Five Republican presidential candidates appeared at a forum in Columbia Monday. The event was hosted by the conservative American Principles Project.
Each of the candidates had 20 minutes to answer questions from Senator Jim DeMint, Iowa Congressman Steve King, and Princeton law professor Robert George.
Here is former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. AUDIO
This was a rare South Carolina appearance by Romney. When asked about the economy, he said the best way to encourage economic growth is to roll back a series of recent laws he claims have muzzled the credit market. Romney said recent Wall Street reforms went too far and did not address the real problems behind the credit market crash in 2008.
Romney was only briefly asked about health care reform– notably criticism that a plan he supported in Massachusetts was the basis for what Republicans derisively call “Obamacare.” Romney said he hoped to one day debate the President about that:
“And I’ll say to him, ‘Why didn’t you give me a call and I’d have told you what to do right and what not to do.’ The critical thing is this: we dealt with 8 percent and he dealt with 100 percent of the American people. He said” I’m going to change health care for all of you.’ It’s simply unconstitutional.”