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: Should Iowa and New Hampshire stay at the front of the primary schedule?
Mitt Romney::I do. I believe that the people in Iowa and New Hampshire are now long practiced in evaluating the candidates. They spend the time as citizens to really get to know us. And instead of making their judgments based exclusively on what’s on TV – meaning ads – they go to town meetings. They meet us on the street, and they get to know our character, and our personality, and our vision, and our values on a one-to-one basis. And that kind of process, I think, is critical. If we instead turn to some very large states, it would be impossible to do the person-to-person campaigning that’s part of the Iowa and New Hampshire process.
Recorded on: 11/26/07