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Too bad for the people who've lost their jobs. He proposed that struggling auto manufacturers should undergo managed bankruptcyafter which they should seek loans from the private-sector credit market with government-backed loan guarantees. Writing in an op-ed article published in the New York Times in November his original title had been "The Way Forward for the Auto Industry" but the editors published the article under the title "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt"  Romney said, "If General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye.
He said that the government should sell its General Motors stock holdings quickly and should seek alternatives to what he called excessive automotive industry regulation. But on this too it has been a failure.
Political spending has been driven into secret corners and more power and influence has been handed to hidden special interests. What is really needed is greater transparency, and disclosure, of campaign contributions — not more restrictions on political speech. Supreme Court had made the right decision in its Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling, but that he did not like some of the consequences of it: I think their decision was a correct decision.
I support their decision. I wish we could find a way to get money out of politics. I haven't found a way to do that. That's the nature of the process. I hope it ends. We all would like to have super PACs disappear, to tell you the truth I think this has to change.
He said that he was "absolutely committed" to renewable energy and that "I think the global warming debate is now pretty much over and people recognize the need associated with providing sources which do not generate the heat currently provided by fossil fuels. The plan also proposed to impose strict emissions standards on older power plants and sought to substantially reduce soot emissions from diesel buses, trucks, and heavy construction equipment.
And that plant, that plant kills people. In his state of the Commonwealth address in JanuaryRomney said, "I'm concerned about the preservation of our natural resources.Mitt Romney's Meet The Press Interview from 11-3-13 Part 1
I will file legislation to protect our oceans from off shore drilling and commercial development. The oceans should not be up for grabs like some Wild West land rush. When his lieutenant governor supported a temporary suspension of the state gasoline tax to provide consumers some relief during a period of especially high gasoline prices inRomney rejected the proposal, arguing that maintaining the tax would help encourage energy conservation: I am very much in favor of people recognizing that these high gasoline prices are probably here to stay and that the appropriate action for us to take is to find ways to find fuel conservation.
I can't prove that, but I believe based on what I read that the world is getting warmer. And number two, I believe that humans contribute to that. I don't know how much our contribution is to that, because I know that there have been periods of greater heat and warmth in the past but I believe we contribute to that. And so I think it's important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may well be significant contributors to the climate change and the global warming that you're seeing.
And the idea of spending trillions and trillions of dollars to try to reduce CO2 emissions is not the right course for us. Well, the-- the specifics are these which is those principles I described are the heart of my policy. And I've indicated as well that-- that contrary to what the Democrats are saying, I'm not going to increase the tax burden on middle income families. It would absolutely be wrong to do that.
But you know I've had the experience of being a governor. I've demonstrated that I have the capacity to balance budgets. I balanced them four years in a row in Massachusetts and we cut the taxes 19 times in Massachusetts.
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Can you give me an example of a loophole that you will close. Well, I can tell you that people at the high end, high income taxpayers, are going to have fewer deductions and exemptions. Those-- those numbers are going to come down. Otherwise, they'd get a tax break.
And I want to make sure people understand, despite what the Democrats said at their convention. I am not reducing taxes on high income taxpayers. I'm bringing down the rate of taxation, but also bringing down deductions and exemptions at the high end so the revenues stay the same, the taxes people pay stay the same.
Middle income people are going to get a break. But at the high end, the tax coming in stays the same. But we encourage small business, because small business is able to keep more of what it makes and therefore hire more people, which is my priority. Will you balance the budget in your first term?
Is that a commitment you can make? I'll balance the budget by the end of my second term. Doing it in the first term would cause, I believe, a-- a dramatic impact on the economy. And therefore the steps I've put in place and we've put together a plan that lays out how we get to a balanced budget within eight to 10 years.
Are you prepared to cut a deal with Democrats that would cause conservatives to revolt?
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Is it that important to get a deal to get us away from this fiscal cliff? Well, it's critical to get the country on track to avoid the kind of financial calamities you're seeing around-- around Europe. And-- and I have a plan that does that by-- by really doing two of the key elements that are necessary for that to happen.
But are you then cut-- will you cut a deal? Will you compromise, even if it risked a conservative revolt? There's nothing wrong with the term compromise, but there is something very wrong with the term abandoning one's principles. And I'm going to stand by my principles. And those are--I am not going to raise taxes on the American people.
Our problem in our country is not that we're not paying enough taxes. It's that we're spending too much money and the economy is not growing as it could and should. Look, we've just watched another month of tepid job numbers. This does not look like a recovery. The president's policies have meant that this economy is not growing as it should.
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The fastest way to balance our budget is to grow the economy, put more people to work, see rising incomes. Well, let me ask you about a couple of specific areas. Well, of course not. I say we're going to replace Obamacare. And I'm replacing it with my own plan.
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And, you know, even in Massachusetts where I was governor, our plan there deals with pre-existing conditions and with young people. So you'd keep that part of the federal plan? Well, I'm not getting rid of all of healthcare reform.
Of course, there are a number of things that I like in healthcare reform that I'm going to put in place. One is to make sure that those with pre-existing conditions can get coverage. Two is to assure that the marketplace allows for individuals to have policies that cover their-- their family up to whatever age they might like. I also want individuals to be able to buy insurance, health insurance, on their own as opposed to only being able to get it on a tax advantage basis through their company.
Well, that brings us to Medicare, because one of the things you believe in was the idea of premium support or a voucher for seniors under Medicare is to achieve the goal of solvency. If competitive bidding in Medicare fails to bring down prices, you have a choice of either passing that cost on to seniors or blowing up the deficit.
What would you do? Well, let's stand back first. You're going to wait 10 years to implement any plan. Because there's no change for anyone who's retired or is nearing retirement. It's only dealing with those people that are in their 30s, 20s, 30s, 40s and early 50s. And that's the group we're dealing with. A lot like Medicare Advantage today. I like Medicare Advantage. But that didn't drive down prices, Governor. Oh, it sure did. Competition-- Look, competition works.
Let me turn to foreign policy and ask you a couple of questions there. The Weekly Standard took you to task in your convention speech for not mentioning the war in Afghanistan one time. Was that a mistake with so much sacrifice in two wars over the period of this last decade?
You know, I find it interesting that people are curious about mentioning words in the speech as opposed to policy. You weren't speaking to tens of millions of people, Governor, when you went to the American legion. You know, what I've found is that wherever I go, I am speaking to tens of millions of people. Everything I say is picked up by you and by others and that's the way it ought to be. So I went to the American Legion and spoke with our veterans there and described my policy as it relates to Afghanistan and other foreign policy and our military.
I've been to Afghanistan and the members of our troops know of my commitment to Afghanistan and to the effort that's going on there. I have some differences on policy with the president. I happen to think those are more important than what word I mention in each speech. Want to take us back to an era of blustering and blundering that cost America so dearly. Pretty-- pretty tough stuff and suggesting you're not ready on day one to be the commander-in-chief.
Well, I can certainly look at his record and I think one can say that he's had some successes and he's had some failures. And perhaps the biggest failure is as it relates to the greatest threat that America faces and the world faces, which is the nuclear Iran. The president has not drawn us further away from a nuclear Iran and in fact Iran is closer to having a weapon, closer to having nuclear capability than when he took office.
This is the greatest failure, in my opinion, of his foreign policy. He ran for office saying he was going to meet with Ahmadinejad. He was going to meet with Castro, Kim Jong Il. All the world's worst actors, without precondition, he'd meet with them in his first year. President Bush said that he would stop Iran from going nuclear.
So did President Obama. Neither one were able to achieve that. President Obama had a policy of engagement with Ahmadinejad. That policy has not worked and we're closer to a nuclear weapon as a result of that. I will have a very different approach with regards to Iran. And it's an approach which, by the way, the president's finally getting closer to. It begins with crippling sanctions. That should have been put in place long ago.
Is the country safer or less safe because of President Obama's leadership? Well, in some ways safer. Getting rid of Osama bin Laden, I think a success on the part of the president. That was a great accomplishment. Using the drones to strike at al Qaeda targets. I think those are positive developments. I think Iran; however, becoming nuclear is a whole different development and a game changing, threatening development.
Threatening not only to our ally, Israel, but threatening the United States of America.
And in the words of Prime Minister Netanyahu, "Iran has not changed its nuclear course one iota by virtue of this president's policies. What's your red line? You put troops on the ground to stop Iran from going nuclear or can you live with a nuclear Iran and contain it?
I don't think we live with a nuclear Iran. I think we make it very clear that a nuclear Iran is unacceptable to the United States of America, to civilized nations throughout the world.
And that we will maintain every option that's available to us to keep that from happening. Two presidents have said the very same thing. Why can you succeed on Iran where they could not?
Well, at the time President Bush was president, Iran was years away from a nuclear weapon. And he pursued diplomacy, as I can think we should continue to pursue diplomatic channels.
We should pursue as well the kind of crippling sanctions that I've spoken about when I gave a speech at the Herzliya Conference five years ago. We need to use every resource we have to dissuade them from their nuclear path. But that doesn't mean that we would take off the table our military option. That's something which certainly every American would hope we would never have to use.
But we have to maintain it on the table or Iran will, undoubtedly, continue their treacherous course. I want to ask you one question on the social issue and that is abortion. You were on this program in and you said that you would fight to overturn Roe v. I know you said this is an issue for the courts. I ask you now would a President Romney fight to overturn Roe v. And what would you do in that fight to achieve that goal? Well, there are a number of things I think that need to be said about preserving and protecting the life of the unborn child.
And I recognize there are two lives involved: And I believe that people of good conscience have chosen different paths in this regard. But I am pro-life and will intend, if I'm president of the United States, to encourage pro-life policies. Just encourage or fight for it to be overturned? Well, I don't actually make the decision the Supreme Court makes and so they'll have to make their own decision.
But, I will, for instance, I'll reverse the president's decision on using U.
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I don't think also the taxpayers here should have to pay for abortion in this country. Those things I think are consistent with my pro-life position. And I hope to appoint justices to the Supreme Court that will follow the law and the constitution.
And it would be my preference that they reverse Roe v.
Wade and therefore they return to the people and their elected representatives the decisions with regards to this important issue. I want to come back to where we started in this final area about how difficult it's going to be to govern in Washington, as you well know.
You know you could be a very unpopular president if you make tough choices that you say you'll make. If it came to it, if the only way to achieve a deal on the debt, on this fiscal cliff, was to endanger yourself politically to the point that you were a one term president, would you be satisfied with that?
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