It falls short of any campaign launch, but Mitt Romney's appearance at a Republican dinner in New Hampshire Saturday created plenty of political buzz over the weekend.
Romney, who served as governor of neighboring Massachusetts between 2003 and 2007, finished a close second to Sen. John McCain in the state's first-in-the-nation GOP primary three years ago. And winning New Hampshire will be an imperative if -- as is widely speculated -- he runs for president again in 2012.
Romney planned to give the keynote address Saturday at the sold-out Carroll County Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner in Bartlett, N.H., according to the Union Leader
No announcement about his plans for next year was expected, but that didn't tamp down interest in the potential candidate's first sighting in the Granite State since the mid-term elections.
In fact, the text of his speech was in wide circulation hours before the dinner. CNN
, and other news outlets, said Romney's prepared remarks argue that President Obama "created a deeper recession and delayed the recovery" by expanding government and borrowing trillions of dollars. He talks about something he calls the "Obama Misery Index:" continuing unemployment, foreclosures and bankruptcies.
His speech comes a day after the unemployment rate fell below 9 percent for the first time in nearly two years. In Miami, Fla. Friday, Obama noted that 220,000 jobs were added in the private sector in February -- marking the 12th straight month of job growth.
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