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 the American political system broken?
Mitt Romney: Washington is broken. The states are doing a pretty good job. Cities across the country are doing a pretty good job. States are able to balance their budgets – doing so without raising taxes, without borrowing money. But Washington has been incapable of dealing with the extraordinary challenges America faces today – dealing with global jihad; dealing with the overuse of energy; the overspending of money in Washington; recognizing the need to become more competitive, particularly with Asia. The job just hasn’t been done. Of course something as simple as illegal immigration . . . Washington has been unable to stem the tide of illegal immigrants into the country. So it’s time to have people from outside Washington who are not lifelong politicians finally get the reigns and get America back on track. Recorded on: 11/26/07