Full Text Campaign Buzz 2016 October 13, 2016: First Lady Michelle Obama’s Speech on Donald Trump tape and allegations in Manchester, New Hampshire Transcript



First Lady Michelle Obama’s Speech on Donald Trump tape and allegations in Manchester, New Hampshire

Source: BBC, 10-13-16

So I’m going to get a little serious here, because I think we can all agree that this has been a rough week in an already rough election. This week has been particularly interesting for me personally because it has been a week of profound contrast.
See, on Tuesday, at the White House, we celebrated the International Day of the Girl and Let Girls Learn. And it was a wonderful celebration. It was the last event that I’m going to be doing as First Lady for Let Girls Learn. And I had the pleasure of spending hours talking to some of the most amazing young women you will ever meet, young girls here in the US and all around the world.

And we talked about their hopes and their dreams. We talked about their aspirations. See, because many of these girls have faced unthinkable obstacles just to attend school, jeopardizing their personal safety, their freedom, risking the rejection of their families and communities.
So I thought it would be important to remind these young women how valuable and precious they are. I wanted them to understand that the measure of any society is how it treats its women and girls. And I told them that they deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, and I told them that they should disregard anyone who demeans or devalues them, and that they should make their voices heard in the world.
And I walked away feeling so inspired, just like I’m inspired by all the young people here and I was so uplifted by these girls. That was Tuesday.

And now, here I am, out on the campaign trail in an election where we have consistently been hearing hurtful, hateful language about women – language that has been painful for so many of us, not just as women, but as parents trying to protect our children and raise them to be caring, respectful adults, and as citizens who think that our nation’s leaders should meet basic standards of human decency.

The fact is that in this election, we have a candidate for president of the United States who, over the course of his lifetime and the course of this campaign, has said things about women that are so shocking, so demeaning that I simply will not repeat anything here today. And last week, we saw this candidate actually bragging about sexually assaulting women. And I can’t believe that I’m saying that a candidate for president of the United States has bragged about sexually assaulting women.

And I have to tell you that I can’t stop thinking about this. It has shaken me to my core in a way that I couldn’t have predicted. So while I’d love nothing more than to pretend like this isn’t happening, and to come out here and do my normal campaign speech, it would be dishonest and disingenuous to me to just move on to the next thing like this was all just a bad dream.

This is not something that we can ignore. It’s not something we can just sweep under the rug as just another disturbing footnote in a sad election season. Because this was not just a “lewd conversation”. This wasn’t just locker-room banter. This was a powerful individual speaking freely and openly about sexually predatory behavior, and actually bragging about kissing and groping women, using language so obscene that many of us were worried about our children hearing it when we turn on the TV.

And to make matters worse, it now seems very clear that this isn’t an isolated incident. It’s one of countless examples of how he has treated women his whole life. And I have to tell you that I listen to all of this and I feel it so personally, and I’m sure that many of you do too, particularly the women. The shameful comments about our bodies. The disrespect of our ambitions and intellect. The belief that you can do anything you want to a woman.

It is cruel. It’s frightening. And the truth is, it hurts. It hurts. It’s like that sick, sinking feeling you get when you’re walking down the street minding your own business and some guy yells out vulgar words about your body. Or when you see that guy at work that stands just a little too close, stares a little too long, and makes you feel uncomfortable in your own skin.

It’s that feeling of terror and violation that too many women have felt when someone has grabbed them, or forced himself on them and they’ve said no but he didn’t listen – something that we know happens on college campuses and countless other places every single day. It reminds us of stories we heard from our mothers and grandmothers about how, back in their day, the boss could say and do whatever he pleased to the women in the office, and even though they worked so hard, jumped over every hurdle to prove themselves, it was never enough.

We thought all of that was ancient history, didn’t we? And so many have worked for so many years to end this kind of violence and abuse and disrespect, but here we are, in 2016, and we’re hearing these exact same things every day on the campaign trail. We are drowning in it. And all of us are doing what women have always done: We’re trying to keep our heads above water, just trying to get through it, trying to pretend like this doesn’t really bother us maybe because we think that admitting how much it hurts makes us as women look weak.

Maybe we’re afraid to be that vulnerable. Maybe we’ve grown accustomed to swallowing these emotions and staying quiet, because we’ve seen that people often won’t take our word over his. Or maybe we don’t want to believe that there are still people out there who think so little of us as women. Too many are treating this as just another day’s headline, as if our outrage is overblown or unwarranted, as if this is normal, just politics as usual.

But, New Hampshire, be clear. This is not normal. This is not politics as usual. This is disgraceful. It is intolerable. And it doesn’t matter what party you belong to – Democrat, Republican, independent – no woman deserves to be treated this way. None of us deserves this kind of abuse.

And I know it’s a campaign, but this isn’t about politics. It’s about basic human decency. It’s about right and wrong. And we simply cannot endure this, or expose our children to this any longer – not for another minute, and let alone for four years. Now is the time for all of us to stand up and say enough is enough. This has got to stop right now.

Because consider this. If all of this is painful to us as grown women, what do you think this is doing to our children? What message are our little girls hearing about who they should look like, how they should act? What lessons are they learning about their value as professionals, as human beings, about their dreams and aspirations?

And how is this affecting men and boys in this country? Because I can tell you that the men in my life do not talk about women like this. And I know that my family is not unusual. And to dismiss this as everyday locker-room talk is an insult to decent men everywhere.

The men that you and I know don’t treat women this way. They are loving fathers who are sickened by the thought of their daughters being exposed to this kind of vicious language about women. They are husbands and brothers and sons who don’t tolerate women being treated and demeaned and disrespected. And like us, these men are worried about the impact this election is having on our boys who are looking for role models of what it means to be a man.

In fact, someone recently told me a story about their six-year-old son who one day was watching the news- they were watching the news together. And the little boy, out of the blue, said: “I think Hillary Clinton will be president.” And his mom said: “Well, why do you say that?” And this little six-year-old said: “Because the other guy called someone a piggy, and you cannot be president if you call someone a piggy.”

So even a six-year-old knows better. A six-year-old knows that this is not how adults behave. This is not how decent human beings behave. And this is certainly not how someone who wants to be president of the United States behaves.

Because let’s be very clear. Strong men – men who are truly role models – don’t need to put down women to make themselves feel powerful. People who are truly strong lift others up. People who are truly powerful bring others together. And that is what we need in our next president. We need someone who is a uniting force in this country. We need someone who will heal the wounds that divide us, someone who truly cares about us and our children, someone with strength and compassion to lead this country forward.

And let me tell you, I’m here today because I believe with all of my heart that Hillary Clinton will be that president.

Full Text Campaign Buzz October 18, 2012: President Barack Obama’s Speech at a Campaign Event at Veterans Memorial Park in Manchester, New Hampshire — Warns Women of Losing ‘Health Care Choices’




Obama Warns Women of Losing ‘Health Care Choices’

Source: ABC News Radio, 10-18-12


As the battle for undecided women voters intensifies, President Obama on Thursday warned that Republican nominee Mitt Romney would give more control over women’s “health care choices” to their employers and politicians if he becomes president.

“You’ve got a state legislature up here that sometimes acts like it knows better than women when it comes to women’s own health care decisions. You know, my opponent’s got the same approach,” Obama told a crowd of 6,000 supporters at an outdoor rally in Veteran’s Park….READ MORE

Remarks by the President at a Campaign Event in Manchester, NH

Source: WH, 10-18-12

Veterans Memorial Park
Manchester, New Hampshire

12:02 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, New Hampshire!  (Applause.)  Are you fired up?


THE PRESIDENT:  Are you ready to go?


THE PRESIDENT:  I’m fired up.  (Applause.)  First of all, I’m fired up about this weather.  (Applause.)  I mean, I’ve got to say that generally when I look at a trip to New Hampshire in October, I’m not thinking it’s going to look like this.  (Applause.)  But this is spectacular.  (Applause.)

It’s good to be back.  And it’s good to be with a great friend and an outstanding governor — Governor Lynch.  Please give him a big round of applause.  (Applause.)


THE PRESIDENT:  I love you back.  (Applause.)

And I love your outstanding Senator, Jeanne Shaheen.  (Applause.)  Jeanne was especially happy because it was her granddaughter, Ellie, who sang the National Anthem today.  Give Ellie a big round of applause.  (Applause.)

Nineteen days, New Hampshire.  Nineteen days.  (Applause.)  In nineteen days, you’re going to step into a voting booth, and you’ve got a big choice to make.  It’s not just a choice between two candidates or parties — it’s about two different visions for this country that we love.

Governor Romney’s got his sales pitch.  He’s been running around talking about his five-point PowerPoint plan for the economy.  (Laughter.)  But as we saw the other night — (applause) — what he’s selling is not a five-point plan.  It’s really just a one-point plan:  Folks at the top get to play with a different set of rules than you do.


THE PRESIDENT:  Don’t boo, now — vote.  (Applause.)

They can pay lower taxes; they can keep their money offshore; they can buy companies, load it up with debt, lay off workers, strip their pensions, send their jobs overseas — they can still make money doing it, turning a big profit.  It’s the same philosophy that’s been squeezing middle-class families for more than a decade.  It’s the same philosophy that got us into this mess.

For the last four years, I’ve watched the American people, with their resilience and resolve, overcoming the pain and struggle and dealing with the consequences of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.  We’ve worked too hard to let this country go down that path again.  (Applause.)

AUDIENCE:  Four more years!  Four more years!  Four more years!

THE PRESIDENT:  New Hampshire, we cannot grow this economy from the top down.  This economy grows from the middle out, when everybody has ladders of opportunity; if they work hard they can succeed, they can get ahead.  That’s how we move ahead.  When workers have a decent living, have a little money in their pockets — that means they’re out there as customers buying goods, and that means businesses do better, and that means businesses make more profits, then they hire more workers.  That’s how you grow an economy.  (Applause.)

That’s why we can’t go backward.  That’s why we’ve got to move forward.  That’s why I’m running for a second term as President of the United States.  (Applause.)

On Tuesday, Governor Romney took another stab at trying to sell us this $5 trillion tax cut that favors the wealthy.  He took another swing at it, and he whiffed.  (Applause.)  Instead of telling us how he’d pay for it, he said, I’ll let you know after the election.


THE PRESIDENT:  And then when I asked him about it, he said, I’m a businessman, I know the numbers will work — take my word for it.

Now, I’m going to let you in on a little tip:  When a politician tells you he’s going to wait until after the election, it’s not because their plan is so good that they don’t want to spoil the secret.  (Laughter.)  That’s usually not what’s going on.  (Applause.)  And in this case, just about everybody who’s looked at his tax plan says he can’t pay for it without blowing a hole in the deficit, or raising your taxes — raising taxes on the middle class.


THE PRESIDENT:  Don’t boo —


THE PRESIDENT:  —  vote.

So then Governor Romney says he’s got another plan to create 12 million jobs in the next four years.  But when folks started crunching the numbers, his jobs plan fell apart even faster than his tax plan.  The Washington Post called it a “bait and switch.” A bait and switch.

So let’s recap.  He’s got a tax plan that doesn’t add up.  He’s got a jobs plan that doesn’t create jobs.  He’s got a deficit plan that doesn’t reduce the deficit.  Listen, New Hampshire, you’ve heard of the New Deal; you’ve heard of the Square Deal and the Fair Deal.  Mitt Romney is trying to sell you a Sketchy Deal.  (Applause.)

We don’t need a sketchy deal.  We know better, because the last time this sketchy deal was tried was in the previous administration — made the same sales pitch; told you the same stuff:  Look, if we cut these taxes, the economy is going to grow so much, the deficit is going to come down, don’t worry about it. Just like they said we didn’t have to pay for two wars.  It didn’t work, and that’s why you’re not buying.  We have been there.  We’ve tried it.  We’re not going back.  We’re moving forward.  I need your help to finish what we started in 2008.  (Applause.)

Now, I made some commitments four years ago.  I told you I’d end the war in Iraq — and we did.  (Applause.)  I said we’d end the war in Afghanistan — we are.  (Applause.)  I said we’d refocus on the terrorists who actually attacked us on 9/11 — and we have.  (Applause.)  And today, a new tower rises above the New York skyline, and al Qaeda is on the path to defeat, and Osama bin Laden is dead.  (Applause.)

Four years ago, I promised to cut middle-class taxes — and we have, by $3,600.  (Applause.)  I promised to cut taxes for small business owners — and we have, 18 times.  (Applause.)  And by the way, you’ll hear Governor Romney talk about small businesses.  What he doesn’t tell you is his definition of small businesses includes Donald Trump — (laughter) — includes hedge fund managers.


THE PRESIDENT:  Don’t boo —



We got back every dime used to rescue the banks.  And then we passed a law to end taxpayer-funded Wall Street bailouts for good.  We put that in place.  (Applause.)

Four years ago, I said in this great country of ours, nobody should go bankrupt when they get sick, and so we passed health reform — yes, I like the name “Obamacare” — (applause) — so your insurance companies can’t jerk you around anymore.  (Applause.)  So young people can stay on their parent’s plans till they’re 26.  (Applause.)  So women can’t be charged more than men for their insurance — being a woman is not a preexisting condition.  (Applause.)

We repealed “don’t ask, don’t tell” — (applause) — because anybody who is willing to sacrifice and serve this country we love shouldn’t be prevented because of who they love.  (Applause.)

When Governor Romney said we should let Detroit go bankrupt, we said, no, thanks; we’re not going to take that business advice.  (Laughter.)  We reinvented a dying auto industry that’s come roaring back to the top of the world.  (Applause.)

And you may have heard, by the way, Governor Romney trying to claim that I did what he advised.  Did you hear that?


THE PRESIDENT:  Unbelievable.  (Laughter.)


THE PRESIDENT:  Everybody in the auto industry knows that’s not what he said.  He just went ahead and said it.

Today, four years after the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes, we’re moving forward again.  (Applause.)  After losing 800,000 jobs a month when I took office, our businesses have now added more than 5 million new jobs over the past two and a half years.  Unemployment has fallen from 10 percent to 7.8 percent.  Home values are back on the rise.  The stock market has nearly doubled.  Manufacturing is coming home.  Our assembly lines are getting back to work.  (Applause.)

We need to keep moving forward.  (Applause.)  We’ve got more work to do.  That’s why I’m running for a second term. (Applause.)

AUDIENCE:  Four more years!  Four more years!  Four more years!

THE PRESIDENT:  Look, we have more work to do, though.  I will not be satisfied until everybody who wants to work hard can find a job.  (Applause.)  And that means we’ve got to have a plan to grow not just the economy and create jobs, but create good jobs, and provide security for the middle class.

So, number one, I want to send fewer jobs overseas, sell more products overseas.  (Applause.)  Governor Romney has no problem giving tax breaks to companies that are shipping jobs overseas, or outsourcing.  I want to reward companies that are investing right here — investing in New Hampshire, investing in Manchester, insourcing, opening new plants, hiring new workers — creating new jobs right here in America.  (Applause.)  That’s what we need to do.

I want to control more of our own energy and how we use energy.  After 30 years of doing nothing, we raised fuel standards, so by the middle of the next decade your cars and trucks will go twice as far on a gallon of gas.  (Applause.)  We’ve doubled the amount of renewable energy we generate from sources like wind and solar, even as we’ve increased the production of oil and natural gas.  So today, America is less dependent on foreign oil than at any time in the last two decades.  (Applause.)  Think about that.  Our oil imports are going down.

So now you’ve got a choice between a plan that reverses this progress, or one that builds on it.  Governor Romney feels comfortable with taxpayers providing oil companies $4 billion a year in taxpayer-funded corporate welfare.



AUDIENCE:  Vote!  Vote!

THE PRESIDENT:  We’re not going to boo!  We’re going to vote!  (Applause.)

But you know what, I understand why you wouldn’t be happy with that idea, because we should be taking that $4 billion and investing it in the energy sources of tomorrow.  (Applause.)  We don’t want China to win the race for clean energy technology.  We want that technology developed here in the United States of America.  (Applause.)

And, by the way, those investments not only create good jobs here at home, create new industries here at home, but it also reduces the carbon pollution that’s heating our planet.  Climate change is not a hoax.  Droughts and floods and fires, they’re not a joke.  They are a threat to our children’s future and we’ve got to deal with it in a serious way that also grows our economy.  We can do that.  (Applause.)

Number three, I want the best education system in the world right in the United States.  (Applause.)  Michelle and I are only where we are because of the chance an education gave us.  And today, because of the actions my administration took, millions of students all across the country are paying less for college.  (Applause.)  We took a system that was wasting tens of billions of dollars on banks and lenders — we said let’s cut out the middleman, give money directly to the students.  And as a consequence, young people are getting a better deal.  (Applause.)

Now, Governor Romney wants to reverse some of these choices. He wants to gut some of our investment in education to help pay for this $5 trillion tax cut.  I think we should make sure that we are doing more in education:  Hiring new math and science teachers so that they can get the lead in the technology that’s going to shape our economy in the future.  (Applause.)  Provide job training for 2 million workers at our community colleges.  Work with colleges and universities to keep tuition low.  (Applause.)

That’s my agenda for change.  That’s what we need to do.  We can have that future, but you’ve got to vote.  That’s why I’m running for a second term.  (Applause.)

I suspect we’ve got some teachers in the audience.  Governor Romney said hiring more teachers won’t grow our economy.  Then he said class size doesn’t matter.  He said class size doesn’t matter.  There’s not a teacher or a parent who doesn’t believe this.  Making sure that our kids are thriving in math and science — where we know there are going to be more jobs — that will grow our economy.  Having them be able to get a job as an engineer — maybe start the next Apple or the next Intel — that will create jobs.  That should be a national mission.  That’s what we’re fighting for.  (Applause.)

And, by the way, we want our sons to thrive in math and science and engineering, but we also want our daughters to thrive in those fields, too.  (Applause.)  See, we don’t have to order up some binders to find qualified, talented, driven young women who can learn and excel in these fields right now.  (Applause.)  And when these young women graduate, I want them to receive equal pay for equal work.  (Applause.)

I don’t know why this is so complicated.  (Laughter.)  Governor Romney still won’t say whether or not he supported a law to protect that right, no matter how many times he’s asked.  This is not — this is not that hard.  I’ve got two daughters.  I want to make sure they get paid the same as somebody’s sons for doing the same job.  (Applause.)  Pretty straightforward.  Any confusion there?


THE PRESIDENT:  You know where I stand.  Look, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, this was the first bill I signed into law.  (Applause.)  And I know you want the same thing for your daughters, or sisters, or moms, or grandmas as I do.  (Applause.) And this is not — as I said in the debate, this is not just a women’s issue, this is a family issue, this is an economic issue.
I also believe women should make their own health care decisions.  (Applause.)  I know you’ve got — and it’s not just Washington that sometimes deals with this issue.  You’ve got a state legislature up here that sometimes acts like it knows better than women when it comes to women’s own health care decisions.  My opponent has got the same approach.  Governor Romney said he’d end funding for Planned Parenthood, despite all the work it does to provide women with mammograms and breast cancer screenings.



AUDIENCE:  Vote!  Vote!  Vote!  Vote!

THE PRESIDENT:  All right, you guys are getting it.  You guys are getting it.  (Laughter.)

We made sure that insurance companies are providing women with contraception.  He supported legislation that would turn those decisions over to a woman’s employer.  Think about that.  Do you think, like, your boss, or your insurance company, or some politician in Concord or Washington should get control of your health care choices?


THE PRESIDENT:  The health care law we passed puts those choices in your hands where they belong.  That’s where they’re going to stay as long as I’m President of the United States, as long — (applause) — as long as you vote.

AUDIENCE:  Vote!  Vote!  Vote!

THE PRESIDENT:  All right.  Now, we also have to make sure that we’re using the money we’re saving from ending the war in Iraq, winding down the war in Afghanistan, to put our people back to work here doing some nation-building here at home.  (Applause.)

We’ve got a debate on Monday on foreign policy, and I’m very interested in seeing what Governor Romney has to say about that. (Laughter.)  You know, he said that it was “tragic” the way I ended the war in Iraq.  Last week he said we should still have troops in Iraq.


THE PRESIDENT:  Vote.  Vote.  (Laughter.)

AUDIENCE:  Vote!  Vote!  Vote!

THE PRESIDENT:  Look, one of the great honors of my job is serving as Commander-In-Chief, and meeting the amazing men and women in our Armed Services who serve us every single day.  I think bringing our troops home after doing the job they did in Iraq was the right thing to do.  (Applause.)  Reuniting them with their families was the right thing to do.  (Applause.)  The 33,000 troops that we’ve brought home this year from Afghanistan — that was the right thing to do.  (Applause.)

And every brave American who wears this country’s uniform should know this:  As long as I’m your Commander-In-Chief, I will sustain the strongest military the world has ever known.  And when you take off that uniform, we’re going to serve you as well as you’ve served us — because nobody who has fought for us should ever have to fight for a job when they come home, or a roof over their heads when they come home, or the benefits they’ve earned when they come home.  (Applause.)

And finally, we’ve got to cut the deficit by $4 trillion over the next 10 years.  I’ve put forward a plan to do it, and I’ve worked with Republicans and Democrats already to cut spending that we didn’t need or we could afford, and I’m ready to do more.  But I’m not going to cut things like education.  (Applause.)  I’m not going to cut research that helps grow our economy.

We can’t get this done unless we also ask the wealthiest households to pay higher taxes on their incomes above $250,000 — pay the same rate we had when Bill Clinton was President.  We created 23 million new jobs, and we went from a deficit to surplus.  That’s how you do it.  (Applause.)

Governor Romney said he thinks it’s fair that he pays a lower tax rate than a teacher who makes $50,000.

AUDIENCE:  Booo — vote!  Vote!  Vote!  Vote!


He is wrong.  I’m not going to ask middle-class families to give up your deductions on a home mortgage, or your deductions for raising a kid, just to pay for another millionaire’s tax cut. I’m not going to ask students who are here to pay more for college, or kick kids out of Head Start, or eliminate health insurance for millions of Americans just to pay for a tax cut we don’t need — tax cut we don’t need.  That’s not who we are.  That’s not what we’re about.  (Applause.)

Governor Romney and, frankly, his allies in Congress, they have banked on this idea that somehow in America everybody is on their own.  If you get — if you don’t have health insurance, hope you don’t get sick.  If you can’t afford to start a business or go to college, he says, borrow money from your parents.  You know what, that’s not who we are.  That’s not what we’re about.

We believe in self-reliance, we believe in individual initiative — but we also believe we’re all in this together.  We understand America is not just what can be done for us, but what can be done by us, together, as one nation, as one people — (applause) — black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, abled, disabled, everybody coming together.  That’s what we’re fighting for.  That’s our vision of America.  (Applause.)

That’s the vision we fought for in 2008.  And because of you we were able to make amazing things happen.  You’re the reason there’s a little girl with a heart disorder who needs surgery but now has the security of knowing she’s going to get that surgery because there aren’t any lifetime limits on her insurance coverage.  You made that happen.  (Applause.)

You’re the reason a young man who’ll never — who thought he’d never be able to afford his dream to go to medical school now is going to have that chance.  You made that possible.  (Applause.)

You’re the reason a young immigrant who grew up here and went to school here and pledged allegiance to our flag will no longer be deported from the only country she’s ever called home. (Applause.)

You’re the reason folks who served us so bravely are now embracing their family again and hearing those words:  “Welcome home.”  Welcome home.  Welcome home.   That happened because of you.  (Applause.)

So in 19 days, New Hampshire, you can keep moving this country forward.  In 19 days, you get to choose between the top-down policies that got us into this mess, or the policies that are getting us out of this mess.  In 19 days, you can choose a foreign policy that takes us into wars without a plan to get us out, or turning the page and ending wars responsibly, and bringing our troops home and focusing on building America.  (Applause.)

In 19 days, you can choose to turn back the clock 50 years for immigrants, or gays, or women — or you can stand up and say we are going to move forward — (applause) — that we’re a country that will continue to be one that treats everybody with dignity and fairness; a country where no matter what you look like, or where you come from, or who you love, you can make it if you try.   (Applause.)

That’s what’s at stake, New Hampshire.  That’s why I’m asking for your vote.  I believe in you.  I need you to keep believing in me.
I’m asking for your help to finish the job.  And if you’ll stand with me, and work with me, and knock on some doors for me, make some phone calls with me, if you’ll vote for me in New Hampshire, we’ll win New Hampshire again.  (Applause.)  We’ll win this election.  We’ll finish what we started, and remind the world why the United States of America is the greatest nation on Earth.  (Applause.)

God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.  (Applause.)

12:30 P.M. EDT

Full Text Campaign Buzz August 20, 2012: Mitt Romney’s Speech on the Burden of Debt on Future Generations in Manchester, New Hampshire





Source: Mitt Romney Press, 8-20-12 

“In my view, it’s not just bad economics; it is immoral for us to pass these burdens on to coming generations.”– Mitt Romney

Manchester, NH
August 20, 2012

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MITT ROMNEY: “In my view, it’s not just bad economics; it is immoral for us to pass these burdens on to coming generations. So what do I do? First, you have got to end the deficit and then start accumulating reserves and growing. That is what we did. Most states figure out how to do this. They balance their budget. And in my state, I came in, we had about a $3 billion budget gap. We balanced the budget and then we began building a rainy day fund. It was over $2 billion when I left. That is how you do it. So what do we do here? I have three things I’d do. To one, get rid of the deficit, and then, let me tell you how we’re also going to go on to start pulling down the debt. Three approaches: Number one, we are going to get rid of programs we do not need. My test is this: I’ll look at every program and say is this so critical it’s worth borrowing money from China to pay for it? And on that basis we will get rid of some programs like Obamacare and some others. Number two, we’re going to take a lot of programs and send them back to states where they can be run more efficiently and with less fraud and abuse. And number three, we’re going to skinny down the size of the federal workforce that remains, with attrition, to make sure it’s more productive.”

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