Mitt’s New Top Ten List: Other Things You May Not Know About Romney

In evaluating a potential Mitt Romney 2012 presidential candidacy, the focus of discussion almost always seems transfixed on his role in developing a health care reform plan in Massachusetts, while he was Governor. Health care will no doubt be a major issue in 2012, but there is so much more to Romney’s record and life experience, which also needs to be examined.

Mitt Romney Top TenLast week Romney appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, to deliver the Daily Top Ten list. It was a mildly amusing affair, allowing Romney the opportunity to poke fun at his buttoned down image, despite the decidedly weak comic material he was provided by Letterman’s writers. However, the Top Ten format seems like a good way to provide some background information about Romney, to his supporters, detractors and those unfamiliar with him.

So here is a list of some perhaps unknown events, facts and trivia, designed to provide insight and prompt discussions about Mitt Romney. And in no particular order we start:

 10)      Mitt Romney was born on March 12, 1947. That makes his zodiac sign a Pieces and a Pig in Chinese astrology. It is said of Pig people – “Pigs are models of sincerity, purity, tolerance, and honor. When you first meet them, Pigs seem too good to be true. They are careful and caring, obliging and chivalrous. Put your trust in him, he won’t let you down and he will never try to. The Pigs simply want to do everything right.”

Mitt Romney Car Crash9)         Mitt Romney once suffered broken ribs, a fractured arm, a concussion, facial injuries and accidently declared dead, after being in a head on auto collision in France. In June 1968, while driving fellow missionaries, a Mercedes passing a truck, missed a curve and swerved into the opposite lane, slamming the car Romney was driving, head-on. Trapped between the steering wheel and door, the Romney had to be pried from the car. Later a French police officer mistakenly wrote Il est mort (he is dead) on his passport. The wife of the mission president was killed and other passengers were seriously injured as well. Back home in America, fearing his son was dead, George Romney relied on his friend, Sargent Shriver, then US Ambassador to France, to go to the hospital for details. Shriver discovered Mitt had indeed survived and would later fully recover without needing surgery.
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CPAC 2011 Starts Today! Here is What You Need to Know…

Allen West CPAC 2011 Keynote Speaker

CPAC 2011 Keynote Speaker: Florida Rep. Allen West

The annual Conservative Political Action Conference is upon us! Thousands of conservatives are converging on the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC to listen to speakers and discussion panels featuring the most prominent conservative leaders of our nation. The 3-day conference also features a highly anticipated straw poll for GOP 2012 contenders (guess who we are rooting for.)

Let’s do this in Q&A format… (please note all times are Eastern)

A: Okay, okay. Romney is set to speak Friday morning at 10:30.

Q: Will I be able to watch somehow if I’m not there in person?
A: I believe live video will be available for the whole conference. Go to and register. There are videos of speakers from last year available right now. Update: Live video is also available here:
Q: Who will be the Keynote Speaker this year?
A: Florida Rep. Allen West was confirmed just yesterday to give the closing Keynote speech on Saturday. Glenn Beck was the Keynote speaker last year, and Rush Limbaugh the year before that. Sarah Palin was actually invited to give the speech, but turned it down last week citing a very busy February schedule.

Q: When does the straw poll voting close?
A: Friday 5:00 PM

Q: When are the results of the straw poll announced?
A: Saturday 5:15 PM

Q: Who will be on the ballot for the straw poll?
A: 1. Michele Bachmann, 2. Haley Barbour, 3. Herman Cain, 4. Chris Christie, 5. Mitch Daniels, 6. Newt Gingrich, 7. Mike Huckabee, 8. Jon Huntsman, 9. Gary Johnson, 10. Sarah Palin, 11. Ron Paul, 12. Tim Pawlenty, 13. Mitt Romney, 14. Rick Santorum, 15. John Thune, 16. Other, 17. Undecided

Q: Will Mitt Romney win the straw poll?
A: Doubtful. Ron Paul won last year and is favored to repeat this year as well. The Campaign for Liberty has made no secret of its intention to flood the poll for Ron Paul, just as they were successful at doing last year. Mitt Romney did win the poll in the years 2007 – 2009. My guess is he’ll take a strong second.

Q: Do you know the results of past years?
A: As a matter of fact I do..
2010: Paul 31, Romney 22, Palin 7, Pawlenty 6, Pence 5, six others
2009: Romney 20, Jindal 14, Paul 13, Palin 13, Gingrich 10, Huckabee 7, four others
2008: Romney* 35, McCain* 34, Huckabee 12, Paul 12
2007: Romney 21, Giuliani 17, Brownback 15, Gingrich 14, McCain 12
2006: George Allen 22, McCain 20, Giuliani 12, Rice 10, Frist 6, Tancredo 5, Romney 5, Gingrich 5, Santorum 3, Pataki 3

** It should be noted that Romney announced the suspension of his campaign during his 2008 speech. Prior to his speech 25% of the votes were already in, with Romney leading McCain 44-27. The remaining votes placed after Romney’s speech were in McCain’s favor 37-32.

Q: Do you have video of Romney’s speeches in past years?
A: Yes, we have 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007. All include video and transcript.

Q: Will any Team MRC members be there?
A: Yes, there will in fact be 5 of us there on site, and we will be joined by Jeff of NYforMitt as well. Nancy French of Evangelical for Mitt will also be in attendance. Aaron, Ross and David, are already there. Luke and I will be arriving on Friday.

Q: How will you guys be covering the on-goings at the conference?
A: Excellent question. We have been afforded a seat in the blogger’s lounge (yes, we’re legit) where we will do write-up for posting on our blog here. We will also be live-tweeting the entire conference from our mega-smart phones – providing news, insights, photos and video as quick as our stubby thumbs will permit. There is live widget at the top of our home page where you can follow all of our tweets. Another option is to follow the list directly on Or, for the more impatient (and more adventurous) you can try this pre-configured tweetgrid: The grid follows @RomneyCentral, @AaronGundy, @NateGundy, @C0mm1tt3d (Ross), @DavePulfoo, @LukeGundy, @NYforMitt,and @E4Mitt. Other suggested search terms: ‘#cpac11’, ‘Romney’, and ‘MittRomney’.

Q: Will there be any official meet up for Mitt fans and/or MRC readers?
A: I’m not sure. I’d like to call together a gathering to meet everyone and perhaps enjoy some refreshments, but do not have a time/location yet. We will advise if we pick a time and place to meet up. I would hope to do so Friday since that is when Romney is speaking and most supporters would be there.

Q: Do have a schedule of who is speaking and when?
A: Yes. Below is actually an abbreviated schedule. The full 19-page event schedule can be downloaded here: CPAC Schedule (PDF)

9:15 Rep. Michelle Bachmann (MN)
9:45 Sen. Ron Johnson (WI)
10:15 Sen. Pat Toomey (PA)
11:15 Rep. Kristi Noem (SD)
11:45 Rep. Raul Labrador (ID)
12:00 Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY)
12:30 Newt Gingrich
1:00 Panel – Reagan at 100: Model for the Next Generation
2:00 Rick Santorum
2:30 Panel – Traditional Marriage and Society
3:15 Wayne LaPierre – CEO of NRA
3:45 Sen. Rand Paul (KY)
4:00 Award presentation to Donald Rumsfeld “Defender of the Constitution”
4:30 Rep. Paul Ryan (WI)

9:00 Panel – Public Attitudes Toward Security
9:30 Panel – Cutting Spending by the Spenders
10:30 Mitt Romney
11:00 Gov. Luis Fortuño (PR)
11:15 Rep. Tom Price (GA)
11:30 Rep. Marsha Blackburn (TN)
11:55 Presentation “Blogger of the Year” Award to Javier Manjarres of The Shark Tank
12:00 Panel – It’s the Spending Stupid! The Tea Party and the Political Landscape
1:00 Sen John Barrasso (WY)
1:30 Sen. John Thune (SD)
2:00 Sen. Mike Lee (UT)
2:15 Panel – Do We Need a Constitutional Amendment to Stop the Spending?
3:00 Tim Pawlenty
3:30 Rep. Ron Paul (TX)
4:00 Gov. Rick Perry (TX)
4:30 Herman Cain

9:00 Andrew Breitbart
9:30 Gov. Haley Barbour (MS)
10:00 David Horowitz
10:15 Panel – Defending Free Speech on Campus
11:00 Rep. Connie Mack (FL)
11:30 Panel – Bleeding America Dry: The Threat of the Public Sector Unions
12:15 Panel – Repealing Obamacare: In the States, In Courts, and In Congress
1:00 Ambassador John Bolton
1:30 Panel – The Nuclear Threat: China and North Korea
2:20 Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation to Pat Boone
2:30 Panel – How to Think About Afghanistan
3:15 Jonah Goldberg
3:45 Ann Coulter
4:15 Rep. Peter Roskam (IL)
4:30 Panel – Changing the Conversation: Winning with Minorities, Women, and Independents
5:15 Straw Poll Results
5:30 Key Note Speaker Rep. Allen West (FL)

Q: Wow, sounds like a lot of fun and a lot of work. Anything I can do to help?
A: Yes, yes, and yes. Our costs to attend are substantial, and we are not paid for efforts. We could certainly appreciate sponsorship to help recoup some costs for the event (none of us being independently wealthy :) ) We’ve already raised $500, and would like to raise about $500 more. Donate at the link below, or buy something in our Mitt Romney 2012 store. All of our items in the store are already paid for now so any purchase would go directly to helping us out a CPAC. Thanks a ton!

~Nate Gunderson

Behind Mitt’s Greatness is a Great Woman: Ann Romney A Hit on ‘The View’

Ann Romney

Eric Fehrnstrom alerted me via twitter to a great article on Ann Romney: Nice piece on Ann Romney, a class act

Wayne Woodlief from happens to agree with anyone I’ve ever spoken with… that Ann Romney is a great woman and a class act:

Behind Mitt’s ‘Greatness,’ you’ll find a great woman

Mitt Romney scored a hit performance in his TV talk show blitz Tuesday. Not only did he flog the new paperback version of his book “No Apology: The Case for American Greatness” on three networks (ABC, CNN and NBC), he appeared approachable in his sports jacket-no tie attire, intelligent, well-briefed (had his lines on Egypt down pat) and occasionally humorous.

Romney made it perfectly clear — even as he said he’s still musing about another run for president — that he’s gonna be in the game. His wife, Ann, was his vehicle for that impression: “She’s the one most committed to my getting into this thing,” he said, nodding toward his wife, sitting beside him on ABC’s “The View.” “She’s full speed ahead.” And we know that when our wives say, “Full speed ahead,” we’d better get in that gear, too.

In fact, as sometimes happens on Broadway, the supporting actress stole this show. Ann Romney was brave as she talked about her multiple sclerosis and flashed a kind of spit-in-the-diseases’s face lightheartedness.

Asked whether MS might limit her participating in a national campaign, she said, “I’ve learned how to manage my disease. The important things are to exercise, get healthy rest and avoid stress.” Then, with a mischievous, triumphant grin, she said, “We know those things are easy to do in a campaign.”

That cracked up Barbara Walters and the rest of the gals on “The View” and in the audience.

Ann Romney wasn’t always that confident about battling MS. When she was first diagnosed, she said, “The disease was crushing me. I felt so afraid, so terrified that this thing was taking over my body. Mitt was the one who pulled me through. I remember I was thinking, ‘I’m going to be in a wheelchair, my life would be so horrible.’ I couldn’t even cook dinner. Mitt said, ‘I don’t care (about such things). I don’t care. I just want you. I love you and we’re going to make it through this together.’”

And they have. Her MS has abated and Ann intends to campaign with her husband as much as she can.

(my emphasis) Don’t miss reading the full article here.

To see the entire interview of the Romney’s appearance on The View (2/1/11) click here. (Skip forward to about 14:00.)

Ann Romney schooling her 19-hands-tall horse, 'Bentley'.

One of the activities that Mrs. Romney has credited for her being able to manage her MS is riding horses. Read more here about her competetive participation in the sport of dressage – defined as ‘the execution by a trained horse of precision movements in response to barely perceptible signals from its rider’. As an avid equestrian, she has earned competitive recognition in dressage events nationwide – winning the 2006 Gold Medal and 2005 Silver Medal at the Grand Prix level from the United States Dressage Federation.

As many know, Mrs. Romney raised five wonderful sons and is the grandmother to 16 grandchildren. What you may not know is that she has been an advocate for MS awareness and received the Inspiration Award from the New England Chapter of the MS Society. As First Lady of Massachusetts, she was involved with many children’s charities, an advocate to help MA’s faith-based groups, and was active in helping promote safety and better opportunities for urban youth. She also helped found United Way Faith and Action and in 2006 received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Operation Kids.

Besides all the above, she actively helped Governor Romney in his political campaigns. She is very accomplished in her own right and, I might add, very well-spoken (she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in French from Brigham Young University).

Ann Romney would be a fantastic First Lady.

► Jayde Wyatt

Romney’s ‘No Apology’ Paperback Creates Media Buzz: Presidential Race 2012, Iowa, Health Care, & More

Governor Mitt Romney and wife, Ann, appear on The View - February 1, 2011.

Mitt Romney’s release of No Apology in paperback this week caused a big stir. As the Governor fired up all six cylinders on the ‘book promo expressway’ the interest generated made him a trending topic on Yahoo. After completing a whirlwind media blitz, here are just a few newsworthy particulars:

Paperback version of Romney’s bestselling book features a fresh introduction and a new subtitle – No Apology: Believe in America (Mitt’s former traveling press secretary and right-hand man, Eric Fehrnstrom, explains):

“The title of the book is the same,” Fehrnstrom said. “But for marketing purposes, we changed the subtitle to call attention to the new introduction which contains the “Believe in America” theme. It helps to sell more books.”

But could “Believe in America” be the new Romney campaign slogan as he gets ready to launch his second bid for the presidency?

In 2008, the winning message belonged to Barack Obama: “Change you can believe in.”

For Romney, the next iteration that he hopes will win just may be, “Believe in America.”

(my emphasis)

Wife, Ann, is fully committed to having her husband running for President of the United States. As Mitt put it, she’s “full speed ahead.” (Romney’s appearance on The View 2/1/11):

If Gov Romney is a 2012 presidential candidate he WILL compete in Iowa (Hugh Hewitt radio interview 2/2/11):

HH: All right, a couple of political questions, and then I want to turn to the book, No Apology, and I’ve linked it at The National Journal’s got a story out that if you run, you’re going to skip Iowa because John Thune’s from South Dakota, Tim Pawlenty’s from Minnesota, they’re neighbors, and you know, you didn’t win last time, so there’s no upside. Even if you finish third or fourth, you’ll get blasted. What’s your response? If you run, will you be competing for votes in Iowa?

MR: Well, if I decide to run, I’ll be planning on running nationwide. And certainly, the early states will be places where we concentrate most of our attention. So it’s nice for people who are from the outside of a campaign to offer their suggestions. But frankly, if I get in this, I’m not going to be doing so much of a political calculus as I am a calculus of what message needs to be heard by the American people, and how can I deliver it best. And that would surely take me to Iowa as well as the other early states, and probably, ultimately, quite a few of our states.

Romney’s explanation of the health insurance program in Massachusetts is beginning to resonate:

The shift of the debate over health care from a policy fight to a Constitutional argument is a boon to Mitt Romney, who finally has a plausible campaign-trail answer to questions on the issue.
Romney’s argument is now much stronger. Because the main objection to ObamaCare, as its critics call it, is no longer a matter of policy nuance. Now critics primarily make the case that it’s an unconstitutional expansion of specifically federal power. And on that turf, the similar structure of the plans doesn’t matter. Romney enacted his at a state level, and states have — conservatives argue — more power to regulate the insurance industry, as they do with car insurance.

“I’m not going to apologize for the rights of states to craft plans on a bipartisan basis to help their people,” Romney said on Good Morning America this morning, and it’s no longer a bad answer.

(my emphasis)

The first presidential debate? Romney hasn’t signed on – yet. (Hugh Hewitt radio interview 2/2/11):

HH: NBC and Politico are pushing for a May 2nd debate. I was on Fox and Friends this morning denouncing the idea. Have you accepted that invitation yet, Governor?

MR: No, I have not. I think it’s kind of curious that before, I think, anybody had announced their candidacy for the White House, or for our nomination for the presidency, that various networks are announcing their debates. I don’t know if there will be anybody announced by that time, or at least anybody that you think of as being among the leading contenders. But I don’t know what the time is of our own decision process. But that seems kind of early, and I think it’s a curious approach.

The Governor didn’t mention this – but it is definitely noteworthy… Mitt Romney flexes his financial muscle:

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has doled out nearly $130,000 in contributions to Republican candidates already in 2011, an early sign of both financial strength and a commitment to party building from the likely 2012 presidential candidate.

Via his Free and Strong America political action committee, Romney made
donations to 14 Senators — four of whom are up for reelection in 2012 — as well as 37 House members for a total of $129,500 in campaign contributions.

“We need to show our Republican friends that we appreciate their efforts to curb wasteful spending, lower taxes and bringing down our staggering $14 trillion debt,” said Romney of the rationale behind his donations.

Romney aides added that the contributions are evidence that the former governor remains focused on helping the party, even as he contemplates whether or not to run for president.

(my emphasis) Read entire article here.

Romney certainly generated renewed interest this week in his paperback edition of No Apology. Let’s stock up on a few extra copies and help spread his hopeful, comprehensive vision for America. It’s a small investment that has the potential to yield HUGE returns for our country’s future!

★ ★ ★

► Jayde Wyatt

Romney on the Radio: ‘Imus in the Morning’, Laura Ingraham, Hugh Hewitt

Mitt Romney stopped by the Imus in the Morning radio show today and to promote the paperback release of ‘No Apology‘. Some of the topics discussed with the I-Man included the current unrest in Egypt and Romney’s insurance program in Massachusetts:

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H/t Bosman @ Right Speak

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Romney was also a guest on the Laura Ingraham radio program. He spoke on health care, the rise of the People’s Republic of China, free trade, immigration, and more. To listen to the interview, click here.

Governor Romney will also be a featured on the Hugh Hewitt radio program today. We’ll post more here as information becomes available.

UPDATE – The full transcript of the Romney/Hewitt interview may be read here.

► Jayde Wyatt

Romney’s Busy Schedule: Hosts Lunch for MA State GOP House Members, Will Appear on The View, Piers Morgan Tonight, Letterman

What do ABC, CNN, and CBS have in common

on Tuesday, February 1, 2011?

It’s a three-way network ‘news nabbing’ of Mitt Romney on the day his book No Apology: The Case for American Greatness is released in paperback.

That’s right; in the morning he’ll be appearing on ABC’s The View and in the evening he’ll air on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight show. Later that night the Governor will cap off the day on CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman.

NEW YORK ‒ Jan. 27, 2011

Mitt Romney will present the Top Ten List on the LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN,Tuesday, Feb. 1 (11:35 PM-12:37 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Romney, former governor of Massachusetts and a 2008 Republican Presidential candidate, is the author of the book, No Apology: Believe in America, which will also be released in paperback on Tuesday. This will be Romney’s second visit to the CBS broadcast. He sat down for an interview with Letterman on the LATE SHOW March 2, 2010.

UPDATE: Romney will ALSO make a stop at Good Morning America on Feb 1st. That is quite a schedule! (H/t NY4M-Jeff)

UPDATE 2: FYI: George Stephanopoulos will interview Mitt on GMA Tue, Feb 1, 2011.

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Looks like Governor Romney will be very busy on February 1st and he has also been very busy.

After completing an intense visit to the Middle East, hiring a couple of new team members, writing an article on President Reagan, having dinner with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and appearing on the Hannity show this week (1/26/11), the Governor was in Boston today to host a lunch for Massachusetts State House Republicans:

Former Gov. Mitt Romney hosted Bay State House Republicans for lunch Friday as the 2008 presidential candidate eyes another run for the president.

Romney, who has not formally announced a bid for the nation’s highest office, met with House GOP members to rally support and “meet the troops,” Republican leaders said after the lunch at the Union Club on Park Street, just steps away from the capitol.

Leaving the club with a half-eaten sandwich in his hand, Romney said he was not doing any campaigning.

“I am just here for lunch to say hi to some friends, talk about what is happening here in Massachusetts,” Romney said. “This is a great delegation. I care very deeply about this team.”

“They are doing great work, working very hard to get good jobs for the people of Massachusetts. That is what it is all about. Nice job Brad, keep it up” Romney said to House Minority Leader Brad Jones.

Jones said he invited Romney to meet the Republican caucus, the largest GOP class in 20 years with 31 members. Jones and other Republicans said they would be behind Romney if he decides to run.

“We talked a lot about taxes, jobs and the economy,” Jones said. “Going around the nation, that is what people are concerned about. That’s what people are concerned about in Massachusetts.”


Freshman legislator Rep. Angelo D’Emilia (R-Bridgewater) said it was the first time he had met Romney.

“It gave us freshmen the opportunity to meet the good governor,” D’Emilia said. “He congratulated us. He was happy to see the success we had here in doubling our numbers.”

Rep. Donald Humason Jr. (R-Westfield) said: “I think he is ready, we would certainly be ready to support him. We need a candidate who is good on jobs, good on the economy for this country, and I can’t think of anybody better than Mitt Romney.”

(my emphasis)

Read more here.

► Jayde Wyatt

Confirmed: Mitt Romney to Guest Same Day on ‘The View’ and ‘Piers Morgan Tonight’

Mitt Romney joins the (lovely) ladies from ABC’s ‘The View‘ next Tuesday:

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney will be joining us Tuesday for a special “Red, White & View” segment in which he’ll discuss his thoughts on President Obama’s State of the Union address and we’ll ask if he has plans to run in next year’s presidential election.

Mitt Romney last appeared on ‘The View’ the same day his book ‘No Apology‘ was released. Will Joy Behar set aside her obvious coquetry enough to get any new insight into Mitt’s 2012 ambitions? Will the ladies allow Mitt enough time to talk in order to counter the liberal-leaning rants they often produce?

*Check your local listings for ABC ‘The View’ air time on February 1st.

UPDATE: Below is a clip from Mitt Romney’s recent appearance on CNN’s ‘Piers Morgan Tonight‘:

That same day, Mitt Romney will appear on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight‘:

Piers Morgan recently slid into the evening slot on CNN, after Larry King's retirement.

Also next week, Mitt Romney will join the likes of Kid Rock, Barbara Walters, Rod Stewart and Anthony Hopkins as one of the first guests on CNN’s newest addition, ‘Piers Morgan Tonight’. It will be interesting to see what the former talent judge has to say about the highly talented potential presidential candidate, Mitt Romney!

*Tune in at 9pm ET to on February 1st.

In case you miss either show, check back here — we’ll add the video to as soon as it becomes available.

-Aaron Gundy- Follow @AaronGundy on Twitter
(HT-Jeff from NY for Mitt)

Tonight on Hannity: Mitt Romney Responds to State of the Union

Tune in tonight to Fox’s ‘Hannity’ to see Mitt Romney’s response to the State of the Union address. The rebuttal begins at 9pm Eastern.

-Aaron Gundy-