Presidential contender Mitt Romney says despite criticism and doubts in some Republican circles, his record proves he is a “rock-solid” conservative. The former Massachusetts governor also told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Monday that President Barack Obama’s propensity to blame other people for the nation’s problems — particularly labeling Americans as “lazy” — “doesn’t work when you are president of the United States.”
“I think he’s making an enormous mistake . . . blaming other people works in a very narrow setting but it certainly doesn't work when you are the president of the United States — it is not following the Harry Truman, ‘the buck stops here’ model,” Romney said. “And people of America will not forget that President Obama had two years with a Democrat House and Senate — a super majority in each chamber. And he had his way with a whole series of legislative initiatives, and those initiatives have failed.
“He borrowed, what, $787 billion for his first stimulus — how did that work out? Not so well,” he said. “He promised that he would hold unemployment at 8 percent or below — never been below 8 percent since. His record is abysmal and he cannot continue to cast the blame on the American people — or on anybody else — because he is the president, and he is the one who has failed as a leader.”
Hannity noted that many rival politicians and commentators point to Romney’s record as governor as not being that of a true conservative and are concerned how he would govern if elected president.
“Well, people got a chance to look at my record — I didn’t raise taxes in my state — cut them 19 times. Balanced the budget every year I was in office — a $3 billion budget gap when I came in. By the time I was finished, we not only had balanced budgets, we had a $2 billion rainy-day fund put in place,” Romney said. “I fought to get our schools with better choice — high standards — we make sure that our kids graduate from high school — had to pass a graduation exam.
“I’m for keeping the Bush tax rates in place and hold them down — the tax rates — I want to lower our federal tax rates,” he said. “So, across the light ray of issues, I think conservatives in my party will see that I'm a rock-solid conservative.
“Look, you pointed it out a moment ago: Last time around, John McCain and Rudy Giuliani were running, I was the conservative choice. — all right?” Romney continued. “Mike Huckabee and I, we were the two guys, went over on the conservative side, I have the same views today as I had then back then.”
Hannity then asked Romney what he thought of what has been labeled Obama’s class-warfare rhetoric, with the president attacking the GOP as the party of the rich.
“When President Obama was candidate Obama he campaigned with a message of unity and change — he just hasn’t delivered — he’s done the exact opposite of what he promised in the campaign,” Romney said. “And the American people want to see a leader who is not in this race for themselves, but is in this race for America and can bring us together — can work across the aisle to get America on the solid economic foundation it needs — that can turn us into the job-creating machine we’ve always been and can make it good to be middle class in America again.”
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