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Boston, MAToday, Governor Mitt Romney issued the following statement on the President’s remarks concerning an economic stimulus package:

“Today, the President took an important step forward to jumpstarting our economy by laying out his principles for an economic stimulus package. We must immediately cut taxes on both individuals and businesses, and address the housing crisis to help American homeowners. Permanent reductions in both individual and corporate tax rates are vital to strengthening the economy in the long term. Tomorrow, I will offer my ideas on how to most effectively grow this economy in the short term. It is critical for every American that Washington quickly debate, pass and sign into law a pro-growth stimulus package.”


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“Republicans need a candidate who represents conservative values, builds bipartisan support and signals change for a restless electorate.

 “Romney is that candidate.”


 Romney is GOP’s best candidate


 Nevada Republicans who want to participate in their party’s choice of a presidential nominee have a problem: The party and the candidates have shown little interest in them in the run-up to Saturday’s GOP caucuses.

 State Republican officials made a mess of the process, including erroneous information on caucus locations on their Web site. So it’s no surprise that the candidates have largely ignored Nevada. Republican voters have had little chance to get to know the candidates, and those who find their way to precinct meetings might well be shooting in the dark.

 The only candidate who has spent a significant amount of time in Nevada is U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, the Texas libertarian who has campaigned on an anti-war, anti-tax and return-to-the-Constitution platform. His message is an important one for those who are tired of politics as usual. His defense of the Bill of Rights is refreshing amid “patriot” initiatives that infringe on free speech, privacy and gun ownership. But he doesn’t represent a large part of the Republican Party, which casts doubt on his electability.

 The best candidate — and the one who would give the party its strongest chance in the fall — is former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

 Romney is a successful businessman who showed his ability to get voters to cross party lines when he won the governor’s office in Massachusetts, home of the Kennedys, Michael Dukakis and John Kerry. He left that office with his reputation and his relationships intact.

 Romney’s most remarkable feat, however, was his stewardship of the Salt Lake City Olympics. He showed that he could bring disparate groups together, clean up a mess left by his predecessor, and to put on possibly the most successful games ever.

 Romney’s No. 1 opponent since the New Hampshire primary is Arizona U.S. Sen. John McCain. McCain is a genuine war hero. But he’s also a government insider who has outlived scandal. But McCain is no friend to Nevada. In 2000, he joined with the NCAA to scapegoat Nevada sportsbooks for a point-shaving scandal in Arizona and was chief sponsor of a bill that would have banned betting on college sports, a business legal in Nevada. He also is a supporter of the Yucca Mountain project.

 The other top candidate is former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, winner in Iowa. His campaign has been slow to catch fire, and Nevadans know little of him.

 He does not appear to offer the party much new, however. Neither do the other candidates remaining in the race, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who became a hero by his response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks but was not a successful mayor to that point; the sometimes actor and sometimes former Tennessee U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson; and U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter from California.

 Republicans need a candidate who represents conservative values, builds bipartisan support and signals change for a restless electorate.

 Romney is that candidate.


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“Republicans haven’t had much national electoral success of late, and for that they have only themselves to blame. In the 14 years since the Gingrich revolution, too many Republicans have embraced the beltway culture and abandoned the very principles upon which their success with voters depended — smaller government, low taxes, free markets and personal liberty.

 “Nevada Republicans on Saturday should examine their choices through precisely such a filter. Each GOP candidate can make — and has made — a reasonable case that he’s best suited to ensure the party again embraces the ideas and concepts that made this nation a beacon of freedom and economic opportunity. But in our opinion, the viable candidate most likely to lead Republicans in such a direction is Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts.”

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 Romney best pick for state Republicans



 You might not know it, but there’s also a Republican caucus in Nevada on Saturday.

 While the Democratic candidates have been showering attention on the Silver State in order to sway voters in preparation for their Saturday event, Republican hopefuls have been largely absent, preferring to campaign in Michigan and South Carolina.

 Thus the GOP caucus here hasn’t garnered nearly the attention of the Democratic one.

 As it stands now, there is no clear Republican front-runner nationally. Mike Huckabee won Iowa, John McCain took New Hampshire and Mitt Romney picked up Michigan. The race in South Carolina looks to be close. Meanwhile, Rudy Giuliani is banking that he’ll grab a big win in Florida and gain momentum for Super Tuesday, when 22 states will hold primaries.

 The fight for the nomination “is going to be like the Bataan Death March,” said Ron Kaufman, a top adviser to Mr. Romney.

 Well then, perhaps even little old Nevada could provide a slight boost for the winning GOP candidate.

 Republicans haven’t had much national electoral success of late, and for that they have only themselves to blame. In the 14 years since the Gingrich revolution, too many Republicans have embraced the beltway culture and abandoned the very principles upon which their success with voters depended — smaller government, low taxes, free markets and personal liberty.

 Nevada Republicans on Saturday should examine their choices through precisely such a filter. Each GOP candidate can make — and has made — a reasonable case that he’s best suited to ensure the party again embraces the ideas and concepts that made this nation a beacon of freedom and economic opportunity. But in our opinion, the viable candidate most likely to lead Republicans in such a direction is Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts.

 Mr. Romney’s economic agenda includes several pro-growth policies, including a plan to eliminate taxes on capital gains, interest and dividends for any household earning less than $200,000 a year. He backs a line-item veto, favors making the Bush tax cuts permanent and understands that imposing higher taxes as a means of fixing Social Security will only make the problem worse.

 He’s supportive of free trade, rejects protectionism, backs tort reform, supports school choice and accountability, and while governor was even able to successfully push a handful of spending reforms through Massachusetts’ overwhelmingly Democratic legislature. Mr. Romney vows to exercise his veto power if Congress doesn’t embrace spending restraint and understands the drag that excessive federal regulation imposes on the innovation and the economy.

 Mr. Romney did push a measure to ensure universal health insurance in Massachusetts, but says as president he’d offer incentives for states to experiment with their own solutions, rather than embrace a top-down, national single-payer system. He also understands that a sensible energy policy will require developing more of America’s domestic resources.

 Mr. Romney has extensive experience in the private sector, which is unusual for far too many politicians. Before becoming governor of Massachusetts, he was the president and CEO of the Salt Lake City Olympic Organizing Committee. He is a former vice president and CEO of Bain & Company Inc., a Boston management consulting firm, and also a founder of Bain Capital, a private equity firm.

 In a speech earlier this month to the Economic Club of Detroit, Mr. Romney articulated a concise understanding of what made this country great.

 “The 20th century saw two economic systems pitted against each other,” he said. “Ours, built on free enterprise and the primacy of the consumer. The Soviets’, built on government command and control, and the primacy of the state.

 “Ours produced the most powerful economy in the world that has given its citizens a standard of living our grandparents never dreamed possible; theirs produced a downward spiraling standard of living and eventual collapse.

 “The 20th century history lesson is that America’s economy is strong because we put our trust in the American people, and in the free enterprises they create.”

 We urge Nevada Republicans on Saturday to support Mitt Romney.


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Tonight, Governor Mitt Romney earned an impressive victory in Michigan as tens of thousands of voters cast their ballot for conservative change in Washington.  Elections are about the future and Governor Romney has the experience, vision and values to build a stronger America.  Tonight’s victory is a victory for optimism over Washington-style pessimism.  With the announcement of today’s results, Governor Romney made the following remarks to supporters, volunteers and the American people.

Governor Mitt Romney:  “Well, tonight, tonight marks the beginning of a comeback, a comeback for America.  Only a week ago, a win looked like it was impossible, but then you got out and told America what they needed to hear.  You said we would fight for every job.  You said that we would fight to get health care for all Americans.  You said we’d fight to secure our border.  You said you’d fight for us to be able to get lower taxes for middle-income Americans, and Michigan heard, and Michigan voted tonight. Congratulations! 

“Tonight proves that you can’t tell an American that there’s something that they just can’t do because Americans can do whatever they set their hearts on.  Tonight is a victory of optimism over Washington-style pessimism.  Tonight, we are celebrating here in Michigan, I’ve got to tell you that.  Guess what they’re doing in Washington?  They’re worrying, because they realize, the lobbyists and the politicians realize, that America now understands that Washington is broken, and we’re going to do something about it.

“America understands that Washington has promised that they’d secure our borders, but they haven’t. Washington told us that they would live by high ethical standards, but they haven’t.  Washington told us that they’d fix Social Security, but they haven’t.  Washington told us they’d get us better health care and better education, but they haven’t.  Washington told us they’d get us a tax break for middle income Americans, but they haven’t.  Washington told us that they’d cut back on the earmarks and the pork-barrel spending, but they haven’t.  And Washington told us they’d reduce our dependence on foreign oil, but they haven’t.  And who’s going to get the job done?  We are!

“Guys, it was not very far from right here that Ann and I and our family behind us began our campaign at the Henry Ford Museum of Innovation.  Wow that’s powerful, I’ll tell you.  At the Museum of Innovation, we said that we’re going to take innovation and change to Washington, recognizing that there’s no way that an insider in Washington is going to turn Washington inside out.  But we’re going to do that. American voters said that knowing how America works is more important than knowing how Washington works.

“And what we’re going to see in the next few days is Democrats saying that they’re the party of change. You’re going to hear Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and John Edwards saying that they’re the party of change.  And I think they would bring change to America, just not the kind we want.  I think they take their inspiration from the Europe of old: big government, big brother, big taxes.  They fundamentally in their hearts believe that America is great because we have a great government, and we do have a great government, but that’s not what makes us the best nation, the strongest nation, the greatest nation on Earth.  What makes us such a great nation is the American people.  I take my inspiration from Ronald Reagan and George Herbert Walker Bush, who took their inspiration from the American people – hard-working American people, people who believed in opportunity, who loved education, God-fearing people, people who also love their families, people deeply patriotic.  It is that characteristic of the American people that makes us the most powerful nation on Earth.  Ronald Reagan, George Herbert Walker Bush said we are a great and good people, it’s exactly what we are.  It’s why we will always be the most powerful nation on Earth.

“Now, you heard right here in Michigan, our campaign, we said we were going to strengthen our military with additional troops and better equipment and better care for our veterans when they come home.  We also said that we’re going to strengthen our families.  We said we’re going to strengthen the economy.  I will never accept defeat for any industry here in America, we’ll fight for every job.  

“I have a couple of questions for you.  Is Washington, D.C., broken?”

Crowd:  “Yes!”

Governor Romney:  “Can it be fixed?”

Crowd:  “Yes!”

Governor Romney:  “Are we the team that’s going to get the job done?”

Crowd:  “Yes!”

Governor Romney:  “Alright, let’s take this campaign to South Carolina and Nevada and Florida and all over the country, and let’s take it all the way to the White House!  Thank you so much!”

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Speaking to Michigan leaders, Governor Romney laid out his vision for strengthening our economy to the benefit of Michigan and all American families.

Governor Romney: “Thank you. This is quite an institution. It’s good to be back here with you. It’s good to be back in Michigan.

“You know, somehow everything just seems right here. In the winter, of course, the skies are cloudy all day. Most of the cars you see on the roads are made here in the good old U-S-of A.

“People know that pop is not a relative, it’s a soft drink, and they know that Vernors is the best ginger ale in the world.

“And of course, for me, I have a lot of memories here. This is where both Ann and I were born. It’s where I met her. We were in our senior year when we went to a party together. I was in senior year, she was a sophomore. She came with someone else. I noticed her at age 16. She was very interesting. I went to the guy who brought her there and said, ‘Look, I live closer to Ann than you do, can I give her a ride home?’ We’ve been going steady ever since.

“So we know each other real well. I said to her after we made the decision to get into this race, and you’ve probably heard it before, I said, ‘Ann, in your wildest dreams did you see me running for President of the United States?’ And she said, ‘Mitt, you weren’t in my wildest dreams.’ She’d be here today, but she’s in Lansing, by the way, speaking at another event for me.

“First, one of the things I like best about coming back to Michigan is the memories I have in my heart of my Mom and Dad.

“One of my favorite stories, and you may have heard this because they told it more than once, was about my Dad’s visit to Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, on the 4th of July. He got up and spoke before the town. He said, ‘It sure is great being here in Mt. Clement.’ There was this big ooooh in the audience and my mother leaned forward and said, ‘George, it’s Pleasant, Pleasant!’ He said, ‘Yeah, it sure is pleasant here in Mt. Clement.’

“Now I have to tell you, if I’m elected as President of this great land, I will not need a compass to tell me where Michigan is.

“And I won’t need to be briefed on what’s going on in the auto industry or what’s happening to Michigan’s economy. You see, I’ve got Michigan in my DNA. I’ve got it in my heart and I’ve got cars in my bloodstream.

“When I was living here, Michigan was the pride of the country and really the envy of the entire world. Detroit was the Motor City to everybody in the world. Of course, the Hudson’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was one of the grand traditions my family enjoyed.

“And perhaps the biggest day of the year for me was being able to go to the Detroit Auto Show. This was really something. My Dad was head of a car company, you know, he made Ramblers. And we were escorted from the hotel with a police escort, motorcycles, awfully cool, even though we had to go in a Rambler. So exciting.

“But a lot has changed since then, as you know, and not all of it is good. Michigan is enduring a one-state recession, and the problem has only been exacerbated by poor choices made by some of the leaders in Lansing to raise taxes and take that course instead of cutting spending.

“Unemployment, now you know these numbers, unemployment at 7.4% is in the basement of the entire country. A state agency just this week forecast that next year it’s going to go to 8.2% and after that 8.7% the year after.

“And the question is, what has Washington done with this looming, not looming, this existing crisis, this recession, what has Washington done to help? The answer is not very much at all.

“In fact, in face of all of the existing burdens that weigh down our domestic auto industry, instead of throwing over a life preserver, Washington has dropped yet another anvil on Michigan with higher CAFE standards. And now, it’s passively sitting back to see if the car companies can swim. And the answer is: just barely.

“A lot of Washington politicians are aware of the pain, but they haven’t done anything about it. And of course, I hear people from time to time say, ‘Well, that’s Michigan’s problem.’ Or, they say something like, ‘Well, it’s the car companies. They just brought it on themselves.’

“But that’s where they’re wrong. What Michigan is feeling will be felt by the entire nation unless we win the economic battle here. Michigan is a bit like the canary in the mine shaft. What’s hurting Michigan, if it’s left unchecked, will ultimately imperil the entire nation.

“What’s at stake here, in fact, is even larger than that. It’s even larger than an industry and a state. The world is seeing the beginning of a global competitive struggle. It pits at least four major economic strategies against each other, and each of them has far reaching consequences for the peace of the planet, the prosperity, and security of America and the world.

“Our strategy – the American strategy – you know well. It is economic freedom combined with personal freedom. That’s our strategy.

“China’s strategy is Communism combined with an unbridled morphing of free enterprise. China doesn’t flinch at buying oil from the genocidal Sudanese government or selling nuclear technology to the Iranians who threaten genocide. Today, China alone accounts for one-third of our trade imbalance as a nation.

“There’s a third strategy; it’s based on the control of energy and oil. It’s pursued by a resurgent Russia, by Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, by Iran’s President Ahmadinejad. Today, as you know, our energy purchases account for another one-third of our trade imbalance.

“The fourth strategy that’s being pursued is radical, violent Jihadism. It is a very different campaign. It wants to return the world to the economy and the human condition of the Dark Ages. Violent Jihadism has cost America this year more in our treasure than even our purchases of oil. And, of course, much more, it has cost the lives of our countrymen, and other people throughout the world.

“We’re accustomed as a people to measuring our national security in terms of missiles and aircraft and defense spending. But I would suggest that as we look down the lane for this next century, a better measure of our national security is the health of our economy. You cannot have a first-tier military and have a second-tier economy. The Soviet Union learned that the hard way and Ronald Reagan taught it to them.

“Michigan’s economic worries should be America’s worries. I don’t know about the Washington politicians, but I can tell you this: if I am President, I will not rest until Michigan has come back!

“I am convinced that Michigan can once again lead the world’s automotive industry. But it means we’re going to have to change things in Washington. We’re going to have to go from politicians who say they are ‘aware’ of Michigan’s problems to have a President instead who will actually take action to do something about them.

“Let me tell you some of the places where I’d start.

“First of all, we have to be honest about the problems we have and tackle them head on. If I’m President of this country, I will roll up my sleeves in the first 100 days I’m in office, and I will personally bring together industry, labor, Congressional and state leaders and together we will develop a plan to rebuild America’s automotive leadership. It will be a plan that works for Michigan and that works for the American taxpayer.

“And as part of this, we will directly address and rectify the enormous product cost and capital cost disadvantages that currently burden the domestic automakers. From legacy costs, to health care costs, to increased CAFE standard costs, to the cost of embedded taxes, Detroit can only thrive if Washington is an engaged partner, not a disinterested observer. The plan is going to have to include increases in funding for automotive related research as well as new tax benefits including making the Research and Development Tax Credit permanent.

“I am not open to a bail out, but I am open to a work out. Washington should not be a benefactor, but it can and must be a partner.

“But that’s only one step. Washington also has to stop loading Detroit down with unfunded mandates. Of course, we all want fuel mileage to rise, but discontinuous CAFE leaps, uncoordinated with the domestic manufacturers, and absent consideration of competitiveness, kills jobs and imperils the entire industry. Washington dictated CAFE is not the right answer.

“We also have to stop Washington politicians from imposing enormous unilateral energy costs on American manufacturing, including automotive manufacturing. For example, the McCain-Lieberman bill pending in Congress unilaterally imposes new high energy costs on U.S. manufacturers, with no safety valve. The Energy Information Agency estimated that this bill would raise electric rates by as much as 25% and gasoline by as much as 68 cents a gallon. And their estimate of the cost in U.S. jobs — 300,000 jobs. So it’s not just a job killer, it would also make it harder for families to make their ends meet.

“Now of course we have to tackle the threat of climate change. But we don’t call it America warming, we call it global warming. Placing caps and taxes on the U.S. alone just drives manufacturers to China and India, and does little more than make Washington politicians feel welcome at the embassy cocktail parties.

“Next, and you’ve heard this before, there is more healthcare cost in an automobile than steel costs. We got healthcare insurance premiums down in my state and we got everyone on track to be insured. We will work to do the same here and for the rest of the nation.

“And then a final burden, it’s time to fix the tax code. Corporations, like individuals, need lower and simpler taxes. Embedded taxes put our products at a disadvantage in our home market and wherever they compete around the world. When we send for example, a Ford Mustang overseas, it’s not just loaded with accessories. It’s loaded with our excessive healthcare costs, our excessive regulatory burdens, our excessive legal liability burden, and the taxes paid by every single automotive supplier to help put product into that car. You take off those burdens and let’s show them how fast a Mustang will actually go.

“Of course, taking off those burdens is only part of the solution. If we’re going to be the world’s greatest economic power, we also have to invest in the future. It’s time for us to be bold. I will make a five-fold increase – from $4 billion to $20 billion – in our national investment in energy research, fuel technology, materials science, and automotive technology. Let’s invest in our future.

“As you know, research spins out new ideas for new products, from both small businesses and large businesses. That’s exactly what’s happened in healthcare. We spend what $30 billion a year in NIH, and we lead the world in healthcare products. In defense, we spend even more. We lead the world in defense products. We also spend money in the space industry. And we lead the world in products coming out of space. Look how industries in these other states that have those advantages that thrive from the spin of other technologies, from our investment there. So if we can invest in healthcare, and defense, and space, why not also invest in energy and fuel technology right here in Michigan?

“Michigan can be a laboratory, just like other states – a drawing board, from which we can invent the future.

“Second, we’ll turn government workforce training programs that are managed by bureaucrats, into personal accounts that can be managed by the workers themselves so they can gain education at community college or they can pay for on-the-job training in real jobs.

“There are currently some 40 different workforce training programs in government spread out all over the entire federal government. Now let’s replace the bureaucracy and the bureaucrats with personal responsibility and individual ownership.

“Long term, we’re only going to lead the world only if our students coming in now are the best-educated in the world. And you know this, almost every independent group that’s looked at our public schools has said that we’re falling behind international standards. And their number one prescription time and again – treat teachers like the real professionals they are. Better teachers should be better paid. Teachers should also be evaluated and promoted. And, here’s a novel idea, education of our children should come ahead of the interests of the teacher’s union.

“And finally, we have to shape America’s trade policy to open markets for our goods and level the playing field across the world. For America to remain the world’s superpower, we have to remain the world’s economic superpower. And that requires us to successfully compete everywhere in the world.

“However, as we pursue new trade agreements, I’m far less interested in just getting an agreement signed than I am in getting an agreement signed that is good for America. I promise you that any nation that unfairly manipulates its currency, steals our patents and designs, dumps unsafe products in our markets, or stifles the American goods in their market place, will face a very aggressive President across the negotiating table.

“Now let me be clear, I strongly support free trade, but free trade has to be fair in both directions. And when the playing field is level, America can compete with any country in the world. And we will win.

“I came here about a year ago and talked about a number of actions which I thought were necessary to keep our national economy strong. I talked about cutting spending in Washington, about across the board tax cuts, about national tort reform liability, and I also talked about entitlement reform. But these aren’t enough. What we face here in Michigan and what we face around the country if we don’t take action here in Michigan, is a far more complex set of problems than most politicians have been willing to acknowledge.

“There is no one silver bullet. When it comes to getting Michigan back on track and building a strong America, we have to address every single problem I’ve spoken about. And I will.

“And by the way, that’s what I have done all my life. I’ve taken on complex situations, led tough negotiations, found solutions, and then gotten things back on track. That was the job that I had as a leader in the business world, and then as the head of the Olympics in Salt Lake City, and of course as Governor of Massachusetts.

“And I am the only candidate with that kind of experience, and frankly, that’s exactly the kind of experience that Michigan and America needs in the White House today.

“Now, I know that there are some people who don’t think that there’s a future for the domestic automobile industry. They think that the industry and its jobs are gone forever. And they’re wrong.

“Innovation and change present the opportunity for transformation. And the burdens on American manufacturing are largely imposed by government, and new leadership in Washington can lift the burdens and lift the industry.

“Washington politicians look at Michigan and they see a rust belt. But the real rust is in Washington.

“The pessimist will point to an empty factory and a laid-off worker and say they have no future.

“Instead, I see vital infrastructure, a skilled workforce, and an innovative spirit, all worthy of an optimistic vision, and deserving of a leader who will work tirelessly to deliver the power and potential of Michigan and the American people.

“The pessimist says that the hundreds of thousands of jobs that have been lost, have been lost forever. That logic of course says that the 200 jobs that were lost last week at Willow Run, they’re lost forever too. And by the way, that logic would also say that all the rest of the jobs in the auto industry will one day be gone forever, and there’s nothing that can be done about it.

“Well, the pessimists are wrong. The auto industry and all its jobs do not have to be lost. And I am one man who will work to transform the industry and save those jobs.

“Now, after this speech, I am going to do with my son Tagg, who’s sitting right there, what my Dad did with me 50 years ago. We’re going to go to the International Auto Show where I will show him the best of today and the vision of what we can be tomorrow.

“And the next time I visit the Auto Show here in Detroit, I hope it will be as the President of the United States. Thank you so much. Thank you!”

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From Real Clear Politics:

Dismal Signs for the GOP

By George Will

Tuesday’s Republican primary is in one of the nation’s worst-governed states. Under a Democratic governor, Michigan has been taxed into a one-state recession. Native son Mitt Romney, the Republican candidate who best understands how wealth is created, might revive his campaign by asking: Who do you want to be president in 2010 when the Bush tax cuts, which McCain opposed, expire? Can automakers endure more regulations such as the fuel efficiency mandates that climate-fixers such as McCain favor? Do you want a president (Mike Huckabee, proponent of a national sales tax of at least 30 percent) pledged to radically increase the proportion of federal taxation paid by the middle class?

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