Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney briefly visited Irvine Monday, marking his third fundraiser in Orange County since his campaign began. Conan Nolan reports from Orange for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on July 23, 2012.
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney held a discussion with small business owners in Costa Mesa on Monday morning, officially resuming his campaign after taking the weekend off out of respect for the victims of the Colorado movie theater shooting.
The discussion, which his campaign billed as a “small business roundtable,” was held at Endural LLC, a plastic container manufacturer based in Costa Mesa.
During the meeting, Romney criticized U.S. President Barack Obama for not meeting with his jobs council in six months, saying the president should spend some time with the group between fundraisers. He spoke in front of a blue sign that read "We Did Build It!," a reference to Obama's controversial "You didn't build that" comment that has since drawn criticism from the Romney campaign.
Romney's roundtable centered on economic growth and job creation. As part of a 59-point plan, the former Governor of Massachusetts has pledged to repeal the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which was signed into law two years ago and aims to improve accountability and transparency within the financial system.
Romney has also advocated maintaining current tax rates on personal income and overhauling the tax system.
Earlier Monday morning, Romney attended a $1,000 per person breakfast fundraiser at the Hyatt Regency in Irvine.
Though members of Occupy Orange County had planned to protest the fundraiser, they cancelled the event to show their solidarity with those affected by the Colorado shooting, according to the group’s online calendar.
The Irvine event marks the campaign’s third fundraiser in Orange County since March.
Obama will also be in California on Monday, beginning his day in San Francisco before speaking at a convention for nonprofit organization Veterans of Foreign Wars in Reno, Nevada.