Des Moines Register Ends Democrat Trend, Endorses Mitt Romney!

October 9, 2012 – Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is pictured at a chilly campaign rally in Van Meter, Iowa. Later, seeking the endorsement of the Des Moines Register, he met for an hour with their editorial board in the barn pictured behind him. After 18 days of consideration, the Iowa newspaper today announced their endorsement for Romney. (Photo – Getty)

For the first time in 40 years…

Rupturing a decades long booster club habit of backing Democrat nominees for president, the Des Moines Register, today endorsed Governor Mitt Romney.

Interesting backstory:

Typically, candidates meet with newspaper editorial boards to answer questions, clarify positions, and allow the board to compare each candidate’s stance on the issues. Governor Romney took the time out of his busy campaign schedule to meet for an hour with the Des Moines Register editorial board on October 9, 2012 – in a barn on a farm near Van Meter, Iowa.

Four years ago, then-candidate Barack Obama received the nod from the Iowa paper. This time, Obama wanted to do things differently. His habit of thinking a phone call – instead of being there in person – kicked in. He thought it would be good enough. That’s what he did. He picked up his phone and gave a half hour’s time to Des Moines Register president and publisher Laura Hollingsworth and Rick Green, editor and vice-president. Later, after the call, Green wrote on his blog:


Oct 23, 2012

Just four days before the Register’s presidential endorsement is released, Laura Hollingsworth and I received a phone call from the president. He was calling from Florida, on the heels of a morning campaign appearance and about 14 hours after his debate with GOP nominee Mitt Romney at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.

The conference call lasted nearly 30 minutes…

Just two weeks before Election Day, the discussion, I believe, would have been valuable to all voters, but especially those in Iowa and around the country who have yet to decide between the incumbent Democrat and his Republican opponent.

Unfortunately, what we discussed was off-the-record. It was a condition, we were told, set by the White House.

We repeatedly –- and politely — have asked Obama 2012 campaign officials in Iowa and Chicago for the same access to the president. I believe it earned serious consideration. But despite at least 28 campaign stops and 11 days in our state, we never could convince his team to carve out a few moments for our editorial board –- in our office, on the trail or even in a barn somewhere in Iowa.

Which takes me back to Monday afternoon’s call from the White House, inviting us to chat with President Obama this morning.

It was a “personal call” to the Register’s publisher and editor, we were told. The specifics of the conversation could not be shared because it was off-the-record.

Of course, we immediately lobbied his campaign staff in Des Moines for a formal, on-the-record call. We were told it was not their decision; it came from the White House. We requested that the White House be asked to reverse course so whatever the president shared with us could be reviewed by voters and our readers.

No reason was given for the unusual condition of keeping it private.

We relented and took the call. How could we not? It’s the leader of the free world on line one.

A letter to the editor, published the next day in the Iowa paper, summed up the thoughts expressed by many:

It’s disturbing that President Obama, who promised the most transparent administration in history, refused to go on the record for his interview with The Des Moines Register’s editorial board. …

In stark contrast to Obama’s secretive style, Mitt Romney gave an hour-long, recorded interview with the Register’s editorial board that was shared online for all to see. That’s how it should be. — Sharon DeMers, Ankeny

That same day (Oct 24), without comment, Team Obama released a transcript of Obama’s phone interview.

Here is audio of Governor Romney’s interview with the Des Moines Register editorial board:

18 days later, the Des Moines Register, the largest newspaper in crucial swing-state Iowa, chose to endorse Mitt Romney!

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2007: Obama Prophesies “The Day I’m Inaugurated Muslim Hostility Will Ease” Frighteningly Ignorant!

While a presidential candidate in 2007, our now security briefing-averse President made the case for himself by confidently pronouncing he was uniquely qualified to stabilize America’s relationships in the Muslim world. Why? Because he lived in an Islamic country when growing up and his half-sister is Muslim. (Thanks to Breitbart for the video.)

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Then-Senator Barack Obama’s bragging interview on New Hampshire Public Radio on November 21, 2007 (inked above):

The day I’m inaugurated, not only the country looks at itself differently, but the world looks at America differently … If I’m reaching out to the Muslim world they understand that I’ve lived in a Muslim country and I may be a Christian, but I also understand their point of view … My sister is half-Indonesian. I traveled there all the way through my college years. And so I’m intimately concerned with what happens in these countries and the cultures and perspective these folks have. And those are powerful tools for us to be able to reach out to the world … then I think the world will have confidence that I am listening to them and that our future and our security is tied up with our ability to work with other countries in the world that will ultimately makes us safer.

Tear gas! Molotov cocktails! Rocket propelled grenade launchers! Rocks and concrete chunks! Battering rams! Obama effigies! Bin Laden posters! Blood! Murder! Death to America! In just three days, violence and riots have spread like wildfire to a total of 20 Muslim countries spanning North Africa, through the Middle East, and into Southeast Asia.

Obama’s prognostication was frighteningly ignorant.

FOX News’ Bill Hemmer and Martha MacCallum report this morning on the spreading violence in Tunis, Tunisia:



FULL-BLOWN crisis ongoing in Middle East:

With an effigy of Barack Obama in the background, Afghans shout anti-American slogans in the Ghanikhel district of Nangarhar province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012 (PHOTO – Rahmat Gul/AP)


Smoke billows overhead as thousands of demonstrators massed outside the U.S. embassy in Tunis, Tunisia and several were seen climbing the outer wall of the embassy grounds, an Associated Press reporter on the scene said. An American school, next to the embassy, was burned to the ground. Sept 14, 2012 (AP Photo: Amine Landoulsi)


An Egyptian protester flashes the victory sign next to a burning police car during clashes near the U.S. embassy in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Sept 13, 2012. (PHOTO – Khalil Hamra/AP)


Protesters rage at the U.S. embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, Sept 13, 2012. (PHOTO Hani Mohammed:AP)


A branch of Hardee’s and Kentucky Fried Chicken, visible symbols of Americanism, were set on fire in Tripoli, Lebanon during anti-US protests on Friday,Sept 14, 2012. (PHOTO – KeystoneUSA-ZUMA / Rex Features)

Followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr burn the U.S. flag during a demonstration against the U.S. in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Sept 13, 2012. They are demanding the closure of the U.S. embassy. (PHOTO – Karim Kadim:AP)

See more incredible photos here.

Does Obama believe his “unique” background absolves him from being an active, listening, questioning participant in daily security briefings? WaPo’s Marc Thiessen weighs in:

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Romney on Obama’s Speech Tonight: Americans Want A Report On President’s Promises

From Concord New Hampshire today, Mitt Romney remarked on what Obama should say tonight…

President Obama needs to report on his promises (audio):

ROMNEY: “I actually think it will be interesting to listen to the President tonight. What I’d like him to do is report on his promises but there are forgotten promises and forgotten people. Over the last four years, the President has said that he was going to create jobs for the American people and that hasn’t happened. He said he would cut the deficit in half and that hasn’t happened. He said that incomes would rise and instead incomes have gone down. And I think this is a time not for him not to start restating new promises but to report on the promises he made. I think he wants a promises reset. We want a report on the promises he made. And that means let’s hear some numbers. Let’s hear 16. Sixteen trillion dollars of debt. This is very different than the promise he made. Let’s hear the number 47. 47 million people in this country on food stamps. When he took office, 33 million people were on food stamps. Let’s understand why it was he’s been unsuccessful in helping alleviate poverty in this country. Why so many people have fallen from the middle class into poverty under this president. Let’s have him explain to the American people the 50 percent number. Why 50 percent of college graduates can’t find work or work that is consistent with their college degree. The President needs to report tonight on his promises rather than try and reset a whole series of new promises that he also won’t be able to keep.”

Any chance we’ll hear those things from Obama?

Nah.

This is what we’re going to hear:

By Gary Varvel – Sept 6, 2012



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Excellent Interview: David Parker and Hugh Hewitt Discuss New Book About the 2012 Election

Our very own MRC contributor David Parker joined Hugh Hewitt on his radio program to discuss Parker’s new book: On the Brink, America’s Choice 2012. I expected this interview would be a good one, but as I listened to it I was surprised how engaging the conversation was. Even though I’ve been blogging about Mitt for nearly 6 years now I can say I actually learned a few things about him from the interview. Parker and Hewitt discuss Romney as a person, as a leader of a hugely successful capital investment firm, as a lay pastor (Bishop and Stake President) in his church for 13 years, and even as a future President with the will and know-how to get things done.

Check out this excellent interview to hear a whole lotta insight about who Mitt Romney is, how the choice between Romney and Obama is a stark one, and what makes this 2012 election so vitally important.

You can learn more about David’s new book at OnTheBrink2012.com, and you can also purchase his book on Amazon.

Obama Says Americans “Lazy”, Romney Disagrees, Speaks to SC Workers (AUDIO)

We’ve been a litle bit lazy over the last couple of decades.” ~ Barack Obama speaking to CEOs at annual APEC meeting in Hawaii. Nov 12, 2011

Mitt Romney strongly disagrees with President Obama’s questionable campaign messaging that we Americans are ‘lazy’, have ‘lost our ambition’, and have become ‘soft’.

Workers at Colite International, an international sign-producing company in Columbia, South Carolina, heard Romney’s strong objections to Obama’s new campaign meme yesterday when he and wife, Ann, toured the facility.

Romney was introduced to employees by wife, Ann:

We need a leader who knows how to turn things around,” she said. “Mitt’s a turnaround guy.”

It was that simple exchange, their well-worn lines about being high school sweethearts and the details about their five children and 16 grandchildren that allowed Justin Mims to see the former Massachusetts governor as more than a two-dimensional political candidate.

Mims, a junior economics major at the University of South Carolina, said Romney seems to be a family man, and he likes that.

After the introduction from his wife at Colite International, Romney jumped into all the missteps he said President Barack Obama has made. Romney said they include the $787 billion federal stimulus package, cap-and-trade legislation, new regulations on the banking and finance industry, the federal health care law and appointing pro-union “stooges” to the National Labor Relations Board.

As president, Romney said he would repeal the heath care law signed by Obama in 2010, cut the federal workforce by 10 percent through attrition, and hand over control of Medicaid to states, among other measures he said would restore America to a “job-creating machine” and cut spending.
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Mims was one of several college students and new graduates who came out to support Romney. Matt Mancini, a 23-year-old new University of South Carolina graduate, said he likes that Romney comes from a business background. Romney’s plan to downsize the government is something that will bring him a lot of support in South Carolina, Mancini said.

The White House hopeful spoke for about 15 minutes and was swarmed afterward by the press and supporters. He signed signs and bumper stickers and posed for pictures before heading off to the next stop on the campaign trail.

(emphasis added )

After touring the production floor at Colite, Intl in Columbia, SC, Mitt Romney speaks to employees. Nov 15, 2011 (AP photo)

A few highlights from Romney’s excellent speech (no teleprompter needed):

“The things we make per person in America exceeds that of any other country in the world.”

“Our problem is not that the private sector isn’t productive enough. The problem is the government sector is too heavy and too burdensome and is keeping the private sector from growing and thriving like it should.”

“President Obama doesn’t understand it is NOT government that makes America strong. It is the free people of America that provide our future and our strength.”

American workers deserve a number of rights:
1. Right to a secret ballot
2. Right to at least 30 days notice before a union election
3. Right to work in a non-union state
4. Right to know if they are members of a union, they shouldn’t have dues taken out their paycheck to go to politicians they disagree with.


Listen to Romney’s complete speech (13:36):



Poll after poll in South Carolina reveals Romney in first or second place. A few days before his visit to Colite Intl, The Gov was in Mauldin, SC where he held a roundtable for veterans and he recently participated in the GOP debate in Spartanburg.

Here’s more on Obama’s attempts to draw attention away from his miserable job performance by claiming that we’re lazy Americans…

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Mitt’s Morning After… Bright and Early on Campaign Trail in NH After Pres Debate

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:

Mitt Romney Marches Onward

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.”

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Romney speaks with reporters outside Derry Feed and Supply in Derry, NH:

TwitPic of Mitt meeting with folks this morning at Blake’s Diner in Derry, NH.

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Tagg Romney, Mitt and Ann’s son, tweeted about this article:

Check out this piece on Dad #MittRomney shaking hands in NH 2day. His joke 2/3 thru is corny but funny, true 2 style. tinyurl.com/3ovxdrs




Romney also sent out a Flag Day and Army recognition tweet:
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Audio: Resident MRC Blogger Jeff Fuller Talks Romney and RomneyCare on the Sean Hannity Show

If you missed the Sean Hannity show on Wednesday you also missed this great call-in by one of our bloggers, Jeff Fuller.  The dialogue is about 8 minutes long, a great length since calls are typically are limited to 3-4 minutes on shows like this. Jeff discusses with Hannity some excellent points about RomneyCare and the manner it was passed. He also makes a few great plugs for Romney for Hannity’s millions of listeners to absorb.

A little background on Jeff Fuller: Jeff may not even know this, but I mostly credit him for my “Romney conversion” back in 2006. At the time he was blogging for the main pro-Romney site electromneyin2008.com (which is now committedtoromney.com) Jeff was a frequent writer there and wrote many investigative/argumentative posts and rebuttals which I absorbed before joining the site myself as a blogger six months later.

Being an Iowa resident at the time, Jeff also ran another successful pro-Romney site Iowans for Romney, where he provided a lot of firsthand news on what was going on there during the 2008 primary campaign. Jeff lived in Iowa for two years to complete a sub-specialty fellowship after completing medical school in Alabama and residency in Georgia.   Today he works as a private practice Retina Surgeon in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Jeff is currently writing a series of posts regarding RomneyCare:
Part 1: “The Problem” (Or is it?)
Part 2: “Why RomneyCare Makes Mitt the BEST Nominee to Face Obama”
Part 3: “The Bottom Line . . . Mitt Romney Stands Strongly Against ObamaCare; Will Work Towards and Sign a Repeal of ObamaCare as Our Next President”

~Nate Gunderson

Update by Jeff Fuller:  Thanks to Nate for putting this up and for his kind words.  I’m on vacation now and wasn’t sure when I could get around to it.  A few corrections to my training were  made above as well (I’ve actually been an MD for 10 years now.)

New Video of Romney Reading a Segment from His New Book No Apology

This clip comes via Audible.com, a site that sells downloadable audio content. The segment below touches on education, innovation and entrepreneurialism. It was very interesting to me to see this because I just read this segment this morning. Yes, it was like Déjà vu all over again. This audio segment come from somewhere near the middle of the book, as I am exactly half way through it.

Click here for info on buying the audio book. Total length: 12 hours 15 minutes.

There was also a short and sweet review of the book at Audible.com written by David:

I couldn’t put the book (or ipod, in this case) down. Gov. Romney gives solutions to many of the tricky problems that are facing this great nation of ours. I downloaded with trepidation, not really sure what to expect or how much I would like it, but after reading it I am SOLD on Gov. Romney’s case for a strong America.

God Bless the USA!

Count me as “SOLD” too David. If only I could get everyone to pick it and read it and find out exactly why Romney would be the best CEO of America.

~Nate Gunderson

Audio and Transcript of Romney Reading the Intro to No Apology: The Case for American Greatness

Click here to see where you can buy the book and for updated info on the book tour.

Audio: Mitt Romney Reads the Introduction to No Apology


Transcript of Mitt Romney’s audio introduction of the book:


Running for President of the United States is an extraordinary experience. New profound friendships are unquestionably the greatest reward. They will last a lifetime. And there were moments of laughter, such as when Ann got up from a collapsed stage in Dubuque Iowa, dusted herself off and later ad-libbed, “Well, I fell on dubutt in Dubuque.” There were times of exhilaration. Winning the Michigan primary, the state where I was raised and where my dad had served three terms as Governor was one of them. Then there were the inevitable ‘lessons learned’. My dad, George Romney, use to say of his 1968 presidential campaign that it was like a mini-skirt: short and revealing. Mine was a little longer, but just as revealing.

I’ve run for office three times, losing twice and winning once. Each time when the campaign was over I felt I hadn’t done an adequate job communicating all that I intended to say. Some of that is because debate answers are limited to 60 seconds, ads are 30 seconds, and lengthy position papers are rarely read at all. This book gives me a chance to say more than I did during my campaign.

That being said, my interest in writing the book goes back well before my political life. My career in the private sector exposed me to developments abroad, and conditions at home, that were deeply troubling. At the same time, I saw that most of us were not aware of the consequences of blithely continuing along our current course. We’ve become so accustom to the benefits of America’s greatness that we cannot imagine any significant disruption of what we have known.

I was reminded of a book I had read when I was in France during the late 1960’s. Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber was a journalist and a business person, and from his perspective he became convinced that France and Europe were in danger of falling far and irretrievably behind the United States. His book, The American Challenge, stirred his countrymen to action and helped to galvanize Pan-European economic and political collaboration. While I am sufficiently realistic to recognize that this volume is highly unlikely to have as great an impact as did his, it is my hope is that it will affect the thinking and perspectives of those who read it.
Thus, this is not a collection of my positions on all the important issues of the day. In fact, a number of issues that I care about are not included. This is not a policy book that explores issues in greater depth than do scholars and think-tanks. I treat topics in a single chapter that others have made the subject of entire volumes. Nor is this an attack piece on all the policies of the Obama administration. Criticism is unavoidable, however, with policies which I believe are the most harmful to the future generations of America.

This is a book about what I believe should be our primary national objective: to keep America strong, and to preserve its place as the world’s leading nation. It describes the course I believe we must take to strengthen the nation in order to remain prosperous, secure and free. There are some who may question the national objective I propose. I make no apology for my conviction that America’s economic and military leadership is not only good for America, but also critical for freedom and peace across the world. Accordingly, as I consider the various issues before the nation, I evaluate our options largely by whether they would make America stronger or weaker.

In my first chapters I consider geo-political threats and lessons from the history of great nations of the past. In subsequent chapters I describe domestic challenges to our national strength and propose actions to overcome them. My final chapter is intended to provide a means for future Americans to gauge whether we have been successful in setting a course that will preserve America’s greatness throughout the 21st century. It describes, as well, the source of my optimism for America’s future.

These are difficult times. Homes have lost value, nest eggs have been eroded, retirees have become anxious about their future, and millions upon millions of Americans are out of work. Inexcusable mistakes and failures precipitated the descent that has hurt so many people, but even as we endure the current shocks we know that this will not go on forever. We know that because America is a strong and prosperous nation the economic cycle will eventually right itself, and the future will be brighter than the present. While I will touch upon today’s difficulties my focus is on the growing challenges to the foundations of our national strength. How we confront these challenges will determine what kind of America, and world, we will bequeath to our children and grand-children. This is a book about securing that future of freedom, peace, and prosperity in the only way possible: by strengthening America. A strong America is our only assurance that prosperity will follow hardship, and that our lives and liberty will always be secure.

The strength of the nation has been challenged before: at its birth, during the civil war, in the peril of world wars. It is challenged again today. In our past Americans have risen to the occasion by confronting the challenge honestly, and by laying their sacrifice upon the altar of freedom. We must do so again.

Thompson fans get in line to insult their candidate

Will Reston isn’t the only one upset with Fred and taking up the pen to tell him so. Quint Hillyer, editor of the American Spectator, is also a bit perturbed with Thompson… but for different reasons:

You, sir, have a serious responsibility to fulfill. When there were a number of other conservatives considering whether they should try to fill the void in the Republican presidential field, you stepped forward and said you were the one. You said you had the fire in the belly. You sucked all the air out of the atmosphere on the right. In doing so, you pledged to run a different kind of campaign.

But if you are going to be the big man on the right, you can’t be lazy. Yet you have been so. You have a responsibility to bone up on basic local issues of national import. Any old moron should know, for instance, that you can’t go into Florida without having at least thought about what you would say if asked about Terri Schiavo or about the Everglades.

What are Thompson fans spiking their punch with? Its well and fine for a blogger like Will to call for the “political assassination” of Mitt Romney but calling your fav candidate a “moron”? And this is the editor of AmSpec? I expect a bit more class than this.

Hillyer continues:

What catalyzes this letter is a campaign phone call I received last night. A bright young woman calling on behalf of your campaign in northern Virginia asked if I would mind listening to a message from you. Well, certainly. And then your voice came on. You said you wanted to return power to the people, to good old regular folks like me. You said it was time to take the power away from the politicians in Washington. You said we needed to return to a government of common sense. You said something about emphasizing our conservative values. And you thanked me for listening.

And that was it. There was as much substance as cotton candy, except that it was like stale, three-week-old cotton candy because the phrases were so pathetically hackneyed.

This was great.. because I got the same phone call… only, with my handy dandy Mac at hand… I recorded it. And yes, its probably as bad as he says it is. Listen for yourself: