Washington (CNN) - Expect some tough language Friday from past and probable future presidential hopeful Mitt Romney when he speaks before a national conference of conservative activists.
The former Massachusetts governor is expected to aim much of his pointed remarks towards the White House and Democratic leaders in Congress when he address the Values Voters Summit, which is being held in the nation's capital. Over the past year, the 2008 GOP presidential candidate's been quite critical of President Barack Obama.
"Welcome to the Nancy Pelosi-Harry Reid-President Obama farewell party. This has been a pretty tough year for those three - their numbers have gone down the chute faster than a Jet Blue flight attendant," says Romney, according to excerpts released prior to his speech.
Romney is also expected to criticize the Democrats for their economic agenda, saying, "We have had governments declare war on poverty and a war on drugs, but this is the first time our government has declared war on free enterprise."
Also speaking at the two-day gathering are Republican Sens. Jim DeMint of South Carolina and Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and other leading figures in the conservative movement.
And fresh off her upset victory over longtime moderate Republican Rep. Mike Castle in Tuesday's GOP Senate primary in Delaware, Republican nominee Christine O'Donnell will also speak at the fifth annual Value Voters Summit.
As in years past, the results of a GOP presidential straw poll will be released at the end of the conference. Huckabee won last year's straw poll.
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This President and his fellow-travelers in Congress implemented the most anti-growth, anti-investment, anti-jobs measures we've seen in our lifetimes. He called it ambitious. It was reckless. He scared employers, so jobs are scarce. The uncertainty and lack of predictability he created has caused businesses to shrink from spending and from hiring. He hasn't helped end the crisis, he made it deeper, longer and more painful. We have had governments declare war on poverty and a war on drugs, but this is the first time our government has declared war on free enterprise.
The White House tries to argue that their stimulus has helped. That's a bit like saying that squirting water from a garden hose helps put out a forest fire. The question is not whether it helped a little, but rather, did it do the job, or do as well as it could have. And the answer is a resounding "no." 8% predicted unemployment became 10%. Since the Obama stimulus was passed, 127,000 government jobs have been created, but more than 2.4 million private sector jobs have been lost. In Ohio, more than one in ten people are out of work. In California, the unemployment rate has hovered around 12% for more than a year. There are now nearly 15 million Americans that are out of work: if they stood in a single unemployment line, it would stretch from the coast of California to Washington D.C. and then back again! If that's their vaunted "recovery summer," heaven help us from their recovery winter!
The President's foreign policy has not compensated for his failure at home. Under his engagement policy, North Korea has tested nuclear weapons, launched long range missiles, and sunk a South Korean ship. And Iran has funded Yemeni insurgents, armed terrorists, and accelerated its nuclear program. He gave Russians their number one foreign policy objective-abandonment of our Eastern Europe missile defense-and got nothing in return. He insulted Israel at the United Nations and forgot to mention that Hamas has launched thousands of rockets into that country. Our success in Iraq is in spite of his policy preferences and thanks to those of his predecessor, George W. Bush. And his strategy in Afghanistan has been needlessly muddled by announcing a withdrawal date, unfortunately putting domestic politics ahead of national purpose. Yes, we have serious enemies and growing threats around the world. Unfortunately, we have an Administration whose idea of a rogue state is Arizona.
This room is filled every year by citizens-modern patriots–who are passionate about America's values. These values include the sanctity of life and the preservation of marriage. But the Obama Administration has taken its assault to even more American values. The American people have finally seen Obama liberalism for what it is; they have seen the counterfeit values that underlie it, and they want none of it!The liberals' values include spending and borrowing in behalf of my generation even though it will bankrupt my children's and grandchildren's generations. They believe that the rule of law should be subordinate to their view of the greater good.They believe that government knows best how to care for your health - not you, not your doctor.They believe that the rewards of success should be taken from the person who created them and given to those who did not.They believe that workers shouldn't have the right to vote by secret ballot as to whether or not they want a union.And even though one half of the children in our cities do not graduate from high school, they believe that parental choice and teacher accountability should bow to the interests of union bosses.
The Obama Administration promised that they would "fundamentally change the way Washington works." They misled us. They are trying to change the way America works, And we must not let them! This Administration does not lack for confidence. But confidence in yourself is not the same as confidence in your country. And believing in the power of government is not the same as believing in the power of the governed.