- Associated Press - Thursday, June 2, 2011

STRATHAM, N.H. (AP) — Republican Mitt Romney said Thursday that President Obama has failed the United States and pitched himself as an alternative who can fix the nation’s ailing economy.

Mr. Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, made official his White House run and offered a blistering critique of Mr. Obama’s presidency. Mr. Romney said he would rein in Washington spending and put the country on a course toward economic recovery.

The closest thing to a front-runner in a Republican field that lacks one, Mr. Romney made his announcement in New Hampshire, a state crucial to his strategy. He came in second place in New Hampshire during his 2008 bid and has invested heavily in the state since.

During a farm visit, Mr. Romney said his first priority will be to make America the world’s top job creator.