Friday, October 26, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney this afternoon planned to tell voters in Iowa their final decisions should turn on big issues, not distractions with what he contends are President Barack Obama’s fleeting personal attacks of the day.

“This is an election of consequence,” Romney said.  “Our campaign is about big things, because we happen to believe that America faces big challenges.  We recognize this is a year with a big choice, and the American people want to see big changes.  And together we can bring real change to this country.”

The Romney campaign released a transcript this morning of much of a largely economic speech from the GOP standard-bearer slated for delivery at Kinzler Construction Services in Ames just after noon.

“Four years ago, candidate Obama spoke to the scale of the times,” Romney said. “Today, he shrinks from it, trying instead to distract our attention from the biggest issues to the smallest — from characters on ‘Sesame Street’ and silly word games to misdirected personal attacks he knows are false.”

Romney said there is nothing in what the president proposed or defended that has any prospect of meeting the challenges of the times.

“Raising taxes will not grow jobs or ignite the economy,” Romney said.

He added, “ A new stimulus, three years after the recession officially ended, may spare government, but it will not stimulate the private sector any better than did the stimulus of four years ago. And cutting $1 trillion from the military will kill jobs and devastate our national defense.”

Romney said America shouldn’t “double down on the trickle-down government policies that have failed.”

“It is time for new, bold changes that measure up to the moment, that can bring America’s families the certainty that the future will be better than the past,” Romney said.

Romney cited his experience in managing the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and his service as governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007.

“In business, at the Olympics, and in Massachusetts, I’ve brought people together to achieve real change,” Romney said. “I was elected as a Republican governor in a state with a legislature that was 85 percent Democrat. We were looking at a multi-billion-dollar budget gap. But instead of fighting with one another, we came together to solve our problems.”

Romney said big challenges afford big opportunities.

“What this requires is change, change from the course of the last four years,” Romney said. “It requires that we put aside the small and the petty, and demand the scale of change we deserve: we need real change, big change. Our campaign is about that kind of change — confronting the problems that politicians have avoided for over a decade, revitalizing our competitive economy, modernizing our education, restoring our founding principles.”