Governor Mitt Romney and wife, Ann, were guests on the CBS This Morning program today. Co-hosts Charlie Rose and Erica Hill conducted the interview.
Part 1 - Romney on Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, Bin Laden death shouldn’t be campaign issue, VP posssibilities:
…Romney said the president “has every right to take credit” for ordering the mission.
Romney added: “At the same time, I think it was very disappointing for the president to try and make this a political item by suggesting that I wouldn’t have ordered such a raid. Of course I would have. Any American — any thinking American — would have ordered exactly the same thing. But of course you give the president the credit for the fact that he did so.”
Part 2 - After hearing, for the umpteenth time, questions about Mitt’s personality, Ann Romney says he’s still “wild and crazy”:
“I still look at him as the boy that I met in high school when he was playing all the jokes and really just being crazy — pretty crazy. So there’s a wild and crazy man inside there.”
The National Rifle Association Celebration of American Values Leadership Forum has been ongoing this week in St. Louis, Missouri. An important GOP interest group, the annual meeting attracts top conservatives.
Governor Mitt Romney addressed the gathering yesterday:
Although gun control groups have complained that Obama has done little to support their cause, Romney took a page from the NRA leadership, which has been saying that the president is waiting for a second term to crack down on firearms. He warned that Obama would “remake” the Supreme Court in a second term, threatening constitutional freedoms.
“In a second term, he would be unrestrained by the demands of re-election,” Romney told a crowd estimated at 6,000 in the Edward Jones Dome.
Referring specifically to the right to bear arms, Romney said: “If we are going to safeguard our Second Amendment, it is time to elect a president who will defend the rights President Obama ignores or minimizes. I will.”
Governor Romney’s speech:
In his first term, we’ve seen the president try to browbeat the Supreme Court. In a second term, he would remake it. Our freedoms would be in the hands of an Obama Court, not just for four years, but for the next 40. That must not happen.
As President, I will uphold the rule of law – and put America back on the path toward the Founders’ vision. I don’t want to transform America; I want to return America to the principles that made this nation great.
Our Founders began this great American Experiment. They created a nation conceived in liberty and they entrusted us with the duty to preserve it and defend it.
We were shocked and saddened to learn today of the sudden passing of conservative activist and journalist Andrew Breitbart. While walking very early this morning near his home in Los Angeles, he collapsed. After a witness called 911, he was rushed to UCLA Medical Center.
With a terrible feeling of pain and loss we announce the passing of Andrew Breitbart.
Andrew passed away unexpectedly from natural causes shortly after midnight this morning in Los Angeles.
We have lost a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a dear friend, a patriot and a happy warrior.
Andrew lived boldly, so that we more timid souls would dare to live freely and fully, and fight for the fragile liberty he showed us how to love.
Andrew recently wrote a new conclusion to his book, Righteous Indignation: I love my job. I love fighting for what I believe in. I love having fun while doing it. I love reporting stories that the Complex refuses to report. I love fighting back, I love finding allies, and—famously—I enjoy making enemies.
Three years ago, I was mostly a behind-the-scenes guy who linked to stuff on a very popular website. I always wondered what it would be like to enter the public realm to fight for what I believe in. I’ve lost friends, perhaps dozens. But I’ve gained hundreds, thousands—who knows?—of allies. At the end of the day, I can look at myself in the mirror, and I sleep very well at night.
Andrew is at rest, yet the happy warrior lives on, in each of us.
From Governor Romney:
Ann and I are deeply saddened by the passing of @AndrewBreitbart: brilliant entrepreneur, fearless conservative, loving husband and father.
Breitbart once served as editor for the Drudge website; he and Matt Drudge were friends:
In the first decade of the DRUDGEREPORT Andrew Breitbart was a constant source of energy, passion and commitment. We shared a love of headlines, a love of the news, an excitement about what’s happening. I don’t think there was a single day during that time when we did not flash each other or laugh with each other, or challenge each other. I still see him in my mind’s eye in Venice Beach, the sunny day I met him. He was in his mid 20′s. It was all there. He had a wonderful, loving family and we all feel great sadness for them today. ~ M. DRUDGE
Mitt Romney Central offers our condolences and prayers for Mr. Breitbart’s wife Susannah, his four young children, and his extended family.
Mitt Romney is greeted by a backyard filled with supporters at the home of Ovide LaMontagne. LaMontagne presented Romney with a 'budget cutting' axe. Manchester, NH (Click on image to enlarge.) August 12, 2011
After enjoying Hawkeye State hospitality for a couple of days, Mitt Romney journeyed back to Manchester, New Hampshire.
He and wife, Ann, greeted supporters yesterday evening in the backyard of Ovide LaMontagne. (LaMontagne was defeated by just over 1500 votes by Kellly Ayote for a senate seat during New Hampshire’s last Republican primary.)
Romney[...] joined roughly 200 Granite State voters Friday night at the home of conservative leader Ovide Lamontagne. It was his second visit this week to the state that holds the earliest presidential primary and which Romney has made central to his early state strategy.
He was introduced as a “nearly native son of New Hampshire” and joked about paying local tolls and property taxes on his Wolfeboro summer home.
Asked about his absence from Iowa on the eve of the straw poll, Romney said, “I’m happy to be in Manchester tonight. I respect deeply the Ames straw poll process. And were I participating this year in that process, I’d be there.”
Regarding the budget cutting gift Romney was given, he tweeted:
“Thanks for the budget cutting ax. I can’t wait to get my hands on spending in Washington.”
Someone else was in Manchester…
[Jon] Huntsman spent the day hosting a discussion with business owners in Manchester and visiting a Concord restaurant[...]
He also offered perhaps his sharpest criticism yet of Romney, saying the former Massachusetts governor acted irresponsibly in not immediately staking a clear position on the debt-ceiling debate while Congress was negotiating with President Barack Obama.
“You don’t wait till the very end, as Gov. Romney did, and put your finger to the wind and basically come down on the safe side politically. I don’t think that’s leadership,” Huntsman said. “The presidency is about exerting leadership, and if you’re not willing to show leadership on something as important as the debt ceiling, it begs the question, When are you going to show some leadership?”
Huntsman must have been snoozing when Governor Romney answered the debt ceiling question at the debate last night, or he is ‘google‘ illiterate, or he’s intentionally misrepresenting Governor Romney. And, he ‘borrowed’ Sarah Palin’s line.
But, I digress…
While speaking at the packed backyard party last night, Mitt also spoke more on his “corporations are people” remark that has spooked socialists liberals:
MANCHESTER, N.H. – At a friendly Republican gathering here tonight, presidential candidate Mitt Romney defended his recent comment in Iowa that “corporations are people” and said Democrats fundamentally misunderstand corporations’ makeup. “Businesses are people,” he said.
“What do they think they are? Little men from Mars?” Romney said at the home of Ovide Lamontagne, a prominent New Hampshire Republican and former Senate candidate.
Romney said the Obama administration’s view of business is antiquated and stuck in the 1960s.
“At that time, there was a sentiment somehow that businesses were bad, that it was anti-people. And the Obama administration seems to think that the 60s is here again. Business is good. I am talking about repair shops and gas stations and beauty salons and restaurants. I am talking about Apple Computer and Facebook and Microsoft,” Romney said.
Drew Cline (Editorial Page Editor, NH Union Leader) tweeted the event. A couple of examples:
DrewHampshire Drew Cline
Ovide introduces romney by calling him a man of character. #fitn
Romney: “I’m not running for the rich. The rich will take care of themselves. I’m running for the american pple.” #fitn
With a few touches on a phone screen, Mitt Romney connected with 10,000 Iowans…
Residents of The Hawkeye State received a phone call from Romney on July 17th inviting them to participate in a tele-town hall. Participants were part of a half-hour phone conversation where The Gov took unscreened questions (his usual modus operandi), revealed that Ann, his wife, would be campaigning with him in Iowa, stated that the Iowa State Fair was on his calendar (August), and expressed his appreciation for the residents of Iowa.
When the call ended, Romney indicated there would be another…
Presumptive national front-runner Mitt Romney has visited Iowa just once this year to meet personally with Iowa Republicans, but he talked with nearly 10,000 of them last night by telephone.
Romney promised to come for the Iowa State Fair in August, and added, “you won’t be seeing too little of us.”
One of the questions in the ongoing story line of the 2012 race is how hard Romney will campaign in Iowa, where he invested heavily in time and money four years ago but finished a disappointing second in the Iowa caucuses. He is opting against competing in the Republican straw poll here Aug. 13.
The tele-town hall meeting, the first in Iowa this election cycle, and his comments to listeners indicate he’s not writing off the state, just not running at full sprint here yet.
On Monday night, the campaign cold-called tens of thousands of Iowa Republicans’ residences, and 9,820 people opted to listen in for some or all of the half-hour call.
A moderator asked participants to press 1 on their telephone keypads if Romney could count on them for support in the Iowa caucuses; to press 2 if they’d like to volunteer in their local campaign headquarters; and to press 0 to ask a question.
The participants asked questions, without screening, about how he’d lower gas prices, simplify the tax code, shrink government and improve trade.
Three of the eight listeners who squeezed in a question probed Romney about his strategies: How can you do better against the Democrats than Republican nominee John McCain did four years ago? Will you be someone who tackles President Barack Obama head-on without being “afraid of race or other things”?
And: Why aren’t you participating in the Ames straw poll?
Romney explained that he is opting out of all straw polls – in Iowa, Florida, Michigan and elsewhere.
“We said, you know, resources, money, is hard to come by. We want to use the money we have to win the caucuses, to win the primaries, to win the conventions, to be able to get delegates and become the nominee,” he said.
Romney said he respects the straw poll process, and “nothing should be read into our lack of participation in the straw poll other than we want to do as well as we possibly can in the real contest that selects the delegates.”
He added that Iowans will see him in the Aug. 11 Republican debate here and at the Iowa State Fair. “…My wife and I will be campaigning in Iowa,” he said. “You won’t be seeing too little of us.”
Mitt Romney will attend the Iowa State Fair. August 2011
Mitt Romney stopped by his campaign headquarters in Manchester, NH, last night for a post-debate party. 6/13/11
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After a late night at the presidential debate and stopping by his campaign headquarters in Manchester for a post-debate party with staffers, it’s no surprise Mitt Romney was on the diner campaign trail bright ‘n early this morning – listening to concerned voters in The Granite State:
DERRY, N.H. – This morning, newly minted presidential candidate Michele Bachmann took the first flight out of New Hampshire, but Mitt Romney stuck around. Both candidates helped themselves at last night’s debate — Bachmann especially, since so little was expected of her. After her performance, she’s sure to get a turn in the spotlight. But debates alone don’t win the nomination. Especially in the early states, voters expect plenty of one-on-one attention. So by hitting the campaign trail early this morning, Romney probably did more to help himself.
He hit a couple of breakfast spots before winding up at the Derry Feed and Supply store just before lunch for some empathetic talk with the locals and a short press conference. Several of the locals who showed up mentioned that they had seen him campaign four years ago, and Romney managed to put this experience to use. “I was in these very shops four or five years ago, when I ran for office,” he said. “Things aren’t better now than they were four or five years ago. This has been a tough time for Derry. You see some shops that have been boarded up, and people who are running shops have indicated that business is trailing off. They expected things to get better in 2011. It hasn’t happened. You can’t blame George W. Bush anymore. President Obama is going to have to take responsibility for the fact that we’re still in a very troubled economy.”
Romney also hit on the rising unemployment number, and turned the discussion to jobs. “The president needs to recognize that there’s a crisis in this country and devote every ounce of his energy to getting Americans back to work,” he said. “It’s a loud and clear message that our president is just not connected with what’s happening in America, and his policies have failed us.”
WASHINGTON, June 3 – Republican presidential hopefuls courted Christian conservative voters on Friday at a conference where U.S. economic concerns shared the stage with social issues that frequently dominate the religious right.
Many political speakers at the Faith and Freedom Coalition emphasized jobs, debt and deficits on the day the Labor Department reported the unemployment rate rose to 9.1 percent in May.
In contrast to some previous presidential campaigns, social issues like gay marriage and abortion have not been prominent topics for Republican hopefuls seeking to replace President Barack Obama in next year’s election.
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who announced his bid this week, began his 2008 presidential run talking largely about social issues. His 2012 run has begun with an emphasis on the economy.
Romney told the crowd the sputtering economy is a “moral crisis” and criticized the White House for saying the rise in unemployment represented “bumps on the road to recovery.”
“No, Mr. President, that’s not a bump, that’s Americans,” Romney said. Unemployed people are not statistics, he said.
Evangelicals are a powerful force in Republican politics, usually a reliable base of support for the party. And they will be key to victory in Iowa, whose voting contest in January will help set the tone for the 2012 Republican presidential race.
F&F Conference founder, evangelical Ralph Reed, was interviewed by Newsmax TV yesterday. Here’s what he said about Romney:
He [Reed] credited former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with being a “trail blazer” in 2008 as the first Mormon candidate by either party to be a viable candidate for the presidential nomination. He predicts the Mormon faith will be much less of an issue for Romney and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman in the upcoming cycle.
To watch Romney’s Faith and Freedom speech, click here.
I can’t count the number of political commentators I’ve heard in the last two days state that Gov Romney’s presidential announcement and Faith and Freedom speech couldn’t have been better timed. With the troubling unemployment numbers released yesterday, unrelenting home foreclosures, high gasoline, clothing, and food prices, slumping auto sales, overall market uncertainty, and genuine fear of a double-dip recession, Romney’s authentic voice on economic recovery is making people sit up and pay attention.
When The Gov’s Faith & Freedom speech ended last night, he was inundated by the excited crowd; so much so, that after waiting for a few minutes, the emcee had to interrupt the crush to introduce the next speaker.
UPDATE: Mitt on the Road: Irmo, South Carolina
For additional reading, more video, and updates (more…)
Governor Mitt Romney announced today that he is a candidate for President of the United States.
Doug and Stella Scamman, of Scamman Farms in Stratham, New Hampshire, provided the setting for the highly anticipated announcement. Both Scammans spoke glowingly of Romney. (Besides running a huge farming operation, the Scammans both served as state legislators in New Hampshire.) Then, Ann Romney introduced her husband.
With a large American flag on an outbuilding on one side and a big Romney banner rippling in the wind on a barn behind him, Gov Romney strode up stacked hay bales to the microphone and addressed a very large and enthusiastic crowd.
Transcript of Romney’s speech:
Thank you for coming. And I want to thank Doug and Stella Scamman for hosting us on their beautiful farm.
You know, everyone here today can tell a different story. We have different backgrounds and we wake up in the morning and go to different jobs … or, look for different jobs. We go to different churches or maybe don’t go to church so much. I bet some of you have families who go back 200 years or more in New Hampshire. And there must be some who just snuck in across the border, from Massachusetts. I hear the taxes are better over here.
But here we are on a beautiful June day coming together to begin a process that we often, quite naturally, take for granted. But it is really one of the great achievements in the history of the world. For all of our country’s wealth and influence, those are not the source of our greatness. The true strength of America is self-rule, and a government that answers to a free and independent people.
We live in the most powerful nation that ever existed. And it all goes back to a few men and women who had the courage to stand – and even die – for their belief in liberty and equality. Because of their vision, the United States of America is not ruled by a monarchy or controlled by an aristocracy. Though sometimes folks in Washington might act otherwise, we don’t have a House of Lords with inherited power. And as the Red Sox like to remind the New York Yankees, there are no dynasties in America.
Who rules this great nation?
You do. Every four years you decide who will give that State of the Union address, who will set the course of the country, who will be Commander in Chief.
What’s true right here in this New Hampshire farm has always been true in America. Though each of us is different, though each of us will choose to walk a different path in life, we are united by one great, overwhelming passion: We love America. We believe in America.
Today we are united not only by our faith in America. We are united also by our concern for America.
This country we love is in peril. And that, my friends, is why we are here today.
A few years ago, Americans did something that was, actually, very much the sort of thing Americans like to do: We gave someone new a chance to lead; someone we hadn’t known for very long, who didn’t have much of a record but promised to lead us to a better place.
At the time, we didn’t know what sort of a President he would make. It was a moment of crisis for our economy, and when Barack Obama came to office, we wished him well and hoped for the best.
Now, in the third year of his four-year term, we have more than promises and slogans to go by.
Barack Obama has failed America.
When he took office, the economy was in recession. He made it worse. And he made it last longer.
Three years later, over 16 million Americans are out of work or have just quit looking. Millions more are underemployed.
Three years later, unemployment is still above 8%, a figure he said his stimulus would keep from happening.
Three years later, foreclosures are still at record levels.
Three years later the prices of homes continue to fall.
Three years later, our national debt has grown nearly as large as our entire economy.
Families are buried under higher prices for food and higher prices for gasoline.
It breaks my heart to see what’s happening in this country.
These failing hopes make up President Obama’s own misery index. It’s never been higher. And what’s his answer? He says this: “I’m just getting started.”
No, Mr. President, you’ve had your chance. We, the people on this farm, and citizens across the country are the ones who are just getting started.
Long after his speech was over, Mitt and Ann greeted the large crowd of well-wishers. I’ll finish this article with Gov Romney’s final remarks:
These last two years have not been the best of times. But while we’ve lost a couple of years, we have not lost our way. The principles that made us a great nation and leader of the world have not lost their meaning. They never will.
We know we can bring this country back.
I’m Mitt Romney. I believe in America.
And I’m running for President of the United States.
Reminder: Romney will be on the Sean Hannity show tonight on FOX News. Tomorrow morning, June 3rd, he will hold his first Town Hall meeting at 8:30 AM EDT at the University of New Hampshire Manchester. Later in the evening, he’ll speak at the Faith and Freedom Coalition in Washington D.C.
Beautiful Scamman Farm in Stratham, New Hampshire.
Mitt and Ann Romney’s love for the people of The Granite State is very evident by their choice to live in Wolfeboro, NH, near the shores of picturesque Lake Winnipesaukee. It’s the place where many of their family memories are made; summer get-togethers include their large family of five sons, five daughters-in-law, and 16 grandchildren. Governor Romney has stated that he will always keep his home in beloved New Hampshire.
Last fall, just days before New Hampshire’s primary election, their neighbors – Seacoast Republican Women – invited Governor Romney to give the keynote speech at their annual Chili Fest fundraiser.
That speech was given at Scamman Farms, in rural Stratham, NH.
Those 300 acres of farmland, representing the hard work and ingenuity that Romney admires, is the site where, on Thursday June 2nd, he will formally announce his candidacy for President of the United States.
STRATHAM, N.H. — With the American flag flying, and the well-tended lilac trees at their most fragrant, Doug Scamman spent most of yesterday mowing the rolling hayfield outside of his 250-year-old farmhouse.
In just a few days, that field will be a packed parking lot. The Civil War-era barn, where five pigs and nine hens live, could become a media staging area, Scamman said, with what looked like a twinkle in his eye.
Because Thursday, Bittersweet Farm, and its 300 lush green acres, will be at the white-hot center of the American political universe.
Here, somewhere between the chicken coop, the tractors and the hay bales, Republican Mitt Romney will launch his second presidential bid.
“It’s an honor,” said Scamman, a longtime Republican state legislator who served two terms as New Hampshire’s House speaker, and spent a few years as the state’s budget director. With land that stretches down to the Exeter River, “We have a great place to have big events, and it has very easy access,” he said.
Hay production at Scamman Farm.
The Scammans, both 69 and grandparents of five, said they decided to invite Romney to the farm after he stopped by their annual chili fest in September. Thursday’s campaign kickoff is free, but space is limited to people with tickets.
Both Scammans said they won’t need to be swayed by Romney’s speech. They’re already Romney supporters, through and through.
“He has created jobs, and the one thing we need in this economy is jobs,” said Doug Scamman.
“He’s got the background,” Stella Scamman added. “He has government experience, nonprofit work and business experience.”
A barbecue luncheon will also be part of the festivities at Gov Romney’s campaign kick-off.
Farm owners Doug and Stella Scamman share their thoughts…
Read about the latest innovations the salt-of-the-earth Scammans have made on their farm here.
Doug and Stella Scamman embody the innovative, entrepreneurial, hard-working spirit that has helped to make America so great. Their farm is the perfect backdrop for another innovative, entrepreneurial, hard-working American, who will restore America’s greatness, to announce his candidacy for President of the United States!
UPDATE -Governor Romney’s campaign kick-off will be a LIVE-STREAM event. See tweet below: