By Cameron Joseph - 03/07/12 03:04 AM EST
Mitt Romney slammed President Obama and largely ignored his primary foes in a speech to a raucous hometown crowd in Boston on Tuesday night.
"For this administration, the unemployment number is just another inconvenient statistic standing in the way of a second term," Romney said. "But those numbers are more than data on a spreadsheet. They are worried families and anxious faces. And tonight, I'd like to say to each of them: You have not been forgotten, we will not leave you behind. Our campaign is on the move and real change is finally on the way."
He took the stage while trailing narrowly in Ohio and with little to brag about for the night. But Romney stressed the three states he'd already won and promised that he was "going to get more before this night is over," a promise contingent on a win in Ohio, Alaska or Idaho.
Romney said Obama and his team are "high-fiving each other in the West Wing" for the recent drop in the unemployment rate, but said the current rate above 8 percent nationally "is not the best America can do — it's just the best this administration can do."
"To the millions of Americans who look around and only see jobs they can’t get and bills they can’t pay I have a message: You have not failed," he said. "You have a president that’s failed you and that's going to change."
He also spent much time talking about improving veterans' benefits, a topic that could be tailored for the next states to vote, military-heavy Alabama and Mississippi.