Election 2012: Transcript: Romney thanks supporters for ‘special’ win in Michigan
Transcript of Mitt Romney’s remarks to supporters in Michigan on Feb. 28, 2012:
“Wow! What a night! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
“Now first…first to call it…
“Okay, first thank you was the first state to call it – thank you, Arizona. Great victory in Arizona tonight.
“And thank you, Michigan. What a win. This is a big night. Thanks you guys.
“You know, it was just a week ago the pundits and the pollsters – they were ready to count us out.
“But across Michigan and Arizona, I kept on meeting moms and dads and students and grandparents, and they were concerned about what was happening to this great country of ours. And I was confident that we could come together today and take a giant step toward a brighter future. So tonight, their efforts have brought our cause a great victory and we celebrate with people across these states. Thank you.
“Now tonight is also particularly special for me because this is the place where I was born. This is the place where I was raised. My mom and dad lived many years here and love this great state, and I know that Michiganders in this room we consider you all family. Thank you so much for your help.
“And in this room are the people who knocked on the doors and made the calls and went to the polls, and it made an enormous difference. We didn’t win by a lot but we won by enough. And that’s all that counts.
“And by the way, in Arizona, special thank you to Gov. Jan Brewer there and Sen. John McCain. They were tireless, particularly John McCain. He’s been all over the country helping. What a hero. Thank you, Senator. Thank you, Governor. They’re out there.
“We’ve got two sons out there that are celebrating with them. Great thing about having so many in our family. We can cover almost every race. Super Tuesday will be stretch but we’re going to find a way.
“Our campaign, as you know, is about restoring the promise of America. Last week, I unveiled a very bold economic plan that’s going to jump start the economy and it’s going to get Michiganders back to work. It’s going to get Americans more jobs they’re crying out for. And we’re going to have less debt and smaller government. And I’m going to deliver on more jobs, less debt, and smaller government. We got to hear that day in and day out. More jobs. Less debt. Smaller government.
“You know, there are a lot of people who were saying that if you’re running for office you really can’t speak honestly to the American people. Well, we did and I will. And because this is a decisive moment, I believe this is a time that requires real leadership in our country. Our times are tough. We need leaders who will live with integrity, who have the courage to tell the truth, and have the experience to get our economy back on track. That’s the kind of leader I aspire to be. That’s the kind of leader I will be if I’m President of the United States.
“Our campaign is about more than just replacing a President. It’s about restoring America’s promise. From generation to generation, Americans have always known that the future would be brighter and better. Americans have always believed in a tomorrow full of possibility and prosperity. That’s what it means to be in the land of opportunity.
“In America, you know that if you work hard, you can build a better life. If you teach your kids the right kind of values and help them make the right choices in life, you know their future would be prosperous and secure. And that deep confidence of a better tomorrow is a basic promise of America.
“Today that promise is being threatened by a faltering economy and a failed presidency. Four years ago, we warned that the presidency was no place for on-the-job training. Well, today we have the economy to prove it, all right?
“This President, by the way, he likes to remind us that he inherited an economy that was in crisis. But he doesn’t like to remind us that he also inherited a Democrat Congress. He had majorities in both the House and the Senate. He was free to pursue any policy he pleased.
“Did he fix the economy? No.
“Did he tackle the housing crisis? No.
“Did he get America back to work? No.
“Instead, he put us on a path toward debt and deficits and decline.
“It’s time to get off that path and get back on the path of American prosperity.
“Now, these days when he’s not spending our money or infringing on our rights, he’s busy running for re-election. He believes that the – did you hear this? He believes that he ranks among the top four Presidents in American history. Do you believe that? I’d find a different spot for him.
“He thinks he deserves a second term. He says, ‘We can’t wait.’ To which I say, ‘Oh, yes we can.’
“Today, we’re $15 trillion in debt and real unemployment stands at 15%. You’ve heard that old saying about ‘I need a vacation from my vacation’? Well, we need to have a recovery from this so-called recovery.
“You know, as a nation, we’ve survived a Great Depression. We’ve weathered two World Wars. We’ve made it through tough times. And we’ve not come all this way to give up now. We still believe in the hope, in the dream, and the promise of America. We know our future is better and brighter than these troubled times. That unwavering conviction guides our campaign in this effort. It’s rallied millions of people to our cause. And it’s the message we’re going to take to every corner of the country, from Ohio to Idaho and Georgia to Tennessee.
“We’ve seen enough of this President over the last three years to know that we don’t need another five years of President Obama because he thinks he’s unchecked by the Constitution. He’s unresponsive to the will of our people. And in a second term, he would be unrestrained by the demands of re-election. If there’s one thing we can’t afford, it’s four years of Barack Obama with nothing to answer to. So we’re going to get him out of that office and get him back home where he belongs.
“Now, you saw his budget. You saw the budget. He put it out. It foreshadowed exactly what we’re going to see ahead if he’s the President. Runaway spending, record debt – they were just the warm-up act. You know, for an encore, he wants to raise taxes on job creators and small businesses and families. And we are not going to let him do it.
“In this campaign, I’m offering a real choice and a very different direction. I have a plan that will restore America’s promise through more jobs and less debt and smaller government. President Obama is making the federal government bigger, more burdensome, and bloated. I’ll make it simpler, smaller, and smarter, and it’s about time for that to happen.
“He raised the national debt. I will cut, cap, and balance the budget.
“He passed Obamacare. I will repeal Obamacare.
“He lost our AAA credit rating. I’ll restore our AAA credit rating.
“He rejected the Keystone pipeline. I’ll get us that oil from Canada that we deserve.
“And by the way, I’m going to open up our lands for development so we can finally get the energy in this country that we need at the price we can afford.
“Look, when it comes to the economy, my highest priority will be worrying about your job – not worrying about how to save my own.
“This President wants to raise your taxes. I’m going to cut them. That’s going to start with an across-the-board 20% rate cut for every American. I’ll also repeal the Alternative Minimum Tax. And we will abolish finally the Death Tax.
“And you know, he has now proposed raising taxes on small businesses and job creators. I’m going to lower those taxes. I’ll also lower the corporate rate to larger businesses to 25%. I’ll make the R&D tax credit permanent to foster innovation. And I’m going to end the repatriation tax to return investments back to our shores. There’s a lot of money offshore that ought to come back to America.
“Let’s finally have a tax plan that puts Americans back to work, and I have it and we’ll get it in place.
“Now, you know he also proposes to raise taxes on savings and investments. And if I’m the President, I’m going to help middle-class families save and invest tax free. Good. I’m glad you agree. It’s about time.
“And he also has an extraordinary gap in his policy proposals. Do you realize after saying that Medicare and Social Security were in trouble he has yet to offer a single serious proposal for saving Medicare and Social Security? I have a plan to save them both. And unlike him, I have the courage to put my plan on the table for people to see.
“Look, what this campaign is about – what my plans are about – are creating jobs and raising wages for the American people. They’re going to strengthen our entitlement programs for the next generation, and they will not add to our deficit. We will finally balance America’s budget.
“Now, beyond having a plan to get our citizens back to work, I have the experience to get our economy back on track. I spent 25 years in business. I was also the steward of the Olympics and the leader of a state. I cut taxes 19 times. I’ve turned a budget shortfall into a surplus. I know how government can kill jobs and, yes, I know how it can create jobs. And I stand ready to lead our party to victory and our nation back to prosperity. We’ll get the job done.
“It’s a critical time in America. It’s our time for choosing. And this time, we got to get the choice right. I said it before and I firmly believe it that this campaign is about saving the soul of America.
“This election comes down to two very different visions of America. It’s a choice between becoming a nation of and by Washington or remaining a nation of and by a free people; a choice between an entitlement society and a land of opportunity; a choice between squandering America’s promise and restoring that promise for future generations.
“If you want to make this election about restoring American greatness, then I hope you’ll join us.
“If you believe that the disappointments of the last few years are a detour not the destiny for America, then I need your support.
“I’m asking for you to get out and vote. And I’m asking for you, by the way, to go on MittRomney.com and pledge your support in every way possible. I’m asking you to join the fight for our freedom to ensure that tomorrow will be better than today.
“This election, let’s restore America’s promise. Let’s fight for this country we love. We’ve got work ahead. We’re going to do that work. We’re going to take back America.
“America is the greatest nation in the history of the earth and we’re going to keep it that way. Thanks, you guys! You’re the best. God bless the United States of America. Thank you.”
- C-Span.org: Video of Mitt Romney’s remarks to supporters after winning the Arizona and Michigan primaries
- Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign website
- WhatTheFolly.com: Election 2012: Romney edges out Santorum in Michigan, wins Arizona
- WhatTheFolly.com: Election 2012: Michigan Republican primary results
- WhatTheFolly.com: Election 2012: Arizona Republican primary results
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