Mitt Romney: Death of AL-AWLAKI a Major Victory

Anwar al-Awlaki, one of the world's most wanted terrorists, was killed today by a hell-fire missile from a U.S. drone in Yemen. 9/30/11


Mitt Romney issued the following statement today on the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki:


“The killing of Anwar al-Awlaki is a major victory in our fight against Islamist terrorism and proper justice for the numerous attacks and plots he inspired or planned against America. I commend the President, the members of the intelligence community, our service members, and our allies for their continued efforts to keep Americans safe. Nevertheless, we must remain vigilant and continue the fight against those who seek to destroy us and our freedoms.”


“A very bad man just had a very bad day.”

A BIG thank you to the CIA and the U.S. military!



► Jayde Wyatt

Romney Names Connecticut Campaign Team: Cafero, McKinney,Foley Will Chair

Let’s roll out the scroll…

Yesterday, Mitt Romney revealed a lengthy, impressive list of Connecticut campaign team members. House Minority Leader Larry Cafero, Senate Minority Leader John McKinney and former U.S. Ambassador Tom Foley will chair his Steering Committee in the Constitution State:

I am proud to announce my supporters in Connecticut,” said Mitt Romney. “Connecticut voters want a president with a record of job creation, cutting spending, and keeping taxes low. That is why I am running for President. These leaders will help me as I reach out to voters in Connecticut spreading this pro-growth message and working to bring jobs back to the state and the country.”

Announcing his support, House Minority Leader Larry Cafero said, “Connecticut voters are looking for someone who has experience working in the real economy. After three years of failed policies, it is clear that we need a candidate who will defeat President Obama and get America’s fiscal house in order.”

Senate Minority Leader John McKinney said, “With millions of Americans unemployed, is time for a president who will get people back to work. From his experience in the private sector, Mitt Romney understands what is required to create jobs. As Governor of Massachusetts, he balanced the budget without raising taxes. Washington needs this kind of leadership more than ever.”

(emphasis added )

Connecticut Elected Officials and Leaders Endorsing Mitt Romney:

• Tom Foley; Former U.S. Ambassador
• Senate Minority Leader John McKinney
• House Minority Leader Larry Cafero
• Kevin O’Connor; Former Connecticut U.S. Attorney
• The Honorable Rob Simmons, Member of Congress, 2001-2007
• The Honorable Larry DeNardis, Member of Congress, 1980-1984 and Former President of the University of New Haven
• State Senator Toni Boucher
• State Senator Scott Frantz
• State Senator Rob Kane
• State Senator Michael McLachlan
• State Senator Kevin Witkos
• Dan Debicella; Former State Senator
• Judith Freedman; Former State Senator
• Mark Nielsen; Former State Senator
• State Representative Mike Alberts
• State Representative Chris Coutu
• State Representative Janice Giegler
• State Representative John Hetherington
• State Representative Jason Perillo
• State Representative David Scribner
• State Representative Terrie Wood
• John Stripp; Former State Representative
• Julia Wasserman; Former State Representative
• Mark Boughton; Mayor of Danbury
• Tim Stewart; Mayor of New Britain
• Dick Moccia; Mayor of Norwalk
• Ryan Bingham; Mayor of Torrington
• Jayme Stevenson; Selectman for Darien
• Jerry Nielsen; Selectman for Darien
• Laura Francis; First Selectman for Durham
• Michael Pace; First Selectman for Old Saybrook
• Tim Herbst; First Selectman of Trumbull
• Diane Generous; State Central Committee – Baltic
• Rich Tutunjian; State Central Committee – Barkhamsted
• Jennifer Harvey; State Central Committee – Bolton
• Bill Jenkins; State Central Committee – Chaplin
• Jonathan Gilman; State Central Committee – Gilman
• Jane Dauphinais; State Central Committee – Groton
• Alex Karsanidi; State Central Committee – Ridgefield
• Mike Botelho; Glastonbury Republican Town Committee, State Central Committee
• Jim Campbell; Greenwich Town Republican Chair
• Corey Brinson; Hartford Councilman
• John Pavia; Connecticut Republican Party Finance Committee Chairman
• Greg Butler; Senior Vice President and General Counsel Northeast Utilities
• Cindy Varricchio; Portland Town Republican Committee Chairman
• Ed Dadakis; Former Chairman Greenwich Republican Town Committee
• Mike Doyle; Former New London Town Republican Committee Chairman
• Jay Malcynsky; Attorney; Connecticut Director, Bush for President 2000
• Derek Phelps; Director, External Affairs for Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C.
• Gary DeFilippo Former Commissioner, State Department of Motor Vehicles
• Dick Foley; Former Connecticut Republican Party Chairman
• John Miller; Former RNC National Committeeman
• George Gallo; Former Connecticut Republican Party Chair

With a list like this, we expect great things from the wonderful state of Connecticut!



► Jayde Wyatt

Perry Doubles Down on Illegal Immigration, ‘Romney For President’ Releases New Video:

As Rick Perry doubles down on his illegal immigration stances, Romney for President has released a new video…

Boston, MA – Today, Romney for President released a new web video, “Thank You Governor Perry.” The video highlights Governor Perry’s support for in-state tuition benefits for illegal immigrants. This position is shared by Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Harry Reid, and President Obama, and in 2003, former Mexico President Vicente Fox praised Governor Perry for supporting in-state tuition for illegal immigrants.


Mitt Romney has a different view:

AD FACTS: Script For “Thank You Governor Perry”

VIDEO TEXT: “Who Supports Governor Perry’s Decision To Give In-State Tuition To Illegal Immigrants?”

VOICE: “Who Supports Governor Perry’s Decision To Give In-State Tuition To Illegal Immigrants?”

VIDEO TEXT: “Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid”

While serving in the Illinois Senate, President Obama sponsored legislation to “allow undocumented immigrant students to pay in-state tuition at public colleges and universities.” “[T]he Senate voted 55-1 to allow undocumented immigrant students to pay in-state tuition at public colleges and universities. Currently, the undocumented students are required to pay out-of-state tuition even if they spend their entire education in Illinois schools. House Bill 60 would change that, allowing in-state tuition rates for undocumented students who have attended school in Illinois for at least three years and graduated high school in the state.” (Rich Frederick, “Senate OKs In-State Tuition Bill,” The State Journal-Register, 5/8/03; Illinois General Assembly Website, www.ilga.gov, 9/29/11)

Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama, and Harry Reid support in-state tuition discounts for illegals.

In 2007, Senator Harry Reid supported a bill that “would have allowed illegal immigrants to become legal residents and qualify for lower in-state tuition rates at state universities.” “In late 2007, the Senate rejected an attempt to pass the Dream Act which would have allow illegal immigrants under age 30 to gain legal status if they attended college or joined the military. Fairness demanded action, said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, arguing that ‘children should not be penalized for the actions of their parents’ who brought them to the United States. But the bill would have allowed illegal immigrants to become legal residents and qualify for lower in-state tuition rates at state universities.” (Tom Curry, “Immigration Impasse Long In The Making,” NBC News, 7/29/10)

• “The Dream Act would allow students who have lived in the country since age 15 to apply for conditional legal residence… They would then be able to work and pay in-state college tuition rates. .” (Eddy Ramirez, “College Board Backs Bill To Legalize Undocumented Students,” USNews.com, 4/22/09)

Reid: “Children should not be penalized for the actions of their parents.” (Tom Curry, “An Immigration Impasse Long In The Making,” MSNBC.com, 7/29/10)

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi supports in-state tuition discounts for illegal immigrants, saying “Our country does not benefit by depriving our young people of an education.” “Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi stopped in Tempe on Monday to tout congressional Democrats’ push to make college more affordable for young people, including those without legal residency. … Pelosi made reference to the effect of Proposition 300, an Arizona initiative passed by voters in November that requires illegal immigrants to pay out-of-state tuition to attend public universities and community colleges. Pelosi said she met with a young woman Monday who wants to attend college but lacks documentation proving legal residency. ‘Our country does not benefit by our depriving young people of an education,’ Pelosi said.” (Josh Kelley, “Pelosi Addresses College Cost,” The Arizona Republic, 2/20/07)

VIDEO TEXT: “Even”

Former President of Mexico Vincente Fox appreciates Rick Perry's in-state tuition discount for illegals.

FORMER PRESIDENT OF MEXICO VICENTE FOX: “I Want To Publicly Recognize Governor Perry And The State Of Texas By Having Taken That Step Forward

• Vicente Fox: “I want to publicly recognize Governor Perry and the state of Texas by having taken that step forward.” (Vicente Fox, Remarks, Austin, TX, 11/6/03)

Houston Chronicle: “Fox Praised Perry For Texas’ Policy Of Allowing Qualified Undocumented Migrants To … Pay The Same Tuition As Citizens And Legal Residents.” “Fox, Perry and their aides met behind closed doors Thursday morning to discuss policy issues and appeared at a joint news conference. Perry hosted Fox at a luncheon … Fox praised Perry for Texas’ policy of allowing qualified undocumented migrants to attend state universities and pay the same tuition as citizens and legal residents.” (Dudley Althaus and Armando Villafranca, “Fox, Perry Square Off Over Immigration, Water Issues,” The Houston Chronicle, 11/7/03)

FOX: “When You Decided To Give Access To Mexican Migrants To Universities In Texas

• Vicente Fox: “When you decided to give access to Mexican migrants to universities in Texas.” (Vicente Fox, Remarks, Austin, TX, 11/6/03)

RICK PERRY: “If you say that we should not educate children who have come into our state for no other reason than they’ve been brought there by no fault of their own, I don’t think you have a heart.”

• Rick Perry: “If you say that we should not educate children who have come into our state for no other reason than they’ve been brought there by no fault of their own, I don’t think you have a heart.” (Republican Presidential Candidates Debate, Orlando, FL, 9/22/11)

VIDEO TEXT: “Mitt Romney Has A Different View

MITT ROMNEY: “Four years of college, you’re almost $100,000 discount if you are an illegal alien to go to the University of Texas. If you are a United States citizen from any one of the other 49 states, you have to pay $100,000 more. That doesn’t make sense to me.”

• Mitt Romney: “Four years of college, you’re almost $100,000 discount if you are an illegal alien to go to the University of Texas. If you are a United States citizen from any one of the other 49 states, you have to pay $100,000 more. That doesn’t make sense to me.” (Republican Presidential Candidates Debate, Orlando, FL, 9/22/11)
(emphasis added )



► Jayde Wyatt

In Peach State, Rick Perry has a Pinocchio Problem



Rick Perry was in metro Atlanta today and his traveling companion, Pinocchio, wasn’t far behind

Governor Perry is desperate to shift attention away from his liberal policies that encourage illegal immigration. His repeated use of distortions and fabrications on the campaign trail shows that Rick Perry can’t be trusted to tell the truth.” – Ryan Williams, Romney Spokesperson

Rick Perry’s Pinocchio shadow: Inferring that Mitt Romney implemented Cap-And-Trade in Massachusetts. PERRY: “Another state – Massachusetts – was one of the first states to implement its own cap-and-trade program which included limits on carbon emissions for power plants.” (Rick Perry, Remarks, Atlanta, GA, 9/30/11)

The truth: Romney did not implement Cap-And-Trade in Massachusetts. “Former Gov. Mitt Romney opted out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative in 2005, saying it could drive up energy costs for consumers.” (Steve LeBlanc, “Massachusetts Governor Patrick Signs First Multistate Greenhouse Gas Initiative,” The Associated Press, 1/18/07)

Romney’s Democratic successor – not Romney – signed the state on to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. “Deval Patrick making good on a campaign pledge, signed an agreement Thursday committing Massachusetts to the nation’s first multistate program to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.” (Steve LeBlanc, “Massachusetts Governor Patrick Signs First Multistate Greenhouse Gas Initiative,” The Associated Press, 1/18/07)

• “Former Gov. Mitt Romney Declined To Sign The Agreement In 2005 Because He Said It Would Lead To Higher Energy Costs.” (“Patrick Signs Up Bay State For Battle Vs. Global Warming,” The Lowell Sun, 1/21/07)

UPDATE – ‘Heartless’ Georgia Republicans question Perry’s tuition subsidies for illegal immigrants:

Attorney General Sam Olens: “Our country has a problem with illegal immigration. Programs like Rick Perry’s in-state tuition breaks for illegal immigrants only make it worse. Instead of providing special benefits for illegal immigrants, our nominee must be someone who will secure the border and end incentives for illegal immigration.”

State Representative Bruce Williamson: “Why does Rick Perry support tuition breaks for illegal immigrants that aren’t available to legal American citizens? It is clear that he is not committed to stopping the incentives that have created our illegal immigration problem. In order to stop illegal immigration, we must have a president who has a record of enforcing immigration laws, not one who has a record creating policies that encourage illegal immigration.”

State Representative Wendell Willard: “Why is Rick Perry in favor of taxpayer subsidies for illegal immigrants? Programs such as his tuition breaks for illegal immigrants only make the problem worse by providing incentives for people to break the law. It makes no sense to use taxpayer dollars to fund benefits for illegal immigrants over Americans from out-of-state.”

State Representative Lynne Riley: “Rick Perry’s support for in-state tuition does not line up with the values of Georgia voters. Georgians support enforcing immigration laws, securing our border, and stopping the practices that draw illegal immigrants to our country. Providing in-state tuition for illegal immigrants incentivizes illegal immigration and makes it harder for our country to stop a growing problem.”



► Jayde Wyatt