Romney's positive spot on moral responsibility
December 15th, 2011
01:57 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney's positive spot on moral responsibility

Sioux City, Iowa (CNN) – Mitt Romney's campaign made fiscal responsibility an issue of morality Thursday in a new positive pitch to Iowa voters.

The new television ad picked up on a line Romney has used on the stump calling fiscal responsibility a "moral responsibility."

"We have a moral responsibility not to spend more than we take in," he said in the ad. "It is a moral responsibility to believe in fiscal responsibility. We do and I do."

The ad featured bucolic images of young Americans, including a graduate in a cap and gown and a father and son on a baseball diamond.

The Romney ad seemed to be directed to evangelical and conservative voters in Iowa, who often vote on values issues and who wield tremendous sway in the caucuses.

A previous Romney spot in Iowa showed the candidate with his family and highlighted his 42-year marriage. The new ad is focused on his plans to cut back on federal spending on a moral basis.

"My test for the federal government is this: is this program so critical, so important that it's worth borrowing money from China to pay for it," Romney said in the ad.

The positive spot comes as Romney's chief opponent, Newt Gingrich, hit his opponents for running attack ads against him.

In an ad released in Iowa today, Gingrich says: "Others seem to be more focused on attacks rather than move the country forward. That's up to them."


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  1. Rudy NYC

    from the article:
    "My test for the federal government is this: is this program so critical, so important that it's worth borrowing money from China to pay for it," Romney said in the ad.
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    I suppose this explains subsidies for big oil companies and other forms of corporate welfare.

    Is this the year of "Put Your Foot in Your Mouth" for all of the "trickle down" sycophants?

    December 15, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  2. Sandy

    Romney has a moral obligation to tell the truth. So far he hasn't been honest about his positions.

    December 15, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. Jennifer

    We are taught by our faith what fiscal responsibility is. We do not have Credit or Loans that we cannot pay, and the only debt that is considered is educational debt, and MAYBE a single mortgage IF you can afford it. We know what is important and we strive to keep balanced budgets daily. Isn't it time OUR government took the same stance and quit getting us into a deeper hole we cannot dig ourselves out of?!?

    December 15, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    ""We have a moral responsibility not to spend more than we take in," he said in the ad. "It is a moral responsibility to believe in fiscal responsibility. We do and I do.""

    Lovely, so not only was it obviously and undeniably fiscally irresponsible for the GOP to enact massive inequitable atx cuts that started us down and continue to lead us down the path of deficits and debts because they were enacted BEFORE CUTTING ANY SPENDING, but it was also evidence of moral terpitude. Thanks Mittens for the soundbites.

    December 15, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  5. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    It's a moral responsibility to stand firm by your convictions and not to sway whichever way the wind is blowing Willard. You said in 2002 that you're a "moderate and have progressive values." Where's the moral responsibility of telling the republican electorate the truth about your values. It's so true what the White House labels you as: A man with NO CORE

    December 15, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  6. Dems in 2012

    So by that standard Clinton was far more moral than Dubya. Vote Democratic & either reinstate Clinton tax plan or Simpson/Bowles plan – we know the Clinton plan works & spreads the pain more fairly. GOPs put all the tax hikes on the lower class while protecting their fat cat buddies.

    December 15, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    My questions have been, "Is this unnecessary war so essential we have to borrow from China to pay for it?" and "Are tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans so essential that we have to borrow from China to pay for them?"

    December 15, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    ""My test for the federal government is this: is this program so critical, so important that it's worth borrowing money from China to pay for it," "

    Right. That makes absolutely ZERO sense whatsoever. The test is whether the program is so important or critical that it's worth having people pay enough taxes to pay for it. Period. You can't avoid that fact by pretending we have to start from a baseline that says current tax rates, the lowest in almost a century and made so by the GOP before any spending was cut, are an absolute and forever proposition and that raising tax rates to fund the gov't is forever off the table such that the only way everything gets paid for or survives being cut is if we borrow from China. That's a purposefully faulty premise designed to lead everyone in logic-circles. It's dishonest, disingenuous and disinformation.

    December 15, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  9. Susan Booth

    Romney had no issue sending American jobs overseas and bankrupting the companies he headed, I don't see how he'll object to borrowing money from China. Maybe he will, maybe he won't. I don't expect much from Mr. 1%, AKA Mr. Flip Flop.

    December 15, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Other questions include, "Are bailouts to big banks and wall street so essential, that we have to borrow from China, Japan, Saudi Arabia, our children, our grandchildren and our great grandchildren for their illegal activities and ineptness?"

    December 15, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  11. GOP answer to everything~"the middle class can pay for it, then blame the poor or a minority"

    "Anything for a buck" – is not a moral statement.

    December 15, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  12. John

    For the fifth straight survey, the GOP field has a new frontrunner in Iowa.

    On Thursday, December 15, 2011,Rasmussen reports that in the Iowa caucus, Mitt Romney​ leads former Speaker Newt Gingrich 23 percent to 20 percent, with Ron Paul​ close by at 18 percent

    December 15, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  13. Anthony

    We are taking in about 2.1 trillion dollars. We are spending about 2.4 trillion dollars on defense, Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Should we forget about paying interest on the national debt and the rest of the government (FDA, USDA, NIH, CDC, INS, and so on)?

    December 15, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  14. Publius Novus

    Of course, Mr. Mittens, you could always raise taxes to a reasonable level. One might even say that the rich have a moral obligation to support the society and culture that has permitted them to prosper. Or, on the other hand, Mr. Mittens might worry how he is going to manage to go through the eye of the needle.

    December 15, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  15. Al-NY,NY

    Mittens pandering for the zealots' vote...

    December 15, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  16. Dave Harris

    How financially/morally responsible are the financial robbers who Republicans protect? How financially/morally responsible are the Republicans who nearly spent the country into bankruptcy with unnecessary wars and massive expansion of the social welfare state? It's always the biggest sleezebags saying "do as I say, not as I do".

    December 15, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "Isn't it time OUR government took the same stance and quit getting us into a deeper hole we cannot dig ourselves out of?!?"

    Yes. Put the godd-mn tax rates back where you found them, GOPers. Nobody goes to their boss and says "hey, boss, I have a bunch of fixed expenses and I'm meeting them nicely right now because of what you pay me, but I still want you to give me a massive pay cut so I can't meet my obligations." THAT IS WHAT THE GOP DID. There is no denying it...the numbers don't lie. Now, after doing that, they're trying to go to the wife and say "honey, we're massively in debt because we've been running deficits for years as a result of my pay cut, so this means you have a spending problem and I'm going to take away your spending money and credit cards, the kids are going to have to go to trade school instead of university and we're going to have to take one of the kids off the health insurance and stop feeding him...but no way am I givnig up my Mercedes."

    December 15, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  18. Logic in LA

    He loses me on this one. How "moral" was it to take American businesses apart and sell them off to companies in parts or to foreign buyers? There are maybe 2 people in this country with real money that came by it "morally"

    December 15, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    ""We have a moral responsibility not to spend more than we take in," he said in the ad. "It is a moral responsibility to believe in fiscal responsibility. We do and I do.""
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    "This is the first time in the history of this nation that we have started a war and not raised taxes to pay for it." – Sen. John McCain on the Senate floor debating the merits of the second round of Bush Tax Cuts as America entered its' second war.

    December 15, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  20. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    The liberals have created a massive welfare state that is financially unsustainable. To fund it today, they need to borrow from China and in exchange mortgage the future of all of children, who will be saddled with this massive, crushing debt. Then they created a new massive entitlement called Obamacare at a time when the country was in no position to pay for it.

    Any young voting American has to be out of their mind to vote for a Democrat who is destroying their future for the welfare programs of today. The Democrats have sold you snake oil and a house of cards. Look to Greece to see what your future will be. It is not pretty.

    December 15, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  21. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    How "moral" was it to take American businesses apart and sell them off to companies in parts or to foreign buyers?
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    Well if those businesses are failing and will go under unless major changes are made, then tough decisions are made in order that some jobs survive. I suppose you think it better that all businesses should just go under and everybody loses their job?

    December 15, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Wow, this is amazing. The man who destroyed many American families by shipping US jobs overseas is going to lecture us about his morality? The same guy whose kids refuse to serve in the military because they are chickenhawks, just like him. Cowards all. And this idiot lecturing us on "moral responsibility" is part of the GOBP deathcult that refuses to take any responsibility for their failed disastrous policies that have harmed American families. Even worse, Flipper the Moralizer wants the US involved in a completely IMMORAL war with Iran. Mr. Morality wants to start WW III, tank the global economy and skyrocket gas prices. I know what Jesus would do. Mitt the Flipwit Hypocrite endorses anti-Christian policies. Whatever that makes him, he's certainly no expert on morality or responsibility.

    December 15, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    Truth and Nothing But the Truth wrote:

    The liberals have created a massive welfare state that is financially unsustainable. To fund it today, they need to borrow from China and in exchange mortgage the future of all of children, who will be saddled with this massive, crushing debt.
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    The train was on the tracks when a Republican controlled Congress was released from the reigns of Democrat in the White House. Conservatives when hog wild with their "temporary" tax cuts to "stimulate jobs growth". Bush came into the White House with a $300B annual surplus, and he left with an annual $1.5T deficit.

    No conservatives destroyed this economy beginning with the Reagan administration's war on the middle class. I will never forget how hard my jaw hit the floor when he spoke about the annual surplus in the Social Security fund as being "the people's money" and that he was going to give it back by giving a "tax cut to the wealthy". He acknowledged that it was the middle class that paid for that fund, but he pointed out that by giving it directly to the wealthy that the money would "trickle down" to the middle class multiple times over.

    December 15, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  24. Gurgi

    It is entertaining watching the liberals heads explode on any article about any republican candidate, especially when their opinion does not matter and will have absolutely no effect on the primaries, since they don't vote in them anyway.

    December 15, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  25. Shelby

    Romney 2012!

    December 15, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
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