Romney back in the New Hampshire spotlight
March 5th, 2011
01:51 PM ET
11 years ago

Romney back in the New Hampshire spotlight

(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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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Trevor

    Is romney seriously gonna blame obama for the economic mess? It was obama that is halting the free fall the republican had causes, and now obama is being blamed for stopping the economy from hitting rock bottom.

    Me think the republican has their common sense on backward.

    What do you Americans rather have? Another term with centrist Obama or a new government with a far right wing republican?

    March 5, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens has been anointed as the republican candidate by the Kochs, so what does he mean, if I decide. Mittens is a typical republican with a summer home in NH, as I am sure, just like most of the union workers who make $51,000. It is good that he sold his other million dollar homes so he will not be embarrassed like McCain who was not sure how many homes he had.

    March 5, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  3. vic nashville tn

    His party doesn’t want him to run because of his health care reform in Massachusettst

    That mean he can’t win the primary

    March 5, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  4. Jay

    "he'll emphasize lower taxes and criticize President Barack Obama for the country's current economic conditions."

    Hey stupid...the economy is adding thousands and thousands of jobs, the stock market is up thousands since Mr. Obama took over from your party's fool.

    Obama/Biden 2012 and Infinity

    March 5, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. sam

    ROMNEY should read the news from 2002-2008 and see how the bush adminitraion created JOB starting two 2 WARS that cost american taxpayer live and homes, education etc.etc.yea the trues hurts.

    March 5, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  6. Shane Botwin

    What's his platform? "Ken Doll Trustfunder for President?"

    March 5, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Be careful Mr. Romney, Mike Huckabee, the preacher man, will start labeling you and your Mormon faith as not being a boy scout or growing up in neighborhoods with Rotary Clubs. Huckabee has reached such a low he's "beating down" women but then again, take a good look at his wife and maybe that's the reason why.

    March 5, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  8. Bart

    Lower taxes and slash-and-burn the budget realize the Republicans goal of "killing the beast." Then the rich will rule (all the more) and the rest of us will be their servants. Long live feudalism!

    March 5, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |