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Mitt Romney Wins Republican Primary In New Hampshire

Mitt Romney has won an easy victory in the first Republican Party primary of the 2012 election season.

Latest but not final figures show Romney polled 39%, ahead of his nearest rival, the Libertarian Ron Paul on 23%. Jon Huntsman polled 17%, Newt Gingrich 10%, Rick Santorum 9% and Rick Perry 1%.

The victory all but guarantees Romney the Republican nomination, barring upsets in South Carolina next week or in Florida at the end of the month.

Romney claimed victory early in the evening with a prepared speech attacking President Barack Obama.

Mitt Romney’s victory speech in New Hampshire.

Thank you, New Hampshire! Tonight, we made history!

This state has always been a special place for our family. Ann and I made a home here and we’ve filled it with great memories of our children and grandchildren. And this Granite State moment is one we will always remember.

Tonight, we celebrate. Tomorrow, we go back to work.

We remember when Barack Obama came to New Hampshire four years ago.

He promised to bring people together.

He promised to change the broken system in Washington.

He promised to improve our nation.

Those were the days of lofty promises made by a hopeful candidate. Today, we are faced with the disappointing record of a failed President. The last three years have held a lot of change, but they haven’t offered much hope. [Read more…]

Speaker Dennis Hastert’s Remarks After Being Sworn As Speaker

Dennis Hastert was sworn in as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives on January 6, 1999.

Hastert’s rise to the Speakership came amidst a series of dramatic events, including the impeachment of President Bill Clinton just three weeks earlier.

Hastert succeeded Robert Livingston, who stood aside over allegations of extramarital affairs. Livingston was Speaker-designate, chosen by the Republican Party after Newt Gingrich stood down following a poor showing in the mid-term congressional elections.

Remarks by Dennis Hastert, following his swearing-in as Speaker.

Thank you, Leader for your kind and thoughtful remarks.

HastertI’m going to break tradition, and at this point I am going to ask you to hold the gavel so that I may go down to the floor.

Customarily a new Speaker gives his first remarks from the Speaker’s chair.

And while I have great respect for the traditions of this House and this institution, I am breaking tradition this once because my legislative home is here on the floor with you, and so is my heart.

To you, the members of the 106th Congress, to my family, friends and constituents, I say thank you. This is not a job I sought, but it is one I embrace with determination and enthusiasm. In the next few minutes I will share with you how I plan to carry out the job you have given me. [Read more…]