VP Debate: Biden’s Bad-Mannered Buffoonery Blows It, Ryan Resolute

Vice President Joe Buffoonery Biden proved once again at last night’s vice presidential debate in Danville, KY, what an embarrassment he is for the United States of America. (photographer unknown)

With his derisive laughter, zombie eye-rolling, feigned incredulity, exaggerated theatrical gestures, continual interruptions, and over-all condescension, Vice Presidential smirk monkey Joe Biden negated any gains he hoped to make at last night’s V.P. debate. Biden’s performance sealed the deal for him… as the simpleton from Scranton and America’s permanent political huckster. Debate moderator, ABC’s Martha Raddatz, failed to control all-show Joe and left many yearning for Jim Lehrer.

Although GOP Vice Presidential candidate 42-year-old Rep Paul Ryan is 27 years younger than 69-year-old Biden, he was resolute, reassuring, and ready to take on the smart-aleck. Ryan was clearly the adult seated at the debate desk in Danville.

Polls from CNBC and CNN revealed Ryan won.

Here’s just a sampling of Twitterverse take-aways (comments from FOX News contributors at end of article):

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Liberal Gingrich: Sticks SEIU Sword in Romney’s Conservative Immigration Stance & In Himself

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has rebuked Newt Gingrich for his dishonest FL ad on Romney's stance on illegal immigration. Jan 24, 2012


Think Newt Gingrich is conservative?

Voters can’t ignore the flashing liberal daggers coming from his mouth.

Gingrich gleefully bashes private-equity investment/capitalism.

Get him in front of a crowd and he coughs up class warfare “Mitt Romney is trying to buy the presidency… people power beats money power every time.” Yes, he’s criticizing Romney for being organized, planning ahead, and convincing Americans that he’s the best candidate to lead America… enough so that they’ve given him their money. (Newt is all about DEFLECTION; remember that leisurely Greek Isle cruise he took right after announcing his candidacy when he could have been working/organizing/seeking financial backing for his presidential run?)

Don’t forget Gingrich’s “right-wing social engineering” en garde against Paul Ryan’s medicare reform plan (see video below).

Now, Gingrich is sticking the SEIU sword into Romney’s conservative solution for illegal immigration. And, Newt doesn’t care that in his flip-flop about-face flailing, he’s stabbing himself:

Newt Gingrich borrowed talking points from Barack Obama and the SEIU on illegal immigration and used them to attack Mitt Romney’s conservative approach. He was rebuked by Marco Rubio for doing it, and had to retreat. Then he attacked his own position on immigration. This is who Newt Gingrich is: an unreliable leader who undermines conservatives, hurts our party, and emboldens President Obama and his liberal allies.” –Albert Martinez, Romney for President spokesman

Gingrich opposes an immigration position he supported:

This morning in Miami, Newt Gingrich came out against self-deportation. “‘How close were to breaking out and laughing out loud about this fantasy?’ Newt said mockingly while discussing Mitt Romney’s idea of ‘self deportation’ during his interview with Univision this morning.” (Charlie Spiering, “Gingrich Mocks Romney’s Wealth; Self-Deportation,” The Washington Examiner, 12/25/12)

But, just two months ago, Gingrich’s spokesman, speaking about Newt’s immigration plan, said this: “It’s likely the vast majority of them would self-deport.” “On the Gingrich campaign website, the top item in the ‘solutions’ section presents a 10-step plan for addressing illegal immigration. … A spokesman for Gingrich said only a small percentage of current illegal immigrants would likely be allowed to stay. ‘It’s likely the vast majority of them would self-deport,’ said spokesman R. C. Hammond.” (The Concord Monitor, 11/29/11)

In December 2010, Gingrich agreed with radio host Laura Ingraham that self-deportation was the right choice. LAURA INGRAHAM: “We have to enforce this law. We have to do that first. No work, self deportation. Come back. We can figure out our immigration system after we enforce this border. You’re not going to get the support of the people unless we really see that border enforced.” GINGRICH: “I agree with you. I’m against comprehensive reform.” (“The Laura Ingraham Show,” 12/3/10)

In 2008, Gingrich’s American Solutions website declared: “Anything Less Than Requiring Those Who Are Here Illegally To Return Home To Apply For Legal Status Is Amnesty, Plain And Simple.” “Everyone currently working in the United States illegally must return to their home country to apply for the worker visa program. Anything less than requiring those who are here illegally to return home to apply for legal status is amnesty, plain and simple.” (American Solutions Website, www.americansolutions.com, Archived 10/22/08)

Gingrich was forced to pull down his false anti-Romney attack ad:

Senator Marco Rubio Demanded That Gingrich Pull Down His “Inaccurate, Inflammatory” Anti-Romney Ad. “‘Sen. Marco Rubio scolded Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign over a Spanish-language radio ad that accuses rival Mitt Romney of being ‘anti-immigrant’ ‘This kind of language is more than just unfortunate. It’s inaccurate, inflammatory, and doesn’t belong in this campaign,’ Rubio told The Miami Herald when asked about the ad.” (“Rubio Scolds Gingrich Camp, Says Ad Bashing ‘Anti-Immigrant’ Romney Is ‘Inaccurate, Inflammatory’,” The Miami Herald, 1/25/12)

“In the wake of Sen. Marco Rubio’s denunciation of Newt Gingrich’s ad calling Mitt Romney ‘anti-immigrant,’ the Romney campaign’s Hispanic leadership team – headlined by former Sen. Mel Martinez – is demanding that Gingrich pull down the radio spot. But Gingrich already plans to do it. ‘We respect the senator’s wishes,’ said Gingrich’s campaign chairman.” (“Romney’s Hispanic Leadership Team: Newt, Pull Down Your Ad. Gingrich: I Will,” The Miami Herald, 1/25/12)-equity

Today, Hispanic leaders united to write an open letter to Newt Gingrich asking him to pull down the offensive Spanish language radio advertisement running in the Miami market:

(more…)

Romney Op-Ed: To Preserve Free Trade China’s Cheating Must End


Radio commentator Laura Ingraham was right when she said: “Without a doubt, the most forceful commentary about China cheating on trade, the effects on the U.S. economy, and holding China accountable have come from Governor Romney.

Romney continues to speak out on USA trade inequities with China. Here’s part of his op-ed published yesterday in the Washington Post:

China must respect the free-trade system

The feckless economic policies of the Obama administration have resulted in a 10 percent decline in our median income, persistent unemployment above 8 percent and collapsing home and asset values.

Understandably, some ask whether we should abandon the economic principles behind our historic prosperity. Should government redistribute wealth? Is free enterprise a flawed system? Should we abandon free trade? No, no and no. Redistribution is what once impoverished China and the Soviet Union. Free enterprise is the only permanent cure for poverty. Free trade has the demonstrated ability to make the people of both trading nations more prosperous.

But for free enterprise and free trade to work their magic, laws and rules that guide the participants are essential to prevent distortions and abuses. If the rules are modern and dynamic, enterprise can thrive. If they are burdensome and antiquated, enterprise will stall. For rules to be effective, of course, all players must abide by them. The incentive to cheat can be enormous. So is the harm that cheating can cause.

China is a case in point. Having embraced free enterprise to some degree, the Chinese government and Chinese companies have quickly divined the benefits of ignoring the rules followed by others. China seeks advantage through systematic exploitation of other economies. It misappropriates intellectual property by coercing “technology transfers” as a condition of market access; enables theft of intellectual property, including patents, designs and know-how; hacks into foreign commercial and government computers; favors and subsidizes domestic producers over foreign competitors; and manipulates its currency to artificially reduce the price of its goods and services abroad.

The result is that China sells high-quality products to the United States at low prices. But too often the source of that high quality is American innovations stolen by Chinese companies. And the source of those low prices is too often subsidies from the Chinese government or manipulation of the Chinese currency.

Some argue that access to quality goods at low prices is good for our consumers. But like the predatory pricing prohibited under our antitrust laws, China’s underpriced products lead to an undesirable and inefficient elimination of competing businesses, with serious long-term consequences. And in this case, the businesses killed are often our own. Meanwhile, American companies do not even get the supposed benefit of the free-trade bargain: When they try to do business in the Chinese market, they find policies designed to shut them out.

Candidate Obama talked tough about China’s trade policies; President Obama has whispered about them. China smiles, diverts attention by criticizing the United States and merrily continues to eat our economic lunch. Who can blame the Chinese for ignoring our timid complaints when the status quo has served them so well?

Actually doing something about China’s cheating makes some people nervous. Not doing something makes me nervous. We are warned that we might precipitate a trade war. Really? China is selling us $273 billion per year more than America is selling China — why would it possibly want a trade war?

And what is the alternative to confronting China? It is allowing the Chinese to take by trade surrender what we fear to lose in trade war.

(emphasis added )

CONTINUE reading here.

► Jayde Wyatt

New Romney VIDEO: Trade, Stop Cheating China, Apple, Obama Isn’t Working

Romney for President: It’s estimated about 750,000 U.S. jobs are lost every year due to counterfeiting. The trade deficit with China is at $273 billion, the largest in history. President Obama is currently doing nothing to address this issue. Mitt Romney will work aggressively to open new markets for our goods and services by forging relationships with other nations committed to the principles of free trade.

'In this photo taken Thursday, July 21, 2011, customers browse products at a shop masquerading as a bona fide Apple store in downtown Kunming in southwest China's Yunnan province. China, long known for producing counterfeit consumer gadgets, software and brand name clothing, has reached a new piracy milestone, fake Apple stores.' (AP Photo)


Romney for President has released a new web video, “Obama Isn’t Working: Trade.” The video highlights China’s stealing of intellectual property and President Obama’s failure to confront China. With the recent passing away of Apple CEO Steve Jobs (10/5/11), the specific mention of China’s counterfeiting of Apple products is especially poignant:


SCRIPT

Camilla Herron:

“People in China identified Apple products being sold in certain stores. And following the investigation, it turned out these entire stores were counterfeit. Apple went in and investigated and the prevalence of the stores just show how epidemic this has become that a company like Apple who is focused on solving this problem still finds these surprises in the marketplace.”

Herron:

“My name is Camilla Herron. I investigate people that manufacture, distribute and sell counterfeit products globally and I work with federal and state law enforcement. The experts say that almost 70% or more of the value of any company is in their intellectual property. It’s not in their buildings, or their office space. It’s in their intellectual property.”

Video text: “China: The Intellectual-Property Battleground”

• “China: The Intellectual-Property Battleground” (James Dyson, “China: The Intellectual-Property Battleground,” Bloomberg Businessweek,2/16/11)

Herron:

“And once you put that at risk and it’s gone, you don’t get it back. And if you look at what China is doing they are subverting us on every level.”

Video text: “750k Jobs Lost Due To Counterfeiting”

• “Counterfeiting Costs U.S. Businesses As Much As $250 Billion Every Year And Results In The Loss Of 750,000 Jobs, According To FBI Estimates.” (U.S. Chamber Of Commerce, “U.S. Chamber Urges Congressional Action on Counterfeiting,Press Release, 3/17/05)

Herron: “

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates between 750,000 to a million U.S. jobs are lost a year due to the counterfeiting. Even huge companies that are globally visible, for example Google, who is a very large employer here in the Bay Area, has challenges in China.”

Video text: “Trade Deficit With China: $273 Billion – Largest In History”

The 2010 Trade Deficit With China Was $273 Billion. (“U.S. Trade With China,” U.S. Census, 10/12/11)

• “The U.S Trade Deficit With China Hit A Record $273 Billion In 2010.” (Steve Bennish, “Industrial Power Use Plummets,” DaytonDaily News, 9/25/11)

Herron:

Anything that will generate revenue is being counterfeited and the vast majority of it is coming out of China. Currently, I don’t see President Obama doing anything to address this issue.”

Video text: “Industries Are Being Robbed On The Floors Of Chinese Factories”

• “America’s Most Innovative Industries Are Being Robbed Every Day On The Floors Of Chinese Factories.” (Ted C. Fishman, “How To Stop Intellectual Property Theft In China,” Inc. Magazine, 6/1/06)

Herron:

I don’t recall him ever calling the Chinese out on any of these issues. The public is not being made aware of the job losses. 750,000 a year to a million job losses. That’s a huge issue in this country. Innovation leads to new products, new products lead to manufacturing, manufacturing leads to jobs in distribution. Even retail clerks stocking shelves. Everything. If we don’t stop the hemorrhage of intellectual property in the next three to five years we will have reached a point of no return.”

Steve jobs is an inspiration to American entrepreneurs. He will be missed.
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Yesterday, one day after the Dartmouth presidential debate, Governor Romney was interviewed by Laura Ingraham. China was the first topic discussed (along with tax loopholes/banks and Rick Perry/Baptist pastor Jefress):

Ingraham: “Without a doubt, the most forceful commentary about China cheating on trade, the effects on the U.S. economy, and holding China accountable have come from Governor Romney.”


► Jayde Wyatt

Rick Perry’s ‘Total Debacle’ Comment Re Romney, Ignores ‘Total Debacle’ of His Own

Governor Gardasil (R-Merck)


Rick Perry.

There’s only so much one can hear from him regarding Mitt Romney.

Following the example of Governor Romney, we’ve made allowances for Perry here at MRC the last couple of weeks. Today, my Perry measuring cup reached ‘full’ so let’s be clear, this is a Jayde Wyatt article.

I’m responding to a conversation the Texas Governor had yesterday with Laura Ingraham on her radio program about Mitt Romney and the private-market health insurance program in Massachusetts:

Perry told Ingraham the law was a “total debacle” and would be a “huge problem” for Romney.

“I think Mitt is finally recognizing that the Massachusetts healthcare plan he passed is a huge problem for him,” Perry said. “It was not almost perfect.”

Perry then went on to offer a curious statement:

[T]he answer to our healthcare problems can be found in our states.”

Really?

I know Governor Romney will address Rick Perry’s criticisms on the debate stage; I look forward to it. Extensive articles on the private-market health care insurance program in Massachusetts have been posted here at MRC, so I won’t rehash the details today. Although there is MUCH to be discussed about Rick Perry’s background and record, let’s learn a little about one glaring, alarming stain on the Texas Governor’s record – his very own health care “debacle”:

Perry’s Gardasil Problem

[...]
Why in early 2007 did he [Governor Rick Perry] sign an executive order mandating that 11- and 12-year-old girls in Texas be given the vaccine Gardasil?

Gardasil was developed to prevent the human papillomavirus (HPV), the most commonly transmitted sexual disease in the United States. In June 2006, the Food and Drug Administration approved the drug, which is made by the pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. The treatment was initially hailed as a breakthrough in protecting against four strains of HPV that are responsible for 70 percent of cervical cancer cases and 90 percent of genital warts.

In January 2007, Gardasil was put on the “recommended” immunization schedule issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control. Merck immediately mounted a massive lobbying effort of state legislatures around the country to get Gardasil added to their respective lists of state-mandated vaccines.

But in Texas, Gov. Perry chose to

    bypass the legislature

and on Feb. 2, 2007, he issued an

    executive order

making Texas the first state in the country requiring all sixth-grade girls to receive the three-shot vaccination series (which cost about $120 per shot). The move generated a fierce public debate. Conservatives slammed Perry for promoting what they saw as an intrusion by the state into private health decisions of parents and their children. Some also complained that the mandate would encourage promiscuity among teenagers.

Many doctors, including Bill Hinchey, the president of the Texas Medical Association at the time, questioned the wisdom of rushing to mandate a drug that had been on the market for less than a year.

“We support physicians being able to provide the vaccine, but we don’t support a state mandate at this time,” Hinchey told the Houston Chronicle. “There are issues, such as liability and cost that need to be vetted first.”

The controversy over Perry’s decision deepened as it came to light that his former chief of staff was a lobbyist for Merck and that his chief of staff’s mother-in-law, Rep. Dianne White Delisi, was the state director of an advocacy group bankrolled by Merck to push legislatures across the country to put forward bills mandating the Gardasil vaccine for preteen girls.

Surprise! Perry received a $6,000 donation from Merck lobbyists just days before the executive order was issued.

When the New York Times praised Perry’s actions, he figured he needed to do some fancy PR work. He quickly penned an op-ed to paint his actions as being ‘pro-life’. USA Today published it.

Perry’s attempt to frame his action as both an urgent public health necessity and the work of a “pro-life” politician failed to dissuade those who felt he had shoved this vaccine down the throats of the public without a full airing of the potential benefits, costs and long-term health implications of the drug.

Roughly 60 state lawmakers called on Perry to rescind the order. He refused. Just six weeks after Perry put pen to paper, the Texas House rebuked him on March 14, 2007, passing HB 1098, overturning his executive order by a vote of 119-21. The Senate followed suit the following month by a vote of 30-1.

(emphasis added) Read more here.

Now, that’s what I call a total debacle.

  • More on gardasil (article includes footnotes):

    Governor Rick Perry’s Gardasil ‘Mistake’ Cost Girls their Lives

    PRLog (Press Release) – Aug 22, 2011 – According to VAERS analyst and SANE Vax team member Janny Stokvis, Governor Rick Perry should have been aware and taken action on the mounting injuries from Gardasil in Texas before an attempt to mandate the vaccine. VAERS reports one girl died post-Gardasil vaccination, there were 14 life-threatening situations and 31 girls became disabled after Perry’s attempt to issue an executive order. The effort to introduce the drug into Texas schools turned into one of Perry’s greatest defeats. His admission of a ‘mistake’ five years later is reprehensible.

    Perry’s order would have become effective in 2008 and girls would be involuntarily immunized unless they ‘opted out’ upon entry to the 6th grade. Texas was the first state to require that schoolgirls get vaccinated against a multi-strain virus to prevent ‘cervical cancer.’ Unfortunately, the National Cancer Institute has not directly linked the virus to cervical cancer.1

    Is this poor judgment from a man running for president?

    During a 16 month investigation of Gardasil, side effects were documented in a disturbing number of cases to VAERS including 3,589 during a 16 month period.2 Even though thousands of girls reported adverse reactions to the vaccine, Perry found no reason to modify or withdraw his executive order. Those numbers have now risen to over 22,000 and yet, it took political posturing for Perry to admit his ‘mistake.’
    [...]
    According to VAERS, Texas has had its fair share of reports of adverse reactions:
    As of July 12, 2011 the total number HPV vaccine adverse events reported to VAERS is 22,619 – with an estimated 1 to 10% of the HPV vaccine injured population reporting.4

    19,170 reports are from the U.S. – 3,127 of those events are from unknown locations.
    914 reports out of the 19,170 reports are from Texas. But considering the fact that 3,127 reports have an unknown location, this number could be higher.5

    Gardasil Adverse Events in Texas:

    • One death report of a 26 year old woman who died Nov 20076
    • 67 reports are listed as serious7
    • 14 reports of Life threatening situations8
    • 433 reports of emergency room visits9
    • 45 reports of hospitalization10
    • 10 reports extended hospital stay11
    • 174 reports where the girls did not recover from their injuries12
    • 31 reports of girls now disabled13

    Rick Perry: Merck Shill


    ► Jayde Wyatt

  • Romney on the Radio: ‘Imus in the Morning’, Laura Ingraham, Hugh Hewitt



    Mitt Romney stopped by the Imus in the Morning radio show today and to promote the paperback release of ‘No Apology‘. Some of the topics discussed with the I-Man included the current unrest in Egypt and Romney’s insurance program in Massachusetts:


    Part 2


    H/t Bosman @ Right Speak

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    Romney was also a guest on the Laura Ingraham radio program. He spoke on health care, the rise of the People’s Republic of China, free trade, immigration, and more. To listen to the interview, click here.


    Governor Romney will also be a featured on the Hugh Hewitt radio program today. We’ll post more here as information becomes available.

    UPDATE - The full transcript of the Romney/Hewitt interview may be read here.

    ► Jayde Wyatt

    Paperback Release of ‘No Apology’ by Mitt Romney: New Intro Critical of Obama, Romney on Media Blitz

    The paperback version of Mitt Romney's book 'No Apology' will be released today.


    It was on March 2, 2010 that Mitt Romney laid out his detailed vision for America in his comprehensive book No Apology: The Case for American Greatness. Today, nearly a year later, No Apology is being released in paperback and Romney is making the rounds on TV.

    Along with a new subtitle ‘Believe in America’ which continues the optimistic, patriotic theme from his hardback edition (and which the Gov is sure to explain), and after nearly a year’s time has passed under the Obama administration since the original release of No Apology, the paperback version includes a new introduction that is catching fresh attention:

    Mitt Romney critical of Obama in new introduction to ‘No Apology’

    WASHINGTON — Former governor Mitt Romney, in a new introduction to his book, strongly criticizes President Obama, writing that “my worst fears about the president have come true” and that his policies “are smothering the American dream.”

    “Rather than focusing his energy and political capital on solving the economic crisis, he exploited it to promote his extreme liberal agenda,” Romney writes in the new paperback version of “No Apology,” according to excerpts provided to the Boston Globe.

    “We need a U-turn from the policies of the past few years,” he adds.

    Romney is expected to expound on such a line of attack in a round of radio and television interviews Tuesday and Wednesday. Ostensibly, the interviews are part of a media tour for the paperback version of his book, but with just over a year before GOP primary voters go to the polls, interviewers are likely to ask Romney about his presidential ambitions.

    (my emphasis)

    A reminder of the Tea Party principles which undergirded his past presidential run (remember ‘Washington is Broken’?) is evidenced in the new intro, as well as Romney’s criticism of progressives’ push for bigger government:

    “They simply do not believe in America as it was shaped by the Founders,” he writes. “They do not believe that the principles and values that made America a great nation still apply.”

    “Like the monarch the revolutionaries rejected, they have no limit on the amount they would tax the people and their enterprises,” he adds. “Rather than admire the heritage of peaceful assembly and petition, they ridicule and demean assemblies of ordinary citizens who protest their grand health care plans, takeovers, and bailouts.”

    Romney also strongly criticizes the president’s health care law. [...]

    “They have enacted 2,000 pages of health care legislation, and while the politicians did not take the time to read it before they voted, small businesses will have no choice but to read and comply with every one of its new mandates and provisions,” Romney writes.

    Read more here.

    Anyone who cares about the future of our nation would do America a great service by taking the time to digest No Apology by Mitt Romney. At around $10 per paperback copy, it’s a real path-to-greatness bargain.

    Stay tuned here at MRC; we’ll post videos of Romney’s appearances on Good Morning America, The View, Piers Morgan Tonight, and Letterman as soon as they are available. Never one to rest, Romney will be a guest tomorrow (Wed Feb 2nd) on several conservative radio programs: Don Imus, Laura Ingraham, and Hugh Hewitt.

    ► Jayde Wyatt

    Update #1 – Good Morning America: Rebel Ross


    Also, GMA’s website is providing it’s readers with a great excerpt from No Apology.

    Update 2 by Jayde – Read why Politico’s Ben Smith referenced Romney’s GMA appearance this morning:

    “I’m not going to apologize for the rights of states to craft plans on a bipartisan basis to help their people,” Romney said on Good Morning America this morning, and it’s no longer a bad answer.

    UPDATE 3 by Jayde – Mitt’s tweet after appearing on The View:

    With Joy Behar after The View”

    Click here to watch the entire episode of the View from earlier today.

    UPDATE 4 by Ross:
    VIDEO from Piers Morgan Tonight: Mitt Romney’s Wife Wants Him to Run

    Romney rehearses reading cue cards backstage at Tonight with David Letterman 2/1/11.


    Lastly, National Review Online has posted the complete, new introduction, to No Apology.

    Does Mitt Romney Want to “Stop” Sarah Palin?

    Unsinkable

    Much ado this weekend when Politico publishes a story about the GOP establishment making the take-down of Sarah Palin the number one priority. The story claims as its sources unnamed advisers and … no one else. My reaction is quite the same as Sarah Palin’s: this story is total bunk.

    I perceive this as a clear attempt of some media members to place wedges between otherwise like-minded conservatives. This is meant to tear apart the GOP and I will not bite. Unfortunately, via Twitter, I see some Palin supporters who are angry at Romney and have bought into this ploy. In Sarah Palin’s interview (which is now posted on the Politico article) she is wise in not giving credence to the story.

    Mitt Romney is not biting either.

    Laura Ingraham is discussing this story today and just had Romney on as a guest. I was glad to see that this topic came up in their interview. I’ve embedded the audio in a YouTube clip below. The discussion about the Politico piece starts at the 5:30 mark. (My video is not working yet, but I see the Romney team has also posted some audio, so I’ll embed theirs instead.)

    Summation of Mitt’s response:

    • Story is nonsense.
    • “I know Sarah Palin well – if she wants to run no one (the establishment) can stop her.”
    • If Palin did run she would great addition to the primary process.

    Governor Romney also noted that voter intensity for conservatives is extremely high this election because of the Tea Party. Nationwide this is true, and we will largely have them to thank for the many conservative victories we will enjoy tomorrow.

    ~Nate Gunderson

    Mitt Romney Talks about Obama and Crisis Management on the Laura Ingraham Show

    Mitt was on radio this morning talking with Laura Ingraham about Obama’s speech from the Oval office (read Jayde’s excellent recap here), and about crises management. Mitt, of course, is an excellent guest to have on this subject as he has been the leader during many times of crisis, both in business and government, as well as his famous turnaround of the 2002 Winter Olympics. Laura asks some interesting and direct questions at the end of the second clip – be sure to continue on to that.

    Part 1 of 2

    Part 2 of 2

    A very good interview overall. I especially like Mitt’s answer when Laura asks him what the steps are when you find yourself in a crisis situation (her question is the end of clip one, his answer beginning of clip two). Mitt’s response: 1, Do a complete audit of the situation. Define the problems, resources and assets. 2, Assemble your team. Bring in all the minds you need to solve the problem. 3, Focus, focus, focus. Make your decision, set your strategy and then use all your energy, your passion, and time to accomplish the objective.

    Mitt is absolutely right. The president has done absolutely none of those steps. Time for a new prez, eh?

    related:
    Jayde’s excellent recap of Obama’s speech
    Mitt Romney’s excellent op-ed about being a leader

    ~Nate Gunderson

    No Apology Media Blitz – Day 2

    Romney continues the rounds with a number of media appearances today to promote his new book. Stops will include the Laura Ingraham radio show, Morning Joe on MSNBC, The Joe Scarborough Radio Show, and Your World with Neil Cavuto on FOX News. I was not aware of any of these yesterday so there may be more. If you know of any please let us know and we’ll post what we can.

    Later today Governor Romney is doing a speech and book signing in Huntington, NY. Information here. Full schedule listed here.

    Below is video from the segment on Morning Joe. (H/T Jacob at NYforMitt)

    IN CASE you missed it: yesterday’s post has YouTube videos of Romney’s appearances at The Today Show, The View, Hannity, and the Late Show with David Letterman. Watch them all by clicking here.

    ~Nate Gunderson

    Addendum: K-Lo of NRO’s The Corner opines on Romney, his book, and his appearance on Letterman:

    If you had any doubts about who he is, you’re seeing the real thing now. Watching Mitt Romney on the No Apology tour thus far, he’s talking about what he wants to talk about, what moves him: being a Mr. Fix-It businessman — on the economy, on diplomacy, on health care. He wants to do this because he believes America is great and should and can continue to be. He appreciates — in a firsthand and in a practical, sociological way — that families are the building block of a great country, and he sees how good policies help them. And that’s what he wants to talk about.

    And so, on Letterman last night, you didn’t see pizazz or stand-up. You heard dorky jokes — the rapper on the plane broke my hair — and a serious guy. That’s who he is. His CPAC speech this year and his book reflect that. He’s uncomfortable changing his emphases to fit Iowa or anywhere else, and he doesn’t pull it off convincingly when he tries it. If he runs again, don’t expect him to.

    That, I believe, is the No Apology big picture: This is Mitt Romney.

    Read the whole thing here. (H/T Evangelicals for Mitt)

    Addendum 2: WSJ book report An interesting read. It’s mostly a review rather than analysis, but has some good summations.

    Addendum 3 – by Ross: Mitt on NPR’s Face the Nation Mitt was on 2:20 today, but if you missed it, listen to the podcast

    Listen to Mitt Romney on Laura Ingraham’s radio show by clicking here.

    Watch part 1 and 2 of Mitt on Your World with Neil Cavuto here and Ann Romney on ‘Your World’ in the video below:

    Fresh Video from Mitt’s Stop in Huntington, NY:

    Packed House for Mitt!