House Majority Leader Eric Cantor: Romney is THE MAN


Following a rock-solid win in Washington state last night and fresh off Michigan and Arizona victories, the good news leading to Super Tuesday continues for Governor Mitt Romney. He received a key endorsement this morning…

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) says Romney is the only candidate who has come out with a bold pro-growth, pro-jobs plan for the future:

Eric Cantor - Majority Leader, U.S. House of Representatives

Cantor announced his endorsement two days before his home state, Virginia, is set to hold its primary. Romney is a strong favorite in the state, because Ron Paul is the only other candidate who managed to qualify for the ballot.

“I cast my vote already in Virginia for Mitt Romney and I’m here today to tell you that I’m endorsing Mitt Romney in his candidacy for the Presidency of the United States,” Cantor said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday morning.

“Who’s going to best be able to lead this economy back to a growth mode, create jobs so people can feel better about the future,” he added. “And I just think there’s one candidate in the race who can do that, and that’s Mitt Romney.”

Cantor personally called Romney last week, the day after the former Massachusetts governor won the Michigan and Arizona primaries, to say he would publicly support Romney, said Eric Fehrnstrom, a Romney senior adviser told reporters traveling aboard the candidate’s plane Sunday morning en route to Atlanta.

Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom weighed in:

“Republicans want coat tails, not concrete shoes,” Fehrnstrom said. “Rick Santorum is a concrete shoe for Republicans who are running for the Senate or for the House. . .He didn’t say it, but I’ve got to believe that in the back of Eric Cantor’s mind is maintaining the Republican majority in the House. I think it’s easier to do that with Mitt Romney at the top of the ticket as our strongest possible jobs candidate.

Stressing the importance and historical nature of the upcoming presidential election, Cantor firmly believes Romney can beat Obama next fall. Continue reading here.

Cantor’s endorsement on Meet the Press:

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Cantor is the second-ranking Republican in the House.

Romney is backed by 16 U.S. senators, 67 House members, and 10 governors. Ron Paul has the backing of one senator… Rand Paul. Gingrich has the backing of one governor – Rick Perry.

Now, that’s political pudding filled with plenty of proof for which candidate is most respected and trusted!

► Jayde Wyatt

Mitt Romney: Wins WA — Super Tuesday Delegates — “Most Qualified” — Georgia: Can Gingrich Fail?

Following the big Michigan and Arizona wins this week, the WSJ published an article titled, “Contest Shifts to Super Tuesday’s High Gear.” See excerpts here along with table illustrating the delegate count leading into next Tuesday:

Of course, by prevailing on Tuesday night, Mr. Romney also increases the stakes for his opponents. Mike DuHaime, a Republican strategist who managed Rudy Giuliani’s White House bid in 2008 and remains unaligned this year, said Mr. Romney’s win “creates a great deal of pressure on the other candidates to show strongly next week, or the pressure will mount for them to drop out so as not to unnecessarily drag out the process.”
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Sen. Rob Portman, chairman of the Ohio Romney campaign, said he believed Mr. Romney would overtake Mr. Santorum after voters focus on his economic policies and message. “Mitt Romney will provide the type of conservative leadership that we need to spur economic growth and create jobs,” said Mr. Portman.

SUPER TUESDAY DELEGATES

Looking ahead to Super Tuesday, Governor Romney won the Washington caucuses today by a healthy margin. The New York Times reported this:

The victory gives Mr. Romney some momentum heading into the big contests this week on Super Tuesday, when 10 states vote. With 81 percent of the Washington votes counted on Saturday night, Mr. Romney had won about 37 percent, with Mr. Paul at 25 percent, Mr. Santorum at 24 percent and Mr. Gingrich at 11 percent.

“The voters of Washington have sent a signal that they do not want a Washington insider in the White House,” Mr. Romney said in a statement as he campaigned in Ohio.

The article continues after referring to a Santorum comment as to how he would transform Ohio if elected (several more photos too): (more…)

Santorum: “A Niche Candidate” — Disorganized — Imploding — Tells Host: “Do your homework buddy!” — Lies — Host: “You are unelectable”

You will recall that before Rick Perry dropped out of the race, his campaign organization started to splinter and bickering was common among their ranks. Same thing has happened with the Gingrich camp a couple of times and he has stayed in the race (in my opinion) from sheer ambition and revenge. From everything I am reading about the Santorum camp, his poor organizational skills, coupled with a lack of executive leadership experience appear to be catching up to him and the campaign team. Super Tuesday is a very good test for Mr. Santorum.

AP Photo / Paul Vernon

Earlier today, the Associated Press published an article by Steve Peoples titled, “Disorganization Marring Rick Santorum’s Campaign.” Peoples writes:

Almost as soon as Rick Santorum’s advisers outlined a new strategy for staying on message after he lost to Mitt Romney in Michigan, it was abandoned, a victim of the disorganization that’s marked his campaign and raised questions about his ability to compete against Romney over the long haul.

“They could be much better on discipline,” said Republican operative Michael Dennehy, a top aide for Sen. John McCain four years ago. “They’ve been very open about their change in messaging after Tuesday’s election. It lasted about 12 hours.”
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That’s where Santorum stumbled in Michigan. His team blamed unflattering media coverage but conceded that their candidate suffered from the perception that he was off message when he defended polarizing comments questioning the value of higher education, the separation of church and state, and even Satan’s influence on America.
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At the American Croatian Lodge in Willoughby, Ohio, Santorum said it was impossible to talk about the economy without talking about the importance of two-parent families.
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[AP article continues below the YouTube clip]

Santorum gave an interview in Ohio this week on Bill Cunningham’s syndicated show in which Santorum gets very agitated and seems to be in motion to self-destruct or implode. At the very least, Santorum is displaying a major chip on his shoulder as he complains about the media, telling Cunningham to “do your homework buddy!” Cunningham tells him that he seems to have become “a niche candidate like Ron Paul”

In the second YouTube (below the fold), Scott Sloan slams Santorum when he says of him, “He started to go porcupine on me and shoot quills!” The irony of this YouTube is that Cunningham is a Roman Catholic and he comes right out and tells Santorum that he wants him to be elected President — but does not think he can win. As you listen to this interview, ask yourself if Santorum has the decorum to be President. These questions are not difficult and they are to be expected when running for President. Candidly, I don’t think that Mr. Santorum has the temperament to hold up under the immense pressure of a general election campaign.

Try to imagine Governor Romney saying anything resembling Santorum’s comments about “church-going Catholics!” Would never happen!

Santorum treats his seat-of-the-pants campaign style like a badge of honor, often mentioning that he doesn’t employ a campaign pollster. Aides marvel at his ability to deliver lengthy speeches and even major addresses while drawing only from a handwritten list of basic points, if any notes at all.

Even he acknowledges his speaking style has its pitfalls, citing as an example his dismissal of President Barack Obama as “a snob” for promoting higher education.
[...] Two additional YouTubes follow here: (more…)

Pledge to VOTE for Mitt on Super Tuesday

MittRomney.com has set up a way for voters in all 10 of the Super Tuesday states to pledge that they will vote for Mitt on Tuesday. Send these links to voters in their respective states.

Oklahoma: http://mittromney.com/forms/oklahoma-pledge-vote

Tennessee: http://mittromney.com/forms/tennessee-pledge-vote

Virginia: http://mittromney.com/forms/virginia-pledge-vote

Vermont: http://mittromney.com/forms/vermont-pledge-vote

Alaska: http://mittromney.com/forms/alaska-pledge-vote-mitt

Idaho: http://mittromney.com/forms/idaho-pledge-caucus-mitt

Massachusetts: http://mittromney.com/forms/massachusetts-pledge-vote

North Dakota: http://mittromney.com/forms/north-dakota-pledge-caucus-mitt

Georgia: http://mittromney.com/forms/georgia-pledge-vote

Ohio: http://mittromney.com/forms/ohio-pledge-vote

Did Mitt just get another endorsement? (more…)

Romney vs. Obama on Healthcare: Obama won’t know what hit him.

Our beloved MittRomneyCentral.com website is receiving lots of traffic now from several sites linking to an old Op-Ed and selectively quoting two parts of it and reading between the lines that Romney wanted a mandate to purchase health insurance at the federal level. This is patently false. I just want to link back to some posts I wrote several months back about RomneyCare in case any readers click over here to our homepage.

In Part 2 of the three part series I wrote on the issue (Part 1 and Part 3 links) I suggested how Romney could smoke Obama in a debate when ObamaCare/RomneyCare came up with the following words/ideas.

Mr. President, when we reformed Health Care in Massachusetts we spent two years working toward a consensus. We had overwhelming public opinion support, input from the entire political spectrum (From The Heritage Foundation to Ted Kennedy), and finally passed a 72 page bill with a vote of 198-2 in the state legislature . . . getting whopping majorities from Republican, Democratic, and Independent lawmakers.

Contrast that to the bill you rammed through Congress in a matter of a few weeks and foisted upon the American people . . . a 2,700 page monstrosity that we were told would have to be passed before we could know what’s in it. A bill that squeaked through Congress by the slimmest of margins (219-212; meaning that it would have failed if only four Representatives had voted differently) only after well-documented strong-arming and promised political favors (“Louisiana Purchase” and “Cornhusker Kickaback”) . . . all this with not a single Republican voting in favor of it and 34 members of your own party voting against it. A bill that is a ugly stain on the fabric of our nation both for the ends that it aims to achieve AND the means by which it became law.

Mr President, based on the current unpopularity of your bill, and, in light of the 2010 repudiation of your party at the ballot box, I think it’s clear which type of leadership the American people prefer. Leadership that is deliberate and wise, that is not in a rush to score a political victory no matter the cost, that respects their voices and works for THEIR best interests. Wouldn’t you agree?

Make sure to check them out … and, of course, check out our site’s comprehensive and accessible page on healthcare, written up by Ben.

Romney Encourages Red Cross Donations to Help Tornado Victims

Aerial photo of the aftermath of a destructive tornado that swept through Marysville, Indiana yesterday, March 2, 2012. (Click on image to enlarge.) Photo AP/Al Behrman

It’s quite a day…

While we’re thinking about the caucuses in Washington State today and the Huckabee Presidential Forum for GOP candidates tonight, our aching hearts are with our suffering fellow Americans. So many lives have been devastated by the mass of violent tornadoes and storms that slammed the Midwest and south these past few days.

The images on the news, videos, and first-hand accounts of survivors are chilling.

Excellent advice from Governor Romney:

My heart goes out to the tornado victims. Please give what you can to the @RedCross.

Did you hear the story of the baby girl found alone in the cornfield 10 miles away from her home?

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A baby girl found alone in a field in Indiana after Friday’s massive, tornado-spawning storms is being treated in a Kentucky hospital.

A spokeswoman for the hospital in Salem, Ind., where the girl was first taken said Saturday that authorities were still trying to figure out how she ended up in the field alone. St. Vincent Salem Hospital spokeswoman Melissa Richardson says the child’s family is from New Pekin, Ind., about 10 miles south of where the child was found.

Richardson says the girl is in critical condition at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Ky. She says she can’t release the name of the girl or her family. …

20 month-old Angel Babcock, Indiana tornado survivor, March 2, 2012

UPDATE March 4, 2012:

20 month-old Angel Babcock was found alive, lying in a field surrounded by the bodies of her family following a deadly tornado in Indiana on Friday. The blonde-haired, blue-eyed child was found by rescuers forty miles west of Chelsea, in New Pekin, Indiana, and was taken to hospital where she is in critical condition. Angel’s older brother, Jayden, two, was found dead under a pile of rubble while the body of her baby sister, Kendall was found still strapped to her car seat. The body of her mother Moriah Brough, 21, was found by rescuers lying under a tree while father Joseph Babcock, 20, was discovered lying a few streets away.

Such a tragic story; reports are that little Angel has extended family who are with her in the hospital. May she have a full recovery and lots of love going forward.

UPDATE 2 – Afternoon of March 4, 2012: I’m sorry to report that little Angel has died of massive head trauma. In the midst of sorrow, there is comfort in believing that her family greeted their little darling with open arms. May the Babcock family rest in peace. And, may God bless their loved ones who must carry on without them.

There are no words…

Dazed Bill Lloyd carries his nine month old baby Mason down U.S. highway 52 near Moscow, Ohio. His home was completely demolished by a tornado on Friday, March 2, 2012. (Photo AP/The Enquirer/Gary Landers)

Although there have been varying reports, the latest count on the death toll is at 38. It’s expected to rise.

We at MRC offer our thoughts and prayers for all affected by this great disaster.

Donations may be given to the Red Cross here.

► Jayde Wyatt

Cincinnati Enquirer: “Romney Deserves Ohio’s Support”

Mitt Romney today received another:

(Thanks to the campaign’s official site, from which I borrowed the above graphic. I highly encourage you to go there and donate.)

The Cincinnati Enquirer today “wholeheartedly” endorsed Mitt Romney as the GOP nominee.

In an op ed piece the newspaper said of Governor Romney:

Republican voters can no longer ignore the obvious: There is only one GOP candidate for president who has the temperament, character and discipline to lead the nation. One candidate with the business experience and management skills befitting a chief executive. One candidate who can appeal to a broad enough spectrum of voters to win in November. That candidate is Mitt Romney.

We endorse him wholeheartedly in Tuesday’s Ohio primary. Romney is best suited to represent the GOP mainstream, advance a thoughtful conservative agenda, offer a strong alternative to President Obama and lead the nation into a new era of progress if elected this fall.

The article goes on to list Mitt’s conservative credentials, listing private sector experience, turning around the first post-9/11 Olympic games, his success working in deep blue state Massachusetts for conservative principles (cutting taxes and wiping out a deficit), his focus on problem-solving, his managerial skills, his cool temper and lack of debilitating ego.

And, of course, this election is going to be all about the national debt, the economy, and jobs:

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#UnravelTheSweater: Santorum’s Lack of Executive Experience Manifests in Ohio — Where it Counts (or not)



****** Remember Rick Santorum’s inability to qualify for the Virginia ballot (Newt Gingrich’s home state where he too is ineligble)? He also failed to file full delegate slates in Ohio (huge), Tennessee, New Hampshire, and Illinois!

Executive leadership and organizational skills matter.

Santorum failed to qualify to receive committed delegates in several Ohio congressional districts next Tuesday. Critical to Santorum is the fact that many of these “disqualified” districts are geographically located where Santorum is expected to do well Tuesday.

Oh Well


This is just more evidence of Santorum’s lack of leadership ability, organization know-how, and preparation. I wonder how all these shortcomings would fare against the Obama campaign machine?

Michael Falcone at ABC News’ THE NOTE broke the story yesterday afternoon:

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Even if Rick Santorum wins Ohio on Super Tuesday, he won’t be able to claim all of its delegates. In fact, he is at risk of forfeiting more than one-quarter of them.

In three of the state’s 16 congressional districts, including two that are near Ohio’s border with Pennsylvania, Santorum will lose any delegates he might have won because his campaign failed to meet the state’s eligibility requirements months ago.

Those three districts alone take 9 delegates out of a total of 66 off the table for Santorum.
But it gets worse: Nine more Ohio delegates may also be in jeopardy. (more…)

Governor Mitt Romney, America’s Best Choice for President

Kyle from Ultimitt.org has written this fantastic op-ed for us just in time for Super Tuesday.

On March 6th, voters from 10 states will go to the polls and vote for their party’s Presidential nominee. Republicans have four very different candidates to choose from and they would do well to support the true conservative, Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, for the Republican Presidential Nomination.

Governor Romney, whose life, at age 21, was almost cut short after a terrible car accident, is the only candidate who has never served a single day in Washington, D.C. Governor Romney’s 25-year career is one of working in the private sector. He has helped start up and help turn around companies like Staples and Domino’s Pizza who today employ over 100,000 people. He has truly earned the reputation of being a turnaround artist. As a college of law student who is about to graduate, I would love to have an economic turnaround artist working on the United States economy. With Mitt Romney as President, I am more confident that when I go to look for a job after school, I will find one.

Governor Romney’s conservative leadership was on display in Massachusetts. While working with both Republicans and Democrats to secure a balanced budget every single year of his four year term without raising taxes, Mitt cut taxes 19 times, drastically increased jobs in a state that ranked 50th in job creation when he took office, and turned a 3 billion dollar state deficit into a 2 billion dollar surplus in only 4 years! That achievement is something to be commended and exemplified. The ability to work with those that may, or may not, agree with you, to accomplish the tasks that Governor Romney was able to accomplish is what true leadership is all about.

Governor Romney has fought hard, and continues to fight hard, for the free exercise of religion. When the Obama administration reported recently that they would force Catholic hospitals and doctors to prescribe contraceptives to patients, something that the Catholic faith, and all other faiths, saw as a violation of their First Amendment rights, Governor Romney was the first to speak out about it and call out the Obama Administration for their blatant disregard for our religious freedoms.

Today, conservatives who supported Governor Romney in 2008 seem to be flip-flopping. For example, in 2008, while on the Laura Ingraham Show, Former Senator Rick Santorum stated, “I believe that Governor Romney is a true conservative and a man we can trust to continue to fight for conservative principles.” He even thanked the Governor for helping him try and pass the Traditional Marriage Act in Congress. Yet today, Senator Santorum, Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, and others, seem to have flip-flopped. It’s now become politically convenient to attack the same man, who they called a “true conservative” four years earlier.

Republicans have an opportunity on March 6th to elect a true conservative, a man of high moral character, an economic turnaround artist, and an individual who will continue to defend religious freedoms for all Americans. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is the best choice for republicans and the best choice for President of the United States.

Addendum: Watch highlights from Mitt’s energetic Washington rally and then the entire awesome Ohio rally below the fold. (more…)

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