Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney formally announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination Thursday in Stratham, New Hampshire.
The failed 2008 candidate hopes to do better in 2012 in a wide-open Republican field. He said, “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. … 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.”
He didn’t state what he meant my “Barack Obama has failed America” except to state that the economic disaster was Obama’s fault.
Sarah Palin was quick to pounce on Romney. She went after one of Romney’s biggest weaknesses, health care. She said, “In my opinion any mandate coming from government is not a good thing.” “Even on a state level and even a local level, mandates coming from a governing body, it’s tough for a lot of us independent Americans to accept, because we have great faith in the private sectors and our own families, and our own businessmen and women making decisions for ourselves.”
Romney’s decision to announce in New Hampshire and not Iowa shows that Romney once again thinks he can take the nomination without Iowa. While Iowa is not a king-maker, a loss there means a win by another candidate and thus momentum and money for that candidate. Time will tell if the outcome is better this time.