Romney campaigns in Omaha
May 10th, 2012
Omaha, NE â€“ Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney was in Omaha today for a fundraiser and quick campaign stop.
â€œWeâ€™re truly honored to have the next President of the United States here with us,â€ announced Gov. Dave Heineman, introducing Romney to an enthusiastic crowd of a few hundred supporters at Rickâ€™s CafÃ© and Boatyard in downtown Omaha.
â€œWeâ€™re here to hear from him, but I just want to share a couple things with you, and we know this here in Nebraska okay?â€ Heineman continued. â€œThere are three really big issues in this campaign: the economy, jobs and healthcare and President Obamaâ€™s wrong on every one of those issues.â€
â€œWe need someone who understands the economy,â€ Heineman said to applause.
In his address, Romney struck a hopeful tone, telling the audience itâ€™s time to present a â€œbold vision,â€ get the country working again and create a â€œbrighter future for our kids.â€ He argued President Obama has not been able to create that brighter future because heâ€™s a â€œthrowbackâ€ liberal who believes in big government and racking up deficit spending.
â€œYou see these old liberals thought that you could spend and spend and borrow without consequence,â€ Romney said. â€œBut now this president has put in place some $5 trillion in debt. And if heâ€™s in office for another four years, weâ€™ll have another $4 trillion.â€
Pointing out a mother in the audience, holding her five-month-old baby, Romney said, â€œItâ€™s these young kids, and kids coming out of school today that will pay that. Itâ€™s unacceptable. Itâ€™s bad economics. Itâ€™s bad policy. I think itâ€™s immoral for us to pass those burdens onto our kids.â€
Romney said the Presidentâ€™s healthcare law is a clear example of his push for big government, and promised to repeal the law if elected. He also promised to cap federal spending and said he would pursue a version of the Presidentâ€™s â€œall of the aboveâ€ energy strategy.
â€œI happen to like oil and gas and coal as energy resources, and nuclear. I also like wind and solar and ethanol, the renewable resources. But I like them all,â€ Romney said. â€œThe President says heâ€™s for all of the above. He means all the sources of energy that come from above the ground. I like all of the above and all of the below.â€
Referring to the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline planned to run through Nebraska to the Gulf of Mexico, Romney said, â€œIâ€™m going to get America energy secure. And weâ€™re going to get that pipeline from Canada in here too,â€ as the audience broke into applause.
Romney concluded his brief speech noting the hardship many Americans have felt in a depressed economy. These are â€œtough times,â€ he said, but added Americans havenâ€™t given up.
Romney attended a fundraiser before his address, which he said was described to him as â€œthe most successful fundraiser in Nebraska history.â€ Nebraskaâ€™s Second Congressional district gave its one electoral vote to President Obama in 2008, and Romneyâ€™s early visit suggests the district may again be a battleground in 2012.
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