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Seven years after running for president as the GOP standard bearer, U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney on Monday described himself as a “renegade Republican” and said that he is “not part of the Republican establishment these days.”
In a wide-ranging speech at the Sutherland Institute, a conservative think tank in Salt Lake City, Utah’s junior senator argued against “socialist” proposals being discussed on the Democratic presidential debate stage such as “Medicare for All” and free college tuition. He also lamented that “neither party is interested in talking about the debt and the deficit.”
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“I guess I should consider myself a renegade Republican because I still believe that deficits and debt matter a lot,” Romney said.
The freshman senator and onetime presidential nominee went on to criticize several aspects of President Donald Trump’s trade and foreign relations policies.
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“I don’t like tariffs being placed on our friends and allies, I think the likes of Putin and Kim Jong-un deserve censure instead of flattery, and I think demonstrating personal character is one of the most important responsibilities of the leader of the land,” he said, echoing an op-ed he authored in the Washington Post days before taking office in January.
Romney pointed out that despite Trump’s 2016 campaign promises to balance the budget, the debt continues to balloon under his administration. Last month, Trump endorsed a congressional budget deal that will increase spending and extend the debt ceiling for another two years. Romney voted against the bill.
Speech - Monday - Massachusetts - Governor - Deficit
In his speech Monday, the former Massachusetts governor said the deficit should be a top priority second only to national security, though he believes the two are linked.
He pointed out that a dispute over $5.7 billion for a border wall led to a 35-day government shutdown in December 2018, but the nation’s interest payments are projected to top $390 billion...
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