New York Daily News Chooses Romney

Big news coming out of New York today…

The New York Daily News Editorial Board has weighed the prospects offered by both presidential candidates.

They’re backing Mitt Romney!

New York Daily News
Editorial
November 4, 2012
http://goo.gl/7WgX4

Our Choice For America’s Future

America’s heart, soul, brains and muscle — the middle- and working-class people who make this nation great — have been beset for too long by sapping economic decline.

Paychecks are shrunken after more than a decade in which the workplace has asked more of wage earners and rewarded them less. The decline has knocked someone at the midpoint of the salary scale back to where he or she would have been in 1996.

Then, the subway fare, still paid by token, was $1.50, gasoline was $1.23 a gallon and the median rent for a stabilized apartment was $600 a month. Today, the base MetroCard subway fare is $2.25, gasoline is in the $3.90 range and the median stabilized rent is $1,050, with all the increases outpacing wage growth.

Our leaders owed us better than lower standards of living, and we must have better if the U.S. is to remain a beacon of prosperity where mothers and fathers can be confident of providing for their children and seeing them climb higher on the ladder.

Revival of the U.S. as a land of opportunity and upward mobility is the central challenge facing the next President. The question for Americans: Who is more likely to accomplish the mission — Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?

Four years ago, the Daily News endorsed Obama, seeing a historic figure whose intelligence, political skills and empathy with common folk positioned him to build on the small practical experience he would bring to the world’s toughest job. We valued Obama’s pledge to govern with bold pragmatism and bipartisanship.

The hopes of those days went unfulfilled.

The official unemployment rate stands at 7.9%, marking only the second month below 8% after 43 months above that level. Worse, add people who are working part-time because they have no better choice and the rate leaps to almost 15%. Still worse, add 8 million people who have given up looking for employment and the number who are out of jobs or who are cobbling together hours to scrape by hits some 23 million people.

The regrettable truth is that Obama built a record of miscalculations and missed opportunities.

R.I.P. and never to be resurrected — Obama’s promised bipartisanship.

But those pluses and minuses pale in comparison with middle-class prospects in recommending whether to entrust Obama or Romney with the future.

Romney’s approach is the stronger.

Critically, he has tailored his policies to create jobs, jobs, jobs.

The centerpieces of Romney’s plan call for spending restraint and rewriting the Internal Revenue code to lower rates by 20%. He would make up much of the lost revenue by eliminating deductions and loopholes that have made the tax system a thicket of strangling complexities. On its own, paring the personal and corporate rules to the basics would catalyze business and consumer spending.

Romney has pledged that, as a group, the wealthy will bear no less a share of the burden than they do now, while individuals lower down would enjoy breaks. Many contest as mathematically impossible the Republican’s ability to cut rates and balance the books through tax reform. He disputes the points but, in an encouraging show of pragmatism, he has made clear that moving the nation toward balance may require sacrificing the size of his rate cut.

Romney’s energy plan calls for reemphasizing oil and natural gas production, in a shift away from Obama’s tilt toward trying to develop wind and solar into workable alternatives.

His proposal for Medicare would permit future retirees to choose between tried-and-true health care and private insurance to produce savings through competition. It took political bravery even to broach such concepts, and they are well worth exploring.

Offering a rosy vision of a country already on the rise, Obama argues that he would lead a resurgence by staying the course. He posits that spending in areas such as education and clean energy would be beneficial, and he sees raising taxes on high-income earners as key to “balanced” deficit reduction. Each on its own is attractive, but the whole comes up short.

The presidential imperative of the times is to energize the economy and get deficits under control to empower the working and middle classes to again enjoy the fruits of an ascendant America.

So The News is compelled to stand with Romney.


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Mitt Romney Delivers Big Laughs at Alfred E. Smith Dinner

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and Ann Romney are seated with Cardinal Timothy Dolan(second left) and President Barack Obama at the 76th annual Alfred E. Smith Dinner in New York. Oct 18, 2012
(Photo – Charles Dharapak)

Amid tuxedoed, evening toggery, Governor Mitt Romney handily charmed the audience at the 76th annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner tonight at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York. In the tradition of the yearly white tie, ‘roasty’ charity fundraiser for Catholic charities, Romney garnered great laughs poking fun at himself and President Obama. Throughout most of the evening, only host Cardinal Timothy Dolan separated Mitt and Ann Romney from Obama.

The event was a refreshing pause from the nitty-gritty election grind.

Romney’s timing and delivery were perfect. See for yourself:



Brilliant, simply brilliant! And, I must say, The Gov looked very dapper and Ann was dazzling.

See the whole thing, including Obama’s remarks, here.

UPDATE – Another great photo

UPDATE 2:

Our next President of the United States and First Lady, Mitt and Ann Romney.


UPDATE 3:

Romney and Obama share a laugh with Cardinal Timothy Dolan (Photo – AP)


What was running through Obama’s mind as he looked at Governor Romney?


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Presidential Debate #2: Crowley Butts In, Backs Off, Luntz Focus Group Liked Romney

Taking a cue from the Biden playbook, Barack Obama pulls a face and acts like he’s going to spring from his chair as Mitt Romney makes a point at the presidential debate held at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY on Oct 16, 2012. (photographer unknown)

The presidential debate action at Hempstead, New York, is in the can…

There were tense moments.

Pundits and politicians will be talking for days about the ‘terrorism’ Libya moment – the one where Obama water carrier moderator Candy CNN Crowley interrupted Mitt Romney to side with Obama by injecting her jaw-dropping version of fact-checker. Cutting off the Governor, she sided with the President on remarks he claimed he made in the Rose Garden the day after the attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Obama said he labeled the attacks as “terror” right away. After the Crowley butt-in, Obama then called from way back on his stool for Crowley to repeat her “fact” louder. Turns out, Obama and Crowley have nothing to crow about:

Democratic strategist Joe Trippi later said on FOX News that it looked like “the ref just threw the flag.”

After the debate, Crowley, who repeatedly cut Romney off, and when all was said and done, bequeathed Obama with 3 minutes and 14 seconds more speaking time than the Governor, tried to back off. She conceded that Romney was “right in the main.”

There’s so much I want to say about Ms. Crowley’s moderating, but I’ll constrain myself and just say she made a disgusting hash of it.

Someone else agrees with me:


After the debate, Frank Luntz (FOX News) conducted a focus group in Nevada of mostly former Obama voters. Romney impressed them. Here is Part 1:


Luntz began the discussion by asking participants for a word or phrase to describe Romney’s performance:

Forceful, presidential.”

Confident and realistic.”

Presidential.”

Presidential and enthusiastic.”

Our next president.”

Dynamo! Winner.”

Knowledgeable and sincere.”

Steady and articulate.”

Part 2 may be viewed here.

The 82 voters in the town hall setting were chosen by Gallup and Candy Crowley selected the questions. Romney walked into a stacked game but didn’t back down. Voters saw him as someone with strength, leadership, and a common-sense plan to move America forward. Obama was aggressive, pulled a few Biden-style faces, did a lot of bluffing, and threw in some blaming. He offered NO plan.

No wonder Independent swing-voters like Mitt Romney.

If you missed the fireworks, click here to watch the entire debate.

Ann Romney: Entertainment Tonight, Prescott Bush Awards Dinner, B-Day Cake ‘Trumps’ Fundraiser

Last night, the crew at Entertainment Tonight caught up with busy Ann Romney. Nancy O’Dell asked the former First Lady of Massachusetts a variety of questions, including queries about Saturday Night Live skits that skewer her and Governor Romney. Ann’s good humor won the evening: “Over the weekend we heard about it — our kids e-mailed us about it and we laughed about it.”

Mrs. Romney was also asked if she would ever appear on SNL (answer in video below).

Ms. O’Dell inquired about Ann’s health – her battle with cancer and ongoing challenges with multiple sclerosis. Opening up about the debilitating way M.S. affects her, Ann revealed a scare she had just before Super Tuesday. Here’s the interview:


I had such a nice time talking to her [Ann Romney]. She is such a strong woman.” ~ Nancy O’Dell

On Monday (April 23rd), the night before mini Super Tuesday elections, the former Massachusetts First Lady was in Stamford, Connecticut where she was the keynote speaker at the Prescott Bush Awards Dinner.

If you’re unfamiliar with the event, it’s named after United States Senator Prescott Sheldon Bush who represented Connecticut from 1952 until January 1963. He was the father of President George H. W. Bush (41), and grandfather to President George W. Bush (43) and 43rd Governor of Florida – Jeb Bush. The event sold out; it’s the biggest fundraiser of the year for the state GOP. This year, Tom Foley, who ran for governor in 2010, received the Prescott Bush Award. Foley was narrowly defeated by Democrat Dan Malloy.

Mrs. Romney regaled the crowd relating stories of the hard work and rewards of motherhood and shared the some of the challenges of her health. In 2002, when Governor Romney committed to take on the scandal-ridden Winter Olympic Games, her M.S. was so bad she could barely walk, but, with Mitt’s encouragement, she was able to carry the Olympic torch. She related how her husband and five boys cheered and got teary-eyed with love and pride when she completed the taxing accomplishment.

Ann spoke of the juggling act of motherhood:

“I know what it’s like to finish the laundry and to look in the basket five minutes later and it’s full again,” Romney said. “I know what it’s like to pull all the groceries in and see the teenagers run through and then all of sudden all of the groceries you just bought a few hours ago are gone. I know what it’s like to get up early in the morning and get them off to school. I know what it’s like get up in the middle of the night when they’re sick And I know what it’s like to struggle and to have those concerns that all mothers have.”
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“Some people think that I didn’t work,” Romney said. “I didn’t have help for many, many years.”

Romney said it was only after the birth of her youngest son, Craig, when she had to have emergency surgery, that she enlisted help with running the household.

Ann also spoke of the outpouring of encouragement she is receiving along the campaign trail and of the many women who have revealed they are praying for her:

“I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that because the days are long, the road is hard, the trials are there and I never know when I have this little gray cloud over my head when it’s going to start raining again,” Romney said. “And I do need everyone’s prayers.”

C-Span aired Ann’s excellent speech:

Ann Romney: “There is something going on out there in America. Traveling all over the United States has been amazing and I have met the most amazing people, especially women. These women are speaking to me about the economy, about the budget deficit, about their future. I have learned that people are ready for a change and for someone to come out and fix it.”

Readers have asked about the birthday party/fundraiser Melania Trump hosted for Ann Romney back on April 17th. In a nutshell, it was a great success!

(more…)

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.

New York: A Blizzard of Endorsements for Romney

A Christmasy horse-drawn carriage takes passengers for a snowy ride through Central Park in New York City, NY.

Yesterday Mitt Romney announced a blizzard of endorsements from the Empire State. 45 elected officials and grassroots leaders from New York say Romney is the best GOP candidate:

Announcing the support of the campaign’s New York leadership, Mitt Romney said, “I am so pleased to have the support of these New York leaders. They know how necessary it is that we create an economic climate that allows us to create jobs and rebuild the middle class. I look forward to working with my New York team in the months ahead to spread my message of a ‘Simpler, Smaller, and Smarter,’ federal government.

(emphasis added)

New York officials and leaders endorsing Romney (take a look at this list!):

• Congressman Michael Grimm
• Congresswoman Nan Hayworth
• Former Congresswoman Sue Kelly
• Former Congressman Rick Lazio
• Former Congressman Guy Molinari
• Former Congresswoman Susan Molinari
• Former Lieutenant Governor Mary Donohue
• Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards
• Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano
• Rockland County Executive Scott Vanderhoef
• Dutchess County Executive Elect Marc Molinaro
• Former Chemung County Executive Tom Tranter
• Allegany County Sheriff Rick Whitney
• Dutchess County Sheriff Adrian Anderson
• Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard
• Putnam County Sheriff Don Smith
• Allegany County Attorney Keith Slep
• New York City Councilor Eric Ulrich
• Former Assemby Minority Leader/ Candidate for Governor John Faso
• Former Deputy Secretary of State and Assemblyman John Hasper
• Former Assemblyman Jack Quinn III
• Former Chairman of the New York Port Authority and Power Authority Joseph Seymour
• State Party Executive Vice-Chairman Vinnie Reda
• Erie County GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy
• Nassau County GOP Chairman Joe Mondello
• Suffolk County GOP Chairman John Lavalle
• Albany County GOP Chairman Don Clarey
• Allegany County GOP Chairman Robert Christman
• Chautauqua County GOP Chairman Allan Hendrickson
• Clinton County GOP Chairman Don Lee
• Dutchess County GOP Chairman Mike McCormick
• Jefferson County GOP Chairman Donald Coon
• Niagra County GOP Chairman Michael Norris
• Schohaire County GOP Chairman Lewis Wilson
• Wayne County GOP Chairman Dan Olson
• Former Erie County GOP Chairman Jim Domagalski
• Former Erie County GOP Chairman Robert Davis
• Former Niagra County GOP Chairman Henry Wojtaszek
• Former Steunben County GOP Chairman Bill Hatch
• Romney New York State Director Rob Cole
• Former Chief of Staff to Governor George Pataki John Cahill
• Former Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor George Pataki Tom Doherty
• Former Communications Director to Governor George Pataki Mike Mckeon
• Former Political Director to Senator Al D’Amato Kraig Siracuse
• Conservative Party Committeewoman Laura Schreiner

Looks like the campaign elves are busy in New York!

► Jayde Wyatt

They Worked With Gingrich: Coburn & Molinari “NO to Newt!”

Two Republican legislators who served with Newt Gingrich in congress are speaking their minds…

NO to Newt!

Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) was interviewed by Chris Wallace on FOX News Sunday yesterday. At the end of the interview Coburn revealed that he would have difficulty supporting Newt Gingrich as the GOP nominee – due to his experience serving in the House while Gingrich was Speaker.

Senator Coburn’s remarks on Gingrich begin @10:17:

I am not inclined to be a supporter of Newt Gingrich’s having served under him for four years and experienced his leadership. Because I found it lacking often times.”

“There’s all kind of leaders, leaders that instill confidence and leaders that are somewhat abrupt, leaders that have one standard for the people that they are leading and a different standard for themselves.”

“I will have difficulty supporting him for president of the United States.”

Jonathan Adler from the National Review adds this:

Many who worked with or within the Republican Congressional majority during Gingrich’s tenure as Speaker feel much the same way. Senator Coburn is just the first to say what many have been thinking.



Fmr NY Congressman and fmr Staten Island Borough President Guy Molinari: “God help us if Newt Gingrich is elected president.” Dec 3, 2011



Guy Molinari, a former NY Congressman who also served with Speaker Gingrich, is on record saying: “Newt is evil. This guy is an evil person.” (Echoes of S.E. Cupp’s take on Gingrich, as well… She described him as “kind of a terrible person.”)

The thought that this man could be president of the United States is appalling,” said Molinari, whose enmity for Gingrich goes back to their days in the House together. “He’s got all kinds of baggage.”

Molinari claims that Gingrich bumped him from his slot as ranking Republican on the Investigations and Oversight subcommittee of the Public Works and Transportation Committee even though there was a written agreement not to do so.

This guy is evil,” Molinari said. “He’s an evil person.”

Molinari said that Gingrich’s double-cross “ended my career” in the House and led to him running for borough president in 1989.

Molinari, who endorsed Romney and heads his team in New York, on Dec 3rd further declared: Not Newt, not ever!

Guy Molinari, the Republican power broker and former Staten Island Beep, ripped Newt Gingrich as unfit to be president yesterday — a day before the front- running GOP candidate was set to attend a Tea Party rally in the borough.
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But Molinari, who served with Gingrich in Congress and supports Mitt Romney, rained on the former House speaker’s parade.

God help us if Newt Gingrich is elected president. I won’t vote for him. I love my country too much,” Molinari said.

Molinari, head of New Yorkers for Romney, said he had found Gingrich to be untrustworthy.

He said that Gingrich, as House GOP leader, broke his word and bumped him from a committee assignment.

It happened to so many others. How do you trust a guy like that? What kind of trust would he get from other parts of the world?” Molinari said.

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Delve into Gingrich’s baggage here.

Note: On October 8, 2011, Molinari also condemned Rick Perry’s attempt to introduce religious bigotry into the GOP race.

► Jayde Wyatt

Watch the self-proclaimed World’s Greatest Mitt Romney Song below the fold. (more…)

NY Congresswoman, M.D. Nan Hayworth: “Romney Will Make An Outstanding President”

New York Congresswoman
Nan Hayworth


A former Empire State ophthalmologist/surgeon, now Congresswoman, has endorsed Mitt Romney:

Boston, MA – Mitt Romney was endorsed today by New York Congresswoman Nan Hayworth.

“After three years, it is clear that President Obama’s budget-busting policies have not created jobs and have only added to our debt,” said Mitt Romney. “Congresswoman Hayworth has prioritized creating jobs and getting government spending under control. I hope, as president, to work with Nan to ensure that our children and grandchildren will not be the ones to shoulder trillions of dollars in debt they had no part in creating.”

14 million Americans need jobs,” said Congresswoman Nan Hayworth. “That’s why we have to fix our economy. Mitt Romney has proven as a governor and as a business leader that he can turn around tough situations and make things work. I have complete confidence in his ability to balance the federal budget, make the government efficient and effective, and ensure that all Americans have the opportunity they deserve and the prosperity they need. Mitt Romney is the right person to get us back to work, and he will make an outstanding president.”

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Background On Congresswoman Hayworth:

Congresswoman Hayworth’s accomplishments include mother, doctor, and businesswoman. She currently represents New York’s 19th district and serves on the House Financial Services Committee. In Congress, she has worked to reduce federal spending and lift regulatory burdens on job creators.

Read more about Hayworth’s background here and check out her facebook page here.

Welcome aboard, Congresswoman Hayworth!

► Jayde Wyatt

Chris Christie & New Yorkers Come Up with Cash for Romney

Gov Chris Christie’s lunch for Romney serves up the loot…

Christie fans boo$t Romney
By Carl Campanile
Updated: 10:19 AM, November 2, 2011

Thank you, Gov. Chris Christie.

The top New York financial boosters of the pugnacious New Jersey governor helped raise $375,000 for Mitt Romney’s campaign during a lunch at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel yesterday.

The donors — including billionaire Ken Langone and former NYSE chief Richard Grasso — initially backed a Christie bid for the White House but switched to Romney when Christie declined to run.

Romney even got some pinstripe love. Yankee President Randy Levine was one of the 140 donors kicking in $2,500 to help the former governor of Massachusetts, the home of Red Sox Nation.

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Christie said he was going to start generating cash for Romney.

He’s a man of his word.

He’ll be hosting another fundraiser for The Gov on December 12th.




H/t Paulee

► Jayde Wyatt

Romney Endorsed by AK Lt. Gov Treadwell, MS Senator Cochran, NY Fmr Congresswoman Molinari


From Alaska to Mississippi to New York, Mitt Romney continues to garner endorsements…

Alaska Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell Supports Romney

I am proud to announce the support of Lieutenant Governor Treadwell,” said Mitt Romney. “I look forward to working with him as I reach out to Alaska voters and work to get our economy on the right track again.”

Announcing his support, Lieutenant Governor Treadwell said, “Alaska’s agenda is to help America’s agenda: we produce energy, and help keep America strong. The current White House doesn’t get it. We need a leader like Mitt Romney who understands and who will help us help the country. As governor, he created thousands of jobs, balanced the state’s budget, and cut taxes. His record of results speaks for itself – that is why I am supporting him.”

Background on Lt. Gov. Treadwell:

Mead Treadwell Is The Lieutenant Governor Of Alaska. Prior to his election in 2010, Lt. Governor Treadwell served on the United States Arctic Research Commission and was designated the commission’s chair by President George W. Bush in 2006. An Arctic policy expert, he was previously the director of oil spill response for the city of Cordova as well as Alaska’s Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Environmental Conservation. In the private sector, he has helped create or turn around a number of technology and manufacturing companies. Lt. Governor Treadwell was a founding member of the Yukon Pacific Corporation and also served as president of the Millennium Society.


Mitt Romney Announces Support of Senator Thad Cochran

“I am pleased to have the support of Thad Cochran,” said Mitt Romney. “He understands that Mississippi voters are looking for someone who will bring jobs back to this country. He is a committed public servant, and I am grateful to have him stand with me in my campaign.”

Announcing his support, Senator Thad Cochran said, “Our country cannot afford another four years of President Obama’s policies. Mitt Romney has the pro-growth message and the unmatched experience that will be required to improve our economy. I am proud to support him.”

Background On Senator Thad Cochran:

Senator Thad Cochran Was First Elected To Represent Mississippi In The United States Senate In 1978. He is Ranking Member of the Committee on Appropriations as well as a member of the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry and the Committee on Rules and Administration. Before entering the Senate, Cochran represented Mississippi’s 4th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He also served in the U.S. Naval Reserve and practiced law.


Former New York Congresswoman Susan Molinari Endorses Mitt Romney

“I am honored to have the support of Susan Molinari,” said Mitt Romney. “She understands that voters in New York and across America are tired of Obama’s failed and expensive policies. I am glad to have her help in my efforts to defeat President Obama, restore economic growth, and create jobs.”

Announcing her support, Susan Molinari said, “Obama’s big government spending has failed to get Americans back to work. Mitt Romney understands what it will take to improve our economy. His sound economic plan is based on his real world experience as a successful businessman. As Governor of Massachusetts, he reined in spending and balanced the budget without raising taxes. Washington needs this kind of principled and pragmatic leadership.”

Background On Susan Molinari:

Susan Molinari Represented New York In The U.S. House Of Representatives From 1990 To 1997. While in Congress, she served on the House Budget Committee and was elected to the Republican Majority Leadership. Previously, she worked for the Republican Governors Association and the Republican National Committee. She was also elected to the New York City Council.

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