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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Mitt Romney's Body Man, Garrett Jackson, Gives Behind-the-Scenes Look at Life on the Campaign Trail

Garret Jackson, making sure the chair Mitt is standing on doesn't topple. Now that's a good body man.

If you’ve been to a Romney campaign event at any point in the last year, chances are you’ll recognize the guy that works in Mitt’s shadow. When Mitt needs a sharpie to sign an autograph or someone to snap a picture with supporters, it is Mitt’s 25-year-old, Mississippi-native personal aide, Garrett Jackson, who is right there to make it happen.

In a genius move, the Romney campaign has recently commissioned Garrett to start blogging and tweeting about his experiences alongside Mitt Romney, or “The Gov,” as he calls him. With just a few blogs behind him, Garrett has already picked up wide attention from media and fans like us who are eager to peak into a day in the life of Mitt.

From short videos in the car to photos from backstage — the content Garrett is putting out has been a real treat; and, more importantly, it allows people to see Mitt outside of standard, suit-and-tie political settings.

I highly recommend following Mitt’s Body Man on Twitter and keeping up with his blogs – the latest of which, I’ve posted below the fold.

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President Obama’s Super PAC Spending Big on Attack Ads Against Mitt

Like this video shows, there is only one candidate the White House fears. The #1 rule in politics is to follow the money if you want to know the truth. President Obama’s Super PAC, Priorities USA, is spending even more money than they have in previous states to run attack ads against Mitt here in Michigan.

Fortunately, momentum is clearly on Gov. Romney’s side and these desperate attacks likely won’t be enough to stop him. The crowds at Mitt’s events continue to grow here in Michigan, and Mitt has launched a bus tour to crisscross the state until Tuesday’s election. Follow the bus tour here and RSVP for upcoming events here.

Listen to Ann and Mitt speak at the Americans for Prosperity Forum here.

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Romney's Policy Director Says Obama's Regulatory Review Is Insignificant, Romney Would Do Much More

Lanhee Chen, who is Director of Policy at Romney for President, posted a blog this morning criticizing the Obama Administration’s poor attempt at cutting job-killing, regulatory red tape.

Mr. Chen points out the insignificance of regulatory revisions that will save approx. $2 billion per year, when the administration has proposed or implemented more than $9 billion in new regulatory costs in the last month alone.

He also provides insight into what standards would be under a Romney administration:

Mitt Romney would take a radically different approach to federal regulation. The American people can rest assured that every cabinet member will know from day one that they are expected to “minimize regulatory costs” and that “imposing excessive regulatory burdens” is unacceptable. $2 billion of savings in the month after the administration proposed or implemented $9 billion in new costs may be the best that President Obama can offer, but such government expansion would be unacceptable in any month of a Romney administration.

Here’s the full blog post from the Official Mitt Romney blog:


In an article in today’s Wall Street Journal, White House regulatory czar Cass Sunstein proudly announced the conclusion of “an unprecedentedly ambitious government-wide review of existing federal regulations.” The result? A smattering of insignificant regulatory revisions that will save approximately $2 billion per year.

To put in context just how small this savings is, compare it to the more than $9 billion in new regulatory costs proposed or implemented by the Obama administration last month alone. Even worse, compare it to the estimated $1.75 trillion in regulatory costs that the federal government itself estimates are borne by the American economy each year. If an “unprecedentedly ambitious government-wide review” only yields a one-tenth-of-a-percent reduction in regulation, perhaps it is long past time to give up hope that the Obama administration will ever understand the severity of our economic crisis and the need for fundamental reforms.

The worst indictment of President Obama’s leadership was actually buried at the end of the article where Mr. Sunstein – again with apparent pride – informed readers that “we are announcing today that Chief of Staff William Daley has given new instructions to the cabinet. He has asked cabinet members to minimize regulatory costs, avoid imposing excessive regulatory burdens, and prioritize regulatory actions that promote economic growth and job creation.”

One can only read those sentences and conclude that, for the first 950 or so days of the Obama presidency, cabinet members were not expected to “minimize regulatory costs” or “prioritize regulatory actions that promote economic growth and job creation,” and that they were free to “impos[e] excessive regulatory burdens.” Once again, the sad reality emerges: reduction of regulatory burdens and promotion of job creation were not even on President Obama’s radar screen for much of his term.

To quote Chief of Staff Daley’s own words, when confronted earlier this year by angry business owners frustrated by the rate at which President Obama’s regulatory agenda was destroying jobs: “Sometimes you can’t defend the indefensible.”

Mitt Romney would take a radically different approach to federal regulation. The American people can rest assured that every cabinet member will know from day one that they are expected to “minimize regulatory costs” and that “imposing excessive regulatory burdens” is unacceptable. $2 billion of savings in the month after the administration proposed or implemented $9 billion in new costs may be the best that President Obama can offer, but such government expansion would be unacceptable in any month of a Romney administration.

Yesterday, Governor Romney announced that on September 6 he will unveil his plan to grow the economy and create jobs. The Governor has worked in the private sector and he understands the ways that regulation can hinder job creation. Thus, one important part of his plan will be regulatory reform that relieves businesses and workers from some of the overwhelming costs and uncertainty currently imposed by Washington.
As President, he will perform the clean-up of federal regulation that our economy needs, but that President Obama has proven himself incapable of—and uninterested in—pursuing.

Lanhee Chen is the Policy Director at Romney for President

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.

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We had a great day yesterday thanks to all. Here are some stats to let you know how we did on our first day:

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