Pundits & Politicians: Romney/Ryan “Bold Decision, Campaign of Substance”

America’s COMEBACK TEAM… Standing on the deck of battleship USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, VA, GOP presidential candidate, fmr MA Gov Mitt Romney and his running mate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) wave to the cheering crowd. Aug 11, 2012 (Photo – Mary Altaffer / AP)

Congressman Paul Ryan…

Welcome to the GOP presidential ticket!

This is such a great day for Americans! We need to just soak it in…

Many others recognize this historic day, as well. Here’s what they’re saying about Romney/Ryan…

BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR SELECTION OF PAUL RYAN:

A Good Pick” … “A Choice To Have A Real Debate” … “Interested In Bold Reforms To Save America

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee: “I’m Excited. … He Has A Sound Knowledge Of Our Economy.” “I’m excited to learn of Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan to be his VP running mate. He has a sound knowledge of our economy.” (Twitter.com, 8/11/12)

Former Representative Joe Sestak (D-PA): “I Think It’s A Good Pick … He’s A Good Guy.” SESTAK: “I think it’s a good pick for both campaigns, actually. … I served with Paul Ryan. He’s a good guy. He is a good family man.” (Fox News’ “Fox And Friends,” 8/11/12)

Club For Growth President Chris Chocola: “This Pick Sends The Message That Governor Romney Is Interested In Bold Reforms To Save America From Fiscal Collapse.” (Club For Growth, 8/11/12)

Democratic Strategist Joe Trippi: “I Think This Is A Great Pick. … I Really Think It Is A Chance To Have A Real Debate The Country Needs To Have. … A Bold Choice.” TRIPPI: “I think this is a great pick. It is a pick I would have urged Romney to take. … I really think it is a chance to have a real debate the country needs to have. Regardless of who wins it, I think Ryan helps put the issues, a lot of these issues front and center. Will make the fight on both sides on cuts entitlements and the things we need to have. That’s why I really– I commend Romney on the pick. It was a bold choice.” (Fox News’ “Cavuto On Business,” 8/11/12)

Republican Strategist Ed Rogers: “The Selection Of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) Means Mitt Romney Is Going To Run A Serious, Policy-Oriented Campaign That Highlights Differences With President Obama.” (The Washington Post, 8/11/12)

Republican Strategist Alex Castellanos: Mitt Romney “Picked A Vice President To Help Him Fix The Nation’s Business, The Economy.” “[Romney] didn’t pick a vice president to help him fix his campaign’s business. He picked a vice president to help him fix the nation’s business, the economy.” (Politico, 8/11/12)

Democratic Strategist Donna Brazile: “It May Allow Us To Have A Substantive Conversation In Terms Of The Challenges We Face Long-Term In Terms Of Getting Our Fiscal House In Order.” (CNN’s “Newsroom,” 8/11/12)

Republican Strategist Ed Rollins: “It’s A Bold Choice. Over Time It’s Going To Be An Extraordinary Choice.” ROLLINS: “I think that absolutely right. … It’s a bold choice. Over time it’s going to be an extraordinary choice.” (Fox News’ “Fox and Friends Saturday,” 8/11/12)

Democratic Strategist Carter Eskew: “But Here’s Why I Like The Pick Of Ryan. At Least He Has An Idea … Maybe, Too, Democrats Will Be Forced To Discuss Their Alternative In Greater Detail.” “But here’s why I like the pick of Ryan. At least he has an idea … Maybe we can finally have a real discussion of the Republican agenda. And maybe, too, Democrats will be forced to discuss their alternative in greater detail.” (The Washington Post, 8/11/12)

Get the idea that more than a few Democrats are sick of Obama’s lie and blame campaign strategy?

As you read further about R&R, listen to this inspiring music which reflects what so many are feeling today – ENTHUSIASM, JOY, and HOPE for our beleaguered, but beloved nation! From one of my favorite composers, American genius John Williams, here is Summon the Heroes. (Aptly named; crank it up!)


NJ Governor Chris Christie: “With Paul Ryan on the ticket this is a team that understands the economic stagnation our country has been facing the last four years and the urgency with which we need to change course. The Romney-Ryan team is uniquely positioned to make the tough choices necessary to confront our fiscal challenges and get results.”

Senator Rob Portman (R-OH): “Mitt Romney has made a great choice in Paul Ryan. He is an accomplished public servant and a leading voice on the most pressing issues facing our country. Paul is one of my best friends in Congress and someone I have worked closely with as a former colleague on the House Ways & Means Committee. Jane and I wish Paul and Janna and their kids the very best. As the Chairman of the Romney campaign in Ohio, I look forward to working with Paul to ensure that the Romney-Ryan ticket carries Ohio and is victorious in November. Most importantly, as a member of the Senate, I look forward to working closely with a Romney-Ryan Administration to restore fiscal sanity and enact pro-growth policies to create jobs.

Governor Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) Unable to locate full statement at this time. He’s campaigning today for Romney/Ryan in Derry, NH): Pawlenty says he is excited about the pick and called Ryan a “respected leader and a bold thinker” about changes needed for the country. He added that Ryan’s roots in Wisconsin will help Romney win that key swing state. He says he’ll do all he can to help Romney win the election.

Former Sec. of State Condoleeza Rice: “Paul Ryan is a bold and inspiring choice as Governor Romney’s running mate. Congressman Ryan shares the belief that American leadership is vital to a more peaceful and prosperous world. He will help to restore America at home so that we can lead again because he understands that America is an exceptional and indispensable nation on the world stage.”

Senator Marco Rubio: “Throughout his life, Mitt Romney has made great decisions, and choosing Paul Ryan as his running mate is a truly inspired choice. I got to know Paul during my Senate campaign when he endorsed me early on when I was still considered a long shot. Paul Ryan is a courageous reformer who understands our nation’s challenges, has proposed bold policy solutions to solve them, and has shown the courage to stand up to President Obama and other Washington politicians trying to tear him down.

The Romney-Ryan ticket is going to win in November because it offers the American people visionary leadership to recapture the free enterprise spirit that has empowered countless Americans to build businesses from scratch and live the American dream. I’m excited about the visionary change a Romney-Ryan team will bring to Washington, and I look forward to campaigning with them this fall.”

Governor Bob McDonnell (R-VA): “Paul Ryan is a tremendous choice to serve as the Republican nominee for Vice President of the United States. In selecting a bold, innovative thinker, Mitt Romney has ensured that his campaign—and ultimately his administration—will be led by individuals with courage, determination, judgment, and wisdom. With this great announcement, America is on its way back. The Romney-Ryan team will get our fiscal house in order, our economy back on track and Americans back to work.”

Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA): “Paul is a good friend and one of the smartest guys I served with in Congress. He has the courage of his convictions, which is what our nation needs.”

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell: “Gov. Romney showed today that he is determined to confront a host of growing crises that President Obama has ignored. Where the current President has simply refused to act, Gov. Romney has now pledged to lead. Paul Ryan is an excellent choice, and a confirmation that Gov. Romney is serious about strengthening America’s economic future, tackling the deficits and debt that have skyrocketed under President Obama, and returning to a path to solvency and security.

Americans are looking for leadership that has been lacking on the most critical issues facing our country’s economic future. The Romney-Ryan team can return much-needed leadership from day one and help bring real recovery to our economy, reverse the damage of the Obama economy, and take a serious approach to the Obama debt and focus on growing jobs—not the size of the government.

President Obama’s term has been marked by overwhelming national debt, a first-ever downgrade of America’s credit rating, high unemployment and a disappointing lack of leadership when it comes to addressing spending. It’s time to change that, and Gov. Romney and Chairman Ryan will be ready on day one to give America the leadership it deserves.”

President George W. Bush: “This is a strong pick. Governor Romney is serious about confronting the long-term challenges facing America, and Paul Ryan will help him solve the difficult issues that must be addressed for future generations.”

Senator John McCain (R-Az): “Governor Romney and Representative Ryan are the strongest team to return America to prosperity and to defend our interests abroad. Paul Ryan has proven that he is fully prepared to address our nation’s economic challenges, which have only worsened over the last four years under the Obama-Biden Administration. I look forward to working for the election of the Romney-Ryan team this fall.”

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Update: Semi-Super Tuesday 2010 Election Results

Portending things to come, yesterday’s primary elections were a rousing reality of America’s anti-incumbent mood:  Specter lost, Paul won, Lincoln will be in a run-off. In Pennsylvania’s District 12 special election, Critz was victorious. Or, as Michael Scherer from Time characterized it:

This is how it goes in 2010 at the ballot box: Old orders are upended, political lions become roadkill, chosen successors get left behind, and the outsider, riding a wave of discontent, becomes the new frontrunner.

The election in 60 seconds – after ad. (If video is choppy, pause until it loads.):

Highlights from Breitbart.com:

Party-switching Sen. Arlen Specter fell to a younger and far less experienced rival in the Pennsylvania Democratic primary, and political novice Rand Paul rode support from tea party activists to a Republican rout in Kentucky on Tuesday, the latest jolts to the political establishment in a tumultuous midterm election season.

In another race with national significance, Democrat Mark Critz won a special House election to fill out the term of the late Democratic Rep. John Murtha in southwestern Pennsylvania. The two political parties spent roughly $1 million apiece hoping to sway the outcome there, and highlighted the contest as a possible bellwether for the fall when all 435 House seats will be on the ballot.

On the busiest night of the primary season to date, Arkansas Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln was forced into a potentially debilitating runoff election against Lt. Gov. Bill Halter in her bid for nomination to a third term. The run-off will be June 8.
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Specter, seeking his sixth term and first as a Democrat, fell to two-term Rep. Joe Sestak, who spent three decades in the Navy before entering politics. Sestak was winning 54 percent of the vote to 46 percent for Specter. He told cheering supporters his triumph marked a “win for the people over the establishment, over the status quo, even over Washington, D.C.”

Sestak’s campaign calling card was a television commercial that showed former President George W. Bush saying he could count on Specter, then a Republican, and then had Specter saying he had switched parties so he could win re-election. Once unleashed, it coincided with a steady decline in Specter’s early lead in the polls and signaled the end of the political line for the most durable politician of his generation in Pennsylvania.

Former Rep. Pat Toomey won the Republican nomination and will run against Sestak in the fall in what is likely to be one of the marquee races in the battle for control of the Senate.

UPDATE: I’ve replaced Rand Paul’s acceptance speech video with Karl Rove’s analysis this morning of yesterday’s primary results. It contains a portion of Paul’s speech:



Though our chat forum is back to normal size, we want to say thanks to all who filled our full-page chat box last night with comments and updates as election results were announced. We shared a great evening together!

For background information regarding yesterday’s primary elections, click here.

Primary Elections May 18, 2010: Who’s In The Ring? Who Will Be Knocked Out? Let’s Chat!

It’s been a ‘rock em sock em’ year for incumbent politicians. Will America’s anti-Washington mood prove to be a sucker punch at the polls? Join us on Mitt Romney Central’s chat forum tomorrow, May 18th at 7:00 PM ET. We’re pulling up a ring-side seat to discuss primary voting results for big bout races while establishment candidates take on their opponents.

In the ring tomorrow:

Joe Sestak vs Arlen Specter

Specter vs Sestak – Pennsylvania Senate Democrat primary: Five term incumbent, former Republican, Democrat-for-a-year Arlen Specter is the palooka facing retired Navy admiral Joe Sestak. With the White House and DSCC (Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee) heavily invested in Specter’s campaign, this is going to be an a knock-down drag-out match. Quinnipiac polling shows a statistical dead heat between the two contenders.  Will ‘corner man’ Obama pull it off?


Bill Halter vs Blanche Lincoln

Lincoln vs Halter – Arkansas Senate Democrat primary: Running for a third term in this swing state, centrist Senator Blanche Lincoln squares off against Lt. Gov. Bill Halter. Criticizing Lincoln for not supporting a public health care option while Obamacare was debated, Halter has the backing of Move On.org, unions, and other liberal Democrat groups. Halter also hopes to land an uppercut against Lincoln because she worked to block the EPA from regulating greenhouse-gas emissions. Lincoln is relying on her position as Chairman of the Agricultural Committee to carry weight with voters in heavily agricultural Arkansas. She will need over 50% of the vote to avoid a ‘split-decision’ run-off.

Rand Paul vs Trey Grayson

Grayson vs Paul – Kentucky Senate Republican primary: The gloves are off as Trey Grayson, Kentucky’s secretary of state, battles Dr. Rand Paul (Ron Paul’s son), to capture the seat of retiring Senator Jim Bunning. Grayson, endorsed by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, is the establishment candidate and was favored early on. He is also endorsed by Dick Cheney, Rudy Giuliani, and Rick Santorum. Grayson says his experience, problem solving skills, and cuts in his offices’ budget qualify him for the senate seat. However, recent polls give the lead to Paul who is backed by Tea Party groups who have held rallies and made phone calls in his favor. Rand is also endorsed by Sarah Palin. Senator Jim DeMint, and evangelical leader Dr. James Dobson.

Obama slugs for Specter:

Mitch McConnell takes a swing for Trey Grayson:

James Dobson roots for Rand Paul:

Republican and Democrat Gubernatorial Mail-In Primaries in Oregon: These primaries have been on the back page of the roster because, as State Republican Chairman Bob Tiernan says, “There’s a simple reason; we don’t have any Republicans in statewide office.” Democrats hold every statewide office in Oregon, control both houses of the Legislature and occupy four of five congressional seats.  Democrat Governor Ted Kulongoski is stepping down due to term limits. According to a May 8-10 poll by Davis, Hibbetts, and Midghall, the Dem fight will be between John Kitzhaber and Bill Bradbury. On the Repub side, candidates Chris Dudley and Allen Alley will be lacing up the gloves.

Mark Critz vs Tim Burns

UPDATE 5/18/10Special-election congressional race in Pennsylvania 12: Adding to the excitement of tonight’s election results is the special-election congressional race in PA 12 to fill the late Congressman John Murtha’s seat. The latest from PPP polling shows Republican candidate Tim Burns leading Democrat Markt Critz by one point. From PoliticsPa.com:

Yet by happenstance, Murtha’s unexpected death came precisely as Republicans generally, and “tea party” activists in particular, were gaining significant traction nationally from attacks on Democratic efforts to spend federal money to fight the recession.

So here, in an ancestrally Democratic district that swung from supporting Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry in 2004 to Republican John McCain in 2008, the stage is set for a blunt clash of ideas at the ballot box on May 18, the date of a special election to fill the rest of Murtha’s term, as well as a primary for the full-term election in November.

Voters will have to decide whether the district – in decline in many areas since the early 1980s – should continue to seek economic development through federal largesse, as Murtha labored mightily to do, or whether constituents should forswear the “pork” and dealmaking that typified Murtha’s tenure and instead cast their lot with a Republican Party that advocates lower taxes and smaller government.

Join the fun here on MRC’s chat forum while we watch which candidates kiss the canvas or are saved by the bell!
Who: All – especially if you’re tired of rope-a-dope politicians
When: Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Time: 7:00 PM Eastern Time
Note: Chat will be full page at 7:00 PM ET.