Transcript: Debate excerpts – Mitt Romney on jobs

Edited by Jenny Jiang

Excerpts from Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s remarks on jobs at the first presidential debate held at the University of Denver, Colorado on Oct. 3, 2012:

“I’m concerned that the path that we’re on has just been unsuccessful. The president has a view very similar to the view he had when he ran four years, that a bigger government, spending more, taxing more, regulating more — if you will, trickle-down government — would work.

“That’s not the right answer for America. I’ll restore the vitality that gets America working again…”

“It’s energy and trade, the right kind of training programs, balancing our budget and helping small business. Those are the — the cornerstones of my plan.

“But the president mentioned a couple of other ideas I’ll just note. First, education. I agree: Education is key, particularly the future of our economy. But our training programs right now, we’ve got 47 of them, housed in the federal government, reporting to eight different agencies. Overhead is overwhelming. We’ve got to get those dollars back to the states and go to the workers so they can create their own pathways to get in the training they need for jobs that will really help them.”

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