Campaign trail: Where Romney stands on selected issues

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Jacob Ennis, Managing Editor

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A look at where presidential candidate Mitt Romney stands on issues dealing with China, energy, health care and education.

CHINA

Romney agrees with a stronger military presence in the Asia-Pacific, but is calling for an even stronger position than the Obama Administration.

In the second Presidential debate Romney voiced a strong opinion toward China.

“China’s been cheating over the years, one, by holding down the value of their currency, number two, by stealing our intellectual property, our designs, our patents, our technology,” he said.

Romney said that on day one he would label China as a currency manipulator. In the final debate, moderator Bob Schieffer asked if that would start a trade war.

“There’s one going on right now that we don’t know about. It’s a silent one, and they’re winning,” Romney said.

Both candidates want to be tough on China, but Obama’s stance is a little more diplomatic and delicate, while Romney’s is more of a crackdown.

ENERGY 

Mitt Romney seeks regulatory reform of the energy industry to facilitate progress in the development of domestic reserves of oil and natural gas. He also wants more investment in nuclear power. Some regulatory changes would include:

  • Fast-track procedures for firms with strong safety records.
  • Change environmental laws so that cost is taken into account.
  • Amend the Clean Air Act to exclude carbon dioxide from its jurisdiction.
  • Open the nation’s energy reserves for more development.
  • Eliminate or reduce government funding for wind and solar energy projects.
  • Focus alternative energy funding on research.

(Source: http://www.mittromney.com/jobs/energy.)

 HEALTH CAREMitt Romney wants the Affordable Care Act repealed. He has said that on his first day in office, he will issue an executive order issuing waivers from the act to all 50 states. He wants to return oversight of health care to the states. Romney wants to provide block-grant funding to states for Medicaid. He pledges to expand the tax deduction to those who purchase insurance through their employers to include those who buy their own health insurance. Romney also wants to cap damages in medical malpractice litigation. He stresses making “health care more like a market and less like a government program.”(Source: http://www.mittromney.com/issues/health-care)

EDUCATION

Mitt Romney’s plan – “A Chance for Every Child” – emphasizes school choice, accountability and ensuring that teachers are qualified. He has said he doesn’t believe class size to be a key component in student performance. Romney wants to scale back the size of the department of Education. He wants states to create report cards to rate schools on an A-F scale and include information on student performance on national testing. Critics say Romney’s education plan does not include enough federal funding to cover the cost of vouchers for his school choice program.

(SOURCE: EdWeek.org.)

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