Race for the White House: Which Way to the Romney Campaign?

stampede: noun – A mass movement of people at a common impulse…

Today we enjoy the creativity of fellow Romney supporter Mike Sage as he artistically illustrates the meaning of stampede:

Mike is the resident genius at AmericaNeedsMitt.com:

Mitt Romney 2012.

► Jayde Wyatt

Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman Endorses Mitt Romney

Governor Dave Heineman (R-NE)

Last month, Mitt Romney accepted Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman’s support of his 2012 campaign:

“I am proud to have the support of Governor Dave Heineman. In his seven years as Governor of Nebraska, he has fought for lower taxes, strong incentives for business, and high academic standards for Nebraska’s children,” Mitt Romney said. “Governor Heineman shares my principles of promoting job creation and getting our exploding deficits under control.”

Announcing his support, Governor Heineman said, “Mitt Romney has a proven record of balancing budgets, keeping taxes low, and creating an environment for job growth. As a governor, I understand the challenges this country faces and Mitt Romney has the experience to meet those challenges.”

Governor Heineman is no longer just supporting Mitt Romney but is now officially endorsing him:

Heineman, the incoming chairman of the National Governors Association, said he has known Romney since 2005 and considers him a friend. But Romney wasn’t his only friend circling the presidential race.

“I thought Haley Barbour and Mitch Daniels, maybe both, were gonna get in the presidential race,” he said. “They’re really good friends and had they, I probably would have set this one out. When they didn’t get in, I’m gonna continue to support Gov. Romney.”

“I believe he was a good governor, a good Republican governor in a very Democrat state, which is very different than being a Republican governor in a Republican state or a Democrat governor in a Democrat state,” Heineman said.

Other Republican governors will likely “continue to watch the process before deciding,” said Heineman, adding: “Every governor’s got to make their own individual decision.”

(emphasis added)

Heineman, who was recently selected to be the  Chairman of the National Governors Association, will preside over the meeting of state executives in Salt Lake City, has stated that it is very unlikely that his state will vote for Obama again in the 2012 election.

With Governor Heineman’s endorsement, lets hope Nebraska will be among the many states that will be proud to elect Mitt Romney as our next President in 2012!

Mitt Romney Op-Ed: Obama Made Recession Worse

I don’t know how I missed this yesterday, but it looks like Mitt got a chance to rebut some of the claims made in a recent editorial on the Concord Monitor.

Here’s a portion of the Op-Ed from MittRomney.com:

Elections are about differences. Yes, I have some differences with the Concord Monitor’s recent editorial about my views. Newspapers play a vital role in the democracy and the Monitor, publishing daily since 1864, is among the venerable. Accordingly, I think it’s valuable to hash out our respective views.

I do indeed believe that President Obama has failed us. I am delighted that the auto industry is recovering, but that would have been less costly to taxpayers had Presidents Bush and Obama encouraged the companies to reorganize under the bankruptcy code, as do other companies in distress. If needed, government guarantees should have come after the restructuring, not before it. I am pleased that New Hampshire unemployment is faring better than the national average. But the President is the leader of the entire nation, not of just one industry or of one state.

The nation is suffering. Three years into his four year term, 20 million Americans are out of work, have given up, or are underemployed in part time jobs. Home values continue to go down. Foreclosures are at near-record record levels. Our national debt is skyrocketing–President Obama is on course to add as much debt by the end of his term as all the former presidents combined. Your editorial labels my conclusion that the President has “failed us” as an “absurd charge.” But given this record, I can reach no other conclusion.

Your editorial takes me to task for saying that he made the recession worse. He did. I have spoken with employers across the country and with few exceptions, they point to the President’s policies on taxation, cap and trade, card check, Dodd-Frank, Obamacare, regulatory expansion, and alarming federal deficits as having deepened and lengthened the recession. Economists tell us that we have been in the recovery period for two years, but as The Wall Street Journal concluded, President Obama’s recovery is not only anemic, it is one of the worst on record. The President made the recession worse and he made the recovery worse.

Continue reading at MittRomney.com

~Update from Ross

It’s becoming an easier and easier comparison to make every day, but I’m still impressed that Gov. Romney is making sure people think of Jimmy Carter when they hear President Obama talk about the economy.

Laura Ingraham put together a little audio clip that helps drive the point home as well:

Romney on the GO in New Hampshire: Events in Portsmouth, Rochester, Derry, Berlin

Even though Mitt Romney is comfortably ahead in New Hampshire, he’s not taking anything for granted. He spent a very busy day in New Hampshire yesterday; here’s what his schedule looked like (7/14/11):

» Toured Redhook Ale Brewery, Addressed Rotary Club
1 Redhook Way, Portsmouth, N.H.
12:00 PM

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Mitt Romney greets attendees prior to speaking to the Rotary Club at Redhook Ale and Brewery in Portsmouth, NH. July 14, 2011 (photo by Cheryl Senter A/P)

Video of Romney’s Rotary Club address may be found here.

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» Toured RSA Realty
60 Farmington Road, Rochester, N.H.
2:00 PM

After Portsmouth, The Gov hit the road to Rochester to visit with folks at RSA Realty & Development:

Earlier in the day, his campaign released a web video in which RSA Realty owner Packy Campbell, a former state representative, says his business once had 35 workers but now employs just his wife and himself.

“Unemployment is still over 9 percent,” Campbell said in the video. “I don’t see the economy as getting any better. Right now, I think the government’s trying too hard to help, and it’s kind of like when I’m doing a job and someone’s trying to help and they’re being counterproductive.”

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» Held Town Hall meeting at Adams Memorial Opera House
29 West Broadway Street, Derry, N.H.
6:00 PM

The Derry Republican Town Committee sponsored the Town Hall meeting in the historic Adams Memorial Opera House. It was packed with NH residents who asked questions on topics ranging from environmental regulation, the debt ceiling, immigration policy, the war in Afghanistan, and more:

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Romney’s schedule for today:

» Participating in Round Table discussion, North Country community leaders
1876 Riverside Drive, Berlin, NH

UPDATE on Round Table in Berlin:

Romney chose a visit to a struggling pocket of New Hampshire for Friday’s meeting with local business leaders, where he criticized Obama’s economic policies and touted his private sector experience.

New Hampshire had the highest median household income of any U.S. state in 2010, and currently has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the United States, at 4.8 percent.

But Coos County in the northern part of the state has not shared New Hampshire’s good fortune.

Once home to several large paper mills, Coos County lost 2,000 jobs in the forestry and paper industry between 2001 and 2009 out of a population of 32,000, according to data from Berlin’s city government.

Efforts at redevelopment have stalled. A $276 million federal prison completed in 2010 in Berlin stands empty because Congress has failed to allot funds to hire staff.

Plans for a proposed biomass electricity plant that would have brought $25 million annually into the local economy stalled after New Hampshire’s other woodchip-burning power producers lobbied against the plant.

Joanne Roy, 51, who sold Romney a $6 slice of raspberry pie at her cafe in the town, said she was leaning toward voting for him in the primary as the Republican’s best hope of defeating Obama in the 2012 general election.

“I didn’t think he would be this personable,” she said. “He’s a business person first rather than a politician.”

(my emphasis)

► Jayde Wyatt

Mitt Romney’s Debt Ceiling Prescription (VIDEO added)

Governor Romney has offered his opinion on what should be done about the debt ceiling:

Mitt Romney Breaks Silence on Debt Ceiling

It didn’t take long for Mitt Romney to field a question on the debt ceiling negotiations today during an event at the Portsmouth Rotary Club in New Hampshire.

After Romney’s opening remarks – and promising the audience that he wasn’t going to “be the cure to their insomnia” – he took questions from the audience.

The first one asked what he would do regarding the debt ceiling if he were president.

“The answer for the country is for the president to agree to cut federal spending and cap federal spending and put into place a balanced budget amendment,” said Romney. “That for me is the line in the sand.”

“It is within the president’s power to say to the leadership in the house and the senate that ‘I’ll cut spending, I’ll cap the amount of spending, and I’ll pursue a balanced budget amendment, and if the president were to do that this whole debt limit problem goes away,” he said.

In addition to the national debt crisis, Romney remarked on a variety of other issues.

(my emphasis)

Continue reading here.

Romney’s Rotary Club event in Portsmouth, New Hampshire today. Q & A @ 16:00:

H/t Bosman for video

► Jayde Wyatt

Portland, Oregon: Romney Raises Thousands, Receives Endorsement from Former U.S. Senator Gordon Smith (R-OR)

Mitt Romney listens to Oregon GOP Chairman Allen Alley at a Romney fundraiser held at the home of John & Kim Bradley (West Hills, OR) on July 11, 2011. Photo by Romney supporter Rep. Shawn Lindsey (Hillsboro)

Mitt Romney was in Portland, Oregon, on July 11th. Given the fact that Obama is raking in the dough, MRC supporters have asked how much money The Gov raised in that heavily Democratic state. While the exact dollar amount hasn’t been released, two fundraisers were held for Romney by staunch supporters; one at mid-day and another in the evening. The following gives one an idea…


Mitt Romney raises thousands in Portland

Romney’s noontime fundraiser appeared to attract about 70 people who paid either $1,000 for the main event or $2,500 to also attend a smaller gathering where they could have their picture taken with him.

[…] Several participants said Romney emphasized his business and political experience, which he has long argued would make him more effective at reviving the economy than President Barack Obama.
House Republican Leader Kevin Cameron, R-Salem, said he was able to talk to Romney about how GOP lawmakers were able to work with Democrats in this last legislative session and that Romney talked up his own experience in Massachusetts working with a Democratic legislative majority.

Mitt’s really good with this size of group. … At the end of the day he’s a very practical fellow,” said Stephen Babson, the managing director of Endeavor Capital.

“The economy is his big issue,” Babson said. “That’s no surprise, right?

Romney’s campaign released good news that day: Former US Sen. Gordon Smith, R-Ore., formally endorsed Romney.

It has been nearly three years since President Obama took office and it is clear that his policies have not worked for Oregon or the country,” Smith said in the announcement.

Romney was scheduled to appear at a Monday evening fundraiser — carrying the same ticket price — at the Seattle-area lakefront home of John Connors, a venture capitalist and former chief financial officer for Microsoft.

(emphasis added)

The midday event was held at the home of construction company owner John Bradley. Along with support from Oregon GOP Chairman Allen Alley and State Rep Shawn Lindsay (guy who took the photo), other notables who attended the private luncheon event were: Rep. Kevin Cameron, former GOP congressional candidates Rob Cornilles, Scott Bruun, and Tim Phillips.

Sounds like Romney raised a respectable chunk of change (sincere thanks to all those who gave). As political scientist/commentator Larry Sabato says, “The name of the game is raising money.”

I would add that it’s not only money, it’s message and moxie.

Isn’t it time to make another donation to Gov Romney?

Do it here.

► Jayde Wyatt

Romney Beefs Up Florida & Natl Leadership Teams: Brian Ballard on Board

Mitt Romney made a noteworthy announcement yesterday.

He’s added a Finance Co-Chair to his Florida team and added a member to his National Leadership Team. One person fills both roles; his name is Brian Ballard.


I am proud to announce the addition of Brian Ballard as a Florida Finance Co-Chair and a member of the National Leadership Team for Romney for President,” said Mitt Romney. “Brian’s level of talent, expertise, and enthusiasm characterizes what is needed to beat President Obama in Florida.”

It is an honor to join Mitt Romney’s team in Florida,” said Brian Ballard. “This is the team that will beat President Obama. I look forward to working with Mitt as he campaigns across Florida uniting Americans with the common goal of winning the White House.”

Brian Ballard Is The President Of Ballard Partners, Inc. Ballard has nearly twenty-five years of experience in Florida politics and government affairs. Ballard earned his stripes serving as chief of staff to Gov. Bob Martinez from 1988-1990. In 2008, Brian Ballard served as the McCain for President Co-Chair for Florida/National Finance Co-Chair, as well as the RNC’s McCain Victory Florida Finance Committee Chair and National Finance Co-Chair. He also served as the Inaugural Committee Chairman for Governor Charlie Crist and Inaugural Committee Finance Chairman for Governor Rick Scott. In addition to his work in Florida politics, Ballard taught Florida Government as an adjunct professor at Florida State University. He and his wife, Kathryn, reside in Tallahassee with their three daughters.

Governor Romney was in the Sunshine State for three days in June speaking with worried Floridians and small business owners who are wrestling with the Obama economy. At the time Romney was there, the state unemployment rate was at 10.8%.

Florida Governor Rick Scott has worked hard to lessen the effects of the Obama misery index, but the jobless rate is still too high. Nationally, unemployment numbers for Hispanics have been at 11.6%; African Americans 16.2%. (And, the Congressional Black Caucus isn’t happy about those numbers.) South Florida usually has worse unemployment than other parts of the nation; in May, Miami-Dade’s jobless rate was at 13.4%.

Romney in Tampa, Florida June 16, 2011

Obama has failed Florida.” ~ Mitt Romney June 16, 2011

Ortence Kemp, a nurse’s assistant, lives in Overtown, Florida. She’s one of the more than 14 MILLION Americans who are out of work:

Kemp lost her job in the laundry room at Jackson Memorial Hospital in February — and hasn’t been able to find work since.

Instead, she found three eviction notices on the door of her Overtown home.

Kemp, 48, has an 11-year-old son and runs a youth ministry called Kids on a Quest. She relies on the income her husband earns doing custodial work in Boca Raton, two hours away from where they live.

I do a lot of calling. I go on interviews. But there are no jobs,” she said. “I try to stay encouraged, but it’s very depressing.”

The addition of Brian Ballard to Romney’s teams is welcome news. It also helps to know that former Romney aide Rob Jentgens has formed three ‘jobs’ Super PACS: Jobs for Iowa, Jobs for South Carolina, and Jobs for Florida.

Florida needs a President Romney.

► Jayde Wyatt

Romney Polls First in Quinnipiac, Public Policy Polling, Sunshine State News, Reuters

Yes, it’s early, the GOP presidential race hasn’t cemented yet, but we still like to keep tabs on public sentiment. Here’s the sweet poll picture for Governor Romney today…

Quinnipiac July 13, 2011:

Gov. Mitt Romney remains ahead of the GOP presidential pack as U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann has zoomed into second place,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “With almost a dozen candidates and most of them not very well known, even to GOP activists, Gov. Romney’s lead remains. Gov. Rick Perry, who is still a maybe candidate, breaks into double-digits and runs fourth, an indication that he could be a serious contender should he run.”

“The question about Rep. Bachmann is whether she is the flavor of the month, like Donald Trump was for a while, or does she have staying power? Perhaps more than any of the other GOP contenders, Bachmann’s fortunes may depend on whether Governors Palin or Perry get into the race. All three of them are likely to appeal to the GOP’s Tea Party constituency.”

Preferences of those polled:

Mitt Romney – 25 %
Michele Bachmann – 14%
Sarah Palin – 12 %
Rick Perry – 10 %
Herman Cain – 6 %
Ron Paul – 5 %
Newt Gingrich – 5 %
Tim Pawlenty – 3 %

At 1% or less:
Rick Santorum
Jon Huntsman
Thaddeus McCotter

Independents prefer Romney over Obama by 42% to 40.

Public Policy Polling (Utah) July 13, 2011:

From PPP blog

It’s a good thing for Jon Huntsman that his home state of Utah isn’t a terribly important one to the Republican Presidential nomination process. A plurality of GOP primary voters there have an unfavorable opinion of him and he gets absolutely crushed by Mitt Romney in the state.
Asked to choose directly between Romney and Huntsman 82% of respondents pick Romney to only 14% who side with Huntsman. […] He’s the Republican candidate that Democrats love and filling that niche won’t win you a lot of primaries.

Mitt Romney – 63%
Jon Huntsman – 10%
Michele Bachman – 6%
Sarah Palin – 5%
Herman Cai – 4%
Rick Perry – 4%
Ron Paul – 4%
Newt Gingrich – 3%
Tim Pawlenty – 1%

Sunshine State News Poll (Florida) July 12, 2011:

Mitt Romney Ahead of President Obama

A Sunshine State News Poll released Tuesday shows Mr. Romney leading President Obama in Florida, the first poll to show Mr. Obama trailing the former Massachusetts Republican.

According to the latest poll, Mr. Romney leads Mr. Obama 46 percent to 42 percent. The poll comes less than one week after a jobs report shows that nation’s unemployment rate rising to 9.2 percent.

The survey of 1,000 likely Florida voters shows 54 percent disapprove of President Obama, while 38 percent approve. That result tracks with Florida voters’ sour view of the economy, with 56 percent saying it has worsened in the past year.

The poll finds Mr. Romney winning among Republicans 74 to 14 percent, while Democrats are supporting Mr. Obama 71 to 20 percent. Mr. Romney leads among independent voters with 42 to 38 percent support.

UPDATE from Reuters July 13, 2011:

Republican Mitt Romney easily leads rival Michele Bachmann in a head-to-head matchup of the two top declared candidates for the party’s 2012 presidential nomination, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday.

Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, has a 40 percent to 23 percent lead over Bachmann among Republicans and independents. Among independents only, Romney’s lead was 10 percentage points.

For further details on all polls, click on TITLE links.

(emphasis added to all quoted articles)

► Jayde Wyatt

Mitt Romney is Right Not Signing the Family Leader’s Pledge

Mitt Romney caught flack for not signing the Susan B. Anthony List’s pledge. However, at the end of the day, the former governor of Massachusetts showed his wisdom in not signing the pledge. (Governor Romney wrote his own pro-life pledge.)

Now, a false controversy is being created over Romney’s decline to sign the The Family Leader’s pledge. If there is any controversy here, it’s the fact that Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum were stupid enough to quickly sign the pledge – before the provision containing slavery language was dropped:

A social conservative Iowa group has retracted language regarding slavery from the opening of a presidential candidates’ pledge, amid a growing controversy over the document that Michele Bachmann had signed and Rick Santorum committed to.

The original “marriage vow” from the Family Leader, unveiled last week, included a line at the opening of its preamble, which suggested that black children born into slavery were better off in terms of family life than African-American kids born today.

“Slavery had a disastrous impact on African-American families, yet sadly a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African-American baby born after the election of the USA?s first African-American President,” read the preamble.

But this evening, amid growing questions aimed at Bachmann, Family Leader officials said they’d removed the slavery language from the preamble.
“After careful deliberation and wise insight and input from valued colleagues we deeply respect, we agree that the statement referencing children born into slavery can be misconstrued, and such misconstruction can detract from the core message of the Marriage Vow: that ALL of us must work to strengthen and support families and marriages between one woman and one man,” the group’s officials said in a statement. “We sincerely apologize for any negative feelings this has caused, and have removed the language from the vow.”
Just as Romney was correct in not signing the SBA pledge, he was wise in refusing to sign the Family Leader’s pledge even with the slavery provision removed from the language of the document:

Mitt Romney strongly supports traditional marriage but he felt this pledge contained references and provisions that were undignified and inappropriate for a presidential campaign,” said campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul late Tuesday night.

Governor Romney has also released a statement from State Representative Renee Schulte of Cedar Rapids, Iowa:

One of the reasons I support Gov. Romney is his support for traditional marriage,” Schulte’s statement said. “However, I am glad he won’t sign this ill-advised pledge. The Family Leader would do more to advance the issues that conservatives like Mitt and I support if they kept it simple.”

Romney was the first 2012 candidate to refuse to sign the pledge. Newt Gingrich and Gary Johnson have said they will not sign the pledge. Tim Pawlenty, Ron Paul and Herman Cain are still determining if they will sign the pledge.

Unlike Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum who didn’t read the fine print before supporting the pledge, Romney did read the fine print and rejected it.

If candidates have difficulty reading or ignoring fine print, then they’re not judicious enough to be President. We already have politicians who are willing to vote for a bill just to find out what’s in it. America shouldn’t elect a President who makes a promise without knowing what he or she is promising, i.e., doesn’t read the fine print.

That’s why we need Mitt Romney in the White House. He actually reads documentation before signing the dotted line.

UPDATE: Tim Pawlenty has declined to sign the pledge.