Romney Cautions GOP Against Government Shutdown

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney offers his party advice.

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Mitt Romney makes a point during remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., March 15, 2013.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Republicans’ 2012 nominee for president, cautioned his party Tuesday against provoking a government shutdown this fall.

Speaking at a fundraiser for the New Hampshire Republican Party in Wolfeboro, N.H., Romney said protest votes leading to a shutdown — as contemplated by several GOP lawmakers — are “inexcusable” at such a critical juncture.

“I badly want Obamacare to go away, and stripping it of funds has appeal,” Romney said according to his prepared remarks. “But we need to exercise great care about any talk of shutting down government. What would come next…what would come next when soldiers aren’t paid, when seniors fear for their Medicare and Social Security, and when the FBI is off duty? I’m afraid that in the final analysis, Obamacare would get its funding, our party would suffer in the next elections, and the people of the nation would not be happy. I think there are better ways to remove Obamacare. And we should work to replace it with healthcare reforms that actually lower costs and give patients—not government—control over their own healthcare.”

Romney, who has kept a low profile since he was defeated by President Barack Obama in November, told donors “it has been hard to watch or read the news. What we feared would happen, is happening.” He listed a slow economic recovery and troubles around the world as products of the Obama second term.

“Russia modernizes it nuclear arsenal, and basks in the huge lead it has in its total nuclear arsenal of strategic and tactical nuclear weapons,” Romney said, returning to a theme of his 2012 campaign. “And we, we shrink our nuclear force and cut back on our missile defenses.”

The former presidential candidate listed three main priorities for the country: addressing the national debt, making businesses more competitive and improving education.

Romney also offered advice to his party, which has been fractured since Election Day, saying “we have got to stay smart, very smart.”

“Our policies have to be the smartest, the best, the most promising,” he said. “We cannot change policy to follow popularity; in the end, right prevails. We can change policy if new information shows us that we were wrong—of course, that’s part of staying smart.”

In a nod to New Hampshire’s influential status in presidential primaries, Romney cautioned that while there will be many qualified GOP candidates in 2016, “there will only be one or perhaps two who actually could win the election in November.” He stopped short of saying who should follow in his footsteps as the next Republican nominee.

14 comments
Lar5
Lar5

The GOP actions against Obamacare, immigration et. al. is a party self destructing. Why? Perhaps they can't imagine and fear governing a multi-racial, multi-cultural country filled with people that look and think differently than the current almost all white ultra right Christian party. It is beyond the republicans and Tea Party comprehension that such a society could exist. Why even try! A shutdown would prove these points and doom the GOP.

By the way all the people on the Mayflower in 1620 were immigrants.

ZacPetit
ZacPetit

Hmm, I wonder why Mitt Romney is telling his party to shut up about shutting down the government... perhaps because it would hurt his business interests?

SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

Go away you Lying Sack of Mitt!

paulejb
paulejb

Seriously, Mitt? You are giving Republicans advice? You lost an election to the worst president in history by 5 million votes.

retiredvet
retiredvet

Silly me. I thought the 2012 campaign was over.

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

No party hates to be lectured to by a losing candidate like the republicans. Of course Willard is loved and respected so he might be the exception. 

MrObvious
MrObvious

For a minute there I was in agreement with him until that 'winger BS reared it's ugly arse.

give patients—not government—control over their own healthcare.

I mean really, this is just intellectual laziness meant to appeal to the derp base. Half wit messages to the base are just half wit.

S_Deemer
S_Deemer

“Russia modernizes it nuclear arsenal, and basks in the huge lead it has in its total nuclear arsenal of strategic and tactical nuclear weapons,” Romney said...

2013, and he's still lying:

Russia: Approximately 1,480 deployed strategic warheads [1]. The Federation of American Scientists estimates Russia has another 1,022 nondeployed strategic warheads and approximately 2,000 tactical nuclear warheads. Additional thousands are awaiting dismantlement.

United States: Approximately 5,113 nuclear warheads [2], including tactical, strategic, and nondeployed weaponsAccording to the latest official New START declaration, the United States deploys 1,654 strategic nuclear warheads on 792 deployed ICBMs, SLBMs, and strategic bombers [1]. The Federation of American Scientists estimates that the United States' nondeployed strategic arsenal is approximately 2,800 warheads and the U.S. tactical nuclear arsenal numbers 500 warheads. Additional warheads are retired and await dismantlement.

Sourcehttp://www.armscontrol.org/factsheets/Nuclearweaponswhohaswhat


delta5297
delta5297

I stopped reading at "oh no, the world is falling apart and it's all because of Obama".

sacredh
sacredh

" I think there are better ways to remove Obamacare. And we should work to replace it with healthcare reforms that actually lower costs and give patients—not government—control over their own healthcare.”

Single payer. What a concept.

gysgt213
gysgt213

@sacredh Your government has no direct interest in a healthy populace and businesses just cannot afford it to pay to keep their workers healthy.  Which leaves um,....Squirrel!!!

MrObvious
MrObvious

@sacredh 

I'm still waiting for all these other magic ways to lower healthcare costs - you know keep all the good parts about Obamacare and none of the bad parts and then add that little extra 'unicorn' something. Kind of like Mitt Ryans budget ideas.