RNC Chairman Priebus Names First Wave of GOP Convention Headliners

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The first wave of Republican National Convention headliners was released today by RNC Chairman Reince Preibus. The keynote speaker, as well as additional speakers, will be announced at a later date.

All the action gets underway in Tampa, Florida on August 27-30:

Drum roll please… The speakers are:

★ South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley
, first female governor of South Carolina, youngest sitting governor in United States

★ Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, 44th governor of Arkansas, 2008 presidential candidate, NY Times best-selling author, radio and television show host

★ Ohio Governor John Kasich, former House Budget Committee chairman

★ New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, first female Hispanic governor in U.S. and first female governor of New Mexico

★ Arizona Senator John McCain, party’s 2008 nominee, now serving fifth term in U.S. Senate

★ Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, America’s 66th secretary of state and first African-American female to hold the position

★ Florida Governor Rick Scott, from convention host state

“We are proud and excited to announce these outstanding leaders will address the nation during our convention in Tampa,” said Chairman Priebus. “They are some of our party’s brightest stars, who have governed and led effectively and admirably in their respective roles. Ours will be a world class convention, worthy of the next president of the United States, and these speakers-and those that will be announced later-will help make it a truly memorable and momentous event.”

Republican National Convention Chief Executive Officer William Harris noted that “these individuals exemplify the Republican Party’s commitment to economic growth and long-term job creation, and reflect our proud tradition of protecting America’s interests around the world.”

Details on named speakers:

Former Governor Mike Huckabee

“I’m honored to be invited by Governor Romney to address my fellow Republicans at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, but especially grateful for the opportunity to explain to my fellow Americans why this election provides the most stark contrast of political platforms in American history. Four years ago, we were promised an economic recovery and the creation of millions of jobs, but have now seen the longest period of record unemployment since the Great Depression. We were promised that the sacred institution of marriage would be protected, but now we have the first president in history to support changing the nature and definition of marriage. We were promised that faith would guide these decisions, but instead we have seen a full frontal assault on the conscience and convictions of religious liberty by insisting that this new government run health care system include forcing churches, colleges, hospitals, and businesses to bow their knee to the Baal of the federal government. I will do all I can to help Mitt Romney become our president,” said Mike Huckabee.

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A Look Back: Some Important Romney Endorsements (VIDEO)

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A creative Romney supporter (BornFree1791) has crafted a video compilation of some of the important endorsements along the campaign trail for Governor Mitt Romney:

Watch key players as they throw their support to Mitt Romney in the 2012 Presidential Race and learn why they chose to do so in their own words.

A special endorsement has been included at the end…

A great reminder of the strong support for Governor Romney… We know he values every endorsement he’s received!

► Jayde Wyatt

SC Boeing Plant: Romney & Natl Co-Chair Tim Pawlenty Tour, Romney Gives Labor Policy Speech

Undeterred by a National Labor Relations Board lawsuit, Boeing opened their new plant in N. Charleston, SC on June 10, 2011. Mitt Romney and new Natl Campaign Co-chair Tim Pawlenty toured the facility today. Sept 12, 2011 (photo/Steve Wilhelm)

Before making his way to Florida for the presidential debate this evening, Governor Mitt Romney toured a Boeing plant in South Carolina. At his side was new National Co-Chair of Romney’s campaign – Governor Tim Pawlenty.

Romney then delivered a union policy speech to a crowd in N. Charleston; he was introduced by Pawlenty.

Romney, in North Charleston, takes aim at NLRB

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney appeared in North Charleston today with his former rival and newest supporter, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

Pawlenty praised Romney as “the most capable, most knowledgeable, most electable candidate in the race so far.”

Flanked by screens showing the outline of a jetliner, Romney flew into the Lowcountry today to launch his campaign here by talking labor policy and taking aim at the National Labor Relations Board and its lawsuit against Boeing.

Both Romney and Pawlenty toured Boeing’s new manufacturing plant here, the plant that triggered the board’s action. At issue is whether Boeing illegally weakened unions in Washington state by choosing South Carolina – a right to work state – for the plant.

Romney accused Obama of putting “labor stooges on the NLRB to pursue a political payback strategy,” a claim that drew his first applause from the audience.

The National Labor Relations Board (NRLB) has sued Boeing, alleging the $750 million plant was built in South Carolina to avoid unionized labor in Washington state. South Carolina is a strong right-to-work state.

SC Gov. Nikki Haley has been strongly critical of the Obama administration because of the NLRB suit against Boeing.

SC State Treasurer Curtis Loftis, Chairman of the Romney campaign in SC, was also present for The Gov’s speech. In fact, he has a message for America:

South Carolina State Treasurer Curtis Loftis at Mitt Romney's union speech in N. Charleston, SC today. Loftis is Chairman of the Romney campaign in SC. 9/12/11 (click on image to enlarge)

CHECK BACK: If video of Romney’s speech becomes available, we’ll post it here.

More:

On Monday, Romney also named William Kilberg, the lead counsel for Boeing in the ongoing dispute, as a co-chairman of his Labor Policy Advisory Group. Kilberg will help “shape the policies I am proposing to return power from the labor bosses to the workers and businesses that can get our economy going again,” Romney said in a statement.

Boeing, when they decided where they were going to build their new expansion facility, chose South Carolina, chose America,” Romney said in the speech. “The folks that are their No. 1 competitor, Airbus, chose China for their expansion. … Boeing did the right thing. Boeing should not be punished for doing the right thing. Boeing should be celebrated and encouraged.”

The issue has become important in key state South Carolina, where Gov. Nikki Haley (R) has repeatedly called on Obama, along with the Republican presidential candidates, to state his position on the lawsuit.

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Tim Pawlenty will join Gov Romney as a guest this evening at the GOP debate in Florida.

► Jayde Wyatt

Romney to Tour Boeing Plant in SC, Deliver Labor Policy Speech


Workers add infrastructure to piece of fuselage at a Boeing-operated plant in N. Charleston, South Carolina (June 10, 2008). Mitt Romney will will be in SC on Monday, Sept 12, 2011, to tour Boeing. After the tour, he will deliver a labor policy speech. (photo Brad Nettles/AP)


Looking ahead…

Before taking his place onstage at the next presidential debate (Monday, Sept 12th in Tampa, FL), Mitt Romney will first pay a visit that same day to the beautiful state of South Carolina to tour Boeing. Boeing is being sued by the National Labor Relations Board (NRLB) for building a plant in SC in what they view as retaliation for union strikes against the Boeing plant in Washington state.

While there, Governor Romney will also deliver a policy speech on unions which will include a proposed executive order giving workers a secret ballot option and opt-out from membership in a union. He spoke of this executive order earlier in the week at Senator Jim DeMint’s Palmetto Freedom Forum in Columbia, SC. To listen to Romney’s comments on unions, including right-to-work legislation, click here (2nd video @7:49).

PostandCourier.com

COLUMBIA — White House hopeful Mitt Romney will wade into the union fight over the Boeing Company’s decision to locate in right-to-work South Carolina when he delivers a policy speech on labor after he tours the North Charleston plant Monday.

Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, will tour the facility in advance of the presidential debate in Tampa, Fla., later that day. Romney said at a GOP presidential forum in Columbia on Labor Day that union is not a bad word in itself, but the powerful labor organizations need to be kept in check.

The lawsuit that the National Labor Relations Board brought against Boeing for locating in South Carolina, considered an anti-union state by some, is the best example of why Romney wants to reverse the labor policies put forward by President Barack Obama, according to Romney’s campaign.

Gov. Nikki Haley said she welcomes Romney’s visit and his ideas. Haley, also a Republican, has been adamant in her fight against the labor board for its complaint against Boeing.

We appreciate not just the talk but the action Governor Romney has taken to understand and highlight the challenges NLRB has brought upon Boeing,” Haley said in a statement Friday. “It is a strong sign to the people of our state that he is focused on our jobs.”

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Highlights from Romney’s labor policy speech:

• Romney’s labor policy will focus on free enterprise, free choice and free speech.
• Labor laws must be carried out even-handedly to provide businesses with the certainty they need to grow and thrive.
• The law must be clear: Any company is free to invest anywhere it wants.
• Workers have a right to vote on whether to unionize by secret ballot. That is a position that South Carolinians overwhelmingly support. In November, 86 percent of state voters approved a constitutional amendment that requires union elections to be conducted by secret ballot.
• Romney opposes so-called snap elections, or ambush elections, for votes on whether a company should unionize. He wants to build in protections that will ensure employers have time to protect their legal rights and talk to workers about the downsides of unions.
• Unions should raise cash for political contributions the same way any other business or supporter would, by asking for donations, not using paycheck dues to fund donations.



Governor Romney endorsed Haley when she sought South Carolina’s gubernatorial seat last fall.

► Jayde Wyatt

VEEP MADNESS! It’s Down to the Elite 8

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Round 2 recap: We had our first #1 seed upset in Division B where (1)Bobby Jindal went down to (5)Condi Rice 53%-47%. In fact, all #1-4 seeds in Div. B have all been in eliminated. We also had our closest competition of the tournament where Allen West defeated Mike Pence by only 2 points. Had a single person who voted for West voted for Pence instead it would have been an exact tie. Of the eight candidates remaining four are non-white/Caucasian, two are female, three are/were Governors, two are Senators and two are Congressmen.

On to the Elite Eight!

Who would you want as Mitt Romney’s VP? The third round polls are below. Voting for this round will go until Tuesday.

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VEEP MADNESS! Time to pick the bottom-half of the 2012 GOP ticket

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IT’S VEEP MADNESS AT MRC!!

Since this is a pro-Romney site it would be pointless to run a presidential preference tournament. So we are going to do the next best thing – pick the bottom half of the ticket. Click the image above to see the whole bracket. If you don’t like my seeding assignments… well… it was all pretty much arbitrary anyways.

The first round polls are below. Voting for this round will go until Sunday.

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Mitt Romney Adding Muscle to 2010 Races “At a Much Higher Level than Anyone Else”

Romney Adds Conservative Muscle to 2010 Races (Photo by Michael Fagans / The Californian)

I just got done reading a very well-written piece from POLITICO that gives a detailed summary of Mitt Romney’s party building efforts, (and his apparent 2012 groundwork strategies). The article is long, so I’ll just post a few intro paragraphs and some of the more interesting blurbs. I encourage you, though, to click through to the original article and read it in it’s entirety.

Without further delay, enjoy the read:

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is grinding through the 2010 campaign state by state and district by district, adhering to a go-everywhere, never-say-no campaign schedule that will have recorded visits to 30 states before Election Day.

It’s an approach that sets him apart from other 2012 prospects in its plodding, comprehensive, Nixon-in-’66-like pace.

Romney’s schedule is so all-inclusive that it barely looks like he’s picking his targets. In just the past few weeks, he’s campaigned for Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson and gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal. He made a Western campaign trip that included stops for Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, Nevada House candidate Joe Heck and gubernatorial nominee Brian Sandoval, among others. He also made a trip to Florida on Oct. 1 to boost Rick Scott — who won an upset victory over state Attorney General Bill McCollum, whom Romney campaigned for back in June — in the GOP gubernatorial primary.

Romney’s spreading his donations around widely, too: As of Sept. 30, he’d given $940,000 through his Free and Strong America PAC to 188 congressional candidates, two dozen Senate candidates and 20 Republicans running for governor, according to financial information obtained by POLITICO.

Much of that time and money is spent on party-building activities in states like Rhode Island, Maryland and Kansas — places of dubious value to most presidential candidates.

But by establishing himself as a force in states beyond the early-primary circuit of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada, Romney’s cementing his role as a party leader and laying the groundwork for a potential nomination fight that lasts well past the first round of small-state elections.

It’s a strategy that recalls former President Richard Nixon’s slow climb back to power after he lost the presidency in 1960 and the California governor’s race two years later: Gearing up to run for president in 1968, Nixon simply outcampaigned his competitors with a frenzy of activity in the 1966 midterms.

Some interesting highlights:

“He’s using his PAC resources to create and cultivate relationships significantly down the primary calendar,” said one GOP consultant aligned with a potential Romney rival. “My hunch is that the thesis is that if it’s Romney versus someone else, which I think a lot of people think this race will winnow to, he wants to have the financial power and depth of relationships to be a candidate that endures.”

On Romney’s PAC:

“They understand the goal of fundraisers is to maximize contributions and minimize costs, so they don’t demand private planes and other costly things that legally must be paid for by the campaigns,” said Bob Honold, who handles incumbent retention for the National Republican Congressional Committee. “These midterms are all about jobs and the economy — topics right in Romney’s wheelhouse — so he’s perfect with big donors but also on the stump for members and candidates.”

On Romney’s Operation:

“I think his operation is, unquestionably, very strong,” said one Republican state lawmaker who has met with Romney and is undecided about whom to support in 2012. “He’s doing all the things, at a much higher level than anybody out there at this point.”

On the Early Primary States:

Romney’s not ignoring the early states: At the beginning of this month, he endorsed 38 candidates in Iowa and gave a total of $41,500 to their campaigns. He’s scheduled to visit the first-in-the-nation caucus state at the end of October, and, last month, he headlined a major state GOP event in New Hampshire.

On Mitt’s efforts in South Carolina:

“He’s done everything he possibly could.”

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What is MSNBC’s Chris Matthews Thinking?

First, let’s start with the good. Chris Matthews says that Mitt Romney is not a politician and that is why he will lose. This is good only because we can use that clip when people argue foolishly that Mitt is this Washington insider/career politician when we know the truth is that Mitt has never held a political office in Washington and has, in fact, only held one political office for a grand total of four years. However, after that, this clip has nothing much to offer because of the outlandish assumptions Chris Matthews makes. Whether or not this is simply Chris Matthews making mistakes or part of a larger concerted effort, time will tell.

note: The original video was taken down off youtube, but the new video below has much of the same footage:

#1. Why does MSNBC continue to refuse to even acknowledge the help Mitt Romney gave Nikki Haley’s campaign for governor of South Carolina. It’s certainly true that Sarah Palin’s endorsement was a big boost to the Haley campaign, but Mitt endorsed Nikki first, gave way more money to her campaign through his PAC, and did more behind the scenes to help. I’m very happy Sarah Palin endorsed Nikki Haley, and it’s nice to see Sarah and Mitt endorsing a lot of the same candidates, but I’m getting sick of the media pushing the same narrative on us every time a conservative candidate wins something.

#2. Chris Matthews assumes Sarah Palin will win Iowa simply because she apparently has the evangelical vote all to herself and she will be one woman against 5 men. Maybe Chris should ask Hillary Clinton how much it helps to be the only woman in a field of men.

#3. Then, Chris Matthews predicts that Sarah would get 2nd or third in New Hampshire followed by a first place finish in South Carolina. I would guess Chris’ assumption is that Sarah would get the endorsements of Nikki Haley, Jim DeMint, and other top conservatives in South Carolina, but I think that is taking quite a leap considering both Nikki Haley and Jim DeMint endorsed Mitt in 2008 and Mitt has held major fundraisers/donated large amounts through his PAC to both of them. (Note: Nikki Haley and Jim DeMint have both increased the value of their endorsement considerable from 2008.)

#4. Then, in perhaps the most ridiculous of all of Chris Matthew’s predictions, he says that Sarah Palin will win in Michigan against Mitt Romney. First of all, the 2012 primary calendar hasn’t even been set, so we have no idea if Michigan will be next after the first three. There are strong indications that Nevada will go before any other states after the first three of IA, NH, and SC, and Mitt won a huge landslide in Nevada in 2008. However, as someone who has lived in Michigan my entire life, I hope Michigan goes early in the primary season. We have been facing the economic problems that the whole country now faces for much longer than everyone else. Furthermore, I hope Michigan goes early because Mitt will win Michigan. Mitt is more popular here than ANY of our own politicians. His family history is well known and respected around here, and the crowds for Mitt here in Michigan in 2008 were huge and electric.

On top of all of that, we don’t even know that Sarah Palin is running for President.

Romney Among Most Influential Republicans

Top Influential Republicans

Top Influential Republicans

Chris Cillizza, from the “The Fix“, once again ranks Mitt Romney as one of the most influential voices within the Republican party. Here is what he had to say about Mitt’s recent activities:

The former Massachusetts governor is slowly and methodically rolling out endorsements in state after state, acting like what he is: the current frontrunner for the 2012 Republican nomination. Romney still has questions to answer: Can he empathize with voters distressed about the economy? Will he compete in Iowa? But there are fewer unknowns surrounding Romney than anyone else looking at the race.

Here is the full list of those that made the top ten:
1. Haley Barbour 2. Mitt Romney 3. Sarah Palin 4. Chris Christie 5. Tim Pawlenty 6. Scott Brown 7. Newt Gingrich 8. Nikki Haley 9. Bobby Jindal 10. Mike Huckabee

The top five are pictured up above in order of their rank.

P.S. There is a poll at the end of the post. I suggest that you go vote.

South Carolina's GOP Primary Results: Nikki Haley's Victory Speech


Congratulations to Nikki Haley!

“We’ve got some thank you’s that I need to say tonight. First of all, I’d like to thank Governor Mitt Romney who was the first National figure to come in to this state when I was 4th in a very heavy race.” ~ Nikki Haley

Nikki Haley (center) reacts to learning she has won South Carolina's Republican nomination for governor.

 

From Politico

Her convincing runoff victory over Rep. Gresham Barrett—she had 65 percent to his 35 percent with virtually all the votes counted — makes her the first woman to win either party’s nomination for the state’s top job. South Carolina’s conservative heritage and the mood of voters this year means she is the frontrunner in November’s general election against Democratic state Sen. Vincent Sheheen – and a win would make her South Carolina’s first woman governor.

UPDATE by Jayde: Governor Romney congratulated Nikki Haley for her victory last night by phone and issued this statement today:

“Against the longest of odds, Nikki Haley took on the political establishment and won. Nikki’s conservative reform message resonated throughout the state of South Carolina because she is committed to fiscal discipline and is not tied to the old way of doing things. Putting her in the governor’s office will represent real progress in the effort to control government spending and restore the free market principles that have built and guided our nation.”

(HT Bosman)

Update #2 by Jayde: To listen to a 5 minute podcast of Romney speaking with Forum reporter Kristen Daum, click here. (Scroll down to ‘Audio’ in middle column.)