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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Romney Sets His Course

Emerging victorious from the New Hampshire primary after eking out a narrow win in Iowa Mitt Romney gave a speech that defined the themes he hopes to be able to run on in the Presidential election.

The key quote is:

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.
 Read the whole thing here.

Drawing the contrast between European socialism and American free enterprise is of course simplistic, but it is a powerful rhetorical device, one that Romney can exploit fully in the months to come. And, it does double duty as an effective response not only to Democrat attacks to come, but also to his critics within the Republican coalition. Mitt has finally found his voice and it is starting to sound a lot like that of Ronald Reagan.

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