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Four Oregon Candidates Endorsed by Mitt Romney

Mt. Hood overlooking Portland, Oregon



Mitt Romney’s diligence on the endorsement front is energizing Republican candidates across the country. Four candidates from the northwestern region of the USA have been singled out today. Here’s the latest from Free and Strong on oh-so-grand Oregon: 

Today, Mitt Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC announced the endorsement of the following four Oregon candidates and said it is contributing a total of $17,500 to their campaigns:

Chris Dudley: Chris Dudley, a successful businessman, philanthropist, and former professional basketball player, is running to become Oregon’s next Governor. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.chrisdudley.com.

Congressman Greg Walden: Congressman Greg Walden currently represents the 2nd Congressional District of Oregon and is running for reelection. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.waldenforcongress.com.

State Representative Scott Bruun: Scott Bruun, a state representative and businessman, is running to represent Oregon’s 5th Congressional District. For more information about him and his campaign, visitwww.joinscott.com.

Rob Cornilles: Rob Cornilles, a successful business owner and active community leader, is running to represent Oregon’s 1st Congressional District. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.cornillesforcongress.com.

The PAC also announced that it is sending Dudley’s gubernatorial campaign a $10,000 contribution, and that it is sending the Congressional campaigns of Walden, Bruun, and Cornilles each a $2,500 contribution

Governor Romney’s statement:

“Rather than enacting pro-growth policies that will encourage private sector growth and put people back to work, far too many of our leaders are instead turning to the false promises of big government and slowing our economic recovery. Oregon – and our nation – needs leaders who will say no to the culture of higher taxes, higher spending, and higher debt, and that is why I am proud to stand with these candidates today,” said Romney.

Regarding the gubernatorial race between Romney-endorsed Chris Dudley and opponent John Kitzhaber (D), Chris Cillizza (The Fix) adds this today:

Romney’s endorsement of Dudley comes as the Beaver State’s gubernatorial race is heating up. The most recent independent poll — conducted by Survey USA — in the race, conducted last month, showed Dudley and former Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) essentially tied at 46 percent to 44 percent.

Kitzhaber told the Democratic Governors Association last week not to air a TV ad that the committee was planning to run against Dudley. The DGA refrained from airing the ad but is still planning to spend on the race.

Kitzhaber trails Dudley in the money race; as of early July, Dudley had $263,000 on hand while Kitzhaber had $210,000.

Visit Oregon!

Take a moment to click on the links above and learn more about these outstanding candidates.

Thumbs up for Dudley, Walden, Bruun, and Cornilles!

► Jayde Wyatt

Mitt Romney Tips Hat for Arizona Congressional Candidate Jesse Kelly

Tucson, Arizona sunset

Arizona’s 8th Congressional District hopeful, Jesse Kelly, has lassoed an endorsement from Mitt Romney:

Tucson, AZ

Governor and business leader Mitt Romney and his Free and Strong America PAC are pleased to announce their endorsement of Jesse Kelly for Congress in Arizona’s Eighth District. Jesse is a project manager with his family’s construction business, a Marine combat veteran and a proud husband and father.

Jesse Kelly AZ 8th

Governor Romney notes Jesse’s business experience and his record of leadership as a combat Marine in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Gov. Romney had this to say about Jesse, “I am particularly impressed with his practical conservative solutions to get Americans back to work. It is time to send businesspeople with experience in creating private sector jobs and balancing budgets to Washington.”

In responses to Gov. Romney’s support, Jesse stated, “I am excited to accept the endorsement of a leader like Governor Mitt Romney. We must apply innovative solutions to the budget issues facing America. Gov. Romney and I share the same philosophy for putting America in a more competitive position and expanding the economy.”

Jesse Kelly is the Republican nominee for Arizona’s Eighth Congressional District in the southeastern region of the state.

(emphasis mine)

Jim Kelley from TucsonCitizen.com adds:

His [Romney’s] recognition is based on Mr. Kelly’s strong business experience and proven solutions that work.

Although Mitt Romney said he has not made the decision to run for President in 2012, he is the one the GOP is most likely to give frontrunner status to soon. Many view him as the man most likely to unite the conservatives and the pragmatists in the GOP.

(emphasis mine)

UPDATE: Having found a video specifically for Tucson, I changed videos. Even though it’s slightly blurry at first, you’ll be able to get a feel for the area:

For a look at some of the desert critters in Tucson, click here.

It can’t be said of candidate Kelly that he is all hat and no cattle.

Good luck, Jesse!

► Jayde Wyatt

Obama’s Flatline Economy: Will He Heed Mitt Romney’s Advice? New GOP Ad

Barack Obama and Joe Biden’s Summer of Recovery Tour has morphed into a Summer of Flummery Side Show. As Obama jets across the country (vacationing between stops) reiterating rock-solid confidence that his economic policies are piloting our nation in the right direction, jobless claims have sprung to the highest levels since the middle of last November (500,000 Americans filed for unemployment the first time last week). Economists are increasingly fearful about the durability of this fragile jobLESS recovery. $862 BILLION stimulus dollars later, Obama’s failure to grow the economy in any significant way or create private-sector jobs is a reality Americans grapple with every day. Glossy talk isn’t hiding the tragedy… 

August 3, 2010 – Peter Marshall (BBC) looks at America’s new poor in Nevada:


(A somber reminder of the necessity to defeat Harry Reid. Support  Sharron Angle!)

From Keith Hennessey (New York Daily News contributor) Aug 16, 1020:

At 9.5% the unemployment rate is 1.8 percentage points higher today than when the President took office. There are 3.3 million fewer U.S. jobs than there were in January 2009. The U.S. economy has lost jobs in 12 of the 18 months since he has been office, including the last two months.

In early August of last year, the President declared that, thanks in part to his policies, the U.S. economy was “pointed in the right direction.” We have lost jobs in six of the 12 months since then, for a net decline of 52,000 jobs. The 9.4% unemployment rate when he made this statement climbed to 10.1% and has since declined to 9.5%, still higher than it was last August.

The President signed into law a $682 billion stimulus law and two health laws that will create $788 billion of new entitlements over the next decade. Combine these with countless other smaller spending bills, several of which were labeled as emergencies and therefore not paid for, and the U.S. government is $2.5 trillion more in debt than on the day this President took office. That’s $8,000 more debt for every American man, woman, and child.

Wedged into Obama’s red-ink Stimulus Bill are expenditures that make Americans livid. At an oversight report press conference on August 3, 2010, Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) revealed Obama’s head-shaking one billion $ earmark of waste, abuse, and fraud in 100 frivolous stimulus projects. They called it Obama’s Summertime Blues. Here are a few examples of liberal congressional claptrap:

• $554,763 – Forest Service to replace windows in closed Mount St. Helens visitor center
• $762,372 – create “Dance Draw” interactive dance software
• $62 million – tunnel to nowhere Pittsburg, PA – even Governor, Ed Rendell called “a tragic mistake”
• $1.9 million – international ant research
• $1.8 million – road project that is threatening a pastor’s home
• $308 million – joint clean energy venture with…BP
• $89,298 – replace new sidewalk that leads to a ditch in Boynton, OK
• $3.8 million – “streetscaping” project that has reduced traffic, caused a business to fire two employees
• $16 million – help Boeing clean up environmental mess it created in 2007
• $200,000 – help Siberian communities lobby Russian policy makers
• $39.7 million – upgrade statehouse, political offices in Topeka, KS
• $760,000 – Georgia Tech to study improvised music
• $700,000 – study why monkeys respond negatively to inequity
• $193,956 – study voter perceptions of economic stimulus
• $363,760 – help NIH promote positive impacts of stimulus projects
• $456,663 – study circulation of Neptune’s atmosphere
• $529,648 – study effects of local populations on the environment…in Himalayas

To read the full McCain/Coburn report, continue here.

With the United States $2.5 TRILLION deeper in debt than on the day Obama was sworn into office (that’s $8,000 more debt for every American man, woman, and child) the Republican National Committee recently got creative and made an ad spoofing Steve Slater, Obama’s low poll numbers, Democrats, and mid-term elections:

Mitt Romney cares deeply about unemployed Americans and is laboring unceasingly to help elect candidates this fall who share his concerns. He published a plan yesterday which outlines how to remove uncertainty from the market, jump-start jobs, and grow the economy. (See Nate’s article here.)

From Romney’s book No Apology p. 167:

Our big government debt problem is not a Democrat problem – it is a Democrat and Republican problem. […] Neither party has been willing to say no to the people who want more and more from government. Saying yes wins votes. Saying no means concession speeches. But what America faces today calls for truth, and having just experienced a brush with economic collapse, the American people are ready for truth. They know that if we go on borrowing, we will do to the country what was done to Lehman and AIG and General Motors and to millions of homeowners. Except in the country’s case, there is no one that could bail us out.

If we wisely begin to reform entitlements and commit to live within our means, we will accomplish for our children what our parents did for us: Bestow upon them an America that is stronger and more prosperous even than what we have known. We do not have to become the “worst American generation.” There is still time to correct our course – barely.

Will Obama heed Governor Romney’s advice?

 

UPDATE 8/20/10: Obama now blames poor job numbers on congressional inaction. Wait! His party runs Congress. Is this the start of buddy-bickering within the Democratic huddle? Read more here.

Mitt Romney to Speak at New Hampshire GOP Fundraiser – Hope He Drives His Truck

Wolfeboro, New Hampshire and scenic shores of Lake Winnipesaukee

Guess who the Special Guest is at the New Hampshire Republican State Committee’s fundraiser tomorrow, August 12th? That’s right – Granite State resident, Governor Mitt Romney. Billed as an Evening on the Lake Reception, the event will be held at a private home in Tuftonboro, not far from Wolfeboro where Romney lives. The fun begins at dusk (5:30 PM -  7:30 PM). 
 

From Politicalticker

Earlier this summer, in what looked like another move towards a possible run for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, Romney donated $20,000 to the Republican Party of New Hampshire. According to a state GOP spokesman, Romney’s contributed $30,000 since the beginning of this election cycle. 

New Hampshire plays a crucial role in presidential politics, as its primary historically kicks off the presidential primary season.[...] 

Through his Free and Strong America PAC, Romney has endorsed over 100 Republican candidates so far this 2010 midterm election cycle. [...]

Romney also helped raise money for the NH GOP when he delivered the keynote address for New Hampshire’s House Republican Victory PAC fundraiser on August 5th – you know, the one where he drove his truck to get there(Why, the audacity! The impertinence! How dare he be a regular truck-driving citizen in the free land of America?!)

Tuftonboro, NH, where the Evening on the Lake Reception is being held, is about six miles from Wolfeboro, where Mitt and Ann live. With their well-known love for Lake Winnepesaukee and its small-town ambience, it’s no surprise they are enjoying the beauty of their surroundings through the summer. I hope Mitt rolls up to the ‘reception on the lake’ behind the steering wheel of his truck -with dings, scratches, and the usual stray leaves and skiffs of dirt in its bed – just to be his regular self and further the ambience 

Five summers ago, on July 31, 2005, when talk about a possible Romney presidential run was the buzz, Eric Moskowitz from the Concord Monitor wrote: 

WOLFEBORO – Here, Romney’s just one of the crowd
Save for the time two summers ago that Mitt Romney and his sons used Jet Skis to rescue a family of sinking boaters, the Massachusetts governor and potential presidential candidate has generally kept a low profile when visiting his summer home, out at the end of Clark Point.
[...]
He’s a regular at a couple of local businesses and has been known to ride his bicycle to Bailey’s Bubble for ice cream on Saturday nights.

“He doesn’t jump out and say, ‘Here I am, world,’” said Bob Hughes, the local real estate broker who sold Romney his house. “He very much fits into the community without raising a fuss. It’s fun to see him in town.”
[...]
Paul Skowron, the Wolfeboro town manager, lives up the block from Romney, in a Cape-style house on Greenleaf. “From my perspective, the family has been friendly, the family has been courteous,” Skowron said. “When they first moved to the neighborhood, they took the opportunity to introduce themselves to as many people as they could.”
[...]
Romney slips into town with relative ease, since his home is a mile and a half from the center by car or bike and a more direct route by boat. He can be seen at Bradley’s Hardware on Railroad Avenue once or twice a weekend, the employees said. 

“He’s a very, very friendly person,” said Jim Savage, who works at Bradley’s. “If you didn’t know who he was, you wouldn’t realize he was there. He comes in ratty jeans and a T-shirt and just blends with everybody else.” 

(emphasis mine)

Here’s a video someone made which captures the beauty and down-home feel of life at Lake Winnipesaukee – gives a jeans ‘n T-shirt taste of why Mitt and Ann love this place. Skip ahead to 1:38. (I saw a few trucks, too!):

 

A peek at Wolfeboro, NH:

 

Lake Winnipesaukee was known by native Americans as ‘Smile of the Great Spirit’. 

For an aerial view of Wolfeboro, click here

To glimpse picturesque Wolfeboro in the winter, click here.

Governor Romney, thanks for the extraordinary fundraising, speeches, and behind-the-scenes work you’re doing to help elect conservatives this fall. Hope you and Ann continue to enjoy a regular jeans ‘n T-shirt Wolfeboro summer. And, from all of us at MRC, give your truck a pat on the hood…

Indefatigable Mitt Romney: In Ohio with John Kasich & Rob Portman, New SC, UT, MA Endorsements, Brandstad’s Backing Doubled

Unflagging in his quest to change the direction America is going by helping to elect conservatives this fall, diligent Mitt Romney recently endorsed another spate of candidates. His enthusiasm and energy were felt in Mansfield, Ohio yesterday:  

WMFD – Ohio Gubernatorial Candidate Republican John Kasich and his running mate State Auditor Mary Taylor stopped by the WMFD TV studios Friday during their campaign stop in Mansfield. 

They arrived with the support of a very special guest former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney

Kasich says during his campaign they are focusing on the biggest issue the state is facing which is the loss of 400,000 jobs. 

(emphasis mine) 

To see video of Romney, Kasich, and Taylor click here.

Mitt Romney enjoying time with John Kasich and running mate Mary Taylor pre-TV interview Mansfield, Ohio June 25, 2010

UPDATE: A luncheon fundraiser with Romney and Kasich was also part of the day’s activities. Read more here.

Romney and Kasich in Mansfield

While writing this, I noticed Governor Romney had tweeted the following a few hours earlier: “Excited to be with Ohio’s next Senator @robportman tonight. His campaign needs your support.” Obviously, Mitt’s schedule in Ohio yesterday was full. No grass grows under his feet! (Check back for information.)

South Carolina
Besides endorsing Nikki Haley for governor in S. Carolina, Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC has announced three more SC endorsements: 

Senator Jim DeMint: Senator Jim DeMint currently serves the people of South Carolina in the U.S. Senate and is running for reelection. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.jimdemint.com

State Senator Mick Mulvaney: A current member of the South Carolina State Senate, businessman, and attorney, Mick Mulvaney is running to represent South Carolina’s 5th Congressional District. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.mulvaneyforcongress.com

State Representative Tim Scott: A current member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, Tim Scott is running to represent South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.votetimscott.com

The PAC also announced that it is sending Scott’s Congressional campaign a $2,500 contribution, and that it has already contributed $5,000 to DeMint’s U.S. Senate campaign and $2,500 to Mulvaney’s Congressional campaign. 

“Instead of working to strengthen our economy, President Obama and the liberals in Congress are more interested in growing government. Whether it’s a costly stimulus bill, auto company bailouts, cap-and-trade, job-killing card check legislation, or a health care law that imposes higher taxes, cuts Medicare, and contains insurance price controls, they have come down on the side of big government over and over again. That is why it is critical that we elect leaders like DeMint, Mulvaney, and Scott who will focus on getting our economy back on track,” said Romney. 

Utah
After Mike Lee’s win as the Republican nominee for Utah’s U.S. Senate seat last Tuesday, Romney issued this endorsement: 

“Last night, the people of Utah voted and chose Mike Lee as the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate. He will be a strong voice for Utah – and the nation – in the fight against the Washington culture of higher taxes, higher spending, and higher debt, and I am proud to stand with him today. Mike Lee is part of a strong group of Utah candidates including Governor Gary Herbert, Congressman Rob Bishop, Congressman Jason Chaffetz, and Morgan Philpot who will fight every day to put people back to work and get our economy back on track.” 

Additional Utah candidates will receive a total of $12,500 from Romney’s PAC to help with their campaigns: 

Governor Gary Herbert: Gary Herbert currently serves as the Governor of Utah and is running for reelection. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.garyherbert.com

Mike Lee: Mike Lee, an attorney who previously served as General Counsel to Governor Huntsman, a clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Alito, and an Assistant U.S. Attorney, is now running for U.S. Senate in Utah. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.mikelee2010.com

Congressman Rob Bishop: Rob Bishop currently represents Utah’s 1st Congressional District and is running for reelection. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.votebishop.com

Congressman Jason Chaffetz: Jason Chaffetz currently represents Utah’s 3rd Congressional District and is running for reelection. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.jasonforcongress.com

Morgan Philpot: Morgan Philpot, previously served the people of Utah as a State Representative and is now running to represent Utah’s 2nd Congressional District. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.philpotforcongress.com

The PAC is sending the following contributions to each of the federal candidates: $5,000 to Lee’s U.S. Senate campaign, and $2,500 each to the Congressional campaigns of Bishop, Chaffetz, and Philpot. 

Iowa
Romney doubles Branstad backing

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has given a fresh contribution of $10,000 to former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad’s campaign, doubling Romney’s previous donation to Branstad’s effort to reclaim his old office. 

Branstad won the GOP nomination for governor on June 8 and enters the general election against incumbent Democratic Gov. Chet Culver as a favorite in the polls. If Branstad is victorious in November, he would be the highest ranking official in the state when it holds its first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses in 2012.
[…] 

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin also endorsed Branstad and Haley, though in both cases her support came after Romney had announced his. Another former 2008 presidential candidate, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, backed losing candidates in both primaries, supporting conservative activist Bob Vander Plaats in Iowa and Lt. Gov. André Bauer in South Carolina. 

Massachusetts 

Romney is endorsing MA state Rep. Karyn Polito’s bid for state treasurer.

UPDATE: California
Romney has endorsed Carly Fiorina (former CEO of Hewlett-Packard Company) who is running for U.S. Senate in California. To support Fiorina, click here.
(h/t to Frank)

Let’s keep busy man Romney in funds! Donate to Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC!

Mitt Romney Endorses Idaho GOP Candidates: Otter, Crapo, Simpson, and Labrador

Emphasizing the need for leaders who oppose the culture of out-of-control spending, higher taxes, and unsustainable debt, Mitt Romney has endorsed four GOP Idaho candidates. Governor Butch Otter, Senator Mike Crapo, Congressman Mike Simpson, and ID State Rep Raul Labrador have Romney’s backing. Funds totaling $15,000 from Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC will go to their campaigns. 

Governor Romney, thanks for working over-time and giving so much!    

Romney Announces Idaho Endorsements

Today, Mitt Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC announced the endorsement of the following four Idaho candidates and that it is sending them a total of $15,000 in contributions. 

Governor Butch Otter: Butch Otter currently serves as Governor of Idaho and is running for reelection. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.otter4idaho.com.Senator Mike Crapo: Mike Crapo currently serves the people of Idaho in the U.S. Senate and is running for reelection. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.crapoforsenate.com.

Congressman Mike Simpson: Mike Simpson currently represents the 2nd Congressional District of Idaho and is running for reelection. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.simpsonforcongress.com

Raul Labrador: Raul Labrador, an Idaho State Representative and successful small businessman, is running to represent the 1st Congressional District of Idaho. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.labrador4idaho.com

The PAC also announced that it is sending Governor Otter and Senator Crapo each a $5,000 contribution, and that it is sending Congressman Simpson and Raul Labrador each a $2,500 contribution. 

“Rather than focusing on getting our economy back on track, far too many of our leaders are more interested in promoting policies that will expand the size of government and drive us further into debt. We need leaders who will stand up to the culture of higher spending, higher taxes, and higher debt, and that is why I am proud to endorse Governor Otter, Senator Crapo, Congressman Simpson, and Raul Labrador,” said Romney. 

These endorsements are another in a series of state rollouts of the PAC’s 2010 endorsements, which are aimed at electing conservative candidates who will work to lower taxes and spending, restore commonsense principles to healthcare and get our economy moving again. As part of this program, Romney’s PAC also has announced endorsements in Ohio, Missouri, California, Pennsylvania, Hawaii, Nevada, Illinois, Georgia, Texas, and Indiana. 

Must See TV: Dems Honor Mitt Romney with an Attack Ad

I believe the DNC has unwittingly cemented Mitt Romney as the leader of the Obama opposition:

Their attempt to paint Mitt Romney as the best friend of Wall Street falls flat as they offer nothing but sound bites of Mitt Romney making very good points: 1 – Obama is scapegoating and looks to place blame on Wall Street, 2 – greed on Wall Street is nothing new and is not the only source of the failure of our economy.

DNC spokesman Hari Sevugan thinks he has the dirt on Mitt Romney:

Mitt Romney’s ‘no apology’ book tour is appropriately named. He offers no apology for Wall Street speculators whose irresponsible behavior jeopardized our economy. He offers no apology for bailed out banks who took taxpayer money with one hand and then handed out giant bonuses to their executives with the other. And he offers no apology for an insurance industry which keeps hiking up rates on our families while engaging in unconscionable practices that denies care when people need it the most. Mitt Romney has made it crystal clear – he and the Republican party are on the side of Wall Street and insurance companies, and not the side of the American people. And that’s just sorry.

The response from Romney’s spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom:

It’s sad that President Obama feels the need to cover up his own failings on the economy by engaging in Washington-style attack politics, which do nothing to put unemployed Americans back to work.

My response to Mr. Sevugan: Turn that finger around and point it back at yourself! Mitt Romney need not apologize for those problems because he has absolutely nothing to do with them. The Obama administration is in power right now. Not the Romney administration, nor even the Bush administration. Misappropriated taxpayer money should have been monitored by the current administration. Trying to pinpoint fault on excessive executive bonuses is missing the forest for the trees. The economy was in shambles when Obama took office, what has he done to improve it? Nothing but spend like a runaway train, with no real benefit to the economy whatsoever!

This chart explains best perhaps why the Obama administration is seeking place blame elsewhere:

economy chart

Chart Source: Innocent Bystanders Blog

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NRSC Web Ad, “Who’s The Real Party Of Wall Street?” I include this because it so clearly points out the hypocrisy of the DNC’s ad and their efforts to scapegoat Wall Street in general.

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Why did the DNC single out Mitt Romney?

Brad Woodhouse, a spokesman for the D.N.C., said the organization singled out Mr. Romney because he’s been one of the most frequent critics of the legislation and the president’s economic agenda. Mr. Woodhouse explained the reasoning this way: “Well – for one – he’s been out saying what other Republicans believe but are scared to say – that it’s Main Street families and businesses that are to blame for their bad choices and not the big banks or Wall Street. He’s also been very active in speaking out against this – and since he purports to be and aspires to be a leader of their party – we’ll highlight his words and let other Republicans embrace or disavow.”

Thanks Brad for pointing out that Romney “has been one the most frequent critics of the legislation.” But at the same time, you willfully misquote Romney when you say that he blames main street or businesses. If you took some time to read his book you would see that Romney places the blame for the woeful economy and down-turned housing market on not one group but several groups or individuals. (see below)

Who is to blame for the collapse of the housing market and economy?
(Source: Mitt Romney’s book No Apology pgs. 142,143)

  • Clinton Administration for pressuring Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to offer risky loans to those who could not afford them.
  • Wall Street dealers who over-leveraged themselves. These brokers sliced and redistributed the mortgages – “a technique that most believed would spread the risk while in fact it was spreading the disease.”
  • Lazy investors who “were so anxious to get the higher interest rates provided by these securities that they failed to look into the creditworthiness of the borrowers.
  • The Federal Reserve failed to recognize that the vast numbers of mortgages in 2006 were sub-standard. An additional contributor to the problem was the fact that the Feds kept interest rates low in effort to avoid deflation. They succeeded in that, but unintentionally allowed people to buy larger homes with variable mortgage rates that were very low, but would certainly not last.
  • Bank regulators failed to recognize that the mortgage-based securities were extremely high risk.
  • Ratings agencies “should have done their job and busted pretenders”
  • The treasury secretary and congressional oversight committees for sheer lack of oversight.
  • Senator Chris Dodd and Congressman Barney Frank for pushing “destructive government policies.”
  • And lastly George W. Bush because the buck stops at the President. He can’t avoid some of the blame “nor to his credit has he tried to.”

What Caused Our Economic Crisis?
This video is very fast-paced but it is packed with relevant information. Though I don’t like the style or music a whole lot, it is vital that Americans understand to info provided.

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The clear winner in the DNC attack ad? Mitt Romney. The DNC didn’t win any additional support from Dems as they already hate Wall Street. What they have done is given disenfranchised independents and conservatives alike a leader to rally around for the 2010 and 2012 elections. Thanks for the free publicity!

~Nate Gunderson

UPDATE from Ross:

Mitt Responds:

“Frankly, I don’t believe in discriminating against anybody, regardless of the street they’re from.

You see, all the streets in America are connected, and scape-goating and demonizing individuals based on where they live or where they work is a big mistake.”

Breaking: Mitt Romney to Endorse Marco Rubio for Senate

On the heels of Governor Charlie Crist’s veto of the teacher-merit-pay bill in Florida, Mitt Romney is set to endorse his opponent, Marco Rubio, in the GOP primary for U.S. senate. An announcement will be coming tomorrow and the two are scheduled to hit the campaign trail together on Monday, according to the AP.

Rubio already leads most polls by a substantial margin and Romney’s endorsement would appear to put the nomination completely out of Crist’s reach. Crist has set the stage for a possible independent run, despite repeatedly telling Fox’s Chris Wallace that he would not leave the GOP.

A three-way race would appear to be much more competitive and Romney’s assistance could ultimately tip the balance in Rubio’s favor. Several prominent Republicans, such as Rudy Giuliani and Mike Huckabee, have already endorsed Rubio’s candidacy. Mitt’s Free and Strong America PAC will donate the maximum amount of $5,000 to the Rubio campaign.

Interestingly, Governor Crist may have played a large role in Mitt Romney’s defeat in the 2008 Florida presidential primary. His last minute endorsement of John McCain appeared to have helped tip the scales against Mitt, but this doesn’t seem to be a case of political retribution. Marco Rubio has shown himself to be the more conservative and worthy candidate for the position of United States senator. Go Rubio 2010!

UPDATE by Jayde
4/17/10 Press release from Mitt Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC: Romney Endorses Marco Rubio for U.S. Senate

Today, the Free and Strong America PAC announced Governor Mitt Romney’s endorsement of Marco Rubio for U.S. Senate in Florida.

“From his humble beginnings as the son of working-class Cuban exiles, Marco Rubio’s meteoric rise – first to Florida Speaker of the House, and now to a candidate for the U.S. Senate – is the embodiment of the American Dream. While I respect Governor Crist, Marco Rubio’s proven record of conservative, principled, and idea-driven leadership is what Florida needs now. Marco Rubio will be a reliable spokesman against the Washington culture of higher spending, higher taxes and higher debt. I am delighted to endorse his campaign and look forward to the contributions he will make in the U.S. Senate,” said Governor Romney.

The Free and Strong America PAC also announced that it is making a maximum $5,000 primary election contribution to Rubio’s campaign.

Free and Strong America PAC:

Mitt Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC (www.FreeStrongAmerica.com) supports officeholders and candidates who are dedicated to advancing social, fiscal and foreign policies that will strengthen America at this critical time in the nation’s history. The guiding focus is on the core principles that have built and nurtured America since its founding – uncompromised military strength, a belief in the power of free markets and that a competitive America is one where taxes are low and government is small, an emphasis on strong families and a federalist approach to government that leaves decision-making as close to the people as possible.

Marco Rubio CPAC address 2/18/10:

MRC Presents: Haiku Contest for Scott Brown

For the last week Mitt Romney Central has unofficially become Scott Brown Central. There is just one week left until the special election on January 19th. We fans have donated to Brown’s campaign. We’ve helped promote him by making calls from home. We’ve become fans of his Facebook page. We’ve had polls on his debate performance. We’ve promoted him in almost every way we know how. That leaves us only one thing left to do… the only thing left we know how to do… the one thing that is going to push Brown over the top…


HAIKU CONTEST FOR SCOTT BROWN!

Do you haiku?

Rules:

  • Write a haiku to promote Scott Brown for Senate.
  • Post it in the comments here on the blog, or on our Facebook page.
  • Entries posted before 9PM EST on Thursday will be entered into the contest
  • MRC staffers will select what we feel are the top 7 (or so) entries.
  • Selected entries will be highlighted in a poll and YOU (the readers) will vote for the best one
  • Prizes will be awarded (free merchandise from the MRC store)

There are many rules that define what a haiku is. We will use the simplest rules: 3-lines, syllable structure: 5-7-5. Be creative!

Prizes:
Grand Prize: $30 gift certificate to the MRC store
2nd Prize: $15 gift certificate to the MRC store
3rd Prize: $10 gift certificate to the MRC store
All entries that make it to the voting round will receive a free MITT ’12 Chrome Sticker.

Staff Entries: (no, staffers are not eligible for the contest)

Mine:
Say no to Coakley,
could not spell Massachusetts.
Doesn’t have an ‘E’.

(I’ll add the other staff entries here when they submit them.)

Free Mitt ’12 prizes,
for writing the best haiku.
Everyone does it!

GOOD LUCK!
~Nate Gunderson

What will we witness?
Massachusetts Miracle
or more of the same?
~Ross Abraham (Rebel Ross)

Here are some of the one’s that were posted at our Facebook Page

Change coming to hub
Time to show Scott Brown some love
Common sense cures all.
-Christopher Benvie

Scott Brown for Senate
Let’s send him to Washington
To stop Health Care Bill
-Bill Willenbrock

Brown over Coakley
Republicans over Dems
Helps America
-Bill Willenbrock

Off to dismantle
The Kennedy Legacy
Scott Brown For The Win
-Graham Bradley

Brown will take Coakley
Dems majority is gone
The winner is US
-Sally Hamilton Rewinkel

Tea Partiers Marched
Liberals Blew Us Off
Who’s Laughing Now?
-Elizabeth

Brown must win in ’10
To block the Dem “reforming”
Let it die with Ted
-Josh Pinho

It’s Romney for President.
Scott’s in his seat.
Sorry Dems we won’t be beat.
-Dana Rapp Cluck

Say no to Coakley!
Redistribution of wealth?
Not if you vote Brown!
-Jeff Cole

Scott Brown is the man!
Coakley is not fit to lead;
Change she will impede!
-Jeff Cole

Despair no more
Mitt Romney and Scott Brown
Turn our frowns Upside down!
-Emmalyn

Scott Brown has great hair;
We will all take back this state!
To the dems’ despair!
-Jeff Cole

America needs
this new strength and attitude.
Red White Blue and Brown.
-Catherine Vicedomine

Great Scott! Help! Coakley!
A shrill, boilerplate lib voice
Painful, like Zappa
-Joe

forty gets no say
get one more for people’s way
United for Brown
-Bill

Scott Brown Rocks!
for the people,
take the seat from the democrats
-Monica

Scott Brown is against
irresposnible spending;
can’t afford to lose.
-Jeff Cole

The loss by one man
Begins an ill-fated path
If Scott wins, all win
-John Norris

Scott Brown is the best
Chance to save Massachusetts
Vote sunshine or snow!
-Nancy Gouveia

Elect Mr Brown
Congress has gone way too far
cannot be Scott free
-Eric Norris

Fate and Victory
Lay before the people now
We must vote Scott Brown
-John Norris

Live, Love, Laugh a Lot,
Make Mitts Day
Get out and vote for Scott!
-Sue Sanders

Martha absent now
Is Clinton coming to town
Panic strikes the Dems
-Paul C. Liolios III

I’m looking for hope
all under the reign of change
Let freedom ring now
-Cheryl Davis

Kristi L. Devine from BrownBrigade says:
I’ll continue yours:

Say no to Coakley,
could not spell Massachusetts.
Doesn’t have an ‘E’.

Say no to health care,
Massachusetts does not want,
How daft can she be?

C R Barker from BrownBrigade:
Free Massachusetts
From Kennedy tyranny
Liberty rises