LIVE CHAT & FEED - Mitt Romney Announces He’s Running for President! 12:30 EST

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I’ve been looking forward to today’s announcement since February 7th, 2008 and it looks like Matt Drudge is excited about it as well.

Going to be a great day RT @Mitt_NH #Mitt2012 officially begins today in NH at 12:30 pm than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Also, Mitt has a new way to show your support for his candidacy on facebook:

This effort is not about more rhetoric. It’s not about a person, or politicians giving speeches - it is about the cause of restoring American greatness. Take a picture of yourself, family, or friends with a sign to show you Stand with Mitt

The new is here. Check it out! Tagg Romney wrote about Mitt’s announcement:

My Dad made a serious speech today about the serious jobs crisis that we are facing as a nation. The weak economy and lack of jobs are what has compelled him to get in this race. That’s why ultimately I think he should and will win both the nomination and the presidency—with skills that he has learned in the private sector, he has shown over and over that he can take over troubled situations and make them better. He did it at hundreds of companies as the CEO at Bain Capital, at the scandal-ridden and deficit-plagued Olympic games, and as Governor of Massachusetts.

When he assumed leadership of the Olympics, they had a $400M budget deficit. When he was finished, he put on one of the most successful games ever on U.S. soil and turned over a $100M profit to the city of Salt Lake. When he was elected Governor of Massachusetts, the state was in a recession and losing jobs, and the state budget was looking at a $3B deficit. When he left 4 years later, the unemployment rate was lower, the state was creating thousands of jobs every month and he left behind a $2B rainy day fund.

It was a great privilege to attend the announcement at the Scamman farm in NH today. Seeing 1,000 people turn out to hear him is encouraging and leads me to believe that the country is ready for a someone who can lead on jobs and the economy. So many people today told me stories about hardship they are having to go through as a result of the recession.

His announcement today that he has decided to run for President is the first step to help our nation out of its economic troubles. The USA is now facing a string of record-setting budget deficits at the same time that the economy is sputtering and leaving millions of good people unable to find good jobs. President Obama has tried to borrow his way out of a crisis, making matters worse. I believe America wants a leader who not only will talk about cutting spending and creating jobs, but who has shown time and again that he can actually do it.

-Tagg Romney

PS - My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims of the storms last night in Western MA. It was such a tragedy and such a poignant reminder of what is truly most important.

Gov. Mitt Romney is Announcing His Candidacy for President of the United States in New Hampshire!

Making it official next week at the Scamman Farm in New Hampshireless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

The Union Leader has the details:

The Scammans’ farm has been the site for dozens of political events over the years. They twice hosted George W. Bush, once as a candidate for President and once as President. They hosted an event for former Vice President Dan Quayle.

And they have hosted events for many New Hampshire candidates, from former U.S. Sen. Warren Rudman, former Gov. John H. Sununu and former Gov. and U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg to former Gov. Steve Merrill and former U.S. Sen. John E. Sununu.

“I think it’s a great place to have the announcement event,” said Doug Scamman. “It’s obvious to me that Governor Romney did a great job as governor and with the Olympics. When I wake up in the middle of the night I’ll feel safer knowing he is in the White House than I would with anyone else.”

Food at the barbecue will be prepared and sold by the American Legion Post 35 in Hampton and proceeds will benefit the Global War on Terror Memorial Fund, which will allow the post to complete a memorial at the post.

In addition to hot dogs and hamburgers, the American Legion will also serve Ann Romney’s special recipe chili.

The event is ticketed. A phone number for tickets will be announced by the exploratory committee shortly.

Give a thumbs up to the Youtube video below, “like” Mitt’s Facebook status, RT his tweet, and leave a comment about why you support Gov. Romney as the 45th President of the United States of America.

For a little extra fun, check out what the Atlantic discovered about the various 2012 GOP candidates from their high school days starting off with Mitt! If they had focused on the wives, they may have seen that someone wrote “first lady” underneath Ann’s yearbook picture as well. How did whomever wrote that know? ;)

UPDATE: Not wanting any pizza to go to waste, Mitt sent the leftovers to Obama’s campaign headquarters!

Great deep dish at @ginoseast. Sending the extra slices to @barackobama and his Chicago HQ team than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Details on the rest of Mitt’s Illinois trip can be found here. Like we’ve been saying all along, Mitt is going to play to win in Iowa.