Hear the Drum Roll? Romney Expected to Secure GOP Nomination Today

Do you hear the drum roll coming from Texas?

We do!

Today is the happy day Governor Mitt Romney is expected to officially secure the Republican nomination.

Voters in the magnificent Lone Star State go to primary polls today to allocate their 152 delegates. Romney needs just 58 more to reach the magic number of 1,144.

SALON reports:

#Rominee!

The former Massachusetts governor has reached the nomination milestone with a steady message of concern about the U.S. economy, a campaign organization that dwarfed those of his GOP foes and a fundraising operation second only to that of his Democratic opponent in the general election, President Barack Obama.

“That goal is accomplished, but there’s a much bigger goal to be accomplished and that’s winning the presidency,” said Rich Beeson, Romney’s political director. “So while you can take a certain amount of satisfaction and pride for (Romney) and what he’s accomplished, he’s very resolved to say, ‘Our work isn’t done.’”
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Republicans won’t officially nominate Romney until late August at the GOP national convention in Tampa, Fla. He enters the Texas primary with 1,086 convention delegates — 58 shy of the 1,144 needed to win the nomination.

Texas has 152 delegates at stake and they are awarded in proportion to the statewide vote. That means Romney has to get at least 38 percent of the vote there to go over the top. In recent primaries in Kentucky, Arkansas, Nebraska and Oregon, he has done no worse than 67 percent.

Where is The Gov today? He’s in Colorado and Nevada:

Romney opened his day in Colorado’s coal country, where he spoke directly to small town America: “I’m not going to forget Craig, Colorado. I’m not going to forget communities like this across the country that are hurting right now under this president,” he said. Local officials report that the area’s economy is improving, but Romney said the recovery is too slow.

The Colorado event was the first stop in a Tuesday swing that ends at a Las Vegas fundraiser with Donald Trump . . .

★ In honor of today, we’re asking twitter users to promote like crazy a new hashtag today: #Rominee

★ As we await this exciting milestone for Governor Romney, supporters are invited to join us on our chat forum this afternoon and evening as election results come in. Also adding to the spirit of the day, check out the facebook Nomination Primary Watch Party here.

WOO HOO!



Rominee

Romney’s Dog? Vacation – Obama’s Dog? Dinner

My, how quickly the dog dish turns…

The Obama campaign, trying so desperately to wag the tail in any direction but the president’s record, keeps trying to target Mitt Romney by injecting the old, 2007 presidential campaign “Seamus the dog” story. (Rick Santorum has also gone there.) In fact, on January 30, 2012, Chief Obama strategist David Axelrod tweeted about it. He included a photo of Obama riding in his car with his dog, Bo:

Diane Sawyer also dredged up the Seamus story while interviewing Mitt and Ann on Monday:


Turns out, Obama has nothing to bark about. An overlooked detail has come to light in Obama’s book Dreams from My Father (which he wrote) in which he reveals…

He, Obama, has eaten dog meat:

I learned how to eat small green chili peppers raw with dinner (plenty of rice), and, away from the dinner table, I was introduced to dog meat (tough), snake meat (tougher), and roasted grasshopper (crunchy).

Upon discovery, Romney adviser, Eric Fehrnstrom tweeted today:

In hindsight, a chilling photo RT @davidaxelrod: How loving owners transport their dogs. http://bit.ly/xGeJuZ
View photo

Hat tip to MRC chatter ‘emsk’ for a look at the reaction this morning from the crew on MSNBC’s Morning Joe:


Don’t you love it?!

Jim Treacher (The Daily Caller), who discovered Obama’s bow-wow detail yesterday, writes:

“So what? It was a long time ago,” you say. “He [Obama] was a lot younger. Customs are different there. He was just doing what his stepfather told him. …

Hey, whatever you have to tell yourself, libs. Say what you want about Romney, but at least he only put a dog on the roof of his car, not the roof of his mouth. And whenever you bring up the one, we’re going to bring up the other.

It’s no fun when we push back, is it? That’s why it’s so much fun.

Update: I know the Secret Service has a lot to deal with right now, but are they protecting Bo? From Obama, I mean.
Update: Obama would never put a dog on top of a car. Dries out the meat.
[...]
Q: What does Obama do when his dog gets stuck?
A: Grabs a toothpick.

Treacher’s article has lit Twitter on fire; a new hashtag has surfaced: #ObamaDogRecipes. In response, here’s a few of the best tweets (hat tip to MRC chatter ‘Patsy’):

Jodi Stephens ‏ @JodiStephens Close Great Danishes #ObamaDogRecipes

Tammy Bruce @HeyTammyBruce Pugs in a Blanket #ObamaDogRecipes

Right is Right @CincoMike Garlic Mashed BOtatoes MMMMM #ObamaDogRecipes

‘Jim’ ‘Treacher’ @jtLOL Chicken Poodle Soup. #ObamaDogRecipes

That’s what happens when one keeps bringing up trash…

► Jayde Wyatt

Electing Mitt Romney, “One Tweet at a Time”

NOTE: The primary purpose of this post is to reach non-Twitter Internet users. Please recommend this post in Facebook and ask your FB friends to recommend in FB. THANK YOU!

Every American has heard of Twitter — yes, even you have — right? Not every American knows what Twitter is however. Candidly, until about six months ago, I didn’t care to know and what I had heard of this new social “medium” made me think it was just another fad designed to waste time. Just as email can be an enormous time waster, it has led to incredible advances in productivity.

Twitter can be a very powerful, productive tool in the promotion of a service, message, product, or candidate! Once I learned how Twitter was being used to promote the record and attributes of presidential candidates, I was in! What is it exactly? This is Twitter.

The Wall Street Journal carried an article Saturday titled, Dig Against Ann Romney Ignites Twitter. This brief article provides a glimpse into the power of Twitter. To give you a sense of how rapidly a message can spread, Wednesday morning Ann Romney had no Twitter presence. When Rosen made her incredible insult, Mrs. Romney instantly opened a Twitter account and by the end of that night, she had about 15,000 followers. The next morning, she had 19,000. Thursday, she was receiving about 1,000 followers an hour and ended the day at about 27,000. As I write this, she has 35,300 followers. BTW, she has sent three Tweets — her last one contains a photo of Ann Romney standing next to Callista Gingrich at the NRA convention.

The WSJ article is by Danny Yadron:

The Strategy: When a Democratic consultant’s dig at Ann Romney overtook the political conversation this week, it wasn’t just the latest skirmish between the parties. It was also the general election’s first big Twitter war, marking the arrival of the messaging system as an electioneering tool.

The controversy was set off by a comment on cable TV, but much of the rest of the daylong contretemps played out on Twitter—and at Twitter speed, underscoring how technology is making the news cycle faster with each election.

The fact that such major figures as first lady Michelle Obama, Obama campaign senior strategist David Axelrod and Mrs. Romney weighed in via Twitter shows how the microblogging network, built on short messages, or “tweets,” is helping to drive campaigns.

President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign manager, David Plouffe, has been known to monitor reaction to the president’s events in real time by watching the message traffic on Twitter.

At Romney headquarters in Boston, several staffers spend their days in a screen-filled room monitoring Twitter feeds, among other forms of media. Compilations of posts—many from campaign reporters’ accounts—are emailed to staff after Mr. Romney’s events to give aides a sense of which stump lines got the most attention. “You have to be constantly aware of things that are moving and how people are talking about things,” said Zac Moffatt, digital director for the Romney campaign. “You’ve got real-time engagement.”

The Romney campaign considered Twitter important enough that it set up an account in Mrs. Romney’s name about a year ago. But it wasn’t deployed until Wednesday night, when Hilary Rosen, a Democratic strategist, said on CNN that Mrs. Romney was a poor guide to her husband on women’s economic anxiety, because she “never worked a day in her life.”

The Twitter format seemed the right one for a response, Mr. Moffatt said, given the late hour and how quickly the story was picking up steam.

So, the first message went out under Mrs. Romney’s @AnnDRomney sign-on: “I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it’s hard work.”

The Result: Mrs. Romney’s tweet helped bring attention to Ms. Rosen’s comment—just the effect the Romney campaign wanted. Conservative commentators united behind Mr. Romney to attack the idea that raising children wasn’t “work.” The Obama campaign was thrown on the defensive at a moment when both parties had already engaged in a broader fight to appeal to women. [Click here to read the rest of the article]

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Twitter is free, very easy to get started, and simple to use. It feels intimidating at first, but don’t be put off. Just dive in! Once I had mine set up (@VicLundquist), I decided to follow primarily nationally known journalists and well known politicos. And you do not need a mobile device to use Twitter — just access to the Internet.

TWITTER TIPS:

My number one tip for deciding who you want to follow is to find someone you really respect like Ann Romney or Mitt Romney and look at those they choose to follow (“Following”) and decide if the profiles of those individuals are people you would like to hear from.

  1. This is outstanding: How to Use Twitter
  2. The basics: Twitter Etiquette 101
  3. An excellent YouTube: “How to Use Twitter”
  4. Etiquette is Important: 5 Rules of Twitter Etiquette
  5. Thanking others is Important: 7 Ways to Thank Someone for a Retweet

Governor Romney has 439,000 Twitter followers. Mr. Obama has 14,206,000. By the way, the number of followers does not indicate success by any means. Example: Let’s say two people follow you. One of them follows five people, including you and the other follows 50,000, including you. The first one is far more likely to see your messages compared to the second.

Presently, there are thousands of people using Twitter that have “Mitt Romney” in their profiles — they appear to be using Twitter solely to promote his candidacy for president. We need a lot more people in Twitter-land spreading the message far and wide, especially to Democrats and former Santorum and Gingrich supporters.

Please jump in and help out. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Earlier this week, I responded to a Tweet to thank a person that decided to follow me and his response back was, “You’re welcome! We are going to help elect Mitt Romney as POTUS, one Tweet at a time!”

If you would like some people to follow off the bat, check below. Please join us in Twitter to get the word out for Governor Romney!

MITT ROMNEY CENTRAL Contributors’ Handles (no particular order):

MittRomneyCentral: @RomneyCentral
Nate Gunderson: @NateGundy
Luke Gunderson: @LukeGundy
Rebel Ross: @RebelRoss0587
Jayde Wyatt: @YayforSummer
Dave P: @DavePulfoo
Adam Ebberts: @OklahomaAdam
Ben Collins: @BenCollins09
Paul Johnson: @NTSJohnson
Greg Stapley: @gkstapley
David Parker: @dparkersrs
Vic Lundquist: @VicLundquist

The Romneys:

Governor Romney: @MittRomney
Ann Romney: @AnnDRomney
Tagg Romney: @TRomney
Matt Romney: @Matt_Romney
Josh Romney: @JoshRomney

Other Must Follows:

Eric Fehrnstrom – Senior Adviser: @EricFehrn
Andrea Saul – Press Secretary : @andreamsaul
Lanhee Chen – Policy Director: @lanheechen
Garrett Jackson – Mitt’s Body Man: @dgjackson
Zac Moffatt – Digital Director: @ZacMoffatt
Nancy French – Evangelicals for Mitt: @NancyAFrench
Article 6 Blog – (excellent blog): @ART6B
Planet Romney – @PlanetRomney
ComMITTed to Romney – C0MM1TT3D

“Spontaneous combustion of grassroots politics is the future.” ~ Dick Morris

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DNC Adviser Hilary Rosen Insults Ann Romney, Ann’s Rapid-Fire Response – UPDATES

This incident has caused a media and Twittersphere firestorm! Click on link at the bottom of this article for updates.

Hilary Rosen

They don’t waste any time, do they?

A few months ago, a rancid Democrat plan to “kill Romney” reared its repulsive head. Now, after Governor Romney’s first full day of getting into general campaigning, we’re getting a stinky whiff of their plans for Ann Romney.

On Wednesday evening, Democrat operative/CNN political contributor Hilary Rosen spoke with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. She mockingly snarked about Ann Romney:

“Guess what? His wife [Ann Romney] has never actually worked a day in her life.”

Did you catch Rosen’s accusation that Mitt Romney is “old-fashioned when it comes to women. He just doesn’t see us as equals.” Did you also notice Paul Begala’s nod of approval and big grin when his cohort delivered the talking points? Really, I’m laughing so hard as I type this. What a sorry, ridiculous duo – spouting off ridiculous rhetoric to hide Obama’s sorry economy and ridiculous federal debt. See Vic’s article.

Setting her work record straight, Ann Romney, mother of FIVE boys, grandmother to 16 grandchildren, church, charity, and community volunteer, former Massachusetts First Lady, breast-cancer survivor, and valiant handler of Multiple Sclerosis, fired off her first campaign tweet:


Good natured Ann is garnering high praise for her down-to-earth ability to connect with voters. Because he was losing ground with female voters, Obama operatives have been taking notes. Regarding Ann, think about it: Obama is leading a class war on successful Americans, combine that with a leftist faction that dislikes political Republican women, throw into the mix some Democrats’ disdain for working-at-home mothers and they see fresh meat to attack – on three fronts. Ann is a triple-threat.

Byron York, Chief Political Corespondent (Washington Examiner) and FOX News Contributor jumped on it:

After insult, Romney hits back with lightning speed

. . . Within seconds, Rosen’s statement that Ann Romney has “never worked a day in her life” began to burn up Twitter. Mrs. Romney, after all, had raised five children, as well as dealt with MS and cancer. That was work, no matter how much money her husband made.

The Romney campaign jumped on Rosen’s remarks with a speed that no Republican campaign has shown in the past. First, campaign staffers sent out tweets hitting Rosen. “Obama adviser Hilary Rosen goes on CNN to debut their new ‘kill Ann’ strategy, and in the process insults hard-working moms,” said top Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom. The campaign then sent out word that Rosen, who has worked for the Democratic National Committee and other Democratic organizations, is now part of the same firm, SKDKnickerbocker, as Anita Dunn, a prominent member of the Obama circle. And then came word that Rosen had visited the White House at least 35 times, according to publicly-available White House visitors logs. And then that Rosen attended last month’s state dinner at the White House.

Sensing an opportunity, the Romney campaign rolled out the big guns and had Ann Romney, who had never sent out a message on Twitter before, send out her first: “I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work.” Mrs. Romney quickly had thousands of followers.

Obama machine scrambles:

The story really took off when Obama campaign officials scrambled to distance themselves from Rosen. Obama campaign manager Jim Messina tweeted: “I could not disagree with Hilary Rosen any more strongly. Her comments were wrong and family should be off limits. She should apologize.” Top Obama aide David Axelrod added, “Also disappointed in Hilary Rosen’s comments about Ann Romney. They were inappropriate and offensive.”

Rosen back-tracked but she didn’t back down. Of course not; she’s a messenger – with a dumb message.

York was impressed:

. . . Presented with an opening, Romney’s staff jumped on the controversy with impressive speed, forcing top Obama officials to respond before most people even knew there was a story. The fracas suggests that Team Romney is determined to aggressively — really aggressively — pursue any chance to press an advantage against Obama. If the president’s re-election team thought they were facing a slow-moving, not-up-to-the-task Republican rival, they learned differently Wednesday night.

See tweets here. Follow @AnnDRomney here. By the way, a new hashtag burning up twitter is #waronmoms.

Ann Responds on America’s Morning with FOX News’ Martha MacCallum – April 12, 2012:


Great interview!

VOTE in related polls posted here.

UPDATE - Since joining Twitter last night, around 10:19 AM PT Ann Romney reached 20,000 followers.

Excellent article from Townhall’s Carol Platt Liebau (hat tip to Hugh Hewitt):

Yes, yes, we know that the President is working hard to consolidate support among female voters — but Obama adviser Hilary Rosen’s remarks about Ann Romney “never work[ing] a day in her life” are cynical, shameful, appalling, divisive and above all . . . ignorant. They constitute the newest iteration of the long-running, ugly and gratuitous left-wing attack on women who have made the very important choice to stay home in order to raise their children themselves.

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Rosen has kicked off a political firestorm; click on link below for updates!

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Rocker Ted Nugent Endorses Mitt Romney

Nugent for Mitt

Move over Kid Rock; make room for another [semi] prominent rocker in the pool of Romney endorsers. Just this afternoon, Ted Nugent announced via twitter that he had had a long conversation with Mitt Romney and concluded that he is is the best to “properly represent we the people.”

The endorsement comes after Megadeath frontman, Dave Mustaine, threw his support behind Rick Santorum. Let the real battle of the bands begin!

Here’s Nugent’s tweet/endorsement:


Nevada Caucuses: Romney Supporters Anticipate Win in the West




It’s the big day!

As the Nevada caucuses get underway, Romney supporters are revved up and ready to vote in the first GOP contest in the WEST. Marking the fifth competition in the 2012 primary race, the NV GOP Party is hosting and caucuses are only open to registered Republicans.

With 28 delegates at stake, caucusing begins at various times across the state but most will happen between 9 AM and 3 PM Pacific Time. A 7 PM caucus will be held in Clark County to accommodate those who can’t participate in the day due to religious reasons.

Mitt Romney is polling very well in the Silver State (poll taken Feb 2, 2012):

Governor Romney made a quick campaign trip today to Colorado Springs to host an event at Springs Fabrication. He’ll be back in Nevada tonight to host a primary rally at the Summerlin Ballroom in the Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa in Las Vegas.

CNN is planning extensive coverage; read more here.

CNN livefeed possibilities may be found here and here.

For those interested in FOX News, Bret Baier will host a campaign edition of Special Report at 10 PM ET. A possible livefeed for FOX coverage may be found here.

C-Span Schedule:
10:40 PM ET LIVE Road to The White House Newt Gingrich, NV Republican Caucus
10 PM ET Venetian/Palazzo Congress Center, Las Vegas, NV

11:00 PM ET LIVE Road to The White House Mitt Romney, NV Republican Caucus
Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa, Las Vegas, NV

The following Twitter info has been posted on our chat box for a couple of days; it bears posting here:




Note: According to an email sent to reporters this morning, Newt Gingrich is foregoing the usual election night party tonight. Instead, he has scheduled a press conference. It was reported yesterday that Newt didn’t conduct his usual full schedule of events but spent time on the phone trying to raise money. He also met with his Super PAC sweethearts, Sheldon and Miriam Adelson. Now, speculation is circulating about the purpose of the presser. By the way, his presser will be held in the Venetian hotel (run by Sheldon Adelson). Given Newt’s recent marveling about Donald Trump’s ability to create a media event (when Trump endorsed Romney), it looks like Gingrich is attempting to do the same.

Romney supporters are invited to join us on our chat box for caucus results.


Go Mitt!



► Jayde Wyatt

~Addendum from Ross
Despite the NVGOP stopping caucus results from leaking early, this is still the only situation that anyone will beat Mitt tonight.

UPDATE: Mitt wins! Along with our Primary Results and Delegate Count feature, CNN has an interactive map where you can project what will happen in the upcoming races.

NH News: Sununu Gives Smack-Down, Romney Endorsed by Eagle-Tribune & Nashua Telegraph, Women For Mitt

Signs outside of Gov Mitt Romney's campaign headquarters in Manchester, New Hampshire. Jan 4, 2012 (Photo/Reuters/Shannon Stapleton)

Leading into the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary vote on Monday and the debates this weekend (where we expect feisty, fur-flying exchanges), let’s look at the latest NH polling from CNN and roll with some of latest Granite State news…

● Fresh off a third-place win in Iowa, the Ron Paul camp is fighting hard to come in second in New Hampshire. Congressman Paul is polling in NH at 17-18%.

● Head-fake Rick Perry, after spending $5.5 million in Iowa and losing badly there, announced he was heading back to Texas to assess his campaign. The next day, he tweeted a bandy-legged photo message:

And the next leg of the marathon is the Palmetto State…Here we come South Carolina!!! http://yfrog.com/odz8ujrj

So, he’s not out of the running, but he’s skipping New Hampshire. Smart… because he’s polling at 1%.

● What to say about Jon Huntsman? He shunned Iowa and has staked his entire Obama-Clinton-love-letters campaign in The Granite State. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve had a good laugh hearing Huntsman say he is going to win NH. From the get-go, I’ve thought his efforts were to be a spoiler there for Romney while attempting to garner national attention for himself. Today, he’s barking that he’s the underdog and is pounding Mitt for being in South Carolina, while he and others are in NH. Gov Romney took a quick trip to the Palmetto State to campaign with SC Gov Nikki Haley (a very good move) and will be back in NH tonight to host a spaghetti supper. By the way, Huntsman is polling in NH at around 8%.

● Yesterday, when answering a social issue question from students at the College Convention in Concord, New Hampshire, ‘Game On!’ Rick Santorum became terse and was booed as he left the stage. Now, as he campaigns in NH, he’s turning himself into a pretzel trying to avoid social issue discussions and is taking jabs at Romney. Santorum’s favorite line today: “It’s a joke to call Mitt Romney a conservative.” Santorum now has money to play with (raised $2 million dollars in the last two days). We’ll see how agile his campaign is – what he distributes in the way of ads, flyers, etc. in NH. After being under the radar, now that his record will be brought out of moth balls, we’ll see who the joke is on. He’s drawing support at 11%.

● After two weeks of crying about vetting ads and his poor showing in Iowa, tight-lipped Newt Gingrich said yesterday on FOX News that he isn’t “particularly angry” (trying to hide ‘old’ Newt while the steam cloud coming out of his ears blurred his vision). With the help of the Union Leader, he’s lumbered fiercely into NH adding revenge to his baggage. Gingrich’s words belie his rhetoric; with a goal to ensure Governor Romney isn’t the nominee, he’s busy spitting lies about Romney’s record (albeit, in a professorial tone). Notice that Newt didn’t refute the content of the ads – just whined about them. A family from Portsmouth, NH, says Gingrich ought to “quit whining and man up“. See video.

Yesterday, Reuters reported Odd allies: Gingrich, Obama align in attacks on Romney: “The danger for Gingrich attacking Romney is it’s going to bring up all the old Gingrich flame-thrower baggage. Folks in Florida, folks in South Carolina who are watching cable news and following this stuff on the Internet are going to be exposed to the meaner, acerbic Newt as opposed to the professorial, idea Newt. I can’t see this helping him.”

As of today, Newt is polling at 9%.

● Former NH Gov John Sununu, a Romney supporter, didn’t mince words when he spoke today with FOX News’ Martha MacCallum about Gingrich, Huntsman, and Santorum:


Later, Sununu took on Judge Napolitano on FOX Business Network’s ‘Freedom Watch’:

“…[J]ust because you talk loud doesn’t mean you talk accurately. Half the garbage you just put forward is absolutely wrong.” ~Former NH Gov John Sununu

Can we clone Sununu and turn him loose?

Mitt Romney is polling around 41% in NH and, after winning in Iowa, is on track to become the first Republican to win IA and New Hampshire in an open-election year. Click below the fold to read more from The Granite State.

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Tweet Us Your Favorite #MittStory – Let’s Create Some Caucus Day Buzz for Mitt!

Share your favorite #Mittstory on Twitter

As we patiently await the results of the first-in-the-nation caucus today (GO MITT!), we thought it would be fun and productive to help generate some positive buzz for @MittRomney in the twittersphere. The idea was actually birthed from a tweet I saw this morning from a fellow Utahan, Steven Starks. In his tweet, he recounts a old story from back when Mitt took the helm at the Olympics:

@StevenStarks: One of my favorite @MittRomney stories: When Mitt took over the 2002 Olympic Games he discovered that the board meetings featured catered lunches. Knowing the games were in a financial mess he immediately replaced the catered luncheons with Dominoes Pizza. He then charged $1 per slice during the meetings. This accomplished two things 1) saved money on lunches 2) sent a message to everyone that any excessive spending would be scrutinized and stopped. People involved said that simple act sent a message throughout the organization. That type of thinking is needed in Washington DC if we are going to get our nation’s financial house in order. #2012mitt #iacaucus

Join us on Twitter today to tell your favorite #MittStory. If you can’t fit it all into a tweet, just give a little intro and provide a link to a news article or blog post that corresponds. Be sure to include the #MittStory & #IACaucus hashtags within your tweet so more peopl ecan see it. We’ll be posting our favorite tweets all throughout the day below.

You can also follow the stories on this nifty twitter feed:


CLICK RETWEET ON YOUR FAVORITE TWEETS BELOW:

More tweets after the jump! + Laura Ingraham interviews Mitt and Ann
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