News / USA

Mitt Romney Kicks Off Campaign By Attacking Obama

Mitt Romney speaks at the Republican Jewish Coalition annual leadership meeting, in Las Vegas (File Photo - April 2, 2011)
Mitt Romney speaks at the Republican Jewish Coalition annual leadership meeting, in Las Vegas (File Photo - April 2, 2011)

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney said Thursday that he will seek the Republican nomination for U.S. president. The multimillionare businessman kicked off his campaign in New Hampshire with a scathing attack on President Barack Obama. The Republican candidate wants to show his party that he's their best chance to defeat the incumbent.

"I'm Mitt Romney. I believe in America. And I'm running for  president," he said.

Mitt Romney kicked off his campaign a farm in New Hampshire, a state that holds one of the early Republican primaries.

In his speech, the Republican favorite blasted the record of the incumbent Democratic U.S. president.

"Barack Obama has failed America," said Romney.

Analysts say Romney needs to convince the Republican base that he is best suited to defeat Mr. Obama, who comes out in polls ahead any of the declared or rumored Republican candidates.

Romney attacked Mr. Obama's foreign policy. He said the president has hesitated in supporting dissidents in Iran and democratic protesters in the Arab world. And he said Mr. Obama was acting like a European leader in blaming Israel for its conflict with the Palestinians.

But mostly Romney focused on the  president's handling of the U.S. economy - blaming him for high unemployment and federal spending.

"When he took office, the economy was in recession," he said. "He made it worse. And he made it last longer."

This is the second time Romney runs for president and he has shown himself adept as a fundraiser.

But in 2008, when he lost the nomination to Arizona Senator John McCain, he faced several electoral liabilities.

One was his struggle to distance himself from stances he took on abortion, same-sex marriage and health care while was governor of the liberal state of Massachusetts.

Another was his Mormon faith. Although the religion was founded in America, many conservative Evangelical voters view Mormonism with distrust because of theological differences.

Dean Debnam of Public Policy Polling in Raleigh, North Carolina, says these issues could resurface depending on who challenges Romney for the nomination.

"But if there isn't someone that becomes viable then the Republicans are by and large going to be loyal and pulling behind him and they're going to ignore things that they would have had quote moral difficulties for," said Debnam.

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin was also in New Hampshire on Thursday on a much publicized bus tour.

Other Republican candidates include former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, current Texas Representative Ron Paul and former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty.


Jerome Socolovsky

Jerome Socolovsky is the award-winning religion correspondent for the Voice of America, based in Washington. He reports on the rapidly changing faith landscape of the United States, including interfaith issues, secularization and non-affiliation trends and the growth of immigrant congregations.

You May Like

Myanmar Fighting Poses Dilemma for China

To gain some insight into conflict, VOA’s Steve Herman spoke with Min Zaw Oo, director of ceasefire negotiation and implementation at Myanmar Peace Center More

Australia Concerned Over Islamic State 'Brides'

Canberra believes there are between 30 and 40 Australian women who have taken part in terror attacks or are supporting the Islamic State terror network More

Recreational Marijuana Use Now Legal in Washington, DC

Law allows adults 21 and over to privately possess and smoke 0.05 kilogram of pot, and to grow small amounts of the plant More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
US Supreme Court Hears Hijab Discrimination Casei
X
Katherine Gypson
February 25, 2015 11:30 PM
The U.S. Supreme Court has heard opening arguments in a workplace religious discrimination case that examines whether a clothing store can refuse to hire a young woman for wearing the headscarf she says is a symbol of her Muslim faith. Katherine Gypson reports from the Supreme Court.
Video

Video US Supreme Court Hears Hijab Discrimination Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has heard opening arguments in a workplace religious discrimination case that examines whether a clothing store can refuse to hire a young woman for wearing the headscarf she says is a symbol of her Muslim faith. Katherine Gypson reports from the Supreme Court.
Video

Video Falling Gas Prices Hurt Nascent Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Industry

Falling oil prices are helping consumers purchase cheaper petroleum at the pump. But that’s made hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” less economically viable for the companies in the United States invested in the process. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports on one Midwestern town that was hoping to change its fortunes by cashing in on the next big U.S. oil boom.
Video

Video Fighting in Sudan's South Kordofan Fuels Mass Displacement

Heavy fighting in Sudan's South Kordofan state is causing hundreds of thousands to flee into uncertain conditions. Local aid organizations estimate as many as 400,000 civilians have been internally displaced since the conflict began more than three years ago, while another 250,000 have fled across the border to refugee camps in South Sudan. VOA's Adam Bailes reports.
Video

Video Lao Dam Project Runs Into Opposition

A Lao dam project on a section of the Mekong River is drawing opposition from local fishermen, international environmental groups and neighboring countries. VOA's Say Mony visited the region to investigate the concerns. Colin Lovett narrates.
Video

Video A Filmmaker Discovers Her Biracial Identity in "Little White Lie

Lacey Schwartz grew up in an upper middle-class Jewish family, in a town in upstate New York where almost everyone she knew was white. She assumed that she was, as well. Her recent documentary, Little White Lie, tells the story of how she uncovered the secret of her true racial background. VOA’s Carolyn Weaver has more on the film.
Video

Video Deep Under Antarctic Ice Sheet, Life!

With the end of summer in the Southern hemisphere, the Antarctic research season is over. Scientists from Northern Illinois University are back in their laboratory after a 3-month expedition on the Ross Ice Shelf, the world’s largest floating ice sheet. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, they hope to find clues to explain the dynamics of the rapidly melting ice and its impact on sea level rise.
Video

Video US-Cuba Normalization Talks Resume Friday

Negotiations aimed at normalizing diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba resume Friday. On the table: lifting a half-century trade embargo and easing banking and travel restrictions. There's opposition in Congress, but some analysts say there may be sufficient political and economic incentives in both nations for a potential breakthrough this year. VOA's Mil Arcega reports.
Video

Video Pakistan's Deadline For SIM Registration Has Cellphone Users Scrambling

Pakistani cell phone users have until midnight Thursday to register their SIM cards, or their service will be cut off. While some privacy experts worry about government intrusion, many Pakistanis are just worried about keeping their phone lines open. VOA Deewa reporter Arshad Muhmand has more from Peshawar.
Video

Video Myanmar Warns Factory Workers to End Strikes

Outside Myanmar's main city Yangon, thousands of workers walked off their jobs earlier this month demanding a doubling of their wages, pay raises after a year and input from labor unions on industrial regulations. Since Friday, the standoff has grown more tense as police moved in to disrupt the sit-ins, resulting in clashes that injured people from both sides. VOA correspondent Steve Herman visited industrial zones which have become a focus of Myanmar's fledgling workers rights movement.
Video

Video Oscar Winners Do More Than Thank the Academy

The Academy Awards presentation is Hollywood’s night to reward the best movies from the previous year. It’s typically a lot of glitter, a lot of thank you’s, a lot of speeches. But many of this year’s speeches carried messages beyond the thank you's. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti takes a look.

All About America

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More