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Leadership - leadership is about taking responsibility, not making excuses.

Leadership - leadership is about taking responsibility, not making excuses.

Mom and Dad were married 64 years. And if you wondered what their secret was, you could have asked the local florist - because every day Dad gave Mom a rose, which he put on her bedside table. That's how she found out what happened on the day my father died - she went looking for him because that morning, there was no rose.

Mom and Dad were married 64 years. And if you wondered what their secret was, you could have asked the local florist - because every day Dad gave Mom a rose, which he put on her bedside table. That's how she found out what happened on the day my father died - she went looking for him because that morning, there was no rose.

Business and growing jobs is about taking risk, sometimes failing, sometimes succeeding, but always striving. It is about dreams. Usually, it doesn't work out exactly as you might have imagined. Steve Jobs was fired at Apple. He came back and changed the world.

Business and growing jobs is about taking risk, sometimes failing, sometimes succeeding, but always striving. It is about dreams. Usually, it doesn't work out exactly as you might have imagined. Steve Jobs was fired at Apple. He came back and changed the world.

My mom and dad gave their kids the greatest gift of all - the gift of unconditional love. They cared deeply about who we would be, and much less about what we would do.

My mom and dad gave their kids the greatest gift of all - the gift of unconditional love. They cared deeply about who we would be, and much less about what we would do.

We are a nation of immigrants. We are the children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the ones who wanted a better life, the driven ones, the ones who woke up at night hearing that voice telling them that life in that place called America could be better. ---->>>

America cannot continue to lead the family of nations around the world if we suffer the collapse of the family here at home.

America cannot continue to lead the family of nations around the world if we suffer the collapse of the family here at home.

And fifth, we will champion small businesses, America's engine of job growth. That means reducing taxes on business, not raising them. It means simplifying and modernizing the regulations that hurt small business the most. And it means that we must rein in the skyrocketing cost of healthcare by repealing and replacing Obamacare.

And fifth, we will champion small businesses, America's engine of job growth. That means reducing taxes on business, not raising them. It means simplifying and modernizing the regulations that hurt small business the most. And it means that we must rein in the skyrocketing cost of healthcare by repealing and replacing Obamacare.

Freedom. Freedom of religion. Freedom to speak their mind. Freedom to build a life. And yes, freedom to build a business. With their own hands. This is the essence of the American experience. ---->>>

Some of the companies we helped start are names you know. An office supply company called Staples - where I'm pleased to see the Obama campaign has been shopping; The Sports Authority, which became a favorite of my sons. We started an early childhood learning center called Bright Horizons that First Lady Michelle Obama rightly praised.

Some of the companies we helped start are names you know. An office supply company called Staples - where I'm pleased to see the Obama campaign has been shopping; The Sports Authority, which became a favorite of my sons. We started an early childhood learning center called Bright Horizons that First Lady Michelle Obama rightly praised.

The invisible hand of the market always moves faster and better than the heavy hand of government.

The invisible hand of the market always moves faster and better than the heavy hand of government.

Christianity is not the faith of the complacent, the comfortable or of the timid. It demands and creates heroic souls like Wesley, Wilberforce, Bonhoeffer, John Paul the Second, and Billy Graham. Each showed, in their own way, the relentless and powerful influence of the message of Jesus Christ.

Christianity is not the faith of the complacent, the comfortable or of the timid. It demands and creates heroic souls like Wesley, Wilberforce, Bonhoeffer, John Paul the Second, and Billy Graham. Each showed, in their own way, the relentless and powerful influence of the message of Jesus Christ.

We reserve our deepest respect and admiration for those who volunteer for service and give their lives to help keep our nation secure.

We reserve our deepest respect and admiration for those who volunteer for service and give their lives to help keep our nation secure.

Ronald Reagan was a president of strength. His philosophy was a philosophy of strength - a strong military, a strong economy and strong families. ---->>>

What we have, what we wish we had - ambitions fulfilled, ambitions disappointed, investments won, investments lost, elections won, elections lost - these things may occupy our attention, but they do not define us. ---->>>

Religious freedom opens a door for Americans that is closed to too many others around the world. But whether we walk through that door, and what we do with our lives after we do, is up to us. ---->>>

Our worldly successes cannot be guaranteed, but our ability to achieve spiritual success is entirely up to us, thanks to the grace of God. The best advice I know is to give is to give those worldly things your best but never your all - reserve the ultimate hope for the only one who can grant it.

Our worldly successes cannot be guaranteed, but our ability to achieve spiritual success is entirely up to us, thanks to the grace of God. The best advice I know is to give is to give those worldly things your best but never your all - reserve the ultimate hope for the only one who can grant it.

We believe in individual initiative, personal responsibility, opportunity, freedom, small government, the Constitution. These principles, these American principles are key to getting our economy back to being successful and leading the world.

We believe in individual initiative, personal responsibility, opportunity, freedom, small government, the Constitution. These principles, these American principles are key to getting our economy back to being successful and leading the world.

I've been looking at some video clips on YouTube of President Obama - then candidate Obama - going through Iowa making promises. The gap between his promises and his performance is the largest I've seen, well, since the Kardashian wedding and the promise of 'til death do we part.

I've been looking at some video clips on YouTube of President Obama - then candidate Obama - going through Iowa making promises. The gap between his promises and his performance is the largest I've seen, well, since the Kardashian wedding and the promise of 'til death do we part.

All the laws and legislation in the world will never heal this world like the loving hearts and arms of mothers and fathers. If every child could drift to sleep feeling wrapped in the love of their family - and God's love - this world would be a far more gentle and better place. ---->>>

I stand ready to lead us down a different path where we're lifted up by our desire to succeed, not dragged down by a resentment of success. ---->>>

Conservatism has had from its inception vigorously positive, intellectually rigorous agenda and thinking. That agenda should have in my three pillars: strengthen the economy, strengthen our security, and strengthen our families.

Conservatism has had from its inception vigorously positive, intellectually rigorous agenda and thinking. That agenda should have in my three pillars: strengthen the economy, strengthen our security, and strengthen our families.

What does it say about a president's policies when he has to use a cartoon character rather than real people to justify his record? What does it say about the fiction of old liberalism to insist that good jobs and good schools and good wages will result from policies that have failed us, time and again? ---->>>

The soles of Neil Armstrong's boots on the moon made permanent impressions on our souls and in our national psyche. Ann and I watched those steps together on her parent's sofa. Like all Americans we went to bed that night knowing we lived in the greatest country in the history of the world. God bless Neil Armstrong.

The soles of Neil Armstrong's boots on the moon made permanent impressions on our souls and in our national psyche. Ann and I watched those steps together on her parent's sofa. Like all Americans we went to bed that night knowing we lived in the greatest country in the history of the world. God bless Neil Armstrong.

This is the America that I love. This is a great people. We can do anything. We can achieve anything. We've got a government that has gotten in the way of the American people. We're going to change that in November. ---->>>

When every new wave of immigrants looked up and saw the Statue of Liberty, or knelt down and kissed the shores of freedom just ninety miles from Castro's tyranny, these new Americans surely had many questions. But none doubted that here in America they could build a better life, that in America their children would be more blessed than they. ---->>>

And the American people are the greatest people in the world. What makes America the greatest nation in the world is the heart of the American people: hardworking, innovative, risk-taking, God- loving, family-oriented American people.

And the American people are the greatest people in the world. What makes America the greatest nation in the world is the heart of the American people: hardworking, innovative, risk-taking, God- loving, family-oriented American people.

When it comes to pinning blame, pin the tail on the donkeys. ---->>>

And this President wakes up every morning, looks out across America and is proud to announce, 'It could be worse.' It could be worse? Is that what it means to be an American? It could be worse? Of course not. What defines us as Americans is our unwavering conviction that we know it must be better. ---->>>

I have never once regretted missing a business opportunity so that I could be with my children and grandchildren. ---->>>

Religious liberty is the first freedom in our Constitution. And whether the cause is justice for the persecuted, compassion for the needy and the sick, or mercy for the child waiting to be born, there is no greater force for good in the nation than Christian conscience in action. ---->>>

People from both political parties have long recognized that welfare without work creates negative incentives that lead to permanent poverty. It robs people of self-esteem. ---->>>

Now, let me be clear. The path I lay out is not one paved with ever increasing government checks and cradle to grave assurance that government will always be the solution. If this election is a bidding war for who can promise the most goodies and the most benefits, I'm not your president. You have that president today. ---->>>

In the richest country in the history of the world, this Obama economy has crushed the middle class. Family income has fallen by $4,000, but health insurance premiums are higher, food prices are higher, utility bills are higher, and gasoline prices have doubled. Today more Americans wake up in poverty than ever before. ---->>>

Three years ago, this week, a newly elected President Obama faced the American people and he said, look, if I can't turn this economy around in three years, I'll be looking at a one-term proposition, and we're here to collect! You know the results. It's been 35 months of unemployment above 8 percent. ---->>>

Our plans protect freedom and opportunity, and our blueprint is the Constitution of the United States. ---->>>

I feel very deeply about the need to respect and tolerate people of different social - or sexual orientation. But at the same time, I believe marriage should be preserved as an institution for one man and one woman. ---->>>

I will insist on a military so powerful no one would ever think of challenging it. ---->>>

Education is the investment our generation makes in the future. ---->>>

Dependency is death to initiative, to risk-taking and opportunity. It's time to stop the spread of government dependency and fight it like the poison it is.

Dependency is death to initiative, to risk-taking and opportunity. It's time to stop the spread of government dependency and fight it like the poison it is.

The country already has a leader who divides us with the bitter politics of envy. We have to offer an alternative vision.

The country already has a leader who divides us with the bitter politics of envy. We have to offer an alternative vision.

First, by 2020, North America will be energy independent by taking full advantage of our oil and coal and gas and nuclear and renewables. ---->>>

On our watch, the conversation with a would-be suicide bomber will not begin with the words, 'You have the right to remain silent.' ---->>>

When sperm and egg unite, something goes from inanimate to animate. It is life. ---->>>

My view is that marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman. That's the position I've had for some time, and I don't intend to make any adjustments at this point... Or ever, by the way.

My view is that marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman. That's the position I've had for some time, and I don't intend to make any adjustments at this point... Or ever, by the way.

Men and women of every faith and good people with none at all sincerely strive to do right and lead a purpose-driven life. ---->>>

What you believe, what you value, how you live, matters. ---->>>

We have serious enemies and growing threats around the world. Unfortunately, we have an administration whose idea of a rogue state is Arizona. ---->>>

The American culture promotes personal responsibility, the dignity of work, the value of education, the merit of service, devotion to a purpose greater than self, and at the foundation, the pre-eminence of family. ---->>>

Our economy is on the move and we are creating thousands of new jobs, but we need to keep our foot on the gas pedal. ---->>>

I think people should have the common courtesy and judgment - the good judgment - not to be - not to offend other peoples' faiths. ---->>>

It's time for the party of big ideas, not the party of Big Brother! ---->>>

That business we started with 10 people has now grown into a great American success story. ---->>>

I wish President Obama had succeeded because I want America to succeed. But his promises gave way to disappointment and division. This isn't something we have to accept. Now is the moment when we can do something. With your help we will do something. ---->>>

Make no mistake, in this campaign, I will offer the American ideals of economic freedom a clear and unapologetic defense. ---->>>

President Obama's view of a free economy is to send your money to his friends. My vision for a free enterprise economy is to return entrepreneurship and genius and creativity to the American people! ---->>>

I love practical jokes and humor. That there's frankly no joke that I don't think is funny. I love practical jokes, but I don't like being scared.

I love practical jokes and humor. That there's frankly no joke that I don't think is funny. I love practical jokes, but I don't like being scared.

If you live in the mountains, you long for the trees and the lakes. ---->>>

There is no day more joyful in my life than when I see all my family around me. That's the best it gets. ---->>>

Woody Allen said that 95% of history is explained as a man trying to impress a woman. And that's true in my life. ---->>>

President Barack Obama has stood watch over the greatest job loss in modern American history. And that, my friends, is one inconvenient truth that will haunt this President throughout history. ---->>>

If I am elected President of these United States, I will work with all my energy and soul to restore that America, to lift our eyes to a better future. That future is our destiny. That future is out there. It is waiting for us. Our children deserve it, our nation depends upon it, the peace and freedom of the world require it. ---->>>

Now is the moment when we can stand up and say, 'I'm an American. I make my destiny. And we deserve better! My children deserve better! My family deserves better. My country deserves better!' So here we stand. Americans have a choice. ---->>>

The Cuban people still live in constant fear of a brutal totalitarian regime that has demonstrated time and again its utter disregard for basic human dignity. The fight for a free Cuba has gone on for far too long.

The Cuban people still live in constant fear of a brutal totalitarian regime that has demonstrated time and again its utter disregard for basic human dignity. The fight for a free Cuba has gone on for far too long.

You know, out-of-touch liberals like Barack Obama say they want a strong economy, but in everything they do, they show they don't like business very much. But the economy, of course, is simply the product of all the businesses of the nation added together. So it's a bit like saying you like an omelet, but you don't like eggs. ---->>>

Opportunity expands when there is excellence and choice in education, when taxes are lowered, when every citizen has affordable, portable health insurance and when constitutional freedoms are preserved. ---->>>

Internationally, President Obama has adopted an appeasement strategy. He believes America's role as leader in the world is a thing of the past. I believe a strong America must - and will - lead the future.

Internationally, President Obama has adopted an appeasement strategy. He believes America's role as leader in the world is a thing of the past. I believe a strong America must - and will - lead the future.

If you felt that excitement when you voted for Barack Obama, shouldn't you feel that way now that he's President Obama? You know there's something wrong with the kind of job he's done as president when the best feeling you had was the day you voted for him. ---->>>

Instead of just giving lip service to improving our schools, I will actually put the kids first and the teachers union behind in giving our kids better teachers, better options and better choices for a better future. ---->>>

Since Castro took power, the Cuban people have been denied basic human freedoms. No freedom of religion, no freedom of the press, no political freedom. And the regime uses brutality and violence to suppress these freedoms and impose its will. ---->>>

And let me make this very clear - unlike President Obama, I will not raise taxes on the middle class. As president, I will protect the sanctity of life. I will honor the institution of marriage. And I will guarantee America's first liberty: the freedom of religion. ---->>>

I will begin my presidency with a jobs tour. President Obama began with an apology tour. America, he said, had dictated to other nations. No Mr. President, America has freed other nations from dictators. ---->>>

I don't doubt for a second that Neil Armstrong's spirit is still with us: that unique blend of optimism, humility and the utter confidence that when the world needs someone to do the really big stuff, you need an American. ---->>>

I am running for president to help create a better future. A future where everyone who wants a job can find one. Where no senior fears for the security of their retirement. An America where every parent knows that their child will get an education that leads them to a good job and a bright horizon. ---->>>

If you believe the disappointments - if you believe the disappointments in the last few years are a detour and not our destiny, then I'm asking for your vote. ---->>>

It strikes me as odd that the free exercise of religious faith is sometimes treated as a problem, something America is stuck with instead of blessed with. ---->>>

Like me, the great majority of Americans wish both to preserve the traditional definition of marriage and to oppose bias and intolerance directed towards gays and lesbians. ---->>>

The promise of America has always been that if you worked hard, had the right values, took some risks, that there was an opportunity to build a better life for your family and for your next generation. ---->>>

The words spoken by the leader of the free world can expand the frontiers of freedom or shrink them. When Ronald Reagan called on Gorbachev to 'tear down this wall', a surge of confidence rose that would ultimately breach the bounds of the evil empire. ---->>>

Today's misery is real unemployment, home foreclosures and bankruptcies. This is the Obama Misery Index and its at a record high. Its going to take more than new rhetoric to put Americans back to work - its going to take a new president. ---->>>

People of different faiths, like yours and mine, sometimes wonder where we can meet in common purpose, when there are so many differences in creed and theology. Surely the answer is that we can meet in service, in shared moral convictions about our nation stemming from a common worldview. ---->>>

The right way to reign in healthcare costs is not by applying more government and more controls and making it more like the post office, it's by making it more like a consumer-driven market. ---->>>

We will strengthen our security by building missile defense, restoring our military might, and standing by and strengthening our intelligence officers. ---->>>

Mr. Chairman, delegates. I accept your nomination for President of the United States of America. I do so with humility, deeply moved by the trust you have placed in me. It is a great honor. It is an even greater responsibility. ---->>>

President Obama instituted the most anti-growth, anti-investment, anti-jobs measures that we have seen in our lifetime. Now he called his agenda ambitious, I call it reckless. ---->>>

When my mom ran for the Senate, my dad was there for her every step of the way. I can still hear her saying in her beautiful voice, 'Why should women have any less say than men, about the great decisions facing our nation?' ---->>>

Central to America's rise to global leadership is our Judeo-Christian tradition with the vision of the goodness and possibilities of every human life.

Central to America's rise to global leadership is our Judeo-Christian tradition with the vision of the goodness and possibilities of every human life.

I've met graduating college kids facing loan payments and a bad economy, and they are worried that they won't be able to get a job. This is not the way America needs to be. ---->>>

On one of the most personal matters of our lives, our health care, President Obama would turn decision making over to government bureaucrats. He forced through Obama-care and I will repeal it.

On one of the most personal matters of our lives, our health care, President Obama would turn decision making over to government bureaucrats. He forced through Obama-care and I will repeal it.

That said, your values will not always be the object of public admiration. In fact, the more you live by your beliefs, the more you will endure the censure of the world. ---->>>

The America we all know has been a story of the many becoming one, uniting to preserve liberty, uniting to build the greatest economy in the world, uniting to save the world from unspeakable darkness. ---->>>

I would cap the amount of federal government can spend at 20 percent of the economy. Bring it back to 20 percent or lower. And say, we are not going to spend above that level. Democrats, they want to raise your taxes and spend more and more and turn us into an economy which is no longer driven by the private sector. ---->>>

And that's how it is in America. We look to our communities, our faiths, our families for our joy, our support, in good times and bad. It is both how we live our lives and why we live our lives. ---->>>

For American foreign aid to become more effective, it must embrace the power of partnerships, access the transformative nature of free enterprise, and leverage the abundant resources that can come from the private sector. ---->>>

Happiness, for me, is a function of the number of people I love, and I think joy and happiness is directly related to how many people are in our lives and how deeply we are bonded with those people. ---->>>

I hope people understand that when you tax corporations that the concrete and the steel and the plastic don't pay. People pay. And so when you tax corporations, either the employees are going to pay or the shareholders are going to pay or the customers are going to pay. And so corporations are people. ---->>>

You know, my dad served in the President's Cabinet after his time as a governor. He told me he enjoyed being governor a lot more. Now, I understand why. If I do my job well, I can make a difference in people's lives and I can help our children realize their dreams. ---->>>

You've got to be really careful about what you say and do anywhere you are. I actually had a dream about being in parking garage and having somebody in front of me taking too long to get their change and honking the horn and then yelling back, and getting out and yelling at each other and then seeing it on YouTube the next day. ---->>>

I could have possibly beaten Senator McCain in the primary. Then I could have been the candidate who lost to Barack Obama. ---->>>

Moral certainty, clear standards, and a commitment to spiritual ideals will set you apart in a world that searches for meaning. ---->>>

Republicans prefer straight talk to politically correct talk! ---->>>

You balance the budget by restraining the growth of government and encouraging the growth of the private sector. ---->>>

Now workers should have the right to join unions. But unions should not be forced upon workers. And unions should not have the power to take money our of their members' paychecks to buy the support of politicians that are favored by the union bosses. ---->>>

I spent my whole life in the private sector, 25 years in the private sector. I understand that when government takes more money out of the hands of people, it makes it more difficult for them to buy things. If they can't buy things, the economy doesn't grow. If the economy doesn't grow, we don't put Americans to work. ---->>>

Sometimes I wonder whether Washington's liberal politicians truly understand the greatness that is America. ---->>>

Conservatives believe in providing Constitutional rights to our citizens, not to enemy combatants like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. ---->>>

Staple a green card to their diploma - welcome to the United States of America! We want those people in our country. ---->>>

President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet. My promise... is to help you and your family. ---->>>

By making bold cuts in spending and commonsense entitlement reforms, we will make our government simpler, smaller, and smarter. ---->>>

The answer for healthcare is market incentives, not healthcare by a Godzilla-sized government bureaucracy. ---->>>

Together we will build an America where hope is a new job with a paycheck, not a faded word on an old bumper sticker. ---->>>

Free enterprise has done more to lift people out of poverty, to help build a strong middle class, to help educate our kids, and to make our lives better than all the programs of government combined. ---->>>

My leadership will end the Obama era and begin a new era of American prosperity. ---->>>

When it comes to the economy, my highest priority as President will be worrying about your job, not saving my own. ---->>>

Isn't it fitting that so many of those who have contempt for the private sector will soon find themselves back in it? ---->>>

I am in favor of stem-cell research. I am not in favor of creating new human embryos through cloning. ---->>>

No person I have ever met, not even the most righteous or pure of heart, has gone without those times when faith recedes in the busy-ness of life. ---->>>

President Obama wants to put free enterprise on trial. ---->>>

The president may be a nice guy, but he's just over his head. ---->>>

Third, we will make trade work for America by forging new trade agreements. And when nations cheat in trade, there will be unmistakable consequences. ---->>>

Washington has to become an ally of business, not the opposition of business. ---->>>

Instead of leading the world by how much we borrow, it's time that we make sure we lead the world in how much we build and create and invest. ---->>>

It seems that the first victim of an Obama campaign is the truth. It seems that the first victim of an Obama campaign is the truth. ---->>>

Reforming the way the state works with businesses and providing incentives for employers will help preserve and create new jobs in Massachusetts. ---->>>

Government is taking 40 percent of the GDP. And that's at the state, local and federal level. President Obama has taken government spending at the federal level from 20 percent to 25 percent. Look, at some point, you cease being a free economy, and you become a government economy. And we've got to stop that. ---->>>

Perhaps religious conscience upsets the designs of those who feel that the highest wisdom and authority comes from government. But from the beginning, this nation trusted in God, not man. Religious liberty is the first freedom in our Constitution. ---->>>

A nation has the capacity to choose its own capital city, and Jerusalem is Israel's capital. ---->>>

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are two peas in the same pod, and the American people have tasted that, and said, 'Look, that's not a good taste.' ---->>>

Humanity is not common in its views. ---->>>

I believe in my Mormon faith, and I endeavor to live by it. My faith is the faith of my fathers - I will be true to them and to my beliefs. ---->>>

I can never predict what the markets will do. Sometimes it does the exact opposite of what I would have expected. ---->>>

I don't look back. I look forward. ---->>>

I think Dodd-Frank has contributed to a concentration of banking assets in the hands of a small number of banks. ---->>>

I think effective leaders typically are able to see the future to a certain degree and then try to take actions to shape it in some way. ---->>>

I think we should have the majority of the party's voters decide who they want as their nominee. ---->>>

I would always be happy to serve my country in any way that I was called upon to do. ---->>>

In my view, Russia has not been a particularly collaborative player on the world stage. ---->>>

It is time to cut out the mountains of waste and inefficiency and duplication in the federal government. ---->>>

Obamacare was very attractive, particularly to those without health insurance. ---->>>

Primaries are the place where you see whose message is connecting with the largest number of people. ---->>>

There's no question in my mind that I think I would have been a better president than Barack Obama has been. ---->>>

We expect candor and transparency from the president, from the administration. ---->>>

You can't continue to have higher education tuition grow at a multiple of the rate of inflation. ---->>>

We still believe in the America that is 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. ---->>>

Culture, what you believe, what you value, how you live matters. Now, as fundamental as these principles are, they may become topics of democratic debates from time to time, so it is today with the enduring institution of marriage. Marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman. ---->>>

Even though I love solar and love wind, like most people do, I like the renewable sources, they alone are not going to get America energy independent. ---->>>

I went to Massachusetts to make a difference. I didn't go there to begin a political career running time and time again. I made a difference. I put in place the things I wanted to do. ---->>>

The American people I talk to don't spend every moment thinking, 'How can I tax my neighbor more than they're being taxed?' They say, 'How can I get a good job? How can my kids get good jobs? How can seniors have a confidence in their future when they know that Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are bankrupt?' ---->>>

The principles that made this nation a great and powerful leader of the world, have not lost their meaning. They never will. We know we can bring this country back. I'm Mitt Romney. I believe in America. And I'm running for president of the United States. ---->>>

In recent years, we have seen the United States back away from pressuring the Castro regime, under the misguided view that placating them with an open hand would yield progress. That naivete has invited only more cruelty and oppression in return. ---->>>

So, for instance, let me make this clear: You know I signed a statement. I will not raise taxes on anybody. I don't want to raise taxes on the American people. ---->>>

Fourth, to assure every entrepreneur and every job creator that their investments in America will not vanish as have those in Greece, we will cut the deficit and put America on track to a balanced budget. ---->>>

I don't want to transform America. I want to restore to America the economic values of freedom and opportunity and limited government that has made us the powerhouse of the world. ---->>>

President Obama orders religious organizations to violate their conscience. I will defend religious liberty and overturn regulations that trample on our first freedom. ---->>>

The strength and power and goodness of America has always been based on the strength and power and goodness of our communities, our families, our faiths. That is the bedrock of what makes America, America. In our best days, we can feel the vibrancy of America's communities, large and small. ---->>>

At a time when nobody thought we'd ever see a new steel mill built in America, we took a chance and built one in a corn field in Indiana. Today Steel Dynamics is one of the largest steel producers in the United States. ---->>>

This President takes his inspiration from the capitals of Europe; we look to the cities and small towns of America. This President puts his faith in government. We put our faith in the American people. ---->>>

A white male Mormon millionaire was not gonna beat Ted Kennedy in Massachusetts, but someone deserved to go out there and give him a real run for his money. ---->>>

An earthquake strikes Haiti, and care packages from America are among the first to arrive - and not far behind are former Presidents Clinton and Bush. ---->>>

Consulting offered me an opportunity to see a lot of different businesses in different regions of the world, to see how textiles were being affected by foreign competition, how technology was changing. ---->>>

Freedom requires religion just as religion requires freedom. Freedom opens the windows of the soul so that man can discover his most profound beliefs and commune with God. Freedom and religion endure together, or perish alone. ---->>>

I'd like my grandkids to be able to watch PBS. But I'm not willing to borrow money from China, and make my kids have to pay the interest on that, and my grandkids, over generations, as opposed to saying to PBS, 'Look, you're going to have to raise more money from charitable contributions or from advertising.' ---->>>

In the private sector, there is always innovation. There's always change. There's always improving productivity, and if you're not leading that, you'll be passed and ultimately go out of business. So there's an urgency to constantly update and renew and to rethink your enterprise. ---->>>

My red line is Iran may not have a nuclear weapon. It is inappropriate for them to have the capacity to terrorize the world. Iran with a nuclear weapon or with fissile material that can be given to Hezbollah or Hamas or others has the potential of not just destabilizing the Middle East. ---->>>

The 21st century can and must be an American century. It began with terror, war, and economic calamity. It is our duty to steer it onto the path of freedom, peace, and prosperity. ---->>>

The torch America carries is one of decency and hope. It is not America's torch alone. But it is America's duty - and honor - to hold it high enough that all the world can see its light. ---->>>

There will always be, within a party, people who backed one candidate versus people who backed another, and there will be factions in the party, and there's always a little glee faction looking at the difficulty of the other faction. ---->>>

And a special thank you to the citizens of Massachusetts: You are paying all the taxes, creating all the jobs, raising all the children. This government is yours. Thank you for letting me serve you. I love this job. ---->>>

For those who have come here illegally, they might have a transition time to allow them to set their affairs in order. And then go back home and get in line with everybody else. And if they get in line and they apply to become a citizen and get a green card, they will be treated like everybody else. ---->>>

Democrats want to use the slowdown as an excuse to do what their special interests are always begging for: higher taxes, bigger government and less trade with other nations. ---->>>

I believe in an America where millions of Americans believe in an America that's the America millions of Americans believe in. That's the America I love. ---->>>

America is not better off than it was $1.8 trillion dollars ago. ---->>>

President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and their team have failed the American people, and that is why their majority will soon be out the door. ---->>>

We conservatives don't have a corner on saying 'no'. We're just the ones who say it when it's the right thing to say. ---->>>

I don't see how a young American can vote for, well, can vote for a Democrat. ---->>>

Mr. President, you were elected to lead. You chose to follow. And now it's time for you to get out of the way. ---->>>

It's opportunity. It's opportunity, not a check from government - it's opportunity that has always driven America and defined us as Americans. ---->>>

My dad had been born in Mexico and his family had to leave during the Mexican revolution. ---->>>

I will spend the next four years rebuilding the foundation of a opportunity society led by free people and free enterprises. ---->>>

If we become one of those societies that attack success, why not come as certain there will be a lot less success? And that's not who we are. ---->>>

If you want a president who will make things better in the African-American community, you are looking at him. You take a look! ---->>>

What America needs is jobs. Lots of jobs. ---->>>

A competitive primary does not divide us, it prepares us and we will win. ---->>>

When you raise taxes on small business, from 35% to 40%, you will kill jobs. ---->>>

A president must serve only the common cause of the people of the United States. ---->>>

Ah, it's too hard to pick a favorite president. It really is. It's like picking your favorite from a box of chocolates - I love all of them. ---->>>

American official policy is that Egypt is an ally of the United States. ---->>>

Education is largely run at the state level. ---->>>

Every year, virtually every governor balances the budget. ---->>>

Fairness dictates that the highest income people should pay the greatest share of taxes, and they do. ---->>>

For an incumbent like a president, who's been in the news every day, their family, they're well known. ---->>>

Free enterprise cannot only make us better off financially, it can make us better people. ---->>>

I actually have several busts of Ronald Reagan that have been presented to me. ---->>>

I care about America. I care about the people that can't find jobs. I care about my 20 grandkids and what kind of America they are going to have. ---->>>

I do recognize and I feel very comfortable with people taking a good look at how I've lived my life, and obviously my faith is a big part of that. ---->>>

I have a big family, and I spend a lot of time with them. ---->>>

I have a Missouri Fox Trotter. So mine's like a quarter horse, but just a much better gait - it moves very fast. ---->>>

I have a PC. My sons have a Mac and swear by it, but I have a couple PC's. ---->>>

I have five boys in the family, and it's constant competition, sport, humor, and practical jokes. ---->>>

I lost my election because of my campaign, not because of what anyone else did. ---->>>

I love my dad. It's fair to say that I probably would not have thought of politics had I not seen my mom and dad involved in politics. ---->>>

I read serious books, but every now and then, I read just for fun. ---->>>

I talk a great deal to prior Secretaries of State about policy issues. ---->>>

I think it suffices to say that Israel has the right to defend itself. ---->>>

I think that the effort to continue to look for some law to somehow make violence go away is missing the point. ---->>>

I want you to remember when our White House reflected the best of who we are, not the worst of what Europe has become. ---->>>

I was born in the middle of the century in the middle of the country, a classic Baby Boomer. ---->>>

I will continue to work with the Republican Party to try to encourage primaries. ---->>>

I will preserve and protect a woman's right to choose, and am devoted and dedicated to honoring my word in that regard. ---->>>

I'd like Americans to save their money, and not get taxed on their savings. ---->>>

I'd rather see the tax for innovation reduced rather than expanded. ---->>>

I'd think people would want me to follow the law and pay only what the tax code requires. ---->>>

I'm a policy guy, believe it or not. I love policy. I love solving tough problems. ---->>>

I'm a pretty analytical guy, all right? ---->>>

I'm married to a girl from Wales. ---->>>

I've been in politics now for long enough to not worry about what others are saying, but instead to talk about what I believe. ---->>>

I've met people of great faith. I sat in the home of Billy Graham and in the residence of Cardinal Dolan and prayed with these men of God. ---->>>

If I have a bad hair day, I just think, 'Well, it will be an OK hair day tomorrow. Just put your head down and go.' ---->>>

It kills me not to be there, not to be in the White House doing what needs to be done. ---->>>

It's a great experience. If you get a chance to run for president, do it. ---->>>

John Kerry was always in front of the camera but not out doing the hard work. ---->>>

Let me tell you, the heart of my tax proposal: I will not raise taxes on the American people. I will not raise taxes on middle-income Americans. ---->>>

Let's give people more incentives to get fuel efficient vehicles. ---->>>

Mike Dukakis, you know, he can't get a job mowing lawns. ---->>>

People don't want to be told what type of insurance they have to have. ---->>>

People have a right to be able to bear arms. ---->>>

Pre-existing conditions for those previously insured must not lead to someone being unable to get insurance. ---->>>

The decision to put American lives at risk is a decision that has a very high hurdle to pass. ---->>>

The unemployment rate went down as I was governor of Massachusetts. We were losing jobs every month when I came into the state. ---->>>

The world relies upon, and America must rely upon, a strong military. ---->>>

There are a lot of people who go to Washington or go to their state houses with a personal ambition in mind. ---->>>

We Americans have always felt a special kinship with the future. ---->>>

Were it my choice, I would not vote for Russia to hold the Winter Olympics or the Summer Olympics. But it's not my choice. ---->>>

When I become president, it will be about helping the 100 percent. ---->>>

When I place my hand on the Bible and take the oath of office, that oath becomes my highest promise to God. ---->>>

When President Kennedy challenged Americans to go to the moon, the question wasn't whether we'd get there, it was only when we'd get there. ---->>>

Second, we will give our fellow citizens the skills they need for the jobs of today and the careers of tomorrow. When it comes to the school your child will attend, every parent should have a choice, and every child should have a chance. ---->>>

I will promote savings and investment by maintaining the 15% rate on capital gains and dividends. I will eliminate the tax entirely for those with annual income below $200,000. ---->>>

Our nation is too different, too diverse to say that what works in Massachusetts is somehow going to be grabbed by the federal government, usurping the power of states and imposing a one-size-fits-all plan on the nation. That will not work. ---->>>

During the Reagan years, government shut down eight different times under a Democrat Congress. The president and Congress worked together and got things straightened out. Under the Carter years, again a Democrat Congress, the government shut down five times. ---->>>

Massachusetts children cannot only lead the nation in test scores, they can be competitive with the best in the world. And the gap in achievement among races can virtually disappear. ---->>>

Through pro-growth policies, by abolishing Obamacare and eliminating other Obama-imposed impediments to economic growth, we will get our economy back on track. ---->>>

I believe that if America does not lead, others will - others who do not share our interests and our values - and the world will grow darker, for our friends and for us. ---->>>

I can tell you, Obamacare, I have been stunned by the pratfalls associated with its implementation. I simply can't understand how a president that had such an effective technology campaign and has such support among the technology community members could have put in place the implementation of Obamacare as ineffectively as he did. ---->>>

I don't know any nation on Earth that succeeded in creating a strong middle class with rising wages based on building a stronger and bigger government. ---->>>

I have seen American determination in people like Debbi Sommers. She runs a furniture rental business for conventions in Las Vegas. When 9/11 hit, and again, when the recession tanked the conventions business, she didn't give up, close down, or lay off her people. She taught them not just to rent furniture, but also to manufacture it. ---->>>

I just think the most important aspect in being able to have a productive relationship between the teachers' unions and the districts and the states that they're dealing with is that the person sitting across the table from them should not have received the largest campaign contributions from the teachers' union itself. ---->>>

I know what it's like to start a business. I know how extra ordinarily difficult it is to build something from nothing. I know how government kills jobs and, yes, I know how it can help from time- to-time. ---->>>

I recognize that as the guy who lost the election, I'm not in a position to tell everybody else how to win, all right? They're not going to listen, and I don't have the credibility to do that anyway. ---->>>

I think when a campaign is dishonest in the ads they run about another candidate, it diminishes the campaign, it diminishes the candidate, and it diminishes the presidency. ---->>>

I understand that in some industries, the input cost of energy is a major factor in whether an industry is going to locate in the United States or go elsewhere. ---->>>

I would love to say to all Americans: 'Each candidate is going to produce a film of an hour and a half. You're going to watch one from each candidate, and then you're going to vote!' ---->>>

I've been on Letterman a couple of times. I've been on Leno more than a couple times, and now Letterman hates me because I've been on Leno more than him. They're very jealous of one another, as you know. ---->>>

If I am elected President, the Castro regime will have no reason to doubt our unwavering commitment to your cause. The regime will feel the full weight of American resolve. ---->>>

If I were to offer advice to any president of the United States, it would be this: do whatever you can do to keep America the most prosperous and free and powerful nation on earth. ---->>>

In every stump speech I give, I speak about the fact that people who dream and achieve enormous success do not make us poorer - they make us better off. ---->>>

It's fashionable in some circles to be pessimistic about America, about conservative solutions, about the Republican Party. I utterly reject that pessimism. ---->>>

My whole life has been learning to lead, from my parents, to my education, to the experience I had in the private sector, to helping run the Olympics, and then of course helping guide a state. ---->>>

One of the best things that can happen to any cause, to any people, is to have Bill Clinton as its advocate. That is how needy and neglected causes have become global initiatives. ---->>>

The big story of 2013, a very distressing year, is that Americans continue not to be able to find the full-time jobs they need, and that's something which the president has to recognize as the first priority of his administration. ---->>>

The president is the leader of the nation. The president brings people together, does the deals, does the trades, knocks the heads together. The president leads. ---->>>

The right course is for the Palestinians and the Israelis to sit down at the table together. The Palestinians need to recognize that the course to the two-state solution is not through the United Nations or through the United States or through anyone else, but through a face to face series of negotiations with the Israelis. ---->>>

There are many people who think we should have zero tax on capital gains, interest and dividends for everybody, as - the very, very wealthy. But recognize that means that Bill Gates and Warren Buffett would pay no income tax at all. And some people say, 'Well, that's a good thing for growth of the economy.' ---->>>

This is a global effort we're going to have to lead to overcome this jihadist effort. It's more than Osama bin Laden. But he is going to pay, and he will die. ---->>>

To help the parents make the choice of which school to send their child to, I would insist that schools are graded on a simple basis that parents can understand, A through F. The way Florida is done. ---->>>

We look to our pastors and priests and rabbis and counselors of all kinds to testify of the enduring principles upon which our society is built: honesty, charity, integrity and family. ---->>>

What's at the heart of my faith is a belief that there's a creator. That we're all children of the same God. And that, fundamentally, the relationship you have with your spouse is important and eternal. ---->>>

When I was elected governor of my state, I had a legislature 87 percent Democrat. It was not lost on me that to get anything done, I couldn't be attacking them. I had to find ways to reach out to them. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 03-12, 1947
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Occupation: Politician

Willard Mitt Romney (born March 12, 1947) is an American businessman and politician who served as the 70th Governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007 and the Republican Party's nominee for President of the United States in the 2012 election. Raised in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, by his parents George and Lenore Romney, he spent 2½ years in France as a Mormon missionary, starting in 1966 (wikipedia)