Mitt Romney Stumps in Local Tech Circle
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told Northern Virginia technology executives this morning that government should be more like the private sector: more analytical, debate-intensive and data-driven.
At least, that's how he said he'd approach the top job at the White House. He said he'd use the same approach he used at Bain Capital, the Boston venture capital firm he founded in 1984, which made a fortune after investing in companies such as Staples, Dominoes Pizza, Brookstone and DoubleClick, the Internet advertising firm that Google plans to snatch up for $3.1 billion.
"I want to surround myself with argumentative, bright people who aren't afraid to tell me their opinions," he said to a crowd of about 400 local business people, including top executives at Sprint Nextel, AOL, Unisys, Lee Technologies and GTSI, at the breakfast sponsored by the Northern Virginia Technology Council.
Romney, who leads his Republican opponents in fundraising, talked about the need to reign in government regulations in order to protect the interests of private businesses. Sarbanes-Oxley regulations, which require close monitoring of public companies' accounting, is one example he pointed out as the "government weight" companies carry on their shoulders.
He also stressed the importance of nurturing technology in order to stay competitive against formidable Asian economies. Spending more on research and development, making it easier for foreign engineers and scientists to work here and allocating federal dollars to develop energy efficient technology appeared to be priorities during his hour-long speech.
"We need all the brainpower we can muster," he said. "We need to stop illegal immigration and provide special support for the educated, skilled people we desperately need."
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