Romney vs. Axelrod: A Tale of Two Pressers

I’m excited to mention that Rush read one of our MRC tweets on the air today. I’m not posting it here on the top because it’s part of this story. To see the tweet he read and hear the audio be sure to continue reading the story below. Thanks, Nate.

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Very interesting news today has many heretofore Romney-doubting GOPers taking courage in the swift, hard-hitting capabilities of the Romney campaign. Two “surprise” press conferences were held today, by Romney and Axelrod, but only one ended up being an actual surprise. Both were dominated by the Romney camp. These events happened early enough today that they were actually discussed on Rush and Hannity today, and will certainly make your evening news.

Part One: The Axelrod press conference

  • A surprise visit by Chief Obama strategist David Axelrod to Boston was publicly announced just last night. Purpose of his “presser”: Dis Romney’s record as Governor.
  • Oddly, the short notice is somehow enough time for CNN to arrange to have a live feed available. Team Romney springs into action to round up a large group of protesters armed with big signs, and chants.
  • Romney supporters are waiting on the steps of the capital building as Obama’s advance Team arrives to set up. (Pics below)
  • Throughout the presser attention is obviously stolen by protesters as they run through a series of chants including: Solyndra, Five more months, We want Mitt, Where are the jobs, Broken record, and more. Axelrod actually responds to protestors at one point with the phrase “You can’t handle the truth.”
  • Big win for Team Romney as news reports focus on the protestors rather than Axelrod’s anti-Romney message.

Part Two: Romney holds surprise press conference in front of Solyndra

  • On the other side of the country Team Romney has the entire press corp on a bus with Mitt on board as well. The press are told only that they are going to a secret location and they will be there in one hour.
  • Less than an hour after Axelrod’s presser ends CNN (and others) break news that Romney will hold press conference at Solyndra.
  • Mitt highlights the failure of Solyndra as a symbol of Obama’s administration and calls it a huge conflict of interest by Obama.
  • Conservatives in the blogosphere and on twitter cheer Team Romney for being two steps ahead of the competition

This is one of those days that is great for following news events on twitter. I will enclose only a small number of the great tweets, pictures and videos coming from today’s events. More below the fold.
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Get to Know Mitt & Ann: Bill Hemmer Interviews the Romneys (VIDEOS)

Mitt Romney talks with FOX News' Bill Hemmer - San Diego, CA May 28, 2012

After Mitt Romney’s Memorial Day Tribute in San Diego was over, he and Ann sat down to talk with Bill Hemmer, co-host of America’s Newsroom (FOX News). Hemmer said it wasn’t going to be a policy interview, but an attempt to learn more about the two of them and the campaign. Long-time Romney supporters like hearing that! It’s time for America to know what we know – that two nicer people can’t be found.

America, you’re in for a treat! Here are the first two videos:

Part 1 – Getting to the know the Romneys

Part 2 – Mitt and Ann Romney talk faith and family

UPDATE: I like the red, white, and blue combo of Mitt and Ann’s shirts, but just realized the floral print our next First Lady is wearing are poppies – for Memorial Day. Nice touch, Ann!

Good stuff! Additional segments are posted below the fold. (more…)

Two Fmr Secty’s of State, Condoleeza Rice & George Shultz, Endorse Romney

At a fundraiser in California last night, Condoleeza Rice, former Secretary of State under President George W. Bush, and George Shultz, former Secretary of State under President Ronald Reagan, officially backed Governor Mitt Romney’s bid for the White House:

A few comments from Rice:

“It’s a delight to see so many friends…I’ve now been out of Washington for over three years…how much fun it is when you know you could be in Washington, but you’re here. My life has changed a lot. Now, I get up in the morning and I read the newspaper and I say…isn’t that interesting? “Because I’m no longer responsible for what’s in it.”

“We care about the future of this country, and the future of our world,’’ she said, and I’m “delighted to join so many friends here in supporting, and in my case, endorsing, Gov. Mitt Romney for President of the United States.”

“Today, more than ever, we need U.S. leadership to affirm that the future belongs to free markets and free peoples.”

“To regain that leadership, we’ve got to first and foremost defend the country,’’ she said. After 911, the country was safe because “it was not because the terrorists weren’t trying, it was because of the vigilance…because men and women volunteer to defend us at the front lines of freedom, and we owe them our eternal gratitude.”

More Rice: “We have to defend the country, not just from strength and power, but from a sense of values of who we are,’’ she said. “Friends, who just want to know, that when the chips are down, we are going to be there for them….and that indeed we know the difference between friend and foe.”

More Rice: “The President of the United States has to understand that the American people have a view…and that our leadership can not be (reduced to) “the lowest common denominator postions.”

“The only thing the American people dislike more” than weak leadership, she said, “is no leadership at all.”

“America’s leadership “is craved in the world, and Gov. Romney, you can bring it back,’’ she said to applause. . . .

A few comments from Shultz:

George Shultz and President Ronald Reagan

George Shultz, secretary of state under Ronald Reagan, also endorsed the presumptive nominee at the fundraiser. In his speech, he defended Romney’s record as an executive at Bain Capital LLC, a Boston-based private equity firm.

“What he has done at Bain Capital has been a major contribution to the American economy,” said Shultz, who also served in the cabinet of Richard Nixon with Romney’s father, George.

Venture capital firms “help make our economy more competitive; they learn how to keep costs under control; they are the kind of people who help figure out where to put investments,” Shultz said.

“He has learned and instinctively can feel what it takes to get this huge amount of money that is sitting on the sidelines of our economy to move forward and invest,” he said.

These two endorsements – from two of America’s most powerful and respected arbiters of foreign policy – are very significant pluses for Governor Romney.

“We’re All Catholics Now” — Religious Freedom to Stand the Test of Fire?

You may recall I posted this piece titled, “Religious Liberty at Grave Risk — ‘We’re All Catholics Now’” about a week ago.

This three minute video is my addition to that post — Currently showing well over 1,500,000 views:

“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

Twitter Follow: @VicLundquist

‘Romney for President’ Releases Video for Multiple Sclerosis Day: ‘Soul Mate’


Today, Romney for President released a new web video, Soul Mate. On World Multiple Sclerosis Day, Ann Romney and her family share their thoughts on her struggle with the disease. Ann and her sons also recount Mitt’s undying support to the woman he calls his “soul mate.”

This video is a very small, but revealing, window into the courage of Ann Romney and the unwavering strength of the Romney’s marriage and family.

Ann has said, if she should become our next First Lady, MS awareness would be one of the issues she would promote.

My heart goes out to all who suffer from this disease.

- Jayde

The Fat Lady Has Sung… It’s Romney!


She has sung!

Last night, after being awarded nearly 70% of the vote in the Texas primary, Governor Mitt Romney secured the final delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination:

Shortly after the polls closed in Texas at 9 p.m. Tuesday night, Romney was projected to finally obtain the needed 1,144 delegates, according to The Associated Press.

With Texas allocating its 155 delegates proportionally, Romney had to win just 38 percent of the vote to finally nab the GOP nod, a mark he cleared easily with over 70 percent of the vote, although only a small percentage of the precincts were reporting.
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“This was a big day by the way – 1,144. We finally got there,” Romney said at a Las Vegas fundraiser on Tuesday night. “It’s an honor and a privilege, an honor and a privilege, and a great responsibility. And I know the road to 1,144 was long and hard, but I also know that the road to 11/06, November 6, is also going to be long, it’s going to be hard and it’s going to be worth it because we’re going to take back the White House and get America right again.”

Governor Romney released the following statement last night::

“I am honored that Americans across the country have given their support to my candidacy and I am humbled to have won enough delegates to become the Republican Party’s 2012 presidential nominee. Our party has come together with the goal of putting the failures of the last three and a half years behind us. I have no illusions about the difficulties of the task before us. But whatever challenges lie ahead, we will settle for nothing less than getting America back on the path to full employment and prosperity. On November 6, I am confident that we will unite as a country and begin the hard work of fulfilling the American promise and restoring our country to greatness.”

Portions of statements of endorsement from the courageous GOP candidates of 2011 – 2012:

Governor Tim Pawlenty - Sept 12, 2011

“I know all the candidates in the race for 2012; I know them. I respect them, but the next president is going to have to lead on the economy and jobs in a historic way. There’s one candidate in this race who is unmatched in his skills, and experience, and talent when it comes to turning around this economy and growing jobs – and that’s Mitt Romney. I’m proud and excited to endorse him for President of the United States. I believe he’s going to be our party’s nominee and I think he’s going to be a transformational and great president for this country.”

Rep Thaddeus McCotter – Sept 22, 2012

“We cannot unite America if we divide the movement of Principled Conservatism. The time has come for the Tea Party and the Republican Party to come together to serve and save this great nation. Thus, upon having withdrawn my candidacy, I have endorsed Governor Mitt Romney to become our Republican Party’s nominee. We must unite behind the candidate best capable of defeating Barack Obama on November 6, 2012—Mitt Romney is that candidate. “

Governor Jon Huntsman – January 16, 2012

“I believe it is now time for our party to unite around the candidate best equipped to defeat Barack Obama. Despite our differences and the space between us on some of the issues, I believe that candidate is Governor Mitt Romney…

This is the most important election of our lifetime.”

Governor Rick Perry - April 25, 2012

“Mitt Romney has earned the Republican Presidential nomination through hard-work, a strong organization, and disciplined message of restoring America after nearly four years of failed job-killing policies from President Obama and his administration. So today I join the many conservative Republicans across the nation in endorsing Mitt Romney for President and pledge to him, my constituents and the Republican Party than I will continue to work hard to help defeat President Obama. American jobs, economic stability and national security depend on electing a new president. Mitt ‘s vision and record of private sector success will put America back on the path of job creation, economic opportunity and limited government.”

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich – May 2, 2012 (Note: While not a formal endorsement, the following remarks were taken from Gingrich’s exit statement. Gingrich has since campaigned for Romney at Georgia’s state GOP convention and spoke on The Gov’s behalf at last night’s fundraiser in Las Vegas, Nevada.)

“I am asked sometimes, ‘is Mitt Romney conservative enough? My answer is simple — compared to Barack Obama? This is not a choice between Mitt Romney and Ronald Reagan. This is a choice between Mitt Romney and the most radical, leftist president in American history.”

“If you simply take judges and ask yourself, who are the kind of people Gov. Romney would be inclined to appoint and who are the kind of people we know Barack Obama appoints? The gap is as wide as in any point in American history,” said Gingrich. “I would argue it’s wider than between Reagan and Carter.”

“If you look at Romney’s pledge to cut spending, something which we’re going to cheerfully help him with, to balance the budget, something I’ve had some involvement with. To work with [House Budget Committee Chairman] Paul Ryan [R-Wis.] and others on the entitlement crisis, to focus on economic growth by creating private sector jobs, something I would suggest Gov. Romney knows about 60,000 times more than does President Obama.”

“A reelection of Barack Obama would be a genuine disaster. And, all of us have an obligation, I think, to do everything we can to defeat Barack Obama. This is still the most important election in our lifetime.”

Rep Michele Bachmann - May 3, 2012

“This November, Americans will be at the polls with a serious choice- they can vote for more of Barack Obama’s transformation of America, with more joblessness, higher energy prices, fewer opportunities for our children, more government controls, bailouts, and failed economic policies, or they can vote for a new vision of prosperity and liberty. I’m honored to announce that today, I am endorsing Governor Mitt Romney for President of the United States, a man who will preserve the American dream of prosperity and liberty.
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“This is the last chance we have to keep America from going “forward”, over the cliff, as Governor Romney said, and restore the values of prosperity and freedom. This is the opportunity for conservatives, independents, and disaffected Democrats to join me and Governor Romney in denying Obama a second term. On November 6th, the only option is Mitt Romney for President.”

Senator Rick Santorum – May 7, 2012

“The primary campaign certainly made it clear that Gov. Romney and I have some differences. But there are many significant areas in which we agree,” Santorum wrote, citing common ground in economic, social and foreign policy.

“Above all else, we both agree that President Obama must be defeated. The task will not be easy. It will require all hands on deck if our nominee is to be victorious. Gov. Romney will be that nominee and he has my endorsement and support to win this the most critical election of our lifetime.”
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“And while I had concerns about Gov. Romney making a case as a candidate about fighting against Obamacare, I have no doubt if elected he will work with a Republican Congress to repeal it and replace it with a bottom up, patient, not government, driven system,” Santorum said in an email…

Herman Cain - May 16, 2012

“My endorsement evolved. Early in the process is one thing, but as we converged toward the convention, what we did earlier isn’t as relevant. … Now that the process is winding down, I felt it fitting to offer a formal endorsement…

“Gov. Romney gets the big things right – especially recognizing that federal policies are the biggest impediment to American prosperity. President Obama gets it wrong on all of the big issues. That’s why we have got to have a different occupant of the White House.”

“This is why I officially endorse Gov. Romney. I now call on the millions of Americans who want to end disastrous government policies that compromise our freedom and prosperity to do the same and help Gov. Romney win in November.”

Congressman Ron Paul released a statement on his campaign on May 14, 2012. I appreciate the statements made by his son, Rep Rand Paul, during an interview on FOX Business Channel on May 23, 2012:

“… I do want someone who has been good at managing businesses that have been in failure and trying to turn them around. Right now I’d consider our government to be a failed business, and so I think Governor Romney would be precisely the person I would want to turn around a failing business like our government…”



● On February 22, 2012 former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer ended his bid for the GOP nomination with the intent to run third party.

UPDATE – On May 31, 2012 Roemer ended his run for the presidency.

● On December 28, 2011 former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson dropped out of the presidential race and announced he would seek the Libertarian Party’s nomination. In Nevada, on May 5, 2012, Johnson won the Libertarian Party nomination.

For a listing of endorsements candidates received from federal and statewide elected officials click here. Updates are included at the bottom of the page. (The list for Romney is very impressive!)

Thank you Texas, to the GOP candidates for a spirited primary season, and to all along the way who labored to make this happy and significant day possible! Now, the real work begins. Donate $3 for a chance to grab a bite to eat with Mitt and Ann. Let’s continue to unify and work together to restore America.


CONGRATULATIONS to Governor Romney!




On to the White House!



MUST SEE: Romney Camp Celebrates Victory With New Video

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We’ve come a long way. We want to thank all of our readers and fellow supporters for helping the effort to this point. The roughest, most crucial months of the campaign are still ahead — we hope to count on your support down the final stretch!

Related: Obama calls to congratulate Romney for securing nomination

Hear the Drum Roll? Romney Expected to Secure GOP Nomination Today

Do you hear the drum roll coming from Texas?

We do!

Today is the happy day Governor Mitt Romney is expected to officially secure the Republican nomination.

Voters in the magnificent Lone Star State go to primary polls today to allocate their 152 delegates. Romney needs just 58 more to reach the magic number of 1,144.

SALON reports:

#Rominee!

The former Massachusetts governor has reached the nomination milestone with a steady message of concern about the U.S. economy, a campaign organization that dwarfed those of his GOP foes and a fundraising operation second only to that of his Democratic opponent in the general election, President Barack Obama.

“That goal is accomplished, but there’s a much bigger goal to be accomplished and that’s winning the presidency,” said Rich Beeson, Romney’s political director. “So while you can take a certain amount of satisfaction and pride for (Romney) and what he’s accomplished, he’s very resolved to say, ‘Our work isn’t done.’”
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Republicans won’t officially nominate Romney until late August at the GOP national convention in Tampa, Fla. He enters the Texas primary with 1,086 convention delegates — 58 shy of the 1,144 needed to win the nomination.

Texas has 152 delegates at stake and they are awarded in proportion to the statewide vote. That means Romney has to get at least 38 percent of the vote there to go over the top. In recent primaries in Kentucky, Arkansas, Nebraska and Oregon, he has done no worse than 67 percent.

Where is The Gov today? He’s in Colorado and Nevada:

Romney opened his day in Colorado’s coal country, where he spoke directly to small town America: “I’m not going to forget Craig, Colorado. I’m not going to forget communities like this across the country that are hurting right now under this president,” he said. Local officials report that the area’s economy is improving, but Romney said the recovery is too slow.

The Colorado event was the first stop in a Tuesday swing that ends at a Las Vegas fundraiser with Donald Trump . . .

★ In honor of today, we’re asking twitter users to promote like crazy a new hashtag today: #Rominee

★ As we await this exciting milestone for Governor Romney, supporters are invited to join us on our chat forum this afternoon and evening as election results come in. Also adding to the spirit of the day, check out the facebook Nomination Primary Watch Party here.

WOO HOO!



Rominee

Romney Ad: “Obama Gives Taxpayer $$ to Big Donors, Watches Them Lose It”

In an unprecedented action from a sitting president, President Obama lurched straight out of the campaign gate a few weeks ago with a barrage of negative ads against Mitt Romney. At every opportunity, he headbutts private equity/venture capitalists and Romney’s 80% success rate at Bain Capital. Obama says this is his reelection focus. (Don’t look America… Obama raised funds from a private equity group he previously attacked.) The once-resounding Obama message of hope and change isn’t even whispered anymore.

You know it’s bad when even left-leaning ‘Face the Nation’s’ Bob Schieffer notices Obama’s negativity.

Romney’s new web ad, released today, shows he’s noticed, too. It targets the real cause of Obama’s headaches – his borrow-and-tax policies which have lead to… nowhere: Solyndra, First Solar, ECOtality, and SunPower.

Not Even Half

The facts, Ma’am:

The Obama Administration Loaned Over Half A Billion Dollars To Solyndra – Which Later Went Bankrupt And Laid Off 1,100 Employees.

“In a blow to the Obama administration’s efforts to create green jobs, solar-cell maker Solyndra announced Wednesday that it will close its remaining Fremont factory, layoff its 1,100 employees and file for bankruptcy. The news marked an abrupt end for a company once considered among the most innovative in a fast-changing industry. The bankruptcy also represents a high-profile failure for a federal stimulus program that gives loan guarantees to green-tech manufacturers. Solyndra was the first company to win one of the guarantees, receiving $535 million in 2009 to build its second factory in Fremont less than a mile from the company’s original plant.” (David R. Baker and Carolyn Said, “Solyndra Closes Fremont Plant – Stimulus Hopes Dim,” San Francisco Chronicle, 9/1/11)

The Obama Administration Provided More Than $3 Billion In Loan Guarantees That Benefitted First Solar – A Company That Recently Announced Layoffs And Hit Record Lows In Stock Value.

“First Solar. The Obama administration provided First Solar with more than $3 billion in loan guarantees for power plants in Arizona and California. According to a Bloomberg Businessweek report last week, the company ‘fell to a record low in Nasdaq Stock Market trading May 4 after reporting $401 million in restructuring costs tied to firing 30 percent of its workforce.’” (Marc A. Thiessen, “Forget Bain — Obama’s Public-Equity Record Is The Real Scandal,” The Washington Post, 5/24/12)

After Receiving Approximately $126 Million In Taxpayer Money, ECOtality Has “Incurred More Than $45 Million In Losses.”

The Obama administration gave ECOtality $126.2 million in taxpayer money in 2009 for, among other things, the installation of 14,000 electric car chargers in five states. Obama even hosted the company’s president, Don Karner, in the first lady’s box during the 2010 State of the Union address as an example of a stimulus success story. According to ECOtality’s own SEC filings, the company has since incurred more than $45 million in losses and has told the federal government, ‘We may not achieve or sustain profitability on a quarterly or annual basis in the future.’” (Marc A. Thiessen, “Forget Bain — Obama’s Public-Equity Record Is The Real Scandal,” The Washington Post, 5/24/12)

ECOtality Is Currently “Under Investigation For Insider Trading.” “Worse, according to CBS News the company is ‘under investigation for insider trading,’ and Karner has been subpoenaed ‘for any and all documentation surrounding the public announcement of the first Department of Energy grant to the company.’” (Marc A. Thiessen, “Forget Bain — Obama’s Public-Equity Record Is The Real Scandal,” The Washington Post, 5/24/12)

“A Company Called SunPower Got A $1.2 Billion Loan Guarantee From The Obama Administration…”

“This is just the tip of the iceberg. A company called SunPower got a $1.2 billion loan guarantee from the Obama administration, and as of January, the company owed more than it was worth.” (Marc A. Thiessen, “Forget Bain — Obama’s Public-Equity Record Is The Real Scandal,” The Washington Post, 5/24/12)

In 2011, SunPower Lost More Than Half A Billion Dollars And Announced Layoffs.

“Now, San Jose’s SunPower, another solar panel maker, has hit rough waters — a $370 million quarterly loss — which will trigger layoffs and the exit of two top executives. SunPower CEO [Werner] thinks a turn-around won’t happen overnight. ‘We see this as a year to maybe two years, and then we see significant demand, a resumption in significant demand growth,’ Werner said. But the slowdown in sales and a flood of low-cost panels coming in from China have extended SunPower’s losses this year past a half-billion dollars.” (David Louie, “CA’s Solar Industry Continues To Show Signs Of Distress,” KGO-TV [San Francisco, CA], 11/4/11)

► Does Fisker ring a bell? (updated)

Does the Fisker investment seem like a terrible investment? Absolutely. Is this a clear cut case of “crony capitalism” as Romney says it is? Let’s investigate.

Read about it here.

“$16.4 Billion Of The $20.5 Billion In Loans Granted As Of Sept. 15 Went To Companies Either Run By Or Primarily Owned By Obama Financial Backers.”

“In the 1705 government-backed-loan program, for example, $16.4 billion of the $20.5 billion in loans granted as of Sept. 15 went to companies either run by or primarily owned by Obama financial backers-individuals who were bundlers, members of Obama’s National Finance Committee, or large donors to the Democratic Party.” (Peter Schweizer, “Obama Campaign Backers And Bundlers Rewarded With Green Grants And Loans,” Newsweek, 11/12/11)

The Energy Department’s Inspector General Found That Contracts Were Steered To “Friends And Family.”

“The Department of Energy’s inspector general, Gregory Friedman, who was not a political appointee, chastised the alternative-energy loan and grant programs for their absence of ‘sufficient transparency and accountability.’ He has testified that contracts have been steered to ‘friends and family.’” (Peter Schweizer, “Obama Campaign Backers And Bundlers Rewarded With Green Grants And Loans,” Newsweek, 11/12/11)


See the new ad from American Crossroads below the fold.

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Romney Unplugged and Revealed (a comparative to Obama)

The choice between these two gentlemen is clear, as they are distinctly different candidates, in experience, in ideology, in capacity and integrity, and in seasoning. Although I have observed Barack Obama from afar and in the media (his advocates), I have known Governor Romney and seen him from a much closer vantage point. I know those that know him even more so, and without exception, he is as genuine, real and true to what matters to each of us. He is a valiant friend to those who know him and a caring and committed advocate for what is right. Some say he is a little quirky and/or corny, but he is who he is and stands uniquely qualified in his belief system and the principles that he espouses, to lead us as few have or can. In my experience there are certain key factors that define a great and successful leader and correspondingly, a great President. Below is what I see in Mitt Romney and, contrasted with Barack Obama, why he will be one of our finest Presidents.

Some key contrasts while applying the three constants noted in my previous post –

“Flattery and cunning words are the tools most often used to gain power, advantage, influence and control.”
“What you do speaks so loud; I cannot hear what you say.”
“By their fruits ye shall know them.”

Decision Making – Barack Obama is hesitant and indecisive, whereas Mitt Romney is decisive. It has been said that the cost of a mistake is far less than the cost borne of indecision. We have seen this evidenced during Barack Obama’s term, and America has borne the greater cost. A key to Mitt Romney’s success is his ability to assimilate information, determine a course forward and act thereon with confidence. Mitt Romney gathers information before making a decision as few can. He seems to have the innate ability to gather the just right information without gathering too much, and being able to make the right decision with appropriate foundation. While serving as Governor, a few on his staff had drawn a unanimous conclusion on a state project. When he heard their decision he queried if they were all agreed without dissension, to which they responded yes. He then charged them to bring in the strongest proponent against their position whereupon they addressed the issue and the decision was made. Mitt Romney is not myopic and pre-disposed to ignore critical or even contrary information. What he is disposed to do is make principled decisions based upon metrics and conservative values. He has done so throughout his life, both personally and professionally. Mitt Romney’s successes in business, government and philanthropy are grounded in his principled decision-making, and the disciplines employed therein have set him apart among his peers.

Wicked Smart – I can recall an instance a few years ago after returning from a business trip to China; I was talking with a friend about the trip and sharing an experience with a state-owned-enterprise that dominated the market in renewable energy turning waste into power. Mitt Romney had overheard the conversation, turned around and began to drill down on the details of the renewable energy venture. He was becoming very granular, wanting to know all of the metrics of the transaction. Such is his nature and capacity. Mitt Romney thrives on data, metrics and market dynamics as few can. His command of markets and business dynamics is like none that I have ever encountered, and I have encountered some of the top business minds around the world. I cannot see the same dynamic in Barack Obama.

Economic Experience – Barack Obama has no consequential experience in the economy and markets, whereas Mitt Romney has spent the majority of his career in the economy. Mitt Romney has garnered great wisdom and capacity as a result of his well of experience in business and economic markets. Such is what has enabled his successes in business. He questions everything and is a sponge when it comes to absorbing information; his retention is unparalleled.

Seasoned Executive/Leadership Experience – Barack Obama has had three years of first-time executive experience while on the job, whereas Mitt Romney has successfully led sizable private, public and philanthropic organizations for decades. Mitt Romney is comfortable, confident and without guile. He surrounds himself with the brightest and the best without concern for his own position or ego, and then leads by example. When the Olympic Games were mired in scandal and excess, Mitt Romney stepped in and set the standard without guile. As sponsorships and donations were waning and critically needed, he was first to make a sizable personal donation; when excesses were evident with lavish meals, he called meetings and brought in pizza; when traffic was stalled, he got out of his car and help direct traffic; when the weight of the crisis was overburdening, he clearly delineated a core path to success. To quote Mitt Romney, “the key to a successful turnaround is focus, focus, and focus.” If there was ever a time for critical focus by someone who has been there and done what is needed, it is now.

Business Successes – Given current economic climates, practical business experience would be an asset. Barack Obama has no business successes, whereas Mitt Romney has innumerable business successes. Mitt understands what it means to sign the front and back of a payroll check. Comparing Barack Obama’s public equity investments and failures to Mitt Romney’s private equity investments and successes offers interesting insights.

An interesting note not considered by many – Mitt Romney’s self-made business successes have created personal wealth estimated at $350 million. What isn’t discussed are the billions of dollars of wealth created for so many others. What Mitt Romney garnered in wealth from his business success is nominal compared to what he has created for so many others, including pension fund and retirement accounts for many Americans, charities, employers, employees, individual investors and shareholders and businesses. If one understands the multiplier effect of wealth creation, this means that in his career, Mitt Romney has had a profound and extended impact in the lives of many Americans – far beyond the 100,000 jobs created in and as a result of his work.

Juxtapose that with Barack Obama’s career and how many lives have been positively impacted by his service and dedicated effort.

Qualified – When the facts are considered, to Jack Welch, former Chairman of GE, stated “In my lifetime, Mitt Romney is the most qualified leader I’ve ever seen run for the Presidency of the United States.” Further, see the opinion/editorial by Karen Hughes, former Advisor to President George W. Bush – here.

Personal Character – Mitt Romney’s life reflects selfless service wherein he, without compensation, has served others in charitable service for eighteen years, and led the Olympics and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In fact, during his lifetime, he has served others without personal consideration or gain for approximately 25 years, while at the same time blessed the lives of so many through his business success. His family is a testament of his character, integrity and commitment to American values and principles. Those who have served with him and been associated with him – stand with him today in his aspiration to restore our nation. Barack Obama has spent his life in pursuit of his ideologies, leaving no lasting legacy that has blessed the lives of others. It has been a life of self and ideological pursuit. Those who stand with him are bound in his agenda and want to dismantle what has made America great. In fact, it is challenging the system to identify any legacy of Barack Obama besides his own self.

Ideology –
~Barack Obama has a clear agenda to neuter America’s role in the world, whereas Mitt Romney believes in America’s exceptionalism and leadership in the world.
~Barack Obama seeks to create greater dependency on the US Government by all Americans, thus impinging on our freedom, whereas Mitt Romney defers to, and seeks to restore personal freedom and responsibility.
~Barack Obama seeks to enlarge government, whereas Mitt Romney seeks to shrink and diminish the size of government.
~Barack Obama seeks to shrink the military strength in America, whereas Mitt Romney seeks to increase a strong US military, believing in the principle: peace through strength.
~Barack Obama embraces debt, borrowing and franchising the future of our children with reprehensible government spending, whereas Mitt Romney seeks to cut and cap spending and balance the budget.
~Barack Obama seeks a government solution for US healthcare, whereas Mitt Romney advocates a private solution.
~Barack Obama is not an advocate for traditional marriage and seeks to repeal DOMA, whereas Mitt Romney stands for traditional marriage, including support of DOMA. Marriage is a sacred trust of fidelity between one man and one woman.
~Barack Obama supports abortion, whereas Mitt Romney supports and advocates for life.
~Barack Obama is an advocate for liberal and socialistic type agendas, whereas Mitt Romney advocates conservative social and economic values and center-right positions.
~Barack Obama advocates a weak foreign policy with deference to global governance enterprises like the United Nations, whereas Mitt Romney stands for independence and leadership in the cause of freedom around the world, and will not subordinate or answer to other international agencies or bodies.
~Barack Obama is singularly focused on green energy initiatives, whereas Mitt Romney is an advocate for measure and pragmatism in the energy markets.
~Barack Obama advocates government/sovereign rule, whereas Mitt Romney advocates Constitutional rule.

My personal experience with Governor Romney confirms a deep-seated love for our America and the values and principles that have made it the greatest nation on the earth. He has lived the American dream, having not benefitted from an inheritance, he succeeded the old-fashioned way; he earned it (by very hard work). And yet, he was not without when it came to caring for his family, in time, resource and devotion. Irrespective of the demands on his time in business, to paraphrase Ann, when he was home, he was home. This is further evidenced by his singular devotion and love for Ann. As she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, and breast cancer, he stood myopically focused on her care, attending to her every need. Mitt Romney’s capacity to apply his life’s experience to leading and restoring our nation is like none other in recent history – it is a proven track record that is tangible to each and every one of us. What he has done for his family, for his un-purchased service to others, for his business interests, for the Olympic Games, for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, we want him to do for America.

America is facing a choice in November and given the current commotion and challenges before us, we must choose the individual who has a proven history of performance. In his career, Governor Romney has taken on significant challenges, while as Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the leader of the Olympic Games or as a businessman; in each case, he has subordinated his personal interest with an objective to make a profound difference for those whom he has a responsibility and duty. He has been successful in every occasion.

Mitt Romney has been prepared and fortified throughout his career of business and service. His life’s experience has brought him to this pivotal time in our Nation’s history, a time when America requires someone of Governor Romney’s caliber, capacity, and experience to lead with integrity.

Our Nation is on the edge of a precipice and in the midst of this critical inflection point, we will either rise above our challenges, or we will fall. Throughout history we have always risen above our midnight moments. Whether at the founding of our Nation, the fracture resulting in a Civil War, the Great Depression, WWII, the Cold War and subsequent fall of the ‘evil empire’, we have been led by great men prepared through life’s experience for the greater good of our Nation. America is on the edge and the challenges we face are significant, and of equal gravity to events past.

In 2008, we elected a man we didn’t fully know or understand – he was never fully vetted on the national stage. He had very little depth and experience to prepare him for the challenges of the office of POTUS. The demands of the Presidency cannot sustain on-the-job training. Even so, we elected a man that excited the masses, unknown but inspiring nonetheless. Barack Obama was eloquent and drew upon the hopes of the people – he said what they wanted to hear. We have since learned that Barack Obama has always sought for power and position where he could change the course of, and diminish America, and its role in the world. Knowing what we now know, would the Nation have elected Barack Obama – NO! Barack wasn’t the answer then, and he isn’t the answer now. He is incapable of leading our Nation because he doesn’t want what Americans want and stand for. And, at this critical juncture in our history, we need a leader who believes in America, who reflects all that America stands for, an individual who is steeped in experience and capacity to lead and restore that which has been tarnished or lost.

Mitt Romney has spent his life, not in pursuit of becoming POTUS, but in living the American Dream. He has been more successful than many could imagine, in all aspects of his life. His life’s experiences have prepared him for this time, to lead our Nation in crisis. Now is the time to elect an individual who can inspire us once again to the greater good, to the duty and role that America has been divinely entreated. Mitt Romney stands uniquely qualified to lead our Nation at a time when leadership has been absent.

An interesting comparative of experience and capacity elucidates the contrast below.

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