Widely recognized for his leadership and accomplishments as a public servant and in private enterprise, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney currently serves as the Honorary Chairman of the Free and Strong America PAC.
In 2008, Governor Romney was a leading candidate for the Republican presidential nomination and distinguished himself as an important voice in favor of strengthening our economy, military, and families. Elected Governor of Massachusetts in 2002, Governor Romney presided over a dramatic reversal of state fortunes and a period of sustained economic expansion. Without raising taxes or increasing debt, Governor Romney balanced the budget every year of his administration, closing a $3 billion budget gap inherited when he took office. By eliminating waste, streamlining the government, and enacting comprehensive economic reforms to stimulate growth in Massachusetts, Romney got the economy moving again and transformed deficits into surpluses. One of Governor Romney’s top priorities as Governor was reforming the education system so that young people could compete for better paying jobs in the global economy of the future. Romney was CEO of Bain & Company, co-founded Bain Capital and served as the CEO of the 2002 Winter Olympics. Born in 1947, Romney earned his B.A. at Brigham Young University and his J.D. and M.B.A. from Harvard University.
Question: Is it the president’s job to solve moral questions?
Mitt Romney: Well everything you do that relates to the law and to the practices of a country has a moral component. And if . . . By that I mean a sense of what’s right and what’s wrong. Our society flows from Judeo-Christian values that say that there is a Creator. We’re a family of humankind. We care about the . . . the well-being of people in our own nation, in our families, and also in families around the world. And we also recognize that liberty and freedom is a gift of a Creator; not the invention of a state, but the gift of a Creator. And these views are revolutionary. And . . . and as a result of these views, I believe that our policy must, from time to time, take stock of where we are and make sure that we’re . . . we’re actually in the right; that we’re flowing from the kind of moral values that you’d expect of a moral nation like America.
Recorded on: 11/26/07