Romney: Obama offers no 'fair shot,’ but 'immoral' debt
June 16th, 2012
02:27 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney: Obama offers no 'fair shot,’ but 'immoral' debt

(CNN) - Mitt Romney's speech to a gathering of social conservatives on Saturday was tailored to major issues discussed at the conference - family and freedom - but he found his applause lines when he hit President Barack Obama's handling and remarks on the economy.

"The president the other day in a speech said that he wants to make sure every American has a fair shot, and somehow he was suggesting that that's not something I want to do, or the Republicans want to do. Of course we want to see every American have a fair shot, I agree with him about that," Romney said.

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"This president is not giving the American people a fair shot," he continued. "To the middle class folks that are losing jobs that have dropped out of the workforce, they're not getting a fair shot. If people want a president that will give the middle class of America a fair shot, they're going to vote for me, and I hope you do."

Obama has argued - including at a campaign event this month in Baltimore - that while the economy remains fragile, "we have come too far to abandon the change that we fought for these past four years."

"And if you agree with me," Obama said on Thursday in Cleveland, "if you believe this economy grows best when everybody gets a fair shot, and everybody does their fair share, and everybody plays by the same set of rules - then I ask you to stand with me for a second term as President."

Romney did not attend the annual Faith & Freedom Conference and Strategy Briefing in person, as he was in Pennsylvania on day two of a multi-state bus tour. But he spoke live via satellite to what organizers said was an audience of approximately 1,500.

In his prepared remarks, the presumptive Republican nominee detailed what he said are the anchors of American public life: family, the Constitution, and the Declaration of Independence.

But the questions, which organizers said were submitted by conference attendees, were primarily focused on economics, including the national debt.

"It will keep growing under this president, and so that debt is going to be passed on to young people that did not get a chance to vote up or down, don't even understand the impact that this will have on their lives," he said. "It's unthinkable, it’s bad economics, and it’s immoral."

Romney was favorably mentioned one of his former competitors for the GOP presidential nomination. Santorum, speaking about a half-hour later, offered some of his warmest words towards Romney since their heated primary battle, saying his "speech was right on.”

Some social conservatives were skeptical of Romney's pro-life position or Mormon religion during the primary season. Santorum won a straw vote of conducted at a January meeting of many high-profile social conservatives.

But Santorum signaled on Saturday that he has moved past his own doubts of the former Massachusetts governor, and Romney delivered a speech critical of the Obama Administration's handling of faith issues.

"The decision by the Obama Administration to attack our first freedom, religious freedom, is one which I think a lot of people were shocked to see," he said, referring to the January announcement of a rule requiring employers to include contraceptive coverage without a co-pay in their health coverage. Republicans and many religious groups, including the Catholic Church, have protested the rule because it does not exempt religious institutions, including churches, colleges, and charities.

"There's no question that economic freedom has been attack by this administration in many ways," Romney continued, citing the nation debt, healthcare reform, tax policy, and the size of government.

Others, including anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist, who spoke Friday evening, have delivered similar messages at the conference.

Several Republicans rumored as possible vice presidential picks also attended and spoke, including Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida, Rob Portman of Ohio, and Rand Paul of Kentucky.

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  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    What's immoral Mr. Romney, is you're not telling people what's moral about you adopting the Paul Ryan budget plan which will sell people like commoditieson Wall Street because you said "Corporations are people".

    June 16, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  2. MaryM

    If you want to know what type of leader/president romney would be just ask the good people of Massachuetts about their corrupt Gov. Mitt

    June 16, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  3. Errm

    Romney just keeps dissing the President and using meaningless buzz words that rile up the base while not actually answering any questions. Freedom. Constitution. Family. Blah de blah blah. All sound and fury amounting to nothing.
    Funny b/c the Tea Party uses the same exact buzz words...one might think, Oh, Idk...that they're one and the same??

    June 16, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  4. beau

    So the Republicans are going to settle on an east coast, elite, millionaire from an aristocratic family? What is his experience that will make him a successful Conservative President?
    1. He fires people, lays off employees, and outsources jobs while pocketing the pension funds of those same employees.
    2. He is comfortable in an upper class setting. After all, America IS the upper class, isn't it? The little people, like you and I, are not really very important. People of Romney's class and background see us as livestock that can understand English.
    3. He does not care if Americans suffer. He has made lots of them suffer so far in his life. He's made of tough stuff. No weepy compassion will ever cloud his judgment.
    4. He knows how to destroy corporations and sell off their assets. He could use those skills to destroy the federal government, a stated goal of Conservatism
    5. After the Romney Administration is over in 2016 or 2018, Conservatives will say, "Hey, you can't blame us for the disastrous Romney Administration. He wasn't a TRUE Conservative. What we need is a TRUE Conservative like Ron Paul or Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum … or maybe Senator Palin."

    June 16, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  5. miles

    Mitt-flip on his I have a dream bus tour. Still will not answer the ? how will he fix what he say's is broken. No follower of Mitt-flip can tell you that! If he opens his mouth and say's he through. He can only talk about the president so much, one day he's gone have to put up or fold. The ? before Mitt-flip is HOW?

    June 16, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  6. scottf

    How can anyone in their right mind trust this guy? Don't the right wingers remember the comments from most Republicans during the primary debates? Don't look at what he says look at what he does and has done. Romney is nothing more than a calibrated weather vane that panders and says anything to get elected while whining about everything with solutions that will increase the deficit. He whines more than Sean Hannity and Limbaugh, and I did not think that was even possible.

    June 16, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain

    Mittens is proposing all the failed policies that got our country into this mess: More tax cuts for the rich, which does NOT create jobs (overseas, yes; here in the States? no). Contrary to all historical evidence, deregulation of the financial industry does NOT create long-term growth and stability; it results in booms and busts, which the rich ride out very well, since they've already got a bundle of money. The average person gets to see their hard-earned retirement money gambled away – and then their taxes used to bailout these jerks.

    And where's the "fair shot" when you cut aid to single moms trying to feed their kids? Or reasonable interest rates for those students whose daddies are multimillionaires and need to take out a loan to go to college? Or investment in OUR country and OUR people, so we can develop new manufacturing HERE so OUR people can work hard and earn a living wage?

    Mittens is just the latest spokesman for the GOP, which has done everything in its power these last 3+ years to trash our economy and make people suffer and then blame it on President Obama.

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    June 16, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  8. Larry L

    Blaming President Obama for the debt is like blaming fire fighters for the water bill – when you started the fire! Oops... i forgot... Romney wants fewer fire fighters, police, and teachers. They're just government waste according to him.

    June 16, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  9. g

    romney shot some americans when he stole there pension and health care money and sent there jobs to china-now he wants to be their president

    June 16, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    Must be nice to be a Republican who works so hard to harm our country and then complains loudly about the damage he's done.

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice for our future

    June 16, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain

    If you're looking for immoral, Mittens, look no further than your own party that lied us into war, cut taxes during wartime (never done before in our nation's history), wants to make permanent tax cuts for you and your cronies, even though it WILL NEVER RESULT IN JOB CREATION HERE IN THE US, and then try to make the Middle Class pay for all your mistakes.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    June 16, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  12. Yonni

    You know what is immoral is: a Bishop flied his country to France when his country men are died in Vietnam and later when peace is restored by the bone, flesh and blood of those who serve their country the bishop to seek the presidency of the country tha he abandoned in time of need her need.

    June 16, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  13. n

    Old slick Rick thinks he is relevant and that he still has a following. That's the difference between the republican, democrats and independents . . . republicans are part of the collective, one mind assimilation "We Are Borg" resistance is futile empty mind set while the Democrats and independents are individuals who base their decisions on wisdom while discerning real time information, based on facts and projected conditions while taking under consideration the ramification of such actions. Republicans are the blind leading the hopelessly lost to the slaughter.

    June 16, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  14. Jules

    I think it is immoral of Romney to keep using the work immoral to describe the president's economic policy. What some people might construe as being immoral is that Romney is proposing the same economic policies that drove us into the ditch under George W. Bush – doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome – oh yeah, that's insanity and not immoral.

    June 16, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  15. Yonni

    Correction in time of her need

    June 16, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  16. Pete

    He scared to tell truths,that the wealthy ,much like exdirector of Goldman Sachs Rajat Gupta ,the man found guilty on insider trading charges are the ones turning this country upside down.Wealthy in their own insecure way still having to amass more monies because its obvious,theirs is not wealthy enough,its gluttony on a monitary scale,plus a douse of arrogence,never having to stop to see who or what they've hurt in their agaenda to making themself ultra rich..And Grover Norquist protecting these same millionaires,billionaires with his contracts to senators,congressmen,he should be held for treason,because all he's doing is appeasing the ones who fill his coffers,that's a shark protecting the other sharks,how genuine,how original,how politically pathedic.Norquist ,who's idol Reagan was first to steal from the coffers of SocialSecurity with his sidekick Allan Greenspan in '83,to balance the budget,at any costs,his reasoning is he's the president and he can do whatever it takes as long as he makes it look patriotic,to help this country,even stealing from tax payers to do it,that's more like treasonistic,not patriotic to me,we never got credit for that theft,I bet ya!!Plus Romney spewing about Pres.Obamas giving people a fair shot in this country,did Romney ever give anyone anything to better their lives,probibly not outside his Mormon empire,I bet...I just hope FACT CHECK.ORG keeps up the great work,Romneys "pants on fire"comments are coming in fast,this time of the campaign,be on your toes,he obviously isn't..

    June 16, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  17. Anthony

    Romney does not even offer a fair shot, as his tax cut plan is skewed to the rich. His 20% across-the-board tax cut helps the rich much more than the poor, and will force cuts in social programs, hurting only the poor. His tax cut plan will add more than 3 trillion over 10 years to the national debt compared to current (that means Obama's) policies. Romney's tax cut plan is not just immoral. It is obscene.

    June 16, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  18. dnick47

    Pardon? The immoral debt belong to GWB and the Republican Conress who spent, spent, spent, and spent often delivering hunders of million of dollar contracts without bidding to Cheney's buddies then gave huge tax to the super rich like you, then doggedly refused to repeal them in the face of undeniable evidence that they were not working driving us farther and farther into debt. You are immoral Romney – you have no idea of fair play, dencency or ethics as your bullying in High School shows and your Vulture Capitalism doe now. God forbid you ever become out leader.

    June 16, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |