Romney joins 2012 Republican push to unseat Obama
Republican Mitt Romney kicked off his bid to unseat President Barack Obama on Thursday, declaring that he would seek his party's nomination for the 2012 presidential election, DPA reported.
"Barack Obama has failed America," Romney told supporters in New Hampshire, which traditionally holds the first intra-party primaries to choose presidential candidates
Pointing to the high unemployment rate, the former Massachusetts governor and businessman said Obama's economic policies were not succeeding.
Romney, 64, also ran for president in 2008, losing the Republican nomination to John McCain, and hopes to play off the name recognition that propelled him to the top of most recent polls of potential Republican challengers.
But he already faces a diverse field of candidates, including lesser known former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty and Newt Gingrich, who served as speaker of the House of Representatives during the 1990s.