Mitt and Ann Romney Attend ‘Points of Light’ Gala Honoring Volunteerism, Pres and Mrs. George H. W. Bush

Mitt and Ann Romney attend the 'Points of Light' Dinner honoring President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush. Washington DC, March 20, 2011

Mitt and Ann Romney attended the prestigious Points of Light gala honoring President George H. W. Bush. Held in the Kennedy Performing Arts Center (Washington D.C.) on Sunday, March 20, 2011, the All Together Now: A Celebration of Service event was a historic night celebrating the essential role volunteerism plays in strengthening America.

Along with 2300 attendees, three of the four sitting presidents were present (Obama was traveling in South America; he taped a video tribute to President Bush.) Garth Brooks, Sheryl Crow, Kid Rock, Darius Rucker, Reba McEntire, and Carrie Underwood were among the entertainers.

Points of Light blog:

[…] Tonight we honor President and Mrs. George H. W. Bush for their leadership in founding and advancing the modern-day service movement in the Tribute event All Together Now: A Celebration of Service in Washington, D.C.
This historic event was created to celebrate the power of voluntary action and its essential role in solving our national challenges and to recognize everyone around the nation who are positively changing the lives of others. The audience is made up of many of the Daily Points of Light Award winners along with those who are closely connected to the service movement.

In a Fox News interview earlier this month President George H. W. Bush discussed the importance of volunteering and specifically Points of Light Institute saying: “I keep repeating there could be no definition of a successful life that does not include service to others. That is what the whole concept of Points of Light is about and volunteerism.”

President George H. W. Bush encourages everyone to get involved in civic service: “Get in the arena in doing something, making something happen, trying to benefit others, and that’s noble.”

Geroge H. W. Bush served as Pres Reagan's Vice President. In 1989, he succeeded Reagan in the presidency.

Neil Bush, son of the elder President Bush and Points of Light Board Chairman, said that his father helped launch the Points of Light Institute in 1990 “to inspire, equip and mobilize people to take action that changes the world.”

Bush’s commitment to public service dates back to World War II, when he became the youngest fighter pilot in the U.S. military. He followed his father, a Connecticut senator, into elective office as a Republican congressman from Houston from 1967 to 1971. Among the other lines on his long résumé: U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Republican National Committee chairman, U.S. envoy to China, CIA director, vice president and president.

Read more here.

Honoring President Bush: The Event

According to son Neil, the ever-modest elder President Bush needed a little arm twisting to go along with the celebration[…]. But he agreed to attend, given that the night is also about so many others who volunteer their time to their communities.

Not to be overlooked, former First Lady Barbara Bush has been a powerful advocate for family literacy:

The Points of Light gala will be broadcast for all to watch on Monday March 28th from 8-9 p.m. on NBC.

Thank you, President George H. W. Bush, for championing volunteerism. We greatly appreciate the exemplary service you and Mrs. Bush continue to give our nation.

UPDATE: It was an honor to see this article mentioned on the Points of Light Institute website!

► Jayde Wyatt

MRC’s Year in Review: A Look Back at the Top 10 Mitt Romney Articles of 2010

As Americans pause to review the past year and look ahead to 2011, I’d like to look back on what I feel were the top 10 articles here on MRC for 2010. The following articles demonstrate why this site has become a go-to source for Conservatives, TEA Partiers and Independents:

10. Nate Gunderson wrote a great article reviewing the first year of Mitt Romney Central and how successful our site has become. I think all of the team members here are grateful for the growth of MRC from a small site to becoming the ultimate destination for all Mitt Romney related news and articles.

9. MRC opened our Mitt Romney 2012 store this year which makes us a convenient source to purchase American-made products to proudly show support for Governor Romney!

8. Governor Romney released his highly anticipated new book in the March of this year. Luke Gunderson gave us sneak peak of No Apology: The Case for American Greatness – a tremendous must-have reference for anyone interested in getting America back on track.

7. Lots of work has been done behind the scenes here at MRC — and we have to give credit where credit is due. Our man Dave P. has researched and compiled tons of relevant info on all the major issues of our time. Dave has put in many hours of tedious work to create a library of recourses, where all Mitt Romney fans can go to get actual Mitt Romney quotes, videos, and links regarding his stance on issues such as Abortion, Immigration, and Health Care Reform.

6. A misconception about Mitt Romney s that he is a RINO. Aaron Gunderson wrote an great article addressing that very issue. It deserves to be read by every conservative as they ponder which 2012 candidate to support for the next presidential election. (I also recommend reading his follow up article explaining how a true conservative like Mitt Romney was a Tea Partier long before the Tea Party exploded onto national politics.)

5. We’ve seen many favorable polls here over the past year. Aaron Gundy’s post about the Marist 2012 GOP poll is a good reminder of why Mitt Romney will be a tough challenger for the 2012 as Mitt Romney as he receives support from diverse groups such as the Tea Party, Independents, college graduates, and women.

4. Bosman has written a series of excellent articles on RomneyCare but I like this article the most in which he clearly explains that we already have a health care mandate in the United States. He explains how Romney’s plan is different and emphasizes a crucial question: Should individuals pay for their own health care or pay for other people’s health care?

3. Rebel Ross’ article, So This is How Liberty Dies…With Thunderous Applause, is a powerful post lamenting loss of freedom that came with the passage of ObamaCare and strongly condemns political leaders in Congress who so foolishly patted themselves on the back for passing a law which undermines the freedoms that Americans enjoy. As one of my top three personal favorite posts on MRC, it is worth reading again.

2.  Vox Patriota’s article The Year of Our Obama is one the most compelling and impressive articles I’ve read on any site for why Barack Obama needs to be a one term president. Nate Gunderson listed this article as one of his favorite articles and its certainly another one of my top three favorite articles on MRC. It perfectly captures the collective frustration and anger that many conservatives, Independents, TEA Partiers, libertarians and growing wave of liberals feel towards him. As the 2012 elections comes closer, its worth reading again to remind ourselves why we need a man like Mitt Romney in office.

1. Jayde Wyatt’s post showing Mitt Romney’s Christmas card generated huge buzz on the internet as websites such as POLITICO, National Review, TIME, Hot Air, a prominent Canadian news site, Wonkette and Comedy Central’s Indecision Forever posted links to her article. It generated approximately 15,000 visitors to our site that day. Way to go, Jayde!!

All of us here look forward to 2011 — it will be an exciting year as the 2012 election starts to heat up and we continue to attract more fans of Mitt Romney. Thank you all for a fabulous 2010; here’s to another great year!

As we say goodbye to 2010 and welcome 2011, we wish everyone a happy and safe New Year’s eve and day!

-Jared A.

Veterans Day 2010: Gratefully, We Remember… From Mitt Romney Central

When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep? ~George Canning

We remember… November 11th, Veteran’s Day, commemorates the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, when the armistice signaling the end of World War I was signed. This wonderful federal holiday is a reminder to reflect upon all who have served honorably in our United States military – in wartime or peacetime.

No blog post could begin to convey the gratitude I personally feel for the blood, sweat, suffering, and sacrifice of lives changed, lives maimed, and lives lost… to gift me with the freedoms I enjoy as a United States citizen. I hope you’ll take some time to read a few comments from Vet that I’ve shared here. Included are a few photos I hope will stir your heart as they have mine:

Union Army 23rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry color guard - U.S. Civil War - June 11, 1861

VETERANS DAY is a very important day to me and my family. If it wasn’t for the VETERANS then we wouldn’t be enjoying the FREEDOMS that we have in the USA today and the world would be a chaotic mess. Our VETERANS and our ALLIES have made this a better world. We would be speaking Japanese or German today or be under Communistic domination if not for them. Our FREEDOMS would be a thing of the past. I’m honored to be able to go out to area schools and participate in VETERANS DAY programs. I encourage the students to find out who in their family is a veteran and to record their military career so that it can be passed on from one generation to the next. If we fail to ” Pass it on ” then it will be lost forever. Every basic right and freedom we have today has been paid for with the blood, sweat & tears of VETERANS. My great-grandpa Gentrup served in the Civil War, his son, my grandpa, served in the Spanish-American War and I have the Civil War discharge papers and the Spanish-American War Basic Training picture. My great uncle served in WWI and my father-in-law served in England, France, Belgium and Germany during WWII. I served with the 25th Infantry Division at Cu Chi, Vietnam for one year in 1967-68. My brother-in-law served during the Vietnam War in England and then in Thailand in the Air Force. I’m proud to be an AMERICAN VETERAN and so proud of the sacrifices the veterans have made. I lost 2 classmates in Vietnam and I’ll make sure that they are never forgotten. We need to teach the youth of America about our VETERANS and to show them respect. We also must teach them to respect the American Flag and teach them what it represents. I ask God to bless our VETERANS, those living and those who have passed on, bless our troops serving today and may God Bless the UNITED STATES of AMERICA. -PG Gentrup

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Mitt Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC: Most Money Raised & Distributed by Any Potential 2012 Candidates’ PAC

As Obama and the First Lady take a conveniently timed get-out-of-the-country junket to India to dance off their shellacking and Nancy Pelosi cracks her knuckles to become House Minority Leader, and with less than a week since midterms were held, it’s a good time to reflect on the indefatigable, eyeball-to-eyeball election work of Governor Mitt Romney.

In the past few months he stuffed his suitcase to travel to 30 states – yes, 30 – and campaigned for 60 candidates – most of the time doing multiple events for them in the same day. Putting money where one’s mouth is really counts at election time and Romney didn’t disappoint on that front, either. Impressively, Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC donated over $1.1 million to assist over 500 candidates across the USA – the most money raised and distributed by any potential 2012 candidates’ PAC.

Gov Romney summarized his perspective of the past several months in a post-election blog entry:

Reflections on Yesterday’s Results
Posted on November 03, 2010 by Mitt Romney

As I wrote in a new Washington Post op-ed this morning, Americans across the country have sent a very strong message to President Obama and his fellow travelers in Congress that they have had enough of their anti-growth, anti-investment, anti-jobs agenda.

Over the past two years, their policies scared employers, so jobs are scarce. The uncertainty and lack of predictability they created has caused businesses to shrink from spending and from hiring. Instead of helping to end the crisis, they made it deeper, longer and more painful.

But last night, we took a big first step toward getting our economy — and our country — back on the right track.

At last report, Republicans had regained control of the House with a net gain of over 60 seats, as well as seeing net gains of at least six seats in the Senate and at least six Governorships.

With your help, we’ve been working hard at my Free and Strong America PAC to spread the core principles that are at the heart of making America a stronger nation and which fortify our party — that a competitive America is one where taxes are low and government is small, that our military superiority must never be compromised, that our cultural values need to be cherished and that unleashing the power of the free market is key to our economic future.

All told, your support gave me the resources to campaign for over 60 candidates in over 30 states and my PAC contributed over $1.1 million in direct support to over 500 candidates and conservative causes across the nation.

Your support was critical to us giving candidates like South Carolina Governor-elect Nikki Haley the help she needed to win by providing the resources for me to travel to South Carolina on her behalf and send $63,000 in direct contributions to her campaign through my PAC. You also helped us campaign for and send nearly $17,000 in direct support to New Mexico’s Governor-elect Susana Martinez, who is our nation’s first Hispanic female to be elected governor.

This year I’ve also worked hard to promote our shared conservative ideals by giving speeches at the Conservative Political Action Conference, the Values Voter Summit, and the AEI World Forum, and delivering the Annual Reagan Lecture at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

In addition, I also had the opportunity to travel the country discussing my book, “No Apology: The Case for American Greatness.” It was great reconnecting with old friends and making new ones as I traveled across the country talking about what we need to do to ensure we remain the world’s economic and military superpower.

We should all be proud of what we’ve accomplished together this year, and I look forward to working with you in the months ahead to build upon these victories and ensure that America remains, as it always has been, the beacon of freedom and hope for the world.

In all the coverage read and seen of Romney’s midterm work, one could plainly sense the gravitas he brought to bear to each candidate’s campaigns. Also plain to see was the real appreciation and enthusiasm he felt for each candidate.

A look back at 2008 – Romney’s message is just as timely now, if not more so, than it was then:

In his quest to elect conservatives, who can count the number of speeches Gov Romney gave, the number of hours of missed of sleep, and the number of hands he shook? Impressive, indeed. By the way, there’s some talk floating around about whether the Tea Party will ‘invite‘ Romney to the 2012 table… Of all the 2012 potential candidates, he did the most to put tea in their pot!

America needs a talker…
who knows what he is talking about…
who is a doer.

► Jayde Wyatt

Romney Praises Candidates-Elect for GOP’s Sweeping Midterm Victory: “ Honor Pledge to America”

Mitt Romney on election night, Nov 2, 2010.

After all the candidates endorsed, flying coach across thousands of miles, pulling his suitcase in and out of hotel rooms, speeches given, funds raised, McDonalds meals on the road, and many days away from his beloved Ann, Governor Mitt Romney is delighted with yesterday’s election results.

Now that Romney has unlaced his elect-conservatives-running shoes, Jason Matter from Human Events was able to catch up with the him. Romney hopes Republicans keep their pledge:


With its historic gains in the House of Representatives, the biggest thing the GOP can do right now is “honor the Pledge to America,” Mitt Romney told HUMAN EVENTS. “This election was a referendum on Obama’s agenda,” and the electorate took a decisive stand against the Democrat Party’s “excessive spending, borrowing, and growth of government.”

“Our [GOP] majority is growing,” the former Massachusetts governor went on to say, noting that House Republicans will end up with a net gain of more than 60 seats in the House, easily blowing past the 39 they needed to regain the Majority.

While many conservatives are disappointed about the losses in Nevada and West Virginia, Romney said that Republicans should highlight their victories in New England, where GOP challengers Charlie Bass and Frank Guinta beat Democratic incumbents to take House seats and where Kelly Ayotte held on to Judd Gregg’s Senate seat.

“It goes to show you that when you have strong candidates with a compelling message, Independents will get behind you,” even in a blue state like New Hampshire. Asked if the impressive GOP showing inches him closer to a 2012 presidential run, Romney said he’s “not thinking about that right now.

“I’m basking in the delight of our historic news.”

(my emphasis)

Thank you, Governor Romney, for contributing so much toward yesterday’s GOP victories!

You deserve some time off. But, don’t be gone too long…

Sea of red! Midterm election House results 2010

Governor Mitt Romney

H/t to friend Frank

► Jayde Wyatt

Noted: Mitt Romney’s Work Ethic and Contributions to Elect Conservatives

After midterm votes have been counted, inquiring minds will focus like a laser on possible GOP presidential candidates and the race for 2012. Plan on plenty of speculation, anticipation, and investigation over the holidays. Once 2010 is ushered out and 2011 rung in, eagerness to hear presidential candidacy announcements will crescendo further with each passing week.

Meanwhile, the Washington Post has noted what Mitt Romney has been doing for nearly every waking moment for the major part of this year – helping conservatives get elected. They say Romney gets ready for 2012. Aaronius linked to this article when he posted the Romney-on-Hannity announcement.

DAYTON, OHIO – Mitt Romney ambled through the exhibits at the InfoTech 2010 conference here the other day, shaking hands, posing for photos, sneaking an occasional chocolate turtle and, ever the salesman, promoting the candidacy of yet another Republican candidate.

On this trip, he was stumping for Rob Portman, the Republican Senate candidate who is heavily favored to win his race Tuesday. Romney was self-effacing as he moved along the rows of exhibits. “This is Rob Portman, he’s running for Senate,” he said as he introduced the former congressman to a group at one exhibit. “I’d love for you to vote for him.”

All talk of a 2012 presidential candidacy was brushed aside. “I haven’t made that decision,” he said to one person who inquired about his plans. “I’m just working for this guy [Portman]. Let’s get this guy in.”

That’s been the Romney way this fall. Head down, low profile, tending to the business of deepening relationships in a Republican Party that turned aside his bid for the presidential nomination in 2008. While other potential GOP presidential candidates have sought or drawn attention this fall, Romney seemingly has done the opposite.

He has campaigned in 25 states since the summer, according to a list prepared by his staff. Just recently, he crossed the million-dollar mark in money contributed to other campaigns and candidates from his political action committee. The money has gone to 21 gubernatorial candidates, 25 Senate candidates, more than 200 House candidates and a slew of people running for state legislatures.

In the 2010 cycle, he has done events in 13 senatorial races and an equal number of congressional races, many of them fundraisers. He has appeared at 48 events for gubernatorial candidates and eight more for other candidates running for state office. He has recorded more than 30 radio or TV ads or robo calls for candidates. He has signed 95 letters, e-mails or invitations appealing for money for candidates or Republican Party committees.

On Monday night, Romney will appear on “The Sean Hannity Show” on Fox News. What’s notable about that is that it will mark one of his rare appearances on television this fall and a clear contrast to some of his potential 2012 rivals.

Sarah Palin attracts attention wherever she goes and is a Fox News contributor. Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, a 2008 presidential candidate who might run again in 2012, has his own program on Fox. Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker, is another Fox contributor. He has been lobbing rhetorical grenades at President Obama and the Democrats all year and now talks more openly than ever about running for president.

Romney has taken a different approach. His team has sworn off any public discussion about 2012. Their line is that all focus is on the midterms. What comes after that can wait until the votes are counted Tuesday. But Romney is no less methodical – and no doubt wiser – about how to prepare for a likely presidential campaign, having gone through the experience of running unsuccessfully in 2008.

“We’ve picked our spots all along,” said one Romney adviser, offering an insight into his boss’s thinking about appearing on television or at major events. “We only have him go out there when he has something interesting to say.”

(my emphasis)

Read more here.

Along with appearing on the Hannity TV show, on Monday (11/01/10), Romney will join John Loughlin for a Victory Rally in Rhode Island. Loughlin is running for the congressional seat formerly held by Patrick Kennedy:

From Loughlin:

October 29th, 2010
Please join me for a Victory Rally with Governor Mitt Romney on Monday, November 1 at 2pm. The rally will be at my campaign headquarters, 329 Warren Avenue in East Providence. This is a free event and we look forward to seeing lots of friends and supporters!

We are thrilled to have Governor Romney’s support and look forward to seeing him on Monday!

On Monday evening, Romney will stump for Jeff Perry who is running for congress in Massachusetts.

“The last time the White House answered an SOS call from Massachusetts Democrats it was to try to stop Scott Brown’s historic election to the U.S. Senate,” said former Governor Mitt Romney. “It didn’t work then, and it won’t work now. People are fed up with business as usual in Washington, and Jeff Perry is the best candidate to cut spending, reduce debt and create more jobs.”

A look at Romney’s activities on the campaign trail:

Romney’s non-stop work ethic will take him right down to the wire on November 2nd. We could use that kind of jaw-dropping, hands-on focus in the White House.

Remember this? Click on image to enlarge.

H/t to Rebel Ross for video link.

► Jayde Wyatt

Mitt Romney: Tele-Townhall for Sharron Angle, Goes to Iowa & S. Carolina, Announces Third Round of 10 for ’10

On this final week before midterm elections, Mitt Romney was fresh out of the starting gates – again.

Monday, Oct 25th – Governor Romney hosted a Tele-Townhall with Sharon Angle. The senatorial race between her and rival Harry Reid is nose-to-slightly-ahead-nose, with Angle polling at 49%. Reid is at 45%. Only 2% remain undecided with less than a week to go.

Despite aspersions cast on Romney’s and Reid’s religion from Angle’s former pastor, Sonrise Church Pastor John Reed, that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) is a “cult” with “kooky” beliefs, Romney’s conference call with Angle is evidence of his continued support for her and the conservative cause. Angle has distanced herself from Pastor Reed and hasn’t attended his Reno church for six years. Her campaign reiterated that, as a lifelong Christian, Angle shares similar values with members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, who comprise 7 percent of Nevada’s population.

Meanwhile, Harry Reid has been characterized as “running his election like there’s no tomorrow.” He called in his last-minute cavalry; President Obama stumped for him last Friday (Oct. 22nd). To help pump up his union support, Reid was supported by Senator Al Franken and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka at a rally in Reno yesterday (Tuesday, Oct. 26th).

Republican consultant Ryan Erwin:

“I think someone like Mitt Romney offering to help, being able to connect with voters… this is a candidate who in a multi-candidate field got more than 50 percent of the presidential caucus.”

Also, on Monday Oct 25th, Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC released its third 10 for ’10 – focusing on 10 Republican House candidates Romney supports in battleground states. Here are the latest candidates and states they represent: Sandy Adams – Fl, Rick Berg – ND, Sean Duggy – WI, Keith Fimian –VA, Ryan Frazier – CO, Ed Martin – MO, Kristi Noem – SD, Austin Scott – GA, Van Tran – CA, and Allen West – Fl.

Please support these candidates! You may read more here.

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Tuesday, Oct 26th On to Iowa!

Romney greets supporters at Branstad rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Oct 25, 2010

Romney stumped for former Iowa governor Terry Branstad, his running mate Lieutenant Governor nominee Kim Reynolds, and other GOP candidates at a “Road to Victory” morning rally in Cedar Rapids:

Radio Iowa:

Second district congressional candidate Mariannette Miller-Meeks is first to speak to the crowd.

The crowd cheered as a group of Iowa Republican candidates and the party’s chair entered the room. “Look what the bus brought in,” Miller-Meeks said, adding a few seconds later: ”Boy, the Winnebago can bring in a lot of people.” She also joked with the crowd about Romney wearing jeans on the campaign trail.

A tweet revealed Gov Romney’s response:

jmartpolitico: Romney in Dubuque explains his casual look compared to the other suit-wearing pols. “I’m unemployed.”

More from Radio Iowa:

Romney, who spoke for a little less than eight minutes, told the crowd liberals are trying to “smother that spirit of America,” and citizens across the country are responding.

“We’ve had a chance to see liberal policies in action and they have not worked and people are saying, ‘No more of that,’” Romney said. “We’ve watched what happened when they built their stimulus which didn’t create private sector jobs. It instead protected government workers and unions. It did not do what the economy needed, which was to stimulate investment and hiring in the private sector where jobs will stay and grow. And then we saw ObamaCare, We saw their cap and trade efforts and their card-check efforts, and so people have said,’Look, that liberal agenda doesn’t work.’”

Kim Reynolds, Lieutenant Governor nominee, introduced Mitt as “a great friend of Iowa.”

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

After firing up the crowd, Romney then traveled with the group to Dubuque for another rally:

Evening time found Governor Romney at the Scott County GOP Reagan Dinner where he was the featured speaker. The gala event was held at the Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf.

Branstad maintains a double-digit lead over Democratic incumbent Chet Culver.

Today, Romney is off to South Carolina, where he’ll be campaigning and fundraising for Senator Mick Mulvaney.

(H/t Bosman for Iowa videos)

► Jayde Wyatt

Romney Marathon: Endorsements & New Initiative, Holds Tele-Townhall, Stumps for Emmer, Meeks, Walker, Portman, Pennsylvania GOP – Goes to MN, WI, OH, D.C.

Mitt Romney just completed another bustling week of midterm campaigning. What did he accomplish? Take a look:

Governor Romney’s schedule for October 18-22, 2010

Monday, Oct 18, 2010:
» Announces Minnesota endorsements

» Campaigns in Minnesota with Tom Emmer and Annette Meeks

As they say in the news business, Mitt Romney was a good get for Tom Emmer.

Not only did the former governor of Massachusetts and GOP presidential contender attract some 200 donors at a $500-a-plate fundraising dinner for Emmer Monday, he later worked up a crowd at a rally at the Ramada Hotel in Bloomington.

With just two weeks before the election, Emmer needs to rouse every base within the Republican base, from the fiscal conservatives to the Tea Party discontents to the patriots.

Romney, who sounds and looks like a corporate CEO, rolled up his sleeves and delivered a brief speech to a crowd of about 500 at the rally. He didn’t focus on fiscal conservatism as anticipated, but on the new social hot buttons: the Constitution, patriotism and American exceptionalism.

“It’s not just about failed policies in Washington,” Romney said. “Liberals are changing the very face of America. We are a nation of pioneers and liberals are trying to smother that spirit.

“America needs no apologies to the world,” he said. “The best ally peace has ever known is the United States of America.”

The crowd gave him love as he doffed his jacket and worked the line of attendees for pictures.

Minnesota’s GOP candidate for governor was impressed as well.

“Mitt Romney, wow — he is really a standard bearer for American exceptionalism,” Emmer said in an interview after the rally. “Yes, he just touched on the fiscal policy. But people in Minnesota that I meet, we know what the problems are. When you remind people it’s about the American spirit, you heard them here tonight — they don’t want leaders who apologize for America.”

(my emphasis)

» Announces endorsements in Wisconsin

» Campaigns with Scott Walker in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Two of the biggest names in Republican politics – possible 2012 presidential contender Mitt Romney and rising GOP star Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal – came to Wisconsin on Monday to raise money and campaign for gubernatorial candidate Scott Walker.

Romney and Jindal made the latest in a series of visits to Wisconsin by high-wattage political figures – from President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and first lady Michelle Obama to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

In Milwaukee, Walker, the Milwaukee County executive, and Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, spoke to more than 200 people at a $250-a-plate fund-raiser at the Italian Community Center. In Madison, Walker and Jindal hosted about 300 people at a $75 per-person reception at the Sheraton Madison Hotel.

Attendees could meet with the hosts in more intimate settings for $5,000 per couple. The campaign declined to say how much the two events raised.

Romney and Jindal briefly took questions from reporters at both stops, but the events themselves were closed to the news media.

Afterward at a news conference, Romney said his trip to Milwaukee had been planned some time ago.

“Scott’s just opened up such a big lead – he’s doing better,” Romney said.

As if to underscore that point, a new poll Monday showed Walker with a 9 point lead over Democrat and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. Walker had 50% and Barrett had 41% in the poll of 402 registered likely voters by Wisconsin Public Radio and St. Norbert College in De Pere. The poll was conducted Oct. 12-15 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points.

“But you can’t become too complacent,” Romney said. “Things can happen in the waning weeks.  . . .  So it’s important for us to touch the bases of those races where myself and people like me can hopefully make a difference.”

Jindal said voters were drawn to Walker because of his pledge to cut the size of government. “He understands we can’t tax, borrow and spend our way back to prosperity,” Jindal said of Walker.

For more on the Tom Emmer fundraiser, click here. More on the Minnesota and Wisconsin events can be found here.

Wednesday, Oct 20, 2010:
» Campaigns for Rob Portman in Ohio

Ohio Senate Republican hopeful Rob Portman introduces Mitt Romney to Michael Bridges at InfoTech 2010. Bridges' company was one of many exhibiting at the defense contractor technology conference.

DAYTON — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rob Portman brought potential 2012 presidential contender Mitt Romney along with him Wednesday during a campaign stop at the Dayton Convention Center.

Ret. Air Force General Lester L. Lyles, left, shares a laugh with Romney & Rob Portman at InfoTech 2010 in Dayton, OH. 10/20/10 - A/P Photo Skip Peterson

Portman and Romney shook hands and posed with corporate executives and others for photographs as they worked the red, white and blue-decked aisles where defense contracting companies had technology displays at the InfoTech convention and trade show. The Dayton event annually brings Air Force and business leaders together for discussions of military hardware and software needs.

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and 2008 presidential contender, accompanied Portman to a private fundraising lunch in the Dayton area before appearing at the InfoTech convention, said Jessica Towhey, a Portman campaign spokeswoman. Towhey declined to say how much money the event raised.

Romney, considered a likely front-runner for the Republicans’ 2012 presidential nomination, declined to say when he will formally announce that he is running again for the White House.

“That’s not a decision I’ll make for some time. I don’t know when that will come, but certainly after November,” Romney said. “I’m here to support Rob Portman in his race for the Senate, and also (governor candidate) John Kasich and other Republicans across the state, and I’m doing my best to help raise money and bring a little awareness of the strong candidates we’ve got.”

Romney TwitPic: "Talking with Hank and Tony at the Waffle House in Dayton, OH. Oct 20, 2010

Thursday, October 21, 2010
» Holds luncheon in Washington, D.C.

Mitt Romney and two of his senior aides are holding a small lunch in Washington today to brief GOP lobbyists and potential 2012 supporters on what the former governor and his PAC have done for candidates this cycle.

“Spencer Zwick, Finance Director and Matt Rhoades, Executive Director will join the Governor at lunch to give an update on the political activities of the Free and Strong America PAC,” wrote Drew Maloney, one of Romney’s top K Street backers, in an e-mail sent by another lobbyist to POLITICO. “The Governor has traveled across the country supporting many state and federal candidates. The PAC has given more than $800,000 to federal candidates and raised millions for many of the competitive races.”

The gathering, to take place at a downtown restaurant, will be held in a room that only seats about 20-25 people, Maloney wrote. It’s not a fundraiser.

(my emphasis)

Friday, Oct 22, 2010
» Announces second phase of Take America Back: 10 for ’10 Initiative
» Holds Tele-Townhall for Pennsylvania GOP candidates

Could Romney pack any more into his schedule? Just 10 days until the BIG day… The Gov continues to GO!

Mitt Romney Announces 10 for ’10 Initiative – Going Full Court Press in Final Election Day Countdown

Despite the fact that Mitt Romney has been extremely busy making endorsements and campaigning all across America, he is pulling out all the stops in the final two weeks of the November 2010 election.  Recently, Romney’s Free And Strong American PAC announced the “Take Congress Back: 10 for ’10 Initiative.” The purpose of this initiative is to provide the necessary tools for citizens to make a difference for 10 House challengers in key battleground contests who have received endorsements by Mitt Romney.

Ronald Reagan declared that “America is a shining city upon a hill whose beacon light guides freedom-loving people everywhere.” Our President prefers to hide the lamp of freedom under a bushel. Romney is unapologetic about the greatness of our country.  However, the brightness of the light of freedom does not depend entirely on the President, Congress or the Supreme Court. It will burn only as brightly as the citizens of America want it to.  Therefore, it is the duty of each one of us to ensure the light of freedom does not dim. This is the election where normal everyday citizens will have a direct impact on the course our nation takes.

America did not gain its independence from England through some government entity. We gained our freedom through the sacrifice and contributions of individuals. While we study the names of great leaders, we dare not forget the nameless men and women who also had a role in history. Through their efforts, they determined the outcome of our country.

Those who fought in the Revolutionary war and in subsequent generations have made their personal, quiet, and private contributions to ensure the beacon of freedom is always shining. Mitt Romney is doing all he can, as well. What will your contribution be for our great nation in the remaining days of this election? How will you make a difference?

Mitt Romney Helps Pennsylvania GOP Candidates via Tele-Townhall

Governor Mitt Romney continues his all-fired up efforts to take back America and help Republicans fire Pelosi. As part of his tremendous 10 for ’10 Initiative, he’s working the phones today for Pennsylvania!


Mitt Romney Tele-Townhall on Friday
10:00 am to 11:00 am

On Friday October 22nd, Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney will be conducting a tele-town hall with PaGOP Chairman Rob Gleason. This is a great opportunity for you to hear directly from a national party leader. It is clear that the stakes are high for this upcoming election.

The Republican Party of Pennsylvania is hard at work to ensure we elect Tom Corbett as our new Governor, send Pat Toomey to the U.S. Senate and elect eight new Republican Congressman to help “Fire Pelosi”. Governor Romney will discuss the upcoming elections and how they are critical to the future of our commonwealth and country.

We will be listening to the conference call from our headquarters on Friday at 10am, and hope you will join us to listen in on this rare opportunity!

Good luck to GOP candidates in the Keystone State!

H/t Dan

► Jayde Wyatt