(Video) Mitt Romney’s Interview on TODAY: “I Can Get Our Economy Going Again”

While Mitt and Ann Romney were enjoying time with family over Memorial Day weekend at their home in New Hampshire, they had a few extra guests. Jamie Gangle, national news correspondent from TODAY and her crew dropped by to ask Mitt a few questions about his upcoming presidential bid…


As Mitt Romney prepares to officially roll out his presidential campaign later this week, he’s giving President Barack Obama an ‘F’ for the last two years.

“It’s failed,” the former Massachusetts governor said of the Obama presidency in an interview taped over the weekend at his New Hampshire home that aired Tuesday morning on NBC’s “Today.”

“He’s been one of the most ineffective presidents at the job at hand that I’ve ever seen,” Romney said. “The number one issue he faced walking in the door was an economy in fast decline. He didn’t cause it, but he made things worse.”

Romney, who is set to formally launch his campaign on Thursday, said he’s running because “I believe I can get our economy going again.”
“If I become president, I will repeal Obamacare,” he said, repeating a promise he’s made central to his campaign. “My bill was 70 pages. His bill is 2,700 pages. In those extra 2,630 pages, he’s doing a lot of stuff that is just devastating to the health care system in this country. He’s wrong.”

Romney and his wife Ann also pushed back against the perception that he’s too buttoned-up. He uses an iPad to listen to country music and the Beatles, he said, and has read the “Twilight” books.

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Romney’s interview with Gangel – You’ll see Ann and a glimpse of their son Tagg, his wife Jennifer, and their children:


Gangel asked The Gov why he thinks he can beat Barack Obama. “He’s been one of the most ineffective presidents at the job at hand that I’ve ever seen.” -Mitt Romney

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Romney to Launch Presidential Campaign at New Hampshire Farm

Beautiful Scamman Farm in Stratham, New Hampshire.

Mitt and Ann Romney’s love for the people of The Granite State is very evident by their choice to live in Wolfeboro, NH, near the shores of picturesque Lake Winnipesaukee. It’s the place where many of their family memories are made; summer get-togethers include their large family of five sons, five daughters-in-law, and 16 grandchildren. Governor Romney has stated that he will always keep his home in beloved New Hampshire.

Last fall, just days before New Hampshire’s primary election, their neighbors – Seacoast Republican Women – invited Governor Romney to give the keynote speech at their annual Chili Fest fundraiser.

That speech was given at Scamman Farms, in rural Stratham, NH.

Those 300 acres of farmland, representing the hard work and ingenuity that Romney admires, is the site where, on Thursday June 2nd, he will formally announce his candidacy for President of the United States.

STRATHAM, N.H. — With the American flag flying, and the well-tended lilac trees at their most fragrant, Doug Scamman spent most of yesterday mowing the rolling hayfield outside of his 250-year-old farmhouse.

In just a few days, that field will be a packed parking lot. The Civil War-era barn, where five pigs and nine hens live, could become a media staging area, Scamman said, with what looked like a twinkle in his eye.

Because Thursday, Bittersweet Farm, and its 300 lush green acres, will be at the white-hot center of the American political universe.

Here, somewhere between the chicken coop, the tractors and the hay bales, Republican Mitt Romney will launch his second presidential bid.

“It’s an honor,” said Scamman, a longtime Republican state legislator who served two terms as New Hampshire’s House speaker, and spent a few years as the state’s budget director. With land that stretches down to the Exeter River, “We have a great place to have big events, and it has very easy access,” he said.

Hay production at Scamman Farm.

The Scammans, both 69 and grandparents of five, said they decided to invite Romney to the farm after he stopped by their annual chili fest in September. Thursday’s campaign kickoff is free, but space is limited to people with tickets.

Both Scammans said they won’t need to be swayed by Romney’s speech. They’re already Romney supporters, through and through.

“He has created jobs, and the one thing we need in this economy is jobs,” said Doug Scamman.

“He’s got the background,” Stella Scamman added. “He has government experience, nonprofit work and business experience.

(emphasis added)

A barbecue luncheon will also be part of the festivities at Gov Romney’s campaign kick-off.

Farm owners Doug and Stella Scamman share their thoughts…

Read about the latest innovations the salt-of-the-earth Scammans have made on their farm here.

Doug and Stella Scamman embody the innovative, entrepreneurial, hard-working spirit that has helped to make America so great. Their farm is the perfect backdrop for another innovative, entrepreneurial, hard-working American, who will restore America’s greatness, to announce his candidacy for President of the United States!

UPDATE -Governor Romney’s campaign kick-off will be a LIVE-STREAM event. See tweet below:

RSVP to my @Livestream event this Thursday as I formally announce my candidacy for President in New Hampshire http://mi.tt/mfcyyXless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Mitt Romney 2012.

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What a Memorial Day for Gov. Mitt Romney! Positive Press Coverage from Everywhere

Gov. Romney is spending the day with his family and has released a brief statement for Memorial Day.

I can’t remember a day Gov. Romney has received this much positive press coverage from this many different places in the same day. If you know of any other articles released about Gov. Romney today, please put the link(s) in the comments. The only way I knew about the great Detroit Free Press article was because I live off 8 Mile – 30 minutes away from Detroit.

That said, let’s start with the front page of today’s Detroit Free Press. The article starts off like this:

The political blogs and the pundits’ pronouncements make it sound as though anyone else has a better shot than Mitt Romney does to become the Republican nominee for president next year.

Don’t believe it: Mitt’s the man to beat in the 2012 GOP race.

The article also makes a point that I completely agree with – that the majority of people in our country may have heard the name Mitt Romney, but Mitt still has a chance to make sure people think of jobs and the economy when they think about Mitt Romney. Most people don’t know enough about Gov. Romney yet, and can easily change their minds about him if presented with compelling evidence.

Next, the New Yorker has released one of the main articles to be released in their June 6th edition. When comparing Obamacare and Romneycare, The New Yorker suggests that “the two laws differ in important ways.”, states that “Although some influential liberals condemned Romney, most conservatives praised the plan.”, and notes that President Obama is the one who has flip-flopped on healthcare while Gov. Romney is the one with actual knowledge on the subject.

The Boston Globe has the most publicized piece of the day.

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This Boston Globe piece has been called a must read by a bunch of people. You’re going to want to get this in front of as many people as possible. It’s a long and thorough article and it’s only the first in a series on Mitt Romney and the Massachusetts health care overhaul.

Finally, the Daily Caller has published an opinion piece endorsing Gov. Romney for 2012!

As many in the GOP scramble to find a candidate, there have been calls for anyone but Romney. Efforts are already underway to brand Romney as a RINO. Such a label is profoundly inaccurate and hurts the Republican Party’s best chance at recapturing the White House in 2012.

Romney’s acumen as an executive stands out in any field of candidates and this one in particular. From his extraordinary success in the private sector, Romney can speak credibly about the economy and job creation. His fiscal conservatism reaches beyond balanced budgets in the short-term. As governor of Massachusetts, Romney not only balanced the budget every year without raising taxes but also rescued the Commonwealth’s Stabilization Fund, also known as the “rainy day fund.” By the time Romney left office in 2007, the fund held $2.3 billion.

There’s a lot more at each of the links I posted, so please check them out. If you’re spending time with family today, that’s great. You can catch up on all of these articles tomorrow. Happy Memorial Day everyone!

UPDATE: A tweet from Governor Romney… Don’t forget to read his full statement.

Please take a moment today to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

UPDATE 2 by Jayde – TwitPic from Gov Romney: “Busy week ahead. Great weekend in New Hampshire with Ann and the family.” (May 30, 2011)

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Memorial Day Reflections… from Mitt Romney Central

Governor Romney’s Statement on Memorial Day:

As we observe Memorial Day, we owe thanks to the many Americans who have fought and died to defend our country. Their courage, their willingness to lay down their lives, reminds us that the United States is not a country like any other. Rather, we are an exceptional nation. Those patriots who are on the battlefields today or have gone to battlefields in the past, some never to return, have left us a stronger country, a great nation that, whatever its divisions, shines as a beacon of liberty before the peoples of the world. Memorial Day is a solemn day, but it is also a holiday of barbecues and family gatherings and vacations. Today, let us give remembrance and respect to those who have sacrificed everything to keep us safe.

Memorial Day reflections…

Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington Cemetery

Soldier, rest! Thy warfare o’er,
Sleep the sleep that knows not breaking,
Dream of battled fields no more.
Days of danger, nights of waking.
~ Sir Walter Scott

This weekend we remember our fallen, those in the United States military who, throughout our history, bravely and freely sacrificed their tomorrows for our today…

Memorial Day 2011 ~ by Oliver North

Quantico National Cemetery – When I was a kid, we called May 30th “Decoration Day.” It was an occasion for Boy Scouts to be up before dawn and report, in uniform, to the American Legion hall. There, Cub

Boy Scouts laden with flags & flowers to decorate graves of veterans on Memorial Day. 1928

Scouts would be paired with older Boy Scouts, organized into detachments of a dozen or so and issued bags of small American flags. Each group then “deployed” in station wagons and pickup trucks to local cemeteries and churchyards, where we placed Old Glory on every veteran’s grave. Later in the morning, there was a parade down Main Street, led by a color guard, the high-school band and ranks of veterans from World War I, World War II and the war of the moment, Korea. The Veterans of Foreign Wars sold red poppies to raise funds for the disabled. Politicians made speeches, and citizens prayed in public. It was a solemn annual event that taught us reverence for those who served and sacrificed for our country. It’s no longer so.

Begun as a local observance in the aftermath of the Civil War, the first national commemoration took place on May 30, 1868, at the direction of General John A. Logan, commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. Though his General Order No. 11 specified “strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion” – meaning only Union soldiers – those who tended the burial sites at Arlington, VA, Gettysburg, PA and Vicksburg, MS, decided on their own to decorate the biers of both Union and Confederate war dead.

For five decades, the holiday remained essentially unchanged. But in 1919, as the bodies of young Americans were being returned to the U.S. from the battlefields of World War I, May 30th became a truly national event. It persisted as such until 1971, during Vietnam – the war America wanted to forget – when the Uniform Monday Holiday Act passed by Congress went into effect and turned Memorial Day into a “three-day weekend.” Since then, it’s become an occasion for appliance, mattress and auto sales, picnics, barbecues and auto races. Thankfully, there are some places besides Arlington National Cemetery where Memorial Day still is observed as a time to honor America’s war dead.[…]

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This video, made by a Canadian, represents the gratitude we feel for all American allies, who share the battle and give their lives for freedom…

May Angels Lead You In

Words can’t convey how thankful we are for those in our military who pay the ultimate price for our freedom! They are liberty’s heroes. A tribute… (Misspelling in title and last year’s date doesn’t alter the tribute.)

Better than honor and glory, and history’s iron pen,
Was the thought of duty done and the love of his fellow-men.
~Richard Watson Gilder

May you have a meaningful Memorial Day!

from all of us at MRC

► Jayde Wyatt

Des Moines, Iowa Presidential Forum: Mitt Romney’s Smokin’ Hot Speech!

Scroll to the bottom for complete video (including Q&A) of the event…

It was a was busy day for Mitt Romney in Iowa today…

The morning began with The Gov speaking to employees at AgVision Agriculture Software:

Romney: Obama’s policies delayed economic recovery

Ankeny, Ia. – President Obama’s administration has added to business uncertainty and delayed economic recovery, Mitt Romney told agriculture business owners this morning.

“That’s one of my pet peeves of the current administration,” Romney said. “They’ve added so much uncertainty to the overall economy at the very time that businesses need to have greater certainty so that it can get capital, make loans, carry on its business, higher people, raise incomes.

He continued: “That’s one of the reasons that I view this downturn has taken such a long time from which to recover.”

(emphasis added ) Continue reading here.

Romney also did a walk-and-talk event today before being the kick-off speaker at the Greater Des Moines Partnership’s Presidential Forum Speaker Series. The event was held in the State Historical Building in Des Moines, Iowa and was sponsored by the Greater Des Moines Partnership, Mediacom and IowaPolitics.com. CNN also provided livestream coverage.

Romney was delivering an excellent no-teleprompter, no-note speech about Obama’s lack of private sector experience and over-reaching policies i.e. Card Check, Cap ‘n Trade, Obamacare, debt spending, depressed economy, struggling home market, and more. Then, this happened:

Burned popcorn ends Mitt Romney’s speech after 27 minutes

After a fire alarm sounded 27 minutes into Mitt Romney’s speech, he decided to cut off the event for safety reasons.

“Uh-oh, they want to get us out of here, don’t they,” he said.

When the alarm paused, he continued speaking, tossing out some jokes. “I wasn’t trying to get out of tough questions,” he said with a laugh.

But the alarm resumed and, citing safety first, he asked everyone to evacuate.

Romney stood just outside the doors in the covered passenger dropoff driveway, talking to Iowans amid a pack of reporters until a state cultural affairs official ordered everyone to cross the street.

“There are things in this building that could blow up,” said the official, Maureen Korte, director of special projects and programming for the State Historical Society of Iowa, as she urgently hustled people away from the building.

The fire department arrived within minutes.

Just as Romney climbed into a waiting Chevy Suburban, Korte yelled, “All clear!”

Good thing The Gov is such a good sport! Being the first speaker for the Greater Des Moines Partnership’s Presidential Forum, he helped them work out the kinks – like keeping inattentive popcorn aficianados away from the microwave…

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Des Moines political columnist Kathie Obradovich was a prolific tweeter during Romney’s speech. Here’s a sample:

.@MittRomney is saying we picked a fine time to elect a president with no business experience. “It didn’t work out real well.” #iacaucusless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

KObradovich Kathie Obradovich
.@MittRomney says Obama created some govt jobs then went to work on his “real agenda,” like cap and trade and card check. #iacaucus

KObradovich Kathie Obradovich
.@MittRomney: (Obama’s) agenda failed because he doesn’t know how the economy works. #iacaucus

KObradovich Kathie Obradovich
.@MittRomney lists 7 habits of highly successful economies. Says Obama is doing the opposite on every one. #iacaucus
3 hours ago

KObradovich Kathie Obradovich
.@MittRomney: I love capitalism and free enterprise. I love the Constitution. #iacaucus
3 hours ago

KObradovich Kathie Obradovich
.@MittRomney says he’s a better candidate because the issue America’s most concerned about “happens to be in my wheelhouse.” #iacaucus
3 hours ago

KObradovich Kathie Obradovich
.@MittRomney: You’ll see me more than you’d like in Iowa. #iacaucus
3 hours ago

Romney also paid a surprise visit to Iowa GOP headquarters and had his picture taken with Iowa GOP Chairman Matt Strawn:

Iowa GOP Chairman Matt Strawn and Gov Mitt Romney (5/27/11)

Surprise visit to @iowaGOP HQ. Great to see Chairman @mattstrawn http://twitpic.com/539qhhless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

UPDATE: FOX News’ Carl caught up with The Gov today…

UPDATE 2: Stories from Mitt Romney’s visit

UPDATE 3: Don’t miss seeing a terrific photo gallery of The Gov’s visit to Iowa, including one of him gathered with folks in front of the fire truck and two photos of his handshake with Iowa Governor Robert Ray (you know good things were said between the two because the second photo reveals a ‘double clasp’ from Mitt…). Click here.

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Romney’s SEVEN HABITS FOR HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL ECONOMIES and the entire Iowa event including the Q&A below the fold Click here to continue reading

Gov. Mitt Romney is Announcing His Candidacy for President of the United States in New Hampshire!

Making it official next week at the Scamman Farm in New Hampshireless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

The Union Leader has the details:

The Scammans’ farm has been the site for dozens of political events over the years. They twice hosted George W. Bush, once as a candidate for President and once as President. They hosted an event for former Vice President Dan Quayle.

And they have hosted events for many New Hampshire candidates, from former U.S. Sen. Warren Rudman, former Gov. John H. Sununu and former Gov. and U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg to former Gov. Steve Merrill and former U.S. Sen. John E. Sununu.

“I think it’s a great place to have the announcement event,” said Doug Scamman. “It’s obvious to me that Governor Romney did a great job as governor and with the Olympics. When I wake up in the middle of the night I’ll feel safer knowing he is in the White House than I would with anyone else.”

Food at the barbecue will be prepared and sold by the American Legion Post 35 in Hampton and proceeds will benefit the Global War on Terror Memorial Fund, which will allow the post to complete a memorial at the post.

In addition to hot dogs and hamburgers, the American Legion will also serve Ann Romney’s special recipe chili.

The event is ticketed. A phone number for tickets will be announced by the exploratory committee shortly.

Give a thumbs up to the Youtube video below, “like” Mitt’s Facebook status, RT his tweet, and leave a comment about why you support Gov. Romney as the 45th President of the United States of America.

For a little extra fun, check out what the Atlantic discovered about the various 2012 GOP candidates from their high school days starting off with Mitt! If they had focused on the wives, they may have seen that someone wrote “first lady” underneath Ann’s yearbook picture as well. How did whomever wrote that know? ;)

UPDATE: Not wanting any pizza to go to waste, Mitt sent the leftovers to Obama’s campaign headquarters!

Great deep dish at @ginoseast. Sending the extra slices to @barackobama and his Chicago HQ team http://twitpic.com/52v65cless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Details on the rest of Mitt’s Illinois trip can be found here. Like we’ve been saying all along, Mitt is going to play to win in Iowa.

Romney Update: Tops Four Polls, Heading to Iowa & Florida, Obama Supporter Scaramucci Raises Funds for Romney

Mid-week news on Governor Romney…

Demonstrating his regard for hard-working Iowans, Gov Romney is heading to The Hawkeye State this Friday:

Just days after naming former 2008 campaign staffer Sara Craig as his State Director for Iowa, Romney will head to the Hawkeye State himself, starting his day Friday meeting with employees at AgVision Agriculture Software, a company that specializes in providing computer software to grain elevators, seed processors, fertilizer retailers and feed stores, to name a few.

Romney will then be the kick-off speaker for the Greater Des Moines Partnership’s Presidential Forum Speaker Series. The series, sponsored by the Greater Des Moines Partnership, Mediacom and IowaPolitics.com, will extend invitations to all prospective presidential candidates before the 2012 Presidential Caucuses.

Later Friday, Romney will head to Cedar Rapids to attend a picnic at the Hughes Farm, hosted by the Johnson and Linn County GOP.

(links and emphasis added)
Those wishing to attend the Des Moines Presidential Forum may register here.

Romney spoke on the phone Wednesday with Iowa’s Governor Terry Branstad:

“Certainly on economic issues Gov. Romney could do very well,” Branstad, a pro-business Republican nominated last year over a strict social conservative, told The Associated Press. “I know he’s doing well nationally, but Iowa could be important for him.”
“Voters will see him frequently [in Iowa] and consistently hear him talk about his plan for creating jobs and growing the economy,” said Andrea Saul, communications director for Romney’s presidential exploratory campaign.


Mitt Romney revs up his Florida money machine

While Tim Pawlenty and Rick Santorum are meeting and greeting in Florida, Mitt Romney returns to Jacksonville to raise dough with Who’s who of Republican elites. Northeast Florida, a high turnout GOP stronghold, was very much Romney country in 2008. He crushed John McCain in that region.

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Scaramucci Deserts Obama For Romney

Hedge fund manager Anthony Scaramucci is deserting an old classmate to beat the fundraising bushes for his rival.

The founder of $7.2 billion Skybridge Capital is holding a Presidential campaign fundraising dinner for Republican Mitt Romney, thereby turning his back on his Harvard Law School classmate and White House incumbent Barack Obama.

The $2,500 per plate event is slated for June at the Mandarin Hotel in New York, according to a report in MarketWatch.

But a source told HedgeFund.net that Scaramucci had already held more private fundraising events for his candidate mostly aimed at hedge fund managers and other investment advisors.

Romney, who co-founded private equity firm Bain Capital before he served as Massachusetts governor, is the type of pro-business Republican that many in the asset class would like to see as their next President.
Scaramucci, who supported Obama in the 2008 election, became disenchanted by what he perceived as the President’s anti-Wall Street attitudes.

He told Obama on a CNBC town hall discussion last fall that the administration’s regulatory stances made him feel like “a piñata.

(emphasis added)

Contributions go to Romney for President Exploratory Committee Inc.


Though Romney isn’t a presidential candidate yet and hasn’t begun official campaigning, and in spite of FreedomWorks, he comes out on top in four polls this week:

Mitt Romney wins Harris poll (5/25/11)

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has won another poll.

Mr. Romney, a potential Republican presidential candidate, received 14 percent support in the latest Harris poll.

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, who said he would not seek the Republican presidential nomination before the vote was taken, was second among likely GOP voters in the poll released Monday at 12 percent. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich had 10 percent.

The remaining field of potential candidates received less than 8 percent and “undecided” led the field with 23 percent.

The poll is the third in less than twenty-four hours to show Mr. Romney as the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination. The former Massachusetts governor took first in a CNN poll released Monday and an Ohio poll released later that day also showed Mr. Romney leading the pack of Republicans.

(emphasis added)

Insider Advantage (5/24/11)

Insider Advantage conducted a survey for Channel 2 Action News of 770 likely Republican and Independent voters in which Georgia’s Herman Cain is statistically tied for second place with Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann.

According to the poll, Mitt Romney received 16.2% of the vote, Michelle Bachmann 11.8 %, Sarah Palin 11%, Herman Cain 10.9%, Tim Pawlenty 7.4%, Newt Gingrich 6.4%, Ron Paul 5%, Other 5.3%, Undecided 25.5%.

CNN/WMUR by New Hampshire Survey Center (5/23/11)

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney led the poll, garnering 32 percent of GOP primary voters in New Hampshire, the state where the nation’s first presidential primary is to be held. For the rest of the GOP players, they are clumped at the bottom of the lineup, with their batting averages amongst voters in the single digits.

Dick Morris GMRS Survey (5/25/11)

A survey completed on May 23rd shows Mitt Romney seizing a decisive national lead in the Republican Presidential Primary. Romney, who was getting only 22% of the vote before Trump and Huckabee pulled out, now swells to 30% of the primary vote (if Sarah Palin does not run).

With Palin out of the race, the Morris Poll found the following results:
Romney = 30%
Gingrich = 15%
Bachmann = 7%
Cain = 7%
Pawlenty = 5%
Santorum = 3%
Huntsman = 1%

With Palin in the contest, Romney still leads with 25% of the vote, followed by Palin at 16% and Gingrich at 11%. No other candidate gets more than 6%.

(emphasis added all polls)


I couldn’t finish this midweek update without mentioning a comment made by Tim Pawlenty when he officially announced his candidacy on Monday:

“We’re not going to be the money champion in the race to start with though my friend Mitt Romney will be the front-runner in that regard. But we’re going to have enough money to run a competitive and successful campaign. It may not be the BMW or Mercedes campaign, but it will be a good solid Buick and maybe even trending towards a Cadillac and that will be enough for us to be competitive and win.”

I don’t know if that was a T-Paw class warfare dart or his way of downplaying Romney’s $10.25 million fundraiser last week, but either way, the folksy inference that The Gov is running a BMW or Mercedes campaign is —— folksy. So, here’s my metaphor for T-Paw…

With sleeves rolled up and eyes clearly focused on rebuilding our nation, Romney’s hands are firmly wrapped around the wheel of a Mack big rig truck loaded with a lifetime of business experience, intelligence, organization, common sense leadership, values, work ethic, and wisdom.

I can’t wait for the Romney big rig to shift into full gear and head on down the road to the White House!


► Jayde Wyatt

POLL: Romney Still On Top In New Hampshire

Romney Leads Polls in New Hampshire

The Results from latest CNN-WMUR Poll:
Romney 32%
Paul 9%
Gingrich 6%
Giuliani 6%
Palin 5%
Bachmann 4%
Cain 4%
Daniels # 4%
Huntsman 4%
Pawlenty 4%
Santorum 2%
Johnson *
Someone else 3%
No opinion 17%

…But the vast majority not settled on their final choice:

Have you definitely decided who you will vote for in the New Hampshire primary, are you leaning toward someone, or do you have no idea who you’ll vote for?

Definitely decided 4%
Leaning toward someone 9%
No idea who you’ll vote for 87%

I know he hasn’t even formally announced, but it looks like Mitt’s got some convincing to do, yet. With his background in business, I trust he’ll close the deal with many weary voters before too long. Until then, we’ll anticipate his announcement.

UPDATE: I didn’t even look long enough to notice this gem:

Which Republican candidate do you think is best able to handle health care issues?
Romney 31%
Paul 8%
Gingrich 7%
Palin 5%
Bachmann 3%
Giuliani 3%
Pawlenty 3%
Santorum 3%
Cain 2%
Daniels 1%
Huntsman *
Johnson *
Karger *
Someone else 2%
No opinion 32%

-Luke G.

Pawlenty: "Washington is Broken." — Sound Familiar?

Romney's 2008 Theme: Washington is Broken

Romney's 2008 Theme: Washington is Broken

Memo to Tpaw: if you want to step out from Romney’s shadow, you might try creating your own one-liners.

I’m not trying to be finicky, or suggest that Mitt has a copyright on that particular line — but isn’t Pawlenty’s main objective in this primary to establish himself as the alternative to Mitt (or the “Anti-Mitt”)? …Just sayin’.

Anyway, welcome to the race Tpaw! Best of luck!

Mitt Romney and Barack Obama Quietly Building Up Their Respective War Chests

Although the 2012 elections are barely warming up, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama have been waging a silent battle against each other for quite some time. Both men are already duking it out with each other when it comes to raising funds for the upcoming presidential election. In fact, no other Republican candidate can raise the kind of cash that President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney are raising.

Frenzied fundraising by presidential contenders this week served to underscore the bracing reality of the 2012 campaign: When it comes to money, President Obama and Mitt Romney occupy a plateau far above everyone else.

Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, began the week with a carefully staged fundraising event that drew $10 million in pledges — an amount that, even if ultimately not fully realized, was meant as a brush-back pitch at his opponents. After the Las Vegas event, the Republican also suggested that he hadn’t ruled out spending some of his own substantial fortune on the campaign, as he did when he ran in 2008.

Even more daunting to competitors: Romney has more than 30 fundraisers planned before the end of June.

The same day Romney held his event, President Obama spoke at two Democratic Party fundraisers in Washington, raising an estimated $1 million. The president, who raised more than $750 million in 2008, was reported to have gathered an additional $2 million at two fundraisers in Boston on Wednesday —- and then more for Democrats at two additional events in Washington on Thursday.

Other Republican contenders have been scrambling to compete with the front-runners in an election contest expected to cost far more than the $2.4 billion spent in the last presidential election.

The silent battle between President Obama and Gov. Romney in raising enough funds for the general election contributes to making this election the most expensive Presidential campaign in history. President Obama has a HUGE advantage by being the current President with a unified party behind him. This is why it is important to keep donating to Mitt Romney’s campaign.

Donating to a campaign isn’t about money. It’s about making your voice heard with your dollars. Every time you contribute to a charity, a church, a school or a political campaign, you are making a statement. Donations are a form of free speech. You are indicating your support for that institution because it represents your views and opinions. Also, the media keeps track of the number of “small donations” a campaign receives so your $5 counts because the media thinks those small donations indicate true grassroots support.

Every time you donate to Mitt’s campaign, you are voting for him. You don’t have to wait until November 8th to vote for Mitt Romney, you can do it today or tomorrow or as many times as you’d like. Unlike the ballot box in which you can only vote for a candidate once, you can “vote” for Romney over and over again with every donation you make.

With every donation you make to Gov. Romney, you are telling Obama that you don’t support him. You are telling him that you’ve had enough of someone who makes promises to fix our economy but then goes on to do something else. You are letting Obama know you want a real leader who will actually follow through with his promises to fix the economy and to put people back to work.

You made your voices heard loud and clear when many of you helped Mitt Romney raise a record-breaking $10.25 million dollars in one day. Keep on making your voices heard until November 8th, 2012 when Mitt Romney becomes the 45th President of the United States!