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Romney Promises to ‘Bury The Hatchet,’ Work with Democrats

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(GOLDEN, Colo.) -- Mitt Romney appeared in Colorado today and promoted his bipartisan work as governor of Massachusetts. He told supporters at a rally that Americans need a president who “buries the hatchet.”

Hopping onto a park bench outside, Romney spoke to an overflow crowd prior to his grassroots events, telling the crowd he wanted them to know he wasn’t a “dismembered spirit” on a microphone but a “real person.”

“I worked in a state. I found a way to work across the aisle, by the way. And when I look — we’ve got to have someone that goes to Washington that buries the hatchet and says you know what, there are good Democrats, there are good Republicans that care about America, let’s work together to get the American people working, get some growth again. This is important. Getting America working, this isn’t a statistic we’re talking about.  Twenty-three million Americans out work or underemployed. Twenty-three million. It’s a tragedy. It’s a moral failing for a country as successful as successful and wealthy as ours to have had policies that kept people from going to work. I want to get people back to work that want to work. Put them in good jobs with more take home pay.”

Romney today unveiled a presidential accountability scorecard today, telling the crowd that voters should look how President Obama’s promises from four years ago stack up on his report card today.

“Ever since I was in elementary school we had report cards,” Romney said.  “When I was younger they used to give us A, B, C, D, E, F and then there was a period of time where they said well he’s doing well, or not so well, or he could do better.  We got a little soft in the grading.  But I’m going to be a little bit more straightforward with grading today.”

“When the president was here as a candidate accepting the nomination four years ago in Colorado, he had laid out the report card on which he hoped to be judged by,” Romney continued, outlining how President Obama has failed to keep the promises he put forth four years ago.

Romney described the five criteria of the scorecard which both President Obama and Romney himself must meet if he becomes president. The scorecard will set goals of achieving energy independence in North America by 2020; provide Americans with the skills they need to succeed, including K-12 education, affordable higher education and job training; create a trade environment that works for America; cutting the deficit; and championing small businesses to foster job creation.

The 2020 goal for achieving energy independence in North America is a new timetable set by the campaign, which says it will work toward the goal by improving the regulatory climate in the energy industry and promote increased production of domestic energy through natural gas, oil development and coal.

While much of the plan has been laid out over the past year, Romney’s advisors said they will be “reintroducing” policy proposals this fall as voters pay closer attention to the election.

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