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practical terms. i proposed $2.50 a gallon as our goal. now, i have to say, my daughter jackie was off campaigning with herman cain and after two days of campaigning with herman, she came back to me sand said, you know, maybe we should change that. maybe it should be 2.4999. to his credit, herman said, no. that will not work as a marketing device. stick with 2-5-0. which he's very good at. >> i picked 2.$2.50. i actually picked it by asking the oil experts what's a price at which you would have continuous exploration? because my goal is to have energy independence so we are free of the middle east. [ applause ] >> i will break away from newt gingrich because we have news,
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important news to report right no now. >> a second win for rick santorum tonight. cnn projects rick santorum the winner of the oklahoma primary he needed this win, he got this win. rick santorum, the former oppose senator getting his second win of the night. earlier, won tennessee. oklahoma, and important state, 40 delegates at stake. rick santorum the winner. let's show you the votes in oklahoma right now, how we made this projection, based on exit poll results, rick santorum out of the exit poll. now, we have 15% of the official vote in, santorum with 34%, 18,594. 27% for romney, also 27% for gingrich, a close contest for second place in oklahoma right now with 15%, now 16% of the vote in. ron paul coming in third. but rick santorum, we project is the winner, is the winner in
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oklahoma. earlier, we projected he's the winner in tennessee. ohio is still very very close. we have not been able to make a projection. look how close it is with 20% of the vote in ohio in right now. 38% for santorum. he's almost 2,000 votes ahead of mitt romney with 37%. 88,111 for santorum, 96,159 for romney. 35,332, 15% for gingrich, only 8% for ron paul. this is with 20% of the vote in but the news right now is that rick santorum we project wins oklahoma. here are the states as they're up. right now, we projected three wins for mitt romney, virginia, vermont and massachusetts. two wins for santorum, oklahoma and tennessee. one win for newt gingrich in georgia. we're waiting for ohio. three more states getting ready at 10 p.m. eastern, a little bit
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less than an hour from now, two of those will be closing the polls in idaho, north dakota, alaska at midnight eastern. you can see what's going on. oklahoma, an important win for rick santorum. ali velshi is on the scene for us in oklahoma. ali, you're with the ballot camera over there. set the scene for us. oklahoma, santorum needed another win. he got it in oklahoma. >> reporter: we moved over, wolf, because there's a big watch party going on, the state chairman is speaking behind me. the governor is here. we've been in oklahoma the last few days talking to people. they've been telling us, they really feel more in tune with rick santorum in terms of the cultural values of the state. a very conservative state. the governor just called it the most red state in america. their big concern is energy, has a lower unemployment rate than the rest of the country. the pipelines run through here and the keystone pipeline was
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going to run through here and they share the energy outlook and their choice about who they felt shared their values and most people in this state we talked to said rick santorum. there was some question about who could win the election and a lot of people went to romney. a lot of people said rick santorum represents the social conservative values oklahoma represents. it's a win for them tonight. >> important win. first we project he wins in tennessee, now, oklahoma. still waiting for ohio right now. ali. stand by. i will come back to you a little bit later. on the scene for us. take a look. here is the breakdown of what has happened so far. let me start in virginia. virginia, we projected a while ago, mitt romney was the winner. he was on the ballot in virginia. so was ron paul but the other two candidates, santorum and gingrich didn't get on the ballot.
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we project the win in virginia. same in vermont, mitt romney winner, all four candidates were on the ballot in vermont. mitt romney wins easily in vermont and wins easily in his home state of massachusetts as well, 38 delegates in massachusetts. so those are the three wins for mitt romney so far tonight. let's go over to the wins for rick santorum. right now, we projected he's the winner in tennessee, an important state, also rick santorum the winner in oklahoma. two important states. rick santorum we project is the winner. one state for newt gingrich, one state being georgia. newt gingrich is the winner in georgia. he just wrapped up speaking in georgia. we heard most of his speech. you can see the winners so far. we're still waiting for ohio and three states are still vote right now, idaho, north dakota and alaska. idaho and north dakota close at the top of the hour, 10:00 p.m. eastern, alaska closes at midnight. you saw paul's interview with
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alaska governor sarah palin earlier. we might have highlights late tore share with you. so far a mixed bag. to anderson cooper. mixed bag. three wins for romney. two for santorum, one for newt gingrich and ohio critical and close. >> what do you make of what you all heard from the former speaker, alex? >> i think we see why newt gingrich is 1-9 tonight. we were talking earlier about how candidates connect with voters. i think that's a lesson in how not to. one of the things you explain to candidates, don't spend the whole campaign telling voters you are more important than they are, how important you are. i'm speaker, i'm this, i'm that. there wasn't a single-story there in about a georgia voter, about anybody's life, anything to connect with. barack obama, when he ran, yes, we can, we are the change we've been waiting for. he gave the voter value in the political contest.
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there wasn't any of that. >> we did hear from speaker gingrich over and over the term "wall street," i guess he 's using that to refer to mitt romney as. >> he's complaining about the wall street money et cetera without note heing has his own super pac, las vegas money, money is money. they both have them. the biggest issue for newt, he's right, he has done a tremendous amount for the republican part. it those who remember when the senate and house went republican, newt had a lot to do for that. you can't go 1 for 10 and say, i'm on my way, we're going to the next stage. at some point, there's inevitability for newt's candidacy. he can say people tried to write me off before. at some point, writing him off is going to be right. >> we will take a quick break because we understand rick santorum will be speaking and we will bring that to you live. [ todd ] hello? hello todd. just calling to let you know
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three wins so far for mitt romney, two for rick santorum, one for newt gingrich. we're waiting for ohio. let's see where it stands with 23% of the vote in ohio in right now. rick santorum is building up a slight lead, 38-like t36%. 9 94,votes for mitt romney, 99,000 for rick santorum. newt gingrich, 15%. rick santorum doing well in ohio. our exit poll numbers earlier showed a slight lead for romney. we have not made a projection in ohio and don't have enough
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information. we will wait for the tally before we make a projection in ohio. we have a caucus camera in boise, idaho. they close at the much to the hour and in wasilla alaska. you saw paul's interview with sarah palin ea sarah palin earlier and in faring depo faring -- fargo, north dakota. they're counting ballots. and we have more races. jim spellman is in fargo. i want to go to him. jim, set the scene for us. >> most of north dakota is in central time so the balloting has ended here. the mountain time portion of the state, about 15% of the electorate still up to the top of the next hour. they're counting votes here. this is dan and jamie. how's it going? how are you doing now? >> we're trying to match sure
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all our ballots match the number of registrants. >> reporter: tell us what are your results so far? >> we are the district at large so a lot of folks from around the state are supporting ron paul because he was here this evening. >> reporter: how many votes do you have for ron paul right now? >> it looks like about 60. >> reporter: and how many do you have for romney? >> 9. >> reporter: and rick santorum? >> 19. >> reporter: any votes for newt gingrich so far? >> he just got on the board. >> reporter: one vote for newt gingrich. it's been a big turnout for ron paul. definitely lot of his supporters. he spoke here and that was the big attraction for people to come out and see their man and do the voting. >> how many people are at that caucus would you estimate right now, jim? >> reporter: they just finished voting. i think 2,000, 2500 people. they passed out 4,000 ballots amongst the different districts plus an at large. definitely about two-thirds of
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those are gone. 2,025 people. big turnout for them. they're very happy with it. the ron paul people are cautiously optimistic and think it will be a big night for them. they spent a lot of time getting their man here and there has been no negative advertising and feel that groundwork will be helpful. >> he's looking for his first win. can you go to the table and see about the vote coming in? i'm curious to see if that lopsided vote for ron paul is consistent with some other districts. >> reporter: how are you guys doing in district 27? you have any numbers yet? >> nope. >> reporter: they're still counting in district 27. district 22, do you guys have any numbers here yet? >> no. >> reporter: no numbers yet. some they use the hash mark m method and some stats. >> we're keeping our eye on
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north dakota and boise, idaho. john king is with us watching this. i will do back to ohio right now. it's very very close in ohio. this could be a long night. >> the last time we looked at it, it might have been romney red, now santorum purple. welcome to super tuesday and the roller coaster battleground. about 7,000 votes, a little shy of that. 39-36%. only 24% of the vote in. when you look at the state again, we have seen this in other states, you're seeing a lot of purple and think, wow, rick santorum is winning in an a lot of states. to hit a tiny county, small rural counties, tea party evangelical voters. you see that. where is governor romney doing well, the largest county in the state, largely democratic when we get to november. a big romney lead, almost none of the vote counted yet. when you see that santorum statewide vote.
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hardly any of the vote counted and up along the lake, romney with a decent lead there. 22%. >> i need to interrupt you a second. they're cheering at santorum headquarters in ohio getting ready to speak. we'll hear what he has to say. i think he's getting ready to walk in now. they're getting ready. finish your thought before we go to santorum. >> this is the battleground. still a lot of votes. hamilton county, hardly any vote in, romney with a big lead. you come back to the statewide numbers. santorum is leading at the moment. there is plenty of time and plenty of room to see a romney comeback. you just saw the numbers change, 24% statewide, three percentage point literally 6,000 vote gap. it is not a big number when you're looking at so much of the vote out. why is ohio so important? santorum leading at the moment. he won tennessee, oklahoma, these are his previous
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victories. romney is taking new england, ohio is the one they will wait for. >> he's speaking to an enthusiastic group in ohio right now. let's listen in. >> thank you! well, thank you for coming out stu b stubenville, ohio. god bless you, thank you for being here. for the folks listening at home, we're in stubenville, ohio. not too many presidential candidates come to stubenville, ohio, much less hold their victory party in stubenville, ohio. [ applause ] we're in a high school gymnasium.
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i just came from our war room, which doubles as the weight room for the high school. was pumping a little iron to get myself psyched for coming out here. we just prepared our talk where many talks were prepared for this gym floor, in the coach's room. this is our roots. standing here behind me is, well, a part of our family. because is the where we're from. we're from down here in the area of southeastern ohio, west virginia, southwestern pennsylvania. where the folks who worked hard and built this country lived and worked for many many decades. [ applause ] i'm particularly excited to be here with my family. when i say "my family," i mean
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not just my family of our immediate family, but my mom, who's right here. this is my mom, kay, 93. [ applause ] and karen's mother and father, ken and bet telee ga-- betty g h ver. i have my brother and karen has several, karen is 1 of 11 children. you can imagine, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, we have a great crew back here, all behind us, all behind us, because this campaign is about the towns that have been left behind and the families that made those towns the greatest towns across this country. [ applause ]
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this was a big night tonight, lots of states. we're going to win a few, we're going to lose a few, but as it looks right now, we're going to get at least a couple of gold medals and a whole pacelful of silver medals. [ applause ] we can add to iowa, missouri, minnesota, colorado, now, oklahoma and tennessee. [ applause ] >> we have won in the west, the midwest, and the south, and we're ready to win across this country!
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[ applause ] >> i want to thank again my wife. i know that those who have seen her on the campaign trail, the common refrain is more karen, less rick. but i'm working on it. i'm trying to get as good as she is at this political stuff. she has been an amazing partner for me and my conscience, my biggest supporter, my most importa important -- my most honest critic and someone who has kept our family together and continues to do remarkable and incredible things for me everyday for me and all of us. thank you very much, my love. [ applause ] >> we have almost all the kids here. we have john, sara maria, where are you?
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patrick, elizabeth, peter and daniel. they're all wearing buttons for our little bella. we have everybody here. [ applause ] >> we went up against enormous odds not just here in the state of ohio, who knows how much we were out-spent but in every state. there wasn't a single state in the list i just gave you where i spent more money than the people i was able to defeat to win that state. in every case, we overcame the odds. here in ohio, still too close to call. [ applause ] >> just like the folks here in stubenville and the ohio valley and all the valleys of this country that are the heart and
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soul of this country, they worked hard and they overcame odds. that's what -- that's what we're here to talk about. that's why we came to stubenville. that's one of the reasons i'm so proud to have my mom and father-in-law and mother-in-law up on stage with me. they're a part of the greatest generation of america. [ applause ] th >> they preserved liberty by sacrificing immeasurably to keep this country free from despots. ladies and gentlemen, it's a bit different battle that we're engaged in today but it's no less a battle for the basic liberties that this country was founded upon. we have a group of people in washington and in other places around this country who believe that the elites in washington
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are the ones that should be making the decisions for all of us, and they have systematically gone and grown the size and scale of government to beyond where it's just unrecognizable. we are running deficits where we're borrowing 40 cents of every dollar. as you look at all of the young people here, the leaders in washington are saying to you, on your tab, and you will pay for this, the rest of your life. what right does the government have to do that to the next generation? we have people who believe that america's best days are behind us. they believe that it's no longer possible for free enterprise, a free economy and free people to be able to build strong communities and families and be able to provide for themselves
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and their neighbors. no, we now need an increasingly pow powerful federal government to do this for us. >> no! >> the reason that karen and i ultimately decided to get into this race was because of that issue and in particular one issue. i've said it almost every stump speech i've given. if it wasn't for one particular issue that, to me, breaks the camel's back, with respect to liberty in this country, that is the issue of obama-care. >> [ booing ]. >> what we will go to in a very short period of time, the next two years, a little less than 50% of the people in this country depend on some form of federal payment some form of federal benefit to help provide for them. after obama-care, it will not be
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less than 50%, it will be 100%. now, every single american will be looking to the federal government, not to their neighbor, not to their church, not to their business or their employer, or to the community or nonprofit organization in their community, they will be looking always to those in charge, to those who now say to you that they are the allocator and creator of rights in america. ladies and gentlemen, this is the begin ining of the end of freedom in america. once the government has control of your life, then they got you. that's why we decided to step o out. as you look, karen and i, seven children, ages 20 --
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[ applause ] >> ages 20-3, not exactly the best time to be out running for the president of the united states. we've given up our jobs, we're living off our saves. yeah, we're making a little sacrifice for a very very big goal. that is replacing this president on november of this year. [ applause ]
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>> in order to make that happen, the republican party has to nominate somebody who can talk about the broad vision of what america is. as i talk about in every one of my speeches, i talk about how important it is we remember who we are. reagan in is the farewell address to the american people worried about whether america would remember what made us great. that we are not a great country because we have a great and powerful government, we are a great country because we believe that rights don't come from the government, but as in our founding document, the declaration of independence says, our rights come to us from our creator.
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[ applause ] >> the government's job and the constitution of this country was intended to do one thing. protect those rights, so each and every one of you would have the opportunity to build their own life, to take your own path, to create a strong family, strong neighborhood community, to state and country. that's what made america great. we built a great country from the bottom up. we need people to go up against president obama and his vision of a top down government control, of not just health care, but of energy, and of manufacturing and of financial services and who knows what else is next, but this is a president who believes, believes he simply
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is better able to do this than you are, that he will be fairer than you are, with your fellow man. ladies and gentlemen, is the an election about fundamental liberty. and the signature piece, the signature piece of legislation that points this out, where you have economic rights created by the government, and then the government using its heavy hand to force you to buy insurance, to force you to take policies that you don't want, and, of course, to force you to take coverages that may even violate your faith convictions. in this race, is there only one candidate who can go up on the most important issue of the day and make the case because i've never been for an individual mandate at a state or federal
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lev level -- [ applause ] >> [ responding ]. >> i've never passed a statewide government run health care system when i was governor, because, well, i wasn't gover r governor. but governor romney did. now we find out this week not only did he pass it in massachusetts, he evacuated for it to be passed in washington d.c. in this middle of the debate on health care. it's one thing to defend a mandated top down government run health care program you imposed on the people of your state. it's another thing to recommend and encourage the president of the united states to impose the
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same thing on the american people, and it's another thing yet to go out and tell the american public that you didn't do it. we need a person running against president obama who is right on the issues and truthful with the american public. [ applause ] >> this race provides a great opportunity for a great contrast. big things have to happen in this country to bring us back from the brink of insolvencinso. big things have to happen so we can secure our freedom. as i talked about this morning, in front of aipac, that we have a president that stands with our
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allies and defender this country and does not apologize for america around the world. [ applause ]. >> we need a fighter. we need a fighter and someone who learned what america was about by growing up in communities just like this. understanding how america and neighborhoods and families work, and believing in them. understanding they're under a lot of stress and strain right now, much of which is put upon them by the government. understanding that that's the greatness of our country. my mom and my mother-in-law and father-in-law represent here on this stage the greatest generation.
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[ applause ] >> mom's hamming it up a little bit over there, okay. but the great eest generation w the greatest generation not because they had greater character or courage or perseverance than those of us today, the greatest generation was great because when freedom was at stake, they rose to meet the call to defend this country. [ applause ] >> we are at a time in this country when freedom is at stake
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and you are all blessed, as i am, to be here at a time when your country needs you, to be here at a time, like the original founders of this country, who signed that declaration of independence. to be here at a time when freedom was at stake and people were willing to go out and do heroic and courageous things to win that victory. i want to thank all of you in ohio for overcoming enormous odds to make this a great night for us here in the buckeye state. [ applause ] >> i want to thank in particular on stage, mike and frank dewine
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for standing up and fighting for me during the course of this. thank you. [ applause ]. >> he's wrapping up his speech, as you can see. rick santorum, a very happy rick santorum. i'm a little worried about his 93-year-old mother standing all that time. i hope she's going to be okay. i've met her. she's a very very spry 93-year-old woman. rick santorum, he's doing really well in ohio right now. take a look at this. 38% of the actual vote in ohio is in. he's got 39% to 35% for mitt romney. he's almost 16,000 votes ahead of mitt romney with 38% of the vote in. gingrich and paul are way way behind in third and fourth place. rick santorum doing well. some key county is in ohio have not yet reported, counties where mitt romney presumably will do well. john king is taking a closer look. we will take a close look at
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a real battle under way in ohio right now. we're getting ready to hear from mitt romney to speak to his suppo supporters. he win his home state in massachusetts. here is the delegate count, what happened so far in the races we projected winners, romney with 81 delegates, gingrich, 24, took georgia, six for ron paul. here are the totals from all the contests until today. let's put it on the screen, all the delegate count, 288 for romney, 106 for santorum, 43 for
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gingrich, 52 for ron paul. 1,144 is the magic number you need. they're getting ready to speak. ann romney will introduce her husband. we will hear what she has to say and mitt romney has to say. watch the bottom of your screens because the ohio numbers are coming in, coming in relatively quickly right now. santorum slightly ahead so far. there are a bunch of key counties we virtually have no numbers yet, numbers where romney presumably is strong. we'll see what happens. let's listen to ann romney introduce her husband. >> welcome. thank you so much. what was said so true, we're doing what he does best, we're winning by 72%. [ applause ] >> so far, three wins tonight and counting. so here we go. we have ten states to thank people in. i'm going to see if i can get
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through this list. let me see if i can do this. in alaska, by the way, they haven't even caucused yet but we will thank them anyway. lieutenant-governor tread well. senator lisa macukowski. >> a idaho, governor. travis hawks. in north dakota, thank you to senator john hobin. in ohio, here we go, senator rob portman, the linder family, eddie crawford, ron weinberg and honorary buckeye donald trump. [ applause ] >> he was on the radio all the time for us in iowa. in oklahoma, san coburn. ryan leonard, fred how and
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harold ham. senator alexander and commissioner bill haggerty. in vermont, darcy johnston and state senators randy brock and vince elusey, thank you. more states, guy, sorry. in virginia, a big thank you to governor bob mcdonald -- bob mcdonnell. we love him. our wonderful friend, lieutenant-governor bill bolland. and house leader eric cantor. thank you for that endorsement. bobby killberg, jack gerard and tom ferrell. finally, massachusetts, thank you! [ applause ] >> we want mitt, we want mitt, we want mitt, we want mitt, we want mitt, we want mitt, we want
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mi mitt. >> i have to thank senator scott brown, who's going to be your next senator. some of our favorite governors, bill weld and paul saluchi and our hearts go to paul and all the health problems and thank you brad jones. chris collins, sandy and paul, bob mcgin and ron. and a special thank you to the thousands and thousands of volunteers all across this country. 10 states tonight, we have thousands of people making phone calls. thank you, we could not do it without all of you. thank you. we'll wait for more returns and more good news. thank you. >> mitt, mitt, mitt, mitt, mitt,
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mitt, mitt, mitt, mitt, mitt. >> i have -- i have something to say about some of the women i'm hearing from. we've been all across this country. do you know what women care about? this is what i love. women care about jobs. [ applause ] >> women care about the economy, they care about their children and they care about the debt and they're angry and furious about the entitlement debt we're leaving our children. this is what we're hearing when we're out there. this is our message. it's an economic message, about the future for our children. that's what i'm hearing out there. from all of that, we know the guy who knows how to do and fix all that. i said, mitt, i'm never going to do this again, but here we are. the reason i'm here and the reason i'm behind mitt and the reason i'm fighting so hard and out there is because i believe he is the only person that can turn around america. so let's let him do that.
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[ applause ] >> thank you. >> she's the best. she is the best. thank you. >> go mitt, go, go mitt, go. >> thank you, wow. >> go mitt, go. >> she is the best. that was my son, tag with her and his wife, jen, and their children, ali and joe and thomas. great to have my family back in the home of massachusetts. wonderful to be able to go home tonight for the first time in two months. [ applause ] >> what a -- ann said it right. what a great night. there are three states tonight under our belt and counting. we will get more before this night is over. we're on our way.
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we're so excited to be in the bay state tonight, celebrating with family and friends who worked tirelessly on this campaign. it's such an honor have the citizens i served as governor as part of our cause. your support really means everything to ann and me. and i'm not going to let you down. i'm going to get this nomination. [ applause ] >> tonight, we're doing some counting. we're counting up the delegates for the convention and it looks good. we're counting down the days until november. that looks even better. [ applause ] >> we're going to take your vote, a huge vote tonight in massachusetts, and take that victory all the way to the white hous house. >> all the way, all the way, all the way, all the way.
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>> now, it's been -- it's been a long -- it's been a long road getting to super tuesday, let me be honest. and my opponents have worked very hard. i want to congratulate newt gingrich on a good night in georgia and rick santorum on his good night and ron paul for his steadfast commitment to our constitution and his strong support almost everywhere you go. he's got good followers. thanks, you guys, nice races. [ applause ] >> now, we officially started our campaign about nine months ago not very far from here at a farmhouse in new hampshire, a beautiful spring day full of hope and promise, a day that made us all recognize once again how lucky we are to be americans. what we launched that day was not just an effort to win more votes and delegates, the start of an effort to restore the promise of america, the promise we know has been frayed by these
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difficult times. [ applause ] >> we sounded our clearing call across the country, from airport, tarmacs to factory floors, to door-to-door, heart-to-heart, face to face across the country. i met with moms and dads and teachers and students and factory workers and business owners. i've listened and i've learned. i hope i'm a better candidate, by the way for having done all that. [ applause ] i'm going to forever be grateful to you for the help you've given me and grateful to all those people who helped me through this process and taught me along the way. i met some extraordinary folks. i met someone named norm burn, to me, exemplifies the innovative spirit. norm didn't go to college, didn't get an engineering degree but he does have 100 patents in his name. he turned a small shop in his basement into a very successful.
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it's entrepreneurs like norm burn who are going to get america's economy back on track if we can get the government out of the way. i've met parents like david mcarthur, may you saw him on the huckabee show, whose children in his case, have served their country in war. david's son was seriously injured in afghanistan as he described. he only returned from the front lines to face a new fight, to get the medical care he needed and he surely has earned. and as i told david, i believe to those who put everything on the line for us, we owe them everything they need. you know, america's veterans, they deserve a lot better than long lines and reduced benefits,
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and as president, i'm going to make sure they get the care they deserve. so in running for office, i've had the chance of meeting people like norm and david, and their stories are of course inspiring. i have also met people who are hurting under the stagnant obama economy, and their stories are heartbreaking. some people have lost their jobs. others are working two jobs just to make ends meet. some used to be middle income, and now they're struggling again, right back where they started. as you know, the prices for gasoline and food and clothing and health care keep going up, but their paychecks stay the same if they're lucky. president obama keep s telling these americans that the rafrby is sheer, but for them, the recession is not over. that's for sure. you know, from generation to generation in this country, americans have always known that the future would be brighter and better.
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we've always believed in a tomorrow full of possibility and prosperity and security. that deep confidence in a better tomorrow is the basic promise of america. but the day that day is being promi threatened by a faltering economy and a failed presidency. to the millions of americans who look around and can only see jobs they can't get and bills they can't pay, i have a message. you have not failed. you have a president that has failed you, and that's going to change. president obama -- >> usa, usa, usa, usa! >> thanks, guys. you know, when he was campaigning, president obama said he would create jobs. but for 36 straight months,
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unemployment has been above 8%, and he's also said he would cut the deficit in half, and he's doubled it. i mean, as you know, the debts today are too high, the opportunities are too few, and we have seen enough of this president over the last three years to know we don't need another five of this president, that's for sure. look -- >> we need mitt, we need mitt, we need mitt, we need mitt! >> this president's run out of ideas. he's runexcuses, and in 2012, we're going to get him out of the white house. now, president obama seems to believe he's unchecked by the constitution. he's unresponse frb to the will of the people. he operates by command instead
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of by consensus. in a second term, he would be unrestrained by the demands of election, and one thing we can't afford is four years of barack obama with no one to answer to. these days, the president and his team keep telling us things are getting better, but 24 million americans are still struggling for work. they're high fiving each other in the west wing, but my friends, the truth is 8% unemployment is not the best america can do. it's just the best this administration can do. look, when i'm president, this american economy will not be lagging behind. this american economy will be leading the world as it has and as it should and as it will do in the future. [ applause ] >> for this -- >> mitt, mitt, mitt, mitt, mitt,
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mitt, mitt, mitt, mitt, mitt, mitt! >> you know -- for this administration, the unemployment number is just another inconvenient statistic standing in the way of a second term, but nose numbers are more than data on a spreadsheet. they're worried families and anxious families and tonight, i would like to say to each of them, you're not forgotten. we will not leave you behind. our campaign is on the move, and real change is finally on the way. >> we need mitt, we need mitt, we need mitt, we need mitt, we need mitt! >> these times may be tough, but
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our citizens still believe in the promise of america. and they deserve a president who believes in them. that's why our campaign is about more than just replacing a president. it's about restoring america's promise, and we will do it. >> go mitt, go, go mitt, go! go, mitt, go! >> we won't settle. we won't settle for this president's new normal. i'm offering a real choice and a new beginning. i have a plan that will deliver more jobs, less debt, and sma smaller government. president obama raised the national debt. i will cut, cap, and balance the national budget, finally. he passed obamacare. i will repeal obamacare. he lost our triple a credit rating.
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i will restore our aaa credit rating. amazingly, he rejected the keystone pipeline. i will approve it. you know, he has stalled domestic energy production. i'm going to open up the lands for development so we can finally get the energy we need at a price we can afford. look, when it comes to the economy -- >> go, mitt, go, go, mitt, go! >> when it comes to this economy, my highest priority will be worrying about your job, not worrying about saving my job. and by the way, i have a pro-growth tax plan, jobs plan, that's going to jump start the economy. president obama wants to raise your taxes. i'm going to cut them. that starts with an across the board 20% rate cut for every american.
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and by the way, i'm also going to repeal the alternative minimum tax and i will finally appallish the death tax. the president has proposed raising taxes for job creators. i will cut taxes for job creators. the president wants to raise taxes on savings and investment. i will help middle class families save and invest tax-free. you know, it's interesting. after three years, this president does not have a single serious proposal for saving medicare or social security. i have a plan that saves both of them, and i have the courage to put that plan on the table and will win with the truth. as president, i will get our
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economy back on track and get our citizens back to work. and unlike president obama, i actually have the experience to deliver on that promise. as you know, i spent 25 years in business. i have been the steward of an olympics and the leader of this great state that we're all in tonight. i cut taxes 19 times here. i turned a budget shortfall into a surplus. i know how government kills jobs and yes, i know how it can help create jobs. i stand ready to lead our party, and i stand ready to lead our nation to prosperity. [ applause ] >> all the way! all the way! all the way! all the way! all the way! >> i have said this before. and


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