“There is no — nor has there ever been — any Republican position that’s been no regulations. We are for regulations and always have been.” Republican operative Mary Matalin
Well, there’s Ron Paul for starters who wants to eliminate most cabinet level departments and leave almost all governing to the states. And here’s Mitt Romney over the course of one speech from March:
“For the last three years, Mr. Obama has expanded government instead of empowering the American people,” Mr. Romney said. “He’s put us deeper in debt, he’s slowed the recovery, he’s harmed our economy, and he has attacked the cornerstone of American prosperity — economic freedom.” [...]
“Our economic freedom will be on the ballot. And I intend to offer the American people a choice.” [...]
“This administration’s regulations are even invading the freedom of everyday Americans,” [...]
“A regulator would have shut down the Wright Brothers for their ‘dust pollution.’ And the government would have banned Thomas Edison’s light bulb. Oh yeah, they just did.” [...]
“And day by day, job-killing regulation by regulation, bureaucrat by bureaucrat, he is crushing the dream and the dreamers. If we continue along this path, our lives will be ruled by bureaucrats and boards, and commissions and czars.”
You get the point. By the way, I assure you, Romney will have czars if he’s elected. Why? Because it’s a word invented by the press as a cutesy way to describe advisers. Romney will have advisers and therefore czars. Sorry, Republicans.