Romney Begins Making Closing Argument to Voters

Tuesday, 20 Dec 2011 04:05 PM

 

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

BEDFORD, N.H. (AP) — Sharpening his message ahead of voting in Iowa and New Hampshire, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney argued Tuesday that President Barack Obama is pushing to make the United States more like Europe. Romney's allies, meanwhile, continued to aggressively criticize his chief rival for the GOP nomination.

Romney, a former businessman, was expected to tell voters in an evening speech that his policies would turn the U.S. into an "opportunity society" while Obama's would create an "entitlement society" with more people dependent on government welfare.

Romney's message contrasts with the argument the Democratic president has begun to articulate for his re-election, in which he calls for an economy that offers "fair play, a fair shot and a fair share."

Romney planned to remain focused on the campaign here in New Hampshire as his allies aggressively go after his chief rival, Newt Gingrich, on the Iowa airwaves.

Restore Our Future, a special political action committee, or "super PAC," that backs Romney on Tuesday launched a caustic new ad tying Gingrich to Freddie Mac, the quasi-government mortgage company, and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.

The spot also hits Gingrich for ethics violations and criticizes his record on abortion.

Romney refused to disavow the group's ads, saying it would be illegal for him to coordinate with the PAC. He did say that such groups are a "disaster" and have made a "mockery" of the presidential campaign.

"Campaign finance law has made a mockery of our political campaign season," Romney said Tuesday on MSNBC. "We really ought to let campaigns raise the money they need and just get rid of these super PACs."

A 2010 Supreme Court decision paved the way for such groups to accept unlimited amounts of money from donors who typically aren't identified. The political campaigns are limited to accepting $2,500 per donor.

Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, was using Tuesday's speech to open four straight days of campaigning in New Hampshire, which holds the nation's first primary on Jan. 10. He must win the state if he hopes to become the Republican nominee.

Two weeks remain until voting begins Jan. 3 with the leadoff caucuses in Iowa, though Romney will focus on New Hampshire through Christmas in a sign of the state's importance to his political strategy.

Romney laid out his basic principles in an opinion piece published Tuesday in USA Today.

© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Mali's Islamists Withdraw Cease-Fire Pledge

Friday, 04 Jan 2013 13:06 PM

Tens of thousands of Fatah supporters rallied in the Hamas stronghold of Gaza on Friday for the first time since they we . . .

Fmr. CIA Director Hayden: Iran Nuclear Crisis Gets 'Scarier'

Tuesday, 17 Jul 2012 18:11 PM

 . . .

Join Fmr. CIA Director for Special Iran Briefing, Assess the Danger

Friday, 13 Jul 2012 12:27 PM

 . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved