Romney Campaigns in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Minnesota – Releases Endorsements for NY, WI, and MN

Keeping up with Governor Romney is like trying to concentrate on a 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle in a high wind… “He was there. No, he’s here! Here’s something… Where was that? Oh, a TwitPic to help… What’s next?” You get the idea…

Here is Romney’s itinerary for the last few days (from all the pieces I could gather…):

October 11thRomney endorses candidate Matt Doheny for the 23rd Congressional District in New York:

Doheny is running as a Republican and Independence Party candidate against incumbent Rep. Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh,) who won the seat in a special election less than a year ago.

Romney, known for his leadership skills and business accomplishments in both public and private sectors, pointed to Doheny’s potential as a Representative when making the endorsement. “Matt has turned around and restructured failing enterprises. He knows how to do the difficult work that ends up saving companies, and saving jobs,” Romney said. “Few organizations need more help right now than our own federal government. Matt can, and will, help turn our nation and our economy around through his hard work and impressive experience.”

Romney first gained national praise as President and CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee, for the 2002 Winter Olympics. He is credited with transforming the disorganized and financially troubled Olympics into one of the most successful Winter Games held in the U.S. When he was elected Governor of Massachusetts in 2002, Romney inherited a state that was in economic trouble. Without raising taxes or increasing debt, he got the economy moving once again and turned the state’s deficits into surpluses. A leading candidate for the Republican Presidential nomination in 2008, he remains one of the GOP’s most popular national figures.


“It is an honor to receive this endorsement. Mitt Romney’s accomplishments are textbook examples of how conservative economic policies and inspired leadership yield a healthier organization or a healthier government. I thank him for his support.”

At some point between Oct 11 -13, Romney toured a facility in North Carolina. Tweet from the Gov (the time stamp shows tweet was sent early in the morning which indicates Romney probably toured the facility on a previous day):

TwitPic from Mitt Romney - "Touring Childress Racing in North Carolina with the one and only Richard Childress" 7:10 AM Oct 14th via web

October 13th – Romney stopped by Harrisburg, PA to do some stumping for GOP Governor Tom Corbett:

October 14th – Bedminster, New Jersey was the site of a Romney-hosted fundraiser for incumbent Rep Leonard Lance (R). Incumbent Lance faces Democrat Ed Potosnak, a former teacher, in the 7th district. Lance’s district includes most of Woodbridge and parts of Middlesex, Somerset, Hunterdon and Union counties.

October 15thExergen Corporation, world leader in industrial and medical non-invasive temperature technology, was the destination for the Gov. Exergen was founded by Harvard-research scientist Dr. Francesco Pompei over two decades ago and is based in Watertown, Massachusetts. Romney toured Exergen’s manufacturing facility (video quality not the best, but it gives you a look at Romney’s interest in entrepreneurial ventures).

October 18th – Romney turned his attention today to USA north where he is putting in a very full day. He kicked the day off with a full-slate announcement of Wisconsin endorsements: County Executive Scott Walker, Ron Johnson, Congressman Tom Petri, Congressman Paul Ryan, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, Sean Duffy, State Senator Dan Kapanke, and Reid Ribble. Free and Strong America PAC also announced:

The PAC […] is sending a contribution to each of the federal candidates, in particular $5,000 to Johnson’s Senate campaign, and $2,500 each to the Congressional campaigns of Petri, Ryan, Sensenbrenner, Duffy, Kapanke, and Ribble.

“At a time when too many of our elected officials are more focused on growing the size of government than growing our economy, it is more important than ever that we elect candidates who are dedicated to enacting fiscally-conservative policies that will get Wisconsin – and our nation – back on the right track. These candidates will work hard to turn our troubled economy around and put people back to work, and I am proud to stand with them today,” said Romney.

Read more here.

Romney then campaigned with Scott Walker who is hoping to take over Wisonsin’s governor chair.

Governor Romney campaigns with GOP gubernatorial hopeful Scott Walker in Milwaukee, Wisconsin Oct 18, 2010

Later today, the hard-working Gov announced endorsements for Minnesota: State Representative Tom Emmer and running mate Annette Meeks, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Congressman John Kline, Congressman Erik Paulsen, Lee Byberg, Chip Cravaack, and State Representative Randy Demmer. His Free and Strong America PAC will donate a $2,500 contribution to each of the federal candidates’ campaigns.

Tonight, in Minnesota, Romney will headline a fundraiser for the Republican nominee for governor, Tom Emmer and running mate Meeks.

October 26thLooking ahead… I’m sure there are many events Romney will attend between now and the 26th, but I do know he will rally with Terry Brandstad in Dubuque, Iowa on that day. Later that evening, he will headline the Scott County GOP Reagan dinner.

Romney won’t rest until he’s done all within his power to put a successful midterm election in place for conservatives.

Thanks, Governor Romney!

► Jayde Wyatt

Rally with Governor Mitt Romney & MN Gubernatorial Candidate Tom Emmer

Who: Governor Mitt Romney, gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer and lt. governor candidate Annette Meeks

What: Governor Mitt Romney will rally with gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer and lt. governor candidate Annette Meeks. Other Republican candidates and Party leaders will also speak.

Where: Ramada Mall of America, 2300 East American Boulevard, Bloomington

When: 7:30 PM (Doors open to the public at 7:00 PM), Monday, October 18, 2010

Cost: FREE! But please donate some of your time in the next two weeks to help MNGOP endorsed candidates with GOTV activities. You can sign up to volunteer here:

For more info on Tom Emmer check out

UPDATE: Here are a few twitter highlights from last night’s rally.

Gov Romney getting ready to take the stage for Tom Emmer #mittmn #goMitt

Emmer “Romney is a standard bearer for our party.” #mittmn #goMitt

Mitt: “NOW, look who’s got the energy and passion! One reason why; you have an extraordinary candidate!” #mittmn

MITT: “One thing they say in politics; don’t go into specifics. Yet Emmer did! THAT is the kind of leadership MN needs!” #mittmn #mn2010

Mitt Romney (Prez in 2012?) at the Emmer/Romney Rally! #mittmn #mngop

Dear fellow Republicans: are we over our anti-Mormonism? I’m looking at you, corn fed Iowa. #mittmn #stribpol #tcot #mn2010 #mngop

Got a picture with the future President of the United States. Additionally, he told me I look like Bristol Palin. :) #mittmn #romney2012

Mitt Romney’s Third Quarter PAC Totals Top Field, Fundraising Helps Conservatives

Wow! Third quarter donations totaling $1.7 million to Mitt Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC demonstrates the confidence many Americans have in him and his trustworthiness to move heaven and earth in support of candidates who are committed to taking back America.


Romney’s $1.7 million tops field

Mitt Romney’s political operation raised $1.7 million from July through September, again pacing the field of prospective 2012 GOP presidential hopefuls.

The former Massachusetts governor, who lost a bid for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination and is widely believed to be preparing another run, has built a robust political operation including political action committees at the federal level and in five states with strategic significance in the pending battle for the Republican nomination: Iowa, New Hampshire, Alabama, South Carolina and Michigan.

The committees, which are all called Free and Strong America, pay for his staff, travel and contributions to like-minded candidates. According to figures provided Thursday by the Free and Strong America operation, which has a few more days to file formal reports detailing all the committees’ contributions and expenditures, the groups have raised a total of $5.1 million this year.

That’s more than the two next most actively fundraising prospective 2012 hopefuls — former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty — have raised in their political action committees this year combined.

Romney’s PACs donated a total of $532,000 in the third quarter — nearly twice the combined amount that Pawlenty’s and Palin’s PACs contributed — including maximum donations of $5,000 to GOP Senate candidates Dino Rossi of Washington, Ken Buck of Colorado and John Boozman of Arkansas.

At the end of September, the PACs had a combined total of $1.9 million in the bank.

Palin has pulled in more than $2.5 million this year into her group, Sarah PAC, including $1.2 million from July through September, while Pawlenty has raised nearly $2.1 million through his federal committee and a pair of state committees, which are all called Freedom First PAC, including $778,000 in the third quarter.

In the third quarter, Romney’s state-based PACs raised a total of $640,000, while his federal PAC took in a little more than $1 million.

Since the beginning of last year, Romney’s PACs have combined to raise more than $8.6 million.

(my emphasis)

Governor Romney vowed to do all he could to elect conservatives in the upcoming election. His actions verify his words. The capacity to raise substantial amounts of PAC money is the result of his organizational skills, his wise and productive use of those monies, his committment to conservative values, his thorough competence, his inspiring leadership, and the proof of his devotion to America as demonstrated in his worn shoe leather.

Romney’s work for campaigns across the United States this year has been nothing short of astounding.

► Jayde Wyatt

~Update from Ross
Mark B. Lowe from Rightosphere has produced a very useful chart comparing the PACs of Mitt, Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, and Tim Pawlenty. While I would love to see even more potential 2012 candidates included in this chart, it’s still a nice way to look at the invisible primary for people like me who love numbers and statistics. I think the biggest area we can help Mitt in relation to that chart is with contributions < $200. That is really the only area Mitt didn't dominate the rest of the field in, but it's also the easiest for us to help with. If we can get people to donate even $5, it helps to show the number of individual donors go up.

Chilean Miners Rescued! Congratulations from Mitt Romney Central

Chilean miner, Esteban Rojas, offers prayer of thanks upon being rescued after 69 days spent underground in the San Jose Mine accident, Oct 13, 2010. Photo by AP/Hugo Infante, Chilean govt.

Church bells are chiming across Chile!

As the world celebrates one of the most spectacular rescues in history, Mitt Romney Central joins the jubilation. Never before have so many been underground so far for such a long time and lived…

It all began on August 5, 2010, in the remote desert region of Capiopo, Chile. Crushing rock and dirt avalanched inside the San Jose gold and copper mine, entombing 32 Chilean miners and one Bolivian miner. They were 2,300 feet below the surface of the earth.

No one knew if the hardworking men were dead or alive. The worst was feared. Frantic drilling ensued to locate the miners. After 17 long days of grief, on August 22, underground tapping on the drill was heard above ground. When the drill bit was retrieved, an attached scrap of tattered paper changed everything:

“All 33 of us are well inside the shelter.”

As anxious families set up Camp Hope, a tent city on the Atacama desert mountain near the mine entrance, Chile’s president, Sebastian Pinera, issued an all-hands-on-deck call around the world for the best experts in mine failure rescues to come to his nation’s aid. Among those who volunteered, American companies, along with NASA, answered the call. Below, the courageous miners remained alive by eating two small teaspoons of canned tuna (the equivalent of two soda caps) every 48 hours and drinking small amounts of oily-tasting water. News that it could take until Christmas before a rescue would be possible didn’t dampen the determination of the miners, their families, or the Chilean nation. An umbilical cord of food and communication was set in place to succor the miners:

“Patience and faith. God is great and the help of my God is going to make it possible to leave this mine alive.” – Mario Gomez, 63 year old miner

Family members of trapped Chilean miners plant national flags (one for each miner) and light candles in their honor at Camp Hope.

What-to-do’s were carefully crafted and rescue equipment moved into place. Drilling was round-the-clock. Meanwhile, a half mile below the earth, in darkness and 90 degree temperatures, the buried-alive miners often sang to bolster their spirits. Here’s a touching rendition of Chile’s beautiful national anthem which ends with the benediction of a popular Chilean chant (August 31, 2010):

CHI, CHI, CHI, LE, LE, LE! (Chi, Chi, Chi, Le, Le, Le = Chile!)
Los Mineros de Chile ! (The miners of Chile!)
Los Mineros Libres! (The liberated miners!)
Viva Chile! (Long live Chile!)

After exacting plans, tedious testing of rescue capsule Fenix 2 (thusly named because the Phoenix always rises), extensive hands-on labor, and contingency procedures for every possible complication were firmly set in place, the day of miracles arrived on Tuesday, October 12, 2010. With nearly 700,000 tons of rock between daylight and the miners, rescue operations began. The entire world watched as, one by one, one rescue per hour, the miners were carefully hoisted to fresh air and freedom. By Wednesday evening, October 13th, the nearly flawless operation had brought all 33 miners to the surface. They had been underground for 69 days.

“Mission accomplished, Chile!”

The agony and ecstasy… Watching the miners endure months of darkness to then ascend to light and the loves of their lives is an incredible and amazing testament to the courage, resourcefulness, and goodness of the human spirit. So many prayers answered. So many heroes in this story…

Congratulations, Chile! Thank you for inspiring us. You’ve reminded us very powerfully that every day ON earth is a gift.


UPDATE 3:24 PM PST: Brett Baier just reported on FOX News that the rescued miners plan to form a soccer team later this month and will play their rescuers. Sounds like all are in good spirits; I’d love to watch that game!

UPDATE 2 10/15/10: The rescued miners are sticking to their word about dividing the spoils of their media stardom.

To see a great slideshow of the rescue, including some of the world’s reaction, click here.

► Jayde Wyatt

Mitt Romney Adding Muscle to 2010 Races “At a Much Higher Level than Anyone Else”

Romney Adds Conservative Muscle to 2010 Races (Photo by Michael Fagans / The Californian)

I just got done reading a very well-written piece from POLITICO that gives a detailed summary of Mitt Romney’s party building efforts, (and his apparent 2012 groundwork strategies). The article is long, so I’ll just post a few intro paragraphs and some of the more interesting blurbs. I encourage you, though, to click through to the original article and read it in it’s entirety.

Without further delay, enjoy the read:

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is grinding through the 2010 campaign state by state and district by district, adhering to a go-everywhere, never-say-no campaign schedule that will have recorded visits to 30 states before Election Day.

It’s an approach that sets him apart from other 2012 prospects in its plodding, comprehensive, Nixon-in-’66-like pace.

Romney’s schedule is so all-inclusive that it barely looks like he’s picking his targets. In just the past few weeks, he’s campaigned for Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson and gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal. He made a Western campaign trip that included stops for Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, Nevada House candidate Joe Heck and gubernatorial nominee Brian Sandoval, among others. He also made a trip to Florida on Oct. 1 to boost Rick Scott — who won an upset victory over state Attorney General Bill McCollum, whom Romney campaigned for back in June — in the GOP gubernatorial primary.

Romney’s spreading his donations around widely, too: As of Sept. 30, he’d given $940,000 through his Free and Strong America PAC to 188 congressional candidates, two dozen Senate candidates and 20 Republicans running for governor, according to financial information obtained by POLITICO.

Much of that time and money is spent on party-building activities in states like Rhode Island, Maryland and Kansas — places of dubious value to most presidential candidates.

But by establishing himself as a force in states beyond the early-primary circuit of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada, Romney’s cementing his role as a party leader and laying the groundwork for a potential nomination fight that lasts well past the first round of small-state elections.

It’s a strategy that recalls former President Richard Nixon’s slow climb back to power after he lost the presidency in 1960 and the California governor’s race two years later: Gearing up to run for president in 1968, Nixon simply outcampaigned his competitors with a frenzy of activity in the 1966 midterms.

Some interesting highlights:

“He’s using his PAC resources to create and cultivate relationships significantly down the primary calendar,” said one GOP consultant aligned with a potential Romney rival. “My hunch is that the thesis is that if it’s Romney versus someone else, which I think a lot of people think this race will winnow to, he wants to have the financial power and depth of relationships to be a candidate that endures.”

On Romney’s PAC:

“They understand the goal of fundraisers is to maximize contributions and minimize costs, so they don’t demand private planes and other costly things that legally must be paid for by the campaigns,” said Bob Honold, who handles incumbent retention for the National Republican Congressional Committee. “These midterms are all about jobs and the economy — topics right in Romney’s wheelhouse — so he’s perfect with big donors but also on the stump for members and candidates.”

On Romney’s Operation:

“I think his operation is, unquestionably, very strong,” said one Republican state lawmaker who has met with Romney and is undecided about whom to support in 2012. “He’s doing all the things, at a much higher level than anybody out there at this point.”

On the Early Primary States:

Romney’s not ignoring the early states: At the beginning of this month, he endorsed 38 candidates in Iowa and gave a total of $41,500 to their campaigns. He’s scheduled to visit the first-in-the-nation caucus state at the end of October, and, last month, he headlined a major state GOP event in New Hampshire.

On Mitt’s efforts in South Carolina:

“He’s done everything he possibly could.”

Read More…

Mitt Romney’s Best Letter to His Donors so Far this Year

Mitt’s sent out some inspirational letters to his donors this year, but this one is my favorite so far:

How does it feel to know that you’re helping throw a farewell party for the liberal Harry Reid-Nancy Pelosi agenda?

As one of my Free and Strong America PAC’s most generous members, you’re playing a big part in our efforts to reclaim majority control of Washington.

Thank you for that. Thank you for standing with me.

I have been incredibly busy traveling the country campaigning for our conservative candidates and meeting with voters. It is exciting and exhausting and inspiring and I won’t let up until we win. I know you won’t, either.

The other day, someone asked me why there is so much more passion surrounding this election than in other election years. It’s because people realize that Obama and the liberal majorities in Congress are taking our country down the wrong path.

The liberal politicians are just not listening to Americans.

Barack Obama’s approach is putting in jeopardy the very values that have made America the freest and strongest nation on earth. Liberals in Washington and in capitols across the country are attempting to smother the quintessential American values of freedom, opportunity, and innovation.

We will not let them do it

We’re doing what we conservatives have always done: standing up for our values. But more than that, we are standing up for America. For our troops. For our families. For our businesses. For our future.

The liberls promised that they would “fundamentally change the way Washington works.” They misled us. They are trying to change the way America works.

We will not let them do it.

What they believe and what the American people believe are not the same. The liberals believe in spending and borrowing on behalf of my generation even though it will bankrupt my children’s and granchildren’s generations. They believe that government knows best how to care for your health — not you, not your doctor. They believe that the rewards of success should be taken from the person who created them and given to those who did not.

That’s not how America works. It’s not what our Founding Fathers intended and it’s not what the American people want.

Right now, the liberals are running scared as they see their majority in jeopardy, so they are doing what they do best: spending money hand over fist. They are furiously pumping money into campaigns across the country to ensure their liberal candidates win and they can maintain control in Washington.

We will not let them do it.

The toughest phase of the campaign is now upon us and I’d be grateful if you give an additional contribution to help us elect conservative candidates.

Thank you for standing up for America.

Mitt Romney

In related news, the Free & Strong America PAC has endorsed Matt Doheny for NY-23.

Debate Tonight: Romney-Endorsed Candidate Christine O’Donnell versus Chris Coons

National interest is focused like a laser on the race for the United States Senate seat in Delaware. Tea-party backed candidate, Romney-endorsed, Republican Christine O’Donnell and Democrat Chris Coons will step to the debate podiums tonight in Newark, Delaware to expound their views on the economy, jobs, taxes, social issues, and more. The fireworks will be aired on CNN and C-Span and will also be webstreamed.

The details:

Watch Delaware Debates 2010 online or on TV

Oct. 12, 2010—-Even if you don’t have tickets to Wednesday’s debate between Delaware Senate candidates Chris Coons (D) and Christine O’Donnell (R), there are a variety of ways you can watch the debate live.

Scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. [Eastern Time], Oct. 13, in Mitchell Hall, the debate will be broadcast live on Campus Cable Channel 48, and will be webstreamed live at:

Delaware Debates 2010

Seating in Mitchell Hall is available only to those who already have tickets. For those on campus without tickets, the debate will be broadcast live in Room 100 of Wolf Hall.

In addition, the first hour of the debate will be broadcast live on CNN, and it will be broadcast in its entirety on CNN beginning at 11 p.m. C-SPAN will broadcast the entire debate live.

Other television stations that will be broadcasting all or part of the debate live include WBOC, WHYY and WMDT.

Co-hosted by the University of Delaware Center for Political Communication and Delaware First Media, Delaware Debates 2010 is supported by AARP Delaware and American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.

Co-moderators for the debate will be Nancy Karibjanian of Delaware First Media and CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer.

The debate is part of the National Agenda course at the University, and seats have been reserved for students in the class, as well as the candidates and debate sponsors.

Good luck, Christine!

A poll taken yesterday from Fox News of 1,000 likely voters reveals Coons leading with 54 % compared to 38 % for O’Donnell, with a 3% margin of error. Remember, O’Donnell was behind in her primary race against Mike Castle and, in the final weeks, pulled out a victory. This is now an uphill battle for her and I wish her the very best tonight. Republicans want the senate seat that Vice-President Joe Biden held for 36 years!

Keeping with MRC tradition, you are invited to participate in our pre-debate, debate, and post-debate conversation in our chat forum.

UPDATE 10/14/10: Thanks to all who participated in our debate chat last night. Here is video of the O’Donnell vs Coons Delaware debate last night. CNN aired the first hour of the debate and interrupted proceedings to air coverage of the historic rescue of Chilean miners. The entire debate was later rebroadcast on CNN.

► Jayde Wyatt

~UPDATE from Ross:

If you haven’t seen it yet, enjoy Christine’s latest ad which is also one of the best ads of this election season.

3 Weeks Until Election Day 2010 – What are You Doing to Bring America Back?

One of my favorite videos on YouTube has the tag-line: “Bring America Back – Mitt Romney for President in 2012”. The video is included below in case you haven’t seen it yet or you just want something to put a little extra pep in your step.

Here at Mitt Romney Central, we’ve spent much of our energy covering many of the ways that Mitt Romney is working his keister off to elect conservative candidates around the county. People need look no further than the extensive list of candidates his Free & Strong America PAC is supporting for the upcoming elections. Mitt follows up most of his endorsements with monetary donations, physical appearances to raise the profile of these candidates and often raise even more money, and even share donor lists sometimes (I think).

Mitt is doing everything to Bring America Back like we want him to. However, the problems our country is facing require that as many of us as possible do what we can in our spheres of influence to help. All of us here at MRC want Mitt Romney to be our next President, but a President can only do so much. We need to elect as many conservative candidates to offices ranging from local city councils all the way up to Congress as we can.

This brings me to the big question that I hope many of you will answer in the comments of this post. With only three weeks left until the biggest election day until 2012, what are you personally doing to make a difference?

As you can see by looking at the Team here at MRC, we are spread out around the country and we are all focusing on some races closest to us where we can make a difference. I’d love to hear which races you are focusing on and what you’re doing to help those candidates win.

UPDATE: Just a day after we publish this piece, Politico has released a piece highlighting many specific ways that Mitt is helping conservatives around the country. Check it out for yourself here.

Mitt Romney Rocks Tent at Bakersfield Business Conference, Endorsement & Fundraiser for Tony Strickland

Bakersfield Business Conference, Bakersfield, CA Oct 9, 2010: "Mitt was incredibly polished. He also got some of the biggest applause of the day."

Photo and quote from Verum Serum blog

Amid thousands of United States flags, cavernous white canvas tents, food vendors, a ferris wheel, and striped umbrella tables, the Bakersfield Business Conference in Bakersfield, CA, was the site for over 40 nationally–renown speakers, leaders, and entertainers. Lending political power to the line-up on the single-day event on Saturday, Oct 9th, was Governor Mitt Romney:

Past and possibly future Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney was preaching to the 10,000-member choir Saturday as he blasted the Obama administration at the Bakersfield Business Conference.

The stimulus created government jobs, but not employment in the private sector, Romney charged, causing the loss of 2.4 million jobs.

Obama Care “scared the dickens” out of business owners, causing them to pull back and put a hold on hiring because of the uncertainty, Romney told the enthusiastic crowd.

“Who’d have thought we’d look back at the Jimmy Carter years as the good old days?” Romney said to roars of laughter.

The former governor of Massachusetts lauded the nation’s founders, but said he’s concerned that Washington, D.C., has gotten so big it is smothering the spirit of those founding fathers. Democrats and Republicans are to blame, he said.

Romney added that he was terribly dismayed to see President Obama going around “apologizing for America.”

“There is no reason to apologize for the United States of America,” he asserted to loud applause.

As his voice rose to a climax, like a fiery preacher in a pulpit, the audience rose to its feet as Romney declared that “America is and always will be the hope of the world.”

Professional negotiator Herb Cohen humorously spoke off the cuff about Romney’s appearance and his biggest problem:

Want to know the biggest problem Mitt Romney has?” Cohen riffed. “He looks too good. The problem is the average guy can’t relate to him. He needs to grow a huge zit on his face.

A tweet sums up Romney’s speech:

ewephoric: @MittRomney Tremendous job at the Bakersfield Conference Oct 9th! Mitt is someone to watch for 2012! EXTREMELY IMPRESSIVE- EXCITING #patriot
Sun Oct 10 – 10:35:58 am

More than 10,000 people attended the ‘patriotic playground’ event, hosted by CAL State University Bakersfield. Besides Romney, those who spoke were: Vice President Dick Cheney, Dr. Lynne Cheney, Former First Lady Laura Bush, Karl Rove, Rudy Giuliani, Newt Gingrich, Michael Steele, Bay Buchanan, Sarah Palin, and others. The surprise speaker at the end of the evening was U.S. Airways pilot, Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger who safely crash-landed Flight 1549 in the Hudson River.

Just a portion of the crowd in the Main Tent at BBC Bakersfield, CA, Oct 9, 2010 (Photo from Verum Serum blog)

In his speech for the day, Nevada politician John Chachas hit the nail on the head when he said: “No one knows better how to improve the economy than business executives.” Of the potential presidential candidates speaking that day, no one knows more about improving the economy and job creation than Mitt Romney.

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Governor Romney also endorsed Californian Tony Strickland for State Controller and hosted a fundraiser for him on October 7th:

Thousand Oaks, CA – The Tony Strickland for State Controller campaign today announced that former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has endorsed Tony Strickland’s candidacy for California State Controller. Governor Romney will be hosting a fundraiser in support of Tony this afternoon in Los Angeles.

“Tony Strickland is the kind of leader who can help get California back on track,” said Governor Romney. “State government is too big and bloated and far too expensive to be sustainable. Leaders like Tony Strickland are what we need to cut the waste and restore fiscal sanity. I am proud to support Tony Strickland as the next Controller of the State of California.”

“Over the last seven months since I announced my candidacy for State Controller, I have been profoundly blessed to have the support of thousands of Californians from across the state who realize we need a complete reinvention of Sacramento,” said Tony Strickland. “We will continue to deliver no-nonsense solutions to the excessive bureaucracy that has plagued our state and resulted in billions of dollars of government waste. I am honored to have the support of Governor Romney as we fight to bring these changes to Sacramento on November 2nd.”

The Strickland for Controller campaign also announced that they have over $925,000 cash on hand in advance of today’s event. The San Jose Mercury News said yesterday that: “State Sen. Tony Strickland is just $109,000 behind Controller John Chiang, thanks to more robust fundraising results in the quarter and since the year began.”

Go Mitt!

H/t Bosman for Strickland endorsement

► Jayde Wyatt

Coincidence? Just Before Midterms, Obama’s Town Hall Audience Cast by MTV, BET, CMT

Just in time to air before midterms, MTV (Music Television), BET (Black Entertainment Television), and CMT (Country Music Television) have issued casting calls to fill the audience for an Obama town hall meeting to be filmed on October 14, 2010, in D.C. listing:


Seeking—Audience Members: males & females, 18+.

MTV, BET and CMT are casting the audience for town hall meeting with President Obama. Shooting Oct. 14, 4 p.m. in Washington, D.C.

To apply, email and put “Town Hall” in the subject line. To ensure that the audience represents diverse interests and political views, include your name, phone number, hometown, school attending, your job and what issues, if any, you are interested in or passionate about. Also, provide a recent photo and short description of your political views. Submission deadline: Oct. 14. No pay.

So, if you don’t have the right look, ‘correct’ political view, or are mulling progressively painful issues, you don’t cut the mustard?

From Politico:

Kelly McAndrew, a spokeswoman for Viacom, which owns MTV, said the screening was aimed at attracting a diverse audience.

“We’re going to have a very diverse looking audience,” McAndrew said. “We want gender diversity, we want ethnicity diversity, we want religious diversity, we want political view diversity. We want diversity of all kinds.”

Smoke and mirrors.

Ah, gimmicky memories from just a year ago

Do you remember? 10/6/09 – Props and white coats were issued to doctors at Obama’s charade healthcare news conference:

Obama touted his physician folderol as doctors who support him. Some of the doctors in attendance were unaware of why they had been invited and were adamantly against Obama’s health care takeover.

Methinks Obama doesn’t want to face folks like this again:

Obama lost credibility long ago. This latest flim-flam fakery proves it’s business as usual for the Obama machine. Continuing contrivances make it all the more crucial that politicians who are confederate with him are handed their walking papers after November 2nd.

► Jayde Wyatt