Mitt Romney’s CPAC Speech, in Two Minutes


A little over two years ago, Mitt Romney stood before the conservative activists gathered at their annual CPAC conference and bowed out of his campaign against John McCain for the Republican nomination for president. Today Romney returned to CPAC, and, for all intents and purposes, began his expected campaign for the White House in 2012. His speech was chock-full of standard GOP talking points — taxes bad, government bad — some audacious claims about President Obama (he has “prolonged the recession,” apparently), and plenty of impassioned rhetoric to rile up the crowd. He also made sure to plug his book. Here are the best/worst moments for your enjoyment.