Mitt Romney: Washington fails to tackle big challenges – Politico

Posted: Thursday, January 22, 2015

Mitt Romney, the former Republican presidential nominee, speaks during the Republican National Committee's winter meeting aboard the USS Midway Museum Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, in San Diego. Neither Hillary Rodham Clinton nor Mitt Romney have yet said they’re running for president. But within a few hours on Friday, the likely candidates previewed a 2016 campaign that appears headed to a debate over who is best able to boost the paychecks of every day Americans. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

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Mitt Romney is slamming Republicans and Democrats alike for side-stepping some of America’s most pressing issues.

“The major challenges that this country faces are not being dealt with by leaders in Washington,” Romney said in a speech Wednesday night in Salt Lake City, Utah, according to The Associated Press.

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He added, “On both sides of the aisle, we just haven’t been able to take on and try and make progress on the major issues of our day.”

Earlier this month, Romney told a group of supporters that he is “considering a run” in 2016 for president. It would be his third attempt at the White House; he was the GOP nominee in 2012.

Climate change is one issue that Romney noted he would like to see tackled by the federal government.

“I’m one of those Republicans who thinks we are getting warmer and that we contribute to that,” Romney told the audience of about 3,000 gathered for an investment management conference.

The former Massachusetts governor has held this stance in the past, stating in his 2010 book, “No Apology” that “human activity is a contributing factor” to the changing climate.

Wednesday’s comments put him at odds with Senate Republicans, who, on the same day, voted to acknowledge that the climate is changing, but blocked language that would blame human activity.

On Thursday, Romney will meet in Utah with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is also considering running for president in 2016. In the past, Bush has said that climate change “may be real” but questioned whether it is man made.


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