Lawfuel.com- Mitt Romney hit the ground running in his debate with principal GOP contender Newt Gingrich in the presidential faceoff in Jacksonville FLA.
Romney, looking to get the better of his main rival, started with the issue of illegal immigration, arguing against Gingrich’s claim that he’s ‘anti immigrant.’ Unfortunately for Gingrich, Romney’s comeback was unanswerable, that both his parents were born outside the US.
“The idea that I’m anti-immigrant is repulsive,” Romney said. “I’m glad you withdrew it. I think you should apologize for it, and I think you should recognize that having differences of opinions on issues does not justify labeling people with highly charged epithets.”
But Romney hadn’t finished with Gingrich. So far as the attacks on his personal wealth and income tax issues are concerned, he went on the attack, defending his wealth as an asset.
Romney said that his investments were in a blind trust and full taxes were paid.
“I think it’s important for people to make sure that we don’t castigate individuals who’ve been successful, and try and by innuendo suggest there’s something wrong with being successful and having investments and having a return on those investments,” he said.
Romney said he earned his money and made investments that resulted in job creation and it was something he was proud of.
“I’m proud of being successful; I’m proud of being in the free-enterprise system that creates jobs for other people. I’m not going to run from that. I’m proud of the taxes I pay. My taxes plus my charitable contributions this year, 2011, will be about 40%,” he said. “So look, let’s put behind this idea of attacking me because of my investments or my money, and let’s get Republicans to say, you know what, what you’ve accomplished in your life shouldn’t be seen as a detriment; it should be seen as an asset to help America.”