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April 11, 2011

Mitt Romney Forms Romney for President Exploratory Committee
Today, Mitt Romney formed the Romney for President Exploratory Committee with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) as a first step in a campaign for the 2012 Republican nomination for President of the United States.  While this step does not constitute a formal announcement of candidacy, it allows Governor Romney to be in compliance with the requirements of federal election law as he begins to raise the funds necessary to explore a potential candidacy.

Gov. Romney announced his plans in an online video at which was made public via Facebook and Twitter. The video was taped at the University of New Hampshire following a meeting this morning between Gov. Romney and students who said they are worried about getting a job after graduation. The transcript for the video is as follows:

Hello, I'm Mitt Romney. This morning I spoke with a number of students here at the University of New Hampshire. Like young people all over the country, they wonder whether they'll find good jobs when they graduate.
Last week, in Nevada, I walked through a neighborhood with homes vacant or in foreclosure. Unemployment there is over 13%. Across the nation, over 20 million Americans still can't find a job, or have given up looking.
How has this happened in the nation that leads the world in innovation and productivity? The answer is that President Obama's policies have failed. He and virtually all the people around him have never worked in the real economy. They just don't know how jobs are created in the private sector.
That's where I spent my entire career. In 1985, I helped found a company. At first, we had ten employees; today there are hundreds.
My work led me to become deeply involved in helping other businesses, from innovative startups to large companies going through tough times. Sometimes I was successful and helped create jobs, other times I was not. I learned how America competes with companies in other countries, why jobs leave, and how jobs are created here at home.
Later, when I served as governor of Massachusetts, I used the skills I had learned in 25 years in business to streamline state government, balance the budget every year, and restore a 2 billion dollar rainy day fund.
From my vantage point in business and in government, I have become convinced that America has been put on a dangerous course by Washington politicians, and it has become even worse during the last two years. But I am also convinced that with able leadership, America's best days are still ahead.
That is why today I am announcing my Exploratory Committee for the Presidency of the United States.
It is time that we put America back on a course of greatness, with a growing economy, good jobs and fiscal discipline in Washington.
I believe in America. I believe in the freedom and opportunity, and the principles of our constitution, that have led us to become the greatest nation in the history of the earth – and I believe that these principles will confirm American's future as well. 
This effort is not about a person, it is about the cause of American freedom and greatness. I'd like to ask you to join with us – volunteer, donate, or just pass this along to a friend. Thanks so much.
The letter filed with the FEC is attached here.


Mitt Romney
80 Hayden Avenue
Lexington, Massachusetts 02421
April 11, 2011

Processing Division
Federal Election Commission
999 E Street, NW
Washington, DC  20463

        RE: FEC Form 2

To Whom It May Concern

I am today forming Romney for President Exploratory Committee, Inc., as the first step in a campaign for the 2012 Republican nomination for President of the United States.  While the creation of my exploratory committee does not constitute a formal announcement of candidacy, I’ve reached the legal threshold for filing FEC Form 2.  Thus, please accept this letter as my FEC Form Two in order to ensure compliance with the Federal Election Campaign Act.  See 2 U.S.C § 432(e)(1); 11 C.F.R. § 100.3(a)(1).

The name and address of my principle committee is:

        Romney for President Exploratory Committee, Inc.
        80 Hayden Avenue
, Massachusetts 02421

The committees amended Statement of Organization (FEC Form 1) is also being filed today pursuant to 10 C.F.R. § 102.1


Mitt Romney