U.S. soldiers run to Kuwait border as combat mission ends in Iraq, Aug 18, 2010
After seven long years and five months, today marks the formal end of U.S. combat troops in Iraq. For us, it is not a day to delve into Iraqi war history, the politics involved, the debate on Iraqi preparedness to govern their nation, or U.S. involvement as Iraq moves forward.
To our courageous U.S. military and all coalition forces who were part of Iraq’s liberation, Mitt Romney Central wishes to say…
★ To the 50,000 troops who remain in an advisory capacity, thank you!
★ To those who will deploy in the future to replace said troops, thank you!
★ To the wounded, thank you!
★ To the disabled, thank you!
★ To the brave families and loved ones who support you, thank you!
★ To the soldiers who gave their lives for freedom, thank you! We honor your memory.
When Johnny [and Jane] Come[s] Marching Home(Lyrics to this song were written when gay meant happy.)
Goodbye Iraq! August 14, 2010
Last US Combat Brigade Leaves Iraq
Your courage, perseverance, sacrifice, and patriotism are forever emblazoned on our hearts.
Mitt Romney’s diligence on the endorsement front is energizing Republican candidates across the country. Four candidates from the northwestern region of the USA have been singled out today. Here’s the latest from Free and Strong on oh-so-grand Oregon:
Today, Mitt Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC announced the endorsement of the following four Oregon candidates and said it is contributing a total of $17,500 to their campaigns:
Chris Dudley: Chris Dudley, a successful businessman, philanthropist, and former professional basketball player, is running to become Oregon’s next Governor. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.chrisdudley.com.
Congressman Greg Walden: Congressman Greg Walden currently represents the 2nd Congressional District of Oregon and is running for reelection. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.waldenforcongress.com.
State Representative Scott Bruun: Scott Bruun, a state representative and businessman, is running to represent Oregon’s 5th Congressional District. For more information about him and his campaign, visitwww.joinscott.com.
Rob Cornilles: Rob Cornilles, a successful business owner and active community leader, is running to represent Oregon’s 1st Congressional District. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.cornillesforcongress.com.
The PAC also announced that it is sending Dudley’s gubernatorial campaign a $10,000 contribution, and that it is sending the Congressional campaigns of Walden, Bruun, and Cornilles each a $2,500 contribution
Governor Romney’s statement:
“Rather than enacting pro-growth policies that will encourage private sector growth and put people back to work, far too many of our leaders are instead turning to the false promises of big government and slowing our economic recovery. Oregon – and our nation – needs leaders who will say no to the culture of higher taxes, higher spending, and higher debt, and that is why I am proud to stand with these candidates today,” said Romney.
Regarding the gubernatorial race between Romney-endorsed Chris Dudley and opponent John Kitzhaber (D), Chris Cillizza (The Fix) adds this today:
Romney’s endorsement of Dudley comes as the Beaver State’s gubernatorial race is heating up. The most recent independent poll — conducted by Survey USA — in the race, conducted last month, showed Dudley and former Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) essentially tied at 46 percent to 44 percent.
Governor and business leader Mitt Romney and his Free and Strong America PAC are pleased to announce their endorsement of Jesse Kelly for Congress in Arizona’s Eighth District. Jesse is a project manager with his family’s construction business, a Marine combat veteran and a proud husband and father.
Jesse Kelly AZ 8th
Governor Romney notes Jesse’s business experience and his record of leadership as a combat Marine in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Gov. Romney had this to say about Jesse, “I am particularly impressed with his practical conservative solutions to get Americans back to work. It is time to send businesspeople with experience in creating private sector jobs and balancing budgets to Washington.”
In responses to Gov. Romney’s support, Jesse stated, “I am excited to accept the endorsement of a leader like Governor Mitt Romney. We must apply innovative solutions to the budget issues facing America. Gov. Romney and I share the same philosophy for putting America in a more competitive position and expanding the economy.”
Jesse Kelly is the Republican nominee for Arizona’s Eighth Congressional District in the southeastern region of the state.
His [Romney’s] recognition is based on Mr. Kelly’s strong business experience and proven solutions that work.
Although Mitt Romney said he has not made the decision to run for President in 2012, he is the one the GOP is most likely to give frontrunner status to soon. Many view him as the man most likely to unite the conservatives and the pragmatists in the GOP.
UPDATE: Having found a video specifically for Tucson, I changed videos. Even though it’s slightly blurry at first, you’ll be able to get a feel for the area:
For a look at some of the desert critters in Tucson, click here.
It can’t be said of candidate Kelly that he is all hat and no cattle.
A new Zogby poll shows voters prefer Mitt Romney over Barack Obama and Michael Bloomberg in a hypothetical three-way race. Independent voters, small business owners, voters who pay federal income taxes, and Tea Party voters strongly prefer Romney.
Washington, D.C. — If the 2012 presidential election were held today, and the race was between Democrat President Barack Obama, Republican candidate Mitt Romney, and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg running as an independent, Romney would prevail. This according to a recent poll conducted August 20-23 by Zogby International of 2,062 likely voters.
The poll asked:
If the election for President in 2012 were held today and the candidates were President Barack Obama as the Democratic nominee, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney running as the Republican nominee, and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg running as an Independent, for whom would you vote?
Romney would win the election with 42 percent of the vote, barely edging out President Obama, who would garner 41 percent of the vote. Bloomberg would receive 6 percent of the vote.
Among independent voters, 40 percent would choose Romney and 30 percent would vote for Obama. Just 11 percent would pull the lever for Bloomberg.
Romney would also hold a significant edge over both rivals among small business owners, with 49 percent voting for Romney, 32 percent voting for Obama, and only 5 percent of small business owners voting for Bloomberg.
Tea party supporters would overwhelmingly support Romney in this three-way race, with 84 percent siding with the former Massachusetts governor, and just 2 percent voting for Obama and 1 percent voting for Bloomberg.
There is one just one area where voters preferred Obama over Romney; those who don’t have any skin in the game:
However, among those voters who do not have to pay federal income taxes – either because their income level is below the taxable threshold, or their deductions negate any tax liability – President Obama would receive the most support. Among the non-taxpayers, Obama would get 47 percent of the vote, Romney would get 32 percent, and Bloomberg would get 4 percent.
The Zogby International poll was commissioned by The O’Leary Report newsletter. The Poll surveyed 2,062 likely voters August 20-23, and has a margin-of-error of plus-or-minus 2.2 percentage points.
My feeling is that Zogby, wanting to include a third party candidate that may have a fair amount of appeal to independents, chose Bloomberg. It’s significant that, even with a third party detractor factored in, Romney still beats Obama.
When Mother Nature is splashing the landscape with reds and golds, Governor Mitt Romney will be heading to Lincolnshire, Illinois to do what he does so well – keynote a GOP fundraiser and help raise some cash:
ROMNEY IN COUNTY: Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential candidate, will be the keynote speaker for the Lake County Republican Federation’s annual fall dinner Sept. 24 at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort. “We are delighted to welcome Gov. Romney to Lake County and to our fall dinner,” said Alexander Stuart of Lake Forest, federation president. “It is an honor to have such a distinguished champion of free enterprise and public service speak to us as we gear up for the critical elections in November.”
Tickets for the dinner range from $100 per person to $1,000 for a table of 10. Seating is limited. For more information, contact federation Executive Director Chelsea Stanley at (847) 680-6680 (847) 680-6680 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
(my emphasis, link added)
A glimpse at what Governor Romney may see when he arrives in Lake County:
On the day of this event, there will be just 39 days until the mid-term elections. Mitt Romney is a force of nature who is working mercilessly to paint the political landscape red!
Our channel already contains a myriad of videos covering a plethora of subjects, but look for us to add many more videos as time goes on. Here are a few of my favorites, but I encourage everyone to check out our stockpile for videos both in our uploads and in our favorites.
Short bio video of Mitt back from 2008…
and finally the most watched video on our channel!
I encourage all of you to start working on some pro-Mitt YouTube videos. The more pro-Mitt videos we can get on YouTube the better! Finally, feel free to post your favorite pro-Mitt videos past and present in the comments below.
STRATHAM — The Seacoast Republican Women will host their 11th annual Chili Fest with special guest speaker Gov. Mitt Romney on Saturday, Sept. 11 at Scamman Farm, 69 Portsmouth Ave., Stratham from 3:30-6:30 pm.
Meet the candidates for local, state and federal elections just three days
Scamman Farm, Stratham, NH
before the primary. Come enjoy many different types of chili with all the fixins’ as well as some delicious baked goods.
Red Sox tickets 10 rows behind home plate will be raffled off as well.
The cost is $10 per person or $25 per family. Go to www.nhsrw.org for more information or ways to volunteer. All are welcome.
The Seacoast Republican Women are pleased to host their 11th annual Chili Fest. Special guest Mitt Romney will be on hand to speak as well as numerous other state and local Republican candidates. Come enjoy many different types of Chili’s with all the fixins’ as well as some delicious baked goods. Great conversation and good food make for a great afternoon. Please join us.
Sounds like a great way to mix ‘n mingle with local candidates. No doubt, Gov Romney will spice things up!
You can add the great state of Oklahoma to the list!
What list is that?
The list of states in which Mitt Romney’s generous PAC has endorsed candidates who will “work to lower taxes and spending, restore commonsense principles to healthcare and get our economy moving again.”
The list: California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wyoming.
Count ‘em. That’s half the states in the union. The number coincides with news we learned three days ago that Romney is planning a 25 state stumping tour for GOP candidates (no itinerary, yet): National Review 8/24/10:
Mitt Romney, having met last weekend in New Hampshire with the staff of his 2008 presidential campaign, is preparing to embark on an aggressive schedule that will take him to more than 25 states in what is seen as a prelude to another possible White House bid.
The two-month itinerary will launch a cycle of politicking for Republican midterm election candidates that will make Romney one of the nation’s most visible politicians in a year when he is not on the ballot.
Congresswoman Mary Fallin: Congresswoman Mary Fallin currently represents Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District and is now running to become Oklahoma’s next Governor. For more information about her and her campaign, visit www.maryfallin.org.
State Senator Todd Lamb: Todd Lamb currently serves as an Oklahoma state senator and is now running to become Oklahoma’s next Lieutenant Governor. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.votetoddlamb.com.
Congressman Tom Cole: Congressman Tom Cole currently represents the 4th Congressional District of Oklahoma and is running for reelection. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.tomcoleforcongress.com.
Congressman Frank Lucas: Congressman Frank Lucas currently represents the 3rd Congressional District of Oklahoma and is running for reelection. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.frankdlucas.com.
Congressman John Sullivan: Congressman John Sullivan currently represents the 1st Congressional District of Oklahoma and is running for reelection. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.johnsullivanforcongress.com.
James Lankford: James Lankford served as the director of a Christian youth camp for over a decade, and is now running to represent the 5th Congressional District of Oklahoma. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.jameslankford.com.
[*]The PAC also announced that it is sending the Congressional campaigns of Cole, Lucas, Sullivan, and Lankford each a $2,500 contribution, and that it has already sent Fallin and Lamb each a $250 contribution toward their respective campaigns
“Oklahoma – and our nation – deserves leaders who will focus on enacting pro-growth policies that will put people back to work. Too many of our elected officials are instead more interested in growing the size of government, and that is why it is more critical than ever that we elect leaders who will make the tough decisions necessary to turn our struggling economy around,” said Romney.
There isn’t room to include six campaign videos from each of these excellent candidates, so take the time to click on their websites, get to know them, and lend them your support.
In their honor, I’ll dust off the musical movie archives and let cowboy Curly McLain and his farm girl bride, Laurey Williams, sing a well-known tune from a production that brought an Academy Award to Rodgers and Hammerstein way back in 1955. (By the way, it’s the state song.) Here’s Oklahoma!
California Gubernatorial Hopefuls, Meg Whitman & Jerry Brown
Mitt Romney’s friend and colleague, Meg Whitman, is ahead of Jerry Brown in the California Gubernatorial race to become the next Governor of California. A Rasmussen poll released today is showing that Meg Whitman now leads Jerry Brown by eight percentage points:
“The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in California finds Whitman earning 48% support, while Democrat Jerry Brown picks up 40% of the vote. Six percent (6%) prefer some other candidate in the race, and six percent (6%) are undecided.”
Her eight point lead is even more significant when you factor in those who are not yet committed to a candidate but are leaning one way or the other are more likely to vote for Meg Whitman:
“When leaners are included in the new totals, Whitman posts a 51% to 43% lead over Brown. Leaners are those who initially indicate no preference for either of the candidates but answer a follow-up question and say they are leaning towards a particular candidate.
Early in any campaign, the numbers without leaners are generally more significant. Later in a campaign, the numbers with leaners matter more. After Labor Day, Rasmussen Reports will report the numbers with leaners as the primary indicators of the campaign.”
Hopefully, Meg Whitman will keep her lead as November grows near and become the next Governor of California.
Former Massachusetts Gov. and potential 2012 White House contender Mitt Romney (R) took a cue Wednesday from Sylvester Stallone when he tweeted: “Stallone is right. US does apologize too much.”
The quote referred to a comment the veteran film star made Aug. 19 to Bill O’Reilly while promoting his new film “The Expendables” in an appearance on Fox News.
O’Reilly opened the segment by referring to a Los Angeles Times review arguing the film taps a vein of “apple-pie patriotism … [that is already] behind the success of a cable news network,” taken to mean Fox.
Stallone denied the film, which he directed, has any intended subtext at all.
“Some people read [into it] that I was maybe putting the focal point on the American intrusion into other countries. You know, ‘We tend to overstep our boundaries.’ I don’t believe that at all.”
“I think America apologizes too much,” he added quickly, as O’Reilly began to reply.
A stroll down Obama memory lane… Shortly after President Obama was coronated, he embarked on his ‘sackcloth and ashes’ tour to apologize for America to the world. To the French, he stated that America “has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive” toward Europe. He went to Prague to proclaim that America has “a moral responsibility to act” on arms control because only the U.S. had “used a nuclear weapon.” He told Londoners that decisions regarding the world financial system were no longer being made by “just Roosevelt and Churchill sitting in a room with a brandy.” Latin Americans heard our president’s apology when he said that the United States had not “pursued and sustained engagement with our neighbors” because we “failed to see that our own progress is tied directly to progress throughout the Americas.” Do you remember when Obama gave a full-waist bow when greeting the King of Saudi Arabia? How about his deep head dip to the Japanese Emperor?
“This is a book about what I believe should be our primary national objective: to keep America strong and to preserve its place as the world’s leading nation. And it describes the course I believe we must take to strengthen the nation in order to remain prosperous, secure, and free.” ~Mitt Romney
In No Apology: The Case for American Greatness, Mitt Romney discusses many foreign policy and domestic issues facing America and suggests solutions he believes will lead to a more safe and robust nation. Special attention is paid to national security, economic productivity, education, energy, and cultural fortitude.
Romney warns against American complacency by outlining the manner in which other nations have, throughout history, declined from greatness. The Ottomans, Spanish, Chinese, and British — among others — serve as potent examples of just how easily a great nation can fall from grace by virtue of such destructive policies as economic and cultural isolation, a withdrawal from the international marketplace, and spending far and above one’s means.
Romney’s declaration that, “We tend to repress the possibility of catastrophic events” is dead on. People tend to see what they feel they can handle, and the rest — despite potentially disastrous effects if not addressed — is often ignored. See our 2008 financial crisis for details.
Romney adeptly expresses America’s need for both “soft power” and “hard power” involvement in the international community. He doesn’t sugarcoat alarming realities with respect to China, Russia, radical jihadists, and Iran. Despite economic challenges, he rightfully prioritizes national defense and criticizes the UN’s “inclinations toward authoritarian regimes.” Romney unapologetically defends updating our nuclear arsenal, developing a powerful missile-defense system, adding a minimum of 100,000 soldiers to the Marines and Army, and pursuing new technologies to combat the likes of cyber-warfare.
Romney also proclaims American exceptionalism, defends the notion that, “The world is a safer place when America is strong,” and praises our hard-working roots. He duly cites welfare without work and entitlement program abuses as threats to the industrious character that birthed our unrivaled success.
Romney gives detailed emphasis on economic productivity, innovation, research and development, reducing taxes on investment, and curbing government’s growing deficits: “We need to stimulate the economy, not the government.”
All in all, Romney’s book provides a well-organized display of his stand on key issues. His Obama critique is well executed, including commentary on Obama’s abandonment of our missile defense program in Poland and the Czech Republic, his repeated apologies for America, his expansion of our debt, and his September 2009 UN address. Romney’s intermittent anecdotes with regard to business experiences, hands on encounters as governor, and the trials and tribulations of his own family, add a nice personal touch to his policy and statistical explorations.
My two favorite lines from the text include “But for most Americans, the pulse of freedom beats in our very DNA” and “The greatness of America lies not simply in what we have done with our power; it is also informed by what we have not done with our power”
Romney’s No Apology: The Case for American Greatness is a sound expression of his approach to some of our nation’s greatest present challenges.
While in Europe last year, Obama was asked if he believes in American exceptionalism. After thinking about it, he answered that he… did — in the same way that “the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks in Greek exceptionalism.” In other words, ”No.”
As for Obama’s comments to the French that America “has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive” toward Europe, this is how arrogant, dismissive, and derisive we’ve been:
It is time for America to pursue the difficult course ahead, to confront the looming problems, to strengthen the foundations of our prosperity, and to secure the sources of our liberty and safety. The sacrifice and hard work will not sap our national energy; they will restore it. I’m one of those who believe America is destined to remain as it has been since the birth of the Republic – the brightest hope of the world. And for that belief, I do not apologize. ~Mitt Romney No Apology p. 34
If you haven’t read No Apology, DO. If you have read it, keep it handy. It is THE reference book for getting America back to running circles around the world.
► Jayde Wyatt
Update by Luke: Video of Bill O’Reilly’s interview with Stallone can be found at GOP12