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ROMNEY VISIT: Debt Is Like “Prairie Fire”

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GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney campaigned in Des Moines Tuesday afternoon, talking about the national debt and attacking President Obama for policies he says have, “taken us backward.”

Romney attended an event at Fort Des Moines Hotel where he compared the national debt to a “prairie fire”. He said the issue was not a party-specific one, but applied to everyone, “That fire could care less if you have a donkey or an elephant in your front lawn, it’s still coming for your house.”

Romney talked about placing limits on government spending, which he says accounts for a quarter of the nation’s economy, and reducing it by 5%. He talked about his plans for a “smaller, simpler, smarter” federal government.

“I will halt the expansion of government and I will repeal Obamacare,” vowed Romney.

This was Mitt Romney’s first trip back to the state since the Iowa Caucuses in November of 2011. Romney finished second to Rick Santorum in the caucuses.