(Lori Piotrowski) – Business owners, attorneys, conservatives turned out to hear what Governor Mitt Romney had to say about America, jobs, and the economy Tuesday afternoon. They crowded into a garage/warehouse at McCandless International Trucking in North Las Vegas eager to hear what the presidential candidate would implement to turn around the economy.
The Romney campaign chose to present the Day One Job One plan in Nevada precisely because the Silver State’s economy has been in a tailspin for 3 years.
Businessman Phil Perine, owner of Town Center Realty, attended the event. “I liked that Romney put forth specific executive orders and legislation he would submit on day one in support of jobs, clearly expressed intent to dismantle ObamaCare, and proposed reduction in corporate taxes. I do wish, however, that he had also recommended the continuation of the Bush tax cuts, addressed entitlements (Social Security and Medicare) more specifically, as well as defense and veterans issues. Although, in his defense, this was a speech about JOBS.”
Republican elected officials in attendance included Senators Elizabeth Halseth and Michael Roberson. Assemblyman John Hambrick was impressed by what he heard.
“I liked his thoughts about energy. We still need fossil fuels if we are to get away from Saudi oil. It’s a national security issue. Reid shut down new coal plants, which we needed. A new plant could have replaced two old plants with cleaner and more efficient methods.”
He was a bit leery of Romney’s claim to do so much on the first day of office, however. “You have to be practical. He set loft goals for the First Day, but perhaps we need to hear lofty goals.”
Although he hasn’t thrown his support behind Romney yet, Hambrick did, however, suggest that voters elect someone with budget experience: “The next president should be someone who served as a governor. Senators never have to deal with budgets. The other candidates can’t relate to meeting a budget.”
A recent Nevada transplant, Kent Kochsmeier, also appreciated Romney’s plan. “Several things impressed me. First, he acknowledged that the government can not create private sector jobs; government can only create a positive climate/atmosphere is which the private sector can grow and flourish. Second, he had a detailed doable plan on what he would do day one and then going forward to try and restart the jobs engine.”
The Republican Women’s clubs were well-represented with Daryll Ann Carter, president, Southern Hills Republican Women; Betty Rumford, president, Spring Mountain Republican Women; and Sherry Rickard, president, Republican Women of Las Vegas all attending.
“Governor Romney brings us a promise of stability and leadership that we need to bring our country back to the standards and business commitments that will return sanity to the country. I believe Governor Romney is the only presidential candidate who presents a resume with qualified experience to pull us out of this recession,” said Carter.
Mark Hutchison, a Las Vegas attorney with Hutchison & Steffen, wholeheartedly supports Romney in his presidential bid:
“After listening to Governor Romney, the most important conclusion I reached is that he is the best Republican candidate to defeat President Obama in 2012. There is nothing more important for Republicans to do than chose a nominee who can replace the current occupant of the White House and his failed leadership and policies with a practical, tested, and real-life business leader who will give us back a country of economic opportunity and prosperity.
“As lead special counsel to Nevada in the 26 states’ constitutional challenge to Obamacare, I fully embrace Governor Romney’s commitment on day one of his administration to return the maximum authority to the states to innovate and design health care solutions that work best for each state and thus end Obamacare. This health care legislation is not only unconstitutional, in my view, it is an unprecedented and unjustified encroachment by the federal government on the personal liberties of the people and an enormous burden on businesses, which contributes to our current employment and economic problems.
“Governor Romney believes in returning to the American principles and values that created the greatest, most prosperous, and generous nation in the world. One of the points that resonated with me was the idea that the United States is in competition for goods and services with many nations across the world. We need trade policies that will enhance fair trade relationships, returning the United States as the leader in production of goods and services throughout the world.”