Born: March 12, 1947 (age 65), Detroit
Full name: Willard Mitt Romney
Net worth: US$ 200 million (2012)
Spouse: Ann Romney (m. 1969)
Education: Harvard Business School (1975),Harvard Law School (1975), Brigham Young University (1971), Stanford University (1965–1966),Cranbrook Schools, Harvard University
The following are actual quotes from Romney on the issues. Thanks to ontheissues.org for providing this information.
“The truth is, no candidate in the governor’s race in either party would deny women abortion rights,” he wrote. “So let’s end an argument that does not exist.” – Jan 17 2012
“There was no requirement in Massachusetts for the Catholic Church to provide morning-after pills to rape victims. That was entirely voluntary on their part. Likewise, there’s a provision in Massachusetts General Law that says people don’t have to have coverage for contraceptives or other type of medical devices which are contrary to their religious teachings. Churches also don’t have to provide that.” – Feb 22 2012
Budget & Economy:
“My intent is to help the people who have been most hurt by President Obama’s economy. And the people who have been most hurt are the middle income families of America. And that’s why my plan says that if middle income families want to save their money, anybody earning under $200,000 and not pay any taxes on interest, dividends or capital gains, zero tax on their savings, that’s the plan I’m for. And I will get that done in my first year.” -Sept 22, 2011
“If you go back a few years to JFK’s time, the government at all levels–federal, state and local–was consuming about 27% of the US. economy. Today it consumes about 37% of the US economy. It’s on track to get to 40%. We cease at some point to be a free economy. And the idea of saying, we just want a little more, just give us some more tax revenue, we need that, that is the answer for America. The answer is to cut federal spending. The answer is to cap how much the federal government can spend as a percentage of our economy and have a balanced budget amendment. And the second part of the answer is to get our economy to grow, because the idea of just cutting and cutting and taxing more–I understand mathematically those things work, but nothing works as well as getting the economy going. Get Americans back to work. Get them paying taxes. Get corporations growing in America. And I’ll tell you, these kinds of problems will disappear.” -Oct 11, 2011
Q: You said in Bay Windows, which is a gay newspaper in Massachusetts, in 1994 when you were running against Senator Kennedy, “I think the gay community needs more support from the Republican Party, and I would be a voice in the Republican Party to foster anti-discrimination efforts.” How have you used your voice to influence Republicans on this issue?
ROMNEY: I don’t discriminate. And in the appointments that I made when I was governor of Massachusetts, a member of my Cabinet was gay. I appointed people to the bench, regardless of their sexual orientation, made it very clear that, in my view, we should not discriminate in hiring policies, in legal policies. At the same time, from the very beginning in 1994, I said to the gay community, “I do not favor same-sex marriage.” But if people are looking for someone who will discriminate against gays, they won’t find that in me.
Q: When’s the last time you stoop up and spoke out for increasing gay rights?
ROMNEY: Right now.
– Jan 8, 2012
“I know we’re going to get attacked from the left, from Barack Obama, on capitalism. My view is, capitalism works. Free enterprise works. And I find it kind of strange, on a stage like this, with Republicans, having to describe how private equity and venture capital create jobs. I think Adam Smith was right, and I’m going to stand and defend capitalism across this country.” -Jan 19 2012
The former Massachusetts governor opposes the legalization of recreational or medical marijuana, although he endorsed the use of synthetic pot. In his most recent book, No Apology, he attributes the legalization movement to “the passion and zeal of those members of the pleasure-seeking generation that never grew up.” – Apr 20, 2011 from Tim Murphy in Mother Jones magazine
“Let me tell you what I think I would do. One, education has to be held at the local and state level, not at the federal level. We need get the federal government out of education. And secondly, all the talk about we need smaller classroom size, look that’s promoted by the teachers unions to hire more teachers. We looked at what drives good education in our state, what we found is the best thing for education is great teachers, hire the very best and brightest to be teachers, pay them properly, make sure that you have school choice, test your kids to see if they are meeting the standards that need to be met, and make sure that you put the parents in charge. And as president I will stand up to the National Teachers Unions.” – Sept 22, 2011
“We must become independent from foreign sources of oil. This will mean a combination of efforts related to conservation and efficiency measure, developing alternate sources of energy like biodiesel, ethanol, nuclear, and coal gasification, and finding more domestic sources of oil such as in ANWR or the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).” – Nov 22, 2011
Energy & Environment:
“I believe that climate change is occurring–the reduction in the size of global ice caps is hard to ignore. I also believe that human activity is a contributing factor.
I am uncertain how much of the warming, however, is attributable to man and how much is attributable to factors out of our control. I do not support radical feel-good policies like a unilateral US cap-and-trade mandate. Such policies would have little effect on the climate but could cripple economic growth.
Oil is purported to be one of the primary contributors to rising global temperatures. If in fact global warming is importantly caused by our energy appetite, it’s yet one more reason for going on an energy diet.
Scientists are nearly unanimous in laying the blame for rising temperatures on greenhouse gas emissions. Of course there are also reasons for skepticism. The earth may be getting warmer, but there have been numerous times in the earth’s history when temperatures have been warmer than they are now.” – Mar 2, 2010
“You have to open up new markets. A highly productive nation like ours has to have new markets to sell goods to in order to continue to grow. But if one of those markets, one of those countries begins to cheat on the agreement and to unfairly attack our markets and kill jobs here, you have to say whoa, you got to live by the rules of fair trade. And I know some people are concern that if we hold China accountable that they will fight back and begin a trade war. But don’t forget, they sell a heck of a lot more stuff to us than we sell to them. They don’t want a trade war any more than we do.” – Feb 3, 2012
“The people of America recognize that this is a critical time. This is not just an average election. This is a time where we’re going to decide whether America will remain the great hope of the 21st century, whether this will be an American century, or, instead, whether we’ll continue to go down a path to become more and more like Europe, a social welfare state. That’s where we’re headed.
Our economy is becoming weaker. The foundation of our future economy is being eroded. Government has become too large. We’re headed in a very dangerous direction.
I believe, to get America back on track, we’re going to have to have dramatic, fundamental, extraordinary change in Washington to be able to allow our private sector to once again reemerge competitively, to scale back the size of government and to maintain our strength abroad in our military capacities. I believe that, to change Washington in such a dramatic way, you cannot do it by people who have been there their entire careers.” – Jan 26, 2012
“We had a piece of legislation that was crafted both by the pro-gun lobby and the anti-gun lobby. The pro-gun lobby said “this legislation allows us to cross roads with weapons when we’re hunting that had not been previously allowed.” And the day when we announced our signing, we had both the pro-gun owners and anti-gun folks all together on the stage because it worked. We worked together. We found common ground. My view is that we have the second amendment right to bear arms and my view is also that we should not add new legislation. I know that there are people that think we need new laws. I disagree with that. I believe we have in place all the laws we need. We should enforce those laws. I do not believe in new laws restricting gun ownership and gun use.” – Jan 16, 2012
“As President, I will reverse the Obama-era defense cuts. I believe a strong America must–and will–lead the future. I will insist on a military so powerful that no one would ever think of challenging it.” – Jan 24, 2012
“There are three pillars that sustain a free and strong America:
- A Strong Economy
- A Strong Military
- A Free and Strong People
The action steps to secure each of these include those noted in this Agenda for a Free and Strong America:
- Stop the trillion-dollar deficits and spend only what we have
- Increase our investment in science & basic research
- Stand by our allies and friends including Colombia, Israel, Georgia
- Fast-track NATO admission of our friends
- Promote and defend democracy and Western values around the world, including Honduras and Iran
- Maintain a defense budget of at least 4% of our GDP
- Add at least 100,000 troops to our ground forces
- Immediately replace equipment and armament that has been lost in conflicts
- Update our nuclear deterrent
- Expand our commitment to missile defense
- Return our navy and air force to the levels needed to meet their respective missions
- Establish Special Partnership Forces to aid in removing insurgencies.” – Mar 2, 2010
“For the people who are already retired or 55 years of age and older, nothing changes. With Social Security–if you will, the 2.0 version for the next generations coming up– I’d lower the rate of inflation growth in the benefits received by higher-income recipients and keep the rate as it is now for lower income recipients. And I’d also add a year or two to the retirement age under Social Security. With regards to Medicare, again, for higher-income recipients, lower benefit, a premium support program which allows people to buy either current standard Medicare or a private plan.” Jan 16, 2012
Welfare & Poverty:
“I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I’ll fix it. I’m not concerned about the very rich. They’re doing just fine. I’m concerned about the very heart of America, the 90-95% of Americans who right now are struggling. You can focus on the very poor, that’s not my focus. …We will hear from the Democrat party the plight of the poor; we have a safety net to help those that are very poor.” Romney added that he’s more worried about the unemployed, people living on Social Security and those struggling to send their kids to college.” – Feb 1, 2012