Romney made very little mention of the president's unpopular healthcare program during his remarks, perhaps because he's still working through his own messaging on the issue. As Governor, Romney signed into a law a state healthcare system that relies on an individual mandate critics say is indistinguishable from the central pillar of the new federal scheme.
Ann Romney introduced her husband, editorializing that she "would like to see" him make a second run at the Oval Office. Although his comments emphasized economic issues, Romney also reserved some barbs for the administration's foreign policy, which he suggested was almost non-existent. He argued the world is suffering from "a lack of clear direction from a weak president. The cause of liberty cannot endure much more of [Obama's] 'we give-they get' diplomacy," he said.
Romney also steered clear of most social issues, although he did criticize liberal social policies' failure "to protect the unborn." He concluded his remarks with an appeal to American exceptionalism, citing his own father's life journey as a meaningful example of what is possible in America. "We are an exceptional land," Romney said, "I will not, and I will never apologize for America."
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