Businessman and philanthropist Stanley Tate first met GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney when the former Massachusetts governor was about 15-years-old and recognized a quality in him even at that young age and saw a person who had absorbed business sense from his father.
Tate, founder of the Stanley G. Tate Florida Prepaid College Program and co-founder of the Republican Jewish Coalition, knew and worked with Mitt Romney’s father, George, an auto executive and former governor of Michigan.
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“I could tell you Mitt Romney learned a lot from his father and his mother,” Tate told Newsmax.TV in an interview at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. “Both are very politically astute people. But more importantly they understood the need to be successful in business, especially his father.”
Tate said that when meeting the young Romney some 50 years ago he may not have realized he was meeting a possible future president, but did say there was something special about him.
“I couldn’t go that far because I didn’t know. But I could tell you there was a quality about him. … Their family is a very important part of their life,” he told Newsmax. “They have a concern about America and family values and family life. I mentioned to you, when I got the statistic recently that 52 percent of all the mother’s in the United Stated are unmarried and I go back to when I was a kid and my mom and dad went to every parent teachers association meeting I think I ever attended in high school. So, there’s a change and I think that the Romney family wants to bring back the value of old, the value of family life, and to take advantage of all the opportunities America has to offer.”
Tate said that even though he had supported Sen. Marco Rubio for the vice presidential slot, Romney made the right choice with Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc.
“I know he did because I told you that when I met with Mitt Romney and I know him very well,” he said. “He told me his candidate he wanted to pick would be the one who would be the best vice president for a president and not one who would help ensure a victory for the campaign.
“I think that’s what he picked. He picked the man he felt would help him do his programs, what are intensive, to change some of the philosophies that we have lived with the past four years. I believe that’s why he picked who he picked for his vice president.”
On other issues, Tate said:
- "Mitt Romney is a strong supporter of Israel.” He said the nation is a “worthwhile ally of the United States and I’ve been to Israel many times and I’m proud of it and I’m proud of what they have been able to achieve. They are the only democracy in the entire Middle East. … The whole Middle East is nothing like America. It really isn’t. They have no freedoms. It’s a controlled environment and that’s what Obama is trying to do in America. He wants the government to run the country.”
- Should Obama win a second term education will suffer not just in K-12 but at the university level because rising costs will become so bad that the “majority of the lower to moderate income families will never be able to afford a college education.”
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