First, the only people "clamoring for a leader" are those that want a dictator, monarchy, etc.
The stronger the "leaders" get in the USA, the worse off the America, and her people, get. What we want is someone like Ron Paul who does, and always has, stood for our Constitutional Republic. All the rest are so corrupt, money & power hungry that they have destroyed our livelihoods (deliberately, but that is a whole article in itself), our natural freedoms, our way of life.
Romney quoted the Constitution and the Dec of Independence because he thought we are dupes, stupid enough to let words, instead of action show us where he (and Obama) stand. He is wrong.