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At CPAC, Romney Takes on Obama

By Joel Achenbach
Two years ago at CPAC he was an unknown, of questionable conservative credentials, but he rocked the house with a Reaganesque speech that hit all the political-right notes.

Last year he showed up, battered from the campaign trail, and dropped out of the presidential race.

This year Mitt Romney was welcomed as "one of us," in the phrase of the man who introduced him, American Conservative Union chairman David Keene. Keene's glowing introduction came off as almost an endorsement of Romney as the standard-bearer of the conservative movement, and Romney obliged with a stump speech that took on President Obama directly and repeatedly.

He opened with a joke: "I've got to get through this speech before federal officials come here and arrest me for practicing capitalism."

He closed with a call for a missile defense program, vigilance against foreign adversaries, and then suddenly veered off and made a reference to the recent comment by Attorney General Eric Holder that, when it comes to talking about race, Americans are cowards. America, Romney thundered, "will never be a nation of cowards!" The audience members leaped to their feet and began chanting "USA! USA! USA!"

In between he took a shot at government spending: "It's not the time to fulfill every liberal dream and spend the country into catastrophe."

He criticized President Obama's health care and education proposals: "These plans mean universal government. That model has never worked anywhere in the world."

He pinned the economic crisis on government officials more than private sector executives: "We will vigorously oppose those politicians who are poised to use their own f ailures as an excuse to undermine the free enterprise system."

And he endorsed a big tax cut, one that would reduce the tax on capital gains and dividends for "middle class Americans" to zero.

By Post Editor  |  February 27, 2009; 7:49 PM ET
 
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Comments

the socialism jokes just reveal the lack of any real platform for the Republicans. They are appealing to those who have no education or understanding-and I don't just mean Sarah Palin.

Posted by: silverspring25 | March 2, 2009 7:29 AM | Report abuse

Romney takes on Obama? If I remember right, he couldn't even take on McCain.

Posted by: nodebris | March 2, 2009 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Ohhh the Haters without Clues are out Proving it!

LOL! :-D

Two words that send Libbies into Conniption Fits:

Mitt Romney! ;~)

Sorry Libbies, but between Mitt's Op-Ed in the Treason Times about dealing with the Auto-motive Big Three, and his Speech to the Congressional GOP dealing with ways to address the Economy;

(Which included Capital Gains waivers on Everything for Income Earners under $300K-as OPPOSED to Just ONE insipid Waiver on Houses "Flipped every Two Years" that was sooooo over-done;
It DESTROYED the World's Financial markets!)

HE, has Proved Himself to be the BEST Executive this Country ever could have had!

Huckleberry has earned himself a spot on TV/Cable!

Huckster's comparable phrase for O'Boma/Peloser/Hairy's "Stimulus":

Congressional
Recovery
Action
Plan;

Was RIGHT ON! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | February 28, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Mitt Romney needs to go pound salt; he could not buy a nomination and he surely cannot do what President Obama has done: begin to make government a government of the people, by the people and for the people. What a concept!

Posted by: meldupree | February 28, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

lol the Republicans there just appalling winners and appalling losers

Posted by: yourabsolute | February 28, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

When is the GOP going to hire some talent?

In July, Rush Limbaugh signed a $400 million dollar 8 year contract with Clear Channel. He made a 100 million "signing bonus" and gets $38 million a year.

Which proves that money does not win championships.

Why, the GOP could have signed Manny Ramirez for half that much and I bet he'd get more votes than Romney.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | February 28, 2009 1:00 AM | Report abuse

Why are these losers still making headlines? He dropped out of the race for president. He is one of the ones who is responsible for where we are today. This Republican senator is ludicrous when he took part in one of the biggest spending sprees by government while Bush was in office. Now Obama has raised his taxes somewhat and also raised his hackles.

Posted by: racam | February 27, 2009 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Heehee.

Romney has put one of his properties, his 9,000 s.f. vacation "cabin" in Colorado up for sale - for $5 million +.

Since potential buyers would be walking through the furnished "cabin" Mrs. Romney was asked about any precious jewelry that might be stored in the place.

She wasn't sure which "pieces" were there but was going to ask her "jewelry consultant" to respond to the realtors

(jewelry consultant - that's a real job I guess)

I'm sure the Gov was thinking poignantly about the middle class when he demanded a sharp reduction in taxes, capital gains and dividends.

Like anybody has any capital gains or dividends after 8 years of the GOP.

Heehee.

Posted by: toritto | February 27, 2009 11:12 PM | Report abuse

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