Romney & Ryan: Refuting Team Obama’s Lies With Medicare Truth, FLORIDA

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are pictured ‘talking shop’ on their way to Waukesha, WI last weekend. The GOP ticket separated earlier this week in order to meet with more voters at VICTORY rallies in important swing states. (Photo – Saul Loeb/Getty Images)

Spreading the truth on Medicare across America is very much the goal of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. Right now, the focus is on Florida…

A couple of days ago, Mitt Romney was interviewed by Sonni Abatta with FOX 35 TV in Orlando, Florida (Aug 15, 2012). Along with other topics, Romney told it like it is on Medicare, how his plan will affect hispanics, and refuted Obama’s lies. (At the end of the interview, Ms. Abatta also asked Governor Romney “If you’re in the White House, what is your favorite pastime going to be?”) Take a look:

● Romney’s press team today released ‘ONE YEAR LATER, MEDICARE IS STILL GOING BROKE‘:

One Year Ago Today, President Obama Warned That Failing To Fix Medicare Would “Gobble Up Basically The Entire Federal Budget”:

President Obama, One Year Ago Today: “The Bigger Problem Is Medicare And Medicaid. … Medicare And Medicaid Would Gobble Up Basically The Entire Federal Budget.” OBAMA: “The bigger problem is Medicare and Medicaid. And the reason that’s a problem is because health care costs keep on going up faster than inflation, people’s wages, people’s incomes at the same time as folks are getting older, so we’ve got more people into the system. And if we didn’t do anything, then Medicare and Medicaid would gobble up basically the entire federal budget.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks, Alpha, IL, 8/17/11)

What Has President Obama “Achieved” During His Four Years In Office? He’s Failed To Lead On Fixing Medicare And Slashed $716 Billion To Pay For Obamacare:

According To The Nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, Obamacare Cuts $716 Billion From Medicare. (Congressional Budget Office, Letter To Speaker John Boehner, 7/24/12)

The Miami Herald: “Obama’s $700 Billion Medicare-Cut Problem” (Marc Caputo, “Obama’s $700 Billion Medicare-Cut Problem,” The Miami Herald, 8/12/12)

President Obama’s Senior Campaign Aide Bragged That President Obama “Achieved” $700 Billion In “Cuts In Medicare.” CUTTER: “Well, you know ask the wealthy to pay a little bit more. Cut waste from the government. Reform Medicare. More than $300 billion in savings from Medicare. On top of the savings we’ve already achieved. You know I heard Mitt Romney deride the $700 billion cuts in Medicare that the president achieved through health care reform.” (CBS’s “Face The Nation,” 8/12/12)

And Millions Of Seniors Are The Ones Who Will Pay The Price For President Obama’s Medicare Cuts:

FactCheck.org: “The Promise That ‘Benefits Will Remain The Same’ Is Just As Fictional As The Town Of Mayberry…” “Currently, about 1 in every 4 Medicare beneficiary is enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan. For many of them, the words in this ad ring hollow, and the promise that ‘benefits will remain the same’ is just as fictional as the town of Mayberry was when Griffith played the local sheriff.” (Brooks Jackson, “Mayberry Misleads On Medicare,” FactCheck.org, 7/31/10)

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VP candidate Paul Ryan will be in important swing state Florida tomorrow to spread Medicare truth at a Victory Rally with senior citizens at ‘The Villages’ – the worlds largest retirement community. 31,860 residents at The Villages received Social Security benefits at the end of 2010. Ryan is bringing along a special guest – country music artist Lee Greenwood. Another noteworthy guest will be there, too – a very important advocate for the Romney/Ryan approach to Medicare – Ryan’s 78 year-old mother, Betty.

Ryan’s stop in Florida will be his first visit there since becoming the VP candidate. The big event is scheduled for 10AM-11AM Eastern time. For televised coverage check C-Span tomorrow.

Possible livefeeds:
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Mitt Romney Press today also shared this hit-the-nail-on-the-head article on ‘The Mediscare Boomerang‘:

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Romney/Ryan First Interview: ’60 Minutes’ TONIGHT, $3.5 Million Raised in 24 Hours

It’s their first official interview…

CBS News has announced that ‘America’s Comeback Team’ Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan will make a joint appearance this evening on ’60 Minutes’ tonight. CBS News chief and host Bob Schieffer will conduct the interview.

The taping will take place in High Point, North Carolina and will air @7PM Eastern.



Let’s go Rom/Ry!

UPDATE – Here’s the interview, minus the part edited out where Ryan spoke about his mother on Social Security:


Voters are fired up and opening their pocketbooks for Romney and Ryan!

Since the V.P. reveal yesterday morning, in the last 24 hours, online fundraising has reached $3.5 MILLION. Facts from Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey:

I contacted a source close to the campaign, and got the details:

Donors: over 41,000
Average donation: $85
Website visits: 700,000

The campaign saw an interesting phenomenon after the Ryan announcement. Over 30% of the visits came from mobile devices, something the source tells me the campaign has never seen before in this cycle. It shows that the selection of Ryan may have some significant upside among younger voters who may relate more to Ryan than to Obama, Joe Biden, and the administration that has cratered job prospects for this demographic over the last three years.

UPDATE: A HOMECOMING RALLY for R&R will be held this evening in Waukesha, Wisconsin at 6:05 PM Central Time. (Earlier today, the two campaigned in Mooresville, N.C. and High Point, N.C.) That’s going to be some celebration! A possible livefeed may be found here. C-Span will also air live coverage (and possibly FOX News, CNN).

* Hat tip to Paulee, Bailey, and Will

UPDATE 2 - Check out the crowd!

Overflow crowd at Romney/Ryan event in Mooresville, N.C. today.
(Photo Eric Fehrnstrom)


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Massacre in Colorado! Mitt Romney Releases Statement

UPDATE - Governor Romney spoke on the Aurora, CO shooting at a previously-scheduled campaign event event today in Concord, New Hampshire. Romney and Obama both cancelled campaigning for the day.

Early morning scene outside the Century 16 Movie Theaters in Aurora, Colorado. (Photo U.S. News)

MASSACRE IN COLORADO!

Governor Mitt Romney’s statement on this morning’s tragic shooting in Aurora, Colorado:

Ann and I are deeply saddened by the news of the senseless violence that took the lives of 15 people in Colorado and injured dozens more. We are praying for the families and loved ones of the victims during this time of deep shock and immense grief. We expect that the person responsible for this terrible crime will be quickly brought to justice.”

Livesteam updates may be viewed here. (UPDATE 5:42 AM PT: Livestream link has been updated – refresh page then click on link).

MRC offers our thoughts and prayers for all affected by this horrific tragedy.

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Five Primaries, Mitt Romney: A Better America Begins Tonight

It’s Primary Election Day!

Voters are going to the polls today in Connecticut (28 delegates), Delaware (17 delegates), New York (95 delegates), Pennsylvania (72 delegates), and Rhode Island (19 delegates).

Hoping to further finalize the primary process, Romney supporters are hoping for victories in all five states.

UPDATE:

IT’S A CLEAN SWEEP FOR ROMNEY!

Congrats!

A better America began tonight!

After 43 primaries and caucuses, many long days and not a few long nights, I can say with confidence – and gratitude – that you have given me a great honor and solemn responsibility.
. . .
To all of the thousands of good and decent Americans I’ve met who want nothing more than a better chance, a fighting chance, to all of you, I have a simple message: Hold on a little longer,” he said. “A better America begins tonight.”
~ Mitt Romney

Text of Governor Romney’s victory speech, given tonight in Manchester, NH, may read here.

Video of Romney’s victory speech:

“Four years ago Barack Obama dazzled us in front of Greek columns with sweeping promises of hope and change. But after we came down to earth… what do we have to show for three and a half years of President Obama.

Is it easier to make ends meet? Is it easier to sell your home or buy a new one? Have you saved what you needed for retirement? Are you making more in your job? Do you have a better chance to get a better job? Do you pay less at the pump?” ~ Mitt Romney


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It’s Primary Election Night in AZ & MI… Go ROMNEY!


UPDATE – Romney wins Arizona and Michigan!


Election night, Feb 28, 2012 – From Mitt Romney and Team: “Thank you to all our #Mitt2012 friends.” (TwitPic / Zac Moffat)

Mitt Romney supporters are anxiously awaiting the results of today’s primary elections in Arizona and Michigan. We’re optimistic about a win in The Grand Canyon State. Polling in The Great Lakes State between Governor Romney and Rick Santorum is razor thin. From The Washington Post:

Of the two, Michigan is by far the more competitive race – the candidates have been spending the bulk of their time there in recent days, and both Romney and Santorum hold their primary-night parties there tonight.
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Newt Gingrich , who all but bypassed Michigan, is spending the day in his home state of Georgia, where he holds three campaign events, two news conferences and a primary night rally.

And Rep. Ron Paul , who campaigned only lightly in Michigan, is spending his primary night in Springfield, Va.

We hope Michiganders vote for the non-Democrat backed Mitt Romney.

Poll closing times:
Michigan – 8:00 pm ET
Arizona – 9:00 pm ET

CNN will air television coverage at 6:00 pm ET and is airing a livefeed here. Their twitter hashtag is #cnnelections. Don’t forget to include #mitt2012 and #UnravelTheSweater.

FOX News is also airing television coverage at 6:00 pm ET. Check back for additional livefeeds.

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VICTORY FOR MITT!



Update: Mitt won among republicans by more than 10%, and he received a lot more votes than in 2008.

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Big #CNNDebate TONIGHT in AZ: Gov Jan Brewer “Arizonans Concerned About Jobs/Economy/Border Security/States’ Rights”

Update: Watch the entire debate here.

CNN GOP presidential debate at North Charleston Coliseum in Charleston, SC, Jan 19, 2012. Tonight's CNN debate will be held in Mesa, AZ. (Photo AP/David Goldman)

It has been 27 days since the last GOP presidential debate was held. Tonight’s critical face-off will serve as an important springboard into next week’s elections in Arizona and Michigan.

Here are a few details on tonight’s debate at the wonderful Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, Arizona:

On Wednesday, Feb. 22, Republican presidential hopefuls will face-off for the final debate before a dozen states take to the polls on Super Tuesday. CNN anchor and chief national correspondent John King will moderate the two-hour debate, which will air live from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET from the Mesa Performing Arts Center in Mesa, Arizona.
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All four of the leading Republican presidential contenders will participate in Wednesday’s debate: former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. In addition to questions posed to the candidates by King and Arizona Republicans in the audience, the network will solicit questions and comments submitted in real-time from CNN.com, the CNN Politics fan page on Facebook and by using the #CNNDebate hashtag on Twitter.

CNN will air the debate on television; a live feed may be found here. For CNN mobile apps click here.

Don’t forget to use hashtags #CNNdebate and #UnravelTheSweater when tweeting.

AZ Governor Jan Brewer weighs in:

The timing for tonight’s debate couldn’t be any better for Arizona and the Republican governor, Jan Brewer, says that the showdown is very important to her state.

“I think that Arizona will be a pivotal state. There are a lot of undecided voters in Arizona so I think that people will be tuned in and watching, and because of this debate will be making their decision, not only in Arizona but across the country,” Brewer said.

And what do Arizona voters want to hear from the candidates?

I think that just like everywhere in America, people are concerned about jobs and the economy. Here in Arizona people are also concerned with their border security, they are concerned about new federalism and states’ rights, and are very interested in natural resource issues,” Brewer said.

(emphasis added)

Details on stage arrangements (see photo below):

“This is the first CNN debate where we’ve used a table,” Feist said. “We decided to make this debate more intimate.”

And the table that candidates will be seated around has some history.

“An interesting piece of trivia is that the last time this particular table was used in a GOP debate was at the Reagan Library debate on January 30, 2008,” Feist said. “Mitt Romney and Ron Paul were both at that debate sitting at this very same table.”

Stage prep continues today for tonight's GOP debate at the Mesa Arts Center in beautiful Mesa, Arizona. Check out the lineup... Romney will be wearing double armour! GO MITT! (Click on image to enlarge.)
Photo - AP/East Valley Tribune/Tim Hacker
Feb 22, 2012

We’re gung-ho for another outstanding debate for Governor Romney!

GO MITT!!



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Will GOP Presidential Debate Tonight be a Doozy? CNN, The Heritage Foundation, AEI Watch LIVE Stream

Ready for another presidential debate tonight? Weary GOP presidential hopefuls may be rejoicing that there is just one more day until Thanksgiving, but this one may prove to be a doozy…

Tonight’s event marks the first time Republican-leaning think tanks The Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) have sponsored a presidential debate. CNN is also hosting, hence, moderator Wolf Blitzer.

Airing live, just down the street from the address each candidate hopes to occupy (1600 Pennsylvania Avenue) at the historic Daughters of the Revolution Constitution Hall, the excitement begins tonight at 8 p.m.-10 p.m. ET.

The format will zero in on national security and foreign policy issues. Expect to hear some on the economy, especially the Super Committee’s failure to come to an agreement to cut $1.2 trillion from our long-term debt. (As a result, Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s are threatening another downgrade to our credit rating…)

From AEI:

The Republicans vying to challenge Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election have revealed precious little of their vision for American national security. Do they appreciate the implications of China’s rise? Do they understand the principles behind America’s alliance with Israel? What will their answer be to the challenge from Iran? How will they respond to the collapse of the Eurozone? Will they keep troops in Afghanistan? Can they articulate a clear vision for America’s role in the world?

Viewing/listening options:



TV - Airing nationally at 8 p.m. ET on CNN, CNN en Español, and worldwide on CNN International

RadioCNN Radio

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Video from The Heritage Foundation:

Here’s a timelapse video of prep work at DAR Constitution Hall:



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Mitt 2012!



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Romney to Speak at Values Voter Summit Today

Today is the second day of the Values Voters Summit being held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. The good news is that Governor Mitt Romney is scheduled to speak this morning at 9:50 AM EST.

Romney’s speech this morning:


A transcript of the speech may be read here.

UPDATE – Bill Bennett defends Mitt at the Values Voters Summit from bigotry.

A look at the morning schedule:

9:00 a.m. – Noon
MORNING PLENARY SESSION – Regency Ballroom
Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas), Republican Presidential Candidate*
Dr. Bill Bennett, Host, Morning in America*
Governor Mitt Romney, Republican Presidential Candidate*
Bryan Fischer, Director of Issues Analysis, American Family Association*
Straight Talk on Gay “Marriage”
– Moderater: Tom McClusky, Senior Vice President, FRC Action*
– Daniel Avila, J.D., Policy Advisor for Marriage and Family , U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops*
– Brian Brown, Executive Director, National Organization for Marriage*
– Derek McCoy, President, Maryland Family Alliance*
– David Tyree, Former Wide Receiver, New York Giants
Lt. General William Boykin (Ret.), Former Commander, Delta Force*

Note who is scheduled to speak right after Romney – Bryan Fischer:

Conference planners have scheduled Romney to speak right before Bryan Fischer, the spokesman for the American Family Association and who the Times said “is known for his strident remarks on homosexuality, gay rights, Muslims and Mormons.”

Fischer claims that First Amendment protections of religious freedom do not apply to “non-Christian religions,” a category in which he includes The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, asserting that it is “very clear that the Founding Fathers did not intend to preserve automatically religious liberty for non-Christian faiths.”

Latter-day Saints worship Christ, as the church’s full name denotes.

So the Times found it noteworthy that Romney, a Latter-day Saint, has been asked to speak right before Fischer, someone who doesn’t think he is entitled to religious freedom.

(emphasis added )

Who are these ‘conference planners’? They also scheduled anti-Mormon Baptist bigot preacher Robert Jeffress to introduce Rick Perry when he spoke at the summit yesterday.

In his introduction, Jeffress alluded to Romney as a “good, moral person” but said Perry is “a born-again follower of Christ.”

Perry said Jeffress had “knocked it out of the park,” referring to the pastor’s overall speech.
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After both spoke, Jeffress told reporters that Mormonism is a cult and Romney is not a Christian.

“Every true born-again follower of Christ ought to embrace a Christian over a non-Christian,” the Dallas pastor said, predicting that many conservative evangelicals who say they might vote for Romney really won’t.

“There are a lot of Christian voters who don’t want to appear bigoted, and so what they say to the pollsters is not necessarily what they’ll do in the privacy of the polling booth,” Jeffress said. “If Gov. Romney is the nominee, I believe Barack Obama will be the next president.”

While speaking, Perry took the opportunity to allude to Romney (who is solidly pro-life):

For some candidates, pro-life is an election-year slogan to follow the prevailing political winds.

I could attempt to say something pointed and pithy here, maybe even strive for something eloquent, but no. I will just ‘summit’ up by saying that the engagement of hard and soft religious bigotry by Perry, Jeffress, and Fischer, in my opinion, significantly reduces their value in the public arena.

Voters beware.

UPDATE: Romney criticizes summit speaker for ‘poisonous language’.

To view some of the speeches already given by GOP presidential candidates, click on the names:
Rick Santorum
Herman Cain
Newt Gingrich
Rick Perry

GOVERNOR ROMNEY, WE’RE CHEERING FOR YOU!

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June is Bustin’ Out All Over with Good News for Romney: Leads Iowa Poll, Executive Experience Matters


June is bustin’ out all over
with good news for Mitt Romney: a good poll, a good read, and an exciting presidential announcement tomorrow!

New Iowa Poll - ROMNEY LEADS:

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney leads in Iowa according to a new survey by Public Policy Polling. The poll was conducted between 5/22/11-5/30/11 and included 491 Iowa Republicans. The full results of the poll will be released Wednesday morning, but MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show received an exclusive partial first look (from which I got my screen grab, see left) of the top three contenders.

Among Iowa Republicans, presumably likely to vote in the crucial Iowa Caucus, the first electoral contest of the primary season, Mitt Romney placed first with 21%, followed by a two-way tie for second with Sarah Palin and Herman Cain, the Georgian founder of Godfather’s Pizza, at 15%.
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The PPP survey adds further credence to Romney’s reputation as the nominal nominee. Romney now leads in Iowa and New Hampshire, whose primary follows Iowa’s, as a CNN/WMUR survey published in late May had him as the preferred candidate of 32% of Republicans in the New England state.

More here.


David Frum (CNN) has written a fine article asking why the media obsesses with other GOP candidates (including those who are a ‘maybe’) while ignoring Governor Romney. Is it celebrity versus governing ability?

“Romney’s long-standing advantage is dismissed as pure name-recognition.”

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Meanwhile, Romney continues to raise money, collect important backers and ride along in first place in the polls.

Why?

Well maybe it is all name ID.

Or maybe — does this give voters too much credit? — they are thinking about the close match between skills Romney has and the skills needed in a president.

What do presidents do?

Among other things:

Presidents set goals and priorities. That’s easily said, but hard to do. The natural temptation is to accumulate goals and priorities atop each other. (See Clinton, Bill, State of the Union addresses of.) But if everything is a priority, nothing is a priority. (See Clinton, Bill, presidency of.) To govern is to choose. To choose requires extreme mental discipline: This I do first, this I do second if I can, this must wait for third, these next 997 things probably don’t get done at all.

Presidents align means with ends. Congress is the place where the American people register their wishes: Generous Medicare and Social Security benefits and low taxes; global military predominance but no casualties; perfect airline security with no personal inconvenience. It’s the president’s job to bring the system into balance, to set budgets, to force tradeoffs.

Presidents are deal-makers. There’s a story told about Harry Truman in the last days of his presidency, awaiting the transition to Dwight Eisenhower after the election of 1952. Truman supposedly said to an aide, “Poor Ike. He’ll sit at this desk. He’ll say ‘do this’ and ‘do that.’ And nothing will happen! It won’t be like the Army at all.” The president cannot tell Congress what to do. He can’t tell a governor what to do. He can’t even safely tell the CIA what to do. (If they don’t like it, they’ll leak against him.) And that’s even before we get to foreign governments. A president doesn’t get what he wants. A president gets what he negotiates.

Those requirements happen to look a lot like the skills Mitt Romney brings to the job. And they may be the skills for which Republicans — and Americans — most yearn at the moment:

– The war in Libya, now dragging on for months with no visible strategic goal, reveals an ominous failure of priority-setting.

– The terrifying national debt represents the country’s accumulated inability to reconcile what it wants and what it is prepared to pay for.

– The failure to lift the debt ceiling — and the intensifying risk of a default on the nation’s debts — shows a staggering failure of the Obama administration’s deal-making.
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Is Obama vaporous and utopian? Maybe what Americans are hearkening for is the analytic ability and negotiating prowess of the former CEO of America’s most successful management consulting firm. And just possibly, Republican primary voters have the self-control not to let the controversy over Romney’s health care record cloud their respect for their front-runner’s genuine executive abilities.

(emphasis added)
Read entire article here.


Don’t miss signing up for Governor Romney’s LIVESTREAM presidential announcement here. MRC will be hosting a chat party here tomorrow to mark this happy and long-awaited occasion. We invite all Romney supporters to join us! Check back for more details. Also, it’s been reported that Mitt will be on the Sean Hannity show tomorrow evening – so it’s going to be a very full and fantastic day!

After The Gov launches his campaign tomorrow, we look forward to a summer filled with plenty of Romney sizzle!

UPDATE: June is jumpin’ for Romney; he’s never been one to let any grass grow under his feet! On Friday morning, June 3rd, the day after he announces his run for the White House, he’s holding his first Town Hall meeting. It will be held at 8:30 AM EDT at the University of New Hampshire Manchester. And, that evening he’ll be speaking at the Faith and Freedom Coalition in Washington D.C. Way to go, Mitt!

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Mitt Romney’s National Call Day Yields $10.25 MILLLION!



$10.25 MILLION!




Governor Romney’s final National Call Day tally hasn’t been counted but MRC’s Nate Gunderson (who helped at the event) reported from the floor in Vegas today that Spencer Zwick (Romney’s finance chair) announced Gov Romney raised $10.25 MILLION! That astounding one-day total has never been done before in politics.



This is BIG, folks.


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Romney hosted a terrific half hour livestream Town Hall at 3:00 PM EST today. When that video is available, we’ll post it here.

A heartfelt thanks to each of you who contributed to Gov Romney’s very successful fundraiser!

NOTE: Gunderson reported that after the event, Romney and wife, Ann, left to speak to students at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).

UPDATE: In Vegas, Mitt Romney Scores Big

“We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for Governor Romney’s campaign,” said Romney’s finance chair Spencer Zwick. “The results are a strong indication of the national enthusiasm for Governor Romney and his pro-jobs platform.

“As today’s event makes clear, Governor Romney will have the resources to be competitive and to spread his jobs and economy message, “added Zwick.
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Initially Romney’s team hoped to raise $3 million; instead they far exceeded their goal.

After Governor Romney's tremendous National Call Day fundraiser and talking with students at UNLV, he shared a couple of stuffed bags of In 'n Out burgers and fries with a small group of Republican students.

UPDATE 2: Governor Romney worked up an appetite today!

Romney spoke to reporters after an event here held on the campus at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He met with a dozen Republican students, delivering a economic-filled message along with burgers and fries from In-n-Out Burger (Romney dug in, taking large bites of a burger while the students nibbled on some fries: “Looks like I’m the only guy who wanted a burger at four in the afternoon,” Romney joked.)

Reporters also asked Romney about Mike Huckabee’s decision not to undertake a second presidential bid:

“I took that news with mixed emotions,” Romney said. “On the one hand, I’m happy to not be facing a tough and effective competitor in Mike. But on the other hand, he’d be a veteran and we’d have good times together. And I’ll miss him on the campaign trail.”

The Gov also responded to questions about Massachusetts’ private-market insurance: :

“We have in my state a curriculum that we provide to all of our schools, our high schools, and we test kids across the state on our curriculum,” Romney said. “I like what we’ve done, it’s a pretty good job. But the last thing I’d suggest is to take the Massachusetts curriculum for schools and have President Obama tell every state they’ve got to use the Massachusetts curriculum. That would make no sense at all. The needs of different students and the rights of people in different states have to be recognized.”

ReutersMitt Romney: “We’re activating our campaign today.”

“We’re activating our campaign today,” Romney told supporters on a conference call.
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Romney is still a step short of formally announcing a second bid for the Republican primary nomination, but has been on an extensive fund-raising tour and has started to step up his public appearances as well.

The former Massachusetts governor touted his record as a turnaround specialist who can get the U.S. economy on track.

“The American people care about getting good jobs,” Romney said during the eight-minute call. “That is my wheelhouse.”

Romney cited his experience running the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, as Massachusetts governor, and as head of the private equity firm Bain Capital.

“My experience, my history is in turning things around. I will get America on the right track again.

(my emphasis)

UPDATE 3 – To see a slide show of Mitt and the students he met with after giving his UNLV speech, click here.

Videos of Mitt’s speech to supporters at the end of National Call Day and at the University of Las Vegas – Nevada below the fold (more…)