Live Stream: Romney Set to Give Major Speech on Fiscal Policy at 1pm ET

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Romney to give speech on spending and fiscal policy at the Defending the American Dream Summit shortly after 1pm Eastern. A preview of the policies to be laid out in his speech can be found in an op-ed Governor Romney penned on Wednesday which was published by USAToday.

The Defending the American Dream Summit, put on by the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, is taking place today and tomorrow at the DC convention center. Speakers include Romney, Cain, Giuliani, Mark Levin, Judge Napolitano, Andew Breitbart, James O’Keefe, Grover Norquist and many more. You can see the full agenda here.

Mitt Romney & Norm Coleman Pen Op-Ed on Palestinian Bid for Statehood

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Before Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas presented his case for Palestine to recognized as a member state to the United Nations today, Mitt Romney and his newly-named campaign special adviser, Norm Coleman, paired up to write an op-ed. It was published in the National Review:

Mistakes That Led To The Palestinian Statehood Bid, And How To Fix Them

By Mitt Romney & Senator Norm Coleman
September 22, 2011

This Friday, Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas will appeal to the General Assembly for United Nations recognition of Palestinian statehood. We need to be completely clear about what is transpiring. This is not a step forward in the quest for peace and, legally, will not create a Palestinian state. Rather, it is a step forward in the vicious campaign to delegitimize the State of Israel.

The Palestinian action in the United Nations does not conform to the process for arriving at a two-state solution laid out in the Oslo Accords. Indeed, it is taking place in naked defiance of an agreement to which the Palestinians are signatory. Its effect will be to once again dash the hopes of all who seek lasting peace in the Middle East.

This is an especially dangerous moment for the state of Israel. It has deteriorating relationships with Turkey and Egypt. It faces longstanding dangers from Hamas in Gaza, Hezbollah in Lebanon, a violent and highly unstable Syria, and a nuclear-aspiring Iran. United Nations recognition of a Palestinian state at this juncture will serve only to further isolate the Jewish state, sap its confidence in the peace process, and exacerbate regional tensions.

Worse, because it will not change the facts on the ground, it will raise and then dash Palestinian and Arab expectations. This increases the likelihood of violence, particularly at a moment when despots like Bashar al Assad want nothing more than to divert attention from their internal crises by scapegoating Israel.
Without question, a blow is being struck against peace. How did we arrive at this point?

Unfortunately, the road was paved largely by a series of mistakes and miscalculations by President Obama. He and his administration have badly misunderstood the dynamics of the region. Instead of fostering stability and security, they have diminished U.S. authority and painted our ally Israel into a corner.

To begin with, President Obama for too long has been in the grip of several illusions. One is that the Palestinian–Israeli dispute is the central problem in the region. This has been disproved repeatedly by events, most recently and most dramatically by the eruption of the Arab Spring. But it nonetheless led the administration to believe that distancing the United States from Israel was a smart move that would earn us credits in the Arab world and somehow bring peace closer. The record proves otherwise.

But the administration’s errors extend in other directions as well. [...]

(emphasis added) Read full article here.

Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority President, addressed the U.N. General Assembly yesterday (9/23/11):

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister, also addressed the U.N. General Assembly yesterday (9/23/11):




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CPAC 2011 Starts Today! Here is What You Need to Know…

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CPAC 2011 Keynote Speaker: Florida Rep. Allen West

The annual Conservative Political Action Conference is upon us! Thousands of conservatives are converging on the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC to listen to speakers and discussion panels featuring the most prominent conservative leaders of our nation. The 3-day conference also features a highly anticipated straw poll for GOP 2012 contenders (guess who we are rooting for.)

Let’s do this in Q&A format… (please note all times are Eastern)

Q: JUST TELL US… WHEN IS MITT ROMNEY GOING TO SPEAK?
A: Okay, okay. Romney is set to speak Friday morning at 10:30.

Q: Will I be able to watch somehow if I’m not there in person?
A: I believe live video will be available for the whole conference. Go to http://video.cpac.org/ and register. There are videos of speakers from last year available right now. Update: Live video is also available here: http://www.politico.com/livestream/
Q: Who will be the Keynote Speaker this year?
A: Florida Rep. Allen West was confirmed just yesterday to give the closing Keynote speech on Saturday. Glenn Beck was the Keynote speaker last year, and Rush Limbaugh the year before that. Sarah Palin was actually invited to give the speech, but turned it down last week citing a very busy February schedule.

Q: When does the straw poll voting close?
A: Friday 5:00 PM

Q: When are the results of the straw poll announced?
A: Saturday 5:15 PM

Q: Who will be on the ballot for the straw poll?
A: 1. Michele Bachmann, 2. Haley Barbour, 3. Herman Cain, 4. Chris Christie, 5. Mitch Daniels, 6. Newt Gingrich, 7. Mike Huckabee, 8. Jon Huntsman, 9. Gary Johnson, 10. Sarah Palin, 11. Ron Paul, 12. Tim Pawlenty, 13. Mitt Romney, 14. Rick Santorum, 15. John Thune, 16. Other, 17. Undecided

Q: Will Mitt Romney win the straw poll?
A: Doubtful. Ron Paul won last year and is favored to repeat this year as well. The Campaign for Liberty has made no secret of its intention to flood the poll for Ron Paul, just as they were successful at doing last year. Mitt Romney did win the poll in the years 2007 – 2009. My guess is he’ll take a strong second.

Q: Do you know the results of past years?
A: As a matter of fact I do..
2010: Paul 31, Romney 22, Palin 7, Pawlenty 6, Pence 5, six others
2009: Romney 20, Jindal 14, Paul 13, Palin 13, Gingrich 10, Huckabee 7, four others
2008: Romney* 35, McCain* 34, Huckabee 12, Paul 12
2007: Romney 21, Giuliani 17, Brownback 15, Gingrich 14, McCain 12
2006: George Allen 22, McCain 20, Giuliani 12, Rice 10, Frist 6, Tancredo 5, Romney 5, Gingrich 5, Santorum 3, Pataki 3

** It should be noted that Romney announced the suspension of his campaign during his 2008 speech. Prior to his speech 25% of the votes were already in, with Romney leading McCain 44-27. The remaining votes placed after Romney’s speech were in McCain’s favor 37-32.

Q: Do you have video of Romney’s speeches in past years?
A: Yes, we have 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007. All include video and transcript.

Q: Will any Team MRC members be there?
A: Yes, there will in fact be 5 of us there on site, and we will be joined by Jeff of NYforMitt as well. Nancy French of Evangelical for Mitt will also be in attendance. Aaron, Ross and David, are already there. Luke and I will be arriving on Friday.

Q: How will you guys be covering the on-goings at the conference?
A: Excellent question. We have been afforded a seat in the blogger’s lounge (yes, we’re legit) where we will do write-up for posting on our blog here. We will also be live-tweeting the entire conference from our mega-smart phones – providing news, insights, photos and video as quick as our stubby thumbs will permit. There is live widget at the top of our home page where you can follow all of our tweets. Another option is to follow the list directly on Twitter.com. Or, for the more impatient (and more adventurous) you can try this pre-configured tweetgrid: http://bit.ly/CPACTwits. The grid follows @RomneyCentral, @AaronGundy, @NateGundy, @C0mm1tt3d (Ross), @DavePulfoo, @LukeGundy, @NYforMitt,and @E4Mitt. Other suggested search terms: ‘#cpac11′, ‘Romney’, and ‘MittRomney’.

Q: Will there be any official meet up for Mitt fans and/or MRC readers?
A: I’m not sure. I’d like to call together a gathering to meet everyone and perhaps enjoy some refreshments, but do not have a time/location yet. We will advise if we pick a time and place to meet up. I would hope to do so Friday since that is when Romney is speaking and most supporters would be there.

Q: Do have a schedule of who is speaking and when?
A: Yes. Below is actually an abbreviated schedule. The full 19-page event schedule can be downloaded here: CPAC Schedule (PDF)

Thursday
9:15 Rep. Michelle Bachmann (MN)
9:45 Sen. Ron Johnson (WI)
10:15 Sen. Pat Toomey (PA)
11:15 Rep. Kristi Noem (SD)
11:45 Rep. Raul Labrador (ID)
12:00 Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY)
12:30 Newt Gingrich
1:00 Panel – Reagan at 100: Model for the Next Generation
2:00 Rick Santorum
2:30 Panel – Traditional Marriage and Society
3:15 Wayne LaPierre – CEO of NRA
3:45 Sen. Rand Paul (KY)
4:00 Award presentation to Donald Rumsfeld “Defender of the Constitution”
4:30 Rep. Paul Ryan (WI)

Friday
9:00 Panel – Public Attitudes Toward Security
9:30 Panel – Cutting Spending by the Spenders
10:30 Mitt Romney
11:00 Gov. Luis Fortuño (PR)
11:15 Rep. Tom Price (GA)
11:30 Rep. Marsha Blackburn (TN)
11:55 Presentation “Blogger of the Year” Award to Javier Manjarres of The Shark Tank
12:00 Panel – It’s the Spending Stupid! The Tea Party and the Political Landscape
1:00 Sen John Barrasso (WY)
1:30 Sen. John Thune (SD)
2:00 Sen. Mike Lee (UT)
2:15 Panel – Do We Need a Constitutional Amendment to Stop the Spending?
3:00 Tim Pawlenty
3:30 Rep. Ron Paul (TX)
4:00 Gov. Rick Perry (TX)
4:30 Herman Cain

Saturday
9:00 Andrew Breitbart
9:30 Gov. Haley Barbour (MS)
10:00 David Horowitz
10:15 Panel – Defending Free Speech on Campus
11:00 Rep. Connie Mack (FL)
11:30 Panel – Bleeding America Dry: The Threat of the Public Sector Unions
12:15 Panel – Repealing Obamacare: In the States, In Courts, and In Congress
1:00 Ambassador John Bolton
1:30 Panel – The Nuclear Threat: China and North Korea
2:20 Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation to Pat Boone
2:30 Panel – How to Think About Afghanistan
3:15 Jonah Goldberg
3:45 Ann Coulter
4:15 Rep. Peter Roskam (IL)
4:30 Panel – Changing the Conversation: Winning with Minorities, Women, and Independents
5:15 Straw Poll Results
5:30 Key Note Speaker Rep. Allen West (FL)

Q: Wow, sounds like a lot of fun and a lot of work. Anything I can do to help?
A: Yes, yes, and yes. Our costs to attend are substantial, and we are not paid for efforts. We could certainly appreciate sponsorship to help recoup some costs for the event (none of us being independently wealthy :) ) We’ve already raised $500, and would like to raise about $500 more. Donate at the link below, or buy something in our Mitt Romney 2012 store. All of our items in the store are already paid for now so any purchase would go directly to helping us out a CPAC. Thanks a ton!





~Nate Gunderson

101 Days in the Life of Mitt Romney

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Mitt keeps going... and going...

A pet peeve of mine is when people make erroneous comments regarding Romney when it is clear that they don’t have all the information. Recently someone has been tweeting and retweeting this comment: “BREAKING NEWS: MITT ROMNEY seen his SHADOW again and will HIDE for another 6 weeks.He will show up around JUNE 2011.” Another thing that irks me is when some feel that if Romney does things differently than a certain GOP star, then he is doing it all wrong. Mitt Romney is his own man and isn’t frantically wondering how he can somehow be more like “another person”. He has charted his own course and is following it in a very focused and disciplined manner, making minor adjustments when necessary.

Now this person (the tweeter) happens to be a Sarah Palin fan and I want to make clear up front that I have great respect for Sarah Palin, and that respect is not diminished by the ignorant comments of one of her fans. Every camp, including Romney’s, has a few outspoken and ignorant fans that I’m sure they’d like to put a muzzle on. I’m sure this person is good-hearted, and even quite passionate, but I will prove to you below that Mitt Romney has been anything but idle.

Motivated by the above twit tweet I decided to look into what Romney has been doing since the beginning of March (which happens to be 101 days ago). Even though I follow the daily minutia of what is going on with Romney and his PAC I was quite overwhelmed when I realized the vast amount of work he has been doing in this short time period. IT IS IMPRESSIVE. I’ve detailed it all below with as many links as I could provide.

101 Days in the life of Mitt Romney:

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Endorsements

Mitt Romney and the Free and Strong America PAC have, according to my count, endorsed 120 candidates since the beginning of March. I haven’t tallied how much money he has contributed to their campaigns, but I do know that it is several times more than any other potential 2012 candidate has given in the same time period. Those 120 endorsees hail from the following 22 states: Ohio, Missouri, South Carolina, California, Arizona, Illinois, Michigan, Utah, Florida, Hawaii, Pennsylvania, Idaho, Texas, Georgia, Iowa, Nevada, New Mexico, South Dakota, Indiana, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Virginia.

Fundraising

Mitt Romney has held numerous fundraisers in the last 101 days, both for his PAC and for the campaigns of other conservative candidates for office. I could not quantify the events though I know there have been dozens of them. What is easier to quantify (because it’s public record) is how much his PAC has raised in the last 3 months:

  • $950,000 for March
  • $460,000 for April
  • At least $1,500,000 for May

The numbers for May could be several hundred thousand dollars more than that but the official numbers for May won’t be out for about a week. The reason we know he raised at least $1.5 Million is because it was all from a single event held in New York on May 12th. (Obama did an fundraiser for the DCCC just two days later in New York and only garnered $1.2 Million. Romney wins the clash of the titans?)

For those of you that are counting that is nearly $3 Million of fundraising in just 3 months! That does not even include hundreds of thousands of dollars raised on behalf of other candidates. For an example of how this compares to other PAC’s of 2012 contenders you can see the comparisons that we did here.

Book Tour

Mitt Romney completed a grueling book tour schedule that included at least 48 stops in 22 states. We kept a list of all the known stops (as well as a lot of other info regarding the book) and chronicled it all at this link. The book, No Apology: The Case for American Greatness, debuted at #1 on New York Time’s Best Seller list on March 12.

Speeches

Mitt Romney gave many well received speeches to a wide variety of conferences, conventions, businesses, and political institutions. Romney does not accept any speaking fees, and in cases where there was a fee included he gave the money to a related cause or institution. Some of the speeches below were official stops for the No Apology tour, but it’s hard to be sure how many. The most notable and prestigious of the events was the Annual Reagan Lecture in SImi Valley, California. The speeches:

Media Appearances (TV, Radio and Print)

Miscellaneous

These are not really items that make for a busy schedule, but are interesting minutia nonetheless.

Romney…

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Now someone please tell me if that sounds like the schedule of someone who is hiding under a rock. He’s like the thing that wouldn’t stop going, and going…. In review that is 120 endorsements, $3 Million raised for his PAC, 48 book tour stops in 22 states, 23 speeches, 20 media appearances and 2 basketball games. That doesn’t look to me like Romney is living the life of one who wants to retire.

~Nate Gunderson