Mitt Romney & Norm Coleman Pen Op-Ed on Palestinian Bid for Statehood

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas


Before Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas presented his case for Palestine to recognized as a member state to the United Nations today, Mitt Romney and his newly-named campaign special adviser, Norm Coleman, paired up to write an op-ed. It was published in the National Review:

Mistakes That Led To The Palestinian Statehood Bid, And How To Fix Them

By Mitt Romney & Senator Norm Coleman
September 22, 2011

This Friday, Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas will appeal to the General Assembly for United Nations recognition of Palestinian statehood. We need to be completely clear about what is transpiring. This is not a step forward in the quest for peace and, legally, will not create a Palestinian state. Rather, it is a step forward in the vicious campaign to delegitimize the State of Israel.

The Palestinian action in the United Nations does not conform to the process for arriving at a two-state solution laid out in the Oslo Accords. Indeed, it is taking place in naked defiance of an agreement to which the Palestinians are signatory. Its effect will be to once again dash the hopes of all who seek lasting peace in the Middle East.

This is an especially dangerous moment for the state of Israel. It has deteriorating relationships with Turkey and Egypt. It faces longstanding dangers from Hamas in Gaza, Hezbollah in Lebanon, a violent and highly unstable Syria, and a nuclear-aspiring Iran. United Nations recognition of a Palestinian state at this juncture will serve only to further isolate the Jewish state, sap its confidence in the peace process, and exacerbate regional tensions.

Worse, because it will not change the facts on the ground, it will raise and then dash Palestinian and Arab expectations. This increases the likelihood of violence, particularly at a moment when despots like Bashar al Assad want nothing more than to divert attention from their internal crises by scapegoating Israel.
Without question, a blow is being struck against peace. How did we arrive at this point?

Unfortunately, the road was paved largely by a series of mistakes and miscalculations by President Obama. He and his administration have badly misunderstood the dynamics of the region. Instead of fostering stability and security, they have diminished U.S. authority and painted our ally Israel into a corner.

To begin with, President Obama for too long has been in the grip of several illusions. One is that the Palestinian–Israeli dispute is the central problem in the region. This has been disproved repeatedly by events, most recently and most dramatically by the eruption of the Arab Spring. But it nonetheless led the administration to believe that distancing the United States from Israel was a smart move that would earn us credits in the Arab world and somehow bring peace closer. The record proves otherwise.

But the administration’s errors extend in other directions as well. [...]

(emphasis added) Read full article here.

Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority President, addressed the U.N. General Assembly yesterday (9/23/11):

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister, also addressed the U.N. General Assembly yesterday (9/23/11):




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Romney in Indiana Today, Endorsed by IN Congressman Todd Rokita

Congressman Todd Rokita (R-IN), left, pictured with Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN), has endorsed Mitt Romney.Sept 23, 2011

Another endorsement has rolled out for Mitt Romney. Today, it comes from the Hoosier State

MITT ROMNEY EARNS SUPPORT OF INDIANA CONGRESSMAN TODD ROKITA

Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today won the support of Indiana Congressman Todd Rokita.

Congressman Rokita has been a strong public servant for Indiana and has worked hard to improve the state’s economy,” said Mitt Romney. “I look forward to working with him during my campaign and welcome his support.”

Announcing his support, Congressman Rokita said, “Mitt Romney has proven that he has the much-needed experience to lead the country toward an economic recovery. While President Obama has failed to control spending and get the economy moving, Mitt Romney has a record of cutting taxes, keeping spending low, and creating jobs. Mitt Romney’s record speaks for itself and that is why I support his bid for the presidency.”

Background On Congressman Todd Rokita:

Congressman Rokita Was Elected In 2010. In the U.S. House of Representatives, he sits on the Budget Committee and the Education and Workforce Committee. Prior to his election, Rokita served as the Indiana Secretary of State. In this role, Rokita worked to improve services for Indiana’s businesses and investors and create a stronger economy for the state. Congressman Rokita and his wife Kathy are the parents of two children.

After speaking at CPAC in Orlando this morning, Romney made his way to Indiana::

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Mitt Romney Participating in Indiana GOP Forum at the JW Marriott Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will be in Indianapolis trying to build his base of Hoosier supporters and raise money for his presidential campaign.

The top-tier presidential candidate will speak at the JW Marriott Friday evening and also plans to attend a pair of fundraisers. Indiana Republican Party Chairman Eric Holcomb has been lobbying presidential candidates since June to campaign in the state.

Gov. Mitch Daniels’ national prominence has also become a strong draw for Republicans looking for his possible endorsement.

(emphasis added to articles)

Thanks for the endorsement, Congressman Rokita!

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Romney Strong on LEGAL Immigration: ALIPAC “Rick Perry is Finished”


After last night’s presidential debate and hearing Rick Perry’s clearly stated stance on issues related to illegal immigration, Americans for Legal Immigration (ALIPAC) sent out this email:

Friends of ALIPAC,

You have to see this new video from last night’s debate. We have never seen a crowd response like the one here where Rick Perry is booed again.

Please take the following quick important steps today.

Step 1: Click this link [video added], watch this video, and consider making a comment and sharing it with others.

VIDEO – Rick Perry Booed Again for $100K Illegal Immigrant Support Plan

Step 2: Please read, understand, share, and report on our national press release going out today.

National Press Release from ALIPAC September 23, 2011

Rick Perry Is Finished
http://www.alipac.us/article-6612-thread-1-0.html

Special thanks to all of our ALIPAC supporters that submitted illegal immigration questions for this debate!

THE ALIPAC TEAM
www.alipac.us

From ALIPAC letter linked above:

Texas Governor Perry destroyed his chances of winning the GOP Presidential primary during last night’s debate when he defended his support for in-state tuition for illegal aliens which is opposed by 81% of all Americans.

Rick Perry proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is not the right choice for America by supporting these radical illegal immigration attracting measures,” said William Gheen, President of ALIPAC. “Perry’s support for in-state tuition for illegals forces taxpayers to pay to replace their own children in the limited seats in our colleges!



H/t Crystal

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Gov Tim Pawlenty: “Romney Electable, Extraordinary Command of Economic Challenges”

Governor Tim Pawlenty wrote a strong op-ed in support of Mitt Romney which was published by Politico yesterday:

“Romney Is Electable” – By Tim Pawlenty

September 21, 2011

What do Republicans want in a presidential candidate in 2012? Certainly, someone who passionately believes in our conservative values.

But considering what’s at stake — the possibility of four more years of President Barack Obama’s ruinously wrongheaded ideas — electability is a key factor. We have to win.

This is a topic I know something about. It’s one reason I endorsed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for president.

I served two terms as a Republican governor of a blue state. The last time Minnesota voted for a Republican candidate for president was 1972. It has the dubious distinction of the nation’s longest streak of voting for the Democratic presidential candidate.

But Republicans can be elected statewide in Minnesota. I was. The reason is fairly straightforward.

Practical, common-sense conservative ideas to increase jobs and reduce government burdens improve people’s lives. Voters, whether Republican, Democrat or independent, understand this. As governor, I found innovative ways to balance Minnesota’s budget, cut spending, reform health care and bolster education — all without raising taxes.

I also did my best to lead with a hopeful and positive message and leadership style.

Mitt has done the same. A conservative businessman, he won the support of independent voters — and even some Democrats — to win election as governor of the blue state of Massachusetts. That is no small accomplishment.

It reveals Romney’s tremendous strength in bringing Americans together.

He also governed successfully. His state’s economy was mired in recession when he took office. Expenditures exceeded revenue. Without raising taxes — he cut taxes on 19 occasions — he balanced the budget and led the effort to turn the state’s economy around.

By the time he left office, Massachusetts had a $2 billion budget surplus — and was again gaining jobs.

While all the Republican candidates have their respective strengths, Romney is uniquely positioned to help the Republican Party return to the White House.

Though he had an outstanding tenure as governor, Romney’s not a career politician. He’s spent most of his adult life working in the private sector — launching new businesses and rescuing failing ones.

He has an extraordinary command of the economic challenges we face, gained from day-in, day-out experience working in the marketplace. If ever America needed a leader who knows his way around the business world, it is now. Unemployment is more than 9 percent, and the economy is poised for a second recession.
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(emphasis added) Continue reading here.



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UPDATE:

VIDEOS: Rick Perry's Debating Skills on Display – Is This Really the Guy We Want to Debate Obama?

I was searching around Youtube to see if anyone had captured Governor Perry’s bumbli…uh…umbling responses from last night’s debate. Sure enough, I came across these two gems. Anyone who witnesses these has to wonder if this is the guy we want to send to the general to debate against smooth-talking Obama.

Methinks the GOP electorate is smarter than that… Enjoy!

First video (watch till the end):

Second video (vs. Miss South Carolina):

Update, we have a 3rd entry:

Your thoughts. Is Rick Perry the guy we want debating Obama?


-Luke G.

Senators John Thrasher & Norm Coleman, Rep. Tom Rooney: Romney Won Debate

The overwhelming consensus regarding the GOP presidential debate in Orlando, Florida last night is…

Mitt Romney won.


SENATOR JOHN THRASHER: ROMNEY WINS ORLANDO DEBATE

Boston, MA – Florida State Senator John Thrasher issued the following statement on tonight’s Orlando debate:

Sen John Thrasher (R-FL)

Mitt Romney came out on top in the debate tonight by sharing his vision for getting America back to work. His experience in the real economy is unparalleled in this field of candidates, and he demonstrates the leadership necessary to create jobs and turn this economy around. President Obama’s failure to do so will be the critical issue of this election.

“Our nominee must also be someone who will save Social Security, not someone who will dismantle it. Millions of Americans rely on this program. Does Rick Perry think it will be feasible for these hardworking Americans to still receive the benefits they have been promised if Social Security is run by the states? The federal government has an obligation to honor its end of the bargain, and Mitt Romney will ensure Social Security is sustainable for future generations.”

SENATOR NORM COLEMAN: ROMNEY WINS FLORIDA DEBATE

Fmr Sen Norm Coleman (R-MN)

Boston, MA – Former Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman issued the following statement on tonight’s Orlando debate:

Mitt Romney stood out tonight as the only candidate prepared to lead our country at home during a time of economic strife and abroad during a time of great uncertainty. Mitt is clearly head and shoulders above the rest of the field when it comes to understanding the free market and what it will take to get our economy on track again. Whether it is his twenty-five years of experience working in business or his record turning around Massachusetts’ economy, Mitt Romney has a lifetime spent creating jobs and working in the real economy. That experience was on display tonight.”

CONGRESSMAN TOM ROONEY: ROMNEY “READY TO BE PRESIDENT ON DAY ONE”

Rep. Tom Rooney (R-FL)

Boston, MA – Florida Congressman Tom Rooney issued the following statement on tonight’s Orlando debate:

Mitt Romney won tonight’s debate by laying out his pro-growth economic plan and displaying why he is ready to be president on day one. President Obama’s policies have failed Florida – unemployment is now at 10.7% and is much higher in parts of the state. Mitt Romney has the experience working in the real economy that will be needed to get Florida and our country on the right track – he isn’t another career politician. Floridians are also looking for the candidate who will fix Social Security for future generations, not a candidate who has pledged to dismantle it and possibly put our seniors’ retirement in question.”

(emphasis added)

Governor Tim Pawlenty wrote a strong op-ed for Mitt Romney; that will be a separate post.

Dick Morris: Romney Won, Perry Lost:

What do you think of Morris’ assessment? Regarding ‘flip-flop’s… that label has now been welded on Rick Perry.

What commentary are you finding on the debate? Please share it in the ‘comments’ section.

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Guest Post: Perry Comes Out Swinging, Knocks Himself Out

Many of you may know Mike Sage of America Needs Mitt. With his permission we are cross-posting his very apt view on last night’s GOP debates. Take it away Mike…

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Rick Perry
Last night’s Fox News Google Debate started out as something of a snoozer, but it definitely got better as it progressed. It was clear from the beginning that Rick Perry was hoping to land some punches on Romney, but in the end, he only succeeded in hurting himself. Romney, on the other hand, did a masterful job of avoiding any major mistakes, connecting with the audience, staying focused on the issues voters want to hear about, and making Perry seem amateurish and ineffective in his attacks. Just an hour after the debate, Rick Perry’s “stock” at Intrade.com had dropped 12.5%, while Mitt Romney’s had risen by 9%. In the post-debate focus group conducted by Frank Luntz of Fox News, Romney emerged as the undisputed winner of the debate, and a significant number of the audience members stated that they were switching their allegiance from Perry to Romney.

How does a candidate like Rick Perry, who has had a week since last week’s debate to improve his game, manage to deliver a debate performance this time around that was even worse than his underwhelming offering last week? Let me count the ways…

First, he was tentative and uncertain about many of his answers. At times, it seemed he was stumbling around, just hoping to bump into a right answer by pure chance. A prime example was his muddled response to a question about what the U.S. should do in the event that Pakistan loses control over their nuclear weapons. His rambling and incoherent response involved tangents on our relations with India and China, and said nothing at all about nuclear weapons.

He trotted out the same answers that didn’t work last week, and seemed genuinely surprised that they didn’t work this week, either. When asked a question about how his HPV vaccine mandate smacked of corporate cronyism, he once again did his song-and-dance about how much he cares about cancer and how he will always (with much righteous indignation and emphasis on the word “always”) err on the side of life. That’s really great, and all, but the question was about corruption and cronyism, and he never even came close to responding to that.

He attempted to attack Mitt Romney as a flip-flopper on several occasions, but failed miserably each time. When he made a reference to Romney’s book, “No Apologies”, Romney shot back, “I stand by everything I wrote in my book. On the other hand, Governor, you’ve attempted to distance yourself from the things that you’ve written in your book, which was just published 9 months ago!” When Perry continued this particular line of attack, it fizzled badly when it became painfully obvious that it was a canned laundry-list of supposed flip-flops that Perry could barely remember and recite effectively, much less persuasively prosecute.

Transcript of Perry’s response:

I think Americans just don’t know sometimes which Mitt Romney they’re dealing with. Is it the Mitt Romney that was on the side of… against… the Second Amendment before he was for the Second Amendment…was it was..before he was before these social programs, uh, from the standpoint he was standing, uh, for Roe vs. Wade before he was against Roe, uh, Roe vs. Wade… uh… he was… uh for Race To The Top… Uh…[pause]…he’s for Obamacare and now he’s against it…I mean, we’ll wait until tomorrow and, and, and wait to see which Mitt Romney we’re really talking to…

Here’s an idea. Let’s not wait until it’s time to debate President Obama to see if Rick Perry can string some words together into a coherent sentence.

At one point in the debate, Perry made such an inarticulate attack on Romney, that Romney (and much the audience, as well) wasn’t even really sure what the criticism was. At another point, Perry’s attack was swatted away with Romney simply laughing it off and saying, “Nice try, Governor.” The overall effect was devastating to Perry’s credibility, as it became more and more obvious that, as a debater, this candidate was out of his depth. He came across as some one going well out of his way to pick a fight with Mitt Romney, who infuriatingly, wasn’t taking the bait.

Most of the other candidates failed to distinguish themselves much in this debate. Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Herman Cain did very well, scoring some impressive and persuasive points in some of their responses. Unfortunately, Bachmann, Paul, and Johnson were practically invisible at last night’s debate, and Huntsman, as usual, came across like a snarky used car salesman who’s had one too many margaritas at lunch.

Bottom line, Mitt Romney walked away from this debate the clear and unequivocal winner. Some peoples’ eyes were opened, and a few minds were changed last… and that’s a good thing.

Mitt Romney Speaks This Morning at CPAC in Orlando, FL – FULL SPEECH ADDED

It’s CPAC time in The Sunshine State today.

The day long event is being held in the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL (the same location as the presidential debate last night). Kudos to those who scheduled these two events back-to-back in the same place. After his impressive performance at the presidential debate last night, hopefully Mitt Romney slept very well and then upon waking, he can simply walk to the CPAC venue. He’s scheduled to speak this morning at 9:30 AM ET.

All of the GOP presidential candidates are scheduled to speak. (Note that Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, who dropped out of the presidential race yesterday and endorsed Mitt, is scheduled to speak at 10:00 AM ET.)

For a livefeed of the events, click here. (A simple registration is required or log in if you’ve previously registered.)

Here’s a look at today’s morning schedule (click to enlarge – schedule subject to change):

Other confirmed speakers include:
Dick Armey (Freedom Works Chairman), Jeff Atwater, Pam Bondi, David Bossie, Dean Cannon, Al Cardenas, Ann Coulter, S.E. Cupp, Luis Fortuño, Mike Haridopolos, Bill Kristol, George H. Nash, Grover Norquist, Adam Putnam, Ralph Reed, Marco Rubio

To view the full schedule, click here.

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FULL SPEECH/VIDEO ADDED and Official release from the campaign after the fold… (more…)

Who Won the Fox News Google Republican Party of Florida Debate? FULL DEBATE VIDEO ADDED

Rick Perry tried to go after Mitt a few times, and I can’t wait to see the fact-checkers tare Gov. Perry’s baseless attacks apart. In fact, the first fact-check is in. As most of us knew, Rick Perry’s accusation that Mitt changed his position between the hardcover and paperback of “No Apology” has also been ruled “Mostly false” by Politifact. For a front-runner, Rick Perry sure does seem to be grasping at straws. If anyone would’ve asked Rick Perry which page he was talking about, he would’ve had nothing to say because he made up the attack he said. I loved it when Mitt said “Nice try” to Gov. Perry after one of this ridiculous attacks. I also have to give Sen. Santorum credit for pointing out how moderate/liberal Gov. Perry is on Immigration. It’s amazing that Gov. Perry is considered so conservative. He’s almost anarchist on some issues and very liberal on others. Our friends over at Evangelicals for Mitt ask “Why do People Think Perry is More Conservative than Mitt?” I’ll take Mitt Romney as the full spectrum conservative any day.

The Fix says “Romney is, without question, the best debater in this GOP field and this may well have been his best showing to date.” Next, Mitt is the only candidate to receive an A grade at The Page. I also like most of the analysis in the article titled “Perry Comes Out Swinging, Knocks Himself Out“. Race42012 has a post titled “Romney’s Very Good Night Or, The Night Rick Perry Lost the Nomination” that is worth a read.

Frank Luntz focus group picks Mitt Romney as the clear winner!

Saturday Night Live makes the obvious even more clear. Mitt Romney is the only choice for our next President. SNL has satirized President Obama now as well because he’s a failed leader. Watch the skit here for a chuckle.


The entire video of the debate:

MittRomney.com has put some video clips of debate highlights together and we’ve posted them after the fold as well. (more…)

Mitt Romney Central: Google, FOX News, RPOF Presidential Debate Details

JOIN US IN THE CHAT ROOM TO DISCUSS THE DEBATE LIVE

Gov Mitt Romney shakes hands with Rick Perry at the GOP CNN Tea Party presidential debate held in Tampa, FL on Sept 12, 2011. FOX News, Google, and the Republican Party of Florida are hosting tonight's presidential debate in Orlando, FL.


Mitt Romney supporters are geared up for a rousing GOP presidential debate tonight in Orlando, Florida!


Bret Baier, debate moderator, reported today on FOX News that when Rick Perry toured the debate venue, he told Baier that he was the target at the last debate (his first debate) but “they oughta get ready because I’m comin’ after ‘em tonight.”


We have no doubt that the participants are prepared and looking forward to it – especially Governor Romney.

Details:

Sponsors: Republican Party of Florida, FOX News, Google

Time: 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM ET, FOX News pre-debate show 8:30 PM ET

Location: Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL

Moderator: Bret Baier, anchor of Special Report, FOX News.

Panelists: Chris Wallace, host of FOX News Sunday, Megyn Kelly, anchor of America Live, Shannon Bream, FOX News contributor (Note: Text questions and questions submitted prior to the debate on YouTube will also be part of the proceedings.)

Candidates: Rep. Michele Bachmann, Gov. Rick Perry, former Sen. Rick Santorum, former Gov. Mitt Romney, Rep. Ron Paul, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, former Gov. Jon Huntsman and former Gov. Gary Johnson. (Fox News invited Johnson to the debate despite objections by the Florida Republican Party.)

FOX News reported today that all the candidates have toured the debate venue. In this video from yesterday, Bret Baier gives us a behind-the-scenes look:


Viewing/listening options:

TV – FOX News Channel (FNC)

Live Stream – FOXNews.com and YouTube.com/FOXNews,

FOX News Radio

FOX News Mobile

Post-debate viewing:

“Hannity” will follow at 11 ET. Host Sean Hannity will talk to five Republican presidential candidates: Romney, Bachmann, Gingrich, Paul and Cain.

The debate and “Hannity” will be repeated from midnight to 3 a.m. Friday and again from 3 to 6 a.m.

As the debate gets underway this evening, we invite Romney supporters to join us here on MRC chat!

GO MITT!


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