Enter the Frontrunner

Brian Snyder / Reuters
Brian Snyder / Reuters

Romney casts himself as pro-jobs, pro-constitution candidate during New Hampshire announcement Thursday in Stratham.

“This country we love is in peril.”

“Barack Obama has failed America.”

“For many Americans, the economy is in crisis today. If we don’t change course, it will be in crisis for all Americans tomorrow.”

“It’s time for a President who cares more about America’s workers than America’s union bosses.”

“I believe in America and I’m running for President of the United States.”

EXCERPTS FROM ROMNEY’S PREPARED REMARKS:
“A few years ago, Americans did something that was, actually, very much the sort of thing Americans like to do: We gave someone new a chance to lead; someone we hadn’t known for very long, who didn’t have much of a record but promised to lead us to a better place. At the time, we didn’t know what sort of a President he would make. It was a moment of crisis for our economy, and when Barack Obama came to office, we wished him well and hoped for the best. Now, in the third year of his four-year term, we have more than promises and slogans to go by. Barack Obama has failed America. …

“I visited with a family, Kathy and Dave Tyler, who live in a suburb north of Las Vegas, Nevada. You probably know families just like them. They’re in their early forties, a couple who had worked hard, sacrificed to buy a home in a good neighborhood, the sort of place they wanted their daughter Allie to grow up. But now that neighborhood is being crushed by this Obama economy. First their neighbors started losing their jobs…and then their homes. And all around them now are abandoned houses… and abandoned dreams. When the Tyler’s wake up in the morning and get Allie off to school and then go to work and do everything they can to make it to the end of the month and hold their lives together, it doesn’t matter if they are Republican or Democrat, Independent or…Libertarian. They’re just Americans. An American family. And across the richest, greatest country on earth, there are millions of American families like the Tyler’s. Folks who grew up believing that if they played by the rules, worked hard, that they would have the chance to build a good life, with steady work and always that possibility to work a little harder and get ahead. …

“Government under President Obama has grown to consume almost 40% of our economy. We are only inches away from ceasing to be a free market economy. I will cap federal spending at 20% or less of the GDP and finally, finally balance the budget. My generation will pass the torch to the next generation, not a bill. I will insist that Washington learns to respect the constitution, including the 10th amendment. We will return responsibility and authority to the states for dozens of government programs – and that begins with a complete repeal of Obamacare. From my first day in office my number one job will be to see that America once again is number in job creation.”

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