Election 2012: Romney Looks to November
Presumptive Republican nominee kicks off general election campaign
After the results of yesterday's primaries in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York were announced, Mitt Romney made a short stop in Manchester, New Hampshire, to give a speech to his supporters. This was his first trip to the Granite State since the New Hampshire Primary, which took place in January.
Romney won big in all five states. And in his speech, he began looking towards the general election in November.
"After 43 primaries and caucuses, many long days and more than a few long nights, I can say with confidence – and gratitude – that you have given me a great honor and solemn responsibility," Romney said. "In the days ahead, join me in the next step toward that destination of November 6, when across America we can give a sigh of relief and know that the Promise of America has been kept. The dreamers can dream a little bigger, the help wanted signs can be dusted off, and we can start again."
There are still three major Republican candidates in the nomination race: Romney, Ron Paul, and Newt Gingrich. But with the nomination in his sights, Romney looked past his Republican rivals and focused on President Barack Obama.
The theme of Romney's speech was "A Better America Begins Tonight," and it was clear that a "better America" starts with a better economy.
"Tonight is the beginning of the end of the disappointments of the Obama years," Romney said. "People are hurting in America. And we know that something is wrong, terribly wrong with the direction of the country."
Rallying the crowd, Romney yelled out questions: "Is it easier to make ends meet? Is it easier to sell your home or buy a new one? Have you saved what you needed for retirement? Are you making more in your job? Do you have a better chance to get a better job? Do you pay less at the pump?" The excited crowd roared back a strong "NO" each time.
He went on to compare Obama's visions of America with his own.
In Obama's America, Americans will be ruled by bureaucrats and commissions, Romney said. But in the America Romney sees, "Character and choices matter. And education, hard work, and living within our means are valued and rewarded."
Romney concluded his speech by telling his supporters that there's a lot of work ahead, but together "we can start again."
"We believe in America. We believe in ourselves," he added. "Our greatest days are still ahead. We are, after all, Americans!"
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