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Mitt Romney 2012 Campaign For President Announcement Coming Next Week

HuffPost- First Posted: 05/26/11 07:33 PM ET Updated: 05/26/11 08:33 PM ET

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is expected to formally launch a campaign for president of the United States next week in the key early primary state of New Hampshire, the Union Leader reports.

A spokesman for Romney confirms to CNN that the Republican hopeful will declare his candidacy in the Granite State next week.

Last month, the 2008 presidential candidate formed an exploratory committee to test the waters for making another run for the White House in 2012. He announced that move in New Hampshire. HuffPost’s Jon Ward reported at the time:

The location was also carefully chosen. New Hampshire will be the prize for Romney in the first three states’ worth of nomination contests, since the Iowa caucuses and South Carolina’s primary come before and after the Granite State, respectively. Both of those states have voting populations heavy with socially conservative evangelical Christians — Romney struggled with those types of voters and those states in 2008, in part because he is a Mormon.

Reuters reports:

White House hopefuls Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin lead a narrower field of potential rivals for the 2012 Republican Party presidential nomination, according to a poll released on Thursday.The Gallup survey is the organization’s first since Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and real estate mogul Donald Trump opted out of the slowly evolving primary race.

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Romney says he’ll “hang” Obama at GOP group dinner

Raw Story- By Kase Wickman
Saturday, April 30th, 2011 — 2:41 pm

In a speech at the pro-GOP Americans for Prosperity dinner, former Massachusetts governor and contender for the GOP presidential nomination Mitt Romney said he would “hang” Obama, then immediately realized his gaffe and tried to smooth over his mistake. His spokeswoman said the blunder was not meant to be malicious.

Referring to Ronald Reagan’s “misery index” that he wanted to “hang around Jimmy Carter’s neck” in the 1980 presidential election, Romney said of Obama, “Well, we’re going to have to hang the ‘Obama Misery Index’ around his neck.”

Romney continued, “We’re going to hang him — ” before pausing, Politico reported, then continuing and clarifying. “So to speak — metaphorically. You have to be careful.”
The implications of mentioning “hanging” in reference to an African-American are not positive.
Romney’s spokeswoman, Andrea Saul, told Politico that the comment was not intended to be malicious.
“It is not what the governor meant and that was very clear in what he actually said,” she said. “It’s a ridiculous exaggeration of his actual comments.”

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