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…)

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.

CBN.com:

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.

(my emphasis)

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

BREAKING: ROMNEY TO ANNOUNCE 2012 EXPLORATORY COMMITTEE “EARLY APRIL” [Update: $50M clarified]

Romney Flexing

Romney Begins the Exploratory Flex April 2011 (Photo by Michael Fagans / The Californian)

For Romneyiacs like me this is the biggest news of the year – news we’ve waited to hear for over 3 years now. It seems an official campaign for Romney to seek the presidency is kicking into gear… and sooner than I thought. I had been guessing/suspecting that an exploratory committee would be formed in early May.

Reports from the Wall Street Journal say that during a meeting with 100 fundraisers that Romney mentioned early April as the time he’s likely to launch an exploratory committee. (An exploratory committee is not a full campaign but would allow Romney to legally raise funds towards a presidential run.)

From WSJ:

About 100 fund-raisers gathered at Manhattan’s venerated Harvard Club this morning to hear former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney lay out his ambition: Raise $50 million fast.

One Romney fundraiser said the $50 million figure was what the governor wanted to show by early summer, at the time of the first financial filing deadline of what is likely to be his official presidential campaign.
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“Our fundraising will be a knockout blow to anyone who is squeamish,” said one Romney fundraiser, speaking of potential Republican challengers still flirting with a race by early summer. Mr. Romney’s money machine raised a little more than $60 million in the primary campaign of 2008, according to finance records.

Mr. Romney told the crowd this morning that he is likely to announce his presidential exploratory committee in early April, an announcement that would kick fund-raising into high gear. A 15-city fundraising tour that began Tuesday in Washington is now expected to reach at least 30 cities.
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As he did at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Washington Tuesday, the former governor told bundlers…that the primary season will be brutal. His strategy is to win two or three of the first states, with polling numbers already looking good in New Hampshire, where he has a lake house, and Nevada, where the Mormon vote is strong.

Jayde reported yesterday on a meeting that Romney had with fundraisers on Tuesday in Washington. There are two bits below (also from WSJ) I want to throw out again because they outline what appears to be the strategy of the campaign at this time:

Mr. Romney said he needed to do well in the New Hampshire and Florida primaries and Nevada’s caucuses, while emerging from those early states with enough money to convince undecided voters that he would have the financial firepower to get to the finish line.
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Romney fund-raisers are set to converge on Las Vegas on May 16 for a final push ahead of the first financial filing deadline. The Las Vegas meeting will include a marathon phone-a-thon to reach donors, according to one fund-raiser involved in the plan.

Points I gather, though they are not confirmed:
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