Mitt Romney just announced his 2012 run at a New Hampshire farm.
“I’m Mitt Romney,” he said before an excited and hollering crowd of supporters. “I believe in America. And I’m running for president of the United States.”
In his speech, Romney clearly outlined how he differed from President Obama.
“Barack Obama has failed America,” he said, before rattling off a list of dire statistics about the current state of unemployment, foreclosures, and our national debt.
“It breaks my heart to see what’s happening in this country,” Romney said. “These failing hopes make up President Obama’s own misery index. It’s never been higher. And what’s his answer? He says this: ‘I’m just getting started.’”
“No, Mr. President, you’ve had your chance,” Romney continued. “We, the people on this farm, and citizens across the country are the ones who are just getting started.”
He also criticized Obama for his foreign policy style, saying that Obama had “travelled around the globe to apologize for America,” and describing his approach to the uprisings in the Middle East as “hesitant and uncertain.”
Obama, said Romney, draws “inspiration not from the small towns and villages of New Hampshire but from the capitals of Europe.”
“This President’s first answer to every problem is to take power from you, your local government and your state so that so-called ‘experts’ in Washington can make those choices for you. And with each of these decisions, we lose more of our freedom,” Romney said.
And then he pitched his alternative. “In the campaign to come, the American ideals of economic freedom and opportunity need a clear and unapologetic defense, and I intend to make it — because I have lived it,” Romney said.
Full speech here.