Romney/Ryan: Resounding, Resolute Support at Red Rocks, CO!

Thousands upon thousands came to hear Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan speak last night at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, near Morrison, Colorado. NM Governor Susana Martinez, and entertainers Kid Rock and Rodney Atkins, also shared the stage with Romney and Ryan. Click on image to enlarge.
(Photo – RomneyResponse)

What a night!

In spite of gridlocked traffic hours before the event began, from near and far, they pressed forward. Driving up mountain roads, through the rocks they came…

As far as the eye could see, thousands of Romney/Ryan supporters made their way to magnificent Red Rocks Park, Colorado, for a chance in a life-time to see Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan – together for the first time in the beautiful Centennial State. The venue filled to capacity; many were turned away.

Sarah Hoyt at Instapundit.com writes:

Romney Ryan Rally at Red Rocks: [W]e left our home in time to get there just before five under normal conditions. About thirty miles out, the highway became a parking lot, where we got stuck for the next two hours. The freaky thing was the lines extending behind us at least as much. The highway exit was closed, but we’re conservatives/libertarians, we find ways. So we went back roads, parked in way outlaying parking lot (for another facility) and tried to walk. Only the people ahead of us were getting turned back at the door, so we all walked back to our cars shouting stuff like “Romney” and “Soon a real president.” Look at those pictures and let me tell you, at least that many of us were turned away or prevented from approaching.

See 360 photo posted here (scroll in/out, click two circles at top for 360 degree views).

As the enormous crowd waited to hear Congressman Ryan and Governor Romney (who, by the way, was fresh off his third and final well-executed debate with Obama), entertainers Kid Rock and Rodney Atkins wowed them.

Up-and-comer New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez – the first female Hispanic governor in the history of the United States – was also on hand to rev up the massive audience. (Remember her terrific GOP Convention speech?!)

Martinez:

Now, President Obama rattled off a “cute” joke last night about defense planning not being a game of Battleship. Well Mr. President, our BUDGET isn’t a game of Monopoly, either! Attacking Mitt Romney is NOT an agenda. Four more years, like the last four years, is NOT a solution.”

You see, this election, we’re not just picking the next president for four more years. WE are picking the direction and course of our country for a generation. It doesn’t matter which generation you come from – this is the most important election in YOUR generation!

Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton also popped on stage to voice strong support for Romney and Ryan. (*See press release below).

If there would have been a roof to raise, this Romney/Ryan rally would have blown it clear up to the moon shining down on them.


UPDATE - Highlights not included on above video:

Romney supporter: “I have been at Red Rocks because I’ve lived here and I have never seen a crowd like this!

Another supporter: “It’s on fire! Red Rocks is on fire because Mitt Romney is here. And, we are thrilled to be a part of it.”



A view from the top… “More people came than the amphitheater could hold. Momentum grows even more!” (Photo and comments from @dmitchell624)



See MORE photos here.

*Yesterday, October 23, 2012, Mitt Romney announced the support of Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton:

Keep going; more here!

RNC Chairman Priebus Names First Wave of GOP Convention Headliners

20 days to go…

The first wave of Republican National Convention headliners was released today by RNC Chairman Reince Preibus. The keynote speaker, as well as additional speakers, will be announced at a later date.

All the action gets underway in Tampa, Florida on August 27-30:

Drum roll please… The speakers are:

★ South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley
, first female governor of South Carolina, youngest sitting governor in United States

★ Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, 44th governor of Arkansas, 2008 presidential candidate, NY Times best-selling author, radio and television show host

★ Ohio Governor John Kasich, former House Budget Committee chairman

★ New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, first female Hispanic governor in U.S. and first female governor of New Mexico

★ Arizona Senator John McCain, party’s 2008 nominee, now serving fifth term in U.S. Senate

★ Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, America’s 66th secretary of state and first African-American female to hold the position

★ Florida Governor Rick Scott, from convention host state

“We are proud and excited to announce these outstanding leaders will address the nation during our convention in Tampa,” said Chairman Priebus. “They are some of our party’s brightest stars, who have governed and led effectively and admirably in their respective roles. Ours will be a world class convention, worthy of the next president of the United States, and these speakers-and those that will be announced later-will help make it a truly memorable and momentous event.”

Republican National Convention Chief Executive Officer William Harris noted that “these individuals exemplify the Republican Party’s commitment to economic growth and long-term job creation, and reflect our proud tradition of protecting America’s interests around the world.”

Details on named speakers:

Former Governor Mike Huckabee

“I’m honored to be invited by Governor Romney to address my fellow Republicans at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, but especially grateful for the opportunity to explain to my fellow Americans why this election provides the most stark contrast of political platforms in American history. Four years ago, we were promised an economic recovery and the creation of millions of jobs, but have now seen the longest period of record unemployment since the Great Depression. We were promised that the sacred institution of marriage would be protected, but now we have the first president in history to support changing the nature and definition of marriage. We were promised that faith would guide these decisions, but instead we have seen a full frontal assault on the conscience and convictions of religious liberty by insisting that this new government run health care system include forcing churches, colleges, hospitals, and businesses to bow their knee to the Baal of the federal government. I will do all I can to help Mitt Romney become our president,” said Mike Huckabee.

(more…)

Mitt Romney’s October Kick-off: Campaigns in Florida, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, Idaho


Blogging about Mitt Romney is a lot like trying to run with famous racehorse, Seabiscuit. You know you’ll have to work hard to keep up with him, once in awhile you feel like you’re pulling even, then, before you know it, he’s left you four lengths behind – eating dust!

Here’s a catch-up look at a few highlights from Romney’s campaigning of the last week (not a comprehensive week-in-review because there’s simply too much!).

October 1st

› FloridaRomney Wows Crowd at The Villages, FL

Romney campaigns in Florida for Rick Scott and Marco Rubio



October 4th

› Colorado and New Mexico – Romney hits the road for Ken Buck (CO) and Susana Martinez (NM).

Romney says thanks for 600,000 facebook likes with Susana Martinez in NM:



October 5th

› Arizona – Romney participates in a luncheon fundraiser for GOP candidates Paul Gosar, Jesse Kelly, Ben Quayle, and David Schweikert.

› UtahMitt Romney Endorses Gov. Herbert, Speaks of Political Future

Video Courtesy of KSL.com


October 6th

› Idaho
Idaho Falls
– Romney speaks to business leaders at Melaleuca on behalf of Gov Otter.

Boise – Romney speaks again for Gov Otter.

› Nevada – Romney stumps for GOP candidates in Las Vegas including NV Lt. Gov Brian Krolicki, U.S. Congress candidate Joe Heck. Later, he headlined a fundraiser for NV gubernatorial hopeful Brian Sandoval.

Nevada News Bureau 10/6/10 – Romney and Heck comment while touring Las Vegas Color Graphics:

National Review online:

Romney brushed aside questions about his future political plans, saying he is concentrating on helping get people like Heck, Krolicki, Sharron Angle, and gubernatorial candidate Brian Sandoval elected.
[...]
In a statement that gave a glimpse of a future campaign that would appeal to angry Tea Party types, Romney went out of his way to admit that Republicans are in part responsible for the huge federal deficits and runaway government spending, while distancing himself from those decisions.

“We spent too much. We allowed government to get too big when we were in charge. I didn’t happen to be part of that team, but I think that has been a real issue,” said Romney.

UPDATE 10/8/10 – Read Gov Romney’s blog: Traveling to Las Vegas for Joe Heck and Brian Krolicki

Whew!

Romney is a racehorse.

Hope he runs for president.



H/t: Frank for Romney Wows Crowd at the Villages link and Bosman for ID videos.
Double h/t: Frank and Bosman for all-around Romney info sharing.

► Jayde Wyatt

Mitt Romney Heads West: Campaigns for Martinez (NM), GOP Candidates (AZ), Otter (ID)


Mitt Romney is heading out west!

Monday, Oct 4th – New Mexico, Albuquerque:

Governor Mitt Romney will help draw a crowd as he headlines a fundraiser benefiting GOP gubernatorial hopeful Susan Martinez.

From the Susana Martinez campaign:

Roger & DeeDee Cox Cordially Invite you to a Fundraising Reception for
Susana Martinez
Candidate for Governor of New Mexico
With honored guest
Governor Mitt Romney
Former Governor of Massachusetts
Monday, October 4, 2010
VIP Reception: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
General Reception: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Cox Home
11809 San Antonio Dr NE ~ Albuquerque, NM
VIP Reception: $2,500 per couple $1,500 per individual
-Photo Opportunity included-
General Reception: $500 minimum per person
To R.S.V.P. click here.

Tuesday, Oct 5th – Arizona, Paradise Valley:

Romney will be the special guest at a fundraiser for GOP congressional candidates sponsored by the Grand Canyon State Leadership Fund.

From Paul Gosar, congressional candidate for AZ-CD1:

Friends – please see the invitation below. We need your help to help bring fiscal control back to the United States Congress. Please RSVP if you can attend. If you know others who would be interested please forward this invitation to them.



Wednesday, Oct 6th – Idaho, Idaho Falls and Boise:

Lending a hand to support ID Governor Butch Otter in his reelection bid, Romney will begin the day in the southeastern part of the state and end it on the southwestern side.

Examiner.com

Mitt Romney, former Presidential Candidate and Governor of Massachusetts are coming to Idaho to again come out in support for Governor Butch Otter for reelection. Romney will be in Idaho on October 6, 2010, making stops in Idaho Falls and Boise.

Romney’s Idaho visit will begin in Idaho Falls at 7:30a for a Morning Roundtable/Fundraiser with Business Leaders that will be an invitation only event not open to the public. The first chance the voters will have to meet with the former Governor will be a rally at Melaleuca, Inc. 3910 S. Yellowstone Hwy Idaho Falls, ID.
The Boise portion of the trip will begin with another private fundraiser with Boise area businessmen at 11 am followed by another public rally at 2 pm in the Linen Building 1402 West Grove St Boise, ID.[...]

(links added)

Governor Otter:

“It is an honor to welcome Mitt to Idaho and the campaign trail with me. We are longtime friends guided by our conservative principles who work for the betterment of the people we serve.”

Just 29 days until midterms. Thanks, Gov Romney, for leading on the long and dusty campaign trail!

► Jayde Wyatt

Mitt Romney Announces Endorsements in New Mexico, More in Pennsylvania

Continuing to put his money where his mouth is, Mitt Romney has announced political endorsements in New Mexico and additional endorsements in Pennsylvania today. Romney’s recommendations and funds from his Free and Strong America PAC are welcome additions to candidates as they battle their way to victory this fall.

New Mexico (three candidates - $10,000):

Susana Martinez: Susana Martinez currently serves as a District Attorney in New Mexico and is now the Republican nominee for Governor. She is the first Hispanic woman nominated for Governor by either of the major parties in the United States. For more information about her and her campaign, visit www.susanamartinez2010.com.

Jon Barela: Jon Barela, a longtime public servant and community leader, is now running to represent New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.jonbarela.com.

Steve Pearce: Steve Pearce previously represented the 2nd Congressional District of New Mexico, and is running to reclaim his seat. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.peopleforpearce.com.

The PAC also announced that it is sending Susana Martinez a $5,000 contribution, and Jon Barela and Steve Pearce each a $2,500 contribution.

“At a time when too many of our leaders are interested in growing the size of government, we need leaders who will stand up and say no to higher taxes and higher spending. This is why it is so important that we elect people like Susana Martinez, Jon Barela, and Steve Pearce who will work to get our economy back on track and make job creation a priority,” said Romney.

Pennsylvania (seven additional candidates - $15,000):

Attorney General Tom Corbett: Tom Corbett currently serves as the Attorney General of Pennsylvania and is now running for Governor. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.tomcorbettforgovernor.com.

Congressman Charlie Dent: Charlie Dent currently represents the 15th Congressional District of Pennsylvania and is running for reelection. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.dentforcongress.com.

Congressman Jim Gerlach: Jim Gerlach currently represents the 6th Congressional District of Pennsylvania and is running for reelection. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.jimgerlachforcongress.com.

Congressman Joe Pitts: Joe Pitts currently represents the 16th Congressional District of Pennsylvania and is running for reelection. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.joepittsforcongress.com.

Congressman Bill Shuster: Bill Shuster currently represents the 9th Congressional District of Pennsylvania and is running for reelection. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.billshusterforcongress.com.

Lou Barletta: Lou Barletta currently serves as a Pennsylvania mayor and is now running to represent the 11th Congressional District of Pennsylvania. For more information about him and his campaign, please visit www.loubarletta.com.

Mike Fitzpatrick: Mike Fitzpatrick previously represented the 8th Congressional District of Pennsylvania, and is running to reclaim his seat. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.fitzpatrickforcongress.com.

The PAC also announced that it is sending each of the federal candidates a $2,500 general election contribution toward their respective Congressional campaigns.

“Pennsylvanians are fortunate to have so many candidates committed to keeping taxes low, cutting wasteful spending, and creating a pro-growth environment. It is critical that we elect fiscally-conservative leaders who will focus on turning our economy around rather than growing the size of government, and that is why I am proud to endorse these candidates today,” said Romney.

Good luck to these candidates in the Land of Enchantment and the Keystone State!