Romney signs economic pledge
June 29th, 2011
03:58 PM ET
7 years ago

Romney signs economic pledge

(CNN) - Mitt Romney became the latest Republican presidential candidate Wednesday to sign the "Cut, Cap and Balance" pledge to slash spending and balance the budget.

He joined fellow candidates Texas Rep. Ron Paul, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, businessman Herman Cain and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.

The pledge is a litmus test for support of Republican kingmaker Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina.

Read more here.

- CNN Political Reporter Jim Acosta contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Jim DeMint • Mitt Romney
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Shari from Madison WI

    Here is another example of the Elitist Republican Party. When they talk about cutting spending, they mean making all the but the wealthiest of us will not get the help they need. They want Defense Spending to increase or not be cut at all, they want to cap health benefits for the shrinking middle class, the working poor and the disabled and the elderly, while giving tax breaks to the Owner's of the Republican Party, ie. the wealthiest. If the Republican Party has it's way anyone who isn't wealthy is not worthy of any help or concern. The middle class and the working poor will need to be slaves to the Republican Party if they want to exist. The Republican's will only be happy if everyone but themselves would die quickly and decrease the surplus population.

    June 29, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. Former Republican, now an Independent

    It is really ironic that the party that "spent" us into this mess now wants the public to believe they are fiscally responsible. These current day republicans are a joke! I just hope America wakes up and smells their stench.

    June 29, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  3. Mitt Romney - He'll Say ANYTHING To Get Elected

    In the days of Reagan, the GOP kicked up a lot of dust about "A Balanced Budget Ammendment". Sounds great as a sound bite but they never could get the ball over the goal because they always wanted to exclude big portions of the budget like defense spending.

    Congress passed the Graham-Rudman Act which was suppose to make automatic spending cuts in programs to control deficits. It was ruled unconstitutional. These gimmicks don't work. As the President said today. Leaders are suppose to lead.

    Mitt – what are you going to exclude from your pledge to Cut & Cap & Balance?

    Defense Spending?
    Social Security?

    We have $14.3Trillion worth of debt. Tell me how you are going to pay that off. Mr. Businessman? You gonna sell the Grand Canyone & the Statue of Liberty to Exxon Mobil?

    June 29, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  4. berry

    Yes he will,"On the backs of our poor,middleclass,and our "Children" He,ll make sure we all work for "Fast Food Restaraunts" Gop= Immoral!! No GOP IN THE WHITE HOUSE!!!!!! Frightening!!!!! WOW Voters,don,t make a mistake AGAIN?????

    June 29, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  5. vic , nashville ,tn

    Mitt Romney, Rep. Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty, Sen. Rick Santorum and Herman Cain sign the "Cut, Cap and Balance" pledge. They knew 2012 not for them
    This also part of politics

    June 29, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  6. GL

    This man stands for noting and have allowed the tea baggers to sway his real views. A man that stands for nothing is not the man that needs to be in the White House. This man have been all over the map with his filp flop views.

    June 29, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  7. sonny chapman

    Sold his soul to the Devil. He reeealy wants to be Prez.

    June 29, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  8. GOP = Greed Over People

    Keep getting all the candidates to sign those GOP "purity" pledges.

    It will play well with the base for the primaries but the general electorate, not so much.

    June 29, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  9. thomas

    Can a person follow Ayn Rand and Jesus?

    Mitt , you never answer the question why none of your five sons did any military service .

    June 29, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  10. The Greedy Old Pigs have no viable candidates or ideas for America

    He'll just flip-fop on it a couple of hours later.

    June 29, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Now that Mittens has once again flip flopped positions, will DeMint will support him?

    June 29, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    It looks like Mittens is more qualified to be a pivot man in a circle jerk, not president of the United States.

    June 29, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  13. Wes B.

    He'll sell his soul to the right so that he can get the nomination–just like McCain. But it'll cost him in the general election.

    June 29, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  14. logic in LA

    How nice! Now we have one more liar in the race.

    June 29, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  15. they call me "tater salad"

    " And tomorrow he'll have a totally different viewpoint on the issue depending on who the audience happens to be at the time! "..........Stay tuned!

    June 29, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  16. ConservaFASCISTS

    FOOL!!!! You've boxed yourself in now Mitt. I give it 3-6 months until you flip flop on this pledge.

    June 29, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  17. S. In California - Obama 2012

    There you have it folks! The new Elmer Gantry (with thousand dollar suits). No morals, no convictions, just pure con.

    June 29, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  18. Jake

    but if his party changes direction, he'll pretend he didn't sign it!

    June 29, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  19. Mikey

    Great. Another Rebub signs a deal with the devil. Now, he can't effectively solve our problems without violating the pledge. Makes him a poorer choice for POTUS than he already was. This guy is the real empty suite the wingnuts keep accusing our President of being. He would make a great store manikin, but a lousy President – just a rich pretty boy with little real substance. If we had a true meritocracy in this country, he wouldn't have risen beyond middle management at a widget company.

    June 29, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  20. Thankfully Independent

    You loose a few points on this one Mitt.

    At least Jon Huntsman read that damn pledge first and chose not to sign such an improper document.

    June 29, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  21. bobden

    Who's going to promise (pledge) to represent we the people? Those of us who actually work for a living, if we can find a job without moving to India or China. And don't try to tell me that lobbyists work hard - they don't. Running around D.C. in their limos, buying rethug congressmen is NOT working hard.

    June 29, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  22. Suman

    I am sure Mitt known what a pledge is. It means a solemn promise, an oath to do or refrain from doing. It is not a simple promise, commitment or undertaking. It means much more. It means you had considered the pros and cons of your decision and took the decision. It means you had thought over the possible consequences of your action and irrespective of them you bind yourself to the pledge. It is tantamount to the oath of allegiance. You can repudiate it and be disgraced forever. Now, tell me, ye all those who have signed this CCC Pledge – are you sure you will abide by it forever come what may? Oh, I forgot, you are politicians and for your pledge means till I am told to do otherwise by moneybags!

    June 29, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |