Republican Romney calls for “innovation” | Top News | Reuters.com
DEARBORN, Michigan (Reuters) – Republican Mitt Romney, a conservative former governor of Massachusetts, launched his 2008 White House run on Tuesday with a call for “innovation and transformation” that could rejuvenate the U.S. economy and restore faith in government.
Standing in the Henry Ford museum in suburban Detroit, Romney said he could reclaim the spirit of ingenuity that transformed American industry.
“It is time for innovation and transformation in Washington,” Romney said, standing on a stage in front of a new Ford hybrid and a classic AMC Rambler from his father’s old car company.
“Innovation and transformation have been at the heart of America’s success,” said Romney, the son of a former governor of Michigan and auto executive. “If ever there was a time when innovation and transformation were needed in government, it is now.”
Romney has positioned himself to be a more conservative alternative to early Republican favorites John McCain, a senator from Arizona, and Rudolph Giuliani, the former mayor of New York.