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. jabberjaw101

    Billions/trillions of our tax dollars spent on the wars congress authorized, those that created the recession are still bathing in oceans of money, and along with the stimulus and reckless spending IS NOT the poor, the sick, the elderly, or the middle classes fault at all – why take anything from those that had NOT ONE HAND in the deficit?! You want to take more and more away from those that are barely able to live at all! What is wrong with you all?!

    November 19, 2011 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  2. Tony

    Romney will support super automatic cuts in defense and social programs like Social Security and Medicare, so that the super rich can hang on to their tax cuts.

    November 19, 2011 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  3. Publius Novus

    1. Too bad old Dick Nixon didn't buy his tapes. I'm sure they contained personal information.

    2. Why was Romney's staff puting personal information on state-owned computers?

    3. Maybe Mr. Myth would be kind enough to tell us exactly how to balance the budget without cutting Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid, while not increasing revenues.

    4. Why shouldn't we have more revenue, given that our revenues are at historic low as a per centage of GDP?

    November 19, 2011 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain

    This is because Romney signed Grover Norquist's no-tax pledge. Romney puts a person – Norquist – ahead of his concern for our country.

    Pretty anti-American, if you ask me.

    November 19, 2011 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  5. pikerover

    The Republican economic plan did not worked in the 1890's 1980's or now. Why do they think they would work now? Both sides have to come up with a "modern" plan to economics.

    November 19, 2011 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  6. jubilirao

    If you find a solution for giving jobs to everyone you will get revenuues automatically and the deficits will be automatically taken care off with a little help from spending control. BUT THE ECONOMY IS IN DOLDRUMS and the Republicans theory that said if you cut taxes for the rich they would automatically result in job creation failed as the BUSH taxxcuts did not. The voters should question the Republican lawmakers whom they have voted to explain what they are going to do further to convinces us how they intend to balance the budjet within a reasonable period in order them to be trusted. They have already failed the test .

    November 19, 2011 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  7. lgny

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

    Nonsense. It's been standard operating procedure for years that you do NOT use company computers for personal information. If it's personal stuff, use your own laptop.

    It's idiotic that he would use this as an excuse when it would never fly in any corporation in this nation.

    November 19, 2011 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  8. Squigman

    Get a clue Mr. Romney. What you support and what the next president supports, are worlds apart, and will more than likey never be an issue.

    November 19, 2011 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  9. GL

    And you will never be our President Mr. Wall Street.

    November 19, 2011 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  10. CBR

    When will politicians stop being so negative. Now Romney will not support what a Congressional committee suggests. It is not his position to accept or reject anything that Congress suggests. Everything he does is connected to what certain political groups will accept. The idea of doing what is right is never considered by Mr. Romney or any other candidates. We all have to find ways to get along with each other and that includes politicians on both ends of the spectrum.

    November 19, 2011 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  11. damn texan

    personally I think they all have a bad case of diarrhea of the mouth

    November 19, 2011 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  12. tjlnsd

    And this is why our country will fall apart. Both sides dig in and refuse to yield. Everyone in a healthy marriage knows you don't always get your way, but you work together as a team and come to a mutual agreement. A little give, a little take. And you move on to more important discussions like what to have for dinner. Too bad our political leaders can't work for the betterment of all Americans inside of their own ideological right or left wing bases.

    November 19, 2011 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  13. DDanny1

    Romney will win the GOP nomination so there will be a Liberal in the White House no matter who wins. After he's in, it will be to his advantage to return to his liberal ways. The GOP would not run a candidate against him in 2016 and he'll get the "Vote Republican no matter what" vote and a large part of the Dem & Independent vote.

    November 19, 2011 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  14. independent

    Most economists say that a significant cut in government spending now could slow the economy to the point of a second recession. Jobs would be cut, GDP would go down, foreclosures would go up, poverty would increase. Why would that bother Romney or the Republicans?

    November 19, 2011 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  15. TB

    No tax increases for millionares? Balance the budget by reducing spending only? Fine...take it ALL out of our military spending...ALL OF IT!

    November 19, 2011 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  16. d

    of course he will not support a tax increase...that is supposed to be news? as to the hard drives on he and his staffs WORK COMPUTERS should not have peronal info...they are owned by the people of MA. any one in the corp world knows that empolyees are not to use their work computers for personal stuff! he is a liar period...and sneaky what a shifty bastid...

    November 19, 2011 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  17. TB

    If Willard wants to start a war with Iran, he should have his millionare and billionare friends pay for it...NOT the US taxpayer!

    November 19, 2011 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  18. Jack Tx

    These Repubs are sick people. They say they believe in God but I seriously doubt any will actually get to meet him. I have in my 63 years never seen so much love of money than by these people. They make the Mafia look like saints.

    November 19, 2011 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  19. John

    Who care what you will agree to because you are not A Congressman or a Senator. Right now you are a nobody and you may all way be a Nobody. Mitt Romney be for you go around and tell people what you will agree to make sure you have a vote IDIOT. Just another Republican Clowns.

    November 19, 2011 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  20. Redleg

    When was the last time a Romney wore the uniform? What would he know about sacrifice or the common good?

    November 19, 2011 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  21. Ron

    Mitt Romney: "I will say and do whatever it takes to get elected. Bring your asses, one and all, and I'll kiss every one of them."

    Don't worry about supporting tax hikes, Mitty boy. The dems are just gonna let those Bush tax cuts expire, like they should have done a year ago.

    November 19, 2011 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  22. Not fooled

    Seniors are you listening? This guy is for the rich. He will destroy our safety nets that we have paid for with our hard work all of our lives. The rich who don't need it (like him) don't care about you. He is not patriotic like the 200 Patriotic millionaires who showed up to see Congress. They want to pay more taxes cause they love this country. The uber rich like the Koch Brothers only care about themselves. Seems Romney is in that bunch.

    November 19, 2011 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  23. usualone

    Romney is one of the few people who has millions who doesn't want his taxes to go up. I wonder what he would think of the tax rates during Reagan's time? He is a hatchet man - and that is one way he does not flip flop. He believes corporations are people, forgetting that our country is held together by the middle class people, and even rich people who are willing to do their share.

    November 19, 2011 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    "I don't believe that raising revenues is the right answer to balancing our budget:

    Why can't we get big business to think this way. Don't go after increasing revenue, but just focus on cutting spending. Although government does not exist to make a profit like business, its obvious that the big hole we in requires increase revenue.
    There are two unpaided for wars and simple math says the additional expenses has to come from somewhere. I forgot that its coming from the poor and middle class.

    November 19, 2011 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  25. Tony

    More proof that Republicans have absolutely no idea what they're talking about.

    Hey, Mitt: Government is funded by taxes. You need taxes to make it work. You don't take in enough taxes right now to make your government work, even with massive spending cuts. YOU NEED TO RAISE TAXES.

    Ugh. Stupid people.

    November 19, 2011 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
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