CAMPAIGN 2012 / ROMNEY TOWNHALL MANCHESTER NH 102811
CAMPAIGN 2012 ROMNEY TOWNHALL MANCHESTER NH 102811 Mitt Romney held a TOWN HALL in Manchester NH Romney discussed his view that the federal government is too big and unwieldy and spends too much. And spent much of the Town Hall taking aim---not at his Republican opponents but at President Obama . There is nothing being as vulnerable as entrenched success. 18:22:26 And government so heavy its weighing down our private sector. I've watched our president, I don't think he understands how our economy works. I don't think he understands how what he is doing is making it harder for us to compete. )This is a nation being run increasingly for the government and not for the people. And its time for us - the people to take our government back (CROWD APPLAUSE He spoke about unleashing energy resources in this country: 190109 And the answer is, on day one of my administration, I will issue an executive order directing the secretary of energy to immediately provide the permits to those that need to drill in places that have already been approved and get those places open and producing as quickly as possible. And in addition, lets explore what we have around the country, find out what additional resources we have, put the permits in place and we could start drilling for those. He had this to say about OWS: If we had 6% unemployment instead of 9% unemployment, this wouldn't be going on. So if we had a president who understood what it took to reboot the American economy we wouldn't have this problem or people protesting because they would be working, so for the president to somehow be suggesting yeah we're with you, its like wait hold on a second Mr. President, they're protesting in part because of your failure. And about the people protesting: There are people in that protest effort who are angry that they just cant find work. And that their costs are going up and their income is going down and I certainly sympathize with those people. I'm sure there are others in the group that have less benevolent sentiments and are just intent on causing difficulty of one kind of another, I'm certainly not in favor of that sentiment And about President Obama: "Watching the president - he's blamed George W Bush, the republicans, congress, I don't know ATM machines. He looks for someone to blame and you go back to Harry Truman - the buck stops here he said. The president should take responsibility. // After he was inaugurated for president, he went on the Today show and said if I cant turn this economy around in 3 years, I'll be looking at one term proposition. We're here to collect. Hold him to his word! RS 5226 CAMPAIGN 2012 ROMNEY TOWN HALL MANCHESTER NH 102811 18:15:22 - Mitt Romney introduced 18:16;50 I thought I would start off tonight by telling you a little about some family things and referring to this clock back here (points to debt clock) -$14 trillion in debt. It moves pretty quickly. I'm about to see a $15 trillion debt that the nation faces. I want to start a bit about my family training. My dad was born of American parents who lived in Mexico. Born in Mexico, lived there for a few years and then his moved back. His dad was in the construction business. And as you know construction goes up and down. His dad went bankrupt more than once, they moved from state to state. I think CA first then Idaho then they settled in Utah. My dad worked as a plaster carpenter - its what preceded drywall. My dad could take a handful of nails, put them in his mouth then spit them out. and he never had the time or money to get a college degree but that didn't stop him, because he believed in America. He believed in the opportunity which America represents to people of capacity and visions and dreams. And mom got married - my dad bought aluminum cans of paint. On their honeymoon he put that in their trunk - he would sell cans of paint along the way to pay for gas and hotel bills. And despite not having a degree he went on to be the head of a major car company. He ultimately became governor of the one the states where he sold aluminum cans of paint. Its an amazing country! I remember sitting with my dad - I'm told about this story - I remember saying to my dad, if Ramblers are such good cars, we don't sell as many as the Chevrolet, how do you compete with GM? And dad said something which has been attributed to him in a number of books - he said "there is nothing as vulnerable as entrenched success." There is nothing as vulnerable as entrenched success." His idea was that some groups of people or companies or nations become so used to their success, that they become complacent, they become fat and lazy, and other upstarts are able to rush past them (18:20:12). I thought about that when I met the Prime Minister of Israel. He was describing his responsibility for becoming the finance minister for that country - he became minister at a time when the economy was going down they were losing GDP every quarter and he tried to figure out why in a country fileld with energetic people that their economy was going down. And he said it finally hit him - it reminded him of his first day of basic training in the Israli military. He said they all lined us up in the football field and said we are going to have a race. The guy next to me was this big guy and the guy beyond that was had a little guy on his shoulders and of course that guy won! I realized I was like business and entrepreneurs and the guy on my shoulders that was government. And if government gets to big and too weighty - then the economy can't run and create jobs. 18:21:36 Now people across the country wonder how it is three years in that this Presidents term that we have 26 million people out of work or have stopped looking for work or are only able to get part time employ. They wonder why housing prices continue to go down. They wonder why in 3 years the median income in America has declined by 10 percent. Families in this country are really struggling with median income down 10 percent and costs of gasoline up and food up and healthcare up. People are really struggling in this country as you know. And people wonder why that is. And I think that has something to do with both those stories I told about nothing being as vulnerable as entrenched success. 18:22:26 And government so heavy its weighing down our private sector. I've watched our president, I don't think he understands how our economy works. I don't think he understands how what he is doing is making it harder for us to compete. I saw some statistics and they just struck me about the scale of government. This goes back - I'll use an example - the DOD. Now I don't think that's a place where we can afford to lose our investment. But boy we can afford to be more efficient in our use of resources. But to give you a sense of how government ends up working if left to its own devices and without recognition of the need to be sharp penciled and managed carefully. I understand from John Leyman who was the former Secretary of the Navy that in WWII we commissioned 1,000 ships in the navy per year and the bureau of ships had 1,000 people. He said by the time he was Secretary under Ronald Reagan, we were commissioning about 19 ships a year. And the purchasing dept had grown to 4,000 people. Now we commission 9 ships a year. Guess how big the purchasing dept in the navy is? 24,000 people. This is what happens with government. And it overwhelms the private sector when that kind of excess occurs (18:24:00). When President Obama became President, the number of people in the Dept of Transportation that made over $175,000 a year - one person. Today three years later - don't forget the median income in America has gone down 10% - but today the number of people making over $175,000 a year - 2,620 people. (18:24:38) This is a nation being run increasingly for the government and not for the people. And its time for us - the people to take our government back (CROWD APPLAUSE). Now I know how to get that done - I cut my teeth in the private sectors you know, I spent my life in business. You cannot survive in business with numbers like those. With practices like those. You would be out of business. Because your competition would beat you and drive you out of business. So in business you had to learn to get more and more efficient, do more things with fewer costs. Be more able to meet the needs of your consumer. So I took the skills I learned in business, went out and applied them at the Olympics and then I went to MA to be Governor. Now here I am a conservative in a state that has a few democrats. You NH know something about MA. I think our legislature is the most lopsided single party legislature in America. If not its close. When I came in of the 160 state reps, I think we had 19 Republicans. This was not a friendly environment from a conservative republican standpoint. And when I came in we thought we were going to take a billion dollar shortfall in the budget. Turned out that was wrong it was a 3 billion dollar shortfall. And a lot of my democrat friends said we just gotta raise taxes there is no other way. And some were saying we just need to increase our level of borrowing, taxes and borrowing. I said no way we are going to raise taxes on the people of our state. It kills families and jobs. 18:26:46 And I went to the legislature and got special permission to reduce our spending. In MA we cut spending. We cut it in the first couple months by $420 million. We reduced spending. And that was just in the 6 months of the fiscal year. And that followed every year - to balance our budget and by the end of my term to make sure we had in place over $2 billion in our rainy day fund. That has to happen in Washington. (18:27:33) We have to cut the scale of government - not just slow its rate of growth but reduce spending in account after account get rid of agencies, get rid of programs, combine agencies and finally reign in the excesses of the federal government. (CROWD APPLAUSE). And I mentioned government pay - it is my view that the pay of government employees should be linked to the pay in the private sector -the people paying taxes. And people in government should not have better benefits better pay, better healthcare than the people paying their way, we should link the two together. I want to mention one more thing. And that's our entitlements. People who are in their late 60s -should not listen because social security and medicare are not going to change for them. But for people who are in their early 50s, 40s and 20s, we need to make sure the promises we make to them are promises that can be kept. So I want to make sure that we make those programs so solid fiscally that they can be there for there. I want to save medicare not just for those that are already retired but for those that will someday be retired. 102904 We want to keep those programs in place and make them fiscally solvent. And if we fail to do those things, those numbers (debt clock) can do to us what they're doing across the world in Greece. And Greece is a small nation economically speaking. So other nations can come together and bail it out and keep all of Europe from falling into a recession or worst. 102937 No one can bail us out - we're way too big for anyone in the world to think they can bailout the United States of America. We're the largest economy in the world. We have to act fiscally responsible in order for us to make sure we don't lay this on our kids. 182951 I happen to think that it's simply immoral for us to heap benefits and to spend massive money in Washington getting government larger and larger and larger and do so by borrowing from the Chinese and others and then passing it on to our kids. I'm not going to do it. I'm going to cut the spending in Washington, balance our budget and make sure that the future is bright for our kids and theirs. (183017 CROWD APPLAUSE). Q AND A: 18:39:45 (Asked by Brian Egan, New London, NH): I guess I am quite angry what's going on as most people in the room are. We see things going like illegal immigrants, again not undocumented but illegal, taking over the hospitals, making true Americans wait, I see us giving money to Korea and I just read again that we plan to give them money in hopes that they will back off on spending on their military. I don't know how many times we have done that. It just seems as you stated that so many people in the government, it should be a simple thing to fix. I was a manager, and we went through times where everyone had to say what their week consisted of (?) that would be a simple way to cut an awful lot of people on after a minute or 2 they would run out of words. But it seems like such a simple fix. The illegal immigrants - we couldn't hire them - we had to see their documentation. Why can't that just be done. If they can't get a job here they just go back. Let them fix the problems in their own countries. The money we give to foreign countries I just can't get over that. If we were just to say cut that 50 percent what would that do to help us out here. And then Afghanistan, it's just unbelievable. Obviously the next president if we were to turn that around, will have to make a lot of tough decisions and probably make a lot of people angry including a lot of their peers in government. (18:41:34) Are you willing to do that. Are you willing to upset a lot of the peers and countries and do what has to be done and take care of America first (ROMNEY ON NOT BEING A CAREER POLITICIAN) 184149 ROMNEY The answer is yes and you may say well prove it. It's hard to prove, but I can tell you this. I don't have a career in politics. This for me is not the next step in my political career - to run for president. As you know I was governor for 4 years and I point out that I didn't inhale (crowd laughs) I'm still a business guy. I spent my life in the private sector as apparently you did - 25 years in business and then off to the Olympics. And uh, I'm in this race because I'm very concerned about the country we're going to give to my kids and my grandkids and your kids and grandkids. 184230 We're in pretty good shape although we're hurting right now. And our generation is doing OK despite the extraordinary stress that we are going through right now but boy I wonder what its going to be like 10-20 years from now. And I'm not willing to down as a member of the worst generation that watched our economy decline. That would set (??) who knows what number that will be (points to debt clock) that will be in 10 years on to our kids. I want to get America right. And I happen to know that a lot of things that I will need to do won't be real popular. I was with a group of Congressmen and Congresswomen this week and said to them I hope to come join you in Washington but recognize that not everything I ask you to do will be popular. We're gonna have to do some tough things. And I recognize - look I shouldn't worry one day about getting reelected. Because if I get that job, I gotta get America right again. To make sure - you describe some things you are concerned about. I agree with you on a number of those things and others. I want to get America on track to remain as the most powerful economy in the world, creating great jobs, the best place to be middle class in the world, a bright place for our kids. That's why I'm in this. (CUT TO) What we all fear the most is a weak America. 184502 A strong America is the best ally to peace the world has known. Its essential for America to remain strong for our well being for our kids and their kids well being and the world to enjoy the kind of peace and freedom that humanity deserves. (ON GAS AND DRILLING) 185929 WILL FROM MANCHESTER: Hello Governor my name is Will from Manchester. I paid $3.45 a gallon on my way over here to fill up my car on the way to see you. Um, actually its high but, in college I learned the law of supply and demand. And we have a tremendous amount of supply. There's a place in Alaska by the name of Anwar. I guess its about the same size as the Manchester airport, so I would ask you if you are elected what you will do to immediately open up some of the government lands so we can start utilizing our own energy and stop sending our money overseas 19:0015 ROMNEY - Sounds like a few people agree with you Will. And I sure do. Not just Anwar, its also North Dakota where we have a massive new oil discovery with more oil and reserve than we have in Prudo Bay or had in Prudo Bay when it was full. We have natural gas the Marcela natural gas in PA and NY. Huge new supply of natural gas. We have massive supplies of energy that have been discovered and that are also available in some cases as the result of new technology. We used to be able to drill vertically into the ground to get oil and gas. Someone found a way to go vertically and then horizontally. Tap into pool of gas and oil along the way and then to put fluid in the ground to push the oil and gas and then bring the pipe for us. I mean the technology is amazing and we've got massive new resources. 190109 And the answer is, on day one of my administration, I will issue an executive order directing the secretary of energy to immediately provide the permits to those that need to drill in places that have already been approved and get those places open and producing as quickly as possible. And in addition, lets explore what we have around the country, find out what additional resources we have, put the permits in place and we could start drilling for those. And I'd include Anwar, I'd include outer continental shell. I know in Florida for instance, there is a lot of folks who say we don't want to drill around our continental shelf because there could be oil spills that come around the beach. I understand that. But if you say to the people of Florida, instead of the royalties going to the federal government for oil drilling, how about it go to the state, then they may change their mind in that regard. And we'll let them pine about what's the right thing to do. But let's finally get serious about opening up our capacity to drill in our own country, we're an energy rich nation, we're acting like an energy poor nation, we're enriching some bad people in some cases and we're sending hundreds of billions of dollars outside our country which can be kept here to employ Americans and make sure we have the kind of job growth this country needs (190228) (MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM) 19:06:10 Governor the longest running defense countroversy in America surrounds ballistic missile defense. You can now buy missile technology from any number of parties around the world as well as warheads and biological weapons to put on top of them. What is your position on ballistic missile defense, a comprehensive system to defend the American continent and our allies? 190638 ROMNEY I feel very confidant that a comprehensive missile defense system is of the highest defense priority. And the decision for instance to cut back on the missile defense sites in Alaska was a mistake, the decision to pull our missle defense sites in Poland was a mistake. We will develop new technologies that will advance our missile defense capabilities. But look, we're gonna have the potential of various rogue nations bringing attacks against us. And a result of that we should have a very ample missile defense system capability. I think it was a mistake on the part of this president to pull out of those commitments and think instead we should have a very robust missile defense system. And the nation that we have in the back of our minds as we have this discussion is Iran. And the president has simply failed to take suffient action relating to Iran to dissuade them from their nuclear folly. And Iran becoming a nuclear nation with nuclear warhead, or fissile material they can provide to various terrorist groups is an unthinkable conclusion. And so we should have a missile defense system but also have a president who has a very concrete plan to keep Iran from having a nuclear weapon or nuclear capability that puts Americans and our friends in the world at risk. (OCCUPY WALL STREET Q) 19:08:06 WOMAN: What is your opinion regarding the Occupy Wall Street people right now and the fact that our current administration is basically encouraging, endorsing and has a lot to say behind it which I find very ironic and hypocritical regarding who they're taking from and who they're sending people out on the streets to you know fight against. My problem is, I think this is getting out of control, I think this is getting bigger than it needs to be and the government needs to step in and not be in favor of it. 19:08:53 ROMNEY: If we had 6% unemployment instead of 9% unemployment, this wouldn't be going on. So if we had a president who understood what it took to reboot the American economy we wouldn't have this problem or people protesting because they would be working, so for the president to somehow be suggesting yeah we're with you, its like wait hold on a second Mr. President, they're protesting in part because of your failure. There are people in that protest effort who are angry that they just cant find work. And that their costs are going up and their income is going down and I certainly sympathize with those people. I'm sure there are others in the group that have less benevolent sentiments and are just intent on causing difficulty of one kind of another, I'm certainly not in favor of that sentiment. I can tell you that I think the president's rhetoric of trying to divide America between have and have nots and we and they, and one class or another class, and one race or another race, any kinds of those divisions in our history have been very dangerous and I think we're playing with fire in a very dangerous way to be divisive in America. We need to come together as a nation and find solutions to the challenges as opposed to trying to find a scapegoat saying oh its all their problem. Its their fault. And watching the president - he's blamed George W Bush, the republicans, congress, I don't know ATM machines. He looks for someone to blame and you go back to Harry Truman - the buck stops here he said. The president should take responsibility. His economic plans didn't work. He borrowed $787 billion up there. And said that would hold unemployment 8%. It has not been below 8% since. 191103 He set the bogey he missed it. He failed. After he was inaugurated for president, he went on the Todsy show and said if I cant turn this economy around in 3 years, I'll be looking at one term proposition. We're here to collect. Hold him to his work (crowd laughs) 191133