Mitt Romney's Secret Palm Beach Stump Speech: Destroy HUD, Pitch a "Republican DREAM Act" | New Times Broward-Palm Beach


Mitt Romney's Secret Palm Beach Stump Speech: Destroy HUD, Pitch a "Republican DREAM Act"

It's amazing what a politician will say when he doesn't think the press is around.

Mitt Romney, who's the subject of this week's cover story, held a closed-door, $50,000-a-plate fundraiser in Palm Beach Sunday night, and, though he has been irritatingly vague in his publicly announced plans for his potential presidency, he gave a bunch of it away to the rich folks in a backyard up there.

Though he has vilified President Obama for being "intent on hiding" and wanting "us to reelect him so we can find out what he will actually do," Romney hasn't offered up a lot of concrete proposals for his presidency -- as the Washington Post's Greg Sargent points out, Romney has said he wants to cut federal departments but wouldn't say which ones, put forth proposals that would require massive cuts that he has not explained, and endorsed Paul Ryan's wishy-washy budget plan that lacks realistic cuts.

But Sunday, when he thought no one but his wealthy supporters was listening, he dished on all those things. Except, according to Wall Street Journal reporter Sara Murray, reporters just stood around on the sidewalk out front and listened to the whole thing.

"I'm going to take a lot of departments in Washington, and agencies, and combine them. Some eliminate, but I'm probably not going to lay out just exactly which ones are going to go," Romney said, according to MSNBC. "Things like Housing and Urban Development, which my dad was head of, that might not be around later."

HUD currently runs the Section 8 housing program and provides numerous programs and grants for development and housing for low-income families.

He also said he would take the Department of Education and "will either consolidate with another agency or perhaps make it a heck of a lot smaller."

He said the Republicans needed a "DREAM Act" of their own because "we have to get Hispanic voters to vote for our party," which seems to suggest he supports some kind of path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

Well, it's good to know -- if you want to find out what a politician actually wants to do, it'll cost a pretty penny 5,000,000 pennies.