Romney rips Obama's economic path at Chicago fundraiser
railroad crossing (Tribune illustration / June 29, 2015)
“I don’t think he’s a person who’s not a nice guy, I just don’t think his policies are able to get this country on track again,” Romney told a reception crowd of more than 220 people at the redesigned Pump Room in the Public Hotel, the former Ambassador East.
“And that’s why the American people, whether they like him or don’t like him, recognize he’s over his head, and it’s time to put into the White House somebody who knows how to get this economy going and I do and I will,” said the former Massachusetts governor and presumptive Republican presidential nominee.
Romney, who won Illinois’ March Republican primary, made no note that he was speaking in Obama’s home city as guests at the Gold Coast reception ate finger food including pizza, bacon-wrapped shrimp and sliders of burger and chicken.
Tickets were $2,500 for the reception, $10,000 for a photo and $50,000 for a dinner held later, the Republican’s campaign said.
Romney repeatedly contended Obama’s agenda would further inject government into the free-market system, using the president’s health care reform law as an example.
That agenda, he said, has created economic uncertainty that has restrained business growth.
“I just don’t think the president understands how America works, how the economy works. Our economy is propelled by freedom. And substituting government for freedom will not put Americans back to work,” he said.
Romney maintained an Obama second term would lead the United States to “become Europe.”
“We’re going to have the kind of deficits Europe has, the kind of health care system Europe has. We’re going to have the chronic high unemployment Europe has, the low-wage growth Europe has,” Romney said.
“We’re going to have the kind of fiscal crisis at our doorstep the way Europe has,” he added. “That’s what’s going to happen if we keep going down that path, with a president that believes that a government could do a better job guiding lives and guiding the economy than can free people.”