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Mitt Romney’s Finest Hour (and a Half)

6:14 PM, Nov 14, 2012 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
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“[W]hen you look at Obamacare, the Congressional Budget Office has said it will cost $2,500 a year more than traditional insurance. So it’s adding to cost. And as a matter of fact, when the president ran for office, he said that, by this year, he would have brought down the cost of insurance for each family by $2,500 a family. Instead, it’s gone up by that amount….So that’s one reason I don't want it….Second reason, it cuts $716 billion from Medicare to pay for it. I want to put that money back in Medicare for our seniors….Number three, it puts in place an unelected board that’s going to tell people ultimately what kind of treatments they can have. I don’t like that idea….Fourth, there was a survey done of small businesses across the country…[and] three-quarters of them said it makes us less likely to hire people. I just don't know how the president could have come into office, facing 23 million people out of work, rising unemployment, an economic crisis…and spend his energy and passion for two years fighting for Obamacare instead of fighting for jobs for the American people….

“In my opinion, the government is not effective in — in bringing down the cost of almost anything. As a matter of fact, free people and free enterprises trying to find ways to do things better are able to be more effective in bringing down the cost than the government will ever be….

“The role of government is to promote and protect the principles of [The Constitution and the Declaration of Independence]….[We] are endowed by our Creator with our rights, I believe we must maintain our commitment to religious tolerance and freedom in this country….[We] are endowed by our Creator with the right to pursue happiness as we choose….

“[We] also believe in maintaining for individuals the right to pursue their dreams and not to have the government substitute itself for the rights of free individuals. And what we’re seeing right now is, in my view, a — a trickle-down-government approach, which has government thinking it can do a better job than free people pursuing their dreams. And it’s not working….

 “[T]his is an important election….It’s an election about the [future] course of America.”

If the Mitt Romney of the first debate had appeared over the course of the entire campaign, America would be looking at a very different future.

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