By Jesse Wood
Sept. 27, 2012. Tagg Romney, the eldest son of Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, spoke before the ASU College Republicans and others diehard Republicans at a breakfast at Dan’l Boone Inn on Thursday morning after visiting a Christmas tree farm in Fleetwood.
Romney painted a portrait of his father as not only a savvy businessman who guided the state of Massachusetts and the 2002 Winter Olympics from massive deficits during his terms as governor of The Bay State and president of Salt Lake City Organizing Committee into huge surpluses but also as a man who, “in addition to being qualified, was very passionate, kind and caring.”
According to Romney, his father didn’t want to take a second stab at the presidency in 2012. During Christmas time five years ago, the Romney family – which included Mitt and Ann Romney and all of their five sons and their wives – all voted in favor of Mitt Romney running for president in 2008.
Nearly three years after an unsuccessful campaign where U.S. Sen. John McCain eventually won the nomination as the Republican presidential candidate, the Romney family gathered during Christmas again to discuss a second campaign.
However during the winter of 2010, the vote was dramatically different; only Ann and Tagg voted for his father to run again.
“There were a lot of reasons he didn’t want to run again,” Romney said at Dan’l Boone Inn. “But me and my mom convinced him.”
Ann Romney asked Mitt, who “worships” his wife, two questions:
1. Forget whether you can win or not. Can you fix the problems?
2. Do you love your grandchildren?
To these, Mitt answered confidently: “Yes” and “Yes.”
Tagg Romney said his father ultimately decided to run because he cares about America and its future generations.
“He’s made his career. His life’s pretty good. He’ll have a nice rest of his life [even if he doesn’t win the 2008 election],” Romney said. “But he’s running because he’s worried about future generations.”
Romney added that the “two visions” of President Barack Obama and Gov. Romney are vastly different. With Obama, it is “more governmental control, them telling us what we can’t and can do, higher taxes” and the like, Romney said. With his father, it’s “personal responsibility, free enterprise, lower taxes, cutting [needless] regulations and letting businesses grow,” Romney added.
Romney called the $16 trillion deficit immoral and said Mitt has what it takes to get the “economy forward.” He didn’t specify how he would do that, adding “I don’t want to bore you with details.”
Speaking directly to the three dozen of ASU College Republicans in attendance, Romney pleaded for them to tell all of their classmates and friends to “vote for the guy who will make sure you have jobs in the future.”
He added that it was probably “really cool” to vote for Obama in 2008, but this year – not so much.