Romney blasts 'crony capitalism'

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Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney met with supporters Monday morning and criticized President Barack Obama’s policies relating to health care reform, proposed military cuts and “crony capitalism.

”Romney, speaking to a crowd at Ring Power Lift Trucks on the Southside, also addressed the housing market difficulties that have plagued Florida.

“Instead of being driven by the market and consumers, it’s driven by politicians,” Romney said, referring to “crony capitalism” and deals the government has given to companies.

On the economy, Romney said he would “restore the free market enterprise” to combat such practices.

He also said he would repeal “Obamacare,” a term used to describe Obama’s universal health care program.

“We have to cut federal spending, we have to cap it and we have to finally balance the budget,” he said.

The path for America differs between the president and him, he said.

“The right course for America is to restore the principles that made us the world leader and turn back to our respective life,” he said. “I will restore those principles of America and will use all my energy and passion to keep America strong.”

State Rep. Daniel Davis and U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw introduced Romney at the event.

Davis said Romney has the leadership qualities, job experience and ability to “get this country back on track” and would “hand Barack Obama his pink slip.”

Statewide voters head to the polls today to determine a primary winner.

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