- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 29, 2015

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said in a speech at Mississippi State University that the government should not press forth policies that discourage marriage because the formation and maintenance of the family unit is what helps stave off poverty.

The former 2012 GOP presidential candidate also said the current realities of the economy were that it’s “a lot better for the few and pretty darn discouraging for the many,” he said, Politico reported.

“We need a president who will do what it takes to bring more good paying jobs to the placement offices of our college campuses,” Mr. Romney said, Politico reported. “[I’ve] met folks who had been in poverty from generation to generation. These we have to help escape the tragedy and the trap of chronic generational poverty. … It’s finally time to apply conservative policies that improve America’s education system, promote family formation and create good-paying jobs.”

Mr. Romney specified that the government ought to create and implement a policy agenda that promotes, rather than discourages, poverty, Politico reported.

And on a run for the presidency in 2016 and how he would shape a successful campaign that differed from his prior unsuccessful runs? Mr. Romney dodged.

“That’s another question I won’t answer,” he said, Politico reported.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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