war in Afghanistan….as long as it didn’t go much beyond August of 2011. And while the Taliban may not have an air force or sophisticated drones, it’s safe to say… they do have calendars.
I surely hope that at some point in the near future, the President will finally be able to construct a foreign policy, any foreign policy.
Here at home, the President’s response to the economic crisis was the most expensive failed social experiment in modern history.
He guaranteed that unemployment wouldn’t go beyond 8%. As he watched millions and millions of Americans lose their jobs, lose their homes and lose their hope, his response was this: It could be worse.
It could be worse? This is the leader of the Free World’s answer to the greatest job loss since the Great Depression? What’s next? Let them eat cake? Oh, excuse me. Organic cake.
It’s often said that the Presidency of the United States is the toughest job in the world. Fair enough. Undoubtedly true.
But how difficult is it to take office in the middle of a raging economic crisis and understand that the economy should be your number one priority?
The President who took office on January 20th, 2009 should have had one central mission – put Americans back to work! Fight for every job! Because every job is a paycheck and paychecks fuel Americans dreams.
Without a paycheck, you can’t take care of your family. Without a paycheck you can’t buy school books for your kids, keep a car on the road or help an aging parent make ends meet.
President Barack Obama has stood watch over the greatest job loss in modern American history. And that, my friends, is one inconvenient truth that will haunt this President throughout history.
Today there are more men and women out of work in America than there are people working in Canada. And in the month of January, Canada created more new jobs than we did.
When Ronald Reagan ran for President, he hung the Misery Index around Jimmy Carter’s neck. Today’s misery is real unemployment, home foreclosures and bankruptcies. This is the Obama Misery Index—and it’s at a record high. It’s going to take more than new rhetoric to put Americans back to work—it’s going to take a new president. Let me make this very clear. If I decide to run for President, it won’t take me two years to wake up to the job crisis threatening America. And I won’t be asking Tim Geithner how the economy works—or Larry Summers how to start a business.
Fifteen million Americans are out of work. And millions and millions more can’t find the good paying jobs they long for and deserve. You’ve seen the heartbreaking photos and videos of the jobs fairs around the country, where thousands show up to stand in line all day just to have a chance to compete for a few job openings that probably aren’t as good as the job they held two years ago. These job fairs and unemployment lines are President Obama’s Hoovervilles.
Make no mistake. This is a moral tragedy—a moral tragedy of epic proportion.
Unemployment is not just a statistic. Fifteen million unemployed is not just a number. Unemployment means kids can’t go to college; that marriages break up under the financial strain; that young people can’t find work and start their lives; and men and women in their 50s, in the prime of their lives, fear they will never find a job again. Liberals should be ashamed that they and their policies have failed these good and decent Americans! The President is trying to show that he finally gets it—that he really isn’t a liberal after all. But his idea of conservative economic policy is to invite some corporate CEO’s to the White House for an evening of table-talk.
I’m sorry Mr. President, but that’s not a policy, it’s a dinner party.
We’ve seen the failure of liberal answers before. Liberal welfare policies condemned generations to dependency and poverty. Liberal education policies fail our children today, because they put pensions and privilege for union bosses above the reading scores of our kids. Liberal social policies have failed to protect the unborn. And now, the hollow promises of liberal economic policies have failed to provide millions of Americans with the dignity of work.
Under the pressure of a crisis, people turn to what they really believe. With our economy in crisis, the President and his fellow liberals turned to Europe for their answers. Like the Europeans, they grew the government, they racked up bigger deficits, they took over healthcare, they pushed cap and trade, they stalled production of our oil and gas and coal, they fought to impose unions on America’s workers, and they created over a hundred new agencies and commissions and hundreds of thousands of pages of new regulations. Theirs is a European-style solution to an American problem. It does not work there and it will never work here!
The right answer is not to believe in European solutions. The right answer is to believe in America—to believe in free enterprise, capitalism, limited government, federalism—and to believe in the constitution, as it was written and intended by the founders. My father never graduated from college. He apprenticed as a lath and plaster carpenter, and he was darn good at it. He learned how to put a handful of nails in his mouth and spit them out, point forward. On his honeymoon, he and Mom drove across the country. Dad sold aluminum paint along the way, to pay for gas and hotels.
Dad always believed in America; and in that America, a lath and plaster man could work his way up to running a little car company called American Motors and end up Governor of a state where he had once sold aluminum paint.
For my Dad, America was the land of opportunity, where free enterprise, small business and entrepreneurs were encouraged and respected. The spirit of enterprise propelled America’s economy and our standard of living past every other nation on earth.
I refuse to believe that America is just another place on the map with a flag. I believe that America is an exceptional nation, of freedom and opportunity and hope. The America I believe in has goodness and a greatness that creates a unique American genius. That genius has blessed the world, led the world and yes, even saved the world from unimaginable darkness.
We didn’t originate the concept of liberty but our Founding Fathers redefined it and shared it with the world. From the brilliant sands of Omaha beach to the dark valleys of the Hindu Kush, we have fought with an unmatched courage and determination, not to conquer territory, but to give others the chance to experience the liberty that is humanity’s destiny.
Given all that America has done to lift others from poverty, given the millions of afflicted we have helped to heal and comfort, and given the hundreds of thousands of lives of America’s sons and daughters that have been, and are today, sacrificed to defend freedom, I will not apologize for America!
I don’t apologize for America because I believe in America! We believe in freedom, in opportunity. We believe in free enterprise and capitalism. We believe in the American dream. And we believe that the principles that made America the leader of the world today are the very principles that will keep America the leader of the world tomorrow. These last two years have not been the best of times. But while we’ve lost a couple of years, we have not lost our way.
This is fundamentally what conservatism is all about. We sing for God to bless America. He already has, he does now and thanks to the greatness of the American people and the principles that guide us, he will do so for generations to come.
Believe in America. Freedom depends on it.
Update 1:45 pm: Video now up on Youtube, including Ann Romney’s wonderful intro:
This morning, Mitt Romney gave his address to the annual CPAC conference, where conservative bigwigs and potential Presidential contenders have an opportunity to meet and greet grassroots volunteers and activists.
No transcripts or video up yet. When there is, I will provide. Until then, I will offer my notes, quotes, paraphrases, summaries and excerpts of what I took away from the speech. Plenty of good lines and twitter bytes in there, really went after the administration hard.
Thanks Ann Romney for a very nice and sincere introduction, greets the crowd.
Bashes Obama for talking cuts in SotU then proposing new spending.”What we’re watching is not ‘Brave New World;’ what we’re watching is ‘Groundhog Day.’
Bashes Obama’s foreign policy. “America cannot endure much more of his they get, we give diplomacy.”
Bashes Obama for being lackadaisical on unemployment. “Obama says ‘It could be worse’. What’s next, ‘let them eat cake?’
In January, Canada created more new jobs than the USA. Obama ‘misery index’ at a new high. Unemployment, foreclosures. Won’t take a new America to fix. It will take a new President.
I wouldn’t ask Tim Geithner or Larry Summers how to start a business. I already know.
Overcrowded job fairs and unemployment lines are Obama’s Hoovervilles. 15 million American unemployed. Liberals should be ashamed.
Liberal policies have failed America. Social policies have failed unborn. Economic policies have failed to provide opportunities for work.
Administraton took over health care, tried for cap and trade, tried to impose new unions – theirs is a European solution to an American problem. It does not work there and it will never work here.
Discusses his father’s hard work and rise to wealth as an example of the opportunity granted by exceptional American free enterprise.
American exceptionalism. Despite last couple of years, we have not lost our way. “I will NEVER apologize for America.” Believe in America; our freedom depends on it.
The 2010 elections have been won, but even so the next battle for control of this nation’s future is already underway. With dozens of new Republicans prepared bring the voice of the people to Washington in only a few weeks, the outgoing rejected Democrats are attempting to hijack the government away from the voters through a blatantly arrogant lame duck policy session in the final months of the year. Compounding the problem, this abuse of power also threatens our nation’s defense, as one of the travesties Democrats are attempting to thrust upon us is the New-START treaty that benefits Russia at our expense. Knowing that the disastrous agenda of the past two years is in danger of meeting its much needed end, Harry Reid is attempting to jam through a few more ideas, including START while he still has five more Senators backing him.
Since this past summer, Mitt Romney has been among the leaders of the fight to halt the ratification of this treaty. He continues this effort today, with another Op-Ed available at the Boston Globe in which he once again outlines the many liabilities of this agreement. After chiding this runaway Congress for this final attempt at damaging our nation, Romney argues:
A treaty so critical to our national security deserves a careful, deliberative look by the men and women America has just elected. The president is in a hurry for the same reason he has been in a hurry before: he knows that if his vaunted treaty is given a thorough review by the Senate, it will likely be rejected. And well it should be.
Afterward, Romney asks key questions that reveal the many problems with this agreement, including once again the failure to address the massive Russian advantage in tactical nuclear weapons, and the fact that it forces concessions from our strategic position while providing loopholes that allow Russians to threaten American strength with multiple warhead missile bombers and submarine launched cruise missiles.
It is a brief piece, but to the point and well worth reading. Follow the link.
This past week Free and Strong America have put forth their next two waves of the “10 for ’10″ initiative. With election day only hours away, this is now make or break time for these close candidates. Gallup is showing a 12-15 point edge for Republicans in their final generic Congressional poll. The makings for a majority changing wave are in our hands, we just need to do our part to bring these candidates to victory on Tuesday. Many close races are decided on late breaking support, so remember these names, along with the thirty from the last three updates, and help them when you can.
Jon Barela, NM-01: The past month has seen Barela climb to a three point lead over his opponent Martin Heinrich.
Mike Fitzpatrick, PA-08: A Democratic firm puts Fitzpatrick down by three, while a university poll puts him up by 5. This race is a tossup and could rely entirely on last minute efforts from supporters.
Chris Gibson, NY-20: Siena polling for October has showed a drastic shift in this race after the primary, with Gibson leading 51-42.
Jon Golnik, MA-05: Golnik aims to defeat entrenched Democrat Niki Tsongas. Though ranked as “likely Democrat” by Cook and RCP, Golnik’s internals reportedly show a Republican up eight points on Tsongas. With some help and a wave this could be an opportunity for a proud pickup. Help him send a message to D.C. family insiders.
State Senator Robert Hurt, VA-05: Hurt has maintained a consistent lead since July, up by eight in the latest polling. Hopefully he will finish strong on Tuesday.
Pat Meehan, PA-07: Polling has shown this race as razor thin, with Meehan leading by 1-4 points. This is rated as a tossup by RCP.
Scott Rigell, VA-02: Another close race on the East Coast, Rigell has a narrow advantage, leading 42-41 in a poll from last week.
David Schweikert, AZ-05: Schweikert is looking to lead a Republican charge in Arizona against Harry Mitchell. In a poll by a Democrat firm, Schweikert maintains a three point edge: 45-42.
Steve Southerland, FL-02: This race leans Republican, as two polls from October show Southerland with an identical lead, 50-38.
Todd Young, IN-09: Although the latest poll shows Young down 46-44, the conservative makeup of this district could see him close the gap. Help him today, to bring about that much needed victory.
Lou Barletta, PA-11: Barletta is in a tight race, with recent polls showing him both up 7 and down 9. Help him out and prove the optimistic poll correct.
Scott Bruun, OR-05: Scott Bruun could also use some support in an unpredictable race. Ranked a toss up by RCP, two polls from the same week have shown him down by 12, and leading by 10.
Morgan Griffith, VA-09: As Virginia trends Republican, Griffith has surged from a double digit deficit into a narrow one point lead in the latest poll.
Randy Hultgren, IL-14: An October poll from a Democratic firm shows Hultgren leading by one point, 47-46.
Harold Johnson, NC-08: The first poll in this district for months, taken in early October shows Johnson trailing by just one point, 46-45. Give him some last minute momentum to close that gap.
Mike Kelly, PA-03: Kelly has maintained a solid lead in the polls through the past three months. The latest shows him leading 44-37.
Mike Keown, GA-02: Two polls by a Republican firm show Keown leading by 2 and 4, with the momentum favoring Keown.
Jon Runyan, NJ-03: Runyan is making a strong bid to unseat freshman John Adler. Polling from last week ranges from a one point deficit, to a five point lead for Runyan.
Bobby Schilling, IL-17: The same pollsters who surveyed Hultgren’s race, put Schilling in a 45-38 lead over his opponent. This district leans GOP.
Dan Webster, FL-08: Two polls from the same firm in September and October have shown Webster maintaining a consistent 7 point lead.
Although many of these candidates are showing leads, nothing has been won yet! Any and all candidates need all of the support that they can get as election day nears. Together these fifty individuals represent the difference from the current minority status of the Republican party in the House, and a twenty seat majority. Each one represents one fewer vote for Nancy Pelosi, and one more for John Boehner and the responsible fiscal conservative agenda that will help the 112th Congress restore some control to the overreaching and dangerous aims of the Obama administration.
Free and Strong America has now highlighted 30 conservative House candidates as a part of the “1o for ’10″ push to put these narrow races into the win column for the GOP. The first wave of ten candidates were announced and previewed last week and the third was announced and covered here yesterday. Now, we take a brief look back at the deserving candidates highlighted as part of the second wave in the “10 for ’10″ initiative.
Dan Benishek, MI-01: Dr. Dan in one of the more popular candidates of the conservative wave. Recent polling, including a Democrat firm has shown Benishek up narrowly.
Sean Bielat, MA-04: Bielat is taking on a massive challenge in trying to unseat Barney Frank, but with Frank consistently picking up less than 50% of the vote in polling the veteran Congressman is indeed vulnerable.
Diane Black, TN-06: With Democrat Bart Gordon calling quits, Black is now the heavy favorite to win this open seat. Ranked as “likely Republican” by RCP, Cook, and Rothenberg.
Steve Chabot, OH-01: The latest polling puts Chabot up 12 points on incumbent Steve Driehaus: 53-41.
Paul Gosar, AZ-01: Polling from August and September show Gosar ahead by a consistent 6-7 points in this prime pickup opportunity.
John Loughlin, RI-01: While ranked as “lean Democrat” polling into early October has shown Loughlin close to within 11 points. The momentum is moving his way, and with some help he can jump over the top.
Tom Marino, PA-10: Depending on the firm, Marino is either tied or narrowly ahead in this Northeast Pennsylvania district. No recent polling has shown his opponent with more than 41% of the vote.
Martha Roby, AL-02: Some polling has shown her down, by single digits, though RCP and Cook call this race a toss-up in this heavily Republican (Cook PVI R+16) district.
Tim Walberg, MI-07: This race is a true toss-up, with recent polling showing Walberg down 6, tied, and up 4. This is definitely a district in which added last minute support could push the right man to victory. Watch this one and help Tim Walberg reclaim his former seat if you can.
Brad Zaun, IA-03: Polling commissioned by each campaign in this race shows their man up by about nine points – another true tossup in which any and all active support will help down the stretch.
As for how you can give your support to these candidates, Free and Strong America.com has all of the info you need, with links to Facebook, Youtube, Twitter for each of these candidates as well as their biographies, campaign sites, and opportunities to donate some much needed last minute funds online. There is only a week before we elect these individuals to lead this country in the House. Do everything you can to make sure that they are all there when the next Congress opens in January.
Another slate of “10 for ’10″ candidates have been announced by Free and Strong America. The “10 for ’10″ initiative is designed to bring attention on the closely fought races that may very well make the difference in control of the House of Representatives in the 112th Congress. Regarding the latest slate of candidates, Romney stated:
“It is more important than ever before that we have elected officials who will make the tough decisions needed to put our country back on the right track. It is my hope that this new initiative will serve as a resource for people to learn more about these critical races, and give them an ability to make a real difference that just might put our candidates over the top. We can take back control of Congress, but only if we work together.
Romney supporters and other fellow conservatives must work with Mitt to see these candidates elected. We need some strong conservative leadership in Congress, and the following individuals represent new opportunities for Americans, that our values can be represented in Washington.
Ed Martin, MO-03: Ed Martin is running against the family name power of Russ Carnahan. Old polling shows Carnahan leading by 9 or more, though more recent internal polling shows Martin possibly leading. Help Missouri defeat two Carnahans on November 2.
Van Tran, CA-47: Polling from September shows Tran down only 2, while a more recent poll shows the two dead even. Let’s hope that Tran’s momentum will carry him into the lead next week. Even better, actively help Tran cross the finish line with the win.
Allen West, FL-22: The latest poll shows our man, Allen West, leading the competition 47-44.
Many of these candidates are in strong shape heading into the final week of the campaign, but none are safe and all could use the help. Visit Free and Strong America.com for links to their campaign sites and information on how you can help!
(This is actually wave three. Information on the second wave candidates to be posted soon.)
Governor Romney has introduced his “10 for ’10″ initiative meant to highlight the races of competitive districts in the final stretch before the 2010 elections, ten at a time, with the goal of turning close races into the makings of a new Republican majority. As described on Free and Strong America.com:
The critical November 2nd midterm election is just days away, and we have a very real chance of taking back control of Congress — but only if we work together. This is why Mitt Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC has launched its new “TAKE CONGRESS BACK: 10 for ’10″ initiative, which highlights slates of 10 House challengers in key battleground contests who have been endorsed by the PAC. This initiative provides the PAC community — including its over 600,000 grassroots supporters on Facebook — with the tools to make a difference in these important races. Be sure to check back often for additional slates of candidates in the coming days.
The first slate of candidates includes NY-25′s own Ann Marie Buerkle, who has surged into a very narrow 40-39 lead against freshman incumbent Democrat Dan Maffei. The page includes brief biographical sketches for the candidates, with links to the campaign site, networking sites, and opportunities to support the candidates with donations.
Alongside, Buerkle, this set of featured candidates include:
Charlie Bass and Frank Giunta of New Hampshire. Bass, in the 2nd district, has both led and trailed among the inconsistent shifting of recent polls. Giunta, meanwhile, has held a consistent lead over Carol Shea-Porter in the 1st district.
David Harmer in CA-11. Polling shows Harmer narrowly leading his opponent 48-42.
Joe Heck in NV-03. The most recent poll, from late September, puts Heck into the lead 47-44.
Raul Labrador in ID-01. He narrowly trails Democrat Walt Minnick.
Mick Mulvaney in SC-05 hasn’t had any recent polling released. Cook and RCP rate this race as a Toss Up.
Steve Pearce in NM-02. Polls show Pearce lead between one and four points.
Jeff Perry in MA-10. He is deadlocked with Bill Keating, trailing 46-43 in the latest poll.
Steve Stivers in OH-15. The latest poll shows his lead up to 9 points, 47-38.
Visit the “10 for ’10″ page today for more information on these candidates. They very likely represent the conservative majority of the 112th Congress.
Just a quick update today, a news piece from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel briefly telling of a visit by Mitt Romney and Bobby Jindal campaigning for Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Scott Walker. Both men highlighted Walker’s strong fiscal policies and proposals to cut government spending in their stops. With Walker consistently leading his opponent in polls, hopefully these visits will be enough to seal the deal two weeks from today.
By the way, Romney and Jindal… those two make for a good team, in my opinion….