Mitt Romney: "We're activating our campaign today"

BOSTON Mon May 16, 2011 3:49pm EDT

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney smiles during the 38th annual Conservative Political Action Conference meeting at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, February 11, 2011. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney smiles during the 38th annual Conservative Political Action Conference meeting at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, February 11, 2011.

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BOSTON (Reuters) - Republican heavyweight Mitt Romney said on Monday he is kicking off his campaign for the White House in earnest with a day-long fundraising event in Las Vegas likely to bring in several million dollars.

"We're activating our campaign today," Romney told supporters on a conference call.

Aides said some 700 Romney fans had gathered to staff a massive phone bank, and they expect to announce how much money was raised later in the day.

Romney is still a step short of formally announcing a second bid for the Republican primary nomination, but has been on an extensive fund-raising tour and has started to step up his public appearances as well.

The former Massachusetts governor touted his record as a turnaround specialist who can get the U.S. economy on track.

"The American people care about getting good jobs," Romney said during the eight-minute call. "That is my wheelhouse."

Romney cited his experience running the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, as Massachusetts governor, and as head of the private equity firm Bain Capital.

"My experience, my history is in turning things around. I will get America on the right track again."

Critics say Romney presided over one of the weakest rates of employment growth in the United States when he ran Massachusetts, and that Bain Capital often turned around the companies it acquired with large layoffs.

Some of the biggest criticism Romney faces is for the health care reform he instigated in Massachusetts, which bears similarities to President Barack Obama's 2010 health care program opposed by many Republicans.

As he did last week during a speech on health care in Michigan, Romney promised "a return to the principles of federalism" in allowing each state to set its own health care agenda.

(Editing by Jerry Norton)

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Comments (7)
BorisBadenoff wrote:
Would someone tell me what it is this guy does besides wait around to run for office?

Does he have anything else to do?

May 16, 2011 4:08pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
usaisone wrote:
Mitt Romney 2012 !
Eight years of President Romney will bring the United States back as the Global leader on this planet earth.

Many have concerns about the Mass Health care program. As a person who has had HMO’s Blue Cross and Harvard Pilgrim healthcare coverage through programs at companies I worked for. The Mass Health care connector is providing me with the exact same level of care and the ability to go to the best hospitals in the world at a fraction of the cost of those company sponsored plans.

The Mass healthcare plan is a success but…… What works in MA is not necessarily what will work elsewhere as candidate Romney has stated. A state with a much lower Median income threshold will have to create its own unique plan to cover its residents. Essentially the states must create their own unique plans to generate the best rates for the best plans based on members participating in their plan. Each state becomes its own gigantic corporation and can competitively drive the rates down. This is of course how Capitalism works and Mitt Romney knows this.

Be wise VOTE ROMNEY in 2012 !

Jay Crittenden

May 16, 2011 4:32pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
uc8tcme wrote:
Good Luck.

May 16, 2011 6:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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