Osburn: Romney makes a stop in Bowling GreenWritten by Ben Osburn | | email@example.com
With less than four months to go until Election Day, presumptive G.O.P. presidential candidate Mitt Romney spoke at the Bowling Green Community Center on Wednesday. It was the former Massachusetts governor’s second stop in the area that day, coming straight to Bowling Green from a $50,000-a-person fundraiser at the Toledo Club. An estimated 12,000 people joined the governor, so many that some were directed to an overflow room to hear him.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich introduced Romney, but not before endorsing him. After talking about Ohio’s newly discovered budget surplus, Kasich focused on Romney’s success at the 2002 Winter Olympics, an event in which he sat as the CEO. He also spoke about Romney’s ability to balance the Massachusetts’s state budget and touted his job creation ability. “We need people that know business creates jobs; this is our guy.”
When Romney took the stage, he was quick to use Ohio as a protocol for what needs to happen in D.C. “My optimism comes from states like these, that balance their budgets and create business-friendly environments. … These are the principles that we need in D.C.” He then focused on small business job creation and the failings of the Obama administration in relation to them. The former governor took the opportunity to lambaste policies like “Obamacare” and the Dodd-Frank Act and their negative effects for small businesses. He also spoke about the proposed increase in small business taxes from 35 percent to 40 percent, a reference to the looming Bush tax cuts set to expire on Jan. 1. Romney also took the opportunity to comment on President Obama’s remark about business creators. At a campaign stop last week, Obama had said that people who own businesses did not build them. To that point, Romney asked every business owner in attendance to stand and join him in protest of the remark.
In recent weeks, Romney has been pressured by Democrats and even select Republicans to release his tax returns from before 2010. Although the issue was never brought up, he did lay out a five-point plan for jump-starting the economy: tapping into domestic energy resources, increasing free trade, balancing the national budget, increasing students’ learning ability by decreasing the power of teachers’ unions, and reducing corporate tax rates.
The event ended with Romney taking some questions from the crowd. When asked if he would chose a tea party candidate to be his vice president, Romney stated that although he has not decided yet, his choice was no doubt going to be a conservative. When asked whether he could guarantee that Social Security would be available for the retired, Romney affirmed. Although he did not give a specific plan, Romney stated that for people older than the retirement age, Social Security and Medicare would be available. However he did note that both programs would need to be reformed to be sustainable for future generations. Finally, when asked about job training, Romney said that, to reform the programs he would give states more power to implement them, as well as food stamps and Medicaid.