Mitt Romney Plays To Tea Party During Launch Of 2012 Presidential Bid
Barack Obama has failed America," Romney said in his speech. "When he took office, the economy was in recession. He made it worse. And he made it last longer."
It also appears that Romney, who unsuccessfully ran for the presidency in 2008, is employing a new tactic this go-around. As First Read noted, Romney clearly employed Tea Party rhetoric during his announcement speech, rather than display his social-conservative credentials as he did when he launched his failed bid in '07.
- "Instead of recognizing the states’ rightful authority to solve problems, [Obama] seizes power from them and rams through a disastrous national health care plan. This president's first answer to every problem is to take power from you."
- "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."
- "We will return responsibility and authority to the states for dozens of government programs -- and that begins with a complete repeal of Obamacare."
And USA Today reported that during his speech, "he hailed the Founding Fathers — a Tea Party fundamental — and railed against the dangers of Big Government and the national debt. As president, he vowed to repeal the new federal health care law, to cap federal spending at no more than 20% of the national economy and balance the budget."
However, Sarah Palin, a Tea Party favorite, predicted the strategy would not work. She said appealing to Tea Party supporters will be "a big challenge for him."
The latest national Public Policy Polling poll showed Romney and Palin--if she were to run--tied for the lead with each polling at 16 percent.
In a race that features former Minnesota Gov. Pawlenty, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and businessman Herman Cain, Romney is viewed as the tentative frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.
Politico reported: "Romney enters the race as a frontrunner nationally and in New Hampshire. He has consistently led the polls in this crucial first primary state, where he is focusing his efforts. In large part thanks to his high name recognition, Romney also holds up well in polls from Iowa, Florida and other early battleground states."
"Romney is the guy to beat," said Mark McKinnon, a campaign strategist for former president George W. Bush. "He's been around the track before. He's got money, a focused message on the economy and a well-oiled machine. But his perch is very fragile, and he's vulnerable. He's the establishment guy in an anti-establishment environment."