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Jun 23, 2007

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Presidential Hopeful Touts Optimism, Reagan Values

By: Charles S. Johnson

Helena Independent Record

Saturday, Jun 23, 2007


"Exuding optimism and barely mentioning President Bush, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney vowed Friday that he would continue to wage the war on terrorism if he's elected president next year.


"Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, addressed the Montana Republican Party at a breakfast meeting where he drew rousing applause from the sellout crowd of more than 340 people."




"'It's a time to be optimistic and not a time to look down on our shoes,' Romney said.


"Citing new U.S. trade opportunities in China and India, Romney said there are now one billion new consumers for U.S. medical and pharmaceutical products and computer hardware and software.


"'Our Democratic friends, our liberal friends, are tempted to say our source of strength is our government,' Romney said. 'The source of America's strength is its people.'


"America's strength, he said, lies in its hard-working people who value education, are willing to save for the future, 'who largely believe in God or something greater than ourselves' and are willing to take a risk.


"Romney quoted President Ronald Reagan by saying, 'Conservatism is a philosophy of strength - strong military, strong economy and strong families and values.'"




"Romney took a swipe at Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards who said there is no war on terror.


"'There is a war being waged,' Romney said. 'If I am president or any Republican is president, I'll tell you what: There will be a war waged on terrorists.'


"He called for keeping federal taxes down and, in his lone reference to President Bush, said he favors extending the Bush tax cuts. Romney called for eliminating the federal estate tax, or death tax as he called it, and eliminating federal taxes on interest, dividends and capital gains.


"Romney also put in a strong pitch for family values, calling for efforts to reduce the number of children born out of wedlock."


"Many of those attending the convention were pleased with his speech.


"'Wow, that was a knockout,' said Sen. Greg Barkus, R-Kalispell. 'Unbelievable.'"




"Rep. Llew Jones, R-Conrad, said he liked the 'overall optimism' and Romney's focus 'on the American people.'


"'It was good,' said Sen. Jim Peterson, R-Buffalo. 'I was impressed. He's the best I've seen so far.'


"Rep. Elsie Arntzen, R-Billings, a teacher and potential candidate for superintendent of public instruction, said she asked Romney afterward about where he stood on education issues. Romney told her he wants to continue the testing under the No Child Left Behind law.


"'He was impressive,' she said. 'It was an emotional speech.'"


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Mitt Romney Visits Idaho Falls

By: Kristy Kircher


Saturday, Jun 23, 2007


"It's been nearly three decades since Idaho Falls has had a major presidential candidate visit before the upcoming election, but Friday changed just that.


"Mitt Romney was in town and stopped by quite a few locations in hopes to get voter support.


"'I'm here because I love Mitt Romney,' says supporter Chad Reiser.


"'I think he's doing great, I love the progress he's made and I'm excited to bust open my Romney beer the taste of freedom,' says supporter Michael Garner."




"Hundreds of Mitt Romney supporters made their way to the Idaho Falls Airport this afternoon to support the presidential candidate."




"The hopeful candidate said through strength in government, family life and his campaign, our nation will rise to the occasion.


"'With that message, I'm going to win in November. Thank you,' says Romney.


"The crowds roared as the first welcoming ceremony came to an end, and continued to show their support all the way to the newly built Melaleuca field. That is just what Romney was hoping to accomplish with this visit."...


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