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9th Debate

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MODERATOR: The next question is for Governor Romney. The same thing: Why has the Hispanic support for Republicans declined?

 

ROMNEY: You know, I think Republicans went to Washington with the expectations of the whole world that we would change Washington.

 

And in many respects, as has been said by many people, Washington changed Republicans. And when Republicans act like Democrats, America

 

loses.

 

Republicans spent too much money, and we let down our ethical standards. And so, Hispanics, along with other people in this

 

country, want to see change. I (inaudible) the Republican Party can connect with Hispanic

 

voters, like other Americans, because there are some peculiar connections between our party and the Hispanic people.

 

One, Hispanic Americans serve in the military and care about our military. We salute them for their service right now. And we'll

 

strengthen the military. If I'm president, I'm going to add at least 100,000 troops to our military.

 

Secondly, Hispanic Americans are entrepreneurs and business people. And I know how to build our economy. I'm going to keep our

 

taxes down and make sure that our economy grows and thrives.

 

ROMNEY: And, third, Hispanic Americans are family-oriented and people of faith. I'm going to strengthen America's families. And so

 

my platform, this Republican platform, connects with Spanish -- Hispanic Americans from across the country.

 

(APPLAUSE)

 

MODERATOR: Governor Romney, (inaudible) to be here and (inaudible). Do you think that you're taking a risk to come here to

 

lose support from the more conservative base in your party?

 

ROMNEY: I don't think so at all. I think Americans across the country of all ethnicities recognize that we are a great, pluralistic society. That statue you have on the screen behind us, that light that shine out for the entire world said, "This is an unusual land. This is a land that welcomes people of all backgrounds, of all ethnicities, of all nations; welcomes them here to this great land."

 

(APPLAUSE)

 

And she said that God gave to the individual certain inalienable rights. And that changed the relationship between the state and the citizen.

 

It said that the citizen was the sovereign and the state was not. And that changed the entire world. People came here for opportunity.

 

And our party is a party of opportunity. We stand for strength in our home. We stand for strength in our economy. We stand for strength in our military, so we defend our values, and so of course Republicans are going to come and speak to Hispanic Americans in the language they understand best, so we can get their votes and they can understand that we are the party of strength and the party of freedom.

 

ROMNEY: Thank you.

 

 

 

MODERATOR: Governor Romney, the question is: Why not legalize some undocumented aliens if they comply with the requirements, if they meet certain requirements?

 

ROMNEY: You know, I have the occasion to talk to people who have loved ones that are hoping to come to this country, to be reunited with family members. And they're staying in their home countries applying legally. I believe that those people ought to be the first

 

ones to get to come to this country. Those who have come illegally,

 

in my view, should be given the opportunity to get in line with

 

everybody else, but there should be no special pathway for those that

 

have come here illegally to jump ahead of the line or to be come

 

permanent residents or citizens. They should be treated like

 

everybody else who wants to come to this country.

 

ROMNEY: I think we ought to secure our border, we ought to have

 

an employment verification system to know who's here legally and

 

illegally, and recognize that legal immigration is an extraordinary

 

source of great capability and vitality for our country. We welcome

 

the cultures that come here, the education, the work ethic, the family

 

values. We're going to protect legal immigration. At the same time,

 

we're going to enforce the law, show that we're a nation of laws, and

 

welcome the people who have been standing in line first.

 

Thank you.

 

(APPLAUSE)

 

 

Governor Romney, some days ago you fired a company that used to

 

take care of your landscaping because supposedly they were hiring

 

undocumented workers.

 

The question is this, did you report, officially, that the people

 

or the company to immigration authorities? And do you think that

 

should others report undocumented aliens, the people that you suspect

 

are undocumented?

 

ROMNEY: You know, we're a very compassionate people. We're also

 

a people who follow the law. And the landscaper at my home is an old

 

friend, and when he made a mistake the first time, I told him in no

 

uncertain terms, you have to make sure that anybody that works on my

 

property and walks on my property is a legal individual.

 

And he did his best, but he made a mistake. And apparently, two

 

people he had there were not legal. And I told him that's it, and we

 

terminated that relationship. And I think everybody in the country

 

understands who those folks are. It became a big news story.

 

But let's underscore something here, which is that employers like

 

this landscape company, and he's Hispanic American, he doesn't have a

 

way to determine whether the people he's hiring are legal or illegal.

 

Isn't it amazing in this country, with the fact that American Express

 

or Visa or Mastercard can tell you that fast whether the card is

 

authorized or not.

 

We don't know who's here legally or not. That's why we need an

 

employment verification system to identify the fact that legal aliens

 

that come here are legal, are entitled to work. And that's something

 

I'm going to get done so our employers know who's here legally and we

 

welcome people who want to come work in this country.

 

Thank you.

 

(APPLAUSE)

 

 

 

MODERATOR: Governor Romney, we would like to know -- see what

 

your opinion -- what's going to happen to the children who are being

 

separated from their families?

 

ROMNEY: We're going to finally have a system that welcomes

 

people here legally, and that says that those that have come here

 

illegally are invited to get in line with everybody else.

 

And the Constitution, as Senator Thompson has indicated,

 

indicates that those that are born here do become United States

 

citizens by virtue of being born here.

 

But if they're born here from parents who come across the border

 

illegally and bring them here illegally, in my view, we should not

 

adopt, then, these chain migration policies that say, you've got a

 

child here that's a U.S. citizen, and the whole family can come in.

 

ROMNEY: That, in my opinion, is a mistake.

 

We are a nation of laws. And you're correctly going through each

 

part of immigration policy here. But let's underscore this one more

 

time: We are, in this audience, almost every person here, an

 

individual who came to this country because it's a land of opportunity

 

and liberty.

 

We also, because we have laws, can have opportunity and liberty.

 

We're going to enforce the laws. Welcoming people here -- we're not

 

going to cut off immigration; we're going to keep immigration alive

 

and thriving.

 

But we're going to end the practice of illegal immigration. It's

 

not inhumane. It's humanitarian. It's compassionate. We're going to

 

end illegal immigration to protect legal immigration.

 

MODERATOR: Thank you.

 

ROMNEY: Thank you.

 

(APPLAUSE)

 

 

MODERATOR: Governor Romney, what would you do differently that

 

has not been done so far?

 

ROMNEY: Well, first of all, you've got to think about who Castro

 

is, and who Raul Castro is as well.

 

ROMNEY: We call them strongmen -- dictators, authorative

 

totalitarian leaders. And yet these are individuals who are not

 

strong. Look at what they have done? Brothers to the rescue. They

 

shoot a small aircraft out of the sky. People wearing a wristband

 

that says "change," are arrested -- 25 of them just for wearing a

 

wristband; a Catholic church is edited and people are terrified

 

because a priest is just speaking his sermon.

 

These people, these Castro brothers are cowards, and we have to

 

recognize they are cowards.

 

(APPLAUSE)

 

And for that reason, the course for America is to continue our

 

isolation of Cuba. It is not to say, as Barack Obama on the

 

Democratic side said, that he would dignify the Castros with a

 

personal visit to Cuba. That's not the way to go. Instead, it's to

 

bring our friends together to isolate Cuba, to put together a strategy

 

that helps all of Latin America, weakens Hugo Chavez who is propping

 

up Castro.

 

ROMNEY: We need a Latin American policy that frees Cuba and that

 

eliminates a threat of people like Hugo Chavez.

 

(APPLAUSE)

 

 

MODERATOR: Governor Romney, for how long would we need to leave

 

our troops in Iraq?

 

ROMNEY: Let's talk about our mission there. This is not just

 

about strategy and allies. It's not about oil. It's not about just

 

the economy. It's not just about standing up for the fact that we've

 

been there for a long time.

 

It's about human lives.

 

ROMNEY: What we're doing in Iraq relates to protecting the lives

 

of American citizens, here, around the world. It relates to lives

 

throughout the world. It relates to dignity and freedom.

 

We're in Iraq because we want to make sure that Iraq does not

 

become what Afghanistan was. What Afghanistan was under the Taliban

 

was a place that they could recruit and train and launch attacks

 

against us on 9/11, and other attacks throughout the world.

 

The Khobar Towers, our embassies in Africa, the USS Cole -- they

 

were launching attacks. The last thing America could stand for, the

 

last thing we could do with the human lives that are so precious,

 

would be to have Iraq become an Afghanistan. Fortunately, the surge

 

is working. It's going to keep that from happening. We're going to

 

have stability and security there and American lives will be saved by

 

virtue of the extraordinary sacrifice of American servicemen.

 

(APPLAUSE)

 

 

MODERATOR: Governor Romney, what should we do with all the

 

millions of people who are not insured?

 

ROMNEY: Well, I think I'm probably the only person on the stage

 

and the only governor that actually stopped talking about getting

 

health care for everybody and actually got the job done.

 

Working with people across the aisle, we said: Enough is enough.

 

(APPLAUSE)

 

You know, we're up here talking about all sort of ideas about tax

 

credits and deductions, and my program has a deduction as well. We

 

talk about prevention and people being health.

 

But, look, the best kind of prevention you can have in health

 

care is to have a doctor. And if someone doesn't have a doctor,

 

doesn't have a clinic they can go to, doesn't have health insurance to

 

be able to provide the prescription drugs they need, you can't be

 

healthy. And you need to have health insurance for all of our

 

citizens.

 

And I found a way to do that without requiring raising taxes,

 

without a government mandate, without a government takeover. Instead,

 

I didn't want to have a -- when I said government mandate, I meant

 

employer mandate. Instead, we have personal responsibility. We

 

allowed individuals to buy their own policies.

 

ROMNEY: Those that couldn't afford them, we helped them buy

 

their policies. And you know what? It cost us no more money to help

 

people buy insurance policies that they could afford than it was

 

costing us before, handing out free care.

 

We Republicans can get everybody insured. Let's get it done.

 

(APPLAUSE)

 

 

 

Governor Romney, how can we improve education -- public education

 

in this country?

 

ROMNEY: Well, we've got a pretty good model. If you look at my

 

state, even before I got there, other governors and legislatures

 

worked real hard to improve education. And they did a number of

 

things that made a big difference.

 

One is, they started testing our kids to see who was succeeding,

 

making sure that failing schools were identified and then turning them

 

around. They fought for school choice. When I became governor, I had

 

to protect school choice because the legislature tried to stop it.

 

And then we also fought for English immersion. We wanted our

 

kids coming to school to learn English from the very beginning. And

 

then we did something that was really extraordinary. We said to every

 

kid that does well on these exams that we put in place before you can

 

graduate from high school, we're going to give you a John and Abigail

 

Adams scholarship, four years tuition-free to our state university or

 

state colleges for all the kids that graduate in the top quarter of

 

their class.

 

We care about the quality of education. I want to pay better

 

teachers more money. Teachers are underpaid, but I want to evaluate

 

our teachers and see which ones are the best and which ones are not.

 

(APPLAUSE)

 

ROMNEY: And let me tell how our kids are doing. Every two

 

years, we test the kids across the country, the NAPE exam. Our kids

 

-- my kids came out number one in English in fourth and eighth grade,

 

number one in math. In all four tests, our kids came out number one

 

in the nation.

 

These principles of choice, parental involvement, encouraging

 

high standards, scholarships for our best kids -- these turn our

 

schools into the kind of magnets that they can be for the entire

 

nation.

 

MODERATOR: Thank you, Governor.

 

(APPLAUSE)

 

We're going to continue talking about education. One our of

 

three Hispanic students don't finish high school.

 

Senator McCain, your vision of Hispanics in the future.

 

ROMNEY: America needs all Americans. We're in a time of real

 

need. We're the strongest nation on Earth; we're the hope of the

 

Earth. But we face some extraordinary challenges -- global jihadists,

 

violent jihadists, who want to bring down our nations and other

 

nations.

 

We face, as well, tough new competition coming from places like

 

China and India, unlike anything we've known before.

 

We spend way too much money in Washington, particularly on

 

entitlements that are growing more and more weighty on us.

 

ROMNEY: We have extraordinary challenges culturally as people

 

are deciding to have kids without being married. There are all sorts

 

of challenges in our country. And right now, we need to do what

 

Ronald Reagan did, which is call on America's strength.

 

As he faced the difficulties of the last century, he said, let's

 

have a strong military and a strong economy that can outcompete the

 

Russians. And let's make sure we have strong values and confidence in

 

ourselves.

 

The Hispanic community, like all other communities in this great

 

nation, need to come together and strengthen America. Because this is

 

the land of the brave and the home of the free. And Hispanics are

 

brave and they are free, as are all of the people of this great

 

nation.

 

Thank you.

 

(APPLAUSE)

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