Is Romney conservative enough for the Tea Party?
Sen. Mike Lee responds
- Duration 4:47
- Date Aug 31, 2012
Sen. Mike Lee responds
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Governor Mitt Romney spent much of the primary season trying to convince some Tea Party Republicans in social conservatives that he was the man.
Who can defeat President Obama last night governor Romney had this to say on everything from spending cuts to personal liberty.
And -- America that we want succumb to resentment and division among Americans.
The America we all know has been a story of the many becoming one.
You -- to preserve liberty uniting to build the greatest economy in the world uniting to save the world from unspeakable darkness.
-- -- senator Mike Lee joins us live in senator thanks for taking a few moments to be -- so.
What about that did this beach those words in particular another rule words did date.
Its site that the -- hard years.
You know I think they excite -- resonate with those of us who believe in constitutionally limited government.
We want to see somebody who's willing to say look the government is not the solution to all of our problems and that's what we heard from governor Romney last night.
We don't need more taxes would only -- government programs.
We need to unlock the unlimited put human potential of the American people and allowed them to do what they do best.
When he was governor of Massachusetts he was known as a centrist.
He's seen conservative enough.
He governed as a conservative he governed as much of a conservative as he caught with about 85% of the legislature being.
In the control the Democratic Party.
Now it's important at this point in our country's history.
That he continue to fight for conservative principles that he do so as aggressively as we possibly can and that he stick to the same principles -- -- outlined last night.
Making clear that government is not the solution governments the problem.
Today's Wall Street Journal seemed critical that governor Romney.
Presented few policy -- -- yes he talked about cutting spending he talked about lowering a marginal rates less regulation.
And changes to Medicare.
But the journal today said quote he glossed over.
Those important subjects fair criticism.
Well look this is not a typical of a convention speech in fact it would be -- typical.
If a presidential candidate.
At his party's.
Outlined a very specific.
Detailed policy group blueprint is big overview that is normally presented at a convention he did that and he did an exceptionally well.
You know you probably haven't started to look at the assessment by the Tax Policy Center effective got a copy of it here.
They claim that Romney's tax plan would add three trillion.
To the deficit over ten years -- that it it would favor.
Tax reductions for the top 20% the tax increases for the bottom 20%.
-- and I don't think that they can fully evaluate as I hold this and I read through it.
I don't think they can fully evaluate the plan because there -- so unknowns.
But what's your what's your assessment.
Well first of all they're not taking into account the dynamics scoring.
Element of tax reductions that is that.
When you make adjustments to the tax code very -- you stimulate economic activity that is exactly what would happen here.
Under governor Romney's plan and that would actually generate more revenue not less.
In any event I think there assumptions are flawed and they're based on an agenda that wants to promote.
Tax increases and that's not what we need that's not what we need for job creators that'll kill jobs rather than create them.
-- other joint venture of the urban institute the Brookings Institution.
Want to point that out on it let me move to another subject do you share a common faith with.
Governor Romney and I want to play sound bite from last night -- get your reaction on the other side.
We are mormons -- growing up in Michigan that might have seemed unusual or out of place but I really don't remember it that way.
My friends cared more about what sports teams we followed them what church we went to.
What did you -- of that.
That's consistent with my experience.
Growing up you know that I'd spent some of like growing up years and you tell others outside the stated you talked.
And you know by and -- my friends then as now.
Don't care where I go to church it's much more important.
That is especially in the political context.
What what would believe what we share in common -- rather than what.
Separates us what differentiates us senator Mike Lee of Utah thank you for being with us today.