Obama Should Adopt Mitt’s Motto: “No Apology”

Reuters reported Thursday that the challenges in the Middle East over the past week represent a “perfect storm” of problems for President Obama.

An eruption of violent unrest across the Middle East is confronting President Barack Obama with the most serious challenge yet to his efforts to keep the Arab Spring from morphing into a new wave of anti-Americanism – and he has few good options to prevent it.

Less than two months before the U.S. presidential election, a spate of attacks on embassies in Libya, Egypt and Yemen poses a huge dilemma for a U.S. leader who took office promising a “new beginning” with the Muslim world but has struggled to manage the transformation that has swept away many of the region’s long-ruling dictators.

Perhaps a “new beginning” wasn’t what was needed in the region after all. Perhaps instead an unequivocal message of America’s willingness to protect itself is what’s needed. We’ll talk, sure, but we’ll also stand up for ourselves. Warning: naked cartoon Obama below the fold. (more…)

Romney Sets Record Straight on Bain: ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, NBC (VIDEOS)

July 13, 2012 – Governor Mitt Romney lays out the FACTS on his Bain Capital record…

Setting the record straight on the Obama campaign’s lies about his record at Bain Capital, Governor Mitt Romney blazed through a series of taped interviews yesterday. They aired last night on five major news outlets.

ABC – Jon Karl / Romney interview July 13, 2012:
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CBS – Jan Crawford / Romney interview July 13, 2012 (Interview was edited; first video is only 51-seconds. Will update if full interview is located.):

Crawford asks Romney to comment on the U.S. Olympic uniform controversy:

CNN – Jim Acosta / Romney interview July 13, 2012:

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FOX – Carl Cameron / Romney interview July 13,2012:


NBC – Peter Alexander / Romney interview July 13, 2012:

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That covers it! Well done, Gov!

Obama, give it up.

Oh, by the way, if anyone thinks our Storyteller-in-Chief will be issuing an apology… nope.


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Romney Speaks on Issues With NH Newspaper Editorial Board (video segments)

Mitt Romney had a sit-down with the Portsmouth Herald editorial board in New Hampshire today. He covered a wide variety of topics including social issues, health care, capital punishment, energy policy, and more:

Romney presents presidential plans at Portsmouth meeting
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November 3, 2011

PORTSMOUTH — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said if he had the opportunity to appoint a Supreme Court justice he or she would be in the mold of Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Chief Justice John Roberts.

“Their approach is the approach I would encourage,” he said. “I would try to find those who would follow the Constitution.”

The U.S. Supreme Court should not create law through its rulings, but should confine itself to interpreting the Constitution, Romney told the Portsmouth Herald editorial board Thursday.

“There are two very different approaches to the Supreme Court. There are those who feel the Constitution is a starting point, with justices saying, ‘We should go here with that thinking.’ You see this in the activist courts,” he said. “Others say the Constitution is not a launching point, but a beginning and ending point. I follow the second camp.”

Romney said justices should not make their own determination about what is wrong with a law or with the Constitution. That should be left to lawmakers or to a Constitutional amendment.

Governor Romney was asked why he wanted to be President:

“On a personal basis, I wouldn’t,” he said, adding that at the end of the 2008 Primary election when he lost to Sen. John McCain, “my wife and I decided I would not run again.”

But after seeing what he said is “an exceptional nation headed in a direction that imperils our future,” his wife had a change of heart — “even before I did.”

“She said, ‘Mitt, you have to get in and do it again.’ And because I love this country, and I’m concerned about my kids and my grandkids, I said, OK,” he said.

For a synopsis of Romney’s take on federal debt, capital punishment, Social Security reform, health care, energy policy, social issues, and education, continue reading here.

Romney shares his views with the editorial board on Supreme Court justices:

ABC posted this next video portion of Romney’s interview. He references his book ‘No Apology’, defends his consistency on the issues, e.g., same-sex marriage and global warming. He knows it’s political season and that those playing the ‘gotcha’ game are looking for any little variance in the words he uses to explain policy:

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The penchant of some who seek to take Romney’s words out of context, mis-quote him, and mischaracterize him is a great disservice to voters. We’re happy to help keep the record straight on Romney, along with the pro-Romney sites found on the right-hand side of this page.

By the way, have you read Romney’s No Apology?

It’s a treasure-trove of detailed Romney policy.

Every American who wants to restore our nation should dive into it.

► Jayde Wyatt

Romney Set To Give Major Speech On Spending On Thursday


Mitt Romney is going to give a major speech on government spending on November 3rd:

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination, will be in Exeter on Thursday, Nov. 3, to “deliver a major policy speech on spending,” according to an e-mail sent out Sunday night by Doug and Stella Scamman.

Romney announced his candidacy for president in June at the Scammans’ Bittersweet Farm in Stratham. Both Doug and Stella Scamman are former state representatives. Doug served two terms as House speaker.

According to the Scammans, the event will be held at 5:30 p.m. at Exeter Town Hall, 10 Front St. Romney was last in Exeter in August, when he appeared at a small forum at the Exeter Historical Society.

… Romney enjoys a sizeable lead in the 2012 New Hampshire polling but is fighting tough battles with Herman Cain in Iowa and South Carolina and is facing intense attacks from former Gov. Rick Perry, who is trying to claw his way back into the race after some early missteps.

Although Romney has explained his views on government spending in his book, No Apology: Believe in America and in his 160 page economic plan available online at Mitt Romney’s website, we look forward to hearing Mitt Romney’s speech.

We’ll try to locate a livefeed, so check back. We’ll also post text of the speech and video if available.

UPDATE by Jayde – After Mitt delivers his fiscal policy speech in Exeter, NH on Thursday, he will then deliver a fiscal policy speech on Friday to the Americans for Prosperity “Defending the American Dream Summit.”

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Event: Mitt Romney Discusses Fiscal Policy In Exeter

When: 5:30 PM EDT

Location: Exeter Town Hall
10 Front Street
Exeter, New Hampshire

Friday, November 4, 2011

Event: Mitt Romney Delivers Speech On Fiscal Policy To The Americans For Prosperity “Defending The American Dream Summit”

When: 100 PM EDT

Location: D.C. Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Avenue NW
Washington, D.C.

Mitt Romney on Fox & Friends, Comments on 9.1% Unemployment, and Confirms Participation in June 13th Debate

Check out video and analysis of Mitt’s NH townhall event here. The entire townhall event can now be watched here. Before Gov. Romney’s first townhall event as an official candidate earlier this morning, he spoke to Fox & Friends.


If anyone is wondering about Gov. Romney positions (since soundbytes usually don’t tell the whole story), remember you can check out the research we’ve done on the issues. Not everyone has time to read Mitt’s book No Apology, but if you do, I highly recommend it. After seeing the amount of detail Gov. Romney puts into his answers, you’ll wonder how so many people get so much about Gov. Romney wrong.

President Obama says 9.1% unemployment is “bump in the road” and Gov. Romney responds.

Gov. Romney Confirms His Participation in the June 13th, New Hampshire Presidential Debate!

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, businessman Herman Cain, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum will participate in the June 13 debate on the campus of St. Anselm College.

Giuliani, Palin, and Huntsman all declined invitations to the debate. The debate will air live from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET in New Hampshire and you can bet we’ll be watching the debate live and chatting here at MRC.

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Mitt was also on the CBS Early Show. Watch video of that interview below the fold (more…)

Mitt Owning RomneyCare . . . No Apology

This is not the third installment in my ongoing series of “Romney vs Health Care” . . . just an update to show that Mitt is not running away from, apologizing for, nor ”flipping” on RomneyCare (as was predicted and encouraged in Part 1 of the series; Part 2 is here for those interested);

Despite the urging  from Mike Huckabee (who I’m sure has Mitt’s best interests in heart) that Romney should apologize for RomneyCare (not the first time Huckabee has called for an apology from Romney BTW), the good Governor has stood firm.  His spokesman, Eric Fehrnstrom responded:

“Mitt Romney is proud of what he accomplished for Massachusetts in getting everyone covered . . .  What’s important now is to return to the states the power to determine their own healthcare solutions by repealing Obamacare.  A one-size-fits-all plan for the entire nation just doesn’t work.”
Apparently, Huckabee spends a good portion of his new book trashing RomneyCare, but does so in a very dishonest manner.  After assailing RomneyCare’s aims and implementation, Huckabee claims: “You get one guess as to who now has the highest average health-insurance premiums in the country. Yep, it’s Massachusetts!”  What he fails to mention is that Massachusetts already HAD the highest premiums BEFORE RomneyCare.

Similarly, Huckabee states in his book ”when the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation stepped into the lab to examine this experiment-in-progress, they found that health care, which was 16 percent of the state budget in 1990, had jumped to 35 percent in 2010.”  Someone remind him that RomneyCare wasn’t even law until 2006!  Quoting 20 years worth of increases (that have been happening in ALL states anyways) and blaming them on RomneyCare is beyond misleading.  And quoting the Massachusettes Taxpayers Foundation (MTF) for that statistic?!?!  The MTF said, in May 2009:

Despite a public perception that the state’s landmark health care reform law has turned out to be unaffordable, a new analysis by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation finds that the cost to taxpayers of achieving near universal coverage has been relatively modest and well within initial projections

Additionally, Huckabee called RomneyCare “socialized medicine” . . . a term he has never used to describe ObamaCare.  Hmmm . . .

UPDATE: Romney’s endorsements are starting to line up prior to him even announcing!  Sen. Orrin Hatch, Sen. Scott Brown, and former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott have all said they’d support Mitt within the last week.  Add your own endorsement of Romney in the comments section!

Mitt Romney Speech Review: No-Nonsense, Honest and Sincere

Mitt Romney Annual Reagan Lecture

Mitt Romney gives the Annual Reagan Lecture - 5/25/10

Yesterday in the chatbox Jayde pointed out an article written by Teresa Pullium of the Cherokee Scout. Teresa’s article was a review of a recent speech by Mitt Romney which was the Annual Reagan Lecture given on May 25th at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.

What was interesting to me about Pullium’s review was that though she was familiar with Mitt Romney she had not yet heard him speak before, nor yet met him in person. Pullium admits “I knew he was handsome, but I had no idea he was brilliant.” She waited in line for more than hour for Romney to sign her new copy of No Apology, and found Romney to be very sincere even in asking the simple question “how are you doing today?”

Some selections from Pullium’s review:

I was fortunate to have been in attendance at the lecture last week. After standing in line for more than an hour to meet him and get his signature on my copy of his new book, it was a pleasure to shake hands and be able to share a few words with him. He looks you directly in the eye, smiles and wants to know, “How are you doing today?” You know he’s not just asking to be polite.

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One of the first things that impressed me about Romney was his grasp of facts. He didn’t use a Teleprompter, nor notes – just what was in his head. He spoke from the heart with a passion and love for America and the people who work so hard everyday just to make ends meet.

Romney shares Reagan’s optimism that we are still, and always will be, the “shining city on the hill.” He voiced his frustration at current and past administrations who seem to just accept that an “inevitable decline” is the norm.

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In No Apology, Romney outlines the “three pillars that sustain a free and strong America.” These pillars are a strong economy, a strong military, and a free and strong people. He says, with all honesty, that he believes we’ve lost all three due to what is going on in Washington.

He makes the strongest case I’ve heard yet for why it’s important that we don’t concede and abandon agreements we’ve made with our allies. Doing so, Romney believes, will only make us weaker in the eyes of other countries who used to look to us for guidance.

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I hope Romney decides to run for president again. Having met the man, heard him speak with honesty and sincerity, I would be proud to help with his campaign. Not too many politicians who speak today do so in a way that makes you forget they are involved in politics in any fashion.

Thanks Teresa. We too hope he runs again in 2012 and we’ll be very proud to help on on his campaign.

~Nate Gunderson

Click here to read the entire review.
Click here to watch Mitt Romney’s speech at the Reagan Presidential Library.

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.

Mitt Romney to Give the Annual Reagan Lecture

From ReaganFoundation.org:

May 25, 2010
Annual Reagan Lecture with Mitt Romney*
3:30 p.m. Book Signing
6:00 p.m. Lecture
7:00 p.m. Dinner

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney will deliver the annual Reagan Lecture at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Tuesday, May 25, 2010. Tickets for the lecture are $125 and include dinner.* For more information, please call 805-522-2977. To purchase tickets, please see below.

Governor Romney will also be signing copies of his latest book, No Apology: The Case for American Greatness (Release date: March 2, 2010) from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. In his latest book, Governor Romney proposes simple solutions to rebuild industry, create good jobs, reduce out of control spending on entitlements and healthcare, dramatically improve education, and restore a military battered by eight years of war. To accommodate as many people as possible, Governor Romney will only be signing copies of No Apology (no past books, letters, postcards, shirts, etc) and will not pose for photographs (candid photos only). Books must be purchased in the Reagan Library Museum Store to receive signature.

To guarantee a signed book, and so that you do not need to wait in line, books may be pre-purchased with his signature on a Reagan Library book plate and picked up the day of the event. Again, these books will be pre-signed.
Click here to purchase a pre-signed book.

If you do not want a pre-signed book, but would like to purchase a book in advance (again, an unsigned book), please click here.

To purchase tickets to the lecture and dinner, please click here.

If you cannot attend the event, but would like to purchase a book to be shipped, click here.

*Chairman receive a 50% discount for the Annual Reagan Lecture. Students and Patriots pay full price. All proceeds from the sale of the books purchased from the Reagan Museum Store benefit The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, the nonprofit organization that sustains The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, the Air Force One Pavilion, the Center for Public Affairs and the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Presidential Learning Center.

Click here to view the dinner menu

This would be an opportune time to put up one of my favorite pictures:

George Romney and Ronald Reagan

George Romney and Ronald Reagan

~Nate G.

Of Paper Plates, Plastic Utensils and Grand-kids

What multi-millionaire that you know of frequents a small restaurant that serves food on paper plates and with plastic utensils?

While reading a somewhat interesting article called “Mitt Romney takes to life in new California home” I found this intriguing little nugget in the closing paragraphs that speaks volumes:

While the streets of La Jolla are filled with emblems of capitalism, from exotic car dealerships to pricey retailers and high-end restaurants, Romney has decidedly lowbrow tastes.

He said one of his favorite meals is the turkey burger at the Burger Lounge. Another favorite place is the Marketplace Grille, where he orders the chicken bowl — chicken served with tabbouleh, a choice of white or herbed rice, and lavash bread. It is served on paper plates with plastic utensils.

“He comes in with his grandchildren,” said Mehran Izadi, the restaurant’s co-owner. “He’s very down to earth. You don’t expect that from a politician.

No, you don’t expect that of politicians, nor of millionaires. Oh that we could have such frugality in Washington these days. Also, I particularly like the mention of him taking his grand-kids out to eat.

Just recently I posted a video of a long “discussion” with Mitt at Emory University’s business school. There were many interesting topics in the discussion, but one that perhaps stuck out to me the most was the topic at the end about which of Mitt’s accomplishments made him the most proud. His answer was his relationship with his wife and kids. He even counseled the business students that they never let business or career get in the way of what brought true joy – family life. To build on his point he stated that getting up in the morning and doing meaningful work is an important part of a healthy family relationship, but that the work his wife did in the home was much more important to their happiness than what he did. That video can be viewed by clicking here. The segment about family begins at the 40:15 mark.

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AP photo: La Jolla Romney residence

Some time after losing the ’08 GOP nomination Governor Romney sold his homes in Massachusetts and Utah and bought a beachfront property in La Jolla California (near San Diego). Romney has spent a lot of time in La Jolla while writing his new book No Apology. The Romney family stills claims residency in Massachusetts and are said to be purchasing a condo in Belmont that they’ll close on in June.

Spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom said the Romneys are buying their own home in Belmont, but a March closing was pushed back to June because of “contractor delays.” That has put forced the Romneys to watch the number of days they spend in California, ensuring they do not raise questions about their primary residency for tax, voting or other legal purposes.

A few months ago I chatted with Josh Romney when his dad spoke at a local event in my home town. I asked Josh how his parents were enjoying La Jolla. He said that they loved it, particularly Ann Romney, but that his dad wanted to make sure they didn’t spend more than six months there during the year or they’d have to pay taxes in California. Who wants to pay taxes in both CA and MA?

Exit trivia: This AP story was written by a particular reporter who had a little dust-up with Romney regarding lobbyists during an interview in a grocery stores. Can anyone name the reporter without googling it? (That doesn’t mean use yahoo or bing.) Anyone have a link to the video?

~Nate Gunderson

Source: AP story “Mitt Romney takes to life in new California home

Just for fun here is the google streetview of the Market Grille in La Jolla.