Romney Sweeps More Wins, Promises 'Better America'

By: David Espo and Kasie Hunt, AP
By: David Espo and Kasie Hunt, AP

Romney Sweeps More Wins, Promises 'Better America'

Washington, D.C. (AP) - Mitt Romney laid claim to a fiercely contested Republican presidential nomination Tuesday night with a fistful of primary triumphs, then urged all who struggle in a shaky U.S. economy to "hold on a little longer, a better America begins tonight."

Eager to turn the political page to the general election, Romney accused President Barack Obama of "false promises and weak leadership." He said, "Everywhere I go, Americans are tired of being tired, and many of those who are fortunate enough to have a job are working harder for less."

The former Massachusetts governor spoke as he pocketed primary victories in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Delaware and Pennsylvania in the first contests since Rick Santorum conceded the nomination. New York was expected to follow. He delivered his remarks to a national television audience from New Hampshire, the state where he won his first primary of the campaign and one of about a dozen states expected to be battlegrounds in the summer and fall campaign for the White House.

Six months before the election, opinion polls show the economy to be the top issue by far in the race. The same surveys point toward a close contest, with several suggesting a modest advantage for the incumbent.

Obama won the presidency in 2008 in the midst of the worst recession since the Great Depression, and since then economic growth has rebounded slowly and joblessness has receded gradually while housing prices have continued to drop in many areas of the country.

In an indication that Romney was treating the moment as something of an opening of the general election campaign, his speech seemed aimed at the millions of voters - non-conservatives and others - who have yet to pay close attention to the race for the White House.

He blended biographical details, an attack on Obama and the promise of a better future, leaving behind his struggle to reassure conservative voters who have been reluctant to swing behind his candidacy.

"As I look around at the millions of Americans without work, the graduates who can't get a job, the soldiers who return home to an unemployment line, it breaks my heart," he said. "This does not have to be. It is the result of failed leadership and of a faulty vision."

Romney spoke dismissively of the president's tenure in office. "Government is at the center of his vision. It dispenses the benefits, borrows what it cannot take and consumes a greater and greater share of the economy," he said.

He added that if the president's hard-won health care law is fully installed, "government will continue to control half the economy, and we will have effectively ceased to be a free enterprise society."

By contrast, he said, "I see an America with a growing middle class, with rising standards of living. I see children even more successful than their parents..."

Romney was eager to leave the nominating campaign behind.

"After 43 primaries and caucuses, many long days and not a few long nights, I can say with confidence - and gratitude - that you have given me a great honor and solemn responsibility," he said.

Romney posed a series of rhetorical questions designed to lead voters to his side.

"Is it easier to make ends meet? Is it earlier to sell your home or buy a new one? Have you saved what you needed for retirement?" he asked.

"Are you making more in your job? Do you have a better chance to get a better job? Do you pay less at the pump?"

At each question, his partisan audience shouted, "No."

The nominating campaign that still had some loose ends, including the pursuit of national convention delegates.

Romney is still more than 400 Republican National Convention delegates shy of a nominating majority, although he is far ahead of his most persistent rivals. There were 209 at stake in Tuesday's primaries.

Romney began the day with 698 delegates of the 1,144 needed for the nomination, compared with 260 for Santorum, 137 for Newt Gingrich and 75 for Ron Paul.

Santorum suspended his campaign two weeks ago rather than risk losing a primary in his home state of Pennsylvania.

Gingrich, too, seemed to be heading toward the sidelines, but first he wanted to see the outcome of the primary in Delaware, where he has campaigned in recent days and has pocketed a few endorsements. Jackie Cushman Gingrich, his daughter, said the former House speaker intended to reassess his debt-strapped candidacy on Wednesday.

The nomination in hand, Romney has begun focusing more on Obama in recent days, campaigning in key battleground states, appointing an aide to oversee his search for a vice presidential running mate and accelerating his fundraising for the fall.

On Monday, he offered support for Obama's call for legislation to prevent an increase in the interest rate on some student loans. In a second move toward the middle, he said his campaign was reviewing legislation to let young illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. by their parents apply for non-immigrant visas.

Under a measure being drafted by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a potential ticket-mate for Romney, the immigrants affected by the legislation would be allowed to study or work in the United States but would not have a special path to citizenship.

At the same time, Romney is slowly accumulating the delegates to ratify his nomination at the party convention in Tampa, Fla., this summer.

He picked up 12 delegates at congressional district conventions over the weekend in Missouri, a state Santorum once planned to contest heavily in hopes of blocking Romney's path to victory.

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Romney Eyes 5 More Wins, Promises 'Better America'

Washington, D.C. (AP) - The suspense gone, Mitt Romney glided into five primaries on Tuesday as the Republican presidential nominee-in-waiting, piling up national convention delegates while commanding the spotlight to sharpen his appeal for the campaign against President Barack Obama.

Romney was readying a prime-time primary night speech titled "A Better America Begins Today," to be delivered in New Hampshire, one of a dozen or so states expected to be battlegrounds in the fall.

There were 209 delegates at stake Tuesday in primaries in New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Delaware, the first contests since former rival Rick Santorum conceded the Republican race to Romney.

Romney began the day with 698 delegates of the 1,144 needed for the nomination, compared with 260 for Santorum, 137 for Newt Gingrich and 75 for Ron Paul.

Santorum suspended his campaign two weeks ago rather than risk losing a primary in his home state of Pennsylvania.

Gingrich, too, seemed to be heading toward the sidelines, but first he wanted to see the outcome of the primary in Delaware, where he has campaigned in recent days and has pocketed a few endorsements. Jackie Cushman Gingrich, his daughter, said the former House speaker intended to reassess his debt-strapped candidacy on Wednesday.

The nomination in hand, Romney has begun focusing his attention on Obama in recent days, campaigning in key battleground states, appointing an aide to oversee his search for a vice presidential running mate and accelerating his fundraising for the fall.

On Monday, he offered support for Obama's call for legislation to prevent an increase in the interest rate on some student loans. In a second move toward the middle, he said his campaign was reviewing legislation to let young illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. by their parents apply for non-immigrant visas.

Under a measure being drafted by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a potential ticket-mate for Romney, the immigrants affected by the legislation would be allowed to study or work in the United States but would not have a special path to citizenship.

At the same time, Romney is slowly accumulating the delegates to ratify his nomination at the party convention in Tampa, Fla., this summer.

He picked up 12 delegates at congressional district conventions over the weekend in Missouri, a state Santorum once planned to contest heavily in hopes of blocking Romney's path to victory.


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  • by William Location: San Diego on Apr 27, 2012 at 07:53 AM
    Ok,I will attest to the '94 NAFTA agreement was a mountmental undertaking, allowing 'free trades' with Canada and Mexico,but was necessary.In '81 Regean change banking regulations,enacted a staggering '40 percent increase in military spending in his 'first term', fighting the 'Cold War' with the Soviet Union,(Star Wars,host of others)no wars, but lot of spending.I'm thankful for recieving the needed help, but the end result is now we are paying a heavy price along with Bush tax cut.Where did the money come from? Who in '81-89 complained? Did you. Thank you for the discussion, there is plenty more.
  • by William Location: San Diego on Apr 27, 2012 at 07:53 AM
    Ok,I will attest to the '94 NAFTA agreement was a mountmental undertaking, allowing 'free trades' with Canada and Mexico,but was necessary.In '81 Regean change banking regulations,enacted a staggering '40 percent increase in military spending in his 'first term', fighting the 'Cold War' with the Soviet Union,(Star Wars,host of others)no wars, but lot of spending.I'm thankful for recieving the needed help, but the end result is now we are paying a heavy price along with Bush tax cut.Where did the money come from? Who in '81-89 complained? Did you. Thank you for the discussion, there is plenty more.
  • by William Location: San Diego on Apr 26, 2012 at 09:50 AM
    Ok. the nation elected the first African-American President in 2008, after an republican had this nation on the brink of diaster since 1929, by the way he was selected. After hearing this guy, unless you can meet his standard of living you will be doom. My question to the Republicans in 2010, where all those jobs you promise? If you are part of the problems then you can't be a part of the solution. Its hard for many not to be when your future is at stake.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 26, 2012 at 08:34 PM in reply to William
      Baloney. It has everything to do with sending jobs, companies overseas (Nafta Clinton) and changing mortgage guidelines (Clinton) along with catering to special interest groups (Tarp 2009 $350 Billion Obama/Geithner). BHO ramped up war in Africa, Afghanistan and we are still putting people in the Middle East. BHO took his time to respond to Deep Water as Brazilian oil interest talks were on going, stopped the pipeline, etc...What part of this regime don't you get William? Over 22 million Americans are out of work-some have given up looking. Foreclosures and bankruptcies are rampant. Obama promised to return jobs and companies-he did not honor his campaign promises. Obama is very much part of the problem. The solution is to be found elsewhere and certainly not within a party that spends to the point of disaster for all of us.
  • by just saying Location: land of broken promises on Apr 26, 2012 at 03:54 AM
    I cannot help but notice in the ''hopeful'' speech government employees were mentioned. Apparently we have only 2 choices socialization or privatization.
  • by Anon on Apr 25, 2012 at 03:54 PM
    At least Romney has business experience. Obama has to ham it up with co-eds at college watering holes to get votes.
  • by AP on Apr 25, 2012 at 07:38 AM
    What a very 'hopeful' speech - yes, full of Hope! After all, sounds similar the pie-in-sky promises of yerteryear, huh?... Remember Obama 4 years ago? And so now, he finds himself in the same shoes as Obama.... the hopeful speeches. Yet they wanna crucify Obama, albeit considering his inheritance from 2000-2008... he has not done badly.
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      by Reagan Repubican on Apr 25, 2012 at 10:28 AM in reply to AP
      @ AP Did you know the Democrats controlled the House and the Senate from 2007-2010. If Pres. Obama was a CEO of a company, the Board would have FIRED him because of his lack of leadership skills, stagnate positive financial results, no negotiating skills, lack of accountability, no budgets, break the bank spending and on and on...
  • by Jane on Apr 25, 2012 at 05:47 AM
    Another dog with fleas. Lay down with "conservatives" (hahahahahahahahahahahahaha) like Romney and you will become infected.
  • by ND Location: Tallahassee on Apr 25, 2012 at 05:19 AM
    If Americans were actually smart - they would not be looking at the people and corporations who pay over 93% of the taxes saying "Pay your fair share!"
    • reply
      by you're correct on Apr 25, 2012 at 07:18 AM in reply to ND
      Maybe a fair tax is needed so that the 49% that pay NO taxes will get to participate.
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Apr 25, 2012 at 07:47 AM in reply to ND
      But Americans are not smart...at least not the 51% that voted for the occupier in the White House.
  • by just do it on Apr 25, 2012 at 04:52 AM
    Anybody but Obummer...
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Apr 25, 2012 at 07:46 AM in reply to just do it
      ABO all the way!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 25, 2012 at 12:05 AM
    I voted for Obama last time to prove I wasn't a racist. I'm voting for Romney this time to prove I'm not an idiot.
    • reply
      by truth on Apr 25, 2012 at 05:36 AM in reply to Anonymous
      if you vote for romney you will prove you are stupid, this man has said out of his own mouth on t.v. that he doesn't care about the middle class, or the poor, that the country is going in the wrong direction, and what needs to happen is cut taxes on big corporations and raise taxes on the middle class and poor, so the big corporation can hire more people!! that we need to put troops on the ground in Iran and Syria,!!!
      • reply
        by Jones on Apr 25, 2012 at 06:43 AM in reply to truth
        Boots on the ground in Iran and Syria? Why is it that the only jobs conservatives know how to create are for soldiers and supporting private support services in war?
      • reply
        by say what?? on Apr 25, 2012 at 07:19 AM in reply to truth
        Take another sip of that Kool-Aid, you'll be ok.
      • reply
        by Reagan Republican on Apr 25, 2012 at 10:21 AM in reply to truth
        @ truth You are the biggest liar. What is with you??? Do you really believe what you post or do you think other people are just stupid?
    • reply
      by roger on Apr 25, 2012 at 07:45 AM in reply to Anonymous
      And the the 'truth' and 'Jones' that responded to you prove just what an idiot is.
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