Mitt Romney announced via YouTube Monday that he has formed his presidential exploratory committee, the biggest step yet before officially declaring his 2012 bid for the White House. With this major move, the former Massachusetts governor, and 2008 Republican presidential candidate, can now formally raise funds to explore his probable candidacy.
" From my vantage point in business and in government, I have become convinced that America has been put on a dangerous course by Washington politicians, and it has become even worse during the last two years, " Romney said after meeting with college students in New Hampshire. " But I am also convinced that with able leadership, America's best days are still ahead. "
" That is why today I am announcing my Exploratory Committee for the Presidency of the United States, " Romney declared.
Romney's announcement was filled with economic overtures that emphasized one of his best selling points among a packed GOP crowd: his business background, and financial acumen.
In one definitive sentence, Romney outlined what could be a new line of attack against President Obama and, at the same time, referenced an important primary state that would be crucial to his strategy of capturing the Republican nomination.
" Last week, in Nevada, I walked through a neighborhood with homes vacant or in foreclosure. Unemployment there is over 13 percent. Across the nation, over 20 million Americans still can't find a job, or have given up looking, " Romney said. " How has this happened in the nation that leads the world in innovation and productivity? The answer is that President Obama's policies have failed."
Romney is at, or near, the top of most Republican voter polls. In Fox News poll released April 8th, 14 percent of Republicans would want him as nominee of the GOP, compared to Mike Huckabee at 15 percent, Sarah Palin at 12 percent and Donald Trump at 11 percent. The surveyed conducted over April 3rd thru the 5th has a margin of error of plus or minus 5.