‘Weekly Standard’ Magazine Debunks the Myth that Romney is a “Moderate” – Romney is “More Conservative Than You Think”

There is a lot of talk these days about how Mitt Romney is a so-called “Massachusetts moderate” and how other candidates are trying to be the “conservative alternative” to Gov. Romney. Some even compare Mitt Romney to John McCain’s candidacy of 2008.

One very conservative and influential magazine called ‘The Weekly Standard,’ whose editor (Bill Krystol) is a regular panelist on Fox News Sunday, looked into the issue. The conclusion that they found is that Romney is “no moderate,” in fact:

“Romney is at least as conservative as his GOP rivals on jettisoning Obamacare and more conservative than some on entitlements, national security, and immigration. He’s no match for Gingrich on taxes, but that’s about it. Overall, he’s to the right of Gingrich.”

The article goes on to say that in regard to the top four most pressing issues of the day (namely Immigration, Tax Reform, Health Care, and Military Defense spending), Romney is “anything but moderate.”

“On four of the biggest issues in 2012, Romney is anything but moderate—or timid. He gets no special credit for advocating repeal of Obamacare. That’s Republican dogma. But he’s been the most specific among the GOP presidential candidates in backing the Ryan budget in all its parts, including its remake of Medicare. It was House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan’s plan that Gingrich zinged as “right wing social engineering” before reversing himself under duress.

When Romney announced in November his own proposal for cutting spending and reforming Medicare and Social Security, Paul Ryan was thrilled. “Look at what he put out!” he told Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post. “This is a great development.” Ryan said Romney’s package of spending cuts “tracks perfectly with the House budget,” which Ryan had drafted.”

Further Evidence

Further evidence of Romney’s conservative credentials is the fact that Romney made history in New Hampshire’s vote last week. Not only was he the first non-incumbent Republican to win both Iowa and New Hampshire, but in New Hamphire Romney got more votes from self-identified Republican voters than any other Republican candidate in history. Here is a brief summary on how New Hampshire Republicans voted:

“Mitt picked up 49% of GOP voters. Romney’s 49 percent is the highest mark among self-identified Republicans for any presidential candidate since New Hampshire moved its primary forward in the calendar.

Contrast that with John McCain, with whom he’s often compared as a squishy moderate with problems with Republicans.

McCain is the only candidate since 1980 to win New Hampshire even as he lost among self-identified Republicans.

That means McCain was essentially the worst winner with Republicans in New Hampshire over the past 30 years, while Romney was the best.”

As the Weekly Standard and polls from New Hampshire show, Romney is no moderate. He is a solid conservative. Strikingly, Romney is getting equal support from both conservatives and moderates among the voters and also from among congressmen and Governors who have endorsed Romney. Part of Romney’s strength is that he is a conservative that also appeals strongly to independents. That sounds like the kind of candidate we need running for the White House. 

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Leadership by Mitt Romney

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Before addressing the subject I chose, I would be remiss if I did not congratulate Governor Romney on behalf of the MRC team and its loyal readers. Congratulations to Governor Romney, his family, campaign team, grassroots volunteers, and the voters of Iowa and New Hampshire for this historic beginning of the 2012 election year! Amazing results from very hard work indeed.

Leadership skill is claimed by all six Republican candidates – Governor Romney stands well above them all as a gifted leader. Governor Romney’s Iowa and New Hampshire finishes are quite simply the result of masterful leadership at all levels. Competitors and pundits will spin these last 10 days for advantage – but, trust me on this – when Rick, Jon, Rick, Newt, and Ron get to pillow talk each night with their wives, each one is saying, “Whoa, that is incredible what Mitt put together and what he is accomplishing! Unbelievable!”

Governor Romney Winning


Congratulations Mitt!

Ronald Reagan was famous for saying to Jimmy Carter, “Now there you go again!” when Carter strayed from the truth. I caught Piers Morgan’s interview with Mr. Gingrich Wednesday night when Gingrich came right out and said, “I am going to win South Carolina.” My reply to the television was, “Now there you go again!” He can’t help it. Politics is as much about setting the right expectations as it is about anything. Contrary to Gingrich’s lemmings who think otherwise, he is not as bright as they surmise. During this interview, he repeated a string of lies about Gov. Romney, at least two times, that included references to abortions, liberal judges, raising taxes, etc. Ridiculous. “Now there you go again.” But Gingrich uses free advertising to get his sound bites out knowing full well that many people in South Carolina will not dig deeper for truth. We (you and Team MRC) as grassroots volunteers are going to do everything we can to make Mr. Gingrich eat those words and then beg to join the team.

IMPORTANT: Please do not believe any polls that state that Governor Romney is leading or is expected to win South Carolina. PLEASE! Accepting any mindset of complacency is dangerous and could result in a loss that would wipe out any momentum gained in the last 10 days. Even worse, it sets a precedent that could reverse the trend. We cannot stress this enough. As hard as every volunteer worked these last ten days, the time to redouble efforts is right now and we can never let up until January 22nd — a day of rest will be good then. If you hear about positive polls, I hope that will only steel your determination to work harder to get to every last voter to get them out to vote. Can you help us at MRC spread the word on this throughout the United States to all volunteers willing to make phone calls to South Carolina voters? Gingrich and Perry are desperate. Their state of mind will likely lead them to cross the ethical line many times in the next 10 days.

Observations after New Hampshire: In my opinion, CNN’s coverage of both the Iowa and New Hampshire election nights was superior to FOX by a factor of 10. CNN had numerous pros on deck and their coverage and analysis were balanced and insightful. FOX seemed more like entertainment and shallow, especially in Iowa. I detected a shift with CNN away from their liberal bias reputation toward balance. By the way, Hannity cannot hide the fact he is biased against Governor Romney. On the night of the amazing New Hampshire win, you could see in his face and posture that he was disappointed that his favorite boy Santorum finished poorly. Are you as tired as I am of Hannity’s constant cliche repeats of what Democrats want? If he throws a football or repeats those cliches again, I may not check back until March.

Side Note: New Hampshire final exams result in combined scores for Gingrich, Santorum, and Perry of 21% — Compared to Ron Paul’s final score of 23%. Feeble Trio Diffused! Keep it up!

NOTEWORTHY:

DANGER ZONE: Whether the harsh criticism will make Romney — who last week eked out an eight-vote win in the Iowa caucuses — a better candidate in the long run, as some suggest, or permanently handicap him if he is the nominee, as Democrats hope, remains an open question. — NPR, 1/10/12

GOP ATTACKS: The sudden intraparty assault has helped Mr. Romney in one way, prompting even conservative skeptics like Rush Limbaugh to come to his defense. The conservative Club for Growth singled out Newt Gingrich for “economically ignorant class warfare rhetoric” that is “downright Obamaesque.” — The New York Times, 1/11/12

ECONOMIC WOES IN S.C.: How much Ms. Haley’s support for Mr. Romney factors into the race will be closely watched. Although some here applaud her nearly singular focus on sharply reducing government spending and lowering the state’s unemployment rate, which now sits at 9.9 percent, she is not broadly popular. — The New York Times, 1/11/12

NEW HAMPSHIRE CATHOLICS: One surprising finding: Santorum, a Catholic, won only about 8 percent of self-identified Catholic voters, a serious underperformance on his part since Catholics accounted for more a third of the electorate Tuesday. Gingrich, also a Catholic, won 10 percent of Catholic voters, according to exit poll interviews. Romney, a Mormon, dominated among Catholics winning 45 percent of them. — NBC Politics, 1/11/12

DNC STRUGGLING TO RAISE FUNDS: Emmerling challenged the notion that the host committee was having a difficult time raising money. [...] “It hasn’t been easy,” Harris said of the host committee’s fundraising efforts. “But there’s no question in my mind it’s going to happen.”Another member of the host committee, a Democratic activist who asked not to be identified, told the Observer that host committee leaders have said the Obama restrictions have made it tough to raise money, but they believe it will be done….”Are they working hard and losing sleep over it? Yes,” the source told the Observer. “But they didn’t seem at all desperate. … I don’t have inside information, but I think they’re over halfway there, though.” — Charlotte Observer, 1/11/12

OBAMA LACKS MORAL COMPASS (Belafonte): [no second term] If there was the kind of moral compass serving Barack Obama the way we hoped, the moral force would have helped him make choices, the absence of that force in his equations, that barometer to guide him when he has to make these decisions that are hugely complicated, he should have come to the table with the things that would have helped us in this moment of crisis.” — Big Hollywood, 1/10/12

GINGRICH/PERRY SHILLS (Gov. Romney quotes): “But, you know, Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich are going to be the witnesses for the prosecution. I’m not worried about that. They can take it as they like,” he said. “You saw last night that approach didn’t work very well for (them). And so we’ll take it to the next level.” CNN, 1/11/12

DAVID GERGEN, ROMNEY’S WILD CARD: It is worth remembering, too, that the Olympics hired Romney to head the Games while he was at Bain Capital. Is it logical to think the Olympic committee had any sense that Romney was a predatory capitalist? The question answers itself. — CNN, 1/11/12

ROMNEY MADE THE FIELD WEAK: But Romney didn’t just face a weak field — he made it weak. His strength, money, and organization scared off some serious challengers. [...] He simply beat one former governor who many in the press — this writer included — thought would beat him, Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, and drove him out of the race early. When another governor, Rick Perry of Texas, made a late entry as the Romney killer, he instead wound up illustrating how well prepared for this battle Romney really is. — Politico, 1/11/12

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Tea Party Activist Jennifer Horn: “Romney is a Man of Conservative Character”

Boy scouts listen as Gov Mitt Romney delivers the keynote speech addressing the theme of 'Building Character' at the Boy Scouts of America 100th Anniversary Celebration.
Grand Rapids, Michigan - Feb 18, 2010

This caught my eye for two reasons:

1. More Tea Party support for Mitt Romney (thoughtful, strong endorsement)

2. It’s published in the New Hampshire Union Leader (newspaper that endorsed Gingrich and by the way, are co-sponsors of Sunday’s presidential debate in Concord, NH).

Tweet from Team Mitt:

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Mitt Romney Is A Man Of Conservative Character
By Jennifer Horn
Union Leader
January 7, 2012

The next President of the United States is going to face the enormous challenge of reversing four years of the most economically devastating policies our nation has seen in my lifetime. Contrary to his own declaration of being one of the four greatest Presidents in our nation’s history, Barack Obama has been a measurable failure and must be replaced.

As a lifelong conservative who came to politics after first owning a small business, raising a family and being very involved in my community, I am less concerned about party and politics and much more concerned about what kind of world my children will raise their families in. Above all else, this election is about preserving freedom in America; it is about preserving an America of limited government and unlimited opportunity.

That is why, as a conservative, as an activist, and as a mother I am voting for Mitt Romney for President.

Romney’s combination of private sector and public sector experience makes him uniquely qualified to confront the economic woes of our time. After 34 months of unemployment in excess of 8 percent, we need a President who understands how jobs grow. During his years in the private sector, Mitt Romney had a hand in growing over 100,000 American jobs. Mitt Romney understands the nuts and bolts of business; with 13.3 million Americans looking for work we need a President who understands how intrusive government regulations crush opportunity.

Mitt Romney has offered a detailed, step by step plan to restore economic stability to America. It may not be sexy and it may not come with a catchy tag line but it is a sound, comprehensive approach that will put America back to work. His plan includes all the common sense initiatives that conservatives have always fought for. It is based on free markets, individual rights and limited government intervention.
[...]

The following paragraph from Ms. Horn is another refutation of the lie Newt Gingrich continues to trumpet – that Governor Romney raised taxes in Massachusetts (Newt’s calling Mitt a liar is abhorent and flat-out wrong, while Newt IS one. Wait! That’s exactly what Newt did when he publicly denounced Bill Clinton’s philandering with Monica Lewinsky while he, himself, was engaged in worse.):

As a Republican governor in a painfully liberal state, Mitt Romney made a conservative mark. He issued hundreds of line-item vetoes in bills passed by the Democrat-controlled legislature. He cut taxes, eliminated a $3 billion budget deficit and left behind a $2 billion rainy day fund. Mitt Romney was able to apply the common sense knowledge we all have that you cannot continually spend more than you take in, and a state economy that had been mired in recession once again began to create jobs.

Ms. Horn continues:

More important than a candidate’s position on any one policy, however, is his ability to lead. We understand as conservatives, as business owners and as parents, that integrity is measured by how you behave when no one is paying attention. No one will ever accuse Mitt Romney of cheating – on his taxes, in his business or on his family. There has never been a hint of scandal associated with him, in business or politics. When it comes to choosing the next leader of the free world, character matters.
[...]
Mitt Romney’s grassroots campaign has proven his respect for the role of that each citizen plays in our democratic process. He has answered thousands of unedited questions from thousands of voters. He eloquently and passionately expresses his love of God, country and family. When asked at the We The People town hall what core principle would guide him as President, he answered “The oath of office, where I place my hand on the Bible and swear to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America.”

Mitt Romney is a man of conservative values with a successful record of growing jobs, leading under difficult circumstances and making tough decisions when called upon to do so. He is a man of great personal integrity and possesses the character and strength to lead.

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DO read the entire endorsement here.

Spread this far and wide.

Note: Ms. Horn is founder of We the People: A First in the Nation Freedom Forum.

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Romney: “Bachmann Tenacity & Leadership Inspires Millions”

Upon learning of Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s decision to suspend her presidential bid today, Governor Mitt Romney issued the following statement:

“Ann and I salute Congresswoman Bachmann. She ran a campaign to advance the principles of limited government that I hold dear. Michele is a friend and a strong competitor. Her tenacity on the campaign trail and her fierce intelligence in the debates have left me no doubt that, as advertised, she does indeed have a titanium spine. Michele inspires millions of Americans by the way she has lived her life, raised her family and served her country. With leaders of her caliber coming up the ranks, the future of the Republican Party – and the future of the country – is bright.”

Bachmann’s heartfelt statement:

“Last night, the people of Iowa spoke with a very clear voice, and so I have decided to stand aside.” ~ Michele Bachmann

Congresswoman Bachmann’s work promoting Tea Party principles of smaller government and less taxation on Capitol Hill has been inspiring. She and Governor Romney share those views. I also appreciate the preparation, passion, and communication skills she exhibited during the debates. I have no doubt she will continue to be an important, fervent voice for the conservative cause.

Thank you Congresswoman, for your contribution to the GOP nominating process and your commitment to constitutional principles. We invite Congresswoman Bachmann’s supporters to join Governor Romney’s quest to unseat Barack Obama and restore America.

Convey well wishes to Congressman Bachmann here.

► Jayde Wyatt

Mitt Romney for President of the United States of America


Which of these do you think is the most informative and helpful?

Today during a business luncheon, a colleague asked me for details behind one of Governor Romney’s policies and what motivated him, etc. As I did a little research to provide the answers he sought, I discovered that all the answers were contained here at MittRomneyCentral.

Some of you may be arriving to this website for the first time to explore, “What makes this guy with the weird name ‘Mitt’ tick?” Or you may be a relatively new, but regular visitor that is still absorbing the depth of the man we at MRC esteem as the finest leader in decades to run for President of the United States. You may even be a supporter of another Republican candidate just dropping in to take a look under the hood.

THIS POST IS FOR YOU. In this one stop, you can explore one or all of the following articles to learn a tremendous amount of truth about the most principled, value based leader seeking to lead this nation back to “American Optimism.”

Each one of the following articles contains content that will both enlighten and inform you and is among the finest (based on number of reader views and recommendations) of the year 2011 ["FB"= Facebook Recommends]:

THE RISE OF OBAMAVILLES — BEST BUSINESSMAN VIDEO
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REVEALING GLIMPSE AS TO HOW ROMNEY IS LIKELY TO GOVERN AS PRESIDENT
Work Ethic, Drive, Determination, Intelligence, Intensity, Problem Solver…..
The New York Times — December 24, 2011

Mitt Romney for President of the United States of America Your Favorite?

“For without belittling the courage with which men have died, we should not forget those acts of courage with which men have lived.” — President John F. Kennedy

NH Tea Party ‘Thumbs Up’ for Romney, Sununu “He’s A Rock-Solid Conservative”

Sept 4, 2011 - Mitt Romney addresses the crowd at a Tea Party Express rally in Concord, New Hampshire.

According to Public Policy Polling, Tea Party people have placed Governor Romney on the presidential pedestal in pivotal New Hampshire:

Romney still up big in New Hampshire

Raleigh, N.C. – Mitt Romney has a significant lead in New Hampshire, getting 35% there to 19% for Ron Paul, 17% for Newt Gingrich, 13% for Jon Huntsman, 5% for
Michele Bachmann, 3% for Rick Santorum, 2% for Rick Perry, and 1% for Gary Johnson.

Romney’s doing well with pretty much every key segment of the Republican electorate in the state. It’s a rare place where he’s winning Tea Party voters, 29-21 over Ron Paul. He’s getting a full 50% of the vote with seniors, who will be a significant part of the vote. Voters think he has run the strongest campaign in the state (by a 35-12 margin over Paul), that he has the best chance of defeating Barack Obama (by a 38-14 margin over Gingrich), and there’s also a certain feeling of inevitability about his victory in New Hampshire. 41% think he will win the state’s primary to 12% for Gingrich with no one else in double digits.

Our New Hampshire poll reinforces our Iowa survey from last night showing Newt Gingrich’s support fading away. Only 42% of likely voters have a favorable opinion of
him to 51% with a negative one. Gingrich is less popular in New Hampshire now than he was in the spring when he had a 45/36 favorability.

Because it seems like there’s some possibility Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, and Rick Santorum could come to the end of their roads in Iowa we also tested a 4 way GOP
contest between just Romney, Paul, Gingrich, and Huntsman. In that scenario Romney gets 37% to 21% for Paul, 20% for Gingrich, and 15% for Huntsman.

“Our new polls in Iowa and New Hampshire are very good news for Mitt Romney,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “He’s headed for an easy win in New Hampshire and has a very good chance to get one in Iowa as well. That one two punch would probably end the Republican nomination fight before it even really starts.”

Numbers at a glance:

1. Mitt Romney – 29%

2. Ron Paul – 21%

3. Newt Gingrich – 20%

4. Michele Bachmann – 12%

5. Rick Perry and Rick Santorum – 5%

7. Jon Huntsman – 4%

8. Gary Johnson – 1%

Romney is holding onto his strong lead among all likely GOP primary voters:

1. Mitt Romney – 35%

2. Ron Paul – 19%

3. Newt Gingrich – 17%

4. Jon Huntsman – 13%

5. Michele Bachmann – 5%

6. Rick Santorum – 3%

7. Rick Perry – 2%

Telephone interviews were conducted by PPP with 1,235 likely Republican primary voters from December 16 -18. Margin of error: +/-2.8%. See full details here.

★ On Sunday (Dec 18th) a New Hampshire newspaper published a letter from former three-term NH Gov John Sununu. He explains his decision to back Romney:

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Why Mitt’s Right for 2012

I’m back!

Hi again, all. You may remember me from the 2008 cycle, or maybe not! I hope to add some insights and convince a few people if I can that we need Mitt Romney as President in 2012.

Who I am.

First a bit of background about me, then why it’s relevant: I’m from San Diego. I’m married with three sons of high school / junior high age. I happen to live in a neighborhood near a few members of Mitt’s family, so from time to time have had some personal interactions with them and, on a few occasions, with Mitt. I’m a practicing corporate lawyer for a large local firm. I help companies do deals. Usually it’s helping them take investment from venture capitalists, “angel” investors or other private equity investors (like Mitt used to be). I spend about half my time representing these growing companies or their investors, and the other half helping sell these companies once they’re successful. Most of my clients have some sort of technology focus, whether it’s internet-related, mobile phone related, medical devices or other life sciences. I’m a believer in innovation and its role in the economy.

So why is any of that relevant to Mitt Romney and the 2012 campaign?

My seat on the sidelines representing companies receiving investment and representing their investors has taught me a few things:

1. The cost of government regulation is real. I see many start up and growing businesses deciding to move out of my state and the United States altogether due to higher costs of doing business driven directly by regulation. Many of my clients have employees outside the United States. These business people don’t hate America and are not evil. Most aren’t even part of the “1%.” These companies and their investors often make their decisions based on a sense of loyalty to those that entrusted them with investment dollars and a sense of obligation to protect that money. Too often due to high taxes or over-regulation their best path to success takes them away from my home state and the United States, taking jobs with them.

2. Corporations are, in fact (made up of) people. Everyone who has a 401-K knows this. Employees also receive their wages from businesses and lose jobs if companies don’t do well. While corporations may seem faceless, taxing them means taxing real people (which was Mitt’s point when he said corporations are [made up of] people). Those are dollars workers won’t see because they can’t be reinvested, and that will reduce dividends to shareholders. That’s Mitt’s point: businesses aren’t evil, they’re good. They’re you, and they’re me. They create wealth, they don’t take it. While some regulation is appropriate, we need to promote business. Mitt knows this. Apparently the left doesn’t, or is more willing to use a soundbite for political gain than to engage in a real discussion about how to create jobs. We need to stimulate, and not vilify, businesses. As Mitt says, the Obama administration doesn’t seem to love business very much.
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Romney Responds: Obama’s 17 Day Vacation, Congress May Work Over Christmas

Ah, December… The time of year when Obama sends his verbal Christmas card to Congress. The threat this time: “If you don’t reach an agreement on the payroll tax cut and jobless benefits, we’ll be working over Christmas.”

Uh, except the ’we’ means everybody except Obama. It’s a case of do what I say, not what I do with our Golfer-in-Chief president. He’s heading off to Hawaii for a staggering 17 day vacation. (Must be the pressure of all that fundraising and opposition research on Romney… The Obamas do like to kick back – Martha’s Vineyard, Spain, Vail, the Hawaiian Islands…):

THE WHITE HOUSE TRAVEL OFFICE
Trip of the President to Honolulu, Hawaii
December 17th, 2011 to January 2nd, 2012
Trip Overview
On Saturday, December 17th, 2011, the President will travel to Honolulu, Hawaii. He will return to Washington, DC on Monday, January 2nd, 2012. …
… [N]o public events are scheduled during the trip. …

Yesterday, during Governor Romney’s tele-town hall in Iowa, he said this to Obama:

“Hands on doesn’t mean getting a better grip on the golf club.”

“I have to feel that this president has been a failure. The other day I understand that Chris Christie said that he was a bystander president, that he watches affairs and has not guided affairs. And in some respects, his idea of a ‘hands on’ approach to the economy is getting a grip on his golf club. He’s going off for seventeen days in Hawaii. He’ll be playing a lot of golf. He told Congress that they need to stay in session and pass his tax breaks for the payroll tax and that they shouldn’t leave for vacation until they did that. And yet, he’s going off for seventeen days and for golf in the sun and I just think it’s time to have a president whose idea of being ‘hands on’ doesn’t mean getting a better grip on the golf club.”



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Check out last week’s endorsement from Niall Ferguson below the fold.

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Three TN House Members Pick Romney: “Proven Conservative Leader”

Mitt Romney has picked up a trifecta endorsement from Tennessee…

Three house members, John Duncan Jr., Diane Black, and Phil Roe say Romney is their guy:

Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today announced the endorsement of Tennessee Congressmen Jimmy Duncan, Diane Black and Phil Roe.

I am honored to receive the support of these great conservative leaders,” said Mitt Romney. “They share my vision of lower taxes, reduced spending, and a balanced budget. Each of them understands the danger our country is facing, and I look forward to working with them to put America back on the right path.”

TN Congressman Jimmy Duncan

Announcing his support, the dean of the Tennessee delegation, Congressman Jimmy Duncan said, “Citizens in both the Volunteer State and across the nation are suffering from unemployment, and in 2012, we must elect a leader who can help get more folks working again. Mitt Romney is that leader. With his background as a conservative businessman, I believe strongly that Governor Romney is the best candidate to defeat President Obama, turn the economy around, and lead America into prosperity once again.”

Mitt Romney has a skill set that uniquely qualifies him to lead the United States at this critical time in our history,” said Congresswoman Diane Black. “From his experience in the private sector to his accomplishments as the governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney knows how to balance a budget and create jobs. I am proud to offer him my support.”

TN Congressman Phil Roe

“I am supporting Mitt Romney because he is the proven, conservative leader who will focus on strengthening our economy, getting spending under control, reducing the debt, and putting Americans back to work. He knows how to run a business, and he understands how to create jobs and help small businesses succeed,” said Congressman Phil Roe. “As a physician, I’m also pleased that Governor Romney is committed to repealing the President’s deeply flawed heath care plan that will put Washington bureaucrats between patients and their doctors. I am proud tosupport Mitt Romney for President.”

(emphasis added)

Background On Congressmen Black, Duncan, and Roe:

Congressman Jimmy Duncan was elected to the U.S. House in 1988. He serves The 2nd District of Tennessee. Duncan serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee where he is Chairman of the Highways and Transit Subcommittee. He also serves on the House Committee on Natural Resources.

TN Congresswoman Diane Black

Congresswoman Diane Black was elected to the U.S. House in 2010 and serves the 6th District of Tennessee. Black was elected Freshman Class Representative to the Republican Policy Committee. She serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, Oversight and Human Resources Subcommittees on Ways and Means, and the House Budget Committee.

Congressman Phil Roe was elected to the U.S. House in 2008 and serves the 1st District of Tennessee. Roe serves on the House Education and Workforce Committee and chairs its Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions, and serves as a member of the Veterans Affairs Committee and its subcommittees on Oversight and Investigations and Health. He is a physician and has delivered nearly 5,000 babies.

The Hill points out that 50 lawmakers have now endorsed Romney:

… [M]any long-serving House members vividly recall Gingrich’s contentious reign as Speaker in the 1990s, which ended in his resignation. Gingrich has managed to pick up only six congressional endorsements.

Click on names to ‘like’ Facebook pages:
Jimmy Duncan
Diane Black
Phil Roe

Thank you, Tennessee!

Note: Tennessee suffers from a 9.6% unemployment rate.

► Jayde Wyatt

Find out who is endorsing Mitt on Tuesday below the fold (more…)

North Dakota: Senator John and Mikey Hoeven Will Chair Romney’s ND Campaign

North Dakota Senator John Hoeven, wife Mical (Mikey), daughter Marcela, son Jack


Here’s a bit of good news to add to Friday fun…

Governor Romney has announced that a prominent couple from the great state of North Dakota will serve as campaign chairs – Senator John Hoeven and wife, Mikey (Mical):

I am happy to have Mikey and John’s support,” said Mitt Romney. “Senator Hoeven has served North Dakota well as governor and now as U.S. Senator. As a fellow businessman and governor, he knows that big spending Washington solutions will not solve our nation’s fiscal and economic problems and we must free the private sector to strengthen the economy.”

“It is an honor for us to join Governor Romney’s campaign,” said Senator Hoeven. “Getting our country on the right track will require lessening the regulatory burden on businesses, reducing spending, reforming taxes and utilizing our energy resources here in the United States. Mitt Romney has laid out conservative solutions such as these to fix our country’s problems and I look forward to working with him to ensure that North Dakota is a leader in our country’s economic revitalization.”

(emphasis added )
Background On Senator John Hoeven:

Senator Hoeven Was Elected In 2010. He serves on the Energy, Agriculture, Indian Affairs and Appropriations Committees. Prior to his election, he was Governor of North Dakota for ten years.

We welcome the Hoevens to the team!



► Jayde Wyatt