Fmr NH Gov John Sununu to Give “Holy Grail” Endorsement to Romney

Former New Hampshire Governor John Sununu will formally endorse Mitt Romney on Monday, Oct 24, 2011. Sununu will also serve as Chairman of Romney's National Steering Committee.

He said he had narrowed his nominee choice down to two candidates – Rick Perry or Mitt Romney.

He said he would make up his mind, regarding which man to endorse, after a series of presidential debates.

He said it would be some time in mid-to-late October.

He’s made up his mind.

On Monday, Former New Hampshire Governor John Sununu will formally endorse…

Mitt Romney.

Sununu to endorse Romney for President
Union Leader
By John DiStaso, Senior Political Reporter
Oct 23, 2011

MANCHESTER — Former Gov. John H. Sununu on Monday will throw his considerable political influence behind Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

“I’m viewed as a good, solid conservative Republican and I’m supporting a good, solid conservative Republican,” Sununu said in disclosing his long-awaited endorsement.

In exclusive interview, Sununu said he narrowed his choice to Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, but was won over by what he views as Romney’s conservative approach to pressing domestic and national security issues.

He said the final component that persuaded him to back Romney was the former Massachusetts governor’s early October foreign policy speech at The Citadel in South Carolina.

“That showed me that he understands that the principal role of the President of the United States is the security of the country and participating in trying to stabilize the world,” Sununu said.

Sununu, 72, will be named chairman of the Romney campaign’s national steering committee and will on hand Monday morning when Romney files his candidacy in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary at the New Hampshire State House and then attends a campaign rally there.

While the importance of big political endorsements are subject to speculation in independent-minded New Hampshire, Sununu’s backing is viewed as a plus not only locally, but also nationally. A Boston newspaper recently went so far as to term Sununu “the Holy Grail” of New Hampshire endorsements.

Sununu elaborates:

While critics try to portray Romney as a moderate Republican, Sununu called him “truly a conservative. He’s committed to cutting spending and taxes, and he’s committed to some issues that I really care about.”

Sununu noted that Romney kept Massachusetts out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), “believes in local control of education and understands the importance of maintaining the integrity of our national borders.”

He also said Romney has sufficiently answered criticisms of the Massachusetts health care plan he signed into law, which imposed an individual mandate and has been portrayed by Romney opponents as a forerunner to President Barack Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Sununu said Romney did well with the plan considering the “constraints” of having a Democratic-controlled Legislature. He said the Romney plan was “built on” an idea put forward by the Heritage Foundation, which Sununu said was the “gold standard” for conservative thinking.

“His firm commitment to repealing ‘Obamacare’ is a very important part of his agenda,” Sununu said.

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This is BIG news; we’ve been hoping for Sununu’s endorsement! By the way, Sununu’s son, NH Executive Councilor Chris Sununu, recently endorsed Romney.

Stay tuned…

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Romney in New Hampshire: Packed Town Halls, Tough Questions, Endorsed by Fmr NH Senate Pres Tom Eaton

When Mitt Romney finally called it a day yesterday in New Hampshire, he must have felt a satisfied exhaustion. He’d had the kind of day which is likely to be more the norm as his presidential campaign heats up.

The Gov worked non-stop – hosting packed town hall meetings in Keene and Lebanon and a business roundtable in in Claremont. He enjoyed taking the tough questions and handling hecklers. And, in the midst of it all, he received an impressive endorsement from former NH State Senate President, Tom Eaton (R-Keene):

Tom Eaton has been a staunch supporter of the traditional New Hampshire principles of lower taxes, limited government and less spending,” said Mitt Romney. “I am honored to have Tom’s support and am proud to have him join my campaign to create jobs and turn around our struggling economy.”

“With 25 years of experience in the private sector, Mitt Romney knows how our economy works and how to promote pro-growth policies that will produce jobs,” said Eaton. “Mitt is the strongest candidate to take on President Obama and he has the skills needed to rein in spending, control our exploding deficits and bring fiscal sanity back to Washington. I am proud to support his campaign and look forward to helping him spread his pro-jobs message across the Granite State.”

12:00 PM – Town Hall meeting at Keene Recreation Center

At a town hall here on Wednesday, Mitt Romney reiterated a controversial statement he made earlier this month at the Iowa State Fair — “Corporations are people, my friend,” he said at the time — voluntarily alluding to his corporations-as-people comments in a response to a question about what he would do to fix the economy.

“I made the point the other day,” Mr. Romney said. “Corporations, they’re made up of people. They’re just groups of people who come together for work.”

He explained: “And when you say tax corporations, the steel and the vinyl and the concrete, those things don’t pay taxes. Only people do. So high taxes on corporations is high taxes on people, and people are going to go places where taxes aren’t too high.”

Romney addresses a crowded room at Keene Recreational center (opening remarks):

Romney is local, he’s battle-tested and to many, he looks like a president. “People here know Romney,” said Tom Rath, a veteran state Republican strategist and Romney adviser.

They sure do.

I liked how he balanced the liberal Massachusetts Senate and House and got things done,” said Isaac Matson, a Baldwinville, Mass., college student.

For additional VIDEOS of Romney’s remarks on the economy, reducing U.S. debt, taxes, national defense, and much more, click here.

3:00 PM – Hosts business roundtable event at The Common Man, Claremont

CLAREMONT, N.H. — Former Bay State Gov. Mitt Romney, feeling the heat as Texas Gov. Rick Perry creeps up on him in the polls, worked to bolster his socially conservative credentials while highlighting his job creation chops while touring the must-win Granite State yesterday.
He took pains to contrast his private-sector experience against Perry’s 27 years in elected office — even though he didn’t name the pistol-packing Lone Star pol.

“There will also be some differences, and in my case I won’t just have been somebody who watched jobs be created, I actually created jobs. I’ve had that experience,” Romney said, echoing his comments earlier in the day at a Keene, N.H., Town Hall.

I spent my life in the private sector. I’m a business guy; I’m a conservative businessman; I’m not a lifelong politician,” Romney said. “I spent four years in government. I joke that I didn’t inhale.”

Continue reading here.

5:30 PM – Hosts a town hall meeting at Lebanon Senior Center

Asked about global warming at a town hall meeting in Lebanon, New Hampshire, Romney said he believed the world is getting hotter and humans contribute in some way to the change — but could not judge to what extent.

“Do I think the world’s getting hotter? Yeah, I don’t know that but I think that it is,” he said. “I don’t know if it’s mostly caused by humans.”

What I’m not willing to do is spend trillions of dollars on something I don’t know the answer to.”
A Romney aide said the candidate has not altered his position on climate change

He criticized a bill backed by President Barack Obama that would have capped carbon emissions and allowed polluters to buy and sell rights to emit carbon.

“I do not believe in cap and trade and I do not believe in putting a carbon cap” on polluting industries, Romney said.

Read more here.

A portion of Romney’s town hall in Lebanon, NH (amateur video/shaky):

UPDATE from Romney’s blog: Mitt focuses on jobs in New Hampshire (good pics!)

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Des Moines, Iowa Presidential Forum: Mitt Romney’s Smokin’ Hot Speech!

Scroll to the bottom for complete video (including Q&A) of the event…

It was a was busy day for Mitt Romney in Iowa today…

The morning began with The Gov speaking to employees at AgVision Agriculture Software:

Romney: Obama’s policies delayed economic recovery

Ankeny, Ia. – President Obama’s administration has added to business uncertainty and delayed economic recovery, Mitt Romney told agriculture business owners this morning.

“That’s one of my pet peeves of the current administration,” Romney said. “They’ve added so much uncertainty to the overall economy at the very time that businesses need to have greater certainty so that it can get capital, make loans, carry on its business, higher people, raise incomes.

He continued: “That’s one of the reasons that I view this downturn has taken such a long time from which to recover.”

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Romney also did a walk-and-talk event today before being the kick-off speaker at the Greater Des Moines Partnership’s Presidential Forum Speaker Series. The event was held in the State Historical Building in Des Moines, Iowa and was sponsored by the Greater Des Moines Partnership, Mediacom and CNN also provided livestream coverage.

Romney was delivering an excellent no-teleprompter, no-note speech about Obama’s lack of private sector experience and over-reaching policies i.e. Card Check, Cap ‘n Trade, Obamacare, debt spending, depressed economy, struggling home market, and more. Then, this happened:

Burned popcorn ends Mitt Romney’s speech after 27 minutes

After a fire alarm sounded 27 minutes into Mitt Romney’s speech, he decided to cut off the event for safety reasons.

“Uh-oh, they want to get us out of here, don’t they,” he said.

When the alarm paused, he continued speaking, tossing out some jokes. “I wasn’t trying to get out of tough questions,” he said with a laugh.

But the alarm resumed and, citing safety first, he asked everyone to evacuate.

Romney stood just outside the doors in the covered passenger dropoff driveway, talking to Iowans amid a pack of reporters until a state cultural affairs official ordered everyone to cross the street.

“There are things in this building that could blow up,” said the official, Maureen Korte, director of special projects and programming for the State Historical Society of Iowa, as she urgently hustled people away from the building.

The fire department arrived within minutes.

Just as Romney climbed into a waiting Chevy Suburban, Korte yelled, “All clear!”

Good thing The Gov is such a good sport! Being the first speaker for the Greater Des Moines Partnership’s Presidential Forum, he helped them work out the kinks – like keeping inattentive popcorn aficianados away from the microwave…

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Des Moines political columnist Kathie Obradovich was a prolific tweeter during Romney’s speech. Here’s a sample:

.@MittRomney is saying we picked a fine time to elect a president with no business experience. “It didn’t work out real well.” #iacaucusless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

KObradovich Kathie Obradovich
.@MittRomney says Obama created some govt jobs then went to work on his “real agenda,” like cap and trade and card check. #iacaucus

KObradovich Kathie Obradovich
.@MittRomney: (Obama’s) agenda failed because he doesn’t know how the economy works. #iacaucus

KObradovich Kathie Obradovich
.@MittRomney lists 7 habits of highly successful economies. Says Obama is doing the opposite on every one. #iacaucus
3 hours ago

KObradovich Kathie Obradovich
.@MittRomney: I love capitalism and free enterprise. I love the Constitution. #iacaucus
3 hours ago

KObradovich Kathie Obradovich
.@MittRomney says he’s a better candidate because the issue America’s most concerned about “happens to be in my wheelhouse.” #iacaucus
3 hours ago

KObradovich Kathie Obradovich
.@MittRomney: You’ll see me more than you’d like in Iowa. #iacaucus
3 hours ago

Romney also paid a surprise visit to Iowa GOP headquarters and had his picture taken with Iowa GOP Chairman Matt Strawn:

Iowa GOP Chairman Matt Strawn and Gov Mitt Romney (5/27/11)

Surprise visit to @iowaGOP HQ. Great to see Chairman @mattstrawn than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

UPDATE: FOX News’ Carl caught up with The Gov today…

UPDATE 2: Stories from Mitt Romney’s visit

UPDATE 3: Don’t miss seeing a terrific photo gallery of The Gov’s visit to Iowa, including one of him gathered with folks in front of the fire truck and two photos of his handshake with Iowa Governor Robert Ray (you know good things were said between the two because the second photo reveals a ‘double clasp’ from Mitt…). Click here.

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Romney’s SEVEN HABITS FOR HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL ECONOMIES and the entire Iowa event including the Q&A below the fold Click here to continue reading