(VIDEO) Mitt Romney Announces Candidacy for President in NH: “Obama’s Misery Index Has Never Been Higher”


Governor Mitt Romney announced today that he is a candidate for President of the United States

Doug and Stella Scamman, of Scamman Farms in Stratham, New Hampshire, provided the setting for the highly anticipated announcement. Both Scammans spoke glowingly of Romney. (Besides running a huge farming operation, the Scammans both served as state legislators in New Hampshire.) Then, Ann Romney introduced her husband.

With a large American flag on an outbuilding on one side and a big Romney banner rippling in the wind on a barn behind him, Gov Romney strode up stacked hay bales to the microphone and addressed a very large and enthusiastic crowd.

Transcript of Romney’s speech:

Thank you for coming. And I want to thank Doug and Stella Scamman for hosting us on their beautiful farm.

You know, everyone here today can tell a different story. We have different backgrounds and we wake up in the morning and go to different jobs … or, look for different jobs. We go to different churches or maybe don’t go to church so much. I bet some of you have families who go back 200 years or more in New Hampshire. And there must be some who just snuck in across the border, from Massachusetts. I hear the taxes are better over here.

But here we are on a beautiful June day coming together to begin a process that we often, quite naturally, take for granted. But it is really one of the great achievements in the history of the world. For all of our country’s wealth and influence, those are not the source of our greatness. The true strength of America is self-rule, and a government that answers to a free and independent people.

We live in the most powerful nation that ever existed. And it all goes back to a few men and women who had the courage to stand - and even die - for their belief in liberty and equality. Because of their vision, the United States of America is not ruled by a monarchy or controlled by an aristocracy. Though sometimes folks in Washington might act otherwise, we don’t have a House of Lords with inherited power. And as the Red Sox like to remind the New York Yankees, there are no dynasties in America.

Who rules this great nation?

You do. Every four years you decide who will give that State of the Union address, who will set the course of the country, who will be Commander in Chief.

What’s true right here in this New Hampshire farm has always been true in America. Though each of us is different, though each of us will choose to walk a different path in life, we are united by one great, overwhelming passion: We love America. We believe in America.

Today we are united not only by our faith in America. We are united also by our concern for America.

This country we love is in peril. And that, my friends, is why we are here today.

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.

At the time, we didn’t know what sort of a President he would make. It was a moment of crisis for our economy, and when Barack Obama came to office, we wished him well and hoped for the best.

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.

When he took office, the economy was in recession. 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 underemployed.

Three years later, unemployment is still above 8%, a 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.

Families are buried under higher prices for food and higher prices for gasoline.

It breaks my heart to see what’s happening in this 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.

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Video of Governor Romney’s inspiring speech - including Ann’s wonderful intro:

A hearty barbecue lunch, including Ann Romney’s chili, was enjoyed by attendees. Due to safety concerns at the venue, event planners issued a generous, but limited number of free admission tickets.

Mitt and Ann Romney serve lunch (incl Ann's chili) to supporters at Scamman Farms, Stratham, NH. 6/2/11

Mitt and Ann’s view…

One of the many tweets regarding The Gov’s announcement (a trending topic on twitter):

Just left Scamman Farm in Stratham where 1,000 strong were inspired by the future president. #FITN #Mittless than a minute ago via Mobile Web Favorite Retweet Reply

Long after his speech was over, Mitt and Ann greeted the large crowd of well-wishers. I’ll finish this article with Gov Romney’s final remarks:

These last two years have not been the best of times. But while we’ve lost a couple of years, we have not lost our way. The principles that made us a great nation and leader of the world have not lost their meaning. They never will.

We know we can bring this country back.

I’m Mitt Romney. I believe in America.

And I’m running for President of the United States.

Reminder: Romney will be on the Sean Hannity show tonight on FOX News. Tomorrow morning, June 3rd, he will hold his first Town Hall meeting at 8:30 AM EDT at the University of New Hampshire Manchester. Later in the evening, he’ll speak at the Faith and Freedom Coalition in Washington D.C.

Rebel Ross has also posted good information here.

UPDATE - (2:26 PM PT) Tweet from Mitt

I laid out my vision, but America’s greatness begins with you. What’s your vision for America? #Mitt2012less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

UPDATE 2:More pics…

TwitPic: “Podium where Mitt Romney will announce his candidacy.”

TwitPic: “Waiting for Romney - music is pumping - crowd is excited!”

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9 Responses to (VIDEO) Mitt Romney Announces Candidacy for President in NH: “Obama’s Misery Index Has Never Been Higher”

  1. phyllis says:

    Go Mitt! Focus on the economy…hit hard on the failed ‘stimulus’….

    Be yourself.

  2. Jeffrey E. Elliott says:

    I am convinced Mitt Romney should be the next president of the United States. Mitt is uniquely qualified to be president at this time in our nations history. He understand’s state’s rights at a time, when many states are in righteous rebellion against federal encroachment. He also understands economic warfare and will not allow China, India,
    Pakistan or middle eastern countries to gain the advantage over the our union. He respects the laborer, but understand, union bosses have hurt our free market way of life and that these same union bosses may even sympathize with the socialist-communist agenda. He understands that the radical aspects of Islam are a threat to world peace and our wonderful and unique relationship with Israel and Great Britian. It is my belief he is the man of the hour for this point in time and my hope is the rest of America will also catch his vision. The best thing the Republican party can do is nominate Mitt Romney for President; and the best thing America can do is elect Mitt Romney for President.

  3. rae4palin says:

    After 9 hours only 3 comments! LOL

  4. Renna says:

    I was quite impressed with Governor Romney’s speech today. He is so obviously the “adult in the room” in this campaign and we can only hope that reasonable and concerrned Americans, whether they be Republican, Democrat, Independent or Tea Party, realize that we MUST have a mature and experienced business person as our President. I do not feel the time is right for a female President. We need a strong, tall, courageous image with a commanding presence to demonstrate strength and confidence to our enemies - Mitt Romney fits that description. IF those who do not want Obama reelected stop eating our own and get behind Governor Romney - WE CAN WIN THIS ELECTION.

    His discussion of the Mass health plan should put doubts to rest that he did what was considered very conservative - to promote individual responsibility and deal with a runaway budget that was burdened by capable persons gaming the system. The remainig states should approach their problem in a similar way. It is simply not fair to take advantage of those who plan and budget for their healthcare while others who can afford to do the same, do not. As Governor Romeny stated - at the state level, many things are mandated - health care should be no exception, especially when it is bankrupting the state.

  5. Jayde Wyatt says:


    The comments are usually left on our Facebook page and we had a huge chat party here earlier today - filled with positive comments for Gov Romney. FYI, our chat box hasn’t been quiet all day.

    The laugh is on you.

  6. @rae4palin

    I was going to say the same thing Jayde. There were thousands of comments on the chatbox. There were 160 people here at one time during his speech.

  7. Duane Stupple says:

    I am disappointed in Governor Romney’s statement regard to climate change. Unfortunately based on his position and beliefs regard to climate change I can no longer support his run for President. Sincerely best wishes.

  8. Jayde Wyatt says:

    @Duane Stupple

    Hold on… So Mitt thinks it’s a good idea to reduce pollution and you write him off? What do you think are his beliefs regarding climate change?

    Mitt has written extensively in No Apology about energy, climate change, Cap ‘n Trade, etc. He does NOT support Cap ‘n Trade. Please read Chapter 9 in his book.

  9. Jake Stoddard says:

    I believe Romney has a solid shot at the presidency, the only thing that i can see derailing his run is his VP choice, honestly if Condoleeza Rice as a VP I would be in awe, hopefully he doesn’t choose Palin. Romney 2012.