Thousands upon thousands came to hear Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan speak last night at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, near Morrison, Colorado. NM Governor Susana Martinez, and entertainers Kid Rock and Rodney Atkins, also shared the stage with Romney and Ryan. Click on image to enlarge.
(Photo – RomneyResponse)
What a night!
In spite of gridlocked traffic hours before the event began, from near and far, they pressed forward. Driving up mountain roads, through the rocks they came…
As far as the eye could see, thousands of Romney/Ryan supporters made their way to magnificent Red Rocks Park, Colorado, for a chance in a life-time to see Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan – together for the first time in the beautiful Centennial State. The venue filled to capacity; many were turned away.
Sarah Hoyt at Instapundit.com writes:
Romney Ryan Rally at Red Rocks: [W]e left our home in time to get there just before five under normal conditions. About thirty miles out, the highway became a parking lot, where we got stuck for the next two hours. The freaky thing was the lines extending behind us at least as much. The highway exit was closed, but we’re conservatives/libertarians, we find ways. So we went back roads, parked in way outlaying parking lot (for another facility) and tried to walk. Only the people ahead of us were getting turned back at the door, so we all walked back to our cars shouting stuff like “Romney” and “Soon a real president.” Look at those pictures and let me tell you, at least that many of us were turned away or prevented from approaching.
See 360 photo posted here(scroll in/out, click two circles at top for 360 degree views).
As the enormous crowd waited to hear Congressman Ryan and Governor Romney (who, by the way, was fresh off his third and final well-executed debate with Obama), entertainers Kid Rock and Rodney Atkins wowed them.
Up-and-comer New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez – the first female Hispanic governor in the history of the United States – was also on hand to rev up the massive audience. (Remember her terrific GOP Convention speech?!)
Now, President Obama rattled off a “cute” joke last night about defense planning not being a game of Battleship. Well Mr. President, our BUDGET isn’t a game of Monopoly, either! Attacking Mitt Romney is NOT an agenda. Four more years, like the last four years, is NOT a solution.”
You see, this election, we’re not just picking the next president for four more years. WE are picking the direction and course of our country for a generation. It doesn’t matter which generation you come from – this is the most important election in YOUR generation!”
Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton also popped on stage to voice strong support for Romney and Ryan. (*See press release below).
If there would have been a roof to raise, this Romney/Ryan rally would have blown it clear up to the moon shining down on them.
UPDATE – Highlights not included on above video:
Romney supporter: “I have been at Red Rocks because I’ve lived here and I have never seen a crowd like this!”
Another supporter: “It’s on fire! Red Rocks is on fire because Mitt Romney is here. And, we are thrilled to be a part of it.”
A view from the top… “More people came than the amphitheater could hold. Momentum grows even more!” (Photo and comments from @dmitchell624)
Hundreds of coal miners and their families stand in line to hear GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney speak at his VICTORY rally at the Century Mine near Beallsville, Ohio, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012.
(Photo – Toledo Blade)
Today we heard substantive words we’ve been waiting to hear…
Mitt Romney has a WALLOPING energy independence plan for the USA!
Revving up the crowd in oil-producing town Hobbs, New Mexico, Governor Romney unveiled his BOLD new direction for ending America’s dependence on foreign oil – and more. Choosing Watson Truck & Supply Co., a trucking, oil, and field service company as his backdrop, Romney spoke of getting America energy independent by 2020. It lit the audience on fire.
A portion of his speech:
Governor Romney: “Three million jobs come back to this country by taking advantage of something we have right underneath our feet.That’s oil, and gas, and coal. We’re going to make it happen. We’re going to create those jobs. Let me tell you what else it does. It adds $500 billion to the size of our economy. That is more good wages. That’s an opportunity for more Americans to have a bright and prosperous future. It also means, by the way, tens of billions, potentially hundreds of billions of dollars, of tax revenues going into states and the federal government which can make sure we have a military second to none and schools that lead the world and care for our seniors, better roads and bridges. Accomplishing what I’ve described right there also means lower energy prices for American families and by the way, for American businesses, so that as businesses are thinking about where to build a factory and they look at the cost of production, let’s say, of a particular product, and they look at the energy cost, they see that here in North America, we have ample energy and it is low cost. And that will bring businesses back here. So you are going to see more manufacturing come back to the United States as a result of doing what is so clearly in our best interest.”
Listen to further details in Romney’s EXCITING SPEECH here.
UPDATE – PDF ‘The Romney Plan for a stronger Middle Class: ENERGY INDEPENDENCE’
“It is achievable,” Romney said while flanked by heavy equipment used for oil exploration at a trucking facility. “This is not some pie in the sky kind of thing. This is a real, achievable objective.”
Romney’s slimmed-down six-point plan, previewed to reporters Wednesday evening, revolves around increasing domestic oil and gas production in order to spur job growth, while reducing red tape and streamlining federal regulations he argues hinder growth.
Among his proposals, Romney called for increased offshore drilling along the continental shelf, reducing wait times for drilling permits on federally controlled lands, and completing the Keystone XL pipeline to bring in oil from Canada – a constant criticism from Romney who has called its approval “a no brainer.”
The increased production, according a briefing paper released by the Romney campaign, will create 3 million jobs – 1 million of them in the manufacturing sector – and upwards of $500 billion in additional Gross Domestic Product. And for cash strapped municipalities and states, they argue it will increase tax revenues by up to $1 trillion over 10-years.
“That’s more good wages,” Romney said. “That’s an opportunity for more Americans to have a bright and prosperous future.”
In addition to the 15 million barrels already produced in the US daily, Romney said his proposals would produce 2 million barrels from off shore drilling, 2 million barrels from “tight” oil production – oil reached through horizontal drilling and “fracking” – 1 million barrels of bio diesel, and another 2 million barrels in natural gas. The extra production, Romney argues, would leave North America completely self-sufficient.
“The net of all this, as you can see, is by 2020, we’re able to produce somewhere between 23 and 28 million barrels per day of oil and we won’t need to buy any oil from the Middle East or Venezuela or anywhere else that we don’t want to,” Romney said.
Obama’s main energy focus has been on renewable energy and awarding outlandish amounts of taxpayer money to his ‘green‘ cronies – money which has mostly gone *poof* into thin air with few, if any, results – or went to foreign companies. And, surprise! As it turns out, Obama’s so-called “independent” energy loan watchdog, Herb Allison, is an Obama guy and is donating money to reelect him.
Contrary to all the facts and figures Obama is now spouting about his superb energy record, our President implemented a No New Access Energy Plan. Plus, remember back in 2008 when Obama said under his Administration’s policies that coal plants would go bankrupt? Once elected, he sicced the EPA on that right away. Don’t forget Obama’s billions of dollars loan to Brazil to develop their off-shore drilling (while suppressing U.S. off-shore permits) assuring them America would buy their oil. Guess what? Brazil’s oil is going to… CHINA. (Smell a rat? Go see the movie 2016: Obama’s America to understand why Obama does what he does. I guarantee your eyes will be opened.)
Love this photo and these guys! Romney greets some of America’s energy heroes – coal miners – who lined up earlier in the day to support him at his rally at American Energy Corp in Beallsville, Ohio on Aug 14, 2012. (Photo – Toledo Blade)
Romney also approves of renewables, but has the common sense to know that repressing fossil fuels in the hope that windmills and sunbeams will magically supply America’s commercial, military, and private sector needs is short-sighted and very foolish. Obama’s energy actions have STUNTED America and heaped more bills on the mountain of bills he’s racked up for U.S. citizens to pay. Sixteen TRILLION dollars of debt… coming soon to America!
Many Americans have been anxiously awaiting the day we develop our own energy sources in such a capacity that we no longer have to kowtow to oil cartels. Romney’s full-scope, forward-thinking plan to unleash the natural resources we’ve been blessed with, in an expedited yet responsible way, along with the massive resultant benefits, is VERY GOOD NEWS.
Blogging about Mitt Romney is a lot like trying to run with famous racehorse, Seabiscuit. You know you’ll have to work hard to keep up with him, once in awhile you feel like you’re pulling even, then, before you know it, he’s left you four lengths behind – eating dust!
Here’s a catch-up look at a few highlights from Romney’s campaigning of the last week (not a comprehensive week-in-review because there’s simply too much!).
Romney brushed aside questions about his future political plans, saying he is concentrating on helping get people like Heck, Krolicki, Sharron Angle, and gubernatorial candidate Brian Sandoval elected.
In a statement that gave a glimpse of a future campaign that would appeal to angry Tea Party types, Romney went out of his way to admit that Republicans are in part responsible for the huge federal deficits and runaway government spending, while distancing himself from those decisions.
“We spent too much. We allowed government to get too big when we were in charge. I didn’t happen to be part of that team, but I think that has been a real issue,” said Romney.
Continuing to put his money where his mouth is, Mitt Romney has announced political endorsements in New Mexico and additional endorsements in Pennsylvania today. Romney’s recommendations and funds from his Free and Strong America PAC are welcome additions to candidates as they battle their way to victory this fall.
Susana Martinez: Susana Martinez currently serves as a District Attorney in New Mexico and is now the Republican nominee for Governor. She is the first Hispanic woman nominated for Governor by either of the major parties in the United States. For more information about her and her campaign, visit www.susanamartinez2010.com.
Jon Barela: Jon Barela, a longtime public servant and community leader, is now running to represent New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.jonbarela.com.
Steve Pearce: Steve Pearce previously represented the 2nd Congressional District of New Mexico, and is running to reclaim his seat. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.peopleforpearce.com.
The PAC also announced that it is sending Susana Martinez a $5,000 contribution, and Jon Barela and Steve Pearce each a $2,500 contribution.
“At a time when too many of our leaders are interested in growing the size of government, we need leaders who will stand up and say no to higher taxes and higher spending. This is why it is so important that we elect people like Susana Martinez, Jon Barela, and Steve Pearce who will work to get our economy back on track and make job creation a priority,” said Romney.
Attorney General Tom Corbett: Tom Corbett currently serves as the Attorney General of Pennsylvania and is now running for Governor. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.tomcorbettforgovernor.com.
Congressman Charlie Dent: Charlie Dent currently represents the 15th Congressional District of Pennsylvania and is running for reelection. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.dentforcongress.com.
Congressman Jim Gerlach: Jim Gerlach currently represents the 6th Congressional District of Pennsylvania and is running for reelection. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.jimgerlachforcongress.com.
Congressman Joe Pitts: Joe Pitts currently represents the 16th Congressional District of Pennsylvania and is running for reelection. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.joepittsforcongress.com.
Congressman Bill Shuster: Bill Shuster currently represents the 9th Congressional District of Pennsylvania and is running for reelection. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.billshusterforcongress.com.
Lou Barletta: Lou Barletta currently serves as a Pennsylvania mayor and is now running to represent the 11th Congressional District of Pennsylvania. For more information about him and his campaign, please visit www.loubarletta.com.
Mike Fitzpatrick: Mike Fitzpatrick previously represented the 8th Congressional District of Pennsylvania, and is running to reclaim his seat. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.fitzpatrickforcongress.com.
The PAC also announced that it is sending each of the federal candidates a $2,500 general election contribution toward their respective Congressional campaigns.
“Pennsylvanians are fortunate to have so many candidates committed to keeping taxes low, cutting wasteful spending, and creating a pro-growth environment. It is critical that we elect fiscally-conservative leaders who will focus on turning our economy around rather than growing the size of government, and that is why I am proud to endorse these candidates today,” said Romney.
Yes, of course it is very early to place huge stock in such polls, but we can’t help but be drawn to any early indication of what might possibly happen in 2012. With that in mind I present the results of the Public Policy Polling‘s survey of Florida Republican primary voters:
If the Republican candidates for President in 2012 were Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, and Mitt Romney who would you vote for?
52% Mitt Romney
21% Mike Huckabee
18% Sarah Palin
I don’t think I need to remind our readers how important of state Florida in the primary schedules with it’s 57 winner-takes-all delegates. Cross-tabs from the survey show that results are basically the same whether the polled Republicans were of conservative, moderate, or liberal ideology.
Not to be excluded from the report is the great news that Romney also holds large lead in an identical poll Colorado. This one isn’t quite headline news as Romney overwhelmingly won Colorado in the 2008 primary caucus. The results for Colorado PPP poll:
44% Mitt Romney
25% Sarah Palin
17% Mike Huckabee
For full results of the Florida and Colorado polls, including cross-tabs, click here.
Other recent polls: PPP Texas:
32% Mitt Romney
29% Mike Huckabee
23% Sarah Palin
PPP New Mexico:
33% Mitt Romney
32% Sarah Palin
18% Mike Huckabee
For full results of the Feb. 26 Texas and New Mexico polls, including cross-tabs, click here.
Magellan Strategies California,
For full results of the March 4 California poll, including cross-tabs, click here.