September 25th, 2010
01:09 PM ET
12 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
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  1. FedUpRepublican

    Of all people, “whichever way the wind blows” Romney should know better than to try pandering right-wing ideology in New England. He may get some traction with fiscal conservatism in 2012, but when it comes to pushing or supporting a socially conservative agenda, they’ll boot his sorry carpetbagger butt all the way back to his real home in Michigan. New Englanders won't drink the kool-aid.

    September 25, 2010 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  2. Carol Myers

    Private Enterprise declared was on Middle class and it started under Reagon when he broke the air controllers union and middle class wages and benfits started falling . The only way the workers ever go better wages were because of the unions.The repubs want all middle class and poor people who have to work for a living to get peon wages because that is all they received under trickle down give tax breaks to the corporations and the rich.

    September 25, 2010 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  3. gene

    Well, I see all the idiots of THE SWAMPS OF IGNORANCE are showing up ! By spring of 2011 all you morons are going to be
    sucking the winds of MAJOR RECESSION! ? If you even half a brain you will not care what religion, if any, a candidate
    has in their life ! IT'S THE ECONOMY...STUPID! Many demoRATS are jumping off the Barack ship !
    there has never been a candidate that has been successful in 3 different types of fields run for prez except Romney!
    Since most of you can't count to three(3) you wouldn't understand.

    September 25, 2010 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  4. Amy

    Mitt Romney is the ONE Republican who is not part of the “Party of No.” He is the ONE who demonstrated first – his awareness of the healthcare problem, and second – a desire to actually do something about it.

    Romney worked with Democrats and Republicans to pass healthcare reform.

    It wasn’t perfect, the Massachusetts Legislature did not do enough to control cost, but other Republicans, when they were in power, did nothing relating to healthcare.

    No more Bush/Obama – Romney for president!

    September 26, 2010 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  5. Debbie

    I laugh at all the people who say "hey Romney succeeded in the private sector" as if because of his success he understands economics. Perhaps he's just lucky. And if he is so lucky then why leave the "private sector" for a government job? I'm thinking it's two things and both of them are Christian ideals: Satan temps Jesus in the desert with three things: hunger, power, and fortune. Romney has two out of three: loves power and loves money. The love of money is the root of all evil and that is where I see Romney...evil.

    September 26, 2010 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  6. Matt

    You can hold Obama accountable for some things, but most of the complaints coming out of the GOP camp are just trying to drum up support in November... no the economy isn't back to where it should be, but Obama said it wasn't going to be fast or easy even before he was elected... the deficit is out of control but how did it get to be that high in the first place (yes, I will cite Bush right here)... where was the call for fiscal responsibility when it was the CONSERVATIVE in office? sounds pretty 2-faced to me...

    And on top of anything else, I've never heard so much whining about a President so soon after being put into office (almost immediately)... you would think he sent out men and women into war on false pretenses, helped drive the economy into the ground, literally laughed when told the levees would break, and turned America into the loser of the world... yea... people are bitter...

    September 26, 2010 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
  7. Marry

    @ Malt – I am so sorry, where have you been the last 10 years? How can one get such a bad read of the facts? Please, check these topics again. Give us some positive suggestions, if you love the GOP so much, as what they have done positive for 90% of the American people in the last 10 years? What they did for the other 10% we know.
    @ kara – I hope Malt reads your comment. It is exactly to the point. Would be interesting to know Malt would respond to that.

    September 26, 2010 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  8. Nicole - Ohio

    To Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    Thank you, I read a lot of your posts on these boards and find that I agree with you 100%+. Please help the rest of us Ohioans and make sure you take two friends with you to the polls Nov. 2nd! Lets win again! Yes we can!

    and to those who keep calling HCR "Obamacare" – Please come up with something more original. You have been using the term X-care for decades, just like your "Pledge to America" crapola its the same regurgitated swill in a new bowl. But I suppose since one of your heroes is a dead, dementia ridden ex-movie star, you can't seem to remember anything else....Just like Reagan!

    September 26, 2010 05:07 am at 5:07 am |
  9. Debby

    Romney would make a great President.

    September 26, 2010 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
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