Romney/Ryan First Interview: ’60 Minutes’ TONIGHT, $3.5 Million Raised in 24 Hours

It’s their first official interview…

CBS News has announced that ‘America’s Comeback Team’ Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan will make a joint appearance this evening on ’60 Minutes’ tonight. CBS News chief and host Bob Schieffer will conduct the interview.

The taping will take place in High Point, North Carolina and will air @7PM Eastern.



Let’s go Rom/Ry!

UPDATE – Here’s the interview, minus the part edited out where Ryan spoke about his mother on Social Security:


Voters are fired up and opening their pocketbooks for Romney and Ryan!

Since the V.P. reveal yesterday morning, in the last 24 hours, online fundraising has reached $3.5 MILLION. Facts from Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey:

I contacted a source close to the campaign, and got the details:

Donors: over 41,000
Average donation: $85
Website visits: 700,000

The campaign saw an interesting phenomenon after the Ryan announcement. Over 30% of the visits came from mobile devices, something the source tells me the campaign has never seen before in this cycle. It shows that the selection of Ryan may have some significant upside among younger voters who may relate more to Ryan than to Obama, Joe Biden, and the administration that has cratered job prospects for this demographic over the last three years.

UPDATE: A HOMECOMING RALLY for R&R will be held this evening in Waukesha, Wisconsin at 6:05 PM Central Time. (Earlier today, the two campaigned in Mooresville, N.C. and High Point, N.C.) That’s going to be some celebration! A possible livefeed may be found here. C-Span will also air live coverage (and possibly FOX News, CNN).

* Hat tip to Paulee, Bailey, and Will

UPDATE 2 - Check out the crowd!

Overflow crowd at Romney/Ryan event in Mooresville, N.C. today.
(Photo Eric Fehrnstrom)


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Hugh Hewitt – Obama: “Serial Failure”, Romney: “Extremely Well-Qualified”

Hugh Hewitt has written a new must-read book titled ‘The Brief Against Obama’.


Last weekend, while many Americans were watching Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas and swimmers Missy Franklin, Katie Ledecky, and Michael Phelps go for the gold in merry old England, C-Span aired a significant presentation on ‘The Brief Against Obama‘ – a new book written by *radio talk show host and pundit Hugh Hewitt.

With the goal of persuading weak affiliation voters (Independents, undecided voters, wavering Democrats and Libertarians) NOT to re-elect Obama, Hewitt engaged listeners as he spoke about the facts of Obama’s many broken promises. An informative and entertaining speaker, Hewitt’s audience was also treated to a Q&A session. The gathering took place on July 30, 2012 at the Richard Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, CA and later aired on C-Span.

For those who missed the must-see presentation, here’s Hugh:

@13:52 – “I wanted to write a book that would persuade people NOT to vote for President Obama and I knew it had to be fact-based“… [235 pages of text, 45 pages of footnotes]

I made a very long list of all the promises President Obama made, all of the PREDICTIONS he put forward, and all of the polemics he used. Each chapter of the 25 chapters begins with a quotation or series of quotations from President Obama not earlier than 2007. I’m not interested in what he did as a young man. I’m not interested in his biography. I’m interested in what he promised to do as a candidate or as a President – what he predicted would happen as a result of his actions or the language he used as a candidate or President. And, when I think you stack it up HE DID NOT DELIVER.”

@14:55 – “In fact, he is a SERIAL FAILURE when it comes to delivering on his promises. Therefore, I don’t believe he is OWED your vote or anyone’s vote based upon what he said he would do and DID NOT DO – based on what he predicted would happen and did not happen – based upon what was, in fact, the most hyper partisan set of rhetorical devices that we have seen in the modern presidency.”

@15:19 – Hewitt speaks about A Mormon in the White House? – 10 Things Americans Should Know About Mitt Romney, a book he penned in 2007 underscoring Romney’s extraordinary viability as a Republican presidential nominee – the “enormous capacity Mitt Romney has.”

@18:00 – Mentions his prediction that Romney’s experience at Bain would be twisted by Obama and used against him. He also predicts, in the waning days of this campaign, because Obama is desperate, Romney’s religion will be used against him.

@18:16 – “The only reason I thought that President Obama could win reelection based upon the work I completed in ‘The Brief AGainst Obama’ is if we Republicans … nominated a terrible candidate – if they nominated someone who would not win the confidence of Americans. Luckily, we have nominated an EXTREMELY well-qualified individual who is ready to be President on the first day. And, I think that’s becoming very, very obvious.

@18:43 – Hewitt explains why Romney is such a great nominee and speaks of the enormity of the task of saving the 2002 Winter Olympics: Romney took it “from the edge of despair and disaster to an enormous internationally recognized success. We need that kind of capability.”

@20:37 – Addresses Romney critics who say he isn’t aggressive enough. “I’m very confident about Romney.”

@29:30 – Speaks on the ‘Bradley effect’ and Obama supporters.

@31:25 – V.P. possibilities

@34:00 – What’s the worst thing Obama has done? Listen to this list!

@40:00 – Hugh’s three favorite Obama quotes: “The very best arguments to make against Obama are his own statements.”

@42:00 – Mentions In, But Not Of a book he wrote in 1998. With his HHS regulations, Obama has awakened a sleeping giant – Evangelical, Catholic, and orthodox Jewish voters.

@48:00 – “We don’t want four more years of Chicago style politics. And what happens if he’s reelected [Obama] and he’s not even restrained by the prospect of reelection?”

@51:50 – Buy the book, read it, give it to an Independent or a Democrat.

@53:00 – Excellent Q&A session


Hugh’s extensive experience in politics and law, combined with his sense of humor and story-telling capacity (no teleprompter) made listening to him speak for over an hour a very enjoyable and heartening experience. His endorsement of Romney couldn’t be any stronger. I encourage MRC readers to share these remarks everywhere possible and promote his new book. Readers may purchase ‘The Brief Against Obama’ here. As Hugh asked – get it, read it, then pass it along to an Independent or undecided voter!

*Hewitt is not only the host of a popular nationally syndicated radio show, he is a lawyer (graduate of Harvard College and University of Michigan Law School) and a law professor at Chapman University Law School in southern California where he teaches Constitutional Law.

Additional recommended reading:

On The Brink by David Parker (Hear Mr. Parker’s interview with Hewitt here.)
The Amateur by Ed Klein
The Great Destroyer by David Limbaugh

Don’t forget to see the intriguing new movie 2016: Obama’s America (rated PG) which is based on the book by Dinesh D’Souza and produced by Gerald R. Molen, producer of the Academy Award wining Best Picture ‘Schinlder’s List’. It is currently airing in some cities and is slated to be shown tomorrow (Aug 10th) in additional locations. Additional release dates are also listed here.

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Five Primaries, Mitt Romney: A Better America Begins Tonight

It’s Primary Election Day!

Voters are going to the polls today in Connecticut (28 delegates), Delaware (17 delegates), New York (95 delegates), Pennsylvania (72 delegates), and Rhode Island (19 delegates).

Hoping to further finalize the primary process, Romney supporters are hoping for victories in all five states.

UPDATE:

IT’S A CLEAN SWEEP FOR ROMNEY!

Congrats!

A better America began tonight!

After 43 primaries and caucuses, many long days and not a few long nights, I can say with confidence – and gratitude – that you have given me a great honor and solemn responsibility.
. . .
To all of the thousands of good and decent Americans I’ve met who want nothing more than a better chance, a fighting chance, to all of you, I have a simple message: Hold on a little longer,” he said. “A better America begins tonight.”
~ Mitt Romney

Text of Governor Romney’s victory speech, given tonight in Manchester, NH, may read here.

Video of Romney’s victory speech:

“Four years ago Barack Obama dazzled us in front of Greek columns with sweeping promises of hope and change. But after we came down to earth… what do we have to show for three and a half years of President Obama.

Is it easier to make ends meet? Is it easier to sell your home or buy a new one? Have you saved what you needed for retirement? Are you making more in your job? Do you have a better chance to get a better job? Do you pay less at the pump?” ~ Mitt Romney


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Romney’s ‘Special K’ Support: Gov Kasich & Sen Kyle (+ Lt. Gov Taylor), Mitt to Address GOP State Chairmen

Mitt Romney has just been given a BIG helping of Special K

Kasich & Kyle for Romney!

Ohio Governor John Kasich and Arizona Senator Jon Kyl are keen to support Governor Romney ‘s campaign for the presidency. Ohio Lt. Gov Mary Taylor is also standing with Romney.

Serving as an important link to the northeast and midwest, here’s the latest from the beautiful Buckeye State:

Announcing his support, Governor Kasich said, “The biggest issue in this presidential election will be who can make the economy stronger so that America’s families can be stronger. I’m for Mitt Romney because he’s got the proven experience as a manager and as a job creator that America needs right now. The progress we’ve made in Ohio is hampered by a White House that can’t make up its mind and which can’t set the right course for our economy. Mitt Romney’s got what it takes to get us back on track and I look forward to working with him to make his campaign in Ohio and across the country a success.”

Lt. Gov. Taylor said, “With job creation being Ohio’s top priority, the presidential race is going to be about whose policies can help us continue to get back on our feet. The tax-and-spend policies we see now from the White House are only barriers to our efforts to get Ohioans working again. By contrast, Mitt Romney has a deep understanding of the needs of job creators and will put that experience and know-how to work for Ohioans and the nation, and I’m happy to support his campaign for the presidency.

Romney responds:

“I am proud to have earned the support of Ohio Governor Kasich and Ohio Lt. Gov. Taylor,” said Mitt Romney. “This might be the most important election in a generation. Our country can continue on its current path, or we can choose another path – one with lower spending, more jobs, and less debt. Ohio will be a critical – and possibly deciding – state in November. Having the support of Governor Kasich and Lt. Gov. Taylor will be vital in our efforts to defeat President Obama and change the direction of the country.”

Background on Governor Kasich:
Governor John Kasich was elected in 2010. Previously he served for 18 years in the U.S. House of Representatives where he was chairman of the Budget Committee and the architect of the first balanced budget in decades. In his first year as governor, he closed an historic $8 billion budget shortfall without a tax increase and instead cut taxes by $800 million. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, on Gov. Kasich’s watch Ohio has created more than 82,000 jobs –the most in the Midwest and the fourth largest increase in the nation – and both Standard & Poors and Moody’s have raised Ohio’s credit outlook from negative to stable.

Background on Lt. Gov. Taylor:

Lt. Gov. Taylor was elected with Gov. Kasich in 2010. Previously she served in the Ohio House of Representatives and as Auditor of State. As Lt. Gov. she oversees the Department of Insurance and leads the Administration’s effort to streamline and update Ohio’s regulatory policies.

From the magnificent Grand Canyon State, which attracts five million visitors per year, comes the call from Senator Jon Kyl to unite behind Governor Romney:

Announcing his support, Senator Kyl said, “After a long primary, it is time for the Republican Party to come together and support the candidate who will defeat President Obama. That is why I am proud to support Mitt Romney. President Obama’s record is full of broken promises and failed policies. Mitt Romney will restore American greatness at home and abroad. He has a bold economic plan that will create jobs and help middle class families prosper. He will also make the 21st century an American century and regain America’s respected status in the world. These next months will be hard fought and change will not come easy, but I am proud to stand with Mitt and to do anything I can to make sure he is our next president.”

Romney:

Senator Kyl has been a leader in the Senate in the fight to cut spending, make government accountable, and to protect our country,” said Mitt Romney. “I am proud to have the support of someone who shares my vision for getting our country on the right track by allowing the private sector to flourish and getting government out of the way. Senator Kyl has been a tremendous public servant for Arizona and I look forward to working with him to reach out to Arizona voters over the next few months.”

Background on Senator Kyl:

Senator Kyl Was First Elected To The U.S. Senate In 1994. For over four years, Kyl has been the Senate Minority Whip. He also served eight years in the U.S. House and was a lawyer before entering government. He and his wife Caryll have two children.

As the GOP’s presumptive nominee and 2012 standard bearer, Romney is in Arizona today to speak at the 2012 RNC State Chairmen’s Meeting. It’s the last formal meeting before the nomination convention in August in Tampa; those running Republican organizations at the state level will be in attendance.

C-Span will air it LIVE at 3:45pm (ET). CNN will provide a livefeed here.

From PBS NewsHour:
GOP Establishment Gets Behind Romney
By Christina Bellantoni, Terence Burlij
April 20, 2012:

It’s a big day for Mitt Romney, who will be embraced by GOP establishment figures during the Republican National Committee’s meeting of state chairmen and officials in Scottsdale, Ariz.

All week he’s been collecting endorsements from governors and other top lawmakers — including House Speaker John Boehner …
[...]
The unity weekend is intended to help the entire party shift focus onto the general election.

Santorum supporters are joining Romney:

A top RNC official contended Thursday that enthusiasm for Mr. Romney, who has struggled at times to connect with the party’s conservative base, is on the rise.

Romney is getting conservatives on this committee to rally behind him,” said Illinois RNC member Demetra DeMonte, the elected secretary of the RNC and a founding member of the RNC’s Conservative Caucus. Ms. DeMonte had originally favored Mr. Santorum, who often outpaced Mr. Romney in primaries and caucuses among evangelical voters and tea party activists.

The unity weekend is intended to help the entire party shift focus onto the general election.

UPDATE - Watch Romney’s speech here.

By the way, the Romney campaign is giving away FREE bumper stickers. Get yours now; click here!

(emphasis added to endorsements/article)

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Nevada Caucuses: Romney Supporters Anticipate Win in the West




It’s the big day!

As the Nevada caucuses get underway, Romney supporters are revved up and ready to vote in the first GOP contest in the WEST. Marking the fifth competition in the 2012 primary race, the NV GOP Party is hosting and caucuses are only open to registered Republicans.

With 28 delegates at stake, caucusing begins at various times across the state but most will happen between 9 AM and 3 PM Pacific Time. A 7 PM caucus will be held in Clark County to accommodate those who can’t participate in the day due to religious reasons.

Mitt Romney is polling very well in the Silver State (poll taken Feb 2, 2012):

Governor Romney made a quick campaign trip today to Colorado Springs to host an event at Springs Fabrication. He’ll be back in Nevada tonight to host a primary rally at the Summerlin Ballroom in the Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa in Las Vegas.

CNN is planning extensive coverage; read more here.

CNN livefeed possibilities may be found here and here.

For those interested in FOX News, Bret Baier will host a campaign edition of Special Report at 10 PM ET. A possible livefeed for FOX coverage may be found here.

C-Span Schedule:
10:40 PM ET LIVE Road to The White House Newt Gingrich, NV Republican Caucus
10 PM ET Venetian/Palazzo Congress Center, Las Vegas, NV

11:00 PM ET LIVE Road to The White House Mitt Romney, NV Republican Caucus
Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa, Las Vegas, NV

The following Twitter info has been posted on our chat box for a couple of days; it bears posting here:




Note: According to an email sent to reporters this morning, Newt Gingrich is foregoing the usual election night party tonight. Instead, he has scheduled a press conference. It was reported yesterday that Newt didn’t conduct his usual full schedule of events but spent time on the phone trying to raise money. He also met with his Super PAC sweethearts, Sheldon and Miriam Adelson. Now, speculation is circulating about the purpose of the presser. By the way, his presser will be held in the Venetian hotel (run by Sheldon Adelson). Given Newt’s recent marveling about Donald Trump’s ability to create a media event (when Trump endorsed Romney), it looks like Gingrich is attempting to do the same.

Romney supporters are invited to join us on our chat box for caucus results.


Go Mitt!



► Jayde Wyatt

~Addendum from Ross
Despite the NVGOP stopping caucus results from leaking early, this is still the only situation that anyone will beat Mitt tonight.

UPDATE: Mitt wins! Along with our Primary Results and Delegate Count feature, CNN has an interactive map where you can project what will happen in the upcoming races.

Mitt Romney to Speak at Faith & Freedom Conference in D.C. Tonight

Scroll to the bottom to see the YouTube video of Mitt’s speech.

Mitt Romney is in our nation’s capitol tonight to speak at the Faith & Freedom Conference and Strategy Briefing. The second annual event is being held at the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel.

You can now watch Ann’s introduction followed by Mitt’s speech here.

Tonight’s schedule:
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EST

Donald Trump
Tim Pawlenty
Mitt Romney
Ron Paul

Michele Bachmann and Jon Huntsman spoke earlier today. Those among the speakers for the two day event include: Herman Cain, Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty, Donald Trump, Rick Santorum, and Glenn Beck.

C-Span TV channel will also air tonight’s program from 7:00 -10:00PM EST.

Romney supporters are invited to drop by our chat forum tonight during Gov Romney’s speech!



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UPDATE from Ross

While you’re waiting, check out the highlights Mitt’s video team put together from the big announcement yesterday:

Video of Mitt’s speech at the Faith & Freedom Coalition Conference below the fold. (more…)

Debate Tonight: Romney-Endorsed Candidate Christine O’Donnell versus Chris Coons

National interest is focused like a laser on the race for the United States Senate seat in Delaware. Tea-party backed candidate, Romney-endorsed, Republican Christine O’Donnell and Democrat Chris Coons will step to the debate podiums tonight in Newark, Delaware to expound their views on the economy, jobs, taxes, social issues, and more. The fireworks will be aired on CNN and C-Span and will also be webstreamed.

The details:

Watch Delaware Debates 2010 online or on TV

Oct. 12, 2010—-Even if you don’t have tickets to Wednesday’s debate between Delaware Senate candidates Chris Coons (D) and Christine O’Donnell (R), there are a variety of ways you can watch the debate live.

Scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. [Eastern Time], Oct. 13, in Mitchell Hall, the debate will be broadcast live on Campus Cable Channel 48, and will be webstreamed live at:

Delaware Debates 2010
USTREAM

Seating in Mitchell Hall is available only to those who already have tickets. For those on campus without tickets, the debate will be broadcast live in Room 100 of Wolf Hall.

In addition, the first hour of the debate will be broadcast live on CNN, and it will be broadcast in its entirety on CNN beginning at 11 p.m. C-SPAN will broadcast the entire debate live.

Other television stations that will be broadcasting all or part of the debate live include WBOC, WHYY and WMDT.

Co-hosted by the University of Delaware Center for Political Communication and Delaware First Media, Delaware Debates 2010 is supported by AARP Delaware and American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.

Co-moderators for the debate will be Nancy Karibjanian of Delaware First Media and CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer.

The debate is part of the National Agenda course at the University, and seats have been reserved for students in the class, as well as the candidates and debate sponsors.

Good luck, Christine!


A poll taken yesterday from Fox News of 1,000 likely voters reveals Coons leading with 54 % compared to 38 % for O’Donnell, with a 3% margin of error. Remember, O’Donnell was behind in her primary race against Mike Castle and, in the final weeks, pulled out a victory. This is now an uphill battle for her and I wish her the very best tonight. Republicans want the senate seat that Vice-President Joe Biden held for 36 years!

Keeping with MRC tradition, you are invited to participate in our pre-debate, debate, and post-debate conversation in our chat forum.

UPDATE 10/14/10: Thanks to all who participated in our debate chat last night. Here is video of the O’Donnell vs Coons Delaware debate last night. CNN aired the first hour of the debate and interrupted proceedings to air coverage of the historic rescue of Chilean miners. The entire debate was later rebroadcast on CNN.


► Jayde Wyatt

~UPDATE from Ross:

If you haven’t seen it yet, enjoy Christine’s latest ad which is also one of the best ads of this election season.

Video: Scott Brown on Hannity, New Developments Brown/Coakley Race, Let the Cameras In – Sign Petition

Electing Republican Scott Brown to be the next senator in Massachusetts would provide the 41st vote to throw a desperately needed wrench in the ObamaCare machine! Not only that, Brown’s success would send a crack-of-thunder message of things-to-come to liberals. Sean Hannity (FOX News) interviewed Brown yesterday (Jan 8th) to discuss the buzz on the January 19th senate race:


Scott Brown: “This race is about taxes, terrorism, and health care.”

During Mitt Romney’s interview yesterday with Greta VanSusteren (FOX News), he asked Americans to send $25 to help Brown. Go to www.brownforussenate.com to donate to Brown’s campaign and to make a few phone calls (from the comfort of your home) on his behalf. Instructions to connect to their online phone bank are on his site.

More sites for Scott Brown:
http://brownbrigade.ning.com/
http://www.redinvadesblue.com/Moneybomb/Donate.htmlhttps://www.icontribute.us/scottbrown

Tea Party Phone Brigade: http://brownbrigade.ning.com/group/teapartyphonebankbrownbrigade
Discussions re Brown/Coakley at Conservative Talk Forum

Update: Scott Brown swearing-in would be stalled to pass healthcare reform (The left-wing thuggery continues. Please read this entire article!)

Today, a spokesman for Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin, who is overseeing the election but did not respond to a call seeking comment, said certification of the Jan. 19 election by the Governor’s Council would take a while.“Because it’s a federal election,” spokesman Brian McNiff said. “We’d have to wait 10 days for absentee and military ballots to come in.”

Another source told the Herald that Galvin’s office has said the election won’t be certified until Feb. 20 – well after the president’s address.

Since the U.S. Senate doesn’t meet again in formal session until Jan. 20, Bay State voters will have made their decision before a vote on health-care reform could be held. But Kirk and Galvin’s office said today a victorious Brown would be left in limbo.

In contrast, Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-Lowell) was sworn in at the U.S. House of Representatives on Oct. 18, 2007, just two days after winning a special election to replace Martin Meehan. In that case, Tsongas made it to Capitol Hill in time to override a presidential veto of the expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Yesterday, Brown, who has been closing the gap with Coakley in polls and fund raising, blasted the political double standard.

“This is a stunning admission by Paul Kirk and the Beacon Hill political machine,” said Brown in a statement. “Paul Kirk appears to be suggesting that he, Deval Patrick, and (Senate Majority Leader) Harry Reid intend to stall the election certification until the health care bill is rammed through Congress, even if that means defying the will of the people of Massachusetts. As we’ve already seen from the backroom deals and kickbacks cut by the Democrats in Washington, they intend to do anything and everything to pass their controversial health care plan. But threatening to ignore the results of a free election and steal this Senate vote from the people of Massachusetts takes their schemes to a whole new level. Martha Coakley should immediately disavow this threat from one of her campaign’s leading supporters.”

A spokeswoman for Coakley’s campaign declined to comment today.

Have you signed the petition to insist that C-Span be allowed to televise Health Care bill proceedings? Email from LetTheCamerasIn.com

Dear fellow conservative, Thanks to you, we’re 6,000 petition signatures away from another 10,000 signature day!Can you help us reach 30,000 signatures in just 3 days? We hope to deliver as many petition signatures as we can gather in one week to Congress. Post our site to your Facebook! Tweet about it! Post on popular blogs.Take Action. Get the Word Out! http://letthecamerasin.com/

(Hat tip to Paulee – Let The Cameras In reminder)

There isn’t much time left to help Scott Brown! There isn’t much time left to sign the petition allowing  C-Span to show America  just how ugly the Democrat Health Care slug-fest is. Don’t procrastinate. Pass the word. Help now!

Editor’s note: The on-going developments in the Brown/Coakley election are stunning. MoveOn.org is now involved, as well. The corruption from Washington snakes deep into the MA legislature. These are extraordinary times and I hope Massachusetts’ residents rise up to ensure their voices are heard and their election is certified fairly. Protesting enmasse in the streets (peacefully but LOUDLY) may be the only way to get the attention of their calculating politicians and conniving state officials.

Update 2: With the Brown/Coakley race garnering national attention, a leading conservative outside group, American Future Fund (AFF) has purchased a five-day statewide airing of a pro-Brown ad in MA. It focuses on Coakley’s penchant for increasing taxes. The $400,000 ad run is the first of several ads planned to air. Brown has been significantly outraised by his opponent.

From The New York Times - January 7, 2010

BOSTON — Martha M. Coakley, the Democrat running for Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s seat in Massachusetts, had seemed so certain of winning the special election on Jan. 19 that she barely campaigned last month.

But the dynamic has changed in recent days. The news that two senior Democratic senators will retire this year in the face of bleak re-election prospects has created anxiety and, even in this bluest of states, a sense that the balance of power has shifted dramatically from just a year ago.

With the holidays over and public attention refocused on the race, Ms. Coakley’s insistence on debating her Republican opponent, Scott P. Brown, only with a third-party candidate present has drawn mounting criticism.

And a new poll that showed a competitive race between Ms. Coakley and Mr. Brown has generated buzz on conservative blogs and energized the Brown campaign — though many news organizations dispute its methodology.

(Emphasis added by editor) Read more here.

Mr. President, Let the C-Span Cameras In!

What is it with Obama and campaign promises? Is he senile? Blackberry broken? Or, a Pinocchio-in-Chief?

While seeking votes and charming the masses, Obama declared over and over that should he be elected, his administration would be TRANSPARENT. He also made a specific, pointed pledge to the American people (eight times to be exact) that he would BROADCAST the crafting of health care legislation on C-Span.

On December 30, 2009, C-Span’s CEO Brian Lamb wrote a letter to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid requesting that C-Span be allowed to broadcast health care negotiations. The request has been ignored.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was asked on Tuesday, Jan 5th about Obama’s standard for transparency and refusal to employ C-Span’s services on health care. Hear Gibbs’ non-answer at 31:12 – 33:00. Gibbs was also asked about the Nebraska Clause in the final H.C. bill at 45:33 – 46:16.

Legislation that will fundamentally change one-fifth of the American economy and the way you and I receive health care is going to be done informally (behind-closed-doors-no-Republicans-allowed). Much has been said the last couple of days on Obama’s tactics, but Obama-cheerleader Jack Cafferty’s denunciation of the President on CNN is of particular note:

From Let The Cameras In:

President Obama promised to make the Health care debate open and transparent. Stop your secret health care shenanigans and let C-SPAN cover the meetings. No more secret sessions. No more sweetheart deals. The American people have a right to know. If you don’t have anything to hide, you would welcome the light. Let the cameras in.

Let the C-Span cameras in! Take action. Sign the petition here.

Jack, come next fall, we will not forget! 

(Hat tip to Crystal – Jack Cafferty video)

Video of McCain, Palin, Romney and Huckabee in Missouri

To view the following movie you need to have Real Player installed. I don’t think it’s worth installing just for this video, but if you already it click the link below to view the full 42 min C-Span coverage of the rally held yesterday in Missouri.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) Campaigns in O’Fallon, MO (August 31, 2008)

Huckabee begins at 8:30 (minutes into the video),
then Romney at 12:00,
McCain at 15:00,
Palin at 26:30

Below is the only clip on YouTube I could find of Romney’s portion. The clip is only 1 minute though he spoke for 3.

~Nate Gunderson