Today I listened live to and live Tweeted Mitt Romney’s announcement for his next run for the GOP nomination to become president of the United States.

Romney’s announcement was simple, filled with basics and not too many wonkish specifics. Only a few statistics were trotted out as Romney kept his announcement to the big picture, general principles, and broad statements.

Romney staged his announcement on a farm owned by Doug and Stella Scamman in New Hampshire. Mr. Scamman opened the announcement with some words after which both Mitt and his wife, Ann, took the stage. Ann thanked her husband for his support during her crisis with breast cancer and multiple sclerosis and then introduced Mitt. He spoke extemporaneously and without a Teleprompter.

Romney started out with some comments about those in attendance, thanked his wife and the Scammans, etc. He then launched into his musings that the USA is the greatest, richest, most free country on the planet, that in the past succeeding generations assumed that their lives and their children’s lives would automatically improve, but that today, under Obama, this seems to be no longer true.

A few years ago, Americans did something that was, actually, very much the sort of thing Americans like to do: We gave someone new a chance to lead, someone we hadn’t known for very long, who didn’t have much of a record but promised to lead us to a better place. Now, in the third year of his four-year term, we have more than promises and slogans to judge him by. Barack Obama has failed America.

Romney went on to assess some of Obama’s efforts as president.

Obama sees a different America and he’s taking us in a different direction… He’s gone around the world to apologize for America… He is “leading from behind” and won’t make decisions in Mid East…. He’s undermining Israel. To his credit, getting Osama was right. The surge was right, but announcing a withdraw date was wrong. Our enemies have calendars.

His next point was to emphasize his own record as a businessman, a jobs creator, the leader that saved the Olympics, and Gov. of Massachusetts. He said that jobs would be his number one priority.

From my first day in office, my No. 1 job will be to see that America once again is No. 1 in job creation… You know, if you want to create jobs, it helps to have had a job.

Obama said that our ideas and principles are not wrong or outmoded and he announced that if he were to become president it would all come back to our principles.

Romney touched only briefly on Romneycare calling it a “state solution to a state problem.”

The announcement was not more than 20 minutes. To the point and direct.

My Live Tweets of the Announcement:

  • Mitt Romney announcement starts with Pledge of Allegiance.
  • Mitt and wife take the stage for announcement for 2012 run for the GOP nomination
  • Wife thanks Mitt’s support for her medical battles.
  • Takes the podium… no tie. Praises wife.
  • in New Hampshire, thanks to Doug and Stella for allowing him to announce on their farm.
  • Everybody here has a different story to tell living here, but some sneak over the border from Mass (taxes are better in NH, you know?)
  • We live in the most powerful nation that’s ever existed. Because of their vision the USA is not ruled by monarchy or aristocrats.
  • As the Red Sox remind us, there are no dynasties in America. YOU rule, every four years.
  • (By the way notice Mitt is speaking with NO Teleprompter!!)
  • 2008 was a moment of crisis but when Obama came we wished him well and hoped for the best. Now we have 3 years to judge him by.
  • Obama has failed America. 3 years latter home prices fall, unemployment high, economy struggling, gas prices higher
  • Obama says he just getting started? No Mr. president, you’ve had your chance. WE are just getting started.
  • The Tylers from Vegas are struggling. Doesn’t matter to them what party they are. They are just Americans. But they are being let down
  • In our old America you don’t wonder if our children will have a better life. We knew they would.
  • One thing immigrants knew beyond a doubt was that their children would have a better life in this land of freedom and opportunity.
  • Obama sees a different America and he’s taking us in a different direction. He’s gone around the world to apologize for America.
  • He is “leading from behind” and won’t make decisions in Mid East. He’s undermining Israel. To his credit, getting Osama was right.
  • The surge was right, but announcing a withdraw date was wrong. Our enemies have calendars.
  • He raises taxes, makes deals for union, his every answer is to take power from you and your states so his “experts” can rule.
  • With his every decision we lose freedoms. European answers are not the answer to our American problems. I will make it, I’ve lived it.
  • My work led me to become involved in helping other businesses. I learned what works in the real world.
  • I then left to run the Olympics and then to become the Gov. of Mass. We had a 3 billion budget gap and all Dems in control.
  • I balanced the budget without raising taxes. Then we cut taxes 19 times, cut departments, and lowered spending.
  • I found that Mass. was giving away too much health care. I changed it with a state solution to a state problem. (Romneycare)
  • we balanced every budget and kept our state’s education first in the nation and I’m proud of that record.
  • All this helped shape who I am. You’d be here all night if I listed my failures, but I’ve learned from these experiences.
  • The economy is in crisis today and unless we change course it’ll be in crisis tomorrow.
  • Obama’s government uses 40% of our economy. We are only inches away from not being a free economy.
  • I am going to make sure Washington respects including the 10th Amendment.
  • I am going to begin with a complete repeal of Obamacare. My #1 job will be to make sure the USA is #1 in job creation.
  • If you want to create jobs, it helps to have HAD a job.
  • Time for a president that cares more about America’s workers than he does America’s union bosses.
  • My dad always believed in America and his America was one he could go from nothing to leading a car company.
  • The spirit of enterprise allowed us to be better than any other nation on the earth. These last 2 years haven’t been the best.
  • But we have not lost our way. The principles that made us a great nation are not lost.
  • I am Mitt Romney, I believe in America and I am running for president of the United States.
  • I am Mitt Romney, I believe in America… Mitt leaves the stage to shake hands.

**UPDATE**

Above I said that Mitt did not have a Teleprompter but I am told that there was one present. I did not see it on the video feed I was watching. So, apologies for that. I am also told it didn’t seem that Mitt was using the aid, though, and that he seemed to have it memorized.