Obama in NC: ‘Pass This Bill’ Tour, Disagreeing Democrats

President Obama gestures while touting his $447 billion jobs plan at N. Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC today. It was his third road trip since unveiling his jobs plan last week. 9/14/11 (photo/AP)


“Pass this bill now… pass this bill now… pass this bill now…”

While President Obama visited North Carolina today on his re-elect me ‘pass this bill’ tour – where unemployment is over 10% and hundreds of thousands are out of work – some of his fellow Democrats confirm his ‘Jobs Plan’ won’t help the economy.

President Obama’s failed policies have not worked for North Carolina:

• In July, The Unemployment Rate In North Carolina Climbed To 10.1%. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, 9/14/11)

• Over 450,000 North Carolinians Were Unemployed In July. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, 9/14/11)

• North Carolina Has Lost More Than 140,000 Nonfarm Payroll Jobs Since President Obama Took Office – Including 22,000 Jobs Since April. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, 9/14/11)

As Obama leaves Washington for the day, Senate Democrats reveal their feelings about his Jobs Plan:

Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA):

“Terrible … We shouldn’t increase taxe on ordinary income. … There are other ways to get there.” (Manu Raju, “Hill Dems Pick Apart Obama Jobs Plan,” Politico, 9/14/11)

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA):

“Maybe it’s just for his election, which I hope isn’t the case.” (Manu Raju, “Hill Dems Pick Apart Obama Jobs Plan,” Politico, 9/14/11)

Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE):

“I think the best jobs bill that can be passed is a comprehensive long-term deficit reduction plan… That’s better than everything else the President is talking about – combine.” (Manu Raju, “Hill Dems Pick Apart Obama Jobs Plan,” Politico, 9/14/11)

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE):

“I’ve made it clear I’m looking for [tax] cuts, so I’m very hopeful there will be cuts.” (Manu Raju, “Hill Dems Pick Apart Obama Jobs Plan,” Politico, 9/14/11)

Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK):

“On The pay-fors, I have a problem.” (Manu Raju, “Hill Dems Pick Apart Obama Jobs Plan,” Politico, 9/14/11)

As President Obama campaigns for a jobs plan that some Democrats openly disagree with, nearly eight in ten Americans believe the economy is getting worse:

Gallup’s Economic Confidence Index released on September 14th is at its lowest point since February 2009.

“Americans’ confidence in the U.S. economy is now at its lowest point since February 2009 – near the conclusion of the recession that officially ended in June 2009. Gallup’s Economic Confidence Index was -52 in August, above its financial crisis lows, but much lower than the -21 to -35 range measured from June 2009 to June 2011.” (Lymari Morales and Elizabeth Mendes, “Three Years After Crisis, Little Sign Of Economic Relief In U.S.,” Gallup.com, 9/14/11)

77 % of Americans polled by Gallup in August said the economy is getting worse.

“Americans’ current level of economic confidence – which represents their views on the current state and future direction of the nation’s economy – is decidedly negative. Seventy-seven percent said the economy was getting worse in August, the highest – by far – since February 2009, the month in which Congress passed a $787 billion stimulus bill in hopes of lifting the U.S. economy out the depths of the recession.” (Lymari Morales and Elizabeth Mendes, “Three Years After Crisis, Little Sign Of Economic Relief In U.S.,” Gallup.com, 9/14/11)



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Many Endorsements from MA for Mitt Romney

Aerial view of downtown Boston, Massachusetts ● Mitt Romney has received a slate of endorsements from legislators in The Bay State. Sept 14, 2011

Impressive!

Yesterday, Mitt Romney announced that he has been endorsed by 33 of the 36 Republicans in the Massachusetts legislature:

I am pleased to announce my endorsements from the Massachusetts legislature,” said Mitt Romney. “For years, I have worked hard with many of these leaders to fight for reform, jobs, and lower spending in Massachusetts. Now, I look forward to working with them during my campaign to get our country on the right track and lead the country out of this economic downturn.”

Announcing his support, House Minority Leader Brad Jones said, “After working closely with Mitt Romney during his time as governor, I know he is the right person to lead our country. Unlike our current president, Mitt Romney had a record of results as governor.”

(emphasis added)

Massachusetts Legislative Endorsements:

Bradley Jones, House Minority Leader
George Peterson, House Assistant Minority Leader
Bradford Hill, House Minority Whip
Elizabeth Poirier, House Assistant Minority Whip
Robert Hedlund, Senate Assistant Minority Leader
Richard Ross, Senate Minority Whip
Paul Adams, State Representative
Jay Barrows, State Representative
Richard Bastien, State Representative
Matthew Beaton, State Representative
Nicholas Boldyga, State Representative
Vinny deMacedo, State Representative
Angelo D’Emilia, State Representative
Geoff Diehl, State Representative
Peter Durant, State Representative
Ryan Fattman, State Representative
Kimberly Ferguson, State Representative
Paul Frost, State Representative
Susan Gifford, State Representative
Sheila Harrington, State Representative
Steven Howitt, State Representative
Donald Humason, State Representative
Randy Hunt, State Representative
Kevin Kuros, State Representative
Steven Levy, State Representative
Marc Lombardo, State Representative
Shaunna O’Connell, State Representative
George Ross, State Representative
Todd Smola, State Representative
David Vieira, State Representative
Daniel Webster, State Representative
Daniel Winslow, State Representative
Donald Wong, State Representative

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Romney Heads West to Strengthen Claim in Arizona

Nestled in a desert valley, the border city of Tucson, Arizona is where Governor Mitt Romney will hold a business roundtable meeting today. Sept 14, 2011


Mitt Romney will begin a full day in the southern part of the majestic Grand Canyon State today and work his way north. Here’s a look at his schedule:

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tucson
Event: Mitt Romney Holds A Business Roundtable
When: 9:30 AM MST
Location: Jim Click Ford Lincoln East Dealership
6244 East 22nd Street

Sun Lakes (near Chandler)
Event: Mitt Romney Holds A Town Hall Meeting
When: 3:00 PM MST
Location: The Oakwood Clubhouse at Sun Lakes
24218 South Oakwood Boulevard

Tempe
fundraiser – Tempe Center for the Arts

Mitt Romney’s visit today officially kicks off the 2012 presidential campaign in Arizona, an important GOP battleground state that now is set to have an earlier-than-most primary.

Romney, a former Republican Massachusetts governor who is coming off a strong performance in Monday’s CNN/Tea Party Express GOP debate, is staking out ground in a state that, despite its size, is ground zero for issues that resonate on a national level and will play well in the battle for the Republican nomination.

Those include illegal immigration and border security, the economy, the mortgage meltdown and Social Security.

South Carolina GOP to leapfrog AZ primary
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Monday ended speculation about the date of the state’s presidential-preference election by issuing a proclamation declaring that it will be held Feb. 28, the same day as South Carolina’s Republican primary and a week before Super Tuesday, March 6. Brewer had flirted with moving the date to Jan. 31, a decision that could have upended the entire primary calendar by forcing traditional early states Iowa and New Hampshire to shift their dates into December.

South Carolina still is threatening to move up its primary, and Arizona, because it is violating party rules by holding its primary before March 6, faces the penalty of losing 50 percent of its delegates to the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

Brewer also has persuaded the Republican National Committee to tentatively authorize a GOP presidential debate for Arizona, which also could raise the state’s profile during the primary season.

Arizona’s presidential-preference election is early enough to be important but late enough that some of the more minor contenders will have been “winnowed out,” said Patrick Kenney, director of Arizona State University’s School of Politics and Global Studies.

By late February, the GOP could be down to Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who has been leading Romney in the polls but who came under fire in Monday’s debate from conservative rivals such as Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.

Perry took shots over his immigration policies, which some opponents suggested were too liberal, and for a controversial 2007 executive order that required girls to receive a new vaccine against human papillomavirus, or HPV, a sexually transmitted disease that can be a precursor to cervical cancer.
[...]
Kenney said none of the GOP White House hopefuls can afford to forfeit and ignore Arizona early on.

“I think any state, prior to and including Super Tuesday, is considered important by all of the candidates,” he said.

Members of Tucson’s Hispanic Chamber of Commerce hope Romney focuses on job growth in their area:

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“Definitely hoping he focuses on job growth here and addresses the need for skilled workers, education and investment in our Tucson market,” said Danielle Duarte, with the Young Professionals.

Leaders of the Hispanic Chamber agree, especially since Arizona’s unemployment rate is hovering around 9.4%.

President of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Lea Marquez Peterson says job growth is a concern for many people in the area.
[...]
“As we know, just in the Tucson area over 90% of our businesses are small businesses so what can the federal government do to stimulate small business recovery.”

Romney is in Sheriff Joe Arpaio country…

In preparation for his visit, Romney phoned Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a Western icon for his advocacy of tough immigration reform. Arpaio granted Romney his support over fellow Arizonan John McCain four years ago, in part over differences on immigration. He wants to give the full field a good look this time before he decides whom to back. It’s not surprising, then, that Romney aides have called Arpaio weekly recently to court him for another endorsement.

(emphasis added to articles)

Rick Perry, Herman Cain, and Michele Bachmann are also courting Sheriff Joe. Cain has met with him personally and Bachmann is meeting with him today. Arpaio says he won’t offer his support to anyone until he has been asked for it directly.

Gov Romney, ask for Arpaio’s support today!

► Jayde Wyatt

~UPDATE from Ross

Here’s a summary of Mitt’s time in Arizona.

Romney Fundraiser in Denver: Recap and Full Video

Denver, Colorado

Directly on the heels of receiving a second round of Colorado endorsements, Mitt Romney held a luncheon fundraiser in downtown Denver on Friday. I was fortunate enough to be among the 100 or so attendees to hear Governor Romney give about a 15 minute speech and then take several questions from audience members.

Many of the state’s public officials who have endorsed Mitt were there including Attorney General John Suthers and Secretary of State Scott Gessler. Mark DeMoss was a surprise guest at the event. He is the founder of the DeMoss Group, an evangelical Christian public relations firm out of Atlanta.

Mitt began by talking about his experience in the last GOP debate at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California. Much of the rest of his speech was spent stressing his economic credentials, touting American exceptionalism, and pointing out President Obama’s failures in office. Mitt did not hesitate to call out Rick Perry during the Q&A session for labeling social security “a ponzi scheme”. Romney referenced to his book, No Apology, for possible solutions to the issue, but the main point was that social security should be saved not ended. It appears that this is an issue Mitt and other Republican candidates will try to use against Governor Perry.

Mitt was sharp and on top of his game as usual. The speech was full of stories, facts, insights, and a good dose of self-deprecating humor. Every time I hear him speak I am even more convinced that this is the man who should be leading our country. No one else in this presidential race possesses the combination of knowledge and successful experience that Mitt has.

Please enjoy the videos I filmed at the fundraiser. I apologize if the picture is a little shaky at times. My arm was just a little bit cramped after holding my phone in that position for 15 and 20 minutes at a time.

The Speech

The Q&A

Questions asked during Q&A:
1) What are your thoughts on card check, labor unions, and right to work?
2) How can we make sure budget cuts are to unnecessary administrators and not essential services?
3) What is your reaction to Obama’s jobs speech?
4) How do you let the average American know you are for the middle class?
5) What do you think of Governor Perry’s stance on social security?
6) What will the first week of a Romney administration look like?

CNN/Tea Party Pres. Debate: Favorable Reviews for Mitt Romney

GOP presidential candidates appear on stage at the CNN/Tea Party debate last night in Tamp, FL. 9/12/11 (photo by David and Holloway/CNN)

What a night for Mitt Romney at the GOP CNN/Tea Party debate in Tampa, Florida! He more than held his own and by some early accounts – won – in a crowd that clearly had a likin’ for Rick Perry (although Perry faded in the last half; the crowd didn’t like his gardasil vaccine mandate and he received boo’s on his immigration stance.)

The reviews…

The Weekly Standard – Fred Barnes (my favorite article)

Romney’s Win

If a debate more than four months before the first vote is cast can influence the outcome of a presidential nomination race, the debate last night among eight Republicans should aid Mitt Romney’s candidacy. Seldom has there been as clear a winner.

Romney was crisp and succinct, prepared and focused, and aggressive in going after his chief rival for the GOP presidential nomination, Texas governor Rick Perry, when he needed to be. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, showed once again that he’s a far better candidate now than he was four years ago.

He did well in these instances, among others: spelling out the differences between the health care plan he championed in Massachusetts and Obamacare; explaining the problem with the Fair Tax is that it gives short shrift to the middle class; pointing out the built-in advantages Perry has in Texas in governing successfully; and refraining from boasting, except to say that “if America needs a turnaround, that’s what I do.”

Romney challenged Perry on Social Security at the outset of the debate, which was held in Florida and billed as a collaboration of CNN and various Tea Party organizations. It was Tea Party people who asked the questions, mostly better ones than a panel of reporters or pundits would probably have asked.

The first question was on Social Security, which Perry has called a Ponzi scheme and a failure. Romney has suggested Perry’s view makes him unelectable.

When Perry didn’t back down from those comments, Romney jumped in with questions, and host Wolf Blitzer let him proceed. Romney asked Perry about his recent book in which he said Social Security is unconstitutional and might be better run by the states.

Perry didn’t have a ready answer, or at least not a persuasive one. Nor did he offer the one thing that I expected from him in the debate: a Perry plan for fixing Social Security’s looming insolvency. [...]
[...]
Back to Romney. The candidates were asked what they’d bring to the White House – what thing. Romney gave the best answer after repeating the Winston Churchill quotation that America always does the right thing after trying everything else first. He said he’d bring the bust of Churchill, sent away by President Obama, back to the White House.

The Daily Beast - Howard Kurtz

[…] Romney seized control of the tempo in what may have been his strongest performance so far. He seemed at ease taking the fight to Perry and got the better of their heated exchanges. The former Massachusetts governor was clearly trying to position himself as the reassuring grownup on stage and Perry as the fearmonger.

Let’s unpack their verbal clash and see what it tells us about each man and his strategy.

Perry tried to clean up his mess from last week’s MSNBC debate, when he attacked Social Security as a Ponzi scheme without suggesting how he might fix it. This time he offered those near retirement age a “slam-dunk guarantee” they’d get their benefits before hailing his own “courage” in criticizing the ailing system.

Romney didn’t miss a beat, calling Perry’s Ponzi language “over the top” and “frightful” before delivering his strongest punch: that the Texan had called Social Security unconstitutional and “not something the federal government ought to be involved in.”

The Fix (The Washington Post) – Chris Cillizza

WINNERS

Mitt Romney: Four debates. Four times Romney has wound up in the winner’s circle. It’s not a coincidence. Romney proved yet again that he is the best debater in this field with another solid performance in which he effectively downplayed his liabilities on health care and accentuated his strengths on jobs and the economy. Romney played more offense than he has in previous debates, taking the fight to Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Social Security. He also got a major assist from Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.) and former senator Rick Santorum (Pa.), both of whom relentlessly bashed Perry. But that’s how debates work. Romney also, smartly, ignored the tea party audience in the hall — who occasionally booed him — and focused his messaging on the much broader audience of people watching the debate on CNN.

More good reading after the fold…

(more…)

Romney Ready For CNN/Tea Party Presidential Debate in Florida

Here’s the low down on the show down in Tampa tonight…

The CNN/Tea Party GOP presidential debate begins tonight at 8:00 PM EST in Tampa, Florida. Wolf Blitzer (CNN) will moderate:

CNN and the Tea Party Express, along with more than 100 local tea party groups from every state across the country, will team up Monday, September 12 to present a first-of-its-kind debate from the site of the 2012 Republican National Convention: Tampa, Florida. Eight Republican presidential contenders will face questions from moderator and lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer during the two-hour event, which will air live on CNN from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. from the Florida State Fairgrounds. The debate will focus on a wide-range of topics, including the role, size and scope of government, with a specific emphasis on issue number one to tea party members and all Americans: the economy.

In addition to questions from Blitzer, audience members inside the debate hall, made up in part by members from tea party groups in 31 states and the District of Columbia, will be invited to ask questions directly to the candidates. Questions will also be taken live from tea party members at debate watch parties in Phoenix, Ariz.; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Portsmouth, Virginia. Online, CNN will solicit questions via comments on CNNPolitics.com, the CNN Politics Facebook page, and by using the #CNNTeaParty hashtag on Twitter.

(emphasis added)

Debate preparation preview:

Tim Pawlenty, Romney’s new National Campaign Co-Chair will be a guest of The Gov’s at tonight’s debate.

DEBATE OPTIONS:
TV
CNN – 8 PM EST- 10PM
CNN replay- 11 PM EST – 1:00 AM

LIVEstream:
Here and here

The debate will be available via live stream in the CNN Apps for iPhone, iPad and Android.

Expect a ROBUST exchange between Gov Romney and Rick Perry tonight. So, Mitt supporters, pop some corn, pop open your laptop, and pop in right here on MRC chat to join the fun when the debate begins!

Go get ‘em, Mitt!


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SC Boeing Plant: Romney & Natl Co-Chair Tim Pawlenty Tour, Romney Gives Labor Policy Speech

Undeterred by a National Labor Relations Board lawsuit, Boeing opened their new plant in N. Charleston, SC on June 10, 2011. Mitt Romney and new Natl Campaign Co-chair Tim Pawlenty toured the facility today. Sept 12, 2011 (photo/Steve Wilhelm)

Before making his way to Florida for the presidential debate this evening, Governor Mitt Romney toured a Boeing plant in South Carolina. At his side was new National Co-Chair of Romney’s campaign – Governor Tim Pawlenty.

Romney then delivered a union policy speech to a crowd in N. Charleston; he was introduced by Pawlenty.

Romney, in North Charleston, takes aim at NLRB

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney appeared in North Charleston today with his former rival and newest supporter, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

Pawlenty praised Romney as “the most capable, most knowledgeable, most electable candidate in the race so far.”

Flanked by screens showing the outline of a jetliner, Romney flew into the Lowcountry today to launch his campaign here by talking labor policy and taking aim at the National Labor Relations Board and its lawsuit against Boeing.

Both Romney and Pawlenty toured Boeing’s new manufacturing plant here, the plant that triggered the board’s action. At issue is whether Boeing illegally weakened unions in Washington state by choosing South Carolina – a right to work state – for the plant.

Romney accused Obama of putting “labor stooges on the NLRB to pursue a political payback strategy,” a claim that drew his first applause from the audience.

The National Labor Relations Board (NRLB) has sued Boeing, alleging the $750 million plant was built in South Carolina to avoid unionized labor in Washington state. South Carolina is a strong right-to-work state.

SC Gov. Nikki Haley has been strongly critical of the Obama administration because of the NLRB suit against Boeing.

SC State Treasurer Curtis Loftis, Chairman of the Romney campaign in SC, was also present for The Gov’s speech. In fact, he has a message for America:

South Carolina State Treasurer Curtis Loftis at Mitt Romney's union speech in N. Charleston, SC today. Loftis is Chairman of the Romney campaign in SC. 9/12/11 (click on image to enlarge)

CHECK BACK: If video of Romney’s speech becomes available, we’ll post it here.

More:

On Monday, Romney also named William Kilberg, the lead counsel for Boeing in the ongoing dispute, as a co-chairman of his Labor Policy Advisory Group. Kilberg will help “shape the policies I am proposing to return power from the labor bosses to the workers and businesses that can get our economy going again,” Romney said in a statement.

Boeing, when they decided where they were going to build their new expansion facility, chose South Carolina, chose America,” Romney said in the speech. “The folks that are their No. 1 competitor, Airbus, chose China for their expansion. … Boeing did the right thing. Boeing should not be punished for doing the right thing. Boeing should be celebrated and encouraged.”

The issue has become important in key state South Carolina, where Gov. Nikki Haley (R) has repeatedly called on Obama, along with the Republican presidential candidates, to state his position on the lawsuit.

(emphasis added to articles)

Tim Pawlenty will join Gov Romney as a guest this evening at the GOP debate in Florida.

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Rick Perry Says Social Security Shouldn’t Exist on Federal Level, Romney Says Fix It

Gov Mitt Romney and Gov Rick Perry spar at the GOP presidential debate held at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, CA on September 7, 2011. (Photo AP/Jae C. Hong)

It’s the hot issue politicos are buzzing about…

At the GOP presidential debate this week, Rick Perry’s comments that “social security is a ponzi scheme” and Mitt Romney’s response has caused more than a few eyebrows to knit together. The subject will surely be pursued at the next debate on Monday in Tampa, FL, and may well be a defining issue throughout the entire campaign. For these reasons, we bring you a few opinions we’ve heard in the last couple of days.

Former NH governor John Sununu offered his critique of the debate (and Obama’s jobs creation speech):

Washington Post

Former New Hampshire governor John Sununu never lacked for candor, not in his home state nor when he served as chief of staff in the George H.W. Bush administration.

In a telephone interview, he told me that he was “a little surprised” Texas Gov. Rick Perry wasn’t better prepared on the Social Security question during Wednesday’s Reagan Library debate. “I got a little worried for him. If he is the nominee, the Democrats are going to have a silver bullet. I would have thought he’d have a strategy to mend what’s in the book,” he said in reference to Perry’s “Fed Up!”

Former NH Governor John Sununu

Sununu said he has narrowed down his nominee choice to Perry or Mitt Romney and will make up his mind in mid- to late October after a series of debates. Why not former Utah governor Jon Huntsman? “He’s too in love with President Obama,” he said bluntly. “He’s got to get the courage to . . . join the rest of the Republicans to talk about the problems this president has caused.” He also found Huntsman’s remark on “nation-building at home” to be “ridiculous.”

As for President Obama’s jobs speech, Sununu thought the somewhat-angry tone stemmed from a desire to “have enough energy in the speech. It was an ‘I’m back from Martha’s Vineyard’ attitude.”
[...]
As for the New Hampshire primary, Sununu explained that voters in the state “are willing to sacrifice a little on personal ideology” in order to find the most electable candidate, because they are “petrified of this president.” Sununu warned the presidential candidates that voters there are looking for substance. “There has to be sufficient detail to contrast with the policies that haven’t worked,” he said.
[...]

Governor Chris Christie on ‘ponzi scheme’ Perry:
September 8, 2011

LAMBERTVILLE – Gov. Chris Christie sides with his northern – not southern – neighbor in the latest prez flap over Social Security.

In last night’s presidential debate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry called Social Security a Ponzi scheme and a failure, setting up a flashpoint moment with former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney, who said the federal program wasn’t a failure but needs to be fixed.

“I’m going to let them have their fight,” Christie told reporters here, “but in general it’s incorrect to say that Social Security is a failure. I would disagree with that statement.”

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann had this to say:
September 9, 2011

Without naming names but clearly targeting Rick Perry, Rep. Michele Bachmann told Radio Iowa that lawmakers have to “keep faith” with current Social Security beneficiaries.

Said Bachmann: “That’s wrong for any candidate to make senior citizens believe that they should be nervous about something they have come to count on.

During an appearance on FOX & Friends Weekend this morning, Mike Huckabee was asked for his opinion on Perry’s ‘ponzi scheme’ stance and Governor Romney’s position at the presidential debate. Several MRC supporters, including myself, looked for the video. We found it, but the Romney segment was not included. In a nutshell, Huckabee basically said Perry’s wording was wrong and that Mitt had it right.

Today On FOX News Watch, conservative radio talk show host Tammy Bruce and Democratic campaign consultant Doug Schoen both agreed that Perry’s words on social security at the debate, and the impression he left, was detrimental to him. Schoen said it was definitely an issue for Perry – possibly lethal. Bruce commented that it was the impression Perry left – that people won’t elect a bully.




In his book Fed Up, Rick Perry questions the existence of social security:

“Perry Is Saying Things In This Campaign That No Presidential Candidate Has Said In Decades, Not The Least Of Which Is An Unrelenting Attack On Social Security.” (Paul Burka, “Not Like Other Politicians,” Texas Monthly, 8/30/11)

Despite his campaign’s efforts to separate the candidate and his position, Perry’s approach to social security is clear…


Perry does not believe social security should exist. He asks: “Why Is The Federal Government Even In The Pension Program…? Let The States Do It.” PERRY: “When you look at Social Security, it’s broke. … Get it back to the states. Why is the federal government even in the pension program or the health care delivery program? Let the states do it. … That, I will suggest to you, is one of the ways this federal government can get out of our business, save a lot of money and get back to that Constitutional way of doing business in those enumerated powers that they’re supposed to have.” (MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” 11/5/10)

Perry: “By Any Measure, Social Security Is A Failure.” (Rick Perry, Fed Up, P. 62, 2010)

• “Rick Perry Describes Social Security As A ‘Violent’ Attack On Core American Values.” (Maggie Haberman And Alexander Burns, “Perry Book A Treasure Trove For Foes,” Politico, 9/2/11)

Perry: “I Challenge Anybody To Stand Up And Defend The Social Security Program That We Have Today.” (Andrew Romano, “Rick Perry On The Record,” The Daily Beast, 8/12/11)

Perry: “We Must … Get This Government Back To The Limited Form That Our Founding Fathers Sought. Let The States [Decide] How To Run The Pensions.” PERRY: “There’s a number of things in that book that will strike Americans as horrifying. And we must, as a people, get put back in the box. Get this government back to the limited form that our founding fathers sought. Let the states, whether it is how to run Medicaid, how to run the pensions.” (Fox’s “On The Record With Greta Van Susteren,” 11/8/10)

Regarding social security, Perry doesn’t “think our Founding Fathers … were thinking about a Federally operated program of pensions…” PERRY: “I don’t think our founding fathers when they were putting the term “general welfare” in there were thinking about a federally operated program of pensions nor a federally operated program of health care. What they clearly said was that those were issues that the states need to address. Not the federal government.” (Andrew Romano, “Rick Perry On The Record,” The Daily Beast, 8/12/11)

Perry hasn’t “backed off anything” in his book:
In Fed Up!, Perry says social security is in place “at the expense of respect for the Constitution.” “Social Security is something that we’ve been forced to accept for more than 70 years now. […] at the expense of respect for the Constitution and limited government.” (Rick Perry, Fed Up!, 2010, p. 50)

Perry: “I haven’t backed off anything in my book.” “[Perry] threw cold water on his own campaign’s efforts to portray his [Social Security] position in a more tempered light. ‘I haven’t backed off anything in my book. So read the book again and get it right,’ he said.” (Michael Muskal, “Rick Perry Sticks To Claim That Social Security Is A Scam,” Los Angeles Times, 8/29/11)
(emphasis added)




Check out Governor Romney’s new flier here.



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Romney to Tour Boeing Plant in SC, Deliver Labor Policy Speech


Workers add infrastructure to piece of fuselage at a Boeing-operated plant in N. Charleston, South Carolina (June 10, 2008). Mitt Romney will will be in SC on Monday, Sept 12, 2011, to tour Boeing. After the tour, he will deliver a labor policy speech. (photo Brad Nettles/AP)


Looking ahead…

Before taking his place onstage at the next presidential debate (Monday, Sept 12th in Tampa, FL), Mitt Romney will first pay a visit that same day to the beautiful state of South Carolina to tour Boeing. Boeing is being sued by the National Labor Relations Board (NRLB) for building a plant in SC in what they view as retaliation for union strikes against the Boeing plant in Washington state.

While there, Governor Romney will also deliver a policy speech on unions which will include a proposed executive order giving workers a secret ballot option and opt-out from membership in a union. He spoke of this executive order earlier in the week at Senator Jim DeMint’s Palmetto Freedom Forum in Columbia, SC. To listen to Romney’s comments on unions, including right-to-work legislation, click here (2nd video @7:49).

PostandCourier.com

COLUMBIA — White House hopeful Mitt Romney will wade into the union fight over the Boeing Company’s decision to locate in right-to-work South Carolina when he delivers a policy speech on labor after he tours the North Charleston plant Monday.

Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, will tour the facility in advance of the presidential debate in Tampa, Fla., later that day. Romney said at a GOP presidential forum in Columbia on Labor Day that union is not a bad word in itself, but the powerful labor organizations need to be kept in check.

The lawsuit that the National Labor Relations Board brought against Boeing for locating in South Carolina, considered an anti-union state by some, is the best example of why Romney wants to reverse the labor policies put forward by President Barack Obama, according to Romney’s campaign.

Gov. Nikki Haley said she welcomes Romney’s visit and his ideas. Haley, also a Republican, has been adamant in her fight against the labor board for its complaint against Boeing.

We appreciate not just the talk but the action Governor Romney has taken to understand and highlight the challenges NLRB has brought upon Boeing,” Haley said in a statement Friday. “It is a strong sign to the people of our state that he is focused on our jobs.”

(emphasis added)

Highlights from Romney’s labor policy speech:

• Romney’s labor policy will focus on free enterprise, free choice and free speech.
• Labor laws must be carried out even-handedly to provide businesses with the certainty they need to grow and thrive.
• The law must be clear: Any company is free to invest anywhere it wants.
• Workers have a right to vote on whether to unionize by secret ballot. That is a position that South Carolinians overwhelmingly support. In November, 86 percent of state voters approved a constitutional amendment that requires union elections to be conducted by secret ballot.
• Romney opposes so-called snap elections, or ambush elections, for votes on whether a company should unionize. He wants to build in protections that will ensure employers have time to protect their legal rights and talk to workers about the downsides of unions.
• Unions should raise cash for political contributions the same way any other business or supporter would, by asking for donations, not using paycheck dues to fund donations.



Governor Romney endorsed Haley when she sought South Carolina’s gubernatorial seat last fall.

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Romney Receives Endorsements From Officials in Maryland & New Hampshire

As evening falls, lights from Baltimore, Maryland, are reflected in the city harbor. Mitt Romney received 25 endorsements from the Old Line State yesterday. Sept 9, 2011

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More endorsements today for Mitt Romney…

Maryland – Mitt Romney receives support:
September 8, 2011

It is an honor to have the support of so many in Maryland,” said Mitt Romney. “They share my goals in this campaign to reverse President Obama’s failed policies and get our economy moving again. I look forward to working with them as I bring this message to Maryland and the American people.”

Announcing his support, State Senator Richard Colburn said, “Mitt Romney has a proven record of creating jobs and cutting spending. President Obama has failed on these points and it has hurt the American economy. Mitt Romney has the much-needed experience to lead our country toward an economic recovery.”

Maryland Leaders Endorsing Mitt Romney:

• State Senator Richard Colburn
• State Senator Joe Getty
• State Senator Allan Kittleman
• Delegate Kathryn Afzali
• Delegate John Cluster
• Delegate Addie Eckardt
• Delegate Donald Elliott
• Delegate Michael Hough
• Delegate Nic Kipke
• Delegate Steven Schuh
• Former United States Ambassador to New Zealand Robert Goodwin
• National Committeeman Louis Pope
• National Committeewoman Joyce Terhes
• 2010 Republican Candidate for Lieutenant Governor and Former Secretary of State Mary Kane
• Former Maryland Republican Party Chairman John Kane
• Former Maryland Republican Party Chairman Audrey Scott
• Former Maryland Republican Party First Vice Chair Chris Cavey
• Former Maryland Republican Party First Vice Chair Chuck Gast
• Maryland Republican Party Treasurer Christopher Rosenthal
• Garrett County Republican Party Chairman Brenda Butcsher
• Howard County Republican Party Chairman Loretta Shields
• Montgomery County Republican Party Chairman Mark Uncapher
• Frederick County Councilman Paul Smith
• Howard County Councilman Greg Fox
• State Central Committee Member – St. Mary’s County Mary Russell

Quite a list!



New Hampshire State Senator Chuck Morse Endorses Mitt Romney
September 8, 2011

Boston, MA – Mitt Romney announced today that New Hampshire State Senator and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Morse (R-Salem) endorsed his candidacy for President of the United States. Senator Morse joins Senators Jack Barnes (R-Raymond), Jim Rausch (R-Derry) and Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro) in supporting Governor Romney.

Chuck Morse has been a leader in the fight to cut spending, reduce taxes and limit government in the Granite State. Over the past year, he helped craft one of the most fiscally responsible state budgets in the country that has put New Hampshire on a path toward prosperity,” said Mitt Romney. “I am proud to have his support and look forward to campaigning with him in the months ahead.”

NH State Senator and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Morse (R-Salem) has endorsed Mitt Romney for president. 9/8/11

Announcing his support, Senator Morse said, “As a small business owner, I believe we need a fiscally conservative president who understands how the real economy works and how jobs are created. With over 25 years of experience in the private sector, Mitt Romney has the skills needed to turn around our struggling economy, get our exploding deficits under control and put people back to work. He is the right leader to confront the enormous challenges facing our country, and I am proud to support him.”

Background On Chuck Morse:

Chuck Morse is the Chairman of the New Hampshire State Senate Finance Committee. He was elected in 2010 to represent Salem, Pelham, Atkinson and Plaistow after having previously served in the State Senate from 2002-2006 and two terms in the State House of Representatives. He was the 2006 Republican nominee for Executive Council in District 3. Morse is a small business owner, serving as the President of Freshwater Farms & Garden Center in Atkinson and Granite Creek Farms of Brentwood, and has also served Salem as its town moderator and selectman. In 1997, Morse received the Bill Brown Distinguished Business Person of the Year Award.

UPDATE: Another glowing endorsement for Gov Romney from the majority leader in NH House of Reps, D.J. Bettencourt:

D.J. Bettencourt, the outspoken conservative majority leader in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, has decided to endorse Mitt Romney as the candidate who has “the absolute best chance at winning back the White House.”

My criteria, from the very beginning, was to select a candidate who was the most conservative candidate, who gave us the absolute best chance at winning back the White House. And I came to the conclusion that that was Gov. Romney,” Bettencourt told POLITICO. “I was very much attracted to his executive experience, both as governor of Massachusetts and running the Olympics.”

The 27-year-old Bettencourt is a prominent face in the younger generation of New Hampshire GOP leaders. His endorsement could help Romney shore up support on the right in a state where he is already strong.

Bettencourt had warm words for Romney’s chief Republican rival, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, but said he ultimately felt Romney was a better fit for both the political moment and the responsibilities of the presidency.

NH House Majority Leader D. J. Bettencourt

I have tremendous respect for Gov. Perry. I think he’s a very attractive candidate. But I think Gov. Romney’s experience in Massachusetts best suits him to take on the challenges of the country,” the legislator said. “It’s difficult to be a conservative governor in a liberal state such as Massachusetts. Washington is going to be a real challenge to maneuver.”

To conservatives who doubt Romney’s bona fides, he advised: “They should look very closely at what Gov. Romney did in Massachusetts and I think that if they do so, they will come away with the conclusion that Gov. Romney is plenty conservative.”

(emphasis added) H/t Frank, Bettencourt

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