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Romney launches his campaign as presumptive nominee

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) - Mitt Romney was to launch himself as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee after an expected sweep of five primaries on Tuesday, turning his attention to the November general election showdown with President Barack Obama. In a speech in New Hampshire, Romney planned to pivot to the campaign against Obama and lay out his vision for the country and his differences with the incumbent.

by FP Staff 25 Apr 06:15 am IST

     

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) - Mitt Romney was to launch himself as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee after an expected sweep of five primaries on Tuesday, turning his attention to the November general election showdown with President Barack Obama.

In a speech in New Hampshire, Romney planned to pivot to the campaign against Obama and lay out his vision for the country and his differences with the incumbent."After 43 primaries and caucuses, many long days and not a few long nights, I can say with confidence, and gratitude, that you have given me a great honor and solemn responsibility," Romney will say, according to excerpts released by his campaign."A better America begins tonight," he said in the excerpts.Obama and Romney already have engaged in heavy combat in recent weeks, which will likely increase in the six months of campaigning heading up to the November 6 election to decide whether to give Obama another four years in the White House.Romney effectively won the Republican race on April 10 when his top rival, Rick Santorum, suspended his White House campaign, but he planned to claim victory in Tuesday's speech in the general election battleground state of New Hampshire."Now that we have this one-on-one contest, voters are going to be paying closer attention to the differences between the two men," a senior Romney adviser told reporters, adding Romney would address voters "in a new light as the presumptive Republican nominee."Romney had 695 delegates heading into Tuesday's primaries in Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, which have a combined 231 delegates at stake. Romney needs 1,144 delegates to formally clinch the nomination, a designation that is still weeks away.GINGRICH TO QUIT?The primaries could spell the end for another remaining rival, former House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich. He said on Monday he would reassess his candidacy if he did not win the....
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