Some Key Romney debate points for Hawaii:
by Andrew Walden
Here are seven debate take-aways on Romney policies which will directly affect Hawaii:
1) Romney will not cut military spending, 18% of Hawaii’s economy.
ROMNEY: The president's reelected you'll see dramatic cuts to our military. The secretary of defense has said these would be even devastating.
I will not cut our commitment to our military. I will keep America strong and get America's middle class working again.
2) Romney pledges to make N America energy independent, this will support Hawaii efforts to introduce Natural Gas and lower electric rates.
ROMNEY: Energy is critical, and the president pointed out correctly that production of oil and gas in the U.S. is up. But not due to his policies. In spite of his policies.
Mr. President, all of the increase in natural gas and oil has happened on private land, not on government land. On government land, your administration has cut the number of permits and licenses in half. If I'm president, I'll double them, and also get the -- the oil from offshore and Alaska. And I'll bring that pipeline in from Canada.
3) Romney will end Obama’s $90B in support for corrupt wind and solar scammers. This will save the people of Lanai and Molokai and help plug the hole in the General Fund caused by alt-energy tax credits.
ROMNEY: And in one year, you (Obama) provided $90 billion in breaks to the green energy world.
Now, I like green energy as well, but that's about 50 years' worth of what oil and gas receives. And you say Exxon and Mobil. Actually, this $2.8 billion goes largely to small companies, to drilling operators and so forth.
But, you know, if we get that tax rate from 35 percent down to 25 percent, why that $2.8 billion is on the table. Of course it's on the table. That's probably not going to survive you get that rate down to 25 percent.
But don't forget, you put $90 billion, like 50 years' worth of breaks, into -- into solar and wind, to Solyndra and Fisker and Tester and Ener1. I mean, I had a friend who said you don't just pick the winners and losers, you pick the losers, all right? So this -- this is not -- this is not the kind of policy you want to have if you want to get America energy secure. …
$90 billion, that would have -- that would have hired 2 million teachers. $90 billion.
And these businesses, many of them have gone out of business, I think about half of them, of the ones have been invested in have gone out of business. A number of them happened to be owned by people who were contributors to your campaigns.
4) Romney will allow parents of autistic and learning disabled ‘I.D.E.A.’ children to have vouchers so they no longer need to hassle with the DoE to get the education their children need. And the DoE will no longer feel obligated to spend $3M a year suing them.
ROMNEY: I want the kids that are getting federal dollars from IDEA or Title I -- these are disabled kids or -- or -- or poor kids or -- or lower-income kids, rather, I want them to be able to go to the school of their choice.
So all federal funds, instead of going to the -- to the state or to the school district, I'd have go, if you will, follow the child and let the parent and the child decide where to send their -- their -- their student.
5) Romney will Keep Federal Pressure for Reform on Hawaii DoE
ROMNEY: Well, the primary responsibility for education is -- is, of course, at the state and local level. But the federal government also can play a very important role. And I -- and I agree with Secretary Arne Duncan, he's -- some ideas he's put forward on Race to the Top, not all of them, but some of them I agree with and -- and congratulate him for pursuing that. The federal government can get local and -- and state schools to do a better job.
6) Romney will end Obamacare, saving Hawaii from the HMSA/Abercrombie Health Exchange, protecting Prepaid, and introducing competition into Hawaii’s monopolized medical insurance market.
ROMNEY: … number one, preexisting conditions are covered under my plan. Number two, young people are able to stay on their family plan. That's already offered in the private marketplace. You don't have to have the government mandate that for that to occur.
But let's come back to something the president and I agree on, which is the key task we have in health care is to get the cost down so it's more affordable for families. And then he has as a model for doing that a board of people at the government, an unelected board, appointed board, who are going to decide what kind of treatment you ought to have.
7) Romney will protect Medicare against the $716B in cuts enacted by Obama. This will make it easier for doctors to keep practicing medicine in Hawaii and will help keep Hawaii hospitals solvent.
ROMNEY: If the president were to be reelected you're going to see a $716 billion cut to Medicare. You'll have 4 million people who will lose Medicare Advantage. You'll have hospital and providers that'll no longer accept Medicare patients.
I'll restore that $716 billion to Medicare.
ABC: Debate Transcript
Hawaii Republican Party Chairman David Chang's Statement on the Presidential Debate
News Release from Hawaii Republican Party
Honolulu, Hawaii - Hawaii Republican Party Chairman David Chang issued the following statement regarding last nights' Presidential debate held in Denver, Colorado:
"After much anticipation, the American people were finally given a chance to cut through the campaign rhetoric, and compare the two Presidential candidates side by side. It was clear from the beginning that Governor Romney is the most well-versed, experienced, and confident candidate to lead our country through these challenging times. Party aside, Democrats and Republicans alike admitted that Mitt Romney made a decisive case of why he should be the next President of the United States."
"For the past four years, Hawaii's families have been struggling, making it obvious that we cannot continue down the same path we are on. HRP candidates, taking the lead from Governor Romney, are committing themselves to spending the Hawaii taxpayer's precious tax dollars with care by reducing government spending, and promoting policies that will expand growth in the private sector. Over the next few weeks, Hawaii's voters will have the opportunity to see and hear our candidates running for U.S. Senate, U. S. Congress, State House, State Senate and City Council on stage defending what they believe in. I encourage everyone to listen with open ears, this is the future of Hawaii and our country."
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