Romney’s ASNE Speech Underscores Obama’s “Hide ‘n Seek Campaign” (VIDEO)

They meet once a year in Washington D.C and attract lots of attention…

This year was no exception. The American Society of News Editors (ASNE) was privy to speeches from the two political figures the nation is focused on – President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney.

There was one exception, however. Yesterday, ahead of GOP primary election returns, Obama took an unusual turn in his speech… Previously rarely mentioning Mitt Romney by name, the President chose to deliver a stinging attack against Republicans and particularly, Mitt Romney.

Obama slammed The Gov for supporting Congressman Paul Ryan’s budget plan (which passed in the House last week) and the measures proposed therein to save Medicare and rein in spending. Obama claimed Romney and Ryan would see that mothers and young children wouldn’t get healthy food, college students would lose financial aid, the Dept. of Justice and FBI would be weakened, in certain parts of the country air traffic controllers would vanish, even weather forecasters would be harmed – that Governors would be tardy issuing hurricane warnings, and so on.

After his doomsday diatribe, Obama intoned, “This is not conjecture. I am not exaggerating. These are facts. And these are just the cuts that would happen the year after next.”

One of my potential opponents, Governor Romney, has said that he hoped a similar version of this plan from last year would be introduced as a bill on day one of his presidency.”

“He said he’d be very supportive of this new budget and he even called it ‘marvelous’, which is a word you don’t often hear when it comes to describing a budget.” (Laughter.) “It’s a word you don’t often hear generally.” (Laughter.)

Obama further elaborated – calling the Romney/Ryan goal to stop wasteful spending a “Trojan horse – thinly-veiled social Darwinism.”

Obama’s speech reeked with the usual leftist M.O. – class warfare, scaring Americans, exaggerations, mischaracterizations, untruths, and dividing the electorate to score political points.

Obama has now clearly targeted Mitt Romney, the Ryan budget, Republicans, and our opportunity society.

The general election has begun.

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan check out latest results in Wisconsin. April 3, 2012
(Photo/Zac Moffat - click on image to enlarge)

Today, it was Governor Mitt Romney’s turn at the ASNE lectern. Fresh after long days of campaigning in Wisconsin with Congressman Ryan (and victories last night in said state, Maryland, and D.C.) he delivered a riveting, powerhouse speech – highlighting Obama’s “Hide and Seek” campaign. It was characterized by a CNN politico as a very sobering, somber speech.

In the course of Governor Romney’s campaign-defining remarks, he underscored Obama’s lack of CANDOR with the American people, especially in light of Obama’s live mic incident with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev:

“[I]nstead of answering those vital questions, President Obama came here yesterday and railed against arguments no one is making – and criticized policies no one is proposing. It’s one of his favorite strategies – setting up straw men to distract from his record.

And while I understand why the President doesn’t want to run on his record, he can’t run from his record either.
. . .
On what other issues will he state his true position only after the election is over?”

C-Span aired Romney’s speech (great Q&A included):

Here’s the transcript of Romney’s ASNE speech (you won’t want to skip over this):

Over the last ten months, I’ve come to know a good deal about some of the journalists who write for your newspapers.

We’ve aired our dirty laundry together – sometimes literally as well as figuratively. We’ve bathed hour upon hour in the fine diesel aroma of a campaign bus. And we’ve shared more birthdays and holidays with each other than with our families.

One of the reporters covering our campaign is Maeve Reston of the Los Angeles Times. For Maeve’s birthday, I got her a cake and sang her a birthday song. For my birthday, she was kind enough to remind me that I’m now old enough to qualify for Medicare.

In just the few years since my last campaign, the changes in your industry are striking. Then, I looked to Drudge or FOX or CNN online to see what stories were developing. Hours after a speech, it was being dissected on the Internet. Now, it’s Twitter, and instantaneous reaction. In 2008, the coverage was about what I said in my speech. These days, it’s about what brand of jeans I am wearing and what I ate for lunch.

Most people in my position are convinced that you are biased against us. We identify with LBJ’s famous quip that if he were to walk on water, your headline would read: “President Can’t Swim.”

Some people thus welcome the tumult in your industry, heralding the new voices and the unfiltered or supposedly unbiased sources. Frankly, in some of the new media, I find myself missing the presence of editors to exercise quality control. I miss the days of two or more sources for a story – when at least one source was actually named.

How your industry will change, I cannot predict. I subscribe to Yogi Berra’s dictum: “Forecasting is very difficult, especially when it involves the future.”

But I do know this: You will continue to find ways to provide the American people with reliable information that is vital to our lives and to our nation. And I am confident that the press will remain free. But further, I salute this organization and your various institutions in your effort to make it not only free, but also responsible, accurate, relevant, and integral to the functioning of our democracy.

Given the number and scale of our nation’s current challenges, the November election will have particular consequence. It will be a defining event. President Obama and I have very different visions for America, both of what it means to be an American today and what it will mean in the future.

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Breaking: Congressman Paul Ryan Says It’s Romney! (VIDEO)

After spending time on the House floor yesterday overseeing the passing of his budget plan, Congressman Paul Ryan (Republican Chairman of the House Budget Committee) appeared this morning on FOX & Friends to. . .

ENDORSE MITT ROMNEY!

I am convinced that Mitt Romney has the skills, the tenacity, the courage and the principles to get America back on track.”

Coming on the heels of endorsements from President Bush 41 and Senator Marco Rubio, the backing from Ryan essentially signals a primary wind-up.

It’s over.

Ryan said he’d put in an earlier call to Rick Santorum to alert him of his pending endorsement of Romney. He also stressed the fact that America is at a crossroads and the necessity of coalescing now behind Governor Romney.

Ryan’s endorsement comes just day’s ahead of Wisconsin’s primary (his home state).

Stay tuned for more details!

UPDATE: When asked who he will support, here is what Paul Ryan said:

Mitt Romney. Here is the point, we vote on Tuesday here in Wisconsin. Lots of my friends, family and supporters are asking me, who do we think we should vote for? I have two criteria I’m using to make my decision to vote in our primary on Tuesday. Who is the best person to be President – who will make the best President? And who has the best chance of defeating Barak Obama? In my opinion, Mitt Romney is clearly that person.

Here’s the other point. I spent a good deal of time with Mitt Romney and his staff recently going through our country’s fiscal situation, talking about what it will take to get the country back on track. I am convinced Mitt Romney has the skills, the tenacity, the principles, the courage and the integrity to do what it takes to get America back on track. So I believe he’s the right person for the job. And I think this primary has been productive, I think it’s been constructive up until now. I think it’s made the candidates better. But I think we’re entering a phase where it could become counterproductive if it drags on much longer. That’s why I think we as conservatives need to coalesce around Mitt Romney and focus on the big task at hand, which is defeating Barak Obama in the fall.

UPDATE 2 - Governor Romney tweeted:

UPDATE 3 - From The Washington Post

Wisconsin is holding its primary on Tuesday, but Ryan’s endorsement will resonates far outside his home state. Ryan, a proponent of deep cuts in entitlements and agency funding, has become the leading voice on debt and spending issues in the Republican party.

His blessing of Romney comes on the heels of endorsements from former Florida governor Jeb Bush, former president George H.W. Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)–clear signs that Republican leaders young and old, from both the tea party and establishment wings, are ready for this primary season to be over.

UPDATE 4 - Romney’s statement:

“When the history of this chapter of American politics is written, I venture to say that Paul Ryan will occupy a significant place in the story of how our country rescued itself from financial disaster. Congressman Ryan has not only thought deeply and creatively about how to bring our extraordinary budget shortfall under control, but he has demonstrated the leadership to bring Americans together to put his bold reforms into practice. In the battle for fiscal responsibility, we have been facing gale force headwinds from the Democratic Party and from the Obama White House. But with Paul Ryan’s support, I have every confidence that we can overcome those headwinds, recapture the White House for the American people, and begin the hard work of setting our country on a better course. I am profoundly grateful to Congressman Ryan for his endorsement today. I am even more grateful for all the hard work he has done to help turn around our country and restore it to greatness.

(emphasis added)



► Jayde Wyatt

Romney Endorsements: NV Congressman Amodei, IL Congresswoman Biggert, Fmr Spkr of House Hastert



From the Silver State…

Congressman Mark Amodei (R-NV) is supporting Mitt Romney.

Plus, a couple of weeks ago, former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert and Illinois Congresswoman Judy Biggert also threw their hats in the ring for The Gov.

Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today announced the support of Nevada Congressman Mark Amodei. Congressman Amodei joins Lieutenant Governor Brian Krolicki and Congressman Joe Heck in endorsing Mitt Romney.

I am pleased to announce the endorsement of Congressman Mark Amodei,” said Mitt Romney. “President Obama’s policies have been especially devastating for Nevada. Working with Congressman Amodei, I will make it a priority to bring jobs back to the state and put Nevada on a path for a prosperous future.”

Announcing his support, Congressman Amodei said, “The economy is in crisis and President Obama’s fixes are not working. A change of leadership is needed and Mitt Romney is the conservative best equipped to rally Republicans, Independents and Democrats behind a new, competent direction for the Silver State’s and America’s economic future.”

“Nevada’s 2nd Congressional District has been hit harder than much of the country and we need a president that is committed to helping Nevada small business owners grow, prosper and create new jobs,” said Amodei. “I’m proud to endorse Mitt Romney for president and look forward to working with him to get our country and our community back to work.”

Background On Congressman Amodei:

Congressman Amodei Was Elected In September 2011. Amodei serves on the House Judiciary, Natural Resources, and Veterans Affairs Committees. Prior to his election, Amodei was a member of the Nevada Senate and the Nevada Assembly. Amodei is an Army veteran and his daughter is a Gulf War veteran.

October 12, 2011:

Boston, MA – Mitt Romney [has] announced the support of former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert and Illinois Congresswoman Judy Biggert.

“I am happy to have the support of these important leaders in Illinois,” said Mitt Romney. “I look forward to partnering with them in our efforts to get America back to work.”

During my years in the House, I was an advocate for balanced budgets and low taxes,” said Hastert. “Mitt Romney stands up for these principles. President Obama has failed to get millions of unemployed Americans back to work. From his success in the private sector, Mitt Romney understands how to create jobs and turn around this economy. At this critical moment, our country needs his leadership in the White House.”

Announcing her support, Congresswoman Judy Biggert said, “President Obama’s spend-tax-and-regulate policies have only served to drive up the debt and create more uncertainty for struggling American families and job creators. Mitt Romney’s plan to get America back to work is rooted not only in sound economic principles, but also in the extensive real-world experience that he brings to the table. I am proud to support him.”

Background On Speaker Hastert And Congresswoman Biggert:


Dennis Hastert Is The Former Speaker Of The House Of Representatives. He represented Illinois’ 14th District in the U.S. House from 1987 to 2007. Prior to his election as Speaker, Hastert was Chief Deputy Majority Whip. Before entering Congress, he served in the Illinois General Assembly and taught high school history and government.

Congresswoman Judy Biggert Was First Elected To Represent The 13th District Of Illinois In 1998. She serves as Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity, and is a senior member of the Committees on Education and the Workforce and Science and Technology. Prior to entering Congress, she served in the Illinois House of Representatives. She previously practiced law and played an active role in her community, including roles such as President of the Board of Education of Hinsdale Township High School District 86.

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Like Governor Romney says, the more the merrier!

► Jayde Wyatt

Breaking News… Rep. Thaddeus McCotter OUT of Pres. Race, Endorses Mitt Romney

Congressman Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI, 11th District) has dropped out of the presidential race. He has endorsed Mitt Romney. 9/22/11



BREAKING NEWS…



National Review Online is reporting that Congressman Thaddeus McCotter has dropped out of the GOP presidential race. He has endorsed Mitt Romney:

Rep. Thaddeus McCotter told The Detroit News this afternoon that he is leaving the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

McCotter says he will give his support to former Massachussetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and will likely run again for the 11th District congressional seat he’s held since 2003.

(emphasis added)

UPDATE from USA Today:

McCotter, a Michigan Republican, told USA TODAY it became clear that he wasn’t going to be included in the debates – a fact that made mounting a national campaign difficult.

“We know the debates are validators,” he said.

McCotter said Romney’s business background played a large role in his decision to endorse him and that he thought the former Massachusetts governor was “the most electable candidate.”

Welcome to Team Romney, Rep. McCotter!

► Jayde Wyatt


More good news from Michigan
:

Looks like Michigan’s early primary (February 28th) is almost official.

Just in case anyone doesn’t know why that’s good news, Romney Dominates in Michigan. Arizona is planning on voting on the same day as Michigan and Mitt Romney has picked up key support in SE Valley and leads the state of Arizona in polling as well.

Romney Endorsed by Congressman Darrell Issa, Chairman House Oversight Committee

Hot Air notices that conservatives are beginning to coalesce around Mitt!

Darrell Issa R-CA, Chairman of the House Government Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has endorsed Governor Mitt Romney. 9/22/11


What a great way to start a presidential debate day…

A big endorsement for Mitt Romney is sweetening the day for us; it comes from Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA):

Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today announced the support of California Congressman Darrell Issa.

As someone who shares my background in business, Congressman Issa understands that we need to make fundamental changes in Washington,” said Mitt Romney. “I am proud to have his support, and look forward to working with him as I campaign in California and work to bring jobs back to the state and strengthen the American economy.”

Announcing his support, Congressman Issa said, “As a former businessman, I know that Mitt Romney is the right candidate to get both California and the country’s economy on the right track again. The country would be well served to have someone who knows how the economy works and has worked in the private sector. President Obama never worked in the real economy – we can’t afford to have another president who has spent his career outside the real economy.”

(emphasis added)

Background on Congressman Darrell Issa:

Congressman Darrell Issa Is The Chairman Of The House Oversight And Government Reform Committee. Congressman Issa was first elected in 2000 and serves California’s 49th District. Congressman Issa is the former CEO of Directed Electronics, the maker of the Viper anti-theft system.

*Note: The House Oversight and Government Reform committee is the main investigative committee of the United States House of Representatives charged with the protecting the interests of U.S. taxpayers and eliminating waste, fraud and abuse in the federal bureaucracy.

From Politico Morning Score:

Darrell Issa, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, will endorse Mitt Romney ahead of tonight’s debate in Florida. Issa’s battles with the White House have made him a hero to conservatives. The endorsement is doubly significant because Issa backed John McCain last time, and his rags-to-riches story gives him credibility with the GOP donor class. Romney sees him as an important asset in California.



H/t Christina, Politico article

► Jayde Wyatt

Congressman Pence Introduces Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood of Taxpayer Dollars

This isn’t the first time we at Mitt Romney Central have highlighted the efforts of Congressman Mike Pence. The Republican Party is fortunate to have more staunch conservatives who are also very effective communicators than they used to.

While some may think it’s a mistake for us to highlight the efforts of a potential opponent to Gov. Romney for the 2012 Republican nomination for the presidency, we simply feel that the cause Congressman Pence is leading is too important to ignore. Plus, before we all get caught up in the upcoming primary season, it’s important to realize that we’re all on the same team.

Before pro-choice and pro-life activists start getting all riled up, make sure you are aware of what this bill is about. As many of us can remember from the health care debate, regardless of where people stand on the abortion issue at large, a vast majority of the country does not think it is appropriate for tax payer dollars to be spent on abortions. This bill won’t shut down Planned Parenthood or stop people from getting abortions. This bill simply will end the enormous mistake of causing all Americans who pay taxes to also be paying for abortions with some of those tax dollars. Even if you still think that we shouldn’t strip Planned Parenthood of their tax dollars, think about the budget deficit. Tax dollars have been going to far too many places they shouldn’t for far too long and hopefully this is just the beginning to getting the size of our government back in line.

This bill really is a no-brainer and if your representative hasn’t joined the other 123 co-sponsors yet, ask them to sign on.

If you still don’t know why this is such a big deal, check out this blog.

Below is Mike Pence’s statement followed by the video of his introduction of the bill on the house floor:

It is morally wrong to end an unborn human life by abortion. It is also morally wrong to take the taxpayer dollars of millions of pro-life Americans and use them to promote abortion at home or abroad.

Last year, Planned Parenthood received more than $363 million in revenue from government grants and contracts. During that same time, they performed an unprecedented 324,008 abortions.

The largest abortion provider in America should not also be the largest recipient of federal funding under Title X.

The Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act will prevent any family planning funds under Title X from going to Planned Parenthood or other organizations that perform abortions. It will ensure that abortion providers are not being subsidized with federal tax dollars.

I am grateful for the support of more than 122 original co-sponsors….

Update: Check out the list of potential 2012 candidates who support Pence at The Defunding Planned Parenthood Litmus Test