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Governor thanks very much for doing this interview thank you -- good to be with you you're about to wrap up your trip here in Poland were were we're delighted that you -- able to let us -- this last -- -- sort of look back on it and see how it went so.
I think -- lot.
Well for me it was a learning experience to see so many people across the world in this part of the world.
That that love freedom.
That are fighting for economic.
And that by and large eating habits -- you know I'm impressed with the action has been taken -- Great Britain obviously they're having a tough time there but they've taken a step -- -- their economy.
Israel's economy is growing -- -- -- -- the fast growing economy in in Europe and that's and that's pretty impressive.
Here in Poland and the leaders have a kind of frosty relationship with President Obama.
What can they expect from -- Romney presidency obviously we've heard your remarks here.
A stronger alliance a closer relationship.
Well I don't wanna be in any -- critical of the president while I'm on foreign soil of course.
At the same time I think we can all agree that our relationship with Poland goes a long way back.
And Poland has been fighting side by side with us in Iraq and Afghanistan they have lost lives in the place as they stood with us in tough times.
It's important for us and with them in good times at bat.
Right now these are good times for them their economies the strongest in Europe.
But I think we have a very close relationship with thing with the government.
That is doing its very best to promote economic prosperity for all other people to welcome foreign investment.
To expand international trade Poland is getting some things right we could probably learn something from what's happening right here.
You mentioned in your remarks government regulation.
Trying to deal with taxes and encouraging business growth is -- that.
Even include Italy.
A message you're trying to Central America to avoid what you in the -- called.
A movement toward European social style government -- -- on the Democrats.
Well there's no question but that if we were to follow the path of the and the most government dominated.
Economies and in Europe we would have the results of those government government dominant economy.
And the right -- -- exploit our energy resources.
To open up international trade particularly Latin America.
And finally deal with our our budget woes.
To fix our schools and training system.
And of course to restore economic freedom by keeping our tax rate competitive by having regulations that are up to date and modern and the do the job they're designed to do.
And and by getting health care costs under control.
Sounds like a domestic reference to your desire to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act of a volunteer.
Well there's no question I've.
I've said time and again I would repeal obamacare.
I don't know what the lay of the land might be if I'm elected and and what powers I might have I would put in place an executive order to stop -- in his tracks.
But it has to be replaced.
And and the big major problems and health care include not only access for people to health insurance but also.
Bringing down the cost of health care in Israel as -- -- I was told by the prime minister that Israel's health care cost is eight or nine per cent of the total GDP.
That nine to ten energy you can difference.
In performance -- it it's almost three times ours are military but that this is a real problem that we're gonna happen anyway.
You do understand that for most observers the lack of explicit criticism of President Obama.
Seems kind of hard to Spain insofar as you're running against them and when we talk about the Affordable Care Act that's obviously a contract that you would -- have is even.
Credible free to try to not be critical of the president when you're overseas as you're running against him.
Well I've been that -- careful not to.
I can describe it in a way that I would be harmful to the president -- -- foreign policy matter.
That foreign policy for -- nation led by the president whether you like it or not that's how it's done and our tradition and -- to a senator Vandenberg of Michigan was.
You -- politics at the water's edge.
I can talk about sanctions and differences but I.
Done my best to -- to avoid.
-- -- any efforts to make foreign policy -- to be critical of the president while on foreign soil.
But I can assure you that when -- land tonight I'll be back to might have my old direct -- contrast.
-- you mentioned that a regular event going back and forth from both foreign and domestic policy.
-- what do you say to those who would argue that US missile defenses radar systems approved by NATO here.
Unnecessarily provocative and a vestige of old Cold War mentality.
You gotta agree with -- and how would you persuade them that that that position is wrong headed.
Well of course the missile defense systems which were.
Working with that with Poland to ultimately -- here.
Are designed to prevent.
Attack in Europe or potentially long term attack across the ocean from a place like Iran.
Given the fact that Iran continues to pursue nuclear technology.
A defense against Iran's.
Bomb would be of great significance both Europe and states.
Russia that has about 1500.
Intercontinental ballistic missiles and nuclear warheads.
Certainly does not need to hear from -- a handful of missile defense site that that are aimed at.
At stopping in Iran.
A nuclear weapon.
But that's something which would take persuasion.
We go back to that Ronald Reagan -- Trust but verify.
And I can imagine the Russians wanted to say OK we trust people who want to verify their their options for us to be able to communicate very clearly.
That our intent is defensive in nature against -- against a rogue state like Iran do you have a relationship with Vladimir Putin -- -- government.
I do not have a relationship that mr.
prudent at this point I have met him on one occasion he would not recall that it was in association with an Olympic cats.
That the Kremlin.
But but bit of power to become president of that state.
I would seek to speak with him.
Two to understand.
His interest and for him to understand very clearly our -- you have been -- Believe suggested that he's gonna go to the problem here in Poland and and been restrictive and and and essentially an -- an instruction to progress across Europe and really across the continent.
Does that in any way color your ability to do business -- Moscow.
Well I think Moscow and prudent probably.
Scenarios and how they think the development of the world might occur over the coming half a century.
In one scenario they are drawn more into the west -- greater trade with with Europe.
If Ukraine for her to become more western oriented it and to begin the process of being closer to the EU -- ultimately someday joining the EU.
Why that might encourage a Russian.
To pull in this direction as well -- didn't do more trade and hopefully becoming a more responsible trading partner with the United States and with other nations of the west.
There are other scenarios what car.
Assertive and aggressive in a different direction -- and I simply hope that mr.
Putin does not take that course.
That he recognizes that that would not be in the ultimate benefit.
The the well being and prosperity of his own people as you begin to introduce yourself around the world trips like this -- another activity.
How would you want them to view the Romney doc doctor.
What is the Romney doctrine.
You know I describe my views on foreign policy.
As having confidence in our -- Having clarity in our purpose.
And having resolved in the application of -- that wherever -- So confident clarity and resolved.
And so that means that that we should be confident enough to recognize that our principles and values are right.
That we pressed them clearly to the world and to our people at home.
And that we have a very higher hurdle when it comes to applying military might.
But that if we decide that we have reached a point where our national security interest is significant and is being threatened that we act -- resolve.
Now with with -- -- -- or timid response but it stick with that was pulled off to a short mission can be -- Let's let's jump from there to the question about whether or not Israel should the that you you said you'd expect Israel's right to protect itself.
That's been great speculation as to exactly what that -- on your as real leg of the trip.
As to whether or not you would support and respect it and even perhaps supported with the American.
Un American contribution.
Is it is it in your mind.
Acceptable for Israel to act against Iran on its -- You -- I'll say what I said before which is our respects the rights and Israel to defend itself.
And that the United States of America stands with Israel.
It adds to the precise action when they might take that we might take.
That that could occur in retaliation as well 4% of an action and how we've not respond.
I don't want to get into the specifics of our military options I can't tell you that I think we have to have prepared a wide array of options.
But it is my fondest hope.
That military action is not certain either by us or by Israel or anyone else for them.
That -- did that through the application crippling sanctions and other measures like measures I described.
In the personally a conference five years ago that those measures will dissuade Iran from their nuclear file.
He intervening five years have included the first term of the Obama administration is -- a classic example of implicit -- criticism about foreign policy you know.
Well five years have passed since my address -- personally -- conference.
We're just now.
Getting crippling sanctions put in place there's more to be done on that front Europe sanctions are.
Even more severe than ours and -- we'd like to see other nations participated in a great way.
And there's more we can do diplomatically.
Iran diplomat are not treated like the -- they should be the way we treated the the diplomat in South Africa.
Participated in a part -- impose -- to let other people.
So there's -- weakened him but I would the pressure as much as humanly -- So that we don't have two contemplate.
And eventual military.
Let's go back yesterday's fund raiser in Jerusalem as you were departing -- -- held fund raiser with American Jewish American -- Where you suggested that culture can determine outcomes and referenced a couple of books.
The Palestinians were asked about your assertion that that might explain the differences in economic and economies between Israel and Palestinians.
As you have with other countries in the past and put in your book.
Got pretty angry and suggested that it was either right ignorant or racist or box.
Can you clarify what she meant and explain what it was intended to be and perhaps even respond to the Palestinians.
Well I said nothing in my remarks about the Palestinian culture.
Oh or any development of their economy.
I said what I said in my book and what I've said in numerous places across the country.
That the choices in nation -- with regards to culture and I'm talking about to accept free enterprise.
Human dignity human rights rights for women.
I work ethic is -- value education.
-- it to promote -- realism.
All all of these cultural choices broadly speaking -- have enormous impact on the economic vitality.
And income per capita.
I believe that the day I believe that applies.
Across the board of my mind I would presume that people.
In a wide array of nations that even those that are not affiliated with us -- anyway.
I have the same views palace shortly at the choices you make culturally.
From and give them our free enterprise human rights.
Rights for women these things make a difference in your economy.
-- -- -- -- the Palestinians would argue that it is of Israeli oppression that has denied them the opportunity to cultivate those very things.
And the comparison is misleading.
I'm not -- speaking about it didn't speak about the Palestinian.
Culture or the decisions made in their economy that's an interesting topic that perhaps could deserve scholarly analysis but I actually didn't address that.
I certainly don't intend to address that during my campaign instead I will point out that the choices a -- makes.
Have a profound impact on the economy and the vitality of that society so why this controversy.
How does how does it come to pass what's your what's your theory as to where this has come from.
You know I I think that I'll let the people in the world immediate.
Do their very best -- can determine how this becomes controversy but today as far as I can tell my job to tell folks what I believe.
As clearly I can.
And and let -- to decide how they want interpret that do you not think that the media played a role in saloons.
You know my job again express my views as clearly as I can recognizing that.
That that that will not always -- understood in the waning I describe -- in which case I can only say it again do you think you're getting a fair shake from the press.
I think I'm getting exactly the -- I expected.
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