Happy Labor Day! Mitt Romney in New Hampshire & S. Carolina, Palmetto Freedom Forum

Happy Labor Day!

We hope you are enjoying a little rest and relaxation today. Here’s Mitt’s Labor Day statement:

As we celebrate this Labor Day, we should not forget the great many families facing economic hardship. Over 25 million Americans are unemployed, underemployed, or so discouraged that they have stopped even looking for a job.

This week I will outline a comprehensive plan to put America back on the road to economic growth and job creation. We cannot continue on a course that has kept unemployment above 8 percent for the longest stretch since records have been kept. The potential of the American people has been demonstrated time and again. With leadership that understands how jobs are created, that potential can be unlocked – that is why I am running for President of the United States.

No R&R today for Mitt and Ann Romney. Take a look at their schedule:

Event: Mitt Romney Hosts Labor Day Pancake Breakfast
When: 8:30 AM EDT
Location: The Derryfield
625 Mammoth Road
Manchester, NH
The breakfast is free and families are welcome (organized by Mitt Romney for President).

Event: Ann Romney will march in Milford Labor Day Parade (Gov Romney was originally scheduled to attend but re-arranged his schedule so he could fly to South Carolina to attend Senator Jim DeMint’s Freedom Forum.)
When: 11:45am to 12:45pm

Event: Mitt Romney Attends Palmetto Freedom Forum
When: 2:45 PM EDT
Location: Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
1101 Lincoln Street
Columbia, SC

About the Palmetto Freedom Forum this afternoon… It’s a BIG event and we’re looking forward to it! Senator Jim DeMint (whom some call the Tea Party kingmaker) is hosting it, along with American Principles and Palmetto Freedom Forums. Those participating:

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann, Businessman Herman Cain, Former Georgia Congressman Newt Gingrich, Texas Governor Rick Perry, and Texas Congressman Ron Paul.


The Palmetto Freedom Forum will follow a unique format, designed to allow invited candidates to engage in a thoughtful, substantive discussion of their stances on the critical issues facing our country. Candidates will be featured on stage one-at-a-time and will engage in a question and answer session with three panelists: U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), U.S. Representative Steve King (R-IA), and Dr. Robert P. George, founder of the American Principles Project and a professor at Princeton University. The event will be moderated by David Stanton, a veteran of South Carolina presidential events and former local news anchor.

A word from Senator Jim DeMint:

Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC)

“This event will present a vital opportunity for the 2012 presidential candidates to discuss their positions on a number of key issues and to outline their vision for the future of our nation,” said DeMint. “Instead of looking for ‘gotcha’ questions and sound bite answers, this event will offer candidates the opportunity to deliver their message directly to undecided primary voters in South Carolina and beyond.”

Representative Steve King (R-IA), who will join Senator DeMint on the panel, said, “Thirty second responses do not allow the candidates to properly spell out their understanding of our founding and their vision for our way forward. I appreciate Senator DeMint creating a venue that will let the candidates separate themselves on the issues.”

(emphasis added)

Options to view the forum:

American Principles Project/Palmetto Freedom Forum Facebook:

The American Principles Project Palmetto Freedom Forum Advisory will be broadcast on CNN and South Carolina Educational Television on Monday, September 5th at 3 PM. Additionally, Townhall.com and CNN.com will provide a live webcast of this event. Townhall.com will also provide a thirty minute post Forum discussion immediately following the event.
CNN – Live at 3 PM EST
SCETV World Channel – Live at 3 PM EST
SCETV South Carolina Channel – Rebroadcast at 8 PM EST

Townhall – www.townhall.com Live at 3 PM EST
CNN – www.cnn.com/live Live at 3 PM EST

SCETV also has a livefeed link here (3:00 PM EST).

U Stream livefeed / Palmetto Freedom Forum (3:00 PM EST):

Live video for mobile from Ustream

Go Mitt!

► Jayde Wyatt

Sen Jim DeMint: Romney’s Religion Non-Issue, Disappointed in Bachmann

The sticker on Senator Jim DeMint's lapel and the expression on his face reveals his support for Mitt Romney. (2008)

Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), a man who could rightfully be dubbed The Tea Party Senator, issued solid words of wisdom yesterday…

Mitt Romney’s religion is ‘not an issue’:

The Hill

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s (R) Mormon faith won’t be an issue for him in the Republican presidential primary, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) argued Wednesday.

DeMint, the conservative icon who endorsed Romney in 2008 but hasn’t decided whether to do so again in 2012, said that Romney’s religion might not be the hindrance it has been traditionally considered to be.

“The religion is not an issue,” DeMint said on MSNBC. “[…] I think what Americans are looking for right now is a person with principle, but courage.”
As for DeMint’s support, he’s still keeping his powder dry when it comes to Romney or any other candidate. The South Carolina conservative said Romney “could” still win his endorsement, but that he’s keeping a close eye on how the presidential candidates handle the upcoming fight over raising the debt limit.

“I’m keeping an open mind,” he said. “I’m not endorsing anyone right now because I want to see what they want to do on the debt limit.”

It’s good to hear Senator DeMint keep the door open after saying this a few months ago.

Romney will sign the ‘Cut, Cap, & Balance’ pledge to cut federal spending and balance the budget. Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Tim Pawlenty, Ron Paul, and Rick Santorum also support the pledge. Jon Huntsman Jr. and Michele Bachmann both declined support.

Bachmann has balked. DeMint is disappointed:

“I am disappointed,” DeMint said Wednesday on CNN’s “American Morning.” “We have to stop spending more than we’re bringing in.”
The Minnesota congresswoman argues it doesn’t go far enough to bring down the deficit.

DeMint, a South Carolina kingmaker and early supporter of the tea party movement, has said a commitment to the pledge is necessary in order to win his support, which could prove valuable in the early voting state of South Carolina and within his larger conservative following.

(emphasis added)

DeMint was a fervent supporter of Governor Romney during the last presidential primaries. Read his letter profusely endorsing The Gov here.

► Jayde Wyatt

LIVE FEED: Mitt Romney Speaks Today at ‘Americans for Prosperity’ Presidential Summit in NH (April 29, 2011)

It’s happening tonight in Manchester, New Hampshire!

As Americans limp through our anemic economy, many eyes will turn tonight at 8:00 PM EST to hear Governor Mitt Romney speak at the Presidential Summit on Spending and Job Creation hosted by the Americans for Prosperity Foundation. AFP is a limited government advocacy group. Others also slated to speak are: Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, and Rick Santorum.

UPDATE – Here’s the entire proceedings from Americans for Prosperity:

Governor Romney’s intro begins @ 37:04.

Romney right-hand-man, Eric Fehrnstrom, sent the following TwitPic taken earlier today of Mitt at Hillsborough Gas & Repair in Manchester:

Drew Cline, Editorial Page Editor at the NH Union Leader tweeted this:

Romney asked a lot of questions of customers @ gas station. Seemed genuinely interested. Connected well. Investor skills at work. #FITNless than a minute ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet Reply

Looks like The Gov was on the ground early… talking with folks about high gas prices and sharing a laugh about Obama’s energy plan or, lack thereof…

Additional links:
Romney Gets Pumped Up
Republican Romney blames Obama for gas prices

► Jayde Wyatt

Who Will SC Governor Nikki Haley Endorse For 2012?

Gov Mitt Romney campaigns with then-gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley in Bamberg, SC October 29, 2010.

Nikki Haley, the current Governor of South Carolina made headlines today when she refused to commit to endorsing any potential 2012 candidate – including Sarah Palin:

South Carolina’s new Republican governor sent a signal on Sunday that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) might not expect candidates she endorsed in the 2010 elections to necessarily return the favor in 2012.

S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley (R) said that she doesn’t feel any special obligation to Palin, who endorsed Haley at a critical juncture of last year’s Republican gubernatorial primary.

“I have not in any way endorsed, plan on endorsing at this point in time at all. I want all the candidates to come to South Carolina,” Haley said on ABC when asked if she’d endorse Palin.

“I want the people of South Carolina to get to see them the way I know them. I want them to campaign hard. And then when right time comes, I will endorse. But there’s is no one that I feel like I owe at this time,” Haley added.

Sarah Palin isn’t the only person that endorsed her in her 2010 bid to become Governor. Mitt Romney also endorsed Nikki Haley as well and wrote out a $3,500 check to her campaign. It’s important to remember that Nikki Haley endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2008 elections. The only other potential 2012 candidate is Mike Huckabee but he did not endorse Governor Haley. Instead, he supported Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer.

The article then goes on to say getting Senator Jim DeMint’s approval could be a factor in winning the primary election in South Carolina:

The endorsement of the state’s conservative icon, Sen. Jim DeMint (R), could also be particularly important in determining the outcome of the primary.

Jim DeMint has been a long time fan of Mitt Romney. In fact, he endorsed Mitt Romney during the 2008 elections as seen in the clip below (Feb 6, 2007):

Capturing these endorsements for 2012 would be a nice plus for Romney because he did not win the 2008 South Carolina primaries:

In 2008 he spent more than $2 million on TV ads in the state to win 15.3 percent of the vote, carrying none of the state’s counties

South Carolina is important because it is usually the third state to host the primaries after New Hampshire and New Jersey. It is the first primary to be held in the South.

Winning South Carolina won’t be easy for Romney. He will still have to compete with Sarah Palin (if she decides to run) and other 2012 contenders for endorsements. His faith was a factor in the last presidential elections but may not be a bigger issue in this election. However, given that South Carolina is southern, it is an issue to consider. Finally, Romney came in fourth in the 2008 South Carolina primary.

While Governor Romney will face a challenge in winning the 2012 South Carolina primaries, I think he has the advantage here. There is a substantially high probability that he that he will get the endorsements from both Nikki Haley and Jim DeMint given that they both did support Romney during the 2008 Presidential elections.

Moreover, South Carolina is hurting economically. The unemployment rate is 10.7% and is declining. Thus, the biggest issue for the people of South Carolina will be the economy. Those who live there will surely want a strong, fiscally sound conservative who can create the necessary conditions for jobs to come back and improve the economy.

In my opinion, the best candidate for South Carolina is none other than Mitt Romney.

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

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

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

Results of NH GOP Presidential Straw Poll

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

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

-Aaron Gundy- Follow @AaronGundy on Twitter

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