Utah Events: Ann Romney Comes to Town, BYU vs. UVU Call-a-Thon, and Super Saturday

Ann Romney will be in Utah this Friday, December 2nd.

A recent email from the campaign’s Utah Field Director informs of three important, upcoming events. See the email below and be sure to RSVP!

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Things are getting pretty exciting at the Romney Utah campaign office in Orem with the first ballots being cast for the Republican nomination in just a few weeks. We have three huge events coming up in the next few days that I’d like to personally invite you to:

Thursday, December 1st from 6pm to 9pm will be College Night: BYU vs UVU – Which school’s volunteers will make the most calls for Mitt? Volunteers from the winning school will receive some great prizes. To participate, please email me at EVoccola@MittRomney.com with your name, cell phone number, and the school you’re competing for.

Friday, December 2nd at 1:45pm we will hold a Meet and Greet with special guest Ann Romney. Attire is casual. Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to EVoccola@MittRomney.com

Saturday, December 3rd from 7:00am to 9:00pm is Super Saturday – Utah will be participating in a national Romney campaign competition with states throughout the country to make the most calls for Mitt. To participate in Super Saturday, please email me at EVoccola@MittRomney.com with your name, cell phone number, and let me know the shift you’d like to sign up for.

Super Saturday Shift Schedule:
Shift 1: 7am – 9am
Shift 2: 9am – 12pm
Shift 3: 12pm – 3pm
Shift 4: 3pm – 6pm
Shift 5: 6pm – 9pm

Romney Utah Campaign Office
1120 S 1350 W
Orem, UT 84058

Located behind the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, in the Wolverine Crossing complex directly across from the 5 Buck Pizza (I-15, exit 269)

Please make sure you pass along these invitations to your friends, family, and neighbors interested in doing their part to help Mitt.

Thanks!

Elissa Voccola
Utah Field Director
801-900-3149
EVoccola@MittRomney.com

P.S. Anyone who can’t make it to a call center in person can make calls from home.

Just Released: New Romney TV Ad, Set to Air in New Hampshire and Iowa

Mitt Romney is a conservative businessman who understands how economies grow. He knows that stopping the growth of the federal government is essential for growing the private sector.

Mitt Romney: “I spent my life in the private sector. I’ve competed with companies around the world. I’ve learned something about how it is that economies grow.

“But we’re not going to balance the budget just by pretending that all they have to do is take out the waste. We’re going to have to cut spending. And I’m in favor of cutting spending, capping federal spending as a percentage of GDP at 20 percent or less, and having a balanced budget amendment.

“The right answer for America is to stop the growth of the federal government and to start the growth of the private sector.”

Here’s the Iowa version:

Bret Baier Goes One-on-One with Gov. Mitt Romney in Miami


How did Mitt do? He seemed flustered at one point and legitimately surprised that he had to answer some of the same questions Bret has asked him in every interview since 2008. On the other hand, Mitt had a great push-back for the flip-flop accusations. I’d love to hear what you think.

It’s gotta be frustrating when Bret Baier picks up DNC talking points instead of actually doing his job and trying to tell the truth. If Bret was just trying to give Mitt a chance to refute the lies, that’s one thing, but it felt like Bret was attacking at some points instead of just asking questions. On Bret’s “Special Report”, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard commentators make the suggestion that Mitt explain the health care issue or complain that Mitt doesn’t explain his flip-flops. Mitt has addressed both of these issues to Bret Baier himself several times in the past, and that is probably a big reason why Mitt was almost dumbfounded as to why he was getting these questions again. If Baier was doing his job, he would save the tape from past interviews and play it to correct people when they falsely assert that Mitt never talks about these issues. To sit idly by while people on his show spew ill-informed information or, even worse, to agree with them, is inexcusable.

Update: It seems Kathryn Lopez from townhall has some sympathy for Mitt.

Obama & DNC Obsessed with Romney, Legislators Blast DNC Ad, Defend Romney

Further proof of the obsession Obama and his heart throbs at the Democrat National Committee have for Mitt Romney – they continue to aggressively target him. Viewing him as the likely GOP nominee, they released a piece-of-work ad yesterday, which includes the ‘usual’ – misleading use of Romney’s past words, taking quotes out of context (their usual modus operandi), etc. They also put the stink on the internet in the form of a new anti-Romney website and held misleading press conference calls.

While campaigning in Florida today, Romney was asked about the DNC’s latest actions. He replied that he took it as proof that he’s doing well. Romney also added, “Bring it on!

Romney’s Press office released a long list of legislators who issued statements on the Democratic National Committee’s misleading advertisement and press conference calls:

TIM PAWLENTY: OBAMA DOES NOT WANT TO DEFEND THREE YEARS OF FAILURE

“President Obama’s policies have been utter failures for the middle class: he has failed to create jobs and has burdened future generations with massive amounts of debt. This Administration does not want to campaign against Mitt Romney and be forced to defend three years of failure. Instead of focusing on the middle class and job creation, President Obama and Democrats are focused on campaigning and trying to tear down Mitt Romney.”

OH LEGISLATORS HOTTINGER, ROSENBERGER AND WAGONER: PRESIDENT OBAMA NOT FOCUSED ON JOB CREATION

“President Obama’s policies have failed to bring jobs back to Ohio and have devastated the middle class. The last thing that President Obama and his Democratic allies want to do is campaign against Mitt Romney and be responsible for three years of job losses and rising debt. Instead of focusing on revitalizing our economy, President Obama and Democrats only want to focus on tearing down Mitt Romney.”

WI SEN. TED KANAVAS: PRESIDENT OBAMA FOCUSED ON TEARING DOWN MITT ROMNEY, NOT CREATING JOBS

“President Obama’s policies have failed to create jobs in Wisconsin and have devastated the middle class. The last thing that President Obama and his campaign want to do is run against Mitt Romney and be held accountable for the economic failures of the last three years. So, instead of trying to create jobs for the middle class, President Obama and his campaign have focused on tearing down Mitt Romney.”

MA HOUSE MINORITY LEADER BRAD JONES: “WE NEED NEW LEADERSHIP IN THE WHITE HOUSE”

“President Obama’s policies have been failures that continue to wreak havoc on the middle class. Instead of creating jobs and helping the middle class, President Obama and his campaign continue to focus on tearing down Mitt Romney. After three years of failed policies, it is clear that we need new leadership in the White House.”

SEN. MEL MARTINEZ: ROMNEY WILL DEFEAT OBAMA ON ECONOMY

“It is unsurprising that President Obama and the Democratic Party machine are relentlessly attacking Mitt Romney. Having failed to turn around the economy, they have no choice but to run a negative campaign against the presidential candidate best equipped to bring them to account for three years of economic mismanagement that has left millions of Americans without work.”

NH SEN. JEB BRADLEY: OBAMA CAMPAIGN ATTEMPTING TO DISTRACT ATTENTION AWAY FROM THIS ADMINISTRATION’S DISMAL RECORD

“After three years in office, President Obama has failed to create jobs and turn around the economy. Instead, his policies continue to cripple the middle class and pile on staggering amounts of debt. As millions of Americans look for work, the Obama campaign and Democrats are attempting to distract attention away from this administration’s dismal record. The attack they have launched against Mitt Romney shows just how worried they are about facing him in the general election.”

FORMER IOWA GOP CHAIRMAN BRIAN KENNEDY: OBAMA TRYING TO DISTRACT VOTERS FROM FAILED ECONOMIC RECORD

“President Obama’s policies have failed the middle class. It is clear that this Administration would rather distract from its failed record and not talk about the economy. Instead of creating jobs and getting spending under control, President Obama and his Democratic allies have focused on attacking Mitt Romney.”

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FL News: Three Cuban-American leaders From Miami Endorse Romney

This morning, the Sunshine State will yield three noteworthy endorsements for Mitt Romney from Miami Cuban-American leaders: U.S. Reps Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Mario Diaz-Balart, and his brother, former congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart

Romney snags backing of Florida Latino lawmakers
By Philip Rucker
Nov 29, 2011

U.S. Rep Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)

MIAMI – When Mitt Romney visits a guava paste and papaya chunks wholesaler here on Tuesday, he’ll pick up endorsements from a powerful trio of Cuban-American Republicans whose support eluded him four years ago but whose political networks could help him this go around in the critical Florida primary.

Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, as well as his brother, former congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart, are scheduled to endorse Romney’s presidential campaign on Tuesday morning in Miami, according to a Romney campaign official. They are expected to join the former Massachusetts governor when he discusses his economic plan at Conchita Foods, a family-owned local business that was started in Cuba but moved to Florida a few years after Fidel Castro took control in 1959.

Ros-Lehtinen and the Diaz-Balart brothers are joining Romney’s campaign as foreign policy advisers and members of his Latin American Working Group. Romney is trying to solidify his support among the state’s GOP establishment, in particular leaders of South Florida’s Cuban-American community, in

Fmr Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL)

advance of the Jan. 31 primary. Romney has already won the endorsement of former senator Mel Martinez, another prominent Cuban-American politician, as well as a slew of current Florida office-holders.
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In reporting on the new endorsements Monday night, The Miami Herald wrote that Romney had won “the ultimate Cuban-American endorsement trifecta.” The newspaper quoted a supporter of Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s, Miami-Dade School Board member Carlos Curbelo, as calling the news “a major boost” for Romney because in the Miami area, “their support is crucial.”

(emphasis added) Full story here.

Statement from Romney:

I am proud to be working with Ileana, Mario, and Lincoln,” said Mitt Romney. “They’re conservative leaders who will help me articulate my vision to make America more prosperous at home and respected throughout the world.”

Announcing her support, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said, “The policies of the past three years have put America’s standing in the world at risk. It is time we had a president who understands that our country must lead. Mitt Romney believes that America is an exceptional nation and has a strategy to restore our country’s greatness. The Romney plan for economic growth will create jobs and opportunities for all, especially for South Floridians, who are passionate in their pursuit of the American dream.”

U.S. Rep Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL)

“The world is a more secure place when America is leading boldly,” said Congressman Diaz-Balart. “We need a president who won’t apologize for America, but will work to secure free markets, economic opportunity, and human rights for all people around the world. Mitt Romney is that leader who will make America stronger and more respected in the world.”

Mitt Romney is a leader who can rebuild our national defense,” said former Congressman Diaz-Balart. “Our country faces grave threats throughout the world. We need a leader who will stand up for American interests and work tirelessly for freedom and prosperity everywhere. I know Mitt Romney is ready to face these challenges and I proudly support him.”

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Background:

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Was Elected To The U.S. Congress In 1989. She represents Florida’s 18th district and is currently the Chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee. Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen is the most senior Republican woman in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Mario Diaz-Balart Represents Florida’s 21st District in the U.S. Congress. Congressman Diaz-Balart was one of the founding members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Before being elected to the U.S. House, he served in both the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate. He was elected in 2002.

Lincoln Diaz-Balart Represented Florida’s 21st District In The U.S. Congress From 1993 Until 2011. During his time in Congress, he was the Vice-Chairman of the House Rules Committee. Diaz-Balart is currently the Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute.

To view Romney’s schedule in Florida today, click below the fold.

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Tim Pawlenty, Romney’s Natl Co-Chair, Puts NH Union Leader/Gingrich Business in Perspective

Yesterday, Tim Pawlenty, National Co-Chair for the Romney campaign, put the NH Union Leader’s endorsement of Newt Gingrich in perspective…

Jonathan Martin (Politico):

Tim Pawlenty, doing surrogacy duties today for Mitt Romney, dismissed the Union Leader’s support of Newt Gingrich, framing it as just one of many New Hampshire endorsements to be had by a Republican candidate.

In a conference call with reporters, Pawlenty was clearly prepared for the question. He rattled off the list of high-profile Granite State Republicans who back Romney — former Gov. John Sununu, former Sen. Judd Gregg, Sen. Kelly Ayotte — to make his case.

“Every candidate is going to get their fair share of endorsements,” Pawlenty said, adding that Romney has “more than his fair share.”

Even as he implicitly downplayed the Union Leader’s role in the Granite State’s GOP primary process, the Minnesotan said nothing directly about the paper or Gingrich.

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We’ll be hearing more from Sununu, Gregg, and Ayotte.

UPDATE – To view Romney’s interview with the NH Union Leader Editorial Board, click here.

Oct 21, 2011 – NH Union Leader’s publisher, Joseph McQuaid offers his impressions of Romney’s interview with the UL’s editorial board (Greta Brawner, host):



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UPDATE: MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell does his best to be an arm for the DNC and President Obama re-election campaign, but Gov. Pawlenty does a fantastic job of bringing a little truth and common sense to one of the darkest and most ignorant corners of cable news.

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

The Romney Campaign Exposes President Obama With the Words of Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz

FROM THE ARCHIVES: CONGRESSWOMAN WASSERMAN SCHULTZ ON BARACK OBAMA

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz Accused Obama of Breaking a Promise to Not Campaign In Early States:

Wasserman Schultz Said Of Obama: “His Word Doesn’t Always Mean What He Says.” WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: “I can tell you that, in Florida, we believe that we are a significant factor in national elections and that we are going to matter, whether there is a pledge or not, and that at this point, with Senator Obama’s clear violation of the pledge, which does show that his word doesn’t always mean what he says, that it’s now our time to review all the options on the table.” (Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, News Conference, 1/21/08)

Wasserman Schultz Criticized The Obama Campaign For “Below The Belt” Negative Personal Attacks:

Wasserman Schultz Suggested The Obama Campaign’s Talk Of “Hope” Was Hypocritical And That His Campaign Was Engaged In “Below The Belt” And “Out Of Bounds” Personal Attacks. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: “You know, Senator Obama set a tone for this campaign and has talked about the politics of hope throughout and has repeatedly insisted that he was going to run a different kind of campaign and not degenerate into negative personal attacks. You know, it’s one thing for the candidates to talk about the differences between the two of them on how they would govern on the choices that they’d make. But to – for either the candidate or his senior advisers to degenerate into negative personal attacks and name-calling, which clearly was the result of frustration and anger over his losses on Tuesday, is just – it’s below the belt, and it’s out of bounds. And it is not – those kinds of comments are not appropriate for a senior adviser to continue to be affiliated with a campaign for president of the United States.” (Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Teleconference, 3/7/08)

Wasserman Schultz Said The Obama Campaign Launched Attacks As “A Result of Frustration and Anger.” “Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida came on the line next and told reporters who were listening in, ‘Senator Obama set a tone for this campaign and talked about the politics of hope.’ She added ‘those kinds of comments are not appropriate for a senior advisers.’ Schultz reduced [Samantha] Power’s comments to ‘the result of frustration and anger over his losses on Tuesday.’” (Katharine Jose, “Clinton Campaign: Fire Samantha Power,” New York Observer, 3/7/08)

Wasserman Schultz Suggested Obama Didn’t Have The Track Record To Prove Himself To Jewish Voters:

Wasserman Schultz Said That While Obama “Says All The Right Things,” He Doesn’t Have The “Longevity” To Prove His Fidelity To Jewish Voters. “‘The main reason she wins and will continue to win the majority of the Jewish vote is this is a community very much about ‘Show me, don’t tell me,’’ Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz of Florida told The New York Sun yesterday. ‘With Senator Obama, although he says all the right things, he just doesn’t have that longevity to prove to Jewish voters that he will be there like Hillary Clinton.’ Asked if there was anything specific in Mr. Obama’s record that should give Jewish voters pause, the congresswoman said, ‘There’s no pause? It’s just that he’s starting completely from scratch.’” (Josh Gerstein, “Indyk Rushes To Ohio For Clinton,” The New York Sun, 2/26/08)

Wasserman Schultz Accused The Obama Campaign Of Trying To Suppress The Vote In Florida:

Wasserman Schultz Said Obama’s Supporters Were Trying To Discourage Floridians From Voting In The Presidential Primary. REP. DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: “And as a Floridian, I can tell you that it’s become clear to me, given Senator Obama’s supporters’ efforts around the state to suppress the vote and discourage people from voting here — because he clearly is going to get overwhelmed by Senator Clinton’s support — that now they’ve seen that that’s not enough to stem the tide of victory that she is riding on and that the bounce that she would get from winning Florida next Tuesday, which is clear is going to happen, is going to propel her to victories across the country on February 5th.” (Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, News Conference, 1/21/08)

Wasserman Schultz Said Elected Officials Supporting Obama Told Communities And Neighborhood Associations To Skip The Primary Because “Their Vote Won’t Count.” WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: “[W]e have had elected officials that are supporters of Senator Obama who have literally gone around to condominium communities and to other neighborhood associations and told them that their vote won’t count; they can skip the presidential preference primary because Florida doesn’t have any delegates, and they should only vote on the constitutional amendment that is on our ballot as well.” (Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, News Conference, 1/21/08)

Wasserman Schultz: Obama “Has Desperately Tried To Have His Supporters Suppress The Vote” And Implied That “Florida Doesn’t Matter.” WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: “What is clear is that Senator Obama has pushed the panic button. I mean, he has lost three contests in other states in a row. He has desperately tried to have his supporters suppress the vote here, try to imply, you know, either indirectly or almost directly, that Florida doesn’t matter.” (Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, News Conference, 1/21/08)

Click here for Hot Air’s partial list of President Obama’s flip-flops.

Come Volunteer for Mitt Romney In Salt Lake City!

Since we are only a few weeks away from the first ballots being cast to determine our nominee for president, we need all hands on deck to help Mitt Romney win the primary elections.

This Saturday, December 3rd, the campaign will hold a Salt Lake Call Day, and volunteers in Salt Lake City located at 4548 South Atherton Drive Drive, Suite 205 Salt Lake City Utah 84123. The call center will be located on the second floor of the building.  We will post signs outside and inside the building to guide you to the call center.

The Salt Lake Call Day will be from 8am-8pm.  You can call 801-317-8201 or contact us at via e-mail at SLCForMitt@gmail.com and tell us when you can volunteer.   If you volunteer, you will be able to make calls to voters in the key early states.

Sign up today for a Salt Lake Call Day volunteer shift in Salt Lake City and join me this Saturday, December 3rd. If you want to meet the author of this article, I will be running the 11-2 shift.

I hope to see you all there!
~ Jared A.

P.S. Anyone who can’t make it to a call center in person can make calls from home.

A little Chris Christie treat for you below the fold. (more…)

More NH Sheriffs for Romney: Downing, Wiggin, Prozzo “Romney’s Skills Needed to Lead USA”

More New Hampshire sheriffs have stepped forward to heartily endorse Mitt Romney…

Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today announced the endorsements of New Hampshire Sheriffs Mike Downing (R-Rockingham County), Craig Wiggin (R-Belknap County), and Michael Prozzo (R-Sullivan County). They join Sheriffs Scott Hilliard (R-Merrimack County) and Douglas Dutile (R-Grafton County) in supporting Governor Romney.

I am proud to have earned the endorsements of these outstanding New Hampshire sheriffs,” said Mitt Romney. “I am grateful for their support and am pleased that they have joined my campaign to shrink government, cut taxes for the middle class and create jobs.”

For three years, President Obama has failed to turn around our struggling economy. We have seen an increase in evictions and foreclosures. People need jobs, real jobs, to pay their rent and mortgages. Those that are released after being incarcerated have an even harder time finding employment and reintegrating into society. The cycle has to stop and people need results not empty promises,” said Sheriff Downing. “Mitt Romney has spent 25 years in the private sector balancing budgets, growing companies and creating jobs. He understands how our economy works and how to get our country back on track. Mitt has the experience, knowledge and skills required to lead our country and to defeat President Obama in 2012.”

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Background on Sheriffs Mike Downing, Craig Wiggins and Michael Prozzo:

Mike Downing Was Elected Rockingham County Sheriff In 2010. He previously served in the New Hampshire State Senate from 2006-2010. Downing also served three terms in the New Hampshire House from 1996-2002 where he was a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Resources, Recreation and Development Committee. Mike is a veteran of the Army 82nd Airborne Division; served as a member of the New Hampshire State Police and the Town of Salem Police Department; and is a former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Salem Haven nursing home and Silverthorne Adult Day Care.

Craig Wiggin Was First Appointed Belknap County Sheriff In 2007 After The Retirement Of The Previous Sheriff. He was elected in 2008 and reelected in 2010. Sheriff Wiggin attended the 61st NH Police Training Academy Class and became a full-time police officer inLaconia in 1982. He joined the NH State Police as a Trooper in 1984, where he served for the next 21 years. During his State Police career, he had many different assignments, including Field Training Officer, a member of the Motorcycle and Special Enforcement Units, and Detective. He was a Detective for 9 years, including assignments as a lead investigator and Sergeant with the Major Crime Unit. He was promoted through the command ranks of the State Police, eventually completing his career in 2005 at the rank of Major, responsible for the Field Operations Bureau.

Michael Prozzo Was First Elected Sullivan County Sheriff In 1994. He was reelected in 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010. He previously served as the chief of Claremont’s police department from 1988-1994.

A real badge of recommendation for Mitt…

Thank you Sheriffs Downing, Wiggins, and Prozzo!

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Ann Coulter had a lot to say about Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich earlier today. Check below the fold to read she said.

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Fmr Iowa Rep Christopher Rants: “Romney Has Judgment, Character, Smarts – Best Choice”

Christopher Rant, former Iowa State Rep and longtime Republican opinion maker in the Hawkeye State, has endorsed Mitt Romney.

A former 18 year Iowa state legislator (who also served as IA House Speaker), Christopher Rants, has endorsed Mitt Romney. He supported Romney four years ago, and after taking a good, hard look at the GOP field this time, decided Romney is still THE MAN.

Rants spoke highly of Romney yesterday in an opinion column in the Sioux City Journal:

THE REGULARS: Mitt Romney represents GOP’s best choice to face Obama
by Christopher Rants
November 27, 2011

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If you are looking for a quick guide on who to support in the Iowa caucus, that’s all you really need to know. I believe that Mitt Romney is the best candidate running, and would be the best president.

I’ve got 600 words to make my case, but let me use just one for starters: “competence.”

I’ve watched the series of GOP debates asking myself: Is this really the best my party has to offer? The gaffes. The lack of intellectual curiosity. The embarrassing revelations. For Republicans to slough off or excuse any of it is a profound disservice to our party. We wouldn’t cut Democrats any slack for the same transgressions.

Through it all Romney is the candidate to emerge unscathed. That requires both discipline and competence. While Republicans say they don’t think about electability, but prefer ideological perfection, the ability to effectively run a national campaign against the Obama team does matter. There is no room for error.

Americans are looking for a president who will jump start the economy. In that regard, Mitt Romney is the only logical choice. No other candidate can compare to his business background. Sorry, not even Herman Cain. Romney’s career in the private sector taught him the skills he needed to rescue the 2002 Olympics. His ability to turn around a large organization, and do it under public scrutiny, is good practice for the White House.

Catch phrases like “999″ or simplistic “cut the red tape” slogans are not enough to put our economy back on track and to prepare our workforce and employers for global competition with Asia and India. …

Mitt’s 59-point economic plan may not be a quotable sound bite, but only Romney has demonstrated that he is competent to the task.

Four years ago I asked every Republican candidate how we could compete for jobs with India and China. Most looked at me blankly and then started talking about Iraq and terrorism. Only Mitt Romney understood the question – and better yet, talked for 20 minutes about his answer. For fear of embarrassment, I’d be afraid to ask this year’s field.

Knowing that social conservative groups in Iowa, including influential evangelical group The Family Leader, run by Bob Vander Plaats, met secretly and plan to meet again to join forces to support a candidate (Romney wasn’t even considered – what does that tell you?) and are leaning toward bulging-baggage Newt Gingrich (whose record and values set off conservative security systems!), made me especially enjoy Rant’s conclusion:

Romney’s squeaky clean image may make for late-night television fodder, but the fact remains that Mitt is a deeply moral man. There will be no tales of behavior unbecoming a president to use against him. … I know that Romney shares my values. Mike Huckabee, long viewed as the leader of the anti-Mitt crowd, recently said of those who harbor suspicions, “Mitt Romney may not be their first choice, but Mitt Romney every day of the week and twice on Sunday is going to be a much more effective president for issues that they care about than Barack Obama.”

It is imperative we nominate someone we trust to respond to the unknown challenges in a thoughtful, disciplined, and competent way. Who has the judgment, character and, frankly, the smarts to respond to a crisis? I trust Mitt Romney.

(emphasis added ) Check out Rant’s facebook page here, website here.

I’m struck by the hypocrisy of evangelicals who may be flocking toward Newt Gingrich:

“Under normal circumstances, Gingrich would have some real problems with the social-conservative community,” says Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council. “But these aren’t normal circumstances.”

Identity based politics? Religious bias?

My, my…

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