OKLAHOMA CITY — GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney pledged to balance the budget, roll back Obama administration anti-business regulations and balance the costs of future regulations.
Romney made the remarks after a breakfast fundraiser during the Oklahoma Republican Party’s “Victory 2012” event Friday morning at the Jim Thorpe Association and Sports Hall of Fame, 4040 Lincoln Boulevard, in Oklahoma City.
The U.S. economy is not flourishing like it should because President Barack Obama has created much uncertainty with burdensome regulations, his health care reform and with cap and trade efforts, Romney said.
He spoke of his affinity for the U.S. Constitution, and said he doesn’t think the president understands the checks and balances and the need to work with Republicans. He spoke several times about American exceptionalism, and said he thinks Obama takes too much of his inspiration from Europe.
“They think government can guide the economy and the lives of citizens better than free people,” Romney said. “I think they’re dead wrong. I don’t think Europe is working in Europe. I sure as heck don’t think it’ll work here. I believe in America. I believe we got it right and they got it wrong.”
While the economy is struggling, Obama has been campaigning for his new stimulus plan, Romney said.
“Does he think we forgot what happened with his last stimulus?” he said. “Even his own party has said that stimulus is dead. They won’t vote for it. And then he pretends like it’s still out there.”
Romney asked how the country can have 25 million people who are either unemployed, under employed or have stopped looking for work and it has a president without a jobs plan.
Romney said he has a pro-growth plan that includes pursuing energy independence and security by developing use of the country’s natural resources, creating employer tax breaks competitive with other nations and enacting trade policies that will open up markets for American goods.