Mitt Romney Speaks At Annual Reagan Lecture, Live Webcast

 

Mitt Romney

will speak today, May 25, 2010, at the

Annual Reagan Lecture

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

Simi Valley, California

Pre-lecture interview:

Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library:

May 25, 2010
Annual Reagan Lecture with Mitt Romney*
3:30 p.m. Book Signing
6:00 p.m. Lecture
7:00 p.m. Dinner

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney will deliver the annual Reagan Lecture at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Tuesday, May 25, 2010.

Governor Romney will also be signing copies of his latest book, No Apology: The Case for American Greatness (Release date: March 2, 2010) from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. In his latest book, Governor Romney proposes simple solutions to rebuild industry, create good jobs, reduce out of control spending on entitlements and healthcare, dramatically improve education, and restore a military battered by eight years of war.


Larger-than-life statue of 40th president greets visitors at entrance of Ronald Reagan Library.

UPDATE: Romney sounding more like candidate

Toward the end of Mitt Romney’s bid for the Republican nomination in the 2008 presidential election, his wife, Ann, turned to a documentary camera and said: “We’re never doing this again.”

But today, she is worried about the direction of the country.

“And she’s changed her mind,” Romney said Tuesday night to an energized room of his supporters at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley.

Romney delivered the eighth Reagan Lecture at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, joining influential leaders who have spoken at the annual event in the past, including Former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Chief Justice John Roberts.

Romney escorted former first lady Nancy Reagan into the Presidential Learning Center, where an audience of about 700 rose to greet them.

Although there was no announcement of his candidacy, Romney went through a litany of criticisms of current social, diplomatic and financial policies coming out of Washington and the Obama White House.
[…]
“America doesn’t need to hear about a president who makes apologies for his country,” he said.

He said the American principles of education, taxes and growing the economy remain the most important.

He said there is optimism. Americans are “awakening that this administration is on the wrong track,” he said.
[...]
Davia Navarrette of Oak Park attended the lecture with her mother and said Romney “lit the room on fire.”

“He has got a strong love for the country. He will have our support if he runs for president,” she said.

(emphasis mine)

UPDATE 5/27/10: For video of Romney’s Annual Reagan Lecture speech click here.

No Apology Tour: Reports from the Road

There are two reports from Mitt Romney’s book tour I’d like to share with you.

#1 – Anthony Dalke of RightOSphere does a point by point recap (he took many notes) of Romney’s “discussion” at the McCormick Freedom Project in Chicago. Of interest from Anthony’s post is his warming up to Romney:

In the interest of full disclosure, let me state up front that I am someone who initially had a highly unfavorable opinion of the Governor but has warmed up to him over time, to the point where I would now put him among my “top tier” of desired 2012 candidates.

..and Anthony’s summation:

Mitt clearly came prepared for business, speaking substantively and extemporaneously. He did a good job of remaining firm, yet respectful of the moderator, refuting her assertions that he deemed inaccurate. At times, he appeared slightly flummoxed with interruptions and incessant probing by the moderator. Still, he noticeably impressed the audience, receiving hearty rounds of applause. The event was light on humor but heavy on serious discussion.

Read his whole report at RightOSphere.com

News Article and video from Mitt’s Chicago stophere.

#2 – Longtime Romney fan Crystal F. writes of her experience at the La Jolla California book-signing and includes a photo gallery. Her event was much different than the one Anthony attended, and so is her recap, but it is every bit as enjoyable.

Crystal F and Romney
You like that mash-up Crystal?

  • Crystal and her daughter arrived 2 hours early, 1000 said to have attended.
  • She showed Romney her ‘Mitt 12′ keychain and said “I’m ready when you are.” He laughed and said, “That’s a riot.”
  • Her daughter got her book Turnaround signed by Romney who seemed pleased to see it.

Read the whole report and see the photo gallery at Crystal’s blog post at CommittedToRomney.net

~Nate Gunderson

Rebel Ross Volunteers for Mitt Romney Book Signing Event in Michigan

…and gets an awesome picture with the big man himself. Really, I think the picture is great, so I posted it thinking Ross might not do it himself.

Rebel Ross volunteers for Mitt Romney Book Signing in Michigan

So Ross, when you get a chance edit this post and tell us how the evening went. The floor is yours….

~Nate

I wish I had more time to give you all a full report, but that will have to wait until tomorrow.

Here are just a few quick tidbits:

-800-900 books were signed Governor Romney in my estimation. Articles like this say 450 people showed up which isn’t accurate because most people left as soon as their book was signed, but people were flowing into the store all night long. That’s why Mitt had to stay a full two hours.

-I was told that this was the first stop that continued to grow in size after it started. (People that were in the area either heard about it after it had started or regular shoppers at this Borders stopped in and decided to buy a book and get it signed since Mitt was there and it was such a great opportunity.)

-There was decent news coverage.

-If anyone didn’t already know this, Birmingham is where Mitt grew up, and some of his family were in attendance – like his sister.

-We had plenty of volunteers and people kept asking us how they could get the volunteer shirt we all we wearing.

~Ross

Mitt Romney returns to roots in Metro Detroit Click the preceding link for some video.

Romney Rocks Borders

Mitt also stopped in Grand Rapids the day after he was in Birmingham:

Mitt Romney Plans Book Tour Stop in Utah – Tickets Going Fast!

Click to Purchase Tickets to This Event!

The Hinckley Institute of Politics

is proud to announce that it will host a lecture

by Mitt Romney

Former President and CEO of the Salt Lake Olympic Organizing Committee, Governor of Massachusetts, GOP Presidential candidate, and author of Turnaround: Crisis, Leadership, and the Olympic Games, in conjunction with the March release of his newest book

No Apology: The Case for American Greatness

Governor Romney’s address is set for
Saturday, March 13, 2010 at 7:00 pm, at the
Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City.

This event will be the only opportunity in Utah to hear from Governor Romney as part of the No Apology book tour.

All ticket prices include a signed first edition hard cover book.
(retail price $25.99)

For more info on ticket pricing and seating, go to MittRomneyUtah.com


Tour dates and reviews on Mitt Romney’s new book, No Apology: The Case for American Greatness are continually updated at this link: http://bit.ly/RomneyBook