Nightly News | September 10, 2012
>>> republican presidential nominee mitt romney in chicago tonight raising money. earlier today, he campaigned in mansfield, ohio and said in a statement he is disappointed in the chicago teachers, saying he stands with the parents and kids, something the obama campaign immediately branded lip service . on "meet the press," there was the interview that still had people talking about the governor's position on taxes and health care .
>> on health care , you say you would rescind the president's health care plan on day one. does that mean you would be willing to say to young adults and people with pre-existing conditions, that they could no longer be guaranteed health care ?
>> of course not, you know, i said we would replace it. and even in massachusetts, our plan there dealt with pre-existing conditions.
>> reporter: so you would keep it as part of a federal plan?
>> i'm not getting rid of health care reform , i want to make sure those with pre-existing conditions can get coverage. two, make sure the market place allows for individuals that have policies to cover their family to whatever age they may like. i am very concerned that we have 23 million people out of work or stopped looking for work or under-employed. everything i want to do, bring our rates down, encourage growth, keep revenue up by limiting deductions and exemptions and make sure we don't put any bigger problem on middle income people.
>> reporter: but governor, where are the specifics on how you get to this? isn't that an issue?
>> well, the specifics are these's the principles are described are the part of my policy, and i have indicated, as well, contrary to what the democrats say i'm not going to increase the tax burden on middle income families. it would be wrong to do that.
>> reporter: give me an example of what you would do.
>> well, i can tell you, at the high end , they have fewer deductions, the numbers come down. otherwise, they get a tax break . and i want to make sure that people understand despite what the democrats said at their convention, i am not reducing taxes on high income taxpayers.
>> reporter: you will hear governor romney say it a lot, he wants the message loud and clear. he will be dogged by people on the campaign trail and the obama team that says the math just doesn't add up for what he wants to do to get rid of the budget deficit .
>> david, what about this topic of the single president situation?
>> he knows he will be unpopular if he takes on some of the big cuts off dealing with the budget deficit . he understands he will have to perhaps even cause a revolt among conservatives. and i think he is open to the idea that political prospects is not something he is going to have to worry about. he wants primarily to get a deal, send the signal out, even if it is just one term.
>> david gregory in the d.c.