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.”

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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.


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Romney Improves, Leads Obama, Perry Slips




The Weekly Standard has a short, sweet article out today worth noting…

Rasmussen: Perry Slips, Romney Improves, in Matchups With Obama

A couple of weeks ago, a Rasmussen poll showed Rick Perry leading President Obama 44% to 41%. But Rasmussen’s latest polling shows a change of fortunes, with Perry trailing Obama 39% to 46%.

Two weeks ago, Mitt Romney was trailing Obama 43% to 39%, but now Romney is leading Obama 43% to 40%. According to the RealClearPolitics average of polls, Obama’s approval rating has been consistently around 43% for the past few weeks.

[...] [I]f it becomes a clear trend that Romney leads, and Perry trails Obama in the polls, that could seriously sway the GOP presidential race.

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We’re looking forward to the next presidential debate on September 22. Expect to see some serious sway…


H/t Frank

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CNN/Tea Party Pres. Debate: Favorable Reviews for Mitt Romney

GOP presidential candidates appear on stage at the CNN/Tea Party debate last night in Tamp, FL. 9/12/11 (photo by David and Holloway/CNN)

What a night for Mitt Romney at the GOP CNN/Tea Party debate in Tampa, Florida! He more than held his own and by some early accounts – won – in a crowd that clearly had a likin’ for Rick Perry (although Perry faded in the last half; the crowd didn’t like his gardasil vaccine mandate and he received boo’s on his immigration stance.)

The reviews…

The Weekly Standard – Fred Barnes (my favorite article)

Romney’s Win

If a debate more than four months before the first vote is cast can influence the outcome of a presidential nomination race, the debate last night among eight Republicans should aid Mitt Romney’s candidacy. Seldom has there been as clear a winner.

Romney was crisp and succinct, prepared and focused, and aggressive in going after his chief rival for the GOP presidential nomination, Texas governor Rick Perry, when he needed to be. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, showed once again that he’s a far better candidate now than he was four years ago.

He did well in these instances, among others: spelling out the differences between the health care plan he championed in Massachusetts and Obamacare; explaining the problem with the Fair Tax is that it gives short shrift to the middle class; pointing out the built-in advantages Perry has in Texas in governing successfully; and refraining from boasting, except to say that “if America needs a turnaround, that’s what I do.”

Romney challenged Perry on Social Security at the outset of the debate, which was held in Florida and billed as a collaboration of CNN and various Tea Party organizations. It was Tea Party people who asked the questions, mostly better ones than a panel of reporters or pundits would probably have asked.

The first question was on Social Security, which Perry has called a Ponzi scheme and a failure. Romney has suggested Perry’s view makes him unelectable.

When Perry didn’t back down from those comments, Romney jumped in with questions, and host Wolf Blitzer let him proceed. Romney asked Perry about his recent book in which he said Social Security is unconstitutional and might be better run by the states.

Perry didn’t have a ready answer, or at least not a persuasive one. Nor did he offer the one thing that I expected from him in the debate: a Perry plan for fixing Social Security’s looming insolvency. [...]
[...]
Back to Romney. The candidates were asked what they’d bring to the White House – what thing. Romney gave the best answer after repeating the Winston Churchill quotation that America always does the right thing after trying everything else first. He said he’d bring the bust of Churchill, sent away by President Obama, back to the White House.

The Daily Beast - Howard Kurtz

[…] Romney seized control of the tempo in what may have been his strongest performance so far. He seemed at ease taking the fight to Perry and got the better of their heated exchanges. The former Massachusetts governor was clearly trying to position himself as the reassuring grownup on stage and Perry as the fearmonger.

Let’s unpack their verbal clash and see what it tells us about each man and his strategy.

Perry tried to clean up his mess from last week’s MSNBC debate, when he attacked Social Security as a Ponzi scheme without suggesting how he might fix it. This time he offered those near retirement age a “slam-dunk guarantee” they’d get their benefits before hailing his own “courage” in criticizing the ailing system.

Romney didn’t miss a beat, calling Perry’s Ponzi language “over the top” and “frightful” before delivering his strongest punch: that the Texan had called Social Security unconstitutional and “not something the federal government ought to be involved in.”

The Fix (The Washington Post) – Chris Cillizza

WINNERS

Mitt Romney: Four debates. Four times Romney has wound up in the winner’s circle. It’s not a coincidence. Romney proved yet again that he is the best debater in this field with another solid performance in which he effectively downplayed his liabilities on health care and accentuated his strengths on jobs and the economy. Romney played more offense than he has in previous debates, taking the fight to Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Social Security. He also got a major assist from Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.) and former senator Rick Santorum (Pa.), both of whom relentlessly bashed Perry. But that’s how debates work. Romney also, smartly, ignored the tea party audience in the hall — who occasionally booed him — and focused his messaging on the much broader audience of people watching the debate on CNN.

More good reading after the fold…

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