He also asserts that President Obama’s policies have extended and deepened the recession, says his healthcare reform plan “makes no sense at all,” and declares that Sarah Palin is definitely qualified to become president.
Romney has a new book out, “No Apology: The Case for American Greatness,” offering a dramatic new blueprint for the nation to confront our most critical issues. He dropped by Newsmax’s office to discuss a wide range of issues, including the economy, the stimulus package, government bailouts, healthcare, John McCain, and the tea party movement.
Romney served as governor from 2003 until 2007. A successful businessman, he also was president and CEO of the committee that organized the 2002 Winter Olympics in
Romney tells Newsmax.TV about “No Apology”:
“This is a book about what I have seen as a result of my years in the business world, some 25 years, traveling a good deal overseas, and my recognition that what is happening internationally very much threatens America’s economic lead and ultimately threatens our ability to preserve freedom and promote liberty around the world.
“So I have described the fact that America needs to remain strong, that we need to stop apologizing for who we are and acknowledge that what we have and what we have done has lifted the world out of poverty and has also provided liberty to million, billions of people.
“We need to shore up the bases of our strength. If we don’t, we could find ourselves passed by
Romney says the economy will recover from the recession, as it always does. But he maintains that the $787 billion stimulus package has not been as effective as it could have been, and Obama’s actions during his first year in office “had the effect of extending the recession and deepening the recession.”
Romney cites Obama’s claim that, if the stimulus passed, it would hold unemployment at 8 percent, and if not, unemployment would rise to 10 percent.
“Well, it got to 10 percent and we still have $787 billion we’ve got to pay back to the people we borrowed it from,” he says, adding that
He points out that
“Ours is a state-based plan,” he says.
“We took responsibility for dealing with an issue and we solved it our own way. States should be allowed to approach their care for the poor in the way they think best, rather than have President Obama and Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid apply a one-size-fits-all plan for the entire country.
“The way President Obama has gone about it makes no sense at all.”
Turning to foreign policy, Romney tells Newsmax.TV that Obama “was simply wrong to go across the world as the new president of the United States establishing who he was by, if you will, distancing himself from the United States of America.
“He said the
Romney criticizes Obama for canceling plans for a missile defense system in
But he says he is pleased that Obama reversed course on
“As the candidate who I believe was the most anti-war candidate among the Democratic contenders, and who promised to pull our troops out immediately, he has instead adopted President Bush’s strategy in
“He voted against the surge in
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