Romney Visits Basalt, Talks Middle Class
KREX News Room
BASALT, Colo.- Colorado was greeted by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Wednesday. He traveled to Basalt, where he presented his plan for the middle class.
Romney was joined by 10 Republican governors from around the country.
He opened by saying he thinks unemployment levels are too high and step one of his plan would be to create more jobs and take home pay.
Next, he stressed the need for energy independence. Romney said that means utilizing all forms of energy including renewable, nonrenewable and nuclear. "In eight years we're going to get North America energy independent where we don't have to buy any oil whatsoever from the Middle East or Venezuela," he said.
He also explained the focus needs to be on education, not only for younger students in school, but for adults striving for a competitive workforce.
Romney also said the current conditions of trade in America are not working. "[America needs] to make sure we have trade with other nations that works for us. It's working real well for some other people right now. It's time to make sure that we have someone in the White House that understands business well enough to know how to make trade work for us," said Romney.
Romney wrapped up by saying his other goals are to cut the deficit and taxes for small businesses. He also reminded the crowd what his first order of business would be if elected president. "We've got a lot of problems in health care. I'm going to solve them, but one thing I'm not going to do is lay Obamacare on the American people and small businesses. We're going to get rid of that on day one," said Romney.
The group Obama for America also held a press conference in response to Romney's visit and his position on many issues. "For him to just very callously say, 'On my first day I'm going to veto it,' without coming up with a plan to supplant some of the most wonderful parts of the American Health Care Act, I think he's out of touch," said Blanca O'Leary, chairwoman of the Pitkin Democratic Party.
Romney's stance on education reform was also a hot topic. "The other thing that he said when it came to student loans, he didn't really seem to care that much that student loans and the price of education has gotten so sky high. Unfortunately, he may not be so in touch that he thinks, 'Oh, we'll just borrow the money from your parents, or actually just don't go to an expensive school,' but those expensive schools shouldn't be out of touch for everybody," said O'Leary.
Romney's Western Slope visit ended Wednesday and President Barack Obama is still scheduled to visit Grand Junction Aug. 11.