He’s tall, he’s telegenic and he’s back: Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is throwing in to run for president again in 2012. He’ll have some work to do when it comes to helping Republicans forget his role in revamping his home state’s health care system, but at least according to this Bloomberg analysis Romney plans to distract voters by focusing on other issues such as employment and foreign policy to build up his base. –KA


Romney, 64, is focusing his second bid for the White House on the economy and job creation as the country struggles to rebound from the worst downturn since the Great Depression. The former venture capitalist, who co-founded Boston-based private equity firm Bain Capital LLC, vowed that as president he would cut federal spending and put the country on course to a quicker recovery.

In his remarks to a crowd gathered at a chili cookout in Stratham, New Hampshire, Romney attacked Obama for failing to create jobs, a lagging housing market, and high federal spending.

“Barack Obama has failed America,” said Romney. “When he took office, the economy was in recession and he made it worse and he made it last longer.”

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