The former Massachusetts governor invoked the metaphor of a boat and talked about the anchors that make America great.
Romney sounded a lot like Rick Santorum during his closed-circuit address, echoing his former rival’s themes of the centrality of the family for economic viability, calling it a primary anchor of American life.
Strong families are essential for fighting poverty, Romney said.
“Thank you to those who are dedicated to family and marriage,” the candidate said. “We need to teach our children about the need to get married before having children to deter poverty.”
Romney later received a vote of confidence from Santorum who said he has changed his mind about his sincerity.
He then went on to contrast his worldview with that of President Obama and the left, noting that the founding fathers enshrined the belief that Americans get their rights from God rather than government in the Declaration of Independence.
“The principles of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are under attack by the Obama administration,” Romney said.
Romney pointed to the HHS mandate requiring religious institutions to provide health insurance coverage for contraceptives, abortifacients and sterilizations even if it compromises their freedom of conscience as a prime example of Obama’s hostility to religion.
“Obama wants to take his inspiration from the capitals of Europe,” Romney said, noting that he take his inspiration from the founding fathers.
The former Massachusetts governor then launched into an attack on the president’s economic values pointing out that Obama thinks government is the solution to the economy, not the private sector.
Although Romney didn’t mention Solyndra by name, he tore into the president for not giving entrepreneurs who don’t give him large campaign donors “a fair shot.” He also questioned the morality of handing $16 trillion in debt to the nation’s youth.