Romney for Your Reading Pleasure

Here are some excerpts from Romney’s interview with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto.

Note in particular, Vice President Biden, Romney doesn’t seem particularly inclined to release more than one additional year of tax returns.

On the crowd’s negative response at the NAACP convention when he discussed his desire to repeal Obamacare:
“I think we expected that. I am going to give the same message to the NAACP that I give across the country which is that Obamacare is killing jobs, and if jobs is the priority, we are going to have to replace it with something that actually holds down healthcare costs, as opposed to something that causes more spending for the government and more spending for American families.”

On whether he believes he will be able to “chip away” at the 96 percent of the African American vote President Obama commanded in 2008:
“I do actually. I spoke with a number African American leaders after the event and they said a lot of folks don’t want to say they are not going to vote for Barack Obama but they are disappointed in his lack of policies to improve our schools, disappointed in urban policy, disappointed in the economy. 14.4% unemployment among African Americans today. The president has not been able to get the job done. People want to see someone who can get this economy going. I expect to get African American votes. At the end of my speech having a standing ovation was generous and hospitable on the part of the audience. While we disagree on some issues like Obamacare, a lot of issues we see eye to eye.”

On whether he will declare his running mate before the Republican Convention:
“I can’t tell you anything about the VP process. If I did, I would have to come after you with my Men In Black flashlight and erase your memory.”

On his supporter’s complaints that he is not being aggressive enough in defending himself against attacks:
“I respond to the attacks that come, but they say in politics if you are responding, you are losing. I think the better course for our campaign is to respond to the attacks as being completely off base. People are tired of this petty attack that comes from politicians and they want to see someone who talks about the issues they care about. The president wants to make this a campaign about attacking wealth. I want to make this a campaign about helping the middle class.”

On President Obama’s 20-point lead in the polls among single voters:
“I haven’t seen that one. I don’t know why that is. I expect by the time this campaign is over, whether you are single or married, black or white, Hispanic or non-Hispanic, you are going to recognize the policies I propose are better than the president’s policies. We are seeing chronic high unemployment and we are on track to be like Europe with fiscal calamity at the doorstep.”

On whether he feels an obligation to respond to critics’ calls for him to release his tax returns:
“The Democrats are always going to be critics. We have released all of the financial statements required by law and two years of tax returns. The most recent year we will be releasing as soon as that’s prepared. Tax information is there, other financial disclosure is there; the same level of information that John McCain and John Kerry for that matter released when they were running for president.”

On President Obama’s remarks that Hugo Chavez does not pose a serious national threat to the U.S.:
“I was stunned by his comments. This is Hugo Chavez who has invited Iran in, who has invited Hezbollah. Hezbollah, being a surrogate and a proxy for Iran that would have access to weapons that could be used against us. The idea that this nation, this president, doesn’t pose a national security threat is simply naive and an extraordinary admission on the part of this president to be completely out of touch with what is happening in Latin America. This is a very misguided and misdirected thought on the part of our president.”

On whether he believes in rescuing banks if they are about to fail:
“I don’t think you rescue or bail out individual banks. I think you have to recognize that institutions should stand on their own and if they are on the brink of failure, they are going to have to fail. There is a very different course if all the banks look like they are going to fail; that is a time to take action.”

On whether his approach to bank bailouts supports risky behavior knowing if they were all failing they would be rescued:
“I don’t think banks act in concert and say let’s all go down together and maybe the governor will bail us out. I think individual banks, if they make bad decisions and take risky behavior to a level that causes the collapse of their entity they are going to recognize that they are going to go out of business.”

Related Topics: Fox News, Neil Cavuto, 2012 Elections, News, Republican Party, The Page

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