Romney attacks Obama in campaign kick-off speech 

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney made his campaign for president official Thursday in a speech that focused primarily on criticizing President Obama.

"Barack Obama has failed America," Romney said to a crowd in New Hampshire. "When he took office, the economy was in recession and he made it worse and he made it last longer."

He said Obama is responsible for the faltering economic recovery, calling it the "Obama-conomy."

He also played on Republicans' biggest fear: That Obama is encouraging the government to creep further and further into Americans' everyday lives.

"The source of our greatness is America's self rule, a government that answers to a free and independent people," Romney said.

Squaring that against Obama, he said, "This president's first answer to everything is to take power from you. ... With each of those decisions you and I lose more freedom."

Romney called Obama's foreign policies  "hesitant and uncertain," and warned that the president is undermining U.S. relations with Israel.
"He seems firmly and clearly determined to undermine our longtime ally," he said. "It breaks my heart to see what's happeneding to this great country."

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