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: Two-thirds of Americans think the government is secretive. Do you agree?
Mitt Romney:Well in some places we’re too secret, and some places we’re too open. I’ve been disappointed that some of the tools that we use to listen in and otherwise determine what terrorists are doing, that those tools have become public. And I’ve been very, very disappointed that Top Secret programs have now been made available for the terrorists to understand. That’s a huge mistake for our country. On the other hand, I’d like to see a great deal more transparency on contracts that the government enters into, on who is contributing to who in political campaigns. There’s a lot in politics that I think needs to be . . . or needs to have sunshine shone on it. And these 527s that are organized where people can contribute millions of dollars to political efforts without people even knowing who they are – this, I think, has to change.
Recorded on: 11/26/07