Mitt Romney: Are two parties enough?
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: Are two parties enough?
Mitt Romney: Boy, they sure are. If you look at countries that have multiple parties, you find in many cases that the extreme party – the smallest party – ends up having a disproportionate strength by virtue of being the tiebreaker between the two major parties. And so I’m not somebody that is in favor of a multi-party system here in America. I think the Republican tent needs to be big enough to . . . to encompass a majority of the people of this great country.
Recorded on: 11/26/07
Two parties, says Romney, keep us from the extremism of small parties.