Willard Mitt Romney (born March 12, 1947) is an American politician and businessman who has served as the junior United States senator from Utah since January 2019. He previously served as the 70th Governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007 and was the Republican's nominee for President of the United States in the 2012 election. In 2023, Romney announced he will not run for reelection in 2024 and will retire from the Senate when his term expires in 2025.
- Bain Capital is an investment partnership which was formed to invest in startup companies and ongoing companies, then to take an active hand in managing them and hopefully, five to eight years later, to harvest them at a significant profit.
- CD-ROM marking 25th anniversary of Bain & Company, quoted in Corn, David (27 September 2012), "New Romney Video: In 1985, He Said Bain Would "Harvest" Companies for Profits", Mother Jones, retrieved on 2012-10-03
- I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country. I have since the time that my Mom took that position when she ran in 1970 as a U.S. Senate candidate. I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years we should sustain and support it.
- United States Senatorial debate, October 1994.
- Look, I was an independent during the time of Reagan-Bush. I'm not trying to take us back to Reagan-Bush.
- United States Senatorial debate, October 1994, quoted in Geraghty, Jim (8 October 2007), "So What Did Romney Mean When He Said, 'I Was an Independent During Reagan-Bush'?", National Review Online, retrieved on 2011-12-29
- As a result of [my campaign's] discussions and other interactions with gay and lesbian voters across the state, I am more convinced than ever that as we seek to establish full equality for America's gay and lesbian citizens, I will provide more effective leadership than Ted Kennedy.
- Letter to Log Cabin Republicans Club, 1994 
- I respect and will protect a woman’s right to choose. This choice is a deeply personal one. Women should be free to choose based on their own beliefs, not mine and not the government’s. The truth is no candidate in the governor’s race in either party would deny women abortion rights. So let’s end an argument that does not exist and stop these cynical and divisive attacks that are made only for political gain.
- It would be impossible to reach unanimity on every aspect of our budget, but it's clear there is widespread support for the concept of change. We face a choice between either cutting waste out of government, or facing a new job killing tax increase every year from here on out.
- Press release, 2003-02-27 
- The definition of marriage is so fundamental to society that it should not be decided by one court in [Massachusetts] or by one mayor in San Francisco. In [America], the people should decide. In America, the people are fair and tolerant. Let the people decide.
- Press Release, 2004-02-24 
- Senator Kerry now tells us he has a clear position on the [war on terror]. He voted no on Desert Storm in 1991 and yes on Desert Shield today. Then he voted no on [troop funding], just after he'd voted yes. He's campaigned against the [war] all year, but says he'd vote yes today. This nation can't afford [presidential leadership] that comes in 57 varieties.
- Republican Convention Speech, 2004.
- I am in favor of stem cell research. I am not in favor of creating new human embryos through cloning.
- Press conference, May 2005
- For all the conflicting views on this issue, it speaks well of our country that we recognize [abortion] as a problem. The [law] may call it a right, but no one ever called it a good, and, in the quiet of conscience people of both political parties know that more than a million abortions a year cannot be squared with the good heart of America.
- "Why I vetoed the contraception bill". Boston Globe. 2005-07-26.
- We cannot continue to have an excellence gap with the rest of the world and intend to remain the [economic superpower] and [military superpower] of the planet. That's just not going to happen. We're in a position where unless we take action, we'll end up being the [France] of the 21st century: a lot of talk, but not a lot of strength behind it in terms of economic capability.
- Boston Globe. 2005-11-16.
- I'm not happy exporting jobs but we must move ahead in technology and patents. I don't like losing any jobs but we'll see new opportunities created selling products there. We'll have a net net increase in economic activity, just as we did with free trade. It's tempting to want to protect our markets and stay closed. But at some point it all comes crashing down and you're hopelessly left behind. Then you are Russia.
- "Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney's Message: Globalize or Die", CRN.com, 2005-12-16
- The [president] is right to point to an international [jihadist] movement aimed at the collapse of the United States. He has gone after that threat in the right way and with great energy and vigor, and I applaud the fact that he has taken it on very seriously and has not considered it just a criminal action but instead a war action, which requires a military … response.
- Interview with James Taranto, December 2005.
- I think we ought to have more oil. We ought to develop more sources of oil so that we can increase our supply. But the last thing I want to do is suck it all dry as quickly as we can. I want to use less of it.
- Interview on Hardball with Chris Matthews, December 2005.
- I wouldn't presume to present a plan different from that of the President. But I believe he was right to take on the war on terror on an aggressive front rather than a defensive front. We toppled the government … walking away would mean a humanitarian disaster. We're there and we have a responsibility to finish the job.
- Interview with Bill O'Reilly, 2006-09-27
- I frankly can't wait, because the idea of Bill Clinton back in the White House with nothing to do is something I just can't imagine, I can't imagine the American people can imagine....
- In response to the question, "How would you run against Hillary and Bill Clinton in November?", MSNBC, Republican Presidential Candidate Debate, FL, 2007-01-25
- We have lost faith in government, not in just one party, not in just one house, but in government. It is time for innovation and transformation in Washington. It is what our country needs. It is what our people deserve...I do not believe Washington can be transformed from within by a lifelong politician. There have been too many deals, too many favors, too many entanglements -- and too little real world experience managing, guiding, leading.
- "Romney formally kicks off presidential bid". MSNBC. 2007-02-13.
- America cannot continue to lead the family of nations around the world if we suffer the collapse of the family here at home.
- Press Conference: Announcing Candidacy for Presidency, 2007-02-13
- I believe the family is the foundation of America -- and that we must fight to protect and strengthen it. I believe in the sanctity of human life. I believe that people and their elected representatives should make our laws, not unelected judges.
- Press Conference: Announcing Candidacy for Presidency, 2007-02-13
- Hugo Chavez has tried to steal an inspiring phrase — 'Patria o muerte, venceremos.' It does not belong to him. It belongs to a free Cuba.
- I purchased a gun when I was a young man. I've been a hunter pretty much all my life.
- 2007-04-03, quoted in "Romney's Hunting Experience Limited to Two Trips, Despite Claims". Fox News. 2007-04-04.
- Liquefied coal, gosh. Hitler during the Second World War — I guess because he was concerned about losing his oil — liquefied coal. That technology is still there.
- It's not worth moving heaven and earth, spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person.
- Liz Sidoti (2007-04-26). "AP Interview: Romney says he's not the only one switching positions, rivals do it too". San Francisco Chronicle.
- regarding Osama bin Laden
- The one by L. Ron Hubbard...I'm not in favor of his religion by any means, but he wrote a book called Battlefield Earth that was a very fun science fiction book.
- In France, for instance, I'm told that marriage is now frequently contracted in seven-year terms where either party may move on when their term is up. How shallow and how different from the Europe of the past.
- I don't want them on our soil. I want them on Guantanamo, where they don't get the access to lawyers they get when they're on our soil. I don't want them in our prisons, I want them there. Some people have said we ought to close Guantanamo. My view is we ought to double Guantanamo.
- And I hear from time to time people say, hey, wait a second, we have civil liberties we have to worry about. But don't forget the most important civil liberty I expect from my government is my right to be kept alive, and that's what we're going to have to do.
- Fox News, Republican Presidential Candidate Debate, Durham, NH, 2007-09-05
- Actually, just look at what Osam- Barack Obama said just yesterday. Barack Obama calling on radicals, jihadists of all different types, to come together in Iraq.
- While campaigning in Greenwood, SC; 2007-10-24, quoted in Countdown with Keith Olbermann, MSNBC, 24 October 2007
- I don't think you change Washington from the inside. I think you change it from the outside.
- "Mitt on Huck, McCain, Ann", NBC News, 30 December 2007, retrieved on 2012-09-21
- This election, this presidential election, I think has underscored underneath it several times. We want change. And it's not change in the White House so much, as change in Washington.
- Countdown with Keith Olbermann, MSNBC, 4 January 2008
- I am convinced that unless America changes course, we will become the France of the 21st Century - still a great nation, but no longer the leader of the world.
- "Romney suspends White House bid". BBC News. 2008-02-08.
The American auto industry is vital to our national interest as an employer and as a hub for manufacturing. A managed bankruptcy may be the only path to the fundamental restructuring the industry needs. It would permit the companies to shed excess labor, pension and real estate costs. The federal government should provide guarantees for post-bankruptcy financing and assure car buyers that their warranties are not at risk.
In a managed bankruptcy, the federal government would propel newly competitive and viable automakers, rather than seal their fate with a bailout check.
- First, we established incentives for those who were uninsured to buy insurance. Using tax penalties, as we did, or tax credits, as others have proposed, encourages "free riders" to take responsibility for themselves rather than pass their medical costs on to others. This doesn't cost the government a single dollar.
- Like other presidents before him, Barack Obama inherited a recession. But unlike them, he has made it worse, not better.
Faith in America speech, 2007 Edit
- Delivered at the George Herbert Walker Bush Presidential Library, Texas (2007-12-06) - Full text at Wikisource
- Religious tolerance would be a shallow principle indeed if it were reserved only for faiths with which we agree.
- The fundamental principle of faith of Judeo Christian (belief) is there is a God, who is our heavenly Father and all the people on this earth and every speck of humanity on this earth is a creation of God … And every creation of humanity is a child of God.
- 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.
- My faith is the faith of my fathers - I will be true to them and to my beliefs. Some believe that such a confession of my faith will sink my candidacy. If they are right, so be it. But I think they underestimate the American people. Americans do not respect believers of convenience. Americans tire of those who would jettison their beliefs, even to gain the world.
- These American values, this great moral heritage, is shared and lived in my religion as it is in yours. I was taught in my home to honor God and love my neighbor. I saw my father march with Martin Luther King.
- Romney later admitted he didn't actually see them march together, but believes that they did march together.
- We separate church and state affairs in this country, and for good reason. No religion should dictate to the state nor should the state interfere with the free practice of religion. But in recent years, the notion of the separation of church and state has been taken by some well beyond its original meaning. They seek to remove from the public domain any acknowledgment of God. Religion is seen as merely a private affair with no place in public life. It is as if they are intent on establishing a new religion in America - the religion of secularism. They are wrong.
- We are a nation under God, and in God we do indeed trust. We should acknowledge the Creator, as did the founders, in ceremony and word. He should remain on our currency, in the Pledge, in the teaching of our history…
No Apology: The Case for American Greatness, 2010 Edit
- No Apology: The Case for American Greatness. New York: St. Martin's Press. LCC JK275.R66 2010. ISBN 9780312609801. OCLC 428026768.
- [A way] one could repair Social Security . . . [would be to] gradually increase the retirement age. This does have a certain logic to it: the average American's life expectancy has risen by more than ten years since Social Security was created. Increasing the retirement age by even one or two years would help get the system closer to sustainability.
- Chapter 6, pgs. 158 - 159
- Returning Medicare to solid footing represents our greatest entitlement challenge. . . . Like Social Security, Medicare is currently being rocked by the swelling numbers of baby-boomer retirees. . . . [However] the rising cost of health care adds just as much to the weight of the Medicare burden as does the age wave. . . . So it is healthcare itself that must be brought under control if we are to keep our Medicare bills from overwhelming the next generation.
- Chapter 6, pgs. 162 - 163
- Choosing education is a very good decision, not only good for the student, but also for our country. The United States was the first nation in history to recognize that public education for every citizen, regardless of class or station, was vital to its future . . .
- Chapter 8, pg. 196
- Welfare without work erodes the spirit and the sense of self-worth of the recipient. And it conditions the children of nonworking parents to an indolent and unproductive life. Hardworking parents raise hardworking kids; we should recognize that the opposite is also true. The influence of the work habits of our parents and other adults around us as we grow up has lasting impact.
- Chapter 10, pg. 251
- Barack Obama is facing a financial emergency on a grander scale. Yet his approach has been to engage in one of the biggest peacetime spending binges in American history.
- "Mitt Romney: Obama isn't serious about America's financial health". New Hampshire Union Leader. 2011-04-25. Retrieved on 2011-04-26.
- At his writing, the United States had troops fighting in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya.
- Barack Obama has failed America. When he took office, the economy was in recession. He made it worse. And he made it last longer. Three years later, over 16 million Americans are out of work or have just quit looking. Millions more are underemployed. Three years later, unemployment is still above 8%, a figure he said his stimulus would keep from happening. Three years later, foreclosures are still at record levels. Three years later the prices of homes continue to fall. Three years later, our national debt has grown nearly as large as our entire economy. Families are buried under higher prices for food and higher prices for gasoline. It breaks my heart to see what's happening in this country. These failing hopes make up President Obama's own misery index. It's never been higher.
- John King: FEMA is about to run out of money, and there are some people who say do it on a case-by-case basis and some people who say, you know, maybe we're learning a lesson here that the states should take on more of this role. How do you deal with something like that?
Mitt Romney: Absolutely. Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that's the right direction. And if you can go even further and send it back to the private sector, that's even better. Instead of thinking in the federal budget, what we should cut — we should ask ourselves the opposite question. What should we keep? We should take all of what we're doing at the federal level and say, what are the things we're doing that we don’t have to do? And those things we've got to stop doing, because we're borrowing $1.6 trillion more this year than we're taking in. We cannot —
John King: Including disaster relief, though?
Mitt Romney: We cannot — we cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids. It is simply immoral, in my view, for us to continue to rack up larger and larger debts and pass them on to our kids, knowing full well that we'll all be dead and gone before it's paid off. It makes no sense at all.
- GOP debate, 2011-06-13, quoted in Johnson, Brad (14 June 2011), "Mitt Romney: Federal Disaster Relief For Tornado And Flood Victims Is ‘Immoral,’ ‘Makes No Sense At All’", ThinkProgress
- Corporations are people, my friend … course they are!
- Speech in Iowa, August 2011, quoted in "‘Corporations Are People,’ Romney Tells Iowa Hecklers Angry Over His Tax Policy". New York Times. 2011-08-12.
- I think it was last weekend, I was watching C-SPAN, and I saw Vice President Dick Cheney, and he was being asked questions about a whole host of issues — following 9/11, the affairs in various countries in the world. And I listened to him speak and said whether you agree or disagree with him, this a man of wisdom and judgment, and he could have been president of the United States. That's the kind of person I'd like to have — a person of wisdom and judgment.
- Arizona town hall (2011-09-14), quoted in Terkel, Amanda (2011-09-15). "Mitt Romney: Dick Cheney Is 'The Kind Of Person I'd Like To Have' As Vice President (Video)". The Huffington Post.
- As to what to do for the housing industry specifically and are there things that you can do to encourage housing: One is, don't try to stop the foreclosure process. Let it run its course and hit the bottom.
- Hunt, Kasie (2011-10-18). "Romney says foreclosures should "hit the bottom"". AP/Boston.com.
- Rick, I don't think I've ever hired an illegal in my life... We had a lawn company to mow our lawn, and they had illegal immigrants, and when that was pointed out to us, we let them go... So we went to the company and we said, "Look, you can't have any illegals working on our property. I'm running for office, for Pete's sake. I can't have illegals."
- CNN Republican presidential debate, Los Angeles, 2011-10-18, quoted in "Romney Explains Record of Hiring Illegal Immigrants as Lawn Keepers", ABC News, 18 October 2011, retrieved on 2012-10-03
- Mitt Romney: Well, but will the people in Nevada not have to pay Nevada sales tax and in addition pay the 9% tax?
Herman Cain: Governor Romney, you're doing the same thing that they're doing. You're mixing apples and oranges. You're going to pay —
Mitt Romney: I'm —
Herman Cain: No, no, no, no. You're going to pay the state sales tax, no matter what.
Mitt Romney: Right.
Herman Cain: Whether you throw out the existing code and you put in our plan, you're still going to pay that. That's apples and oranges.
Mitt Romney: Fine. And I'm going to be getting a bushel basket that has apples and oranges in it because I've got to pay both taxes, and the people in Nevada don't want to pay both taxes.
- Rick Perry: But, you know, I'm just saying, you were for individual mandates, my friend.
Mitt Romney: You know what, you've raised that before, Rick, uh, and you're still wrong.
Rick Penny: It was true then. And it's true now.
Mitt Romney: Rick, I'll tell you what, 10,000 bucks? $10,000 bet?
- ABC News Republican Debate, 2011-12-10, quoted in Perry To Romney: "You Were For Individual Mandates, My Friend". Real Clear Politics (2011-12-10). Retrieved on 2012-10-03.
- [M]any Tea Party folks are going to find me, I believe, to be the ideal candidate.
- Town hall event in Charleston, South Carolina, December 17, 2011, quoted in Haake, Garrett; Weinberg, Ali (2011-12-17). Romney says he could be Tea Party's 'Ideal Candidate'. msnbc.com. Retrieved on 2011-12-18.
- I think people recognize that I'm not a partisan Republican—that I'm someone who is moderate, and that my views are progressive.
- Campaign appearance in Worcester, Massachusetts, quoted in Corn, David (13 December 2011), "Romney in 2002: I'm 'Moderate,' 'Progressive,' and 'Not a Partisan Republican' [Video]", Mother Jones, retrieved on 2011-12-18
- I want individuals to have their own insurance. That means the insurance company will have an incentive to keep you healthy. It also means if you don't like what they do, you can fire them. I like being able to fire people who provide services to me. You know, if someone doesn't give me a good service that I need, I want to say I'm going to go get someone else to provide that service to me.
- I'm not a big-game hunter. I've made that very clear. I've always been a rodent and rabbit hunter. Small varmints, if you will. I began when I was 15 or so and I have hunted those kinds of varmints since then. More than two times.
- 2007-04-05, quoted in Christine Delargy (17 January 2012), "Has Romney been hunting since 2008 "small varmints" gaffe?", CBS News
- Jorge Ramos: You just released your tax returns. In 2010 you only paid 13% of taxes while most Americans paid much more than that. Is that fair?
Mitt Romney Well, actually, I released two years of taxes and I think the average is almost 15%. And then also, on top of that, I gave another more 15% to charity. When you add it together with all of the taxes and the charity, particularly in the last year, I think it reaches almost 40% that I gave back to the community. One of the reasons why we have a lower tax rate on capital gains is because capital gains are also being taxed at the corporate level. So as businesses earn profits, that's taxed at 35%, then as they distribute those profits as dividends, that's taxed at 15% more. So, all total, the tax rate is really closer to 45 or 50%.
Jorge Ramos: But is it fair what you pay, 13%, while most pay much more than that?
Mitt Romney Well, again, I go back to the point that the, that the funds are being taxed twice at two different levels.
- interview with Univision
- Legum, Judd (25 January 2012), "Watch Mitt Spin: Romney Claims His Real Tax Rate Is ‘Closer To 45 Or 50 Percent’", Think Progress
- 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.
- I'm not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I'll fix it. I'm not concerned about the very rich — they're doing just fine.
- I love this country. I actually love this state. This feels good being back in Michigan. Um, you know the trees are the right height. The, uh, the streets are just right. I like the fact that most of the cars I see are Detroit-made automobiles. I drive a Mustang and a Chevy pickup truck. Ann drives a couple of Cadillacs, actually.
- This combines a couple of things I like best — cars and sport.
- Not as closely as some of the most ardent fans. But I have some great friends that are NASCAR team owners.
- at Daytona 500, 2012-02-26, quoted in Rucker, Philip (2012-02-26). "Mitt Romney at Daytona 500: ‘I have some great friends that are NASCAR team owners’". Election 2012 (The Washington Post). Retrieved on 2012-07-03, and The Daily Show, Comedy Central, 27 February 2012, retrieved on 2012-07-03
- asked whether he follows NASCAR
- America needs a president who can fix the economy because he understands the economy, and I do and I will.
- ABC News (2012-02-05). Nevada Caucus 2012 Full Victory Speech: Mitt Romney Targets President Obama's Economic Policies. YouTube.
- I see an America where poverty is defeated by opportunity, not enabled by a government check.
- "Mitt Romney's Illinois Victory Speech", RealClearPolitics, 20 March 2012
- In Barack Obama's government-centered society, government spending always increases because, well, why not? There's always someone who's entitled to something more and who's willing to vote for anyone who will give them something more.
- I think there is in this country a war on religion. I think there is a desire to establish a religion in America known as secularism. And I know that, based on reports, that the Obama administration gave this a lot of thought – a lot of discussion. This was not some little side issue that no one thought about. They gave it a lot of thought, and they decided to say that in this country that a church — in this case, the Catholic Church — would be required to violate its principles and its conscience and be required to provide contraceptives, sterilization, and morning after pills to the employees of the church. And that came as a shock. As I think it was Mike Huckabee said, "We are now all Catholics." Those of us who are people of faith recognize this is — an attack on one religion is an attack on all religion.
- Edwards, David (3 April 2012), "Romney: Obama wants to ‘establish a religion called secularism’", The Raw Story, retrieved on 2012-04-13
- I wanted to increase the work requirement. I said, for instance, that even if you have a child 2 years of age, you need to go to work. And people said, "Well, that's heartless." And I said, "No, no, I'm willing to spend more giving day care to allow those parents to go back to work. It'll cost the state more providing that daycare, but I want the individuals to have the dignity of work."
- Grim, Ryan (15 April 2012), "Mitt Romney: Mothers Should Be Required To Work Outside Home Or Lose Benefits", The Huffington Post, retrieved on 2012-04-17
- You know, I think you see a model here in Arizona. They passed a law here that says — that says that people who come here and try and find work, that the employer is required to look them up on E-Verify. This E-Verify system allows employers in Arizona to know who's here legally and who's not here legally. And as a result of E-Verify being put in place, the number of people in Arizona that are here illegally has dropped by some 14 percent, where the national average has only gone down 7 percent. So going back to the question that was asked, the right course for America is to drop these lawsuits against Arizona and other states that are trying to do the job Barack Obama isn't doing.
- We know that this election is about the kind of America we will live in and the kind of America we will leave to future generations. When it comes to the character of America, President Obama and I have very different visions. Government is at the center of his vision. It dispenses the benefits, borrows what it cannot take, and consumes a greater and greater share of the economy. With Obamacare fully installed, government will come to control half the economy, and we will have effectively ceased to be a free enterprise society. This President is putting us on a path where our lives will be ruled by bureaucrats and boards, commissions and czars. He's asking us to accept that Washington knows best – and can provide all.
- But from the beginning, this nation trusted in God, not man. 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.
- Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA, 2012-05-12, quoted in Johnson, Jason (2012-05-13). In LU Speech, Romney Boldly Touts Faith, and Traditional American Values. Bearing Drift. Retrieved on 2012-05-15.
- I'm not familiar precisely with what I said, but I'll stand by what I said, whatever it was.
- Sargent, Greg (17 May 2012), "Mitt Romney stands by invocation of Rev. Wright", The Plum Line (The Washington Post), retrieved on 2012-10-03
- posed question: "When you did an interview with Sean Hannity in February, you said that you believed that Obama is trying to make America a less Christian nation. It was responding to quote that he had just played for you on the radio. Do you stand by that?"
- regarding Romney saying "And I'm not sure which is worse, him listening to Reverend Wright or him saying that we must be a less Christian nation.", referring to Obama's 2006 statement, "Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation — at least, not just. We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, and a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers."
- The fact is that I spent twenty-five years in the private sector. And that obviously teaches you something that you don't learn if you haven't spent any time in the private sector. If you were to say to me, tell me what you learned from your schooling that would help you be a President, it's like, well, how do I begin going through a list like that? You learn through life's experience. The President's experience has been exclusively in politics and as a community organizer. Both of those are fine areas of endeavor. But right now we have an economy in trouble, and someone who spent their career in the economy is more suited to help fix the economy than someone who spent his life in politics and as a community organizer.
- "The Complete Romney Interview Transcript", TIME, 23 May 2012
- It's also a symbol of a serious conflict of interest. An independent inspector general looked at this investment and concluded that the administration had steered money to friends and family – to campaign contributors. This building, this half a billion dollar taxpayer investment, represents a serious conflict of interest on the part of the president and his team.
- "Mitt Romney Visits Solyndra Amid Attack on Obama Jobs Record", ABC News, 31 May 2012
- About Solyndra
- [Obama] wants another stimulus, he wants to hire more government workers. He says we need more fireman, more policeman, more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It's time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.
- Sargent, Greg (8 June 2012), "Mitt Romney: We don’t need more cops, firefighters or teachers", The Washington Post, retrieved on 2012-06-09
- Well I'm not sure which ones you're talking about, but I can tell you the people who have looked at the charges that the Obama campaign comes out with, which is that somehow we outsourced jobs, they've said that those were false and misleading. That the ads are inaccurate. Some have given it multiple Pinocchios. The president keeps on trying to divert any attention he can from his failure to turn around the American economy, and that's what this campaign's about. But the president keeps on trying to find something about Bain which is simply not true. And I left Bain in February of 1999. People can point out how - I was in Salt Lake City for three straight years. I don't recall even coming back once to go to a Bain or management meeting. We were, I was out there running the Olympics and it was a full time job, I can tell you that.
- "Romney interview with CBS News: Full transcript", CBS News, 13 July 2012
- The idea to say that Steve Jobs didn't build Apple, that Henry Ford didn't build Ford Motor, that Papa John didn't build Papa John Pizza, that Ray Kroc didn't build McDonald's, that Bill Gates didn't build Microsoft, you go on the list, that Joe and his colleagues didn't build this enterprise, to say something like that is not just foolishness, it is insulting to every entrepreneur, every innovator in America and it's wrong.
- "Videos: Romney on the attack after Obama’s “You didn’t build that” remark", Hot Air, 17 July 2012
- referring to Barack Obama's 2012-07-13 statement, "Somebody invested in roads and bridges — if you've got a business, you didn't build that; somebody else made that happen."
- You Olympians, however, know you didn't get here solely on your own power. For most of you, loving parents, sisters or brothers, encouraged your hopes, coaches guided, communities built venues in order to organize competitions. All Olympians stand on the shoulders of those who lifted them.
- Speech at the Opening Ceremonies at the 2002 Winter Olympics, quoted in Montanaro, Domenico (July 23, 2012). "Romney to Olympians: 'You didn't get here solely on your own'". NBC News. Retrieved on 2012-07-24.
- Paul Ryan combines a profound sense of responsibility for what we owe the next generation with an unbounded optimism in America's future and an understanding of all the wonderful things the American people can do. Paul also combines firm principles with a practical concern for getting things done. He has never been content to simply curse the darkness; he would rather light candles. And throughout his legislative career he's shown the ability to work with members of both parties to find common ground on some of the hardest issues confronting the American people.
- "Video and Transcript: Romney Making His VP Announcement", Mitt Romney Central, 11 August 2012
- Mr. President, take your campaign of division and anger and hate back to Chicago. His campaign and his surrogates have made wild and reckless accusations that disgrace the office of the Presidency. Another outrageous charge came a few hours ago in Virginia. And the White House sinks a little bit lower. This is an election in which we should be talking about the path ahead, but you don't hear any answers coming from President Obama's re-election campaign. That's because he's intellectually exhausted, out of ideas, and out of energy. And so his campaign has resorted to diversions and distractions, to demagoguing and defaming others. This is an old game in politics; what's different this year is that the president is taking things to a new low.
- "Romney rips Obama over Biden’s “chains” remark", Hot Air, 14 August 2012
- My business experience confirmed my belief in empowering people. For example, at Bain Capital we bought Accuride, a company that made truck rims and wheels, because we saw untapped potential there. We instituted performance bonuses for the management team, which had a dramatic impact. The managers made the plants more productive, and the company started growing, adding 300 jobs while Bain was involved. My faith in people, not government, is at the foundation of my plan to strengthen America's middle class.
- "Mitt Romney: What I Learned at Bain Capital", Wall Street Journal, 23 August 2012
- Now, I love being home, in this place where Ann and I were raised, where both of us were born. Ann was born in Henry Ford Hospital, I was born at Harper Hospital. No one's ever asked to see my birth certificate; they know that this is the place that we were born and raised.
- On the campaign trail in his home state Michigan, at a rally near Detroit.
- MacAskill, Ewen (24 August 2012), "Mitt Romney makes birth certificate quip at Michigan rally", The Guardian, retrieved on 2012-08-25
- "Romney stirs 'birther' controversy, Akin to stay in Senate race", CNN, 24 August 2012
- So we started a new business called Bain Capital. The only problem was, while WE believed in ourselves, nobody else did. We were young and had never done this before and we almost didn't get off the ground. In those days, sometimes I wondered if I had made a really big mistake. I had thought about asking my church's pension fund to invest, but I didn't. I figured it was bad enough that I might lose my investors' money, but I didn't want to go to hell too. Shows what I know. Another of my partners got the Episcopal Church pension fund to invest. Today there are a lot of happy retired priests who should thank him. That business we started with 10 people has now grown into a great American success story. 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. 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.
- President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans... And to heal the planet. My promise is to help you and your family.
- "Transcript: Mitt Romney's Acceptance Speech", NPR, 31 August 2012
- I actually think it will be interesting to listen to the President tonight. What I'd like him to do is report on his promises but there are forgotten promises and forgotten people. Over the last four years, the President has said that he was going to create jobs for the American people and that hasn't happened. He said he would cut the deficit in half and that hasn't happened. He said that incomes would rise and instead incomes have gone down. And I think this is a time not for him not to start restating new promises but to report on the promises he made. I think he wants a promises reset. We want a report on the promises he made. And that means let's hear some numbers. Let's hear 16. Sixteen trillion dollars of debt. This is very different than the promise he made. Let's hear the number 47. 47 million people in this country on food stamps. When he took office, 33 million people were on food stamps. Let's understand why it was he's been unsuccessful in helping alleviate poverty in this country. Why so many people have fallen from the middle class into poverty under this president. Let's have him explain to the American people the 50% number. Why 50% of college graduates can't find work or work that is consistent with their college degree. The President needs to report tonight on his promises rather than try and reset a whole series of new promises that he also won't be able to keep.
- "Romney on Obama’s Speech Tonight: Americans Want A Report On President’s Promises", Mitt Romney Central, 6 September 2012
- That pledge says "under God". I will not take "God" out of the name of our platform. I will not take "God" off our coins, and I will not take God out of my heart. We're a nation bestowed by God.
- We believe in a nation under God, a nation indivisible, a nation united, a nation with justice and liberty for all. And for that to happen, we're going to have to have a new president that will commit to getting America working again; that will commit to a strong military; that will commit to a nation under God that recognizes that we the American people were given our rights not by government, but by God himself.
- campaign speech at Military Aviation Museum, Virginia Beach, 2012-09-08, quoted in Parker, Ashley (2012-09-08). "In Romney’s Hands, Pledge of Allegiance Is Framework for Criticism". The New York Times. Retrieved on 2012-09-18.
- quoting and paraphrasing the Pledge of Allegiance
- regarding a draft of the Democratic Party's national platform replacing the phrase "God-given potential" with "talent and drive"
- I'm outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi. It's disgraceful that the Obama administration's first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.
- press statement, 2012-09-11, quoted in "What They Said, Before and After the Attack in Libya", The New York Times, 12 September 2012, retrieved on 2012-09-18
- My foreign policy has three fundamental branches: first, confidence in our cause, a recognition that the principles America was based upon are not something we shrink from or apologize for, that we stand for those principles; the second is clarity in our purpose, which is that when we have a foreign policy objective, we describe it honestly and clearly to the American people, to Congress and to the people of the world; and number three is resolve in our might, that in those rare circumstances, those rare circumstances where we decide it's essential for us to apply military might, that we do so with overwhelming force, that we do so in the clarity of a mission, understanding the nature of the U.S. interest involved, understanding when the mission would be complete, what will be left when it is -- what will be left behind us when that mission has been -- has been terminated.
- televised remarks, 2012-09-12, quoted in "What They Said, Before and After the Attack in Libya", The New York Times, 12 September 2012, retrieved on 2012-09-18
George Stephanopoulos: Is $100,000 middle income?
Mitt Romney: No, middle income is $200,000 to $250,000 and less.
- Good Morning America, 2012-09-14
There are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47% who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what.
And I mean the president starts off with 48, 49, 4— he starts off with a huge number. These are people who pay no income tax. 47% of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of low taxes — doesn't connect. So he'll be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich.
I mean, that's what they sell every four years. And so my job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.
- Corn, David (17 September 2012), "Secret Video: Romney Tells Millionaire Donors What He Really Thinks of Obama Voters", Mother Jones, retrieved on 2012-09-18
- Posed question: "For the past three years, all everybody's been told is 'don't worry, we'll take care of you'. How are you going to do it, in two months before the elections to convince everybody, you've got to take care of yourself?"
- I'm torn by two perspectives in this regard. One is that the Palestinians have no interest whatsoever in establishing peace, and that the pathway to peace is almost unthinkable to accomplish. [...] And I look at the Palestinians not wanting to see peace anyway, for political purposes, committed to the destruction and elimination of Israel, and these thorny issues, and I say, "There's just no way." And so what you do is you say, "You move things along the best way you can." You hope for some degree of stability, but you recognize that this is going to remain an unsolved problem. We live with that in China and Taiwan. All right, we have a potentially volatile situation but we sort of live with it, and we kick the ball down the field and hope that ultimately, somehow, something will happen and resolve it.
- Corn, David (18 September 2012), "Secret Video: On Israel, Romney Trashes Two-State Solution", Mother Jones, retrieved on 2012-09-18
- on the Israeli–Palestinian conflict
- Efforts that promote hard work and personal responsibility over government dependency make America strong. When the economy is growing and Americans are working, everyone involved has a shared sense of achievement, not to mention the basic sense of pride that comes with the paycheck they earn.
- "Column: Romney's answer to editorial", USA Today, 19 September 2012
- So my campaign is about the 100% in America, and I'm concerned about them. I'm concerned about the fact that over the past four years life has become harder for Americans. More people have fallen into poverty, more people we just learned have had to go onto food stamps. When the President took office 32 million were on food stamps, today 47 million people are on food stamps.
- Univision interview, 2012-09-19, quoted in Holland, Steve (19 September 2012), "Will Romney's claim he's for '100 percent' help him bounce back? (+video)", Christian Science Monitor/Reuters , also in RomneyComms (2012-09-19). Romney: My Campaign Is About The 100 Percent. YouTube.
- When you have a fire in an aircraft, there's no place to go, exactly, there's no — and you can't find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don't open. I don't know why they don't do that. It's a real problem. So it's very dangerous....
- Mr. President, you're entitled as a president to your own airplane, and to your own house, but not to your own facts. I'm not going to cut education funding. I don't have any plan to cut education funding.
- Presidential debate, 2012-10-03, "2012 presidential debate: President Obama and Mitt Romney’s remarks in Denver on Oct. 3", Washington Post, 3 October 2012, retrieved on 2012-10-04 , viewable at CNN (2012-10-03). Special Programming : Mitt Romney zingers at first presidential debate. Retrieved on 2012-10-04.
- in response to President Obama's assertion, "His running mate, Congressman Ryan, put forward a budget... it wasn't very detailed (this seems to be a trend), but what it did do, if you extrapolated how much money we're talking about, you'd look at cutting the education budget up to 20%."
- possibly paraphrasing "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.", attributed to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan
- No, you go to the hospital, you get treated, you get care, and it's paid for, either by charity, the government or by the hospital. We don't have people that become ill, who die in their apartment because they don't have insurance.
- An important topic, and one which I learned a great deal about, particularly as I was serving as governor of my state, because I had the chance to pull together a cabinet and all the applicants seemed to be men. And I went to my staff, and I said, "How come all the people for these jobs are all men." They said, "Well, these are the people that have the qualifications." And I said, "Well, gosh, can't we find some women that are also qualified?" And so we took a concerted effort to go out and find women who had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our cabinet. I went to a number of women's groups and said, "Can you help us find folks," and they brought us whole w:binders full of women.
- The choice you make this November will shape great things, historic things, and those things will determine the most intimate and important aspects of every American life and every American family. This is an election about America, and it is an election about the American family. All elections matter. This one matters a great deal. Over the years of our nation’s history, choices our fellow citizens have made have changed the country’s course–they were turning points of defining consequence.
- "TRANSCRIPT: Mitt Romney Delivers Speech on the Economy", Fox News, 26 October 2012
- I saw a story today that one of the great manufacturers in this state, Jeep, now owned by the Italians, is thinking of moving all production to China. I will fight for every good job in America, I'm going to fight to make sure trade is fair.
- Campaign rally, Defiance High School, Toledo, Ohio, 2012-10-26, quoted in Kessler, Glenn (30 October 2012), "4 Pinocchios for Mitt Romney’s misleading ad on Chrysler and China", The Washington Post
- If there is anyone worried the last four years are the best we can do, if there is anyone who fears that the American dream is fading away, if there is anyone who wonders whether better jobs and better paychecks are things of the past, I have a clear and unequivocal message: with the right leadership, America will come roaring back.
- Did you see what President Obama said today? He asked his supporters to vote for “revenge.” For “revenge.” Instead, I ask the American people to vote for love of country.
- West Chester, Ohio campaign event, 2012-11-03
- "Romney: Vote for love of country, not revenge", Hot Air, 3 November 2012
- Sargent, Greg (4 November 2012), "Mitt Romney insults the American electorate one last time", The Plum Line (The Washington Post), retrieved on 2012-11-04
- Referring to Obama on 2012-11-02 telling a Springfield, Ohio audience booing at his mention of Romney's name, "No, no, no — don't boo, vote. Vote! Voting's the best revenge."
- There was a time when we all got our news with the same facts, if you will.
We had three networks, we watched for the evening news. We mostly got newspapers. Almost everybody in the middle class got a newspaper, and so we got the same facts whether we agreed or not with them. We got the same facts and then we could pull them in different directions. My sons, I don't think any one of them gets a newspaper.
They get their news on the web, and they tend to read those things which they agree with. Google for instance looks at what you've been reading last and then it gives you articles that they think you'll enjoy. So you're not seeing the other side. If you watch the news - some of us will watch Fox, some will watch MSNBC. So we are not even getting the same facts. And then we have commentators who are hyperbolic in expressing their views on issues and people are becoming more and more divided.
- Ep. 5 - Mitt Romney, 16 October 2015
- Today, there is a contest between Trumpism and Republicanism. Through the calculated statements of its leader, Trumpism has become associated with racism, misogyny, bigotry, xenophobia, vulgarity and, most recently, threats and violence. I am repulsed by each and every one of these.
Remarks on Donald Trump and the 2016 race Edit
- In 1964, days before the presidential election which, incidentally, we lost, Ronald Reagan went on national television and challenged America saying that it was a "Time for Choosing." He saw two paths for America, one that embraced conservative principles dedicated to lifting people out of poverty and helping create opportunity for all, and the other, an oppressive government that would lead America down a darker, less free path. I'm no Ronald Reagan and this is a different moment but I believe with all my heart and soul that we face another time for choosing, one that will have profound consequences for the Republican Party and more importantly, for the country.
- America is poised to lead the world for another century. Our technology engines, our innovation dynamic, and the ambition and skill of our people will propel our economy and raise our standard of living. America will remain as it is today, the envy of the world.
- We live in troubled and dangerous times. But if we make the right choices, America's future will be even better than our past and better than our present. On the other hand, if we make improvident choices, the bright horizon I foresee will never materialize.
- If Donald Trump's plans were ever implemented, the country would sink into a prolonged recession. ... As Donald Trump has offered very few specific economic plans, what little he has said is enough to know that he would be very bad for American workers and for American families.
- Isn't he a huge business success that knows what he's talking about? No he isn't. His bankruptcies have crushed small businesses and the men and women who worked for them. He inherited his business, he didn't create it. And what ever happened to Trump Airlines? How about Trump University? And then there's Trump Magazine and Trump Vodka and Trump Steaks, and Trump Mortgage? A business genius he is not.
- Successfully bringing jobs home requires serious policy and reforms that make America the place businesses want to plant and grow. You can't punish business into doing the things you want.
- Trump's bombast is already alarming our allies and fueling the enmity of our enemies. Insulting all Muslims will keep many of them from fully engaging with us in the urgent fight against ISIS. And for what purpose? Muslim terrorists would only have to lie about their religion to enter the country.
- Let ISIS take out Assad, he said, and then we can pick up the remnants. Think about that: Let the most dangerous terror organization the world has ever known take over a country? This is recklessness in the extreme.
- About Donlad Trump's statements about Syria and ISIS on 60 Minutes.
- Donald Trump tells us that he is very, very smart. I'm afraid that when it comes to foreign policy he is very, very not smart.
- Donald Trump lacks the temperament of be president. After all, this is an individual who mocked a disabled reporter, who attributed a reporter's questions to her menstrual cycle, who mocked a brilliant rival who happened to be a woman due to her appearance, who bragged about his marital affairs, and who laces his public speeches with vulgarity.
- Donald Trump says he admires Vladimir Putin, while has called George W. Bush a liar. That is a twisted example of evil trumping good.
- There is dark irony in his boasts of his sexual exploits during the Vietnam War while John McCain, whom he has mocked, was imprisoned and tortured.
- Dishonesty is Trump's hallmark: He claimed that he had spoken clearly and boldly against going into Iraq. Wrong, he spoke in favor of invading Iraq. He said he saw thousands of Muslims in New Jersey celebrating 9/11. Wrong, he saw no such thing. He imagined it. His is not the temperament of a stable, thoughtful leader. His imagination must not be married to real power.
- The President of the United States has long been the leader of the free world. The president and yes the nominees of the country's great parties help define America to billions of people. All of them bear the responsibility of being an example for our children and grandchildren.
- We have long referred to him as "The Donald." He is the only person in America to whom we have added an article before his name. It wasn't because he had attributes we admired.
- On Hillary Clinton's watch at the State Department, America's interests were diminished in every corner of the world. She compromised our national secrets, dissembled to the families of the slain, and jettisoned her most profound beliefs to gain presidential power. For the last three decades, the Clintons have lived at the intersection of money and politics, trading their political influence to enrich their personal finances. They embody the term “crony capitalism.” It disgusts the American people and causes them to lose faith in our political process.
- We have been blessed with great presidents, with giants among us. Men of character, integrity and selflessness have led our nation from its very beginning. None were perfect: each surely made mistakes. But in every case, they acted out of the desire to do what was right for America and for freedom.
- We are blessed with a great people, people who at every critical moment of choosing have put the interests of the country above their own.
- I understand the anger Americans feel today. In the past, our presidents have channeled that anger, and forged it into resolve, into endurance and high purpose, and into the will to defeat the enemies of freedom. Our anger was transformed into energy directed for good.
- Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud. His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University. He's playing the American public for suckers: He gets a free ride to the White House and all we get is a lousy hat. His domestic policies would lead to recession. His foreign policies would make America and the world less safe. He has neither the temperament nor the judgment to be president. And his personal qualities would mean that America would cease to be a shining city on a hill.
- America has greatness ahead. This is a time for choosing.
- I will dispense for now from discussion of the moral character of the president's Charlottesville statements. Whether he intended to or not, what he communicated caused racists to rejoice, minorities to weep, and the vast heart of America to mourn. His apologists strain to explain that he didn't mean what we heard. But what we heard is now the reality, and unless it is addressed by the president as such, with unprecedented candor and strength, there may commence an unraveling of our national fabric.
The leaders of our branches of military service have spoken immediately and forcefully, repudiating the implications of the president's words. Why? In part because the morale and commitment of our forces-made up and sustained by men and women of all races--could be in the balance. Our allies around the world are stunned and our enemies celebrate; America's ability to help secure a peaceful and prosperous world is diminished. And who would want to come to the aid of a country they perceive as racist if ever the need were to arise, as it did after 9/11?
In homes across the nation, children are asking their parents what this means. Jews, blacks, Hispanics, Muslims are as much a part of America as whites and Protestants. But today they wonder. Where might this lead? To bitterness and tears, or perhaps to anger and violence?
The potential consequences are severe in the extreme. Accordingly, the president must take remedial action in the extreme. He should address the American people, acknowledge that he was wrong, apologize. State forcefully and unequivocally that racists are 100% to blame for the murder and violence in Charlottesville. Testify that there is no conceivable comparison or moral equivalency between the Nazis--who brutally murdered millions of Jews and who hundreds of thousands of Americans gave their lives to defeat--and the counter-protestors who were outraged to see fools parading the Nazi flag, Nazi armband and Nazi salute. And once and for all, he must definitively repudiate the support of David Duke and his ilk and call for every American to banish racists and haters from any and every association.
This is a defining moment for President Trump. But much more than that, it is a moment that will define America in the hearts of our children. They are watching, our soldiers are watching, the world is watching. Mr. President, act now for the good of the country.
- Facebook statement (August 18, 2017)
- President Trump had said there were "very fine people, on both sides" involved in the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia of August 11–12, 2017. The rally, which involved activists on the far-right, was opposed by counter protestors. One of the counter protestors died and dozens of others were injured by the actions of a white supremacist who rammed his automobile into them.
- [On President Trump] But, on balance, his conduct over the past two years, particularly his actions last month, is evidence that the president has not risen to the mantle of the office.
- To a great degree, a presidency shapes the public character of the nation. A president should unite us and inspire us to follow "our better angels." A president should demonstrate the essential qualities of honesty and integrity, and elevate the national discourse with comity and mutual respect. As a nation, we have been blessed with presidents who have called on the greatness of the American spirit. With the nation so divided, resentful and angry, presidential leadership in qualities of character is indispensable. And it is in this province where the incumbent's shortfall has been most glaring.
- "The president shapes the public character of the nation. Trump’s character falls short", The Washington Post (January 1, 2019)
- The constitution gives the president the power to nominate and the Senate the authority to provide advice and consent on supreme court nominees. Accordingly, I intend to follow the constitution and precedent in considering the president’s nominee. If the nominee reaches the Senate floor, I intend to vote based upon their qualifications.
- On his decision to support a vote on a nomination to the Supreme Court to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Romney was seen as a swing vote that was key to blocking the nomination. "Major boost for Trump as Romney backs vote on supreme court nomination", The Guardian (September 22, 2020)
- I have stayed quiet with the approach of the election. But I'm troubled by our politics, as it has moved away from spirited debate to a vile, vituperative, hate-filled morass that is unbecoming of any free nation - let alone the birthplace of democracy. ... The rabid attacks kindle the conspiracy mongers and the haters who take the small and predictable step from intemperate word to dangerous action. The world is watching America with abject horror; more consequentially, our children are watching. Many Americans are frightened for our country - so divided, so angry, so mean, so violent. It is time to lower the heat. Leaders must tone it down. Leaders from the top and leaders of all stripes: parents, bosses, reporters, columnists, professors, union chiefs, everyone. The consequence of the crescendo of anger leads to a very bad place. No sane person can want that.
- In the lead-up to the 2020 United States presidential election. Twitter statement (October 13, 2020), as cited in "Mitt Romney decries US politics: 'The world is watching with abject horror'", The Guardian (October 13, 2020).
Senate remarks on the Trump impeachment trial (2020) Edit
- "Full transcript of Sen. Mitt Romney’s Senate impeachment trial remarks" in The Salt Lake Tribune (5 February 2020) · CNN video at YouTube
- The allegations made in the articles of impeachment are very serious. As a Senator-juror, I swore an oath, before God, to exercise “impartial justice.” I am a profoundly religious person. I take an oath before God as enormously consequential. I knew from the outset that being tasked with judging the President, the leader of my own party, would be the most difficult decision I have ever faced. I was not wrong.
- The historic meaning of the words “high crimes and misdemeanors,” the writings of the Founders and my own reasoned judgment convince me that a president can indeed commit acts against the public trust that are so egregious that while they are not statutory crimes, they would demand removal from office. To maintain that the lack of a codified and comprehensive list of all the outrageous acts that a president might conceivably commit renders Congress powerless to remove such a president defies reason.
- The defense argues that the Senate should leave the impeachment decision to the voters. While that logic is appealing to our democratic instincts, it is inconsistent with the Constitution’s requirement that the Senate, not the voters, try the president. Hamilton explained that the Founders’ decision to invest senators with this obligation rather than leave it to voters was intended to minimize — to the extent possible — the partisan sentiments of the public.
This verdict is ours to render. The people will judge us for how well and faithfully we fulfilled our duty. The grave question the Constitution tasks senators to answer is whether the President committed an act so extreme and egregious that it rises to the level of a “high crime and misdemeanor.”
Yes, he did.
- The President asked a foreign government to investigate his political rival.
The President withheld vital military funds from that government to press it to do so.
The President delayed funds for an American ally at war with Russian invaders.
The President’s purpose was personal and political.
Accordingly, the President is guilty of an appalling abuse of the public trust.
What he did was not “perfect” — No, it was a flagrant assault on our electoral rights, our national security interests, and our fundamental values. Corrupting an election to keep oneself in office is perhaps the most abusive and destructive violation of one’s oath of office that I can imagine.
- I support a great deal of what the President has done. I have voted with him 80% of the time. But my promise before God to apply impartial justice required that I put my personal feelings and biases aside. Were I to ignore the evidence that has been presented, and disregard what I believe my oath and the Constitution demands of me for the sake of a partisan end, it would, I fear, expose my character to history’s rebuke and the censure of my own conscience.
I am aware that there are people in my party and in my state who will strenuously disapprove of my decision, and in some quarters, I will be vehemently denounced. I am sure to hear abuse from the President and his supporters. Does anyone seriously believe I would consent to these consequences other than from an inescapable conviction that my oath before God demanded it of me?
- I love our country. I believe that our Constitution was inspired by Providence. I am convinced that freedom itself is dependent on the strength and vitality of our national character. As it is with each senator, my vote is an act of conviction. We have come to different conclusions, fellow senators, but I trust we have all followed the dictates of our conscience.
- I acknowledge that my verdict will not remove the President from office. The results of this Senate Court will in fact be appealed to a higher court: the judgment of the American people. Voters will make the final decision, just as the President’s lawyers have implored. My vote will likely be in the minority in the Senate. But irrespective of these things, with my vote, I will tell my children and their children that I did my duty to the best of my ability, believing that my country expected it of me. I will only be one name among many, no more or less, to future generations of Americans who look at the record of this trial. They will note merely that I was among the senators who determined that what the President did was wrong, grievously wrong.
We’re all footnotes at best in the annals of history. But in the most powerful nation on earth, the nation conceived in liberty and justice, that is distinction enough for any citizen.
- Democrats’ plan to destroy private investment in order to finance a yet-to-be-written social spending bill is dangerous. Their proposal promotes even more short-term thinking by punishing anyone who makes long-term investments in our economy. That isn’t how we compete with China
Statement on the Electoral College vote challenge and Capitol building riot (2021) Edit
- Today was heart-breaking, and — I was shaken to the core as I thought about the people I met in China and Russia and Afghanistan and Iraq and other places who yearn for freedom, and who look to this building and these shores as a place of hope, and I saw the images being broadcast around the world, and it breaks my heart.
- I was proud to serve with these men and women. This is an extraordinary group of people. I am proud to be a member of the United States Senate and meet with people of integrity as we do here today. Now we gather due to a selfish man's injured pride, and the outrage of supporters who he has deliberately misinformed for the past two months and stirred to action this very morning. What happened here today was an insurrection incited by the President of the United States. Those who choose to continue to support his dangerous gambit by objecting to the results of a legitimate democratic election will forever be seen as being complicit in an unprecedented attack against our democracy. Fairly or not, they will be remembered for their role in this shameful episode in American history. That will be their legacy.
- I salute senator Lankford, Loeffler, Braun, and Daines and I'm sure others who, in the light of the day's outrage, have withdrawn their objection. For any who remain insistent on an audit in order to satisfy the many people who believe that the election was stolen, I'd offer this perspective — no Congressional audit is ever going to convince these voters, particularly when the President will continue to say that the election was stolen. The best way we could show respect for the voters who were upset is by telling them the truth.
That's the burden, that's the duty of leadership. The truth is that President-elect Biden won the election, President Trump lost. I have had that experience myself. It's no fun.
- Scores of courts, the President's own Attorneys General, state election officials, both Republican and Democrat, have reached that unequivocal decision. And in light of today's sad circumstances, I ask my colleagues, do we weigh our own political fortunes more heavily than we weigh the strength of our republic, the strength of our democracy, and the cause of freedom? What's the weight of personal acclaim compared to the weight of conscience? Leader McConnell said that the vote today is the most important in his 36 years of public service. Think of that. Authorizing two wars, voting in two impeachments. He said that not because the vote reveals something about the election, it's because this vote reveals something about us. I urge my colleagues to move forward with completing the electoral count, to refrain from further objections, and to unanimously affirm the legitimacy of the Presidential election.
- [Reps.] Marjorie Taylor Greene and [Paul] Gosar, I don’t know them. But I’m reminded of the old line from Butch Cassidy where one character says, ‘Morons, I have morons on my team.’ I think anybody who would sit down with white nationalists at their conference is missing a few IQ points.
- "'I Have Morons on My Team': Romney Takes on Gosar, Marjorie Taylor Greene Over White Nationalist Ties", Rolling Stone (February 27, 2022 11:46AM ET)
- After reviewing Judge Jackson’s record and testimony, I have concluded that she is a well-qualified jurist and a person of honor. While I do not expect to agree with every decision she may make on the Court, I believe that she more than meets the standard of excellence and integrity. I congratulate Judge Jackson on her expected confirmation and look forward to her continued service to our nation
- Well, the Republican Party has long been the party of the Constitution. So when President Trump says he wants to suspend the Constitution, he goes from being MAGA to being RINO
- Mitt Romney skewers Trump as ‘RINO’ for floating ‘termination’ of Constitution (by Ryan King, Breaking News Reporter December 05, 2022 08:27 PM)
- "A very large portion of my party,” he told me one day, “really doesn’t believe in the Constitution."
- I have spent my last 25 years in public service of one kind or another. At the end of another term, I'd be in my mid-eighties. Frankly, it's time for a new generation of leaders. They're the ones that need to make the decisions that will shape the world they will be living in.
We face critical challenges — mounting national debt, climate change and the ambitious authoritarians of Russia and China. Neither President Biden nor former President Trump are leading their party to confront them.
- From his video statement explaining why he will not run for re-election to the senate in 2024, as cited in "Mitt Romney not seeking reelection to the Senate: 'Time for a new generation'", ABC News (September 13, 2023)
- He can't look like that. That's wrong. Just look at him!
- Jason Horowitz (10 May 2012), "Mitt Romney’s prep school classmates recall pranks, but also troubling incidents", The Washington Post, ISSN 0190-8286
- As recalled by friend Matthew Friedemann: remark about John Lauber, a fellow high school student with bleached hair over one eye, whose hair Romney forcibly cut while he was pinned to the ground.
Quotes about Romney Edit
- Alphabetized by author
- It is about whether we will work together for equality of opportunity, equality under the law, liberty and justice, economic justice, social justice, environmental justice for all, or whether we will, in the face of gross inequalities of opportunity, simply leave everybody to fend for themselves as in a bad Ayn Rand novel or a Mitt Romney speech.
- China should be our biggest worry. In his first-ever speech on the Senate floor, Mitt Romney compared Beijing to "the cook that kills the frog in a pot of boiling water, smiling and cajoling as it slowly turns up the military and economic heat." Mitt is right. The United States is taking its eye off the ball with China, and our national response has been ad hoc and indecisive under President Trump. We have no serious plan to safeguard our "empire of liberty" against China's rise. There is only the ever-changing negotiating positions of a grifter in chief, which will not be enough to win what is fast becoming the next Cold War.
- Anonymous, A Warning (2019), p. 172-173
- Mitt Romney understands our special place in the world and knows that a strong America is the greatest deterrent to war and upheaval. He is committed to building up our armed forces, so that no nation will ever dare challenge us. I am proud to support him.
- John F. Baker Jr., quoted in Team Romney (19 January 2012), "Mitt Romney Announces Support Of Medal Of Honor Recipients", Mitt Romney.com
- He wants to unchain the Wallstreet. They're going to put y'all back in chains.
- Vice president Biden warning about Romney's first 100 day promises, quoted in joegerarden (2012-08-14). Biden on Romney/Ryan: "They're Going to Put Y'all Back in Chains". YouTube.
- I believe Mitt Romney is a good and decent man, and he would bring valuable business experience to the Oval Office. He understands that America was built on the promise of equal opportunity, not equal results. In the past he has also taken sensible positions on immigration, illegal guns, abortion rights and health care. But he has reversed course on all of them, and is even running against the health-care model he signed into law in Massachusetts.
- Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City, "Bloomberg: A vote for a President to lead on climate change", Newsday, 1 November 2012, ISSN 0278-5587
- Mitt Romney had that unique distinction of uniting all of England against him.
- When I think about the kind of individual I want in the Oval Office in that moment of crisis, who has to make those key decisions, some of them life-and-death decisions, some of them decisions as commander-in-chief, who has the responsibility for sending some of our young men and women into harm's way, that man is Mitt Romney.
- Dick Cheney, quoted in "Romney, with Cheney's help, raises $4 million at Wyoming fundraiser". NBC News. 2012-07-12.
- There's no question that in terms of getting up and going to the office and, you know, basically performing the essential functions of the office, the man who has been governor and had a sterling business career crosses the qualification threshold, but they have dramatically different proposals. And it's my opinion, anyway, that the Obama proposals and the Obama record will be far better for the American economy and most Americans than those that Governor Romney has laid out.
- Bill Clinton, quoted in Kevin Liptak (31 May 2012), "TRENDING: Bill Clinton, predicting Obama win, calls Romney's business career 'sterling'", CNN
- Why do people now say "Well, I don't want to have a Mormon as president"? I never even thought of him as a Mormon, I thought of him as the effective best business man in North America, and that's how you should think of him.
- Jim Cramer, Hardball (MSNBC), 1 June 2007 quoted in Victor Lundquist (1 September 2012), "Cramer: Romney is “The Best Business Man in North America”", Mitt Romney Central
- I'm going to vote for Governor Romney. … I think he has the potential to be a very good president in this country.
- Artur Davis, quoted in Ed Morrissey (12 June 2012), "Video: 2008 Obama backer Artur Davis will vote for Mitt Romney", Hot Air
- As my colleagues Greg Sargent and Paul Krugman have been insisting, Romney is saying things about the president that are flatly, grossly and shamefully untrue.
- We had a fabulous relationship with them. I mean, really, it was very, very positive. They bought us in the beginning of 1998. Governor Romney moved on to run the Olympics I think 6 or 9 months after that so I didn't spend a lot of time with him but the team he’s got there is really terrific. They were great partners for us. Actually, one of them still serves on our board even though they've since disinvested. They really helped shape Domino's over the course of the past decade and make us as successful as we are.
- Patrick Doyle, quoted in Nicholas Ballasy (1 June 2012), "Domino’s Pizza CEO: Bain Capital and Romney were ‘terrific,’ helped make us ‘successful’ [VIDEO]", Daily Caller
- Now more than ever do we need Governor Romney. I'm going to be voting for him.
- Clint Eastwood, quoted in Associated Press (4 August 2012), "Clint Eastwood endorses Mitt Romney in presidential race", Guardian News
- What do you want me to tell Romney? I can't tell him to do that. I can't tell him to do that to himself.
- But I just think that there is so much to be done, and I think that Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan are two guys that can come along. See, I never thought it was a good idea for attorneys to the president, anyway. I think attorneys are so busy — you know they're always taught to argue everything, always weigh everything, weigh both sides. They are always devil's advocating this and bifurcating this and bifurcating that. You know all that stuff. But, I think it is maybe time — what do you think — for maybe a businessman. How about that? A stellar businessman. Quote, unquote, "a stellar businessman". And I think it's that time. And I think if you just step aside and Mr. Romney can kind of take over.
- We enthusiastically endorse Governor Mitt Romney's economic plan to create jobs and restore economic growth while returning America to its tradition of economic freedom. The plan is based on proven principles: a more contained and less intrusive federal government, a greater reliance on the private sector, a broad expansion of opportunity without government favors for special interests, and respect for the rule of law including the decision-making authority of states and localities.
- Well, I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign. Everything changes. It's almost like an Etch-A-Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and restart all over again.
- Eric Fehrnstrom, CNN, quoted in Grier, Peter (21 March 2012), "Etch-A-Sketch: Can Mitt Romney shake off his aide's Mr. Potato Head gaffe?", Christian Science Monitor
- The extreme cuts proposed by his new running mate, Paul Ryan, are far more hard-edged, making Mr. Romney's mathematically impossible promises look vague and shopworn by comparison.
- He was so giving, dirt all over him, hair messed up.
- Reed Fisher, quoted in Barbara Norton (30 May 2012), "RB man recalls the day Mitt Romney stopped by to lend a hand", Pomerado News
- A man so wooden that birds are nesting in him.
- He set up a command center and searched through the night. The man who helped save my daughter was Mitt Romney. Mitt's done a lot of things that people say are nearly impossible. But for me, the most important thing he's ever done is to help save my daughter.
- Robert Gay, quoted in STEVE LeBLANC (17 March 2012), "Mitt Romney Led New York City Search For Runaway Teen Melissa Gay In 1996", Huffingtonpost
- I'll send him the nickels, and I think it's a nickel a page...
- Robert Gibbs, interview on State of the Union with Candy Crowley (2012-08-05), CNN
- offering to pay photocopying fees for Mitt Romney's unreleased tax returns
- I know that Governor Romney made a powerful case here and, frankly, Governor Romney in his business career created more jobs than the entire Obama Cabinet combined, so he could actually talk about it.
- Newt Gingrich, CPAC 2010, quoted in RomneyComms (2011-12-12). Newt Gingrich praises Gov. Romney's business experience in 2010. YouTube.
- When I look at where we are as a nation and the challenges we face, I am convinced that Mitt Romney will provide a clear contrast to President Obama. Whether it was creating jobs in business, rescuing the Olympics, or turning around Massachusetts' $3 billion budget deficit, he has proved, time and again, that he excels at turning around difficult situations. He has also proposed a bold economic plan that will help families that have been crushed by President Obama's failed policies. With his plan to create more jobs, reduce our debt, and scale back the size of government, America will be back on the road to prosperity. I'm proud to support Mitt Romney and encourage all those who worry about our country's future to do the same.
- Over the last few months, it has been absolutely stunning to see Mitt Romney, of all people, portrayed as some sort of greedy, ruthless, unfeeling corporate raider who plows over everyone who gets in his way so he can make a few dollars more. Of all the criticisms you could aim at Mitt Romney, there is none that has less validity than that one.
- John Hawkins, quoted in Hawkins, John (25 September 2012), "7 Incredible Personal Stories About Mitt Romney That You May Not Know", Townhall.com
- Romney is a turnaround specialist. He knows how to prioritize tasks. This contrasts with President Obama’s disinterested approach to the failing economy.
- Hugh Hewitt, quoted in Withem, Michael (1 October 2012), "Hugh Hewitt’s 100 Reasons to Vote Against President Obama / For Mitt Romney", tribblenews.com
- You can't be a perfectly lubricated weather vane on the important issues of the day, whether it's Libya, whether it's the debt ceiling, whether it's the discussion around the Kasich bill in Ohio, where Gov. Romney has been missing in action in terms of showing any kind of leadership.
- given the choice between a Christian like Barack Obama, who embraces non-Biblical principles like abortion, and a Mormon like Mitt Romney, who embraces Biblical principles, there is every reason to support Mitt Romney in this election.
- Robert Jeffress (pastor), quoted in Joseph Walker (17 April 2012), "Rev. Jeffress endorses Mitt Romney and shared values", Deseret News
- Bain Capital and Romney delivered spectacularly well for their customers, better than other [private equity] firms that on average outperformed the public markets. Today, those customers include the California State Teachers’ Retirement System and the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.
- Steven Kaplan (economist), quoted in Steven Kaplan (15 December 2011), "Romney Honed the Right Skills in Private Equity: Steven Kaplan", Bloomberg
- I am pro-choice. My opponent is multiple choice.
- Ted Kennedy, Massachusetts Senatorial Debate, 1994-10-25
- There has never been as much positive publicity about the church...thanks to the wonderful campaign of Mitt Romney and his family. Everybody is looking at us and saying, 'Are you as good as the Romneys?' Today we see the church coming out of obscurity, and we see that 90 percent of what has been written and said … 90 percent of it has been favorable. And that's a great tribute to Mitt and Ann.
- J. W. "Bill" Marriott, Jr., The Associated Press (2 September 2012), "Mormons praise candidate Mitt Romney for spotlighting the faith", Oregon Live, retrieved on 2012-09-07
- I'm a Republican voting for Mitt Romney, you lazy bitches is fucking up the econ'my.
- Nicki Minaj, in Lil Wayne, "Mercy", Dedication 4 mixtape (2012), quoted in Kenny (3 September 2012), "Nicki Minaj Endorses Mitt Romney on Lil Wayne's Dedication 4 Mixtape", RapDose.com, retrieved on 2012-09-06
- On Twitter, Nicki Minaj referred to this lyric as "creative humor & sarcasm".
- Michael Moore: Mitt Romney is going to raise more money than Barack Obama. That should guarantee his victory. It's sort of like the vote is—
Josh Zepps: Do you think it will?
Michael: Which answer do you want?
Josh: The true one.
Michael: The true one? Well, the guy who was an optimist sitting here two minutes ago, I guess that was me? I think people should start to practice the words "President Romney". To assume that the other side are just a bunch of ignoramuses who are supported by people who believe that Adam and Eve rode on dinosaurs 6,000 years ago is to completely misjudge the opposition, and they not only are smart, they are dedicated, they are disciplined, they have the courage of their convictions, they say exactly what they think (which we've been entertained by)...
- Michael Moore, "Michael Moore: Mitt Romney Will Win In November, Unless... (Video)", HuffPost Live (The Huffington Post), 30 August 2012, retrieved on 2012-09-04
- Right about Putin, right about Obama, right about Trump.
- Mike Murphy, "Romney guru thrives in political 'show business'" (12 June 2005), by Brian C. Mooney, The Boston Globe
- In the 2012 U.S. presidential campaign, Republican nominee Mitt Romney, asked about corporate personhood, replied as if it was a given, saying "corporations are people," like it was a science fact he learned in fifth grade. This is no mere throwaway line. Billions of dollars of litigating, advertising, marketing, and corporatist commentary have been focused on driving this "people" image into our minds from childhood.
- Ralph Nader, Breaking Through Power (2016)
- There are some things where Governor Romney is different from George Bush. You know, George Bush didn't propose turning Medicare into a voucher. George Bush embraced comprehensive immigration reform. He didn't call for self-deportation. George Bush never suggested that we eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood. So there are differences between Governor Romney and George Bush, but they're not on economic policy. In some ways he's gone to a more extreme place when it comes to social policy. I think that's a mistake.
- That's one of the things that I like about him — because he's been consistent since he changed his mind.
- That is why I am endorsing Mitt Romney in his quest for the presidency. We can't afford four more years in which national debt mushrooms out of control, our government grows, and our military is weakened. Mitt has the background, experience, intelligence and integrity to turn things around. He has my absolute support.
- There's a real difference between venture capitalism and vulture capitalism. Venture capitalism we like. Vulture capitalism, no. And the fact of the matter is that he's going to have to face up to this at some time or another, and South Carolina is as good a place to draw that line in the sand as any.
- Rick Perry, quoted in Sonmez, Felicia (11 January 2012), "Rick Perry doubles down on ‘vulture capitalist’ criticism of Mitt Romney", The Washington Post
- Ronnie would have liked Governor Romney's business background and his strong principles, and I have to say I do too. I believe Mitt Romney has the experience and leadership skills that our country so desperately needs, and I look forward to seeing him elected president in November.
- [W]e hear a very different narrative from Barack Obama and the Democrats than we do from Mitt Romney, with Mitt Romney's narrative being usually harsh, scary, selfishness on steroids, and the Democratic narrative being warm and fuzzy and we're all in this together, let's just wait for things to get better.
- I first met Mitt Romney in the fall of 1985 when he took a chance on me and my idea to sell discount office supplies. Together we then worked to found Staples. From the very beginning, I saw that he was super-frugal. He didn't want to pay more than he had to for things like paper clips. That was the idea behind Staples. And for Mitt, cutting costs and running things well has been a consistent animating idea, whether he's been in business or government or running the Olympics.
- Thomas G. Stemberg, quoted in Tom Stemberg (22 May 2012), "Staples Founder -- Romney will clean up Obama's economic mess", FoxNews.com
- But what most voters don't know is the way Mitt Romney actually made his fortune: by borrowing vast sums of money that other people were forced to pay back. This is the plain, stark reality that has somehow eluded America's top political journalists for two consecutive presidential campaigns: Mitt Romney is one of the greatest and most irresponsible debt creators of all time. In the past few decades, in fact, Romney has piled more debt onto more unsuspecting companies, written more gigantic checks that other people have to cover, than perhaps all but a handful of people on planet Earth.
- Matt Taibbi, "Greed and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital", Rolling Stone, 29 August 2012, retrieved on 2012-08-30
- Mitt is tough. He is smart. He is sharp. He is not going to allow bad things to continue to happen to this country that we all love. So Gov. Romney, go out and get em. You can do it.
- Mitt Romney is a mixed up man who doesn't have a clue. No wonder he lost!
- Voter ID, which is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania: Done.
- State representative Mike Turzai, 2012-06-23, quoted in Strasser, Annie-Rose (25 June 2012), Pennsylvania Republican: Voter ID Laws Are ‘Gonna Allow Governor Romney To Win’, retrieved on 2012-10-03
- I wish you to be successful, because this success is needed to the United States, of course, but to Europe and the rest of the world, too. Gov. Romney, get your success — be successful!
- Lech Walesa, quoted in Julian Pecquet (30 July 2012), "Lech Walesa all but endorses Mitt Romney during meeting in Poland", The Hill
- In my lifetime, Mitt Romney is the most qualified leader I've ever seen run for the Presidency of the United States…Let's take him for a minute… Harvard Law School, Harvard MBA. Starts up Bain Capital, builds it… Bain gets in trouble sometime in 1990s, Mitt comes back to fix it… Bain Capital then has its best years ever. In '99, leaves, goes to the Olympics, I was involved in that… we were in deep trouble. They were losing money, they had a scandal… and then 9/11 comes and everyone wants to cancel it, we've got a big commitment. He goes out there, fixes it totally. Again, fixes that up, comes back, runs for governor, wins the governorship. The government [is in debt]. He gets it out and gets a surplus. Who! We haven't had anybody do all these things! Do you think Richard Nixon did that? Do you think Bill Clinton had those credentials!? Certainly Barack Obama didn't have those credentials!.. I mean, come on! We've got a guy here who's a leader, that's demonstrated beyond anyone we've ever had! Great family. This is the…! We're the luckiest people in the world to have this guy there at this point in time.
- I'm just trying to protect my stacks / Mitt Romney don't pay no tax / Mitt Romney don't pay no tax
- His favorite cut, the Romney crop / Cuts everything but the very top / The 1% of the 1% / When he said "the people", well that's what he meant / Like Robin Hood, 'cept opposite / That's Romney, Mitt / The Demon Barber of Wall Street
- Roy Zimmerman (2012-05-13). Romney Mitt, the Demon Barber of Wall Street - Roy Zimmerman. YouTube.
- parody of "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd" from Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1973)