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Mitt Romney says reducing spending a 'moral responsibility'

Mitt Romney says reducing spending a 'moral responsibility'

Portraying himself as a frugal turnaround expert who helped launch the Staples office supply chain, Mitt Romney told a New Hampshire audience Thursday night that he was uniquely qualified to whittle down the nation’s budget deficit and improve efficiency across government.

Before a crowd of more than a 150 people (including many students from nearby Exeter Academy), Romney touched on his experiences at Bain Capital (the Boston private equity firm that he helped found), the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic games, and as governor of Massachusetts: "I've learned the difference, time and again, between the private sector in which you have to balance your budget and be responsible,...