(CNN) - When Mitt Romney headlines a Republican party event in New Hampshire Saturday night, he'll emphasize lower taxes and criticize President Barack Obama for the country's current economic conditions.
And as Romney keynotes the Carroll County GOP Lincoln Day dinner in Bartlett, in the mountains of northern New Hampshire, he'll also bring with him the backing of two influential Republicans from the region.
The event is Romney's first public speaking appearance in the Granite State since November's midterm elections. But Romney is no stranger to the state which holds the first presidential primary on the 2012 calendar.
Romney was governor of neighboring Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007, and he owns a summer home in New Hampshire. He also made many stops in the state last summer and fall, helping out the Republican Party of New Hampshire and many GOP candidates running in last year's elections. When Romney ran for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, he finished a close second in the New Hampshire primary to Sen. John McCain. If Romney makes another bid for the White House this time around, as expected, winning that primary is crucial.
Friday two influential New Hampshire Republicans from the lakes and mountain regions, Executive Councilor Raymond Burton of Bath and state Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley of Wolfeboro, said they would endorse Romney if he declares his candidacy. The endorsements were first reported by the New Hampshire Union Leader.
"Having the support of good people like Jeb Bradley and Ray Burton will be an important consideration for Mitt Romney as he thinks about running for president," said Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom.
In his speech Saturday night, Romney will talk about jobs and taxes.
"We need to stop penalizing companies that want to invest in America. Right now, we tax companies who make money overseas if they want to bring it home, but we don't tax them if they keep their money abroad. That makes no sense at all. We want that money here, invested in new factories, new equipment, and new jobs," Romney will say according to excerpts released to CNN.
And Romney will attack the president, saying that "Senator Obama campaigned hard in New Hampshire but he apparently didn't like what he saw. He certainly didn't learn from it. Instead of lowering taxes, he raised them. He wrapped businesses in red tape, he grew government, he borrowed trillions of dollars, and he made it clear that he doesn't like business people very much."
Romney will also criticize the president for the current state of the economy, adding that Obama "created a deeper recession, and delayed the recovery. The consequence is soaring numbers of Americans enduring unemployment, foreclosures and bankruptcies. This is the Obama Misery Index, and it is at a record high. It's going to take more than new rhetoric to put Americans back to work-it's going to take a new president."
But Romney's speech comes one day after the Labor Department reported that 222,000 private sector jobs were created last month, with the nation's unemployment level dipping to 8.9 percent.
The president, at an education event in Miami Friday afternoon, touted the report: "This morning we learned that the unemployment rate fell to its lowest level in nearly two years. Our economy added another 220,000 jobs in the private sector. That's the 12th straight month of private sector job growth. So our economy has now added 1.5 million private sector jobs over the last year, and that's progress."
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