Sununu: Santorum, Gingrich “Grasping at Straws & Toys” – Sen. DeMint “Excited About Romney”

One of our favorite Romney guys, Former NH Governor John Sununu, spoke this morning to FOX News’ Martha MacCallum (America’s Newsroom). With the Santorum/Gingrich led media hoopla surrounding a Romney aide’s comment about Etch-a-Sketch, Sununu pulled no punches:


“Mitt Romney is talking about creating jobs and Santorum is waving kiddie toys in the air. It’s from the sublime to the ridiculous. ~ Fmr NH Gov John Sununu

We’ve now reached the silly stage of primary politics… With the gravity of the domestic and foreign threats America is facing, images of foolhardy Santorum and Gingrich pinching and twisting plastic toy knobs on the campaign trail, hoping to etch and sketch enough favor to hang on for another day, is pitiable.

Matt Benyon (Team Santorum) felt no shame putting this photo out for the world to see. March 22, 2012

Romney’s reaction to Etch-a-Sketch flap:






Regardless of frivolous and foolish antics from Romney’s opposition, conservative Senator and Tea Party leader Jim DeMint released a buzz-worthy memo today. Penning lines that are very easy to read between, Demint says it’s time for the GOP to make a decision… to go with Romney:

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sen. Jim DeMint, the South Carolina Republican and tea party favorite, said Thursday he was ‘excited’ about the possibility of Mitt Romney becoming the GOP presidential nominee.
[...]
“I can tell conservatives from my perspective is that, I’m not only comfortable with Romney, I’m excited about the possibility of him possibly being our nominee,” DeMint said. “Again, this is not a formal endorsement and I do not intend to do that right now but I just think we just need to look at where we are.”

DeMint’s comments came the same day Romney met with influential Republicans on Capitol Hill, including House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan. Like DeMint, Ryan has not publicly backed a candidate in the GOP race, but is considered a prized endorsement for the White House.

DeMint was impressed with Romney:

“His leadership skills, the fact that he hasn’t lived his life in Washington. There’s a lot to like there,” DeMint said.
[...]
“I don’t have any immediate plans to do an endorsement but I think we all need to look at this presidential primary and encourage the candidates to do a little self-reflection here — what’s good for our country,” he said. “The sooner we can make a decision, I think the sooner we can focus on the real problem which is Obama.”

(emphasis added) Read complete article here.

DeMint’s voice joins a growing chorus; Jeb Bush endorsed Romney yesterday, Frank Luntz, Dick Morris, Henry Barbour, Bob Dole, and Donald Trump say Romney is the one. Freedom Works says it will no longer oppose The Gov. Even Ed Rollins, former Bachmann/Huckabee campaign manager, says he’s grown bored with this drawn-out nomination process and it’s time to get in the huddle with with Mitt.

I wholeheartedly agree.

► Jayde Wyatt

N. Carolina Reps Coble, Foxx, McHenry Support Mitt Romney

Mountain bikers enjoy untouched woods while riding in the Beech Mountain Adventure Trail Park in western North Carolina. Today, three Representatives from the Tar Heel State, Howard Coble, Virginia Foxx, and Patrick McHenry, have announced their support for Mitt Romney.

While Obama packs his bags to head to North Carolina to shore up his waning support (NC, a traditionally red state, went for Obama in 2008), three Representatives from the great Tar Heel state have announced their support for Mitt Romney:

Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today announced the support of North Carolina Congressman Howard Coble, Congresswoman Virginia Foxx and Congressman Patrick McHenry.

It is an honor to have the support of these North Carolina public servants,” said Mitt Romney. “North Carolina will be a critical state in the contest to defeat President Obama. In the three years since President Obama’s election, North Carolina has faced more hardship than many other states. I will work with these leaders from the state to help revitalize the economy and make North Carolina a leader in our economic recovery.”

Mitt Romney has been a successful leader his entire life,” said Congressman Coble. “Whether it was business, the Winter Olympics, or as governor, Mitt Romney has proven that he can turn around troubled enterprises. Right now, North Carolina and the country need a leader to engineer an economic turnaround.”

Announcing her support, Congresswoman Foxx said, “North Carolina has suffered under President Obama’s policies. Burdensome regulations have slowed the industries that turned North Carolina into a job-creating machine. Mitt Romney has put forth a plan to get North Carolina and the country on a path to prosperity once again. As a conservative businessman, Mitt Romney has the economic know-how to change our economy fundamentally. I am proud to support him.”

“After three years, President Obama has failed to deliver on his promise to fix our economy,” said Congressman McHenry. “It is clear that his overtaxing, overregulating and overspending are not the prescription for our failing economy. Mitt Romney has an economic plan that puts conservative principles in place to restart the economy and put North Carolinians back to work. Mitt Romney is also Republicans’ best chance to defeat President Obama so that we can repeal Obamacare. I look forward to working with him in his campaign to bring back jobs to North Carolina and make our state a leader in job growth once again.”

(emphasis added)

Background On North Carolina Representatives Endorsing Mitt Romney:

Congressman Howard Coble Is The Longest Serving Republican Congressman In North Carolina History. In the House, Coble serves on the Judiciary Committee. Prior to serving in the U.S. House, Coble served in the North Carolina House of Representatives and was the North Carolina Secretary of Revenue under Governor James Holshouser.

Congresswoman Virginia Foxx Has Served North Carolina’s 5th District Since 2004. Foxx is the Chairwoman of the House Subcommittee on Higher Education. She also serves on the House Committee on Rules.

Congressman Patrick McHenry Was Elected In 2004. McHenry serves as the Deputy Republican Whip and is a member of the Financial Services Committee and Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Prior to his election to Congress, McHenry served in the North Carolina House Of Representatives.

Thank you, North Carolina!

From The Weekly Standard:

Next door, meanwhile, South Carolina senator Jim DeMint may be looking to endorse Romney, reports David Drucker of Roll Call:

Mitt Romney is the favorite to receive Sen. Jim DeMint’s (R-S.C.) much-sought-after endorsement in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, according to knowledgeable GOP sources.

DeMint, who endorsed the former Massachusetts governor in 2008, made clear in an interview late last week that he has made no decisions on whom he will support in the 2012 primary. But Republican operatives familiar with the DeMint-Romney relationship and privy to the conservative Senator’s private assessment of the GOP field believe Romney is the most likely candidate to receive the backing of the tea party favorite.


► Jayde Wyatt

New Romney Video ‘Mitt On The Road’ Highlights South Carolina

With South Carolina battling it’s ‘seventh most impoverished state in the nation’ status and unemployment at 11.1 % (in Aug 2011), Mitt Romney’s new video, Mitt on the Road: The Low Country, South Carolina, has a timely message:

As president, on Day One, I will focus on rebuilding America’s economy. Let future generations look back on us and say, they rose to the occasion, they embraced their duty, and they led our nation to safety and to greatness.

Mitt On The Road: The Low Country, South Carolina

ajc.com/Metro Atlanta State News

Poverty defies ‘New South’ promises in S. Carolina
By Margaret Newkirk and Frank Bass
Bloomberg News
Oct 16, 2011

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Nineteen years ago, when BMW announced a new factory off I-85 just outside of Spartanburg, South Carolina looked like the king of smokestack recruiting.

The world’s biggest manufacturer of luxury vehicles would make the city a “Mecca of foreign investment in the United States,” The Independent of London predicted. It would see a rush of industry chasing Munich-based BMW. Downtown would spring to life. I-85 would be America’s Autobahn.

“Oh, they were going to solve all of our problems,” said Cynthia Lounds, director of community economic development at Piedmont Community Actions Inc., a social service agency.

Today, South Carolina is one of the most impoverished states in the nation, climbing to seventh poorest in 2010 from 11th in 2007, according to recent Census data. Its percentage of residents living in poverty shot to 18.2 percent from 15 percent in that period.

In downtown Spartanburg, near-empty Morgan Square features a used clothing store and two pawn shops.

South Carolina and other Southern states topped the nation’s poverty rankings, a sign of trouble in the so-called New South, known for its growth and ability to lure employers with laws restricting union organizing. The South was the country’s only region with an increase from 2009 to 2010 in both the number of poor and their proportion of the population, the census said.
[..]
South Carolina on Jan. 21 will play a key role as host to the first Southern primary in the race to select President Barack Obama’s Republican challenger.

Gov Mitt Romney gestures while answering a question at Senator Jim DeMint's Palmetto Freedom Forum in Columbia, SC. Sept 5, 2011. (Photo by Stephen Morton/Getty) Click on photo to enlarge.

Its rising poverty rate coincides with a dispute over the Obama administration’s stance toward expansion of a Boeing plant in North Charles-ton. The National Labor Relations Board sued Boeing over its decision to locate a 4,000-job facility there, saying the move was illegal retaliation against unions at its manufacturing base in Washington state.

“It’s like the Obama administration can’t come up with anything else to stifle business growth in this state,” said Lewis Gossett, president of the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance.
[...]
Like much of the Southeast, South Carolina lost construction employment during the recession. Its textile industry continued to bleed jobs as well: Union County, about 20 miles from Spartanburg, had the state’s fourth-highest unemployment rate after a sock factory and a mill closed in 2009 and 2010. The county also lost a 150-job Disney distribution warehouse it had lured from Memphis 12 years earlier with tax breaks. Disney moved the operation back to Tennessee in July.

(emphasis added )

Governor Romney is a strong supporter of South Carolina’s fiscally conservative Governor Nikki Haley.

Romney recently delivered a major foreign policy speech at the Citadel in Charleston and toured the SC Boeing plant. In September, The Gov participated in Senator Jim DeMint’s Palmetto Freedom Forum. Last spring, he met with South Carolinian small business owners and during the summer, Ann Romney was in The Palmetto State campaigning for Mitt.

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Happy Labor Day! Mitt Romney in New Hampshire & S. Carolina, Palmetto Freedom Forum


Happy Labor Day!

We hope you are enjoying a little rest and relaxation today. Here’s Mitt’s Labor Day statement:

As we celebrate this Labor Day, we should not forget the great many families facing economic hardship. Over 25 million Americans are unemployed, underemployed, or so discouraged that they have stopped even looking for a job.

This week I will outline a comprehensive plan to put America back on the road to economic growth and job creation. We cannot continue on a course that has kept unemployment above 8 percent for the longest stretch since records have been kept. The potential of the American people has been demonstrated time and again. With leadership that understands how jobs are created, that potential can be unlocked – that is why I am running for President of the United States.

No R&R today for Mitt and Ann Romney. Take a look at their schedule:

Event: Mitt Romney Hosts Labor Day Pancake Breakfast
When: 8:30 AM EDT
Location: The Derryfield
625 Mammoth Road
Manchester, NH
The breakfast is free and families are welcome (organized by Mitt Romney for President).

Event: Ann Romney will march in Milford Labor Day Parade (Gov Romney was originally scheduled to attend but re-arranged his schedule so he could fly to South Carolina to attend Senator Jim DeMint’s Freedom Forum.)
When: 11:45am to 12:45pm

Event: Mitt Romney Attends Palmetto Freedom Forum
When: 2:45 PM EDT
Location: Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
1101 Lincoln Street
Columbia, SC




About the Palmetto Freedom Forum this afternoon… It’s a BIG event and we’re looking forward to it! Senator Jim DeMint (whom some call the Tea Party kingmaker) is hosting it, along with American Principles and Palmetto Freedom Forums. Those participating:

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann, Businessman Herman Cain, Former Georgia Congressman Newt Gingrich, Texas Governor Rick Perry, and Texas Congressman Ron Paul.

Format:

The Palmetto Freedom Forum will follow a unique format, designed to allow invited candidates to engage in a thoughtful, substantive discussion of their stances on the critical issues facing our country. Candidates will be featured on stage one-at-a-time and will engage in a question and answer session with three panelists: U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), U.S. Representative Steve King (R-IA), and Dr. Robert P. George, founder of the American Principles Project and a professor at Princeton University. The event will be moderated by David Stanton, a veteran of South Carolina presidential events and former local news anchor.

A word from Senator Jim DeMint:

Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC)


“This event will present a vital opportunity for the 2012 presidential candidates to discuss their positions on a number of key issues and to outline their vision for the future of our nation,” said DeMint. “Instead of looking for ‘gotcha’ questions and sound bite answers, this event will offer candidates the opportunity to deliver their message directly to undecided primary voters in South Carolina and beyond.”

Representative Steve King (R-IA), who will join Senator DeMint on the panel, said, “Thirty second responses do not allow the candidates to properly spell out their understanding of our founding and their vision for our way forward. I appreciate Senator DeMint creating a venue that will let the candidates separate themselves on the issues.”

(emphasis added)

Options to view the forum:

American Principles Project/Palmetto Freedom Forum Facebook:

The American Principles Project Palmetto Freedom Forum Advisory will be broadcast on CNN and South Carolina Educational Television on Monday, September 5th at 3 PM. Additionally, Townhall.com and CNN.com will provide a live webcast of this event. Townhall.com will also provide a thirty minute post Forum discussion immediately following the event.
[...]
TELEVISION:
CNN – Live at 3 PM EST
SCETV World Channel – Live at 3 PM EST
SCETV South Carolina Channel – Rebroadcast at 8 PM EST

WEB:
Townhall – www.townhall.com Live at 3 PM EST
CNN – www.cnn.com/live Live at 3 PM EST

SCETV also has a livefeed link here (3:00 PM EST).

U Stream livefeed / Palmetto Freedom Forum (3:00 PM EST):


Live video for mobile from Ustream

Go Mitt!

► Jayde Wyatt

The Political Soda Can: Will Mitt Romney Fizz or Fizzle?


Almost overnight the political soda can has been shaken and the top has popped off. The question talking heads are asking is: Will Mitt Romney fizz or fizzle?

Inside the political soda can

Governor Mitt Romney re-worked his schedule so he could participate in Senator Jim Demint’s Palmetto Freedom Forum, likewise on taking part in a Labor Day Tea Party Express Rally. Then, Governor Sarah Palin announced she will also be at the same Tea Party rally (glad to hear she’ll be there) and *Freedom Works has decided to protest Romney’s appearance at the Tea Party. In the meantime, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) told the Tea Party folks where to go and unvetted Rick Perry remains in the spotlight.

Romney said he’d shift gears when August became a summer memory. That’s exactly what he’s doing. There’s a whole lot of speculation going on out there on how he adapts to the present GOP carbonation:

Rick Perry’s surge in the polls is prompting some high-profile Mitt Romney backers to urge the former Massachusetts governor to step up his efforts before it’s too late.

Romney’s high command said that was always the plan – and that they expect to engage Perry during next month’s debates, which will usher in the stretch run of the GOP presidential campaign.

The former Massachusetts governor will also accelerate his pace starting this Labor Day weekend, say campaign officials.

Romney will attend a Tea Party rally in Concord, New Hampshire, on Sunday, a Monday morning pancake breakfast in Manchester and then fly to South Carolina to attend a candidate forum put on by Sen. Jim DeMint.

Romney had originally indicated he would not attend the DeMint event, but he changed his mind after having a conversation with the influential conservative.

“He’s a good friend and we wanted to do what we could to make it work,” said senior Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom of their change of heart. DeMint was a key Romney backer in 2008, but is holding out this election cycle. Romney’s reconsideration suggests that the South Carolinian hasn’t ruled out endorsing the former governor again.

Fehrnstrom said Romney will also conduct a more aggressive media strategy beginning next month, appearing more frequently on cable TV news and conducting local TV interviews in early primary states.

“You’ll see him take it up a notch,” said the adviser.

Further, Romney aides said the campaign plans to roll out more endorsements, and work internally to bolster their grassroots effort, identifying more committed voters and building coalitions.

September will also likely mark the first open skirmishing between Romney and Perry, as they prepare to face off, along with the rest of the GOP field, for the first time at three debates.

A lot of the comparing and contrasting will take place on stage at the debates,” said Fehrnstrom, adding that Romney’s primary focus will still be “President Obama and his failures.”

But Romney officials believe it’s inevitable that they’ll clash with Perry – in part because the brash Texan will give them an opportunity.

“Perry will throw the first punch,” predicted a top Romney aide. “He can’t help himself.”

Others weigh in

“Perry has certainly changed the mix of the race,” said former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, a Romney supporter and fundraiser. “I do think [Romney] needs to step it up several notches. The low-key campaign has served well him well to this point, but coming out of Labor Day he needs to be a lot more aggressive. The low-profile strategy is not going to work this fall.”
[...]
“The world has changed in the primary,” said veteran GOP consultant Mike Murphy, who worked for Romney in his 2002 gubernatorial race. “They have to decide how and where they beat Perry. The passive strategy – where they have name ID and none of their opponents do – is not working anymore.”

Playing it by ear…

But Romney’s gurus point to three important but as yet unknown factors to explain why they’re not ready to reach for their rifle.

As long as the final field remains uncertain, the caucus and primary calendar unset and Perry’s ability to hold up over a series of debates and heightened media scrutiny unknown, they say they’re reluctant to make any hard and fast strategic decisions.

In state-by-state terms, this means they’re going to keep playing wait-and-see in Iowa and South Carolina, where they’ve limited Romney’s presence this year, until it becomes more clear who will be in the mix.

Should Sarah Palin decide to run and Bachmann and Rick Santorum hang in the fight, for example, Iowa could be more appealing to Romney since the GOP’s social conservative bloc would be splintered among several candidates.

“It’s all a parlor game until you know who’s in,” said a senior Romney aide of Iowa.

Romney is ready

[...] Romney used an appearance at the national VFW convention in San Antonio, Perry’s backyard, to say: “Career politicians got us into this mess and they simply don’t know how to get us out.”

That’s the message his campaign will carry against Perry: the Texas governor is a government lifer who lived high on the public tab and doesn’t have the private-sector experience necessary to run the country.

What career politician has done well with the Tea Party?” asked one Romney official.

The danger for Romney, however, is that if they don’t move soon it may be too late to dissuade conservatives from backing Perry.

“In general, most tea party activists are focused on big things, like the country heading in the wrong direction, the debt, or leaving behind a weaker nation than we inherited,” said unaligned GOP strategist Todd Harris. “That’s what matters to them most, and if a candidate is right on those things, activists can be awfully forgiving of everything else. The kinds of attacks that might sink another candidate are written off as just politics as usual and virtually ignored. Once tea party activists line up behind someone, they can be awfully hard to peel off.”

(emphasis added) Continue reading here.

Mitt Romney is in solid alignment with Tea Party fundamentals. It’s up to us to ‘pop some tops’ because Romney is ready to ‘fizz’.

Contact Tea Party Express to let them know in a friendly way that you’re happy Governor Romney will be part of their ‘Reclaiming America’ bus tour and why he is worth listening to:

Website – http://www.teapartyexpress.org/

Contact – http://www.teapartyexpress.org/contact/

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/ourcountrypac

Twitter – http://twitter.com/#!/ourcountrypac

*Drop a line to Freedom Works, while you’re at it.

Contact – http://www.freedomworks.org/contact


Tweet from Tea Party Express:


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Sen Jim DeMint: Romney’s Religion Non-Issue, Disappointed in Bachmann

The sticker on Senator Jim DeMint's lapel and the expression on his face reveals his support for Mitt Romney. (2008)


Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), a man who could rightfully be dubbed The Tea Party Senator, issued solid words of wisdom yesterday…

Mitt Romney’s religion is ‘not an issue’:

The Hill

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s (R) Mormon faith won’t be an issue for him in the Republican presidential primary, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) argued Wednesday.

DeMint, the conservative icon who endorsed Romney in 2008 but hasn’t decided whether to do so again in 2012, said that Romney’s religion might not be the hindrance it has been traditionally considered to be.

“The religion is not an issue,” DeMint said on MSNBC. “[...] I think what Americans are looking for right now is a person with principle, but courage.”
[...]
As for DeMint’s support, he’s still keeping his powder dry when it comes to Romney or any other candidate. The South Carolina conservative said Romney “could” still win his endorsement, but that he’s keeping a close eye on how the presidential candidates handle the upcoming fight over raising the debt limit.

“I’m keeping an open mind,” he said. “I’m not endorsing anyone right now because I want to see what they want to do on the debt limit.”

It’s good to hear Senator DeMint keep the door open after saying this a few months ago.

Romney will sign the ‘Cut, Cap, & Balance’ pledge to cut federal spending and balance the budget. Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Tim Pawlenty, Ron Paul, and Rick Santorum also support the pledge. Jon Huntsman Jr. and Michele Bachmann both declined support.

Bachmann has balked. DeMint is disappointed:

“I am disappointed,” DeMint said Wednesday on CNN’s “American Morning.” “We have to stop spending more than we’re bringing in.”
[...]
The Minnesota congresswoman argues it doesn’t go far enough to bring down the deficit.

DeMint, a South Carolina kingmaker and early supporter of the tea party movement, has said a commitment to the pledge is necessary in order to win his support, which could prove valuable in the early voting state of South Carolina and within his larger conservative following.

(emphasis added)

DeMint was a fervent supporter of Governor Romney during the last presidential primaries. Read his letter profusely endorsing The Gov here.


► Jayde Wyatt

Ban Earmarks: Governor Mitt Romney Stands with Senator Jim DeMint


Since the election of 85 freshman Republicans on November 2nd, the subject of earmarks has taken front and center on the political front. Opposition to earmarking has become a Tea Party tenet, as well, with Senator Jim Demint leading the battle on Capitol Hill. Old guard Republican leaders like Minority Leader Mitch McConnell – who supports the tradition of earmarking – and DeMint, who has advocated for the complete elimination of earmarks for quite some time, are now squaring off. Demint spoke on this topic on an appearance on FOX News Sunday yesterday with Chris Wallace. Will an earmark moratorium guide the legislative process going into the new year?

Governor Romney issued a statement today supporting Senator Jim DeMint’s call to end earmarks:

Statement on Romney’s Facebook page:

I encourage all Republicans to embrace Senator DeMint’s earmark ban and send a powerful message that we will no longer tolerate business as usual on Capitol Hill.

Sign my petition today to ban earmarks in 2011: http://mi.tt/NoEarmarks

Romney on twitter:

Support Senator @JimDeMint in his effort to curb federal spending. Sign the “no earmark” petition today: http://mi.tt/NoEarmarks

Romney’s statement on Free and Strong America:


Senator DeMint is courageously standing on conviction with his much-needed proposal to ban earmarks, which will curb wasteful spending and restore accountability to the way Congress spends taxpayer dollars. We all need to recognize that Washington can’t responsibly begin to address out-of-control debt and deficits until the practice of cramming earmarks into spending bills is stopped. While earmarks are not the only cause of our budget proplems, they have come to symbolize what’s wrong with Washington. What was once accepted as the normal way of doing business has to be re-examined in light of our $13 trillion national debt. I encourage all Republicans to embrace Senator DeMint’s earmark ban and send a powerful message that we will no longer tolerate business as usual on Capitol Hill.

From DeMint’s blog:

October 21, 2010
Human Events: ‘Earmark Moratorium Should Be GOP’s Top Priority’

Congressional Republicans—including freshly minted senators and representatives—will be confronted with one of the most important votes of the year when they regroup on Capitol Hill just two weeks after Election Day. It’s not the issue of electing a speaker or minority leader. It’s whether or not to extend the GOP’s earmark moratorium for the 112th Congress.

Regardless of whether Republicans win a majority in the House or Senate, the rules that govern their members will be debated and determined in mid-November. In addition to electing party leaders, they’ll tackle the contentious issue of earmarks, the congressional provisions often inserted in legislation to benefit a campaign donor or fund a specific pet project.

Sen. Jim DeMint (R.-S.C.) has vowed to bring up the matter for a vote on November 16 when his Senate Republican colleagues gather in Washington for an organizational meeting. The vote will pit critics of pork-barrel projects against earmarxists.

“I will force a vote in the Senate GOP conference to ban earmarks next year,” DeMint told The Washington Times earlier this month. “I believe this will pass, and Republicans will be unified against the wasteful and corrupt earmark system.”

Read the rest at HumanEvents.com.

Given his record of eliminating frivolous, wasteful spending as governor of Massachusetts and saving the red-inked Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games in 2002, Governor Romney’s support to ban earmarks is no surprise. Eliminating the incentive for politicians to vote according to how much pork they can bring home to their states also falls in line with Romney’s conviction that Washington is broken.

Begin to rebuild America. Sign Romney’s petition to eliminate earmarks here.

UPDATEMitch McConnell is now joining the call for a moratorium on earmarks.

► Jayde Wyatt

Indefatigable Mitt Romney: In Ohio with John Kasich & Rob Portman, New SC, UT, MA Endorsements, Brandstad’s Backing Doubled

Unflagging in his quest to change the direction America is going by helping to elect conservatives this fall, diligent Mitt Romney recently endorsed another spate of candidates. His enthusiasm and energy were felt in Mansfield, Ohio yesterday:  

WMFD – Ohio Gubernatorial Candidate Republican John Kasich and his running mate State Auditor Mary Taylor stopped by the WMFD TV studios Friday during their campaign stop in Mansfield. 

They arrived with the support of a very special guest former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney

Kasich says during his campaign they are focusing on the biggest issue the state is facing which is the loss of 400,000 jobs. 

(emphasis mine) 

To see video of Romney, Kasich, and Taylor click here.

Mitt Romney enjoying time with John Kasich and running mate Mary Taylor pre-TV interview Mansfield, Ohio June 25, 2010

UPDATE: A luncheon fundraiser with Romney and Kasich was also part of the day’s activities. Read more here.

Romney and Kasich in Mansfield

While writing this, I noticed Governor Romney had tweeted the following a few hours earlier: “Excited to be with Ohio’s next Senator @robportman tonight. His campaign needs your support.” Obviously, Mitt’s schedule in Ohio yesterday was full. No grass grows under his feet! (Check back for information.)

South Carolina
Besides endorsing Nikki Haley for governor in S. Carolina, Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC has announced three more SC endorsements: 

Senator Jim DeMint: Senator Jim DeMint currently serves the people of South Carolina in the U.S. Senate and is running for reelection. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.jimdemint.com

State Senator Mick Mulvaney: A current member of the South Carolina State Senate, businessman, and attorney, Mick Mulvaney is running to represent South Carolina’s 5th Congressional District. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.mulvaneyforcongress.com

State Representative Tim Scott: A current member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, Tim Scott is running to represent South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.votetimscott.com

The PAC also announced that it is sending Scott’s Congressional campaign a $2,500 contribution, and that it has already contributed $5,000 to DeMint’s U.S. Senate campaign and $2,500 to Mulvaney’s Congressional campaign. 

“Instead of working to strengthen our economy, President Obama and the liberals in Congress are more interested in growing government. Whether it’s a costly stimulus bill, auto company bailouts, cap-and-trade, job-killing card check legislation, or a health care law that imposes higher taxes, cuts Medicare, and contains insurance price controls, they have come down on the side of big government over and over again. That is why it is critical that we elect leaders like DeMint, Mulvaney, and Scott who will focus on getting our economy back on track,” said Romney. 

Utah
After Mike Lee’s win as the Republican nominee for Utah’s U.S. Senate seat last Tuesday, Romney issued this endorsement: 

“Last night, the people of Utah voted and chose Mike Lee as the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate. He will be a strong voice for Utah – and the nation – in the fight against the Washington culture of higher taxes, higher spending, and higher debt, and I am proud to stand with him today. Mike Lee is part of a strong group of Utah candidates including Governor Gary Herbert, Congressman Rob Bishop, Congressman Jason Chaffetz, and Morgan Philpot who will fight every day to put people back to work and get our economy back on track.” 

Additional Utah candidates will receive a total of $12,500 from Romney’s PAC to help with their campaigns: 

Governor Gary Herbert: Gary Herbert currently serves as the Governor of Utah and is running for reelection. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.garyherbert.com

Mike Lee: Mike Lee, an attorney who previously served as General Counsel to Governor Huntsman, a clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Alito, and an Assistant U.S. Attorney, is now running for U.S. Senate in Utah. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.mikelee2010.com

Congressman Rob Bishop: Rob Bishop currently represents Utah’s 1st Congressional District and is running for reelection. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.votebishop.com

Congressman Jason Chaffetz: Jason Chaffetz currently represents Utah’s 3rd Congressional District and is running for reelection. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.jasonforcongress.com

Morgan Philpot: Morgan Philpot, previously served the people of Utah as a State Representative and is now running to represent Utah’s 2nd Congressional District. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.philpotforcongress.com

The PAC is sending the following contributions to each of the federal candidates: $5,000 to Lee’s U.S. Senate campaign, and $2,500 each to the Congressional campaigns of Bishop, Chaffetz, and Philpot. 

Iowa
Romney doubles Branstad backing

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has given a fresh contribution of $10,000 to former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad’s campaign, doubling Romney’s previous donation to Branstad’s effort to reclaim his old office. 

Branstad won the GOP nomination for governor on June 8 and enters the general election against incumbent Democratic Gov. Chet Culver as a favorite in the polls. If Branstad is victorious in November, he would be the highest ranking official in the state when it holds its first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses in 2012.
[…] 

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin also endorsed Branstad and Haley, though in both cases her support came after Romney had announced his. Another former 2008 presidential candidate, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, backed losing candidates in both primaries, supporting conservative activist Bob Vander Plaats in Iowa and Lt. Gov. André Bauer in South Carolina. 

Massachusetts 

Romney is endorsing MA state Rep. Karyn Polito’s bid for state treasurer.

UPDATE: California
Romney has endorsed Carly Fiorina (former CEO of Hewlett-Packard Company) who is running for U.S. Senate in California. To support Fiorina, click here.
(h/t to Frank)

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Health Care Stench

The stench from Health Care bribes and favors offered to move Obamacare nearer to becoming the law of our land is wafting across America. Three particularly putrid elements involve Senator Chris Dodd, Senator Roland Burris, and Senator Harry Reid. Hold your noses – these stink!

The Dodd rot:

Health Bill Money For Hospital Sought By Dodd

The Associated Press – Sunday, December 20, 2009

 A $100 million item for construction of a university hospital was inserted in the Senate health care bill at the request of Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., who faces a difficult re-election campaign, his office said Sunday night.

The provision is included in a 383-page series of changes to the health care bill that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., outlined Saturday. Scattered throughout are numerous items sought by individual lawmakers, many of them directing money explicitly to programs or projects in their home states.

The one sought by Dodd provides $100 million for “a health care facility that provides research, inpatient tertiary care, or outpatient clinical services.” It must be affiliated with an academic health center at a public research university in the United States “that contains a State’s sole public academic medical and dental school.”

 Read more here.

Fumes from Burris:

ACORN Qualifies for Funding in Senate Health Care Bill

TheWeeklyStandard.com
By John McCormack
Monday, December 21, 2009

Senator Roland Burris is claiming credit for a provision in Harry Reid’s “manager’s amendment,” unveiled Saturday morning, that could funnel money to ACORN through the health care bill.

The provision he cites, found on pages 240 through 248 of the manager’s amendment, requires that six different agencies each establish an “Office of Minority Health.” The agencies are the “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.”

According to a Senate legislative aide, the scandal-plagued Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now could qualify for grants under this provision. ACORN would also qualify for funding on page 150 of the underlying Reid bill, which says that “community and consumer-focused nonprofit groups” may receive grants to “conduct public education activities to raise awareness of the availability of qualified health plans.”

Earlier this year, Congress passed and the president signed into law a ban on federal funding for ACORN, but a judge ruled that that law was unconstitutional. If a higher court reverses that ruling, ACORN may be prohibited from receiving funds through the Office of Minority Health earmark. But according to the Senate legislative aide, ACORN would still “absolutely” qualify for federal funding through the provision in the underlying Reid bill because the anti-ACORN appropriations amendment would not apply to funds provided through the health care exchanges.

Read more here.

Reek from Reid:

Reid Bill Says Future Congresses Cannot Repeal Parts of Reid Bill

TheWeeklyStandard.com weblog     
By John McCormack
Monday, December 21, 2009

Senator Jim DeMint pointed out some rather astounding language in the Senate health care bill during floor remarks tonight. First, he noted that there are a number of changes to Senate rules in the bill–and it’s supposed to take a 2/3 vote to change the rules. And then he pointed out that the Reid bill declares on page 1020 that the Independent Medicare Advisory Board cannot be repealed by future Congresses:

“There’s one provision that I found particularly troubling and it’s under Section C, titled ‘Limitations on Changes to this Subsection.’

And I quote — “It shall not be in order in the Senate or the House of Representatives to consider any bill, resolution, amendment, or conference report that would repeal or otherwise change this subsection.” This is not legislation. It’s not law. This is a rule change. It’s a pretty big deal. We will be passing a new law and at the same time creating a senate rule that makes it out of order to amend or even repeal the law.

I’m not even sure that it’s constitutional, but if it is, it most certainly is a senate rule. I don’t see why the majority party wouldn’t put this in every bill. If you like your law, you most certainly would want it to have force for future senates.

I mean, we want to bind future congresses. This goes to the fundamental purpose of senate rules – to prevent a tyrannical majority from trampling the rights of the minority or of future congresses.

Emphasis added by editor.

Read more here.

Video: DeMint Challenges Democrat Harry Reid

The confiscation of taxpayer money to revarnish tainted politicians, the obfuscation to guarantee ACORN not only survives – but thrives, and the utter gall to sneak laws into legislation that intend to make those very laws irreversible is evidence of how deep the decay in our democracy is. Who knows what else will seep out this malodorous bill?

Capitol Hill has become a dung heap of corruption. All the air freshener in the world can’t clear the air in Washington. It’s time to disinfect.

Kill the bill! Go here to sign the petition TODAY.

The Real Dirt

Sept 17, 2009 – Michelle Obama, honored guest at the grand opening of a farmers’ market in Washington, D.C., shopped for fresh produce. During her remarks she exclaimed, “I have never seen so many people so excited about fruits and vegetables!” Meanwhile, across the country on the west coast, plenty of people were “excited” about the Obama’s produce double standard…


A ground-breaking story occurred in America last March. Literally.

With rake in hand, First Lady Michelle Obama was praised for scratching a bit of sod and overturning a spade of soil to create a White House vegetable garden. She even got her knees dirty. The news was so huge Mrs. Obama now says the first thing foreign leaders ask her is how the garden is doing.

In the month prior to digging earth on the White House lawn, the First Lady praised Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s People’s Garden Project. She also spoke to employees of the U.S. Department of Agriculture on the importance of supporting farmers and protecting the nation’s food supply.

A week ago today (9-17-09), Mrs. Obama stood on D.C. terra firma and spoke at the grand opening of a new farmers’ market near the White House. “I have never seen so many people so excited about fruits and vegetables,” exulted the First Lady as she filled her basket with fingerling potatoes and black kale. “I’m a big believer in community gardens, both because of their beauty and for their access to providing fresh fruits and vegetables to so many communities across this nation and the world.”

So, where’s the dirt?

On the very day Michelle Obama was sniffing produce and being feted at the new D.C. farmers’ market, thousands of out-of-work farm workers and destitute farmers, brandishing protest signs, were assembling in dusty, withering San Joaquin Valley, CA – the turning-to-dust bread basket of America – all brought about by a liberal-legislated drought.

The area that once produced a $20 billion crop industry, and more in farm sales than any other individual state in the country – is now a dust bowl. The cause? Government-made drought. In 1993, the tiny, two-inch Delta Smelt fish was declared an endangered species. Smelt fish pass through irrigation waters pumped through the San Joaquin Valley. Claiming that pumps harm the Smelt, radical environmental groups and liberals have battled for years to turn the San Joaquin valley into a desert. Well, they’ve won. Water now bypasses one of the most important agricultural areas on earth and flows directly into the Pacific Ocean.

Several hundred thousand acres of farmland now lie fallow and crops that were planted now rot in the fields. Thousands have lost their jobs; unemployment in the area is at 40%. Food prices will rise with estimates of up to 38 million people being affected. Farmers who once fed the world now stand in food lines. This is what happens when extreme environmentalists prevail over reason.

An appalling history of political negligence shrouds this dilemma. Even though members of the California Latino Water Coalition (a group formed by residents in the San Joaquin Valley) and others met with CA officials to resolve the water problem, seven attempts to get the pumps turned back on have been killed seven times by the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. Letters, petitions, and pleas to Washington continue to be ignored. Aware of the situation, President Obama remains unmoved. Just yesterday, Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) voted no on an amendment introduced by Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) designed to help the San Joaquin Valley. Compromise and common sense are nowhere to be found.

This isn’t a local problem; it’s a federal government imposed drought and is rapidly becoming a national problem. Here are just a few of the crops California’s central valley supplies to our nation: 94% of America’s tomatoes, 93% broccoli, 89% carrots, 86% garlic, 78% lettuce, 90% strawberries, 88% grapes, 99% almonds.

Given the enthusiasm with which Michelle Obama loves to have our White House chefs feed fresh produce to her family, perhaps, if the San Joaquin Valley were called the San Joaquin Community Garden, the President would turn the water back on.

And that’s the real dirt.

Here is The Valley Hope Forgot – Part 1: Comedian, activist Paul Rodriguez, Radio Talk Show Host Inga Barks, and Sean Hannity decry Obama’s refusal to help California’s central valley:

The Valley Hope Forgot – Part 2: Congressmen Jim Costa (D-CA), George Radanovich (R-CA), Devin Nunes (R-CA) “This can happen to you. They’re on their way… to the rest of America.”

The Valley Hope Forgot - Part 3: FOX News reporter Ainsely Earhardt explains how loss of crop production in CA’s central valley will affect you. Former mayor Fresno, CA Alan Autry: “Turning this water off is not just bad politics, it’s an act of domestic terror.”

Michelle Malkin: Cali’s man-caused drought (scroll down to see video of Feinstein’s excuses)

Resources:

FAMILIES PROTECTING THE VALLEY

WATER FOR ALL

UPDATES

January 14, 2010 - Michelle Obama’s garden food was fake.

February 29, 2012, Washington, D.C: House Approves Bipartisan Plan to Protect Jobs, Restore Water Deliveries, Prevent Man-Made Droughts in CaliforniaBill H.R. 1837

March 3, 2012 – Obama will veto H.R. 1837 if it passes Senate

H.R. 1837 DEAD in Harry Reid’s Senate

March 20, 2012, Washington, D.C. – Subcommittee Questions Obama Administration’s BOR and PMA Budgets that Could Increase Electricity Rates and Decrease Water Deliveries:

Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power held an oversight hearing to examine the negative impacts to water supplies and hydropower rates that will result from the Obama Administration’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget and priorities for the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), the Four Power Marketing Administrations (PMAs) and the U.S. Geologic Survey’s Water Resources program.

“The Bureau of Reclamation and the Bonneville Power Administration are two of the agencies before us today. Along with the Army Corps of Engineers, these agencies have played a vital role in providing reliable and affordable water and power supplies to the Pacific Northwest. It is our duty to ensure that these traditional missions continue for future generations. This duty is becoming increasingly challenging. The historical roles of these agencies are being undermined,” said Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04).Ongoing endangered species litigation and a sue-and-settle approach embraced by this Administration have transformed these agencies into something that was never envisioned. The result: less water storage, continued man-made droughts and policies that are driving up electricity rates. At a time when Americans are paying record prices at the gas pumps, higher water and electricity rates will only make matters worse for the economy.”


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