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

The Winnowing of Gingrich / Nate in Iowa (2008)

THE EDITORS of the National Review Online published an article yesterday titled, Winnowing the Field. Following are a few of my favorite excerpts:

Speaking of Gingrich, the editors state:

Very few people with a personal history like his — two divorces, two marriages to former mistresses — have ever tried running for president. Gingrich himself has never run for a statewide office, let alone a national one, and has not run for anything since 1998. That year he was kicked out by his colleagues, the most conservative ones especially, who had lost confidence in him. During his time as Speaker, he was one of the most unpopular figures in public life.

After mentioning Gingrich’s successes, they continue,

Gingrich’s colleagues were, however, right to bring his tenure to an end. His character flaws — his impulsiveness, his grandiosity, his weakness for half-baked (and not especially conservative) ideas — made him a poor Speaker of the House. Again and again he combined incendiary rhetoric with irresolute action, bringing Republicans all the political costs of a hardline position without actually taking one. Again and again he put his own interests above those of the causes he championed in public.

After referring to Gingrich’s assertions of having conquered his “dark side”, they line out a few of his many rhetorical missives to illustrate his untrustworthiness:

If he is the nominee, a campaign that should be about whether the country will continue on the path to social democracy would inevitably become to a large extent a referendum on Gingrich instead. And there is reason to doubt that he has changed. Each week we see the same traits that weakened Republicans from 1995 through 1998: I’d vote for Paul Ryan’s Medicare reform; Paul Ryan’s Medicare reform is radical right-wing social engineering; I apologize for saying that, and no one should quote what I said because I was wrong; actually, what I said was right all along but nobody understood me. I helped defeat Communism; anyone who made money in the ’80s and ’90s owes me; I’m like Reagan and Thatcher. Local community boards should decide what to do with illegal immigrants. Freddie Mac paid me all that money to tell them how stupid they were. Enough. Gingrich has always said he wants to transform the country.

What about Rick Perry & Ron Paul?

Gingrich is not the only candidate whom we believe conservatives should, regretfully, exclude from consideration for the presidency. Governor Perry has done an exemplary job in Texas but has seemed curiously and persistently unable to bring gravity to the national stage.

Representative Paul’s recent re-dabbling in vile conspiracy theories about September 11 are a reminder that the excesses of the movement he leads are actually its essence.

Who comes to mind in NRO’s concluding three rhetorical questions?

As Republican primary voters consider their choices, they should ask themselves several questions: Which candidate is most likely to make the race turn on the large questions before the country, and not his personal idiosyncrasies? Which candidate is most likely to defeat Obama? Who could, if elected, form an effective partnership with Republican leaders and governors to achieve the conservative agenda?

Four years ago, Nate and I joined a number of other grassroots volunteers in Iowa to help get the word out for Governor Romney. Over the years, I have been a fairly serious amateur photographer. Over a few days, I took dozens of photographs of Governor Romney, his family, and the volunteers as we traveled from high school gym to community centers in the press pool. Here are two of those photos:

Mitt in Iowa


Nobody worked harder in those few days than Nate -- And it felt like we were in Antarctica! (Nate probably forgot I had these images).



Leadership is based on a spiritual quality: The power to inspire, the power to insire others to follow.Vince Lombardi


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.

Romney’s Truth Gives Real ‘Hope’ to Students at Vanderbilt

Below is an excellent review of Mitt’s speech and book signing event that took place at Vanderbilt University yesterday. Also, I’ve added some short video segments at the bottom of this post that give you Romney’s take on the opportunities and challenges that face students in today’s America.

By Conrad Goering – insidevandy.com

Romney at Vanderbilt University

“Peace has never had a better ally than a strong America,” said former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney as he addressed a packed Langford Auditorium. Romney gave a speech titled “American Capitalism in the World” to promote his new book, titled “No Apology: The Case for American Greatness.”

In his speech, Romney stressed the importance of American greatness and how it relates to the “preservation of liberty and prosperity for us and for the entire planet.”

“Only if America and the west remain strong,” Romney said, “only if we have the vitality to protect ourselves and to encourage democracy and liberty around the world can we be assured that you, your kids, and their kids will enjoy the freedom we’ve enjoyed as we’ve lived this life. That’s why it is essential America remains strong.”

Romney emphasized the importance of a country’s culture to its power, and explained four areas where the United States should focus: education, family, self-reliance, and opportunity.

For many in the audience, education seemed important, especially since Romney explained that American children in grades K-12 are in the bottom 25% when it comes to education.

“We are in the bottom quarter of the entire world, but we are supposed to lead the nation in exemplifying our ethics and liberty? We can’t accept that,” said sophomore Brad Nelson.

Peabody graduate student Bryan VanGronigen agreed, “l identify center-left on the political spectrum, but I appreciate that he stressed the importance of education…I thought his talk was statesman-like and well performed.”

Even with Romney’s constructive criticism of the United States, he remains optimistic. “Americans will respond well to [the question] “What’s in it for me?”…but they also respond to the question ‘What can I do to help my country?’” This attitude, Romney explained, is what will save America.

Sophomore Chris Collins seemed particularly approving of Romney’s speech, and agreed with Speakers Committee Chairperson Theo Samets, who, while introducing Romney, pointed out that “one line” is missing from his resume. “I whole heartedly agree with all the points Romney made” Collins explains, “ and I think he’s the best candidate, by far, to be the Republican nominee in 2012.”

What job sectors will grow for students in college now?

Can the GOP appeal to college students like Democrats did in 2008?

What is the job market outlook for current college students over the next five years?

How can the US relieve student debt?


Watch the entire speech and question & answer session by clicking here.