Romney to announce candidacy for president in New Hampshire
May 26th, 2011
07:25 PM ET
4 years ago

Romney to announce candidacy for president in New Hampshire

(CNN)–Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will formally announce his intentions to seek the GOP nomination for president in 2012 next Thursday, a campaign spokesperson tells CNN.

And the soon-to-be-announced candidate confirmed it himself on Twitter late Wednesday.

“Making it official next week at the Scamman Farm in New Hampshire,” he tweeted.

New Hampshire is a critical state for Romney, who also announced his presidential exploratory committee in April from the first-in-the-nation primary state.

He suffered a loss there during his previous run for president in 2008 to John McCain, who went on to win the Republican presidential nomination. But he’s banking on a boost from the crucial state to propel him through the primary season.

Romney tops a new Gallup poll of the GOP presidential field with 17 percent of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents saying they would support him for their party's nomination–more than any other candidate. It is the first poll conducted since former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and real estate mogul Donald Trump announced they would not seek the nomination.

And when it comes to cash, Romney’s campaign received significant support when it hauled in $10.25 million at a day-long phone bank fundraising event in Las Vegas. Approximately 800 participants in the eight-hour "Call Day" phoned donors across the country.

But he’s faced open criticism from colleagues in the GOP and already-announced candidates for the statewide health care plan ushered in during his tenure as governor of Massachusetts. Romney’s plan has largely been credited as the precursor to health care reform implemented by the Obama administration—a fact the president continues to trumpet.

And a recent speech the businessman gave to outline the differences between his plan as governor, federal health care reform, and what he would do if he were president appeared to do little to silence his critics.

Romney will get the chance to further hone his message Friday, June 3, when he addresses the Faith and Freedom Conference and Strategy Briefing, a cattle-call for presidential hopefuls held in Washington, D.C. It is hosted by Ralph Reed, the founder of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, and billed as the “top destination for conservative activists who want to learn how to beat the Left.”

When he announces his candidacy, Romney will join former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, businessman Herman Cain, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson as official candidates for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire
soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. bb

    I thought for sure Romney already announced and nobody cared. OK, go ahead and announce. Nobody still won't care.

    Romney, you really don't know that you have no chance whatsoever, do you? Knock yourself out then.

    May 26, 2011 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  2. Kevin

    Doesn't that mean he announced today?

    May 26, 2011 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  3. James

    No Thanks! Palin 2012

    May 26, 2011 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  4. Ragun

    Isn't this a formal announcement of his candidacy?

    May 26, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  5. Edwin R. Murrow

    Beats Palin. Way better than Obama.

    May 26, 2011 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  6. Lessgo

    ROMNEY 2012

    May 26, 2011 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  7. Community Organizer

    President Romney's inaugeration in 2013 will in itself end the recession.

    May 26, 2011 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  8. lynn

    Obamacare vs. Romneycare? No difference but will be enlightening to see Mitt wiggle out of that one.

    May 26, 2011 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  9. maikl

    If Obama president, anybody can be president. I vote for Obama and what I got? Nothing. Go mr. Romney.,go.

    May 26, 2011 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  10. LAVADA

    Ron Paul will crush this socialist clown.

    May 26, 2011 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  11. Terry - Indiana

    Thank goodness, we now have at least one Republican who understands the "Single Payor" benefits for a National Healthcare Program. Romney did a great job out in Massachusetts, and the GOP should welcome his foresight with open arms. Well, all GOP Members except Newt Gingrich.

    May 26, 2011 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  12. LiberaNewz2

    Shocking!
    How many billions do elections in the U.S. cost again? Someone let Bernanke know we need QE3.

    May 26, 2011 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  13. Rob

    When you say I will announce that I am running, aren't you then announcing you are running?

    May 26, 2011 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  14. Barnacle Bill

    Do you want a man who made a living breaking up companies and sending jobs to China, India and elsewhere to be in charge of everything?

    May 26, 2011 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  15. Adam

    Please oh please, not this guy. Then again, not Palin, or Trump, or Pawlenty, or any of them. If Obama is going to lose (which I hope he doesnt) let it be to Ron Paul.

    May 26, 2011 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  16. Jay Gonzalez

    I like Mitt, but personally I'm rooting for Newt Gingrich, he's the most intelligent person of the pack with a great track record and excellent solutions.

    May 26, 2011 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  17. Nick Olexion

    I would love to see Mitt Romney vs Ron Paul . A puppit which is Mitt Romney of ofcourse and a master of liberty like Ron paul which is the people favorite . Honestly if Mitt Romney was that good he would be winning the Cpac ...

    May 26, 2011 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  18. Patrick from Minnesota

    The race for second at the 2012 presidential race just got another contestant!

    May 26, 2011 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  19. Nurul Aman

    Mr. Romney will be another candidate from the GOP establishment, who is nothing but a big time phony-baloney leader in this century. As a Governor of Massachusetts, he had kept speaking big, big words with no concrete results for the Commonwealth. He was so ineffective that he did not bother to run for the second term and just left the State for making more money (what he is good at) and spending more money for his unsuccessful Presidential bid. His so-called Universal mandatory healthcare law in Massachusetts has brought nothing but financial hardship and misery for those uninsured families, who could not afford healthcare insurance in the first place. Of course, his policy made insurance companies (his buddies of "old boys network") very rich from taxpayers’ money. Sounds familiar of a typical Republican for the riches. I hope majority voters are aware how he made billions of dollars in his Bane Capital, a venture capitalist of his own, which did charge exorbitantly high interests to its small business clients. I hope people will wake up to know who is this guy and what is up to. He is a no, no for the middle class or poor Americans. He is not even for the riches. He is out there to feed only a few wealthy class of "Good Old Boys Network". Please wake up America to reject this Phony leader for good.

    May 26, 2011 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  20. JD Garrity

    Good luck. I look forward to the presidential announcement and my vote in 2012. Juan.

    May 26, 2011 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  21. socal frank

    Romney's running for President! Wow! i'm blown away !!!

    (resident of Joplin MO)

    May 26, 2011 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  22. Francisco Cardenas

    Once politicians have lost, very seldom do they ever gain the seat that they had previously ran for. Romney might get lucky though if it comes down to Palin and him. Doesn't really matter though who the republicans pick, President Obama is going to win in a landslide victory.

    May 26, 2011 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  23. Dan

    Run Mitt Run

    May 26, 2011 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  24. Bill

    When the Republicans finally pick someone to run against Pres. Obama I wonder what their attack tactic will be. I have a feeling it will jobs. They will claim that the President has not improved the job situation.

    May 26, 2011 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  25. holly

    I've been a Republican all my life. Proud to be one. i vote for the PERSON not the PARTY. Always vote for the person I feel is the most qualified for the job. This has meant voting for Democrats when I thought that person was most suited to the job. Not overly enthused about anyone running from either party so far. One thing I'm sure about is that the absolute WORST person to even consider is Sarah Palin. That woman scares the bejabbers out of me. She is so far out there I can't believe any sane person takes her seriously. Will just have to wait and see if anyone gets my interest over the next several months.

    May 26, 2011 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
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