It was an exciting day when we learned Mitt Romney had chosen Congressman Paul Ryan to be his Vice Presidential running mate. Serving as the House Budget Committee Chairman, we knew of Paul’s reputation for hard work, excellence, and leadership. We knew he was serious about getting government spending under control.
It was a true pleasure getting to know Paul and his wonderful family better as they accepted the call to help Governor Romney restore America.
Let it be known, that there is change in the air. Let it be known that students are waking up and are disgusted with the way the Obama administration has handled our future. Let it be known that no longer will the youth be controlled or manipulated by Obama’s fabrications and scare tactics. They say if you’re not liberal when you’re young, you have no heart. We say if you’re liberal when you’re young, you have no brain!
During the 2008 elections, Barack Obama campaigned on hope and change. Obama promised us lower taxes, more jobs, less debt and the youth vote listened. The youth vote was very much captivated by the smoke and mirrors setup by the Obama administration. Four years ago Obama deceived the youth. This year, the youth will not and cannot be fooled!
The support for Obama among young voters is in a downward spiral to an all-time low of just under 50%! And we are just getting started!
I believe the youth are sending a strong message to Obama and his failed policies. If 16% unemployment is your example of “change” President Obama, then we don’t want it! If 50% of young Americans being underemployed or not employed are your version of hope President Obama, then we don’t want it!
But it would be ill-advised and naive to count Obama and his Chicago cronies out. After all, Obama and his cronies did create the most successful Internet campaign politics has seen.
The Obama administration knows how to do one thing correctly and that is use social media and the Internet to effectively fundraise and recruit. They did it in 2008 to defeat Clinton and then again to defeat McCain. But this is four years later and Barack Obama has yet to meet Students for Romney!
The youth are fed up with the promises and lies of the Obama Administration. The youth are energized and actively partaking in Internet and social media groups to combat the Obama machine. We are putting out a call to action for every single young American today. Stand up and fight with us!
No longer can we afford to travel down the paths of this administration. We cannot afford to put this election on the back burner. The time to take back our country is today! It is time to join the ranks and be a part of something that is truly greater than you.
We are about getting people back to work; we are about lowering the debt; but most importantly, we are about righting the wrongs of this past administration.
The tides are turning. The ball is moving. We are building the largest youth coalition the GOP has seen since the Ronald Reagan days. And don’t let the Democrats, or Obama, tell you that we didn’t build that! We will continue to send shock waves through D.C on our way to restoring America. We are fundamentally changing politics as you know it in the GOP.
But we must have your support. We are asking you to fight with us to ensure our future is bright. Fight with us to take back our country, because if we are defeated; we will lose much more than just this election. We will miss a chance at real hope and positive change.
If you seek to make a difference or if you strive for positive change please visit our website today and sign up (www.studentsformittromney2012.com)! God Bless you all and God Bless the United States of America!
Shane Bias is a junior at Marshall University. He entered politics at a very early age, holding his first executive position at age 16, on a congressional campaign. He also played a pivotal role in the primaries and election cycle this year. Shane built and managed the second largest student movement in the primary behind the label, Students for Rick Santorum. Days after Santorum dropped out of the race, Shane was contacted by Young Americans for Mitt Romney and was elected president of that organization, his current position. Also, a couple months after accepting the position as president of YAMR, Shane was voted in as President of Students for Romney.
Governor Mitt Romney and Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) take a break from campaigning to grab a bite to eat at Culver's restaurant in Johnson Creek, Wisconsin. 4/1/12
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The Romney/Ryan team continued yesterday taking their timely message to Wisconsinites. They were invited to hold a town hall meeting at Moore Oil Company in Milwaukee. Here’s video of The Gov and Congressman Ryan:
Later in the day, at the same venue, Romney and Ryan were interviewed by FOX News’ Greta Van Susteren:
We’re at a halfway point…
Today’s elections in Wisconsin, Maryland, and D.C. mark the halfway point in the race for delegates. Yesterday, Governor Romney picked up three more delegates… Coincidentally, he’s now halfway to clinching the GOP nomination:
The former Massachusetts governor inched up to 572 delegates on Monday _ exactly half the 1,144 needed _ after the Tennessee Republican Party finalized delegate totals from its March 6 primary. Results in several congressional districts were too close to call on election night, leaving three delegates unallocated.
Romney got all three delegates. He also picked up an endorsement from a New Hampshire delegate who had been awarded to former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman. Huntsman dropped out of the race in January and endorsed Romney.
According to the Associated Press tally, Romney has more than twice as many delegates as Santorum. Santorum has 272 delegates, followed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich with 135 and Texas Rep. Ron Paul with 51.
Romney has won 54 percent of the primary and caucus delegates so far, putting him on pace to clinch the nomination in June. Romney could substantially add to his lead Tuesday, when 95 delegates will be at stake in three primaries, in Wisconsin, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Santorum, who has won 27 percent of the primary and caucus delegates so far, would need 74 percent of the remaining delegates to clinch the nomination before the national convention. Gingrich would need 86 percent and Paul would have to win nearly all of them, which won’t happen because most states award delegates proportionally.
Anyone but Romney? Martin Sieff (FOX News Opinion) wrote yesterday that he is “sick of Santorum”:
So much has been verbalized about governmental out-of-control spending and what needs to be done that people’s eyes either glaze over or shoot blood. Nevertheless, the United States of America marked a red letter number day yesterday.
We, the taxpayers, are holding $15 TRILLION worth of debt.
This is a good time to remind readers that earlier this month, Jennifer Rubin (Washington Post) called House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan to get his take on Mitt Romney’s spending and entitlement reform PLAN. She reports:
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Paul Ryan has nothing but praise for Romney plan
Nov 4, 2011
I spoke with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) by phone a short time ago after the details of Mitt Romney’s spending and entitlement reform plan were released. It is fair to say that the often optimistic and cheery Ryan was downright effusive about the contents of the plan.
Ryan told me, “Look at what he put out! This is a great development. It shows that the elusive adult conversation is taking place, but all on one side.” He ticked off the proposals including block-granting, cutting the federal workforce and entitlement reform. He said, “This tracks perfectly with the House budget.” He was careful not to forget the other GOP candidates, adding that “Romney and others are serious” about real fiscal reform.
He dismissed that notion that conservatives should be “quibbling” over Romney choosing a 20 percent cap rather than 18 or 19 percent of GDP. Ryan told me, “This is getting government back to its historic size” at a time when the retirement population is growing by leaps and bounds. He added, “This is getting us toward a prosperity agenda that will allow the private sector to grow.”
Ryan said he’s been talking to all the candidates and spoke with Romney directly yesterday. Without wanting to go into the details of the conversation, he said, “I was very pleased with these kind of entitlement reforms.”
Speaking Tuesday, Mr. Ryan said the meeting was focused on issues pertaining to Social Security reform and the nation’s growing debt crisis.
“I spent an hour with Romney on Thursday,” Mr. Ryan said. The Wisconsin Republican said the two discussed about entitlements reform and Republican proposals aimed to limiting costs associated with Social Security programs.
“I think he gets the situation, and I think he’s serious about fixing it if elected.” …
John McCormack from The Weekly Standard asked Ryan about his meeting with The Gov, pointing out that Ryan had previously been somewhat critical of Romneycare:
[Ryan] says the issue is irrelevant. “I don’t think this question matters that much anymore because Romney’s been very clear that he’s against Obamacare and he’s going to repeal it. So I for a second don’t worry about whether he’s going to shy away from repealing the president’s health care law.”
Ryan also said this about Romney:
“He keeps winning these debate tests. He’s pretty capable and strong and resilient in those things.”
Congressman Ryan is the ranking Republican on the House Budget Committee. The Republican National Committee has delegated him to fundraising for the eventual nominee, so he won’t be endorsing anyone during the primary.
Last week, the day before he met with Romney, Congressman Ryan spoke to a gathering at The Heritage Foundation:
Saving the American Idea: Rejecting Fear, Envy and the Politics of Division
He stepped to the presidential pulpit, spoke for over an hour to Congress and the American people about our ‘Sputnik moment‘, and signed autographs on his way out.
In case you missed it, the full text and video of President Obama’s State of the Union speech may be found here (click on video in left-hand column). Pundits generally felt Obama fell short.
After Obama’s lacking-specifics speech, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI)delivered the official Republican response:
In an unprecedented one-two punch, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann was selected by the Tea Party to present their response to Obama (delivered after Ryan’s address):
Some think the President hit it out of the ball park. Others overwhelmingly felt the president delivered flat platitudes:
Stephen Hayes (The Weekly Standard blogger and FOX News contributor) summed up the State of the Union Speech as meaningless:
“Overall, the speech was a lot like the Obama presidency: phony bipartisanship, too much spending, unconvincing rhetoric on fiscal restraint, and not enough attention to foreign policy and national security.”
A few other responses:
Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) – Mr. President, you don’t believe in the Constitution. You believe in socialism. Press Release: It appears that the only thing President Obama has changed is his rhetoric. No matter how he tries to spin it, more spending has not and will not create jobs. The President’s proposal to freeze spending at record-high levels is unacceptable.
Michelle Malkin, conservative commentator via Twitter – I’m all for road maps. But pardon me if I’m wary when the person selling me his map helped drive the car into the ditch.
Brit Hume, Fox News commentator via Twitter – This speech didn’t suggest much (towards reducing the federal deficit) and it means he doesn’t intend to do much.
“President Obama knows where he wants to go, but he has no idea how to get there,” Romney said in a blog post in response to the State of the Union address.
“Under President Obama’s economic leadership, more Americans have lost their jobs than any time in modern history. The on-the-job economic education of the President has cost American families almost a trillion dollars in failed stimulus schemes and, unfortunately, he’s still failing the course. Rhetoric, however soaring, does not put pay checks in pay envelopes at the end of the week. You can’t build a high speed rail system fast enough to outrun the President’s misguided regulations, higher taxes or lack of focus on jobs. Hopefully he is learning. American families are depending on him.”
*Note: Romney will appear on Hannity tonight to respond further to the State of the Union speech. The program will air at 9:00 PM Eastern. By the way, we had so much fun at last night’s SOTU Bingo and chat party, that we’re going to have another chat party tonight during Romney’s speech. Don’t miss it!
What did YOU think of Obama’s State of the Union speech? The responses by Ryan and Bachmann?