Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan crouches down to greet a toddler at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines on Monday. (Photo – Robert Ray/AP)
Today marks one week since Congressman Paul Ryan was named as Mitt Romney’s running mate. Curiosity about the next potential vice president of the USA has skyrocketed since the announcement. FOX News’ Greta Van Susteren devoted the full hour of her program last night to learning more about Paul Ryan. Reporter Griff Jenkins also contributed.
From Janesville, Wisconsin to VP:
VP Paul Ryan: Hometown boy:
All in the Ryan family:
Uncut – A look at Ryan’s high school years:
To hear the high opinion others have of Paul Ryan validates what we already know of him. He and Governor Romney are going to be outstanding for America.
Former Rep. Artur Davis (D-AL), and former Co-Chairman for Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, is supporting Governor Mitt Romney.
Artur Davis, former Democrat Representative and high-profile Obama supporter, once dubbed the ‘Obama of Alabama’, is now a Republican. And, he’s voting for Governor Mitt Romney.
Here’s Davis last night with Greta Van Susteren:
“ I’m going to vote for Governor Romney. … I think he has the potential to be a very good president in this country.
You leave a party because on the whole range of issues you just don’t feel the comfort, you don’t feel the home anymore. That’s where I am but I’m not alone. Millions of Americans who supported the Democratic Party four years ago have left because they no longer see their views and their common sense represented in the Democratic Party.” – Artur Davis
…[T]his is not Bill Clinton’s Democratic Party (and he knows that even if he can’t say it). If you have read this blog, and taken the time to look for a theme in the thousands of words (or free opposition research) contained in it, you see the imperfect musings of a voter who describes growth as a deeper problem than exaggerated inequality; who wants to radically reform the way we educate our children; who despises identity politics and the practice of speaking for groups and not one national interest; who knows that our current course on entitlements will eventually break our solvency and cause us to break promises to our most vulnerable—that is, if we don’t start the hard work of fixing it.
On the specifics, I have regularly criticized an agenda that would punish businesses and job creators with more taxes just as they are trying to thrive again. I have taken issue with an administration that has lapsed into a bloc by bloc appeal to group grievances when the country is already too fractured: frankly, the symbolism of Barack Obama winning has not given us the substance of a united country. You have also seen me write that faith institutions should not be compelled to violate their teachings because faith is a freedom, too. You’ve read that in my view, the law can’t continue to favor one race over another in offering hard-earned slots in colleges: America has changed, and we are now diverse enough that we don’t need to accommodate a racial spoils system. And you know from these pages that I still think the way we have gone about mending the flaws in our healthcare system is the wrong way—it goes further than we need and costs more than we can bear.
May 30, 2012 – Davis was interviewed by FOX News’ Neil Cavuto:
A Harvard educated lawyer, Davis represented Alabama’s 7th Congressional District 2003-2011. He was the first Congressional member outside of Illinois to throw his support behind Senator Barack Obama’s 2008 run for the presidency. Davis was a Co-Chairman for Obama’s campaign and, at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, was the guy who seconded the official nomination of Obama. These last two points are why his support for Governor Romney is especially noteworthy.
Speaking to voters at Hotel Fort Des Moines in Des Moines, Iowa today, Governor Mitt Romney treated listeners to a powerful, plain-spoken speech on America’s federal spending addiction and our nearly incomprehensible national debt.
Prior to his appearance in Des Moines, the Romney campaign released a thought-provoking web video focusing on Iowans – “a few of the 23 million” – who are struggling under the oppressive Obama economy:
A Few of the 23 Million:
Before The Gov delivered his remarks, the Des Moines Register published an article by Jennifer Jacobs highlighting some of Romney’s remarks:
Romney speech: Prairie fire of debt doesn’t care if it’s a donkey or elephant in your lawn
A prairie fire of debt is sweeping across Iowa and our nation, and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will tell Iowans today he can douse the flames.
“That fire could care less if you have a donkey or an elephant in your front lawn, it’s still coming for your house,” Romney’s prepared remarks say, according to his campaign. “There’s plenty of blame to go around for both parties.
“But in my years leading businesses, an Olympics and a state, I’ve learned one simple principle of leadership that never falters: Leaders lead. I will lead us out of this debt and spending crisis.”
While Romney deftly blocks Obama’s fiery darts and keeps bringing the campaign dialogue back to the economy, Jacobs writes that the Obama re-election campaign is trying to “pierce” Romney’s message by running Iowa TV attack ads against the governor.
Romney intends to steer the conversation toward government spending and debt.
“President Obama started his days in office with the trillion-dollar stimulus package – the biggest, most careless one-time expenditure by the federal government in history. And remember this: the stimulus wasn’t just wasted – it was borrowed and wasted. We still owe the money, we’re still paying interest on it, and it’ll be that way long after this presidency ends in January,” Romney’s prepared remarks say.
VIDEO of Romney’s excellent speech may be viewed here.
It’s good to be back in Iowa. So many friends here hold a special place in my heart.
I’ve come here today to talk to you about an issue that affects the very heart of America.
Of course, Iowa is much more than a collection of beautiful farms and small towns and cities bounded by two of America’s great rivers. Iowa is a collection of the values that built America and that have sustained us through good times and bad. You know them well: hard work, taking care of our neighbors, family, faith in God and country. Common sense, kitchen table values. Not fancy, but enduring.
These aren’t the values that lead to out-of-control spending sprees, or to piling up massive amounts of debt you know your children – and grandchildren – will have to work all their lives to pay off. These aren’t the values of putting off difficult decisions with the hope that maybe someone else will solve them.
Today America faces a financial crisis of debt and spending that threatens what it means to be an American. Here in the heartland you know in your hearts that it’s wrong.
We can’t spend another four years talking about solving a problem that we know we are making worse every single day.
When the men and women who settled the Iowa prairie saw a fire in the distance, they didn’t look around for someone else to save them or go back to sleep hoping the wind might blow another direction. They knew that their survival was up to them.
A prairie fire of debt is sweeping across Iowa and our nation and every day we fail to act that fire gets closer to the homes and children we love.
This is not solely a Democrat or a Republican problem. The issue isn’t who deserves the most blame, it’s who is going to do what it takes to put out the fire.
► This incident has caused a media and Twittersphere firestorm! Click on link at the bottom of this article for updates.
They don’t waste any time, do they?
A few months ago, a rancid Democrat plan to “kill Romney” reared its repulsive head. Now, after Governor Romney’s first full day of getting into general campaigning, we’re getting a stinky whiff of their plans for Ann Romney.
On Wednesday evening, Democrat operative/CNN political contributor Hilary Rosen spoke with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. She mockingly snarked about Ann Romney:
“Guess what? His wife [Ann Romney] has never actually worked a day in her life.”
Did you catch Rosen’s accusation that Mitt Romney is “old-fashioned when it comes to women. He just doesn’t see us as equals.” Did you also notice Paul Begala’s nod of approval and big grin when his cohort delivered the talking points? Really, I’m laughing so hard as I type this. What a sorry, ridiculous duo – spouting off ridiculous rhetoric to hide Obama’s sorry economy and ridiculous federal debt. See Vic’s article.
Setting her work record straight, Ann Romney, mother of FIVE boys, grandmother to 16 grandchildren, church, charity, and community volunteer, former Massachusetts First Lady, breast-cancer survivor, and valiant handler of Multiple Sclerosis, fired off her first campaign tweet:
I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work.
Good natured Ann is garnering high praise for her down-to-earth ability to connect with voters. Because he was losing ground with female voters, Obama operatives have been taking notes. Regarding Ann, think about it: Obama is leading a class war on successful Americans, combine that with a leftist faction that dislikes political Republican women, throw into the mix some Democrats’ disdain for working-at-home mothers and they see fresh meat to attack – on three fronts. Ann is a triple-threat.
Byron York, Chief Political Corespondent (Washington Examiner) and FOX News Contributor jumped on it:
After insult, Romney hits back with lightning speed
. . . Within seconds, Rosen’s statement that Ann Romney has “never worked a day in her life” began to burn up Twitter. Mrs. Romney, after all, had raised five children, as well as dealt with MS and cancer. That was work, no matter how much money her husband made.
The Romney campaign jumped on Rosen’s remarks with a speed that no Republican campaign has shown in the past. First, campaign staffers sent out tweets hitting Rosen. “Obama adviser Hilary Rosen goes on CNN to debut their new ‘kill Ann’ strategy, and in the process insults hard-working moms,” said top Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom. The campaign then sent out word that Rosen, who has worked for the Democratic National Committee and other Democratic organizations, is now part of the same firm, SKDKnickerbocker, as Anita Dunn, a prominent member of the Obama circle. And then came word that Rosen had visited the White House at least 35 times, according to publicly-available White House visitors logs. And then that Rosen attended last month’s state dinner at the White House.
Sensing an opportunity, the Romney campaign rolled out the big guns and had Ann Romney, who had never sent out a message on Twitter before, send out her first: “I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work.” Mrs. Romney quickly had thousands of followers.
Obama machine scrambles:
The story really took off when Obama campaign officials scrambled to distance themselves from Rosen. Obama campaign manager Jim Messina tweeted: “I could not disagree with Hilary Rosen any more strongly. Her comments were wrong and family should be off limits. She should apologize.” Top Obama aide David Axelrod added, “Also disappointed in Hilary Rosen’s comments about Ann Romney. They were inappropriate and offensive.”
Rosen back-tracked but she didn’t back down. Of course not; she’s a messenger – with a dumb message.
York was impressed:
. . . Presented with an opening, Romney’s staff jumped on the controversy with impressive speed, forcing top Obama officials to respond before most people even knew there was a story. The fracas suggests that Team Romney is determined to aggressively — really aggressively — pursue any chance to press an advantage against Obama. If the president’s re-election team thought they were facing a slow-moving, not-up-to-the-task Republican rival, they learned differently Wednesday night.
See tweets here. Follow @AnnDRomney here. By the way, a new hashtag burning up twitter is #waronmoms.
Ann Responds on America’s Morning with FOX News’ Martha MacCallum – April 12, 2012:
Yes, yes, we know that the President is working hard to consolidate support among female voters — but Obama adviser Hilary Rosen’s remarks about Ann Romney “never work[ing] a day in her life” are cynical, shameful, appalling, divisive and above all . . . ignorant. They constitute the newest iteration of the long-running, ugly and gratuitous left-wing attack on women who have made the very important choice to stay home in order to raise their children themselves.
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Rosen has kicked off a political firestorm; click on link below for updates!
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
(Photo/Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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”:
Time for the wearin’ o’ the green as the Missouri caucuses get underway today with 52 delegates to be awarded. Caucus rules are a wee bit confusing; information may be found here and here.
Sure and begorra if Governor Romney didn’t receive MORE Missouri endorsements this week:
“I am proud to see more Missouri leaders coming to my campaign,” said Mitt Romney. “These leaders support my vision for more jobs, smaller government, and less debt and with their support over the next couple of days and in November, we can defeat President Obama and bring conservative change to Washington.”
“Mitt Romney is the only candidate who can win in November and put in place conservative policies that will jump-start the economy,” said Jefferson City Mayor Eric Struemph. “It is time for Republicans to unite behind Mitt Romney and work our hardest to defeat President Obama in November. This election is too important to allow President Obama to have four more years in the White House.”
Missouri Leaders Endorsing Mitt Romney:
Eric Struemph, Jefferson City Mayor
Walt Bivins, Former State Representative
Rick Stream, State Representative
Katee Porter, County Commissioner
Robert Snyder, Former State Representative and Missouri Court of Appeals Judge
Brian Fullmer, Smithville Mayor
Lynda Fullmer, Republican Committeewoman, Clay County Central Committee
Herb Jones, Former Mayor of Kirkwood
Tom Wilsdon, Republican Committeeman (Maryland Heights), St. Louis County Central Committee
Neal Breitweiser, Republican Committeeman (Creve Coeur), St. Louis County Central Committee
Alan Wheeler, Republican Committeeman (Bonhomme), St. Louis County Central Committee
Kathlyn Fares, Former State Representative
Rich Magee, Mayor of Glendale
Maryann Rober, Republican Committeewoman (Clayton), St. Louis County Central Committee
The Romney Campaign released a sharp new video ad titled Missouri: Stand with Mitt…
Romney supporter Donald Trump did a phone interview with FOX News’ Greta Van Susteren last night. He’s been doing a bang-up job speaking for The Gov (love how he doesn’t let her run over him). He really took a shillelagh to President Obama and Rick Santorum during the interview:
Because everyone is Irish on March 17th, and we have a fine tradition of celebrating the day here at MRC, click below the fold. You’ll be ready to get your green on… and that’s no blarney!
Former MA Governor Mitt Romney and Donald Trump met privately yesterday at Trump Tower in New York City. Sept 26, 2011 (Photos by Robyn Beck/Getty, Bobby Bank/WireImage)
The much talked about meeting between Mitt Romney and Donald Trump took place yesterday afternoon at Trump Tower in New York City. No fancy restaurant meeting – they were free to get acquainted and discuss policy in private. The meeting lasted about an hour and finished around 3:00 PM ET.
All the news coverage I heard yesterday from Trump about Governor Romney was very positive .
TRENDING: Trump praises Romney, blasts DNC ad
by Diana Ozemebhoya, Sept 26, 2011
Washington (CNN) – Donald Trump emerged from his Monday afternoon sit-down with Mitt Romney more at ease with the GOP candidate’s take on views they share: China’s predominance in the global economy and OPEC’s proclivities to raise the price of oil as a measure to offset U.S. economic gains.
“We hit it off really well, better than I had anticipated,” Trump said Monday on CNN’s “The Situation Room.”
“We really had a great hour together. I was impressed with certain things he said.”
When Wolf Blitzer (CNN anchor) asked Trump about the new Democratic National Committee’s class warfare ad portraying Romney and him as wealthy out-of-touch businessmen, he twice said: “I thought it was amateur night.”
Greta Van Susteren spoke with Donald Trump yesterday evening on her program On The Record about his meeting with Mitt Romney (9/26/11):
As for reports implying that Romney was avoiding being seen with Trump or slinking out of Trump Towers, not true:
“It was deliberate. We wanted to keep it as private as we could,” Trump said.
“I guess we did a better job this time,” Trump said of the lack of a photo opportunity during his meeting with Romney.
Gov Mitt Romney emphasizes his 'no teleprompter, no prepared text' jobs creation speech by holding up his one page of notes. Romney rolled out a comprehensive jobs plan to a large crowd at McCandless Intl Trucks in Las Vegas, NV. Sept 6, 2011 (photo by Julie Jacobson/AP)
DAY ONE, JOB ONE
He said it would be bold and sweeping.
He was right.
59 points contained in a 160 page book…
It was a stunning revelation as Mitt Romney outlined his much–anticipated, comprehensive jobs plan to modernize the wheezing American economic engine.
From Las Vegas, NV, a state crippled with 12.9% unemployment, 300 people crowded into a warehouse at McCandless International Trucks to listen to Gov Romney. Delivered without prepared text or a teleprompter, Romney elaborated at length on his vision for American prosperity – from just one page of notes. He spoke on taxes, regulation, trade, energy, fiscal policy, etc. He also outlined what he would do to spur job growth on his first day as President of the United States:
“At best, government can provide a framework in which economic growth can occur. All too often, however, government gets in the way,” Romney wrote Tuesday in an opinion piece in USA Today that previewed his 160-page plan. “The past three years of unparalleled government expansion have retaught that lesson all too well.”
Romney planned to use the plan’s rollout to contrast his candidacy with his Republican rivals and present a comprehensive outline for fixing the economy just as Obama prepares to unveil his jobs initiative on Thursday.
The American Competitiveness Act: Reduces the corporate income tax rate to 25 percent
The Open Markets Act: Implements the Colombia, Panama, and South Korea Free Trade Agreements
The Domestic Energy Act: Directs the Department of the Interior to undertake a comprehensive survey of American energy reserves in partnership with exploration companies and initiates leasing in all areas currently approved for exploration
The Retraining Reform Act: Consolidates the sprawl of federal retraining programs and returns funding and responsibility for these programs to the states
The Down Payment on Fiscal Sanity Act: Immediately cuts non-security discretionary spending by 5 percent, reducing the annual federal budget by $20 billion
Five Executive Orders for Day One
An Order to Pave the Way to End Obamacare: Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services and all relevant federal officials to return the maximum possible authority to the states to innovate and design health care solutions that work best for them
An Order to Cut Red Tape: Directs all agencies to immediately initiate the elimination of Obama-era regulations that unduly burden the economy or job creation, and then caps annual increases in regulatory costs at zero dollars
An Order to Boost Domestic Energy Production: Directs the Department of the Interior to implement a process for rapid issuance of drilling permits to developers with established safety records seeking to use pre-approved techniques in pre-approved areas
An Order to Sanction China for Unfair Trade Practices: Directs the Department of the Treasury to list China as a currency manipulator in its biannual report and directs the Department of Commerce to assess countervailing duties on Chinese imports if China does not quickly move to float its currency
An Order to Empower American Businesses and Workers: Reverses the executive orders issued by President Obama that tilt the playing field in favor of organized labor, including the one encouraging the use of union labor on major government construction projects
To learn how to access the PDF and kindle version of Romney’s book Believe in America: Mitt Romney’s Plan for Jobs and Economic Growth click here.
Immediately following Romney’s speech, CNBC’s Larry Kudlow was on hand to interview him:
Part 2 Kudlow interview:
Greta Van Susteren (FOX News) also conducted a phone interview with The Gov. Romney: “I’m looking at America over the next 30 years.”
To see video of Romney’s entire speech, which includes an intro by Congressman Joe Heck (R-NV), co-chair for Mitt’s campaign in The Silver State, and inspirational remarks from John McCandless, founder of McCandless Intl Truck, click here. (Look in right-hand column at ‘Video Playlist’ then click on Mitt Romney Speech on Jobs & Economy.)
A tweet from FOX News TV Host Greta Van Susteren alerted us that former Ohio Governor and Senator George V. Voinovich will formally give his endorsement to Mitt Romney today (tweet enlarged; sent Jul 26, 2011 @8:35 PM ET):
BIG NEWS FOR GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY! Fox News has confirmed that former GOP Sen. George Voinovich of Ohio will endorse Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for president on Wednesday in Ohio during Romney’s visit to the important 2012 battle ground state.
George Voinovich is endorsing former MA Governor Mitt Romney. 7/27/11
Senate years of service: 1999-2011
VOINOVICH, George Victor, a Senator from Ohio; born in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 15, 1936; B.A. in government, Ohio University 1958; J.D., Ohio State University College of Law 1961; assistant attorney general of Ohio 1963; Ohio state representative 1967-71; lieutenant governor of Ohio 1979; mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, 1979-89; governor of Ohio 1991-1998; chairman of the National Governors Association 1997-1998; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1998; reelected in 2004, and served from January 3, 1999, to January 3, 2011; chair, Select Committee on Ethics (One Hundred Ninth Congress); was not a candidate for reelection to the Senate in 2010.
Van Susteren’s tweet referred to Romney’s tour of an American manufacturing company today in the Buckeye State where he’ll be discussing jobs:
Screen Machine Industries, Inc. (SMI) is proud to announce that on Wednesday, July 27, 2011, at 1:15 p.m., the front running Republican Presidential Candidate Governor Mitt Romney will visit the Screen Machine Industries headquarters in Pataskala, Ohio.
Romney’s factory visit is to promote his export trade policy during a press conference as a key tenet of his presidential race for the White House. Specifically, Mr. Romney’s campaign has chosen the venue of SMI as the quintessential American – family-owned manufacturing business. Our factory will serve as the stage and backdrop to highlight and promote his major economic job creation “jump-start” program for reinvigorating American Manufacturing for Export.
Governor Romney has picked up several endorsements from current and former Governors. Former Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri will also officially give his endorsement to Romney and will help him raise money at an upcoming fundraiser. A few weeks ago, Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman endorsed Romney as well.
Congratulations to Governor Romney!
Exit Question: Is Ohio Gov. John Kasich going to be endorsing Mitt?