Bret Baier Goes One-on-One with Gov. Mitt Romney in Miami

How did Mitt do? He seemed flustered at one point and legitimately surprised that he had to answer some of the same questions Bret has asked him in every interview since 2008. On the other hand, Mitt had a great push-back for the flip-flop accusations. I’d love to hear what you think.

It’s gotta be frustrating when Bret Baier picks up DNC talking points instead of actually doing his job and trying to tell the truth. If Bret was just trying to give Mitt a chance to refute the lies, that’s one thing, but it felt like Bret was attacking at some points instead of just asking questions. On Bret’s “Special Report”, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard commentators make the suggestion that Mitt explain the health care issue or complain that Mitt doesn’t explain his flip-flops. Mitt has addressed both of these issues to Bret Baier himself several times in the past, and that is probably a big reason why Mitt was almost dumbfounded as to why he was getting these questions again. If Baier was doing his job, he would save the tape from past interviews and play it to correct people when they falsely assert that Mitt never talks about these issues. To sit idly by while people on his show spew ill-informed information or, even worse, to agree with them, is inexcusable.

Update: It seems Kathryn Lopez from townhall has some sympathy for Mitt.

Romney Announces: TX Congressman Smith Endorsement, MD Campaign Chaired by Gov Ehrlich & RNC’s Pope

We’ll begin the day here at MRC with welcome news from The Lone Star State and The Old Line state…

Mitt Romney Announces Support of Texas Congressman Lamar Smith

I am proud to have Congressman Smith’s support,” said Mitt Romney. “On issues that I have focused on such as border security and job creation, Lamar has been at the forefront in the Congress. I look forward to working closely with Lamar both during my campaign and in the effort to fix our struggling economy.”

Congressman Lamar Smith said, “Like many Americans, I believe the United States urgently needs to replace Barack Obama as president with a proven leader who will create jobs, reduce the nation’s debt and embrace traditional values. The Republican Party is fortunate to have many candidates who are well-qualified to do just that. Last May– three months before Governor Rick Perry announced his candidacy – I committed to supporting Mitt Romney. I support Mitt Romney because I believe that he has the specific skill set needed to turn around the economy: he has a conservative track record as a successful businessman and as a governor who created jobs, cut taxes, and kept spending low.”

Background on Congressman Lamar Smith:

Congressman Lamar Smith represents the 21st district in Texas. In the U.S. House, Smith serves as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Prior to his election to Congress, Smith was a member of the Texas House of Representatives. He also was a practicing lawyer and rancher.

From The Hill:

Smith’s endorsement is another likely signal that Romney is gathering momentum on immigration and border security issues. Romney seemed to gain traction in his criticism of rival Perry’s stance on both, with Perry sliding in the polls under a heavy barrage of Romney’s criticism on his support as governor of extending in-state tuition rates to undocumented students who graduated from a Texas high school.

Romney Announces Gov Bob Ehrlich as Chairman and RNC Committeeman Louis Pope as Co-Chair of Maryland Campaign

Boston, MA – Mitt Romney announce[s] former Maryland Governor Bob Ehrlich as Chairman of his Maryland campaign and RNC National Committeeman Louis Pope as Co-Chair.

I am proud to have the support of Bob Ehrlich,” said Mitt Romney. “As Governor of Maryland, he oversaw a drop in unemployment, balanced the budget, and said ‘no’ to tax increases. He understands that President Obama’s over-spending has failed to get voters in Maryland and across the country back to work. I am glad to have Bob’s help in my efforts to put our economy on the path to recovery.”

After studying all the candidates, it is clear that Republicans’ best chance for beating President Obama next November is Mitt Romney,” said former Governor Bob Ehrlich. “Mitt Romney is the only candidate with the necessary experience to turn around our failing economy. He has laid out a comprehensive economic plan that will restart the economy beginning day one. Republicans can’t afford to let President Obama have four more years to spend trillions of dollars, burden small businesses, and fail to create jobs.”

“Maryland voters are tired of the failures and excuses from this administration,” said National Committeeman Louis Pope. “They want a president who will make job creation his number one priority. Mitt Romney has worked in the private sector for 25 years and knows how jobs are created. He is the only candidate who will be able to fix the fiscal and economic mess that the next president will inherit.”

Background on Maryland Co-Chairs:

Bob Ehrlich served as Governor of Maryland from 2003 to 2007. Previously, he represented Maryland’s 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003. He also practiced law and served in the House of Delegates.

Louis Pope serves as Republican National Committeeman for Maryland. In 2006, Pope was selected by President George W. Bush to serve on the Small Business Administration’s National Advisory Council. He is the President and Owner of Century 21 Trademark Realty, Inc, based in Montgomery and Prince Georges County.

(emphasis added)

Members Of Mitt Romney’s Maryland Steering Committee:
• Former Maryland Republican Party First Vice Chair Chris Cavey
• Former Maryland Republican Party First Vice Chair Chuck Gast
• Former Maryland Republican Party Chairman Audrey Scott
• Howard County Republican Party Chairman Loretta Shields
• Former Howard County Republican Party Chairman Brian Harlin

Pope endorsed Governor Romney back on September 8th.

► Jayde Wyatt

Florida: Endorsements for Romney, Names Phil Handy Co-Chair of Two Committees – FL Advisory, Natl Education

The setting sun casts a golden glow over the mangroves, saw grass marshes, and estuaries of the Florida Everglades. More Sunshine State endorsements for Governor Mitt Romney have been announced. Oct 5, 2011

We love hearing good news from The Sunshine State…

It speaks to an individual’s belief in Mitt Romney when that individual wants to serve dual co-chair roles for The Gov. Such is the case with Phil Handy. He will lend his expertise to Romney’s Florida Advisory Committee and his National Education Policy Committee:

“I am pleased to earn the support of Phil Handy,” said Mitt Romney. “Phil will be critical to my campaign in Florida and will be a trusted adviser on education policy. I look forward to working with him as I reach out to voters in Florida and across the country.”

Phil Handy said, “President Obama and his policies have failed to deliver promised results to the American people. Mitt Romney’s leadership is needed today more than ever. His record as Governor of Massachusetts and experience in the private sector gives me great confidence that he can put our country back on the path to prosperity. He understands the important connection between America’s global economic competitiveness and world-class schools. As governor, he emphasized innovation and results at the state level and guided Massachusetts to distinction as a national leader in education.”

Check out Phil Handy’s impressive background…

Phil Handy Is Chief Executive Officer Of Strategic Industries. Handy was Chairman of Jeb Bush’s 1994, 1998, and 2002 campaigns. Handy served as Chairman of John McCain’s 2008 Florida campaign. From 2000 to 2006, Handy served as Chairman of the Florida State Board of Education. Most recently, Handy was Chairman of Governor Tim Pawlenty’s Florida campaign. Handy currently serves on the National Board of Education Sciences after being appointed by President Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

There’s more… endorsements continue!

Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today announced the endorsements of Speaker Designate Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel), Representative Chris Dorworth (R- Lake Mary) and Representative Richard Corcoran (R-Trinity).

“I am honored to have the support of Representatives Weatherford, Dorworth and Corcoran,” said Mitt Romney. “They are the current and future leaders of the Republican Party in Florida. As I visit the state and reach out to voters, I look forward to working with these leaders to fix our economy and bring jobs back to Florida. They share my pro-growth agenda and with their help, we can defeat President Obama in 2012.”

Announcing his support, Speaker Designate Weatherford said, “I am proud to get behind Mitt Romney in this election. He has the vision and experience that will be necessary to put our country back on the right path. President Obama’s policies are creating uncertainty and killing jobs in this country. With millions of Americans unemployed, Florida voters are looking for a candidate who will be able to turn this economy around.”

(emphasis added )

Background On Florida State Representatives Endorsing Mitt Romney:

State Representative Will Weatherford was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2006. Currently the Chair of the Redistricting Committee, Rep. Weatherford also serves on the Rules & Calendar Committee and was designated to become Speaker of the House in 2012. A proponent of improving education, he is also involved with a variety of organizations in his community, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Florida, Goodwill Industries, and several local chambers of commerce.

State Representative Chris Dorworth was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2007. He serves on the Appropriations Committee, Redistricting Committee, and Rules & Calendar Committee. Prior to entering the House, Rep. Dorworth started his own real estate investment business and worked for Proctor & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson. He served as Seminole CountyChairman of the Bush re-election campaign in 2004. Governor Jeb Bush appointed him to Seminole Community College’s Board of Trustees.

State Representative Richard Corcoran was elected to the Florida State House of Representatives in 2010. In the House, he serves as Vice Chair of the Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee. Previously, he advised three Speakers of the Florida House and was also Chief of Staff to Marco Rubio. Rep. Corcoran served for six years in the U.S. Naval Reserve. Rep. Corcoran is an attorney.

All three members had previously endorsed Governor Tim Pawlenty. Pawlenty has also endorsed Mitt Romney for President.

It’s wonderful to have Phil Handy and Reps Weatherford, Dorworth, and Corcoran on Team Romney!

► Jayde Wyatt

Romney Receives Michigan Support From MI Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, Business & Community Leaders

A summer view of the Detroit, Michigan skyline. Governor Mitt Romney received numerous endorsements from The Great Lakes State today. 9/8/11

On the day after an outstanding showing at the presidential debate, Mitt Romney has received a slate of endorsements from Michigan. MI Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, along with many others, has endorsed Romney. Richardville will also assume Co-Chair duties for the Romney campaign in MI:

Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today welcomed the support of Michigan Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (R-Monroe), who will serve as a Co-Chair of the Romney campaign in Michigan.

Michigan will be a critical state during the Republican nomination process, as well as the General Election, and I’m honored to have Majority Leader Richardville join my team,” said Mitt Romney.

I am pleased to support Mitt Romney for president. I’ve had the opportunity to talk with Mitt specifically about Michigan and he clearly understands the challenges our state faces and his personal connections to our state will ensure that Michigan will be on his mind in the White House,” said Richardville. “Mitt’s background as a conservative businessman and successful Governor will make him a president we can count on to help Michigan get back on track.”

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, chairman of the Michigan Romney campaign, welcomed the addition of Majority Leader Richardville saying, “We are assembling a leadership team here in Michigan for Governor Romney that is second-to-none. Randy has exhibited strong leadership in the State Senate, sharing Governor Romney’s focus on jobs and the economy, and he will be a valuable asset as we win Michigan for Mitt Romney.”

In addition, the Romney campaign announced the support of the following Michigan business and community leaders:

National Finance Co-Chairmen

John Rakolta, Jr.
G. Scott Romney

Michigan Finance Co-Chairmen

David Fischer
Dan Gilbert
John Kennedy
Alan Kiriluk
Matt Kiriluk
Bob Liggett
Joe O’Connor
Bill Parfet
Edward Schwartz
Walter Schwartz
Greg Schwartz, Sr.
Robert Taubman
Edward Levy

Michigan Finance Committee Members – Southeast Michigan

Sean Cotton
John Cotton
Bill Danhof
Vince Deangelis
Kenneth Eisenberg
Phillip Fisher
David Forbes
Doug Hamburger
John Jagger
Joe Kaiser
Dean Kiriluk
Quinn Kiriluk
Curt Korneffel
Rob Mardigian
Kevin Prokop
John Rakolta III
Joe Schwartz
Gregory Schwartz, Jr.
David Trott

Michigan Finance Committee Members – West Michigan

Mike Jandernoa
Marge Byington Potter
Paul Potter
John Van Fossen
Carol Van Andel
David Van Andel
Jim Jurries
Bob Burnham

Background On Senator Majority Leader Randy Richardville:

Randy Richardville was elected to the Michigan Senate in November, 2006. Upon re-election in 2010, he was selected as Senate Majority Leader. Prior to his election to the Senate, Randy spent three terms in the Michigan House of Representatives from 1999-2004. He held a leadership position in the House in each of his terms.

Prior to being elected to office, Randy worked in the business community – with 20 years of experience in Fortune 500 companies.

► Jayde Wyatt

Romney Announces 63 Member Justice Advisory Team, Robert Bork Co-Chair

Conservative judge, legal scholar Robert Bork will co-chair Romney's 63 member Justice Advisory Committee. August 2, 2011

The news today from hard-working Mitt Romney and his campaign keeps rolling in and it’s…


Governor Romney has assembled a 63 member advisory team, including illustrious co-chair Robert Bork, to counsel him on a variety of issues. The formation of this stellar new team further underscores Romney’s deep commitment to the rule of law and constitutional governance:

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Tuesday announced a team of 63 lawyers, co-chaired by conservative legal scholar Robert Bork, that will advise his campaign on constitutional and judicial matters, law enforcement and homeland security, and regulatory issues.

In addition to Bork, a conservative icon whose nomination by President Ronald Reagan to the Supreme Court failed in the Senate, Romney’s Justice Advisory Committee will be chaired by Harvard Law School professor Mary Ann Glendon, who served as U.S. ambassador to the Vatican in President George W. Bush’s administration, and Richard Wiley, a former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, is a graduate of Harvard Law School. The choice of chairs and committee members seems designed to solidify his credentials within the conservative legal establishment.

Mitt Romney deeply understands that the rule of law and the integrity of our courts are essential components of our nation’s strength and must be preserved,” the three chairmen said in a joint statement. “He will nominate judges who faithfully adhere to the Constitution’s text, structure, and history and he will carry out the duties of President as a zealous defender of the Constitution. We fully support Mitt Romney’s campaign and look forward to working with other members of the committee as we advise him on today’s pressing legal issues.”

The committee, which will also provide legal counsel to Romney’s campaign, also includes other prominent figures, including former Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff, former chancellor to the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware William Allen and former Texas Supreme Court chief justice Thomas Phillips.

Romney’s statement:

Our democracy depends on a government that respects the Constitution and the rule of law,” Romney said in a statement. “Our nation needs a Congress and an Executive branch that are cognizant of the bounds of their powers and a judiciary that will strictly construe the Constitution and refuse to legislate from the bench. I am proud and honored to have the support of an extraordinary group of attorneys and legal scholars.”

(emphasis added)

For the names of those on Romney’s new Justice Advisory Committee, continue reading here.

Wow. This announcement, along with the announcement today that Romney’s campaign is shifting into higher gear, further demonstrates the planning, organization, and wisdom Team Romney is known for.

► Jayde Wyatt

~UPDATE from RightSpeak

This news even has a bit of an Iowa spin to it, according to the Iowa Independent:

“The formation of the committee could play well among some voters in Iowa, specifically from social and religious Conservatives who feel the Iowa Supreme Court has overstepped its Constitutional boundaries in the last few years, particularly in the 2009 ruling of Varnum v. Brien, which legalized same-sex marriage in Iowa.”

Mitt Romney, in announcing this committee, with members such as these, should go along way to assuage the fears of his critics, who think he’ll appoint “activist” judges, who legislate from the bench.