Mitt Romney’s ‘No Teleprompter, No Text’ Jobs Speech: Bold & Comprehensive

Gov Mitt Romney emphasizes his 'no teleprompter, no prepared text' jobs creation speech by holding up his one page of notes. Romney rolled out a comprehensive jobs plan to a large crowd at McCandless Intl Trucks in Las Vegas, NV. Sept 6, 2011 (photo by Julie Jacobson/AP)


DAY ONE, JOB ONE

He said it would be bold and sweeping.

He was right.

59 points contained in a 160 page book…

It was a stunning revelation as Mitt Romney outlined his much–anticipated, comprehensive jobs plan to modernize the wheezing American economic engine.

From Las Vegas, NV, a state crippled with 12.9% unemployment, 300 people crowded into a warehouse at McCandless International Trucks to listen to Gov Romney. Delivered without prepared text or a teleprompter, Romney elaborated at length on his vision for American prosperity – from just one page of notes. He spoke on taxes, regulation, trade, energy, fiscal policy, etc. He also outlined what he would do to spur job growth on his first day as President of the United States:

At best, government can provide a framework in which economic growth can occur. All too often, however, government gets in the way,” Romney wrote Tuesday in an opinion piece in USA Today that previewed his 160-page plan. “The past three years of unparalleled government expansion have retaught that lesson all too well.”
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Romney planned to use the plan’s rollout to contrast his candidacy with his Republican rivals and present a comprehensive outline for fixing the economy just as Obama prepares to unveil his jobs initiative on Thursday.

(link, emphasis added) Continue reading here.

FACT SHEET: MITT ROMNEY’S PLAN TO TURN AROUND THE ECONOMY

Five Bills for Day One

The American Competitiveness Act: Reduces the corporate income tax rate to 25 percent

The Open Markets Act: Implements the Colombia, Panama, and South Korea Free Trade Agreements

The Domestic Energy Act: Directs the Department of the Interior to undertake a comprehensive survey of American energy reserves in partnership with exploration companies and initiates leasing in all areas currently approved for exploration

The Retraining Reform Act: Consolidates the sprawl of federal retraining programs and returns funding and responsibility for these programs to the states

The Down Payment on Fiscal Sanity Act: Immediately cuts non-security discretionary spending by 5 percent, reducing the annual federal budget by $20 billion

Five Executive Orders for Day One

An Order to Pave the Way to End Obamacare: Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services and all relevant federal officials to return the maximum possible authority to the states to innovate and design health care solutions that work best for them

An Order to Cut Red Tape: Directs all agencies to immediately initiate the elimination of Obama-era regulations that unduly burden the economy or job creation, and then caps annual increases in regulatory costs at zero dollars

An Order to Boost Domestic Energy Production: Directs the Department of the Interior to implement a process for rapid issuance of drilling permits to developers with established safety records seeking to use pre-approved techniques in pre-approved areas

An Order to Sanction China for Unfair Trade Practices: Directs the Department of the Treasury to list China as a currency manipulator in its biannual report and directs the Department of Commerce to assess countervailing duties on Chinese imports if China does not quickly move to float its currency

An Order to Empower American Businesses and Workers: Reverses the executive orders issued by President Obama that tilt the playing field in favor of organized labor, including the one encouraging the use of union labor on major government construction projects

To learn how to access the PDF and kindle version of Romney’s book Believe in America: Mitt Romney’s Plan for Jobs and Economic Growth click here.

Immediately following Romney’s speech, CNBC’s Larry Kudlow was on hand to interview him:

Part 2 Kudlow interview:

Greta Van Susteren (FOX News) also conducted a phone interview with The Gov.
Romney: “I’m looking at America over the next 30 years.”


To see video of Romney’s entire speech, which includes an intro by Congressman Joe Heck (R-NV), co-chair for Mitt’s campaign in The Silver State, and inspirational remarks from John McCandless, founder of McCandless Intl Truck, click here. (Look in right-hand column at ‘Video Playlist’ then click on Mitt Romney Speech on Jobs & Economy.)

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Big Moment in the Romney Campaign Today: Romney to Release Jobs Plan UPDATE: A 160 PAGE BOOK!

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Mitt Romney - the Man with a Plan (Image by Andrew Redford Young)

UPDATE: From the Washington Post: The plan is detailed in a 160-page book published by the Romney campaign titled “Believe in America: Mitt Romney’s Plan for Jobs and Economic Growth.”

I have a feeling this is going to be epic.

When Romney criticizes Obama for having no tangible jobs plan (ie. not hope and change), liberals favorite response is “all I hear from Mitt is how Obama is doing it wrong, but Romney has no plan whatsoever.” Well, today that all changes. And what I find ironic is that Romney is releasing his jobs plan a year and half before his tentative term, Obama is giving his 2 and a half years after the beginning of his term – relatives to the start of each of their terms that is a 4 year difference!

Granted, Obama had made an effort earlier spur the economy, but I’d hardly consider throwing hundreds of billions of dollars wantonly at pet projects a real jobs plan. Yet Obama promised that if the stimulus was approved that unemployment would never go above 8%. IT HASN’T BEEN UNDER 8% SINCE! In fact the number of consecutive months that unemployment has been above 8% is now at 31 – something that has not happened since the great depression.

Yesterday Governor Romney released an op/ed entitled My Plan to Turn Around the U.S. Economy that was published by USA Today as well as on his campaign website. Previously I had no idea what might be entailed in Romney’s plan, but after reading Mitt’s preview op/ed I am guessing that this is going to be HUGE. Matt Coulter of Race42012.com shares my sentiment:

Folks, tomorrow when Romney rolls out his plan, we will witness what is likely to be the most comprehensive plan in recent primary campaign history — on any subject. Back at the beginning of 2007, I was searching for a candidate to support when I heard Romney’s speech to the Detroit Economic Club. As I wrote here on Race back then, I got goosebumps listening to his speech. The level of detail in his proposals and the understanding of the economy he displayed are the reasons I originally became a Romney supporter. For fiscal/economic nerds like me, the unveiling of his plan tomorrow promises to be a similar experience.

Here is short excerpt from the op/ed: (be sure to read the whole thing)

Tomorrow, I will introduce a plan consisting of 59 specific proposals — including 10 concrete actions I will take on my first day in office — to turn around America’s economy. Each proposal is rooted in the conservative premise that government itself cannot create jobs. At best, government can provide a framework in which economic growth can occur. All too often, however, government gets in the way. The past three years of unparalleled government expansion have retaught that lesson all too well.

(emphasis mine)

I didn’t realize until last night that Romney was giving a speech today in Las Vegas where he would be unveiling his plan. But my feeling is there has to be more than just the speech. With 59 specific proposals there will have to be some sort of press release to accompany it. It may have only bullet-points, or it may expound on each of them. I am hoping for the latter since that is what would be necessary for proposals to be “specific”. Either way, my guess is that it will be the most comprehensive plan laid out by any candidate, including the sitting President. It will be dissected and analyzed, the talking-heads will start turning their heads, and Romney will slowly and surely be elevated up above the rest of the field. This will be an inflection point in Mitt Romney’s campaign.

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Governor Romney will be introducing his plan at McCandless International Trucks, a business in North Las Vegas. His remarks will be at 3:30 Eastern (12:30 local). The event is open to the press, but we don’t know yet if it will be live on TV or online. We will update this post as soon as we hear anything.

I am overly anxious with excitement to see this new plan, to compare it with the others of the GOP field, to compare it with Obama’s speech on Thursday (will his plan be any more than a speech?), and to see and hear what the media reaction will be. The timing of the release could not be more perfect – one day before the GOP at the Reagan library, and two days before Obama’s jobs speech before a joint session of congress. Of course we will post all the reactions and links we can find here on our site.

Good luck today Governor!

~Nate Gunderson

UPDATE – Viewing options for Mitt’s jobs plan speech:

TV

C-Span 3:40 PM EST and then replayed at 8:00 PM EST

Livefeed

CNN 3:30 PM EST

FOX News livestream 3:30 PM EST

Fox News has been promoting Mitt’s appearance with Greta On the Record (vote for Mitt in her poll) tonight after his big jobs speech in Nevada. Mitt was on CNBC at 4:45 EST to talk about his jobs speech and will be on with Larry Kudlow on CNBC at 7:00 PM EST.

Update2: The entire 160 page publication is available online at Mitt Romney’s website now. You can download the Kindle version for free as well! Write a 5-star review and “like” the plan here.

Update3: The TwitPics are rolling in. Here are 3 showing the set-up for the announcement that show banners with some of the points of his plan: http://twitpic.com/6h0azlhttp://twitpic.com/6h0i96http://twitpic.com/6h0i97

Update4: You can watch the event again here. How about Mitt giving this performance without a teleprompter or even prepared remarks? Could President Obama even dream of doing that?

Sneak Peek at Romney’s Jobs Plan

The cat is out of the bag… a little.



Details of Romney’s Jobs Plan Leaked

Excerpts released by Mitt Romney’s campaign tonight hint at what the presidential candidate might say during his jobs plan unveiling next week, which is slated to be held Tuesday afternoon at a North Las Vegas trucking company.

Romney is scheduled to speak Friday to the Republican National Hispanic Assembly in Tampa, Fla., in a speech that he will use to leak details from what he refers to as his “bold,” “sweeping,” and “detailed” jobs plan that will help turnaround the country’s struggling economy.

“I will make business taxes competitive with other nations, eliminate burdensome regulations and bureaucracy, and support America’s workers instead of its union bosses,” Romney writes in Friday’s speech. “I will promote the exploration of our own natural resources, which will create countless jobs.”

Romney will vow to make sure “America’s workforce is prepared for the modern economy,” and says he will “cut federal spending, cap it at 20% or less of the GDP and finally, finally balance our budget.”

“I will insist that Washington learns to respect the Constitution, including the 10th Amendment. We will return responsibility and authority to the states for dozens of government programs – and that begins with a complete repeal of Obamacare,” writes Romney.

The former Massachusetts Governor will also promise to “vigorously advance our trade interests around the world…ratifying pending agreements with allies like Colombia and Panama to create jobs right here in Florida and across America.”

Continue reading here.

We’re eagerly anticipating Governor Romney’s jobs plan speech on September 6th from Nevada!

Stay tuned for further details.

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Ann Romney in Nevada: America Needs a President who Understands Finance

Ann Romney speaks with GOP party loyalists at Douglas County Republican Party headquarters in Minden, Nevada. August 24, 2011 (AP Photo/Sandra Chereb)


Mitt Romney had some mighty fine help on the campaign trail this week.

Ann Romney, Mitt’s sweetheart of 42 years, journeyed to northern Nevada to stump for her husband. She held ‘meet and greets’ with GOP party loyalists in Minden and Reno:

NevadaAppeal.com

MINDEN — Ann Romney told Douglas County Republicans on Wednesday that her husband, Mitt, is the most-qualified presidential candidate — and the only one who can win the presidency next year.

“Only one person is out there who is running who will beat Obama, and that’s my husband,” she told the audience of about 20 at GOP headquarters in Minden.

She described next year’s ballot as “a watershed election.”
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Romney also touted her husband’s experience, not only in politics but as a successful businessman, saying his ability to understand finance is critical.

“People who are life-long politicians, bless their hearts, don’t necessarily understand a balance sheet,” she said.

Mrs. Romney reminded the audience that his profession was fixing broken companies.

“He would take struggling companies and come in and turn them around,” she said. “If there is any time when this country needs a turn-around, it’s now. He’s been preparing his whole life for this.”

LehighValleyLive.com

“This election has huge, huge consequences,” she [Ann Romney] said. “There is only one person out there who can beat Obama, and that is my husband.”

Ann Romney touted his experience as former Massachusetts governor and with the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City.

But speaking to a largely female audience in this rural community, she also portrayed him as a husband and father, “my high school sweetheart,” and “the person who stood by my side” when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998.

“We’ve been married 42 years. I know the guy pretty well,” Ann Romney said.

She was joined by former Nevada first lady Dema Guinn, who tearfully recalled that Wednesday would have been her husband’s 75th birthday. Former Gov. Kenny Guinn died in July 2010 when he fell from the roof of his Las Vegas home while doing repairs.

Kenny Guinn and Mitt Romney met and became friends during their time as governors. Guinn supported Mitt Romney in the 2008 presidential election.

Ann Romney, wife of Gov Mitt Romney, spoke at 'meet & greets' in Minden and Reno, Nevada on Wednesday, Aug 24, 2011. (click on map to enlarge)

“He believed in Mitt so strongly,” Dema Guinn said, “and our country today is in terrible shape.”

“I know if he was here today he’d tell me to get out and do what you need to do to get Mitt Romney elected.” Guinn added later in Reno where 80 people turned out for a similar event. “We need a businessman there who knows what to do and can read a budget.”

Ann Romney said Nevadans will play a critical role as an early caucus state in the selection of the GOP nominee.

“You guys are going to make a huge, huge difference,” she told the group in Reno that included state Assemblyman Pat Hickey, of Reno, former U.S. Rep. Barbara Vucanovich and her daughter, and ex-state treasurer Patty Cafferata.

“Do not only love this country but do something for this country,” Ann Romney said. “Get these people to the caucuses. Our nation is on the line. We need to roll up our sleeves.”

(emphasis added to articles)

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Team Romney in Nevada Expands: State Director & Senior Advisor Added

Mitt Romney continues to build his campaign staff in Nevada. He recently named a State Director and Senior Advisor. (Photo Las Vegas, NV) Click to enlarge.


More good news for Team Romney in the great state of Nevada

The roster has expanded by the addition of two names: Sarah Nelson will serve as State Director, and Ryan Erwin has been named Senior Advisor.

MittRomney.com

August 4, 2011

[...]

“Sarah and Ryan will be the base for a strong team as Mitt Romney campaigns across Nevada,” said Romney for President Political Director Rich Beeson. “We are excited that they are joining Mitt Romney’s campaign to reverse President Obama’s failed policies and bring jobs back to Nevada.”

Background On Mitt Romney’s New Team In Nevada:

Sarah Nelson has worked on campaigns at every level ranging from state legislature to Presidential. During the 2010 election cycle, she served as Deputy Political Director for Meg Whitman’s campaign for Governor of California. In Nevada, Nelson was part of Lieutenant Governor Brian Krolicki’s 2006 campaign team, she worked on Mitt Romney’s 2008 campaign and most recently she helped manage Governor Brian Sandoval’s Inaugural.

Ryan Erwin returns as a Senior Advisor for Romney for President, a role similar to that in 2008 when he helped navigate a successful Nevada caucus effort for Governor Romney. Erwin has two decades of political experience guiding campaigns in more than twenty states and has held leadership positions on winning races at nearly every level. He has helped achieve victory for candidates and initiatives in some of the most contested races in the United States and has served as Executive Director of both the Nevada and California Republican Party organizations. Erwin is currently the President of RedRock Strategies, a public affairs and political consulting firm. RedRock Strategies has offices in Nevada and Texas.

Nevada is struggling with an unemployment rate of 12.4%.

Congressman Joe Heck and Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki are Romney’s Silver State campaign co-chairs.


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PPP: GOP’s Best Bet to Defeat Obama is Mitt Romney


Public Policy Polling asks “Does the GOP need Romney to win?”

PPP research in Nevada, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Virginia, Michigan, and North Carolina reveals the answer…

A broad theme has been emerging in our state by state Presidential polling over the last couple months: if the Republicans nominate Mitt Romney it’s a toss up. And if they nominate anyone else it’s 2008 all over again. Our newest Nevada numbers very much reinforce that trend.

Barack Obama took the Silver State by 12 points in his first run. But if he had to stand for reelection today he’d be in a very competitive race against Romney, leading only 47-46 in the state. Pit him against any of the other Republicans there though and the numbers look pretty similar to last time- 9 point advantages over Herman Cain and Rick Perry at 48-39 and 49-40 respectively, a 10 point lead over Michele Bachmann at 50-40, and a 12 point advantage over Sarah Palin at 51-39.

Over the last month we’ve had similar findings in:

-Pennsylvania, where Obama is tied with Romney but leads all other Republicans by at least 7 points.

-New Hampshire, where Romney leads Obama by 2 points but all other Republicans trails Obama by at least 7.

-Virginia, where Obama leads Romney by 4 but has at least a 9 point advantage over all the rest of the GOP hopefuls.

-Michigan, where Obama has a 5 point advantage over Romney but at least a 15 point lead over everyone else.

-North Carolina, where the disparity between Romney and the rest of the Republicans isn’t quite as great. Obama and Romney are tied while Obama leads all the others by at least 3 points.

Taken all together it makes you ask the question: do Republicans have to nominate Romney to defeat Obama next year?
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Obama’s holding his ground against everyone but Romney in Nevada because voters there find the whole GOP field even more unpalatable than him. Romney comes close to breaking even on favorability at 38/43 but the rest of the Republicans are quite unpopular- a -9 spread for Cain at 24/33, a -12 for Perry at 24/36, a -21 for Bachmann at 30/51, and a -28 for Palin at 32/60.

(emphasis added)


Read complete details here.


Considering ALL the media exposure Obama receives and that Romney, as the presumptive front runner, is taking hits from all sides, and that The Gov is just now shifting his presidential campaign into higher gear, our man Mitt is doing pretty darn well against our bully pulpit President.

H/t Lori
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Romney Receives CA Endorsements, Leads in all 5 GOP Early States

Mitt Romney stands in front of fence separating the U.S. from Mexico with former CA Assemblyman Tony Strickland (now CA Senator) and CA Senator Mark Wyland in San Diego, CA (8/13/07). Yesterday, Romney received endorsements from a group of CA politicians, including Strickland and Wyland.

From prestigious California endorsements yesterday to strong polling results in Florida, Mitt Romney is making coast-to-coast news.

From The Golden State: Romney Racks Up Endorsements for 2012

Mitt Romney is solidifying his status as front-runner in the GOP presidential nomination race. On Thursday, he picked up the backing of a group of Californians[...]

That includes House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon and Rep. Mary Bono Mack of the state’s contingent in Washington. The group also comprises state Senate GOP Leader Bob Dutton, state Sens. Tony Strickland, Sharon Runner, Bob Huff, Sam Blakeslee and Mark Wyland; and Assemblymen Paul Cook and Jim Silva.

McKeon cited Romney’s strength on economic issues in his endorsement. “President Obama’s policies have failed California and the country,” McKeon said. “Mitt Romney has a proven record of job creation in both the private sector and as a governor.” McKeon also supported Romney in 2008.

(emphasis added)

Bob Dutton also added: “Mitt Romney knows how the economy works and he has the much-needed experience to lead the country out of the economic downturn.”


From The Sunshine State: Romney Leads the Way in Florida (PPP poll)

Mitt Romney has a double digit lead for the Republican Presidential nomination in Florida, further cementing his front runner status in the wake of Mike Huckabee’s exit from the race.

Romney is at 27% to 17% for Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann, 10% for Herman Cain, 8% for Newt Gingrich, 7% for Ron Paul, 4% for Tim Pawlenty, and 2% for Jon Huntsman.

Romney now has the outright lead in PPP’s most recent polls in all 5 of the key early Republican contests: in addition to the Florida advantage he’s up by 9 in South Carolina, 6 in Iowa, 15 in Nevada, and 23 in New Hampshire.
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Romney’s Florida lead is built on a familiar formula. He’s not winning with the far right voters who constitute a plurality of the Republican electorate, but he’s at least staying competitive with them. Meanwhile he’s dominating the field with moderates (a 36-15 lead over Palin) and with voters who identify themselves as just ‘somewhat conservative’ (a 32-15 advantage over Bachmann.)

While Bachmann’s rising with Florida Republicans, Gingrich has tanked. On our last poll he was tied for the lead with Romney at 18%. Now he finds himself in 5th place and with less than half as much support at 8%. Beyond Gingrich other people who have to be seen as losers on this poll are Huntsman and Pawlenty. Huntsman’s 2% standing is consistent with how he’s polling with pretty much every group of voters except beltway journalists. And Pawlenty’s 4% in Florida matches his 4% in South Carolina- he doesn’t have any resonance yet with GOP voters in the south.

(emphasis added)

Continue reading here.

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Romney Out West: CO & ID Today, Tops CA Poll, Names NV Campaign Co-Chairs


Governor Romney is continuing western work

After spending time in *Nevada last week, he’s in Colorado today. Then, he’ll be heading to California for a few days and will be in Utah on June 24th.

Here’s a look at early good news for Romney from The Golden State..

Mitt Romney fares well in California Field Poll

Mitt Romney is getting some good news as he arrives to spend three days fundraising in California this week: He holds a solid lead over his 2012 GOP presidential rivals among the state’s Republican voters, a new Field Poll shows.

Romney is preferred by 25 percent of registered GOP voters, giving the former Massachusetts governor a double-digit lead over each of his challengers.[...]

Mitt Romney – 25 %
Rudy Giuliani – 17 %
Sarah Palin – 10%
Ron Paul – 7%
Newt Gingrich – 6%
Herman Cain – 6%
Rick Perry – 5%
Michele Bachmann – 4%
Tim Pawlenty – 3%
Rick Santorum – 2%
Jon Huntsman – 1%

Romney’s closest competition comes from two candidates who haven’t even joined the race to deny Democratic President Obama a second term: former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (17 percent), and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (10 percent). If Giuliani is taken out of the field, Romney’s lead widens – to 30 percent and a more than 2-to-1 lead over Palin at 12 percent in second position, the poll shows.

The poll was taken June 3-13 among 950 registered voters, including 322 registered Republicans. The margin of error is 3.3 percentage points on the general sample, and 5.7 percentage points on the GOP sample.

(emphasis added)

*Nevada News (6/17/11)…

Mitt Romney returns to Las Vegas for fundraiser

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is staying close to Nevada’s GOP leaders.

The former Massachusetts governor returned Friday to Las Vegas to collect more campaign donations during a $2,500-per-person fundraiser at a Lawry’s restaurant.

He also named Congressman Joe Heck and Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki as his Nevada campaign co-chairs.

Krolicki told reporters at the fundraiser that Romney is best positioned among the Republican presidential hopefuls to fix the economy.
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He is the only major GOP presidential contender focusing on Nevada so far. He has made several visits to the Silver State in recent months.

(emphasis added)

UPDATE – Romney is also touring The Gem State today:

Associated Press

Romney attended a private campaign fundraiser breakfast in downtown Boise Monday morning before heading off to another event in Idaho Falls.

Romney is no stranger to Idaho. In the last presidential election cycle, Romney made several stops to the Gem State to raise money and support in his bid for the GOP nomination.

The Spokesman-Review reports that Romney also announced his statewide steering committee. The list includes Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson and Secretary of State Ben Ysursa, among other top Idaho Republicans.




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In Case You Missed It: Video of Mitt Romney's Facebook Town Hall + Romney Headlines Drudge



Mitt knocked it out of the park today!

This footage was streamed live to Mitt Romney’s Facebook page during his National Call Day event in Nevada earlier today. The 8-hour fundraiser garnered a whopping $10.25 Million for Romney’s Presidential Exploratory Committee.

~Update from Ross
Even though some of the media isn’t giving Mitt’s fund-raising achievement the attention it deserves, Drudge is doing his part.

UPDATE by Jayde – Headline on Drudge: Did Mitt Romney Mention That He Can Raise $10.25 Million in Eight Hours?

[...]…we continue to maintain that Massachusetts’s health-care reform will not be the be-all-end-all for Republican primary voters that political commentators make it seem. The economy will be the most important issue in 2012, and Romney is seen as a successful businessman. As a reminder, he’s also the only person actually running (unlike Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump) to lead a poll this entire year, and upcoming polls without Huckabee and Trump will probably show him with a big lead over the rest of the field. In addition, not incidentally, he can raise a ton of money.

Exhibit A: Yesterday, Romney and over 700 of his closest friends (and Cindy Crawford, for unexplained reasons) filled the Las Vegas Convention Center in a dialing-for-dollars event that brought in $10.25 million in eight hours. It would probably take Tim Pawlenty about a month to raise that much, especially with all the time his phone-bank volunteers would spend explaining to potential donors who Tim Pawlenty is. It was a display of fund-raising muscle-flexing that should remind both his opponents and his media doubters that, far from a longshot, Romney is still the front-runner.


Mitt Romney’s National Call Day May 16th — Want To Help?

The Romney for President Exploratory Committee will be holding a National Call Day in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 16th, 2011.

Mitt and Ann - Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images North America

The event is drawing Romney family and friends in support of the Governor’s efforts. Also in attendance will be many high profile supporters, such as: former Olympians Dan Janssen and Derek Parra, former eBay CEO, Meg Whitman, Senator Jim Talent of Missouri, and Woody Johnson, the owner of the New York Jets.

The event will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Calls will commence at approximately 5:30am PST or 8:30am EST. Free lodging for out of State volunteers will be provided. If you are planning on attending please bring with you: cell phone, cell phone charger, iPad and/or laptop.

If you’re interested in helping out contact Matt Briggs for more details.

Email: matthew.randall.briggs@gmail.com

Or the networks below:

UPDATE by Jayde:

Romney corrals hundreds of fundraisers to dial-for-dollars from Las Vegas

In the wee hours next Monday in Las Vegas, when many Sin City visitors are still sound asleep or just going to bed, an army of top fundraisers for Mitt Romney will start dialing for dollars with an eye toward raising millions for his presidential exploratory committee.

Hundreds of fundraisers have signed up for the money harvest in Vegas. The fundraising marathon, which will take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center, is shooting to corral between $2 million and $3 million, according to Romney fundraisers.
[...]
So far, Romney has assembled the biggest network of GOP bundlers of the numerous potential GOP candidates. Romney fundraisers said his committee is trying to raise between $15 million and $30 million this quarter, an ambitious goal since donors can only give a maximum of $2,500 each for the primaries. For the entire primary season, Romney fundraisers are looking to raise a minimum of $50 million.

When Romney announces his formal campaign, as he’s expected to do by the end of the second quarter, donors will be able to give a total of $5,000, half for the primaries and half for the general.
[...]
Romney, who launched his exploratory committee last month and has been meeting periodically with big bundlers in several cities, is hoping to get top fundraisers to rope in between $25,000 and $50,000 each by the end of the second quarter. Since April, Romney has traveled to several traditional fundraising havens such as New York, Washington and Los Angeles to meet with small groups of bundlers and rev them up.
[...]

In 2007, Gov. Romney’s campaign raised a record-breaking $6.5 million in a single day! Can we help break Mitt’s record this time around? We want to do our part to help make this a huge event for Mitt. PLEASE click here to make your pledge and we’ll contact you on that hopefully record-making day so you can be a part of history!

Let’s ALL help to make this a fantastic day for Governor Romney!

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