Former Gov. Mitt Romney
[DEMOCRACY IN ACTION Transcript]
...Aw you guys, you guys are fantastic. Thank you so very
should hear it when we win, I'll tell you. It's really something.
Now this race, this race is getting to be even more interesting.
I just want to say to you guys thank you so very much for all your help
over the last days and months and weeks going across this great
state. I appreciate all the calls you made, all the people that
you brought into the polls for us. This is an exciting day for
us, and I just want to say thanks to all the people that have
helped. Let's begin with your governor, Gov. Nikki Haley has been
and I owe her so very much for her help. And Treasurer Curtis
Loftis who's chaired my campaign, I appreciate his help. There
have been a number of state legislators: Nate Ballantine has been one
of those that's been with me from the very beginning. David
Raad. And of course the people of South Carolina who helped this
campaign, I owe you so very much. Thank you for this great
Tonight I want to congratulate of course Speaker Gingrich and my fellow
Republicans on a hard-fought campaign here in South Carolina.
We're now three contests into a long primary season. This is a
hard fight because there's so much worth fighting for.
still got a long way to go and a lot of work to do, and tomorrow we're
going to move on to Florida. It's a state that has suffered
terribly under the failed policies of President Obama. Now, three
years ago we had nothing but promises and slogans by which to judge
this president. Today we have a record of deficits, decline and
debt. President Obama likes to remind us that elections have
consequences. Well today the consequences are clear, and the
stakes have never been higher.
I've said this before and I firmly believe that this election is a
battle for the soul of America. It's a choice between two very
different destinies for America. President Obama wants to
fundamentally transform our country. We want to restore to
America the founding principles that made this country great and the
hope of the Earth.
He is making the federal government bigger and
bloated. I want to make the federal government simpler, smaller
and smarter, and we'll do it.
He has raised the national debt
time and time again to astronomical levels; I will cut the budget, I
will cap the budget, and I will finally balance the United States
budget. [chants: "We need Mitt"
He has enacted job-killing regulations; I will eliminate them. He
passed Obamacare; I will repeal it.
The president has adopted an
appeasement strategy. He believes that America's role as leader
of the world is a thing of the past. I believe in a strong
America and I believe that America must lead this nation—must lead
this world and be the leader of the free world, and the free world must
lead the entire world.
In recent weeks the choice within our party has also come into stark
focus. President Obama has no experience running a business and
no experience running a state. Our party can't be led to
victory by someone who also has never run a business and never run
a state. Our president has divided the nation, engaged in class
warfare and attacked the free enterprise system that has made America
the economic envy of the world. We cannot defeat that president
with a candidate who has joined in that very assault on free
When my opponents attack success and free enterprise,
they're not only attacking me, they're attacking every person who
dreams of a better future. He's attacking you. I will
support you—I will help you have a better future. I'll make sure
that America is a place of opportunity for all.
I'm passionate about our economic liberty because I have witnessed our
free enterprise system as it rewards the hard work of many and creates
prosperity for all in this great country, and over the past few weeks
we've seen a frontal assault on free enterprise. We expected this
from President Obama. We didn't anticipate some Republicans would
join him. That's a mistake from our party and for our
nation. Ours is the party of free enterprise and free markets and
The Republican Party doesn't demonize
prosperity; we celebrate success in our party. That's one of the
big differences between our party and our president. He leads the
party of big government; he believes in ever-expanding
entitlement. He's wrong, we're right, and this is a battle we
Those who pick up the weapons of the left today
will find them turned against us tomorrow. That's the choice our
party gives America or else we don't offer them any choice at
all. And Americans in my view will demand a real choice in this
campaign between those people who believe in prosperity and success and
opportunity and those who believe in government, and I think they'll
By the way, if President Obama thinks he can compare his record of job
losses with my record of job creation, that's a battle we're going to
win. And if he thinks eh can compare his record of crony
with my record of free market success, that's a battle we can
win. And let me be clear, if Republican leaders want to join this
president in demonizing success and disparaging conservative values,
then they're not going to be fit to be our nominee.
Now our campaign has fought very hard here in South Carolina. And
in the coming weeks and months I'll keep fighting for every single
vote. I will compete in every single state.
We're going to
win this nomination and we're going to defeat President Obama in
November. Our campaign will be about the businesses I helped
start, not the bills I tried to pass. And above all our campaign
will champion the founding principles of liberty, opportunity and
economic freedom. I don't shrink from competition; I embrace
it. I believe competition makes us all better. I know it's
making our campaign stronger. And in the coming weeks, the ideals
of free enterprise and economic freedom will need a very strong
defense, and I intend to make it. The American people [chants:
"We need Mitt"
] Why, thank you. Ann agrees with you.
The American people will be looking for a real choice in this campaign
and I will provide it. The plan we're offering protects freedom
and opportunity, and our blueprint—it's the Constitution of the United
States of America.
If you want to make this election about
restoring American greatness, then I hope you'll join us. If you
believe the disappointments of the last three years are a detour, not a
destiny, then I'm asking for your vote. We still believe in the
America that's a land of opportunity and a beacon of freedom. We
believe in the America that challenges each of us to be better and
bigger than ourselves. We still believe in that shining city on a
hill. This election, I'm asking for your support. We need
you to join in the fight. Thank you and God bless the United
States of America. You guys are the best. Thank you so much.
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