Speaking at a rally in Hobbs, New Mexico on Thursday afternoon, Mitt Romney formally introduced his energy independence plan (discussed at length here) and emphasized the importance of such independence to America’s economic strength and global leadership.

In addition to implementing his energy plan, Romney urged his audience to take four other important steps: “fixing our schools and our training programs for people that need good work; making sure that we improve trade, and make trade work for America; finally tackle our deficit and rein in excessive spending; and champion small business.”

“If you do those things, this nation’s economy is going to come roaring back,” Romney promised, to cheers and applause from the crowd.