More endorsements for Mitt Romney from elected officials and leaders in Missouri were announced today:
“I am honored to have these Missouri leaders behind my campaign,” said Mitt Romney. “With their help, I look forward to getting America back to work. Earning the support of Missouri voters will be critical in this campaign.”
“Thanks to his experience in the private sector and as governor, I believe Mitt Romney is the best prepared to help get our nation’s economy back on track,” said U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.). “Missourians are tired of President Obama’s costly economic policies, which have led to out-of-control spending, record federal debt, and fewer private sector jobs nationwide.”
State Auditor Tom Schweich said, “I am proud to stand behind Mitt Romney in his campaign for president. His experience in the private sector makes him the best candidate in the race to turn around our economy. He will provide the much needed leadership in Washington to get Americans back to work and restore fiscal sanity in government.”
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Missouri Elected Officials And Leaders Endorsing Mitt Romney:
• Roy Blunt; U.S. Senator
• Jim Talent; Former U.S. Senator
• Tom Schweich; State Auditor
• Tom Dempsey; Senate Majority Leader
• Tim Jones; House Majority Leader
• Michael Gibbons; Former Senate President Pro Tempore
• Catherine Hanaway; Former Speaker of the State House
• Doug Russell; Former Missouri Republican Party Chairman
• Mike Kehoe; State Senator
• John Griesheimer; Former State Senator & Franklin County Commissioner
• Sue Allen; State Representative
• Cloria Brown; State Representative
• Mike Cierpiot; State Representative
• John Diehl; State Representative
• Tom Flanigan; State Representative
• Glen Klippenstein; State Representative
• Bill Lant; State Representative
• Noel Torpey; State Representative
• Chuck Pryor; Former State Representative
• Todd Smith; Former State Representative
• Dean Dankleson; Jasper County Prosecuting Attorney
• Eric Zahnd; Platte County Prosecutor
• Kathy Swan; Cape Girardeau City Council Member
• Jeremy Boucher; St. Clair County Republican Chairman
• Robert Hull; Worth County Republican Chairman
Georgette Mosbacher, Republican National Committee Finance Co-Chair said that once the Christie presidential decision was final, the very next day, she would be on the phone all day for Mitt Romney. 10/4/11
After Chris Christie declared in a news conference today that he will NOT be a candidate for president, it appears that the GOP presidential field is settled. At least according to some remaining big bundlers…
“A lot of us who normally would have been in this presidential race a long time ago, have been waiting for Christie to make a decision,” said Georgette Mosbacher, a Republican uber-fund-raiser and finance co-chair of the Republican National Committee who was among a group of Republican bundlers hoping to convince Christie to enter the race. “I think tomorrow, we’ll be contacting one another and probably put something together with Romney.”
“I’m going to go with Mitt Romney,” said John Catsimatidis, another donor who had been intrigued with Christie, in a brief phone interview this afternoon.
“You’re calling about yesterday’s news,” said Catsimatidis, who said he had gotten the indication Christie wouldn’t run from some of the governor’s advisers yesterday.
Catsimatidis said he had started pitching Romney in the last couple weeks, on the expectation the governor wouldn’t seek the nomination. At a meeting with other conservatives last Monday night, Catsimatidis said, he made the pitch for Romney’s electability.
“The speech I gave to my conservative friends was, if you pick somebody who makes you 100 percent happy, you only get 47 percent against Obama,” said Catsimatidis. “We have to capture the middle in order to win and make a change in this country. Ninety percent of them stood up and said, ‘You’re right.'”
Mosbacher conceded there was “some disappointment” at Christie’s decision, but said the public flirtation with Christie wouldn’t make it tougher to raise for Romney, especially with Texas governor Rick Perry suddenly slipping in the polls after a couple of disastrous debate performances.
“Look, we’ll raise the money that’s necessary to beat Obama,” she said. “It’s not going to be any harder than it would have been a month ago, or two months ago, or six months ago. Now it’s pretty clear. Perry has dropped pretty quickly. And I would say that the race is now Romney and Obama. … [O]ur first and foremost goal is to defeat Obama. And we do believe Romney, in terms of independents, will be a strong candidate. We will coalesce behind him now.”
Mosbacher said the big bundlers in her circle “do not consider a Perry factor.”
Catsimatidis said his level of involvement would depend on what the Romney campaign asks of him, but he expected to be more involved than simply cutting a check.
Mosbacher said she would be on the phone for Romney as soon as the Christie decision becomes official.
“The time has come. With the primaries being moved up, the time has come to get behind him,” she said.
“Tomorrow I’ll be on the phone all day,” Mosbacher told me today.
“Quite frankly, it’ll be easier, because now we know who it is who will be our nominee,” she added. “So we will pull our Rolodexes out and get to work.”
Romney for President has released another eye-catching video today. “Two Different Plans” highlights the devastating effect Rick Perry’s proposal for Social Security could have on the state of Florida:
Governor Rick Perry has proposed that Social Security be turned over to the states. But transferring the program’s fiscal challenges to states already facing severe budget crises of their own will only make matters worse, especially in those states with relatively high numbers of Social Security beneficiaries. While Perry has not yet provided an explanation of his proposal that would allow a thorough evaluation of its specific contours, an initial assessment can be made on the basis of the ideas that he has outlined.
On the same day this white paper was first released, Perry advanced a new claim, that “we never said that we were going to move this back to the states. What we said was, we ought to have as one of the options the state employees and the state retirees, they being able to go off of the current system, on to one that the states would operate themselves.” Such an assertion is plainly inconsistent with the proposal he has previously advanced, and only raises further questions that are included in this updated version of the paper.
This white paper has two goals: first, to identify the questions that must be addressed before Perry’s proposal can be properly understood and thoroughly analyzed; second, to use what information is available about the proposal to estimate its possible effects on various states.
The paper considers four states — Florida, Iowa, Arizona, and Louisiana — and assesses the budgetary impacts of a basic plan under which each state is responsible for funding its own Social Security program out of its own tax revenues. The findings are as follows:
Florida could face a $16 billion shortfall, requiring it to either:
Reduce the scale of its program by removing more than one million recipients or cutting benefits per recipient by more than $4,000;
Make dramatic cuts elsewhere in its budget, such as elimination of its public education and prison systems; or
IA could face a $1.5 billion shortfall — more than 25% of its general fund.
AZ could face a nearly $3 billion shortfall — more than 33% of its general fund.
LA could face a $1 billion shortfall — more than 10% of its general fund.
Methodology, assumptions, and illustrative calculations are provided in an appendix to the paper. As Perry provides additional details about his proposal, these projections can be refined.
Read The Full Romney For President White Paper Below:
Mitt Romney issued a statement yesterday on the death sentence of Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani in Iran:
“I strongly condemn the Iranian regime for the conviction and death sentence of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. The freedom of religious belief is the most personal of rights, and Iran’s effort to bring the power of the state to bear upon Pastor Nadarkhani’s Christian faith is not only a violation of Iran’s international obligations, but an unacceptable outrage against human dignity. I call on the Iranian authorities to rescind the conviction and death sentence, release Pastor Nadarkhani, and abandon all measures that deny the Iranian people basic human rights.”
Iranian Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani has been sentenced to death on a variety of changed charges by the Iranian government. October 3, 2011
Background on Pastor Nadarkhani:
Christian Youcef Nadarkhani, evangelical pastor of about 400 Iranians called the Church of Iran, converted from Islam to Christianity at the age of 19. The small congregation used to meet in a small church in the northern Iranian city of Rasht. In October 2009 he was arrested, imprisoned, and condemned to death for apostasy under Islam’s sharia law. The charges were then changed to rape and extortion. Most recently, he has been accused of being a ‘zionist’.
“Iranian authorities should immediately free pastor Yousef Nadarkhani and drop all charges against him,” Human Rights Watch said last week.
A Supreme Court ruling in June initially overturned a lower court’s sentence of execution against Nadarkhani, but now rights groups are worried that he could still be executed after refusing to give up his Christian beliefs.
“Iran is one of the very few countries in the 21st century where authorities would drag an individual before a court of law and force him to choose between his faith and his life,”said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch.
“Nadarkhani should not have to spend one more day in jail, let alone face execution.”
Security forces initially arrested Nadarkhani, a member of the Church of Iran and pastor to a 400-member congregation in the northern city of Rasht, in October 2009.
In November 2010, a lower court sentenced Nadarkhani to death for “apostasy from Islam,” despite the fact that no such crime exists under Iran’s penal code. On September 22, Branch 11 of the Gilan Court of Appeals affirmed Nadarkhani’s death sentence for apostasy, but in June the Supreme Court remanded the case to the lower court for further investigation, ruling that Nadarkhani could not be executed if he had not been a Muslim after the age of maturity – 15 years for boys according to Iranian law – and he repents.
He is currently waiting for the Gilan appeals court to issue its verdict and sentence, and plans to appeal again any death or imprisonment sentence to the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court rejected arguments that apostasy is not a crime under Iran’s laws simply because it is not codified in the Islamic Penal Code, and held that the crime is recognized in Sharia (Islamic law) and by the founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
U.S. leaders have denounced Iran’s actions and called for greater respect for religious freedom from the country’s government. Calling religious freedom a “universal human right,” House Speaker John Boehner (R–OH) urged the Iranian government to “abandon this dark path” and release Nadarkhani without conditions.
Representative James Lankford (R–OH) likewise stated that Iran’s detainment of Nadarkhani “clearly shows that they devalue basic human liberty and faith in pursuit of unrelenting control of their country.” He continued: “It is a discriminatory belief that has led to the religious persecution of many Iranian citizens who are endowed with the unalienable right that all men and women around the world have to pursue a more fulfilling and joyous life through religious freedom.”
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton weighed in on the situation, saying the United States is “deeply concerned” about the religious persecution perpetuated by the Iranian regime: “The United States stands with the international community and all Iranians against the Iranian government’s hypocritical statements and actions, and we continue to call for a government that respects the human rights and freedom of all those living in Iran.”
The need is great for the international community to speak out against the serious religious oppression of the Iranian government and particularly the looming death of Nadarkhani. The profound importance of religious liberty to upholding other democratic freedoms, as evidenced in America’s own history, should be integrated into U.S. public diplomacy.
Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, and his son, Jordan Sekulow, ACLJ Executive Director, are actively working for the safe release of Pastor Nadarkhani and have been in constant contact with Nadarkhani’s attorney, Mohammed Ali Dadkhah. Jay appeared on the O’Reilly Factor (Fox News) to discuss the fight to save Nadarkhani’s life (video uploaded on YouTube on Oct 3, 2011):
Jordan Sekulow also appeared on Fox News to discuss the new false charge of ‘zionist’ being leveled against Nadarkhani (uploaded to YouTube Oct 3, 2011):
To listen to a podcast discussion of Jay and Jordan discussing the latest on Nadarkhani click here.
Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani
By Eileen F. Toplansky
Oct 3, 2011
It is my moral obligation as a Jew to speak out on behalf of an Iranian Christian whom I have never met.
Imprisoned since October 2009, Yousef Nadarkhani was first accused of apostasy against Islam by the Islamic Republic of Iran. In 2010 he was found guilty “and sentenced to death … for abandoning the Islamic faith.” Yet, according to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Article 18 includes a “provision for the right to ‘have or to adopt’ a religion, which has been interpreted authoritatively by the UN Human Rights committee as including the right to change one’s religion.” Thus, Iran is violating its own obligations. Furthermore, the Iranian constitution “sanctions Christianity as a legitimate minority faith.” Clearly, however, this did not matter as the Iranian Supreme Court sought to establish that Nadarkhani was still guilty of apostasy because he has Muslim ancestry.
Muslim leader: Iran’s death penalty for Christian pastor violates treaties, Koran
By Haris Zafar
October 2, 2011
The Quran is replete with this instruction that everyone has the fundamental freedom of religion. In Chapter 18, it says “This is the truth from your Lord; then let him who will, believe, and let him who will, disbelieve.” Why is this so difficult for these so-called Islamic “scholars” to understand? They spit in the face of the religion they claim to defend by not only violating these teachings but then falsely attributing their vile sense of justice to the tolerant faith of Islam. The allegation that Islam advocates the use of force to spread or maintain itself does not originate from a study of the sources of Islamic teachings. Rather, it originates from a study of the conduct of some so-called “Muslim” states.