Announcing his support, Governor Mitch Daniels said, “Mitt Romney has earned our party’s nomination and now deserves the support of every American still committed to government that serves the people rather than rules over them. The ruinous debts and anti-enterprise policies of today threaten more than our near-term economy; unaddressed soon, they will end the promise of upward mobility that our nation has always offered to its young and its poor. And they will end the U.S. leadership which has promoted peace and progress around the world for so many decades. Mitt Romney has proven that he understands what is at stake and is prepared to summon Americans to the changes that will restore the American Dream and our national greatness. I’ll do whatever I’m asked to help him.”
“Governor Daniels’ leadership and service in Indiana should be an example to public officials across the country,” said Mitt Romney. “Governor Daniels shares my background in business, and he has used the principles of the private sector in government. Indiana has been served well by his leadership based on fiscal discipline, smaller government, and a friendly environment for job creators. I am honored to have his support and look forward to working with him to fix our economy and get our country on the right track.”
Background On Governor Daniels: Governor Daniels was elected as the 49th Governor of Indiana in 2004. Governor Daniels was reelected in 2008 and received the most votes for a statewide official in Indiana history. Prior to his election, Governor Daniels served as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President George W. Bush, CEO of the Hudson Institute, President of Eli Lilly and Company’s North American Pharmaceutical Operations, Chief of Staff to Senator Dick Lugar, and Senior Advisor to President Ronald Reagan.
Self-deprecating Daniels appeared on FOX & Friends this morning to make his announcement. Here’s a portion of the interview (if full video becomes available, it will be posted):
Daniels continued on to state his solid commitment to help The Gov in any way possible.
Joining other top Republican officials, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., endorsed former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney for president on Tuesday, saying the GOP is united behind the presumptive nominee.
Earlier this month, McConnell avoided giving Romney the nod because the Kentucky primary was approaching. But with former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum dropping out of the race—and basement candidates Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul barely campaigning—the pathway for Romney to gain the nomination against President Obama is much clearer.
“I support Governor Romney for President of the United States and he is going to be the nominee,” he told reporters. “If you’ve noticed, the party is in the process of unifying behind him. And I think it’s going to be an incredibly close, hard fought race.”
“I think it’s going to be a very, very competitive election. We’re all behind him [Romney] and looking forward to the fall campaign, which is actually already under way.” ~ Mitch McConnell
In the 24 hour news cycle, the story of the day has been Mitt’s comments to CNN in the early morning after his Florida win. While I think even the most ardent Romney fan would admit that this could and should have (and will be) phrased more adeptly, the liberals have taken and run with the partial quote that he’s “not concerned with the very poor” … It looks worse in print that in the context of the interview:
Mitt doesn’t care about poor people? Demonstrably false and easy to debunk (and this is without even delving into fact that Mitt, as a Mormon Bishop for several years, dedicated much of his time to caring for the poor in a very “hands on” fashion). If Obama and team push this theme it will come back to bite them. Mitt’s done more to care for the poor than any snarky reporter or any of his political rivals.
Additionally, Brit Hume on Fox News today adroitly argued that anyone who wants to “make hay” or be offended by this out-of-context quote wouldn’t be voting for a GOP candidate anyways. I’d have to agree.
As dusk settles, city lights glow in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. Governor Mitt Romney spoke at a GOP forum in the capital city Friday evening. Attendees mentioned Romney's remarkable work in turning around the 2002 Winter Olympics. 9/23/11
Ahh, the beautiful Hoosier State…
Governor Romney was there last night to speak at a free GOP forum…
An article linked on the Indiana GOP website reported that The Gov’s visit created the most buzz among local Republicans:
His [Romney's] visit has created the most stir among local Republicans. Far more people have told the Indiana Republican Party they plan to attend Romney’s forum than showed up to hear either of the first two candidates to campaign here: former Godfather’s Pizza Chief Executive Herman Cain and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman.
While speaking to a large crowd of about 400 party activists at the JW Marriott downtown, Romney ripped into Obama for the uncertainty and pain his policies have injected into the American economy:
For about a half hour, he talked to a crowd of Republicans at the JW Marriott downtown. Romney spent the better part of his time hammering President Obama, accusing the president of hurting the American economy by creating uncertainty with his policies on everything from health care reform to new financial regulation.
“We can deal with bad news. Businesses encounter bad news all the time. What we can’t deal with as entrepreneurs and innovators is uncertainty, and virtually everything the president did increased uncertainty in this country,” said Romney.
Romney also said Obama’s policies have generally been harmful to time-honored fundamentals of the country’s economy like capitalism and free enterprise.
Because he’s an experienced businessman who’s created jobs, Romney said he’s the right person to lead the country. Romney is also a former governor of Massachusetts and was credited for making the Salt Lake City Olympics a success.
Romney frequently compared his business experience to that of the president Friday, saying that Obama had no real executive experience going into the White House and that the country is now seeing the consequences.
While speaking, Romney was also complimentary of Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. The article points out that perhaps the most interesting party of Romney’s visit might have been what he didn’t say. No mention of Rick Perry…
The Political Hotsheet (CBS News) reports that a number of Republicans attending the GOP forum are most impressed with Romney’s extraordinary work to save the debt-ridden, scandalous 2002 Winter Olmpic Games:
On the stump, Romney has made his success as a businessman his calling card, but a number of Republicans here said they are most impressed with his record rescuing the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City from scandal.
“He had a huge problem to deal with. He was kind of thrust into it,” said Wayne Baer, a Romney supporter who described himself as a Republican moderate. “We’ve got a lot of problems on a bigger scale, but you know, I like that. I think he can handle anything.”
On February 8, 2002, Mitt Romney, Pres. George W. Bush, and Jacques Rogge (Pres. of International Olympic Committee) marched together amid heavy security to the center of Rice-Eccles Olympic Stadium in Salt Lake City, UT, to mark the arrival of the salvaged U.S. flag from the World Trade Center and open the Winter Olympic Games. (AFP photo/Robert Schmidt)
This is a perfect place to remind our readers of the extraordinary feat Governor Romney accomplished in salvaging the 2002 Winter Olympic Games:
When the offer came for Romney to take over the troubled 2002 Olympic Winter Games, to be held in Salt Lake City in Utah, she [wife, Ann Romney] urged him to take it, and eager for a new challenge, he did. On February 11, 1999, Romney was hired as the new president and CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee.
Before Romney came on, the event was running $379 million short of its revenue benchmarks. Plans were being made to scale back the games to compensate for the fiscal crisis and there were fears the games might be moved away entirely. The Games had also been damaged by allegations of bribery involving top officials[.]
Romney revamped the organization’s leadership and policies, reduced budgets, and boosted fund raising. He soothed worried corporate sponsors and recruited many new ones. He admitted past problems, listened to local critics, and rallied Utah’s citizenry with a sense of optimism. Romney worked to ensure the safety of the Games following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks by ignoring those who suggested the games be called off and coordinating a $300 million security budget. He became the public face of the Olympic effort, appearing in countless photographs and news stories and even on Olympics souvenir pins.[…]
Overall he oversaw a $1.32 billion budget, 700 employees, and 26,000 volunteers.
Despite the initial fiscal shortfall, the Games ended up clearing a profit of $100 million, not counting the $224.5 million in security costs contributed by outside sources. Romney broke the record for most private money raised by any individual for an Olympics games, summer or winter. His performance as Olympics head was rated positively by 87 percent of Utahns. Romney and his wife contributed $1 million to the Olympics, and he donated to charity the $1.4 million in salary and severance payments he received for his three years as president and CEO.
Romney was widely praised for his successful efforts with the 2002 Winter Olympics including by President George W. Bush, and it solidified his reputation as a turnaround artist.
Harvard Business School taught a case study based around Romney’s successful actions.
(footnotes removed, emphasis added)
Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony (Part 1) The Fire Within:
The fire within… an apt description of Governor Romney.
Congressman Todd Rokita (R-IN), left, pictured with Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN), has endorsed Mitt Romney.Sept 23, 2011
Another endorsement has rolled out for Mitt Romney. Today, it comes from the Hoosier State…
MITT ROMNEY EARNS SUPPORT OF INDIANA CONGRESSMAN TODD ROKITA
Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today won the support of Indiana Congressman Todd Rokita.
“Congressman Rokita has been a strong public servant for Indiana and has worked hard to improve the state’s economy,” said Mitt Romney. “I look forward to working with him during my campaign and welcome his support.”
Announcing his support, Congressman Rokita said, “Mitt Romney has proven that he has the much-needed experience to lead the country toward an economic recovery. While President Obama has failed to control spending and get the economy moving, Mitt Romney has a record of cutting taxes, keeping spending low, and creating jobs. Mitt Romney’s record speaks for itself and that is why I support his bid for the presidency.”
Background On Congressman Todd Rokita:
Congressman Rokita Was Elected In 2010. In the U.S. House of Representatives, he sits on the Budget Committee and the Education and Workforce Committee. Prior to his election, Rokita served as the Indiana Secretary of State. In this role, Rokita worked to improve services for Indiana’s businesses and investors and create a stronger economy for the state. Congressman Rokita and his wife Kathy are the parents of two children.
After speaking at CPAC in Orlando this morning, Romney made his way to Indiana::
INDIANAPOLIS — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will be in Indianapolis trying to build his base of Hoosier supporters and raise money for his presidential campaign.
The top-tier presidential candidate will speak at the JW Marriott Friday evening and also plans to attend a pair of fundraisers. Indiana Republican Party Chairman Eric Holcomb has been lobbying presidential candidates since June to campaign in the state.
Gov. Mitch Daniels’ national prominence has also become a strong draw for Republicans looking for his possible endorsement.