Romney campaigns in Omaha
May 10th, 2012
Omaha, NE – Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney was in Omaha today for a fundraiser and quick campaign stop.
“We’re truly honored to have the next President of the United States here with us,” announced Gov. Dave Heineman, introducing Romney to an enthusiastic crowd of a few hundred supporters at Rick’s Café and Boatyard in downtown Omaha.
“We’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?” Heineman continued. “There are three really big issues in this campaign: the economy, jobs and healthcare and President Obama’s wrong on every one of those issues.”
“We need someone who understands the economy,” Heineman said to applause.
In his address, Romney struck a hopeful tone, telling the audience it’s time to present a “bold vision,” get the country working again and create a “brighter future for our kids.” He argued President Obama has not been able to create that brighter future because he’s a “throwback” liberal who believes in big government and racking up deficit spending.
“You see these old liberals thought that you could spend and spend and borrow without consequence,” Romney said. “But now this president has put in place some $5 trillion in debt. And if he’s in office for another four years, we’ll have another $4 trillion.”
Pointing out a mother in the audience, holding her five-month-old baby, Romney said, “It’s these young kids, and kids coming out of school today that will pay that. It’s unacceptable. It’s bad economics. It’s bad policy. I think it’s immoral for us to pass those burdens onto our kids.”
Romney said the President’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 President’s “all of the above” energy strategy.
“I 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,” Romney said. “The President says he’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.”
Referring to the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline planned to run through Nebraska to the Gulf of Mexico, Romney said, “I’m going to get America energy secure. And we’re going to get that pipeline from Canada in here too,” as the audience broke into applause.
Romney concluded his brief speech noting the hardship many Americans have felt in a depressed economy. These are “tough times,” he said, but added Americans haven’t given up.
Romney attended a fundraiser before his address, which he said was described to him as “the most successful fundraiser in Nebraska history.” Nebraska’s Second Congressional district gave its one electoral vote to President Obama in 2008, and Romney’s early visit suggests the district may again be a battleground in 2012.
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