Mitt Romney Makes a Pit Stop at Daytona 500

We knew he had a soft spot for fast cars, which makes perfect sense that Mitt Romney would make a pit stop at today’s 53rd Annual Daytona 500 race in Florida:

Mitt Romney at Daytona 500

Mitt Romney walks the pit area before the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 53rd Annual Daytona 500 race at the Daytona International Speedway -- ( BRIAN BLANCO, REUTERS / February 20, 2011 )

The Guv is looking awfully snazzy in that button-down shirt — I’m not sure that ‘Bass Pro Shops’ nor ‘Tracker’ boats have ever had such a great spokesperson!
Mitt Romney at Daytona 500

Governor Mitt Romney in Daytona. (REUTERS)

On the subject of fast cars, I’m aware that Mitt drives a red Ford Mustang GT (convertible?) and Ann drives a Cadillac SRX. I also recall a black Chevy Silverado that Mitt uses to tow his boat around. Anyone know of any other wheels that the future first couple rolls with?

UPDATE by Jayde – You asked for other wheels the future first couple rolls with… Here they are!

Ann Romney says Mitt is never idle. Here he is... grading some land. Nice wheels, Gov!

Some of the Romney family July 4, 2010 - Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. That's one all-American vehicle!

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New Op-Ed by Mitt Romney: “Obama Turns his Back on Israel”

Somehow, after having traveled to several states and across the country this week, Mitt Romney has found sufficient time to fire up the iPad and produce an op-ed slamming the Obama administration for flirting with the idea of releasing a ‘presidential statement’ condeming Israeli settlements as “three mistakes in one”. From the op-ed it’s interesting to see Romney’s feelings regarding the U.N. summed up as the “chamber of double-standards”.

With 40 states scheduled on his round-the-country tour, and his stepping-up of Obama criticism, I’d say Romney is looking more and more like a 2012 candidate for President! …And the Obama administration knows it.

From National Review:

The Obama administration has been seeking a way to avoid vetoing a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israel. It has floated the idea of meeting Israel’s critics halfway with a U.N. “presidential statement” calling Israeli settlements “illegitimate.” Whether or not such a statement is actually issued, the very idea is a mistake. Indeed, we have here in this single idea a display of multiple foreign-policy failures of this presidency. Let us count the ways the administration’s proposed action has already injured Israel and the United States.

Obama Turns his Back on Israel

Obama Turns his Back on Israel

For one thing, the U.N. condemnation put forward by the president puts Israel, our closest ally in the region, in an untenable position. In exchange for peace, previous Israeli governments offered radical border concessions, surrendering most of the West Bank and even portions of Jerusalem. In 2005, the government of Ariel Sharon withdrew from the Gaza Strip, uprooting thousands of its own citizens. Yet all such proposals and steps toward peace have been met by Palestinian rejection, by intifadas, by suicide bombings, and by Qassam rocket fire. Isolated more than ever in the region, Israel must now contend with the fact that its principal backer in the world, the United States, is seeking to ingratiate itself with Arab opinion at its expense. Will an increasingly tenuous relationship with the U.S., at the very moment when it is becoming more vulnerable, encourage Israel to be as flexible as it has in the past, or the reverse? The answer is clear.

Continue reading at National Review.

*Note by Jayde – Just this past January, Governor Romney completed an intense ‘listening and learning’ tour of the Middle East – meeting with foreign leaders, groups, U.S. military officials, etc., including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Back in October 2009, he wrote an op-ed voicing his concern about the drift of our government’s relationship with Israel. In 2007, the Governor visited Israel and was a featured speaker at their 7th annual Herzliya Conference on Israeli security. Interestingly, he and Netanyahu worked together early on in their careers as consultants at the Boston Consulting Group. Romney also writes about Obama’s undermining of U.S. allies beginning on p. 27 of ‘No Apology‘ hardback (not sure if paperback pages are the same).

A Rebuttal: Has Mitt Romney “Joined the Witness Protection Program”?

Forgive the bluntness in advance, I’m just so taken aback by the ignorance of some folks out there. First off, let me say that I like Sarah Palin. I appreciate her role in our party, and I’ve shown her my support in the past by voting for her — but the gal has some staunch followers that have gone off the deep end.

Really? ...All who didn't defend are cowards?

I’ve seen all sorts of random Romney jabs from her folks on twitter; people are asking things like, “Where is Mitt Romney?” and “Why on Earth hasn’t he rushed to Palin’s side to defend her in her darkest hour?”

Now, I normally don’t get too defensive over twitter comments, but when a supposed Sarah Palin information site allows their contributors to publish flat-out rubbish in Mitt’s name, I have to step in and back my boy up. At the mentioned site, they cite all the big events that have taken place over the past few months: November’s mid-term ‘shellaking’, the Tucson tragedy, and Obama’s recent State of the Union speech. Then the author goes on to say that Mitt has been “MIA”, even questioning if Romney had “joined the witness protection program” because he hasn’t chimed-in a bit on any of these issues:

They can't be serious...

Now it would be, surely, a reasonable expectation for Romney, considered by the left wing media to be the Republican’s candidate of choice for 2012, to have made substantial statements across most, if not all of these issues-surely that’s what candidates are expected to do.

All that we have heard, for all that we have read and seen from Romney, is silence.

What galls most is the total silence from him when Palin was being unfairly savaged over Tucson. It seems to me that if he had made any statement at all defending a colleague it would have only enhanced his reputation with the base. But there seems a lack of moral backbone and a self interest which has trumped the sort of action which could only have assisted his long term prospects.

I can’t believe it can happen, and will do all I can to prevent, that Romney can go sleepwalking to the nomination whilst being MIA and after Palin has taken all the blows that a spearhead does.

Again, it is Palin, (and Bachman) who have led the charge on the lightweight fluff of the SOTU, with any sort of powerful statement from Romney invisible, in the main media.

All that has surfaced is Governor Christie of New Jersey having a dinner meeting for Romney where tactics apparently were discussed.

If Romney believes that this behind the scenes politicking, this not taking any controversial positions, not defending his colleagues against vindictive attacks, will ensure his selection I think he is on the wrong path.

How ridiculous are these claims!? Okay, let’s start the debunkathon from the top:

  • Mitt Romney was very active in the mid-term elections. The man often hit several campaign stops, for different candidates, in different states on the same day. He raised more money and contributed to more endorsed candidates than any other PAC. It’s no wonder, then, that he would furnish a congratulatory response for the winning candidates the day after the election, and then again the day the new Republican majority was sworn in.
  • Not only did Romney produce a written statement the morning after the State of the Union, but he also discussed SOTU on the ‘Hannity‘ that same day. Silent? …I think not.
  • On the horrible day of the Tucson shooting, Mitt Romney happened to be on a Middle Eastern learning and listening tour. So from the other side of the globe, Romney made this statement condemning the senseless attack on Rep. Giffords — calling for a swift and harsh punishment for the perpetrator of the cowardly attack.
  • Frankly, I don’t see any reason why Romney would come to Palin’s defense on the whole ‘targeting’ issue. Surely, he recognizes that acknowledging the left-wing’s attempt to turn the tragedy into political gain would, in the end, only give them credibility. In my honest opinion, Palin herself should have just disregarded the smears, continued on with her normal life, and watched the left’s frustration peak as she refused to lend credence to their accusations. The ‘Mama Grizzly’, to my understanding, is a big girl who can fight her own battles. She doesn’t need help, she doesn’t ask for help, and honestly it is not Romney’s primary concern (especially being in the Middle East at the time) to come to her aid at every opportunity.

  • – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    There, wasn’t that easy? All I had to do was take a step out of the dark and abysmal ‘Grizzly bear cave’, google “Mitt Romney’s statement on ________”, and educate myself. Any camp does a disservice to their candidate by spreading misinformation. I beg of you, Palin Information Blog contributors (that goes for C4P, too), take off those blinders for one minute and catch a glimpse at the world around you — you’ll realize soon enough that Mitt is not such a bad guy, that he and Sarah actually have a great amount of respect for one another, and though our respective leaders have differing agendas, we all share a common goal: To take our country back.

    Oh, and here’s just a few other statements, stances, and upcoming events that further prove that, in fact, Romney is not in hiding:

  • Mitt Romney Says Congrats To New RNC Chairman Reince Priebus
  • Governor Romney Launches Earmark Ban Petition
  • Governor Romney on the March for Life
  • Ann Romney’s (she’s not in hiding, either) Statement on the Passing of Elizabeth Edwards
  • Mitt Romney to Guest Same Day on ‘The View’ and ‘Piers Morgan Tonight’
  • Gov Mitt Romney Praises President Reagan: A Legacy of Optimism, Strength
  • Mitt Romney Remarks on Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King
  • Romney Weighs-in on the New Tax Cut Deal
  • Mitt Romney Opposes New START Treaty

  • End Rant.

    -Aaron Gundy- Follow @AaronGundy on Twitter

    Confirmed: Mitt Romney to Guest Same Day on ‘The View’ and ‘Piers Morgan Tonight’

    Mitt Romney joins the (lovely) ladies from ABC’s ‘The View‘ next Tuesday:

    Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney will be joining us Tuesday for a special “Red, White & View” segment in which he’ll discuss his thoughts on President Obama’s State of the Union address and we’ll ask if he has plans to run in next year’s presidential election.

    Mitt Romney last appeared on ‘The View’ the same day his book ‘No Apology‘ was released. Will Joy Behar set aside her obvious coquetry enough to get any new insight into Mitt’s 2012 ambitions? Will the ladies allow Mitt enough time to talk in order to counter the liberal-leaning rants they often produce?

    *Check your local listings for ABC ‘The View’ air time on February 1st.

    UPDATE: Below is a clip from Mitt Romney’s recent appearance on CNN’s ‘Piers Morgan Tonight‘:

    That same day, Mitt Romney will appear on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight‘:

    Piers Morgan recently slid into the evening slot on CNN, after Larry King's retirement.

    Also next week, Mitt Romney will join the likes of Kid Rock, Barbara Walters, Rod Stewart and Anthony Hopkins as one of the first guests on CNN’s newest addition, ‘Piers Morgan Tonight’. It will be interesting to see what the former talent judge has to say about the highly talented potential presidential candidate, Mitt Romney!

    *Tune in at 9pm ET to on February 1st.

    In case you miss either show, check back here — we’ll add the video to as soon as it becomes available.

    -Aaron Gundy- Follow @AaronGundy on Twitter
    (HT-Jeff from NY for Mitt)

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    Romney Has Dinner with New Jersey’s Governor Christie – Is There an Alliance in the Works?

    Mitt & Chris: My two favorite dudes in politics.

    I’ve had my fingers crossed for a long time, hoping that there would be some direct contact between my two favorite politicians (at the moment). Well, I can finally uncross those fingers — it looks like the two met up for dinner at the NJ Governor’s mansion just last night.

    Might there be a 2012 alliance in the works? reports:

    TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie hosted a frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination on Monday night, sitting down with Mitt Romney for dinner at the governor’s mansion.

    Nearly two dozen people, including some of Christie’s top political advisers and party leaders, gathered for the meeting with the former Massachusetts governor at Drumthwacket, according to three sources.

    The sources described the dinner as an informal discussion without any specific talk of endorsements in New Jersey’s Republican presidential primary, which is still a year away. Romney has been laying the groundwork for a second presidential campaign, although he has not yet formally announced his candidacy.

    What do you think was discussed over dinner? Greedy teacher’s unions? Jersey Shore’s favorite orange phenomenon, Snooki? Future VP picks? …I look forward to your speculation in the comments below.

    -Aaron Gundy- Follow @AaronGundy on Twitter

    Addendum by Nate: I screen-capped an interesting Facebook status update yesterday. It’s a little gem that gives us a peek into the true character of Mitt Romney. I thought this event was perhaps a long while ago, but when I saw Aaron’s post just now I put 2 and 2 together…
    Rondom Mitt Facebook Post
    At first I thought this lady was motivated to post her experience because she was perhaps a fan of Romney, but as I browsed her profile I saw she has no political leanings whatsoever. Rather, this lady, not accustomed to being noticed by “dignitaries” they serve, was quite impressed that Romney stopped to shake hands and thank each of them for their great service. Romney an elitist? I think not.

    Tonight on Hannity: Mitt Romney Responds to State of the Union

    Tune in tonight to Fox’s ‘Hannity’ to see Mitt Romney’s response to the State of the Union address. The rebuttal begins at 9pm Eastern.

    -Aaron Gundy-

    New Hampshire GOP Straw Poll Results: Romney Wins Big Time!

    Some of us here at MRC have been watching twitter feeds with much anticipation this morning, waiting for the results to come in from the New Hampshire GOP presidential straw poll. The straw poll (sponsored by ABC News and WMUR-TV) took place moments ago in Derry, NH and was the first-ever straw poll of state Republican officials. Reportedly, the turnout at this state GOP gathering was “highest in memory“.

    The results leaked in the form of a tweet from Amy Walter’s Twitter page:

    Results of NH GOP Presidential Straw Poll

    Excellent showing for Romney, whose whopping numbers are greater than the sum of 2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th place finishers!

    Interesting side notes from Nate Gunderson: One significant point to make about this is that convention delegates are strong conservative voters. Throw in the fact the indies also vote in the primary (and Romney has an even bigger lead amongst them) the actual primary voting margin would be higher. ALSO, the NHGOP selected a Tea Party backed candidate for NHGOP Chair — these same Tea Partying members selected Romney as their candidate of choice. In summary, Romney has widespread appeal amongst indies, mods, and cons alike. That is a recipe for success!

    -Aaron Gundy- Follow @AaronGundy on Twitter

    Update: reports say 273 of the 493 attendees participated in the straw poll, but the original percentages posted by WMUR only come to whole integers if there were 278 votes. Here are the results as I’ve tallied them. ~Nate (HT BOSMAN and RightSpeak for the graph)
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    Mitt Romney (Patriots Fan) Traveled to Israel with NY Jets Owner?!

    You heard it here, folks. Just before the Jets beat the Patriots out of the NFL playoffs, their owner was Mitt Romney’s travel buddy. POLITICO reports:

    New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, the Johnson & Johnson heir and a prominent support of Mitt Romney, traveled to Israel with Romney last week after his team beat the Colts in Indianapolis, a person familiar with the trip said.

    Johnson joined Romney in meetings Wednesday and Thursday with Israeli officials, then flew back to the States in time to see the Jets beat the Patriots Sunday.

    Patriots Fan, Mitt Romney. Cred:

    NY Jets Owner, Woody Johnson.

    It’s worth noting that Johnson is a former McCain guy who put together a fundraiser that brought in $7 million on a single night for a McCain’s camp, which at that time was in dire need of a financial boost.

    Another interesting side-note: Woody Johnson was on a conference call with other deep-pocketed Romney supporters back in November. On the call, Johnson made a point that many, many former McCain and Giuliani supporters in the Tri-state area were ready and willing to jump behind a Romney bid — they just needed the go-ahead from Mitt and they’d be ready to open the Rolodex and make some calls. To which Mitt graciously replied something along these lines: “Wow. That’s great… I appreciate that.”

    -Aaron Gundy- Follow @AaronGundy on Twitter