Former Gov. Mitt Romney
Thank you, New Hampshire! Tonight, we made history!
This state has always been a special place for our family. Ann and
I made a home here and we’ve filled it with great memories of our
children and grandchildren. And this Granite State moment is one
we will always remember.
Tonight, we celebrate. Tomorrow, we go back to work.
We remember when Barack Obama came to New Hampshire four years
He promised to bring people together.
He promised to change the broken system in Washington.
He promised to improve our nation.
Those were the days of lofty promises made by a hopeful
candidate. Today, we are faced with the disappointing record of a
failed President. The last three years have held a lot of change,
but they haven’t offered much hope.
The middle class has been crushed. Nearly 24 million of our fellow
Americans are still out of work, struggling to find work, or have just
stopped looking. The median income has dropped 10% in four
years. Soldiers returning from the front lines are waiting in
unemployment lines. Our debt is too high and our opportunities
And this President wakes up every morning, looks out across America and
is proud to announce, “It could be worse.”
It could be worse? Is that what it means to be an American? It could be
Of course not.
What defines us as Americans is our unwavering conviction that we know
it must be better.
That conviction guides our campaign. It has rallied millions of
Americans in every corner of this country to our cause.
Over the last six months, I’ve listened to anxious voices in town
meetings and visited with students and soldiers. In break rooms
and living rooms, I’ve heard stories of families getting by on less, of
carefully planned retirements now replaced by jobs at minimum
wage. But even now, amidst the worst economy since the Great
Depression, I’ve rarely heard a refrain of hopelessness.
Americans know that our future is brighter and better than these
troubled times. We still believe in the hope, the promise, and
the dream of America. We still believe in that shining city on a
We know that the future of this country is better than 8 or 9%
It is better than $15 trillion in debt.
It is better than the misguided policies and broken promises of the
last three years – and the failed leadership of one man.
The President has run out of ideas. Now, he’s running out of
excuses. And tonight, we are asking the good people of South
Carolina to join the citizens of New Hampshire and make 2012 the year
he runs out of time.
President Obama wants to put free enterprise on trial. In the last few
days, we have seen some desperate Republicans join forces with him.
This is such a mistake for our Party and for our nation. This
country already has a leader who divides us with the bitter politics of
envy. We must offer an alternative vision. I stand ready to lead
us down a different path, where we are lifted up by our desire to
succeed, not dragged down by a resentment of success. In these
difficult times, we cannot abandon the core values that define us as
unique -- We are One Nation, Under God.
Make no mistake, in this campaign, I will offer the American ideals of
economic freedom a clear and unapologetic defense.
Our campaign is about more than replacing a President; it is about
saving the soul of America. This election is a choice between two
very different destinies.
President Obama wants to “fundamentally transform” America. We want to
restore America to the founding principles that made this country
He wants to turn America into a European-style entitlement
society. We want to ensure that we remain a free and prosperous
land of opportunity.
This President takes his inspiration from the capitals of Europe; we
look to the cities and small towns of America.
This President puts his faith in government. We put our faith in
the American people.
He is making the federal government bigger, burdensome, and
bloated. I will make it simpler, smaller, and smarter.
He raised the national debt. I will cut, cap, and balance the
He enacted job-killing regulations; I’ll eliminate them.
He lost our AAA credit rating; I’ll restore it.
He passed Obamacare; I’ll repeal it.
When it comes to the economy, my highest priority as President will be
worrying about your job, not saving my own.
Internationally, President Obama has adopted an appeasement
strategy. He believes America’s role as leader in the world is a
thing of the past. I believe a strong America must – and will –
lead the future.
He doesn’t see the need for overwhelming American military
superiority. I will insist on a military so powerful no one would
think of challenging it.
He chastises friends like Israel; I’ll stand with our friends.
He apologizes for America; I will never apologize for the greatest
nation in the history of the Earth.
Our plans protect freedom and opportunity, and our blueprint is the
Constitution of the United States.
The path I lay out is not one paved with ever increasing government
checks and cradle-to-grave assurances that government will always be
the solution. If this election is a bidding war for who can promise
more benefits, then I’m not your President. You have that
But if you want to make this election about restoring American
greatness, then I hope you will join us.
If you believe the disappointments of the last few years are a detour,
not our destiny, then I am asking for your vote.
I’m asking each of you to remember how special it is to be an American.
I want you to remember what it was like to be hopeful and excited about
the future, not to dread each new headline.
I want you to remember when you spent more time dreaming about where to
send your kids to college than wondering how to make it to the next
I want you to remember when you weren’t afraid to look at your
retirement savings or the price at the pump.
I want you to remember when our White House reflected the best of who
we are, not the worst of what Europe has become.
That America is still out there. We still believe in that America.
We still believe in the America that is a land of opportunity and a
beacon of freedom. We believe in the America that challenges each
of us to be better and bigger than ourselves.
This election, let’s fight for the America we love. We believe in
Thank you. God bless you. And God bless the United States