Romney Is In, Will Announce Candidacy From New Hampshire

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Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney will officially announce his candidacy for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination today in New Hampshire.

According to The Associated Press, which obtained excerpts of the speech, his announcement speech will include a fiery indictment of President Barack Obama’s economic policy: “Barack Obama has failed America.”

“A few years ago, Americans did something that was, actually, very much the sort of thing Americans like to do: We gave someone new a chance to lead, someone we hadn’t known for very long, who didn’t have much of a record but promised to lead us to a better place,” Romney will say, the wire service reports.

“At the time, we didn’t know what sort of a president he would make… Now, in the third year of his four-year term, we have more than promises and slogans to go by. Barack Obama has failed America.”

That Romney will deliver the speech at 12:30 p.m. EST in Stratham, N.H., is proof that the former governor’s team is attempting to entrench itself in the Granite State, pointedly avoiding Iowa — where presidential competitors like Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann have already staked huge claims.

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