Mitt Romney began his second presidential campaign declaring, “Barack Obama has failed America.” His speech included a paean to American exceptionalism: “I refuse to believe that America is just another place on the map with a flag. We stand for freedom and opportunity and hope.” And he defended his Massachusetts health care plan while calling for the repeal of Obama’s: “a state solution for a state problem” vs. “a disatrous national health care plan.”
But most of all, Romney stressed jobs and the economy. “My No. 1 job will to see that America is No. 1 in job creation,” he said. Based on his record in government and business, Romney positioned himself as the “turnaround” candidate as some hoped he would have done in 2008: “Turning around a crisis takes experience and bold action. For millions of Americans, the economy is in crisis today. Unless we change course, it’ll be a crisis tomorrow.”
UPDATE: The Washington Post‘s Chris Cillizza sees a Reagan connection.