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: What is the most dangerous idea you’ve heard in this campaign?
Mitt Romney: Let’s see. Well there are a lot of ideas that I disagree with. Perhaps the most frightening was Hillary Clinton saying she had a million good ideas for America that we just can’t afford. You know we can’t afford Hillary Clinton’s million good ideas, although Charlie Rangel is trying to raise taxes enough to give her the money she wants. Probably the most dangerous idea we heard, however, came from Barack Obama – his insistence that we just pull out of Iraq, regardless of the consequences, without thinking about what would happen if Iraq became a safe haven for Al Qaeda. A dangerous thought. And then compounding that by saying that he would, in his first year, dignify Castro, Ahmadinejad, Hassad, Kim Jong-il, some of the great tyrants of our world with his personal presence as President of the United States. That is something which is also perhaps not as dangerous as it is alarming and disappointing.
Recorded on: 11/26/07