Mitt Romney will declare victory himself to be the Republican Party’s nominee in a much-anticipated speech in Manchester, New Hampshire headlined “A Better America Begins Tonight.”
According to excerpts released by the Romney campaign, the former Massachusetts governor will try to define the 2012 election as a referendum on whether voters are better off than they were four years ago.
“It’s still about the economy …and we’re not stupid,” Romney will say.
Romney will also seek to reclaim the message of “fairness” from President Barack Obama, framing Obama as someone who blames people for their success.
“I see children even more successful than their parents – some successful even beyond their wildest dreams – and others congratulating them for their achievement, not attacking them for it,” he will say, drawing a contrast with Obama at every turn.
“We will stop the unfairness of urban children being denied access to the good schools of their choice; the unfairness of politicians giving taxpayer money to their friends’ businesses; the unfairness of requiring union workers to contribute to politicians not of their choosing; the unfairness of government workers getting better pay and benefits than the taxpayers they serve; and we will stop the unfairness of one generation passing larger and larger debts on to the next.”