Romney on Hannity Radio: “Obama Attacks Deflect From Issues Nation Faces” / Five-Step Jobs Plan

Sean Hannity welcomed Governor Mitt Romney to his radio program yesterday to talk about an article released yesterday by the Romney press team titled The Truth Hurts. For weeks Obama and surrogates have been telling lies about Romney’s record; this fact-filled article debunks Team Obama’s despicable distortions and fabrications.

Romney called in from Grand Junction, Colorado; you don’t want to miss this excellent interview:

A few highlights from Romney…

@ 2:19 – The challenge for this president is in a lot of respects he’s an old-style Democrat; the old liberals were always in favor of more government programs, more spending, more borrowing when things were difficult. And, we’ve found that has not worked. The right course for America is not to raise taxes on people, not to go out and borrow excessively, but instead to live within our means and to have tax policies that encourage job creators and small businesses to grow their business and add employees.

@7:30 – I have a five-step plan to see jobs recover in this country.
1. Take advantage of our energy resources – oil, coal, gas, renewables.
2. Open trade – particularly in Latin America and crack down on China when they cheat.
3. Put us on track to have a balanced budget.
4. Make sure we have schools and training programs that prepare us for the jobs of today and tomorrow.
5. Restore economic freedom in this country. The taxes, the regulations, the burdens applied by government are crushing economic freedom, are crushing entrepreneurs. That has to end. We have to restore the American dream or our economy will stay in the doldrums.

@9:45 – …I would make the Bush tax cuts permanent, but then go to work to reform our tax code altogether

@11:28 – Isn’t it amazing that the President of the United States – who by the way, called me and congratulated me when I got a pretty good lock on the nomination – he called me and said, “The country is going to benefit by an honest and important debate on the future direction of the country.“ That’s what he said. And yet, what he has done has been one attack after the other on items that deflect interest from a real debate on the issues the nation faces. This most recent one suggesting that I would engage in something that is illegal, that is criminal, that I would hide assets and not pay fair taxes, not pay the taxes that are owed – I mean it’s unbelievable. He said, “Well, it’s a matter of transparency.” Well, how about the transparency of a president who through executive privilege is preventing the American people from finding out what happened in the Fast & Furious program? If there is transparency that needs to be condemned here it’s the lack of transparency in his administration to let the American people know what has happened in a scandalous activity known as Fast & Furious. So Sean, I can assure you of this – I have followed the law, I have paid my taxes as due, I have also disclosed through all the requirements of the government every asset which I own – fairly and honestly – recognizing, of course, not to do so would be not only wrong, but illegal and criminal. It is this president however, that must explain why he has resorted to executive privilege to hide from the American people the truth about Fast & Furious.

UPDATE – After delivering his speech today to the NAACP, Romney was interviewed by Neil Cavuto (FOX News). The Hill reports:

Romney also discussed the state of the campaign, downplaying concerns voiced by some Republicans that his campaign had not been aggressive enough in combating attacks from Democrats. But Romney said his campaign was better served by trying to focus on issues they saw as relevant to voters.

“I respond to the attacks that come, but they say in politics if you are responding, you are losing,” Romney said. “I think the better course for our campaign is to respond to the attacks as being completely off-base. People are tired of this petty attack that comes from politicians and they want to see someone who talks about the issues they care about.”

Romney also dismissed calls from the Obama campaign to release additional years of tax returns, calling the issue a distraction. The Obama campaign issued a new commercial Wednesday calling on Romney to disclose more information about his financial holdings.

The Democrats are always going to be critics,” Romney said. “We have released all of the financial statements required by law and two years of tax returns. The most recent year we will be releasing as soon as that’s prepared. Tax information is there, other financial disclosure is there; the same level of information that [Sens.] John McCain [(R-Ariz.)] and John Kerry [(D-Mass.)] for that matter released when they were running for president.

Let’s get the truth out there! Share far and wide The Truth Hurts and this interview.

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

Our beloved 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 & The Angry Right – Challenges Ahead – Michael Medved

Michael Medved nails Mitt Romney’s challenges in 2012, as well as the GOP’s.

From The Daily Beast:

Michael Medved

Michael Medved

On no significant issue has Romney moved to the left or to the center over the last four years; his platform of 2012 offers a program of conservative reform far bolder and more substantive than any ideas he put forward in 2008.

Mitt’s precise problem came into focus for me with an e-mail from an angry listener to my radio show who upbraided me for my open support of Romney as the most electable candidate against Obama. “We remember what you did to us last time, and we won’t let you get away with it again!” she wrote. “This time you’re trying to ram the RINO, Romney, down our throats and last time it was McCain. It was because of people like you that we got stuck with McCain, when we could have had a real conservative who would have beaten Obama!”

And who would have been that “real conservative” back in the distant days of 2008?

None other than … Mitt Romney, the “conservative’s conservative ” eagerly endorsed by Senator Jim DeMint and nearly all of my talk radio colleagues, including Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham, Michael Savage and many more.

That Romney no longer counts as a “real conservative” doesn’t reflect any ideological shifts on his part, but it does suggest a significant movement of the entire GOP toward the enraged and indignant right. The far lower turnouts in Florida, Nevada, Minnesota, Colorado and Missouri all indicate that this tectonic movement hardly counts as a positive development for the Republican Party.

“The enraged and indignant right.” – Sound familiar?

We have seen many such sentiments expressed here, on other sites and in a daily diatribe on most truth twisting Talk Radio shows. This “I’d rather be RIGHT than win” mantra will prove to be a major stumbling block on the road to successfully ousting President Obama.

Just as Talk Radio and misguided fringer conservatives mucked up the 2010 mid-term elections, where the goal was to TAKE CONTROL of the Senate as well as the House (while disposing of Harry Reid in the process) they seem hell-bent on using the same tactics in the 2012 cycle. The GOP could have deposed Reid in Nevada with a popular mainstream conservative, but were overrun by the “blood in their eyes” right-wing activists who offered us an ill-prepared and unsuitable candidate.

In Delaware, rather than keep a safe, solid seat in the GOP aisle and make the incumbent tow the line AFTER control was won, we had to suffer through the debacle of a psuedo-witch leading us to defeat, while Talk Radio extolled her conservative purity.


“Because we’re as mad as hell and we’re not going to take it anymore.”

In our personal lives, very seldom is it wise or successful to make serious decisions while in a highly emotional and angry state of mind. Unfortunately, this logic doesn’t seem to be followed in certain political circles.

It’s sad to see the same storm clouds gathering again on the political horizon. Hopefully we can wake up, seek shelter from the storm and ride the sensible, pragmatic and MAINSTREAM CONSERVATIVE course to victory.

Cross-posted at Right Speak

Mitt Romney Wins 2011 California Republican Party Straw Poll

After several rounds of voting, Mitt Romney won the California Republican Party straw poll:

“At the California Republican Convention late last month, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney won a poll of preferred GOP candidates for president in 2012.

After eight rounds of voting, Romney came out on top, besting former House speaker Newt Gingrich (who garnered the second-highest amount of votes) and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton. Big names like former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin were knocked out in early rounds of voting.”

California is a crucial state for anyone hoping to become the next President of the United States since it carries a whopping 55 electoral votes.

In the summer of 2008, Mitt Romney purchased a home in coastal LaJolla, CA to enjoy “the waves” and be nearer to one of his sons who lives in nearby San Diego. Romney is known among the locals as a paper-plates-plastic-utensils down-to-earth guy.

When his book, “No Apology: The Case for American Greatness” was first published, Romney made three stops in California during his book tour.

Along with endorsing a number of CA candidates during the 2010 Primaries, Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC contributed to their campaigns. His endorsements included: Meg Whitman, Tony Strickland, Van Thai Tran, Carly Fiorina, and other political candidates.

In March 2010, Mitt Romney won the Magellan early 2012 Presidential Preference poll. He was also found to be the top Republican contender in California in a Public Policy Poll taken in  November 2010. He also came out on top in the Public Policy Poll taken in February 2011:

“In the presidential race, Mitt Romney continues to show strength in the West and in blue states. He leads California’s primary contest nominally, but the top four are all statistically tied. Romney has 22% over rare second-place finisher Newt Gingrich’s 18%, Sarah Palin’s 16%, and Mike Huckabee’s 15%. 12% prefer an unnamed candidate or are undecided. Ron Paul has a somewhat unusually high 10%, with Tim Pawlenty (3%), Mitch Daniels (2%), and John Thune (1%) about where they usually are.”

If you are in California and would like to help Mitt Romney in California, join the Californians for Romney 2012 on Facebook and help Mitt Romney become the next President of the United States!

~ Jared A.

New Polls Favor Romney in New Hampshire, Iowa

A couple of polls released today show that while Mitt Romney has largely been OFF the media radar screen, he has been ON the minds of hopeful Americans:

Romney Keeps it Close in NH but Obama Trounces Others

Raleigh, N.C. – New Hampshire is a nominal swing state, but it has gone blue in four of
the last five presidential elections. According to PPP’s latest poll of the Granite State,
Mitt Romney is the only potential GOP nominee with a shot at putting New Hampshire’s four electoral votes in play next year. Otherwise, President Obama leads by margins larger than his almost ten-point victory over John McCain in 2008.

Romney essentially ties the president, with 46% to Obama’s 47%. But the president tops Newt Gingrich 52-39, Mike Huckabee 52-38, Donald Trump 51-37, and Sarah Palin 56-34.
The only candidate who earns more Democratic support than Obama does GOP votes is Romney, who is also the only candidate to tie the president with independents (at 44%). Obama leads the others by 16-22 points with the large 36% plurality who identify with neither party. That essentially explains the varying overall leads.

“Unless Mitt Romney gets the nomination, President Obama should easily win New
Hampshire once again,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “This state really exemplifies the extent to which the GOP being competitive against Obama is going to depend on who they nominate.”


(my emphasis)

While other GOP presidential hopefuls have already worn ruts in the ‘woo and coo‘ path through Iowa and jockey to ‘out-devout’ each other, Gov Romney’s focus has been on behind-the-scenes fundamentals. Though he hasn’t yet begun work in Iowa, it’s heartening to see, at this pre-race point, that common-sense conservatives in the Hawkeye State think highly of Romney:

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney enjoy an early advantage among likely Iowa caucus-goers, a poll of Iowa Republicans found Wednesday.

Huckabee would win the Iowa caucuses and Romney would place second, if caucuses including all the potential Republican presidential candidates in the contest were held today, according to a Neighborhood Research survey released Wednesday.

Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.), meanwhile, would have an edge in a narrower field of candidates, the poll found.

Twenty-one percent of likely caucus-goers said they would prefer Huckabee, followed by 14 percent for Romney, 9 percent for real estate mogul Donald Trump, 8 percent for Gingrich and 7 percent for former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the poll found.

Twelve other candidates registered at 5 percent or below, and 24 percent of respondents were undecided in the first ballot test, which included every possible candidate.

But not all those candidates might run. Huckabee has flirted with a bid, but a number of indicators and quite a bit of insider speculation has suggested he ultimately might not run. Trump’s and Palin’s intentions are also an enigma.

In a second ballot test, excluding all three of those candidates, Romney was the benefactor.

Read more here.

It’s not surprising that Mike Huckabee polls well in Iowa; he’s actively been working to keep his name at the top of the popularity list. It remains to be seen if the FOX News TV host will be a candidate for 2012; if he is, we’ll see how it goes.

Romney says if he runs for president, he’ll run a nationwide campaign, including Iowa. Iowans won’t overlook his economic expertise, his ‘Mr. Fix-it’ record, conservative credentials, and the fact that his leadership was a big help during the recent mid-term elections. His PAC contributed $70,000 last year to help elect Iowa GOP candidates.

*Additional links:

Visits by Potential Republican Candidates to Iowa

No Apology: Believe in America by Mitt Romney

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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.

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    Romney vs. Obama: New Poll Shows Romney is the Only Republican Who Can Beat Obama in Nevada

    With Mitt on the ticket, Nevada goes red!

    There has been a lot of poll results coming out this week showing Mitt Romney as not only the GOP front runner, but also the only candidate who stands in the way of Obama’s chances at a second term in the White House.

    A new poll came out today from Public Policy Polling showing Mitt Romney as the only person who would be a real challenge to President Obama in Nevada. No other tentative Republican candidate for the 2012 election would be a competitive against Obama in the fight to secure Nevada’s 6 electoral votes (1 extra thanks to the 2010 census):

    Barack Obama would easily take Nevada if he had to stand for reelection today…unless the Republicans nominated Mitt Romney. Obama has early double digit advantages against Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich, and Sarah Palin in the state but has just a single point edge over Romney.

    Nevada is one of the few swing states we’ve polled in the last couple months where more voters approve (50%) than disapprove (46%) of Obama. Like everywhere else in the country Democrats are largely happy with him and Republicans are most unhappy- what sets apart his numbers in Nevada is his popularity with independents, 55% of whom approve of him with 41% disapproving.

    Independents in the state may like Obama but they like Romney even more, giving him a 58/28 favorability rating. That’s quite a contrast to how they feel about other the leading Republican contenders in the state. Huckabee’s favorability with them is 38/50, Palin’s is 28/61, and Gingrich actually occupies the basement in this state at 26/65.

    emphasis mine

    Nevada isn’t the only state where Mitt Romney is the only real threat to Obama’s chances of winning that state. Obama has the same problem in Michigan where the former Massachusetts governor is the only person who poses a significant hurdle in capturing that state. That point is made clear in PPP’s reporting:

    Of the battleground states where we’ve polled 2012 so far, Nevada has the biggest disparity in the GOP’s chances of winning depending on who their nominee is. The only other state where there was greater than a 5 point difference between how one Republican did and the rest of them was Michigan, where Romney came to within 4 points of Obama with Huckabee the next closest at 12 points.

    Mitt Means Business!

    Even though Obama and Mitt Romney are closely tied in Nevada, the advantage goes to Mitt Romney. He won Nevada during the 2008 Presidential primaries (some have attributed his victory to the high volume of Mormon [LDS] voters). He made a whopping five stops to the Vegas area on his No Apology book tour back in March. He also gave a speech to the 2,500 members of the International Franchise Association in Las Vegas. Furthermore, Mitt endorsed a handful of Republican candidates in Nevada and came out to stump for them during the 2010 midterm elections. As a result, Mitt Romney has some serious name recognition in Nevada –enough to help him secure the vital swing state.

    Given that Governor Romney can put states like Nevada and Michigan into play for 2012 while other potential Republican candidates would lose by double digit margins, he really becomes an attractive candidate for Americans looking to put Obama in the unemployment line in 2012 — perhaps in Nevada, where the state has an unemployment rate of 14.3%, the highest unemployment rate in the United States.

    The economy will be the most important issue of 2012, Americans will want a candiate who can stimulate the economy (not the government) and get Americans back to work again. The best man to do that is Mitt Romney; Mitt means business!

    ~ Jared A.

    Scott Brown, Mitt Romney and the Tea Party’s Wide Open Tent

    A lot is said about the Tea Party by the News media… mostly that they are a far right fringe group who have an ‘our way or the highway’ attitude. To some extent, that attitude may be true. However, what IS NOT clear is, the ‘OUR way’.

    Scott Brown is a perfect example of the Tea Party’s wide open tent and appeal. Brown came from nowhere to win Ted Kennedy’s U.S. Senate seat from Massachusetts. A moderate Republican who was urged as a Republican state legislator to run for Kennedy’s seat by former Governor and personal friend, Mitt Romney (who, by the way, STRONGLY supported him through the entire election process).

    Brown’s candidacy was the prelude to what was to become one of the largest shake-ups in Congress in the history of American politics. Most people know that I’m a fan of Mitt Romney and like nothing more than to point out Romney’s part in this prelude to the Revolution of 2010.

    Here is Brown on election night honoring Romney:

    Brown is already on record for backing Mitt Romney in 2012 if he decides to run:

    Brown ran on an anti-Obamacare platform. Massachusetts residents were satisfied with their Massachusetts Health Care and did not want Obamacare interfering with this system. Brown received wide support from both Republicans, Independents, and many of who were connected to various Tea Party groups. As a Massachusetts resident myself who has many friends in the so-called Tea Party ranks, many of who describe me as being to the right of Attila The Hun, supported Brown myself. Was I 100% satisfied with Scott Brown’s views on all issues? No! Saying that, I am a realist and knew that a far right candidate would not have won here. So I backed Brown 110% and so did many of those Tea Party friends.

    Over his brief tenure as Senator, Brown has remained popular in this state. A recent PPP poll gave him the second highest favorability rating among all the U.S. Senators.

    Today, Scott Brown was given the title of ‘Bostonian of the Year‘ by the Boston Globe. The full story can be found HERE. It was this story that prompted me to write this piece.

    The point I’m trying to make is this: NO ONE decides what the Tea Party likes or dislikes. As with many things in life, including the Massachusetts Health Care system, when it comes to using it as the basis of Obamacare, it’s not a ONE SIZE FITS ALL.

    So, when you read that the “Tea Party” wants this or the “Tea Party” doesn’t like that, be a little skeptical. The Tea Party’s emphasis on issues can vary from state to state, region to region.

    The Tea Party is a movement. The political tastes of those in the movement vary. There are Centrists, Moderates, Conservatives, Independents, and Republicans – all under the same tent. Don’t be fooled by trying to fit its members into a mold. You won’t be successful.

    MRC’s Year in Review: A Look Back at the Top 10 Mitt Romney Articles of 2010

    As Americans pause to review the past year and look ahead to 2011, I’d like to look back on what I feel were the top 10 articles here on MRC for 2010. The following articles demonstrate why this site has become a go-to source for Conservatives, TEA Partiers and Independents:

    10. Nate Gunderson wrote a great article reviewing the first year of Mitt Romney Central and how successful our site has become. I think all of the team members here are grateful for the growth of MRC from a small site to becoming the ultimate destination for all Mitt Romney related news and articles.

    9. MRC opened our Mitt Romney 2012 store this year which makes us a convenient source to purchase American-made products to proudly show support for Governor Romney!

    8. Governor Romney released his highly anticipated new book in the March of this year. Luke Gunderson gave us sneak peak of No Apology: The Case for American Greatness – a tremendous must-have reference for anyone interested in getting America back on track.

    7. Lots of work has been done behind the scenes here at MRC — and we have to give credit where credit is due. Our man Dave P. has researched and compiled tons of relevant info on all the major issues of our time. Dave has put in many hours of tedious work to create a library of recourses, where all Mitt Romney fans can go to get actual Mitt Romney quotes, videos, and links regarding his stance on issues such as Abortion, Immigration, and Health Care Reform.

    6. A misconception about Mitt Romney s that he is a RINO. Aaron Gunderson wrote an great article addressing that very issue. It deserves to be read by every conservative as they ponder which 2012 candidate to support for the next presidential election. (I also recommend reading his follow up article explaining how a true conservative like Mitt Romney was a Tea Partier long before the Tea Party exploded onto national politics.)

    5. We’ve seen many favorable polls here over the past year. Aaron Gundy’s post about the Marist 2012 GOP poll is a good reminder of why Mitt Romney will be a tough challenger for the 2012 as Mitt Romney as he receives support from diverse groups such as the Tea Party, Independents, college graduates, and women.

    4. Bosman has written a series of excellent articles on RomneyCare but I like this article the most in which he clearly explains that we already have a health care mandate in the United States. He explains how Romney’s plan is different and emphasizes a crucial question: Should individuals pay for their own health care or pay for other people’s health care?

    3. Rebel Ross’ article, So This is How Liberty Dies…With Thunderous Applause, is a powerful post lamenting loss of freedom that came with the passage of ObamaCare and strongly condemns political leaders in Congress who so foolishly patted themselves on the back for passing a law which undermines the freedoms that Americans enjoy. As one of my top three personal favorite posts on MRC, it is worth reading again.

    2.  Vox Patriota’s article The Year of Our Obama is one the most compelling and impressive articles I’ve read on any site for why Barack Obama needs to be a one term president. Nate Gunderson listed this article as one of his favorite articles and its certainly another one of my top three favorite articles on MRC. It perfectly captures the collective frustration and anger that many conservatives, Independents, TEA Partiers, libertarians and growing wave of liberals feel towards him. As the 2012 elections comes closer, its worth reading again to remind ourselves why we need a man like Mitt Romney in office.

    1. Jayde Wyatt’s post showing Mitt Romney’s Christmas card generated huge buzz on the internet as websites such as POLITICO, National Review, TIME, Hot Air, a prominent Canadian news site, Wonkette and Comedy Central’s Indecision Forever posted links to her article. It generated approximately 15,000 visitors to our site that day. Way to go, Jayde!!

    All of us here look forward to 2011 — it will be an exciting year as the 2012 election starts to heat up and we continue to attract more fans of Mitt Romney. Thank you all for a fabulous 2010; here’s to another great year!

    As we say goodbye to 2010 and welcome 2011, we wish everyone a happy and safe New Year’s eve and day!

    -Jared A.

    Governor Mitt Romney Featured Today on Bret Baier’s 12 for ’12 Series – FOX News

    If you’ve been following Bret Baier’s 12 for ’12 series on his FOX News television program Special Report, good news! Governor Romney will be featured today. The program, which highlights those who may be eyeing a run for the White House in 2012, includes profiles and personal interviews.

    As I noted here, Governor Romney will be sticking to his selective media strategy by not giving a personal interview, but Baier had a plethora of footage to use from Romney’s extraordinary non-stop campaigning in recent months to help elect conservatives before midterms.

    Real Clear Politics:

    So which one of the 12 candidates was the one who opted not to sit down with Baier for an interview? Romney.
    “Gov. Romney is a different story,” Baier said. “We’ve talked to them a number of times. They’ve told me they are hesitant to do anything that has a 2012 connotation to it.”

    He added, however, that most of his interview subjects still say they aren’t running or couched their answers in some way.

    Nevertheless, Baier said, “I don’t think many people in politics would bet against Mitt Romney running.”

    He said he’s going to try one more time to get an interview and is still holding out hope. “If not, we’re still going to be very fair with the piece,” Baier said. “He’s one of the leading contenders. He’ll get a lot of attention.”

    An official for Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC told RealClearPolitics that Romney did participate because FOX News was able to gather footage of Romney stumping for candidates on the campaign trail in the midterms in recent weeks.

    Romney appeared on Sean Hannity’s program on the network on Monday night and was asked about the presidential race as well as the health care law he pushed through as governor. Baier said that for now, they will use the sound from that interview.

    Dan Balz wrote in the Washington Post over the weekend that as Romney prepares for a likely 2012 bid, he’s been keeping his head down – with the exception of headlining dozens of events all over the country for high-profile Republican candidates.

    “The Romney team thinks there is only limited value in time spent on cable television, particularly when the focus is on the outrage of the moment and politicians are forced to react to events rather than make a case for themselves,” the story reads.

    Indeed, in conversations with RealClearPolitics, Romney strategists say they don’t like to talk about the presidential race and often offer the familiar refrain that for now, “We’re just a PAC.”

    (Hannity appearance link & emphasis mine)

    After all Romney did to help paint America RED a couple of weeks ago, I hope he’s enjoying a little time off. I’m also looking forward to Bret Baier’s report this afternoon – especially since FOX News has deals with every major potential Republican presidential candidate not currently in elected office – except Romney. Check your local listings for times.

    H/t Paulee

    ► Jayde Wyatt