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Romney Supported a GOP Stimulus

The Perry campaign blasted out an e-mail to reporters about Mitt Romney’s support for the stimulus. Included was a highlighting of some of the remarks he made in a National Review op-ed in late 2008:

 

On Dec. 19, 2008, Mitt Romney wrote in National Review [2]:

“The Fed should continue to expand the money supply.” 

“This is surely the time for economic stimulus.” 

“A stimulus plan is needed without further delay.”

A Romney aide responded by alleging the Perry campaign was being misleading:

 

PERRY VERSION OF ROMNEY QUOTE: “This is surely the time for economic stimulus.”

ACTUAL ROMNEY QUOTE IN “A REPUBLICAN STIMULUS PLAN”: “So this is surely the time for economic stimulus. But — and this is the crucial point — the government can’t just make itself bigger and more oppressive in the guise of stimulating the economy. That would make matters worse.”

If you look at the actual op-ed, Romney is pushing for a stimulus, but not for something designed like the final stimulus was. “So this is surely the time for economic stimulus. But — and this is the crucial point — the government can’t just make itself bigger and more oppressive in the guise of stimulating the economy,” he writes. In the piece, he calls for a stimulus that has tax cuts, funds infrastructure projects and “basic research in renewables, material science, combustion, nuclear reprocessing, and the like.” These are his comments about giving stimulus dollars to states and cities:

Cities and states will clamor for government dollars. Like the Big Three automakers, states should first take advantage of the downturn to do some needed cost cutting and restructuring. State employee numbers, pensions, and health-insurance premium sharing — as well as duplicate and ineffective agencies and programs — should be high on the hit list. State budgets should be brought in line with those of the most efficient of their comparables. And the federal government should look to ease the burden of mandates on states, like Medicaid.

Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...