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 will a world in which the U.S. is not the only superpower look like?
Mitt Romney: Well you know I hope that America always remains the most powerful nation on earth. And I would not want to see a world where Russia once again, or China were . . . were in superpower status, because I believe that a strong America is the best ally peace has ever known. I think you wanna see an American military strength that . . . that leaves without question the fact that if you attack America, that you’re gonna get a lot more coming back at you than you ever launched. I think you wanna see America as a powerful economy, because our economy, of course, fuels our military; but it also fuels the living standards of the people of our country, and they wanna see strong families. And fundamentally the nation’s ability to remain the world’s leader, and have its greatness not taken for granted, flows from families – good families with good values with moms and dads, and aunts and uncles, and grandparents that care for their children; with good schools; with good healthcare; with good jobs. Frankly that’s why I’m running, is to strengthen America and make sure that America remains the most powerful, the most promising nation on earth. And that America and the peace and prosperity that it has brought to so many people is showered on my kids and grandkids like yours and everybody else’s.
Recorded on: 11/26/07