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Romney Lays Out His Vision, Vows to Win Race

The Republican nominee comes to Delaware County to fire up the base and lay down the gauntlet as the first Presidential debate approaches.

Conceding nothing to his opponent in Pennsylvania, Republican presidential hopeful and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney took the stage at Valley Forge Military Academy and College in Wayne Friday at lunch time to declare that he will win the battleground state and the White House.

Standing in front of Valley Forge Cadets sitting ramrod straight and motionless in full dress uniforms, Romney said he will restore military budgets and put the United States in a leadership role in the world "once again."

"We are a nation of patriots," Romney told several hundred cheering supporters packed into a ballroom on the VFMAC campus. "We love this country. We recognize the principles on which this nation was founded, that those principles distinguish us as an exceptional nation. We recognize that when the founders said that our rights came not from the king, not from the government, but from God, that changed everything."

The former Massachusetts governor went on to point out the sharp contrasts between his approach to governing and President Barack Obama's vision for the future.

Romney said that unlike the president, who said America should "lead from behind," he would put America back in a leadership role in the world.

Among the list of things Romney told the crowd he would do:

  • Repeal Obamacare
  • Not raise taxes on any income groups, including the highest earners
  • Cut and cap federal spending
  • Double the number of permits for drilling and mining on federal lands and waters
  • Clear the way for the Keystone pipeline. ("Even if I have to build it myself")

Romney said, "I've got a plan to help free people pursue their dreams and the good news is this: It'll create 12 million jobs, putting Americans back to work again."

Romney said there are "five things that I'll do to get this economy going."

  • "Take advantage of our energy, our coal, our oil, our gas, our renewables. And by the way, that's not just a slogan. I'm going to double the number of licenses we give for drilling on federal lands and federal waters," Romney told the cheering crowd.
  • "I'm gonna make sure we have regulations that keep our air and our water clean, but I'm not going to have our regulators keep us from being able to use our coal. It's a resource we must be able to continue to use. And we're gonna get that pipeline from Canada if I have to build it myself."
  • "I want to trade to work for us.. but when nations cheat like China cheats, I will stop it. We've gotta do that."
  • "Number three, our workers need the skills to succeed, I want training programs that do that. We have 47 different federal training programs, eight different agencies, think of the overhead, the redundancy, the ineffectiveness. I want to take that money that's being spent by Washington, and I want to bundle it up and send it back to Pennsylvania and say 'you create your own programs that work best for your own people.'"
  • "I want our kids to have the best education in the world," Romney told cheering supporters. "It's time for us to put our kids and their parents and the teachers first and put the unions behind," Romney said to thunderous applause.
  • "Number four, to create good jobs we have to make sure that entrepreneurs know and that businesses large and small know that we are not on the road to Greece and therefore I'll cut federal spending, I'll cap it and finally get us on track to a balanced budget."
  • "Number five, I want to champion small business. I want small business to have a boost from America. I want to keep our taxes down on small business. I want regulations to be updated and as small as they can be for small business. And by the way, I want to take that big cloud off of the small business world that's hanging over them. Three quarters of them say they don't want to hire more people because of this cloud. And that cloud is Obamacare. We're going to repeal it and replace it."

In drawing the sharp contrast between his view and President Obama's vision for the country, Romney said, "America has a very dramatic choice it can make. We can keep going down the road, the same road, we're on, and if we go down the road we're on, we're headed for a weaker and weaker economy with fewer people being able to get jobs. ... We're gonna see kids coming out of school not able to get the jobs they need. That's the path we're on, the path of the status quo, the path that the president's fighting for. We do not want four more years of where we've been."

Romney went on to hammer away at President Obama's foreign policy, saying that the United States cannot lead from behind. Quoting former Polish Prime Minister Lech Walesa from their recent meeting in Poland, Romney said the United States is the only superpower in the world and we must lead.

Romney declared leadership requires a strong economy that can fuel a military that the world knows is strong and that world looks at with increasing respect.

"I will strengthen America. I will make sure that America leads in our homes, in our economy, and in our military."

He wrapped up his second appearance of the day in the greater Philadelphia area by telling his supporters: "I need something from you. I need you to go out and find somebody who voted for Barack Obama and get them to vote for me!

"The Obama campaign thinks they're gone take Pennsylvania," he said to jeers from the crowd. "We're going to win Pennsylvania, we're going to take Pennsylvania."

Romney then took several minutes to shake hands with supporters and some of the cadets who sat on stage as a backdrop before going out to an adjacent patio to address another large crowd that could not fit in the main ballroom. Then it was back on the bus and back on the road to a weekend that includes preparing for the first presidential debate next week with Barack Obama.

John October 02, 2012 at 10:59 AM
K Mac.....would you NEVER vote for a President who refuses to disclose ANYof his records regarding his past? Would you NEVER re-elect a President who has failed to support American lives after a terroristic attack? How about NEVER voting for a President who circumvents the US Constitution, and has his highest attorney being investigated for criminal activity? Once you take these points into consideration, what a Presidential candidate does with their personal wealth becomes mute, as does abortion (it has been supported and rejected by the last 8 Presidents, yet Roe v Wade remains), gay rights, etc. in the end, these fluff points make no difference. Focussing on economy and national security, including border laws are important. Who someone sleeps with, what their favorite color is, and who makes more money become meaningless when caskets keep coming home, and the family unit becomes destroyed due to leadership failing to address important issues, while rubbing elbows with the millionaires they verbally attack, yet find more time for rather than address international unrest. stop following the shiny object and focus on important points that may change the freedoms we enjoy today, including writing on the Patch!
Sharpie October 02, 2012 at 11:09 AM
Are you for real? Comparing auto accidents to 9/11? So why all the fuss of 9/11? This is just the kind of blatant indifference, and callous cold hardened careless outlook that will call down real justice from the universe if those on this planet are this far gone from sanity and reality without even the remotest sense of compassion, respect, or even common decency. If you are not ashamed of this comment, there are those of us ashamed for you. The days of even being able to read some of these comments are coming to an swift end. Some of us just want to be separated from this insufferable mentality, colder and apathetic, more heartless every day . We will call down an end.
Frank Underwood October 02, 2012 at 11:10 AM
Time to try out a businessman. The Prrez mostly only has government service or non profits. He dis not bring real life experience to the WH.
Yikes! October 02, 2012 at 11:12 AM
Excellent points Andrew. Exactly why the Libertarian party is gaining members faster than any other party. Unfortunately they have been actively shut out of the election process (by who?). Candidate Gary Johnson has been denied the chance to be included in the debates this week, and has fought legal battles just to be on the BALLOT in several states - including Pennsylvania!! This election is like a Twilight Zone episode.
John October 02, 2012 at 11:14 AM
Richard - if you REALLY want to know Obama's plan, all you need to do is READ THE ACA. In it, he restructures this country. He taxes EVERYONE ove 133% of povert, or $48,000 household income. He taxes insurance companies into oblivion, he taxes tanning salons, he limits YOUR capacity to offset taxed income to cover health concerns, including those with special needs, he limits what choice you make in selecting healthcare coverage by taxing you if you want the best for your family, he taxes you when you sell your home and he taxes you if you invest in this country and actually show a profit......AND to boot, the CBO states that even with all of these taxes, Obamacare will be bankrupt in 18 months, suggesting MORE TAXATION is coming. Finally, based upon what your eyes tell you, do you think the wealthy are suffering under this President more than the middle class or the poor? I have yet to hear of a millionaire declare bankruptcy.....but I see a lot of middle class and poor people hurting.....rather than use your ears and LISTENING to this guy's rhetoric!
John October 02, 2012 at 11:33 AM
Richard - LISTEN TO YOURSELF. "the proposed plan". He has been the President for 4 years, and NOTHING has been accomplished. STOP listening to the campaigner, and start LOOKING at what he hasn't accomplished! as THE PRESIDENT!!! 2009-10, he had both Senate and House, and the best he could do is develop an unsustainable ACA that was rammed down our throats, destined for failure. He has FAILED regarding Gitmo, FAILED regarding Muslim relations, FAILED regarding securing our borders, FAILED regarding government transparency, FAILED regarding economy, FAILED regarding reaching across the aisle.........what he says DURING the campaign has NOTHING to do with what he actually does. Put away your "blocked by congress", and "Bush". This guy has REMIXED Clinton and Reagan into his own reality.....kinda like creating a past, but making it unavailable. Try Factscheck regarding Harvard, Columbia and trips abroad to countries we weren't allowed. Let's see Factcheck verify that stuff....or is that simply unimportant when selecting a President too?
Andrew Wilt October 02, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Sharpie - I am for real, I don't feel ashamed, and I'm not going to apologize. I noticed, "Sharpie", that you did not offer any rebuttal to the points I made. Why? You accused me of having a "callous cold hardened careless outlook", I was merely providing facts. Do you think the anguish and loss caused by the events of 9/11 was somehow greater than the sum of the anguish and loss caused in separate accidents nationwide every single month in this country? Is it your belief that because the deaths of 9/11 were the result of what Washington has coined "terrorism", that those deaths are somehow more meaningful than the deaths of those killed in head on collisions with drunk or texting drivers? You wrote, "Some of us just want to be separated from this insufferable mentality, colder and apathetic, more heartless every day ." Do you think that Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, and Obama have than mentality? They sent thousands of our finest to die and be maimed both physically and psychologically. For what? What of the bankers, ratings agency executives, and mortgage industry "professionals" whose greed driven frauds plunged the entire planet into fiscal chaos? Are you worried about their mentality? The TSA minions who lift the frail elderly out of their wheelchairs to pat them down for explosives and nail clippers, is that what you're referring to? You seem to refer to some cosmic retribution, I appreciate your concern and I look forward to your response.
Sharpie October 02, 2012 at 02:48 PM
It should be obvious that many, if not most, auto accidents are just that - accidents. 9/11 was a criminal act. Just penning the sentence, "Why all the fuss over 9/11?" attempts to trivialize a horrific crime that was obviously not an accident. It is beneath my intelligence to make comparisons that don't hold up even though I have tried in this case. The whole scenario you paint of additional crimes is just more reasons to implore for a new heaven and a new earth. However, it will not help to call crimes - accidents. It's another shame and a dishonesty whether you realize it or not.
Sharpie October 02, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Correction - "It will not help to COMPARE crimes to accidents." They are not the same.
Sharpie October 02, 2012 at 03:45 PM
BTW, a lot more than 3,000 people died in the crimes of 9/11. They are still dying from all the crap they breathed while trying to rescue victims, and clean up such a horrific mess. Only the universe knows the final count of deaths related to 9/11 crimes. Can they easily be covered over, no? Can those who had a hand try and repair their world in some way, maybe? Can they do something to stop damaging themselves, their people, and their planet? Probably. Time is running out to bring hope and healing for a better world. We should all be trying esp. those of us who can, most especially those that can.
Andrew Wilt October 02, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Sharpie - I agree that 9/11 was intentional whereas accidents, by definition, are not. I certainly did not mean to trivialize 9/11 by asking, “So why all the fuss over 9/11?”. I feel that, like accidents, 9/11 did not have to happen. In that sense, the distinction of intent is not there, at least not with the alleged hijackers. This timely blurb is from today’s www.philly.com: “A man who told Delaware State Police that he swerved to avoid an elephant, crashed his car on I-295 in Delaware. He was arrested and charged with his seventh DUI offense.” If the federal government were really seriously concerned about highway mayhem, do you think it would be possible to be charged a seventh time for DUI? Yet, after 9/11, hundreds of billions of dollars were spent to beef up “national security” by creating who knows how many acronym organizations whose actions have profoundly impacted our Constitutional rights. Hundreds of billions of dollars have been spent on wars resulting in the needless deaths of thousands of our young men and women and who knows how many foreign civilians. And yet Al-Queda continues to grow in their ranks across the globe. Washington mouthpieces say that Al-Queda membership is up because they hate us for our freedoms (which are gradually disappearing). I think that CIA drones killing innocent wedding goers may have something to do with it.
Andrew Wilt October 02, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Sharpie - Maybe we are not as disparate in our views as it might seem. I certainly agree with what you have written in your latest comment. I feel as you do that time is running out and that things need to be addressed and acted upon to stall and hopefully stop the decay of civilization and certainly what man has wrought upon Mother Earth. That’s why I try to call attention to things which I believe are the causes of the problems. As you do.
Joe Koenig October 02, 2012 at 04:50 PM
@Joe Smith: I'm going to flag your racist comment. I will not vote for President Obama because of his policies, not because of who is is, or who you believe he is.
Amend October 02, 2012 at 07:50 PM
@John- there's a rather big difference in being given a break, and stacking the deck in favor of. And if it's alright for the wealthy to take advantage of the breaks given (since they aren't illegal), then we shouldn't be so up in arms over poor people doing the same. Just sayin', you can't have it both ways.
Amend October 02, 2012 at 07:51 PM
@John- To further clarify my point, I don't specifically believe that 100% of the population will ever obtain wealth, nor do I think we should all have equal wealth without equal effort or talent. Heck, you can hand wealth to some people and they'll just piss it away. That's the law of percentages. I do believe tho, that the system should encourage growth in all sectors, not just favoring those who are affluent. That's what I meant by growing the pie together. What we have now is lop-sided, and growing even more so, That isn't a positive to me. I'm sure it is to those who are gaining tho, and who could fault them I suppose, but I discard the Darwinian approach to capitalism, and regard it as myopic and short-sighted. I also don't think people would simply stop striving were they to obtain that carrot, or at the very least, a carrot large enough for them to live comfortable. Sure, some people are lazy, but the vast majority of Americans are hard-working people who just want to enjoy the fruits of their labors, and not always have to worry were the next carrot is coming from. And you can't blame them for wanting that either.
Amend October 02, 2012 at 07:51 PM
@John- To close, and I'm sure I'm repeating myself, giving tax breaks to wealthy people in the hopes that that will equate to job growth is a fallacy, and has had the opposite affect in that it has caused wealth to concentrate and not spread as it was originally intended to. It is illogical to continue offering such tax breaks until that false premise. Further, said tax breaks should be scrutinized and perhaps even repealed. That's not a conversation about class. That's just math.
Sharpie October 02, 2012 at 08:38 PM
to Andrew W from above - If courts and judges aren't doing their jobs w DUI convictions, why would we need more TSA now on the highways to rob even more of our freedoms? Why don't you make a personal decision to enter the light, and chose to be honest and trustworthy, rather than dishonest, underhanded, and shamed before you wake up elsewhere?
Sharpie October 02, 2012 at 08:42 PM
to andrew w from above - and a coward also.
Andrew Wilt October 02, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Sharpie - Good luck to you.
Sharpie October 02, 2012 at 11:15 PM
It ain't over until it's over. The only mystery to me is why are we collectively choosing to lay down and die, slowly killing ourselves and our planet when we don't have to do that. It's only a choice. We could just choose to live. All the answers ARE there. Figure out how to move past our environmental and energy problems, let go of the money (which is disappearing anyway), forgive others, stop warmongering (which only creates more violence), find new energy paths that aren't lethal, stop poisoning ourselves and our environment w "cides", relish the entire natural world including the beautiful children, the magnificent stars, captivating animals, even insects have their own charm, the glorious birds, and simply live in harmony with one another and the world. That is the part that is beyond my comprehension. We could have chosen a better world for ourselves, our children, our people, our planet. Why just let it go? We could treasure our world rather than throw it away. Why chose death when you can live? We are on the brink of a new earth. It can be ours if we want.
Sharpie October 03, 2012 at 07:46 AM
"Only the universe knows the final count of deaths related to 9/11 crimes. Can they easily be covered over, no? Can those who had a hand try and repair their world in some way, maybe? Can they do something to stop damaging themselves, their people, and their planet? Probably. Time is running out to bring hope and healing for a better world. We should all be trying esp. those of us who can, most especially those that can". Correction - Can they easily be covered over? Maybe not. But, love covers a multitude of wrongs. A single right act cancels many wrongs. All that matters is who we are in the end. Did we do the right thing in the end? Did we chose to transform ourselves and our world in the end? Did we lay down death, and begin to truly live. All that matters is who we are in the end.
Sharpie October 03, 2012 at 07:52 AM
Love covers a multitude of wrongs. A single right act cancels many wrongs. All that matters is who we are in the end. Did we do the right thing in the end? Did we chose to transform ourselves and our world in the end? Did we lay down death, and begin to truly live. All that matters is who we are in the end.
Sharpie October 03, 2012 at 08:04 AM
We just have to be grateful that we woke up, and we still had time to become someone new, that we had another day to change ourselves and our world.
Sharpie October 03, 2012 at 11:04 AM
Because be assured that these are the end days. The days for choosing to love on this earth, among our people are dwindling. Cherish them now while you can. Make every day, every minute of every day, count. It will still be, though, your choice. No one can help you if you choose unwisely. We choose our own destiny for ourselves.
Liberty 1 October 03, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Morgan - "when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others." Do you think that may be one of the reasons Romney did not want his returns published?
Liberty 1 October 03, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Yikes, I have been involved with the Libertarian Party since 1979 (ran for local office in '80), met Ed Clarke (great guy and even better communicator than Reagan) and I have been hearing every election cycle that it is the fastest growing party. But if that were the case we would have no problem electing people. While I still consider myself a libertarian I understand that there is a problem between the LP and the voters. Yes, the party is blocked out of debates, any media coverage given is usually showing a whacky side. It is not fair but that is life. I will vote Romney/Ryan because they represent the closest thing to my beliefs and I really do fear what this democrat party has turned into - yea, that's voting for the lesser of two evils etc. etc. etc. But on the other hand, wisdom does come with age (for most).
Liberty 1 October 03, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Morgan - So what if someone donates to a charity that they like? I would rather that then a government official deciding who gets what. Your faith in government benevolence is humorlessly naive. Reminds me of the story of the Jewish family who was really happy about the free train ride they received from their government.
Randy October 11, 2012 at 02:05 PM
So many questions... MO: Mostly. I have some issues with Congress. Maria: None of that made sense. Star Thrower: He was talking about the Congress that was using the debt ceiling as leverage to get what they want. They showed poor character. Tonya Strickland: Well said. John: I do have a checkbook. I was unemployed for over 6 months (layed off Jan 2009, wife was full-time student in school at the time. I paid for our needs and her schooling with savings, student loans, and unemployment until I found new job Nov 2009). Yes, I know what real leadership is. Next, you make a lot of points about how bad Obama is, and regardless of veracity, they have nothing to do with my comment. I said I am against everything Mitt Romney said. I did not say I agree with everything Obama said. The above comment wasn't about Obama. What does it say about Mitt if the first instinct of his supporters ISN'T to defend Mitt, but attack Obama instead. It says you don't like him either, you just dislike Obama more. That is not high praise. Carl W: You point out the Congress issue I agree with, so thanks. :)
Colter95 November 03, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Romney will win because: I saw Obama yesterday claiming the new job numbers are proof that his policies are working and that we are in an economic recovery... Fact is, that is not the truth, or even close to the truth... First, the unemployment rate ticked up to 7.9% and the year-to-date monthly average of 157,000 payroll jobs is barely enough to keep up with population growth -- much less make up for the 8 million jobs lost during the Great Recession. Second, the so-called real unemployment rate (U6) remains elevated at 14.6%, albeit down from 14.7% the prior month. Similarly, the labor participation rate is at 63.8%, up from its multi-decade low but still incredibly weak. Third, average hourly earnings fell a penny in October and average hours worked fell to 34.4 from 34.5 in September. Stagnant wages means "we're not generating income," Reinhart says. "That's a problem in terms of the durability of an economic expansion, which is usually fueled by consumption. To get consumption you've got to generate income." Also, just look at your checkbook. We are paying a lot more for everything now than we did in 2008. The price of gas has doubled. At the same time, wages have gone down, and that's if you're lucky to have a job. In 2008, 25 banks went out of business. In 2012, 48 banks have gone out of business. Almost double the amount. Does that sound like recovery to you? Don't believe the Obama lies!! Romney/Ryan 2012
Colter95 November 03, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Romney will win because: Please don't let Obama sweep Benghazi under the rug... Lets not forget those four who were left to be slaughtered in Benghazi... Every voter needs to read this excellent article... Very well worth your time... http://spectator.org/archives/2012/11/01/benghazi-obamas-core-deceit/ These are pretty good as well: http://www.gazette.com/opinion/romney-146793-obama-benghazi.html http://frontpagemag.com/2012/dgreenfield/benghazigate-obamas-many-lies-about-libya/ http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/50657 http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2012/10/25/CBS-Busts-Obama--and-Itself-Hidden-60-Minutes-Clip-Proves-White-House-Lied-About-Benghazi Romney/Ryan 2012

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