What Romney didn’t know, however, was that media were nearby and heard everything he said.
His true goals and beliefs? Cut from, merge and even eliminate federal government departments. He’s already won the support of Fox News’ “true believers.” And he hopes Hispanics suffer economically now in order to win their votes in November.
Garrett Haake from NBC, who recorded Romney’s address while standing with other media below the event’s setting, caught Romney stating he would consolidate many government departments and eliminate some; even “Housing and Urban Development, which my dad was head of, that might not be around later,” Romney said.
The Dept. of Education wouldn’t be completely removed, Romney told attendees at the gathering, but he would “make it a heck of a lot smaller.”
He can’t let voters know of his true intentions with the Dept. of Education, though, he said, because he learned that public opposition to the concept harmed his campaign for U.S. Senate in 1994.
Also, Romney said part of the reason he wants to cut from that department is to harm teachers’ unions, according to Haake.
While Hispanics may be leaning towards Pres. Obama at the moment, Romney acknowledged, one way to get their vote would be if the economy were poor enough to have that topic outweigh the subject of immigration. “We have to get Hispanic voters for our party,” he said.
Romney also spoke of poor reception he received from all television media except for Fox News, which he said was only viewed by “the true believers.” He leads the Obama campaign on the Internet, though, he said, and particularly through web applications like Twitter.
In an average of recent polls, Obama leads Romney by three percent. The most recent poll, conducted April 13-15 by CNN and ORC International, shows the president leading his Republican challenger by nine percent.