Why Mitt Is Still the One

I can admit it: last week was tough. But the CPAC speech, the straw poll and Maine’s results over the weekend confirmed that Mitt is still the front-runner, and for good reason. I seriously can’t imagine Rick Santorum as POTUS. But I can imagine this guy:

And now I think it’s time for us to remember why we’re supporting Mitt, who I can easily imagine as president, and do what we can to convince our fellow Republicans.

Mitt’s speech at CPAC was a home run.

Not much still gives me goosebumps, but Mitt’s speech did (click on the link for the video). He was right on point, and we need him in the White House. No more Clinton-esque surprises with interns. No more Obama-esque surprises trampling religious liberties (and if you think contraception is the last of the controversies with Obamacare you need to think again). It’s all the more clear we need to elect someone with the leadership and vision to keep this country rooted in what made it strong: individual liberty, not government assistance. And that person, unlike our current president and all of the other candidates, needs to have the sheer ability to run the executive branch. Rick Santorum? Hardly. He hasn’t even run a national campaign and is just the latest flavor of the month, who is just now being vetted. The person we need is Mitt Romney.

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Chalk Up a WIN in Maine for Romney

Mitt Romney speaking at a caucus in Portland, Maine. Feb 11, 2012
(Photo AP/Robert F. Bukaty)

Thousands of hard-working Mainers have spoken…

Mitt Romney wins the Maine caucuses!

Coming on top of Governor Romney’s straw poll win at CPAC, today’s Maine caucus poll win is especially sweet:


Romney – 2,190 votes – 39%
Paul – 1,996 votes – 36%
Santorum – 989 votes – 15%
Gingrich – 349 votes – 6%

It is estimated that Romney will receive six delegates, Paul will take five delegates, and Santorum will receive three delegates. Gingrich receives nothing. That would put the total delegate count at:

Romney – 121
Gingrich – 38
Santorum – 37
Paul – 25

UPDATE – Boston, MA – Romney issued the following statement on the results of the Maine caucuses:

I thank the voters of Maine for their support. I’m committed to turning around America. And I’m heartened to have the support of so many good people in this great state.

“We stand for conservative principles, liberty and prosperity. All of these are under threat. I’m in this race because I believe that America can be turned around, that we don’t have to accept unemployment over 8 percent, a national debt that is as large as our entire economy, and a President who, even as his own policies fail, apologizes for America’s past successes. We’ve had enough. It’s time to reverse Barack Obama’s legacy of domestic disarray and foreign-policy weakness.

“I congratulate my fellow Republicans on a campaign well fought. We may have our differences, but we’re united in our determination to bring Barack Obama’s reign of failure to an end. I am the only candidate in the race who has never served a day in our broken federal government. The voters of Maine have sent a clear message that it is past time to send an outsider to the White House, a conservative with a lifetime of experience in the private sector, who can uproot Washington’s culture of taxing and spending and borrowing and endless bureaucracy.”

(emphasis added)



► Jayde Wyatt

Maine Caucuses: Down to the Wire for Romney and Paul

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Romney supporters are eyeing Maine today…

Coming down to the wire in the Pine Tree State, it’s a two-man caucus race today between Governor Mitt Romney and Congressman Ron Paul.

Caucusing has been taking place since February 4th. Only registered Republicans are allowed to participate (a ‘closed’ caucus) but unaffiliated independent voters may register as Republicans on the day they vote and hence, may participate. (Additional information may be found here.)

Yesterday, Romney held a well-received town hall meeting at the Portland Company Marine Complex in Portland, ME. He also deftly handled a few OWS hecklers:

Among the sites Romney visited today, Romney was greeted by a packed high school gymnasium crowd at the York County GOP caucus in Sanford. The Romney campaign ran a cable television ad yesterday and it continues today. Surrogates for The Gov have been in the state in recent days and Romney also hosted a telephone town hall this week.

Choosing not to speak at this year’s CPAC gathering in Washington D.C., Ron Paul opted instead to focus instead on the ME caucuses. Reports are that he is well organized; he is hoping to get his first campaign win.

Caucus results will begin to come in tonight around 7:30 PM local time. (Note: A few contests will be held on Sunday; a snow storm caused Washington County, in the state’s far eastern region, to postpone its caucuses until Feb. 18th.)

A livefeed for caucus results can be found here:

As results come in, Romney supporters are invited to join us on our chat forum.

ROMNEY FOR THE WIN!

► Jayde Wyatt

Maine: Twenty More Elected Officials/Leaders Back Mitt Romney

Ahead of the GOP Maine caucuses this Saturday (Feb 11th), Mitt Romney today announced 20 more endorsements from elected officials and leaders in the magnificent Pine Tree State:

“I am proud to have such a strong backing by elected officials and leaders from across the state of Maine,” said Mitt Romney. “Their support proves that my pro-growth message is breaking through and that Maine voters want someone with real world economic experience in the White House.”

Announcing his endorsement of Mitt Romney, Maine Senate President Kevin Raye said, “In order for the economy to rebound, Washington needs to stop erecting roadblocks for job creators. Mitt Romney understands the importance of strengthening small business and American manufacturing. As President, he will lead the way to rein in the federal debt, reverse the explosive growth of government, and reduce the regulatory burden on America’s businesses to foster an environment that is favorable for job creation. That is why I support Mitt Romney, and why so many other Maine leaders are endorsing his campaign.”

Maine Elected Officials and Leaders Endorsing Mitt Romney:

· Bruce Poliquin; State Treasurer
· Kevin Raye; Senate President
· Nichi Farnham State Senator
· David Hastings; State Senator
· Roger Katz; State Senator
· Brian Langley; State Senator
· Tom Martin; State Senator
· Garrett Mason; State Senator
· Earle McCormick; State Senator
· Christopher Rector; State Senator
· Tom Saviello; State Senator
· Cary Weston; Mayor of Bangor
· Peter Mills; Former State Senator
· Philip Harriman; Former State Senator
· Mark Gartley; Former Secretary of State
· Kathy Watson; Former Maine Republican Party Chairwoman
· Jim Fossel; Augusta City Republican Chairman
· Angela Courchesney; Jay Town Republican Chairwoman
· Dawn Gilbert; Lincoln Town Republican Chairman
· Dwayne Bickford; Former ED of Maine GOP

Maine elected officials and leaders endorsing Romney:

· William Schneider; Attorney General
· Peter Cianchette; Former U.S. Ambassador
· Dave Emery; Former U.S. Congressman
· Jon Courtney; Senate Majority Leader
· Ron Collins; State Senator
· Richard Rosen; State Senator
· Lois Snowe-Mello; State Senator
· Bruce Bickford; State Representative
· Richard Cebra; State Representative
· Dean Cray; State Representative
· Stacey Fitts; State Representative
· Leslie Fossel; State Representative
· Ken Fredette; State Representative
· Peter Johnson; State Representative
· Jim Donnelly; Former House Republican Leader
· Josh Tardy; Former House Republican Leader
· Rick Bennett; Former Senate President & RNC National Committeeman
· Jan Staples; RNC National Committeewoman
· Charlie Cragin; Former National Committeeman
· Maureen Cragin; Ret.Naval Captain, fmr Assist. Sec of Veterans Affairs for Public & Intergovernmental Affairs
· Doris Russell; Former National Committeewoman
· Hattie Bickmore; Former Maine Republican Party Chairman
· Mark Ellis; Former Maine Republican Party Chairman
· Steve Abbott; 2010 Republican Candidate for Governor
· Jason Levesque; Former 2010 Republican Candidate for Congress
· Tim Woodcock; Attorney and former Republican Candidate for Congress
· Chris Gardiner; Washington County Chair
· Howard Bickford: Wilton Town Republican Chair
· David Coleman; Limerick Town Republican Chair
· Gerald Morrison; Perry Town Republican Chair
· Pat Percy; Phippsburg Town Republican Chair
· Janet Plausse; Lincolnville Town Republican Chair
· Jonathan Reisman; Cooper Town Republican Chair
· George Sanborn; Poland Town Republican Chair
· Glyneta Thomson; Surry Town Republican Chair
· Ben Gilman; 2008 Maine State Victory Director
· Ann Robinson; Co-Chair, Transition Team for Governor-Elect Paul LePage
· Kathy Summers-Grice; General Consultant to the Maine Senate Republican Caucus
· Halsey Frank
· Merton Henry

Regarding Maine’s caucuses, The Portland Press Herald reports (Feb 1, 2012):

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Mitt Romney doesn’t care about poor people? WRONG!

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 cares deeply about the poor, and his actions speak louder than words. How many “journalists” have bothered to mention that Mitt has given over $7,000,000 (SEVEN FREAKING MILLION!) to charitable organizations in just the last two years? Records from before then show the Romney’s consistent giving millions upon millions to organizations that care for the poor. By contrast, Joe Biden gave only $3690 to charity in an entire decade … that’s PROOF of someone that doesn’t care about the poor. From 2001-4, the Obamas made nearly a million dollars, but donated LESS THAN 1% of that income to charity.

Or what about when Mitt gave cash out of his pocket to the lady in South Carolina who said God guided her to follow Romney’s campaign bus to find help to keep her lights on? The EXACT SAME CNN REPORTER (Soledad) even reported about that a couple of weeks ago … does she have no memory?

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.

Recall Vic’s post from a couple days back that highlighted Romney’s life of service and included the following YouTube:

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.

Who Won the ABC YAHOO Iowa GOP Debate? (FULL VIDEO)

abc-iowa-gop-debateWhat: GOP Debate in Iowa hosted by ABC

When: 9PM Eastern

Watch: Live on air at ABC. Live streaming at ABCnews.com and at Yahoo.com (exact links will be provided when available)

Moderators: Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos

Participants: Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum. (No Jon Huntsman)

Forecast: Gloves will come off, accusations will be made, but Romney will keep his 11-debate undefeated streak alive.

Chatbox: Activated

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Watch video of the full debate below.

If you missed it, read Mitt Romney’s Remarks to the Republican Jewish Coalition and/or watch the address below the fold. (more…)

Romney Receives Slate of Endorsements from Maine

The Portland Head Lighthouse overlooks the rocky coast at Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Today, 40 elected officials and leaders from 'The Pine Tree State' endorsed Mitt Romney. 9/20/11


From way up in the northeastern tip of the USA, in the ruggedly beautiful state of Maine, comes 40 endorsements for Mitt Romney

It’s an honor to receive the support of so many leaders in Maine,” said Mitt Romney. “Our country is in need of a turnaround and I am excited to work with these great leaders to put America back on the path to prosperity.”

Announcing his support, Attorney General William Schneider said, “Governor Romney understands what this country is facing. He has spent his life turning failing businesses, including the 2002 Winter Olympics, into successful enterprises, and as governor, he balanced the budget without raising taxes. That is the kind of leadership we need to restore America’s greatness.”

Maine Elected Officials And Leaders Endorsing Mitt Romney:

William Schneider; Attorney General
Peter Cianchette; Former U.S. Ambassador
Dave Emery; Former U.S. Congressman
Jon Courtney; Senate Majority Leader
Ron Collins; State Senator
Richard Rosen; State Senator
Lois Snowe-Mello; State Senator
Bruce Bickford; State Representative
Richard Cebra; State Representative
Dean Cray; State Representative
Stacey Fitts; State Representative
Leslie Fossel; State Representative
Ken Fredette; State Representative
Peter Johnson; State Representative
Jim Donnelly; Former House Republican Leader
Josh Tardy; Former House Republican Leader
Rick Bennett; Former Senate President & RNC National Committeeman
Jan Staples; RNC National Committeewoman
Charlie Cragin; Former National Committeeman
Maureen Cragin; Retired Naval Captain and former Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs
Doris Russell; Former National Committeewoman
Hattie Bickmore; Former Maine Republican Party Chairman
Mark Ellis; Former Maine Republican Party Chairman
Steve Abbott; 2010 Republican Candidate for Governor
Jason Levesque; Former 2010 Republican Candidate for Congress
Tim Woodcock; Attorney and former Republican Candidate for Congress
Chris Gardiner; Washington County Chair
Howard Bickford: Wilton Town Republican Chair
David Coleman; Limerick Town Republican Chair
Gerald Morrison; Perry Town Republican Chair
Pat Percy; Phippsburg Town Republican Chair
Janet Plausse; Lincolnville Town Republican Chair
Jonathan Reisman; Cooper Town Republican Chair
George Sanborn; Poland Town Republican Chair
Glyneta Thomson; Surry Town Republican Chair
Ben Gilman; 2008 Maine State Victory Director
Ann Robinson; Co-Chair, Transition Team for Governor-Elect Paul LePage
Kathy Summers-Grice; General Consultant to the Maine Senate Republican Caucus
Halsey Frank
Merton Henry

Thank you, Mainers!


► Jayde Wyatt