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(VIDEO) In Iowa, Romney Blasts Obama on Economy, Remains Mum on Immigration

Romney continues to focus on economy during speech in Davenport.

By Mackenzie Elmer and Robert Maharry
Iowa Watch

DAVENPORT, Ia. – Presumed Republican candidate Mitt Romney on Monday delivered another sharp criticism of President Barack Obama’s recent comment that “the private sector is doing just fine.”

At a campaign stop here, Romney said he agreed with Obama that “every American deserves a fair shot,” but he blamed the president for a sluggish economic recovery and objected to policies such as Obama’s health care plan, energy policy, the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and his executive order last week concerning immigration.

“Last time, his [Obama’s] slogan was hope and change; now he’s hoping to change the subject,” joked Romney, sparking raucous laughter from the crowd.

Romney quoted a 2009 Chamber of Commerce study of small businesses executives saying that of 1,500 small businesses surveyed, three-quarters were less likely to hire because of what he later referred to as “the big black cloud of Obamacare.”

Emphasizing what he said is a need to produce more coal, oil and natural gas within U.S. borders, Romney contended that Obama pumped tens of billions of dollars into companies that donated to his campaign such as bankrupted, solar energy company Solyndra.

Turning to the national debt, Romney said the president had “amassed more debt than all of the prior presidents combined.”

Although Romney has been arguing in recent weeks that the economy has been recovering too slowly during Obama’s term in office, several Republican governors, including Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, have said that view does not apply to their states. In Iowa, Branstad said the economy is doing fine, with a jobless rate of 5.1 percent, which is substantially below the national rate of 8.2 percent.

Monday, Romney praised Branstad and other governors in Tennessee, Wisconsin, Indiana and Ohio for making “tough choices to hold down spending.”

“I’m going to do something this president has spoken about but hasn’t done,” he said. “I’m going to get America on track to have a balanced budget; it’s immoral not to do so.”

Romney warned that if Obama won a second term, the U.S. would put itself on a path toward the kind of “fiscal calamity” seen in several countries in the European Union.

Romney said he would “restore the principles of freedom that made us the hope of the world.” He said, “I believe in dreamers coming here with their dreams of building enterprises.”

Last week, Obama, in announcing a new policy on immigration, also spoke about a group of children who he called “dreamers.”

The president said his administration’s action will “mend our nation’s immigration policy to make it more fair, more efficient, and more just – specifically for certain young people sometimes called ‘Dreamers.’

In response to an IowaWatch question, Romney said he has his own dream act-type of proposal, but he did not elaborate.

These are the children and adults under 30 who are in the U.S. illegally, because their immigrant parents brought them here. The new policy would give them a chance to go to school, work and live in the U.S. without fear of deportation if they meet certain conditions, such as having arrived in the U.S. in the last five years.

Obama issued the order after denouncing Republican filibusters in the U.S. Senate that has prevented passage of the Dream Act, a proposal that establishes a path toward earning citizenship for such children.

In response to an IowaWatch question, Romney said he has his own dream act-type of proposal, but he did not elaborate.

Nick June 20, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Romney has not been told what to say about the President's order concerning the children of illegals. Possibly after the gathering in Utah of his high-rolling supporters, Mitt will be informed as to what he thinks on the subject. We simply need to exercise a degree of patience while his monied friends advise him.
Bill Martin September 24, 2012 at 07:32 AM
Now that he is on the presidential run against Obama, he can have his voice heard, and the rivalry between the two men are sky high. Will he truly be the one to change america's fate? According to the early poll results, he does seem to be slightly behind Obama. - http://www.filipinafianceevisa.com

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