Romney officially announces run for president

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney formally announced Thursday he will run a second time for the White House.

“Barack Obama has failed America,” Romney said in a live-stream video from the New England Cable News. “I’m Mitt Romney. I believe in America. And I’m running for President of the Untied States.”

Romney made the announcement at a farm in Stratham, New Hampshire, a move that some Iowans took issue with last Friday, when Romney told a Des Moines crowd he planned to launch the official campaign speech there. Some Iowa supporters felt the former Governor should have cut to the chase and made his announcement at that moment.

Aside from officially saying he’s seeking the Republican nomination, Romney said many of the exact same things that he said in Des Moines last week, including his disdain for Obama’s “apologizing” for America. He also emphasized his work in the private sector made him a stronger candidate now than four years ago, and how America needs a president who understands how business works to rebuild the economy.

“If you want to create jobs, it helps to have actually had a job — and I have,” Romney said today, which was nearly identical to a comment made in Iowa last week.

Romney has been considered a front-runner in the presidential race before he formally entered today. He finished admirably in Iowa contests during the 2008 presidential race: he won the Ames Straw Poll and finished second to Mike Huckabee in that Iowa Caucus.

Romney would not confirm last week if he will participate in either event this go-around.

“As for which trips we do, well, that’s for the political people to decide,” he said last Friday. “I’ll wait until after I announce to decide (to participate), so right now I can’t tell you which things (my campaign) will participate in.”

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