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US Is 'in Danger of Becoming Europe': Mitt Romney

Wednesday, 7 Mar 2012 | 11:47 AM ET
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a Super Tuesday event at the Westin Copley Place March 6, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a Super Tuesday event at the Westin Copley Place March 6, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts.

The U.S. economy is "in danger of becoming a carbon copy of European nations" because of President Barack Obama's "big-government" policies, GOP contender Mitt Romney told CNBC Wednesday.

Romney spoke following his narrow Super Tuesday winin what is shaping up to be the most turbulent Republican presidential race in a generation.

Romney said his proposals to shrink government spending include a laundry list of cuts.

"Subsidies for Amtrak, funding for Planned Parenthood, a National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities; some of these things are going to eliminate federal spending," he said.

America's spending juggernaut — healthcare — would also take a hit under Romney.

Mitt Romney on CNBC: Obama's Adopted 'European Policies'
In this excerpt from a live interview on CNBC's Squawk Box, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney says it's no surprise the U.S. has "European" levels of unemployment, because President Obama has adopted "European policies."

"I don't like Obamacare. We'll get rid of that, that's easy," he added.

"All totaled, it's a very strong pro-growth policy that gets the economy going and cuts back on the scale of goverment," Romney said. "That's the course we have to have."

Tuesday's Ohio victory was unexpectedly narrow for Romney, who had hoped to wake up far ahead of his rivals. Instead, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrichgained traction, and delegates.

Yet Romney remains very optimistic.

"After last night I feel pretty darn good, we had a very strong response across the country from Alaska to Vermont and we got terriffic support from some of the most conservative leaders in our party like John Ashcroft, Eric Cantor, [and] Tom Colburn," he said.

In Romney's view, he is getting the support he needs to become the GOP nominee.

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