Who Will SC Governor Nikki Haley Endorse For 2012?

Gov Mitt Romney campaigns with then-gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley in Bamberg, SC October 29, 2010.

Nikki Haley, the current Governor of South Carolina made headlines today when she refused to commit to endorsing any potential 2012 candidate – including Sarah Palin:

South Carolina’s new Republican governor sent a signal on Sunday that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) might not expect candidates she endorsed in the 2010 elections to necessarily return the favor in 2012.

S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley (R) said that she doesn’t feel any special obligation to Palin, who endorsed Haley at a critical juncture of last year’s Republican gubernatorial primary.

“I have not in any way endorsed, plan on endorsing at this point in time at all. I want all the candidates to come to South Carolina,” Haley said on ABC when asked if she’d endorse Palin.

“I want the people of South Carolina to get to see them the way I know them. I want them to campaign hard. And then when right time comes, I will endorse. But there’s is no one that I feel like I owe at this time,” Haley added.

Sarah Palin isn’t the only person that endorsed her in her 2010 bid to become Governor. Mitt Romney also endorsed Nikki Haley as well and wrote out a $3,500 check to her campaign. It’s important to remember that Nikki Haley endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2008 elections. The only other potential 2012 candidate is Mike Huckabee but he did not endorse Governor Haley. Instead, he supported Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer.

The article then goes on to say getting Senator Jim DeMint’s approval could be a factor in winning the primary election in South Carolina:

The endorsement of the state’s conservative icon, Sen. Jim DeMint (R), could also be particularly important in determining the outcome of the primary.

Jim DeMint has been a long time fan of Mitt Romney. In fact, he endorsed Mitt Romney during the 2008 elections as seen in the clip below (Feb 6, 2007):

Capturing these endorsements for 2012 would be a nice plus for Romney because he did not win the 2008 South Carolina primaries:

In 2008 he spent more than $2 million on TV ads in the state to win 15.3 percent of the vote, carrying none of the state’s counties

South Carolina is important because it is usually the third state to host the primaries after New Hampshire and New Jersey. It is the first primary to be held in the South.

Winning South Carolina won’t be easy for Romney. He will still have to compete with Sarah Palin (if she decides to run) and other 2012 contenders for endorsements. His faith was a factor in the last presidential elections but may not be a bigger issue in this election. However, given that South Carolina is southern, it is an issue to consider. Finally, Romney came in fourth in the 2008 South Carolina primary.

While Governor Romney will face a challenge in winning the 2012 South Carolina primaries, I think he has the advantage here. There is a substantially high probability that he that he will get the endorsements from both Nikki Haley and Jim DeMint given that they both did support Romney during the 2008 Presidential elections.

Moreover, South Carolina is hurting economically. The unemployment rate is 10.7% and is declining. Thus, the biggest issue for the people of South Carolina will be the economy. Those who live there will surely want a strong, fiscally sound conservative who can create the necessary conditions for jobs to come back and improve the economy.

In my opinion, the best candidate for South Carolina is none other than Mitt Romney.

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Mitt Owning RomneyCare . . . No Apology

This is not the third installment in my ongoing series of “Romney vs Health Care” . . . just an update to show that Mitt is not running away from, apologizing for, nor ”flipping” on RomneyCare (as was predicted and encouraged in Part 1 of the series; Part 2 is here for those interested);

Despite the urging  from Mike Huckabee (who I’m sure has Mitt’s best interests in heart) that Romney should apologize for RomneyCare (not the first time Huckabee has called for an apology from Romney BTW), the good Governor has stood firm.  His spokesman, Eric Fehrnstrom responded:

“Mitt Romney is proud of what he accomplished for Massachusetts in getting everyone covered . . .  What’s important now is to return to the states the power to determine their own healthcare solutions by repealing Obamacare.  A one-size-fits-all plan for the entire nation just doesn’t work.”
Apparently, Huckabee spends a good portion of his new book trashing RomneyCare, but does so in a very dishonest manner.  After assailing RomneyCare’s aims and implementation, Huckabee claims: “You get one guess as to who now has the highest average health-insurance premiums in the country. Yep, it’s Massachusetts!”  What he fails to mention is that Massachusetts already HAD the highest premiums BEFORE RomneyCare.

Similarly, Huckabee states in his book ”when the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation stepped into the lab to examine this experiment-in-progress, they found that health care, which was 16 percent of the state budget in 1990, had jumped to 35 percent in 2010.”  Someone remind him that RomneyCare wasn’t even law until 2006!  Quoting 20 years worth of increases (that have been happening in ALL states anyways) and blaming them on RomneyCare is beyond misleading.  And quoting the Massachusettes Taxpayers Foundation (MTF) for that statistic?!?!  The MTF said, in May 2009:

Despite a public perception that the state’s landmark health care reform law has turned out to be unaffordable, a new analysis by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation finds that the cost to taxpayers of achieving near universal coverage has been relatively modest and well within initial projections

Additionally, Huckabee called RomneyCare “socialized medicine” . . . a term he has never used to describe ObamaCare.  Hmmm . . .

UPDATE: Romney’s endorsements are starting to line up prior to him even announcing!  Sen. Orrin Hatch, Sen. Scott Brown, and former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott have all said they’d support Mitt within the last week.  Add your own endorsement of Romney in the comments section!

Mitt Romney Supports Gov Scott Walker, Donates Maximum Amount to WI GOP


Governor Mitt Romney tweeted support a few days ago for Governor Scott Walker in his fight to restore fiscal common sense in balancing Wisconsin’s in-the-red budget:

Support @GovWalker for doing what’s necessary to rein in out-of-control public sector pay and benefits #tcot 4:29 PM Feb 18th via web

Donate now to support Governor Walker and WI GOP senators as they attempt to restore fiscal sanity http://mi.tt/StandWithWI via web

Amid President Obama accusing Walker of unleashing an assault on unions, thousands of frenzied protesting state employees, public workers, and teachers crowding Wisconsin’s capitol building, doctors handing out fake ‘sick’ notes to absentee teachers, state troopers sent out to find 14 AWOL Democrat state senators, Van Jones and MoveOn.org blowing the trumpet for union marches on all 50 states, Governor Walker delivered this fireside chat two days ago (2/22/11/0:



Tea Party members rally en masse for Gov Walker at capitol in Madison, Wisconsin. Feb 19, 2011

Today, Governor Romney put his money where his mouth is. His PAC donated $5,000 – the maximum contribution allowed – to show solidarity with Governor Walker:

Romney Antes Up for Wis. GOP

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Liberal big government interests are fighting efforts to rein in out-of-control public employee pay and benefits in Wisconsin,” Romney said in a Thursday statement. “It is critical that we stand with the Wisconsin GOP as it stands up for the rights of the taxpayer.”

His Free and Strong America PAC is sending the maximum $5,000 contribution to the Republican Party of Wisconsin.

The fight is part of Walker’s battle to solve the state’s budget woes, and union protestors have come out in force to oppose his plan.
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(my emphasis)

Today, after an unprecedented 40-hour debate that began on Tuesday, Democrat legislators have consented to limit final debate on Walker’s bill to a 10 minute time limit per individual – allowing the bill to be voted on today. The final version of the bill can’t move to the governor’s desk until one of the 14 democrat Senators returns to complete a quorum. Gov Walker says massive lay-offs could be the result if the bill isn’t completed.






UPDATE @ 6:05 PM PST – Wisconsin state legislators have been debating Gov Walker’s bill for 58 hour straight now. Word is the bill will be voted on tonight. State troopers came up empty-handed on their search to locate Democrat state senators within state boundaries. Stay tuned.

UPDATE 2 @ 11:41 PM PST – Wisconsin House Republicans have passed Gov Walker’s bill. We’ll see what happens tomorrow…

Wisconsin Assembly Passes Bill

[...]The vote put an end to three straight days of punishing debate, but the political standoff over the bill is far from over. The measure now goes to the Senate, where minority Democrats have been missing for a week, preventing a vote in that chamber.

No one knows when – or if – the Senate Democrats will return from their hideout in Illinois.
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The governor has said that if the bill does not pass by Friday, the state will miss a deadline to refinance $165 million of debt and will be forced to start issuing layoff notices next week. However, the deadline may not as strict as he says.
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Evidently there was some drama:

After more than 60 hours in which Democrats threw out dozens of amendments and delivered rambling speeches, Republicans halted debate early Friday. In a matter of seconds, they had approved the bill. Only a few Democrats realized what was going on and managed to vote before the roll was closed.

The Democrats rose from their seats and rushed at the Republicans shouting, “Shame!” as the Republicans exited the chamber.

UPDATE 3 Feb 25, 2011:

Wisconsin State Assembly Passes Budget Bill (Coverage ends @ 1:48- ignore following ad)



Read Gov Walker’s ‘repair-the-budget’ bill here.

► Jayde Wyatt

Mitt Romney vs. Health Care: “Why RomneyCare Makes Mitt the BEST Nominee to Face Obama”

Part 2 in a developing series of in-depth analysis by Dr. Jeff Fuller (See Part 1 and Part 3)

It’s often revealing to turn conventional wisdom on its head and see what’s really hidden underneath.   You’ve all heard it, I’m sure, that RomneyCare is Mitt’s doom, an albatross around his neck, his biggest weakness as a potential candidate.  In Part 1 of this series I detailed not only how grave some people feel this issue is for Romney’s chances, but also pointed out that Obama and his team of key operatives (Axelrod, Gibbs, and Daley) are all praising RomneyCare as ObamaCare’s predecessor in an effort to hurt Mitt with the GOP’s conservative and libertarian bases.  However,  below I present what a great asset and strength Romney’s history and experience with health care will be to him as a general election candidate against Obama.

Yes . . . for the purposes of this post I am skipping the GOP primary altogether and how health care will effect that outcome.  Don’t worry, I will address those issues thoroughly in later installments of this series.  But sometimes it’s important to see the light at the end of the tunnel, the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, the carrot at the end of the stick, to give a proper and more accurate assessment of the situation one is currently in.  Winning the GOP nomination and imagining how well Mitt could tackle Obama on health care is that light/pot/carrot.  Some Mitt fans or fence-sitters may be guilty of hand wringing and fretting over how RomneyCare might really be the big problem that so many are saying it will be.  This post is for you folks in particular.  

First off, it’s always wise to take a step back and look at the big picture.  Health Care promises to be a big topic in the upcoming 2012 presidential election no doubt . . . but I can guarantee that it will not be the biggest. It never has been the number one issue on people’s minds and I see no reason for that to change (“It’s the Economy Stupid!“). The Exit polls from our most recent election cycle show “The Economy” dominating voter’s hearts and minds:
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John Thune Out of 2012 Presidential Race

I guess John Thune is not the “dark horse to watch” after all…

Here is the statement that was posted on his website:

John Thune

Senator John Thune (SD)

For months now, my wife Kimberley and I have received encouragement from family, friends, colleagues, and supporters from across South Dakota and the country to run for the presidency of the United States. We have appreciated hearing their concerns about where the country is headed and their hopes for a new direction.

During this time, Kimberley and I and our two daughters have given a great deal of thought to how we might best serve South Dakota and our nation. That process has involved lots of prayer.

Along the way, we have been reminded of the importance of being in the arena, of being in the fight. And make no mistake that during this period of fiscal crisis and economic uncertainty there is a fight for the future direction of America. There is a battle to be waged over what kind of country we are going to leave our children and grandchildren and that battle is happening now in Washington, not two years from now. So at this time, I feel that I am best positioned to fight for America’s future here in the trenches of the United States Senate.

I want to thank those who have encouraged us and prayed for us during the past several months. We are forever grateful for all the support.

John and Kimberley

Hopefully Thune will return the favor, and endorse Romney when it comes time!

The Business of Mitt Romney: A Record of Job Creation & Turnarounds

“Frankly, Governor Romney in his career has created more jobs than the entire Obama cabinet combined, so he could actually talk about [the economy].” -Newt Gingrich

Mitt means business

At a time in history when American jobs are scarce, and the economy is on the brink of collapse, we need a President who doesn't require on-the-job training -- we need Mitt Romney! Mitt Means Business.

There are a lot of things people don’t know about Mitt Romney. Some that I feel are important when considering him for the office of President of the United States.

I think it’s safe to say that when many folks hear his name, they know him for the fact that he was a businessman for most his life; a successful one at that. It is precisely his business background and experience at Bain Capital that we will take a look at today.

I had also heard that when Romney left Bain Capital, that he could have made billions but instead left the company with much less as to not hurt the company or its investors. We will look into this as well.

The reason I am posting this Bain piece today is that for the past 2 or 3 days, there have been some not-so-flattering articles on Romney’s Bain background circling on the web. My goal today is not to single these hit pieces out, but instead present the facts and let the readers decide.

Before I start, I thought it might be interesting for you to view this brief video from the 2008 campaign and hear how Romney relates his background in business to the job of the President:

My search for material on Romney’s business background didn’t take very long. I did a quick Google search and came across information on Wikipedia about Bain & Company, Bain Capital, and Mitt Romney. That information is as follows:

In 1977 Romney was hired by Bain & Company (not to be confused with Bain Capital), a hot new management consulting firm in Boston that had been formed a few years earlier by Bill Bain and other former Boston Consulting Group employees. Bain would later say of the thirty-year-old Romney, “He had the appearance of confidence of a guy who was maybe ten years older.” With Bain & Company, Romney proved adept at learning the “Bain way”, which consisted of immersing itself in each client’s business, and not simply to issue recommendations, but to stay with the company until they were effectively changed for the better. With a record of success with clients such as the Monsanto Company, Outboard Marine Corporation, Burlington Industries, and Corning Incorporated, Romney became a vice president of the firm in 1978 and within a few years one of the its best consultants. Romney became a firm believer in Bain’s methods; he later said, “The idea that consultancies should not measure themselves by the thickness of their reports, or even the elegance of their writing, by rather by whether or not the report was effectively implemented was an inflection point in the history of consulting.”

Romney was restless for a company of his own to run, and in 1983 Bill Bain offered him the chance to head a new venture that would buy into companies, have them benefit from Bain techniques, and then reap higher rewards than just consulting fees. Romney was initially cautious about accepting the offer, and Bain re-arranged the terms so that there was no financial or professional risk to Romney. Thus, in 1984, Romney left Bain & Company to co-found the spin-off private equity investment firm, Bain Capital. Bain Capital was founded by Bain & Company partners Mitt Romney, T. Coleman Andrews III, and Eric Kriss. Bain and Romney spent a year raising the $37 million in investment money needed to start the new operation. As general partner of the new firm, Romney was frugal and cautious, spending little on office appearance and finding the weak spots in so many potential deals that by 1986, very few had been done. At first, Bain Capital focused on venture capital opportunities. Their first big success came with a 1986 investment to help start Staples Inc., their investment eventually reaped a nearly sevenfold return on its investment.

Now It really gets INTERESTING. And there is more. Talk about loyalty to the company that gave him his start:

In 1990, Romney was asked to return to Bain & Company (not to be confused with Bain Capital), which was facing financial collapse. As CEO (but only drawing a symbolic salary of one dollar), Romney managed an effort to restructure the firm’s employee stock-ownership plan, real-estate deals and bank loans, while rallying the firm’s thousand employees, imposing a new governing structure that included Bain and the other founding partners giving up control, and increasing fiscal transparency. Within a year, he had led Bain & Company through a highly successful turnaround and returned the firm to profitability without further layoffs or partner defections. He turned Bain & Company over to new leadership and returned to Bain Capital.

During the 14 years he headed the company, Bain Capital’s average annual internal rate of return on realized investments was 113 percent. The firm’s successfully invested in or acquired many well-known companies such as Accuride, Brookstone, Domino’s Pizza, Sealy Corporation, Sports Authority, and Artisan Entertainment, as well as lesser-known companies in the industrial and medical sectors.

Romney left Bain Capital in February 1999 to serve as the President and CEO of the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games Organizing Committee. His experience at Bain & Company and Bain Capital gave Romney a world view that was business oriented – centering around a hate of waste and inefficiency, and a love for data and charts and analysis and presentation – that he would take with him to the public sector. As a result of his business career, by 2007 Romney and his wife had a net worth of between $190 and $250 million, most of it held in blind trusts. Although gone, Romney received a passive profit share as a retired partner in some Bain Capital entities. An additional blind trust existed in the name of the Romneys’ children and grandchildren that was valued at between $70 and $100 million.

It’s clear that Romney could have taken more away from Bain Capital when he left. It seems that Romney’s compensation package was FAR LESS than it could have been. And how about taking a $1 dollar salary as CEO to turn around the company of the man who gave him his initial start?

Twenty years after its inception, Bain Capital manages approximately $65 billion in assets, and has founded, acquired, or invested in hundreds of companies including AMC Entertainment, Brookstone, Burger King, Burlington Coat Factory, Domino’s Pizza, DoubleClick, Guitar Center, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), Sealy, The Sports Authority, Toys R Us, Unisource, Warner Music Group and The Weather Channel.

After reviewing his business background, coupled with his experience as a Governor, I have no doubt that Mitt Romney has all the talent needed to help rectify our bad economy. I can think of no other possible candidate that could bring this kind expertise to the Presidency and to make the necessary decisions needed to turn the U.S. economy around.


-BOSMAN

*Please Note: There were several sources to back up the facts from Wikipedia. If you follow the Wikipedia links above, you will have access to them.

Presidents’ Day: No Apologies From America’s Great Commanders-in-Chief

Today’s holiday means most American federal workers have the day off work. Most banks, universities, schools are closed, and your mail box will be empty. What are we celebrating?

Presidents’ Day.

A Time to Remember the Greats:

It’s an oddly named holiday, if for no other reason than few would hold the presidents with equal reverence. Once upon a time, we celebrated the birthdays of Washington and Lincoln separately, an honor befitting their outsized legacies. It’s universally accepted that their accomplishments merit unequal treatment in that regard.

It was Richard Nixon, of all people, who decided to replace Washington’s and Lincoln’s birthdays for the more generic Presidents Day, which takes place on the third Monday in February. The intent was to pay respect to all the previous office holders, though the unintended consequence has been just the opposite. For younger generations, the holiday represents little more than a chance to score some deals at the local mall; it’s doubtful that shoppers are giving thought to our greatest presidents as they troll the discount bins.

And that’s a shame. Presidents Day should be a chance for Americans to reconnect with the past — both distant and near — and the giants of the office who transformed the country.
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George Washington and Abraham Lincoln were two exceptional men whose outstanding courage and perseverance helped shape our country. However, a new *Gallup poll shows some think another president is considered to be the greatest in U.S. history…

A look back at our first U.S. president, George Washington, by historian David McCullough:

The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments. ~George Washington

Reflections on our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln:

“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.” ~Abraham Lincoln

Some credit the many replays of a recent Ronald Reagan ad (before the mid-term elections last November) for influencing the resurgence of admiration many are feeling for our 40th president, Ronald Reagan (ad created by RSC – Republican Study Committee):

Those Voices Don’t Speak for the Rest of Us


A common denominator among these three outstanding U.S. presidents is that they offered NO apologies for the the principles of liberty and American exceptionalism.

Have you read ‘No Apology: Believe in America‘ by Mitt Romney?

*Do you agree with Gallup’s poll results?

► Jayde Wyatt

Mitt Romney Makes a Pit Stop at Daytona 500

We knew he had a soft spot for fast cars, which makes perfect sense that Mitt Romney would make a pit stop at today’s 53rd Annual Daytona 500 race in Florida:

Mitt Romney at Daytona 500

Mitt Romney walks the pit area before the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 53rd Annual Daytona 500 race at the Daytona International Speedway -- ( BRIAN BLANCO, REUTERS / February 20, 2011 )



The Guv is looking awfully snazzy in that button-down shirt — I’m not sure that ‘Bass Pro Shops’ nor ‘Tracker’ boats have ever had such a great spokesperson!
Mitt Romney at Daytona 500

Governor Mitt Romney in Daytona. (REUTERS)



On the subject of fast cars, I’m aware that Mitt drives a red Ford Mustang GT (convertible?) and Ann drives a Cadillac SRX. I also recall a black Chevy Silverado that Mitt uses to tow his boat around. Anyone know of any other wheels that the future first couple rolls with?

UPDATE by Jayde – You asked for other wheels the future first couple rolls with… Here they are!

Ann Romney says Mitt is never idle. Here he is... grading some land. Nice wheels, Gov!

Some of the Romney family July 4, 2010 - Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. That's one all-American vehicle!


-Aaron Gundy- Follow @AaronGundy on Twitter

Mitt and Ann Romney in Utah, Attend Reception on Capitol Hill

As part of a 40 state ‘thank you’ tour, Governor Mitt Romney and wife, Ann, were in Utah on Thursday, Feb 17, 2011 where the Governor spoke with supporters at an event in downtown Salt Lake City. They also attended a reception with legislators and supporters at the Utah State Capitol building where Romney spoke.

Mitt Romney meets with Utah lawmakers and supporters

SALT LAKE CITY — Mitt Romney met privately with Utah supporters of his 2008 presidential bid Thursday, including Gov. Gary Herbert and state legislators.

Romney, the former leader of the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, held court in the Capitol’s Gold Room for nearly an hour late in the afternoon. Earlier, he spoke with another group of Utah backers at an event held in the Wells Fargo bank building downtown.

He declined to comment on his intentions this election cycle after the closed-door reception, but told reporters it was great to be back in Utah, “a place of great passion and energy.”
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Herbert said Romney spoke to the group at the Capitol about “the rise of federalism and the fact that states need to be utilized as co-equal partner, not as a subservient partner. … I think that’s something he could use in a campaign if he decides to run for president.”

One person at the reception said Romney also bashed President Barack Obama on the national debt and suggested looking at entitlement programs and raising the retirement age.
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Governor Romney also reminisced about the 2002 Winter Olympic Games that were held in Salt Lake City shortly after the attacks of 9-11:

“We have memories of this building,” Romney told reporters, “Those were dark days when the Olympics were in trouble. The people of Utah came together in a way I don’t think the world will ever forget.”

Romney’s visit to the Beehive State capitol was arranged with the help of Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics:

“I think it’s definitely fair to say Gov. Romney has done everything he would need to do to be able to run for president if he chooses to do that. Certainly there’s no announcement yet,” Jowers said, from any legitimate candidate.

“I think you’ll probably see a bunch of people getting in in mid-April, or as late as early May,” Jowers said. “Everyone one in Utah hopes he’s one of them. Including me.”

(my emphasis)

To read more / view photo slides of Mitt and Ann at the Utah Capitol Building, click here.

Legislators told ABC 4 that Mitt Romney did not say whether he was running for president or not.

But that he said his wife wants him to.

So, we asked Ann Romney what she had to say about that.

Here’s what she told us:

ABC 4: “Legislators are telling us you want him to run?”

Ann Romney: “He’d make a great president.”

The Romneys attended a similar ‘thank you’ gathering in Idaho that same day and reportedly spent the night in Salt Lake City with third son Josh and wife Jen (who recently had the Romney’s 16th grandchild).

► Jayde Wyatt

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