Mitt Romney entered a packed room at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco to be greeted by hundreds of well-wishers that included Gold Star & Blue Star Moms, retired Admirals, former Secretaries of State, volunteers, delegates to the RNC Convention, and financial backers.
He was introduced by Boyd Smith and remarked immediately that today would not be a negative day on the campaign trail:
“Our hearts are with the many people who’ve lost loved ones in Colorado,” Romney said, adding President Obama’s visit to Aurora was entirely appropriate and promising to deliver less partisan remarks today given the nation’s mourning.
“We turn to a power greater than our own to understand purpose and if not to understand at least to be able to soothe the wounds of those who have been so seriously hurt,” he said.
Then he thanked military families – for their families’ service to our nation and for losses they also may have sustained. He was gracious and somber.
5 things Mitt Romney said he will do to fix the economy
- Take advantage of our energy resources. Romney stated that America can be the largest energy-producing nation in the world.
- Open up trade barriers – this would help put more Americans to work in high-paying, high-growth jobs.
- Balance the budget. “We must stop spending more than we take in” and address the impact of unfunded liabilities
- Invest in human capital. He quoted former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice saying that we are a capitalist society and “that is not just about financial capital – it is about human capital”. He called on Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman who received a standing ovation for her run for Governor and her vow to try to make the state less dependent on government. She believes deeply in increasing the number of taxpayers – not the number of taxes – through easing regulation on innovation and entrepreneurs.
- Restoring Economic Freedom. Romney believes deeply in economic freedom and stated: “Our rights did not come from government – they came from God”. He strongly believes Americans have a right to pursue their dreams. It was here that he mentioned Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, another front-runner in the veep-stakes.
Romney didn’t use a teleprompter and seemed truly energized by his renewed messaging. You can see many of the details highlighted in this piece Josh Richman wrote in the San Jose Mercury News.