Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, during a stop in Omaha today, accused President Barack Obama of falling back on failed liberal policies.
Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, gave brief remarks at Rick’s Café Boatyard after attending a private fund-raiser at the Omaha Hilton. The fund-raiser, hosted by Gov. Dave Heineman, reportedly raised more than $800,000, a record for a political fund raising event in Nebraska.
Romney told supporters gathered at Rick’s that the country is going in the wrong direction.
“I’m concerned about where we’re headed with this president,” Romney said. “The governor said he’s a nice guy. The problem with the president is that his policies are a throwback to the liberal ideas of the past and those ideas didn’t work in the past, they sure haven’t worked in the last four years and they’re not going to work in the future.”
Romney accused the president of falling back on liberal policies that contend the country can borrow money without consequences.
“But, now, this president has put in place some $5 trillion of debt and if he’s in office for another four years, we’ll have about another $4 trillion and that’s something we’re not going to pay back. My generation will be long gone. It’s these young kids and kids coming out of school today who are going to pay that. It’s unacceptable. It’s bad economics. It’s bad policy. I think it’s immoral for us to pass those burdens on to our kids,” Romney stated.
Romney said the country must take advantage of all the energy resources at its disposal. He made passing reference to support for the Keystone XL pipeline.
“This is an inventive nation and if we have a government and leaders who take advantage of our resources and draw on the patriotism and the innovative spirit of the American people, we will continue to lead the world and be that shining city on the hill,” Romney said. “I’m committed to it. I know how to do it. I’ll get it done with your help. Give me your vote on Tuesday. Give me your vote in November. We’re taking back the White House and taking back America.”
Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul are on the Republican presidential primary ballot in Nebraska to be held Tuesday.
Tom Stanton of KFAB contributed to this report.
AUDIO: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speech in Omaha. [12:30]