Newspapers Endorsements Pouring In For Romney/Ryan: OH, FL, PA, NV, NH, MA, AZ, TX

Sixteen days to go.

Newspaper editorial boards across America are endorsing Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan!

Three days, 12 endorsements:

Columbus Dispatch
October 21, 2012

For President

After nearly four years of economic stagnation, massive unemployment, record-setting debt and government intrusions into the economy that have paralyzed the private sector, the United States needs a new direction. For this reason, The Dispatch urges voters to choose Republican Mitt Romney for president in the Nov. 6 election.

Four years after promising hope and change, and after a deficit-driving $787 billion stimulus program, here is the result:

• 12.1 million unemployed, with an unemployment rate above 8 percent for 43 of the past 44 months.

• 8.6 million working part time because they can’t find full-time work

• 2.5 million who wanted to work, but have stopped looking for jobs.

• In 2009, real median household income was $52,195. By 2011, it had fallen to $50,054

• In 2009, the U.S. poverty rate was 14.3 percent. By 2011, the poverty rate climbed to 15 percent.

• On Obama’s watch, 12 million more Americans joined the food-stamp program, which has reached a record of more than 46 million enrollees.

• Annual federal budget deficits above $1 trillion for the past four years, increasing the national debt to an all-time high of $16 trillion.

Obama has failed. That is why Mitt Romney is the preferred choice for president. Romney’s adult life has been spent turning around troubled private and public institutions. These turnarounds include scores of companies acquired and restructured by Bain Capital, the investment firm he founded in 1984. Not all were successes, but that is because to a significant degree, many of the companies Bain took on were high-risk. In 1999, he was asked to take over the scandal-plagued and fiscally mismanaged 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. He quickly streamlined its management, fixed its finances and guaranteed its security, turning it into a success. As governor of Massachusetts, he made tough decisions to lead the state out of a budget deficit, and he did so in a state dominated by Democrats.

As a career businessman and former governor, Romney brings a wealth of executive experience in the private sector and the public sector that dwarfs that of Obama. From working both sides of the government/private-sector equation, he understands how that relationship can aid or impede prosperity. His election would be an immediate signal to the private sector that someone who knows what he is doing is managing the nation’s economic policy. The effect on business confidence would be dramatic and immediate, and business confidence is the vital ingredient needed to spur investment and hiring, the two things that the United States so desperately needs.

In 2008, Americans made a leap of faith when they elevated the inexperienced Obama to the White House. That faith was not rewarded. This time, voters should place their hopes for change in experience, by electing Romney.

Orlando Sentinel
October 19, 2012

Our Pick For President: Romney

Two days after his lackluster first debate performance, President Barack Obama’s re-election hopes got a timely boost. The government’s monthly jobless report for September showed the nation’s unemployment rate fell below 8 percent for the first time since he took office.

If that were the only metric that mattered, the president might credibly argue that the U.S. economy was finally on the right track. Unfortunately for him, and for the American people, he can’t.

We have little confidence that Obama would be more successful managing the economy and the budget in the next four years. For that reason, though we endorsed him in 2008, we are recommending Romney in this race.

Now the president and his supporters are attacking Romney because his long-term budget blueprint calls for money-saving reforms to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, three of the biggest drivers of deficit spending. Obama would be more credible in critiquing the proposal if he had a serious alternative for bringing entitlement spending under control. He doesn’t.

[T]he core of Romney’s campaign platform, his five-point plan, at least shows he understands that reviving the economy and repairing the government’s balance sheet are imperative — now, not four years in the future.

Romney has a strong record of leadership to run on. He built a successful business. He rescued the 2002 Winter Olympics from scandal and mismanagement. As governor of Massachusetts, he worked with a Democrat-dominated legislature to close a $3billion budget deficit without borrowing or raising taxes….

But after reflecting on his [Obama’s] four years in the White House, we also don’t think that he’s the best qualified candidate in this race.

We endorse Mitt Romney for president.

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BREAKING: Arizona Governor Jan Brewer Endorses Mitt Romney!

Another big get for Mitt! Add Governor Brewer to the list of many governors that know Mitt is the right man to lead the nation.

Governor Brewer tells it like it is to President Obama

WaPo – Gov. Jan Brewer is endorsing Mitt Romney in Arizona’s Republican presidential primary on Tuesday.

A person familiar with Brewer’s decision tells The Associated Press she’s announcing the endorsement in Washington, where she’s attending a governors conference.

The endorsement comes four days after Romney and three other major Republicans appeared in a debate in Mesa on Wednesday.

Romney Attends Arizona Fundraiser, Hires Evangelical Sr. Adviser, Heads to South Carolina

It’s turning out to be a BIG, busy week for Governor Romney.

After his $10.25 million lollapalooza fundraiser on Monday, The Gov stopped by The Grand Canyon State for a couple of days to continue meeting with concerned citizens. Ever mindful of Obama’s projected $1 billion reelection piggy bank, a fundraising reception in Tempe, AZ was also on his schedule:

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A veteran public relations consultant has joined Romney’s campaign team. Evangelical Mark DeMoss, founder of the nation’s largest PR firm exclusively serving Christian causes, will serve as senior adviser to Team Romney. Besides his outstanding credentials, what is unique about DeMoss is that he felt so strongly about Governor Romney on the very first day he met him, he told The Gov he wanted to work for him and wouldn’t take any pay.

Mark DeMoss is currently president of the DeMoss Group, which is a large Atlanta-based public relations agency that focuses on serving Christian leaders, businesses, and non-profit organizations.

Governor Romney is uniquely qualified and competent to lead our country out of turbulent economic times and create jobs,” DeMoss said in a statement released by Romney’s exploratory committee. “He has worked in government long enough to know how government works, but not so long that he only knows how to work for the government.”

The campaign press release did not mention any religious component to DeMoss’s role, although in 2008 he was on the Romney campaign’s Faith and Values Steering Committee and spoke out prominently about why evangelical Christians should not discount Romney because of his Mormon faith.

DeMoss said in an interview later that he would play a similar role this time.

“I’ll reach out to evangelicals I’m sure, because I know that audience pretty well,” he said. “I’ll help organize meetings, to get people of influence in front of the governor or get him in front of them.”

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Romney plans 1st South Carolina visit since forming presidential exploratory committee:

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is making his first trip to South Carolina since forming a presidential campaign exploratory committee.

Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said Wednesday that Romney will stop in the Columbia area Saturday. She said details have not been worked out for the trip to the state with an early primary.

UPDATE: More good South Carolina news today… Romney hires former Bush campaign staffer for SC

COLUMBIA, S.C.—Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will use one of former President George W. Bush’s campaign lieutenants as a top South Carolina adviser to his presidential exploratory committee.

Romney’s campaign said Thursday that David Raad will be a senior adviser.

In 2000, Raad was Bush’s regional director in South Carolina’s northwestern counties. He went on to work for the U.S. State Department and returned to direct Bush’s 2004 re-election campaign in Missouri.

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POLL: In Arizona, Obama Beats All Republicans but One . . . Romney

Romney beats Obama in Arizona

Romney beats Obama in Arizona

From Public Polling Policy:

Obama trails only one Republican- Mitt Romney- in a hypothetical match up in the state. Romney has a 48-44 advantage against him. This makes Arizona the third state in the last month, along with Nevada and Pennsylvania, where we’ve found Romney as the only Republican who leads Obama. Romney and Mike Huckabee generally post similar numbers against Obama in our national polling but that’s because Huckabee posts much larger leads than Romney against Obama in southern states that the GOP will win regardless of who the party’s nominee is. Romney is clearly proving to be the stronger candidate in important swing states, meaning that for whatever it’s worth he has claim to the ‘electability’ mantle right now.


How do they stack up vs. Obama in AZ?

Mitt Romney 48% — Obama 44% (+4)
Obama 46% — Mike Huckabee 44% (-2)
Obama 47% — Newt Gingrich 40% (-7)
Obama 48% — Donald Trump 38% (-10)
Obama 49% — Sarah Palin 38% (-11)

The favorability ratings are equally awesome for Mitt, not so much for Trump:

Mitt Romney: Favorable — 45%, Unfavorable — 37%, Not Sure — 17% (+8)
Mike Huckabee: Favorable — 35%, Unfavorable — 48%, Not Sure — 17% (-13)
Sarah Palin: Favorable — 32%, Unfavorable — 62%, Not Sure — 5% (-30)
Newt Gingrich: Favorable — 26%, Unfavorable — 59%, Not Sure — 15% (-33)
Donald Trump: Favorable –24%, Unfavorable — 66%, Not Sure — 10% (-42)

As more of these polling results are released, I think we’ll see that Romney’s clear advantage over the rest of the potential field is his electability in a general election versus President Obama. Will it be that same appeal he has to independents that proves a hindrance in getting the party’s nomination? Only time will tell.

Governor Romney Visits Children’s Hospital

Doctor and child


With compassion for the sick and uninsured, a mind for insurance and medical industry reform, and health care without governmental controls, Governor Romney’s stop at a Mesa, AZ children’s hospital yesterday (funded primarily by  second cousin, Wilford Cardon) is not surprising. While praising the facility’s home-like ambiance for ill children, Governor Romney’s penchant for cost efficiency and superior results were evident in his comments.

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s first visit to Arizona since the 2008 election was more than just a family visit.

Romney, a second cousin to southeast Valley real-estate developer Wilford Cardon, toured the new home of Cardon Children’s Medical Center with the discerning eye of a former hospital-industry executive.

“I worked as a consultant to a number of hospitals back in the 1980s . . . and therefore find it interesting to see how modern hospitals are being constructed and organized, particularly when many are operating with reduced staffing, ” Romney said. “This is a real tribute to the Cardon family that they would decide to use their resources to help build a hospital like this that will not only treat young people but would make them feel comfortable and more at home,” he added.

During the tour, Peter Fine, president and chief executive officer of Banner Health, said he was impressed with Romney’s questions on the use of technology for medical records. “It’s certainly exciting to have him here. He’s been a very visible figure for the community,” Fine said. “He was far more astute on the issues of a costful environment . . . and I thought he had asked some very good follow-up questions. He was really interested in what we did for the design and the development and the reasons why.”

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