Romney Gains Energy & Strength in Face of Media Firestorm

Governor Romney, Costa Mesa, CA

Please leave a comment if you attended this event or if you have an opinion about the media frenzy over Governor Romney’s comments yesterday.

The speech Governor Romney gave last night in Costa Mesa was as inspiring, energetic, and passionate as I have ever seen him give. “So?” You might ask. The speech I was privileged to attend was given right after his press conference to address the insatiable appetites of the mainstream media relative to the earlier video about the 47%. (I apologize for the terrible quality of the photo at right taken with an Android phone at a distance of about 50 yards) Prior to the reception last night, I had not seen the original video nor had I yet seen his remarks from the press conference, but some might have thought he would have been subdued from the never ending fault-finding of a media hell-bent on shielding their annointed leader, Mr. Obama, from the realities of his failed domestic and foreign policies. To the contrary!

As with most California events attended by Governor Romney, this was a fund raiser. He seemed most relaxed, as he spoke without a teleprompter. In the middle of the speech he paused a moment and said, the following, in effect,

“I want to thank each one of you for being here tonight. Your generosity and contributions are greatly appreciated. I am most grateful to every one of you. I realize you have not made your donations for the Republican Party or for conservatism or for me but for our nation — for America. Thank you so much!”

Terry Fator & Maynard the Elvis Impersonator

As he continued his speech, he gave specific, detailed plans that included 1) Energy Independence, 2) The Skills to Succeed, 3) Trade that Works for America, 4) Cut the Deficit, and 5) Champion Small Business. Anybody that states that Governor Romney does not have specific plans to bring America and Americans back into prosperity quickly are either ignoring the facts or are intentionally misleading the nation to shield President Obama from truthletting. Both are happening every day.

David Foster performing one of the many songs he wrote or produced

The evening included brief comments from Spencer Zwick and Craig Romney with his son Miles. David Foster and Terry Fator provided wonderful entertainment along with their assistants.

Given the events of the day and the intense media focus on Governor Romney’s 47% comment, I am going to end this piece with Mr. Obama’s comments from April 2008 when he made patronizing statements of the people from Pennsylvania and the Midwest. Remember this? After a brief brush with the press, Mr. Obama effectively got a pass from the mainstream media:

“And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations,” Obama said, explaining — he thought — some voters’ politics during the long Pennsylvania primary.

“Pennsylvanians don’t need a president who looks down on them,” Hillary Clinton responded then.

Do you think for a moment the media will give Governor Romney a similar pass? Not on your life! They will hammer Governor Romney as long and as hard as they can to keep the focus off the fact that Mr. Obama’s failed leadership allowed advance warnings to go unheeded ahead of September 11th which left an ambassador and his team exposed to assassination — the first time an American ambassador has been assassinated in over 30 years!

As leaders go, Barack Obama has failed at just about everything he has attempted. Unemployment is stuck at a stagnant 8% (or 15% if including those that gave up); the lowest job participation levels in many decades; lower median income; much higher poverty levels; exploding, unchecked deficits, etc. Space does not allow the entire list of his failed leadership and policies.

Governor Romney has succeeded in every challenge and project he has taken on. As leaders go, Barack Obama does not even compare; he cannot even learn on the job! We cannot allow him, his lemmings, and the lapdog media to dictate the direction or outcome of this all-important presidential election. We need President Mitt Romney and we need him now!

Kudos to Stacy Davis and Steve Samuelian for an extraordinarily successful event last night!


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See Mitt Live in Del Mar! AND: Your Top 3 Reasons to Elect Mitt!

READ ON, BUT BE SURE TO POST BELOW YOUR TOP 3 REASONS WHY WE NEED TO ELECT MITT (Facebook comment if you can to get this to spread virally)! Duplicate reasons okay!

SPREAD THE WORD: Mitt will be holding a fundraiser next Saturday, September 22 in Del Mar, California and he needs you there! Details at the end of this post. If you live in or around San Diego (Orange County to the border), given campaign scheduling this may be your last chance to see the man in person. Come and hear him speak at least once this cycle. There’s a required contribution since this is a fundraiser after all, but it’s always a great experience as the soundbites never do him justice. Those who enter wavering leave firmly comMitted! The following photo is from the last event in San Diego, back in July where both Mitt and Ann were able to come.

If you can’t come, contact friends and relatives in Southern California and get them to come! Make sure to re-tweet this article and post it to your Facebook page so the word gets out! While Governor Romney currently has a money advantage in funds on hand, President Obama has already spent a lot of money on his ground game that the governor needs to catch up with, and time is short–we have less than 60 days to the election!!! You may also have seen that President Obama raised slightly more money last month than Governor Romney (by about 2%, not much, but the wrong result). This is a moment when you can have a big impact in this election: come and hear Mitt yourself.

If you’d like to come, please send an email to me at mittindelmar@gmail.com. If you can’t come but would like to donate, go to the official website at www.mittromney.com.

Who knows who else may be there? At July’s event I had the chance to introduce my son Nicolas to Darrel Issa, Congressman of the 49th District in California, who also happens to be Chair of the Oversight Committee currently investigating the Obama administration’s involvement in the “Fast and Furious” debacle.

Whether you can come or not, post your “Top 3 Reasons to Elect Governor Romney” as a Facebook comment to this post and let’s see how viral we can get this! Duplicate reasons are perfectly okay!

Details:

Private meetings begin at 12:30. VIP Reception at 1:00 and luncheon at 1:30.

Email me at mittindelmar@gmail.com to find out how to sign up.

Dress is business casual. The event locale is in inland Del Mar, about 5 minutes East of the 5 freeway. If you plan on coming I will put you in touch with the campaign fundraiser to get you the exact address and to provide you the required disclosures. For example, the fundraiser is for “Romney Victory,” a joint effort of Romney For President, Inc., the Republican National Committee, the Republican Senatorial Committee, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee and the committees of certain states; contributions are not tax deductible. More disclosures to come if you want to investigate attending.

MY TOP THREE REASONS WE’D BETTER ELECT MITT (maybe not in order):

1. Repeal Obamacare. Our government was never intended by the founders to be that big.

2. Have someone with Mitt’s character appointing the next three justices to the Supreme Court.

3. It’s the economy!

BONUS:

4. He was successful in working across the aisle in Massachusetts, something we’ll need to do and that President Obama has failed at miserably during his tenure.

And I haven’t even mentioned foreign policy, the deficit, the fiscal cliff, or replacing Joe Biden with Paul Ryan as VP! There’s lots more great reasons! Please add yours and let’s get this list LONG! As I said above, duplicates are perfectly fine. Let’s see why people love Mitt!!!

PLEASE “LIKE” AND “RECOMMEND” on Facebook and re-tweet to get this message out as far as possible!

GOP Convention: Gov Chris Christie’s “Pep talk” to California Delegation

The never-boring NJ Governor, Chris Christie, is prepping to be the headliner speaker at tonight’s GOP convention. But yesterday morning, he got a little “warm up” in by speaking to the CA delegation. Hugh Hewitt served as MC for the event, and Meg Whitman (former candidate for Gov, huge Mitt supporter, and accomplished CEO–eBay & Hewlett Packard) introduced the Governor.

I love how Gov. Christie, in the video immediately below, puts the responsibility of Mitt getting elected squarely on each of our individual shoulders. It really is up to us folks! Let’s get it done and get Mitt in the White House!

TeamMRC’s own Paul Johnson was there as well, eating up Christie’s message. Paul is an alternate delegate for the CA delegation and is pictured below.

And this “Pin Guy” was pretty cool too!

As a bonus, in the following two short videos, Gov. Christie shares an experience where he relishes a Marine guard booting Barbara Streistand out of his reserved seat at White House function. (Sorry on the video quality).

In a Chris vs. Babs fight, I’d stick with Chris! Good luck and prayers for him and Ann Romney tonight as they each make the biggest speeches of their lives.

Hugh Hewitt – Obama: “Serial Failure”, Romney: “Extremely Well-Qualified”

Hugh Hewitt has written a new must-read book titled ‘The Brief Against Obama’.


Last weekend, while many Americans were watching Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas and swimmers Missy Franklin, Katie Ledecky, and Michael Phelps go for the gold in merry old England, C-Span aired a significant presentation on ‘The Brief Against Obama‘ – a new book written by *radio talk show host and pundit Hugh Hewitt.

With the goal of persuading weak affiliation voters (Independents, undecided voters, wavering Democrats and Libertarians) NOT to re-elect Obama, Hewitt engaged listeners as he spoke about the facts of Obama’s many broken promises. An informative and entertaining speaker, Hewitt’s audience was also treated to a Q&A session. The gathering took place on July 30, 2012 at the Richard Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, CA and later aired on C-Span.

For those who missed the must-see presentation, here’s Hugh:

@13:52 – “I wanted to write a book that would persuade people NOT to vote for President Obama and I knew it had to be fact-based“… [235 pages of text, 45 pages of footnotes]

I made a very long list of all the promises President Obama made, all of the PREDICTIONS he put forward, and all of the polemics he used. Each chapter of the 25 chapters begins with a quotation or series of quotations from President Obama not earlier than 2007. I’m not interested in what he did as a young man. I’m not interested in his biography. I’m interested in what he promised to do as a candidate or as a President – what he predicted would happen as a result of his actions or the language he used as a candidate or President. And, when I think you stack it up HE DID NOT DELIVER.”

@14:55 – “In fact, he is a SERIAL FAILURE when it comes to delivering on his promises. Therefore, I don’t believe he is OWED your vote or anyone’s vote based upon what he said he would do and DID NOT DO – based on what he predicted would happen and did not happen – based upon what was, in fact, the most hyper partisan set of rhetorical devices that we have seen in the modern presidency.”

@15:19 – Hewitt speaks about A Mormon in the White House? – 10 Things Americans Should Know About Mitt Romney, a book he penned in 2007 underscoring Romney’s extraordinary viability as a Republican presidential nominee – the “enormous capacity Mitt Romney has.”

@18:00 – Mentions his prediction that Romney’s experience at Bain would be twisted by Obama and used against him. He also predicts, in the waning days of this campaign, because Obama is desperate, Romney’s religion will be used against him.

@18:16 – “The only reason I thought that President Obama could win reelection based upon the work I completed in ‘The Brief AGainst Obama’ is if we Republicans … nominated a terrible candidate – if they nominated someone who would not win the confidence of Americans. Luckily, we have nominated an EXTREMELY well-qualified individual who is ready to be President on the first day. And, I think that’s becoming very, very obvious.

@18:43 – Hewitt explains why Romney is such a great nominee and speaks of the enormity of the task of saving the 2002 Winter Olympics: Romney took it “from the edge of despair and disaster to an enormous internationally recognized success. We need that kind of capability.”

@20:37 – Addresses Romney critics who say he isn’t aggressive enough. “I’m very confident about Romney.”

@29:30 – Speaks on the ‘Bradley effect’ and Obama supporters.

@31:25 – V.P. possibilities

@34:00 – What’s the worst thing Obama has done? Listen to this list!

@40:00 – Hugh’s three favorite Obama quotes: “The very best arguments to make against Obama are his own statements.”

@42:00 – Mentions In, But Not Of a book he wrote in 1998. With his HHS regulations, Obama has awakened a sleeping giant – Evangelical, Catholic, and orthodox Jewish voters.

@48:00 – “We don’t want four more years of Chicago style politics. And what happens if he’s reelected [Obama] and he’s not even restrained by the prospect of reelection?”

@51:50 – Buy the book, read it, give it to an Independent or a Democrat.

@53:00 – Excellent Q&A session


Hugh’s extensive experience in politics and law, combined with his sense of humor and story-telling capacity (no teleprompter) made listening to him speak for over an hour a very enjoyable and heartening experience. His endorsement of Romney couldn’t be any stronger. I encourage MRC readers to share these remarks everywhere possible and promote his new book. Readers may purchase ‘The Brief Against Obama’ here. As Hugh asked – get it, read it, then pass it along to an Independent or undecided voter!

*Hewitt is not only the host of a popular nationally syndicated radio show, he is a lawyer (graduate of Harvard College and University of Michigan Law School) and a law professor at Chapman University Law School in southern California where he teaches Constitutional Law.

Additional recommended reading:

On The Brink by David Parker (Hear Mr. Parker’s interview with Hewitt here.)
The Amateur by Ed Klein
The Great Destroyer by David Limbaugh

Don’t forget to see the intriguing new movie 2016: Obama’s America (rated PG) which is based on the book by Dinesh D’Souza and produced by Gerald R. Molen, producer of the Academy Award wining Best Picture ‘Schinlder’s List’. It is currently airing in some cities and is slated to be shown tomorrow (Aug 10th) in additional locations. Additional release dates are also listed here.

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Eyes on GOP Primaries: CA, MT, NJ, NM, SD – Romney Supports Walker in WI Recall

Governor Mitt Romney speaks with supporters of Wisconsin Gov Scott Walker before making phone calls on his behalf at a phone bank in Fitchburg, Wisconsin. March 31, 2012 (Photo Darren Hauck/Reuters)


Romney supporters are tuned in to today’s lively political action.

Primary elections in five states, and a recall election with national implications in another state, are spurring voters to the polls.

Governor Mitt Romney officially became the GOP presidential nominee last week and voters will award additional delegates in California (172 delegates), Montana (26 delegates), New Jersey (50 delegates), New Mexico (23 delegates), and South Dakota (28 delegates).

We encourage Romney supporters to cast their votes in The Five today and show The Gov a lot of love with a resounding across-the-board victory!

Eyes are on the contentious recall effort (which began last November) against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. After months of acrimony over needed public union restrictions, which Walker campaigned on and enacted, the rematch with Milwaukee’s Democratic Mayor Tom Barrett (who Walker bested in a GOP sweep of the state in 2010), will be determined by voters today in The Badger State.

A couple of months ago, Governor Romney, accompanied by Rep. Paul Ryan, expressed his support for Walker during stops in Wisconsin:

Mitt Romney used a Wednesday tele-town hall with Wisconsin voters to give a strong endorsement to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican who is fighting off a recall effort led by Democrats.

“Gov. Walker is, in my opinion, an excellent governor,” Romney said, according to a report by ABC News.

“And I believe that he is right to stand up for the citizens of Wisconsin and to insist that those people who are working in the public sector unions have rights to affect their wages but that these benefits and retiree benefits have fallen out of line with the capacity of the state to pay them.”

“And so I support the governor in his effort to rein in the excesses that have permeated the public sector union and government negotiations over the years,” Romney said.

Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts, also talked about other states that have passed legislation aimed at curbing collective bargaining.

“The state of Indiana, even my home state of Massachusetts, has reined in the collective bargaining excesses associated with retirement benefits for future retirees,” Romney said.

Governor Romney praised Gov Walker as he traveled through small towns and cities across Wisconsin. He also stopped by a phone bank in Fitchburg, WI, and made calls on the embattled Governor’s behalf.

In U.S. News Weekly, Mary Kate Cary writes about three reasons why the Walker recall election matters:

First reason:

Walker is proving that struggling states can turn their economies around, and that fiscal conservatism works.

Walker eliminated a $3.6 billion deficit and balanced the budget without raising taxes. He did it by asking public employees to contribute, like the rest of us do, to their healthcare costs and pension funds—a move which prevented teachers, firemen, and police from being laid off. Unemployment in Wisconsin is below 7 percent for the first time since 2008, and joblessness there is now below the national average. Plus Wisconsin’s public employee retirement system is now fully funded. Unfunded pensions are a big deal in many states, and could cost taxpayers in many states millions in new taxes.

…[R]ecently polled Wisconsin voters … found overwhelming support for many of Walker’s policies:

72 percent favor asking public sector workers to increase their pension contributions from less than 1 percent to 6 percent of their salaries.
71 percent favor making government employees pay 12 percent of their own healthcare premiums instead of the previous 6 percent.
Police and firefighters were exempted from the pension and healthcare adjustments but 57 percent of taxpayers say they should not have been.
65 percent say public sector workers receive better pension and health care benefits than private sector workers.

When asked what state and local officials should do if pensions and health benefits are underfunded, 74 percent favor requiring government employees to pay more for their own healthcare and retirement benefits. In sharp contrast, 75 percent oppose cutting funding for programs like education and 74 percent oppose raising taxes to help fund government worker benefits.

Second reason:

The recall election spells big trouble for unions, especially public employee unions.

When recall supporters first garnered nearly a million signatures in order to get on the ballot, the unions were ecstatic. They’ve poured millions into the state and bussed in thousands of volunteers, but as the issues in the race became clear, the union position came across as greedy and unreasonable. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell told Politico that if Walker wins, it will be “a significant blow to the labor unions,” and will definitely embolden other Republican governors to take on labor unions in battles over collective bargaining. There’s a chance Democrats will win one of four state Senate recalls, which will give them control of the state Senate and a way to put the brakes on Walker. But no matter what happens in the Senate, Walker’s success has already sparked a round of recriminations between union leaders and top-level Democrats, who are avoiding the state. Obama endorsed Walker’s opponent the night he won the primary, but other than that has remained silent; the Democratic National Committee has refused to give the state party any money for the cause.

Third reason:

The recall fight exposes the flaws in the Obama campaign strategy.

Here’s how Kelly Steele, a strategist for We Are Wisconsin, the leading union-backed anti-Walker coalition put it a few months ago to Politico: “Scott Walker lied his way into office, and has since launched unprecedented attacks on Wisconsin’s working families, dividing the state like never before,” Steele said in an E-mail. “This historic recall is a … victory for Wisconsinites united to take their government back from wealthy special interests who bought and paid for Scott Walker and are dictating the terms of his extreme agenda.”

Sound familiar? Might as well be a page out of an Obama speech about Mitt Romney. Instead of defending the public employees unions’ position, We Are Wisconsin’s website now has talking points about the GOP “war on women.” Good grief.

The left in Wisconsin is pitching an angry, populist message to voters. So is Obama.

Scott Walker is a canary in a coal mine. If he wins, we’ll know that at least one state’s voters now view budget-balancing as something reasonable that needs to be done right. And we’ll know how they feel about the unions’ intransigence and angry rhetoric on entitlement reform. We’ll all be watching that canary on June 5 to see if it flies.

Walker’s Lt. Gov Rebecca Kleefisch, and three Republican state senators are also part of the recall election today. A fourth state senator targeted for recall resigned; a candidate from each party is vying for her empty seat. Democrats only need to win one seat to gain the majority in the State Senate.

Ten days ago, Debbie Wasserman Schultz (shrill Chair of the democratic National Committee) admitted the Wisconsin recall is a test run for the presidential election this fall. Sensing a possible defeat, Obama distanced himself from the brouhaha, but managed to chirp a tweet today.

The good news is Governor Walker is polling at about 7 points ahead of his opponent. Today’s results in The Badger State depends on which side has the best ground game and voter turn-out.

Best wishes today to both of these great guys!

Romney supporters are invited to join us on MRC’s chat forum this evening’s exciting election results.

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Getting To Know The Romneys: Son Craig Says “My Dad Leads By Example”

Mitt and Ann Romney with youngest son, Craig, and his, wife Mary.

After hosting a Memorial Day tribute in San Diego, CA last week, Republican presidential candidate Governor Mitt Romney and wife, Ann, invited FOX News’ Bill Hemmer to hang out with them at their youngest son’s home (Craig) in San Diego. Hemmer aired his interviews under the banner of Getting to Know the Romneys. (Videos are posted here.)

I found a bonus ‘postscript’ video of that day which features Craig Romney sharing more about his parents. Enjoy!


Bill Hemmer: “What kind of advice has he [Gov Romney] passed to you?”

Craig Romney: “He’s rarely kind of taken me aside and said you need to do this and you need to that. It’s always been more of a ‘lead by example’ … and, just kind of watching him as I grew up – seeing his dedication, his integrity…”

A couple of wonderful photos of the day’s earlier events…

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) (right), and San Diego 'Veteran of the Year' Marine David Dickey (left), stand together at Romney's Memorial Day Tribute at the Veterans Museum & Memorial Center, May 28, 2012 in San Diego, CA.
(Photo by Mary Altaffer / AP)


Governor Romney greets veterans after speaking at a Memorial Day Tribute at the Veterans Musem & Memorial Center, May 28, 2012 in San Diego, CA. (Photo by Mary Altaffer /AP)


NOTE: Romney supporters and GOP commentators frequently say insight/stories as to who Governor Romney really is should be shared with the public. That information will likely be given in bits and pieces – not an ‘Obama style’ full-on documentary. This short video is a good opportunity to share a bit of enlightenment about Mitt Romney – the man.




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Unemployment UP, Romney Hits With New Ad, Bill Clinton Praises Romney’s Business Career

UPDATE! Mitt Romney responds to today’s dismal jobs report:

ANOTHER MONTH OF DEVASTATING ECONOMIC NEWS FOR AMERICAN WORKERS, FAMILIES

Today’s weak jobs report is devastating news for American workers and American families. This week has seen a cascade of one bad piece of economic news after another. Slowing GDP growth, plunging consumer confidence, an increase in unemployment claims, and now another dismal jobs report all stand as a harsh indictment of the President’s handling of the economy. It is now clear to everyone that President Obama’s policies have failed to achieve their goals and that the Obama economy is crushing America’s middle class. The President’s re-election slogan may be ‘forward,’ but it seems like we’ve been moving backward. We can do so much better in America. That’s why I’m running for president.” –Mitt Romney

UPDATE 2 - You don’t want to miss Governor Romney’s excellent interview on CNBC this morning. The video also includes traders’ reaction to The Gov’s interview. See video here (article here). More here.

Photo by Justin Sullivan / Getty Images North America



The U.S. Dept. of Labor today released the jobs report for April. Not good, folks.

155,000 jobs were hoped for; only 69,000 jobs were added to the U. S. economy last month. Unemployment has risen to 8.2%. At the first of the year, we were barely breathing at around 200,000 jobs created per month. In April, that number was almost cut in half at around 100,000 jobs created. (Numbers for March and April were revised to reveal unemployment was more prevalent than originally reported.) We are weak and getting weaker. Today’s numbers are almost halved again. Long-term unemployment jumped up by 300,000 last month, as well. Factoring in the UNDER-employed, the real number is at 14.8%. The labor participation rate is clinging to 63.8%, meaning 36.2% are not participating; they’ve given up.

Obama’s economic policies just aren’t cutting the mustard and Americans are not only sick with worry, they’re furious.


Romney for President keeps churning out timely, hard-hitting web ads. Today, they released a new web video using footage from Governor Mitt Romney’s press conference yesterday near Silicon Valley in Fremont, CA. (The image of Romney standing front of bankrupt Solyndra spoke volumes.)

In case you’ve forgotten:

The Obama Administration loaned $535 million to Solyndra – which later went bankrupt and laid Off 1,100 employees. “In a blow to the Obama administration’s efforts to create green jobs, solar-cell maker Solyndra announced Wednesday that it will close its remaining Fremont factory, lay off its 1,100 employees and file for bankruptcy. The news marked an abrupt end for a company once considered among the most innovative in a fast-changing industry. The bankruptcy also represents a high-profile failure for a federal stimulus program that gives loan guarantees to green-tech manufacturers. Solyndra was the first company to win one of the guarantees, receiving $535 million in 2009 to build its second factory in Fremont less than a mile from the company’s original plant.” (David R. Baker and Carolyn Said, “Solyndra Closes Fremont Plant – Stimulus Hopes Dim,” San Francisco Chronicle, 9/1/11)

Romney’s new video is aptly titled Symbol of Failure:

Two years ago, President Obama went to Solyndra and touted it as an example of his initiative to create jobs. Today, the company is bankrupt and the building stands empty as a symbol of the failure of President Obama’s policies.

Click here and donate to the campaign to help them fund more commercials of events like this one.

Free enterprise to the president means taking money from the taxpayers and giving it freely to his friends. ~ Mitt Romney, press conference May 31, 2012


Did you happen to watch CNN last night? Former President Bill Clinton was speaking with Harvey Weinstein when he kicked the legs out from under Obama’s main campaign strategy to slice and dice Romney’s record as a businessman:

So I don’t think that we ought to get in the position where we say this is bad work, this is good work. I think, however, the real issue ought to be what has Governor Romney advocated in the campaign that he will do as president? What has President Obama done and what does he propose to do? How do these things stack up against each other, that’s the most relevant thing. There’s no question that in terms of getting up and going to the office, and you know, basically performing the essential functions of the office, a man who has been governor and had a sterling business career crosses the qualification threshold.”

Thanks for the straight talk, Bill!

UPDATE – Speaking this afternoon on Your World with Neal Cavuto (FOX News), former Democratic pollster Pat Caddell said “Clinton has just done enormous damage to President Obama. … He has just put a torpedo right into the Obama campaign. This is as bad as it gets.


Townhall’s Mona Charen pretty much summarizes it for me today. She writes about the “straws in the wind” Obama campaign – how bad it’s going. She can add today’s stuck-in-the-mud jobs report to her list.

- Jayde Wyatt

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Romney vs. Axelrod: A Tale of Two Pressers

I’m excited to mention that Rush read one of our MRC tweets on the air today. I’m not posting it here on the top because it’s part of this story. To see the tweet he read and hear the audio be sure to continue reading the story below. Thanks, Nate.

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Very interesting news today has many heretofore Romney-doubting GOPers taking courage in the swift, hard-hitting capabilities of the Romney campaign. Two “surprise” press conferences were held today, by Romney and Axelrod, but only one ended up being an actual surprise. Both were dominated by the Romney camp. These events happened early enough today that they were actually discussed on Rush and Hannity today, and will certainly make your evening news.

Part One: The Axelrod press conference

  • A surprise visit by Chief Obama strategist David Axelrod to Boston was publicly announced just last night. Purpose of his “presser”: Dis Romney’s record as Governor.
  • Oddly, the short notice is somehow enough time for CNN to arrange to have a live feed available. Team Romney springs into action to round up a large group of protesters armed with big signs, and chants.
  • Romney supporters are waiting on the steps of the capital building as Obama’s advance Team arrives to set up. (Pics below)
  • Throughout the presser attention is obviously stolen by protesters as they run through a series of chants including: Solyndra, Five more months, We want Mitt, Where are the jobs, Broken record, and more. Axelrod actually responds to protestors at one point with the phrase “You can’t handle the truth.”
  • Big win for Team Romney as news reports focus on the protestors rather than Axelrod’s anti-Romney message.

Part Two: Romney holds surprise press conference in front of Solyndra

  • On the other side of the country Team Romney has the entire press corp on a bus with Mitt on board as well. The press are told only that they are going to a secret location and they will be there in one hour.
  • Less than an hour after Axelrod’s presser ends CNN (and others) break news that Romney will hold press conference at Solyndra.
  • Mitt highlights the failure of Solyndra as a symbol of Obama’s administration and calls it a huge conflict of interest by Obama.
  • Conservatives in the blogosphere and on twitter cheer Team Romney for being two steps ahead of the competition

This is one of those days that is great for following news events on twitter. I will enclose only a small number of the great tweets, pictures and videos coming from today’s events. More below the fold.
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Get to Know Mitt & Ann: Bill Hemmer Interviews the Romneys (VIDEOS)

Mitt Romney talks with FOX News' Bill Hemmer - San Diego, CA May 28, 2012

After Mitt Romney’s Memorial Day Tribute in San Diego was over, he and Ann sat down to talk with Bill Hemmer, co-host of America’s Newsroom (FOX News). Hemmer said it wasn’t going to be a policy interview, but an attempt to learn more about the two of them and the campaign. Long-time Romney supporters like hearing that! It’s time for America to know what we know – that two nicer people can’t be found.

America, you’re in for a treat! Here are the first two videos:

Part 1 – Getting to the know the Romneys

Part 2 – Mitt and Ann Romney talk faith and family

UPDATE: I like the red, white, and blue combo of Mitt and Ann’s shirts, but just realized the floral print our next First Lady is wearing are poppies – for Memorial Day. Nice touch, Ann!

Good stuff! Additional segments are posted below the fold. (more…)

Two Fmr Secty’s of State, Condoleeza Rice & George Shultz, Endorse Romney

At a fundraiser in California last night, Condoleeza Rice, former Secretary of State under President George W. Bush, and George Shultz, former Secretary of State under President Ronald Reagan, officially backed Governor Mitt Romney’s bid for the White House:

A few comments from Rice:

“It’s a delight to see so many friends…I’ve now been out of Washington for over three years…how much fun it is when you know you could be in Washington, but you’re here. My life has changed a lot. Now, I get up in the morning and I read the newspaper and I say…isn’t that interesting? “Because I’m no longer responsible for what’s in it.”

“We care about the future of this country, and the future of our world,’’ she said, and I’m “delighted to join so many friends here in supporting, and in my case, endorsing, Gov. Mitt Romney for President of the United States.”

“Today, more than ever, we need U.S. leadership to affirm that the future belongs to free markets and free peoples.”

“To regain that leadership, we’ve got to first and foremost defend the country,’’ she said. After 911, the country was safe because “it was not because the terrorists weren’t trying, it was because of the vigilance…because men and women volunteer to defend us at the front lines of freedom, and we owe them our eternal gratitude.”

More Rice: “We have to defend the country, not just from strength and power, but from a sense of values of who we are,’’ she said. “Friends, who just want to know, that when the chips are down, we are going to be there for them….and that indeed we know the difference between friend and foe.”

More Rice: “The President of the United States has to understand that the American people have a view…and that our leadership can not be (reduced to) “the lowest common denominator postions.”

“The only thing the American people dislike more” than weak leadership, she said, “is no leadership at all.”

“America’s leadership “is craved in the world, and Gov. Romney, you can bring it back,’’ she said to applause. . . .

A few comments from Shultz:

George Shultz and President Ronald Reagan

George Shultz, secretary of state under Ronald Reagan, also endorsed the presumptive nominee at the fundraiser. In his speech, he defended Romney’s record as an executive at Bain Capital LLC, a Boston-based private equity firm.

“What he has done at Bain Capital has been a major contribution to the American economy,” said Shultz, who also served in the cabinet of Richard Nixon with Romney’s father, George.

Venture capital firms “help make our economy more competitive; they learn how to keep costs under control; they are the kind of people who help figure out where to put investments,” Shultz said.

“He has learned and instinctively can feel what it takes to get this huge amount of money that is sitting on the sidelines of our economy to move forward and invest,” he said.

These two endorsements – from two of America’s most powerful and respected arbiters of foreign policy – are very significant pluses for Governor Romney.

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