Mitt Romney Wins All 18 Delegates From Guam and the Northern Marianas

Matt Romney and his wife Representing Mitt

Matt Romney and his wife, Laurie, representing Mitt

Mitt Romney today made the following statement on winning all 9 delegates in Guam:

I am grateful to have won all nine delegates in Guam, and I am pleased that my son Matt was able to visit the island on my behalf and be there for the caucuses. The people of Guam have always stood bravely for America and the values we hold dear. Today we stand together in our efforts to secure the future that this nation deserves. I am honored to have won the Guam caucuses, an important milestone in my quest to restore America to the principles and practices that made us great.

Photo provided by Reuters

UPDATE: Romney wins all 9 delegates in Northern Marianas caucus.

Mitt Romney made the following statement on winning all 9 delegates in the Northern Mariana Islands:

“The Northern Mariana Islands may be far away from the mainland, but one of the great things about our democracy is that every voice has a chance to be heard in selecting a presidential candidate. Now the voters of the Northern Mariana Islands—nearly 8,000 miles from Washington, D.C.—have spoken. And what they’ve said today is that they want to bring change to their beautiful islands by bringing change to our nation’s capital. My son Matt told me about his visit to Saipan and the warm reception he received, and I am honored and delighted to have the support of all nine of the CNMI’s delegates.”

Check out our updated Primary Results and Delegate Count. It’ll be interesting to see how many delegates Santorum and Gingrich officially end up getting out of Wyoming tomorrow.

UPDATE by Jayde – How Mitt “Guamney” Is Putting Santorum Away

Romney’s wins, big and obscure, are giving him a dramatic lead in the currency that counts: Delegates. On to Samoa!

Mitt Romney’s victories today in Guam and the Northern Marianas Islands were greeted with amusement yesterday afternoon by the political class, as the time difference from the Pacific Ocean allowed Saturday’s news to break Friday.

But Romney’s sweeps in the obscure caucuses are part of the reason that the Republican professional class has begun to write off the nomination. With the exception of a strong showing in the non-binding Minnesota caucuses, the victories of Romney’s main rival, Rick Santorum, have been symbolic; Romney’s victories and second-place finishes have brought him the currency of the nomination fight, delegates.

(emphasis added) Continue reading here.

Matt Romney, son of Mitt Romney, is greeted by Victor Cruz, Republican Party of Guam Vice Chairman, after he and his wife Laurie arrived at the A.B. Won Pat Intl Airport, Guam. March 8, 2012 (Photo Rick Cruz/Pacific Daily)


#UnravelTheSweater: Rick Santorum Robocalls Dems to Vote Against Mitt

Rick Santorum - Unravel the Sweater

I thought the ad below was quite an intriguing plot of the DNC, til I heard at the end that it was actually paid for by Rick Santorum for President. It was an official ad?!?! I’m just baffled.

History lesson on “auto bailouts” as they are called: Two things happened – One, the companies received bailout funds from the federal government. That didn’t work so the companies went through – two, a structured bankruptcy. That did work. From the very beginning Romney knew that for the companies to be successful they would have to go through a structured bankruptcy, and that throwing bailout money was a huge waste of cash and would only deter the inevitable. Here is his op-ed from 2008.

As for Santorum – I think they should play this ad on national TV and see how how much love it gets him from the TeaParty and other conservative bonafides. I understand needing to win Democrat votes to win the general election, but teaming up with them to attack Romney from the left in a primary should be a automatic disqualifier in mind of any true conservative.

(H/T) Ross for story, Talking Points Memo for audio.

Comment by Jayde: The grand irony is that Mr.-blue-collar-hope-democrats-save-me-Santorum was also against the auto bailout. He may as well have HYPOCRITE tattooed on his forehead.

UPDATE by Jayde – From Freedom’s Lighthouse:

[H]e [Santorum] really cannot argue that this robocall is a “very positive ad.” It is a totally negative appeal, seeking Democrat votes – not because they embrace Santorum’s agenda, but because they don’t like Romney not supporting the auto bailouts – which Santorum also opposed!



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

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Two for two: Can Mitt Romney be stopped for the nomination?

From USA Today:

NASHUA, N.H. – Iowa: Won by a whisker. New Hampshire: Won in a walk.

Can Mitt Romney be stopped for the Republican presidential nomination? There is time, his opponents say, although perhaps not much. To be precise, another 10 days to unleash a barrage against the front-runner and persuade conservatives to coalesce around an alternative who then could carry the South Carolina primary.

On Tuesday night, though, the confetti cannons were being fired at Romney’s victory party. He achieved what no non-incumbent Republican has ever done: win both the Iowa caucuses, dominated by evangelical Christians, and the New Hampshire primary, with its live-free-or-die independents.

“Thank you, New Hampshire,” Romney told an exuberant victory party. “You know, tonight we celebrate. Tomorrow, we go back to work.”

After watching one rival after another soar and then crash, the slow and steady candidate prevailed in this year’s opening contests — and succeeded in the state where his presidential ambitions crumbled four years ago as Arizona Sen. John McCain surged from behind to defeat him.

If he also manages to win the Palmetto State on Jan. 21 — scoring what South Carolina GOP strategist Chip Felkel admiringly calls “the trifecta” — supporters and opponents say the former Massachusetts governor credibly could claim to be the presumptive Republican presidential nomination.

. . . .

The Romney camp is braced for what one top strategist called “a war” in South Carolina, a state known for its bruising primary politics. The TV ads and two debates are likely to be the harshest to date

A majority of voters in New Hampshire said Romney would be the strongest general-election candidate, and he was seen as broadly acceptable.

. . . .

Nationally, he is showing growing strength. In the daily Gallup Poll, he has ticked up to 30% for the first time; Gingrich is second at 18%. That puts history on Romney’s side: Since 1976, the candidate who led nationally after the New Hampshire primary has won the nomination.

What’s more, Romney is the only candidate whom a majority of both conservative and moderate Republicans see as an “acceptable” nominee, according to a Gallup Poll taken Thursday through Sunday.

. . . .

The next goal for Team Romney: a Trifecta.

Ken Starr Op-Ed “Can I Vote for a Mormon?”; Also– MSNBC’s Larry O’Donnell Admits Obama Fears Romney

Lot’s of good news tonight for Romney and his supporters.  First off, Ken Starr (most notably known for the Clinton/Lewinsky case, but a man who is a true legal scholar and current President of Baylor University) has penned an Op-ed entitled “Can I Vote for a Mormon?”  While it’s not an endorsement, and doesn’t even mention Romney by name, it is a great historical and constitutional argument why he/we could definitely vote for a Mormon.

I strongly encourage Americans who would ask this question ["Can I vote for a Mormon?] of themselves to consider and weigh thoughtfully our nation’s constitutional traditions. At their best, those are traditions of welcoming religious forbearance.

To support this proposition, I return to the founding of our constitutional republic — boasting as we rightly do the oldest Constitution in the history of the planet. Only 27 amendments have been ratified to that basic document over our 222 years as a representative democracy. In fashioning this remarkably enduring document, the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia made it absolutely clear that no religious test should ever be imposed to hold office. The Founders also made clear that religious dissenters (such as the Quakers) should not be compelled to take an oath if doing so would be a violation of conscience. Building on those twin pillars of tolerance, the Supreme Court at its finest moments has likewise vigorously defended the right of all persons to participate in the democratic process, including holding office, without the burden of religious tests or qualifications.

According to the American political tradition, there are essential questions by which all office seekers are qualified, regardless of their faith journey or history. The first is: Does the candidate subscribe completely to our constitutional structure, including freedom of conscience for persons of all faiths — or no faith? A second question for the thoughtful voter is related to and flows from the first: Will the candidate subscribe, without any “mental hesitation or purpose of evasion,” to the oath to protect and defend America’s Constitution? If the answers to those closely connected questions are yes, then voters should proceed to cast their ballot on the basis of the candidate’s qualifications, platform and policy positions — not the candidate’s membership (or lack thereof) in a particular faith community.  …

In my own life, I have drawn great strength from my religious practices and, according to the teachings of my faith tradition, I intend to continue to keep in prayer those who are chosen to lead our nation. That said, the litmus for our elected leaders must not be the church they attend but the Constitution they defend.  …

America should stand — in an intolerant world characterized all too frequently by religious persecution — as a stirring example of welcoming hospitality for highly qualified men and women of good will seeking the nation’s highest office. Life experience, personal qualities and policy views are the pivotal points to guide Americans as they go to the polls in 2012.

I realize that most American’s already agree with Mr. Starr on this point, but for those that may feel that voting for Romney is an endorsement of Mormonism, the strong case that is presented above may open some hearts and minds to supporting the best choice and best chance to replace President Obama … Mitt Romney!

********And in a relatively raw video clip, BreitbartTV interviewed MSNBC’s Larry O’Donnell at a Bar in New Hampshire where he admits that Romney is the GOP candidate most feared by Obama.

Money quote:  ”Romney is the one they don’t want. They know they can beat anybody else. Romney, they think they can beat, but it’s a harder road.”  Watching the whole 6 minute video shows this to be a candid and honest exchange, not a liberal plant or talking point (We saw that in the immediate post-debate analysis on ABC last night when Democratic Strategist Donna Brazelle stated to the panel and audience that they want to run against Romney because he’s the weakest candidate … she was met with laughs and jeers from the rest of the panel and the audience for that obvious lie)

Some other interesting tidbits from the video:  O’Donnell’s perplexed by Newt’s attack on Romney’s career at Bain saying it should have no effect in a GOP primary, but that those attacks may have some effect with some voters in a general election.  He also doesn’t think the GOP VP choice will matter much, though the interviewer mentioned my favorite choice, Marco Rubio, being able to take Florida off the map for Obama.

Mitt Romney's 2012 Campaign Song: "Born Free"

Check out Mitt’s 2012 campaign theme song

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has picked a Kid Rock anthem as his campaign theme song.

Romney, a Detroit native who grew up in southeast Michigan and was the son of former Michigan Gov. George Romney, is using Kid Rock’s “Born Free.”

Ryan Williams, a Romney campaign spokesman, confirmed the move.

Kid Rock, whose real name is Bob Ritchie, was born in Romeo and has been a supporter of the Republican party and George W. Bush. Kid Rock is a big booster of Michigan and Detroit causes.

Kid Rock wrote on his blog on Wednesday that Romney “and anyone else who wants to use my song do not need my permission. I said he could use it and I would say the same for any other candidate. I have to have a little faith that every candidate feels like he or she can help this country.”

What do you think of this choice compared to the 2008 choice?

South Carolina: Romney Touring Colite Intl, Endorsed by State Rep Phyllis Henderson

Governor Romney is in the Palmetto State today to discuss jobs, the economy, and labor policy. At 11:15 this morning (ET) he will tour Colite International in Columbia.

Sweetening his SC visit today is news of the endorsement by SC State Representative Phyllis Henderson:

Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today announced the support of South Carolina State Representative Phyllis Henderson.

I am honored to have Phyllis’ support,” said Mitt Romney. “She is a conservative voice in Columbia. Her support and leadership mean a great deal to me and I’m looking forward to having her be part of my campaign.”

Phyllis Henderson, SC State Representative

Announcing her support, Henderson said, “Mitt Romney is the only Republican candidate who has a proven business record and is the conservative leader we need to get our economy turned around and start creating jobs. He has a long record of keeping taxes low, creating jobs, cutting spending, and reducing burdensome regulations on small businesses. I am proud to support Mitt Romney for President.”

Background on State Representative Phyllis Henderson:

Representative Henderson Was Elected To The South Carolina House Of Representatives In 2010 And Serves The 21st District. Henderson is a local businesswoman, community leader and former Chairman of the Greenville County Council. She served as Senator Jim DeMint’s campaign manager in 1988 and has served as Vice President of Governmental Affairs for the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce.

(emphasis added )

Welcome to Team Romney, Representative Henderson!

► Jayde Wyatt

Oklahoma Leaders, Incl Fmr OK Gov Frank Keating, Endorse Romney

Former Gov of Oklahoma Frank Keating, along with 13 other OK leaders, have endorsed Mitt Romney. Oct 25, 2011


Coming on the heels of his visit last Friday to The Sooner State, 14 Oklahoma leaders have endorsed Mitt Romney:

Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today announced the support of leaders from Oklahoma.

I am proud to have the support of these important leaders in Oklahoma,” said Mitt Romney. “We will partner together to bring a message of job creation and economic recovery to every American.”

Announcing his support, former Governor Frank Keating said, “Mitt Romney is the candidate who has a solid plan to get Americans working again, and a track record to go with it. He spent 25 years in the private sector turning around failing businesses and creating jobs. While Governor, he balanced the budget every year without raising taxes and left in place a $2 billion rainy day fund. I am proud to support Mitt Romney for President.”

(emphasis added )

Oklahoma Leaders Endorsing Mitt Romney:

• Former Governor Frank Keating
• State Treasurer Ken Miller
• State Auditor Gary Jones
• State Senator Brian Crain
• State Representative Paul Wesselhoft
• State Representative Guy Liebmann
• State Representative Lee Denney
• State Representative Dan Sullivan
Francis Rooney, Former Ambassador
Jim Dunlap, Former Senate Floor Leader
Thad Balkman, Former State Representative
Lynn Windel, Former RNC National Committeeman
Ryan Leonard, Former Republican Candidate for Attorney General
Dan Keating

Thank you, Oklahoma!

Last Friday, Governor Romney spoke to supporters at the Jim Thorpe Association and Sports Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City. Here’s a look:



► Jayde Wyatt

Colorado Elected Officials and Leaders Endorse Mitt Romney

Lots of endorsements are rolling in for Mitt Romney…



From The Centennial State – Colorado:

Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today welcomed the support of Colorado elected officials and leaders.

Colorado is an important state in my campaign,” said Mitt Romney. “It means a lot to have the support of so many great officials and leaders in the state. I look forward to working with them as I campaign across Colorado spreading my pro-growth economic message.”

Coloradans are looking for a change in the White House,” said Secretary of State Scott Gessler. “President Obama has had three years to turn around the economy and he has failed. Mitt Romney has the experience in the private sector that will be needed to get our economy back on track.”

Announcing her support, State Senator Nancy Spence said, “Mitt Romney’s record is unmatched. In addition to his successful record as governor, his twenty-five years of experience in the private sector make him the best candidate to lead an economic recovery.”

“President Obama’s policies have failed to grow the economy and create jobs,” said House Majority Whip B.J. Nikkel. “In contrast to the President’s record of job losses and increased spending, Mitt Romney created jobs and cut spending as governor – that is why Colorado voters will support him at the caucuses and in the general election.”

State Representative Cindy Acree said, “Whether it is his twenty-five years of experience in the private sector, his leadership during the 2002 Winter Olympics or his record as governor, Mitt Romney has displayed the leadership we need to get our country back on track.”

“After three years of failure, it is clear we need a leader who understands how the economy works,” said State Representative Robert Ramirez. “Mitt Romney has worked in the real economy and understands what is needed to grow the economy and create jobs.”

Colorado Elected Officials And Leaders Endorsing Mitt Romney

Scott Gessler, Colorado Secretary of State
Kyle Hybl, CU Regent, 5th Congressional District
Nancy Spence, State Senator
B.J. Nikkel, House Majority Whip
Cindy Acree, State Representative
Robert Ramirez, State Representative
Victor Mitchell, Former State Representative
Bob Balink, El Paso County Treasurer
Jack Hilbert, Douglas County Commissioner
Barbara Brewer, Mesa County Assessor
Garry Brewer, Former Mesa County GOP Chairman
Katie Witt, Longmont City Council Member

Previously Announced Members Of Mitt Romney’s Colorado Leadership Committee

Senator Hank Brown
Governor Bill Owens
Senator Wayne Allard
Attorney General John Suthers
Congressman Bob Beauprez
Claudia Beauprez
Colorado Treasurer Walker Stapleton
University Of Colorado Regent-At-Large Steve Bosley

(emphasis added)

Big Moment in the Romney Campaign Today: Romney to Release Jobs Plan UPDATE: A 160 PAGE BOOK!

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Mitt Romney - the Man with a Plan (Image by Andrew Redford Young)

UPDATE: From the Washington Post: The plan is detailed in a 160-page book published by the Romney campaign titled “Believe in America: Mitt Romney’s Plan for Jobs and Economic Growth.”

I have a feeling this is going to be epic.

When Romney criticizes Obama for having no tangible jobs plan (ie. not hope and change), liberals favorite response is “all I hear from Mitt is how Obama is doing it wrong, but Romney has no plan whatsoever.” Well, today that all changes. And what I find ironic is that Romney is releasing his jobs plan a year and half before his tentative term, Obama is giving his 2 and a half years after the beginning of his term – relatives to the start of each of their terms that is a 4 year difference!

Granted, Obama had made an effort earlier spur the economy, but I’d hardly consider throwing hundreds of billions of dollars wantonly at pet projects a real jobs plan. Yet Obama promised that if the stimulus was approved that unemployment would never go above 8%. IT HASN’T BEEN UNDER 8% SINCE! In fact the number of consecutive months that unemployment has been above 8% is now at 31 – something that has not happened since the great depression.

Yesterday Governor Romney released an op/ed entitled My Plan to Turn Around the U.S. Economy that was published by USA Today as well as on his campaign website. Previously I had no idea what might be entailed in Romney’s plan, but after reading Mitt’s preview op/ed I am guessing that this is going to be HUGE. Matt Coulter of Race42012.com shares my sentiment:

Folks, tomorrow when Romney rolls out his plan, we will witness what is likely to be the most comprehensive plan in recent primary campaign history — on any subject. Back at the beginning of 2007, I was searching for a candidate to support when I heard Romney’s speech to the Detroit Economic Club. As I wrote here on Race back then, I got goosebumps listening to his speech. The level of detail in his proposals and the understanding of the economy he displayed are the reasons I originally became a Romney supporter. For fiscal/economic nerds like me, the unveiling of his plan tomorrow promises to be a similar experience.

Here is short excerpt from the op/ed: (be sure to read the whole thing)

Tomorrow, I will introduce a plan consisting of 59 specific proposals — including 10 concrete actions I will take on my first day in office — to turn around America’s economy. Each proposal is rooted in the conservative premise that government itself cannot create jobs. At best, government can provide a framework in which economic growth can occur. All too often, however, government gets in the way. The past three years of unparalleled government expansion have retaught that lesson all too well.

(emphasis mine)

I didn’t realize until last night that Romney was giving a speech today in Las Vegas where he would be unveiling his plan. But my feeling is there has to be more than just the speech. With 59 specific proposals there will have to be some sort of press release to accompany it. It may have only bullet-points, or it may expound on each of them. I am hoping for the latter since that is what would be necessary for proposals to be “specific”. Either way, my guess is that it will be the most comprehensive plan laid out by any candidate, including the sitting President. It will be dissected and analyzed, the talking-heads will start turning their heads, and Romney will slowly and surely be elevated up above the rest of the field. This will be an inflection point in Mitt Romney’s campaign.

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Governor Romney will be introducing his plan at McCandless International Trucks, a business in North Las Vegas. His remarks will be at 3:30 Eastern (12:30 local). The event is open to the press, but we don’t know yet if it will be live on TV or online. We will update this post as soon as we hear anything.

I am overly anxious with excitement to see this new plan, to compare it with the others of the GOP field, to compare it with Obama’s speech on Thursday (will his plan be any more than a speech?), and to see and hear what the media reaction will be. The timing of the release could not be more perfect – one day before the GOP at the Reagan library, and two days before Obama’s jobs speech before a joint session of congress. Of course we will post all the reactions and links we can find here on our site.

Good luck today Governor!

~Nate Gunderson

UPDATE – Viewing options for Mitt’s jobs plan speech:

TV

C-Span 3:40 PM EST and then replayed at 8:00 PM EST

Livefeed

CNN 3:30 PM EST

FOX News livestream 3:30 PM EST

Fox News has been promoting Mitt’s appearance with Greta On the Record (vote for Mitt in her poll) tonight after his big jobs speech in Nevada. Mitt was on CNBC at 4:45 EST to talk about his jobs speech and will be on with Larry Kudlow on CNBC at 7:00 PM EST.

Update2: The entire 160 page publication is available online at Mitt Romney’s website now. You can download the Kindle version for free as well! Write a 5-star review and “like” the plan here.

Update3: The TwitPics are rolling in. Here are 3 showing the set-up for the announcement that show banners with some of the points of his plan: http://twitpic.com/6h0azlhttp://twitpic.com/6h0i96http://twitpic.com/6h0i97

Update4: You can watch the event again here. How about Mitt giving this performance without a teleprompter or even prepared remarks? Could President Obama even dream of doing that?

Breaking: Mitt Romney WILL Attend Jim DeMint’s South Carolina Forum

So says Jennifer Rubin in her blog (Right Turn) at WashingtonPost.com:

Right Turn has learned that, after several weeks of schedule adjustment, Mitt Romney will now appear at the candidate forum hosted by Sen. Jim DeMint in South Carolina. The Romney camp dismisses the suggestion that this is in response to Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s rise in the polls. Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul tells me: “We’re pleased we were able to arrange our schedule so that Gov. Romney can attend Labor Day events in both New Hampshire and South Carolina.” Romney was able to shift a Tea Party Express event in Rollins Park, New Hampshire to Sunday evening. He will remain in New Hampshire Monday morning for a pancake breakfast in Manchester and then travel to South Carolina for the forum.

The official name of the forum is the Palmetto Freedom Forum. It will take place on Labor Day and is sponsored by the American Principles Project.

Palmetto Freedom ForumFrom the forum’s Facebook page:

The Palmetto Freedom Forum is an event that will take place on Labor Day, 2011 in Columbia, SC. The goal of the event is to have an honest discussion with the top GOP Presidential Candidates, giving them an outlet to voice their thoughts on the key issues.

Apparently only those who had a 5% or higher in RCP’s national polls average on Aug. 22nd will be included in the debate. Gingrich is currently at 5.7% and Cain at 4.7%, but both are listed at 5% on the 22nd, so I’m not exactly sure if they made the cut. The others who qualify to attend would be Perry, Bachmann and Paul, and Palin if she should jump in by then. Disqualified candidates include Santorum and Huntsman.

So we know it’s taking place on Labor Day, but can anyone find a time? Television broadcast? Online broadcast?

~Nate Gunderson

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