IOWA: Chris Christie Stumping for Romney Dec 7th (Fundraising Video), Josh Romney in Des Moines

Good news!

Hard-hitting conservative favorite Chris Christie (NJ Gov) is taking his PRO-Romney message to Iowa next week…

Bloomberg
December 1, 2011
By John McCormick

Dec. 1 (Bloomberg) — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is scheduled to travel to Iowa next week to campaign for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in the state where voting in the party’s nomination race starts on Jan. 3.

The trip by Christie offers the latest sign that Romney is ramping up efforts to more aggressively compete in the Iowa caucuses as former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich is getting a second look from the state’s Republican activists.

Christie is to appear on Romney’s behalf on Dec. 7, according to a Romney campaign official who wasn’t authorized to publicly discuss the event. No details of Christie’s Iowa stop were available.

Romney gained Christie’s endorsement on Oct. 11 …

Governor Chris Christie praises Mitt Romney, stresses need for donations (Nov 29, 2011):

DONATE HERE.

By the way, Governor Romney’s son, Josh Romney was in Des Moines, Iowa yesterday visiting Romney headquarters. He was the one who, four years ago, drove the MittMobile to all 99 Hawkeye State counties.

He touted his dad’s chances at winning the Republican nomination and challenging President Obama. “I really think this is his time. People recognize that with the economy and jobs as the number one issue in America right now, the best guy to fix that, the best guy to deal with that is Mitt Romney.”

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Josh Romney talks to supporters of his dad at Romney Iowa headquarters in Des Moines. Nov 30, 2011 (photo by 4President.us)

See more photos here.

Note: Newt Gingrich opened his Iowa headquarters yesterday.

UPDATE - Romney launching first TV ads in Iowa:

“In the closing weeks before the caucuses, we will continue to make the case that Mitt Romney is the best candidate to beat Barack Obama,” Romney’s senior Iowa consultant David Kochel said in a statement to The Associated Press. “Going on television is just another tool in getting Mitt Romney’s message out that Barack Obama has failed as a president, and that he is the best choice to grow the economy, cut spending and create jobs.”


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Bret Baier Goes One-on-One with Gov. Mitt Romney in Miami


How did Mitt do? He seemed flustered at one point and legitimately surprised that he had to answer some of the same questions Bret has asked him in every interview since 2008. On the other hand, Mitt had a great push-back for the flip-flop accusations. I’d love to hear what you think.

It’s gotta be frustrating when Bret Baier picks up DNC talking points instead of actually doing his job and trying to tell the truth. If Bret was just trying to give Mitt a chance to refute the lies, that’s one thing, but it felt like Bret was attacking at some points instead of just asking questions. On Bret’s “Special Report”, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard commentators make the suggestion that Mitt explain the health care issue or complain that Mitt doesn’t explain his flip-flops. Mitt has addressed both of these issues to Bret Baier himself several times in the past, and that is probably a big reason why Mitt was almost dumbfounded as to why he was getting these questions again. If Baier was doing his job, he would save the tape from past interviews and play it to correct people when they falsely assert that Mitt never talks about these issues. To sit idly by while people on his show spew ill-informed information or, even worse, to agree with them, is inexcusable.

Update: It seems Kathryn Lopez from townhall has some sympathy for Mitt.

Obama & DNC Obsessed with Romney, Legislators Blast DNC Ad, Defend Romney

Further proof of the obsession Obama and his heart throbs at the Democrat National Committee have for Mitt Romney – they continue to aggressively target him. Viewing him as the likely GOP nominee, they released a piece-of-work ad yesterday, which includes the ‘usual’ – misleading use of Romney’s past words, taking quotes out of context (their usual modus operandi), etc. They also put the stink on the internet in the form of a new anti-Romney website and held misleading press conference calls.

While campaigning in Florida today, Romney was asked about the DNC’s latest actions. He replied that he took it as proof that he’s doing well. Romney also added, “Bring it on!

Romney’s Press office released a long list of legislators who issued statements on the Democratic National Committee’s misleading advertisement and press conference calls:

TIM PAWLENTY: OBAMA DOES NOT WANT TO DEFEND THREE YEARS OF FAILURE

“President Obama’s policies have been utter failures for the middle class: he has failed to create jobs and has burdened future generations with massive amounts of debt. This Administration does not want to campaign against Mitt Romney and be forced to defend three years of failure. Instead of focusing on the middle class and job creation, President Obama and Democrats are focused on campaigning and trying to tear down Mitt Romney.”

OH LEGISLATORS HOTTINGER, ROSENBERGER AND WAGONER: PRESIDENT OBAMA NOT FOCUSED ON JOB CREATION

“President Obama’s policies have failed to bring jobs back to Ohio and have devastated the middle class. The last thing that President Obama and his Democratic allies want to do is campaign against Mitt Romney and be responsible for three years of job losses and rising debt. Instead of focusing on revitalizing our economy, President Obama and Democrats only want to focus on tearing down Mitt Romney.”

WI SEN. TED KANAVAS: PRESIDENT OBAMA FOCUSED ON TEARING DOWN MITT ROMNEY, NOT CREATING JOBS

“President Obama’s policies have failed to create jobs in Wisconsin and have devastated the middle class. The last thing that President Obama and his campaign want to do is run against Mitt Romney and be held accountable for the economic failures of the last three years. So, instead of trying to create jobs for the middle class, President Obama and his campaign have focused on tearing down Mitt Romney.”

MA HOUSE MINORITY LEADER BRAD JONES: “WE NEED NEW LEADERSHIP IN THE WHITE HOUSE”

“President Obama’s policies have been failures that continue to wreak havoc on the middle class. Instead of creating jobs and helping the middle class, President Obama and his campaign continue to focus on tearing down Mitt Romney. After three years of failed policies, it is clear that we need new leadership in the White House.”

SEN. MEL MARTINEZ: ROMNEY WILL DEFEAT OBAMA ON ECONOMY

“It is unsurprising that President Obama and the Democratic Party machine are relentlessly attacking Mitt Romney. Having failed to turn around the economy, they have no choice but to run a negative campaign against the presidential candidate best equipped to bring them to account for three years of economic mismanagement that has left millions of Americans without work.”

NH SEN. JEB BRADLEY: OBAMA CAMPAIGN ATTEMPTING TO DISTRACT ATTENTION AWAY FROM THIS ADMINISTRATION’S DISMAL RECORD

“After three years in office, President Obama has failed to create jobs and turn around the economy. Instead, his policies continue to cripple the middle class and pile on staggering amounts of debt. As millions of Americans look for work, the Obama campaign and Democrats are attempting to distract attention away from this administration’s dismal record. The attack they have launched against Mitt Romney shows just how worried they are about facing him in the general election.”

FORMER IOWA GOP CHAIRMAN BRIAN KENNEDY: OBAMA TRYING TO DISTRACT VOTERS FROM FAILED ECONOMIC RECORD

“President Obama’s policies have failed the middle class. It is clear that this Administration would rather distract from its failed record and not talk about the economy. Instead of creating jobs and getting spending under control, President Obama and his Democratic allies have focused on attacking Mitt Romney.”

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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.”

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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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More NH Sheriffs for Romney: Downing, Wiggin, Prozzo “Romney’s Skills Needed to Lead USA”

More New Hampshire sheriffs have stepped forward to heartily endorse Mitt Romney…

Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today announced the endorsements of New Hampshire Sheriffs Mike Downing (R-Rockingham County), Craig Wiggin (R-Belknap County), and Michael Prozzo (R-Sullivan County). They join Sheriffs Scott Hilliard (R-Merrimack County) and Douglas Dutile (R-Grafton County) in supporting Governor Romney.

I am proud to have earned the endorsements of these outstanding New Hampshire sheriffs,” said Mitt Romney. “I am grateful for their support and am pleased that they have joined my campaign to shrink government, cut taxes for the middle class and create jobs.”

For three years, President Obama has failed to turn around our struggling economy. We have seen an increase in evictions and foreclosures. People need jobs, real jobs, to pay their rent and mortgages. Those that are released after being incarcerated have an even harder time finding employment and reintegrating into society. The cycle has to stop and people need results not empty promises,” said Sheriff Downing. “Mitt Romney has spent 25 years in the private sector balancing budgets, growing companies and creating jobs. He understands how our economy works and how to get our country back on track. Mitt has the experience, knowledge and skills required to lead our country and to defeat President Obama in 2012.”

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Background on Sheriffs Mike Downing, Craig Wiggins and Michael Prozzo:

Mike Downing Was Elected Rockingham County Sheriff In 2010. He previously served in the New Hampshire State Senate from 2006-2010. Downing also served three terms in the New Hampshire House from 1996-2002 where he was a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Resources, Recreation and Development Committee. Mike is a veteran of the Army 82nd Airborne Division; served as a member of the New Hampshire State Police and the Town of Salem Police Department; and is a former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Salem Haven nursing home and Silverthorne Adult Day Care.

Craig Wiggin Was First Appointed Belknap County Sheriff In 2007 After The Retirement Of The Previous Sheriff. He was elected in 2008 and reelected in 2010. Sheriff Wiggin attended the 61st NH Police Training Academy Class and became a full-time police officer inLaconia in 1982. He joined the NH State Police as a Trooper in 1984, where he served for the next 21 years. During his State Police career, he had many different assignments, including Field Training Officer, a member of the Motorcycle and Special Enforcement Units, and Detective. He was a Detective for 9 years, including assignments as a lead investigator and Sergeant with the Major Crime Unit. He was promoted through the command ranks of the State Police, eventually completing his career in 2005 at the rank of Major, responsible for the Field Operations Bureau.

Michael Prozzo Was First Elected Sullivan County Sheriff In 1994. He was reelected in 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010. He previously served as the chief of Claremont’s police department from 1988-1994.

A real badge of recommendation for Mitt…

Thank you Sheriffs Downing, Wiggins, and Prozzo!

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Ann Coulter had a lot to say about Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich earlier today. Check below the fold to read she said.

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Fmr Iowa Rep Christopher Rants: “Romney Has Judgment, Character, Smarts – Best Choice”

Christopher Rant, former Iowa State Rep and longtime Republican opinion maker in the Hawkeye State, has endorsed Mitt Romney.

A former 18 year Iowa state legislator (who also served as IA House Speaker), Christopher Rants, has endorsed Mitt Romney. He supported Romney four years ago, and after taking a good, hard look at the GOP field this time, decided Romney is still THE MAN.

Rants spoke highly of Romney yesterday in an opinion column in the Sioux City Journal:

THE REGULARS: Mitt Romney represents GOP’s best choice to face Obama
by Christopher Rants
November 27, 2011

[...]
If you are looking for a quick guide on who to support in the Iowa caucus, that’s all you really need to know. I believe that Mitt Romney is the best candidate running, and would be the best president.

I’ve got 600 words to make my case, but let me use just one for starters: “competence.”

I’ve watched the series of GOP debates asking myself: Is this really the best my party has to offer? The gaffes. The lack of intellectual curiosity. The embarrassing revelations. For Republicans to slough off or excuse any of it is a profound disservice to our party. We wouldn’t cut Democrats any slack for the same transgressions.

Through it all Romney is the candidate to emerge unscathed. That requires both discipline and competence. While Republicans say they don’t think about electability, but prefer ideological perfection, the ability to effectively run a national campaign against the Obama team does matter. There is no room for error.

Americans are looking for a president who will jump start the economy. In that regard, Mitt Romney is the only logical choice. No other candidate can compare to his business background. Sorry, not even Herman Cain. Romney’s career in the private sector taught him the skills he needed to rescue the 2002 Olympics. His ability to turn around a large organization, and do it under public scrutiny, is good practice for the White House.

Catch phrases like “999″ or simplistic “cut the red tape” slogans are not enough to put our economy back on track and to prepare our workforce and employers for global competition with Asia and India. …

Mitt’s 59-point economic plan may not be a quotable sound bite, but only Romney has demonstrated that he is competent to the task.

Four years ago I asked every Republican candidate how we could compete for jobs with India and China. Most looked at me blankly and then started talking about Iraq and terrorism. Only Mitt Romney understood the question – and better yet, talked for 20 minutes about his answer. For fear of embarrassment, I’d be afraid to ask this year’s field.

Knowing that social conservative groups in Iowa, including influential evangelical group The Family Leader, run by Bob Vander Plaats, met secretly and plan to meet again to join forces to support a candidate (Romney wasn’t even considered – what does that tell you?) and are leaning toward bulging-baggage Newt Gingrich (whose record and values set off conservative security systems!), made me especially enjoy Rant’s conclusion:

Romney’s squeaky clean image may make for late-night television fodder, but the fact remains that Mitt is a deeply moral man. There will be no tales of behavior unbecoming a president to use against him. … I know that Romney shares my values. Mike Huckabee, long viewed as the leader of the anti-Mitt crowd, recently said of those who harbor suspicions, “Mitt Romney may not be their first choice, but Mitt Romney every day of the week and twice on Sunday is going to be a much more effective president for issues that they care about than Barack Obama.”

It is imperative we nominate someone we trust to respond to the unknown challenges in a thoughtful, disciplined, and competent way. Who has the judgment, character and, frankly, the smarts to respond to a crisis? I trust Mitt Romney.

(emphasis added ) Check out Rant’s facebook page here, website here.

I’m struck by the hypocrisy of evangelicals who may be flocking toward Newt Gingrich:

“Under normal circumstances, Gingrich would have some real problems with the social-conservative community,” says Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council. “But these aren’t normal circumstances.”

Identity based politics? Religious bias?

My, my…

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U.S. Senator John Thune Gives ‘Thumbs Up’ to Romney

U.S. Senator John Thune (R-SD) will endorse Mitt Romney today. 11/23/11


How sweet it is…

It’s another big endorsement for Mitt Romney today – U.S. Senator John Thune:

Mitt Romney will pick up a national-level endorsement in Des Moines this morning when U.S. Sen. John Thune accompanies him on a presidential campaign visit, Romney aides told The Des Moines Register.

Thune, a Republican from South Dakota, made waves in 2004 by defeating incumbent Tom Daschle, who was the Democrats’ leader in the Senate. Earlier this year, his name was floated as a possible presidential contender, but he declined to run.

Romney, a former Massachusetts governor and national front-runner for the Republicans’ presidential nomination, said in a prepared statement that he was grateful for Thune’s support.

“On the issues that I have been fighting for in my campaign – creating a better business environment, lessening the regulatory burden, and ending Washington’s spending addiction – Senator Thune has been a leading voice in the Senate,” Romney said.

Thune’s accompanying statement stressed Romney’s ability to deal with economic troubles. “Mitt Romney has shown throughout his life in the private sector, as leader of the Olympics, as governor, and in this campaign that he will not back down from difficult challenges. His plans to revitalize the private sector and restore our country’s fiscal health are drawn from his 25 year career as a conservative businessman.”

Christopher Rants, a former Iowa House speaker from Sioux City, said Thune is widely respected as an articulate conservative. “I think that’s a great endorsement whether it’s here or elsewhere,” he said. “Thune may be a little bit better known in northwest Iowa than, say, Dubuque or Muscatine, but the reality is that Thune’s an up-and-comer, rising star in the party, period.” …

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We love this endorsement. Thanks, Senator Thune!

Governor Romney is in Iowa today:

8:00 AM – Meeting with supporters
Des Moines, Iowa

9:30 AM – Speaking to employees at Nationwide Insurance
1100 Locust St., Des Moines, Iowa
12:30 PM

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New Hampshire: Obama Drops By, Romney’s Ad, Open Letter to Delegator-in-Chief, P.S. From NH Leaders

In advance of President Obama’s campaigning in Manchester, New Hampshire today, the Romney campaign has released an excellent new ad targeting Obama’s economic policies.

Mitt Romney also penned a cut-to-the-chase open letter to our Delegator-in-Chief. The following letter will appear as a full page advert in three of New Hampshire’s largest newspapers: the Union Leader, Concord Monitor, and the Nashua Telegraph:

Dear President Obama,

Welcome to New Hampshire.

I hope you enjoy your visit. In 49 days, voters here will be going to the polls to choose a Republican nominee to run against you. I would like to lay out for you some of what I will be saying on the campaign trail if I am fortunate enough to become my party’s candidate.

I would begin by acknowledging that you were dealt a hard hand. You came into office in the midst of an economic crisis that was not of your making. You were asked to face great challenges and to solve difficult problems. The tasks before you would have taxed the abilities of any new president.

But we now have had three years to watch your policies unfold and to assess their results. The evidence is in and it is unequivocal. I will be blunt. Your policies have failed. It is bad enough that they have fallen short even by the standards your own administration set for itself. But things are much worse than that. Far from bringing the crisis to an end, your policies have actively hindered economic recovery. In some cases, they were the exact opposite of what our government should have been doing.

You and your advisors sold your economic “stimulus” package to Congress on the basis of a forecast that it would hold unemployment below 8 percent. There is a reason why this projection was wildly off base and that unemployment soared above 10 percent and is now stuck around 9 percent. Your stimulus bill was filled with special interest giveaways, and eased the way for your administration to shovel loan guarantees out the door to politically connected “green” technology firms, some of which are now in bankruptcy, with the taxpayers on the hook for more than $500 million.

Even where crony capitalism did not get in the way, so many projects were far from “shovel ready” or had absolutely nothing to do with creating jobs. Nearly a trillion dollars of tax dollars was spent, our budget deficit exploded, and some 25 million Americans remain either unemployed, underemployed, or have given up seeking work altogether. You placed a burden of debt on America that will take generations to repay and we got almost nothing in return.

You also failed to grasp the impact of your policies on the American business climate. Investment depends upon a degree of certainty, but your administration made it impossible for enterprises to make accurate forecasts about their future costs. If companies have stopped hiring in America, it is in no small part because of policies, including Obamacare, Dodd-Frank, and an astonishing tangle of new federal regulations that have snuffed out investment. If we are ever to get America back to work, they all must be repealed.

I will also be talking about how you have catered to favored special interests, like civil-service unions and environmentalists, at the expense of American workers. Take your decision to “delay” building the state-of-the-art Keystone XL oil pipeline. Some 20,000 American jobs are at stake. You may not regard that as a large number, but every one of the unemployed men and women whose future you have sacrificed to satisfy your political base in the environmentalist left deserve far better. And this is but one of many examples I can cite.

America deserves better.

It is not America’s laziness that is the problem, as you recently suggested. It is your policies.

So once again, Mr. President, welcome to New Hampshire. We need a great debate about how best to get our country working again. We can’t afford four more years of failure. I believe in unleashing America’s potential. That is what my own campaign for the presidency is all about.

Sincerely,


NH legislators/leaders add an emphatic P.S.

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NH Rep Charlie Bass Backs Romney, Telegraph Editorial Board LIVE Broadcast Today

UPDATE:

Watch a live broadcast of Mitt Romney with The Telegraph editorial board Monday at 10:50 a.m. at www.nashuatelegraph.com. The question and answer session will be filmed by students in the Nashua School District’s TV production program. Readers can pose questions as well as read a live transcript of the interview.

Mitt Romney shakes hands with Rep Charlie Bass (R- NH) as he arrives for a dinner sponsored by Americans for Prosperity, April 29, 2011. Bass is endorsing Romney today. (Photo AP/Jim Cole)

It’s a strong way to begin Thanksgiving week… with a one-two punch for Romney from The Granite State.

After a rousing rally yesterday in Nashua, New Hampshire, where U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte formally endorsed Mitt Romney, the former MA Governor is receiving another endorsement – from one of New Hampshire’s two Republican congressmen, Charlie Bass:

Congressman Charlie Bass will endorse the GOP presidential candidacy of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on Monday, The Telegraph has confirmed.

Bass will make it official when Romney tours the BAE Systems plant on Spit Brook Road in Nashua and then addresses employees. Romney will also answer questions from The Telegraph editorial board later Monday.

The announcement marks the second key endorsement in as many days for Romney, who on Sunday secured the endorsement of U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte at a Nashua City Hall rally.

Romney and Ayotte took turns bashing President Barack Obama’s record on jobs, the economy and military spending on the City Hall steps after Ayotte announced her endorsement.

“Mitt Romney has proven through his experience as a successful businessman, effective governor, and by his excellent presidential debate performances that he is best prepared to lead our country and ensure Barack Obama is a one-term president,” Ayotte said.

Each spoke for roughly 10 minutes.

“This president doesn’t know how to create jobs, he doesn’t know how to lead,” Romney said to frequent cheers.

In advance of the Monday event with Romney, Bass said the Republican front-runner is the man for the job.

“Voters in New Hampshire and across our country are looking for a candidate that understands what our economy needs to recover and grow, that has the experience of creating jobs, and has the leadership qualities needed to bring the citizens of our nation back together in these challenging times,” Bass said in a statement.

“I firmly believe that Mitt Romney is the candidate that will renew our country’s faith in the American dream.”

Romney said he and Bass share a commitment to keeping federal taxes and spending low as one of the ways to lead to a more vibrant, national economy.

“Congressman Bass and his family have served New Hampshire with honor and distinction for generations,” Romney said.

“He has stood up for the traditional New Hampshire principles of limited taxation and smaller government. In addition, congressman Bass understands that the current over-taxation and over-spending in Washington will only continue to hurt job creators. With his support, I hope to reverse the failed Obama fiscal policies that have hampered job creation and put a halt to economic growth.”

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Bass will serve as Co-Chair of Romney’s NH Steering Committee and will be a member of his National Steering Committee.

Background On Congressman Bass:

Charlie Bass Was Elected To Represent New Hampshire’s Second Congressional District In 2010. He previously represented the district from 1995 to 2007. Bass previously served in the New Hampshire Legislature as a State Senator and State Representative. Bass, the son of a former New Hampshire congressman and the grandson of a former governor, lives in Peterborough with his wife Lisa and their two children, Lucy and Jonathan.

Meanwhile, here’s a bit of weekend political stuff:

The Super Committee is turning out to be a super failure and MSNBC’s Chris Matthews has lost his ‘thrill’ for Obama. George Will scoffed at New Gingrich, while Jon Huntsman appeared on Saturday Night Live to paste a smiley face on his barely-there poll numbers and NH fixation. Earlier in the opening segment of SNL, Romney’s scandal-less background was spoofed:

Cast member Jason Sudeikis, sporting Romney’s slicked-back hair and a business suit, told the audience that he wanted to show his edgier side because rivals such as Perry were “hogging all the headlines with sex scandals and whoopsie-daisies.”

The skit portrayed a raw and unleashed Romney.

Mitt’s humor shone through yesterday when he got the last word while serving free soup and sandwiches to supporters at Jackie’s Diner (Nashua, NH). Someone asked him what his favorite Guns ‘n Roses song was. The Gov replied, “Um, I don’t think I can give you a good one. All I can give you is some good food here today. But today, this is me just raw and unleashed.”

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NW Florida Women’s Group Hit Back at ‘Anybody But Romney’ Crowd

VOTE for Mitt at the Right Scoop poll.

I’m giving a ‘hat tip’ with a flourish today to this fantastic group of women in northwest Florida:




They’ve created an energizing new video for Governor Mitt Romney because…

[W]e’re tired of hearing the myth and the propaganda of the “anybody but Romney” crowd. Here is our response to it. There’s NOBODY but ROMNEY for me!

Watch to read what some women across America think about Romney:

Thanks, ECW for Romney and keep up the good work! ‘Like’ them here.

It’s time to get the grassroots videos rolling… who will be next?



H/t Evelio, video

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