June 2 - Republican Mitt Romney kicks off his second bid for the White House with a hard-hitting economic message blasting U.S. President Obama. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
"I'm Mitt Romney. I believe in America. And I'm running for President of the United States." Republican Mitt Romney kicks off his second bid for the presidency. The Former Massachusetts Governor officially starts his campaign with a blast at U.S. president Barack Obama. SOUNDBITE: Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, saying (English): "Barack Obama has failed America. When he took office, the economy was in recession. And he made it worse. And he made it last longer. Three years later, over 16 million Americans are out of work or have just quit looking. Millions more are unemployed. Three years later, unemployment is still above 8%, and that was the figure he said his stimulus would keep from happening. Three years later, foreclosures are still at record levels. Three years later the prices of homes continue to fall. Three years later, our national debt has grown nearly as large as our entire economy. And families are buried under higher prices for food and higher prices for gasoline. The Republican front-runner launched his campaign in New Hampshire, a key state in American Presidential politics. SOUNDBITE: Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, saying (English): "It breaks my heart to see what's happening in this great country. These failing hopes make up President Obama's own misery index. It's never been higher. And what's his answer? He says this: I'm just getting started. No, Mr. President, you've had your chance. We, the people on this farm, and citizens across the country are the ones who are just getting started." After the announcement Romney served Chili to his supporters. Romney lost the Republican nomination to John McCain in the 2008 race. But the former head of a venture capital firm has a powerful campaign finance apparatus in place. He raised more than 10 million dollars in an eight-hour phone-a-thon in Las Vegas last month. Early polls say the president is still favored over all potential Republican opponents. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters.