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Governor Romney came to a Conchita -- warehouse in Miami to -- a trio of endorsements from Cuban and an American lawmakers and leaders in the community congresswoman across -- and thank you so very much -- -- -- that -- Brothers Mario Lincoln thank you so much for your endorsement or help.
Governor thanks for the time but I began our interview right in the middle of the working warehouse in between Jews models.
I'm asking about another endorsement.
The New Hampshire union leader endorsed speaker Gingrich.
Over the weekend saying he was.
He has courage conviction.
And isn't just telling them what they want to hear now the editor there -- Quaid confirmed that that last line was really about you.
What's your reaction to that endorsement and specifically that charge of.
About that you lack conviction.
You know the union leaders have not always been happy with me so -- -- It terribly surprised but.
You know the speaker Gingrich is a good man he very different backgrounds.
He spent his last thirty or forty years in Washington.
I spent my career in the private sector I think that's with him and with the country needs right now.
And with regards to my own views I'm happy to have people take a look at my book I wrote that a couple of years ago laid out my views for the country and I believe that my views are aware are essentially get this country going again so that -- -- problem with that would Newt Gingrich good man but a very different person that I am based on our life experiences -- speaker Gingrich became the Republican nominee do you think he could be -- Obama in November when he took.
I think I stand by far the best shot replacing President Obama among the Republicans in the field.
That doesn't mean that others wouldn't have a good shot of as well but I wouldn't be in this race if I didn't think I had unique.
Background and vision for America and the capacity to actually replace President Obama I think to get President Obama out of office.
You're gonna have to bring something to the race that's different to what he brings he's a lifelong politician.
I think you have to have the credibility of understanding how the economy works and I do and that's one reason I'm in this race.
Like the union leader your critics.
Charge that you make decisions based on political expediency and not core conviction.
-- on the both sides of of some issues.
And there's videotape review going back years speaking about.
Different issues climate change.
How can voters trust.
What they hear from you today.
Is what you -- believe.
If you win the white.
Us -- break your list is just that accurate so one we're gonna have to be better informed about my views on issues my view is you can look at what I've written in my book.
You can look at a person who has devoted his life to his family -- straight to his country and I'm running for president because of the things I believe I think I can do to help this country.
-- and I know in politics they're going to be those who try in every way they can.
To tear down one another.
But the real question is does Barack Obama have the capacity to lead this country out of a very difficult economic -- and the answer is now.
He's proven he doesn't and I do.
That's my experience.
That's what I know how to do and the American people want someone who knows how to lead who believes in the free economy and understands the principles it takes to get America strong economically.
Militarily and culturally from.
Sure you've seen these ads using videotape of you in previous years speaking on various issues.
Use them and it seems like it's in direct contrast to positions you take a -- while I'm glad that to the democratic answer breaking through my god boxer saying that John has also has a couple labs that do the -- -- -- and and that there's no question but -- people are gonna take snippets and take things out of context and try and set to show that there are differences where in some cases they're not the one place I changed my mind.
Which was her with regards to the government's role related to abortion I am pro life I did not take that position years ago.
And that's the same change that occurred with Ronald Reagan with George W.
Bush with some of the leaders in the pro life movement.
Well let's talk about immigration.
In recent days you've -- the speaker Gingrich who's proposing.
Amnesty essentially with what he said.
In that last debate.
You -- attacking him on immigration but you took what seemed like a very similar position back in 20062007.
Telling Bloomberg that some illegal immigrants need to be allowed to stay and come out of the shadows and quote we need to begin a process of registering those people.
Some being returned some beginning the process of applying for citizenship and establishing legal status we're not going to go through a process of tracking them all down.
And moving them out and is now.
Are different than where you wanna -- -- -- my view is that that those people that are here illegally today.
Should have the opportunity to register and to have their status identified and those individuals should get in line.
With everyone else that's in line legally they should not be placed ahead of -- line they should instead go at the back of the line.
And they should not be allowed to stay in this country and be given permanent residency or citizenship merely because they've come here illegally but is that -- Gingrich is saying.
Is the you know sort of I can citizens I can't tell you what speaker Gingrich assessed but yet I call -- aggressive right now but what it if he's Condit to do what I believe he said he was going to do.
For those people who would be allowed to stay permanently and become citizens.
That would be providing for them a form of amnesty but.
My view is and I can tell -- it.
I'll I'll let him describe his view my -- pretty straightforward for those people who've come here illegally.
They should have the opportunity to get in line with everybody else who wants to come into this country but they go to the back of the line and they should be given no special pathway.
To citizenship or permanent residency and merely because they've come here illegally and they do it outside of this country.
It at that it -- -- they -- -- they apply here over the applied by going home I think that's in the past I think it makes more sense for them to go home if if we set up the system for that than to apply here the question is what you do with the eleven million plus people who are already here.
And how you handled.
That -- back in 20062007.
You made appointments saying we're not going around the mall lot and send them out that's right and what do you do.
You know there's great interest on the part of some to talk about what we do with eleven night.
My interest is saying let's make sure that we secure the border.
And we don't do anything that talks about bringing in a new wave of those are attracting a new way for people into the country illegally.
The right course for us is to secure the border and say nothing about amnesty.
Or tuition breaks to illegal aliens.
Or anything else that draws people into the country illegally the right course secure the border.
And then we can determine what's the right way to deal with eleven million and to make it as clear as I possibly can.
Let those people apply.
Just like everybody else that wants to come to this country.
But they have to apply at the back of the line as opposed to jumping in the front because -- come here illegally.
About your book you talk about Massachusetts Health Care and we've heard you many times in the debates and interviews talk about how it is different.
In your mind then the president's health -- obamacare.
The question is do you still support the idea of a mandate.
Do you believe that that was the right thing for Massachusetts.
Do you think a mandate mandating people to buy insurance is the right.
-- Bret I don't know how many hundred times I've said this to this than usual interview.
All right let's do it again.
Absolutely what we did a Massachusetts was right for Massachusetts I've said that time and time again the people of the state contagious supported by about three to one.
But it's also designed for Massachusetts not for the nation and at the time our bill was passed and that was brought forward.
As an issue there were people who -- is this something you'd like to have the entire nation do I said no this is not a federal plan its state plan.
And under the constitution states should be able to craft their own plan -- that we cannot stay on camera and other places that had at times you thought it would be a model for the nation.
Sure you're wrong -- I don't know there's added that -- now that the tape out there keep it continue to read the tape and the tape goes on to say for each state to be able to look at I was asked time and again in the last debates.
Look back at the 2008 campaign on the stage I was asked the debate is your Massachusetts plant something you would have a nation there was a federal plan.
Each time -- answers -- when you write a book.
You have the ability to put down your entire view and I put in that book as clearly as I possibly cut the.
The plan we did in Massachusetts had many features that I thought should be adopted by the states.
I that there are very good ideas -- -- that -- be a model for for the entire nation it's do you think that you are well positioned.
To go up against President Obama on the issue of health care of course the -- the best equipped.
The best equipped to understand health care spent a good portion of my career working in health care I came -- with a plan unlike kids.
-- doesn't cost a trillion dollars I'm like yes we can raise taxes.
Unlike kids I didn't cut Medicare by half a trillion dollars unlike kids.
My plans constitutional.
So what I did work for our state in the way the constitution intense.
Which -- states crafting plans that work for their states not a federal one size fits all plan.
In the next series of questions -- brought our center seat segment to the governor.
With questions from the panelists that Steve -- from the weekly standard.
Asked this can you name two issues.
On which your views are not in line with the views of the conservative base.
Of your party.
You know I don't typically think about you're not in how one lot -- lot with the conservative base of the Republican Party I think in terms of what I believe.
And that's what I've -- Spoken about as I've run for office more than once I haven't record as a governor that laid out my views.
And our partners if it if you will expose my views by virtue of what we do that in the state of Massachusetts is -- there -- there a number of issues where.
Where I part company with other members of my party.
I I've got a carbon copy of all the people in my part of this whole life.
A stream of thought that should begin with -- -- will you say anything to get elected if that was the case when asked to be defending Massachusetts Health Care it's it's by far the biggest challenge I have in the primary race and -- -- we're willing to say anything to get elected would not disable it was a mistake because I've watched other people on the stage when they talk about the cap and trade policies they -- -- That was a mistake when someone says -- to dissent and global warming that was a mistake that debate just just -- a -- event and that makes some more attractive in a primary.
I'm standing by when it in Massachusetts that kind of dusted aside of the biggest issue that that that dogs make and the primary campaign I'm apps -- firm.
That was the right thing for our state.
I'll defend that.
And I understand it has political implications and if it keeps me from winning a primary.
So be it but that happens to be the truth.
AB Stoddard from the hill last if you were president this week what would you do immediately in response -- the pakistanis decision to shut off.
NATO supply lines to Afghanistan.
And -- CIA.
-- -- key base used for drawn up.
Operations well this -- involved that the personal attention of the president of that -- either in person or on the phone.
There ought to be a a building relationship with leadership in Pakistan to understand our mutual interests.
And I'm afraid that we're growing further and further apart and in part because of a president who simply doesn't know how to lead and -- we need to have a president who can be on the phone who can have a personal relationship Natalie -- ministers are -- -- generals and and Pakistan with members of the ISI.
To assure that that they understand.
Exactly where we can were coming from and we understand their interest.
We recognize that the Pakistan people on the and the leaders of Pakistan of course is a very multi traction.
A group there.
But that they will act out of their self interest they don't sit up nights wondering what's best for the United States they think what's best for them for their lives in their careers we need to understand that.
And then we need to make sure that -- that we have places of common ground where we can work together I think you're seeing a -- pulling apart.
Of our nation's and that would be that would have -- consequences long term and short term.
Charles Krauthammer ask you pledged that as president -- stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon the last resort of course the military attack.
What you're saying is that you prepared to carry it out if necessary he asks would be a single strike.
Or sustained bombing campaign -- Serbia would be handed only the weapons -- the pillars of the regime if you.
Got to that well but before I could make a decision of that nature.
I'd have to have a very thorough top secret briefing by our military to understand exactly what our options are what the responses would be from the Iranian military.
The intelligence community would have to -- and there's a lot more information I need to have to know what.
Type of military strike would be appropriate and Judy -- to prepared to do it unilaterally if need -- and of course.
Lightning round here.
Whose last book you read or -- reading.
Memories -- of a fun one right now so I'll skip that but I just read the decision points by President Bush.
Do you think your faith will hurt you in this primary election and what do you think the biggest misconception about your -- I think it may have some impact -- NN among the Merrill very narrow group of individuals but by and large I don't think it'll make the decision.
Biggest misconception is is -- -- of our church.
-- the church of Jesus Christ of lavish -- a lot of people are talking about vision.
What is twenty.
After first term president right.
It's good to be of middle class in America again.
Where people have the -- conviction that the future's bright in the past America has to be strong with strong culture with a strong economy.
At a military that's a second to that.
And and we're losing faith in those things I want to make America stronger again -- be a stronger nation.
With that with freedom and opportunity as we've enjoyed -- -- -- -- unemployment rate a certain number I believe that shall see unemployment down pretty significantly I look at adding about eleven and a half million jobs in four years.
That that at least or that's associated with about 4% GDP growth.
And that -- -- unemployment rate down -- -- a little over 6% is -- call.
We have to be a job creating machine again as a nation -- also see us having our arch.
Spending as a percentage of the GDP down from 25% of GDP -- to 20% but -- those are the those are numbers.
That -- the it division is is different than just numbers division has people working again rising incomes and America.
Confidence in the future.
And -- conviction that America is strong and that is going to be an American century as opposed to a global international century or an Asian century it's going to be -- and American -- do you think you have work to do to convince Republican voters.
To trust you Brett.
The American people had a good chance to get to know me over the last four years.
Some of read my book some of -- is in the debates some Sami for years ago when I ran.
I've got a lot more work to do that to be able to win this it's a far cry from -- from being in my pocket at this point and I'll keep campaigning the last possible moment governor thank you very much of the time thanks Brett.
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