Mitt Romney to Give the Annual Reagan Lecture

From ReaganFoundation.org:

May 25, 2010
Annual Reagan Lecture with Mitt Romney*
3:30 p.m. Book Signing
6:00 p.m. Lecture
7:00 p.m. Dinner

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney will deliver the annual Reagan Lecture at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Tuesday, May 25, 2010. Tickets for the lecture are $125 and include dinner.* For more information, please call 805-522-2977. To purchase tickets, please see below.

Governor Romney will also be signing copies of his latest book, No Apology: The Case for American Greatness (Release date: March 2, 2010) from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. In his latest book, Governor Romney proposes simple solutions to rebuild industry, create good jobs, reduce out of control spending on entitlements and healthcare, dramatically improve education, and restore a military battered by eight years of war. To accommodate as many people as possible, Governor Romney will only be signing copies of No Apology (no past books, letters, postcards, shirts, etc) and will not pose for photographs (candid photos only). Books must be purchased in the Reagan Library Museum Store to receive signature.

To guarantee a signed book, and so that you do not need to wait in line, books may be pre-purchased with his signature on a Reagan Library book plate and picked up the day of the event. Again, these books will be pre-signed.
Click here to purchase a pre-signed book.

If you do not want a pre-signed book, but would like to purchase a book in advance (again, an unsigned book), please click here.

To purchase tickets to the lecture and dinner, please click here.

If you cannot attend the event, but would like to purchase a book to be shipped, click here.

*Chairman receive a 50% discount for the Annual Reagan Lecture. Students and Patriots pay full price. All proceeds from the sale of the books purchased from the Reagan Museum Store benefit The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, the nonprofit organization that sustains The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, the Air Force One Pavilion, the Center for Public Affairs and the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Presidential Learning Center.

Click here to view the dinner menu

This would be an opportune time to put up one of my favorite pictures:

George Romney and Ronald Reagan

George Romney and Ronald Reagan

~Nate G.

The Romney News Round-Up: Polls and Articles and Endorsements Oh My

There have been a number of Romney related news articles the past few days that have gone unreported here. It appears that all of us bloggers are suffering from life-is-too-hectic-to-have-time-to-blog disease at the same time. It happens, especially near the end of the school semester.

Here is what we missed:

Romney leads PPP’s Arizona Poll: Romney 27% – Gingrich 19% – Palin 13% – Huckabee 12% – Paul 9% – Undecided 19%. Romney leads among both men and women, conservatives and moderates, and all age groups. (source)

Free and Strong America rolls out endorsements of 7 candidates for office in Illinois:

Congressman Mark Kirk: Congressman Mark Kirk currently represents the 10th Congressional District of Illinois and is now running for U.S. Senate. For more information about him and his campaign, visit http://www.kirkforsenate.com.

Congressman Peter Roskam: Congressman Peter Roskam currently represents the 6th Congressional District of Illinois and is running for reelection. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.roskamforcongress.com.

Congressman Aaron Schock: Congressman Aaron Schock currently represents the 18th Congressional District of Illinois and is running for reelection. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.aaronschock.com.

Robert Dold: Robert Dold is a small business owner who is running to represent the 10th Congressional District of Illinois. For more information about him and his campaign, please visit www.doldforcongress.com.

Randy Hultgren: Randy Hultgren currently represents the people of Illinois in the State Senate and is now running to represent the 14th Congressional District of Illinois. For more information about him and his campaign, please visit www.hultgrenforcongress.com.

Adam Kinzinger: Adam Kinzinger has served in local government and as a member of the U.S. Air Force. He is now is running to represent the 11th Congressional District of Illinois. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.electadam.com.

Dan Rutherford: Dan Rutherford currently represents the people of Illinois in the State Senate and is now running to become State Treasurer. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.danrutherford.org.

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These Illinois endorsements are the seventh in a series of state rollouts of the PAC’s 2010 endorsements, which are aimed at electing conservative candidates who will work to lower taxes and spending, restore commonsense principles to healthcare and get our economy moving again. As part of this program, Romney’s PAC also has announced endorsements in Ohio, Missouri, California, Pennsylvania, Hawaii, and Nevada. (source)

Mitt Romney endorsed Pete Hoekstra for Governor of Michigan: This is one that I sure hope wins. Coverage and video clips can be found here. BTW… anyone notice any similarities between the profile picture on Pete Hoekstra’s Facebook page and ours? Good work on that Aaron. (hint: become a fan of Hoekstra’s page)

Chris Cillizza comments on Romney “flexing his muscles”:

Romney’s steady roll-out of endorsements is an exercise in some not-so-subtle muscle-flexing by the former governor. Romney led all potential 2012 Republican candidates in fundraising over the first three months of 2010 and has, without question, the most sophisticated political operation of any of the contenders. (source)

Romney quote on Arizona’s new immigration law:

Arizona’s new immigration enforcement law is the direct result of Washington’s failure to secure the border and to protect the lives and liberties of our citizens. [...] It is my hope that the law will be implemented with care and caution not to single out individuals based upon their ethnicity. It is increasingly clear that the time has come for Washington to fulfill its responsibility for border security. (source)

All the streets in America are connected – Romney responds to DNC attack ad: I think this should win the quote-of-the-day award.

Democrats attacked Romney in recent days for his defense of Wall Street as the Obama administration pushes for new banking regulations.

[...] And frankly, I don’t believe in discriminating against anybody, regardless of the street they’re from,” he said. “You see, all the streets in America are connected, and scape-goating and demonizing individuals based on where they live or where they work is a big mistake.

Romney went on to say that any bad actors should be punished appropriately. Meanwhile Hoekstra, who’s running for governor, said most of what he saw of recent Senate hearings on Goldman Sachs was political posturing. (source) (hat tip)

Romney comment on Charlie Crist leaving the GOP and running as an Independent: Deeply disappointing.

Bald EagleIn related news: 24-hour live webcam shows the nest of a bald eagle family with an egg (1 at least) that hatched just this morning. The little baby eagle is so cute (when you can see him). My wife watched the parents land in the nest with a fish and feed little pieces of it the the baby bird. Watch it any time of day here: http://www.hornbyeagles.com/webcam
How is this related? Well… Romney is going to be the next President of the United States, and the bald eagle is an official emblem of the United States. So you see it’s not too far of a stretch, even though these particular bald eagles are on Hornby Island which is just of the coast of British Columbia.

Lastly: (Video) Charlie Crist announces he will will run for senator of Florida as an independent:

Oh, wait. I’ve posted the wrong video now, haven’t I?

~Nate Gunderson

Must See TV: Dems Honor Mitt Romney with an Attack Ad

I believe the DNC has unwittingly cemented Mitt Romney as the leader of the Obama opposition:

Their attempt to paint Mitt Romney as the best friend of Wall Street falls flat as they offer nothing but sound bites of Mitt Romney making very good points: 1 – Obama is scapegoating and looks to place blame on Wall Street, 2 – greed on Wall Street is nothing new and is not the only source of the failure of our economy.

DNC spokesman Hari Sevugan thinks he has the dirt on Mitt Romney:

Mitt Romney’s ‘no apology’ book tour is appropriately named. He offers no apology for Wall Street speculators whose irresponsible behavior jeopardized our economy. He offers no apology for bailed out banks who took taxpayer money with one hand and then handed out giant bonuses to their executives with the other. And he offers no apology for an insurance industry which keeps hiking up rates on our families while engaging in unconscionable practices that denies care when people need it the most. Mitt Romney has made it crystal clear – he and the Republican party are on the side of Wall Street and insurance companies, and not the side of the American people. And that’s just sorry.

The response from Romney’s spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom:

It’s sad that President Obama feels the need to cover up his own failings on the economy by engaging in Washington-style attack politics, which do nothing to put unemployed Americans back to work.

My response to Mr. Sevugan: Turn that finger around and point it back at yourself! Mitt Romney need not apologize for those problems because he has absolutely nothing to do with them. The Obama administration is in power right now. Not the Romney administration, nor even the Bush administration. Misappropriated taxpayer money should have been monitored by the current administration. Trying to pinpoint fault on excessive executive bonuses is missing the forest for the trees. The economy was in shambles when Obama took office, what has he done to improve it? Nothing but spend like a runaway train, with no real benefit to the economy whatsoever!

This chart explains best perhaps why the Obama administration is seeking place blame elsewhere:

economy chart

Chart Source: Innocent Bystanders Blog

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NRSC Web Ad, “Who’s The Real Party Of Wall Street?” I include this because it so clearly points out the hypocrisy of the DNC’s ad and their efforts to scapegoat Wall Street in general.

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Why did the DNC single out Mitt Romney?

Brad Woodhouse, a spokesman for the D.N.C., said the organization singled out Mr. Romney because he’s been one of the most frequent critics of the legislation and the president’s economic agenda. Mr. Woodhouse explained the reasoning this way: “Well – for one – he’s been out saying what other Republicans believe but are scared to say – that it’s Main Street families and businesses that are to blame for their bad choices and not the big banks or Wall Street. He’s also been very active in speaking out against this – and since he purports to be and aspires to be a leader of their party – we’ll highlight his words and let other Republicans embrace or disavow.”

Thanks Brad for pointing out that Romney “has been one the most frequent critics of the legislation.” But at the same time, you willfully misquote Romney when you say that he blames main street or businesses. If you took some time to read his book you would see that Romney places the blame for the woeful economy and down-turned housing market on not one group but several groups or individuals. (see below)

Who is to blame for the collapse of the housing market and economy?
(Source: Mitt Romney’s book No Apology pgs. 142,143)

  • Clinton Administration for pressuring Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to offer risky loans to those who could not afford them.
  • Wall Street dealers who over-leveraged themselves. These brokers sliced and redistributed the mortgages – “a technique that most believed would spread the risk while in fact it was spreading the disease.”
  • Lazy investors who “were so anxious to get the higher interest rates provided by these securities that they failed to look into the creditworthiness of the borrowers.
  • The Federal Reserve failed to recognize that the vast numbers of mortgages in 2006 were sub-standard. An additional contributor to the problem was the fact that the Feds kept interest rates low in effort to avoid deflation. They succeeded in that, but unintentionally allowed people to buy larger homes with variable mortgage rates that were very low, but would certainly not last.
  • Bank regulators failed to recognize that the mortgage-based securities were extremely high risk.
  • Ratings agencies “should have done their job and busted pretenders”
  • The treasury secretary and congressional oversight committees for sheer lack of oversight.
  • Senator Chris Dodd and Congressman Barney Frank for pushing “destructive government policies.”
  • And lastly George W. Bush because the buck stops at the President. He can’t avoid some of the blame “nor to his credit has he tried to.”

What Caused Our Economic Crisis?
This video is very fast-paced but it is packed with relevant information. Though I don’t like the style or music a whole lot, it is vital that Americans understand to info provided.

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The clear winner in the DNC attack ad? Mitt Romney. The DNC didn’t win any additional support from Dems as they already hate Wall Street. What they have done is given disenfranchised independents and conservatives alike a leader to rally around for the 2010 and 2012 elections. Thanks for the free publicity!

~Nate Gunderson

UPDATE from Ross:

Mitt Responds:

“Frankly, I don’t believe in discriminating against anybody, regardless of the street they’re from.

You see, all the streets in America are connected, and scape-goating and demonizing individuals based on where they live or where they work is a big mistake.”

Conservative Blog Interviews Nate Gunderson about MittRomneyCentral.com

The conservative blogger Tim Knight of Jumping in Pools approached my brother Nate awhile back to interview him. Nate agreed on the condition that Tim was fully aware that we are not part of Romney’s official team in anyway, but just a bunch of rag-tag grassroots conservatives promoting Romney on our own. Fortunately for us Tim was well aware of this. His response was “There is no better perspective of a potential Republican candidate for President, than of that of dedicated supporters who aren’t told to support, but know they have to support.”

The interview questions:

Mr.Gunderson, what would be the difference between a President Romney and a President Obama?

What is the purpose of Mitt Romney Central, and what do you hope to achieve?

What can you tell us about Mr.Romney’s just-released book?

According to some recent polling data, Romney would win in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and Florida if the 2012 Republican Primaries were held today, what is your reaction?

Would a “Mitt Romney” campaign fracture the Republican base as much as some Cultural Conservatives predict it will?

Give me three reasons to support Romney for the Republican nomination in 2012.

Read the responses at Tim’s blog Jumping in Pools.

Good work bro!

-Luke

Nate and Bonnie Gunderson with Gov. Romney - 2008

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Is Scott Brown Giving the First Endorsement of 2012?

Scott BrownRegarding the 2012 presidential election Senator Scott Brown says “I’m going to support Governor Romney.” It was Brown’s spokesman Colin Reed that later added the caveat that Brown “will be with [Romney] again if he chooses to run.”

It would seem that Scott Brown is certain that Romney will run and that Brown is more than likely to endorse him. Brown did add that “I am going to see who is out there in the field and then make my decision,” but I take that more as an effort to appear not focused in on any one candidate yet. Brown’s words certainly sound like an endorsement to me, although not an official one. But then again Romney is not officially running yet, is he?

Senate Election Night Flashback: Scott Brown thanks Gov. Romney

Scott Brown: I especially want to thank a very special friend, whose encouragement from the beginning helped show me the way, and show us the way to victory — and that is former Governor Mitt Romney. Thank you Governor.

~Nate G.

Source: Boston.com and CNN Political Ticker

The Silver Lining of the Health Care Cloud Over Mitt Romney

Pundit after pundit and political junkie after political junkie have pronounced Mitt Romney’s 2012 chances dead or mortally wounded by the recent Health Care debate and passage of the bill.  Democrats of all ranks (even President Obama himself) have gleefully compared their health care plan to Mitt’s health care plan in Massachusetts.  The reasons why this comparison is false are too numerous to effectively lay out here, but this, this, this, and this should get you started.  Also, kudos to T-Paw for stating the obvious that Mitt did and would’ve continued to do his best to fix health care in Massachusetts if Mitt was still governor.  However, far too many conservatives have fallen into trap set for us by the democrats and that is where the pessimism for 2012 comes from.  However, as Mark B. Lowe speculates,

All they have accomplished in the past few weeks since ObamaCare has passed is to make Mitt Romney a indispensable part of the biggest political conversation going on in the country right now. He is continually being interviewed on local and national media.  His name, face, and voice is everywhere.  TV, Radio, Newspapers, Magazines, Internet — they are all clamoring to talk to Romney.  And what do they want to talk about?  HealthCare.  Mitt hasn’t been in this much demand since he ended his 2008 Presidential more than two years ago.   It is all free publicity for him.  The results are when people think of HealthCare and Republican, they think not of Huckabee, Palin, Pawlenty, Gingrich, or any other potential Romney rival.  They think of the former Governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney.  And with the national conversation firmly focused on HealthCare right now, they are thinking of Mitt a lot.  And it’s all thanks to those who wish to destroy him.

The media has pushed, prodded, and grilled Mitt since the passage of Obamacare trying to force him to make the false choice of admitting his health care plan in Massachusetts was a mistake or calling on republicans to tone down the rhetoric against Obamacare.  What democrats don’t seem to understand is that Mitt lost the 2008 nomination because the average citizen didn’t know Mitt very well at all.  Mitt spent the majority of his campaign just trying to build name recognition with the average voter, and now the dems are giving Mitt millions of dollars worth of free publicity. The more people get to know Mitt and hear how articulate he is and the strong and positive vision Mitt has for America, the more appealing Mitt becomes. Even when people disagree with Mitt on certain details of his plan, no objective person can listen to Mitt and not conclude that Mitt has the best interests of the country at heart and that Mitt is an extremely intelligent and capable leader. All of this free publicity is giving Mitt the platform to explain his views on health care in a detailed way which debates and commercials during a campaign don’t allow.  Mitt is at his best when he is allowed more than 30 seconds to explain an idea and Mitt also shines when he is under attack and has a chance to defend himself.

Exit Question: Are the dems rethinking their strategy to attack Mitt?

It’s the “Who Would You Want As VP to Mitt Romney” Poll

To be honest, speculating and debating about what would be the best combo of President and VP is not really my cup of tea. All I know is that I want Romney on top of the ticket, and his VP pick would be his choice. BUT… since Pres./VP combos seems to be the greatest topic of discussion and interest on our Facebook posts I’ve decided to through this poll out there to give our readers some meat to chew on. Even so, I will still be interested to see the results.

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Have at it!

Note: I left Dr. Paul off intentionally to avoid having the poll over run. This is meant to be a poll of who Romney supporters would want as VP. If you really want Paul as VP please indicate that in the comments.

~Nate G.

Of Paper Plates, Plastic Utensils and Grand-kids

What multi-millionaire that you know of frequents a small restaurant that serves food on paper plates and with plastic utensils?

While reading a somewhat interesting article called “Mitt Romney takes to life in new California home” I found this intriguing little nugget in the closing paragraphs that speaks volumes:

While the streets of La Jolla are filled with emblems of capitalism, from exotic car dealerships to pricey retailers and high-end restaurants, Romney has decidedly lowbrow tastes.

He said one of his favorite meals is the turkey burger at the Burger Lounge. Another favorite place is the Marketplace Grille, where he orders the chicken bowl — chicken served with tabbouleh, a choice of white or herbed rice, and lavash bread. It is served on paper plates with plastic utensils.

“He comes in with his grandchildren,” said Mehran Izadi, the restaurant’s co-owner. “He’s very down to earth. You don’t expect that from a politician.

No, you don’t expect that of politicians, nor of millionaires. Oh that we could have such frugality in Washington these days. Also, I particularly like the mention of him taking his grand-kids out to eat.

Just recently I posted a video of a long “discussion” with Mitt at Emory University’s business school. There were many interesting topics in the discussion, but one that perhaps stuck out to me the most was the topic at the end about which of Mitt’s accomplishments made him the most proud. His answer was his relationship with his wife and kids. He even counseled the business students that they never let business or career get in the way of what brought true joy – family life. To build on his point he stated that getting up in the morning and doing meaningful work is an important part of a healthy family relationship, but that the work his wife did in the home was much more important to their happiness than what he did. That video can be viewed by clicking here. The segment about family begins at the 40:15 mark.

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mitt romney la jolla home

AP photo: La Jolla Romney residence

Some time after losing the ’08 GOP nomination Governor Romney sold his homes in Massachusetts and Utah and bought a beachfront property in La Jolla California (near San Diego). Romney has spent a lot of time in La Jolla while writing his new book No Apology. The Romney family stills claims residency in Massachusetts and are said to be purchasing a condo in Belmont that they’ll close on in June.

Spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom said the Romneys are buying their own home in Belmont, but a March closing was pushed back to June because of “contractor delays.” That has put forced the Romneys to watch the number of days they spend in California, ensuring they do not raise questions about their primary residency for tax, voting or other legal purposes.

A few months ago I chatted with Josh Romney when his dad spoke at a local event in my home town. I asked Josh how his parents were enjoying La Jolla. He said that they loved it, particularly Ann Romney, but that his dad wanted to make sure they didn’t spend more than six months there during the year or they’d have to pay taxes in California. Who wants to pay taxes in both CA and MA?

Exit trivia: This AP story was written by a particular reporter who had a little dust-up with Romney regarding lobbyists during an interview in a grocery stores. Can anyone name the reporter without googling it? (That doesn’t mean use yahoo or bing.) Anyone have a link to the video?

~Nate Gunderson

Source: AP story “Mitt Romney takes to life in new California home

Just for fun here is the google streetview of the Market Grille in La Jolla.

HUGE Early Lead in New Hampshire for Mitt Romney

Romney, PPP, poll

No matter who ends up running in in 2012, I will be very surprised if Romney doesn’t win New Hampshire this time around.

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PPP surveyed 642 New Hampshire Republican primary voters from April 17th to 18th: If the Republican candidates for President in 2012 were Haley Barbour, Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty, Mitt Romney, and Rick Santorum who would you vote for?

39% Mitt Romney
13 Sarah Palin
11 Newt Gingrich
11 Mike Huckabee
07 Ron Paul
03 Tim Pawlenty
01 Haley Barbour
01 Rick Santorum
13 Undecided

Poll Source: Public Policy Polling, April 21, 2010 (PDF Press Release)

~Nate G.

(H/T Frank)

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