Amid Autumn’s Heated Campaign, Do Romney/Ryan Families Find Time to Chill?

With the Romney’s attending church today in Belmont, MA and the Governor spending time preparing for Tuesday’s presidential debate, I thought it might be relaxing for Romney/Ryan supporters to look back on the week. Let’s see if the Romney and Ryan families are finding time amid the heated campaign to enjoy October, a bit of Mother Nature’s beauty, and just chill…

Kick off your shoes and take your time.

Here’s an autumn Romney/Ryan photo essay

With cold rain falling in sheets, Governor Mitt Romney rallied stalwart supporters at a campaign event in Newport News, Virginia. Oct 8, 2012 (photographer unknown)

The chill in the air didn’t stop the crowd from coming to see GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney campaign amid the hay bales in Van Meter, Iowa. Oct 9, 2012 (Photo – Evan Vucci/AP)

GOP VP candidate Paul Ryan and wife Janna size up pumpkins for just the right jack-o-lantern at the Apple Holler Pumpkin Patch in Sturtevant, Wisconsin. Oct 7, 2012 (Photo – Mary Altaffer/AP)

October 11, 2012 – Ann Romney writes, “Bought Craig some vanilla fudge at Kilwins in Sarasota today. Can you believe he doesn’t like chocolate?!” (photographer unknown)

Janna Ryan (left) watches as her husband, Paul Ryan helps his daughter, Liza, dip a caramel apple. Ryan’s other children, Charlie and Sam, eagerly await their turn. (Photo – Mary Altaffer/AP)

Paul Ryan indulges in a fall rite of passage – the tailgate party! He’s pictured loading his plate at the Bowling green University vs Miami University of Ohio football game in Ohio. Oct 13, 2012 (Photo – Mary Altaffer/AP)

Paul Ryan makes a toss in a game with son Charlie before a football game at Doyt Perry Stadium in Bowling Green, Ohio. Oct 13, 2012 (Photo – Sentinel-Tribune, Enoch Wu/AP)

Ann Romney, bundled up to stay warm, took a detour on the way from Hudsonville, Michigan to the Detroit suburb of Franklin to visit the Peanut Shop in downtown Lansing. She bought some trick-or-treat goodies including cashews and cinnamon almonds she said were Mitt’s favorite. She also picked up some ‘sour jelly pumpkins’ for the grandchildren. Yum! The Detroit News quoted her saying “I love it here.” Oct 12, 2012 (Photo – AP)

At The Peanut Shop in Lansing, Michigan, Ann Romney takes time to greet sisters Jenna, left, whom she wished a happy 4th birthday, and Audrey Carrier. Oct 12, 2012 (Photo Dale G. Young/The Detroit News)

Did you happen to see Ann co-host on Good Morning America last week?

Standing in front of a backdrop of straw bales, pumpkins, and a tractor, Ann Romney speaks with supporters at the Franklin Cider Mill in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She spent the day campaigning through the state. (Photo – Charles V. Tines/The Detroit News)

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Romney Receives Strong Support in Florida: Visits Concerned Voters in Six Cities

About 50 job-seekers and small business owners jam into Buddy Brew coffee shop to discuss their concerns with Mitt Romney. Tampa, FL (6/16/11)

Lots of Florida news to squeeze in today; let’s get started…

Besides attending fundraisers, Mitt Romney is also pounding the pavement – listening and speaking with everyday citizens in America’s diners, coffee shops, small businesses, and homes. This was the case in Romney’s past three days in Florida.

Romney’s stop in Florida this week was his first official visit since declaring his 2012 presidential candidacy.

Romney was non-stop in the Sunshine State; he attended events – large and small – in Boca Raton, Miami, Tampa, Orlando, St. Petersburg, and Sarasota:

● Boca Raton

Mitt Romney says Obama has failed Florida

June 14, 2011 – Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney made his first Florida campaign stop in Boca Raton Tuesday night, visiting the home of Ned Siegel for a $1,000 per head fundraising dinner, reports The Palm Beach Post.

Siegel, a veteran of Florida Republican politics and current member of Romney’s Florida finance team, likens the candidate to former Florida governor Jeb Bush. “I think he’s the strongest presidential candidate when it comes to job creation and stimulating the economy,” said Siegel, praising Romney’s handle on national policy.

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Siegel is a real estate developer and former ambassador to the Bahamas. Other hosts included: Siegel’s wife Stephanie, Rodger Krouse, Marc Leder, and Zach Zachariah.

Romney rakes in at least $100,000 in Boca Raton, FL:

● Miami
Mitt Romney makes surprise stop in Miami, Florida

June 15, 2011 – Romney held a small fundraiser at the Romero Britto art gallery on Lincoln Road, a day after he held a larger fundraiser in Boca Raton.

The former governor of Massachusetts was at the exclusive Woodfield Country Club in Boca, where about a hundred people showed up at $1,000 per head.

A breakfast fundraiser in Miami was also hosted for Governor Romney by Steve Ross, David and Carolina Cardenas, Mike Hernandez, and Stanley Tate.

● Tampa

Romney talked jobs and the economy during his stop at Buddy Brew Coffee in South Tampa. During the visit he held a brief round table discussion with eight people, several of which are currently looking for work.

He told the group his number one priority if elected President would be to make sure the United States is the top job creator in the world.

“President Obama has failed Florida; he’s failed Florida’s people with a 10.8% unemployment rate,” Romney later told reporters.

News report of Romney’s visit to Florida, including a roundtable discussion at Buddy Brew Coffee in Tampa:

● Orlando

The Romneys in Orlando; Mitt speaks:

● St. Petersburg

June 15, 2011 – Romney was in St. Petersburg Wednesday for a fundraiser hosted by former U.S. ambassador to Italy and Australia Mel Sembler, among others.

Mitt Romney breaks from Fla. fundraising blitz for Rays-Red Sox game

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney took a break from a two-day Florida fundraising blitz to take in Wednesday’s Tampa Bay Rays game versus the Boston Red Sox at Tropicana Field. Dressed in a button-down shirt, Romney sat behind the Rays dugout but said he was rooting for Boston, like his sons, who are “Red Sox fans true blue.”

Romney greets fans at Sox-Rays game in St. Petersburg. 6/16/11

● Sarasota
Mitt Romney in Sarasota for fundraiser

LIDO KEY – Lakewood Ranch developer Pat Neal arrived at Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s Sarasota fundraiser Thursday with a $10,000 check, but no firm long-term commitment to the candidate.

By the end of the lunch event, Neal said he had decided to throw his full support behind Romney and he was not alone: Most of the high-profile Republican movers and shakers in the region and across Florida appear to be lining up behind Romney as the early favorite to win the nomination.
The fundraiser at the Sarasota Yacht Club attracted a who’s who of local big-money Republican donors, political operatives and elected leaders.
“I still believe it’s a wide open race but Romney certainly has his flag up in Sarasota” and across Florida, Gruters said, adding that the 250 people at the fundraiser represented “the top level” of Republican fundraisers in Manatee and Sarasota counties.

“They were all here today,” Gruters said.

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Among the hosts were: Mel and Betty Sembler, Brent and Debbie Sembler, Jim Holton, a couple northeast Florida bigs – Ambassador John Rood, Sen. John and Jean Thrasher.

Florida suffers from a 10.8 percent unemployment rate; home-foreclosures there are among the nation’s highest. It’s no wonder that impressive Florida endorsements for Romney have been forthcoming from Reps. Ander Crenshaw, Connie Mack and Tom Rooney, and state Sen. John Thrasher, former chairman of the Florida Republican Party.

► Jayde Wyatt

Romney Jokes With Unemployed Floridians: “I’m Also Unemployed

Mr. Fix-It Romney: Steady As He Goes… Tops Poll, Support in Florida

Steady as he goes!

There is a lot to report on this busy news day for Governor Romney, so we’ll jump right in…

Romney continues to fan out across the country; he’s heading to the Sunshine State. Key donors in Sarasota, Florida, are putting their money on Mitt Romney:

Romney fundraiser attracts key political players

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who officially announced his candidacy last week, is scheduled to be in Sarasota on June 16 for a private fund-raiser.

And the early guest lists for the event show Romney is building significant support among key political players and donors in the region.

State Sens. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, and Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton; developers Carlos Beruff and Henry Rodriguez; and Gary Kompothecras, the man behind the 1-800-ASK-GARY lawyer referral network, are all among those on the invite list for the $250-per-person lunch reception at the Sarasota Yacht Club.

“It shows he has staying power,” said Bennett, who supported Romney in 2008 before his loss to eventual Republican nominee John McCain.

“Romney has the best shot of any of the early Republican candidates of beating President Barack Obama,” said Linda Long, a GOP activist and president of the Republican Women’s Club of Sarasota.

Long said Romney already has the name recognition, the business background and the ability to raise the money needed to beat Obama.

“He has broad and wide experience,” Long said.

The Sunshine State is also the site of the 2012 Republican National Convention; it will be held in Tampa on August 27, 2012.

Rasmussen surveyed 1,000 likely U.S. voters on June 2-3 and here are the good news results:

Mitt Romney is the only Republican 2012 hopeful that a sizable number of voters considers qualified to be president. Sarah Palin is the one they view as least qualified, but, at this early stage, many voters are still in the dark about all the possible candidates.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 49% of Likely U.S. Voters think that Romney, a former Massachusetts governor and unsuccessful GOP presidential candidate in 2008, is qualified to be president. Twenty-five percent (25%) say he is not qualified, and another 25% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Still, that’s well above how voters view some of Romney’s chief competitors in the race. Twenty-seven percent (27%) rate both former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and maverick Texas GOP Congressman Ron Paul as qualified to be in the White House. But 32% say Pawlenty is not qualified, and 42% are undecided. As for Paul, 43% think he’s not qualified to serve as president, but 31% aren’t sure.

Twenty-six percent (26%) believe former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has the qualifications to be president, but nearly half (48%) disagree. Twenty-six percent (26%) are not sure.

However, voters feel strongest that Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee in 2008, is not qualified. Twenty-three percent (23%) say the former Alaska governor is qualified to serve as the nation’s chief executive, but 63% say she is not qualified. Palin is the best-known of the Republicans with just 15% undecided about her.
Twenty percent (20%) of voters say Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman are qualified to be president. Forty-five percent (45%), though, say Bachmann is not qualified enough, and one-in-three (34%) don’t know her well enough to venture any opinion.

Twenty-eight percent (28%) think Huntsman, who recently stepped down as U.S. ambassador to China, lacks the qualifications to be president, but over half (52%) have no opinion.

Businessman Herman Cain is seen as qualified to serve as president by only 18% and not qualified enough by 35%. Forty-seven percent (47%) aren’t sure.

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*Word is PPP has more good news for Romney; Nate will post details later.

Who is Dr. Fix-It? Obama or Romney?

Political commentator David Gergen (CNN) weighs in on Obama’s handling of America’s economic crisis (6/3/11):

Don’t forget to watch Governor Romney tonight at 9:00 PM ET on the Piers Morgan TV show.

► Jayde Wyatt