A Note of Thanks From Mitt and Ann Romney, Farewell Tribute

A ‘thank you’ from Mitt and Ann Romney…

Ann and I cannot thank you enough for supporting and believing in our cause.

This was more than just a campaign — this was a national movement.

Thank you for the work that you did — going across neighborhoods to knock on doors and put up yard signs. Thanks for making phone calls, coming to rallies, donating funds, and convincing friends and family to join our team.

What’s really inspiring is that you came together because you care about America.

We still believe that better days are ahead. It’s up to us to rally together to renew America’s promise and restore American greatness.

From the bottom of our hearts, Ann and I thank you for your support, prayers, efforts, and vote. We are forever grateful to each and every one of you.

Today’s a new day. Keep believing in America.

Thank you and God bless America,

Mitt and Ann Romney

With a full heart, this article is an attempt to convey the impossible – the depth of gratitude and admiration I feel for Mitt and Ann Romney. There just aren’t two better Americans.

To Mitt and Ann…You are heroes. Setting aside the comforts of privacy and home, because you dearly love America, you opened your arms to our nation. You didn’t offer a paltry, awkward one-arm extension, or an obligatory, half-way pat-pat hug. No, you offered a big, wide, all-encompassing we-love-you-we-want-to-help embrace. And it was wonderful. We felt your arms around us for nearly year and a half. Without thought of personal gain, you endured and shone throughout a rigorous campaign, continual scrutiny, the opposition’s brutal, incessant slander, media bias, the arm-chair critics, the long, never-ending on-your-feet hours, on-the-road suitcase living, and precious time away from your treasured family and other loved ones. You did it! With a deep desire to help reinvigorate and restore our troubled, economically traumatized country, you did it! You inspired us, lifted us, and gave us real hope. You did it with steely determination, strength, and style. And, you tied it all up with a ribbon of courage and class. Speaking on FOX News about the night of the election, dyed-in-the-wool Democrat strategist, Susan Estrich, said that you, Governor Romney, were a “model of dignity and grace, and set the tone” for civility. She spoke the truth.

To remember the good times we shared along the way, I’ve gathered a montage of a few memories…
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A Tribute to Ann Romney

Ann Romney was touched by the overwhelming cheers and applause she received as she prepared to speak at the Repubican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. Aug 27, 2012

Vigorously campaigning for Mitt and Paul Ryan, Ann Romney’s wonderful warmth, easy-going manner, sense of humor, courage, and compassion endeared her to throngs of Americans across the country.

When team Obama tried to land an uppercut by claiming Ann had never worked a day in her life, she turned them on their heads by defending her work to raise her five sons. Interestingly, I still read comments about the Romney household supposedly being filled with tons of servants and nannies. Before MRC is archived, I want to set the record straight – again. No. Ann Romney did the hard work, ran her own home, raised five great sons, served her community, and was also a magnificent First Lady of Massachusetts. Only after becoming ill with multiple sclerosis was it was determined that an individual to help with housecleaning a couple of times a month would be helpful.

Long-labeled her husband’s ‘secret weapon’ it was thrilling to watch amazing Ann’s popularity take flight throughout the whole campaign process. And that’s where it will remain. (That convention speech of hers… WOW.) She is the neighbor we’d like to know and the mom or sister or friend we’d like to have.

Ann Romney was and is a patriot.

This tribute is for you, Ann. Thank you so much for all you are. Thank you for the joy and hope you gave us along the campaign trail.

Click here to see/read great moments of Ann Romney on the campaign trail.

Mitt Romney & The Baby Brigade: A Walk Down Memory Lane

With their 19th grandchild on the way (son Craig’s wife, Mary, is expecting) Mitt and Ann Romney are obviously very comfortable and happy around babies. Ann recently shared just how much they love having their grandchildren with them (it was fun to see them at various events throughout the campaign!). Along the trail, several pundits also noted how natural and at ease Governor Romney was holding babies handed to him by parents along the rope line.

I’ve been saving a few photos of The Gov and the tykes he met. With another peek into the window of Mitt Romney’s oh-so-kind heart, here’s a walk down baby brigade memory lane…



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The Moment! Mitt & Ann Romney, Paul & Janna Ryan Cast Ballots (VIDEO)

Tagg Romney shared this early morning photo at the voting precinct in Belmont, MA: “Voting for my Dad for President was an emotional experience this am.” The Romneys (left to right): The Gov, Joseph, Ann, Tagg, Jen, and Allie

A grand and important moment took place this morning at about 8:40 A.M. eastern time.

Governor Mitt Romney, Republican presidential nominee, and his wife, Ann, cast their ballots for the United States presidency at the Beech Street Center precinct near their home in bedford, Massachusetts.

I’m pretty sure we know who they voted for!

Here’s a behind-the-scenes report from ABC’s Muir:


The moment! Mitt and Ann vote::

The GOP candidate, accompanied by his wife, Ann, told reporters he feels “very, very good” about his overall chances and “great about Ohio.”

A fairly large crowd greeted the Romneys when they arrived at the polling station, according to reports. …[A] woman held a sign that read: “Mitt and Ann enjoy your new White House.”

Romney shared a kiss with Ann after casting his vote, whose stop at the polling station was just the start of a busy election day for the GOP nominee. He heads next to Cleveland, Ohio, where running mate Paul Ryan is expected to pay a visit as well. Then Romney heads onward to Pittsburgh while Ryan travels to Richmond, before reuniting for the Republican ticket’s election night party in Boston.

Romney son Tagg and little cutie patootie grandson, Joseph, went with The Gov to Cleveland where they will join with Paul Ryan to do a little retail politicking. Romney will then go on to Pittsburgh, PA, and Ryan will go to Richmond, VA. Ann Romney will remain in Boston today where all will reunite to await election results.

Obama is in Chicago today making a few phone calls and playing basketball.

Another memorable moment; Paul and Janna vote!

GOP Vice Presidential candidate Congressman Paul Ryan and wife, Janna, cast their votes today in Janesville, Wisconsin. Their three adorable children, Lisa, Charlie, and Sam, accompanied them.


Senior Romney Campaign Adviser Ed Gillespie appeared early this morning on FOX & Friends. “Mitt Romney will win decisively.

Ed Gillespie: “The fact is, we can’t afford four more years like the last four years. And Governor Romney has been out there putting forward a positive vision and a plan to turn the economy around, to create 12 million jobs, unleash domestic energy, get us to a balanced budget. That’s why he’s got momentum here on election day. And I think that’s why he’s going to win tonight, not just win, but win decisively. I don’t think there’s going to be any doubt at the end of tonight who the next president is going to be.”



VOTE FOR ROMNEY & RYAN!

UPDATE: See video of The Gov’s brief interview on Monday night football. Click here.

Final Call For Prayer: Election Day

Many Americans will be headed to some form of worship service in this final weekend before the election. In the United States, the freedom to worship is a fundamental right, enshrined in the First Amendment to our Constitution. Obviously not all of us agree on who should win on Tuesday. But, as we head to church, synagogue, temple or mosque, and as we reflect on the historical importance of what’s happening in our country next week, we here at MittRomneyCentral invite you to make the outcome of the election the subject of prayer and, if it’s part of your religious tradition, fasting.

With Article VI blog and Evangelicals for Mitt, we’ve asked before for your prayerful support of Governor and Mrs. Romney. Those past calls for prayer were made on behalf of Evangelicals, Jews, Mormons, Muslims, Presbyterians and members of many other religions. Today the call for prayer comes from a friend of MittRomneyCentral who is a devout Catholic, Art Grant (who, notably, has a member of his faith on both major tickets).

Our past calls for prayer were on the eve of the convention and the debates. At those times we took pains to make clear we were not praying for a victory, but that Mitt and Ann be favored as they carried incredible burdens. We called for prayers that they be able to communicate effectively and with extraordinary capacity. We called for prayers that the American people would be open to their message and have clear minds to make an informed decision when election day came. We believe those prayers were answered. Ann shone in her convention speech and Mitt’s debate performances were spectacular. Days of obfuscation on the part of Mitt’s opponents followed, but in those moments, Americans saw who Mitt Romney is, and what Mitt and Ann Romney stand for.

Today Art goes beyond what we’ve asked before and asks that we pray that Mitt win. With election day upon us, the time for the American people to decide is now, and we join with him. The authors of this website believe it is appropriate to work toward, and even pray for, causes we feel are worthy. Not all agree. While we will strenuously defend the rights of all people, even those who disagree with us, to do vote their conscience and solicit the help of the deity they choose, we obviously believe it would be best for Mitt to emerge victor on Tuesday, and that the country will be better off under his leadership, and so we claim this privilege for ourselves as well. If you don’t agree, everyone can join us in praying that Americans making up their minds will be influenced by the truth of the arguments made and not be swayed by falsehoods; that voters will be inspired; that voters will feel the weight of their responsibility and seek to understand the issues at stake; and that people will understand both major candidates, what they stand for, and where they would lead this country. And if you agree with us Mitt Romney is the right choice, we invite you to exercise your First Amendment rights and fast and pray for him, that God attend his and our efforts, and that, in the best interest of the country, he be elected as the 45th President of the United States this coming Tuesday.

From Art Grant:

If ever there was a time for prayer it is now. No matter your faith, the future of this great nation is at stake and it is time to take a collective moment, close our eyes, get down on our knees, and pray to God that Governor Romney wins this election on Tuesday. This is a call to every citizen who has even a glimmer of understanding of what this unprecedented, unique idea of a country called America is all about, who understands the founding principles that have guided us to this point in our history. For in our own Pledge of Allegiance we proclaim:

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

A belief in God has been a part of this country since the beginning, and people from all walks of life, all nations, and all faiths have proven through our relatively short history that if you have faith, work hard, and lead an honest life, you will have the opportunity to be a success in America. Governor Romney not only understands this, he has lived it himself! It is this OPPORTUNITY that is the most unique and precious thing about living in this country, and must be preserved. We succeed as a nation because we can succeed as individuals, as families, as communities, cities, and states. And so we pray, as one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all, that Governor Romney can prevail on Tuesday.

100 Reasons to Vote for Romney (against Obama) — by Hugh Hewitt

Recently, Hugh Hewitt dedicated his entire three hour radio program to a monologue (first time in his 12 years of radio) listing 100 reasons to vote for Mitt Romney for president and to reject Barack Obama. These 100 reasons begin here:

1. Mitt Romney believes in a second American century. He believes in American exceptionalism and that the 21st century should be the second American century.

2. Mitt Romney is a very good man with a great heart and a big vision for the country. He has character, which matters most in the office of the President.

3. Romney is a turnaround specialist. He knows how to prioritize tasks. This contrasts with President Obama’s disinterested approach to the failing economy.

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4. President Obama is the least generous political person in recent memory at the national level. Never have we had a president who is so ungenerous to his opposition.

5. President Obama is the most partisan president we’ve ever had. We have always passed big laws in this nation with bipartisan support. On Obama’s biggest initiatives, he has had no Republican support.

6. Obama’s attack on Paul Ryan. Paul Ryan put together a comprehensive budget and invited the opposition to sit down and talk. The President proceeded to summon the republicans to the oval office, put Paul Ryan in the front row and taunted him, challenged him, and behaved in an unpresidential way. He is not presidential when it comes to his opponents. He is a street fighter, bitterly partisan.

7. Remember the statement, “I won”; when, after the President’s inauguration, the republicans in the house met with him and offered ideas how to proceed in a bipartisan fashion and he replied to them, “I won.

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Hurricane Sandy: Romney Campaign Bus in VA Will Deliver Supplies

Mitt Romney’s campaign bus in Arlington, VA will be used to deliver supplies to those affected in the area by Hurricane Sandy. Oct 28, 2012 (Photographer unknown)

Due to the impending threat from Hurricane Sandy, Governor Mitt Romney cancelled campaign events over the weekend scheduled to take place in Virginia and New Hampshire. He joined Congressman Paul Ryan on the campaign trail in swing-state Ohio. (For today’s events, click on our Mitt Calendar.) The Romney campaign is calling for emergency supply donations to be brought to his Victory offices in Virginia. Romney’s bus will used to deliver supplies to those affected by the hurricane in that area.

Tweets tell the story! (Included are messages from Emily Friedman, ABC producer/digital reporter covering Governor Romney’s campaign, Rachel Streitfeld, CNN political producer, also covering the campaign, and Mitt and Ann Romney):

Late last night, Romney also sent out the following email:

Tonight, Ann and I are keeping the people in Hurricane Sandy’s path in our thoughts and prayers.

I hope that if you can, you’ll reach out to your neighbors who may need help getting ready for the storm — especially your elderly neighbors. And if you can give of your resources or time, please consider supporting your local Red Cross organization — visit www.redcross.org to get involved.

For safety’s sake, as you and your family prepare for the storm, please be sure to bring any yard signs inside. In high winds they can be dangerous, and cause damage to homes and property.

I’m never prouder of America than when I see how we pull together in a crisis. There’s nothing that we can’t handle when we stand together.

Stay safe and God Bless,

Mitt Romney

UPDATE: Governor Romney has cancelled all campaign events for the remainder of today and tomorrow.

Thanks, Team Romney, for your leadership and taking action to help!

MRC is keeping those in the storm’s path in our thoughts and prayers.

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The Mantle of President of The United States

As the presidential election is now within sight, I chose some of my favorite photographs of Mitt and Ann Romney to share below. I hope you enjoy them as well. In about eight days, “President-elect Romney” will retire “Governor Romney” as the formal title until the third week of January 2013. Lest you think I am too presumptuous, I wish to assure you that none of us will be letting up in our grassroots work until we have surety. All of us will be working harder in the next eight days than we have ever worked in this important endeavor. Nothing is guaranteed. If you have not yet read Ryan Hawkins’ excellent post from yesterday, please take a moment to answer the call to close strong: CALLING ON ALL ROMNEY SUPPORTERS. We will never take anything for granted!

Photo courtesy of Matt Romney Family

That speech President-elect Obama made following his 2008 election victory was most inspiring to me. It really was. I have to tell you that I was as proud that night as an American as I had ever been in my life to witness our nation coming together to freely elect an African American to our nation’s highest office. I am still proud of the fact we did that! In so many ways, peoples of others nations were truly stunned – I remember reading the interviews of many. The people of the United States of America are great!

Photo: Courtesy of Matt Romney Family

I did not vote for Barack Obama in the 2008 election. Race had nothing to do with my decision. To be completely candid, I probably take a rather simplistic approach to my choice for president each election. When weighting various attributes and skill-sets, I place extraordinary emphasis on successful leadership experience. After assessing Barack Obama’s career, I saw very shallow leadership experience, and when combining that fact with his many “present” votes of indecision as a U.S. senator, the decision to vote for McCain was a clear and easy one indeed. There is no question in my mind a large percentage of the American electorate voted for Mr. Obama based solely on the fact he was African American. I have met these voters and read about many others. In fact, I believe Colin Powell is one of these.

Nate (super hero) Romney with Grandpa (Photo: Courtesy of Matt Romney Family)

History I believe will judge President Obama to be one of the worst presidents in all of American history; certainly the worst in the modern era. Of this I have no doubt. 20, 30, 50 years out, he will be judged on the larger issues of his inability and unwillingness to work in a bi-partisan manner. He will be judged for receiving zero votes from both houses of congress for his budget proposal and for running up obscene, trillion dollar deficits each year with no restraint whatsoever. He will be judged incompetent for raising the expectations of all Americans with lofty promise after lofty promise while blaming others for failure at every turn. I think he will be judged by historians as lazy by in large and as a man with no real passion for the job. Finally, he will be judged much harsher than Mssrs. Johnson and Nixon for his obvious dishonesty with the American public for his intentional evasion of scrutiny of the Benghazi assassinations and subsequent cover-up that continues to this day.

Photo: Courtesy of Matt Romney Family

Much has been said of the contrast between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. From my perspective, these two men are polar opposites in just about every aspect of their careers, character, policies, lives, and work ethic. While Barack Obama entered the presidency as one of the most unprepared men to ever take the office, Mitt Romney will be one of the most prepared leaders in the history of the republic to receive the mantle of president.

Though I do not know Mitt Romney personally, I know many who know him well. In the last seven years, I have read just about everything ever written by the man or about him. His leadership talent and reputation for inspiring others to greatness is legendary. His style of leadership is that of the servant leader. It is born of humility and an intense gratitude that emanates from an enduring knowledge that the privilege of receiving authority over others is a blessing from God that is to be exercised with care and wisdom.

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The challenges facing the United States of America today are greater than any I can remember in my lifetime. No other person is more prepared and more qualified to face those challenges head on that Mitt Romney. Of this, I have no doubt.


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Swing-State Sunday Newspapers Receive ‘Mittzine’

Look what’s coming out tomorrow in about 4.5 MILLION Sunday papers…

Mittzine!

It’s an informative, colorful, 12-page publication titled Decision 2012: Who are the Romneys? and is similar to ‘Parade’ and other Sunday inserts. Not only does it feature the Romney family biography, it has a page with stories about Paul Ryan, a chart comparing Obama with The Gov, Romney’s leadership helping to find a missing girl, a Romney/Ryan themed cross word puzzle, and more. Testimonials from former Obama supporters, including U.S. Rep. Artur Davis, are included on the back page.

Voters in crucial swing-states Ohio, Iowa, Wisconsin, Virginia, and Florida will find it in their newspapers tomorrow (more than 160 newspapers), including: The Des Moines Register, The Richmond Times Dispatch, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

To check out the interactive voter guide, just click on the magazine page below, then use your mouse to navigate through the pages. If you click on ‘enlarge’ use arrrows at the top of the page, or at the side of each page, or click on images at the bottom. (Remember to use your ‘escape’ key [esc] to exit.) ENJOY!

The ‘Mittzine’ was paid for by super PAC ‘Ending Spending Action Fund’which was founded by Chicago Cubs baseball team owner, Joe Ricketts. The group focuses on reducing congressional earmark spending and now includes federal government spending cuts and debt reduction.

Excellent!

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Voters Finally Meet the Real Mitt

UPDATE: More stories about Mitt’s character below the fold!

Lots has been said on our site over the past year or so about Mitt the man. But an article from Deroy Murdock appeared in the National Review today entitled “The Decency of Mitt: The Real Romney is Emerging” that reminds me of one of the reasons I support Mitt: his character.

Mr. Murdock starts by pointing out, as a number of commentators now have, that one of the reasons for Mitt’s rise in the polls was the stark contrast between Team Obama’s version of Mitt and reality. With many not happy with Obama’s job performance, their strategy was to paint Mitt as negatively as possible and make people willing to choose the “devil you know.” That strategy, backed up by ceaseless Democrat pounding during the summer and a hundred million dollars in advertising, seemed to be working well, until, well, voters met the real Mitt in the debates.

Murdock asks:

Why is Mitt Romney rising? Americans who watched the GOP nominee debate President Obama never met the cold, greedy, sexist, racist, carcinogenic tax cheat that Team Obama promised would appear. The calm, steady, and reasonable gentleman who opposed Obama was no Gordon Gekko.

Americans might like Romney even more if they understood his random acts of kindness and significant feats of bravery. As Mara Gay, Dan Hirschhorn, and M. L. Nestel wrote for TheDaily.com: “A man weighed down by the image of a heartless corporate raider who can’t relate to people actually has a history of doing remarkably kind things for those in need.”

So let me continue to introduce you to the real Mitt. I’ve put out a couple posts on this topic in the past. One was the largely unfiltered account of the person who bought a house from Mitt. By this man’s telling, Mitt stayed behind to personally walk him through the home, which the buyer had purchased lock, stock and barrel. He came away from the experience with such an appreciation for Mitt’s character that he felt compelled to reach out to the media. Here’s a news report of that story:

Another post was my personal account from occasional interactions with the Romney and Davies families. Bottom line: they’re fantastic people. When looking for someone to cut the fat out of Washington DC, I look at Mitt as the ideal candidate. He is more wealthy than I ever imagine I’ll be, just like the Federal government can be by taxing and borrowing, but the frugality and discipline with which he and his children live their lives indicates an appreciation for the resulting responsibility. I want someone in Washington who has a demonstrated ability to rein in his personal finances. And if I may continue, I first got involved with Mitt’s campaign back in 2007, when I told my friend, his son Matt, if his dad decided to run that I wanted to help. What compelled me was what I’d seen his dad accomplish in Massachusetts working with an 85%+ Democrat state legislature. If he could reach across the aisle in Massachusetts, adopt healthcare reform and balance their budget, maybe he could break through the gridlock in Washington? Four years has taught us that President Obama has been unable to do what he promised on this score: work together with Congress. Mitt’s record indicates he can.

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