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Romney Makes It Official: He’s Exploring Presidential Bid

April 13, 2011 by  

Romney makes it official: He's exploring Presidential bidFormer Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has officially announced his intentions to explore a Presidential bid.

Romney revealed his decision to form an exploratory committee for the 2012 GOP nomination on April 11, releasing a YouTube video and a Twitter post. In his two-and-a-half minute video titled "Believe in America," Romney said that President Barack Obama's policies have failed because "he and virtually all the people around him have never worked in the real economy."

Romney, who lost the Republican nomination to John McCain in 2008, is believed to be a front-runner to challenge Obama in 2012.

"It's time that we put America back on a course of greatness, with a growing economy, good jobs and fiscal discipline in Washington," he added.

According to The New York Times, Romney's biggest obstacle on the campaign trail will likely be the healthcare law that he championed as Massachusetts governor. April 12 marked the five-year anniversary of Romney signing the law, which requires most Bay State residents to purchase health insurance or face fines, which is similar to the individual mandate in Obamacare.

A recent Suffolk University/7News poll revealed that about 49 percent of Massachusetts residents said that Romney's healthcare law is not working, compared to only 38 percent who said that it was working.

Rumored Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, has called on Romney to apologize for his healthcare law, the news provider reported. 

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  • Carlos

    I hope this time Republicans agree that there is no better choise. Romney is a great American, I would vote for him without thinking too much.

    • newspooner

      While Governor in Massachusetts, Romney sponsored and signed legislating MANDATING that everyone purchase health insurance. When a person is mandated to purchase something, he needs to have the money to do it, and needs to earn that money. Thus he is mandated to work, taking up his time. Thus he is enslaved. It sure sounds like communism to me.

      Forget the Presidency. Make sure that we elect people to the House and Senate who truly favor lower taxes, less government, and more individual freedom. There was a good start in 2010. Now we need to do even better in 2012. Otherwise all liberty will be lost. A communist like Romney, Gingrich, Trump, etc. is not the answer.

      • 45caliber


        That’s the very argument the libs used to insure no one can make someone on Welfare get a job.

      • EddieW

        I couldn’t have said it better!! Gingrich advbocated “curtailing” Freedom of Speech!!! Without Freedom of Speech…we have NO Freedoms!! I’ll fight tooth and nail against that guy!! A Mormon lady that used to blog before she died, was scared almost to death that Romney would become President!! I shure miss her!!

    • barbm

      well of course you would carlos. are you the same carlos who posted this yesterday? “I thought I might vote for Pawlenty, but if he is involved with the Tea Party, I’ll Scratch him off. All the Tea Party seem to be capable of contributing is belly aching, preventing things from getting done,saying no and denigrating Lindsey Graham. I am really sick and disgusted with them so I may be voting with the democrats in 2012.”

      • (WIA) Wild Indian in Action

        barbm, And I’m sure you are not a Liberal, Progressive Demo Crap.

        • barbm

          i’m so far right on most issues, i make ronald reagan look like a communist.

  • Robin from Arcadia, IN

    ‘Romney-care’ will be an obstacle that he will have to address head-on. From what I have read, it isn’t working. I want a candidate that I can feel good about supporting. I am really tired of having to vote for someone that I don’t like or doesn’t meet my expectations. I realize that there is always going to be something that is not in line with my thinking, but I don’t want to be forced into voting for the lesser of two evils. Been there, done that.

    • Warrior

      Agreed. Certainly not my first choice.

      • http://?? Joe H.

        not my second, third, or fourth, either!!!

        • http://deleted Claire

          JoeH– I agree with you. I would rather vote for one of my dogs than Romney. Talk about a farce. When will it ever end?

  • Devasahayam

    Didn’t the people of Taxachussets put Deval Patrick in office due to dissatisfaction with Romney–and why does he expect that the other 49 states to take Taxachussets’ reject as POTUS?

    • Alice

      Romney will not deport Illegal immigrants. Romney will make same problem as Obama.

  • tim

    Why would you vote for someone who was governor of the highest taxed state in the country??? Also another healthcare advocate who threatens people with jail and fines. Sorry, but this guy is just as big a loser as obama!!

  • http://naver samurai

    He’s another career politician and RINO. He may have some good ideas, but I know for a fact that a New Englander won’t carry Indiana in next years election. Romney care was supposedly the blue print for Obama bin Laden care and if we don’t want Obama bin Laden care, we sure don’t want his healthcare mess comming to Indiana. We hope that Mitch Daniels runs for POTUS or maybe we can get Governor Chris Christie to run for POTUS. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • Norm

    Romney is the most normal of the Republican possibilities but he has some shortcomings for the radical right:

    1. He is not a screaming extremist.

    2. He is a Mormon. This is unacceptable in bible-belt land.

    3. He invented Obamacare when the Governor of Mass.

    4. In his attempts to appease the right he has become a master flip-flopper.

    5. He is capable of logical thought.

    • Ken

      6. He brought same sex marriage to MA.
      7. He brought $50 co-pay abortions to MA.
      8. He called himself more liberal than Ted Kennedy.
      9. He is on both sides of every issue.
      10.He is a white Obama.

      • newspooner

        11. He is politically unprincipled.
        12. He does what he thinks will work for him, rather than what is right.
        13. He does not respect the Constitution.
        14. He increases taxes, then calls them fees so that he can claim that he doesn’t increase taxes.
        15. He did nothing to reverse the 50 previous years of communist legislation in Massachusetts.

    • 45caliber

      Norm, I think you missed several of your notes on him, particularly #5. But the other two made up for your mistakes.

      • http://naver samurai

        You all just havee to understand that little things, like the truth, will not keep libs from posting lies, rhetoric, and inuendo on this site. Keep up the good fight, fellow patriots! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

    • http://?? Joe H.

      while I agree with the rest, 2 and 5 don’t bother me in the least!!!

  • Raggs

    If romney is the only person to run against obama than this country is relly more screwed than I thought….

    • Sadly Wiser

      All else being equal, I’d rather have a Mormon than a Muslim Pseudo-Christian.

  • Barbara

    If you have to ask if I can be elected president then maybe you are not that qualified to be president. If you have to ask? ? ? ?

  • 2WarAbnVet

    Great, another Northeastern liberal RINO! The Republican leadership has forgotten 2008 when many conservatives stayed home rather than hold their collective noses and vote for McCain. Perhaps they arrogantly think conservative voters have no alternative. They seem to be working diligently to turn their party into a minority third party. If they lose Tea Party voters they’re toast.

    • 45caliber

      I doubt if they would care if they are toast if they can’t control the Presidency. They have since before FDR except for Reagon. In fact, they control many of the Dem Presidents as well. If we turn against them, most will simply change parties, I’m sure.

  • Earl, QUEENS, NY

    Thankfully we still have over 18 months to go until the 11/2012 election. Mitt Romney is definitely one who should be defeated in the primaries!! Why would anyone on our side vote for the Romney in a primary?? What do Romney and Dirty Harry Reid have in common? Answer: take the middle ‘m’ out of ‘Mormons’, and that’s what they both are!! Let’s not forget that Romney’s fingerprints are on a (Massachusetts) health care bill similar to Obummer-care!! At the same time, virtually all republicans in DC have opposed Obummer-care. There is time!! Let’s find good solid conservatives for 2012. From what I’ve heard about Romney, he almost gives credibility to the many naïve voters who suggest there’s no difference between the 2 parties. IMHO, even if he’s a better campaigner, Romney could be an even worse POTUS than John McCain would’ve been. (At least McCain opposed government run health care, didn’t he??) Nevertheless, let’s remember that the most important thing to do in 11/2012 is to defeat BHO. Even if worse comes to worst, and we have to choose between BHO and Romney, I reluctantly say we should hold our noses and cast a vote against Mao-bama. I guess that in a worst case scenario, Romney can’t be any worse than the One Big Awful Mistake America made by voters on 11/4/2008. Many people don’t agree with my theory that we should vote for the lesser of 2 evils. So let’s put it a different way: voting for today’s leftwing socialist democrap party won’t solve our problems, but only make bad situations worse. The 2006 and 2008 elections have proven this!! Of course ….. LET’S NOMINATE SOMEONE BETTER THAN ROMNEY NEXT YEAR!!!!

    • barbm

      18 months until the general election. texas primary is in 11 months, and many states start even earlier. we need to pick somebody and everybody get behind him/her. we sure don’t need to be scattered. divide and conquer.

      • http://?? Joe H.

        you just touched on a sore subject with me. I believe all the primaries should be on the same day!!! That way ALL the states make a difference not just the first few!!

        • barbm

          i agree!!

        • libertytrain

          And Joe, that is a good idea.

  • Darrell Pryor

    Where The hell is SUPERMAN when you need him?

    • oldtimeyman

      SUPERMAN is here. He is RAND PAUL.

      • barbm

        i really like rand, but i’m afraid he’ll be associated with his dad whom the msm ignored in 2008 even though he got more votes than any of the others who were covered by the msm. hard to win when everybody else is getting free publicity and financial support from the mega rich. all i need to know about romney i learned 3 years ago. the fact that obama care is patterned after his health bill is enough to turn off any real consitutionalist.

      • 45caliber

        Rand Paul is too new to the Senate. He doesn’t have any more experience than Oblama had – and look where that got us. Of course, most of that is due to him, not his experience. But a lot of Dems will be sure to point it out about Rand Paul and many many voters will shy away as a result. Save him for a later election when he has more experience and more chance to get the win.

  • barbm

    if he believes in the tea party platform, why is he just now saying so? all those who were in office and voting for all the crap that’s passed need not apply for the job of potus. i used to watch survivor on tv, but i stopped when they began bringing back the people who already had a chance to win. bring in fresh meat for us to get to know. fresh meat that hasn’t already been spoiled and trained to vote as a rino.

  • Pat

    Tell him to save his money. He didn’t do anything great for us in MA.
    Free healthcare, all the illegals have moved in. It’s free to them because our Premiums went up!!

  • 45caliber

    From what I’ve seen, Romney is about half way between a RINO and a Democrat. He certainly acted that way in MA. He put in free healthcare and even he now admits that it was a mistake and is bankrupting the state.

  • chuckb

    it looks like the republicans are trying to re-elect barry soetoro. running such people as huckabee and romney, those two empty suits couldn’t get nominated for a dog catcher. these are the kind of people karl rove and the rinos would like to see on their ticket, these are the kind of people that will lose. as a life long republican, until 2006, i absolutely wouldn’t vote for either one of those clowns. at this stage of the game i will vote for a conservative only.

  • Lee

    Romney needs to give us his vision for America – how will he handle the following 5 problems -
    # 1 -Stop NAFTA -restore our American Sovereignty
    # 2 -Have all 599 cities disconnect from ICLEI(Agenda 21)- Pres Bush signed in 1992. -the agenda-to end private property rights
    #3 – stop the 237 Foreign Free Trade Zones in America which only serve to give China an unfair advantage over local companies.
    #4 – transform our education system. The Progressives had their way for the last 70 years. THEY FAILED. Now let’s give the agenda to people who actually love America, its constitutional Republic and its exceptionalism.

  • CJM

    Please do the American public a great favor, Mitt Romney…stay out of national politics. You already boiled your constituents in oil with your socialized medical coverage, what on earth makes you sure we want your services in the rest of the US? Your own constitutents don’t like it…and you call yourself a republican??? Far as I’m concerned, you are a rino and nothing more.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      AMEN, I say AMEN, can I get a great big AMEN here????

      • http://naver samurai

        I second that AMEN! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • chuckb

    i third it, AMEN!

  • Carol

    No way no how he is just another Barry Soetoro (Obama) in sheeps clothing.


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