Newspaper Endorsements Pour In for Romney/Ryan: NH, MA, WV, TX, MI, VA, NY, D.C.

Photo – Al Behrman / AP

Like a waterfall, newspaper editorial board endorsements for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan continue to pour in…

Foster’s Daily Democrat (NH)
Editorial
October 24, 2012

http://goo.gl/9AhMb

It’s Now Time To Decide

If you had already made up your mind going into Monday night’s presidential debate, nothing said probably changed your mind. But for those who were undecided, there certainly was some food for thought.

But what was lacking on the part of the president was a vision for the future and credibility based on the past. The current commander in chief repeatedly accused Romney of reaching back into history for failed policies of the past both home and abroad. The president summoned images of President Herbert Hoover and others which history has deemed failures. In doing so, Obama tried to gloss over his own history of failed promises — on unemployment, on balancing the budget, cutting the deficit and — as we believe — earning the respect of our overseas allies.

Admittedly, Obama’s failures center mostly around domestic policy — Romney’s strength. But as Romney pointed out Monday night, in order to be strong and respected on the international stage, the United States must be strong economically.

As readers know, there is no doubt on the part of the editorial board here at Foster’s Daily Democrat new leadership is needed from the White House. We believe all three debates — but especially the first — support that notion. We believe that, on balance, the debates have shown Mitt Romney to be the more capable and with a vision for the future — a vision President Obama has failed to offer.

On Nov. 6, we urge voters to give Mitt Romney a chance to offer the nation real hope and change.



Boston Herald
Editorial Staff
October 23, 2012

http://www.bostonherald.com

Romney’s The One

Four years ago the voters put their faith in a man who offered vague promises of hope and change at a time when any change looked like a good idea and hope was in short supply.

What this nation got in Barack Obama was a president who used an economic crisis to further his redistributionist agenda — and, not surprisingly, failed miserably at restoring American prosperity. Oh, he brought change all right — to a government-knows-best philosophy that has given us four years of high unemployment, higher gas prices, a $16 trillion deficit, and a job-killing regulatory environment.
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Enough! This isn’t the kind of change anyone can believe in.

The other simple fact is that in Mitt Romney voters have not merely a safe and steady alternative but a proven leader and an extraordinarily skilled expert in the art of the economic turnaround.

He did that all over again for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

What Romney knows at the core of his being is that sometimes government must step aside and sometimes it must lead.

Last night the nation saw a man who in the area of foreign policy is prepared to lead, who knows that for the United States to remain safe it must reclaim its place on the world stage.

During the last four years the world has become a more dangerous place. We can’t afford four more years of a leadership vacuum.

Not when in Mitt Romney voters have the choice of a strong, smart hand on the helm, a decent, caring man, who lives his faith, who loves his country and would serve it well. For all of those reasons, the Boston Herald is pleased to endorse Mitt Romney for president.

So much more! Click here.

Wanted: Business Experience in the White House, Romney’s Resume on Top (VIDEO)


An article from the Boston Herald written by Hillary Chabot caught my eye yesterday. It was a little different tone from her when writing about Mitt Romney – less negativity. As soon as I began reading, I suspected the reality of the S&P downgrade had begun to sink in:

Mitt: Obama can’t mind his business

August 9, 2011

GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney slammed President Obama’s economic leadership yesterday while touting his own business savvy, a campaign strategy that could give him an edge as fears of a double-dip recession leave voters seeking an economic fix-it man — if he can close the deal, political observers told the Herald.

We used to say to businesses that are in trouble . . . if your balance sheet is not right, then it’s hard to turn around your enterprise, and the same may be said of America as well,” Romney said at a Rotary Club event in Manchester, N.H., harkening back to his time as a venture capitalist.

“Year after year after year, Washington just kicks the can down the road,” he said, adding in a dig at Obama that the credit-rating downgrade over the weekend “punctuates a remarkable lack of leadership in dealing with our nation.”

Romney flaunted his business credentials at several stops in New Hampshire yesterday, citing his long experience in the private sector with Bain & Co. and later as founder of Bain Capital. His backers also cite his experience as Massachusetts governor and leading the 2002 Winter Olympics out of trouble.

Experts said it could be a winning strategy, but he’ll have to sell it.

The article continued with opinions on Romney’s possibilities:

He’s well known to have economic experience compared to all of the other candidates,” said Washington D.C., Republican consultant Ron Bonjean. “The Republican that can capture the most votes needs to lay out answers to this economic crisis in a credible way. Romney has an excellent opportunity to do that.”

Even Romney naysayer and former avid Palin fan, Bill Kristol (from The Weekly Standard and FOX News contributor) agreed:

Romney’s business background can be helpful, provided he uses it as a basis for a forward-looking argument for how he’ll foster jobs and growth.”

(emphasis added) Read the rest here.

Here’s a news report from Kathy Jordan/Boston Herald reporting on the event referred to in the article – Mitt speaking to the Rotary Club in Manchester, NH. Jordan says that following the recent economic tumble – Mitt Romney might have ‘the edge’:


I’ve spent a good part of my career doing something called turnarounds – being involved in something which was in trouble and trying to get it back on track.” ~ Mitt Romney



Time for a turnaround, America!

► Jayde Wyatt

What Happens When President Obama Doesn’t Get His Way?

President Obama’s administration shut out a reporter from the Boston Herald from his Wednesday fundraising event in Boston. You might think that it would be insane for a politician to treat an important blue-state newspaper like this with an election coming up relatively soon, but hey, you’re not the President of the United States so what do you know!?

In any regard, what is the reason the Boston Herald was treated so poorly? The Obama administration is angry that Mitt Romney’s op-ed “The Obama Misery Index Hits a Record High” was put on the front page. We’ve all suspected that Gov. Romney is the candidate President Obama fears most, but can there be any doubt now? President Obama just can’t get Mitt Romney out of his head.

Fortunately for truth-seekers everywhere, Gov. Romney fired back at President Obama for barring the Herald from full access to the presidential visit to Boston yesterday.

‘I know the president and the White House are very sensitive about anyone who talks about the failures in the economy,’ Romney said. ‘They’re in denial about putting people out of work and the under-employed. When the Herald speaks the truth, they lash out.’

‘I think the president’s campaign promises in too many cases have gone by the boards. The transparency pledge was the first to go,’ Romney said. ‘The inclination toward retribution and lashing out toward people who disagree with his economic posture is only the latest chapter.’

‘I think it’s very hard for a Republican administration to try and punish the media for a story they don’t like,’ Romney said. ‘And this is not in keeping with the First Amendment principles that have governed the White House.’

If you actually click on either of the Boston Herald articles, they both link to Mitt’s original op-ed that the administration seems to angry about, so all President Obama has achieved is to bring even more attention to Gov. Romney’s op-ed. I can’t wait to see how the President reacts when Gov. Romney actually releases the Obama Misery Index and the American People have a visual depiction of how terrible President Obama’s policies have been for our economy!

UPDATE
Hugh Hewitt asks “Why is President Obama Trying to Raise Governor Romney’s Negatives?

“It is almost as if the president wanted to make sure that Romney wasn’t the GOP nominee.” Yeah, almost ;)

Palin Open to 2012 Alliance with Romney to Unseat Obama

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was Tea-Partying in at the Boston Commons yesterday and someone threw out the inevitable question about joining forces with Romney in 2012 (she was in Massachusetts after all). Palin’s reply? “Sounds pretty good.”

Of course I’d dismiss this as an offhand comment or chalk it up to maintaining politeness. But what I find interesting is that she later repeated the sentiment to the Boston Herald saying that she was “serious” about the idea. The story from Boston Herald:

Palin Speaks at Tea Party in Boston

Conservative superstar Sarah Palin opened the door yesterday to joining forces with Mitt Romney for a 2012 White House run – a hot ticket that has some Republicans licking their chops at the prospect of unseating President Obama.

“Sounds pretty good,” Palin declared at yesterday’s Tea Party Express rally on the Common when asked about pairing up with the former Bay State governor – giving the idea a big thumbs-up as she left the stage after her headline speech.

Last night, as Palin stopped for cannoli at Mike’s Pastry in the North End, she said she was “serious” about the idea.

“I have a lot of respect for Mitt,” she told the Herald.

Asked who would be on top of the ticket, Palin roared, “Ha! I haven’t even thought that far ahead yet.”

Indeed, Palin said she hasn’t decided whether she’ll run in 2012 – with or without Romney.

Romney, a presumptive 2012 Republican presidential contender who recently embarked on a nationwide book tour, has not ruled out an alliance with Palin, the GOP’s 2008 vice presidential candidate.

“Mitt Romney respects Sarah Palin and he appreciates the contributions she makes to the party,” said Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom. “But his immediate focus is on helping Republicans win back the Congress in 2010.”

No, I don’t think Palin is staying up at night wondering how she can team-up with Mitt, in fact I’m sure it’s far from her mind. But perhaps she’s sincere in being open to the idea. Obviously, Sarah is not my first pick for the GOP nominee, but I do have respect for her. I’m not sure whether I’d be for this “alliance”, but it is (of course) an interesting notion that will surely propagate a lot of discussion with opinions ranging all over the spectrum.

~Nate Gunderson

Ann Romney Discusses Breast Cancer Diagnosis on ‘Fox and Friends’

When I think of Ann Romney the first word that comes to mind is “classy”. She is a very impressive lady and reacts well to the curve-balls that life sometimes throws at her. A little over a year ago Mrs. Romney underwent a lumpectomy and radiation treatment following a diagnosis of breast cancer. Fortunately the cancer was detected early and the treatment went very well.

Ann Romney will appear in two interview segments (Tues. and Weds.) on Fox and Friends. UPDATE: Mitt Romney will accompany Ann in the interview. The Boston Herald reports:

In her first public interview since being diagnosed with breast cancer, Ann Romney tells “Fox & Friends” mammograms discovered her early stage breast cancer and she was “really lucky.”

“I had surgery right about this time, right before Christmas last year and then I started my radiation in the end of January,” she said. “If I were a 40-year-old woman, 40 to 50, I’d want to be getting my mammograms. They catch cancers, and cancer is very curable if you catch it early.”

Ann Romney said she kept quiet about her diagnosis and treatment because she wasn’t in the public eye anymore. Mitt Romney made a failed bid for the GOP presidential nomination in 2008. “We were not in the public eye anymore and there was no reason for me to be out again being in the public eye, when you’re going through a crisis, you really just kind of want to have your family around and your husband,” she said.

When asked about criticism of her husband, Ann Romney said there were times when she wanted to “come out of my seat and clock somebody” but “you learn to just take a deep breath.”

As for her husband making another bid for the White House, Romney said the couple will make that decision together. “We’re not ready to make that decision yet. It’s a lot of sacrifice, it’s tough, it’s a tough road and we have at least a year before we have to make that decision,” she said.

Read more at BostonHerald.com

I had a chance to meet Ann Romney very briefly at a campaign event in Boston. I had but a brief moment to get a photo taken with her. Given more time I would have certainly thanked her for the strength, support and sacrifice that was required of her as the spouse of a presidential candidate. All too often the noble and capable woman behind the scenes gets far too little credit.

Ann Romney for First Lady 2012! Thanks Ann, keep it up!

~Nate G.

UPDATE – Here are two of the clips from Tuesday (1-5) morning: