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(NECN: Lauren Collins, Bartlett, NH) - Leftover 2008 campaign signs outside the Carroll County Republican Committee dinner announce what's on everyone's minds, even Ann Romney's.
"And I'm the one that is encouraging Mitt to think about pushing forward and think about running. So, yes, yes I am. I'm pushing him," she said before her husband took the podium.
It's his first public speech in New Hampshire since the mid-term elections, and Mitt Romney sounded an awful lot like a candidate.
"It's gonna take more than a good speech on his part, more than rhetoric to put Americans back to work. It's going to take a new President of the United States," he said.
"I hope he decides to run for President. I believe he is the right person for the job. We need somebody who will focus on jobs," said Sen. Bradley.
Businessman turned politician, Romney began his remarks in unfamiliar territory - foreign policy.
"And, of course, his proposed engagement. Remember this? With Iran and North Korea, he was going to engage with them. That won him the Nobel Prize. How's that worked out?"
Romney calls the country's domestic situation a moral tragedy - high unemployment, deep federal debt, and slow economic recovery.
Collar unbuttoned and tongue in cheek, Romney acknowledges he takes heat for the health care reform he instituted while Governor of Massachusetts. He says if he were in the position to do so, he would repeal Obamacare.
"The state are the place where health care programs for the uninsured should be crafted, just as the Constitution provides. Obamacare is bad law constitutionally, it's bad policy, it's bad for American families, and it's one reason why President Obama will be a one term President."