Mitt Romney, former Republican governor of Massachusetts, formally announced in a speech today that he is running for the Republican nomination for
the 2008 presidential election. He is making as the centerpiece of his campaign his experience in the public and private sectors, and began his
campaign by chiding Washington politics and calling for a change. He begins behind in the polls, but analysts find him a compelling figure and a
possible dark horse.
Mitt Romney officially entered the 2008 presidential race Tuesday, a former one-term Republican governor of Massachusetts suggesting that his record
of leadership inside and outside government uniquely positions him to tackle the country's challenges.
"I do not believe Washington can be transformed from within by lifetime politicians," Romney said, seeking to turn a potential liability, his limited
political experience, into an asset. "There have been too many deals, too many favors, too many entanglements - and too little real world experience
managing, guiding, leading."
A serious contender even though he is little more than a blip in such surveys, Romney is seeking to convince Republican primary voters that his record
of success in the private, public and voluntary sectors proves he has the know-how to lead a country at a crossroads.
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Romney's campaign is going to go over like a lead balloon. He has a variety of experience, yes. However, after two days in the governor's office in
Massachusetts, he hightailed it out of the state and spend time in Iowa, South Carolina and New Hampshire, states with the earliest elections or
caucuses in the nominating process. It is ridiculous that he can tout his experience running Massachusetts when so much of it was done at arm's
length. He is the most shellacked of the candidates (no mean feat, to be sure), and I don't expect him to really get off the ground.
There is going to be a contingent that is going to claim that this is part of a Mormon conspiracy to take the White House. I find those claims
repugnant and not based on any facts, and a symptom of hostility towards the Mormon church. If you want to criticize Romney, you don't need to look
to his religion but can start with the horrendous way he managed Massachusetts for four years.