WALL STREET: Romney advocates repealing and replacing the Dodd-Frank Wall Street regulatory changes with a streamlined, modern, regulatory framework. As president, hed review all Obama-era regulations and eliminate those that he feels unduly burden the economy.
TRADE: Romney says he would issue an executive order on his first day in office ordering the State Department to list China as a currency manipulator and to direct the Commerce Department to assess countervailing duties on Chinese imports if Beijing fails to float its currency. U.S. business and many lawmakers believe that China keeps a competitive edge over American manufacturers and businesses by keeping the yuan weak to boost exports
He also wants a Reagan Economic Zone in Asia that would promote free trade and draw in an expanding circle of nations seeking greater access to other markets.
HEALTH CARE: Romney and congressional Republicans want to repeal the 2010 health care law passed by a Democratic-controlled Congress and signed by President Barack Obama. Romney would issue an executive order immediately that would allow any state to waive the laws requirements and urge states to adopt their own health care plans.
SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: Romney supports a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman and vowed to use other measures to promote traditional marriage. As a U.S. Senate candidate from Massachusetts 18 years ago, Romney promised to be a strong advocate for gay rights.
IMMIGRATION: Romney wants to complete the U.S.-Mexico border fence or high-tech system to reduce illegal immigration south of the border. He opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants now in the U.S. He opposes the DREAM Act, which would allow young people who came to the U.S. illegally as children to stay here if theyre enrolled in college or serve in the military. However, he supports the military component of the act. As president I will stand for a path to legal status for anyone who is willing to stand up and defend this great nation through military service, he told the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials convention in June.
DEFENSE: Romney wants to reinstate looming defense cuts, with spending not allowed to drop below 4 percent of the gross domestic product. He calls for more competition for military contracts and for paring down a Pentagon civilian workforce that he describes as bloated. As president, Romney wants to increase the number of Navy ships built from nine per year to 15 per year.
IRAN: Romney says he would keep the military option on the table. He added that in his first 100 days as president he would deploy aircraft carrier task forces to the Eastern Mediterranean and to the Persian Gulf region simultaneously.
AFGHANISTAN: Romney labeled Obamas publicly released timetable for withdrawing U.S. forces from Afghanistan by 2014 naive. Still, the former Massachusetts governor concurs with Obamas timetable but stresses that the decision to withdraw troops would be assessed by U.S. military commanders and conditions on the ground.
RUSSIA: Romney advocates a hardened view of Moscow and Russian President Vladimir Putin than Obama and former President George W. Bush. He said he would review the implementation of the START nuclear arms treaty, apparently raising the possibility that he might refuse to continue acting on it. He also said he would confront the Russian government over its authoritarian practices and would provide stronger support for Russian neighbors like Poland.
EDUCATION: Romney proposes expanding parental school choice by linking federal education funds to students so that parents could send their children to any public or charter school. He also would revamp the George W. Bush-era No Child Left Behind Act by reducing the federal governments management role while ensuring that schools are held responsible for results.