Romney/Ryan: Resounding, Resolute Support at Red Rocks, CO!

Thousands upon thousands came to hear Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan speak last night at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, near Morrison, Colorado. NM Governor Susana Martinez, and entertainers Kid Rock and Rodney Atkins, also shared the stage with Romney and Ryan. Click on image to enlarge.
(Photo – RomneyResponse)

What a night!

In spite of gridlocked traffic hours before the event began, from near and far, they pressed forward. Driving up mountain roads, through the rocks they came…

As far as the eye could see, thousands of Romney/Ryan supporters made their way to magnificent Red Rocks Park, Colorado, for a chance in a life-time to see Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan – together for the first time in the beautiful Centennial State. The venue filled to capacity; many were turned away.

Sarah Hoyt at Instapundit.com writes:

Romney Ryan Rally at Red Rocks: [W]e left our home in time to get there just before five under normal conditions. About thirty miles out, the highway became a parking lot, where we got stuck for the next two hours. The freaky thing was the lines extending behind us at least as much. The highway exit was closed, but we’re conservatives/libertarians, we find ways. So we went back roads, parked in way outlaying parking lot (for another facility) and tried to walk. Only the people ahead of us were getting turned back at the door, so we all walked back to our cars shouting stuff like “Romney” and “Soon a real president.” Look at those pictures and let me tell you, at least that many of us were turned away or prevented from approaching.

See 360 photo posted here (scroll in/out, click two circles at top for 360 degree views).

As the enormous crowd waited to hear Congressman Ryan and Governor Romney (who, by the way, was fresh off his third and final well-executed debate with Obama), entertainers Kid Rock and Rodney Atkins wowed them.

Up-and-comer New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez – the first female Hispanic governor in the history of the United States – was also on hand to rev up the massive audience. (Remember her terrific GOP Convention speech?!)

Martinez:

Now, President Obama rattled off a “cute” joke last night about defense planning not being a game of Battleship. Well Mr. President, our BUDGET isn’t a game of Monopoly, either! Attacking Mitt Romney is NOT an agenda. Four more years, like the last four years, is NOT a solution.”

You see, this election, we’re not just picking the next president for four more years. WE are picking the direction and course of our country for a generation. It doesn’t matter which generation you come from – this is the most important election in YOUR generation!

Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton also popped on stage to voice strong support for Romney and Ryan. (*See press release below).

If there would have been a roof to raise, this Romney/Ryan rally would have blown it clear up to the moon shining down on them.


UPDATE - Highlights not included on above video:

Romney supporter: “I have been at Red Rocks because I’ve lived here and I have never seen a crowd like this!

Another supporter: “It’s on fire! Red Rocks is on fire because Mitt Romney is here. And, we are thrilled to be a part of it.”



A view from the top… “More people came than the amphitheater could hold. Momentum grows even more!” (Photo and comments from @dmitchell624)



See MORE photos here.

*Yesterday, October 23, 2012, Mitt Romney announced the support of Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton:

Keep going; more here!

Latin American Despot Endorses Obama Again

Hugo Chavez, Venezuelan President

In case you missed it, Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez gave an endorsement of Barack Obama and slammed Governor Romney. As one of the world’s despots, Chavez has all but destroyed the Venezuelan economy, eliminating all motivation of new business development; his polices have stoked the flames of inflation to almost 30 percent. As one of the world’s richest nations as to oil reserves, Venezuela has been reduced to just another Latin American third world, poverty stricken country — all at the hands of Chavez.

Over the last year, Chavez has publicly stated other positive things about Barack Obama, someone with whom he obviously feels a kinship.

Here is the quote from the Associated Press:

In a campaign speech Saturday night, Chavez equated the agenda of his challenger, Henrique Capriles, with that of Romney, saying both men represent the callously selfish capitalist elite.
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“In the end, it’s the same project,” Chavez said, referring to Obama as “a good guy.”

Any thinking TV voter that is contemplating another vote for Obama in November should give some serious thought as to why one of the world’s most corrupt, socialistic, and terrorist harboring dictators would prefer Obama over Gov. Romney as President of the United States. His endorsement of Obama should cause any rational voter to think twice before giving their precious vote to Barack Obama. Mr. Obama has set our nation on the pathway that Hugo Chavez has taken his country down this last decade. Chavez, like many other Latin American banana republics, loves to nationalize private companies. Obama has followed Chavez’s lead in this regard by experimenting with a form of nationalization with General Motors.

Since Hugo Chavez and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are good buddies, I am thinking we might see an endorsement any day from the president of Iran.

Having lived in Venezuela in the 70s, I have several friends there and they are saddened by the state of affairs of their beloved Venezuela. Make no mistake, Hugo Chavez will be reelected as president of Venezuela and probably by a landslide due to voter fraud and corruption.


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The Romney Campaign Releases Part 2 of the Day 1 Ad Campaign and Responds to Bain Attacks

After Mitt’s well-received speech to the Latino Coalition’s Annual Economic Summit, the campaign releases part 2 of their Day 1 ad campaign.

The Spanish version of the ad can be viewed here.

There will be more to do on Day One: deficit reductions, stand up to China, & repeal job-killing regulations. Donate to the campaign here even if it’s only $5.

Then, this morning, Gov Romney responded to the President’s attacks on Bain Capital:


Finally, find out why this week was so bad for the President’s re-election chances below the fold. (more…)

A Scandal per Day – Newt’s Greatest Hits

Here is a list the scandals that have involved Newt Gingrich in the last week. As you read this list, ask yourself if this man would be fitting representative for our country as president of the United States.

1) Gingrich’s second wife, Marianne Gingrich, reveals on ABC News that Newt asked her for an “open marriage” so he could continue to have an affair while remaining married. 

2) After the “open marriage” allegation, Gingrich stated in his defense that he “offered several witnesses” to ABC news who could counter the allegations but that ABC news “wasn’t interested.” A few days later, Gingrich then admits that he lied and that he never offered counter witnesses to ABC.

3) Forbes magazine reports that Gingrich very possibly is a tax cheat and that he didn’t pay all the necessary taxes for 2010. Gingrich owes up to $69,000 in taxes to the IRS.

4) Politico runs a story that proves conclusively that Gingrich supported and praised the model used by Freddie/Fannie to make home loans. This model allowed for “subprime” mortgages to be used widely in the U.S. and eventually lead to the housing crisis. Politico’s story contradicts Gingrich’s many claims that he was simply a “historian” for Freddie/Fannie and that he warned against the model. 

5) Countering Gingrich’s recent claims that he was Ronald Reagan’s greatest supporter/follower, many insiders to the Reagan White House wrote that Gingrich “repeatedly insulted Reagan”and said that Reagan was responsible for America’s moral “decay.” Newt goes on to say thatReagan’s policies were “flawed” and “insufficient” to counter the spread of Communism and the Soviet Union. 

6) A new video of Newt Gingrich is uncovered that shows Newt in 1985 bashing Ronald Reagan saying “the Reagan administration has failed” and that “Harry Truman has accomplished vastly more in foreign policy in five years than Reagan in the same amount of time.” 

7) At a recent rally in Florida, Gingrich said “I never criticized Clinton for having sex with Lewinski.” That is truly an astonishing thing for Gingrich to say. 

8. In an interview with CBN, Gingrich says that his many mistakes, like being a serial adulterer, makes him look more “normal and relatable” to people.

9) Joe Scarborough served in the House as a Republican during Newt’s time as speaker. Scarborough writes about how Newt passed the Contract with American and then fought with the GOP to break key provisions of that same contract. Scarborough also brings up how Gingrich “compared Reagan with Neville Chamberlain, dismissed Reaganomics as flawed and called Reagan’s approach to the Soviet Union an utter failure a few years before the U.S.S.R. was relegated to the dustbin of history.”
 

10) In 2007, Gingrich said that Spanish is the “language of the Ghetto.” Fact-checkers have verified that Gingrich has given several explanations for this comment but he has never really apologized for it.

11) Aside from the scandals, there are also just plain “Zany” comments made by Gingrich. In a speech in Florida recently, Gingrich vowed to create a “permanent colony on the moon by the end of his second term in office.” And that colony will “become the 51st state in America.

12) Former GOP presidential nominee, Bob Dole, issues a stinging anti-endorsement of Gingrich pointing out that hardly anyone who served under Gingrich has endorsed him.

Did I forget anything else that happened in the last week or so? Those are just the scandals I could think of off the top of my head. Just imagine what the Democrats could do with a list like this. And remember, that is only last week.

Liberal Gingrich: Sticks SEIU Sword in Romney’s Conservative Immigration Stance & In Himself

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has rebuked Newt Gingrich for his dishonest FL ad on Romney's stance on illegal immigration. Jan 24, 2012


Think Newt Gingrich is conservative?

Voters can’t ignore the flashing liberal daggers coming from his mouth.

Gingrich gleefully bashes private-equity investment/capitalism.

Get him in front of a crowd and he coughs up class warfare “Mitt Romney is trying to buy the presidency… people power beats money power every time.” Yes, he’s criticizing Romney for being organized, planning ahead, and convincing Americans that he’s the best candidate to lead America… enough so that they’ve given him their money. (Newt is all about DEFLECTION; remember that leisurely Greek Isle cruise he took right after announcing his candidacy when he could have been working/organizing/seeking financial backing for his presidential run?)

Don’t forget Gingrich’s “right-wing social engineering” en garde against Paul Ryan’s medicare reform plan (see video below).

Now, Gingrich is sticking the SEIU sword into Romney’s conservative solution for illegal immigration. And, Newt doesn’t care that in his flip-flop about-face flailing, he’s stabbing himself:

Newt Gingrich borrowed talking points from Barack Obama and the SEIU on illegal immigration and used them to attack Mitt Romney’s conservative approach. He was rebuked by Marco Rubio for doing it, and had to retreat. Then he attacked his own position on immigration. This is who Newt Gingrich is: an unreliable leader who undermines conservatives, hurts our party, and emboldens President Obama and his liberal allies.” –Albert Martinez, Romney for President spokesman

Gingrich opposes an immigration position he supported:

This morning in Miami, Newt Gingrich came out against self-deportation. “‘How close were to breaking out and laughing out loud about this fantasy?’ Newt said mockingly while discussing Mitt Romney’s idea of ‘self deportation’ during his interview with Univision this morning.” (Charlie Spiering, “Gingrich Mocks Romney’s Wealth; Self-Deportation,” The Washington Examiner, 12/25/12)

But, just two months ago, Gingrich’s spokesman, speaking about Newt’s immigration plan, said this: “It’s likely the vast majority of them would self-deport.” “On the Gingrich campaign website, the top item in the ‘solutions’ section presents a 10-step plan for addressing illegal immigration. … A spokesman for Gingrich said only a small percentage of current illegal immigrants would likely be allowed to stay. ‘It’s likely the vast majority of them would self-deport,’ said spokesman R. C. Hammond.” (The Concord Monitor, 11/29/11)

In December 2010, Gingrich agreed with radio host Laura Ingraham that self-deportation was the right choice. LAURA INGRAHAM: “We have to enforce this law. We have to do that first. No work, self deportation. Come back. We can figure out our immigration system after we enforce this border. You’re not going to get the support of the people unless we really see that border enforced.” GINGRICH: “I agree with you. I’m against comprehensive reform.” (“The Laura Ingraham Show,” 12/3/10)

In 2008, Gingrich’s American Solutions website declared: “Anything Less Than Requiring Those Who Are Here Illegally To Return Home To Apply For Legal Status Is Amnesty, Plain And Simple.” “Everyone currently working in the United States illegally must return to their home country to apply for the worker visa program. Anything less than requiring those who are here illegally to return home to apply for legal status is amnesty, plain and simple.” (American Solutions Website, www.americansolutions.com, Archived 10/22/08)

Gingrich was forced to pull down his false anti-Romney attack ad:

Senator Marco Rubio Demanded That Gingrich Pull Down His “Inaccurate, Inflammatory” Anti-Romney Ad. “‘Sen. Marco Rubio scolded Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign over a Spanish-language radio ad that accuses rival Mitt Romney of being ‘anti-immigrant’ ‘This kind of language is more than just unfortunate. It’s inaccurate, inflammatory, and doesn’t belong in this campaign,’ Rubio told The Miami Herald when asked about the ad.” (“Rubio Scolds Gingrich Camp, Says Ad Bashing ‘Anti-Immigrant’ Romney Is ‘Inaccurate, Inflammatory’,” The Miami Herald, 1/25/12)

“In the wake of Sen. Marco Rubio’s denunciation of Newt Gingrich’s ad calling Mitt Romney ‘anti-immigrant,’ the Romney campaign’s Hispanic leadership team – headlined by former Sen. Mel Martinez – is demanding that Gingrich pull down the radio spot. But Gingrich already plans to do it. ‘We respect the senator’s wishes,’ said Gingrich’s campaign chairman.” (“Romney’s Hispanic Leadership Team: Newt, Pull Down Your Ad. Gingrich: I Will,” The Miami Herald, 1/25/12)-equity

Today, Hispanic leaders united to write an open letter to Newt Gingrich asking him to pull down the offensive Spanish language radio advertisement running in the Miami market:

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Mitt Smashes Through Supposed “25% Ceiling”; AND Lead Plaintiff for 26 State Suit Against ObamaCare, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi Endorses Mitt Romney

Can you feel the Mitt-Mentum building folks? It’s nearly palpable! Thus, it has been with great pleasure that many of us long-term Romney supporters have watched Mitt smash through the supposed “25% Ceiling” of support that his opponents and Democratic talking-heads have fabricated. We’ve heard many of his GOP opponents and those on the left stating that Romney is a “weak frontrunner” because he rarely polled above 25%. I’ve heard literally hundreds of comment on news programs that “over 75% of the GOP want someone different than Mitt Romney as their nominee.” A couple of problems with that argument:

1) No one else was higher than Romney (rare temporary “flavor of the month” candidates briefly popped into the 30s being the only exceptions) and so if 75% don’t want Romney, then 85% don’t want Gingrich, 90% don’t want Paul, 95% don’t want Perry, and 99% don’t want Huntsman.

2) Romney is now consistently polling above his supposed ceiling, with the most recent Gallup Tracking Poll taking Mitt to 31% and well on his way to 35% plus once he wins New Hampshire.

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*************Sick of hearing that Mitt’s involvement with RomneyCare will make him unable to criticize ObamaCare as the nominee?  I’ve argued before on this site that the converse is actually true, that Romney would be the best nominee the GOP has to take it to Obama on the issue of Health Care.

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Mitt just added a whole new level of credibility to this argument by earning the endorsement of Pam Bondi, Florida Attorney General, and the lead AG for the 26 state lawsuit heading to the Supreme Court to test the constitutionality of ObamaCare.  Something tells me that she would not be giving this endorsement without a full confidence that Mitt will do as he’s said, and grant immediate waivers to ObamaCare and then work to repeal the law itself through congressional action.

~Addendum from Ross
The Morning Joe crew makes the observation that Gov. Romney is the most disciplined candidate in the field below the fold. (more…)

CA Reps Give Early Christmas Present to Romney: Endorsements from Lewis, Calvert, Bilbray

Santas line up for the annual charitable holiday 'Surfing Santas' contest at Salt Creek Beach in Laguna Niguel, CA

From The Golden State – three more nuggets in Mitt Romney’s Christmas stocking…

Congressmen Jerry Lewis, Ken Calvert, and Brian Bilbray say Romney is the best candidate to take on Obama:

I am proud to earn the support of three great leaders in California,” said Mitt Romney. “I am looking forward to working with them to move this country forward and ensure Californians and all Americans get working again.”

Announcing his support, Congressman Lewis said “Mitt Romney has the conservative credentials to lead our economy out of this recession. His experience in the business world gives him a keen understanding of our economy and of job creation. He is the best prepared to take on President Obama and turn around our economy.”

Announcing his support, Congressman Calvert said, “Governor Romney will be a steady and reliable commander of the ship of state and is the right man to manage critical but tight defense budgets and lead an American and global recovery. Governor Romney’s private and public sector experience make him the best equipped candidate to defeat President Obama in 2012.”

“Governor Romney’s leadership and experience are what this country needs right now. President Obama’s failures are wreaking havoc on the economy and we need a leader who can fix the fiscal mess we are in and create jobs,” said Congressman Bilbray. “I also believe that Mitt Romney will be the best candidate to secure the border and put a halt to illegal immigration.”

(emphasis added)

Background on Congressmen Lewis, Calvert and Bilbray:

Congressman Lewis Represents California’s 41st District And Serves On The House Appropriations Committee. He formerly served as Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee during the 109th Congress and now currently serves on the Subcommittee on Defense.

Congressman Calvert Represents California’s 44th District And Serves On The House Appropriations Committee. He also currently serves on the Subcommittee on Defense, the Interior and the Environment Subcommittee and the Legislative Branch Subcommittee.

Congressman Bilbray Represents California’s 50th District And Is Chairman Of The Immigration Reform Caucus. He also currently serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee with subcommittee appointments to Oversight and Investigations, Communication and Technology, and Energy and Power.

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FL News: Three Cuban-American leaders From Miami Endorse Romney

This morning, the Sunshine State will yield three noteworthy endorsements for Mitt Romney from Miami Cuban-American leaders: U.S. Reps Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Mario Diaz-Balart, and his brother, former congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart

Romney snags backing of Florida Latino lawmakers
By Philip Rucker
Nov 29, 2011

U.S. Rep Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)

MIAMI – When Mitt Romney visits a guava paste and papaya chunks wholesaler here on Tuesday, he’ll pick up endorsements from a powerful trio of Cuban-American Republicans whose support eluded him four years ago but whose political networks could help him this go around in the critical Florida primary.

Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, as well as his brother, former congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart, are scheduled to endorse Romney’s presidential campaign on Tuesday morning in Miami, according to a Romney campaign official. They are expected to join the former Massachusetts governor when he discusses his economic plan at Conchita Foods, a family-owned local business that was started in Cuba but moved to Florida a few years after Fidel Castro took control in 1959.

Ros-Lehtinen and the Diaz-Balart brothers are joining Romney’s campaign as foreign policy advisers and members of his Latin American Working Group. Romney is trying to solidify his support among the state’s GOP establishment, in particular leaders of South Florida’s Cuban-American community, in

Fmr Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL)

advance of the Jan. 31 primary. Romney has already won the endorsement of former senator Mel Martinez, another prominent Cuban-American politician, as well as a slew of current Florida office-holders.
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In reporting on the new endorsements Monday night, The Miami Herald wrote that Romney had won “the ultimate Cuban-American endorsement trifecta.” The newspaper quoted a supporter of Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s, Miami-Dade School Board member Carlos Curbelo, as calling the news “a major boost” for Romney because in the Miami area, “their support is crucial.”

(emphasis added) Full story here.

Statement from Romney:

I am proud to be working with Ileana, Mario, and Lincoln,” said Mitt Romney. “They’re conservative leaders who will help me articulate my vision to make America more prosperous at home and respected throughout the world.”

Announcing her support, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said, “The policies of the past three years have put America’s standing in the world at risk. It is time we had a president who understands that our country must lead. Mitt Romney believes that America is an exceptional nation and has a strategy to restore our country’s greatness. The Romney plan for economic growth will create jobs and opportunities for all, especially for South Floridians, who are passionate in their pursuit of the American dream.”

U.S. Rep Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL)

“The world is a more secure place when America is leading boldly,” said Congressman Diaz-Balart. “We need a president who won’t apologize for America, but will work to secure free markets, economic opportunity, and human rights for all people around the world. Mitt Romney is that leader who will make America stronger and more respected in the world.”

Mitt Romney is a leader who can rebuild our national defense,” said former Congressman Diaz-Balart. “Our country faces grave threats throughout the world. We need a leader who will stand up for American interests and work tirelessly for freedom and prosperity everywhere. I know Mitt Romney is ready to face these challenges and I proudly support him.”

(emphasis added )

Background:

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Was Elected To The U.S. Congress In 1989. She represents Florida’s 18th district and is currently the Chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee. Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen is the most senior Republican woman in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Mario Diaz-Balart Represents Florida’s 21st District in the U.S. Congress. Congressman Diaz-Balart was one of the founding members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Before being elected to the U.S. House, he served in both the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate. He was elected in 2002.

Lincoln Diaz-Balart Represented Florida’s 21st District In The U.S. Congress From 1993 Until 2011. During his time in Congress, he was the Vice-Chairman of the House Rules Committee. Diaz-Balart is currently the Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute.

To view Romney’s schedule in Florida today, click below the fold.

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Romney Endorsed by Fmr Florida Senator Mel Martinez

Former Florida Senator Mel Martinez has endorsed Mitt Romney. Oct 10, 2011


Good, good endorsement news…

Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today announced the support of former Florida Senator Mel Martinez. Senator Martinez will serve as Chairman of the campaign’s National Advisory Council.

I am honored to count former Senator Martinez as an ally,” said Mitt Romney. “The support of Florida voters will be critical and I look forward to working with him to turn this economy around.”

Announcing his support, Senator Martinez said, “I have great confidence that Mitt Romney is the candidate to get our country back on track. Unemployment remains a pressing issue both in Florida and across the nation. Now more than ever, we need a leader who will get our country’s fiscal house in order. From his experience in the private sector, Mitt Romney understands how the real economy works and how jobs are created. As Governor of Massachusetts, he balanced the budget without raising taxes. I am proud to support him.”

(emphasis added )

Background On Senator Mel Martinez:

Former Senator Mel Martinez Represented Florida In The U.S. Senate From 2005 To 2009. He also served as Chairman of the Republican National Committee. Prior to his election to the Senate, Martinez was Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the administration of President George W. Bush. Previously, he practiced law in Florida.

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Illegal Immigration Imitation: The Rick Perry-Obama-O’Malley Plan, Romney Disagrees

Maryland Gov Martin O'Malley, Chairman of the Democratic Governors Assoc and Texas Gov Rick Perry, Chairman of the Republican Governors Association, agree on providing in-state tuition breaks for illegals. (AP photo/Alex Brandon Feb 25, 2011)


As Rick Perry visits Baltimore, Maryland today, will he thank Martin O’Malley (Democrat Governor of Maryland) for sharing his commitment to President Obama’s illegal immigration policies?

Earlier this month, Governor O’Malley “went out of his way to praise Governor Perry for supporting “in-state tuition breaks for illegal immigrants.”

“Republican-bashing was the order of the day when Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, spoke with reporters Thursday – except when it came to GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry and one of his Texas immigration policies. Governor O’Malley went out of his way to praise Governor Perry for supporting a 2001 Texas law that allows some illegal immigrants to attend college at in-state tuition rates.” (Dave Cook, “On Immigration, A Democrat Has Kind Words For GOP’s Rick Perry,” Christian Science Monitor, 9/15/11)

Governor O’Malley Signed Legislation Allowing Tuition Breaks For Illegal Immigrants In Maryland:

In May, Governor O’Malley signed legislation that would extend in-state tuition discounts to illegal immigrants. “Dozens of illegal immigrants celebrated Tuesday in Annapolis as Maryland officially made them eligible for tuition discounts at colleges and universities … Gov. Martin O’Malley made good on a long-standing promise to sign the controversial measure that extended in-state tuition rates … His action came the same day that President Barack Obama said he will renew a push for federal legislation that clears a citizenship path for illegal immigrants.” (Annie Linskey, “O’Malley Signs Tuition Break,” The Baltimore Sun, 5/11/11)

• “[Gov. Bob Ehrlich (R-MD)] Vetoed Legislation To Grant Illegal Immigrants In-State Tuition.” (Annie Linskey, “O’Malley, Ehrlich Differ On Illegal Immigrants,” The Baltimore Sun, 9/29/10)

Governor Perry Signed Legislation Allowing Tuition Breaks For Illegal Immigrants In Texas:

Governor Perry led the way as Texas became the first state in the nation to offer in-state tuition to illegal immigrants. “A bipartisan coalition in Texas pushed for new policies there, culminating in June (2001) when Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican, signed a bill to make Texas the first state to offer undocumented immigrants in-state tuition.” (John Gehring, “Undocumented Grads To Get Tuition Breaks From Calif. Institutions,” Education Week, 10/31/01)

In 2001, Texas Became The First State In The Country To Pass An In-State Tuition Law. The Law Created A National Movement.” (Katherine Leal Unmuth, “Number Of Illegal Immigrants Getting In-State Tuition Rises,” The Dallas Morning News, 3/15/10)

Perry, on those who differ with his position: “I don’t think you have a heart.”

PERRY: “If you say that we should not educate children who have come into our state for no other reason than they’ve been brought there by no fault of their own, I don’t think you have a heart. … I still support it greatly.” (Rick Perry, GOP Presidential Debate, Orlando, FL, 9/22/11)

President Obama Also Supports Tuition Breaks For Illegal Immigrants:

“Thousands of immigrant students … declared their illegal status during a nationwide campaign for a bill in Congress that would have put them on a path to legal residence. In December that bill, known as the Dream Act, passed the House, then failed in the Senate. President Obama insisted in his State of the Union address and in interviews that he wanted to try again on the bill this year.” (Julia Preston, “After A False Dawn, Anxiety For Illegal Immigrant Students,” The New York Times, 2/8/11)

(emphasis added )

This morning, Luke posted Gov Romney’s new video here. It is perfect to re-post here. Perry and Obama Agree:

UPDATE – Romney talks with Jordan Sekulow (segment of interview) 9/27/11:

“I fundamentally believe that it doesn’t make a lot of sense for American taxpayers to pay for the college education of illegal aliens particularly at a time when American taxpayers are having a hard time financing education for their own children. It’s a strange thing. I know that it’s popular to get some votes in some corners. But from a policy standpoint if we’re going to give benefits that are worth $100,000 to illegal aliens to come here and get a higher education degree, then people are going to try and get into the country illegally. That’s the kind of magnet that draws people into the country. It’s the wrong course for our nation. Look, I love legal immigration. I’m happy to help legal immigrants but illegal immigrants coming here getting a break – a $100,000 break on college tuition financed by taxpayers makes no sense.” – Mitt Romney


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