Anyone-But-Romney Force Reveals Political Bankruptcy / Mitt, Paul Ryan, & Milwaukee

Governor Mitt Romney and Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) take a break from campaigning to grab a bite to eat at Culver's restaurant in Johnson Creek, Wisconsin. 4/1/12
(Photo/Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The Romney/Ryan team continued yesterday taking their timely message to Wisconsinites. They were invited to hold a town hall meeting at Moore Oil Company in Milwaukee. Here’s video of The Gov and Congressman Ryan:

Later in the day, at the same venue, Romney and Ryan were interviewed by FOX News’ Greta Van Susteren:



We’re at a halfway point…

Today’s elections in Wisconsin, Maryland, and D.C. mark the halfway point in the race for delegates. Yesterday, Governor Romney picked up three more delegates… Coincidentally, he’s now halfway to clinching the GOP nomination:

The former Massachusetts governor inched up to 572 delegates on Monday _ exactly half the 1,144 needed _ after the Tennessee Republican Party finalized delegate totals from its March 6 primary. Results in several congressional districts were too close to call on election night, leaving three delegates unallocated.

Romney got all three delegates. He also picked up an endorsement from a New Hampshire delegate who had been awarded to former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman. Huntsman dropped out of the race in January and endorsed Romney.
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According to the Associated Press tally, Romney has more than twice as many delegates as Santorum. Santorum has 272 delegates, followed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich with 135 and Texas Rep. Ron Paul with 51.

Romney has won 54 percent of the primary and caucus delegates so far, putting him on pace to clinch the nomination in June. Romney could substantially add to his lead Tuesday, when 95 delegates will be at stake in three primaries, in Wisconsin, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Current reality:

Santorum, who has won 27 percent of the primary and caucus delegates so far, would need 74 percent of the remaining delegates to clinch the nomination before the national convention. Gingrich would need 86 percent and Paul would have to win nearly all of them, which won’t happen because most states award delegates proportionally.

Anyone but Romney? Martin Sieff (FOX News Opinion) wrote yesterday that he is “sick of Santorum:

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Mitt Romney Engages Voters at Town Hall Mtg in Lebanon, New Hampshire (VIDEO)

Mitt Romney takes questions at a town hall meeting in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Aug 24, 2011 (Photo/MittRomney.com)

On this day after hurricane Irene thundered her way across the eastern U.S., we’re happy the damage wasn’t as extensive as originally feared, but we’re sorry to hear about the loss of life and damage left in her wake. Our condolences to those who who lost loved ones. We hope electricity will soon be restored to all and that those involved in restoration and clean-up stay safe.

Governor Romney cancelled fundraisers over the weekend due to the hurricane which we would have covered today, so we’re posting video of Mitt Romney’s entire lively town hall meeting held in Lebanon, New Hampshire last Wednesday (8/24/11). The meeting is divided into six parts; the first part contains Romney’s sharing of interesting information on his and Ann’s family backgrounds. He also introduced special guest Doug Scamman, former Speaker of the New Hampshire House. (Romney announced his candidacy for president at Scamman Farms):

Governor Romney in Lebanon, NH Part 1


From MittRomney.com

Mitt [...] addressed a crowd at Lebanon Senior Center, where he emphasized that “government is not the source of American greatness.” Mitt proceeded to answer questions from voters, offering his view of the issues facing our nation. “This has been fun, I’ll tell ya. This is the most fun I’ve had in a long time. This is a great group. This is what’s so fun about town meetings in New Hampshire. You guys care. You’re informed.”

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

► Jayde Wyatt

~Update from Ross
Mitt’s been doing so many townhalls lately it’s tough to keep them straight. The picture and the commentary are from Mitt’s townhall event in Lebanon and the videos are from Mitt’s townhall event in Exeter.

Also, Mitt called President Obama’s presidency a “DDD presidency — it’s a presidency that’s been associated with debt and with downgrade and delay.” and then he tweeted the following since President Obama prefers AAA”:

.@BarackObama’s approach to the budget should be rated triple A: Arrogant, Absent and Alarming #ObamaIsntWorkingless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Mitt Romney’s Tele-Town Hall: Connects with 10,000 Iowans


With a few touches on a phone screen, Mitt Romney connected with 10,000 Iowans…

Residents of The Hawkeye State received a phone call from Romney on July 17th inviting them to participate in a tele-town hall. Participants were part of a half-hour phone conversation where The Gov took unscreened questions (his usual modus operandi), revealed that Ann, his wife, would be campaigning with him in Iowa, stated that the Iowa State Fair was on his calendar (August), and expressed his appreciation for the residents of Iowa.

When the call ended, Romney indicated there would be another…

DesMoinesRegister.com

Presumptive national front-runner Mitt Romney has visited Iowa just once this year to meet personally with Iowa Republicans, but he talked with nearly 10,000 of them last night by telephone.

Romney promised to come for the Iowa State Fair in August, and added, “you won’t be seeing too little of us.”

One of the questions in the ongoing story line of the 2012 race is how hard Romney will campaign in Iowa, where he invested heavily in time and money four years ago but finished a disappointing second in the Iowa caucuses. He is opting against competing in the Republican straw poll here Aug. 13.

The tele-town hall meeting, the first in Iowa this election cycle, and his comments to listeners indicate he’s not writing off the state, just not running at full sprint here yet.
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On Monday night, the campaign cold-called tens of thousands of Iowa Republicans’ residences, and 9,820 people opted to listen in for some or all of the half-hour call.

A moderator asked participants to press 1 on their telephone keypads if Romney could count on them for support in the Iowa caucuses; to press 2 if they’d like to volunteer in their local campaign headquarters; and to press 0 to ask a question.

The participants asked questions, without screening, about how he’d lower gas prices, simplify the tax code, shrink government and improve trade.

Three of the eight listeners who squeezed in a question probed Romney about his strategies: How can you do better against the Democrats than Republican nominee John McCain did four years ago? Will you be someone who tackles President Barack Obama head-on without being “afraid of race or other things”?

And: Why aren’t you participating in the Ames straw poll?

Romney explained that he is opting out of all straw polls – in Iowa, Florida, Michigan and elsewhere.

“We said, you know, resources, money, is hard to come by. We want to use the money we have to win the caucuses, to win the primaries, to win the conventions, to be able to get delegates and become the nominee,” he said.

Romney said he respects the straw poll process, and “nothing should be read into our lack of participation in the straw poll other than we want to do as well as we possibly can in the real contest that selects the delegates.”

He added that Iowans will see him in the Aug. 11 Republican debate here and at the Iowa State Fair. “…My wife and I will be campaigning in Iowa,” he said. “You won’t be seeing too little of us.”

(my emphasis)

Mitt Romney will attend the Iowa State Fair. August 2011


Read the full report here.


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In Case You Missed It: Video of Mitt Romney's Facebook Town Hall + Romney Headlines Drudge



Mitt knocked it out of the park today!

This footage was streamed live to Mitt Romney’s Facebook page during his National Call Day event in Nevada earlier today. The 8-hour fundraiser garnered a whopping $10.25 Million for Romney’s Presidential Exploratory Committee.

~Update from Ross
Even though some of the media isn’t giving Mitt’s fund-raising achievement the attention it deserves, Drudge is doing his part.

UPDATE by Jayde – Headline on Drudge: Did Mitt Romney Mention That He Can Raise $10.25 Million in Eight Hours?

[...]…we continue to maintain that Massachusetts’s health-care reform will not be the be-all-end-all for Republican primary voters that political commentators make it seem. The economy will be the most important issue in 2012, and Romney is seen as a successful businessman. As a reminder, he’s also the only person actually running (unlike Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump) to lead a poll this entire year, and upcoming polls without Huckabee and Trump will probably show him with a big lead over the rest of the field. In addition, not incidentally, he can raise a ton of money.

Exhibit A: Yesterday, Romney and over 700 of his closest friends (and Cindy Crawford, for unexplained reasons) filled the Las Vegas Convention Center in a dialing-for-dollars event that brought in $10.25 million in eight hours. It would probably take Tim Pawlenty about a month to raise that much, especially with all the time his phone-bank volunteers would spend explaining to potential donors who Tim Pawlenty is. It was a display of fund-raising muscle-flexing that should remind both his opponents and his media doubters that, far from a longshot, Romney is still the front-runner.