Mitt Romney to Speak at Faith & Freedom Conference in D.C.

June 3rd.

Washington D.C.

Faith and Freedom Conference and Strategy Briefing.

Mitt Romney will be there.

A top strategist for FFC tells The Brody File that Romney will be speaking at the event on Friday June 3rd. This will be the first time during the 2012 presidential cycle that Romney will speak in front of a predominantly conservative Christian audience. This is a BIG event.

The Faith and Freedom Coalition hosted the big 2012 presidential race kickoff event in Iowa back in March. Ralph Reed is CEO of FFC and they define their mission as being “committed to educating, equipping, and mobilizing people of faith and like-minded individuals to be effective citizens.” The Faith and Freedom Coalition made a huge impact on Evangelical turnout in the 2010 Midterm Elections. They plan to eclipse that effort in 2012.

Last week, Donald Trump agreed to speak at the event. Other confirmed speakers include Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Rand Paul, Congressman Paul Ryan and many others.

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About the Faith and Freedom Coalition (whoever wrote the following paragraph is describing the life of Gov Romney…):

We believe that the greatness of America lies not in the federal government but in the character of our people — the simple virtues of faith, hard work, marriage, family, personal responsibility, and helping the least among us. If we lose sight of these values, America will cease to be great.

Never before has it been more critical for us to speak out for these values. That is why the Faith and Freedom Coalition is committed to educating, equipping, and mobilizing people of faith and like-minded individuals to be effective citizens. Together we will influence public policy and enact legislation that strengthens families, promotes time-honored values, protects the dignity of life and marriage, lowers the tax burden on small business and families, and requires government to tighten its belt and live within its means.

Don’t forget Romney’s National Call Day in Las Vegas on May 16th.

The Gov’s campaign engine is revving up…

► Jayde Wyatt

Romney in Nevada: Meets with GOP Backers, Delivers Keynote Speech at International Franchise Assoc

The 51st annual International Franchise Association (IFA) convention drew 2700 franchise executives yesterday (2/14/11) to the MGM Grand hotel in Las Vegas, NV. Representing small businesses and entrepreneurs in over 90 different categories, which support 18 million jobs and $2.1 trillion of economic activity, the gathering of business women and men and those involved with the industry via marketing, law, and development, were treated to a keynote speech delivered by Governor Mitt Romney. He spoke on the uphill battle many small businesses are dealing with in our present business environment and political circumstance:

Romney Cites Franchise Businesses as Key to Economic Recovery, Job Growth

The theme of this year’s IFA Convention is “Building the Future Together,” and Romney, a likely 2012 Republican presidential candidate, spent much of his 40-minute speech addressing issues that hinder the ability for franchise businesses to grow and create jobs, such as the lack of permanent tax certainty, a health care law that does not control costs for employers and overregulation by government agencies.

“Growing small businesses are what get us out of economic downturns,” said Romney. “Instead of creating policies in Washington that help small businesses grow, we have seen the most anti-business agenda in a lifetime.”

“Franchise businesses need more long-term certainty on tax policy and have urged lawmakers to start over and fix the health care law so it does not impose excessive costs on the backs of franchise businesses still struggling to recover from the worst recession since the Great Depression,” said IFA President & CEO Steve Caldeira.

“Mitt Romney’s broad and proven experience in business, government and politics provided critical insight for IFA members seeking to position their franchise organizations for growth in a continually challenging financial climate, said Caldeira. “We appreciated Governor Romney’s unique insights and perspective on the state of the American economy and global affairs.

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UPDATE from Real Clear Politics: According to an IFA spokesman, Romney didn’t speak from a prepared text and fielded questions from IFA’s chairman, Ken Walker. (Romney’s ability to speak off the cuff in an engaging, intelligent, cohesive manner is not a surprise to Mittheads!)

While in Vegas, Romney also had lunch with Nevadan GOP backers and friends. A hat tip to MRC reader, Makeli, who informed us he attended the luncheon with Governor Romney:

I was privileged enough to attend the lunch with Governor Romney. He was gracious with his time and insight. He allowed for everyone to give their input on what is on Nevadans’ minds which shouldn’t be a surprise, was the economy. Mitt is the fix-it man we need.

Given that the Silver State is slated to hold a GOP caucus a year from now – after Iowa and New Hampshire vote, and that the Nevada GOP caucus is binding for 2012 – meaning that the candidate who wins the delegates will be in possession of them all the way to the Republican Convention, Romney’s continuing strong presence in Nevada is a bonus. Nevadans’ hearty approval of Romney is reflected in a recent Public Policy Poll.

► Jayde Wyatt

RNC Delivers Valentine E-Cards, Mitt Romney Delivers Keynote at International Franchise Assoc in Las Vegas

A rather smallish winged fella has been recruited to help the Republican National Committee (RNC) raise a bit of extra cashola. Yes, Cupid is working the internet today and has loaded his quiver with e-card valentines. Not quite the usual messages of affection, they contain bits of humorous barbs toward Obama’s policies. The RNC is feeling the love and cashing in; they’ve sent over 47,000 valentines so far.

The site offers 18 different grin-worthy cards:

President Obama

Harry Reid (Refers to his statement on March 5, 2010: “Today is a big day in America. Only 36,000 people lost their jobs today, which is really good.”)

Nancy Pelosi (Refers to her March 9, 2010 statement on health care “…we have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it.”)

Cupid has survived all these years because he’s a capitalist…

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Meanwhile, Governor Romney is in Las Vegas today to deliver the keynote address at the 51st annual convention of the International Franchise Association. 2,500 members will assemble in the MGM Grand with their theme of “Building the Future Together” very much on their minds. They couldn’t have asked a more qualified guy to inform and inspire them! Read more here (corrected link).

May all of you enjoy a day of goodness and a sweet treat, or two.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

► Jayde Wyatt