Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney formally announced today that he will seek the 2012 Republican nomination for president.

Romney said he intends on running his campaign on the platform of improving the economy. “I refuse to believe that American is just another place on the map with a flag,” he said in a statement his campaign’s website. “We stand for freedom, opportunity and hope. These last two years have not been the best of times.”

But another conservative is already attempting to pull the rug from under Romney. Yesterday, Conservative pundit and Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin spoke to reporters outside Bunker Hill in Massachusetts and attacked Romney on health care.

“In my opinion, any mandate coming from government is not a good thing,” said Palin. “Even on a state level and even a local level, mandates coming from a governing body, it’s tough for a lot of us independent Americans to accept, because we have great faith in the private sectors and our own families.”

As governor of Massachusetts, Romney oversaw a health care plan that similar to the initial plan President Barack Obama had for national health care. Obama’s plan was routinely attacked by conservative critics who labeled it “socialism.”