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Milwaukee County Fairgrounds, Friday morning, Nov 2nd / Photo: Charles Dharapak / AP
Two days ago, Governor Romney held a rally at the Milwaukee, Wisconsin fairgrounds early in the morning. The crowd was so large, they had to open up overflow areas. And all of it with “frosty” temperatures!
You have to see this video of many of the women in attendance who spoke up for Governor Romney. Somehow, they didn’t get the message from Obama that Romney is waging a war on women! Click here to see the video:
Rebel Pundit (what a great name for a reporter!) gives us this glimpse from the event:
The energy was enthusiastic and upbeat for Romney supporters. Female voters spoke to me about the most important issues to them this coming Tuesday. The overwhelming response was jobs, the economy, and a better future for their children and grandchildren.
Many expressed tremendous concern for their kids, who are already struggling to find jobs, even with a college degree. They also flatly rejected that there is a “war on women” which President Obama’s campaign claims is being waged by the Republican Party, Mitt Romney, and Paul Ryan.
Attendees also felt strongly that the momentum is on the side of Mitt Romney.
Governor Scott Walker with Governor Romney (Photo: David Goldman / AP)
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While tropical storm Isaac churns across the U.S. Gulf Coast into what is expected to be a strong Category 1 or 2 hurricane, formal events cancelled at the GOP convention today in Tampa, FL, afforded a plethora of opportunities for politicians, politicos and attendees to mingle.
The Romney brothers, in full force at the convention, are in high demand. They were interviewed early this morning by FOX & Friends’ Steve Doocy AND also later appeared on FOX News’ America Live with Megyn Kelly.
Here’s the FOX & Friends interview (video of the Megyn Kelly interview is at the end of this article):
During the interview, a viewer tweeted a question: Describe your father using one word…
With a changed convention schedule, breakfasts, luncheons, and state delegate meetings were the order of they day. Tagg, Matt, Josh, Ben, and Craig Romney fanned out to lend helping hands:
• Tagg Romney spoke to Virginia delegates and was joined by Angelina Jolie’s father, movie star Jon Voight:
Actor Jon Voight, a longtime supporter of the GOP, is in Tampa speaking to delegates and hanging out with the Romney family.
Tagg Romney tweeted a photo of himself, Voight, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Julie Chaffetz addressing the Virginia delegation Monday morning.
Voight introduced Romney at the event and posed for pictures with delegates, according to sightings on Twitter.
The actor, the father of Angelina Jolie, also attended the 2008 Republican National Convention in Minneapolis.
And he has ties to vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan. In 2009, Voight attended a major GOP fundraiser in Washington, where he was introduced by the Wisconsin lawmaker.
“One of the most courageous acts in our society today is to stand up in Hollywood and say you’re a conservative Republican,” Ryan said of the actor.
Aug 27, 2012 – After speaking to the Virginia delegation, this photo was taken: (left to right) Jon Voight, Tagg Romney, Julie Chaffetz (wife of UT Congressman Jason Chaffetz) , Jason Chaffetz
Voight also spoke with The Daily Caller and lambasted the mainstream media for being Obama’s lap dogs:
“The media has been taken over by this administration,” Voight, an outspoken Hollywood conservative, said in an interview with TheDC. “It’s not less than what has happened in Venezuela with Hugo Chavez, really, because you can’t get the information through. I’m giving you this because I want to get the press my opinion. You can put it in any way you want to. But, it’s become pure propaganda and we should be appalled.”
“I mean look at the main media is not going to cover the Republican convention?” Voight added as an example. “This is propaganda, pure and simply. They say, ‘well, we’ll give them an hour.’ They’ll edit an hour – well, what will they edit out? What is the story they will tell? Do you understand?”
“Guys, you should be appalled,” Voight continued. “America, guys, wake up. You should be appalled that they can get away with it, that they can attack – the Republican Party is a victim of a bias, of a destructive bias against the Republican Party. It’s been going on for all this time and it’s getting worse and worse. And, now this? Come on, people, stand up.”
Voight is courageous and correct.
• Matt Romney was scheduled to address the Colorado delegation today (awaiting a report). He attended a Michigan delegate party last night in Tampa and his darling little daughter accompanied him. Here’s a photo of them at the get-together last night with MI Attorney General Bill Schuette:
Pictured: Matt Romney, his daughter, and MI Atty Gen Bill Schuette. Aug 26, 2012 – Tampa, FL
UPDATE – Matt Romney stresses his father “fixes things” before Colorado GOP delegation:
The friendly crowd of 36 delegates and 33 alternates and their guests reacted positively to Matt Romney’s description of his father as gifted in solving problems at several levels, from fixes around the house, to complex private equity deals with Bain Capital, to the elder Romney’s reformation of Salt Lake City’s hosting of the Winter Olympics.
He also touted Romney’s budget surpluses during his single term as the governor of Massachusetts.
Romney praised his father’s choice of fiscal hawk Rep. Paul Ryan, which drew big cheers from the crowd.
He called for the delegation to get out the vote in the swing state of Colorado, saying his father “believes like you do that we should not spend money we don’t have.
“That’s taxpayers’ money,” Matt Romney said. “That’s your money.”
After speaking to the Colorado delegation, Matt Romney spoke about his Dad with reporters:
• Here’s how Josh Romney spent last night (tweet):
Great event tonight with WI and MS. Joined Reince Priebus, Haley Barbour, Scott Walker, Henry Barbour in welcoming delegates to FL
‘Omelets with Orrin’ was Josh’s destination this morning where he spoke to Utah delegates. The event was hosted by Senator Orrin Hatch:
TAMPA, Fla. — Mitt Romney will survive “that meat grinder called a presidential election” and win in November, Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch told members of the Utah delegation to the Republican National Convention at their first breakfast meeting Monday.
“I’m so proud of Mitt Romney,” Utah’s senior senator said at an “Omelets with Orrin” breakfast honoring his 36 years of service that included a rallying speech by Josh Romney, one of two Romney sons who lives in Utah.
Josh Romney, who lives with his family in Millcreek and has considered running for office in Utah, said the same enthusiasm voters had for Obama four years ago has been transferred to his father.
“I have yet to meet someone who says, ‘I voted for (2008 GOP nominee Arizona Sen. John) McCain four years ago and this time, I’m going for Obama,’ “ Josh Romney said. “The same thing President Obama had four years ago, we’ve got it now.”
Ari Fleischer also spoke to the Utah delegates.
• Ben Romney, the son we don’t get to see as often as the others due to his medical residency in radiology, spoke during a breakfast for the West Virginian delegates. Beth Myers, the capable force known for helping Governor Romney with his V.P. search, also attended.
Ben Romney speaks to RNC convention delegates from West Virginia. Aug 27, 2012 – Tampa, FL
(Photo – Ben J. Holland)
• Craig Romney had the microphone at a breakfast meeting for Michigan delegates:
Craig Romney… recalled for the Michigan delegation to the Republican National Convention a story about Mitt Romney’s character.
As Mitt Romney took control of the troubled 2000 Olympics in Salt Lake City, he wanted to generate excitement by including new events, including skeleton — an event “like the luge” but you go face first (down the track) at 80 mph, Craig explained.
The producers of the “Today” show offered to put Romney on the air with host Katie Couric to talk about turning around the scandal-laden Games, if he learned how to do the skeleton, Craig said of his dad, the presumptive GOP presidential candidate who’s to be nominated here this week.
So Romney recruited the eventual gold-medalist to coach him because he didn’t want to miss the opportunity to drum up support for the Olympics.
“You can imagine he was terrified. He’s not exactly a thrill seeker,” Craig Romney said of his father… “He eventually learned to do the whole track.
“People saw this guy will literally do anything, including risking his own personal health, to make the Games a success.”
Newt Gingrich also spoke to the MI delegates.
Craig, who speaks fluent Spanish, is also featured in a Spanish-language radio ad which was released today.
The Romney brothers weighed in on their Dad’s run for the White House with FOX News’ Megyn Kelly:
Mitt Romney did a morning run-through of his all-important convention speech today at a New Hampshire high school auditorium (I imagine Ann rehearsed her speech, as well.)
When asked by a reporter if he thought the convention should be cancelled due to the hurricane, Governor Romney responded:
“Our sons are already in Tampa and they say it’s terrific there, a lot of great friends. And we’re looking forward to a great convention[.]” …
He said he hoped those in the storm’s path would be “spared any major destruction” but indicated there were no thoughts of canceling the convention in Tampa, where Isaac’s heavy rain had all but passed.
Romney’s running mate, Congressman Paul Ryan, is flying to Tampa today.
The Romney sons are great ambassadors for their parents and Congressman Ryan.
What a grand sight it will be to see the ENTIRE Romney family and the Paul Ryan family on the convention stand this Thursday night!
America’s COMEBACK TEAM… Standing on the deck of battleship USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, VA, GOP presidential candidate, fmr MA Gov Mitt Romney and his running mate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) wave to the cheering crowd. Aug 11, 2012 (Photo – Mary Altaffer / AP)
Congressman Paul Ryan…
Welcome to the GOP presidential ticket!
This is such a great day for Americans! We need to just soak it in…
Many others recognize this historic day, as well. Here’s what they’re saying about Romney/Ryan…
BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR SELECTION OF PAUL RYAN:
“A Good Pick” … “A Choice To Have A Real Debate” … “Interested In Bold Reforms To Save America”
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee: “I’m Excited. … He Has A Sound Knowledge Of Our Economy.” “I’m excited to learn of Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan to be his VP running mate. He has a sound knowledge of our economy.” (Twitter.com, 8/11/12)
Former Representative Joe Sestak (D-PA): “I Think It’s A Good Pick … He’s A Good Guy.” SESTAK: “I think it’s a good pick for both campaigns, actually. … I served with Paul Ryan. He’s a good guy. He is a good family man.” (Fox News’ “Fox And Friends,” 8/11/12)
Club For Growth President Chris Chocola: “This Pick Sends The Message That Governor Romney Is Interested In Bold Reforms To Save America From Fiscal Collapse.” (Club For Growth, 8/11/12)
Democratic Strategist Joe Trippi: “I Think This Is A Great Pick. … I Really Think It Is A Chance To Have A Real Debate The Country Needs To Have. … A Bold Choice.” TRIPPI: “I think this is a great pick. It is a pick I would have urged Romney to take. … I really think it is a chance to have a real debate the country needs to have. Regardless of who wins it, I think Ryan helps put the issues, a lot of these issues front and center. Will make the fight on both sides on cuts entitlements and the things we need to have. That’s why I really– I commend Romney on the pick. It was a bold choice.” (Fox News’ “Cavuto On Business,” 8/11/12)
Republican Strategist Ed Rogers: “The Selection Of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) Means Mitt Romney Is Going To Run A Serious, Policy-Oriented Campaign That Highlights Differences With President Obama.” (The Washington Post, 8/11/12)
Republican Strategist Alex Castellanos: Mitt Romney “Picked A Vice President To Help Him Fix The Nation’s Business, The Economy.” “[Romney] didn’t pick a vice president to help him fix his campaign’s business. He picked a vice president to help him fix the nation’s business, the economy.” (Politico, 8/11/12)
Democratic Strategist Donna Brazile: “It May Allow Us To Have A Substantive Conversation In Terms Of The Challenges We Face Long-Term In Terms Of Getting Our Fiscal House In Order.” (CNN’s “Newsroom,” 8/11/12)
Republican Strategist Ed Rollins: “It’s A Bold Choice. Over Time It’s Going To Be An Extraordinary Choice.” ROLLINS: “I think that absolutely right. … It’s a bold choice. Over time it’s going to be an extraordinary choice.” (Fox News’ “Fox and Friends Saturday,” 8/11/12)
Democratic Strategist Carter Eskew: “But Here’s Why I Like The Pick Of Ryan. At Least He Has An Idea … Maybe, Too, Democrats Will Be Forced To Discuss Their Alternative In Greater Detail.” “But here’s why I like the pick of Ryan. At least he has an idea … Maybe we can finally have a real discussion of the Republican agenda. And maybe, too, Democrats will be forced to discuss their alternative in greater detail.” (The Washington Post, 8/11/12)
Get the idea that more than a few Democrats are sick of Obama’s lie and blame campaign strategy?
As you read further about R&R, listen to this inspiring music which reflects what so many are feeling today – ENTHUSIASM, JOY, and HOPE for our beleaguered, but beloved nation! From one of my favorite composers, American genius John Williams, here is Summon the Heroes. (Aptly named; crank it up!)
NJ Governor Chris Christie: “With Paul Ryan on the ticket this is a team that understands the economic stagnation our country has been facing the last four years and the urgency with which we need to change course. The Romney-Ryan team is uniquely positioned to make the tough choices necessary to confront our fiscal challenges and get results.”
Senator Rob Portman (R-OH): “Mitt Romney has made a great choice in Paul Ryan. He is an accomplished public servant and a leading voice on the most pressing issues facing our country. Paul is one of my best friends in Congress and someone I have worked closely with as a former colleague on the House Ways & Means Committee. Jane and I wish Paul and Janna and their kids the very best. As the Chairman of the Romney campaign in Ohio, I look forward to working with Paul to ensure that the Romney-Ryan ticket carries Ohio and is victorious in November. Most importantly, as a member of the Senate, I look forward to working closely with a Romney-Ryan Administration to restore fiscal sanity and enact pro-growth policies to create jobs.“
Governor Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) Unable to locate full statement at this time. He’s campaigning today for Romney/Ryan in Derry, NH): Pawlenty says he is excited about the pick and called Ryan a “respected leader and a bold thinker” about changes needed for the country. He added that Ryan’s roots in Wisconsin will help Romney win that key swing state. He says he’ll do all he can to help Romney win the election.
Former Sec. of State Condoleeza Rice: “Paul Ryan is a bold and inspiring choice as Governor Romney’s running mate. Congressman Ryan shares the belief that American leadership is vital to a more peaceful and prosperous world. He will help to restore America at home so that we can lead again because he understands that America is an exceptional and indispensable nation on the world stage.”
Senator Marco Rubio: “Throughout his life, Mitt Romney has made great decisions, and choosing Paul Ryan as his running mate is a truly inspired choice. I got to know Paul during my Senate campaign when he endorsed me early on when I was still considered a long shot. Paul Ryan is a courageous reformer who understands our nation’s challenges, has proposed bold policy solutions to solve them, and has shown the courage to stand up to President Obama and other Washington politicians trying to tear him down.
“The Romney-Ryan ticket is going to win in November because it offers the American people visionary leadership to recapture the free enterprise spirit that has empowered countless Americans to build businesses from scratch and live the American dream. I’m excited about the visionary change a Romney-Ryan team will bring to Washington, and I look forward to campaigning with them this fall.”
Governor Bob McDonnell (R-VA): “Paul Ryan is a tremendous choice to serve as the Republican nominee for Vice President of the United States. In selecting a bold, innovative thinker, Mitt Romney has ensured that his campaign—and ultimately his administration—will be led by individuals with courage, determination, judgment, and wisdom. With this great announcement, America is on its way back. The Romney-Ryan team will get our fiscal house in order, our economy back on track and Americans back to work.”
Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA): “Paul is a good friend and one of the smartest guys I served with in Congress. He has the courage of his convictions, which is what our nation needs.”
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell: “Gov. Romney showed today that he is determined to confront a host of growing crises that President Obama has ignored. Where the current President has simply refused to act, Gov. Romney has now pledged to lead. Paul Ryan is an excellent choice, and a confirmation that Gov. Romney is serious about strengthening America’s economic future, tackling the deficits and debt that have skyrocketed under President Obama, and returning to a path to solvency and security.
“Americans are looking for leadership that has been lacking on the most critical issues facing our country’s economic future. The Romney-Ryan team can return much-needed leadership from day one and help bring real recovery to our economy, reverse the damage of the Obama economy, and take a serious approach to the Obama debt and focus on growing jobs—not the size of the government.
“President Obama’s term has been marked by overwhelming national debt, a first-ever downgrade of America’s credit rating, high unemployment and a disappointing lack of leadership when it comes to addressing spending. It’s time to change that, and Gov. Romney and Chairman Ryan will be ready on day one to give America the leadership it deserves.”
President George W. Bush: “This is a strong pick. Governor Romney is serious about confronting the long-term challenges facing America, and Paul Ryan will help him solve the difficult issues that must be addressed for future generations.”
Senator John McCain (R-Az): “Governor Romney and Representative Ryan are the strongest team to return America to prosperity and to defend our interests abroad. Paul Ryan has proven that he is fully prepared to address our nation’s economic challenges, which have only worsened over the last four years under the Obama-Biden Administration. I look forward to working for the election of the Romney-Ryan team this fall.”
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus today announced five additional speakers who will address the Republican National Convention August 27-30:
1. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, Florida’s 37th attorney general and first female attorney general in state history
2. Texas Republican U.S. Senate Nominee Ted Cruz, former Texas solicitor general (first Hispanic/youngest person in that position)
3. Puerto Rico Governor Luis Fortuño, first Republican elected governor of Puerto Rico since 1969, first Republican representative from Puerto Rico elected to Congress
4. Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens, former chairman of the Cobb County Commission
5. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, 45th governor of Wisconsin, first U.S. governor to successfully keep seat in a recall election
“These five remarkable individuals will bring a diversity of experiences and perspectives to the convention stage in Tampa, where they will voice their support for Governor Mitt Romney. They have each served the public in their own impressive ways, and they all share a dedication to the Republican principles of individual opportunity, responsible government and personal liberty,” Chairman Priebus said.
Republican National Convention Chief Executive Officer William Harris said, “We are creating a world-class program of speakers at this convention. Their love for our country and vision for a brighter and more prosperous future will resonate in Tampa and echo across our nation.”
★ Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi
“The government takeovers coming out of Washington have to stop. As an attorney general, we are constantly fighting the federal government back from overreaching and over-regulating – from the EPA to health care. We want to help businesses create jobs for our people, not regulate and tax them into bankruptcy. Mitt Romney will fight for our job-creators, and I am honored to be a part of his nomination to be the next president later this month in the great state of Florida,” said Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.
★ Texas Republican Senate Nominee Ted Cruz
“The United States of America is still a shining city on a hill. We can restore the U.S. Constitution and reign in out-of-control spending with new leadership in Washington. The pundits will talk, but it is the voters who will make the final decision. There is a great awakening that is sweeping this country. I predict that we will see a new level of energy and commitment to reform at the Republican National Convention as we unite behind Governor Mitt Romney,” said Ted Cruz.
★ Puerto Rico Governor Luis
“The most important issue in this election is our economy. Mitt Romney has the real-world experience and solid plan that will create jobs and help businesses succeed. I will deliver this message to my party and to the world at the Republican National Convention in Tampa,” said Puerto Rico Governor Luis Fortuño.
★ Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens
“We can do better as a country. We must empower Americans to make their own choices across the board. The jobs-killing, unconstitutional policies coming out of Washington, D.C. must be undone. Elections do have consequences and we will start to put our country back on track at the Republican National Convention when we nominate Mitt Romney,” said Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens.
★ Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker
“We have seen the power of bold ideas right here in Wisconsin. The American people are demanding bold reform and we need to put a leader in the White House who will fight to turn our country around. The Republican National Convention will be an important rallying point for our country and our party and I look forward to sharing our story of reform and officially nominating Mitt Romney as the next president of the United States,” said Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.
As the convention roster continues to take shape, I appreciate these daily excitement-building roll-outs. Let’s help The Gov and RNC by sharing these announcements with all we know.
I hope convention planners include some of what we saw when Mitt and Ann Romney were so WARMLY welcomed in Puerto Rico last March. They really know how to raise the roof!
They packed the hall yesterday at the Faith & Freedom Coalition at the Country Springs Hotel in Pewaukee, Wisconsin…
Governor Mitt Romney and Wisconsin’s beloved homeboy and rising GOP star, Congressman Paul Ryan, both speakers at the event, inspired the crowd with their remarks. While speaking, Romney did not mention his GOP primary opponents and focused on President Obama (he also worked in a good comment about Joe Biden). At the conclusion of Ryan’s speech, he introduced The Gov with another strong endorsement (SEE VIDEO BELOW).
◆ Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum also participated – but the latter did something that raised eyebrows…
WAUKESHA, Wis. — The current state of the Republican nominating contest was on display in Wisconsin on Saturday, with underdog Rick Santorum vigorously slamming front-runner Mitt Romney, while the former Massachusetts governor ignored his GOP rivals and focused solely on President Barack Obama.
[...] Santorum’s rhetoric against a fellow Republican is a departure from the typical remarks candidates have given at previous Faith and Freedom events held this campaign season. The group draws a variety of GOP voters, and one candidate bad-mouthing another is usually avoided. But the former Pennsylvania senator did not tone down the attacks he frequently uses on the stump.
◆ MSNBC Nightly News Report March 31, 2012:
Santorum, speaking on NBC’s Meet the Press today, vowed that even if he loses in Wisconsin, he’s staying in the race:
The former Pennsylvania senator dismisses the notion that a prolonged primary would harm the party’s chances against President Barack Obama in November. Santorum says GOP establishment figures are making that argument to convince voters that “they need Mitt Romney shoved down their throats.”
… Santorum said he needs to win Pennsylvania’s primary on April 24.
While speaking at the F&F forum, Santorum and Gingrich both referred to Congressman Ryan, but notice the interesting difference:
While Gingrich called the congressman “a great guy,” Santorum referred to Ryan as “some other Wisconsinite.”
Since Ryan’s endorsement, Santorum has been largely silent about the rising Republican Party star on the campaign trail. When asked about the endorsement by reporters, Santorum brushed it off, saying: “What I find out is that most endorsements are worth one vote.”
Besides the lies he tells about Governor Romney, Santorum’s rancorous, uncouth, and gauche behavior serves as a continual poke-in-the-eye reminder of why he should not get anywhere near the Oval Office. For someone who claims he got in the GOP presidential race because of “God’s calling” one would think he’d try to do a better job emulating the supposed caller.
By the way, the Romney and Ron Paul campaigns have filed a joint complaint citing “serious and prejudicial misconduct” from Santorum supporters at a previously-held Missouri county caucus.
◆ Here’s video of Wisconsin’s Faith & Freedom forum:
Newt Gingrich: @5:00 Paul Ryan: @25:20
Mitt Romney: @40:45
Rick Santorum: @1hr:29
◆ After speaking at the F&F conference, Gov Romney and Ryan headed to Muskego, WI, to host a town hall meeting. D.G. Jackson, Romney’s campaign shadow, videoed The Gov and Paul Ryan before going on stage:
The Gov and Ryan also spent time at a phone bank in Madison for Governor Scott Walker.
Three months ago, 50% of Michiganders approved of Obama’s job performance. While the same 45% disapprove now, only 47% approve. That decline has come with both Democrats (from 90-7 to 78-15) and Republicans (13-85 to 4-92), while independents are roughly the same (47-42 now, and 47-44 then).
The same poll shows Mitt Romney is the only candidate who can seriously challenge Obama in that state:
The closest any Republican can come is Mitt Romney’s 48-41 deficit, followed by Mike Huckabee’s 50-41, Newt Gingrich’s 53-37, Sarah Palin’s 55-35, and Walker’s 52-32. As with Stabenow, Obama’s greatest strength is the 13-point Democratic turnout advantage over Republicans, for Romney and Huckabee do a better job of locking up their bases, and Obama leads by only one with independents over Romney and six over Huckabee.
Others included in the poll: Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, and Scott Walker. Results suggested from this poll are consistent with an earlier PPP poll – that the only serious GOP threat to Obama in Michigan is Mitt Romney.
Since this is a pro-Romney site it would be pointless to run a presidential preference tournament. So we are going to do the next best thing – pick the bottom half of the ticket. Click the image above to see the whole bracket. If you don’t like my seeding assignments… well… it was all pretty much arbitrary anyways.
The first round polls are below. Voting for this round will go until Sunday.
As they say in the news business, Mitt Romney was a good get for Tom Emmer.
Not only did the former governor of Massachusetts and GOP presidential contender attract some 200 donors at a $500-a-plate fundraising dinner for Emmer Monday, he later worked up a crowd at a rally at the Ramada Hotel in Bloomington.
With just two weeks before the election, Emmer needs to rouse every base within the Republican base, from the fiscal conservatives to the Tea Party discontents to the patriots.
Romney, who sounds and looks like a corporate CEO, rolled up his sleeves and delivered a brief speech to a crowd of about 500 at the rally. He didn’t focus on fiscal conservatism as anticipated, but on the new social hot buttons: the Constitution, patriotism and American exceptionalism.
“It’s not just about failed policies in Washington,” Romney said. “Liberals are changing the very face of America. We are a nation of pioneers and liberals are trying to smother that spirit.
“America needs no apologies to the world,” he said. “The best ally peace has ever known is the United States of America.”
The crowd gave him love as he doffed his jacket and worked the line of attendees for pictures.
Minnesota’s GOP candidate for governor was impressed as well.
“Mitt Romney, wow — he is really a standard bearer for American exceptionalism,” Emmer said in an interview after the rally. “Yes, he just touched on the fiscal policy. But people in Minnesota that I meet, we know what the problems are. When you remind people it’s about the American spirit, you heard them here tonight — they don’t want leaders who apologize for America.”
Two of the biggest names in Republican politics – possible 2012 presidential contender Mitt Romney and rising GOP star Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal – came to Wisconsin on Monday to raise money and campaign for gubernatorial candidate Scott Walker.
Romney and Jindal made the latest in a series of visits to Wisconsin by high-wattage political figures – from President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and first lady Michelle Obama to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
In Milwaukee, Walker, the Milwaukee County executive, and Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, spoke to more than 200 people at a $250-a-plate fund-raiser at the Italian Community Center. In Madison, Walker and Jindal hosted about 300 people at a $75 per-person reception at the Sheraton Madison Hotel.
Attendees could meet with the hosts in more intimate settings for $5,000 per couple. The campaign declined to say how much the two events raised.
Romney and Jindal briefly took questions from reporters at both stops, but the events themselves were closed to the news media.
Afterward at a news conference, Romney said his trip to Milwaukee had been planned some time ago.
“Scott’s just opened up such a big lead – he’s doing better,” Romney said.
As if to underscore that point, a new poll Monday showed Walker with a 9 point lead over Democrat and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. Walker had 50% and Barrett had 41% in the poll of 402 registered likely voters by Wisconsin Public Radio and St. Norbert College in De Pere. The poll was conducted Oct. 12-15 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points.
“But you can’t become too complacent,” Romney said. “Things can happen in the waning weeks. . . . So it’s important for us to touch the bases of those races where myself and people like me can hopefully make a difference.”
Jindal said voters were drawn to Walker because of his pledge to cut the size of government. “He understands we can’t tax, borrow and spend our way back to prosperity,” Jindal said of Walker.
For more on the Tom Emmer fundraiser, click here. More on the Minnesota and Wisconsin events can be found here.
Ohio Senate Republican hopeful Rob Portman introduces Mitt Romney to Michael Bridges at InfoTech 2010. Bridges' company was one of many exhibiting at the defense contractor technology conference.
DAYTON — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rob Portman brought potential 2012 presidential contender Mitt Romney along with him Wednesday during a campaign stop at the Dayton Convention Center.
Ret. Air Force General Lester L. Lyles, left, shares a laugh with Romney & Rob Portman at InfoTech 2010 in Dayton, OH. 10/20/10 - A/P Photo Skip Peterson
Portman and Romney shook hands and posed with corporate executives and others for photographs as they worked the red, white and blue-decked aisles where defense contracting companies had technology displays at the InfoTech convention and trade show. The Dayton event annually brings Air Force and business leaders together for discussions of military hardware and software needs.
Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and 2008 presidential contender, accompanied Portman to a private fundraising lunch in the Dayton area before appearing at the InfoTech convention, said Jessica Towhey, a Portman campaign spokeswoman. Towhey declined to say how much money the event raised.
Romney, considered a likely front-runner for the Republicans’ 2012 presidential nomination, declined to say when he will formally announce that he is running again for the White House.
“That’s not a decision I’ll make for some time. I don’t know when that will come, but certainly after November,” Romney said. “I’m here to support Rob Portman in his race for the Senate, and also (governor candidate) John Kasich and other Republicans across the state, and I’m doing my best to help raise money and bring a little awareness of the strong candidates we’ve got.”
Romney TwitPic: "Talking with Hank and Tony at the Waffle House in Dayton, OH. Oct 20, 2010
Mitt Romney and two of his senior aides are holding a small lunch in Washington today to brief GOP lobbyists and potential 2012 supporters on what the former governor and his PAC have done for candidates this cycle.
“Spencer Zwick, Finance Director and Matt Rhoades, Executive Director will join the Governor at lunch to give an update on the political activities of the Free and Strong America PAC,” wrote Drew Maloney, one of Romney’s top K Street backers, in an e-mail sent by another lobbyist to POLITICO. “The Governor has traveled across the country supporting many state and federal candidates. The PAC has given more than $800,000 to federal candidates and raised millions for many of the competitive races.”
The gathering, to take place at a downtown restaurant, will be held in a room that only seats about 20-25 people, Maloney wrote. It’s not a fundraiser.
Keeping up with Governor Romney is like trying to concentrate on a 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle in a high wind… “He was there. No, he’s here! Here’s something… Where was that? Oh, a TwitPic to help… What’s next?” You get the idea…
Here is Romney’s itinerary for the last few days (from all the pieces I could gather…):
Doheny is running as a Republican and Independence Party candidate against incumbent Rep. Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh,) who won the seat in a special election less than a year ago.
Romney, known for his leadership skills and business accomplishments in both public and private sectors, pointed to Doheny’s potential as a Representative when making the endorsement. “Matt has turned around and restructured failing enterprises. He knows how to do the difficult work that ends up saving companies, and saving jobs,” Romney said. “Few organizations need more help right now than our own federal government. Matt can, and will, help turn our nation and our economy around through his hard work and impressive experience.”
Romney first gained national praise as President and CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee, for the 2002 Winter Olympics. He is credited with transforming the disorganized and financially troubled Olympics into one of the most successful Winter Games held in the U.S. When he was elected Governor of Massachusetts in 2002, Romney inherited a state that was in economic trouble. Without raising taxes or increasing debt, he got the economy moving once again and turned the state’s deficits into surpluses. A leading candidate for the Republican Presidential nomination in 2008, he remains one of the GOP’s most popular national figures.
“It is an honor to receive this endorsement. Mitt Romney’s accomplishments are textbook examples of how conservative economic policies and inspired leadership yield a healthier organization or a healthier government. I thank him for his support.”
At some point between Oct 11 -13, Romney toured a facility in North Carolina. Tweet from the Gov (the time stamp shows tweet was sent early in the morning which indicates Romney probably toured the facility on a previous day):
TwitPic from Mitt Romney - "Touring Childress Racing in North Carolina with the one and only Richard Childress" 7:10 AM Oct 14th via web
October 14th – Bedminster, New Jersey was the site of a Romney-hosted fundraiser for incumbent Rep Leonard Lance (R). Incumbent Lance faces Democrat Ed Potosnak, a former teacher, in the 7th district. Lance’s district includes most of Woodbridge and parts of Middlesex, Somerset, Hunterdon and Union counties.
October 15th – Exergen Corporation, world leader in industrial and medical non-invasive temperature technology, was the destination for the Gov. Exergen was founded by Harvard-research scientist Dr. Francesco Pompei over two decades ago and is based in Watertown, Massachusetts. Romney toured Exergen’s manufacturing facility (video quality not the best, but it gives you a look at Romney’s interest in entrepreneurial ventures).
October 18th – Romney turned his attention today to USA north where he is putting in a very full day. He kicked the day off with a full-slate announcement of Wisconsin endorsements: County Executive Scott Walker, Ron Johnson, Congressman Tom Petri, Congressman Paul Ryan, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, Sean Duffy, State Senator Dan Kapanke, and Reid Ribble. Free and Strong America PAC also announced:
The PAC […] is sending a contribution to each of the federal candidates, in particular $5,000 to Johnson’s Senate campaign, and $2,500 each to the Congressional campaigns of Petri, Ryan, Sensenbrenner, Duffy, Kapanke, and Ribble.
“At a time when too many of our elected officials are more focused on growing the size of government than growing our economy, it is more important than ever that we elect candidates who are dedicated to enacting fiscally-conservative policies that will get Wisconsin – and our nation – back on the right track. These candidates will work hard to turn our troubled economy around and put people back to work, and I am proud to stand with them today,” said Romney.
Romney then campaigned with Scott Walker who is hoping to take over Wisonsin’s governor chair.
Governor Romney campaigns with GOP gubernatorial hopeful Scott Walker in Milwaukee, Wisconsin Oct 18, 2010
Later today, the hard-working Gov announced endorsements for Minnesota: State Representative Tom Emmer and running mate Annette Meeks, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Congressman John Kline, Congressman Erik Paulsen, Lee Byberg, Chip Cravaack, and State Representative Randy Demmer. His Free and Strong America PAC will donate a $2,500 contribution to each of the federal candidates’ campaigns.
Tonight, in Minnesota, Romney will headline a fundraiser for the Republican nominee for governor, Tom Emmer and running mate Meeks.
Delaware (polls close at 8 EST), Massachusetts (8 EST), Maryland (8 EST), New Hampshire (7 EST), New York (9 EST), Rhode Island (9 EST), and Wisconsin (9 EST) all have primaries today and there are a few interesting stories to follow:
1. Who will win the Delaware primary? Christine O’Donnell, who had been written off by virtually all of the media and political elite, or Congressman Mike Castle?
2. How will the few candidates in contested primaries that Mitt chose to endorse do?
With 22% reporting in Delaware, Christine O’Donnell is beating Mike Castle 56%-44%.
In New Hampshire, with 6% reporting, Lamontagne is beating Ayotte 52%-32%.
The results are coming in fast now. O’Donnell is still up 54-46 with 77.5% reporting and the race has been called in her favor.
With 22% reporting, Perry has increased his lead to 67-25.
Still with only 9% reporting, Lamontagne is beating Ayotte 49%-35%.
UPDATE 3 by Jayde (For the most part, I’m just adding those that are in the lead.):
Delaware Republican Senate - O’Donnell WINNER with 53.1% of the vote. Her opponent, Michael Castle, came in at 46.9%.
Delaware Republican House race - Glen Urquhart WINNER with 48.6% of the vote. Michele Rollins came in with a close 47.7%.
Maryland Senate race - Democrats with 61.3% precincts reporting show Barbara Mikulski is way ahead with 81.5%. On the Republican side, with 58.1% reporting, Eric Wargotz is at 37.5%. His closest competitor, Jim Rutledge, has 31.4% of the vote.
Maryland Gubernatorial results - With 62.8% precincts reporting, Democrat Martin O’Malley is the projected winner with 85.2% votes. Republican Robert Ehrlich has 75.5% votes.
New Hampshire Senate race – With 32.9% precincts reporting, Republican Ovide Lamontagne is at 40.2% and Kelly Ayote is at 38%.
New Hampshire Republican House race – 36.3% precincts reporting shows Frank Guinta @ 35% and Rick Ashosh @ 32.2%.
New Hampshire Governor’s race – 36.5% precincts reporting show Democrat John Lynch @ 87.5% and Republican John Stephen @ 64%.
New York Senate 2 year race – 75.1% precincts reporting have Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand @ 76.1% and Republican Joseph DioGuardi @ 41.9%.
New York Republican 6 year race – 77.1 % precincts reporting shows Jay Townsend @ 56.1% and Gary Bernsten @ 44%.
New York Republican House race – 99.8% precincts reporting shows Randy Altschuler @ 45.1%.
New York Republican Governor’s race – 81.7% precincts reporting – Carl Paladina @ 63.4%. Rick Lazio 36.6%.
Rhode Island House race District 1 – Democrat WINNER David Cicilline @ 37.2%. Republican WINNER John Loughlin @ 83.3%.
Rhode Island Republican Governor’s race – John Robitaille WINNER @70.1%.
Wisconsin Republican Senate race – 77.1% precincts reporting – Ron Johnson @ 84.5%
Wisconsin Governor race – 78.5% precincts reporting – Democrat Tom Barrett @ 90.1%. With 78% precincts reporting – Republican Scott Walker @ 57.6%.
UPDATE 4 by Jayde 9/15/10 12:04 PM PST:
All candidates posted in the lead in UPDATE 3 remain in the lead (some small percentage changes), except for the New Hampshire Republican Senate Race. Overnight, Kelly Ayotte has taken the lead from Ovide Lamontagne. With 84.4% of precincts reporting, Ayotte has 38.2% of votes and Lamontagne is at 37.5%. A tight race!
At latest update, many precincts are still counting votes, but are nearing the end.
UPDATE 5 by Jayde:
In New Hampshire’s Republican Senate Race, Kelly Ayotte has won – 38.3%.
To see final results, which candidates ran unopposed, and exact vote percentages click here. C-Span.org also has primary election results here.
Once everything is all sorted out tonight, make sure to make a quick donation to Mitt’s Free & Strong America PAC so we can make sure all of our great GOP candidates have every competitive edge we can get them for November.