After he was declared the winner in tonight’s New Hampshire primary, Mitt Romney took the stage and delivered a victory speech where he slammed President Obama and defended himself against attacks on his time working with financial consulting firm Bain Capital.
“We do remember when Barack Obama came to New Hampshire four years ago. he promised to bring people together, he promised to change the broken system in Washington, he promised to improve our nation,” Mr. Romney said. “Those were the days of lofty promises made by a hopeful candidate. Today, we’re faced with the disappointing record of a failed president.”
Mr. Romney cited the poor economic climate as evidence of President Obama’s failings.
“The last three years have held a lot of change, but they haven’t offered much hope. The middle class has been crushed, nearly 24 million of our fellow Americans are still out of work,” he said.
Mr. Romney described President Obama’s contention the situation is improving as an affront to American values.
“This president wakes up every morning, looks out across America and is proud to announce it could be worse. It could be worse? That is not what it means to be an American–it could be worse, of course not,” Mr. Romney said. “What defines us as Americans is our unwavering conviction that we know it must be better and it will be better.”
Invoking Ronald Reagan’s “shining city on the hill,” Mr. Romney said Americans remain optimistic despite “the failed leadership of one man.”
“Americans know that our future is brighter and better than these troubled times. We still believe,” Mr. Romney said. “We still believe in the hope, the promise and the dream of America. We still believe in that shining city on the hill.”
Mr. Romney also addressed the heat he’s taken lately for his work with the management consulting firm Bain Capital, which has presided over layoffs at a variety of businesses. He described this criticism, which has come both from the Democrats and his Republican rivals, as a “resentment of success.”
“President Obama wants to put free enterprise on trial and, in the last few days, we’ve seen some desperate Republicans join forces with him. This is such a mistake for our party and for our nation,” Mr. Romney said. “The country already has a leader who divides us with the bitter politics of envy. We have to offer an alternative vision. I stand ready to lead us down a different path where we’re lifted up by our desire to succeed, not dragged down by a resentment of success.”
According to Mr. Romney, this campaign is a choice between his “clear and unapologetic defense” of “economic freedom” and President Obama’s desire “to turn America into a European-style social welfare state.”
“This President takes his inspiration from the capitals of Europe. We look to the cities and small towns of America,” said Mr. Romney.
Though he focused much of his speech on the economy, Mr. Romney also addressed foreign policy. While he said President Obama has practiced an “appeasement strategy” and “doesn’t see the need for overwhelming American military superiority,” Mr. Romney pledged to strengthen our armed forces.
“I will insist on a military so powerful no one would ever think of challenging it,” said Mr. Romney.
Mr. Romney ended his remarks by encouraging his followers to rally behind his vision for the country.
“Let’s go on to fight for the America we love, because we believe in America,” Mr. Romney said. “Thank you so much. God bless America.”