Romney: Obama has failed America

2011-06-02 16:00

Manchester - Mitt Romney is opening his first formal day as a 2012 Republican presidential contender with a direct challenge to the man he wants to replace and is pitching himself as ready to repair the nation's struggling economy. "Barack Obama has failed America," he says.

In excerpts of a kick-off speech released ahead of his formal announcement on Thursday, Romney's campaign message homes in on the economic woes that top voters' frustrations.

"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," Romney says, describing the man he hopes to face head-to-head in November 2012.

"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."

In the speech, the former Massachusetts governor launches into a scathing critique of Washington, a place where he never has served. Decrying federal spending, the one-term governor promises, "My generation will pass the torch to the next generation, not a bill."

  • apie - 2011-06-02 16:26

    That is clear for all to see.

  • WhoGivesAshi - 2011-06-02 16:42

    Obama did not fail anybody, he is just a puppet.

  • chipz - 2011-06-02 16:47

    Really Mitt? Really? Are you going to play the track record card on this one? Do you remember the state your conuntry, and the world were in when he took over? Do you remember who made it that way? Weren't you in America at the time? Where've you been? Show us your birth certificate!

      LBS - 2011-06-02 16:53

      Good for you! People will ALWAYS find something wrong.

      LBS - 2011-06-02 16:57

      Good for you! People ALWAYS find fault

  • Uwe Klopfer - 2011-06-02 16:47

    while i am not a big fan of the USA and i think Obama has brought something fresh to the presidency. What i do find ironic is that this Republican comes from where the USA's problem started. A Republican Governor also known as George "I'm an idiot" W. Bush. The american political system is a sham, no one can really make big changes without the oppositions support or an overwhelming majority. That is why american policy, politics and economy moves slowly.

  • george - 2011-06-02 16:49

    Bloody antichrist mormon

      LBS - 2011-06-02 16:57

      Who, Mitt or Obama?

  • LBS - 2011-06-02 16:56

    Good for you! People ALWAYS find fault.

      LBS - 2011-06-02 16:56

      This was meant for chipz

  • G M - 2011-06-02 17:09

    Has there ever been any black presidents that weren't failures?

  • IQ - 2011-06-02 17:25

    With Mitt Romney now seemingly entering the presidential race as the GOP candidate, I do hope that Sarah Palin decides to run against him. Sarah’s charisma versus Mitt’s dourness will give us months of riveting entertainment.

      Jade - 2011-06-03 01:27

      To hell with both of them (especially Sarah Palin though she's as dumb as a post). I want to see Ron Paul get the Republican nomination for 2012!

  • Drummerboy - 2011-06-03 12:36

    Obama is one the best presidents America has ever had.

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