Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney says President Barack Obama does not understand what it takes to boost the economy and how to get America out of its fiscal crisis. Romney also said Monday on Fox News he would welcome real estate billionaire Donald Trump’s entry into the presidential fray, adding “the water’s fine — come on in.”
“Look, he’s a terrific guy and I wish him the very best and hope he gets into the race. The water's fine — come on in,” Romney told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren, when asked about a possible Trump presidential run.
“But I can tell you that in my own view, that in order to get America's economy going again and putting Americans back to work, which is our highest priority — we got 20 million Americans today that are either out of work, or stopped looking for work — you have to have somebody who understands how jobs come and go, and why jobs go overseas, and why it is that America is not as competitive as we could be,” Romney said.
“And the answer is government — government is too big — it's got in the way of America's entrepreneurialism and innovation,” Romney continued. “Government is smothering the spirit that allows us to create jobs — and if we want to have a strong economy, if we want to be able to protect ourselves, if we want to create jobs for all Americans, we have to have a leader who understands how the economy works, and how to compete with other nations and companies around the world.”
Romney, a potential presidential candidate, said gas costs are indicative of the nation’s fiscal woes, and told Van Susteren in order to reduce the price at the pump, America needs to start drilling for domestic oil.
“Well, you get the prices down by convincing people who are investing in gasoline futures, so to speak, the speculators — you let them understand that America is going to be producing enough energy for our needs — and that means we're going to start drilling for oil,” Romney said. “We’re going to use our natural gas resources, which are now extraordinarily plentiful, given new technology. We’re going to use our coal resources — of course, we’re going to pursue all the renewables, but you have to have oil and gas to power America’s economy.”
Van Susteren asked why China’s economy thrives, while America’s suffers.
“American policy has been so relaxed towards China — we've allowed them to manipulate their currency to make our products more expensive than theirs,” Romney replied. “And that has allowed them to come into our country and replace a lot of jobs in this country. At the same time, they make it very difficult for our intellectual property products, whether that's software or other technology, from being able to go into their country. They steal that technology.
“We, frankly, have been turning a blind eye to China's policies with regards to our economy for far too long, and America has to get serious about saying: ‘We want to make America the most attractive place for business in the world, not China,’” he continued. “And the consequence of not doing that would be potentially seeing our standard of living decline and over time, seeing China build a military that could rival any in the world.”
Van Susteren asked Romney whether he thought Obama was born in the United States. Romney said he does, and that is not the issue that will get the president defeated in 2012.
“Sure, I believe he was born in the United States — and frankly, I think that the way forward to have him retired after one term in office is to make sure the people in this country understand how bad his policies have been,” Romney said. “This is a person who had no experience in the private sector, no experience with jobs and job creators, no experience really as a leader — and he took over the reins of the country at a time when we were going in a recession.
“Greta, it just breaks my heart that in a country that is the productivity leader of the world, the innovation center of the world, that we have millions of people out of work — there's absolutely no reason for that to continue,” Romney said. “And this administration has failed and they're trying to divert attention — the president says he’s about winning the future — well, people are losing the present.
“This unemployment crisis that's been going on is an extraordinary failure — it's part of what I call the Obama misery index — and it’s why, in my view, this man is going to get tossed from office,” he added. “He’s a nice guy, but he just doesn’t understand what it takes to get the economy going to make America competitive globally, to rein in the size of the federal government and to allow the American spirit of entrepreneurialism and innovation to put Americans back to work.”
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