Romney: I will not support tax hikes by super committee
November 19th, 2011
09:30 PM ET
9 years ago

Romney: I will not support tax hikes by super committee

Peterborough, New Hampshire (CNN) - Mitt Romney said Saturday he would not support any deal by a congressional debt committee that raised taxes, even as time ran short on a deficit-reduction agreement in Congress.

"I don't believe that raising revenues is the right answer to balancing our budget," he said. "I will not support any proposal based upon increasing taxes or revenues. I will, however, support proposals that are focused on reducing spending."

Romney was asked about a proposal by Republican Sen. Pat Toomey that included $400 billion in additional tax revenue - anathema to many congressional Republicans - as part of deficit reduction.

Romney said he had not seen the plan, but said the "right answer" was to concentrate on spending cuts and entitlement reform.

"In my view, what the super committee should do is rein in excessive spending in the current budget and reform Medicare and Medicaid and Social Security to make them permanently sustainable," he said.

Speaking to members of the press en masse for the first time in several days, Romney also said he planned to spend more time in Iowa as the January 3 caucus date nears.

Many of his opponents were in Iowa the same night, speaking at a Family Leader presidential forum.

"We've missed a couple of events in Iowa but I've been there several times.
I've said from the very beginning that we intend to play in Iowa, that I want to do very well there," he said. "You can also expect as we get closer to the caucuses and to the primaries, you'll see us visiting those early states more, spending more time there turning out more volunteers and being more active."

The former Massachusetts governor opened a campaign office in first caucus voting state last week. Romney poured money into the Iowa contest last election cycle only to yield disappointing results, and has visited the state only sporadically this campaign.

But a fluid GOP field in which many social conservatives have risen and then fallen in the polls may convince Romney's staff that Iowa could be viable for him.

Romney also defended the actions his former staff took in 2006 after he served as governor of Massachusetts. The Boston Globe reported Romney's aides purchased 17 computer hard drives that had been used in the governor's office after his term.

Romney said the hard drives could have contained private, confidential information such as medical records or resumes.

"Hard drives have the information of emails," he said. "They have information which can be confidential and private and which can be obtained."

He explained: "They may have personal information on there, medical records, resumes from people who have applied for jobs, or judicial appointments made and people applying for those positions. Those are confidential, of course. And so items that are personal or confidential, of course, would not be appropriate to put them in the public domain. We'd be violating our trust in doing so."

Filed under: 2012 • Debt • Deficit commission • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire
soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. Dan5404

    Thank you for such enlightening information. Never would have guessed.

    November 20, 2011 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  2. Andrew

    Mitt Romney did multiple buyout deals at Bain Capital financed by Goldman Sachs, who are currently his largest campaign contributor, this is not what the country needs running the government, another pro-TARP, pro-Wall Street guy.

    November 20, 2011 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  3. Grundoon

    Yeah, he's going with the plan put forth to make cuts to veterans and active duty military benefits so the uber wealthy don't have to pay 3% more in taxes. Pathetic!

    November 20, 2011 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  4. enuff

    He says hw won't support it... until next week.

    November 20, 2011 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  5. 2020

    Wow, Romney, a super corporate socialist. That's right, in America, middle class and no class should pay for everything, and let the corporate beggers keep begging. Romney truly believe the billionnaire are too poor to pay their portion of tax, they deserve welfare. (today only, tomorrow, he may change story, stay tune)

    November 20, 2011 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  6. Tom

    There you go, Mitt seals the deal with the Grover and looses the independent voters who believe that some kind of tax increase is necessary. At least he's not proposing child labor like Newt.

    November 20, 2011 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  7. Middle class & treading water

    Isn't that special. In his world the seniors and the disabled should have to pay more of their fixed incomes for less healthcare so he can keep his free-wheeling, virtually tax-free life. He'd rather deny these less fortunate citizens the healthcare they need to remain healthy and thriving assets to our communities rather than pay even 1% additional tax. It's the GOP way. Whatever happened to compassion for your fellow man?

    November 20, 2011 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  8. one voice

    Laughing all the way to the bank. I'll choose Obama/Biden 2012

    November 20, 2011 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  9. CommonRaven

    Mr. Romney's not perfect, but let's face it, no candidate is. Romney's leadership and business intellect are powerful and critical skills that we desperately need in the Oval Office. His personal character has been proven. He's a faithful husband, father, and member of his faith. A family man, who has been known to go out of his way to serve his neighbor time and time again. Those are qualities you can't fake or suddenly develop during a presidential campaign, and they are qualities people around the country and the world will inevitably see, as we do with every president. I think American would be wise to vote Romney into office.

    November 20, 2011 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  10. one voice

    Is that what you call it Mittens, the Grover Norquist Pledge?

    November 20, 2011 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  11. mike

    If they really want to balance the budget they would go back to the Clinton tax rate that balanced the budget. but instead the republicans want you to drink more of the same poison that bankrupted America in the first place.

    November 20, 2011 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  12. zip

    I will not support a man that wears a diaper.

    November 20, 2011 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  13. dreucalypt

    Romney is perfectly willing to destroy our economy in order to improve his prospects in the election. That's what his position here means.

    November 20, 2011 03:55 am at 3:55 am |
  14. 4merRepubCT

    Well, at least the guy is making an effort to be honest. (Maybe, until he changes his mind). So, Mittens wants a one-sided approach to deficit reduction – cuts only, no revenue. He is clearly in disagreement with the major economists of the country and the CBO. If nothing else, this signals that he would protect the top earners in the country and leave the rest of us to fend for himself. Why would anyone in the middle class vote for this?

    November 20, 2011 05:17 am at 5:17 am |
  15. Donkey Party

    There you have it folks, Romney, just like all the other GOP-baggers, continue to wage hostile class-warfare by wanting to place the deficit burden on the poor, the elderly, and the remainder of the middle-class, while protecting the greedy rich. I can't wait for the 99% to come for their heads.

    November 20, 2011 05:21 am at 5:21 am |
  16. frag

    Dear Mitt, I wasn't aware that as private citizens, we could vote on the issue. Your support or non-support is actually quite meaningless.

    November 20, 2011 05:32 am at 5:32 am |
  17. Tony in Maine

    Do you suppose that if Congress made any income above $250K non-taxable, that maybe, just maybe, the Republicans would STFU.

    November 20, 2011 05:53 am at 5:53 am |

    He'll switch in a day or two.

    November 20, 2011 06:00 am at 6:00 am |
  19. JP23

    Just another Republican frightened by that lobbyist Grover Norquist.

    Any candidate who puts a pledge to a lobbyist ahead of the US public should be ineligible for any public office.

    Huntsman is the only Republican candidate that didn't sign the pledge but the far right won't back him because of it.

    November 20, 2011 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  20. Marie MD

    Who cares what the $250M thinks. If his taxes are raised maybe he won't have enough money to raze his 3,000 sq ft house to build a 11,000 sw ft on the same property.
    It's obvious that he is hiding something in and about his e-mails and flip flopping information.
    Wasn't Nixon impeached for lying and "losing" tapes and docs?

    November 20, 2011 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  21. Johnnie, London

    Great idea. Problem is you're too old to understand the danger the kids could face when they go out there alone. Typical repub ancient idea.

    November 20, 2011 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  22. diridi

    how can you fill up deficit caused by GOP, idiot...flipflop....

    November 20, 2011 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  23. American

    In other words, neocon Romney supports the richest Wall Street minority over the majority of Main Street Americans. Mitt prefers ideological partisanship & growing debt instead of reasonable compromise & real deficit reduction.

    No thanks, Romney.

    November 20, 2011 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  24. Ron

    There goes flipper again. He either just can't seem to keep his mouth shut or will say ANYTHING he believes will help get him elected to the presidency. Poor little rich kid. He's been running for president ever since "losing" his day job of destroying the jobs of Americans. OBTW, the wild hair look makes you look more like Jim Carey in Batman than a "hard woring, average American". Give it a rest. America will NEVER elect a moron as president. They'd rather have a black CHRISTIAN any day! LOL

    November 20, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  25. Debra From Georgia

    We knew that, solve the defict on the back of the middle class. Take food out of the hungry mouth. Oh that is right, he do think corporations are people.

    November 20, 2011 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
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