Over the weekend, Mitt Romney was at a closed-door no-press fundraiser with wealthy donors. He spoke candidly of his plans for what he would do when he won the White House, which is something he doesn't do in his stump speech. Hilariously, a bunch of reporters on the sidewalk outside the private event could hear everything Romney said:
"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. "Things like Housing and Urban Development, which my dad was head of, that might not be around later. But I'm not going to actually go through these one by one. What I can tell you is, we've got far too many bureaucrats. I will send a lot of what happens in Washington back to the states...The Department of Education: I will either consolidate with another agency, or perhaps make it a heck of a lot smaller. I'm not going to get rid of it entirely," Romney said
I've said this before, and I'll say it again, but let's think about this for a moment: The Republican nominee won't talk about his plans for government in full because he knows they'll be too unpopular. Even the little bit that he offered at the private party sounds too drastic for mainstream consumption. In any case, Mitt wasn't the only Romney blabbing away. Ann said she loved being "attacked" by Hillary Rosen last week:
She also discussed the criticism she faced this week, and her pride in her role as a mother. "It was my early birthday present for someone to be critical of me as a mother, and that was really a defining moment, and I loved it," Mrs. Romney said.
Mitt similarly called the Rosen attack a "gift." And he went into further detail about his plans to eliminate taxes for the wealthy and the need for a "Republican DREAM Act" to win back the Hispanic vote. You should read the whole account, because it's a look at a world that's always hidden behind closed doors. In response, the Romney campaign is saying that Romney was "tossing ideas out, not unveiling policy."