The latest news from The Sunshine State is making the sun shine a little brighter here at MRC as the work week comes to a close…
Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today announced the support of Florida Congressman Jeff Miller.
“I am proud to have Congressman Miller’s support,” said Mitt Romney. “He is a committed public servant both to the state of Florida and our country’s veterans and I will work with leaders like him to revitalize the state.”
“After three years, it is clear to Florida voters that President Obama’s liberal policies are not working,” said Congressman Jeff Miller. “The differences between President Obama and Mitt Romney are stark. At home, President Obama had no experience in the real world and has failed to improve the economy; Mitt Romney is a conservative businessman who has a lifetime of experience turning around troubled enterprises. Abroad, President Obama has weakened relations with allies; Mitt Romney has laid out a foreign policy that strengthens America’s relationships with our allies while providing for our military men and women overseas and at home. I am proud to support Mitt, and look forward to working with him to help create jobs in Florida and provide the care that our servicemen and veterans deserve.”
Background On Congressman Jeff Miller:
Jeff Miller Has Represented Florida’s 1st Congressional District In The U.S. House Of Representatives Since 2001. He is the Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs as well as a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Prior to entering Congress, Miller served in the Florida House of Representatives and as a deputy sheriff. He was also a real estate broker.
Good news from The First State… 24 elected officials and leaders in Delaware have endorsed Mitt Romney today.
Governor Romney also filed primary campaign paperwork to be on the ballot in Delaware.
“I am happy to have the support of so many in Delaware,” said Mitt Romney. “In order to win in November 2012, I will need their help as I spread my pro-growth message and reach out to voters in Delaware and across the country.”
Announcing his support, House Republican Leader Greg Lavelle said, “After three years of failed attempts to restart our economy, it is clear that the liberal policies of President Obama are not working. We need a president who has displayed conservative leadership and understands how our economy actually functions. Mitt Romney displayed this leadership as both a governor and successful businessman. With his economic know-how, we will be able to get our economy working again.”
“Mitt Romney has emerged as the only candidate with the experience and plan to take on President Obama,” said RNC National Committeeman Laird Stabler. “He is a conservative businessman who was able to use those principles as governor to cut taxes and spending. I look forward to working with these other leaders from Delaware to help Mitt Romney defeat President Obama and reverse the economic stagnation of the last three years.” (emphasis added )
Delaware Elected Officials And Leaders Endorsing Mitt Romney:
• House Republican Leader Greg Lavelle
• State Senator Liane Sorenson
• Dale Wolf; Former Governor and Lieutenant Governor
• Janet Rzewnicki; Former State Treasurer
• Bob Weiner; New Castle County Councilman
• Laird Stabler; RNC National Committeeman
• Everett Moore; Former Delaware Republican Party Chairman
• Cathy Murray; Former Delaware Republican Party Vice Chairwoman
• Steve Engebretson; Newark Region Republican Chairman
• Hans Reigle; Kent County Republican Chairman
• John Rollins; New Castle County Republican Chairman
• Michael Fleming; Former New Castle County Republican Chairman
• Rick Carroll; Former Wilmington Region Republican Chairman
• Ted Cover; Wilmington Region Republican Vice Chairman
• Jerry Martin; Former Brandywine Region Republican Chairman
• Dave Burris; Former Sussex County Republican Chairman
• Dave Jones; Former Newark Region Republican Chairman
• Ron Sams; Former Sussex County Republican Chairman
• Jim Ursomarso; Former Candidate for Lieutenant Gov, Wilmington City Republican Chairman
• Michele Rollins; Former Congressional Candidate
• Judy Travis; Former Candidate for State Senate
• Louis Saindon; Former Candidate for State Representative
• Josh Hoveln; University of Delaware College Republican Vice Chairman
• Tom Schrandt
► Jayde Wyatt
UPDATE from Ross
Georgia Elected Officials And Leaders Endorsing Mitt Romney:
· Fran Millar, State Senator
· B.J. Pak, State Representative
· Nancy Coverdell
· Kelley O’Bryan Gary, Chairman, Jackson County GOP
· Robert J. Walker, Former Mayor, Dublin
· Jon Jones, Chairman, Tift County GOP
· James P. Golden, Former Chairman, Tift County GOP and Former 2nd District Director, Young Republicans
· Myron Faircloth, Chairman, South Georgia Young Republicans
· Ruth Malhotra, Former Executive Director, Georgia Association of College Republicans
· Orit Sklar, Former Executive Director, Fulton County GOP
· Jaime F. Aguilera, Former Director of Hispanic Outreach, Cobb County GOP
· Ron Johnson, Former Chairman, Jackson GOP
After a string of tax-payer money gobbling housing market prods that proved to be a bust, Obama is hoping a third helping of quantitative easing from the Feds will pump energy into the stagnant market.
On Monday (10/24/11) the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), the government bureaucracy that controls Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, announced it has re-vamped the Home Affordable Refinance Program, known as HARP, to ease rules and reduce or eliminate fees for homeowners facing foreclosure.
In an interview with the Las Vegas Review Journal on Oct 17, Mitt Romney was asked about the housing market and foreclosures. His answer (see below) prompted the DNC to concoct an ad against him (no surprise – they stopped short at including Romney’s full comment).
He speaks the truth about housing and foreclosures.
Campaigning last week in Nevada, the epicenter of the housing bust, Mr. Romney was asked by the Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial board what he would do about housing and foreclosures. His reply: “One is, don’t try and stop the foreclosure process. Let it run its course and hit the bottom. Allow investors to buy homes, put renters in them, fix the homes up. Let it turn around and come back up. The Obama Administration has slow-walked the foreclosure processes that have long existed, and as a result we still have a foreclosure overhang.”
How’s that for refreshing? After five years of politicians trying without success to postpone disclosures and levitate the housing market, Mr. Romney dared to tell the truth. Parts of the U.S., including Nevada, still have too many homes, and that supply needs to be sold off and fixed up so the market can find a bottom before home prices can start to rise again. The faster that process proceeds, the faster the recovery will take hold.
For this apostasy, Mr. Romney is getting whacked by the Democratic National Committee in a 30-second TV ad that first aired Tuesday in Arizona: “Almost half of Arizona homeowners underwater. Foreclosures everywhere. And what’s Mitt Romney’s plan?” the ad intones. Then it quotes Mr. Romney: “Don’t try and stop the foreclosure process. Let it run its course and hit the bottom.'”
The attack ad doesn’t quote the second part of Mr. Romney’s Las Vegas answer, which spoke another truth: “Number two, the credit [that] was given to first time homebuyers was insufficient and inadequate to turn around the housing market. I think it was an ineffective idea. It was a little bit like the cash-for-clunkers program, throwing government money at something which was not market-oriented, did not staunch the decline in home values anymore than it encouraged the auto industry to take off.”
The article mentions that other government plans to “help” the housing market, which “borrowed” money from taxpayers’ pockets, have failed. Five years into the housing bust, 10.9 million Americans are in trouble/underwater with their mortgages.
Mr. Romney’s advice to let the foreclosure and resale process take its course as rapidly as possible until the market finds a “bottom” couldn’t possibly do any worse than the Obama Administration and its frenetic attempts to “save” homeowners have done. To the extent that it encourages a faster recovery it is also more compassionate. … [I]t has also made housing far more affordable for new buyers.
Which brings us to the latest White House housing gesture, Harp II, to make it easier to refinance mortgages guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Harp I was supposed to help four to five million borrowers refinance, but only around 894,000 have used it so far.
So why not double down on lack of success? Harp II will remove many of the restrictions on banks and borrowers that were contained in Harp I to protect taxpayers. These include removing the 125% loan-to-value ceiling for underwater borrowers, dealing with bank litigation concerns, and eliminating the need for a new appraisal. It also extends the end of the program to December 31, 2013, from next June 30.
(emphasis added )
Here is video of Governor Romney’s interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial board. They chose five questions for Romney to answer. (Oct 17, 2011):
We’ll begin the day here at MRC with welcome news from The Lone Star State and The Old Line state…
Mitt Romney Announces Support of Texas Congressman Lamar Smith
“I am proud to have Congressman Smith’s support,” said Mitt Romney. “On issues that I have focused on such as border security and job creation, Lamar has been at the forefront in the Congress. I look forward to working closely with Lamar both during my campaign and in the effort to fix our struggling economy.”
Congressman Lamar Smith said, “Like many Americans, I believe the United States urgently needs to replace Barack Obama as president with a proven leader who will create jobs, reduce the nation’s debt and embrace traditional values. The Republican Party is fortunate to have many candidates who are well-qualified to do just that. Last May– three months before Governor Rick Perry announced his candidacy – I committed to supporting Mitt Romney. I support Mitt Romney because I believe that he has the specific skill set needed to turn around the economy: he has a conservative track record as a successful businessman and as a governor who created jobs, cut taxes, and kept spending low.”
Background on Congressman Lamar Smith:
Congressman Lamar Smith represents the 21st district in Texas. In the U.S. House, Smith serves as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Prior to his election to Congress, Smith was a member of the Texas House of Representatives. He also was a practicing lawyer and rancher.
Smith’s endorsement is another likely signal that Romney is gathering momentum on immigration and border security issues. Romney seemed to gain traction in his criticism of rival Perry’s stance on both, with Perry sliding in the polls under a heavy barrage of Romney’s criticism on his support as governor of extending in-state tuition rates to undocumented students who graduated from a Texas high school.
Romney Announces Gov Bob Ehrlich as Chairman and RNC Committeeman Louis Pope as Co-Chair of Maryland Campaign
Boston, MA – Mitt Romney announce[s] former Maryland Governor Bob Ehrlich as Chairman of his Maryland campaign and RNC National Committeeman Louis Pope as Co-Chair.
“I am proud to have the support of Bob Ehrlich,” said Mitt Romney. “As Governor of Maryland, he oversaw a drop in unemployment, balanced the budget, and said ‘no’ to tax increases. He understands that President Obama’s over-spending has failed to get voters in Maryland and across the country back to work. I am glad to have Bob’s help in my efforts to put our economy on the path to recovery.”
“After studying all the candidates, it is clear that Republicans’ best chance for beating President Obama next November is Mitt Romney,” said former Governor Bob Ehrlich. “Mitt Romney is the only candidate with the necessary experience to turn around our failing economy. He has laid out a comprehensive economic plan that will restart the economy beginning day one. Republicans can’t afford to let President Obama have four more years to spend trillions of dollars, burden small businesses, and fail to create jobs.”
“Maryland voters are tired of the failures and excuses from this administration,” said National Committeeman Louis Pope. “They want a president who will make job creation his number one priority. Mitt Romney has worked in the private sector for 25 years and knows how jobs are created. He is the only candidate who will be able to fix the fiscal and economic mess that the next president will inherit.”
Background on Maryland Co-Chairs:
Bob Ehrlich served as Governor of Maryland from 2003 to 2007. Previously, he represented Maryland’s 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003. He also practiced law and served in the House of Delegates.
Louis Pope serves as Republican National Committeeman for Maryland. In 2006, Pope was selected by President George W. Bush to serve on the Small Business Administration’s National Advisory Council. He is the President and Owner of Century 21 Trademark Realty, Inc, based in Montgomery and Prince Georges County.
Members Of Mitt Romney’s Maryland Steering Committee:
• Former Maryland Republican Party First Vice Chair Chris Cavey
• Former Maryland Republican Party First Vice Chair Chuck Gast
• Former Maryland Republican Party Chairman Audrey Scott
• Howard County Republican Party Chairman Loretta Shields
• Former Howard County Republican Party Chairman Brian Harlin
Pope endorsed Governor Romney back on September 8th.
Mitt Romney’s op-ed, published a couple of days ago in The Orange County Register, takes a specific look at Obama’s penchant for spending huge amounts of our hard-earned money on losers – specifically, green jobs. He basically writes that the United States government is a rotten venture capitalist – fostering crony capitalism and “outright corruption”.
Gov Romney also points out that, among other things, his own jobs creation plan “reduces the burden imposed by government” and makes our tax code “simpler, flatter, and fairer.”
His plan makes the USA competitive again.
We need an environment for jobs Obama’s ill-starred support for green jobs shows why government shouldn’t be a venture capitalist. By Mitt Romney
Oct 24, 2011
First, the good news: President Barack Obama has finally created some “green jobs.” Now for the bad news: They are not in the United States, but in Finland.
The creation of environmentally friendly jobs has been at the top of Barack Obama’s policy agenda since coming into office. With the first of his now many jobs plans, the President set out to fulfill his campaign promise of spending $150 billion to create ten million green jobs. Alas, things didn’t quite worked out as planned.
First came Solyndra, the solar-panel maker backed by a major Obama campaign-funds bundler, which President Obama hailed as a “true engine of economic growth.”It turned out to be a true engine of bankruptcy. Even as the administration trumpeted its accomplishments, the firm was careening toward insolvency. Taxpayers were left holding a $500 million bill, and the firm was left facing an FBI investigation. Nonetheless, at least one Solyndra-linked fundraiser is helping to organize Tuesday’s presidential cash call in San Francisco.
Now we may be in for more of the same. The Obama administration has shoveled $1 billion out the door to two California-based electric car manufacturers. Fisker Automotive got a $529 million loan from the Department of Energy; Tesla got $465 million. President Obama has hailed such subsidies as a “historic opportunity to ensure that the next generation of fuel-efficient cars and trucks are made in America.”
Alas, like Solyndra, these loans are turning out to be historic opportunities to line the pockets of major campaign fundraisers. Fisker investors, including Al Gore himself, have donated more than $1 million to political campaigns – primarily Democrats. Tesla, for its part, has financial backing from a fundraiser who bundled hundreds of thousands of dollars for the President’s campaign; Tesla’s CEO is also a major Democratic donor who has poured money into Obama’s campaign coffers.
Tesla’s next vehicle is expected to list for $57,400. Fisker’s car, already a year behind schedule, will cost $97,000. “We have a history of losses and we expect significant increases in our costs and expenses to result in continuing losses for at least the foreseeable future,” says Tesla’s most recent quarterly filing.
And neither firm has created many jobs. So far, approximately 100 workers are employed by Fisker in Wilmington, Del., while an additional 500 are actually assembling the cars in Finland. Tesla’s record is only slightly better. Even these few jobs may be illusory: studies of Europe’s green job experiments have found that each new green job destroys several other jobs elsewhere in the economy.
Last summer, the Government Accountability Office, Congress’s investigative arm, sounded alarm bells about potential abuses in the issuance of green-job loans, warning that the Obama administration’s Department of Energy had “treated applicants inconsistently, favoring some and disadvantaging others.” Congress should investigate carefully how so much taxpayer money was spent so poorly on behalf of so many donors.
But there are larger lessons from this sorry story. First, the U.S. government shouldn’t be playing venture capitalist. It’s not merely that government bureaucrats are bad at picking winners. The very process invites cronyism and outright corruption.
Second, as Fisker’s decision to manufacture in Finland makes clear, the U.S. economy is not struggling for lack of government spending. It is struggling for lack of competitiveness. Instead of President Obama’s doomed strategy of creating jobs that are good for the environment, we need a strategy to create an environment that is good for jobs.
My plan for jobs and economic growth does just that with the goal of ensuring that no advanced manufacturer ever sees Finland as a better place than the United States to set up shop. For one thing, the plan reduces the burden imposed by government: It makes our tax code simpler, flatter, and fairer, and places our corporations on equal footing with global competitors.
Former NH Gov John H. Sununu looks on as Romney fills out primary ballot papers at the Statehouse in Concord, NH. Oct 24, 2011
Mitt Romney’s primary election bid in New Hampshire is now official.
A memorable day began for Governor Romney yesterday as he filled out primary ballot papers in NH Secretary of State Bill Gardner’s office at the Statehouse in Concord. A large crowd of supporters and media then moved to the steps outside the Statehouse where, before Romney spoke, former NH Governor John Sununu officially endorsed him.
“I believe he will be our next president.” ~ Fmr NH Gov John H. Sununu
After fmr NH Gov John Sununu endorsed Mitt Romney outside the Statehouse in Concord, NH, Gov Romney spoke to the assembled crowd. Oct 24, 2011 (Photo/Emily Friedman, click on photo to enlarge)
Boston, MA – Mitt Romney announced today the support of former New Hampshire Governor and White House Chief of Staff John H. Sununu. Governor Sununu will serve as chairman of the Romney for President campaign’s national steering committee and advise Romney on policy and national issues.
“I am deeply appreciative of Governor Sununu’s friendship and support,” said Mitt Romney. “Governor Sununu is one of the most respected public servants in New Hampshire and he has stood for the values embodied by Granite Staters: hard work, individualism, and fiscal responsibility. His advice and counsel will be important as I work to earn support from voters in the Granite State and work to fix our troubled economy.”
“I’m supporting Governor Romney because he is a solid conservative who is committed to reducing taxes, cutting spending and preserving America’s military strength. Mitt has served as a governor, had a successful career in the private sector, and acquired the executive experience needed to turn around our economy and fix our broken government,” said Governor Sununu. “He has demonstrated that he is the strongest candidate to take on President Obama in 2012 and restore fiscal sanity to Washington.”
Background On Governor John H. Sununu:
John Sununu served as New Hampshire’s 85th governor from 1983 to 1989. During his three terms in office he also served as the Chairman of the National Governors Association and the Republican Governors Association.
In 1987, Sununu joined then-Vice President George Bush’s presidential campaign. He helped Bush win New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary and secure the Republican presidential nomination.
Following Bush’s general election victory, Sununu was named White House Chief of Staff — a position that he held from 1989 to 1991. After leaving the White House, Sununu co-hosted the political affairs show Crossfire on CNN from 1992 to 1998.
Sununu came out of political retirement in 2009 to serve as Chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party. Under Sununu’s leadership, Republicans won 7 out of 8 state special elections and achieved historic victories in the 2010 midterm elections. Granite State Republicans swept all federal races, won supermajorities in the NH House and Senate, and captured all five seats on the Executive Council. The current 19-5 Republican advantage in the State Senate is the largest since 1962, and the pickup of 124 seats in the State House is the biggest gain ever recorded in a single election cycle.
To see a video report of the event from TheBostonChannel.com/WCVBtv, click here. (A flat tax question was asked.)
CONCORD, N.H. – A crush of supporters, media and protesters met Mitt Romney today at the New Hampshire Statehouse, where the presidential candidate filed his paperwork for the state’s primary and scooped up the coveted endorsement of former Gov. John H. Sununu.
Stopping to shake hands on his way into the office of Secretary of State Bill Gardner, Romney said, “Big day today, we have to make sure it takes this time.”
After signing his papers in Gardner’s packed office and making his run in the Granite state official, Romney and Sununu held a rally on the steps of the statehouse.
“I want to thank you all for taking the time to come out this morning and since I like to be as efficient as possible, let me introduce the gentleman I believe will be the next President of the United States and the man I’m endorsing in that endeavor, Gov. Mitt Romney,” Sununu said to cheers from the crowd.
Romney then took the podium, railing against big government and vowing to bring change to Washington.
“This team of people around me, this is the volunteer team that will turn out voters on Primary Day, which by the way, will be the first primary in the nation as it ought to be,” he said.
“President Obama and his friends believe America should be a nation led by government. They’re wrong,” Romney said. “Government has become too intrusive, too big, too fat and that’s why it’s been so difficult for this government to turn around.”
President Obama is heading west today to continue hammering his American Jobs Act in Las Vegas, before journeying on to California.
‘Romney For President’ is a step ahead of him and has released a new web video entitled Welcome to Nevada, President Obama.
Take a look…
Nevada has the highest unemployment rate in the country. Six in ten mortgages in Nevada are underwater and Nevada has the highest state foreclosure rate in the country. – Romney For President
AD FACTS for script for “Welcome To Nevada, President Obama”:
• The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics U-6 rate for Nevada is 23.3 Percent. (“Alternative Measures Of Labor Underutilization For States, Third Quarter Of 2010 Through Second Quarter Of 2011 Averages,” U.S. Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed On 10/21/11)
• According to Analytics Company CoreLogic, 60% of all mortgaged properties in Nevada are underwater. “Nevada had the highest negative equity percentage with 60 percent of all of its mortgaged properties underwater, followed byArizona (49 percent), Florida (45 percent), Michigan (36 percent) and California (30 percent) (Figure 2).” (Press Release, “New CoreLogic® Data Reveals Q2 Negative Equity Declines In Hardest Hit Markets And 8 Million Negative Equity Borrowers Have Above Market Rates,” CoreLogic,9/13/11)
• According to RealtyTrac, Nevada has the highest foreclosure rate in the nation. “Nevada posted the nation’s highest state foreclosure rate — one in every 44 housing units with a foreclosure filing in the third quarter.” (Press Release, “Foreclosure Activity On Slow Burn,” RealtyTrac, 10/11/11)
Mist rises from the Cahaba River on a chilly autumn morning in Alabama. Governor Mitt Romney has received seven more endorsements from Alabama leaders. Oct 21, 2011
Mitt Romney has announced more endorsements from the picturesque state of Alabama:
“I’m honored to receive the support of these distinguished leaders from Alabama,” said Mitt Romney. “We will work together to reduce government spending, ease the regulatory burdens that are stifling small businesses and create jobs. President Obama has failed and it’s time to turn around this economy.”
Announcing his support, State Senator Cam Ward said, “Mitt Romney is the candidate with the vision our country needs. As Governor, he balanced the budget without raising taxes and created jobs. I am confident that, as president, he will be able to get our country moving forward and put Americans back to work.”
(emphasis added )
Alabama Leaders Endorsing Mitt Romney:
• State Senator Cam Ward, Co-Chair Alabama Legislative Steering Committee
• Ambassador Bill Cabaniss
• Mary Scott Hunter, Alabama State Board of Education
• Richard Bollinger, Councilman, Montgomery, AL
• Jeff Peacock, Alabama Republican Party Vice Chair, Districts 1,2
• Sue Neuwien, Alabama Republican Party District 2 Chair
• Marty Connors, Former Alabama Republican Party Chairman
Alabama Leaders Already Endorsing Mitt Romney:
• Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey
• Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard
• Lee Styslinger III
• Congressman Mike Rogers
• Former Congressman Jack Edwards
• State Representative Phil Williams
• State Representative Lesley Vance
• State Representative Steve Hurst
• State Representative Randy Wood
Mitt Romney has announced that he’s received two more endorsements from The Granite State.
Today, NH State Senator David Boutin gave Romney the ‘thumbs up’ and a week ago, NH Executive Council Chris Sununu revealed he is also backing The Gov:
Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today announced the support of New Hampshire State Senator David Boutin (R-Hooksett). Senator Boutin joins State Senators Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro), Gary Lambert (R-Nashua), Jack Barnes (R-Raymond), Chuck Morse (R-Salem), Jim Rausch (R-Derry) and Tom Deblois (R-Manchester) in supporting Governor Romney’s candidacy.
“David Boutin has been a tireless advocate for the traditional New Hampshire principles of lower taxes, limited government and less spending,” said Romney. “I am honored to have earned his support and pleased that he has agreed to join my campaign to create jobs and grow our economy.”
NH State Senator David Boutin
“Mitt Romney understands that our country can’t continue spending more than we take in. Mitt recognizes the extraordinary challenges facing our country and he has laid out bold plans to cut spending, jump start our economy and create jobs,” said Senator Boutin. “As a fiscally responsible governor, Mitt balanced budgets and as successful businessman he turned around struggling enterprises. He has the executive experience, the skills and the fiscally conservative values needed to defeat President Obama and restore fiscal sanity to Washington.”
Background On State Senator David Boutin:
Senator David Boutin was elected to the New Hampshire Senate during a special election held in February of 2010. Nine months later, he went on to win a full term in November of 2010. He represents District 16 which covers Bow, Dunbarton, Candia, Manchester Wards 1, 2 and 12 and his hometown of Hooksett. Boutin previously served as a state Representative serving Manchester Ward 1 from 1996-2000 and then returned to the legislature winning a special election to represent the town of Hooksett in the House of Representatives from 2008 to 2010.
A leader in his community, Boutin served on the Hooksett Town Council, Zoning Board and Heritage Commission. He also has served on the Manchester Airport Access Study Task Force, the Manchester Planning Board, and the Historic District Commission. From 1984-1986, he served on the Salem Budget Committee as a resident of that town.
Mitt Romney has announced the support of New Hampshire Executive Councilor Chris Sununu (R-Newfields). Sununu joins Executive Councilors Ray Burton (R-Bath), Dan St. Hilaire (R-Concord) and Ray Wieczorek (R-Manchester) who have previously endorsed Governor Romney’s candidacy.
NH GOP Executive Councilor Chris Sununu
“Chris Sununu comes from a family that is committed to public service and the traditional New Hampshire principles of fiscal responsibility and limited government. As an Executive Councilor, he has consistently stood up for taxpayers by cutting state spending and fighting to preserve the Granite State’s low tax environment,” said Mitt Romney. “I am proud to have earned Councilor Sununu’s support and look forward to campaigning with him across New Hampshire.”
“As he campaigns throughout New Hampshire, Mitt Romney has demonstrated that he has the skills, the experience, and the leadership needed to defeat President Obama and turn around our economy. He knows how to create jobs, cut spending, reduce taxes and promote the pro-growth policies that are needed to return America’s prosperity,” said Councilor Sununu. “In 2012, Republicans need a leader who can unite our Party and promote our fiscally conservative values. That leader is Mitt Romney.”
Background On Executive Councilor Sununu:
Chris Sununu Was First Elected To The New Hampshire Executive Council In 2010. Sununu recently led a group of local investors in the buyout of New Hampshire’s Waterville Valley Ski Resort. He subsequently became the resort’s Chief Executive.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota and the 105th annual Chamber of Commerce meeting was Mitt Romney’s destination yesterday. He delivered the keynote address before a friendly audience of nearly 2,000 attendees:
The United States faces significant burdens, but the country has overcome past challenges by believing in itself and American exceptionalism, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said Wednesday.
Counting the national debt and the nation’s entitlement programs, the country has obligations of $62 trillion. Meanwhile, the United States faces foreign challenges from Iran, China and a resurgent Russia.
Even so, Romney said he’s optimistic about the country’s future.be
“I believe in free enterprise and capitalism,” he said. “I believe in America.”
Romney praised business but did not talk specifically about his own experiences, which include founding investment firm Bain Capital, which is credited with launching or rebuilding hundreds of companies, including Staples, Domino’s Pizza and The Sports Authority.
He did compare his experience in the private sector with his four-year stint as governor. When businesses make a mistake, people lose their jobs and get hurt, he said. When governments make mistakes, they blame the other political party. Governments should encourage incentives on taxes, regulations and energy policy, but the people in government often don’t understand how to do that.
Romney did not address President Obama by name, but he criticized the president, saying almost everything he’s done in office has “made it more difficult for business to grow and thrive.” The health care overhaul, proposals to make it easier to form unions, financial reform and a cap-and-trade energy proposal have created uncertainty, and businesses won’t invest when there’s uncertainty, he said.
“This economy has had a hard time rebooting because Washington doesn’t understand that it’s not the answer, it’s the problem,” he said, a line that drew applause.
News report (note audience size, video of entire speech below):
For the first time in this presidential campaign, Romney shared one of his favorite Olympic stories:
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – … “There is a love of America and a passion for this country that burns in the hearts of our citizens,” said Romney to a crowd of nearly 2,000. “The great challenges we have we will overcome if we can draw on that passion and conviction of the greatness and goodness of America.
“And we have leaders who will tell the truth and live with integrity, and who by virtue of their life experiences know how to lead and where to lead America,” he said. “And I very much want to be one of those leaders, with your help.”
Parra, who won both silver and gold medals in the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, for which Romney served as the CEO of the organizing committee, was a staple of Romney’s repertoire during his last bid for the White House. Parra has been a longtime supporter of Romney’s and has already contributed money to the former Massachusetts’ governor’s presidential campaign this cycle.
Tonight, Romney recounted the story of when he chose Parra to be one of eight athletes to carry into the opening ceremony the American flag that had been at Ground Zero during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Parra later told Romney that it was the most meaningful moments of his Olympic games.
“I’ve seen throughout my life the power of the American spirit,” said Romney.
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Romney’s speech to the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce:
Before Romney delivered his speech he met with SD Governor Dennis Daugaard, his chief of staff Dusty Johnson, and Daugaard’s Commissioner for Economic Development Pat Costello.