MRC’s Year in Review: A Look Back at the Top 10 Mitt Romney Articles of 2010

As Americans pause to review the past year and look ahead to 2011, I’d like to look back on what I feel were the top 10 articles here on MRC for 2010. The following articles demonstrate why this site has become a go-to source for Conservatives, TEA Partiers and Independents:

10. Nate Gunderson wrote a great article reviewing the first year of Mitt Romney Central and how successful our site has become. I think all of the team members here are grateful for the growth of MRC from a small site to becoming the ultimate destination for all Mitt Romney related news and articles.

9. MRC opened our Mitt Romney 2012 store this year which makes us a convenient source to purchase American-made products to proudly show support for Governor Romney!

8. Governor Romney released his highly anticipated new book in the March of this year. Luke Gunderson gave us sneak peak of No Apology: The Case for American Greatness – a tremendous must-have reference for anyone interested in getting America back on track.

7. Lots of work has been done behind the scenes here at MRC — and we have to give credit where credit is due. Our man Dave P. has researched and compiled tons of relevant info on all the major issues of our time. Dave has put in many hours of tedious work to create a library of recourses, where all Mitt Romney fans can go to get actual Mitt Romney quotes, videos, and links regarding his stance on issues such as Abortion, Immigration, and Health Care Reform.

6. A misconception about Mitt Romney s that he is a RINO. Aaron Gunderson wrote an great article addressing that very issue. It deserves to be read by every conservative as they ponder which 2012 candidate to support for the next presidential election. (I also recommend reading his follow up article explaining how a true conservative like Mitt Romney was a Tea Partier long before the Tea Party exploded onto national politics.)

5. We’ve seen many favorable polls here over the past year. Aaron Gundy’s post about the Marist 2012 GOP poll is a good reminder of why Mitt Romney will be a tough challenger for the 2012 as Mitt Romney as he receives support from diverse groups such as the Tea Party, Independents, college graduates, and women.

4. Bosman has written a series of excellent articles on RomneyCare but I like this article the most in which he clearly explains that we already have a health care mandate in the United States. He explains how Romney’s plan is different and emphasizes a crucial question: Should individuals pay for their own health care or pay for other people’s health care?

3. Rebel Ross’ article, So This is How Liberty Dies…With Thunderous Applause, is a powerful post lamenting loss of freedom that came with the passage of ObamaCare and strongly condemns political leaders in Congress who so foolishly patted themselves on the back for passing a law which undermines the freedoms that Americans enjoy. As one of my top three personal favorite posts on MRC, it is worth reading again.

2.  Vox Patriota’s article The Year of Our Obama is one the most compelling and impressive articles I’ve read on any site for why Barack Obama needs to be a one term president. Nate Gunderson listed this article as one of his favorite articles and its certainly another one of my top three favorite articles on MRC. It perfectly captures the collective frustration and anger that many conservatives, Independents, TEA Partiers, libertarians and growing wave of liberals feel towards him. As the 2012 elections comes closer, its worth reading again to remind ourselves why we need a man like Mitt Romney in office.

1. Jayde Wyatt’s post showing Mitt Romney’s Christmas card generated huge buzz on the internet as websites such as POLITICO, National Review, TIME, Hot Air, a prominent Canadian news site, Wonkette and Comedy Central’s Indecision Forever posted links to her article. It generated approximately 15,000 visitors to our site that day. Way to go, Jayde!!

All of us here look forward to 2011 — it will be an exciting year as the 2012 election starts to heat up and we continue to attract more fans of Mitt Romney. Thank you all for a fabulous 2010; here’s to another great year!

As we say goodbye to 2010 and welcome 2011, we wish everyone a happy and safe New Year’s eve and day!

-Jared A.

Full Transcript: MittRomneyCentral.com Interview

Mitt Romney for President in 2012Two weeks ago we linked to an interview I did with conservative blogger Tim Knight of Jumping in Pools. After giving time for it to be read there I am posting it here in it’s entirety since some may not have clicked through to it and because I’d like to preserve it here on our site as well.

Below are the questions from the interview. Click any of them to jump to that question.
1. What would be the difference between a President Romney and a President Obama?
2. What is the purpose of Mitt Romney Central, and what do you hope to achieve?
3. What can you tell us about Mr.Romney’s just-released book?
4. According to some recent polling data, Romney would win in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and Florida if the 2012 Republican Primaries were held today, what is your reaction?
5. Would a “Mitt Romney” campaign fracture the Republican base as much as some Cultural Conservatives predict it will?
6. Give me three reasons to support Romney for the Republican nomination in 2012.

From Jumping in Pools:

Tim Knight – Mr.Gunderson, what would be the difference between a President Romney and a President Obama?

Nate Gunderson – Well the differences would be vast and numerous. Perhaps the two most noticeable differences are their approaches to foreign policy and to the economy. Obama’s policy with foreign nations is to kiss-up to our enemies while snubbing our allies. Just this last weekend he snubbed Israel’s Prime Minister, fortunately he received a bipartisan rebuke from congress for doing so. He’s full of concessions and appeasements for our enemies, actions that have not been reciprocated, and all the while he offers our friends a stiff arm. Romney on the other hand believes in peace through strength. He often quotes Reagan when he says that of all the wars that came about in his lifetime, none of them were because the U.S. was too strong. Romney believes that our nation’s interests and the safety of our children depend on having a strong military and he suggests raising our annual output for military spending to 4% of our GDP, as he has outlined in his new book No Apology. That’s a great read by the way, if you haven’t read it. I’m two-thirds through it.

Anyway, the other item of difference is the economy. You can be certain that if Romney were President now our domestic agenda would be entirely different. This health care debacle certainly would not have passed. We wouldn’t be entertaining ill-conceived ideas like Cap and Trade, Cash for Clunkers, and government control of the auto industry. We would not have utter misuse and lack of accountability with the TARP funds and stimulus money. A stimulus package under a Romney administration would be designed to bring short-term, instant stimulus to the economy through creating incentives for employers to hire. The current stimulus is nothing more than a big payback to those who supported Obama in his run to the White House and is drawn over many years. It has virtually nothing to with jobs, just vast amounts of pork-barrel spending. Romney criticizes Obama for trying to do too much, when he should be focusing on the economy. With millions of people out of jobs and millions of families suffering because of it, I’m certain a President Romney would have done much better to focus on the economy and his policies would have been wiser and better implemented.

Sorry such a long answer on that one but your question hit a hot spot for me.

Tim Knight – Mr.Gunderson, what is the purpose of Mitt Romney Central, and what do you hope to achieve?

Nate Gunderson – MittRomneyCentral.com is a grassroots website designed to promote Mitt Romney for President in 2012, and we’ll certainly promote a lot of conservative candidates and causes along the way. Our goal is to inform the masses, via the internet, regarding Governor Romney and his potential run for the White House. We are currently a team of about 10 people, each with roles to help develop the site in one way or another, whether it be through promoting the site through social-networking websites, or writing page content, or blogging. We launched just six months ago so we are rather new. We currently have about 1000 daily visitors to our site and are growing very rapidly. Very soon we hope to gather some who are quite dedicated to Romney in 2012 and we’ll do training to make a coordinated on-line effort to promote Romney, and to work on correcting much of the misinformation there is out there about him.

Let me add too, just for clarification, that we have absolutely no ties to Romney or his PAC. I’ve shaken Romney’s hand five times, but I’ve never talked to him. We are strictly grassroots and are not supported nor approved by his PAC in anyway.

Tim Knight – Mr.Gunderson, what can you tell us about Mr.Romney’s just-released book?

Nate Gunderson – It’s great. I read his first book “Turnaround”, which I loved, but this one is still much better. As I mentioned already I’m two-thirds through “No Apology”. I just read the chapter today about education and I found it very insightful and well-written. In the book Romney takes on a number of issues and with each one he discusses how its affects America. He has a process how he analyzes each policy and decides whether it will strengthen America or hurt America. The beginning is heavy on foreign policy, but makes one extremely proud to be an American at the same time. He talks about how to create environments for innovation and productivity to flourish in free markets. He discusses the backwards policies we have in regards to immigration. He dedicated a chapter to education and our failing schools. And not least important is his chapter on health care. There is so much to be understood on this subject, especially with the passage of ObamaCare and everyone trying to link it to Romney and Massachusetts. If everyone could read this chapter on health care they would see the great difference between Obama and Romney in solving the problem.

In all, the book is well written, every bit written by the Governor himself. He may not say it, but I certainly will: this is a campaign platform for 2012. If you want to know what Romney is all about, it is in the book. It’s much more informative than 30 second TV spots and 140 character Twitter encapsulations.

Tim Knight – Mr.Gunderson, according to some recent polling data, Romney would win in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and Florida if the 2012 Republican Primaries were held today, what is your reaction?

Nate Gunderson – Polls are fun, especially when they bring good news. I’ll be the first to admit that they mean very little this far out. But I must say that I’m very pleased with the results of the Florida poll. That’s a very good sign.

Tim Knight – Mr.Gunderson, would a “Mitt Romney” campaign fracture the Republican base as much as some Cultural Conservatives predict it will?

Nate Gunderson – My opinion is that no it won’t. People may be divided, even passionately in a primary, but no matter who wins I have a feeling we will quickly band together for the good of the party, and ultimately for the good of the nation as we make ousting President Obama a top priority. Romney was an excellent example of this kind of unifying quality as he full-heartedly and quickly endorsed, campaigned for, and otherwise promoted McCain,even after a brutal primary. Even so, I think the candidates will have learned a lesson from 2008, even Romney. I expect the debate to be a lot more calm and civil as we all have a common target.

Tim Knight – Mr.Gunderson, give me three reasons to support Romney for the Republican nomination in 2012.

Nate Gunderson – One, economy. No matter what point the economy is at in 2012, it can and could have been better under a President Romney. Romney has advised, operated, consulted, managed, and launched hundreds of businesses. These include businesses from all sectors of the economy from manufacturers, food chains, retailers, pharmaceuticals, hospitals, hotels… you name it – not to mention the 2002 Winter Olympics. He understands why jobs and businesses come and go. He knows the great impact, both positive and negative, that policies have on businesses. And he knows all too well that businesses make jobs and stimulate the economy, not government.

Two, size of government and government waste. There is so much waste in our government. We have far too many agencies that perform the exact same tasks. So much of government intrudes into our liberties and wastes our hard-earned tax dollars. We have extremely burdensome and unfunded liabilities in our entitlement programs. We have a congress that spends like a runaway train. Romney points out very clearly in his book that if these habits don’t change, if our entitlements are not reformed, if fiscal sanity is not returned to Washington, we are on a steady course for disaster. It will take more than a “good person with their heart in the right place” in the presidency to change these enormous and complex problems. Romney is the turnaround champion. He has on numerous occasions jumped into imminent disasters, rallied the troops, wrought great change, and brought hope and competency to the respective institution. Did I just use the words “change” and “hope” in the same sentence?

Three, he is in it for the right reasons. No one who reads Romney’s book can doubt his patriotism. He loves his country and he loves his children and grandchildren. Romney’s foray into politics has nothing to do with money due to his successful career in business. In fact he hasn’t taken a paycheck since he left Bain Capitol in 1999 to become CEO of the Olympics. He donated his salary from the Olympics to charity, he did not take a salary as Governor, he is donated all his proceeds from his book to charity, as well as his speaking fees, and in 2008 had promised he would do the same as president. Romney has no ties to special interest groups or lobbyists – no one to pay back favors from the White House. His only motivation is to help make America a better place because it is the land he loves and he wants to leave it well intact for his grandchildren. He feels he has the skills and the know-how to effectuate meaningful change in Washington, and so do I.

Conservative Blog Interviews Nate Gunderson about MittRomneyCentral.com

The conservative blogger Tim Knight of Jumping in Pools approached my brother Nate awhile back to interview him. Nate agreed on the condition that Tim was fully aware that we are not part of Romney’s official team in anyway, but just a bunch of rag-tag grassroots conservatives promoting Romney on our own. Fortunately for us Tim was well aware of this. His response was “There is no better perspective of a potential Republican candidate for President, than of that of dedicated supporters who aren’t told to support, but know they have to support.”

The interview questions:

Mr.Gunderson, what would be the difference between a President Romney and a President Obama?

What is the purpose of Mitt Romney Central, and what do you hope to achieve?

What can you tell us about Mr.Romney’s just-released book?

According to some recent polling data, Romney would win in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and Florida if the 2012 Republican Primaries were held today, what is your reaction?

Would a “Mitt Romney” campaign fracture the Republican base as much as some Cultural Conservatives predict it will?

Give me three reasons to support Romney for the Republican nomination in 2012.

Read the responses at Tim’s blog Jumping in Pools.

Good work bro!

-Luke

Nate and Bonnie Gunderson with Gov. Romney - 2008

Will Romney Put His New MITT ’12 Bumper Sticker On His Car?

I doubt it. But now he knows they’re out there.

romney-mitt-12-bumper-sticker

My brothers (Luke and Aaron) and I had some excitement yesterday. While we were all at work, Luke came into my office to tell me he got a text from a friend. His friend said that Mitt Romney was at an event for a local business just 4 miles away. Not knowing what it was exactly we hopped in the car and went over, grabbing some of our MITT ’12 stickers, just in case.

Apparently Romney was asked to be a speaker at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for APX Alarms which was opening a HUGE new headquarters in Provo, UT. The COO of APX, Alex Dunn, was Romney’s Chief of Staff while he was governor of Massachusetts.

We arrived at the event a little late (still not knowing what it was) and entered through side door in the very back. When we cracked the door we were surprised to see a room full of at least a thousand people with only crowded standing room available in the back. We were also surprised to find that we were standing right next to Spencer Zwick. Our good governor Gary Herbert was speaking at the time, and a few minutes later Romney was introduced to a very raucous reception, partly because of Luke and Aaron.

After we introduced ourselves to Spencer I showed him one of our bumper stickers and his face lit up with a wide smile. He asked if he could have it, and asked for one to give to Mitt when I showed him we had five of them. I don’t know why I was surprised but Spencer was exceptionally friendly, and he was looking very slim from the last time I’d seen him. I asked him whether or not it was true that Romney had written his USA Today op-ed on his blackberry, to which Spencer confirmed.

After the event ended and the crowd began to clear we worked our way toward the front and ran into Josh Romney too. He was also extremely friendly and I was a little surprised that he seemed to remember us. He also liked the bumper sticker a lot and said that we should try to give one to his dad and that it might be the last motivation that his dad needs to run in 2012. In our chat with him he said that his parents have recently spent most of their time at their home in La Jolla, CA, and that they really liked it there. We also talked a little bit about his dad flying later that day to be on the Larry King Live show.

I did get a chance to give a sticker to Governor Romney himself, but only as he was being hurried out of the building after talking some fans and then doing his TV interviews. I stood along the wall right by the door to the exit so I was able to very briefly stop him to shake his hand and give him the sticker. As I gave it to him I mentioned that it was extra motivation for him. He let out a hearty laugh and asked where I got it. I told him I made it and he laughed again as he was walking out.

This brief exchange was actually caught on KSL news where the news anchor actually mentioned the bumper sticker, just as you see it flash in Romney’s hand. I was not aware of this video until a short while ago when Jenn emailed it to me. You can see Aaron, Luke (just barely) and I as Romney is leaving. It’s at about 1:50 in the video.
Click here for a link to the video from KSL. Update: see the first YouTube video below.

Aaron and Luke would be mad at me if I didn’t mention the awesome food they had afterwords.

Here is our bumper sticker that we hope to be selling in our store very soon: (click to enlarge)
mitt romney 2012 bumper sticker

I just want to add that Romney’s speech of course was excellent. He spoke for about 10ish minutes and included some interesting personal stories that I actually had not heard before. He emphasized that it was businesses like APX that would restore jobs to our economy and that the stimulus package was doing nothing to actually create jobs but rather hurting our economy further. He also pointed out the strength of entrepreneurship in how APX was able to raise $330 million dollars from investors (in this economy?) to greatly expand their business and provide THOUSANDS of new jobs.

Video of Mitt’s visit to APX, Provo, Utah December 3, 2009

Mitt Romney Q & A at APX Alarms, Provo, Utah December 3, 2009
Mitt shares his thoughts on the economy.

~Nate G.