Romney helped Senate Republicans raise more than $2 million at the fundraiser as they try to regroup in time for the 2010 mid-term elections. Romney, speaking without notes or teleprompter, ultimately drew a familiar line in the sand between Democrats, who he said favor heavy-handed government, and Republicans, who prefer individual freedom and free enterprise.
"I think the American people are seeing through what's happening," he said. "The Democrats are trying to use this crisis as a way to advance their philosophy of the supremacy of government, and I don't think they're being fooled."
Romney claimed the president "incorrectly believes that the 2008 elections settled the great issues that divide America. I don't believe that's the case. I watched the debates. The great issues were rarely discussed at all." Twenty-six GOP senators attended the event, dining under a massive projection screen bearing the slogan: "Republican senators vow to regain majority in 2010."
"These are critical times," Romney said. "Defining times for the world and the nation."
Romney talked about what he saw as competing world philosophies, including that of jihadists, and critical times in history, like the Civil War and the American Revolution.
"Republicans are the revolutionaries of the day because we fervently, passionately, ardently believe that the individual accounts for the strength of America today," Romney said.
The former Massachusetts governor and businessman also explained how he sees the Democrats' view on power: that it lies in the hands of government and bureaucrats.
"We recognize it is the power of the individual that's made America what it is," Romney said.
He later continued, "I think the American people are seeing through what's happening. The Democrats are trying to use the crisis to further their philosphy of the supremacy of government ... The American people are not as thick as some would believe or have us believe."
Romney haters at it again. They never listen to what he is saying and most don’t have the intelligence to understand. I’m really surprised we still have so many closed minds on FR.
I’ve decided not to bother anymore. These are the people who gave us John McCain as our nominee, although they didn’t support him at all either, and gave us Obama, because they never could come up with a candidate they all could support.
They believe that just attacking others will somehow win elections next time around.