Romney Tells Touching Story of Navy SEAL Slain in Benghazi

Yesterday in blustery Iowa, Mitt Romney touchingly recalled a chance meeting of someone whose name has recently been in the news…

Self-deprecatingly, the Governor told of an incident regarding a humorous neighborhood Christmas party mix-up in 2010. Before that night was over, Romney would meet a memorable young man from his home state of Massachusetts. As he continued to tell the story he became somber, voice wavering, and he choked up as he revealed the identity of the man.

Who did he meet that made such an impression on him?

Glenn Doherty.

On Sept 11th of this year, when terrorists ambushed our consulate in Benghazi, Libya and Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed, former Navy SEAL Doherty was also murdered:

CNN:

“We had a lot of things in common,” Romney said of Doherty, recalling the two had skied at some of the same places, and that when they met Doherty had discussed his care and concern for people he had met working in the Middle East. “You can imagine how I felt when I found out that he was one of the two former Navy SEALs killed in Benghazi on Sept. 11th.”

Romney only recently learned for certain that Doherty was the same man he had met at a party in La Jolla, California, a campaign spokesman said.

Reminiscing on a windy Tuesday in Iowa, Romney cited reports on CNN International that Doherty had left a safe location to rush to the aid of the consulate under attack last month.

They didn’t hunker down where they were in safety – they rushed there to go help,” Romney said, tying that spirit to his candidacy. “This is the American way – we go where there’s trouble. We go where we’re needed. And right now we’re needed.”


The killings in Benghazi were horrific and tragic…

A decorated veteran, Doherty served in the SEALS for nine years which included multiple combat deployments. His sister, Katie Quigley, said of her brother, “He was really good at what he did. He was a sniper. When he was in the field, his main mission was intelligence gathering. He served in Iraq when the palaces came down after the capture of Saddam Hussein.” Doherty also served in Afghanistan. He left for Libya on Sept 5th.

At the time of Doherty’s death, he was contracted by the State department to provide security for the consular staff. He leaves behind his wife, Heather Doherty, and two children.

American hero Glen Doherty
(photos from friends)

The Obama Administration scandal, in what some are now calling Libya-Gate, continues to unfold. It will surely be discussed at the next presidential debate on October 16th in Hempstead, New York, where foreign policy will be a topic.

UPDATE – Due a complaint by Barbara Doherty, Glenn Doherty’s mother, the Romney campaign announced Governor Romney will no longer mention the time he met Glenn.

Ms. Doherty’s comments:

“I don’t trust Romney. He shouldn’t make my son’s death part of his political agenda,” she told WHDH. “It’s wrong to use these brave young men, who wanted freedom for all, to degrade Obama.”

Note: Romney did not specifically mention Doherty’s name and did not use it to denigrate Obama.

Our thoughts and prayers continue for the Doherty family and the loved ones of those slain in the Benghazi attack.


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Mitt Romney to Speak at Faith & Freedom Conference in D.C. Tonight

Scroll to the bottom to see the YouTube video of Mitt’s speech.

Mitt Romney is in our nation’s capitol tonight to speak at the Faith & Freedom Conference and Strategy Briefing. The second annual event is being held at the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel.

You can now watch Ann’s introduction followed by Mitt’s speech here.

Tonight’s schedule:
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EST

Donald Trump
Tim Pawlenty
Mitt Romney
Ron Paul

Michele Bachmann and Jon Huntsman spoke earlier today. Those among the speakers for the two day event include: Herman Cain, Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty, Donald Trump, Rick Santorum, and Glenn Beck.

C-Span TV channel will also air tonight’s program from 7:00 -10:00PM EST.

Romney supporters are invited to drop by our chat forum tonight during Gov Romney’s speech!



► Jayde Wyatt

UPDATE from Ross

While you’re waiting, check out the highlights Mitt’s video team put together from the big announcement yesterday:

Video of Mitt’s speech at the Faith & Freedom Coalition Conference below the fold. (more…)

Mike Huckabee Decides Not to Run in 2012 and His Supporters Should Read This

Running for President of the United States is a very unique undertaking that virtually all of us will never even come close to attempting. Gov. Huckabee has spent a lot of time and energy determining if it was God’s will for him to run for President again in 2012, and that is very admirable. Anyone who puts God’s will ahead of their own ambitions or desires is a wise man indeed.

Much, and likely too much, has been made of a supposed everlasting feud between Gov. Mike Huckabee and Gov. Mitt Romney. The perhaps most publicized story involving animosity between the two men occurred back in 2007. The fact that Mike Huckabee apologized to Mitt in person and Mitt quickly accepted the apology was hardly covered at all. I guess the main stream media likes to create/feed into controversy between republicans. The lazy media must’ve been shocked to find out Mitt Romney was one of the first people to call Gov. Huckabee after the announcement:

When Wallace noted he didn’t mention Romney, Huckabee said, ‘No but let me tell you something — I got a wonderful voicemail from Mitt Romney last night, which I thought was very gracious on his part.’… Huckabee insisted if Romney is the nominee he’ll support him, because he’d be better than President Barack Obama. ‘…I will support him if he is our nominee and he very well may be,’ Huckabee said.

The truth of the matter is both men have served their country as governors and have spent a lot of time out of office working to improve our great country.

Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney were close when they both served concurrently as governors of their respective states. Mike Huckabee respected and admired Mitt Romney enough that he asked Mitt to write one of the recommendations for his book “Quit Digging Your Grave With A Knife And Fork

Here’s what Mitt said:

“Governor Huckabee’s inspiring story is a call to action for anyone who has ever struggled with managing their weight. His good-natured humor and understanding shine through, and his advice is sound, straight-forward, and easy to follow.” — Mitt Romney, Governor of Massachusetts

Mike Huckabee is an inspiration to so many Americans who want to lose weight but sometimes feel helpless to do so for a variety of reasons. One idea that doesn’t get nearly enough talk when it comes to health care is improving preventative care. Health care in this country would cost much much less if the overall health of our citizens improved. It’s an obvious and simple concept, but so much of the health care debate focuses on what to do with the catastrophically ill. As the saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Mike Huckabee rightly brought these ideas to the health care debate, and we are profoundly grateful as Americans that he did. No health care plan should be considered complete without also improving preventative medicine.

Even more important is Mike’s tireless effort promoting the pro-life cause. Speaking for myself, the prospect of getting Roe vs. Wade overturned is why I became active in politics in the first place. I would never even consider supporting a candidate for President who would nominate a Supreme Court Justice who would uphold Roe vs. Wade. Thanks to the announcement of a couple pro-choice Supreme Court Justices that they won’t retire until after the 2012 election, we have a great chance to finally get Roe vs. Wade repealed. We believe Mitt Romney to be our best chance to elect a pro-life President.

In the 2008 and 2010 elections, both Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee worked tirelessly to elect conservatives and fortunately their work paid larger dividends in 2010. Hopefully 2012 will be an even greater election for conservatives. Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee have taken turns leading the national polls for over a year and both match up well against President Obama. We’ve all said that Mike Huckabee would’ve been a far superior president than President Obama and we would’ve supported him with great ease should he have been the GOP nominee in 2008 or 2012. Goal #1 has always been and must remain that President Obama is a 1-term President! Any supporters of Mike Huckabee are welcomed with open arms to join us here at Mitt Romney Central or even to just stop by and chat/see what’s going on from time to time. Together we can Bring America Back and help people who’ve lost faith to Believe in America again!

6/17/2011 UPDATE

Gov. Huckabee might be Gov. Romney’s VP? Watch what Gov. Huckabee said here.

Scott Brown, Mitt Romney and the Tea Party’s Wide Open Tent

A lot is said about the Tea Party by the News media… mostly that they are a far right fringe group who have an ‘our way or the highway’ attitude. To some extent, that attitude may be true. However, what IS NOT clear is, the ‘OUR way’.

Scott Brown is a perfect example of the Tea Party’s wide open tent and appeal. Brown came from nowhere to win Ted Kennedy’s U.S. Senate seat from Massachusetts. A moderate Republican who was urged as a Republican state legislator to run for Kennedy’s seat by former Governor and personal friend, Mitt Romney (who, by the way, STRONGLY supported him through the entire election process).

Brown’s candidacy was the prelude to what was to become one of the largest shake-ups in Congress in the history of American politics. Most people know that I’m a fan of Mitt Romney and like nothing more than to point out Romney’s part in this prelude to the Revolution of 2010.

Here is Brown on election night honoring Romney:

Brown is already on record for backing Mitt Romney in 2012 if he decides to run:

Brown ran on an anti-Obamacare platform. Massachusetts residents were satisfied with their Massachusetts Health Care and did not want Obamacare interfering with this system. Brown received wide support from both Republicans, Independents, and many of who were connected to various Tea Party groups. As a Massachusetts resident myself who has many friends in the so-called Tea Party ranks, many of who describe me as being to the right of Attila The Hun, supported Brown myself. Was I 100% satisfied with Scott Brown’s views on all issues? No! Saying that, I am a realist and knew that a far right candidate would not have won here. So I backed Brown 110% and so did many of those Tea Party friends.

Over his brief tenure as Senator, Brown has remained popular in this state. A recent PPP poll gave him the second highest favorability rating among all the U.S. Senators.

Today, Scott Brown was given the title of ‘Bostonian of the Year‘ by the Boston Globe. The full story can be found HERE. It was this story that prompted me to write this piece.

The point I’m trying to make is this: NO ONE decides what the Tea Party likes or dislikes. As with many things in life, including the Massachusetts Health Care system, when it comes to using it as the basis of Obamacare, it’s not a ONE SIZE FITS ALL.

So, when you read that the “Tea Party” wants this or the “Tea Party” doesn’t like that, be a little skeptical. The Tea Party’s emphasis on issues can vary from state to state, region to region.

The Tea Party is a movement. The political tastes of those in the movement vary. There are Centrists, Moderates, Conservatives, Independents, and Republicans – all under the same tent. Don’t be fooled by trying to fit its members into a mold. You won’t be successful.

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.

Public Policy Polling: Only Mitt Romney Can Put Michigan Into Play Against Obama For 2012

With 17 electoral votes up for grabs, Michigan is an extremely important state in any presidential election.  Public Policy Polling has a conducted a poll specifically in Michigan about Obama’s chances of winning that state in the 2012 election. What they found was unless Mitt Romney secures the Republican nomination in the 2012 primaries, Obama can expect to win that state with very little effort against other potential 2012 contenders such Sarah Palin or Mike Huckabee. Romney is the only potential Presidential 2012 candidate that can turn Michigan into a swing state in 2012:

“Compared to the Republican field Obama’s numbers look stratospheric. Only Romney is viewed favorably by a plurality of voters in the state, with 39% holding a favorable opinion to 37% with an unfavorable one. Beyond him the GOP field ranges from slightly unpopular (Mike Huckabee’s 37/40 favorability) to very unpopular (Newt Gingrich’s 28/50), to extremely unpopular (Sarah Palin’s 34/60). What might be most striking for the Republicans beyond Romney is their numbers with independents. Huckabee’s net favorability with them is -14 (29/43), Gingrich’s is -39 (20/59), and Palin’s is -40 (28/68).

At this point it looks like Michigan would be a swing state in 2012 only if Romney secured the nomination. He trails Obama 47-43 in a hypothetical contest. Obama crushes the rest of the Republican field by margins pretty comparable to what he received against John McCain in the state in 2008- it’s 12 points over Huckabee at 51-39, 15 over Gingrich at 52-37, and 21 over Palin at 56-35.

There’s not a lot of variability across the four match ups with Democratic voters- Obama gets 87-91% of his own party’s voter regardless of the Republican. There are major differences with independents though. Obama leads Romney by just a single point with them but that margin expands to 21 points over Huckabee, 27 over Gingrich, and 36 over Palin.”

As candidates ponder running against Obama,  they cannot ignore Michigan nor can they afford to lose the 17 electoral votes. Yet, if the election were held today, Palin, Huckabee and Gingrich would have to concede the state to Obama and hope that they can pick up another state with a large electoral vote in order to win the Presidential election.

Republicans cannot afford to ignore Michigan nor can they afford to allow Obama to be in office for another four years. For conservatives, independents and TEA Party members desiring to make Obama a one term president, the only way to stop him is helping Mitt Romney secure the Republican nomination in 2012. He is the only person who can make Michigan become a competitive state against Obama. And knowing Mitt Romney, he wouldn’t easily concede the state to Obama.


Competing against Obama in Michigan works in Mitt Romney’s favor. He knows that state well; he was born in Detroit. At the age of five, the Romney family moved to Bloomfield Hills and he spent most of his childhood and teenage life there. George W. Romney, Mitt’s father, was also a well known and highly respected citizen of that state who worked as the CEO of  a large car company you may have heard of – American Motors Corporation. Furthermore, when Romney announced his decision to run in the 2008 election, he chose to make his announcement in the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. Finally, Romney captured the state during the Republican primaries.

Given that Governor Romney can put Michigan into play 2012 while other potential Republican candidates would lose by double digit margins, he becomes an attractive candidate for Americans looking to put Obama in the unemployment line in 2012.

~ Jared A.

Hat tip to Crystal, a MRC fan, for notifying us about this poll.

Happy Hanukkah 2010! from Mitt Romney Central


As the sun sets tonight, the first candle will be lit…


As the sun sets tonight on this first day of December, we realize the first decade of the 21st century is rapidly drawing to a close. It is also the night when Hanukkah (also spelled Chanukah) begins. Those of the Jewish faith will light the first candle on their menorahs to celebrate the victory of Jewish Maccabees’ military over Syrian oppression more than 2,000 years ago and the miracle of Temple candles that burned for eight days – with only one day’s worth of oil. Rabbi Brad Hirschfield offers thoughts on the Festival of Lights:

It feels that with every passing day of the last decade, our personal lives, like the Hanukkah top known as a dreidel, spin faster and faster. That’s the world of Hanukkah 2010, a world that needs Hanukkah and the opportunity it provides ─ to remember, reconnect, and renew.

This is not a Jewish thing, anymore than the world needing the beauty and promise of the Christmas story, even though we are not all Christian and will not all agree about the theological meaning of that story. This is about an ancient holiday which promises ways of helping us through turbulent times.
[...]

Hanukkah is a time of heroes, of people who made miracles happen and no matter what the cynic may say, heroism is not dead and there really are still heroes in our world.

In fact, today’s real heroes may be much closer than we realize. They may even be staring back at us when we look in the mirror. And that’s where the story of Hanukkah comes in.

Most of us, Jewish or not, have some knowledge of the story of brave, strong Judah Maccabee fighting to liberate the Temple in Jerusalem. But do we recall that he was a small town boy with few material or institutional resources at his disposal when he began his career? In all likelihood there was little special about Judah and his family until circumstance and their own determination presented them with a challenge which they saw as an opportunity.

In a culture that too often substitutes celebrity for heroism, and cynicism for sophistication, we need to recall that part of the story, also. It’s the part that reminds us that everyone is already a hero, or at least has the capacity to be one.

Each of us, according to Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, is a living Hanukkah candle capable of spreading our own inner light in the world and living a story of heroism by doing so. Each of us can live our most deeply held values in ways that not only improve our own lives, but contribute to the lives of those with whom we live and work.

To hear an action-filled radio play of the Miracle of the Maccabees, click here.

The National Menorah on the Ellipse of the White House - Washington D.C.



Our nation’s capitol also joined the festivites today. The annual National Hanukkah Menorah Lighting Ceremony took place today at 4:00 PM EST on the Ellipse on the White House grounds in Washington D.C. Musical performances included numbers from the U.S. Air Force Band. Those attending were treated to traditional hot latkes and doughnuts.

Matisyahu



Popular Hasidic Jewish reggae musician known as Matisyahu, has written a fun, celebratory new song to honor Hanukkah. He wanted to convey “some of the depth and spirituality inherent in the holiday” and “give Jewish kids something to be proud of.” Here is Billboard’s Top Reggae Artist of 2006 – Matisyahu – with Miracle… (Warning: Your dancing feet will emerge!):

To our Jewish friends everywhere,

Happy Hanukkah!


from Mitt Romney Central


► Jayde Wyatt

Mitt Romney to Appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

UPDATE – Videos from last night’s episode of The Tonight Show are found here

Set your DVR’s… Mitt Romney will be a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno — this Wednesday, December 1st! We’ll be sure to post the video here at MRC as soon as it becomes available.

If I recall correctly, the last time Mitt met with Leno was just after several grueling primaries, early in 2008 — Mitt had finished with a ‘Silver’ in both Iowa and New Hampshire and a ‘Gold’ in Michigan and Wyoming. Leno asked Mitt how he was holding up after some pretty nasty competition in those early states, to which Mitt replied jokingly:

“I do fine. You know, I start off the day with a ‑‑ actually with a bowl of granola. My wife makes granola. Before I go on a trip, she gets out the oats and honey and sesame seeds and chops up the almonds. So I take a bowl and have granola in the morning, and then I jog every other day three miles, and then at the end of the day, just to really relax, I take off a dark suit like this and put on a light one.”

Expect similar humor from Mitt this time around (and keep your fingers crossed for some talk about his eventual announcement to run for President). Here’s to hoping Mitt can take some of those ‘Silvers’ from last time around and trade them in for ‘Golds’! Go Mitt!

~Aaronius

Finally, if you just want to watch the entire episode of Jay Leno, click here.

Rochester Business Journal: Mitt Romney Strongest GOP Pick 2012


The Rochester Business Journal asked its readership who they thought would be the the most formidable GOP candidate in the presidential election against Barack Obama in 2012. Here is their headline:

Plurality picks Romney as strongest GOP pick

November 19, 2010

A plurality of respondents to this week’s RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll say former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney would be the strongest Republican candidate in a 2012 race against President Barack Obama.

With the Republicans’ success at the polls in the midterm elections, speculation about the upcoming race and the 2012 GOP presidential nomination has intensified. So far, no leading candidate officially has announced his or her intention to seek the Republican nod.

When asked to choose among a field of potential candidates, 21 percent selected Romney. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was favored by 15 percent of respondents.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin garnered 9 percent of the vote. And 8 percent picked former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Romney also led a recent national Gallup poll of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, with 19 percent. Palin and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee each received 16 percent. In the RBJ poll, 6 percent picked Huckabee as the strongest candidate.

More than 665 readers participated in this week’s poll, which was conducted Nov. 15 and 16.

In your opinion, who would be the strongest Republican presidential candidate in 2012?

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney: 21%
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie: 15%
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin: 9%
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani: 8%
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia: 7%
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee: 6%
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal: 6%
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush: 5%
Rep. Ron Paul of Texas: 5%
Sen.-elect Marco Rubio of Florida: 4%
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty: 4%
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels: 3%
Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina: 2%
Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina: 2%
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour: 1%
Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania: 1%
Indiana Rep. Mike Pence: 1%
South Dakota Sen. John Thune: 1%

(my emphasis)
To add a comment to RBJ’s article, click here.

Another great early indicator for Governor Romney!

► Jayde Wyatt

Ban Earmarks: Governor Mitt Romney Stands with Senator Jim DeMint


Since the election of 85 freshman Republicans on November 2nd, the subject of earmarks has taken front and center on the political front. Opposition to earmarking has become a Tea Party tenet, as well, with Senator Jim Demint leading the battle on Capitol Hill. Old guard Republican leaders like Minority Leader Mitch McConnell – who supports the tradition of earmarking – and DeMint, who has advocated for the complete elimination of earmarks for quite some time, are now squaring off. Demint spoke on this topic on an appearance on FOX News Sunday yesterday with Chris Wallace. Will an earmark moratorium guide the legislative process going into the new year?

Governor Romney issued a statement today supporting Senator Jim DeMint’s call to end earmarks:

Statement on Romney’s Facebook page:

I encourage all Republicans to embrace Senator DeMint’s earmark ban and send a powerful message that we will no longer tolerate business as usual on Capitol Hill.

Sign my petition today to ban earmarks in 2011: http://mi.tt/NoEarmarks

Romney on twitter:

Support Senator @JimDeMint in his effort to curb federal spending. Sign the “no earmark” petition today: http://mi.tt/NoEarmarks

Romney’s statement on Free and Strong America:


Senator DeMint is courageously standing on conviction with his much-needed proposal to ban earmarks, which will curb wasteful spending and restore accountability to the way Congress spends taxpayer dollars. We all need to recognize that Washington can’t responsibly begin to address out-of-control debt and deficits until the practice of cramming earmarks into spending bills is stopped. While earmarks are not the only cause of our budget proplems, they have come to symbolize what’s wrong with Washington. What was once accepted as the normal way of doing business has to be re-examined in light of our $13 trillion national debt. I encourage all Republicans to embrace Senator DeMint’s earmark ban and send a powerful message that we will no longer tolerate business as usual on Capitol Hill.

From DeMint’s blog:

October 21, 2010
Human Events: ‘Earmark Moratorium Should Be GOP’s Top Priority’

Congressional Republicans—including freshly minted senators and representatives—will be confronted with one of the most important votes of the year when they regroup on Capitol Hill just two weeks after Election Day. It’s not the issue of electing a speaker or minority leader. It’s whether or not to extend the GOP’s earmark moratorium for the 112th Congress.

Regardless of whether Republicans win a majority in the House or Senate, the rules that govern their members will be debated and determined in mid-November. In addition to electing party leaders, they’ll tackle the contentious issue of earmarks, the congressional provisions often inserted in legislation to benefit a campaign donor or fund a specific pet project.

Sen. Jim DeMint (R.-S.C.) has vowed to bring up the matter for a vote on November 16 when his Senate Republican colleagues gather in Washington for an organizational meeting. The vote will pit critics of pork-barrel projects against earmarxists.

“I will force a vote in the Senate GOP conference to ban earmarks next year,” DeMint told The Washington Times earlier this month. “I believe this will pass, and Republicans will be unified against the wasteful and corrupt earmark system.”

Read the rest at HumanEvents.com.

Given his record of eliminating frivolous, wasteful spending as governor of Massachusetts and saving the red-inked Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games in 2002, Governor Romney’s support to ban earmarks is no surprise. Eliminating the incentive for politicians to vote according to how much pork they can bring home to their states also falls in line with Romney’s conviction that Washington is broken.

Begin to rebuild America. Sign Romney’s petition to eliminate earmarks here.

UPDATEMitch McConnell is now joining the call for a moratorium on earmarks.

► Jayde Wyatt