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June 02, 2011

Mitt Romney's Official Announcement

Above the post updates:

FNC dumped out but CNN has it.

He gives a shout out to the 10th Amendment and says he will repeal ObamaCare.

Says a President should care about workers not union bosses.

Now telling story about his dad's humble beginnings.

And now CNN bails out. So, end of updates.

Original Post:
Coming up live in a few minutes in New Hampshire.

From the advance excerpts of his speech.

"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. 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," he will say. "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."

And this.

“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.

Oh and from the second link, guess who is also in New Hampshire? Why Sarah Palin.

It’s not just the national press corps that’s getting tangled up in the nomadic movements of the Palin tribe through New England. It’s also Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney, who makes his bid official at a chili-cook off at a farm in New Hampshire today.

Romney, as befits his personality and style, has long planned and choreographed the event for his campaign rollout. Palin, meanwhile, is just trucking up the seaboard eventually heading for the Granite State. As Romney tries to get another look, all eyes are on Palin’s bus as it flirts with the state’s southern border today.

Is she doing mischief? Trying to help her own chances? Rolling without any plan? She’s sure not telling.

And she's bashing Romney.

Palin just ripped apart Romneycare at Bunker Hill. Said Mitt will have problems with tea party folks

Quotes from Palin here. She's talking about mandates.

Really? You as a non-candidate can't let the guy have a day? All class.

I've hit Romney pretty hard over RomneyCare myself but I'll say this for the guy...he managed to serve his full term.

Added: I bet Mitt's speech will be great. He can bring the red meat without a doubt. It will be interesting to see if he touches RomneyCare or just sticks with attacking ObamaCare. The problem with Mitt isn't always what he says (though that can be troubling at times) it's whether you buy it or not coming from him.

At this point, I don't know how many primary voters are unsettled on him. As with the rest of the candidates, a lot will depend on the final shape of the field and how the early races break. Unlike anyone else in the field though, his money, name recognition and organization, mean Mitt is clearly best suited to a long, trench warfare type fight through the primaries. I think for Mitt to win, he needs a long bloody fight with other candidates burning themselves out and fracturing the party for as long as possible. If there's a clear Mitt/Someone else choice early on, he could be in trouble.

Even more stupidity: In the interest of fairness I should also note Rudy is going after Mitt today.

This is worse in someways than Palin.

First, no one gives a shit about what Rudy thinks.

Second, Rudy had his chance to beat McCain and Romney and got his ass kicked. Go away. No one wanted you in 08 and it's not like the lesson of that cycle and 2010 was, "More liberal RINOs please!"

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