Romney in NH: Press Asks About Obama, Rick Perry, Paul Ryan (VIDEO)

Obama's new $1.1 million monolithic 'Magical Misery Tour' bus has been called 'The Beast' and 'Rolling Blunder'. August 15, 2011 (click on image to enlarge)


After Governor Romney toured Isaacson Structural Steel in Berlin, New Hampshire this morning, he took a few questions from the press. He was asked about Obama’s upcoming jobs plan, a possible Paul Ryan presidential run, and Rick Perry’s statement on Monday about Ben Bernanke.

Perry’s comment:

Perry, who last weekend made official his intent to challenge President Obama, said in Iowa on Monday that if Bernanke came to Texas, “we would treat him pretty ugly.”
[...]
“If this guy prints more money between now and the election, I don’t know what y’all would do to him in Iowa,” Perry told supporters. “I mean, printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treacherous – or treasonous, in my opinion.”

Romney at Isaacson Structural Steel in Berlin, NH today:

Romney spoke on Obama’s bus tour and his over-due jobs plan:

“The president yesterday spoke about what a mess he inherited from George Bush. My goodness, the American people are tired of hearing about what he inherited. They want to understand what he did with what he got. And, unfortunately what he did was make things worse – make it harder for the American people.

So, I’m glad he’s going to come up with some new ideas. Hopefully, he’ll listen to people who have actually worked in the private sector – who understand how the economy works – because he and his academic and political friends don’t understand what it takes to get this economy going again. And, it’s a little ‘too little – too late’.”

On Rick Perry:

Asked to address Perry’s description of the Fed chairman as “treasonous,” Romney didn’t take the bait: “I don’t have any new comments on the Fed with regard to Rick Perry’s comments as well. I’ve made some comments about the Fed in the past. I could refer you to those. But I’m not looking to be in a give-and-take with Gov. Perry. He’s expressing his views, I express my views and my record. He’s a fine guy, fine governor.”

Romney continued:

“We’ll get a chance to debate and we can probably have a good chance for contrasting views at that point[…]”

On Paul Ryan/others who may get in the race:

“It’s still a bit of an open field. That’s a good thing! Welcome folks in, the more the merrier. I welcome Governor Perry; if others want to get in, you know, terrific! The water’s fine.

Romney’s schedule today:

8:00 AM
Touring Isaacson Structural Steel
40 Jericho Road, Berlin, N.H.

Morning
Interview with WSL 890 AM Doug & Roma radio program
Podcast here
.

Noon
Lunch with NH County Sherriffs

Later today
Event in Haverhill, N.H.

While on the campaign trail in New Hampshire, Mitt Romney enjoyed lunch with NH County Sheriffs. Pictured with Sheriff Dutile. August 17, 2011

UPDATE August 18, 2011 – Tweet from Jim Merrill, Romney’s New Hampshire Senior Advisor:


h/t @jpindell Grafton County Sheriff Doug Dutile endorses @MittRomney. Welcome aboard, Doug and Barb! #FITN #NHless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply



► Jayde Wyatt

Fox & Friends Ainsley Earhardt’s Un-American Statement: “Romney Not a Christian”


The panel on Fox and Friends this morning ( FOX News) consisted of Dave Briggs, Ainsely Earhardt, and Clayton Morris. The conversation turned to discussing Rick Perry’s fundraising capabilities when Earhardt dropped a shocker…

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Earhardt: “Well, the Christian coalition, I think, he [Perry] could get a lot of money from that…

Briggs interrupts: “Big time!”

Earhardt continues: “because Romney obviously not being a Christian… Rick Perry, he…”

Briggs interrupts: “Oh, yeah!”

Earhardt continues: “he’s [Perry] always on talk shows, on Christian talk shows. He has days of prayer in Texas…”

Briggs: “Next month in Houston…”

Are Ainsely Earhardt and Dave Briggs ignorant regarding Article VI of the United States Constitution? Do they think they know better than those early American patriots – our Founding Fathers – who dedicated their lives and fortunes and sacred honor to free themselves from a religiously oppressive government?

No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”

From U.S. Constitution online:

Some of the first colonists of the nation for which the Constitution was written had been seeking to escape religious persecution. The constitutions of several of the states prohibited public support of religion (though some did explicitly support or demand adherence to Christianity). Above all, the many varying sects of Christianity in America required that to be fair to all, there could be preference to none. It would have been disgraceful for anyone to wish to leave the United States because of religious persecution. So the authors decided it best to keep the government out of religion. This is not to say that the United States was not or is not a religious nation. Religion plays a big role in the everyday life of Americans, then and now. But what the authors were striving for is tolerance… something I fear contemporary Americans are lacking.

(emphasis added)

Earhardt’s comment was bigoted (yes, bigoted) and outrageous. The enthusiastic chiming in of Dave Briggs was equally repulsive. The very idea that the United States of America could return to rule by ‘religious clique’ is reprehensible and un-American. Romney’s faith is called The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. They believe in Jesus.

Romney supporters know this election must be about the very serious issues that face our nation. Let FOX News hear from you (often!). Send emails to: Friends@foxnews.com and yourcomments@foxnews.com. You may phone FOX at 1-888-369-4762. Leave comments on Earhardt’s Facebook page here.

Resource reading:

Article VI Blog
Evangelicals for Mitt

UPDATE: Additional articles
From Hal Boyd -Deseret News

Attempts to contact Fox News regarding Earhardt’s remarks have not yet been returned.

July 18, 2011 The Christian Post
Fox News Host: Mitt Romney Not a Christian

“Let’s face it; Romney simply doesn’t have a consistent worldview and much of what he does believe is contrary to the conservative and Christian worldview,” states an open letter being circulated on July 14, according to Michigan Messenger. Some prominent religious right leaders, including Gary Glenn of the American Family Association’s Michigan chapter, have signed the letter.

“That (Romney’s faith) might be fine for someone running for city council, but he’s running for the presidency of the most powerful nation in the world. To accept his multiple conversions as authentic and then give him the keys to the White House would be foolish. At this critical time in American history, we need a leader more than ever who has spent a lifetime defending and promoting conservative principles. The last thing we need is someone whose ideology abruptly shifted only after he and his consultants decided to prepare him for his first Presidential campaign,” it adds.

In a recent interview with The Christian Post, pastor and author Mark Driscoll said Christian leaders needed to be careful about publicly supporting candidates lest they “turn out to be not that moral.” Driscoll said he could understand the struggle Christians would have considering Romney for president. “He supports our values; he doesn’t worship our God

The American Family Association (AFA) has teamed up with Rick Perry to sponsor his upcoming prayer rally in Texas.

July 18, 2011 The Washington Post
Mormon Mitt Romney not ‘Christian,’ says Fox News host

The question of whether or not Mormons are considered ‘Christians’ is sensitive and controversial. It is also consequential for Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Jon Hunstman[...]

(Read further for details on the ‘Christian’ tack the Pawlenty campaign has taken.)

July 18, 2011 The Washington Post
Romney’s religion a barrier to Republican nod, Cain says

Mr. Cain on Monday became the first of Mr. Romney’s nine declared and potential nomination rivals to say publicly and explicitly something long whispered: namely, that the former Massachusetts governor’s Mormonism is an obstacle too big to overcome in the most solidly Republican region in the country. The South has a high concentration of evangelical Protestants, many of whom doubt the legitimacy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.



► Jayde Wyatt

Mitt Romney Goes BIG in Texas and Georgia

Recently Romney’s PAC has dropped a lot of money, along with endorsements, in Texas and Georgia. Enough so to validly refute the notion that if Romney runs in 2012 that he will just skip the south. Details below:

Texas:
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Georgia:
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For those of you keeping tabs that is a total of $32,500 for the Texas endorsements, and $38,000 for Georgia, and a combined total of $70,500 – all within about a week (not even including the $10,000 he gave to Terry Branstad this week too). To put that in perspective Romney’s PAC gave roughly $52,000 in the first 3 months of this year, while T-Paw’s PAC gave $26,800, HuckPAC gave $21,500, and SarahPAC gave $9,500.

Go Mitt!

~Nate Gunderson

Romney Outraises Obama in NYC, Heads to Texas to Support Governor Rick Perry at FREE Event

Romney Continues Golden Streak

From Hotline On Call
Ex-MA Gov. Mitt Romney (R) held a fundraiser in Manhattan last week and outperformed Pres. Obama’s own cash grab a day later on behalf of the DCCC, another sign of trouble brewing for Dems this cycle in all corners of the country.

Romney headlined an event at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City on May 12 that raised $1.5M for his Free and Strong America PAC.

By contrast, Obama’s appearance at the St. Regis Hotel on May 13 raked in a lesser $1.3 million for the DCCC.

For Romney, the event was the biggest of the year, according to his aides. And in many ways it was another implicit indication that his is the nascent GOP WH campaign to beat.
Read full article.

Tack on another victory for Mitt Romney! This wasn’t exactly a head-to-head matchup, but Romney’s ability to bring in the big bucks has to be recognized, as it further establishes him as the ‘Take-down-Obama’ guy.

Remember when Romney got all sorts of attention and political props after raising $6.5 Million in one day, just after he announced his run for the Presidency in 2007? …I’m awfully curious to see if that number doubles or triples after he announces his Presidential run (finger crossed), and subsequently holds his first big call-a-thon.

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Romney Garners 31% Lead Over Huckabee, Palin in Early Florida Poll

Yes, of course it is very early to place huge stock in such polls, but we can’t help but be drawn to any early indication of what might possibly happen in 2012. With that in mind I present the results of the Public Policy Polling‘s survey of Florida Republican primary voters:

If the Republican candidates for President in 2012 were Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, and Mitt Romney who would you vote for?
52% Mitt Romney
21% Mike Huckabee
18% Sarah Palin
14% Undecided

I don’t think I need to remind our readers how important of state Florida in the primary schedules with it’s 57 winner-takes-all delegates. Cross-tabs from the survey show that results are basically the same whether the polled Republicans were of conservative, moderate, or liberal ideology.

Not to be excluded from the report is the great news that Romney also holds large lead in an identical poll Colorado. This one isn’t quite headline news as Romney overwhelmingly won Colorado in the 2008 primary caucus. The results for Colorado PPP poll:

Colorado:
44% Mitt Romney
25% Sarah Palin
17% Mike Huckabee
14% Undecided

For full results of the Florida and Colorado polls, including cross-tabs, click here.

Other recent polls:
PPP Texas:
32% Mitt Romney
29% Mike Huckabee
23% Sarah Palin
15% Undecided

PPP New Mexico:
33% Mitt Romney
32% Sarah Palin
18% Mike Huckabee
17% Undecided

For full results of the Feb. 26 Texas and New Mexico polls, including cross-tabs, click here.

Magellan Strategies California,
31% Romney
18% Palin
13% Huckabee
12% Gingrich
08% Paul
03% Other
03% Pawlenty
12% Undecided

For full results of the March 4 California poll, including cross-tabs, click here.

Mitt ’12!

~Nate Gunderson

(HT to BOSMAN, one of our readers for the story.)