Romney announcing he's running for the GOP nomination for president
By GARY BAUMGARTEN
Standing on a farm in New Hampshire, Mitt Romney, the former governor of nearby Massachusetts, Thursday announced he is running for the Republican nomination for president of the United States.
“I’m Mitt Romney. I believe in America. And i’m running for president,” he declared.
But Romney, who ran for the nomination and lost in 2008, has a huge cloud hanging over his head. As governor of Massachusetts, he shepherded a bill that required everyone in the state to have health insurance. A key component of the health reform bill that President Obama pushed through Congress. A bill that Romney now opposes. In fact, during his announcement, he pledged that, as president, he’d work to return to the states authority over dozens of programs now regulated by the federal government. “That will begin with a complete repeal of Obamacare,” he said.
“Barack Obama has failed america,” Romney said. The president, Romney argued, inherited a recession but “made it worse.”
Unemployment, he noted, is above eight percent. Foreclosures are “at record levels.” Home prices “continue to fall.” The national debt remains, he says, out-of-control.
“It breaks my heart to see what’s happening to this great country,” he said.