Mitt Romney Slams Obama's 'Misery Index' And calls for a new president, at a speech to be given in New Hampshire By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff Posted Mar 5, 2011 4:15 PM CST 55 comments Comments In this Feb. 11, 2011 file photo, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File) (Newser) – Mitt Romney isn't pussyfooting around: At what Politico is calling his "unofficial kickoff of his Granite State campaign," the Republican plans to lay into Obama. Romney, who will keynote the Carroll County Republican Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner tonight, has this to say, according to his prepared remarks: "Senator Obama campaigned hard in New Hampshire but he apparently didn’t like what he saw. He certainly didn’t learn from it. Instead of lowering taxes, he raised them. He wrapped businesses in red tape, he grew government, he borrowed trillions of dollars." And here's the kicker: "The consequence is soaring numbers of Americans enduring unemployment, foreclosures and bankruptcies. This is the Obama Misery Index, and it is at a record high. It’s going to take more than new rhetoric to put Americans back to work—it’s going to take a new president."