Romney: Obama has power to end debt crisis
July 14th, 2011
02:54 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney: Obama has power to end debt crisis

(CNN) - Speaking to the Portsmouth Rotary Club Thursday, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney called on the president to end the debt crisis.

"Come on, Mr. President," said the Republican presidential candidate. "You can, by yourself, cut spending, agree to cap the spending and put in place a balanced budget amendment."


Democrats and Republicans are divided on a deficit-reduction deal that needs to be reached by Aug. 2, the deadline set to avoid a default on the government's loans.

Romney's campaign has previously expressed support for the "Cut, Cap and Balance Pledge," which has been signed by seven other 2012 presidential candidates, five governors and 48 members of Congress.

The pledge asks signees to oppose a raise in the debt ceiling unless it includes major spending cuts, a cap in spending, and a balanced budget amendment.

"That is the answer for the debt ceiling," Romney told the New Hampshire audience. "It is within my view the president's power."

While not talking directly about the political fights surrounding the debt talks between Congress and the White House, Romney said politicians too often think more about the next election than policy.

"We have to elect people who don't give a hoot about getting re-elected but instead care about getting the country right," Romney said.


Filed under: 2012 • Debt • Deficit • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. John in Brooklyn

    Romney needs to check his constitution. Appropriations bills MUST originate in the House of representatives – not the White House. Budgets may be PROPOSED by presidents (and they are) but the HOUSE actually spends the money. So, instead of bashing the president for his own selfish political gain, Romney should also be calling on his Republican colleagues to get their fiscal house in order since THEY control the government's purse strings.

    July 14, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  2. Matthew

    Come on man, have some backbone, Its 100% true!

    July 14, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  3. sonny chapman

    Mitt, the Debt Ceiling Extension must be passed by the U.S. House of Reps. & the U.S. Senate. Barrack Obama is the President of the United States. He can't vote in either body.

    July 14, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  4. Debra

    "We have to elect people who don't give a hoot about getting re-elected but instead care about getting the country right," Romney said.

    Oh that's you Mr. Chameleon, never play politics. Let's try that one again.

    July 14, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  5. Wanderer

    Mr. Romney and the rest of GOP want president Obama to end the debt crisis with the sweat and blood of middle class and poor Americans. Up to this point there is no doubt that the GOP is just focusing on fighting for power (not for Americans) and it is not hard to see that the GOP’s citizens are the only ones who are wealthy big businesses who don’t want to pay tax.

    July 14, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Hold up and wait a minute Mittens, don't try to "flip the script" and make it appear like it's the President gumming up the works!
    You Rethugs and your cheap Jedi mind tricks need to shut the hell up and stop trying to position the President and the country to fail.
    Furthermore the only people worried about getting elected and re-elected are in your part of the zoo Captain Flip-Flop; the President, unlike your tribe of fools, is the ONLY one looking out for the mioddle-class and trying to ensure that cuts are FAIRLY spread across the board.
    Obama 2012

    July 14, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  7. Pretendur

    We have to elect people who don't give a hoot about getting re-elected but instead care about getting the country right," Romney said.

    Is this guy serious? This guy is a phony! He cannot create jobs like he says! And he is not business minded.

    July 14, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  8. terry,va

    There is a fundamental difference in how Obummie sees this country's future and how the Repubs want this country to go forward. Obummie wants a welfare society dependent on governmment. He wants a food stamp program instead of a jobs program. The Repubs want people to work, pay their taxes and contribute to this great nation. So here is the deal. If you want to lay on the couch and receive Obummie's handouts vote for him. (Obummie's handouts of course are based on screwing the people that do work, particuarily the successful (rich)). If you have self respect and want to work and be somebody reject Obummie and vote for ANYONE but him.

    July 14, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  9. SecedingfromTexas

    Your losin' it Mitt. You signed the "line in the sand" Nordquist plan. Unfortunately for you, Grover is on the beach side
    of the sand, and all of you who signed it are on the quick sand side.
    Proof of hypocrisy? Read the article in Forbes Magazine, by Robert Shapiro, titled "Even Reagan Raised Taxes".
    You might be surprised just how early the "destruction of President Obama" doctrine started and the stonewalling
    put in full force. Smack down can't come soon enough.

    July 14, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  10. Possum Dearie

    LOL All this guy cares about is getting elected. He's been running for president for over five years now.

    July 14, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  11. John Metsopoulos

    This from the man who changed his views on abortion, health care , gay rights, taxes. Right Mitt you never change your views to get elected.

    July 14, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  12. bcrunner

    Common Republicans!! You can do it!! You can agree to cut spending, increase revenue and put this country back to the path of fiscal responsibility... Just like the 1990s..

    July 14, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  13. Eye of Newt

    Romney was a half decent guy when he was governor of Massachusetts.

    Now he's a creep.

    July 14, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Governer, we are still waiting for the Republican plan to create the jobs they campaigned on last year. What is your plan to stimulate jobs growth in the US besides continuing the policies of tax cut and spend that got us into this mess.

    July 14, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  15. thomas

    "We have to elect people who don't give a hoot about getting re-elected but instead care about getting the country right," Romney said.
    Then why is Mitt so intent on running again if he doesn't give a hoot ?
    FIVE SONS AND NONE DID ANY MILITARY SERVICE ?

    July 14, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  16. blue jay in cali

    "We have to elect people who don't give a hoot about getting re-elected but instead care about getting the country right," Romney said.
    Hmm, well said mit, what we need is compromise and not a hijack by the extreme right wing. If the "party of no" would give an inch we wouldnt have this problem. Its no wonder grover norquist cant run for elected office.

    July 14, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  17. Sasha

    You know what would also work? A clean debt limit increase, like every other one in American history.

    Don't blame Obama for the GOP deciding that extortion is a viable political tactic ...

    July 14, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  18. sick of republican phonies

    "Come on, republican lawmakers. You can, by yourselves, let the Bush tax cuts expire, end corporate welfare, and allow big business to pay its fair share of taxes by eliminating the loopholes that have provided them with one of the lowest actual tax rates in the industrialized world."

    July 14, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    By the way, I couldn't really understand why somebody running for office in the US of All Americans would hightail it to England, but based on the, umm, angst that your buddy Murdoch is currently experiencing I could understand you wanting to give him a personal heads-up, and a commiserating pat while simultaneously offering to do ANYTHING within your, and your Party's power to help and make it ALL DISSAPPEAR.
    Tsk, tsk Big-head Mittens, tsk, tsk.
    It appears that God indeed does not like ugly! I see some "challenging" times ahead for your Mr. Murdoch. He's going to need the support of every last one of you Rethugs just as soon as you guys help yourselves out of this corner you've painted yourselves into that is!

    July 14, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  20. joe the plumber

    Mitt Romney's flip-flopping,romney can't be trust.........

    July 14, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  21. sick of republican phonies

    Why is it news when this flip-flopping panderer 1ssues a statement that just repeats repub talking points and his own previous statement? What is the news quotient? BREAKING NEWSW!!!! "Romney says same thing about debt ceiling crisis that he has said before but wants to keep his name in the news! Details at 11!"

    July 14, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  22. Kevin

    OH PLEASE!!!!!!!!

    HE IS AS MUCH A "FEMALE CAT" As PAWLENTY ....And would "puss-out" just as fast as TPAW did in that debate!

    July 14, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  23. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    MItten's silence on tax increases for the filthy rich is deafening. He has yet to name a single sacrifice he believes his milltionaire and billionaire pals should make while the rest of us are asked to make sacrifices every day. C'mon, Mitt, name one single sacrifice the GOBP is prepared to demand from their cult leaders.

    July 14, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  24. MPeters

    This is the man who wants to be President? Has he READ the Constitution? The Senate has to pass any deal passed. They said they won't pass anything without revenue increases. Hello, 3rd Grade Civics Class.

    July 14, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  25. Chumlee

    Please Mr. Brains, President Obama believes in democracy, and is not a dictator!

    It is so obvious how unknowing you are.

    July 14, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
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