Mitt Romney Previews His Big Week
“I'd like people to stand back and say, what are the big issues that America faces and what are the answers that I have and that Paul Ryan has for the issues that we face,” former governor Mitt Romney, the soon-to-be Republican nominee for president, said was what he hopes voters walk away with after this week’s convention in Tampa.
Romney added he hopes people will gather from his acceptance speech Thursday that he believes this “nation is unique and exceptional and that we have everything we need to continue to lead the world in prosperity and in peace.”
Earlier this week, Republican Congressman Todd Akin (R-MO), who is running for the US Senate seat in Missouri, made controversial remarks about rape victims in the context of abortion policy, which were seized on by Democrats who have tried to paint Romney and his running mate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as anti-women.
Romney defended his record, and pointed to the universal health care law implemented in Massachusetts while he was governor.
“I'm the guy that was able to get health care for all of the women and men in my state. They're just talking about it at the federal level… I'm very proud of what we did.”
In particular, regarding abortion, Romney said, “There are two lives at stake, the child, the unborn child and the mom. And I care for both of them.”
Romney has accused the president of running an “angry” and “desperate” campaign.
“When the president accuses me of -- of being a felon or when his staff does and he doesn't distance from -- from that. When they have a -- a PAC which -- which says that I'm responsible for someone's death and he won't distance himself from that….I would suggest that that's a campaign of -- of anger and divisiveness. I think his whole campaign he's been about dividing the American people,” Romney said.
It’s already been an expensive campaign on both sides, combined over a half billion has been spent by the candidates alone.
Romney said he would like to see a return to abiding by the federal spending limits.
“I would far rather have a setting where we had both agreed to the federal spending limits. Look, what -- what he's done has meant that both of us have to spend an inordinate amount of time fundraising. We can't spend as much time on the campaign trail. And -- and, frankly, of money having influence in politics.”
The Democrats have been relentless in their demands that Romney release more than the two years of tax returns he has said he is willing to release.
Romney addressed the suspicion surrounding his foreign investments.
“There was no reduction, not one dollar of reduction in taxes, by virtue of having an account in Switzerland or a Cayman Islands investment. Those dollars of taxes remained exactly the same. There was no tax savings at all,” Romney said, adding that these investments are handled in a blind trust.
This week Romney will accept the nomination of his party for president, a goal his father, former Michigan governor George Romney tried to meet and fell short of.
Asked what his father would say to him on this occasion, the younger Romney said, “He gave some advice to the new governor of Michigan, John Engler, years ago. And I've heard him give it to many people, which is be bold. Don't worry about what people think, just be bold, get the job done. That's the advice he'd give me.”