Romney turns corner, focuses on South Carolina and general election

After a resounding victory in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney acknowledged that South Carolina will not be as friendly to him. 

“I’ve got an uphill climb in South Carolina ahead of me,” Romney said on NBC’s TODAY show this morning. 

Romney also said that the attacks from Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich about Romney’s record while CEO of Bain Capital were from President Barack Obama’s playbook and failed. 

Romney said that “attacking free enterprise” is something Democrats would do and what he expected from Obama. 

“We didn’t expect Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich to become witnesses for his prosecution,” Romney said. 

Romney has repeatedly said in recent days that Obama would put free enterprise on trial and has used Perry’s and Gingrich’s criticisms to link the two candidates who could go the distance against Romney to Obama.

In addition, Romney’s team also released a Spanish language ad in Florida, displaying their organizational strength. The polished ad, released when many of his rivals have had trouble meeting the most basic requirements to get on ballots in the early primary state, is narrated by Romney’s son, Craig, who is fluent in Spanish. 

The ad not only reinforces Romney’s organizational strength but also allows him to lay the groundwork early to appeal to Hispanic voters in a potential general election. 

And the translation is below: 

CRAIG ROMNEY: “The United States represents liberty, opportunity, where anything is possible. I am Craig Romney. My father, Mitt Romney believes in those American values because he has lived them and will fight to restore the greatness of our nation.”

LINCOLN DIAZ-BALART: “Romney has a plan to create new jobs.”

CONGRESSWOMAN ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN: “Mitt Romney has the vision to restore the country’s national security.”

CONGRESSMAN MARIO DIAZ-BALART:  “Romney believes in us.”

MITT ROMNEY: “I am Mitt Romney and I approve this message. Thank you very much.”