Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and presumptive Republican presidential nominee, has rehashed his latest speech on a few occasions this week, most recently on April 20 while in Arizona speaking to party officials, according to Yahoo News. It wasn’t Romney’s normal attacks at President Barack Obama that stood out but his adamant support for the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline, going as far as saying he would build it if elected president.
“I will build that pipeline if I have to do it myself,” Romney said, in as clear a stance for the pipeline as you can get.
The Keystone XL Pipeline is a major oil project that would stretch from the tar sands in Canada to refineries in Texas and a project that has many environmental groups and Indian nations firmly entrenched against.
President Obama rejected the pipeline plan on January 18 at which time House Speaker John Boehner, R-OH, “hammered the decision,” according to an Indian Country Today Media Network story January 18.
Romney however left topics like social issues and abortion out of his speech, as he has recently come under fire for them within the Republican party. With the majority of the GOP for the pipeline, Romney’s speech April 20 may have helped smooth over his stance on the other topics.