Romney begins making closing argument to voters

By KASIE HUNT | December 20, 2011 | 12:17 PM EST

BEDFORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney says President Barack Obama is pushing to make the United States more like Europe.

That's the argument the former Massachusetts governor is taking to voters before the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary in just a few weeks.

In a speech Tuesday in New Hampshire, Romney is expected to say that Obama sees the U.S. as an "entitlement society" while he sees the country as an "opportunity society." He'll argue that Obama's policies will lead to more people being dependent on government welfare.

Romney is using the speech to open four straight days of campaigning in New Hampshire, where he must win if he hopes to capture the nomination. Romney laid out his ideas in an opinion piece published Tuesday in USA Today.