September 25th, 2010
01:09 PM ET
4 years ago

Romney brings conservative message to New Hampshire

(CNN) – Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney sounded very much like a presidential candidate Saturday when he bashed President Obama and the Democratic Party in a speech he delivered in the early voting state of New Hampshire.

"We are all unhappy with what's happened under the president," Romney said in a keynote address to the state Republican Party convention in Concord.

The former Republican presidential candidate said Obama has proven what Ronald Reagan said about liberals a long time ago: "It's not that liberals are ignorant. It's just that what they know is wrong."

He criticized Obama for failing to understand American values and not being able to turn an ailing economy around.

"This is the first time I can recall the government declaring war on private enterprise,' Romney said.

Romney said the nation's dissatisfaction with the Obama administration would manifest itself at the polls in November's midterm elections.

"I can't predict the scale of the victory we're going to see in November, but I can predict that there's going to be a repudiation of the liberalism that has been running rampant in Washington D.C.," Romney said. "Let's bring Republican values back to Washington."

Romney has adhered to a dizzying travel schedule in the weeks ahead of the mid-term elections, fueling speculation about a presidential run in 2012. His political action committee has endorsed or donated money to fellow Republicans running for office this year in nearly 40 states, and has contributed over $650,000 to candidates and party committees this cycle.


Filed under: 2010 • 2012 • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire
soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Mike Kowalczyk, San Geronimo

    It's not that Mitt Romney and the Republicans are shameless liars, it's that what they say is not true.

    September 25, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  2. NotFooled

    Romney is such a phony. A perpetual failed candidate with no convictions that can't be swayed by public opinion. How does he stand upright without a spine?

    September 25, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  3. vic, Nashville TN

    2010 is about local so republicans has chance but 2012 trouble makers are Sarah Palin Newt Gingrich, and Tea party , republicans out of message

    So Romney waste $650 000 I thought he is a good investor

    September 25, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  4. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    Hey Mitt, is polygamy Okay in your book? Do you think it is a good idea for millionaires and billionaires to have incentives that encourage the shipment of jobs overseas? Does making America more competitive mean that the worker's pay and benefits need to be reduced, and that 'billionaires and millionaires' profits need to be enhanced? Do you think that deregulation of business will make it easier for the Koch Brothers and others like them to profit handsomely? Do you think that the Supreme Court's decision to allow shadowy organizations to influence elections wothout disclosure is a 'jim-dandy' idea? And then there is all this 'talk' about entitlements; should the retirement age be raised to 70? (I could go on and on, but then I'll leave some questions for somebody else). Oh yea, one more question, I believe that you and your Republican buddies are in fact atheists. Please prove to me that I am wrong about this assertion. Thank you.

    September 25, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    Mitt Romney is nothing more than bait to get Republican voters to the polls. There's no way Romney is ever electable by the GOP, given how its "base" views Mormons.

    Don't believe me? Do an Internet search on "Mormon" and "Christian fundamentalists" and you'll see what I mean.

    September 25, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  6. D. Bunker

    "We are all unhappy with what's happened under the obstructionist GOBP"

    There you go, Mitt, I fixed it for accuracy. You are out of touch with Main St. America, just like the rest of the Republibagger Taliban you pal around with.

    September 25, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  7. Charlie in Maine

    No it is not new. This guy was the only one running in 08 who would have been worse than Bush. Nothing has changed but the calendar.
    Nothing new here move along.

    September 25, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  8. Clwyd

    Hopefully his message will fall on intelligent, but deaf ears!

    September 25, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  9. iCanHazTeeParti

    NH doesn't want a conservative message. They want a free and libertarian society. Two different things.

    September 25, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  10. shelou

    Seriously, "This is the first time I can recall the government declaring war on private enterprise,' Romney said

    Why did it feel like the other way around ? You mean this is the first time private enterprise got caught? . It's amazing how the Republicans cast the US democratic citizen government as the evil one while trusting in the "unethical fittest" to save us

    September 25, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  11. Mike from MN

    "Declaring war on private enterprise"?

    Don't know about you, but the stimulus and financial bailouts seem more like social handout to private enterprises than private citizens.

    Here's the deal ... the 5% of people who make over $250K benefited from the financial bailouts. Had it not been for the bailouts, all of their investments and the currency would have plummetted. In return, they should be willing to fork back their fair share in taxes. $700 billion will be raised from the rich at income tax time ... just about pays off the stimulus and bailout funds doesn't it?

    September 25, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  12. Marry

    @ Mike from MN – well said! Thank you.

    September 25, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  13. kara

    It amazes me how the GOP could have done what they've done to America's economy and standing in the world, and now, 18 months into a presidency that stopped the country's freefall, actually have the sheer, breathtaking gall to paint themselves as the angry party.
    Angry about what? The fact that they did'nt complete the job of turning America into a complete cesspit?
    These people have no shame at all, and if the american public put up with this, they deserve the havoc the GOP will wreak on them if they get back into power.

    September 25, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  14. Malt

    Romney would have been the perfect President at this time. Unlike Barrack, he's succeeded in the private sector and understands the economy. The only think that he's supported that I disagree with is the MA healthcare legislation. It's better than Obamacare, but still unsustainable.

    Liberals love to blame republicans for their horrid economic record, but the truth is that democrats support unsustainable programs and steal money that doesn't belong to them to pay for the programs. Obamacare needs to be repealed.

    September 25, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  15. toughlove

    Our country is simply not as liberal as our President. We don't want to be Europe!

    September 25, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  16. ron

    Mitt and his Republican croonies is what destroyed the economy, they wany all jobs exported ,and all goods imported, greed breeds greed.

    September 25, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  17. Ancient Texan

    Malt, you are 100% correct. McCain slipped in the back door in 2008, while we were still trying to decide who the Conservative was. Romney could have worked us out of the mess before now instead of making it 4 times worse like the present occupant of the White House. Obamacare will bankrupt the nation if not repealed.

    September 25, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  18. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    McCain should have picked Romney in the first place, he has all the credentials and not that nit wit Palin. There are 10 women presidents around the World with powerful resumes of doctoriate, medical doctors, several masters, economic degrees, cabinet members, university professors and they have all worked in their fields before becoming presidents. What would Palin say if these women were to ask her "and what are your "degrees" in, which they already know, she'd make up a lie or change the subject to something that has no sustance at all but would embarrass America. These women have also married their equals and so did Palin. Remember water seeks it's own level.

    September 25, 2010 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  19. Peter Zheutlin

    Mitt Romney today is unrecognizable from his days as governor of my state. He shamelessly panders to the extreme right because that's the way he sees the wind blowing. The GOP is promising nothing new, just a return to the policies that led us into the worst recession in memory. The economy isn't great, but compared to two years ago? The stock market is up 50% since Obama came to office; job growth, though anemic, is at least positive (do the Republicans not remember that under their leadership we lost 8 million jobs?), and the economy is growing, slowly to be sure, but it's not shrinking as it was under Bush. For all his business experience, Romney has a very short memory. He isn't ignorant, just blinded by his own ambition.

    September 25, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  20. King

    The repug and baggers think the rich care about this country. The rich only care about themselves and their share holders. The shareholders want to see maximum return on their investment if they dont, you wont be rich any more. So the rich owns all the media outlets and all propoganda antics is fare play. Do you really thought obama had a chance fighting for the middle class. The rich so powerful theyve got the middle class fighting obama against their own interest. They have got to make money to please their shareholders at any cost that means over seas ventures where there is less competition, less labor cost, lower taxes and way more demand. They give a dam about patriotism, and keeping the money here to grow our economy. Now you want to give more tax money from out of the economy to the rich to keep on the side and invest abroad. Tax them obama keep the money here in our ecnomy.

    September 25, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  21. Dennis

    Bush achieved what he wanted to during his Presidentcy. $4.00 a gallon gas for his oil buddies. A trillion dollar war for his war machine buddies. Saddam Hussein for his Daddy. And he made billionaires out of millionaires all on the backs of the working middle class. I don't know about you, but I would love to go back to those days, I have not been screwed enough.

    September 25, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  22. Rbong

    What we know is that Republicans lie over and over.Reagan lied about selling weapons to IRAN.Bailouts to the Banks/S&L's under Reagan and Bush.Republicans will lie and spread fear so they look patriotic and sadly the majority buy it.

    September 25, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  23. Rbong

    Romney and the others from the GOP who blame government for all the problems and yet the GOP have been in power for most of the time they complain about.

    September 25, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  24. Dog Lovers Against Romney

    Is he going to strap his dog to the hood of his car this time he goes to New Hampshire?

    September 25, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  25. midnitejax

    I sure hope he brought an extra pair of his magic underwear. He's going to need a change of his undies when he gets the you know what knocked out of him in the next elections.

    September 25, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
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