Presidential Debate in Iowa: Glowing Reviews for Romney

Mitt Romney and Senator Chuck Grassley don aprons and man the grills at the infamous 'pork tent' at the Iowa State Fair. August 11, 2011

After eight GOP hopefuls spent two hours of their evening debating in Iowa last night, doing their best to impress voters, the day after reviews are bringing high praise for Mitt Romney.

In a post-debate interview last night, political pollster Frank Luntz said Newt Gingrich “won the battle’ but “Mitt Romney won the war.” Stating that Romney was ‘presidential’, Luntz also pointed out that Governor Romney’s specific ideas on the economy are exactly what voters want to hear.

John Gibson (former FOX News TV host, now FOX News radio host) proclaimed today “Admit it’s Mitt!”

Dick Morris tweeted last night that Gov Romney has a Reaganesque communciation style.

When asked about the debate this afternoon, moderator Chris Wallace (FOX News) replied that Mitt Romney entered the debate as the frontrunner and left the debate as the frontrunner.

Rush Limbaugh weighed in as evidenced in this re-tweet from Byron York (FOX News contributor/debate panelist):

Limbaugh: “There’s no doubt Romney won.”less than a minute ago via HootSuite Favorite Retweet Reply


From MittRomney.com

Mitt was honored to share the stage with his fellow Republicans to debate the issues that are important to the people of Iowa and all Americans.

Mitt clearly won the debate by remaining focused on his message of creating jobs and getting the economy back on track by reversing President Obama’s failed economic policies. His strong record of creating jobs in the private sector, and when he was Governor, makes him the best candidate to defeat President Obama and lead the country toward an economic recovery.



Iowa State Representative Renee Schulte offers her opinion on the Iowa GOP debate:

Tweet from Mitt this morning:

Thanks @ReneeSchulte for the video sharing your thoughts from last night’s debate http://t.co/FXGHShzless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply


Note: Unsurprisingly, prior to the debate last night, Democrats were poised to let the poison arrows fly. The GOP called them out and made an inferred reference to the Obama Scheme Team’s plan:

RNC Spokesperson Kirsten Kukowski tells Fox, “While the headlines scream about Obama’s failed economy, it’s no wonder Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the Democrats are desperately trying to change the conversation. The same president and party that prided themselves on changing the tone in politics are now resorting to negative attacks against Republicans because they don’t have any accomplishments of their own to tout. Just ask Team Obama – they laid out their negative attack strategy just this week.”

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Schultz (D-FL), National Democrat Party Chair, rushed to the Iowa State Fair today (first time attending) to promote Obama’s liberal agenda. While stumping, she specifically mentioned Mitt and called on Iowans to reject the notion that Mitt Romney mentioned on ‘this very same stage’ – that corporations are people.

Schultz should spend a few moments watching this.

Glenn Beck cheered The Gov on his radio program this morning for the way he handled the liberal hecklers at the fair yesterday. Neil Cavuto gave kudos to Romney yesterday. They both voiced high praise for Romney’s remarks on social security tax caps, the manner in which successful Americans are vilified, and corporations.

UPDATE – More from Rush Limbaugh (H/t Frank)


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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!



► Jayde Wyatt

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…)

Republicans’ Top Ten Pundits, FOX News’ Coverage of Potential GOP 2012 Candidates

Although not a GOP affiliate, ConservativeHome, a new website that launched on November 15, 2010, hopes to spur the ongoing debate about the future of the Republican Party and conservatism. They also believe the GOP should function as a broad-based coalition to ensure long-term success. CH recently polled 1,152 Republican activists (identified by YouGov America) on who they consider to be the top three political commentators. Results were released yesterday; here are the top ten:

The Top Ten Pundits Among Republican Activists

The total percentages for each of the top ten were*:

•Rush Limbaugh: 41%
•Glenn Beck: 33%
•Charles Krauthammer: 29%
•Bill O’Reilly: 24%
•Sean Hannity: 21%
•Newt Gingrich: 16%
•Michelle Malkin: 16%
•Mike Huckabee: 13%
•Ann Coulter: 13%
•George Will: 13%

* There were two phases to the voting process. Last week Panel members were asked to nominate favorite commentators. This week Panel members were presented with a list, derived from their nominations, and asked to vote for their three favorite.

•The list reveals the massive gap between broadcast pundits and newspaper commentators.

•Limbaugh, for example, was named as a favorite by 41% of ConservativeHome’s Republican Panel.

•Worryingly, columnists often regarded as among the most thoughtful conservatives did not fare well. David Brooks of the New York Times only mustered a mention from 1.3% of the panel (14 people). Ross Douthat, also at the NYT, won just four votes and Mike Gerson, Washington Post writer and former speechwriter to President Bush, gets just three mentions.

•Another former Bush speechwriter and Rush Limbaugh’s leading critic, David Frum, only gets three mentions. Peggy Noonan, however, gets favorited 35 times.

The ticket to high status is clearly Fox News. One of only two upmarket newspaper columnist to appear in the top ten being Charles Krauthammer, who combines his syndicated Washington Post column with his Fox punditry. He was named by 29% of grassroots Republicans. The other broadsheet columnist, at number ten, is George Will, syndicated Washington Post Op-Ed writer and ABC News veteran.

(my emphasis)
To join YouGov’s Republican Panel click here.

Regarding FOX News’ high status…

Liberal advocacy group, Media Matters, has been keeping tabs on FOX News airtime featuring John Bolton, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, and Mike Huckabee. Although Media Matters receives funding from George Soros, their conclusions are worth considering: Because of his weekend television show, Huckabee registers more time than the others. Estimates are that these five potential 2012 GOP presidential candidates were on the air nearly 66 hours in the first 10 months of the year. With current advertising rates, the five of them – thus far – have received at least $40 million worth of free advertising.

DAVID BAUDER -AP News
Nov 18, 2010

[...] For Fox, locking up these prominent Republicans for roles on the network is a good way to appeal to a viewing audience dominated by conservatives, Graham said. The payoff comes on nights like the midterm elections, a good-news night for Republicans where Fox outdrew every broadcast and cable network covering the races in prime time.

“They see it as trying to even out the bias,” he said. “There is just a remarkable amount of promotion of Obama and it continues.”
[...]

Fox’s stable of potential candidates raises questions for the network and political process moving forward. Pat Buchanan, who worked at CNN in the 1990s, took periodic breaks from “Crossfire” when he announced candidacies.

The questions are similar for Fox: Will these politicians leave Fox’s employ if they run for president? Will they delay announcing candidacies in order to get more time on the air? Will Fox feel comfortable keeping these politicians as employees if a candidacy is announced?

The exposure could be a real advantage for these politicians, and the lack of it a detriment for potential candidates such as Mitt Romney who are not in Fox’s employ. As it is, candidates will be going out of their way to appeal to Fox personalities like Glenn Beck or Sean Hannity, Rabin-Havt said.

“There never has been a network that has so dominated a political process,” he said.

There’s also the possibility that GOP candidates in the upcoming political season may avoid other news organizations to conduct much of their campaigning before a Fox News audience, he said.

Huckabee appeared onscreen on Fox for more than 38 hours through Oct. 31, according to Media Matters. Palin and Gingrich each had nine hours, Santorum had five hours and Bolton, four.

(my emphasis)

Fox News contributors sign contracts forbidding them from appearing on any network other than Fox. Their television coverage serves as a platform for their messages. Politico quoted Jim Dyke (GOP strategist) making a germane point: “As it becomes clear somebody is looking at running, Fox gets into a bit of a box because doesn’t it become an in-kind contribution if they’re being paid?”

Perhaps this is why Governor Romney joked with Jay Leno: “If you ever see me sign up for a gig on Fox News, it’ll be a clear indication that I’ve decided to run for president. That’s not in the cards anytime soon – thanks.

Questions…

1. We clearly don’t want to alienate FOX News, but has their approach to the 2012 potential presidential GOP candidates been fair and balanced thus far?

2. If not, do you see their coverage on the 2012 GOP possibilities becoming more/less fair and balanced in the future?

3. Do you agree with Conservative Home’s Top 10 Pundits poll results?

4. If not, which pundit(s) would you add/remove?

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What’s Up with Glenn Beck and Katie Couric?

Glenn Beck and Katie Couric. It just sounds odd putting those two names together. An interesting duo, they came together on Tuesday (9-22-09) so Glenn could respond (for the most part) to the Couric inquisition.

As you watch the interview, you may agree with all, some, or none of Glenn’s statements and ideas. Are you asking the tough questions of politicians and political pundits? Are you making your own decisions? How often do you completely agree with any political opinionist?

Without a doubt, Beck’s 9-12 Project, based on nine principles and twelve values, is a growing movement. Proof of the numbers manifested itself on September 12, 2009 when millions across the country marched to protest the failure of government to address America’s pressing needs and big government’s propensity to create even bigger problems.

Whether one agrees with Glenn Beck or not – and time will reveal more clearly the direction he will take – it’s important to remember that values and principles enabled our Founding Fathers to muster the courage to create a new nation. Values and principles fostered the wisdom necessary to author our Constitution. Disillusioned, frustrated Americans are searching for the principled leader that will preserve our Constitution and restore our Republic in 2012. That principled leader is Mitt Romney.
 

*The full interview can be found here:
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Can We Find 56 Americans to Restore America?

September 12, 2009 was a day of Americans on the move! Assembling in Washington D.C. and locations across the nation, fervent freedom lovers marched to demonstrate solidarity for upholding our constitutional rights and restoring truth in government. Thanks to all who participated in the Mitt Romney Central.com CHAT for Freedom 9-12! We made new acquaintances and connected with ‘new media’ Romney stalwarts. Exchanging news, opinions, ideas and asking questions – with on-line ease – is an important building block in restoring America. We’re joining together to promote ideals and the man who is uniquely qualified to bring us back from the brink – Mitt Romney. We look forward to more chat meetings in the future. In the meantime, you may share your thoughts at any time on our CHAT and FORUM features.

Reminding us that Americans can do anything, Glenn Beck asks millions of awakened citizens to take the next step – to clean up the corruption in government. He exhorts us to find just 56 brave Americans to restore our beloved nation. Let’s do all we can to put Mitt Romney at the top of the list!

This next video is a surveillance camera that shows the foot traffic of the crowds throughout the demonstration.

Mitt Romney Among NRA Leadership Forum Speakers

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Governor Mitt Romney is among the speakers invited to address the NRA leadership Forum which is scheduled for May 15 in Phoenix. Other speakers include LA Gov. Bobby Jindal, OK Rep. Dan Boren, Newt Gingrich, Marcus Luttrell, Mike Huckabee, SD Sen. John Thune, NC Rep. Heath Shuler, MS Gov. Haley Barbour, Glenn Beck, Laura Ingraham, and Oliver North.

CORRECTION:

Click here for info.

More info and the correct registration here.

Hope I got it right that time.

~Nate G.

“WE Surround Them”

At 5:00pm (Eastern) March 13th, on FoxNews, Glenn Beck is going to unveil the details of a project called WE Surround Them. I don’t know exactly what it is but my curiosity is piqued.

Click here for info.

Click here to find a viewing party near you via meetup.com.

We surround them

Below is video of Glenn’s intro to the “project”.

See you there!

~Nate G.