Rocker Ted Nugent Endorses Mitt Romney

Nugent for Mitt

Move over Kid Rock; make room for another [semi] prominent rocker in the pool of Romney endorsers. Just this afternoon, Ted Nugent announced via twitter that he had had a long conversation with Mitt Romney and concluded that he is is the best to “properly represent we the people.”

The endorsement comes after Megadeath frontman, Dave Mustaine, threw his support behind Rick Santorum. Let the real battle of the bands begin!

Here’s Nugent’s tweet/endorsement:


JV Team, Second String Pulse Check: Santorum & Gingrich

Yesterday, CNN’s Tom Cohen and Politico’s Paul Simon provided some very interesting analysis and predictions concerning the future of Senator Santorum and Speaker Gingrich. Following are excerpts from their respective articles:

Santorum & Gingrich in Debate

SENATOR SANTORUM:

(Politico) Let me begin with a bold prediction: Rick Santorum will soon slide into obscurity or become a talk-show host, which sometimes is the same thing.

He has done reasonably well by not being Mitt Romney, but not being somebody else can get you only so far.

Eventually, voters want you to be somebody, even if only yourself, and that is where Santorum blows it.

Take Tuesday, when he lost the popular vote in the Michigan primary to Romney. In his nonconcession/concession speech, Santorum said, “My message of creating jobs resonated” in Michigan.

And I’ll bet you he wishes today that jobs actually had been his message. But it wasn’t.

Instead, his message was about Satan and how churches ought to be able to shape government policy and how people who wanted to send their kids to college were snobs.

And more. If you were out of work in Michigan and your unemployment benefits were about to run out, did you really want to hear Rick Santorum tell you how John F. Kennedy makes him want to “throw up”? (more…)

Ann Romney — A Tribute by Neil Cavuto

PHOTOGRAPH OF THE DAY:

Christmas with Grandchildren

As a contributor to MittRomneyCentral, one of my goals is to provide glimpses, where possible, into the lives of the Romney family in the hopes of revealing more of the human side of the man we know as “Mitt” and the woman we see introducing him at events whom we know as “Ann.” Many Americans have not followed the Republican race at all, and what they may have seen of the Romneys is likely to have been through the news media as they channel surfed TV channels. The image portrayed by the mainstream media of Governor Romney is that he is out of touch with average Americans and that he is rich. He is compassionate, a loyal family man, and he has many friends. Another look at Ann’s life:

To this end, please take a minute and watch this short video by Neil Cavuto about Ann Romney. Until I saw this clip, I was unaware that Cavuto has known Governor Romney since before the Olympics and that he has MS. This video clip is just one more “glimpse” into the life of the “better half” of Gov. Romney:


If you would like to get a little better understanding of Ann Romney (and Mitt), be sure to also watch this short video under the post titled, “Ann Romney, The Window to Mitt’s Soul

Video H/T: Greg Stapley

Addendum from Ross: Watch Ann on Fox & Friends below the fold. (more…)

Romney Jumps to Big Lead In Nation Polls

Both Rasmussen and Gallup released polls ending yesterday on Leap Day, and the results show a literal giant “leap” in support for Governor Romney. The swelling wave of momentum has come rather quickly since his dual victories in Michigan and Arizona just two days ago.

The Rasmussen poll, conducted entirely yesterday, gave Mitt a whopping +16 point advantage over Santorum, while the Gallup Poll, a five-day rolling average, puts him at a +11. (Expect that to climb higher in the next few days)

Here are the total results for the poll:
POLL Date Romney Santorum Gingrich Paul MOE Spread
Gallup 2/25 – 2/29 35 24 15 11 4% Romney +11
Rasmussen 2/29 40 24 16 12 3% Romney +16



RealClearPolitics.com tallies and graphs the rolling average of the most recent national polls in the GOP primary – polls from the most recent week or two are typically included. With the release of the Rasmussen and Gallup polls today, combined with two older polls from last week that showed Santorum with a slight lead, the RCP average now has Romney taking the lead again – the sixth time in this race that has held top spot.

RCP National Poll Average as of 1-6-2012:


35.3 Romney +6.0 29.3 Santorum 14.8 Gingrich 11.3 Paul
Perry Huntsman Bachmann Cain

RCP National Poll Average Chart:

Milestones
Romney has broken through the 40 point barrier for the first time this season, and he has become the candidate to receive the highest RCP average for any given day – sitting today at 35.3%. Again, I would expect this to go higher in the next few days when the Gallup poll results start to factor out numbers from before Romney’s wins on Tuesday.

Has the last mole been whacked?
As the candidates announced their campaigns last year Romney started out in the lead in nation polls, and he retained that lead until mid-August. Since that time we have seen the lead change from Romney, to Perry, to Romney, to Cain, to Romney, to Gingrich, to Romney, to Gingrich, to Romney, to Santorum and then back to Romney once again. Candidates have each, in turn, surged to become the official challenger to Romney, only to disappear just as quickly as they came. After all, by definition a surge is only temporary, though Newt was lucky enough to get “two rides on the roller coaster”.

So, has the last mole been whacked? I don’t know, but I’ve got a good feeling about it going into Super Tuesday next week!

~Nate G.

Addendum from Ross: Watch Rep. Paul Ryan say Romney well on his way to GOP nomination below the fold. (more…)

Mitt Romney Central – Andrew Breitbart: In Remembrance…

In remembrance

Andrew Breitbart

February 1, 1969 – March 1, 2012

We were shocked and saddened to learn today of the sudden passing of conservative activist and journalist Andrew Breitbart. While walking very early this morning near his home in Los Angeles, he collapsed. After a witness called 911, he was rushed to UCLA Medical Center.

Efforts to revive him failed.

He was 43 years old.

From his website:

With a terrible feeling of pain and loss we announce the passing of Andrew Breitbart.

Andrew passed away unexpectedly from natural causes shortly after midnight this morning in Los Angeles.

We have lost a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a dear friend, a patriot and a happy warrior.

Andrew lived boldly, so that we more timid souls would dare to live freely and fully, and fight for the fragile liberty he showed us how to love.

Andrew recently wrote a new conclusion to his book, Righteous Indignation:
I love my job. I love fighting for what I believe in. I love having fun while doing it. I love reporting stories that the Complex refuses to report. I love fighting back, I love finding allies, and—famously—I enjoy making enemies.

Three years ago, I was mostly a behind-the-scenes guy who linked to stuff on a very popular website. I always wondered what it would be like to enter the public realm to fight for what I believe in. I’ve lost friends, perhaps dozens. But I’ve gained hundreds, thousands—who knows?—of allies. At the end of the day, I can look at myself in the mirror, and I sleep very well at night.

Andrew is at rest, yet the happy warrior lives on, in each of us.

From Governor Romney:

Ann and I are deeply saddened by the passing of @AndrewBreitbart: brilliant entrepreneur, fearless conservative, loving husband and father.

Breitbart once served as editor for the Drudge website; he and Matt Drudge were friends:

In the first decade of the DRUDGEREPORT Andrew Breitbart was a constant source of energy, passion and commitment. We shared a love of headlines, a love of the news, an excitement about what’s happening. I don’t think there was a single day during that time when we did not flash each other or laugh with each other, or challenge each other. I still see him in my mind’s eye in Venice Beach, the sunny day I met him. He was in his mid 20′s. It was all there. He had a wonderful, loving family and we all feel great sadness for them today. ~ M. DRUDGE

Mitt Romney Central offers our condolences and prayers for Mr. Breitbart’s wife Susannah, his four young children, and his extended family.

► Jayde Wyatt

#UnravelTheSweater: Santorum – The Consummate Washington Insider

THANK YOU to a frequent visitor of MRC, “GitchiGummi,” for this YouTube video. For those who have followed our Operation “Unravel the Sweater” some of these points are familiar. There are some new tidbits in this YouTube, making this video clip OUTSTANDING in my book!

Thanks GG! [GitchiGummi named this video: "Santorum the Enemy Within"]


“Washington, DC is to lying what Wisconsin is to cheese.” — Dennis Miller


Please Check Out These Other “Threads” in the #UnravelTheSweater Series:

Unravel The Sweater - Rick Santorum

Mitt Romney Speaks Candidly of “Pastoring People” in his Congregation — Without Pay

MY PHOTOGRAPH OF THE WEEK. I love shots like this one!

Playing games with the kids

My wife and I often discuss how it is frustrating that so many people have the entirely wrong image and impression of Governor Romney. One of my goals as a contributor here at MRC is to reveal more of “the real” Mitt Romney so that Americans can make a more informed decision (it is why I include photographs of him with his family at home or at play — as above). Our frustration is expressed from time to time by others on the campaign trail. Just yesterday in Ohio a Romney supporter was anxious to ask Gov. Romney a question to prompt him to speak about his “heart.”

I found this article as a tip from an MRC “chatter” with the call sign: “WookieOnline” — THANKS Wookie!

NOTE: Be sure to click on the link (“The Note“) and scroll to the bottom of the article to watch the video to see Gov. Romney’s unusually candid comments about his service as his congregations pastor.

ABC News published this article and video here under THE NOTE.

David Muir reported on “World News with Diane Sawyer” a town hall in Bexley, Ohio provided to be a surprisingly candid moment for the candidate.

During the question and answer portion of the campaign event supporter Greg Davis took his turn at the microphone to share his frustration with how his candidate of choice is being portrayed.

“We have seen that you are very successful. It seems like the media portrays you like you don’t have a heart. I’d like you to share with all the American citizens what you have done in your life, where you have received no compensation, to show the American people that you have a lot of heart and you love Americans,” Davis told Romney.

“One of the challenges in a presidential campaign is that most people just see you in the debates,” Romney replied. “And in settings like that, people don’t get to know you very well. And in settings like this, with questions like that, you can get to know me a little better. By far the most important thing in my life is my wife Ann and I fell in love young, we’re still in love. We have a marriage still filled with love.”

As Muir reported on “World News” Romney went on to talk about his sons and grandsons, and then in a rare moment Romney brought up his Mormon faith, something he rarely discussed on the campaign trail.

“My religion is an unusual one in a number of respects, but one in particular, we don’t have a paid ministry in our church. So we don’t have a minister that is full time. And instead, the church head quarters asks certain members to serve as pastor of the congregation. So I was asked to do that for a certain period of time. And of course that is done without compensation. It would be around 20-40 hours a week. So on top of my job, I was pasturing people in my congregation,” explained Romney.

Many political observers looking to the weeks, and possibly months, ahead in this campaign say that this type of candor and emotion is exactly what Romney needs to better relate to voters.

[emphasis added]

Note: Governor Romney has spent much of his career in positions in which he served without pay. In addition to his serving in several unpaid church leadership positions, he took the Olympics out of $400 million in debt over three years without pay; he served four years as governor without pay; well after he left Bain, it had financial troubles and he was asked to come back and lead it out out of trouble, which he did without pay.

“With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan…” — Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address — March 4, 1865

Why Settle for the JV Second String (Santorum or Gingrich) when You Can “Have The Varsity League MVP for Eight Years?”

Note: Following is an opinion piece written by a good friend who happens to also be a colleague of my son’s. Leland Bruce is an expatriate currently residing in the nation of Chile (see facts he quotes below contrary to Herman Cain’s assertions of his “999″ plan). Leland also supported Governor Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign — See Leland’s brief bio at the end of his Op-Ed.

[See the latest of Michael Ramirez's brilliant political cartoons at the end of this post]

By Leland Bruce

I admit it. I am frustrated. However, unlike many of the self-proclaimed conservatives that make up the GOP base, I am not frustrated with the “weak field of Republican candidates” as FOX News would have me believe or the lack of “stance on issues” that the GOP base continues to air on left leaning media outlets or the constant mantra “I don’t know what he believes in” that talking head street conservatives encountered by CNN will spout out at a moment’s notice.

Leland Bruce


No, I am not frustrated with the horrible media coverage that constantly berates, injures, typifies, castigates, and bemoans the field of Republican candidates (including and most importantly FOX News) because after all, it’s expected. In summation, it’s not all of those frustrations that bother and annoy me, get under my skin, drive me crazy or cause me to scratch my head in disbelief.

No, what frustrates me is that the United States of America finally has a candidate who is one of the most prolific chief executive officers in the history of the world, who actually wants to run our country for love of freedom and democracy, who actually has a vision for the future of America and how to rebuild our superpower status, and the media has led the public to be more interested in selling subscriptions to Occupy Wall Street.

Really?

In my world, I believe that “markets” are great predictors of the future. “Smart” money is usually tracking winners and as you all know, the house always wins. Herein lays my confusion. (more…)

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