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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
Two days before Nevada's Republican caucus, FOX5 got the chance to sit down with Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney to ask about issues important to Southern Nevadans.
We started with what Romney says he plans to do on day one of his presidency. The former governor of Massachusetts says he will issue waivers allowing states to opt out of the Affordable Health Care Act. It's health care many say is similar to what he passed during his tenure in Massachusetts.
"When we passed our health care plan in Massachusetts, I was asked whether it was something that should be adopted at the national level," said Romney. "I said, 'No.' It was crafted for our state for a very particular circumstance which existed in our state."
Romney also wants to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act. Romney said he does have a plan for Nevadans who would be left uninsured.
"The right course for America is to allow individuals to have the same tax treatment in buying insurance as corporations have, but the best thing I can do for young people who are worried about health insurance is to make sure they have good jobs," said Romney.
Nevada has been devastated by the housing crisis. Many in Las Vegas continue to see falling home prices and many more have lost their homes to foreclosure.
FOX5 asked, "If you're president, can they expect the federal government to help them save their home, or are they on their own?"
"My view is that the best thing that the federal government can do to help is to get this economy growing again, to have good jobs with raising incomes," Romney responded. "If people are looking for someone to promise that they'll write them a check, that the government will give them money, they should vote for President Obama."
When asked about the growing gap between the rich and the poor, Romney answered, "This president has failed the American people. The reason I'm running for president, in part, is that I spent my life in the public sector. I want to get the economy to work for the American people."
Nevada's Hispanic vote has proven to be decisive in elections, most recently as the swing vote to re-elect U.S. Sen. Harry Reid. If Romney becomes the GOP presidential nominee, he'll likely need Nevada Hispanics if he plans to win the state - a state that Obama won in 2008.
"My view is that we should enforce our immigration laws," said Romney. He has faced criticism before that his views are anti-Hispanic. He rebuffed that notion, pointing out he couldn't have won Florida's primary without the support of Hispanics.
Romney did leave the door open for support of the DREAM Act, legislation that would legalize some illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children by their parents.
"If the DREAM Act were limited to those that serve in our military, if it were appropriately structured, then I could support that," he said.
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