Filed Under:

Ahead In New Hampshire, Romney Attempts To Solidify Support

Play associated audio

Mitt Romney's campaign stops Tuesday in New Hampshire, at small restaurants with largely invited crowds, featured lofty patriotic themes and seemed designed to help him lock down his current base of support in the Granite State.

"America the Beautiful," the Founding Fathers, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were referenced by the GOP presidential contender during his last bit of stumping in New Hampshire before heading off for a three-day bus tour of Iowa, which holds its caucuses in a week.

Citing a lyric from "America the Beautiful," Romney sought to contrast himself from President Obama.

"We have a president who has a very different view of what America should be than the view of the 'patriot dream that sees beyond the years,'" Romney told a Londonderry, N.H., crowd. "His view is that we should change America. He said he was going to fundamentally change America and he's going about doing that right now. I don't like the direction he's taking. Do you?"

The former Massachusetts governor didn't mention any of his Republican rivals by name, but came close when a voter asked him how he would curtail extreme rulings by federal judges. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has said he'd force them to justify their decisions before Congress.

Romney said that would be a bad idea.

"What I don't want is to say we are going to create a supreme branch of the government known as the Congress. We have a balance of power constitutionally," said Romney. "I don't want one branch, Congress or even the president to assume power above the other branches."

At Geno's Chowder & Sandwich Shop in Portsmouth, N.H., Romney was swarmed by people as he made his way through the tiny lunch spot, which has hosted Republican candidates dating back to Richard Nixon. When speaking to restaurant patrons, Romney worked the room doggedly.

But he had few words for a reporter who asked for his view on the nearby Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, which barely survived the last round of base closings.

When asked if, as president, he would he protect the shipyard from closure, Romney laughed and then responded: "I can promise I'll do my very best for the entire nation."

Later, Romney indicated he likes the way this race is shaping up.

"It's fun to be part of presidential campaign, isn't it? This is really something."

And why shouldn't he act like the front-runner? A recent poll by the University of New Hampshire had him with twice the support of his nearest rivals ahead of the state's Jan. 10 primary.

Copyright 2011 New Hampshire Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.nhpr.org/.

NPR

Hieronymus Bosch Died 500 Years Ago, But His Art Will Still Creep You Out

Known by some as "the Devil's painter," Bosch depicted imaginary animals and souls being violently tortured. At least one critic believes he's the father of modern art.
NPR

With A Zap, Scientists Create Low-Fat Chocolate

Scientists say they've figured out how to reduce the fat in milk chocolate by running it through an electric field. The result is healthier, but is it tastier?
NPR

The View From The Northeast Corridor: Deep Divisions Ahead Of 2016 Election

Despite a history of Democratic electoral solidarity, a trip through the Northeast finds Republicans hoping to make inroads in November and Democrats pushing for the voting power of immigrants.
NPR

President Obama Acknowledges 'Brexit' To Silicon Valley Crowd

President Obama delivered a speech Friday at Stanford University, and remarked on the Brexit vote in front of a crowd of young, tech-forward, pro-globalization attendees from 170 countries.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.