Former US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday. (Nicholas Kamm / AFP / Getty Images)
Washington — Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney praised Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder for last year signing right-to-work legislation.
In Romney's first public speech since losing in November, the Detroit native heralded Republican governors for making reforms and singled out Michigan's Snyder.
"Perhaps because I am a former governor, I would urge you to learn the lessons that come from some of our greatest success stories: the 30 Republican governors," he told hundreds of activists at the Conservative Political Action Conference outside Washington. "Gov. Rick Snyder signed right-to-work legislation — in Michigan. Several secured tort reform. Many turned huge deficits into surpluses. Republican governors reached across the aisle, offered innovative solutions and have been willing to take the heat to make tough decisions."
Romney didn't mention the state takeover of Detroit or the role his opposition to the $85 billion auto bailout may have played in his defeat. He has kept a low-profile, granting just one interview to Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace since November.