He said the law enjoyed support from politicians on both sides.
“Where there are opportunities for people of reasonable minds to come together and find common ground, that’s the kind of legislation I like,” he said. “The idea of one party jamming through something over the objections over the other tends to divide the nation, not make us a safe and prosperous place. If there’s common ground, why, I’m always willing to have that kind of conversation.”
Romney criticized President Barack Obama for his handling of the economy, accusing the Democrat “and his friends” of trying to push a “series of liberal plans,” such as “trying to impose unions” and making it difficult to drill on public lands.
“All of these things, not coincidentally, had the impact of slowing job creation and making it less likely for entrepreneurs to either open their doors or to expand hiring,” he said.
Adding that he would detail his policy proposals further as the campaign progressed, Romney unveiled a five-point plan.
- Take advantage of the country’s energy reserves.
- Open up trade, especially in Latin America.
- “Convincing the world that we are on track to having a balanced budget.”
- Create job-training programs.
- Keep taxes down.
Romney claimed that this was a sure-fire recipe for growth.
“If we do these things, you’ll see America’s economy come roaring back,” he said. “I don’t know how bad it’s going to get in the coming months, but I know that if we put in place those five policy directives, America’s economy will see the kind of resurgence the American people expected some years ago.”
Romney also bashed Obama over his comments about government providing the infrastructure to help businesses succeed.
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“The context is worse than the quote,” he said. “This is an ideology which says, hey, we’re all the same here. We ought to take from all and give to one another. And that achievement, individual initiative and risk-taking and success are not to be rewarded as they were in the past. It’s a very strange and in some respects, foreign to the American experience type of philosophy. We have always been a nation that has celebrated success of various kinds.”
Romney, who is preparing for a trip to the United Kingdom, Israel and Poland, also entered the foreign policy sphere with comments on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
“We don’t want to see a continuation of the same kind of brutality which has characterized the last several months, but what follows Assad we just don’t know,” he said. “But a person of this nature that’s overseeing the killing of his own people is obviously someone who is unfit to lead.”
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