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Romney addresses NAA/ASNE luncheon
By Sarah Hogue
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, speaking in the same room a day after President Barack Obama, criticized Obama and his remarks, and emphasized what he would bring to the Oval Office.
After winning primaries in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Wisconsin on Tuesday, Romney celebrated the victories and responded to Obama's Tuesday address at The Associated Press Luncheon.
>> Watch archived video of Gov. Romney's speech
Romney charged that Obama doesn't say what he means and that all candidates must be candid and honest.
"What the public doesn't know won't hurt him," said Romney, referring to his perception of Obama's campaign strategy of hiding his actual views from voters.
Romney criticized Obama's views on Medicare, his economic stimulus package, the size of the national debt and the president's support of now bankrupt "green" companies such as Solyndra. Romney said the debt under Obama is almost equivalent to that accrued by all presidents before him combined.
Romney discussed his business successes and talked about his home life, assuring the audience that these make him a viable candidate for the presidency.
In the question-and-answer period after the address, which was moderated by outgoing ASNE President Ken Paulson, Romney was asked whether he would support a bill proposed by Sen. John McCain, D-Ariz., when McCain was a presidential candidate. The measure would have allowed journalists to maintain confidentiality of their sources. Romney said he had never heard of the bill and would not respond until he heard pros and cons from both sides.
About 725 people attended the luncheon set for 1,100. Each ticket purchased for the two conferences, which have run concurrently in presidential election years, included tickets to both luncheons.
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Sarah Hogue is a student at the University of Maryland. She is one of several local university journalism students reporting live from ASNE 2012 in Washington, D.C.
Apr 05 2012, 09:47 AM
About Amanda Knowles
Amanda Knowles is Web & Social Media Manager at the Newspaper Association of America. Before coming to NAA, Amanda spent four years working in print journalism, both at the college and professional level. She has worked as a copy editor and news page designer for two daily newspapers in northwestern Pennsylvania, The Erie Times-News and The Meadville Tribune. Most recently, she collaborated on The American Observer, the online magazine edited and produced by graduate journalism students at American University in Washington, D.C. Amanda believes strongly in the secure future of the newspaper, and is excited to be a participant in the movement to integrate traditional print media into the burgeoning digital world.