Romney speaks at MSU – WTVA
STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) — Mitt Romney spoke Wednesday evening at Mississippi State University, giving life lessons to college students and sounding like a candidate for the White House in 2016.
The 2012 GOP presidential nominee was there for a paid speaking engagement.
He gave the audience in a packed auditorium at Lee Hall some insight into the man who’s run for the White House twice.
“Almost nothing I’ve done in my career has been planned in advance,” said Romney.
His speech included humor such as whether in his wife Ann’s wildest dreams she envisioned him running for U.S. Senate.
“She said, “Mitt, you weren’t in my wildest dreams,'” said Romney. “Actually, she didn’t say that. That was a joke I bought during my campaign.”
And his talk included what he believes needs to be done: make the world a safer place, provide opportunities for all Americans and lift people out of poverty.
Romney’s remarks about terror included a jab at the Obama administration.
“Doesn’t the president understand that some of what we are seeing in the world is in part the result of his timid foreign policy?” said Romney.
He also took a swipe at Hillary Clinton, who could be the Democratic presidential nominee next year, when discussing opportunities for all.
“How can Secretary Clinton provide opportunity for all if she doesn’t know where jobs come from in the first place?” said the former Massachusetts governor.
Prior to his speech, Romney visited the popular barbecue place Little Dooey where he met with customers and with college Republicans who wouldn’t mind seeing him make a third try for president.
“I think he’s an intelligent man. I think it’s something that our country needs to see,” said MSU senior Taylor Mullins of Meadville.
Romney walked into the restaurant with someone in Starkville who may be more famous than the man who sought the White House, MSU head football coach Dan Mullen.
“When you see great and successful leaders, there’s so much you can learn from them. It’s just amazing to be around him, to see how he handles himself, the opportunity to ask a question or two,” said Mullen.
But the question many are asking was not answered Wednesday night. Romney did not give a clear indication if he’s running again, and he did not say when that decision will come.