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Mitt Romney’s NH ‘Victory Speech’ (Full Text)

Via the Politico:

Mitt Romney victory speech in New Hampshire

January 10, 2012

Mitt Romney: Thank you, New Hampshire! Tonight, we made history!

This state has always been a special place for our family. Ann and I made a home here and we’ve filled it with great memories of our children and grandchildren. And this Granite State moment is one we will always remember.

Tonight, we celebrate. Tomorrow, we go back to work.

We 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.

Those were the days of lofty promises made by a hopeful candidate. Today, we are faced with the disappointing record of a failed President. 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, struggling to find work, or have just stopped looking. The median income has dropped 10% in four years. Soldiers returning from the front lines are waiting in unemployment lines. Our debt is too high and our opportunities too few.

And this President wakes up every morning, looks out across America and is proud to announce, “It could be worse.”

It could be worse? Is that what it means to be an American? It could be worse?

Of course not.

What defines us as Americans is our unwavering conviction that we know it must be better.

That conviction guides our campaign. It has rallied millions of Americans in every corner of this country to our cause.

Over the last six months, I’ve listened to anxious voices in town meetings and visited with students and soldiers. In break rooms and living rooms, I’ve heard stories of families getting by on less, of carefully planned retirements now replaced by jobs at minimum wage. But even now, amidst the worst economy since the Great Depression, I’ve rarely heard a refrain of hopelessness.

Americans know that our future is brighter and better than these troubled times. We still believe in the hope, the promise, and the dream of America. We still believe in that shining city on a hill.

We know that the future of this country is better than 8 or 9% unemployment.

It is better than $15 trillion in debt.

It is better than the misguided policies and broken promises of the last three years – and the failed leadership of one man.

The President has run out of ideas. Now, he’s running out of excuses. And tonight, we are asking the good people of South Carolina to join the citizens of New Hampshire and make 2012 the year he runs out of time.

President Obama wants to put free enterprise on trial. In the last few days, we have seen some desperate Republicans join forces with him. This is such a mistake for our Party and for our nation. This country already has a leader who divides us with the bitter politics of envy. We must offer an alternative vision. I stand ready to lead us down a different path, where we are lifted up by our desire to succeed, not dragged down by a resentment of success. In these difficult times, we cannot abandon the core values that define us as unique — We are One Nation, Under God.

Make no mistake, in this campaign, I will offer the American ideals of economic freedom a clear and unapologetic defense.

Our campaign is about more than replacing a President; it is about saving the soul of America. This election is a choice between two very different destinies.

President Obama wants to “fundamentally transform” America. We want to restore America to the founding principles that made this country great.

He wants to turn America into a European-style entitlement society. We want to ensure that we remain a free and prosperous land of opportunity.

This President takes his inspiration from the capitals of Europe; we look to the cities and small towns of America.

This President puts his faith in government. We put our faith in the American people.

He is making the federal government bigger, burdensome, and bloated. I will make it simpler, smaller, and smarter.

He raised the national debt. I will cut, cap, and balance the budget.

He enacted job-killing regulations; I’ll eliminate them.

He lost our AAA credit rating; I’ll restore it.

He passed Obamacare; I’ll repeal it.

When it comes to the economy, my highest priority as President will be worrying about your job, not saving my own.

Internationally, President Obama has adopted an appeasement strategy. He believes America’s role as leader in the world is a thing of the past. I believe a strong America must – and will – lead the future.

He doesn’t see the need for overwhelming American military superiority. I will insist on a military so powerful no one would think of challenging it.

He chastises friends like Israel; I’ll stand with our friends.

He apologizes for America; I will never apologize for the greatest nation in the history of the Earth.

Our plans protect freedom and opportunity, and our blueprint is the Constitution of the United States.

The path I lay out is not one paved with ever increasing government checks and cradle-to-grave assurances that government will always be the solution. If this election is a bidding war for who can promise more benefits, then I’m not your President. You have that President today.

But if you want to make this election about restoring American greatness, then I hope you will join us.

If you believe the disappointments of the last few years are a detour, not our destiny, then I am asking for your vote.

I’m asking each of you to remember how special it is to be an American.

I want you to remember what it was like to be hopeful and excited about the future, not to dread each new headline.

I want you to remember when you spent more time dreaming about where to send your kids to college than wondering how to make it to the next paycheck.

I want you to remember when you weren’t afraid to look at your retirement savings or the price at the pump.

I want you to remember when our White House reflected the best of who we are, not the worst of what Europe has become.

That America is still out there. We still believe in that America.

We still believe in the America that is a land of opportunity and a beacon of freedom. We believe in the America that challenges each of us to be better and bigger than ourselves.

This election, let’s fight for the America we love. We believe in America.

Thank you. God bless you. And God bless the United States of America.

This struck us as the best speech we have ever heard Mitt Romney give. He sure sounded like a conservative. Which is a bit of a switch for him, even in this campaign.

Still, this has always been the problem with Romney. He’s always found it easier to talk the talk than to walk the walk.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, January 11th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

28 Responses to “Mitt Romney’s NH ‘Victory Speech’ (Full Text)”

  1. Laree says:

    Hey remember when McCain beat Romney is New Hampshire? Good Times! Good Times.

    Mitt Romney & The L Word(s) Liberal, Liar and Liquidator.

    Senator John McCain just endorsed Mitt Romney, here is a video of John McCain going through Mitt Romney’s Liberal Laundry List.

    Meanwhile Newt Gingrich is going to release an attack ad against Mitt Romney titled “The King of Bain”. I decided to look up the dictionary definition of the closest spelling to Bain. Bane definition, a person or thing that causes misery or distress ( esp a bane in of one’s Life).


  2. proreason says:

    I’ve been saying Mitt sounds like a conservative for months. Am I the only one with ears?

    The question is whether Romney IS a conservative or not. Talk is cheap. As Thomas Sowell points out, it’s a lot easy to say something than to act on it, and Romney didn’t do much as governor to make people think he is anything other than a moderate. And except for those 2 years, he has never won an office, so that’s all we really have to go on…other than talk. Romneycare, which he continues to defend to the death. Good luck with all that conservative wish-listers.

    But hey, I would be willing to believe him about it if he was running an ethical campaign.

    What he seems to be really good at is undermining conservative candidates: Perry, Cain and Gingrich.

    Maybe he will have the same kind of ruthlessness against the boy king.


  3. tranquil.night says:

    Worse than meaningless, because now our ideology has been coopted and is being defined by phonies, like how every other iteration of hyphenated Conservatism began.

    Would I be too much of a nitpicker and occupooper to point out not one bit of this speech is his own words? The majority is just Rush and the other big voices of Conservatism. Team Mitt are aware who they are out to swoon right now, that’s all of what’s motivating the rhetoric, promises and platitudes.

  4. River0 says:

    I know, I know, he’s not authentic. But we’ll have the clout to force him to do the right thing if we persuade our fellow citizens to get off their a**es, speak up, and vote. If they don’t, we’re lost in any case.

    He’s not Obummer, and that counts. And he IS electable.

    Best of all, Mitt is scathing in his exposure of the Demonic Party and all its machinations. There’s nothing worse for a malignant narcissist of Obummer’s level than criticism and opposition. It will be hell for him and his minions.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      “I know, I know, he’s not authentic.”

      He’s not. He’s not down with the white, middle-class man’s struggle. He’s not all up in it about the lingo we speak and how a typical white dude likes to chillax on his down time.



  5. Laree says:

    “When Mitt Came To Town” King of Bain, attack ad released by Newt’s PAC. Was made by a former Romney campaign aide from the 2008 Presidential campaign. http://www.webcasts.com/kingofbain/

    Oh and there is another video that’s surfaced today O’Keefe with his video cam :)

    Dead People Receive Ballots in NH Primary


    • proreason says:

      Newt isn’t trying to do Mitt a favor, but may have anyway.

      Imagine if Mitt got the nomination and this started playing around the clock in October.

      Might as well have it on the table now.

    • tranquil.night says:

      “In the general election I’ll be pointing out that the president took the reins at General Motors and Chrysler – closed factories, closed dealerships laid off thousands and thousands of workers – he did it to try to save the business,” Romney said Wednesday on CBS.


      Imagine if the first time we heard this was during the general?

      To this vast chorus singing the hymn of ideological platitudes and hypotheticals: are you absolutely sure Romney’s judgments were always virtuous?

      I hear and read a lot of rhetoric and accusations from both sides, but not much discussion of what actually happened in those few cases at Bain which are being questioned. Obfuscation sort of festers the public implication of guilt. Romney’s advisers get this and are worried about it, but don’t really seem to have a plan but to try and wish it away and continue to obfuscate.

      Well just because Newt stopped hammering the wedge he got a head start on for Obama doesn’t mean the Left isn’t going to pick it right back up as they’d always intended to. They’re already wasting no time.

      I wonder if we could’ve avoided this whole misperception of an attack on capitalism if it was just instead framed as “Despite his appearance as a pair of warm and cuddly Mittens, Romney appears to be a totally ruthless prick in both his private and public career life, but we’ll still take him over Obama.”

    • tranquil.night says:

      Mama Grizzly on Hannity tonight: http://www.therightscoop.com/full-sarah-palin-interview-on-hannity/

      As the blogger notes, “Palin seems to agree more with Perry in his line of attack on Mitt Romney, and doesn’t necessarily believe that it is an attack on Capitalism.”

      She does hope the candidates can move back towards focussing on contrasts with Obama, but she essentially says Romney is the one who touts his record in his resume, so it’s fair game to examine it. She seems to stress a little distress on an implication that Romney’s claim to job creation at Bain doesn’t necessarily mean American jobs.

      Simple. Better to get it out now than leave it to the Left to define the matter in October.

    • proreason says:

      “I hear and read a lot of rhetoric and accusations from both sides, but not much discussion of what actually happened in those few cases at Bain which are being questioned.”

      Don’t worry, tn.

      The details will come out in September and October, when the liberals media will be in control of the process.

      In the meantime, Karl Rove will continue blowing the “anti-capitalism” dog whistle to rally pavlov’s dogs behind the candidate who make John McCain and Bob Dole look conservative. No need, of course, to look at the facts (and like everybody else, I don’t know the facts either…but they sure look suspicious to me).

      I can’t believe I was naive enough to believe that picking our candidate would be based on ideology and electability.

  6. proreason says:

    Holy moly. Peter Ferrara rips Romneynomics to shreds. He must be reading my posts, except that he has data and knowledge to support himself instead of just wind.


    A lot of the points he makes are the ones I’ve been making. Romney is the least electable of any of them. He’s the post child for the marxists to pull off the wall.

    If you think Bush I was weak, wait till Mitt delicately fondles the reins of power.

    The only thing these guys are good at is slandering Republicans who can actually get stuff done.

  7. captstubby says:

    i see a lot of words not spoken in over 3 years from the WH.
    and i wish we had another Ronald Reagan this time.
    we do not.
    we have to play the cards we are dealt. or fold.
    Job One is winning back the White House,and hopefully the Senate.
    if this man can get the majority of the Party together,we may have a fighting chance to prevail.
    The Left has the embodiment of their ideology as President.
    they absolutely cannot allow him to be a one term man.
    if we become divided, then all we have accomplished is doing the democrats work for them.

    and add the fact that the left news media will continue to use “star trek” force fields and cloaking devices for the President, the battle is that much more difficult.
    is Romney the best?
    but he maybe the best we got to win.
    thank you steve for all your hard work.
    i value your words greatly.
    we can do this friends.
    thank you .

    • Steve says:

      Well put, CT!

    • Reality Bytes says:

      Mark the Date. I disagree with Steve!

      Guys, if Mitt Romney gets the nomination, he will break the four minute mile running back to the squishy left of center right where Obama & Axelrod wants him.

      How many times do I have to recant the old man’s “if you run like a democrat, they’ll just vote for the real one everytime.” Course today’s democrats are to the left of Gorbachev but you get the point.

      There is a conservative wave out there & you’re missing it. It’s spread out across the Bachmann, Cain, Gingrich, Santorum & even a big chunk of Ron Paul.

      By logic I have deduced it is Santorum. He is genuine, sincere & doesn’t have the track record of Romney. He is the Tim Tebow of this race. He is NOT what they expected. They don’t have a defense against his unorthodoxy, which we call True Conservatism.

      Perhaps Steve like Ann you see it different but this fight reminds me of Ali vs Foreman. Romney with all his power will eventually be his fall. We’re not even in the 2nd round & already the call for Romney is because HE CAN BEAT OBAMA. WHO SAYS?! (yes I’m yelling).

      We heard the same thing about Ford, about Dole and about (Oh God my head still hurts) McCain. Come On!!! Romney will not know what hit him. He Can’t Win! Not only is he running against his past, how the heck do you expect Americans to connect with this guy? Mitt Romney reminds me of that nice neighbor on the block that no one knows; who waves to you but you’ve never said more than hello & have a nice day, You’ve never been over his house & he never over yours. His wife is hardly seen. His kids go to a different school & you can’t figure out where he might go to church if at all (OOPS!!!!)

      The last thing I want is to pull for another guy with that BOB DOLE LOOK IN THE HEADLIGHTS.

      Like a previous post of mine, Santorum is our David. He’s not bogged down by heavy armor and sword. He doesn’t duck & weave. Instead he runs out, meets his opponent & puts it right between the giant’s eyes.

      The Bigger They Are – The Harder They Fall. Like I said, the media & the DNC will not know how to fight against Santorum. They’ve trained for the inevitable. Please! Let’s give them something different this time.

    • Steve says:

      “Perhaps Steve like Ann you see it different…”

      I think people are reading more into my posts and comments than is there.

      I support every one of our Republican candidates, except for Paul, who is not a Republican or a conservative.

      The enemy of my enemy is my candidate.

      Also, while I’m on the subject, I hope the heat of the primary contests does not cause any lessening of the collegiality of the discussions here.

      We have to remember job number one.

    • artboyusa says:

      Reality, I’m not so sure about Santorum but I’m sure you’re right about Obama versus Romney. BO will club Romney like a baby seal and the media will hold his coat for him while he does it. Hell, our side has already handed Obama the club, with all this anti-capitalist nonsense.

  8. GetBackJack says:

    Aesop – we hang petty thieves and elevate the great ones to public office.

  9. Mithrandir says:

    WHY IS IT….

    That when a liberal starts talking like a conservative, people bleed from clapping so hard? The liberals wink,“Aw, he has to say that to pick up a few votes, we know what he really thinks!”


    When Gingrich tries to pick up moderate votes to make a wider appeal, the conservatives boo him out of the room! “That sell-out! Why is he saying that? He has changed his stripes, he is not reliable at all!”

    Duh! He has to say those things to be more electable, but that only works for moderates, not conservatives. I wish conservatives would catch on to the wink-wink rhetoric, instead of throwing a candidate overboard. The moderates and liberals are smart enough to figure that out, why do conservatives always shoot themselves in the foot? Ugh! Irritating….

  10. canary says:

    Mitt Romney:

    “Over the last six months, I’ve listened to anxious voices….

    But even now, amidst the worst economy since the Great Depression, I’ve rarely heard a refrain of hopelessness.”

    ? This and Mitt’s next statement tell he is totally out of touch.

    “Americans know that our future is brighter and better than these troubled times.”

    I don’t think so. Has any idea what’s gone on?

    Don’t think Mitt can call himself an activist in last few years.

    ” In the last few days, we have seen some desperate Republicans join forces with him. This is such a mistake for our Party and for our nation.”

    Republican Mitt may have just figured this out for all we know. He was inactive and didn’t complain. Other candidates
    continued speaking out and stayed in the battle.

    I just hear hope and change from Mitt like he thinks these magic words and rhetoric helped Obama.

    Still, his speech beats Obama’s speeches. But, I think Mitt has changed his speech lingo and style since last election.
    Maybe reinventing his speech. Or it’s been so long I forgot what he sounded like when he spoke.

    It would be nice to hear his sermons when he was bishop.
    It could be revealing as Obama’s mentor and preacher told us a lot. I would like to know if Mitt constantly asked for money and donations to the church. That’s all some churches do.

    Wow. Check at Mitts concession speech 2008. He acts like he won the election and was going to achieve all this. Says it’s in his genes.


    Yes, I’d say Mitt changed his lingo speech to a new style.


  11. artboyusa says:

    So are we supposed to just accept this RINO pudknocker as our tribune because its his turn and he spent a lot of money and he has nice hair and he’s “electable”? Who says he’s electable? Where’s the evidence of that? He hasn’t been elected to anything for years. Bob Dole was “electable” too but that didn’t stop Clinton from cleaning his clock, the same way Obama will clean Romney’s, if it comes to that.

    Why did all the GOP talent stay on the bench for this one? Because they knew how hard BO would be to beat and they decided to wait, leaving the field to the B team, of which Willard is the captain. The only way to beat Obama is to channel and articulate all the anger and disappointment Americans feel toward Obama, make the whole election about Obama, and keep on the attack 24/7. Can you see Willard doing that? No, me either.

    On a slightly seperate heading, the UK media keep harping on about how Romney’s Mormonism make him unacceptable to right-wing conservatves, which is us, I guess. Is that true? I haven’t seen or heard any evidence of it; another example of the lib media projecting their prejudice onto others, I reckon. Its R’s policies and his non-electability, not his religion, I object to. He could pray to the Great God Baal, for all I care, if he could beat Obama, but I don’t believe he can and I won’t pretend I do.

  12. BigOil says:

    I recall someone standing in front of Greek columns speaking the soaring rhetoric of the next great moderate. Some on our side bought it – while we knew better based on his record.

    What has Romney done while a public servant to support the words in this speech? Will some be fooled again?

    • proreason says:

      did you notice that Romney/Rove and co have come up with the equivalent of racism for our side….if you say a conservative is anti-capitalism, it shuts down the conversation and they have to do penance and agree with you from then on. Of course, like being called racist, it doesn’t matter whether it’s true or not.

    • BigOil says:

      How ironic. One of the pundits most hated by the liberals using their tactics. When you cannot argue your case on the merits – demonize your opponent.

      Good thing we conservatives have pundits that can think for us.

  13. artboyusa says:

    Okay, friends; please educate me. What is wrong with Ron Paul? I’ve gotten interested in him because he seems to be the only candidate who is running because he has a program of ideas, rather than because he is some neurotic inadequate who needs to be president because daddy didn’t love him enough or whatever. I can see that there mght be questions about him personally and even more about some of the people he seems to attract but libertarianism, as far as I can see in the short amount of time I’ve been looking into it, seems to boil down to nothing more than obey the Constitution, don’t spend what you haven’t got and mind your own business, personally and nationally. What’s the problem with any of that, if that is what it is? Why is it not conservative? And why is Paul so unspeakable to some people?

    I’m asking because there are people who here who have been political longer than me and may have more personal experience of some of this stuff, so anything anyone cares to offer would be welcome. Thanks!

    • proreason says:

      He repeats and support every crackpot conspiracy theory ever invented, he wants to return to isolationism, he has never accomplished anything because he is on the extreme edge of every issue, he has at least danced with racism, he attracts people who are worse than the obamabots, he doesn’t seem able to tell the difference between achievable ideas and ideas that can never be implemented, he has no executive experience whatsoever, nobody substantial supports him, and he is running as an idea dilettante instead of for president.

    • tranquil.night says:

      1988 – Ron Paul Rants And Raves: George Bush And The CIA Were Drug Dealers http://www.riehlworldview.com/carnivorous_conservative/2012/01/ron-paul-rants-and-raves-george-bush-and-the-cia-were-drug-dealers.html

      Plenty of that theater on the internet if you want to know more about the elder Dr. Paul.

      I agree with a consensus from earlier that Ron is setting his namebrand up for Rand, who is much more sane and reasonable.

    • artboyusa says:

      Thanks for this, chaps. The issue, then, seems to be with Ron Paul, not with libertarianism itself. Fair enough, I can see why that might be. Funny though; the “return to isolationism” that’s supposed to be his big problem with conservatives is actually his big positive for me. Its not that I object to fighting wars; its that I object to fighting them badly and then losing them, which is becoming a bad habit for us,

    • Reality Bytes says:

      Pithy Art! When it comes to fighting a war (excuse me, armed conflict? No, that’s not it, police action, nope, that didn’t work either, oh hell! why can’t we just call a spade a spade around here?!), the difference between a conservative & a liberal is a liberal will use the military for their own personal gain; kinda like a light switch. They turn it on to shine the light on themselves. Then turn it off as soon as they have no use for it.

      A conservative by their very definition is more conservative. But, when they use it, you know they mean it. W. said it best, “I’m not going to send a million dollar missile to blow up some guy in a ten dollar tent.”

      Say what you want, I miss the guy & his side kick Cheney. Sure he spent money – Good Gosh All Mighty – nearly 25% of what Obama’s wasted.

      Hey, if Obama thought Bush was so unpatriotic spending us into debt, then isn’t he just by the numbers four times worse?

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