Mitt Romney sought to broaden the themes he raised in his “47 percent” remarks in a USA Today
op-ed on Wednesday, making the case for “private investment” and “personal freedom” to drive the economy.
Democrats have seized on the remarks Romney made at a private fundraiser in Boca Raton, where he said that 47 percent of Americans believe they are victims. The Republican presidential nominee, looking to clarify and refocus the surreptitiously-taped comments, wrote in USA Today:
“Efforts that promote hard work and personal responsibility over government dependency make America strong. When the economy is growing and Americans are working, everyone involved has a shared sense of achievement, not to mention the basic sense of pride that comes with the paycheck they earn.
“Government has a role to play here,” Romney wrote. “Right now, our nation's citizens do need help from government. But it is a very different kind of help than what President Obama wants to provide.”
“My experience has taught me that government works best when it creates the space for individuals and families to pursue success and achieve great things,” the op-ed said. “Economic freedom is the only force that has consistently succeeded in creating sustained prosperity and lifting people out of poverty. It is why our economy rose to rival those of the world's leading powers -- and has long since surpassed them all.”
The op-ed, headlined, "I'll Deliver Recovery, Not Dependency,” echoed a theme from throughout his campaign which depicts a different approach to business than President Barack Obama. Romney wrote, “My course for the American economy will encourage private investment and personal freedom. Instead of creating a web of dependency, I will pursue policies that grow our economy and lift Americans out of poverty.”
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