My colleague Devin Dwyer reports:
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney delivered a sweeping rebuke to President Obama's domestic and foreign policies today in an address at CPAC that outlined the major themes of his likely presidential bid in 2012.
Romney took direct aim at the administration's recent steps to move to the political center, calling them only the "appearance of change."
"Make no mistake: What we are watching is not Brave New World; what we’re watching is Groundhog Day!," he said of the White House's effort to be more business-friendly, drawing cheers from the crowd.
Romney faulted Obama's "liberal policies," including the administration's response to the economic crisis, for persistently high unemployment, which he called a "moral tragedy of epic proportion."
And, he said, only a new president can put more Americans back to work — and suggested he could be the man for the job.
"Let me make this very clear. If I decide to run for president, it won’t take me two years to wake up to the job crisis threatening America," he said. "And I won’t be asking Tim Geithner how the economy works — or Larry Summers how to start a business. I know."
Romney also accused the Obama administration of not having a coherent foreign policy, citing the continued development of Iran's nuclear program, tensions on the Korean peninsula, and the new START treay with Russia as making the world "more dangerous."
"The cause of liberty cannot endure much more of his 'they get, we give' diplomacy!" he said.