Condi Rice Campaigns For Romney/Ryan in Ohio: Putting USA Back to Work – URGENT CALL

Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan thanks former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for her remarks at a rally at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio on October 17, 2012.
(Photo – John Kuntz/ The Plain Dealer)

Things are jumping in swing-state Ohio!

For the first time this campaign season, Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice hit the campaign trail yesterday for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. At a packed college sports stadium in Berea, Ohio, just outside of Cleveland, Senator Rob Portman pumped up the crowd while introducing Rice. She spoke of the pivotal crossroad our country is now at and, how her service as Secretary of State enabled her to see how important America’s role is in the world. Following her inspirational remarks, VP candidate Paul Ryan gave a rousing speech to the enthusiastic crowd.

Here’s video:


Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice:

I’m here because I want, like you, to see this country prosper, to see this country continue to be a place of unlimited opportunity, to see this country lead the world toward prosperity, and liberty, and peace. And so, I’m here to support Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in this quest.”

This is a pivotal time in our country’s history.”

The last four years have been very tough on folks who just want to work hard and make a living. … Many Americans out of work wonder if they’re ever going to work again and, you know, they have reason to [worry] because the longer you’re out of work, the less likely you are to find a job. And so, when Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan say they’re going to put this country back to work – THIS IS AN URGENT CALL – not one for which we can wait another four years.”

After the event, Ryan, Rice, and Portman toured the Cleveland Browns football training facility.

Former Secretary Secty of State Condi Rice, Browns’ owner Jimmy Haslam, VP candidate Paul Ryan, and Senator Rob Portman share a light moment while touring the Browns training facility in Cleveland, OH. Oct 17, 2012 (photographer unknown)

Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur (center), Paul Ryan & Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) listen to Condi Rice during a visit to the Browns facility. October 17, 2012 (Photo – John Kuntz / The Plain Dealer)

To see video of Ryan, Rice, and Portman touring the Brown’s football training facility click here.

Rasmussen polling shows Obama up by just one point in this important swing-state – Obama – 49%, Romney – 48%. Readers, we need VICTORY in this state! Are you doing EVERYTHING possible to help? We’ve got 19 days to get this thing done. Live in Ohio? Call these folks and see what you can do to help: Romney campaign headquarters in Ohio. Don’t live in Ohio? You can and must help!

Has early voting started in your state? Vote now! You’ll be free to HELP on election day. Sign up for Romney’s Election Day Task Force, too; click here!

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Romney vs Obama: Good Polls Out Today

Obama’s convention bounce has now disappeared despite Obama spending over twice the money Romney did on ads during the convention. The presidential race is back to a dead heat. Here are a few of today’s best polls.

Rasmussen Poll of nationwide voters:

Romney – 47
Obama – 45

Gallup poll of nationwide voters:

Romney – 46
Obama – 47

Rasmussen Poll of important swing state Colorado:

Romney – 47
Obama – 45

Florida poll by Gravis Marketing:

Romney – 48
Obama – 47

National Poll Has Romney Up By 5 Over Obama

The polls go up and down every day — and some would argue that, with 4 1/2 months until the election, the results don’t mean much — but it is worth noting that Romney has maintained an edge over Obama for a few weeks now, according to Rasmussen.

We’ll keep an eye on the trend and hope that the red squiggly line shoots upward in the coming weeks.

It’s time to start closing this thing out.


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Romney in Illinois: Rally, FOX & Friends, Obama Movie, New Ad, Santorum “Economic Lightweight”


Mitt Romney holds four-month old Ryan Pratt while campaigning at the Pancakes Eggcetera restaurant in Rosemont, Illinois. Romney Campaign embed Garrett Jackson: “Wherever we go there are always a lot of people who want the Gov to hold their babies. With 16 grandkids he’s a pro.” March 16, 2012 ( Photo/Garrett Jackson)

It was pancakes and eggs and FOX & Friends in the Prairie State this morning…

Governor Romney met with voters very early this morning at Pancakes Eggcetera in Rosemont, Illinois to rally support ahead of their delegate-rich primary next Tuesday. He spoke on jobs/economy, gasoline prices, housing market, and Obama’s 18 minute Hollywood created infomercial (*poster below):

Mitt Romney pans new Obama documentary with two thumbs down

Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney gavePresident Obama’s new campaign infomercial two thumbs down at an Illinois campaign event on Friday morning.

The “so-called documentary about President Obama is now on the Internet . And you can take a look at it. It’s about 17 or 18 minutes,” Romney said at a diner outside Chicago.

He ridiculed director Davis Guggenheim for remarking recently that he had nothing negative to say about Obama. Romney used that as a takeoff point to attack the president over gas prices, the struggling housing market and continued high unemployment.

I’ll give you some help, Mr. Guggenheim,” Romney said. “You can make a call to some of the moms that are having a hard time paying for gas as they get their kids to and from school and practice and music lessons. And you can also talk to the people who are having a hard time getting to and from work, given the price of gasoline.”
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…Romney said gasoline prices “have gone through the roof, in part because of this president’s failure to develop our energy resources.”

Later, FOX & Friends’ Alisyn Camerota, Steve Doocy, and Brian Kilmeade caught up with The Gov at the restaurant. Here’s the interview:



“We’re not gonna drive cars with windmills on them.” ~Mitt Romney

Using the telephone, Romney also held a half-hour townhall with Illinois Republicans. He hammered home the point that Rick Santorum is an ECONOMIC LIGHTWEIGHT :

Romney, in a half-hour telephone town hall to Illinois Republicans solicited by his campaign, warned the state’s voters to beware of Santorum.

“Sen. Santorum, for instance, is going to be campaigning in Illinois,” Romney said. “I think you’ll find he’s an economic lightweight — not because he isn’t an intelligent person but because not having ever spent any time in the private sector. He really doesn’t understand fundamentally what it takes to make this economy grow and thrive and add jobs. The economy is in my wheelhouse, it’s something I know well.”

Romney sought to paint Santorum and Gingrich as lifelong creatures of Washington while portraying himself as spending his life “in the real economy.”

I’ve actually run things,” Romney said. “Now as you know, we elected three years ago a president who’d never run anything. And it hasn’t worked out so well. And both Speaker Gingrich and Sen. Santorum, like the current president, have not really run anything. I think it helps to have run something and understand the economy by working in the real economy.”

Leaving no media stone unturned, Romney for President released a new television ad today in Illinois titled Wrong Choice:

Rick Santorum’s weakness is the economy and his economic plan has been criticized as the worst of all the GOP candidates. Mitt Romney has proposed the boldest plan since Ronald Reagan and has the leadership experience to lead our country.

(more…)

Michigan Leaders Lining Up for Romney

MI Atty Gen Mike Cox has endorsed Mitt Romney.


Along with receiving the hearty endorsement of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder yesterday, Governor Mitt Romney has also been given the stamp of approval from MI Attorney General Mike Cox, former MI Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop, and 15 additional members of the MI Legislature and MI Republican State Committee:

I am honored to have such overwhelming support from leaders across Michigan,” said Mitt Romney. “Michigan has been home to me. I remember when Michigan was the envy of the nation – I look forward to working with these leaders to bring jobs back and restore Michigan’s economy.”

“Michigan and the rest of the country can’t afford four more years of failed policies from President Obama,” said former Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox. “Mitt Romney is the Republican Party’s best chance

Michael Bishop, former MI Senate Majority Leader, is also backing Romney.

to defeat President Obama, repeal Obamacare, cut spending, and appoint Supreme Court Justices who respect the Constitution. Conservatives who are concerned about the direction of our country should join our growing Michigan team in supporting Mitt Romney – four more years of President Obama could be devastating for the country.”

Announcing his support, former Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop said, “Mitt Romney is a conservative businessman – he knows that Washington can’t keep spending more than it takes in and mortgaging our children and grandchildren’s future. As governor, he balanced his state’s budget every year and turned a $3 billion deficit into a $2 billion rainy day fund. That is the exact leadership we need in the White House. It will take someone with Mitt Romney’s lifetime of leadership to bring fiscal sanity back to the federal government.”

(emphasis added)

Elected Officials And Leaders Endorsing Mitt Romney:

State Representative Jeff Farrington
State Representative Deb Shaughnessy
Former State Representative Brian Palmer
Joshua Leatherman, Allegan County Chair
Phillip Goodrich, Ionia County Republican Chair
Juanita Pierman, Oceana County Republican Chair & 2nd District State Committee Member
Rick Shaffer, St. Joseph County Republican Chair
Sandra Hanson, Van Buren County Republican Chair
Allan Filip, 8th District Chairman
John Haggard, 1st District State Committee Member
Paul DeYoung, 6th District State Committee Member
Theresa Stayer, 9th District State Committee Member
Gary Howell, 10th District State Committee Member
Susan Licata Haroutunian, 14th District State Committee Member
Ed Haroutunian

The following individuals join the already released Romney Leadership Team in Michigan (check out this list!):

(more…)

Rasmussen Poll: Best Bet for GOP to Defeat Obama? Mitt Romney

If the first order of GOP business is to defeat Barack Obama next fall, Mitt Romney is the candidate to get the job done.

Romney has now jumped to his widest lead ever over President Obama. It’s also the biggest lead a specifically named Republican candidate has held over incumbent Obama in Rasmussen surveying to date.

Rasmussen poll results (released today):

The latest national telephone survey finds that 45% of Likely U.S. voters favor the former Massachusetts governor, while 39% prefer the president. Ten percent (10%) like some other candidate in the race, and six percent (6%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

A week ago, Romney trailed Obama 44% to 41%. The week before that, he held a slight 43% to 42% edge over the president. The two candidates have been essentially tied in regular surveys since January, but Romney remains the only GOP hopeful to lead Obama in more than one survey. Despite Romney’s current six-point lead, his latest level of support is in line with the 38% to 45% he has earned in matchups with the president this year. However, Obama’s 39% is a new low: Prior to this survey, his support has ranged from 40% to 46% in matchups with Romney.

Romney also has more second-choice support than any of the other candidates among likely caucus-goers.
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Romney earns an overwhelming 75% of the vote from those Tea Party members, while the president leads 49% to 37% among those who are not part of the grass roots movement.

(emphasis added) For further details, click here.



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Presidents’ Day: No Apologies From America’s Great Commanders-in-Chief

Today’s holiday means most American federal workers have the day off work. Most banks, universities, schools are closed, and your mail box will be empty. What are we celebrating?

Presidents’ Day.

A Time to Remember the Greats:

It’s an oddly named holiday, if for no other reason than few would hold the presidents with equal reverence. Once upon a time, we celebrated the birthdays of Washington and Lincoln separately, an honor befitting their outsized legacies. It’s universally accepted that their accomplishments merit unequal treatment in that regard.

It was Richard Nixon, of all people, who decided to replace Washington’s and Lincoln’s birthdays for the more generic Presidents Day, which takes place on the third Monday in February. The intent was to pay respect to all the previous office holders, though the unintended consequence has been just the opposite. For younger generations, the holiday represents little more than a chance to score some deals at the local mall; it’s doubtful that shoppers are giving thought to our greatest presidents as they troll the discount bins.

And that’s a shame. Presidents Day should be a chance for Americans to reconnect with the past — both distant and near — and the giants of the office who transformed the country.
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George Washington and Abraham Lincoln were two exceptional men whose outstanding courage and perseverance helped shape our country. However, a new *Gallup poll shows some think another president is considered to be the greatest in U.S. history…

A look back at our first U.S. president, George Washington, by historian David McCullough:

The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments. ~George Washington

Reflections on our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln:

“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.” ~Abraham Lincoln

Some credit the many replays of a recent Ronald Reagan ad (before the mid-term elections last November) for influencing the resurgence of admiration many are feeling for our 40th president, Ronald Reagan (ad created by RSC – Republican Study Committee):

Those Voices Don’t Speak for the Rest of Us


A common denominator among these three outstanding U.S. presidents is that they offered NO apologies for the the principles of liberty and American exceptionalism.

Have you read ‘No Apology: Believe in America‘ by Mitt Romney?

*Do you agree with Gallup’s poll results?

► Jayde Wyatt

New Rasmussen Poll: Romney Preferred Over Obama

Rasmussen released their latest 2012 presidential poll yesterday. Mitt Romney is preferred by two points over Obama – 44% to 42%. Mike Huckabee ties with Obama – 43% apiece; Sarah Palin trails by 11 points – Obama 47%, Palin 38%.

Although it’s very, very early in this ‘undeclared’ race for the White House, today’s numbers for Governor Romney are a good way to begin the week.

Rasmussen:


An early look at potential 2012 match-ups indicates that the election is likely shaping up as a referendum on President Obama. That’s typical when an incumbent runs for reelection.
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The numbers show that Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee essentially run even with Obama at this point. Romney is nominally up two points, 44% to 42%, while Huckabee is tied with the president at 43% apiece.

Three other well-known potential candidates, Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul trail the president. Palin is down by 11 points, 49% to 38%, Gingrich by eight, 47% to 39%, and Paul by nine, 44% to 35%.

Rasmussen makes this observation:

Seven lesser-known candidates trail by anywhere from 10 to 17 percentage points. However, the most significant finding is that regardless of what GOP candidate is named, the president earns between 42% and 49%. This suggests the campaign is starting off in a fairly competitive environment, though much can change in the next year-and-a-half.

Head-to-head match-ups / poll dates:


► Jayde Wyatt

As Mid-Term Elections Draw Near, 55 Percent of Likely Voters Describe Obama as ‘Socialist’

From National Review Online (Jim Geraghty):

55 Percent of Likely Voters Find ‘Socialist’ an Accurate Label of Obama?

The latest poll by Democracy Corps, the firm of James Carville and Stan Greenberg, has Republicans leading on the generic ballot among likely voters, 48 percent to 42 percent.

Deep in the poll, they ask, “Now, I am going to read you a list of words and phrases which people use to describe political figures. For each word or phrase, please tell me whether it describes Barack Obama very well, well, not too well, or not well at all.”

On “too liberal,” 35 percent of likely voters say it describes Obama “very well,” 21 percent say “well,” 21 percent say “not too well,” and 17 percent say “not well at all.” In other words, 56 percent of likely voters consider Obama too liberal.

When asked about “a socialist,” 33 percent of likely voters say it describes Obama “very well,” 22 percent say “well,” 15 percent say “not too well,” and 25 percent say “not well at all.”

In other words, 55 percent of likely voters think “socialist” is a reasonably accurate way of describing Obama.

From today’s Rasmussen’s Daily Presidential Tracking Poll:

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday (7/9/10) shows that 26% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-three percent (43%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -17.

Mitt Romney:

“President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and their team have failed the American people, and that is why their majority will soon be out the door.”

Sharron Angle’s new ad against Harry Reid:


Angle for the win!

(h/t Marybeth)

UPDATE: Republican National Committee’s latest ad re Harry Reid, Obama


Mitt Romney News in Review: Travel, Agenda and Polls

Romney makes visits to 10 states on behalf of GOP candidates in October

Romney makes visits to 10 states on behalf of GOP candidates in October

We have several Romney news items to catch up on which I’ll encapsulate into this post. First, via the monthly PAC newsletter, we see that Mitt Romney made trips to help fellow GOP-ers in ten states, including Virginia and New Jersey for the newly elected Governors Bob McDonnell and Chris Christie, respectively. Other state visited by Governor Romney in October include: California, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin. This rigorous October schedule follows an equally busy schedule had in September. So much for a peaceful retirement and riding off into the sunset. Remember that these travels and endorsements that help keep Romney in the forefront of potential 2012 candidates are made possible by your contributions to the Free and Strong America PAC.

Our other news is likely to make you want to contribute to the link above as well: Mike Huckabee is seen making headway and leading in most recent polls for the GOP 2012 nomination. The most recent was released today by USA Today/Gallup where Huckabee edged Romney by Republican voters when asked which possible 2012 contenders they would seriously consider supporting. The graph below has the results.

Huckabee-Romney-Palin-Support-for-2012

Other recent polls and power rankings:

  • After several months atop The Fix’s Rankings, Romney slips to third behind Palin and Pawlenty, and just ahead of Huckabee in 4th.
  • Huckabee edges Romney by 1 point in recent polls by Public Policy Polling (PPP)
  • a mid-October poll by Rasmussen had these results: Huckabee 29%, Romney 24%, Palin 18%

It would be foolish to place a lot of stock in these numbers so far out, but it is of interest at least to see where candidates stand today. Huckabee made a funny and fitting statement when asked about his thoughts on the Gallup poll: “It’s like speculating who’s going to be the best actor next year when we don’t even know what the movies are.” If Huckabee does enter the 2012 race it may be later than most because he want to continue his benefit from the 1.5 million viewers on his FOX talk show as long as possible. The minute he announces any sort of campaign he would have to leave the program. Romney on the other hand continues to keep a low public profile while interjecting only on key issues and continuing to build support for and from GOPers all across the nation. Be sure to read Thomas Alan’s post called And This is How You Build a Narrative.

~Nate Gunderson