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
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: