Tea Party Activist Jennifer Horn: “Romney is a Man of Conservative Character”

Boy scouts listen as Gov Mitt Romney delivers the keynote speech addressing the theme of 'Building Character' at the Boy Scouts of America 100th Anniversary Celebration.
Grand Rapids, Michigan - Feb 18, 2010

This caught my eye for two reasons:

1. More Tea Party support for Mitt Romney (thoughtful, strong endorsement)

2. It’s published in the New Hampshire Union Leader (newspaper that endorsed Gingrich and by the way, are co-sponsors of Sunday’s presidential debate in Concord, NH).

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Mitt Romney Is A Man Of Conservative Character
By Jennifer Horn
Union Leader
January 7, 2012

The next President of the United States is going to face the enormous challenge of reversing four years of the most economically devastating policies our nation has seen in my lifetime. Contrary to his own declaration of being one of the four greatest Presidents in our nation’s history, Barack Obama has been a measurable failure and must be replaced.

As a lifelong conservative who came to politics after first owning a small business, raising a family and being very involved in my community, I am less concerned about party and politics and much more concerned about what kind of world my children will raise their families in. Above all else, this election is about preserving freedom in America; it is about preserving an America of limited government and unlimited opportunity.

That is why, as a conservative, as an activist, and as a mother I am voting for Mitt Romney for President.

Romney’s combination of private sector and public sector experience makes him uniquely qualified to confront the economic woes of our time. After 34 months of unemployment in excess of 8 percent, we need a President who understands how jobs grow. During his years in the private sector, Mitt Romney had a hand in growing over 100,000 American jobs. Mitt Romney understands the nuts and bolts of business; with 13.3 million Americans looking for work we need a President who understands how intrusive government regulations crush opportunity.

Mitt Romney has offered a detailed, step by step plan to restore economic stability to America. It may not be sexy and it may not come with a catchy tag line but it is a sound, comprehensive approach that will put America back to work. His plan includes all the common sense initiatives that conservatives have always fought for. It is based on free markets, individual rights and limited government intervention.

The following paragraph from Ms. Horn is another refutation of the lie Newt Gingrich continues to trumpet – that Governor Romney raised taxes in Massachusetts (Newt’s calling Mitt a liar is abhorent and flat-out wrong, while Newt IS one. Wait! That’s exactly what Newt did when he publicly denounced Bill Clinton’s philandering with Monica Lewinsky while he, himself, was engaged in worse.):

As a Republican governor in a painfully liberal state, Mitt Romney made a conservative mark. He issued hundreds of line-item vetoes in bills passed by the Democrat-controlled legislature. He cut taxes, eliminated a $3 billion budget deficit and left behind a $2 billion rainy day fund. Mitt Romney was able to apply the common sense knowledge we all have that you cannot continually spend more than you take in, and a state economy that had been mired in recession once again began to create jobs.

Ms. Horn continues:

More important than a candidate’s position on any one policy, however, is his ability to lead. We understand as conservatives, as business owners and as parents, that integrity is measured by how you behave when no one is paying attention. No one will ever accuse Mitt Romney of cheating – on his taxes, in his business or on his family. There has never been a hint of scandal associated with him, in business or politics. When it comes to choosing the next leader of the free world, character matters.
Mitt Romney’s grassroots campaign has proven his respect for the role of that each citizen plays in our democratic process. He has answered thousands of unedited questions from thousands of voters. He eloquently and passionately expresses his love of God, country and family. When asked at the We The People town hall what core principle would guide him as President, he answered “The oath of office, where I place my hand on the Bible and swear to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America.”

Mitt Romney is a man of conservative values with a successful record of growing jobs, leading under difficult circumstances and making tough decisions when called upon to do so. He is a man of great personal integrity and possesses the character and strength to lead.

(emphasis, image added)

DO read the entire endorsement here.

Spread this far and wide.

Note: Ms. Horn is founder of We the People: A First in the Nation Freedom Forum.

► Jayde Wyatt

NH News: Sununu Gives Smack-Down, Romney Endorsed by Eagle-Tribune & Nashua Telegraph, Women For Mitt

Signs outside of Gov Mitt Romney's campaign headquarters in Manchester, New Hampshire. Jan 4, 2012 (Photo/Reuters/Shannon Stapleton)

Leading into the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary vote on Monday and the debates this weekend (where we expect feisty, fur-flying exchanges), let’s look at the latest NH polling from CNN and roll with some of latest Granite State news…

● Fresh off a third-place win in Iowa, the Ron Paul camp is fighting hard to come in second in New Hampshire. Congressman Paul is polling in NH at 17-18%.

● Head-fake Rick Perry, after spending $5.5 million in Iowa and losing badly there, announced he was heading back to Texas to assess his campaign. The next day, he tweeted a bandy-legged photo message:

And the next leg of the marathon is the Palmetto State…Here we come South Carolina!!! http://yfrog.com/odz8ujrj

So, he’s not out of the running, but he’s skipping New Hampshire. Smart… because he’s polling at 1%.

● What to say about Jon Huntsman? He shunned Iowa and has staked his entire Obama-Clinton-love-letters campaign in The Granite State. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve had a good laugh hearing Huntsman say he is going to win NH. From the get-go, I’ve thought his efforts were to be a spoiler there for Romney while attempting to garner national attention for himself. Today, he’s barking that he’s the underdog and is pounding Mitt for being in South Carolina, while he and others are in NH. Gov Romney took a quick trip to the Palmetto State to campaign with SC Gov Nikki Haley (a very good move) and will be back in NH tonight to host a spaghetti supper. By the way, Huntsman is polling in NH at around 8%.

● Yesterday, when answering a social issue question from students at the College Convention in Concord, New Hampshire, ‘Game On!’ Rick Santorum became terse and was booed as he left the stage. Now, as he campaigns in NH, he’s turning himself into a pretzel trying to avoid social issue discussions and is taking jabs at Romney. Santorum’s favorite line today: “It’s a joke to call Mitt Romney a conservative.” Santorum now has money to play with (raised $2 million dollars in the last two days). We’ll see how agile his campaign is – what he distributes in the way of ads, flyers, etc. in NH. After being under the radar, now that his record will be brought out of moth balls, we’ll see who the joke is on. He’s drawing support at 11%.

● After two weeks of crying about vetting ads and his poor showing in Iowa, tight-lipped Newt Gingrich said yesterday on FOX News that he isn’t “particularly angry” (trying to hide ‘old’ Newt while the steam cloud coming out of his ears blurred his vision). With the help of the Union Leader, he’s lumbered fiercely into NH adding revenge to his baggage. Gingrich’s words belie his rhetoric; with a goal to ensure Governor Romney isn’t the nominee, he’s busy spitting lies about Romney’s record (albeit, in a professorial tone). Notice that Newt didn’t refute the content of the ads – just whined about them. A family from Portsmouth, NH, says Gingrich ought to “quit whining and man up“. See video.

Yesterday, Reuters reported Odd allies: Gingrich, Obama align in attacks on Romney: “The danger for Gingrich attacking Romney is it’s going to bring up all the old Gingrich flame-thrower baggage. Folks in Florida, folks in South Carolina who are watching cable news and following this stuff on the Internet are going to be exposed to the meaner, acerbic Newt as opposed to the professorial, idea Newt. I can’t see this helping him.”

As of today, Newt is polling at 9%.

● Former NH Gov John Sununu, a Romney supporter, didn’t mince words when he spoke today with FOX News’ Martha MacCallum about Gingrich, Huntsman, and Santorum:

Later, Sununu took on Judge Napolitano on FOX Business Network’s ‘Freedom Watch’:

“…[J]ust because you talk loud doesn’t mean you talk accurately. Half the garbage you just put forward is absolutely wrong.” ~Former NH Gov John Sununu

Can we clone Sununu and turn him loose?

Mitt Romney is polling around 41% in NH and, after winning in Iowa, is on track to become the first Republican to win IA and New Hampshire in an open-election year. Click below the fold to read more from The Granite State.

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New Hampshire Endorsements for Romney Keep Rollin’ In

Aug 24, 2011 - After listening to Mitt Romney speak at a town hall meeting in Keene, New Hampshire, retiree Lucie Opwal was so inspired she felt a smooch was in order.
(Photo/AP/Jim Cole)

Seven days after Iowa, the New Hampshire primary rushes in. The latest and greatest from The Granite State is… 15 more endorsements for Governor Romney:

Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today announced the support of 15 additional New Hampshire State Representatives. With today’s endorsements, Governor Romney now has the support of 73 New Hampshire State Representatives, 9 State Senators, 4 out of 5 Executive Councilors and 8 out of 10 Sheriffs.

“These endorsements are another indication of the building excitement and momentum for our campaign in the final days before the primary,” said Mitt Romney. “I am honored to have earned the support of these fiscally responsible New Hampshire legislators and look forward to campaigning with them across New Hampshire.”

Governor Romney is clearly the strongest and most qualified person to lead our party in 2012. He understands that Washington needs to live within its means by reining in reckless government spending,” said State Representative Herb Richardson (R-Lancaster). “He is the only candidate running a traditional grassroots campaign and taking the time to visit voters in every part of the state – including my hometown of Lancaster. He is earning every vote and putting in the hard work and effort that Granite Staters expect from presidential candidates.”

(emphasis added)

New Hampshire State Representatives Endorsing Governor Romney:

State Representative Mike McCarthy (R-Nashua)
State Representative Jon Richardson (R-Allenstown)
State Representative Robert Luther (R-Laconia)
State Representative Bob Haefner (R-Hudson)
State Representative David Lundgren (R-Londonderry)
State Representative Patrick Abrami (R-Stratham)
State Representative Glenn Ritter (R-Kensington)
State Representative Karen Hutchinson (R-Londonderry)
State Representative Bill Belvin (R-Amherst)
State Representative David Palfrey (R-Franklin)
State Representative Amy Perkins (R-Seabrook)
State Representative Gail Barry (R-Manchester)
State Representative Dennis Fields (R-Sanbornton)
State Representative Herb Richardson (R-Lancaster)
State Representative Harry Merrow (R-Ossipee)

Last week, four of the five Romney sons campaigned in New Hampshire for their Dad. From left: Tagg, Craig, Josh, Matt

► Jayde Wyatt

BIG Romney Endorsement from Independence Hall Tea Party PAC

The patriotic Independence Hall Tea Party, who on Aug 28, 2010, sent 28 bulging buses to Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor Rally in Washington D.C., has announced they are BACKING MITT ROMNEY.

And, what an endorsement it is!

Independence Hall Tea Party PAC Becomes First Tea Party To Endorse Mitt Romney; Predicts Romney Will Become 45th President of the United States

Philadelphia, PA (January 2, 2012) — The Independence Hall Tea Party PAC, a tri-state (DE, NJ, PA) regional group, announced today that its 27-member Board of Delegates has voted overwhelmingly to endorse Mitt Romney for President.

The Independence Hall Tea Party PAC is the first Tea Party group in the nation to formally endorse Mitt Romney.

“Over the past several weeks, a consensus has been building among our Board of Delegates that Mr. Romney is the most electable Republican candidate,” said PAC President, Don Adams. “We, as a Tea Party PAC, have set winning the White House as our number one priority in 2012. We believe Mr. Romney is the one candidate who can win the Republican nomination and defeat President Barack Obama in November.

“Mr. Romney is the only Republican candidate who has consistently polled even or ahead of President Obama in national surveys. He puts a number of 2008 blue states in play, including Michigan and New Hampshire. He also appeals to large numbers of independent voters.”

Mr. Romney, a devoted family man, is an incredibly talented, well-rounded individual with in-depth knowledge and experience in both the private and public sectors of the economy,” said PAC New Jersey Vice President, Bill Green. “Ultimately, we believe Mr. Romney is a man of principle who, once elected, will lead our nation back to prosperity.”

PAC Delaware Vice President, Kevin Street, said, “His vision of a strong America, one built on the foundations of free enterprise and meritocracy, is most compatible with the principles of the Tea Party movement.

“Mr. Romney has stated time and again that he believes in a limited role for the Federal government–emphasizing that the 10th Amendment of the United States Constitution delineates between the powers of the national government and that of the states.”

“Mr. Romney will pursue a policy of energy independence, lower taxes, and less government spending. He has promised to secure our borders and redirect our foreign policy,” added PAC Pennsylvania Vice President, Sean Carpenter. “Under his presidency, the United States will no longer prostrate itself before other nations. We believe in a strong America–an America that is respected for its economic vibrancy, its military strength, and its constitutional values.”

PAC Co-Founder, Teri Adams, said, “We realize that a number of fellow Tea Partiers are not yet where we are in supporting Mitt Romney for President–and we respect their varied positions.

However, we felt compelled to make an endorsement in light of a counter-productive effort to stop Mitt Romney among some disparate elements on the right–often based on a religious intolerance of Mr. Romney’s Mormon faith.

“We also think the notion that the Tea Party will support a 3rd party candidate after Mitt Romney becomes the Republican nominee, a notion most often advanced by the mainstream media, must be discredited,” Ms. Adams said.

It discounts the good sense of millions of Tea Party folks nationwide who have come to realize, or will eventually realize, that the only way to defeat President Obama, whose policies are an anathema to conservatism and the Tea Party Movement, is to rally around his strongest opponent–Mitt Romney–the man who, we believe, will become the next president of the United States.”

(emphasis added) Note: No other group sent more attendees to Beck’s rally.

THANK YOU, Independence Hall Tea Party PAC! This is a great lead-in to the Iowa caucuses tomorrow.

FYI: CNN is now tracking the # of tweets for each GOP candidate (include word ‘Romney’) and reporting results on a large interactive map throughout their IA caucus coverage. Also, polling shows 41% of Iowans are still undecided. Let’s spread this Tea Party endorsement, plus all positive Romney news, throughout Twitterverse, FB, email, comments on articles, and any other way you can think of. Go Mitt! Go Mittheads!

We all know Romney is ‘Mr. Fix-It’. Here’s further proof from (Housewife Info Junkie blog):
Today, in Iowa, the air vents needed repair on the Romney campaign bus. Mitt found the duct tape and fixed it.

Let’s get this guy in the White House!

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Romney Triple Crown Winner of IA Newspaper Nods, Quad-City Times Backs Mitt

Iowa newspaper, Quad-City Times, endorses Mitt Romney. Jan 1, 2012

Mitt Romney is a Triple Crown winner in the Hawkeye State…

Today, the Quad-City Times newspaper joins the Sioux City Journal, and the Des Moines Register in their support for Mitt Romney.

Romney stands alone
Jan 1, 2012

Like many Iowans, we’ve kicked the tires on the 2012 Republican presidential fleet of candidates, looking for the one who offers the best shot at substantively challenging President Barack Obama. After seeing all the candidates and interviewing five of them this season, the Times Editorial Board supports the one Iowans have kicked around the longest: Mitt Romney.

Before Romney even launched his 2012 campaign, he’d spent more time in Iowa than any of the current or former GOP candidates. Even with his limited 2011 caucus campaigning, Romney’s 2007 through 2011 Iowa visits top every candidate in the current field.

During those visits, we’ve found an articulate, polished chief executive with a range of business and governing experience that far exceeds his rivals. More than any other caucus contender, Romney acts as if his sights are set on the presidency, not just a nomination.

Obama’s toughest challenger
… Republicans alone cannot elect the next president of the United States. We believe a Republican nominee capable of appealing only to the party’s most conservative base will virtually assure Obama’s re-election.

We do not want to see the president face a token challenge in 2012.

Romney presents a far more serious challenge than any other caucus contender.

The editorial board then elaborates on the negatives of Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, and Michele Bachmann.

They conclude:

A winning strategy

Romney stands not as a last resort, but as a solid, first preference.

Like Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and Sen. John McCain, Romney makes his second presidential bid as a much stronger candidate. We wished we’d have seen him more often this go-round. But his choice of a national – not just Iowa – strategy affirms our belief that his sights are set on the presidency, not just a nomination.

We support Mitt Romney in the Jan. 3, 2012 Iowa Republican caucuses.

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The timing couldn’t be better for this latest endorsement; we’re thrilled!

In case you missed it, results from the important Des Moines Register poll everyone was waiting to hear last night may be found here. (It’s close, but Romney leads!)

Also, on December 29th, Governor Romney was interviewed by Hugh Hewitt. If you haven’t heard the exchange, you’ll enjoy it. Click here. Transcript may be read here.

As GOP candidates sprint to the finish line in Iowa, news is coming fast and furious. Here’s a look at the Romney’s today:

Ann Romney kicks of her heels, hops on chair, greets enthusiastic Iowa crowd. Jan 1, 2012 (Photo Sarah Boxer)

Good times!

No slacking now, folks. Let’s work harder than ever for Mitt!

UPDATE – C-Span Video: Romney Spends the First Day of 2012 in Iowa

► Jayde Wyatt

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IOWA: Cold Weather Crowds Give Warm Welcome to Romney & Gov Chris Christie

Romney and NJ Gov Chris Christie rally a stalwart crowd in windy, rainy weather at Hy-Vee Grocery in Des Moines, IA this morning.

Romney buzz is building in Iowa…

Neither wind, nor rain, nor a wind chill of 26 degrees could stop a very large crowd of excited Iowans from greeting Mitt Romney, wife Ann, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie this morning in west Des Moines. The rally was was supposed to be held inside a Hy-Vee grocery, but due to the large numbers, the event was moved outside to the parking lot.

The Washington Times

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Standing on a stage in a chilly, wet field in Iowa, Mitt Romney on Friday mocked President Obama for being on vacation in Hawaii.

“We’re out in the cold and the rain and the wind because we care about America. He just finished his 90th round of golf,” Mr. Romney told the crowd of hundreds that came despite the temperature which, with the windchill factored in, felt like 24 degrees.

Even as the rest of the Republican presidential field takes aim at each other, Mr. Romney, a former one-term governor of Massachusetts, has been mostly focused on the president …

Governor Christie stumped for Mitt:

President Barack Obama came out to Iowa three years ago and he talked to you about hope and change. Well, let me tell ya. After three years of Obama, we are hopeless and changeless and we need Mitt Romney to bring us back, to bring America back.”

C-Span livestreamed this morning’s rally. View the entire event here.

Attendee observations:

Des Moines Register

Urbandale retiree Norman Hjelmeland, who attended the rally, said he is among the Iowa Republicans deciding to back Romney at the last minute because Romney appears to have the best chance at beating Obama.

Hjelmeland said Romney probably is less conservative than many Iowa Republicans, but he has good leadership skills, business experience and character. Hjelmeland also likes rival candidate Newt Gingrich, but he said Gingrich’s personal and political baggage could be a target for Democrats if he became the nominee.

“I want the election to be about Obama’s record, not about our candidate,” Hjelmeland said.

Hjelmeland said he was untroubled by critics’ contention that Romney is a flip-flopper for changing his stances on abortion and other issues. “He’s been on both sides of some issues, but so have I,” he said, adding that President Ronald Reagan also switched his abortion stance.


Herman Blau and his daughters, Savannah, 15, and Laney, 17, drove eight hours from their Missouri home to see Romney in West Des Moines.

Wearing what he called a “vintage” stocking cap from the 2008 election, Herman Blau said he supported Romney because of his business sense.

I own a couple small businesses and we need help,” he said. “We need someone who knows what they’re doing, so that’s why I’m supporting Mitt Romney.”


John Dutcher of Johnston is a longtime Romney supporter. He brought his daughter, Charlotte, 20, along to this morning’s rally. It’s her first year voting and caucusing.

This is really exciting,” she said. “I saw Mitt in 2007 and it’s nice to see he has the lead in Iowa. I think he has a really good chance at being our next president.”

Frances Kelly of Waukee already had her mind made up. She came out in the freezing temps to get her first glimpse of the former governor of Massachusetts.

“I hadn’t seen him in person ever,” Kelly said. “I’m going to caucus for him on Tuesday. I’ve got my mind made up.”

(emphasis added)

Romney’s IA bus tour kicked off in Davenport on Tuesday evening with a stop at the Hotel Blackhawk, a coffee shop in Muscatine, and a plastic molding manufacturer in North Liberty. The tour continued to Music Man Square in Mason City, a construction company in Ames, and this morning’s grocery store rally in Des Moines.

After this morning’s rally, Governor Romney hustled back to New Hampshire to host a spaghetti supper this evening in Merrimack, then, a breakfast event on Saturday morning for supporters in Hampton. He’ll be back in the Hawkeye State in about 30 hours time to continue barnstorming. Governor Christie will continue to rally voters for Romney in Iowa today.

For schedule details and more photos, continue reading after the fold.

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Long List of IA Business Leaders Say MITT IS IT – Gallup Poll: Nationally, Romney Leads Gingrich

Aug 10, 2011 - Mitt Romney listens to Ted Zylstra express his business concerns at a business round table held at Vemeer Manufacturing Co in Pella, Iowa.

More encouraging news today from Iowa…

A long list of business leaders from the Hawkeye State say MITT IS IT:

Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today announced the support of business leaders in Iowa.

These business leaders are at the heart of our country’s economic engine,” said Mitt Romney. “Along with new policies in Washington, a renewal of the entrepreneurial spirit, and the hard work of individuals like these Iowa business leaders, we can turn around our country’s economy.”

Announcing the Iowa business leaders supporting Mitt Romney, Jim Kurtenbach of Prairie Oak Capital said, “The policies of this administration have stifled business and hurt job growth. Mitt Romney is the one candidate with experience working in the real economy and different sectors of business. Job creators across the country know that they will have a leader in Mitt Romney who supports pro-growth policies, will lessen the regulatory burden, and will free the private sector to do what we do best: create jobs.”

(emphasis added)

Iowa Business Leaders Supporting Mitt Romney:

Edward Babka, Dubuque
Tony Beck, Owner of Papa Murphy’s Pizza Chain, Council Bluffs
Michael Bennett, Sioux City
John Bloom, West Des Moines
John Burgeson, CEO Iowa State Bank, Des Moines
David Caris, Des Moines
Jake Chapman, Midwest Ambulance Service of Iowa, Adel
Steve Chapman, President & CEO of Ruan Transport, Des Moines
Doug Cropper, Davenport
Carl Dallmeyer, Retired CEO, McClery-Cumming Company, Washington
John DeDoncker, President of The National Bank, Bettendorf
Mikel Derby, Partner, Matchpoint Strategies, West Des Moines
John DeVries, Retired CEO of ColorFX, Des Moines
David Fisher, Chairman, Onthank Company, Des Moines
Tom Giese, Giese Manufacturing, Dubuque
Charlie Giese, Giese Manufacturing, Dubuque
Jason Giles, Nyemaster, Goode, West, Hansell & O’Brien, P.C., Clive
David Greenspon, President, Competitive Edge, Inc., Des Moines
Curt Hames, CEO Hames Homes, Cedar Rapids
Levi Hancock, Smooth Surfaces, Inc., West Des Moines
Steven L’Heureux, CEO, Ryko Solutions, Inc., Grimes
Mark Hudson, Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, P.L.C., Marion
Bob Jacobsen, Vice President and General Manager, Missouri Valley Steel, Sioux City
David Kenworthy, Storey-Kenworthy, Des Moines
Kyle Krause, President & CEO Kum & Go, LC, West Des Moines
Bill Krause, West Des Moines
Jim Kurtenbach, Prairie Oak Capital, Nevada
Kirk Leeds, Boone
William (Bill) Logan, State Central Bank, Keokuk
Chris McLinden, Adel
Andrew Morf, Group Benefit Advisors, Cedar Rapids
John Nelson, CEO Silverston Group, Council Bluffs
Brian Nikulski CFP Nikulski Financial, Inc., Davenport
Mark Oman, Retired Executive Wells Fargo, West Des Moines
Spence Parkinson, Decision Innovation Solutions, Grimes
Ron Pearson, Chairman Emeritus & Former CEO of Hy-Vee, West Des Moines
Gary Ruble, Indianola
Mike Schreurs, CEO, Strategic America, West Des Moines
Karen Slifka, Partner, LS2 Group, West Des Moines
Tray Thomas, The Context Network, LLC, Booneville
Jon Troen, President, Rock Communications, Des Moines
Roger Underwood, Ames
Robert Van Diest, CEO Van Diest Supply, Webster City
Therese Wielage, Vice President, Merchants Bonding Co., Des Moines
Sumner Worth, Waukee
Jack L. Zadow, Albert City
Steve Zumbach, Des Moines

*Company/business names are provided for identification purposes only.

Thank you, Iowa!

Now, let’s spread the word!

Gallup polling confirms it…

Mitt Romney is trending upward:

Romney Edges Gingrich, 27% to 23%, for National GOP Lead
by Frank Newport
December 29, 2011

Gingrich down 14 points since early December; Romney up 5 points

PRINCETON, NJ –Mitt Romney has edged ahead of Newt Gingrich, 27% to 23%, for the national lead among Republican voters for the first time since Gallup Daily tracking of the Republican race began on Dec. 1. Ron Paul remains in deep third place with 11% of the GOP vote, followed by Rick Perry at 8%.

Details here.

All hands on deck, Romney supporters! Keep up the good work! Now is the time to stay vigilant; step by step, let’s work harder and smarter to help our guy gain the nomination. (And ultimately, the White House!)

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Romney: Endorsed by Iowa City Press & Sen. Elizabeth Dole, Blitzer Interview, Praise from Sen. John Thune

Today’s (12-29-11) full campaign schedule is at the bottom of this post.

With Mitt Romney within striking distance of Iowa, yesterday was a full news day for The Gov. Here are a few highlights…

The Iowa City Press-Citizen newspaper gave their ‘hat tip’ to Mitt Romney:

Our View: Romney best choice for nation’s chief executive
Dec. 27, 2011 – 11:08 PM

When choosing whom to endorse for president, we’re interested in one thing this year: Finding the person best able to help the nation fix the economy.

We’re not looking for ideological purity.

We’re not looking for someone we agree with 100 percent of the time.

We’re simply interested in finding the person who has the best understanding of the issues, who has the best ideas on how to move the nation forward and, most importantly, who has the leadership skills necessary to work with the Congress and the American people to ensure that many of those ideas become reality.

After considering all the Republican candidates vying for the opportunity to take on President Obama in November, we think Mitt Romney is the candidate best suited to address the gridlock of dysfunction that has infected our federal system for the past generation.

We did not endorse Romney for the caucuses four years ago, but we recognized his leadership potential. We were impressed with how, as the CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee, he helped turn around some troubled-, scandal-filled preparations and make the 2002 Winter Olympics into a success.

And we thought highly of his achievements as governor …
We now commend Romney for being able to focus so intently on the job at hand: to outline a national vision that can appeal to Republican primary/caucus voters as well as to independents and dissatisfied Democrats in the general election. While so many other Republican candidates have been burned by the limelight that comes with temporary frontrunner status, Romney has remained disciplined and largely above the fray. And while other candidates lob rhetorical bombs about the dangers of Washington and the horrors of Democratic public policy, Romney follows his criticism with thoughtful, well-considered, well-vetted solutions.

(emphasis, image added) Read the entire endorsement here.

Wolf Blitzer (CNN) climbed aboard the Romney campaign bus yesterday in Iowa to talk with Mitt and Ann. Here’s the first portion of the interview (will post more when/if available):

Former North Carolina Senator Elizabeth Dole joined her husband in endorsing Governor Romney:

I am humbled to have Senator Elizabeth Dole’s support,” said Mitt Romney. “Throughout her life, she has demonstrated the loyalty and service to her country that should be an example for all public servants. Senator Dole’s support will be integral as I take my pro-growth message to voters across the country.”

In a letter supporting Romney, Senator Dole praised The Gov and called upon Iowans to support him:

“America is facing some of the greatest challenges in our nation’s history, in particular with regard to our economic future. It is vitally important that we nominate an individual with both a steady hand for these difficult times and the experience and capabilities to get our country back on track.”

“In a phone call Monday afternoon, I advised Governor Romney that I’m supporting him and will do whatever I can to be of assistance between now and the November election. I’ve been in all of Iowa’s 99 counties twice and have met hundreds and hundreds of dedicated voters. Endorsements may not matter, but hopefully my friends in Iowa will also offer their support to the Governor, a man of experience, leadership and unassailable character.”

Senator Doles’ background::

Elizabeth Dole Represented North Carolina In The U.S. Senate From 2003 To 2009. Prior to her election, Senator Dole served in various public roles including Secretary of Transportation under President Reagan and as Secretary of Labor under President George H.W. Bush. Senator Dole is also a past President of the American Red Cross. She is the wife of former Kansas Senator Bob Dole.

Yesterday, Senator John Thune was a guest on ‘Open Line with Randy Renshaw’ talk radio KSJC in Sioux City, Iowa. A few excerpts:

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Romney Chosen by 24 Economists as “Best” Above All Other Republican Candidates

36 economists rated Obama’s performance in handling the economy — 13 of them rated his performance “poor” and none rated him “excellent.” Surprise, surprise! (See graph to view the federal spending since Obama took office and projected spending).

Source: www.TheAtlantic.com

This Associated Press article goes on to say,

Asked which of the Republican presidential candidates would do the best job managing the economy, two thirds of the economists named Romney, one chose former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. The rest didn’t pick anyone at all.

Allen Sinai, president of Decision Economics, says Romney, who ran a private equity firm before turning to politics, is the “hands down” choice among Republican presidential contenders squaring off in the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses.

“Romney’s a technocrat,” Sinai says. “He’s not an ideologue. He has a history in the real world of business.”

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As to Obama’s huge infusion of government stimulus funds, Sinai goes on to say,

. . . public works projects failed to pull Japan out of a long economic slump that began in the 1990s and continues today. After the money is spent, “you’re left with deficits and debt. And someday if you need new government stimulus, you can’t afford it. And that’s where we are now,” Sinai says.

The AP authors Wiseman and Kravitz state why economists so overwhelmingly chose Romney over all the other Republican candidates,

Many of those who chose Romney couldn’t cite any of the former Massachusetts governor’s economic proposals. Nevertheless, his background won over the economists. Romney graduated from Harvard Business School and served as CEO of Bain & Company, a management consulting business in Boston, and Bain Capital, a spinoff investment firm, in the 1980s and 90s.”He has the experience that the other candidates lack,” says Harris of UBS Securities.

Some of his Republican rivals have taken unconventional positions. Texas Rep. Ron Paul advocates abolishing the Federal Reserve and returning to the gold standard. Texas Gov. Rick Perry has said it would be “almost treasonous” for Bernanke to try a third round of bond purchases to jolt the economy before November’s election.

Among Romney’s chief economic plans: repealing the Obama administration’s health-care law; cutting the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 25 percent; and making permanent tax cuts on dividends, interest and capital gains from President George W. Bush’s administration.

“He thinks about the economy in a more global way” than his GOP rivals, Naroff says. “He’s not a rigid ideologue.”

No other candidate even compares to Governor Romney’s credentials when it comes to economic expertise!

If you have not already read this article as to why Evangelicals should support and promote Governor Romney, please read it.

“It is rare to find a business partner who is selfless. If you are lucky it happens once in a lifetime.” — Michael Eisner