I like PBS. I love Big Bird ... But I'm not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for it.— Mitt Romney
The most pioneering Mitt Romney quotes that will inspire your inner self
We will strengthen our security by building missile defense, restoring our military might, and standing by and strengthening our intelligence officers.
Internationally, President Obama has adopted an appeasement strategy.
He believes America's role as leader in the world is a thing of the past. I believe a strong America must - and will - lead the future.
And the American people are the greatest people in the world.
What makes America the greatest nation in the world is the heart of the American people: hardworking, innovative, risk-taking, God- loving, family-oriented American people.
I'm not going to wear rose-colored glasses when it comes to Russia, or Mr. Putin.
We are a nation of immigrants. We are the children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the ones who wanted a better life, the driven ones, the ones who woke up at night hearing that voice telling them that life in that place called America could be better.
My wife drives a couple of Cadillacs.
And let me make this very clear - unlike President Obama, I will not raise taxes on the middle class. As president, I will protect the sanctity of life. I will honor the institution of marriage. And I will guarantee America's first liberty: the freedom of religion.
Conservatism has had from its inception vigorously positive, intellectually rigorous agenda and thinking. That agenda should have in my three pillars: strengthen the economy, strengthen our security, and strengthen our families.
I have never once regretted missing a business opportunity so that I could be with my children and grandchildren.
Mom and Dad were married 64 years. And if you wondered what their secret was, you could have asked the local florist - because every day Dad gave Mom a rose, which he put on her bedside table. That's how she found out what happened on the day my father died - she went looking for him because that morning, there was no rose.
I have some friends who are NASCAR team owners.
I am in favor of stem-cell research. I am not in favor of creating new human embryos through cloning.
Isn't it fitting that so many of those who have contempt for the private sector will soon find themselves back in it?
When it comes to pinning blame, pin the tail on the donkeys.
There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what.
It's not appropriate to joke about the Ku Klux Klan.
Instead of just giving lip service to improving our schools, I will actually put the kids first and the teachers union behind in giving our kids better teachers, better options and better choices for a better future.
I'm not concerned about the very poor.
We have a safety net there. If it needs a repair, I'll fix it.
Obama says we need more firemen, more policemen, more teachers.
Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It's time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.
The American people I talk to don't spend every moment thinking, 'How can I tax my neighbor more than they're being taxed?' They say, 'How can I get a good job? How can my kids get good jobs? How can seniors have a confidence in their future when they know that Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are bankrupt?'
Let Detroit go bankrupt.
I went to a number of women's groups and said, "Can you help us find folks," and they brought us whole binders full of women.
I like being able to fire people.
Don't try to stop the foreclosure process. Let it run its course and hit the bottom.
That business we started with 10 people has now grown into a great American success story.
Together we will build an America where hope is a new job with a paycheck, not a faded word on an old bumper sticker.
I believe in an America where millions of Americans believe in an America that's the America millions of Americans believe in. That's the America I love.
I don't want to transform America. I want to restore to America the economic values of freedom and opportunity and limited government that has made us the powerhouse of the world.
If I am elected President of these United States, I will work with all my energy and soul to restore that America, to lift our eyes to a better future. That future is our destiny. That future is out there. It is waiting for us. Our children deserve it, our nation depends upon it, the peace and freedom of the world require it.
You know, out-of-touch liberals like Barack Obama say they want a strong economy, but in everything they do, they show they don't like business very much. But the economy, of course, is simply the product of all the businesses of the nation added together. So it's a bit like saying you like an omelet, but you don't like eggs.
Moral certainty, clear standards, and a commitment to spiritual ideals will set you apart in a world that searches for meaning.
Dependency is death to initiative, to risk-taking and opportunity.
It's time to stop the spread of government dependency and fight it like the poison it is.
Christianity is not the faith of the complacent, the comfortable or of the timid. It demands and creates heroic souls like Wesley, Wilberforce, Bonhoeffer, John Paul the Second, and Billy Graham. Each showed, in their own way, the relentless and powerful influence of the message of Jesus Christ.
Leadership - leadership is about taking responsibility, not making excuses.
What's up, gangstas? It's the M-I-Double-Tizzle.
The principles that made this nation a great and powerful leader of the world, have not lost their meaning. They never will. We know we can bring this country back. I'm Mitt Romney. I believe in America. And I'm running for president of the United States.
The American culture promotes personal responsibility, the dignity of work, the value of education, the merit of service, devotion to a purpose greater than self, and at the foundation, the pre-eminence of family.
Conservatives believe in providing Constitutional rights to our citizens, not to enemy combatants like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
Free enterprise has done more to lift people out of poverty, to help build a strong middle class, to help educate our kids, and to make our lives better than all the programs of government combined.
In the richest country in the history of the world, this Obama economy has crushed the middle class. Family income has fallen by $4,000, but health insurance premiums are higher, food prices are higher, utility bills are higher, and gasoline prices have doubled. Today more Americans wake up in poverty than ever before.
I am running for president to help create a better future.
A future where everyone who wants a job can find one. Where no senior fears for the security of their retirement. An America where every parent knows that their child will get an education that leads them to a good job and a bright horizon.
I'm outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi. It's disgraceful that the Obama Administration's first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.
The invisible hand of the market always moves faster and better than the heavy hand of government.
The TARP program was nevertheless necessary to keep banks from collapsing in a cascade of failures.
Our plans protect freedom and opportunity, and our blueprint is the Constitution of the United States.
The multiculturalism movement must be unmasked for the fraud that it is.
There are superior cultures, and ours is one of them.
We believe in individual initiative, personal responsibility, opportunity, freedom, small government, the Constitution. These principles, these American principles are key to getting our economy back to being successful and leading the world.
Frankly, I was born with a silver spoon.
I didn't talk to anybody and say, "I'm going to do a speech, do you go some ideas?" This is something I did on my own because I care very deeply about the country.