Obama’s Magical Misery Tour: Sell Tax ‘n Jobs Bill Piece-by-Piece in North Carolina

President Obama’s next stop on his Magical Misery Tour is North Carolina. He plans to “engage in a little retail politics’ amid our nation’s jobs crisis (translation: campaign for himself while trying to sell his failed jobs-and-tax bill by breaking it into bite-sized pieces).

Since President Obama’s visit to North Carolina last month, the state’s jobless rate has climbed to 10.4% and another 12,000 workers received pink slips:

The effect is a campaign-style trip that allows the President to engage in a little retail politics…” (Julie Pace, “Obama Gets Back On The Bus For Trip To NC, Va.,” The Associated Press, 10/16/11)

Under President Obama, North Carolina Has Shed More Than 125,000 Jobs And Is Suffering From Double-Digit Unemployment:

Unemployment in North Carolina has climbed to 10.4%. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate in North Carolina climbed from 9.7% in May to 10.4% in August. The jobless rate has increased in each of the last three months on record. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, 10/16/11)

Nearly 470,000 people in North Carolina are out of work.. In August, there were an estimated 468,140 unemployed North Carolinians – an increase of more than 32,000 since March of this year and an increase of 11,747 since July. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, 10/16/11)

North Carolina has lost more than 125,000 jobs since President Obama took office. According to Labor Department estimates, nonfarm payroll employment in North Carolina was 4,009,700 in January 2009 and 3,882,500 in August 2011. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, 10/16/11)

The Magical Misery Tour hits North Carolina and Virginia this week:

President Barack Obama is targeting vital North Carolina and Virginia this week, as he kicks off a three-day bus tour that is as much about campaigning for his jobs bill as it is shoring up support in two southern states he wrested from Republican control four years ago.

Obama’s 2008 victories in North Carolina and Virginia were due in large part to the states’ changing demographics and his campaign’s ability to boost voter turnout among young people and African-Americans. But nearly three years after his historic election, the president’s approval ratings in both states are sagging, in line with the national trend.

A Quinnipiac University poll out earlier this month put Obama’s approval rating in Virginia at 45 percent, with 52 percent disapproving. The same poll showed 83 percent of Virginians were dissatisfied with the direction of the country. In North Carolina, Obama has a 42 percent approval rating, according to an Elon University poll conducted this month. Most national polls put Obama’s approval rating in the mid-to low-forties.

The president’s bus tour comes as the battle in Washington over his jobs plan enters a new phase. While Obama had demanded lawmakers pass the $447 billion jobs measure in its entirety, Senate Republicans have blocked those efforts, leaving the president and his Democratic allies to fight for the bill’s proposals piece by piece.

As he embarks on the second leg of the Magical Misery Tour, will President Obama listen to jobless Americans or lecture them?

President Obama, in North Carolina on September 14th:

OBAMA: “The time for hand-wringing is over. The time for moping around – we’ve got to kick off our bedroom slippers and put on our marching shoes. We’ve got to get to work.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks in Raleigh, NC, 9/14/11)

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Last month, Obama explained his failed economic record by saying America had gotten a little soft:

“President Barack Obama on Thursday said the U.S. has lost some of its competitive edge and gotten a ‘little soft.’ … ‘This is a great, great country that had gotten a little soft and we didn’t have that same competitive edge that we needed over the last couple of decades,’ Mr. Obama said in response to a question about the country’s economic future. ‘We need to get back on track.’” (Jared Favole, “Obama: U.S. Has Become A ‘Little Soft,’ ” The Wall Street Journal, 9/29/11)

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N. Carolina Reps Coble, Foxx, McHenry Support Mitt Romney

Mountain bikers enjoy untouched woods while riding in the Beech Mountain Adventure Trail Park in western North Carolina. Today, three Representatives from the Tar Heel State, Howard Coble, Virginia Foxx, and Patrick McHenry, have announced their support for Mitt Romney.

While Obama packs his bags to head to North Carolina to shore up his waning support (NC, a traditionally red state, went for Obama in 2008), three Representatives from the great Tar Heel state have announced their support for Mitt Romney:

Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today announced the support of North Carolina Congressman Howard Coble, Congresswoman Virginia Foxx and Congressman Patrick McHenry.

It is an honor to have the support of these North Carolina public servants,” said Mitt Romney. “North Carolina will be a critical state in the contest to defeat President Obama. In the three years since President Obama’s election, North Carolina has faced more hardship than many other states. I will work with these leaders from the state to help revitalize the economy and make North Carolina a leader in our economic recovery.”

Mitt Romney has been a successful leader his entire life,” said Congressman Coble. “Whether it was business, the Winter Olympics, or as governor, Mitt Romney has proven that he can turn around troubled enterprises. Right now, North Carolina and the country need a leader to engineer an economic turnaround.”

Announcing her support, Congresswoman Foxx said, “North Carolina has suffered under President Obama’s policies. Burdensome regulations have slowed the industries that turned North Carolina into a job-creating machine. Mitt Romney has put forth a plan to get North Carolina and the country on a path to prosperity once again. As a conservative businessman, Mitt Romney has the economic know-how to change our economy fundamentally. I am proud to support him.”

“After three years, President Obama has failed to deliver on his promise to fix our economy,” said Congressman McHenry. “It is clear that his overtaxing, overregulating and overspending are not the prescription for our failing economy. Mitt Romney has an economic plan that puts conservative principles in place to restart the economy and put North Carolinians back to work. Mitt Romney is also Republicans’ best chance to defeat President Obama so that we can repeal Obamacare. I look forward to working with him in his campaign to bring back jobs to North Carolina and make our state a leader in job growth once again.”

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Background On North Carolina Representatives Endorsing Mitt Romney:

Congressman Howard Coble Is The Longest Serving Republican Congressman In North Carolina History. In the House, Coble serves on the Judiciary Committee. Prior to serving in the U.S. House, Coble served in the North Carolina House of Representatives and was the North Carolina Secretary of Revenue under Governor James Holshouser.

Congresswoman Virginia Foxx Has Served North Carolina’s 5th District Since 2004. Foxx is the Chairwoman of the House Subcommittee on Higher Education. She also serves on the House Committee on Rules.

Congressman Patrick McHenry Was Elected In 2004. McHenry serves as the Deputy Republican Whip and is a member of the Financial Services Committee and Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Prior to his election to Congress, McHenry served in the North Carolina House Of Representatives.

Thank you, North Carolina!

From The Weekly Standard:

Next door, meanwhile, South Carolina senator Jim DeMint may be looking to endorse Romney, reports David Drucker of Roll Call:

Mitt Romney is the favorite to receive Sen. Jim DeMint’s (R-S.C.) much-sought-after endorsement in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, according to knowledgeable GOP sources.

DeMint, who endorsed the former Massachusetts governor in 2008, made clear in an interview late last week that he has made no decisions on whom he will support in the 2012 primary. But Republican operatives familiar with the DeMint-Romney relationship and privy to the conservative Senator’s private assessment of the GOP field believe Romney is the most likely candidate to receive the backing of the tea party favorite.

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Kentucky Congressmen Rogers and Whitfield Endorse Mitt Romney

Autumn frames the bluegrass as thoroghbred horses graze in a pasture at Donamire horse farm near Lexington, Kentucky. Hal Rogers and Ed Whitfield, Congressmen from the Bluegrass State, have endorsed Mitt Romney.

As we begin a new week, the endorsements for Governor Romney continue.

From the Bluegrass State…

Mitt Romney has announced the endorsements of Kentucky Congressmen Hal Rogers and Ed Whitfield.

I am proud to announce the support of Congressmen Hal Rogers and Ed Whitfield,” said Mitt Romney. “They share my goals of lessening the regulatory burden on small business and getting our exploding deficits under control. They also share my goal of making our country energy independent. I look forward to working with them to help ensure Kentucky’s leading role in providing energy and jobs for our country.”

“Governor Romney is the right man for the job in the White House,” said Congressman Hal Rogers. “We need proven leadership to get our economy back on track and spur real job creation in the Commonwealth. At the hands of President Obama, Kentucky has been besieged by burdensome red-tape, out-of-control bureaucracies, and ill-advised bailouts left to our children to finance. Kentucky and our country cannot afford to continue on this path. Instead, Mitt Romney has laid out a comprehensive economic plan that gets Main Street rolling again, lessens the tax burden on working families and encourages small business growth and innovation to create real, private sector jobs. His successful business and government experience leave Mitt well prepared to tackle the economic and security challenges ahead. I am proud to support him.”

Announcing his support, Congressman Ed Whitfield said, “At a time when our economy is struggling, we need a serious leader who understands how to grow the private sector, not the government. President Obama’s job-killing regulations have failed to get millions of unemployed Americans back to work. From his time as a businessman, Mitt Romney knows what it takes to create jobs and economic growth. As Governor of Massachusetts, he applied his conservative free market principles to government and it worked: he was able to balance the budget without raising taxes, leaving office with a sizable Rainy Day Fund. Washington needs this kind of leadership today.”

(emphasis added)

Background On Representatives Rogers and Whitfield:

Congressman Hal Rogers Represents Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District. Rogers has served since 1981 and serves as Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. During his time in Congress, Rogers has been one of the foremost advocates forAppalachia.

Congressman Ed Whitfield Represents Kentucky’s 1st Congressional District. First elected in 1994, he serves on the Committee on Energy and Commerce and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy and Power. Prior to entering Congress, Whitfield served in the Kentucky House of Representatives and in the U.S. Army Reserves. He also practiced law and was Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Interstate Commerce Commission.

We’re happy to have Congressmen Rogers and Whitfield on board!

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Third Quarter Fundraising: GOP Candidates, Romney’s Haul

A look at third quarter GOP candidates’ fundraising…

Romney for President has announced it has raised more than $32 million so far in the primary. The campaign raised $14.16 million in the third quarter, and more than $18 million for the second. This total represents only primary contributions as the campaign did not raise general election funds. In 2007, Romney collected $10 million for the third quarter reporting period.

Romney for President National Finance Chairman Spencer Zwick said, “We are proud of the $32 million we have raised for the campaign so far. This is just the start of the effort to help fuel Mitt Romney’s message that will defeat President Obama next November.”

FAST FACTS About Romney For President’s Third Quarter Fundraising:

• Total amount raised in primary contributions for the year: $32.49 Million
• Amount raised in third quarter primary contributions: $14.16 Million
• Amount raised in primary contributions in the second quarter: $18 Million
• Cash on hand: $14.65 Million
• Number of contributors in third quarter: 55,947
• Increase in total donors form second quarter: 73%
• Percent of contributions less than $250 In the third quarter: 83%
• Contributions received from all 50 states and Washington, D.C.
• No general election money collected
• Mitt Romney did not make a personal loan

GOP presidential candidates third quarter fundraising ending Oct 15, 2011 (click on name for full report):

Texas Gov Rick Perry
Total contributions this period: $17,200,232
Total expenditures: $2,121,817
Cash on hand: $15,078,415
Debts and obligations: $339,120

Former MA Gov Mitt Romney
Total contributions this period: $14,222,571
Total expenditures: $12,281,100
Cash on hand: $14,656,966
Debts and obligations: $0

Texas U.S. Rep Ron Paul
Total contributions this period: $8,268,500
Total expenditures: $7,559,909
Cash on hand: $3,674,768
Debts and obligations: $0

MN U.S. Rep Michele Bachmann
Total contributions this period: $3,907,748
Total expenditures: $5,947,631
Cash on hand: $1,339,184
Debts and obligations: $549,604

Herman Cain
Total contributions this period: $2,813,341
Total expenditures: $1,967,152
Cash on hand: $1,333,778
Debts and obligations: $675,000

Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich
Total contributions this period: $807,962
Total expenditures: $776,768
Cash on hand: $353,417
Debts and obligations: $1,192,865

Former PA U.S. Sen Rick Santorum
Total contributions this period: $704,199
Total expenditures: $743,757
Cash on hand: $189,556
Debts and obligations: $71,866

Former UT Gov. Jon Huntsman
Total contributions this period: $4,514,189
Total expenditures: $4,186,574
Cash on hand: $327,614
Debts and obligations: $3,145,594

Fundraising details from The Washington Post:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry relied heavily on large donors and money from his home state to fund his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, a new fundraising report shows.
Perry’s total puts him at the top of the Republican field in fundraising, but his reliance on maxed-out donors who are legally prohibited from contributing more means it will require a lot of work to continue raising money in light of the candidate’s recent collapse in the polls.
Businessman Herman Cain’s campaign raised $2.8 million in the quarter, including a $175,000 personal loan to his campaign, according to his disclosure report.
Altogether Paul raised $8.3 million, including a $500,000 transfer from his congressional campaign, according to a new filing. He spent the money almost as fast as he took it in, with $7.5 million in expenditures.

How did President Obama do?

Obama raised $43 million for his campaign and another $27 million for the Democratic National Committee. That’s one of the best quarters on record for an off year and, counting just the money for his campaign, well more than twice as much as any Republican candidate.

Obama’s team continues to show a knack for raising big bucks. Even as independents and key donor groups (like Wall Street) have wandered away from the president and his base grows unhappy, he’s still finding plenty of ways to raise money. And lots of it.

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New Romney Video ‘Mitt On The Road’ Highlights South Carolina

With South Carolina battling it’s ‘seventh most impoverished state in the nation’ status and unemployment at 11.1 % (in Aug 2011), Mitt Romney’s new video, Mitt on the Road: The Low Country, South Carolina, has a timely message:

As president, on Day One, I will focus on rebuilding America’s economy. Let future generations look back on us and say, they rose to the occasion, they embraced their duty, and they led our nation to safety and to greatness.

Mitt On The Road: The Low Country, South Carolina

ajc.com/Metro Atlanta State News

Poverty defies ‘New South’ promises in S. Carolina
By Margaret Newkirk and Frank Bass
Bloomberg News
Oct 16, 2011

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Nineteen years ago, when BMW announced a new factory off I-85 just outside of Spartanburg, South Carolina looked like the king of smokestack recruiting.

The world’s biggest manufacturer of luxury vehicles would make the city a “Mecca of foreign investment in the United States,” The Independent of London predicted. It would see a rush of industry chasing Munich-based BMW. Downtown would spring to life. I-85 would be America’s Autobahn.

“Oh, they were going to solve all of our problems,” said Cynthia Lounds, director of community economic development at Piedmont Community Actions Inc., a social service agency.

Today, South Carolina is one of the most impoverished states in the nation, climbing to seventh poorest in 2010 from 11th in 2007, according to recent Census data. Its percentage of residents living in poverty shot to 18.2 percent from 15 percent in that period.

In downtown Spartanburg, near-empty Morgan Square features a used clothing store and two pawn shops.

South Carolina and other Southern states topped the nation’s poverty rankings, a sign of trouble in the so-called New South, known for its growth and ability to lure employers with laws restricting union organizing. The South was the country’s only region with an increase from 2009 to 2010 in both the number of poor and their proportion of the population, the census said.
South Carolina on Jan. 21 will play a key role as host to the first Southern primary in the race to select President Barack Obama’s Republican challenger.

Gov Mitt Romney gestures while answering a question at Senator Jim DeMint's Palmetto Freedom Forum in Columbia, SC. Sept 5, 2011. (Photo by Stephen Morton/Getty) Click on photo to enlarge.

Its rising poverty rate coincides with a dispute over the Obama administration’s stance toward expansion of a Boeing plant in North Charles-ton. The National Labor Relations Board sued Boeing over its decision to locate a 4,000-job facility there, saying the move was illegal retaliation against unions at its manufacturing base in Washington state.

“It’s like the Obama administration can’t come up with anything else to stifle business growth in this state,” said Lewis Gossett, president of the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance.
Like much of the Southeast, South Carolina lost construction employment during the recession. Its textile industry continued to bleed jobs as well: Union County, about 20 miles from Spartanburg, had the state’s fourth-highest unemployment rate after a sock factory and a mill closed in 2009 and 2010. The county also lost a 150-job Disney distribution warehouse it had lured from Memphis 12 years earlier with tax breaks. Disney moved the operation back to Tennessee in July.

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Governor Romney is a strong supporter of South Carolina’s fiscally conservative Governor Nikki Haley.

Romney recently delivered a major foreign policy speech at the Citadel in Charleston and toured the SC Boeing plant. In September, The Gov participated in Senator Jim DeMint’s Palmetto Freedom Forum. Last spring, he met with South Carolinian small business owners and during the summer, Ann Romney was in The Palmetto State campaigning for Mitt.

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‘Meet the Press’ (MSNBC): Pawlenty for ROMNEY vs Jindal for Perry

You don’t want to miss the head-to-head matchup taking place tomorrow on MSNBC’s Meet The Press with David Gregory:

In the right corner, you’ll see

Gov Tim Pawlenty(R-MN) defending Gov Mitt Romney


in the left corner,

Gov Bobby Jindal(R-LA) defending Gov Rick Perry.

From MSNBC.com:

Two big-name supporters of two leading GOP presidential candidates square off: Gov. Tim Pawlenty for Romney and Gov. Bobby Jindal for Perry.

Meet the Press airs Sundays from 9-10 a.m. ET on the NBC-TV network; 10:30-11:30 a.m. ET in New York and Washington. The program also re-airs at 2 p.m. ET Sundays and 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. ET Mondays on MSNBC on cable.

To check air times by area, click here.

Go get ’em Gov Pawlenty!

The day after Governor Chris Christie endorsed Romney, Tim Pawlenty had this to say (Austin Daily Herald):

New Jersey Gov Chris Christie endorsed Mitt Romney on Oct 11, 2011.

Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty says New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s decision to back Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign is a huge boost to Romney’s campaign.

“He’s one of the stars of the conservative movement and Republican party,” Pawlenty of Christie. “His endorsement will carry a lot of weight, no pun intended,” Pawlenty joked referring to Christie’s weight. (He said that Christie would enjoy the joke)

Pawlenty said he also encouraged Christie to back Romney’s campaign.

It’s probably the most valuable endorsement in the country,” Pawlenty said. “For Gov. Romney to get Chris Christie’s endorsement is a major boost to his campaign and will send a signal across the conservative spectrum; tea party types, fiscal conservatives and others, that it’s time to consolidate around Gov. Romney.”

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From a recent Pawlenty interview on Minnesota Public Radio:

Pawlenty said he will actively campaign for Mitt Romney, who is among the leading contenders for the Republican presidential nomination.

Pawlenty, who endorsed Romney last month, said the former Massachusetts governor is the most qualified among those running. He also told reporters that he was excited to hear that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is backing Romney’s campaign
Pawlenty also said he’s growing concerned that party stalwarts, the media and the public are becoming too focused on crazy statements and not enough on substance.
“Eisenhower warned of the military industrial complex,” he said. “There is a political, entertainment and media complex that has developed where politics and news and entertainment are fusing together in a way that is starting to mimic cartoons in a way or reality TV.”

You may listen to the podcast here (Part 1, Romney mentioned @4:45, 8:00, 17:13):

UPDATE – Governor Pawlenty did an excellent job advocating for Governor Romney. It’s good to have him on our team! To read the transcript of the Pawlenty/Jindal interview with David Gregory click here. (Scroll way down.)

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Rick Perry’s Jobs Plan Falls Short, Romney’s Plan The Whole Shebang

Rick Perry unveiled a jobs plan today that mostly centers on the development of America’s energy resources. While energy development is a crucial step in boosting our economy and can strengthen our national security, for Perry being touted as the ‘jobs governor’, his plan is somewhat of a one-pony plan.

Mitt Romney’s comprehensive jobs plan addresses all areas of the economy and will lead to more than 11 million new private sector jobs in the next four years. He details ways in which to rebuild the foundations of the American economy on the principles of free enterprise, hard work, and innovation.

Romney’s plan emphasizes critical structural adjustments rather than short-term fixes. It seeks to reduce taxes, spending, regulation, and government programs. It seeks to increase trade, energy production, human capital, and labor flexibility. It relinquishes power to the states instead of claiming to have the solution to every problem.

Job one from day one: revive the economy and encourage job growth. On his first day in office, Romney will send five bills to Congress and issue five executive orders that will get government out of the way and restore America to the path of robust economic growth that we need to create jobs.

Governor Romney lays out more than fifty policy proposals across seven different areas: Taxes, Regulation, Trade, Energy, Labor, Human Capital, And Fiscal Policy. The specific proposals include fundamental tax reform, a significant overhaul of the federal regulatory system, innovative new approaches for opening foreign markets to American exports and for confronting China over its unfair trade practices, an aggressive commitment to developing America’s energy resources, and a dramatically reduced role in the economy for the federal government.

Romney’s Campaign Predicted That His Overall Plan Would Lead To 4 Percent Annual Growth In The U.S. Economy, And Create 11.5 Million New Jobs Over Four Years.” (FoxNews.com, 9/6/11)

According to data cited by the Perry campaign, the timeline of Governor Perry’s estimate of 1.2 million new jobs is over the next thirteen years:

Governor Perry Estimates His Plan Could “Generate Up To 1.25 Million Jobs.” (Rick Perry, “Energizing Jobs And American Security,” RickPerry.org,10/14/11)

Wood Mackenzie Data Cited In Perry’s Plan Estimates That 1,262,035 Jobs Would Be Created By 2025. (“U.S. Supply Forecast And Potential Jobs And Economic Impacts, 2012-2030,” Wood Mackenzie, 9/7/11)

• This translates into 8,090 jobs created per month from the beginning of 2012 through the end of 2024.
• (1,262,035 / 13 years / 12 months = 8,090)

Wood Mackenzie Estimates That 668,462 Jobs Would Be Created By 2015. (“U.S. Supply Forecast And Potential Jobs And Economic Impacts, 2012-2030,” Wood Mackenzie, 9/7/11)

• This translates into 18,568 jobs created per month from the beginning of 2012 through the end of 2014.
• (668,462 / 36 months = 18,568)

Governor Perry’s “Jobs Plan” Consists Of Less Than 7% Of The Jobs Needed To Keep Pace With Population Growth:

A Common Estimate Of The Number Of New Jobs Needed To Keep Up With Population Growth Is 125,000 Per Month. (The New York Times, 7/8/11)

Perry’s estimate of 1.25 million jobs by 2025 – or 8,090 per month over that period – would create less than 7% of the number of jobs needed to merely keep pace with population growth.

• (8,090 jobs per month / 125,000 jobs to keep up with population = 0.0647)

Perry’s estimate of 668,462 jobs by 2015 – or 18,568 per months over that period – would create less than 15% of the number of jobs needed to merely keep pace with population growth.

• (18,568 jobs per month / 125,000 jobs to keep up with population = 0.1485)

Under Governor Perry’s leadership, jobs in Texas haven’t kept up with population growth either:

Over One Million Texans Are Out Of Work, Reflecting An Increase Of Nearly 140% During Perry’s Tenure. In August 2011, there were an estimated 1,036,563 unemployed workers in Texas. When Perry took office in December 2000, there were an estimated 434,408 unemployed workers in Texas.(Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, 10/14/11)

The Unemployment Rate In Texas Is 8.5% – More Than Twice As High As When Perry Took Office. When Governor Perry took office in December 2000, the unemployment rate was 4.2%. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, 10/14/11)

The Unemployment Rate In Texas Has Been At 8% Or Above For Twenty-Four Consecutive Months. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, 10/14/11)

The Unemployment Rate In Texas Is At A Level Not Seen Since June 1987 – Nearly A Quarter Of A Century Ago. (Bureau of Labor Statistics,www.bls.gov, 10/14/11)

In August 2011, Twenty-Six States Had A Lower Unemployment Rate Than Texas. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, 10/14/11)

Perry’s jobs plan falls short. Romney’s plan is the whole shebang.

To view Mitt Romney’s jobs plan book Believe in America: Mitt Romney’s Plan for Jobs and Economic Growth click here.

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Northwest Endorsements for Romney: OR Rep Walden, WA Secty of State Reed, Former Rep Nethercutt + Video

Autumn washes over the misty landscape at Tumalo Falls near Bend, Oregon. Elected officials from the northwest have endorsed Gov Mitt Romney: Congressman Greg Walden (R-Oregon), Washington Secty of State Repub Sam Reed, and Congressman George Nethercutt (R-WA). 10/14/11 (Photo/Mike Putnam)

Out of the northwest, Romney endorsements roll…


Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today announced the support of Oregon Congressman Greg Walden.

I am proud to have Congressman Greg Walden supporting my campaign,” said Mitt Romney. “With his help, I look forward to defeating President Obama. It is time to get Americans back to work.”

Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR)

Announcing his support, Congressman Walden said, “Today, I am announcing my endorsement and full support for Governor Mitt Romney in his campaign for president. As the senior elected Republican in Oregon, I would not normally wade into a primary, but these are not normal times. I personally know several of the other candidates and have great respect for their willingness to run and for the integrity and honesty they bring to the debate. But the country under President Obama has become more divided and the people are worse off. Governor Romney is best qualified to run, win and govern effectively.”

“As an Oregonian, I want a president I can partner with to help restore jobs in our timbered communities, enhance our farm economy and stop the over-the-top proposed federal rules that will ship our jobs overseas,” said Walden. “I want a president who is serious about fixing the tax code in a way that will grow our economy. And I want a president who will work with Congress to get America’s fiscal house in order, not one that’s just looking for a political fight. I look forward to working closely with Governor Romney and his team on natural resource policy and telecommunications policy, both of which I’m deeply involved with in Congress. We have the opportunity to make this America’s greatest century. And I look forward to doing my part to elect a president who can lead our country’s renewal and growth.”

Background On Congressman Walden:

Congressman Greg Walden Has Represented Oregon’s 2nd Congressional District In The U.S. House Of Representatives Since 1999. He serves as chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology and is also Chairman of the House Republican Leadership. Prior to entering Congress, Walden owned a small business with his wife.


Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today announced the support of Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed and former Congressman George Nethercutt.

Secty of State Sam Reed, WA state

I am honored to have the support of Sam Reed and George Nethercutt,” said Mitt Romney. “They are committed public servants who share my vision for getting our country back to work. I am glad to have them behind my campaign and my efforts to defeat President Obama in 2012.”

Announcing his support, Sam Reed said, “Washington voters are looking for a leader who will get our fiscal house in order and put unemployed Americans back to work. In this field of candidates, Mitt Romney stands out as not only the most experienced, but also our best chance to take back the White House.”

“President Obama’s fiscal recklessness has failed to get millions of Americans back to work,” said George Nethercutt. “Our country needs a leader who will offer solutions, not empty rhetoric. Mitt Romney understands how the economy works and how to create jobs. He has the experience to prove it. I am proud to support him.”

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Background On Sam Reed And George Nethercutt:

Congressman George Nethercutt (R-WA)

Sam Reed Has Served As Washington’s Secretary Of State Since 2000. Previously, he was elected Thurston County Auditor. He also served as Assistant Secretary of State and Director of the Urban Affairs Commission and the Constitutional Reform Commission. From 2005 to 2007, Reed was an advisor to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

George Nethercutt Represented Washington’s 5th Congressional District In The U.S. House Of Representatives From 1995 To 2005. He served on the House Committee on Appropriations. In 2005, President George W. Bush appointed Nethercutt as U.S. Chairman of the Permanent Joint Board on Defense-U.S./Canada. Prior to entering Congress, he worked in the U.S. Senate and practiced law. The founder and chairman of the George Nethercutt Foundation, he is active with several community service organizations.

We’re loving the endorsements!

► Jayde Wyatt

New Romney Web Ad Focuses on Obama: Nervous?

What is President Obama worried about?

Jobs? The economy? Home foreclosures? Spending?

Or, his reelection campaign?

Romney is receiving attention from the Obama administration… In response, Romney for President has released a new web video, “Nervous?” The video highlights that President Obama is more worried about his campaign than fixing the country’s economy:

In case you missed this yesterday…

FNC’s Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry was chosen for the first question at yesterday’s joint news conference between President Obama and Lee Myung-Bak, President of South Korea. Using a quote about Obama from Mitt Romney, in which Romney criticized Obama’s leadership, Henry asked the president about the alleged Iranian terror plot.

Obama responded with, “I didn’t know you were the spokesman for Mitt Romney.”

Later, in an interview with Megyn Kelly, Henry explained, “I was trying to put it in the broader context of not just Mitt Romney, but there are a lot of Republicans out there who would charge that this president leads from behind.”

He decided not to engage with Mitt Romney,” said Henry.

Then, there is this:

Romney Trying to Win Election With Web Ads?

What’s most interesting […] is that Romney has yet to run a TV ad in the primary or caucus states in support of his 2012 presidential bid, according to the Weigel Blog on Slate.

The primary and caucus elections are some of the first steps in the Presidential election process, so they are the likely first targets for political ads. Weigel points out that many of the Republican candidates have been gun-shy about running TV ads.

It’s possible the candidates are waiting to amass more funds to pay for more-expensive airtime. Or, they could be engaged in an informal standoff for who will try to rule the airwaves.

On the other hand, web ads are a smart move. They are relatively cheaper to make and broadcast and naturally appeal to younger, web-savvy voters — traditionally a weak spot for Republicans.

Does Romney have a shot? Is his web strategy a hit or a mistake?

DO answer the question here.

► Jayde Wyatt