Appearing on the Rusty Humphries radio show in an interview to be broadcast this afternoon, presidential candidate Mitt Romney warned of what to expect in a second Obama term, using those trademark Romney bullet points:
First of all, we’ll have more justices on the Supreme Court, who change the very character of our country, from a cultural and moral standpoint;
Secondly, we’ll be confident that Iran will have a nuclear weapon;
Third, we’ll have continuing trillion-dollar deficits, which imperil our future;
Fourth, we’ll have a complete change in the relationship between business and government, where businesses will be fleeing this country and looking for someplace which is more business-friendly. Jobs will be harder to find, and incomes will be lower.
Verily, Romney’s words paint a Power Point presentation of doom… or, as he put it, “a pretty bleak scenario if that guy gets re-elected.”
Romney said he’s the man to put a stop to all this, because “independents and Republicans and Democrats agree that the issue of greatest importance to them is a strong economy, with good jobs and rising incomes again, and a government that’s been pared back to the right size.” He said he would address these issues as someone who has “credibility and knowledge about the economy.”
This is consistent with exit poll data from the primaries Romney has won. He generally gets good marks for “electability” from those who voted for him, but he gets at least as much support from voter perception of his economic acumen. Each individual primary is a complex story with many factors, but at the end of the day each candidate has supporters who sincerely like him, and economic issues are a major concern of Romney voters.
Addressing the fundraising advantage President Obama would enjoy in the general election, Romney stressed the importance of having “a message that’s winning.” Obama’s strategy will be to “drown out the fact that he has failed. He’s failed the economy, he’s failed to get people back to work, he’s failed to cut the deficit as he said he would, he’s failed to keep gasoline prices down by at least taking advantage of our energy resources in this country… so he doesn’t want to talk about his record, and we have to make sure we get enough support out there to get our message out, and to overcome what will be an onslaught of attacks from Barack Obama’s team.”
Romney pronounced himself “entirely aligned” with the Tea Party’s animating desire for “smaller government and lower taxes.” Another topic of great concern to the Tea Party, which helped coalesce it into a serious political movement, was ObamaCare. On that score, Romney said he has always been an opponent of the President’s health-care plan, not only because such programs are unconstitutional at the federal level, but because “even if it were perfect – which it’s not – we can’t afford a trillion dollars of federal spending.” He repeated his promise to “stop ObamaCare in its tracks” on his first day as President.
What if the Supreme Court strikes down the individual mandate before November, and takes this core issue off the table? Romney said he would have no problem running strongly against the remaining “2,700-page mess,” including the controversial provisions compromising religious liberty.
Addressing concerns that he isn’t conservative enough, Romney declared, “I’m the fiscal conservative in this race, and I’ve got the record to prove it.” He encouraged Super Tuesday voters to support him because “it’s critical that we replace Barack Obama… he’s put America on a road to decline, he has failed us on almost every front, and to beat him we’re going to have to have someone who knows the economy inside and out. I do. The economy is in my wheelhouse. I’m going to beat Barack Obama, and I’m going to restore to America the principles and values that have made this the greatest country on Earth.”