Mitt Romney announced today that former Wisconsin State Senator Ted Kanavas will serve as Co-Chair of the Wisconsin campaign.
“I am proud to announce the endorsement of Ted Kanavas,” said Mitt Romney. “Ted shares my goals for Wisconsin and the rest of the country. We need to fundamentally change business in Washington in order to help small businesses grow and start hiring again. Ted has fought for this in Wisconsin and I look forward to working with him to bring jobs back to Wisconsin.”
Announcing his support Kanavas said, “Mitt Romney is the only candidate with a record of job creation in the private sector and as a governor. After three years of President Obama’s failed policies, it is clear that we need a president with experience working in the private sector, not another career politician. Wisconsin will be a critical state in this election. Mitt Romney is the only candidate who has the leadership experience Wisconsin voters are looking for and is the best candidate to beat President Obama in Wisconsin.”
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Background on Ted Kanavas:
Ted Kanavas Was Elected To The Wisconsin State Senate In 2001. While in the State Senate, Kanavas was an advocate for job growth and economic development in Wisconsin. Prior to serving in the State Senate, Kanavas was an aide to Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner. Kanavas is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Mitt Romney sat down with members of the New Hampshire Eagle Tribune editorial board last week. They shared about an hour together.
The Gov spoke about the economy, foreign policy, Obamacare and MA private-market insurance, Social Security and Medicare, national defense, and trade. He also spoke about wisdom gained from political losses…
Romney wants to help business. In helping business, he thinks the United States will grow jobs and find its way out of the current economic mess.
“I understand how business works and am intent on making this the most attractive place for enterprise, small and large,” Romney said. “I want America to be the most pro-business, pro-investment, pro-jobs nation in the world.”
Romney, 64, is the former governor of Massachusetts, a man who once led the Olympic games in the U.S. He met with The Eagle-Tribune editorial board for more than an hour last week to talk about his run for president.
Romney admits he is a different candidate than the one who lost to John McCain four years ago in the 2008 race for the Republican nomination.
“You learn from losses,” Romney said.
He learned not only from his loss to McCain, but also his loss in a Senate race to Ted Kennedy, he said.
“I’m one of those hard learners,” Romney said. “I’ve got to lose once or twice to figure out what to do right.”
What he’s learned is that, unlike business, a lot of what happens in politics is out of your control. He’s learned, too, to deliver a clear message. Romney said a candidate has to say what he believes, express his convictions, describe his experience.
“If the American people want that group of qualities, then you get elected,” Romney said. “If they don’t, you don’t.”
The political lessons have enabled him to, in his words, be a little more calm. He knows he has a great life, a great wife, children and grandchildren who love him. There’s always business, too.
“I’m focused on telling people what I believe, honestly and directly,” Romney said. “If they like it, wonderful.”
Besides, Romney thinks the time is right for him.
“Today the issue America cares about most is the economy,” Romney said. “It’s a time which is more geared to someone for whom the economy is their wheelhouse, like me.”
Romney said he is worried about the country’s future.
Mitt and Ann Romney with some of their grandchildren, Dec 2010. (click to enlarge)
“I’m really concerned for my grandkids,” Romney said. “Kids in their early teens and younger. What will America be like for them? Will there be jobs there?”
There are tough challenges ahead, he said, but the American people not only are up to the challenges, they will welcome the sacrifices to meet them. That means working together, working longer and harder, taking risks, he said.
“As a people, we like being called to do something great,” Romney said. “Politicians have been getting elected by promising free stuff. …
Romney said he believes the people are looking for a leader to restore America to greatness.
On the Obama economy:
“I think they are badly disappointed with this president,” Romney said. “He’s been a disappointment. Both internationally he’s failed and domestically.”
Unemployment is extremely high and in one term President Obama has stacked up as much debt as all other presidents combined, Romney said.
“It’s a presidency that is now casting about to blame somebody,” Romney said.
He has no use for a second stimulus from Obama.
“It’s too late for a stimulus,” he said. “We need a fundamental restructuring of America’s economy to make sure we’re a competitive economy that attracts employers, investment, entrepreneurs and jobs.”
Romney would build economic recovery around seven categories, what he describes as “the seven habits of highly effective economies.”
He would lower taxes on business.
“I’d bring our corporate employer tax rates down at least to the level of competing nations,” Romney said.
He would loosen regulation to encourage free enterprise, rather than burden it.
“Streamline, update, modernize regulation and get regulators to see business as their friend and their ally,” Romney said.
CEOs have told Romney that paying taxes and complying with regulatory policies, as well as energy expenses, cost them nearly 18 percent more here than doing business in foreign countries.
On foreign trade:
Romney wants more foreign trade, agreements with other nations to open more markets. He wants to crack down on competitor nations that unfairly undercut America.
“China is cheating,” Romney said. “You have to say, ‘stop.‘”
Since President Obama took office, the percentage of GDP federal spending has soared to a level not seen since World War II - 25%.
In an op-ed published a couple of days ago (Thursday, 9/29/11) in the Union Leader, a New Hampshire newspaper, Mitt Romney reiterated his passion to “cut, cap and balance”:
Since President Obama assumed office two and a half years ago, federal spending has accelerated at a pace without precedent in recent history, taking us from an already staggering $3.5 trillion in federal spending in 2010 to a projected $5.6 trillion within the next decade.
This is the financial equivalent of speeding against traffic on a superhighway. It’s dangerous. It has to stop.
A household cannot become prosperous by spending all its money and running up a credit card bill.
Neither can a government or a country. Instead of putting the United States on a path toward economic recovery, the Obama administration’s spending binge threatens to turn us into another Greece, a chronic debtor state teetering on the edge of bankruptcy.
The indicators are all equally alarming. Since the 1950s, federal spending as a percentage of GDP has hovered around 20 percent.
When President Obama took office, it shot up to 25 percent, a level not seen since World War II. Before the recession, the federal government spent $25,000 per household. That number has now soared past $30,000 and is on track to hit $35,000 within the next decade.
All this money has to come from somewhere. If President Obama stays in the White House for another four years, some of it will come from the higher taxes the administration is seeking to impose. The rest of it will have to be borrowed. Before Obama assumed office, our country’s indebtedness was 40.3 percent of GDP. Current projections have it hitting 69 percent this year.
If anyone wonders why unemployment is stuck above 9 percent, and why some 25 million Americans are unemployed, underemployed, or are no longer looking for work, we should pause on that 69 percent figure. Every dollar that the government borrows for its operations is a dollar that cannot be invested in productive private sector activity. Runaway federal spending crowds out private investment. At a moment when the public sector is flourishing as never before, it is unsurprising that the private sector has withered.
I have spent most of my life in the private sector, starting companies and turning around failing ones. What the federal government is doing today is a classic formula for ruin. I know how to set priorities and rein in costs.
In 2003, I became governor of a state hobbled by a deficit and shedding jobs as it came out of a recession. Working with a legislature under solid (85 percent!) Democratic control, I cut taxes 19 times, reformed and reorganized state government, and balanced the budget four years in a row. By the time I left office, Massachusetts employers were once again hiring, and the state had a rainy-day surplus of $2 billion.
The steps we must take to undo the damage inflicted by Barack Obama are as obvious as they are politically difficult. We must cut government spending, cap that spending at a sustainable level — 20 percent of GDP is the target I would shoot for — and pass a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution. Cut, cap and balance are three words that are spoken far too rarely in Washington. But they embody my approach.
I will press for full repeal of Obamacare, which will save hundreds of billions of dollars. I will reduce the size of the federal workforce and align the wages and benefits of federal workers with the private sector. And I will set about the hard work of fundamentally restructuring the federal government.
(emphasis, italics added )Read the entire op-ed here.
Mitt Romney was sworn in as Governor of Massachusetts on Jan 2, 2003. He faced overwhelming Democratic majorities in both houses of the MA legislature. Pictured above: On his first day as Gov, Romney and wife, Ann, proceed to the MA House Chamber where, in a televised address, Romney declared, “We are facing a financial emergency… There is no easy way out of this mess.”(Photo Globe Staff/Suzanne Kreiter)
Today, Romney for President released a new web video, “Stop The Spending.” The video highlights the failure of President Obama’s $787 billion stimulus to create jobs and help small businesses.
In 2009, President Obama’s $787 billion dollar stimulus bill passed. Here is what he said the bill would do (shovel-ready jobs):
“Over the next two years, this plan will save or create 3.5 million jobs. More than 90% of these jobs will be in the private sector - jobs rebuilding our roads and bridges; constructing wind turbines and solar panels; laying broadband and expanding mass transit.” (President Obama, Remarks To Joint Session Of Congress, 2/24/09)
Oops! Remember when Obama jokingly admitted this back in June?
“Shovel-ready was not as shovel-ready as we expected.”
“Stop The Spending”
● Since the Stimulus passed Passed 1.7 million jobs have been lost. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, 9/27/11)
● “The persistent weakness of the U.S. economy has left 14 million people unemployed and more than 25 million unable to find full-time work.” (“Obama Plan Would Make Small Dent In Jobless Rate,” The Associated Press, 9/24/11)
● President Obama: “On Thursday, we are going to lay out a new way forward on jobs to grow the economy and put more Americans back to work right now. I don’t want to give everything away right here, because I want you all to tune in on Thursday. But I will give you just a little bit.” (President Obama, Remarks, Detroit, MI, 9/5/11)
● President Obama: “First, I won’t sign a bill that adds one dime to our deficit — either now or in the future. Period.” (President Obama, Remarks, College Park, MD, 9/17/09)
Now, Obama’s latest jobs bill contains another $447 billion to stimulate economic growth. It didn’t work last time and won’t work now. And, may I just say Solyndra?
Autumn's glory unfolds on The Granite State's White Mountains. Mitt Romney was endorsed by 10 New Hampshire State Representatives today.
Here’s a real kick-off for the week!
10 NH STATE REPRESENTATIVES ENDORSE MITT ROMNEY
Boston, MA – Mitt Romney announced the endorsement of ten New Hampshire State Representatives.
“I am proud to announce the support of these outstanding New Hampshire legislators,” said Mitt Romney. “I am excited to work with these great leaders to help spread my pro-growth message across New Hampshire and put America back on the path to prosperity.”
“Governor Romney demonstrated in last week’s debate that he is the only Republican capable of defeating President Obama in 2012. Mitt is clearly head and shoulders above the rest of the field when it comes to understanding the free market and what it will take to put people back to work,” said Representative John Tholl, a former Coos County Republican Committee Chairman. “In 2012, Republicans want a leader who knows how to cut taxes, reduce bloated government spending and turn around our struggling economy. That leader is Mitt Romney.”
Romney has previously announced the endorsement of nine other New Hampshire State Representatives, four New Hampshire State Senators, two executive councilors and two Sheriffs.
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State Representatives Endorsing Mitt Romney:
State Representative John Tholl (R-Whitefield)
State Representative Carl Seidel (R-Nashua)
State Representative Ken Hawkins (R-Bedford)
State Representative David Welch (R-Kingston)
State Representative Barry Palmer (R-Nashua)
State Representative John O’Connor (R-Derry)
State Representative Robert Rowe (R-Amherst)
State Representative Frank Sterling (R-Jaffrey)
State Representative Molly Smith (R-Hooksett)
State Representative Michael Weeden (R-Dover)
David Plouffe - Senior Adviser to President Obama, former Obama campaign manager
President Obama’s senior adviser, David Plouffe, said yesterday that the White House Jobs Plan will have a “profound impact”:
White House Adviser David Plouffe: “The president has been very clear as he’s traveled across the country and in the speech to Congress that he thinks the American Jobs Act would have a profound impact on our economy right now.” (CNN’s “State Of The Union,” 9/25/11)
• “We’re going to continue to demand this type of action that is going to have a profound impact on the economy right now.” (CNN’s “State Of The Union,” 9/25/11)
• “We think these things can have a profound impact not just in the next year or year-and-a-half but provide a foundation for longer term growth as we go through the decade.” ” (CNN’s “State Of The Union,” 9/25/11)
The plan will NOT have a profound impact on America’s unemployment crisis:
Associated Press: The President’s “jobs plan” will not make a substantial dent in the unemployment rate for years. “Even if Congress heeds President Barack Obama’s demands to ‘pass this bill right away’ and enacts his jobs and tax plan in its entirety, the unemployment rate probably still would hover in nosebleed territory for at least three more years.” (“Obama Plan Would Make Small Dent In Jobless Rate,” The Associated Press, 9/24/11)
“The persistent weakness of the U.S. economy has left 14 million people unemployed people and more than 25 million unable to find full-time work.”(“Obama Plan Would Make Small Dent In Jobless Rate,” The Associated Press, 9/24/11)
The plan WILL have a profound impact on taxpayers:
To pay for his jobs plan – which even Democrats are hesitant to support – President Obama is proposing hundreds of billions of dollars in permanent tax increases. “While it is likely that the tax incentive portion of President Obama’s plan would deliver few jobs and little economic growth, the permanent tax increases that ‘pay for’ the tax cuts can do permanent harm to the economy. Reportedly, the tax increase measures total roughly $460 billion over ten years.” (Fiscal Fact No. 283, Tax Foundation, 9/19/11)
The Washington Post: President Obama’s deficit reduction plan is padded with more than $2 trillion in tax increases. “The administration’s claim to have come up with $4 trillion in deficit reduction is misleading. The more accurate amount is barely half that, including … $1.5 trillion in tax increases on the wealthy. … The administration further pads its results by giving itself credit for $866 billion in ‘savings’ from letting the George W. Bush tax cuts expire for those making more than $250,000 a year.” (Editorial, “In Debt Plan, Mr. Obama Goes ‘Medium,’” The Washington Post, 9/19/11)
So far, the plan has not had a profound impact on the president’s Democratic allies:
“President Obama anticipated Republican resistance to his jobs program, but he is now meeting increasing pushback from his own party. Many Congressional Democrats, smarting from the fallout over the 2009 stimulus bill, say there is little chance they will be able to support the bill as a single entity, citing an array of elements they cannot abide.” (Jennifer Steinhauer, “Some Democrats Are Balking At Obama’s Jobs Bill,” The New York Times, 9/14/11)
CBS Headline: “Even Democrats Skeptical of Obama’s Jobs Act.” (CBSNews.com, 9/17/11)
Flashback – The Last Time President Obama’s Advisers Made Predictions About Economic Stimulus, They Were Flat-Out Wrong:
(Romer and Bernstein, “The Job Impact Of The American Recovery And Reinvestment Plan,” 1/9/09)
At 9.1%, the unemployment rate remains well above what Obama officials predicted would occur either with or without the first stimulus. The Romer-Bernstein analysis projected that, by this point in time, unemployment would be less 7% with the stimulus in effect and less than 8% without the stimulus. (Christina Romer and Jared Bernstein, White Paper, “The Job Impact Of The American Recovery And Reinvestment Plan,” 1/9/09)
Unemployment among African Americans is at 15.9% and Obama is facing increasing criticism from black members of Congress. His approval numbers among African Americans have taken a nose dive; 58% say they have “strongly favorable” views of the president, down from 83% just five months ago.
Last Saturday, Obama spoke to the Congressional Black Caucus at their annual awards dinner in Washington, D.C. It was a fiery-worded campaign speech for his base. He clearly isn’t moving to the center; he’s chosen confrontation over compromise.
Obama scolds Black Caucus 9/24/11 (audio ends @:45):
“I expect all of you to march with me and press on,” Obama told the audience. “Take off your bedroom slippers, put on your marching shoes. Shake it off. Stop complaining, stop grumbling, stop crying. We are going to press on. We’ve got work to do, CBC.”
To read a transcript of Obama’s speech, click here.
As dusk settles, city lights glow in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. Governor Mitt Romney spoke at a GOP forum in the capital city Friday evening. Attendees mentioned Romney's remarkable work in turning around the 2002 Winter Olympics. 9/23/11
Ahh, the beautiful Hoosier State…
Governor Romney was there last night to speak at a free GOP forum…
An article linked on the Indiana GOP website reported that The Gov’s visit created the most buzz among local Republicans:
His [Romney’s] visit has created the most stir among local Republicans. Far more people have told the Indiana Republican Party they plan to attend Romney’s forum than showed up to hear either of the first two candidates to campaign here: former Godfather’s Pizza Chief Executive Herman Cain and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman.
While speaking to a large crowd of about 400 party activists at the JW Marriott downtown, Romney ripped into Obama for the uncertainty and pain his policies have injected into the American economy:
For about a half hour, he talked to a crowd of Republicans at the JW Marriott downtown. Romney spent the better part of his time hammering President Obama, accusing the president of hurting the American economy by creating uncertainty with his policies on everything from health care reform to new financial regulation.
“We can deal with bad news. Businesses encounter bad news all the time. What we can’t deal with as entrepreneurs and innovators is uncertainty, and virtually everything the president did increased uncertainty in this country,” said Romney.
Romney also said Obama’s policies have generally been harmful to time-honored fundamentals of the country’s economy like capitalism and free enterprise.
Because he’s an experienced businessman who’s created jobs, Romney said he’s the right person to lead the country. Romney is also a former governor of Massachusetts and was credited for making the Salt Lake City Olympics a success.
Romney frequently compared his business experience to that of the president Friday, saying that Obama had no real executive experience going into the White House and that the country is now seeing the consequences.
While speaking, Romney was also complimentary of Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. The article points out that perhaps the most interesting party of Romney’s visit might have been what he didn’t say. No mention of Rick Perry…
The Political Hotsheet (CBS News) reports that a number of Republicans attending the GOP forum are most impressed with Romney’s extraordinary work to save the debt-ridden, scandalous 2002 Winter Olmpic Games:
On the stump, Romney has made his success as a businessman his calling card, but a number of Republicans here said they are most impressed with his record rescuing the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City from scandal.
“He had a huge problem to deal with. He was kind of thrust into it,” said Wayne Baer, a Romney supporter who described himself as a Republican moderate. “We’ve got a lot of problems on a bigger scale, but you know, I like that. I think he can handle anything.”
On February 8, 2002, Mitt Romney, Pres. George W. Bush, and Jacques Rogge (Pres. of International Olympic Committee) marched together amid heavy security to the center of Rice-Eccles Olympic Stadium in Salt Lake City, UT, to mark the arrival of the salvaged U.S. flag from the World Trade Center and open the Winter Olympic Games. (AFP photo/Robert Schmidt)
This is a perfect place to remind our readers of the extraordinary feat Governor Romney accomplished in salvaging the 2002 Winter Olympic Games:
When the offer came for Romney to take over the troubled 2002 Olympic Winter Games, to be held in Salt Lake City in Utah, she [wife, Ann Romney] urged him to take it, and eager for a new challenge, he did. On February 11, 1999, Romney was hired as the new president and CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee.
Before Romney came on, the event was running $379 million short of its revenue benchmarks. Plans were being made to scale back the games to compensate for the fiscal crisis and there were fears the games might be moved away entirely. The Games had also been damaged by allegations of bribery involving top officials[.]
Romney revamped the organization’s leadership and policies, reduced budgets, and boosted fund raising. He soothed worried corporate sponsors and recruited many new ones. He admitted past problems, listened to local critics, and rallied Utah’s citizenry with a sense of optimism. Romney worked to ensure the safety of the Games following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks by ignoring those who suggested the games be called off and coordinating a $300 million security budget. He became the public face of the Olympic effort, appearing in countless photographs and news stories and even on Olympics souvenir pins.[…]
Overall he oversaw a $1.32 billion budget, 700 employees, and 26,000 volunteers.
Despite the initial fiscal shortfall, the Games ended up clearing a profit of $100 million, not counting the $224.5 million in security costs contributed by outside sources. Romney broke the record for most private money raised by any individual for an Olympics games, summer or winter. His performance as Olympics head was rated positively by 87 percent of Utahns. Romney and his wife contributed $1 million to the Olympics, and he donated to charity the $1.4 million in salary and severance payments he received for his three years as president and CEO.
Romney was widely praised for his successful efforts with the 2002 Winter Olympics including by President George W. Bush, and it solidified his reputation as a turnaround artist.
Harvard Business School taught a case study based around Romney’s successful actions.
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Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony (Part 1) The Fire Within:
The fire within… an apt description of Governor Romney.
Darrell Issa R-CA, Chairman of the House Government Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has endorsed Governor Mitt Romney. 9/22/11
What a great way to start a presidential debate day…
A big endorsement for Mitt Romney is sweetening the day for us; it comes from Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA):
Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today announced the support of California Congressman Darrell Issa.
“As someone who shares my background in business, Congressman Issa understands that we need to make fundamental changes in Washington,” said Mitt Romney. “I am proud to have his support, and look forward to working with him as I campaign in California and work to bring jobs back to the state and strengthen the American economy.”
Announcing his support, Congressman Issa said, “As a former businessman, I know that Mitt Romney is the right candidate to get both California and the country’s economy on the right track again. The country would be well served to have someone who knows how the economy works and has worked in the private sector. President Obama never worked in the real economy – we can’t afford to have another president who has spent his career outside the real economy.”
Background on Congressman Darrell Issa:
Congressman Darrell Issa Is The Chairman Of The House Oversight And Government Reform Committee. Congressman Issa was first elected in 2000 and serves California’s 49th District. Congressman Issa is the former CEO of Directed Electronics, the maker of the Viper anti-theft system.
*Note: The House Oversight and Government Reform committee is the main investigative committee of the United States House of Representatives charged with the protecting the interests of U.S. taxpayers and eliminating waste, fraud and abuse in the federal bureaucracy.
Darrell Issa, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, will endorse Mitt Romney ahead of tonight’s debate in Florida. Issa’s battles with the White House have made him a hero to conservatives. The endorsement is doubly significant because Issa backed John McCain last time, and his rags-to-riches story gives him credibility with the GOP donor class. Romney sees him as an important asset in California.
Via Twitter I stumbled upon an article at RickPerry.org and it only took me 2 minutes to find a major flaw in the numbers that blows open Perry’s claim to be the superior job creator. Team Perry responds to a “false, desperate attack” from Mitt’s team that points out while the US added no jobs to the economy in August under Obama (President Zero), Texas actually lost jobs to the tune of minus 1300 under Perry (Governor Sub-Zero).
The tables of data that RickPerry.org provides yield some unintended consequences when placed under the tiniest bit of scrutiny. First, here is the data taken directly from RickPerry.org, though I added a row of data (in red) on the second table for analysis purposes:
While Mitt Romney was governor of Massachusetts (Jan. 2003 – Jan. 2007):
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Now this is not too difficult to figure out, just look a the “change” columns. In Massachusetts during Romney’s tenure the state population only grew by 6000, but in the same time MA added 39,500 jobs added to the private sector. In Texas on the other hand (Perry as Governor), the population grew by a whopping 1.6 million but only added less than half that amount of jobs in the private sector, about 750,000.
What is the end result? Obviously in MA that equals a much lower unemployment rate, but oddly enough Texas’ unemployment rate dropped as well. Does that mean the “other” jobs created were actually created in the government? Perhaps that could be why Texas’ government spending has doubled while Perry has been Governor.
The Big Question for Perry: Sure Texas is creating a lot of jobs, but is that rate high enough to match the growth in population? If not, unemployment rates will not go down.
Factcheck #2: Team Perry calls Romney’s campaign “flailing”, but according to Rasmussen (and backed by other polls) in the space of one month Perry’s lead over Romney has shrunk from 11% to 4%. One does not “flail” when they are edging up in the polls. Perhaps this article by Team Perry is “flailing” as they are now edging downward.
Bonus: On twitter Dave Weigel jokes: So if Perry is Governor Sub Zero, that makes Romney Governor Scorpion. #getoverhere
I was stumped by this for awhile until I recalled my junior-high Mortal Kombat video game days.
Sub-Zero and Scorpion square off in Mortal Kombat, ie, the GOP Primary
Aerial view of the beautiful port at Ponce, Puerto Rico, on the Caribbean Sea... Gov Mitt Romney announced his Puerto Rico Campaign Committee today. 9/21/11
More big news today! The organization of the Romney campaign is something to behold…
Mitt Romney has been busy organizing his campaign in the commonwealth of Puerto Rico:
Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today announced his Puerto Rico Campaign Committee, including Republican National Committeewoman Zoraida Fonalledas who will serve as Chairwoman of the campaign in Puerto Rico.
“I am proud to announce my Puerto Rico Campaign Committee,” said Mitt Romney. “Around the world, the United States has helped plant the seeds of democracy. Meanwhile, close to four million American citizens in Puerto Rico do not enjoy the same rights and privileges of democracy as their other fellow citizens. In Washington today, a lack of leadership in the White House is paralyzing significant progress on too many issues. As president, I will provide the leadership and resources necessary to ensure that this century-old question is resolved. As I’ve said in the past, by working with Congress, we can grant Puerto Ricans the opportunity to determine their future political status. Only in this way can we close the book on Puerto Rico’s political limbo and one of the great unresolved questions of American democracy.”
Announcing her support, Republican National Committeewoman Zoraida Fonalledas said, “Puerto Rican voters are looking for the candidate who is ready to turn around our struggling economy – as a businessman and governor, Mitt Romney was able to do just that. Of all the candidates, he has the most experience working in the real economy. That experience will be needed in our next president to grow the economy and create jobs.”
Mitt Romney’s Puerto Rico Campaign Committee:
· Zoraida F. Fonalledas: National Committeewoman – Republican Party Of Puerto Rico
· Mario Gaztambide: Treasurer – Republican Party Of Puerto Rico
· Héctor Ramos: Legal Counsel Republican Party Of Puerto Rico
· Hon. José Torres Zamora: State Legislator – Chair, House Republican Caucus
· Hon. Vanessa Viera: Deputy Secretary Of The State Department Of Puerto Rico
· Hon. Luis Gerardo Rivera Marín: Secretary Of The Department Of Consumer Affairs – Deputy Legal Counsel – Republican Party Of Puerto Rico
· Gloria Escudero: President – National Federation Of Republican Women – Puerto Rico Chapter
· Luis Carlos Maldonado: President – Federation Of Municipal Legislators
· Jorge San Miguel: Deputy Director For Federal Affairs – Republican Party Of Puerto Rico
· Andrés Guillemard, Sr.: President: Lone Star Insurance Producers, Inc.
· Antonio Hernández: Deputy Legal Counsel – Republican Party Of Puerto Rico
· Eduardo Emanuelli: Insurance Broker – Carrion, Laffitte & Casellas Insurance Company