Pawlenty: "Washington is Broken." — Sound Familiar?

Romney's 2008 Theme: Washington is Broken

Romney's 2008 Theme: Washington is Broken



Memo to Tpaw: if you want to step out from Romney’s shadow, you might try creating your own one-liners.

I’m not trying to be finicky, or suggest that Mitt has a copyright on that particular line — but isn’t Pawlenty’s main objective in this primary to establish himself as the alternative to Mitt (or the “Anti-Mitt”)? …Just sayin’.

Anyway, welcome to the race Tpaw! Best of luck!

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.

Mitt Romney Announces 2012 Presidential Exploratory Committee

Road to the White House…


Mitt Romney is in!

In a move long hoped for by many Americans, former Massachusetts’ Governor Mitt Romney announced the formation of a 2012 presidential exploratory committee today.

Mitt announced the formation of an exploratory committee for President of the United States with a youtube video, a link to the new MittRomney.com, and a tweet.


I am announcing my Exploratory Committee for President of the United States. Join us at http://www.mittromney.com #Mitt2012less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply


Since the announcement, the term “Mitt Romney” has consistently been trending on Twitter and Mitt’s social networks have exploded with new fans/subscribers/followers. Here’s the YouTube video that we all should log onto YouTube to watch and then “like”

Transcript of Romney’s video announcement and new Official Logo below the fold:
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Mitt Romney To Begin Accepting Donations for a 2012 Run in “Mid-to-Late April”

Romney will accept donations for a 2012 run in "mid-to-late" April.

Romney will accept donations for a 2012 run in mid-to-late April.

Let’s get this party started!

Although Mitt Romney hasn’t officially announced his candidacy for 2012, there are signs that he will at least announce an exploratory committee sometime in mid April. One major hint is that Mitt Romney will officially start accepting campaign donations for 2012 around the same time:

“A top Mitt Romney official told supporters on a conference call Thursday that the former Massachusetts governor is eyeing mid-to-late April to begin raising money for his eventual presidential campaign, according to call participants

Spencer Zwick, Romney’s chief liaison to the fundraising community, informed the group of donors and outside advisers that the governor won’t launch a full-fledged campaign by the end of next month but would file the paperwork necessary with the FEC that will allow them to begin bringing in the cash needed to post a big number for the second quarter.

As the nearest thing the GOP has to a front-runner, Romney would like to push back the start of the full-blown presidential campaign for as long as possible, but he also must begin putting a more formalized fundraising infrastructure in place.

“If you’re going to raise money this summer and fall you have to create a team and do the paperwork soon,” said a Republican on the call.

There is no hard date set yet — or at least outside Romney backers haven’t been informed of one yet — for either the initial filing of paperwork or an eventual actual declaration of candidacy. The campaign-in-waiting in Boston wants to be flexible about timing so as not to be locked into a day that could be overwhelmed by other news.”

While Mitt Romney is fortifying his financial his fund raising advantage, his Free And Strong America PAC has raised raises $1.9 million in the first three months of this year:

“Republican Mitt Romney, who is weighing a presidential bid, raised nearly $1.9 million in his federal political action committee during the first three months of the year.

His Free and Strong America PAC gave away more than $400,000 to GOP candidates and conservative causes, according to information released this afternoon by PAC spokeswoman Andrea Saul.

The PAC activity is one sign of Romney’s effort to lay the groundwork for a presidential bid. Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, has not declared his candidacy nor started to fundraise for a White House campaign.”

You can feel the excitement here at MRC as fans and supporters get ready for Mitt Romney’s eventual announcement — which should come not too long after he starts officially accepting campaign donations. I know all of us here are eagerly awaiting a formal announcement to run for President in 2012. Many of you have asked how you can begin to help Governor Romney in his efforts… While there are no campaign offices to volunteer at quite yet, one of the best ways to help Mitt Romney right now is by joining us in pledging to donate to the campaign once it starts here.



-Jared A.

BREAKING: ROMNEY TO ANNOUNCE 2012 EXPLORATORY COMMITTEE “EARLY APRIL” [Update: $50M clarified]

Romney Flexing

Romney Begins the Exploratory Flex April 2011 (Photo by Michael Fagans / The Californian)

For Romneyiacs like me this is the biggest news of the year – news we’ve waited to hear for over 3 years now. It seems an official campaign for Romney to seek the presidency is kicking into gear… and sooner than I thought. I had been guessing/suspecting that an exploratory committee would be formed in early May.

Reports from the Wall Street Journal say that during a meeting with 100 fundraisers that Romney mentioned early April as the time he’s likely to launch an exploratory committee. (An exploratory committee is not a full campaign but would allow Romney to legally raise funds towards a presidential run.)

From WSJ:

About 100 fund-raisers gathered at Manhattan’s venerated Harvard Club this morning to hear former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney lay out his ambition: Raise $50 million fast.

One Romney fundraiser said the $50 million figure was what the governor wanted to show by early summer, at the time of the first financial filing deadline of what is likely to be his official presidential campaign.
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“Our fundraising will be a knockout blow to anyone who is squeamish,” said one Romney fundraiser, speaking of potential Republican challengers still flirting with a race by early summer. Mr. Romney’s money machine raised a little more than $60 million in the primary campaign of 2008, according to finance records.

Mr. Romney told the crowd this morning that he is likely to announce his presidential exploratory committee in early April, an announcement that would kick fund-raising into high gear. A 15-city fundraising tour that began Tuesday in Washington is now expected to reach at least 30 cities.
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As he did at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Washington Tuesday, the former governor told bundlers…that the primary season will be brutal. His strategy is to win two or three of the first states, with polling numbers already looking good in New Hampshire, where he has a lake house, and Nevada, where the Mormon vote is strong.

Jayde reported yesterday on a meeting that Romney had with fundraisers on Tuesday in Washington. There are two bits below (also from WSJ) I want to throw out again because they outline what appears to be the strategy of the campaign at this time:

Mr. Romney said he needed to do well in the New Hampshire and Florida primaries and Nevada’s caucuses, while emerging from those early states with enough money to convince undecided voters that he would have the financial firepower to get to the finish line.
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Romney fund-raisers are set to converge on Las Vegas on May 16 for a final push ahead of the first financial filing deadline. The Las Vegas meeting will include a marathon phone-a-thon to reach donors, according to one fund-raiser involved in the plan.

Points I gather, though they are not confirmed:
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BREAKING: Tim Pawlenty Announces 2012 Presidential Exploratory Committee

Looks like Tim Pawlenty is taking the official plunge. Embedded is the “exclusive” video you’re only supposed to see if you are a fan of his facebook page…

But Nate, aren’t you worried some people will jump ship for Pawlenty if you show the video on this site?

No, not really.

I wish good luck to T-Paw and his team.

~Nate G.

Mitt Romney 2012: It Has Begun

Mitt Romney 2012: It Has Begun.


I was just monitoring the traffic coming into our site today when I noticed an unusual amount of visitors coming in from various search engines after searching the words ‘Mitt Romney 2012′!

It seems that fans everywhere are as eager as I am to capitalize on yesterday’s conservative victories by gearing up for the eventual replacement of our dear Obama.

Screenshot: As dust settles from midterms, many searching for 'Mitt Romney 2012'

For those that are new here, welcome! We hope you’ll join us in our efforts! We are an up-and-coming grassroots community with the end goal of putting Mitt Romney in the captain’s chair come 2012 (early 2013). For our families, for our future, for America.

If you like what you see, please consider sharing this website with your friends, and joining our network on facebook and twitter!

IT’S TIME TO COME TOGETHER.

~Aaronius

Romney, Ford, and Edison: Jennifer Rubin — “Time to do your homework!”

Cross-posted at RedState

You may have seen the absurdly political hit-piece by the National Jewish Democratic Council on Mitt Romney this week. Serious commentators like Jonah Goldberg have made some appropriate comments but everyone admits the NJDC was out to purposely harm Romney a day before his announcement for the Presidential race.

Not to be outdone, Jennifer Rubin, writing for ABCNews online, levels her sites at Romney and the entire GOP and asks “why don’t more Jewish people vote Republican?” She concludes:

In short, the Republicans are not just our kind of people, many Jews say. They don’t sound like us, they don’t talk like us and they don’t understand us.

This is an absurd channeling of all American Jews. But she’s not done yet with fictional hypotheticals:

Indeed, the incident may say something not only about Romney but about the GOP’s problem with Jews. In his boatload of advisers, Romney apparently did not have anyone to say, “You know, a lot of Jews really hate Ford, and it might mess up your message. Let’s try Edison’s lab to make a point about American innovation.

Lucky for Romney he wouldn’t have had to change venues at all. You see Jen, Edison’s Lab was actually taken down and moved to a museum.

The Henry Ford Museum!

Of course, there was plenty of precedent for the Ford Museum. George Bush Sr. and Robert Dole both held campaign events at the museum. Even Rudy Giuliani appeared there at a 2006 fundraiser.

Perhaps Jennifer took issue with this excerpt from Romney’s speech:

“Henry Ford – a small entrepreneur – once said that the best Americans were those with ‘an infinite capacity to not know what can’t be done.’ We honor today those kinds of Americans, testament to the power of enterprise and the strength of the human spirit.”

Ooops… my mistake – that wasn’t Mitt it was Bill Clinton in 1999.