Newspaper Endorsements Unceasing, PRAISE for Romney/Ryan: OH, WI, IA, IL, OR, FL, MA, VA

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They just keep coming…

Newspaper editorial boards across the USA believe in Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. Give yourself a little time to read the many endorsements given for our guys the last few days. It’s a real treat.

Additional endorsements may be read here, here, and here.

Cincinnati Enquirer (OH)
EditorialThey just keep coming! Carve out a little time to read these many, fantastic endorsements. Help us share the news, too!
October 28, 2012

http://goo.gl/VZyxd

Presidential Endorsement: Mitt Romney

The No.1 issue in our region and our nation today is how to recharge our economy and get more people working in good-paying jobs. President Barack Obama has had four years to overcome the job losses of the Great Recession he inherited, but the recovery has been too slow and too weak. It’s time for new leadership from Mitt Romney, a governor and business leader with a record of solving problems.
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Romney’s experience as a chief executive, business leader and governor position him to be the best candidate to lead us into a new era of streamlined but effective government with a renewed focus on maintaining America as the world’s leading economy. The best indicator of how Romney would lead is his record as governor. There we have evidence of a Romney who governs more moderately than he was forced to campaign in the long runup to the presidential election.
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He came into office in 2003 facing an immediate budget shortfall of $450 million and projections of much worse. It was Massachusetts’ worst recession in decades. Romney’s approach was businesslike, and he didn’t spare any sacred cows. He made deep cuts in local government funding and to education. He didn’t raise state taxes, but he increased fees for many government services, which raised hundreds of millions. He took heat from businesses for closing loopholes that saved them money but cost the state revenue. He blocked companies from transferring intellectual property to out-of-state shell companies, and he barred banks and other companies from avoiding taxes by paper restructuring. The bottom line: He erased the deficit in Massachusetts (which was required by state law) and left office with a $600 million surplus. He replenished the state’s reserve fund two years into his term, pushing it to $2 billion by the time he left office in 2007.

Romney’s plans for recovery revolve around the economic principles of reducing government regulation, cutting corporate taxes and opening more global markets. It’s an approach consistent with who Mitt Romney is – a businessman and a moderate conservative who doesn’t believe so much in government’s making things happen as he does in lifting government interference so they can happen.

If Romney can stabilize and expand the U.S. economy, his greatest foreign policy contribution could be employing reinvigorated U.S. economic muscle to influence the global economy. This is a precarious time for America. We’d expect a President Romney to lead toward the center, to resist the calls for a hard turn to the right that are sure to come from within his party. Romney has accomplished progress with divided government – the Massachusetts General Court (the state’s Legislature) is overwhelmingly Democratic. The gridlock in D.C. is entrenched, and we’d urge him to make a priority of finding the common ground and using his leadership to forge compromise, coalitions and solutions. Romney as president should stay true to who he is – a moderate leader who can work with the left and right, with business and with government, and who will set an example, both as an individual and as the leader of the United States of America.



The Lima News (OH)
Editorial
October 28, 2012

http://www.limaohio.com

The Lima News Endorses Mitt Romney
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Obama swept into office in 2008 promising hope and change. But change has come too slowly, and for too many people, hope surrendered to despair long ago.

That is why Lima News is calling for a change of leadership and is endorsing Republican Mitt Romney for president.

We have little confidence that Obama would be anymore successful given another four-year term. Our memory of a euphoric Obama who energized this country four years ago is now replaced by the picture of a slumping president, tired and defensive, during his first debate with Romney.

Today, family incomes are down. The middle class is shrinking and poverty is growing. College students are graduating deep in debt with questionable job opportunities.

At the same time, the government continues to take on more debt. It just wracked up its fourth straight 13-figure shortfall. During Obama’s four years the debt has grown to more than $5 trillion. He now believes the only way to trim the deficit is by raising taxes on the wealthy and eliminating tax breaks.

We feel Romney’s solid resume in the private sector will help here. He understands that reviving the economy and repairing the government’s balance sheet are things that need to happen now, not four years in the future. His five-point plan calls for raising revenue through business expansions — definitely not new taxes — and reducing spending.

Romney has the added benefit of likely dealing with a friendlier Congress. At least one chamber, if not both, are expected to favor Republicans. It is imperative the president and Congress work together. Two years ago, Congress recommended a bipartisan 10-year, $4 trillion deficit-reduction plan, only to be snubbed by Obama, who had his own, less ambitious plan.



Green Bay Press-Gazette (WI)
Editorial
October 28, 2012

http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com

We Recommend Romney For President

Four years ago, when Barack Obama was elected president, he campaigned on a message of hope and change
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Many hoped he could bring change for a nation weary of two wars, a nation beset by a mortgage crisis and Wall Street scandal, and, most importantly, a nation whose economic future was so uncertain that massive government bailouts were needed.

However, four years later, the economy hasn’t rebounded. In fact, some say it’s worse, with high unemployment numbers, a trillion-dollar deficit, an even bigger national debt and uncertainty in the business world over the future of our economy. Poverty has increased, the median household income has dropped, and some have given up looking for work.

This nation cannot wait four more years to see if Obama’s policies will work. It needs to turn to someone who has a proven track record in the business community and will offer the steady hand to a teetering economy.

For that reason, the Green Bay Press-Gazette is endorsing Republican candidate Mitt Romney, who we believe is the best choice to turn around the U.S. economy. We believe the Republican candidate’s experience as CEO of Bain Capital, governor of Massachusetts and work with the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City will be assets to turning around the economy.

Romney’s five-point jobs proposal looks to strengthen the middle class by creating 12 million jobs in his first term. Romney aims to reach this ambitious goal by achieving energy independence by 2020, expanding trade, improving education, cutting the deficit and helping small businesses.

Romney proposes 20 percent cuts in the marginal tax rate for individuals, which would reduce the top bracket from 35 to 28 percent, and cut the corporate tax rate from 35 to 28 percent. He would get rid of the death tax and the Alternative Minimum Tax. He would eliminate taxes on interest, dividends and capital gains for those earning less than $200,000.

Romney would cut the deficit with smaller government and addressing the national debt. The deficit was at $1.09 trillion as of Sept. 30, according to the Congressional Budget Office, which is a slight drop from the $1.3 trillion deficit Obama faced when he took office. He had pledged in February 2009 to “cut the deficit we inherited in half by the end of my first term in office.”

Despite all this, we can’t we can’t ignore the state of the economy today. It is the overriding factor in people’s lives. How they pay for health care, how they pay for their mortgage, how they pay the bills, how they pay for retirement are all chief concerns that need to be answered. They are concerns that cut across are classes and are paramount in deciding who should be in the White House.

How long can Obama blame his predecessor for the current financial woes without taking any responsibility for some of the economic duress and gridlock? At some point, the problems a president inherits become his problems if he hasn’t been able to solve them.

At that point, then, we need someone else in the White House who can solve them. We believe that person is Mitt Romney.


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Newspaper Endorsements Pour In for Romney/Ryan: NH, MA, WV, TX, MI, VA, NY, D.C.

Photo – Al Behrman / AP

Like a waterfall, newspaper editorial board endorsements for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan continue to pour in…

Foster’s Daily Democrat (NH)
Editorial
October 24, 2012

http://goo.gl/9AhMb

It’s Now Time To Decide

If you had already made up your mind going into Monday night’s presidential debate, nothing said probably changed your mind. But for those who were undecided, there certainly was some food for thought.

But what was lacking on the part of the president was a vision for the future and credibility based on the past. The current commander in chief repeatedly accused Romney of reaching back into history for failed policies of the past both home and abroad. The president summoned images of President Herbert Hoover and others which history has deemed failures. In doing so, Obama tried to gloss over his own history of failed promises — on unemployment, on balancing the budget, cutting the deficit and — as we believe — earning the respect of our overseas allies.

Admittedly, Obama’s failures center mostly around domestic policy — Romney’s strength. But as Romney pointed out Monday night, in order to be strong and respected on the international stage, the United States must be strong economically.

As readers know, there is no doubt on the part of the editorial board here at Foster’s Daily Democrat new leadership is needed from the White House. We believe all three debates — but especially the first — support that notion. We believe that, on balance, the debates have shown Mitt Romney to be the more capable and with a vision for the future — a vision President Obama has failed to offer.

On Nov. 6, we urge voters to give Mitt Romney a chance to offer the nation real hope and change.



Boston Herald
Editorial Staff
October 23, 2012

http://www.bostonherald.com

Romney’s The One

Four years ago the voters put their faith in a man who offered vague promises of hope and change at a time when any change looked like a good idea and hope was in short supply.

What this nation got in Barack Obama was a president who used an economic crisis to further his redistributionist agenda — and, not surprisingly, failed miserably at restoring American prosperity. Oh, he brought change all right — to a government-knows-best philosophy that has given us four years of high unemployment, higher gas prices, a $16 trillion deficit, and a job-killing regulatory environment.
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Enough! This isn’t the kind of change anyone can believe in.

The other simple fact is that in Mitt Romney voters have not merely a safe and steady alternative but a proven leader and an extraordinarily skilled expert in the art of the economic turnaround.

He did that all over again for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

What Romney knows at the core of his being is that sometimes government must step aside and sometimes it must lead.

Last night the nation saw a man who in the area of foreign policy is prepared to lead, who knows that for the United States to remain safe it must reclaim its place on the world stage.

During the last four years the world has become a more dangerous place. We can’t afford four more years of a leadership vacuum.

Not when in Mitt Romney voters have the choice of a strong, smart hand on the helm, a decent, caring man, who lives his faith, who loves his country and would serve it well. For all of those reasons, the Boston Herald is pleased to endorse Mitt Romney for president.

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John Elway Endorses Mitt Romney Before Denver Presidential Debate

John Elway  and Mitt Romney

John Elway and Mitt Romney

From the Denver Post and other sources:

Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway endorsed Mitt Romney ahead of Wednesday’s presidential debate in Colorado.

“Governor Romney is a proven leader with the experience and background to turn around our struggling economy,” Elway said in a statement. “In these tough economic times, we need a president who understands how to get America working again – by standing on the side of taxpayers and small-business owners who do the real job creating. I am endorsing Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan for President and Vice President because I know having the courage to make decisions and tackle challenges is what leads to results and real change. America needs a comeback team – Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are that team.”

“Leaders come in many forms, and John Elway has always exemplified leadership, first as a quarterback for the Super Bowl champion Broncos, and now as an executive vice president for the team,” Romney said in a statement. “He’s had to overcome challenges during his career, and he knows what it takes to turn things around when things get tough. I’m proud to have him on my team as we campaign to lead the comeback this nation desperately needs.”

Elway, the longtime quarterback of the Denver Broncos, is executive vice president of football operations for the Denver Broncos. Elway was instrumental in letting quarterback Tim Tebow go in the last off-season and signing Peyton Manning.


UPDATE: Elway will rally with Romney tonight. Should be a very cool experience to see both John Elway and Mitt Romney on the same night.

Romney Heads to England, Israel, Poland: Meeting Cameron, Kenny, Netanyahu, Walesa & More

Governor Mitt Romney is going overseas…

On Tuesday, after delivering a speech in Reno, Nevada to the Veterans of Foreign Wars at their annual conference, Romney will embark on a six-day, full schedule, listening tour to England, Israel, and Poland:

The presumptive Republican nominee and former Massachusetts governor will meet with the leaders of all three countries, other government officials, opposition leaders, and at least one U.S. ambassador. He plans to attend the opening ceremony of the Olympics, visit sites of historical significance, and hold public events in at least two of the countries.

Aides say Romney does not view the trip as an opportunity to roll out any new policy proposals. “This trip is an opportunity for the governor to listen and learn, to visit countries that share common values, common interests, and I should say in many cases shared heritage with people here in the United States,” Romney’s policy director, Lanhee Chen, told reporters in a conference call previewing the trip.

… While Romney is likely to highlight differences in his approach to international relations relative to Obama, he is expected to refrain from attacking Obama while traveling abroad.

A preview of The Gov’s itinerary…

England

The Olympic rings are lit up on Tower Bridge in preparation for the start of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England. The Opening Ceremony takes place Friday, July 27, 2012.

Thursday, July 26, 2012:

Governor Romney will meet with British leaders including, Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Former Prime Minister Tony Blair, Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband, Foreign Secretary William Hague, and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne.

Friday, July 27, 2012:

Romney will meet with Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

Later, he’ll meet with U.S. Olympic athletes and attend the 2012 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremonies. USA! USA! USA! (We know the strong passion The Gov has for the Olympics – the spirit of competition – and for the capacity of the games to inspire unity, mutual understanding, and respect across the world. Romney is known for his turnaround of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.) Also, if schedules can be coordinated, he may try to meet with other world leaders who are in London for the Olympics.

Israel

The gleam from the Dome of the Rock reflects the afternoon sun in Jerusalem, Israel. Among the Israeli leaders meeting with Mitt Romney will be Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Sunday, July 29, 2012:

Romney has been to Israel three times in the past, on a family visit in the late 1990s and, in 2007 and 2011, on fact-finding trips focused on security and economic issues.

On this trip, he’ll meet first with Daniel Shapiro, the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, who will give him a briefing. Romney will also meet with Israeli officials including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres, and will also sit down with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. He has met them all on previous trips.

While aides say Romney will not specifically criticize the president’s Middle East policy while he is in Israel, he will continue to make the case for standing with Israel – as he often does on the campaign trail. “America needs to stand by its allies, particularly allies that are under siege like Israel, particularly democratic allies who have such a shared history and shared values with America” Dan Senor, a special adviser on foreign policy, told reporters in previewing Romney’s message.

In an op-ed written yesterday, former U.S. Senator Norm Coleman (GOP) shares the following:

By sheer coincidence, Romney is an old and personal friend of Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. Romney’s first job after finishing up at Harvard was at the Boston Consulting Group, and Netanyahu was working there at the time and sat in an office down the hall. The two struck up a friendship and have remained close. If Romney were to become president, it would be an extraordinary chapter in U.S.-Israeli relations.

“There is little precedent,” The New York Times wrote recently, “for two politicians of their stature to have such a history together that predates their entry into government.”

Certainly Israel could use a close friend in the White House these days.

Over the last three years, however, the U.S.-Israeli relationship has been troubled.

President Obama does not seem to have personal affection for the Jewish state. He has publicly castigated Israel, including at the United Nations. He was caught on a hot microphone denigrating Israel’s prime minister, and when Netanyahu came to Washington he received him with marked coolness, neglecting to hold the customary joint news conference before asking the Israeli leader to exit through a rear door.

Romney will also deliver remarks while in Israel.

Poland

The skyline over Gdansk, Poland turns a rosy hue at dusk. Governor Romney will meet with Poland’s former President Lech Walesa in the port city.

Monday, July 30, 2012:

Romney’s final destination is Poland, where he will meet with the current leadership, including President Bronislaw Komorowski, Prime Minister Donald Tusk, and Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski. Romney will also meet with Lech Walesa, the former Polish president and winner of the 1983 Nobel Peace Prize. Walesa, who was president from 1990 to 1995 and oversaw Poland’s transition out of communism, was the one who invited Romney to visit his country.

Ian Brzezinski, another Romney adviser, said the visit to Poland will highlight an important alliance that is “rich in history” — from Polish support for the American revolution all the way through Iraq and Afghanistan, where the country has sent troops to assist in the U.S.-led war efforts. Romney will also point to country’s economic success, which he will say stems from free market principles and capitalism – the themes he pushes on the campaign trail at home.

“This is a country that stands in sharp contrast economically to the rest of Europe where economies are dropping by about 5% or more,” Brzezinski told reporters.

Romney will also deliver remarks and visit historical sights in Poland. The ‘Lech Walesa Institute’ said in a statement that Governor Romney is visiting Poland by special invitation, issued to him at the beginning of the month, by President Walesa:

Poland and Poles are paying close attention to the election campaign in the United States, focused on choosing a leader for the American nation for the next four years,” Walesa wrote in the invitation dated July 4.

Their choice will influence the fate of America and the world.

Walesa refused to meet with Obama last year, saying “It doesn’t suit me.”

Romney’s invitation from freedom-fighter Walesa is, indeed, a high honor.

This will be a memorable week for Mitt and Ann as they find themselves in the international spotlight. It’s another opportunity for world leaders and the good people in England, Israel, and Poland to see that the USA has an opportunity, through Mitt Romney, to elect a strong, seasoned statesman who will once again respect our allies, strengthen our partnerships, and instill renewed confidence in the mighty cause of freedom.

To Mitt and Ann, Godspeed!

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Mitt Romney Captures the “Silent Majority”

Now that the Republican nomination is all but secured, I think it’s interesting to look back and see how Romney did it. 

An article published recently at The Hill caught my eye. The title was “Maybe Mitt Romney is Stronger Than We Think” and it then listed some of the enormous obstacles Romney had to overcome to get the nomination.

Some of Romney’s obstacles to the nomination included: 

1) Romneycare versus Obamacare debate
2) Romney’s a member of a religious minority – Mormon.
3) Not a Tea Party favorite
4) He is a Northeasterner in a party dominated by the South
5) Fox News was consistently harsh to Romney
6) The Wall Street Journal editorial board was often critical
7) Some conservative pundits (who endorsed him last time) did not endorse him this time
8. Effectively pro-choice during his early political years

Romney has to be feeling pretty good these days when he analyzes all the obstacles he has overcome. All of these groups are often the loudest voices in the conservative movement today. It is a real testament to the strength of Romney’s appeal that he was able to secure his party’s nomination. 

So just how did Romney do it? I believe that Romney won the nomination not by appealing to the loudest voices within his party, but by winning over the “silent majority.” The phrase “silent majority” has been used in the political campaigns of Ronald Reagan during the 1970s and 1980s, the Republican Revolution in the 1994 elections and during the Nixon era. Romney tapped into that same group during this election.

The silent majority is not easy to define because, by definition, they don’t express their views publicly, but they are the dominant force in American politics. The silent majority are a very diverse group whose views don’t align completely to one side’s point of view. Their views can be complex and nuanced, or they may simply want to live a life with as few restrictions from outside sources as possible. I believe they are a very pragmatic group who is more concerned with finding solutions to America’s problems than winning a political fight between Republicans and Democrats.

By focusing on the economy and leadership competency, Romney was able to capture the silent majority. Romney’s strengths far outweighed the obstacles placed in his path.

Attributes that helped Romney capture the silent majority:

1) Proven leadership success in many areas (Olympics, Business, Government)
2) Business expertise during a time of economic upheaval
3) A personal history that shows he knows how to create jobs
4) A person who has shown skill in solving tough problems 
5) A caring father and family man
6) Intelligence
7) Methodical, hard working and disciplined preparation
8. Calm, presidential demeanor under pressure

The silent majority understand that with Mitt Romney, we have a candidate who is uniquely qualified to address America’s dire economic problems. Who better to lead the country toward a turnaround than a guy who made his living as a turnaround artist working with struggling businesses? While there are still obstacles in Romney’s way, and there will undoubtedly be ups and downs in the months ahead, the silent majority will, as always, have the final say.

Governor Mitt Romney, America’s Best Choice for President

Kyle from Ultimitt.org has written this fantastic op-ed for us just in time for Super Tuesday.

On March 6th, voters from 10 states will go to the polls and vote for their party’s Presidential nominee. Republicans have four very different candidates to choose from and they would do well to support the true conservative, Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, for the Republican Presidential Nomination.

Governor Romney, whose life, at age 21, was almost cut short after a terrible car accident, is the only candidate who has never served a single day in Washington, D.C. Governor Romney’s 25-year career is one of working in the private sector. He has helped start up and help turn around companies like Staples and Domino’s Pizza who today employ over 100,000 people. He has truly earned the reputation of being a turnaround artist. As a college of law student who is about to graduate, I would love to have an economic turnaround artist working on the United States economy. With Mitt Romney as President, I am more confident that when I go to look for a job after school, I will find one.

Governor Romney’s conservative leadership was on display in Massachusetts. While working with both Republicans and Democrats to secure a balanced budget every single year of his four year term without raising taxes, Mitt cut taxes 19 times, drastically increased jobs in a state that ranked 50th in job creation when he took office, and turned a 3 billion dollar state deficit into a 2 billion dollar surplus in only 4 years! That achievement is something to be commended and exemplified. The ability to work with those that may, or may not, agree with you, to accomplish the tasks that Governor Romney was able to accomplish is what true leadership is all about.

Governor Romney has fought hard, and continues to fight hard, for the free exercise of religion. When the Obama administration reported recently that they would force Catholic hospitals and doctors to prescribe contraceptives to patients, something that the Catholic faith, and all other faiths, saw as a violation of their First Amendment rights, Governor Romney was the first to speak out about it and call out the Obama Administration for their blatant disregard for our religious freedoms.

Today, conservatives who supported Governor Romney in 2008 seem to be flip-flopping. For example, in 2008, while on the Laura Ingraham Show, Former Senator Rick Santorum stated, “I believe that Governor Romney is a true conservative and a man we can trust to continue to fight for conservative principles.” He even thanked the Governor for helping him try and pass the Traditional Marriage Act in Congress. Yet today, Senator Santorum, Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, and others, seem to have flip-flopped. It’s now become politically convenient to attack the same man, who they called a “true conservative” four years earlier.

Republicans have an opportunity on March 6th to elect a true conservative, a man of high moral character, an economic turnaround artist, and an individual who will continue to defend religious freedoms for all Americans. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is the best choice for republicans and the best choice for President of the United States.

Addendum: Watch highlights from Mitt’s energetic Washington rally and then the entire awesome Ohio rally below the fold. (more…)

NH Newspaper Foster’s FOR Romney: “We Want a President With Core Values”


Foster’s, a New Hampshire newspaper that takes a conservative editorial line, has awarded Mitt Romney with the GOP presidential nominee blue ribbon.

The Editorial Board at Foster’s, comprised of Patrice Foster, president and publisher, Cathy (Foster) Hayward, director, Geo J. Foster Co., Inc., Wayne Chick, general manager, Rodney G. Doherty, executive editor and Paul (Buzz) Dietterle, editor of the editorial page, were unanimous in their support for Romney.

A few highlights from Mitt Romney: Best suited to be the GOP’s standard-bearer
Editorial
December 4, 2011

★ While making our endorsement in the New Hampshire Republican Presidential Primary, Foster’s Sunday Citizen is not going to spend endless words addressing much of the myth and mythology which has been used to attack Mitt Romney, who we believe should be the Republican nominee for president of the United States.

★ Today, more than ever, the United States needs a president willing to listen to the electorate, a president willing to adapt to today’s demands for governance, not remain married to methods because they are from a simpler time. By the same token, Foster’s wants a president who has core values.

★ There is his time at Bain Capital where he learned the whys and wherefores of the business world and the keys to job creation. It was a place that formed much of Romney’s philosophical roots that should help grow the country’s economy should he be elected.

★ Then there was his time as Massachusetts governor. Some voters of a more conservative bent may hold that against him. We don’t. To the contrary, his ability to win office and improve the business climate in the Bay State is seen as herculean in an otherwise one-party Democratic oligarchy.

★ And lest we be remiss in crediting Romney’s accomplishments that make him better suited than others to be the GOP nominee, there is his turnaround of the Salt Lake City Olympic Games in 2002. Voters must not forget that Romney did, indeed, make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.

Beyond all this, Foster’s is endorsing Mitt Romney because he offers a certain moral fortitude we admire. His faith in family, God and country is strong and well rooted. This, combined with a wealth of experience in private enterprise, his time as governor and countless hours listening to voters’ concerns, make Romney the most well-rounded and well-qualified to represent the GOP in next November’s presidential election.

(emphasis added) DO read the entire editorial here.

Mitt and Ann Romney enjoy a talent show put on by some of their grandchildren at their home on Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro, MA. July 30, 2010



► Jayde Wyatt

Romney in Iowa Today, Son Josh Romney in Cedar Rapids Last Week

Mitt Romney is pictured speaking during an economic roundtable meeting held in Treynor, Iowa. Oct 21, 2011
(Photo AP/Charlie Neibergall)

Mitt Romney’s belief that Iowans play an important role in the electoral process is shored up by his visit today to Dubuque and Davenport. He will meet with voters and speak on jobs and the economy.

Romney’s schedule Nov 7, 2011

Event: Mitt Romney speaks at Giese Manufacturing
When: 12:15 PM CST
Location: Giese Manufacturing
7025 Chavenelle Road
Dubuque, IA

Event: Mitt Romney speaks at Iowa American Water
When: 5:20 PM CST
Location: Iowa American Water
5201 Grand Avenue
Davenport, IA





Last Friday, Josh Romney, (son of Mitt and Ann) who campaigned in all 99 counties in Iowa last time around, was in Cedar Rapids campaigning for his father and making phone calls for Senate hopeful Cindy Golding:

EasternIowaGovernment.com
Nov 4, 2011

MARION – “I’m three-for-three,” Josh Romney announced after taking a turn making get-out-the-vote phone calls for Iowa Senate candidate Cindy Golding Nov. 4.

The son of 2012 Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney added an asterisk to his accomplishment.
“That’s two votes for Cindy and a half of a vote for my Dad,” he joked with Golding’s campaign volunteers before joining the Linn Eagles, a Republican fundraising club, for lunch in Cedar Rapids.

Golding is running in a Nov. 8 special election in Iowa Senate 18 in northern and western Linn County. If she defeats Democrat Liz Mathis, the Senate will be tied at 25 Republicans and 25 Democrats.

“What you’re doing here makes a difference,” Romney told the volunteers, because Golding, who along with her husband, Joe, own and operate four small businesses, “will help to grow jobs – like my Dad has done.”

Romney, who sells real estate in Salt Lake City, has been on the campaign trail for his dad this month, making appearances in New Hampshire, where Republicans will have their primary a week after Iowa’s Jan. 3 first-in-the-nation precinct caucuses. The No. 1 issue wherever he goes is jobs and the need to get the economy headed in the right direction, he said, and there is no one better to address job growth than his dad, Romney said.

My dad understands jobs,” he said. “He knows how to create jobs. He’s done it his entire life – turned things around. What we need right now is a turnaround in our country. My dad is the guy to do it.”

(emphasis added )

Back on Aug 7, 2007, Josh Romney, son of Mitt and Ann Romney, was photographed in Urbandale, Iowa by AP photographer Steve Pope. He was talking about his campaign visits to all 99 Iowa counties while driving the 'MittMobile', a motor home purchased on Ebay. The younger Romney has recently been campaigning for his father and was in Iowa last week.

Governor Romney was last in Iowa on Oct 20th for events in Sioux City, Treynor, and Council Bluffs. Prior to that, Ann Romney was in the Hawkeye State on Oct 4-6 attending events in Adel, Marion, and Bettendorf.

Currently, Governor Romney and Herman Cain are polling at a statistical dead heat in Iowa.

► Jayde Wyatt

Wanted: Business Experience in the White House, Romney’s Resume on Top (VIDEO)


An article from the Boston Herald written by Hillary Chabot caught my eye yesterday. It was a little different tone from her when writing about Mitt Romney – less negativity. As soon as I began reading, I suspected the reality of the S&P downgrade had begun to sink in:

Mitt: Obama can’t mind his business

August 9, 2011

GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney slammed President Obama’s economic leadership yesterday while touting his own business savvy, a campaign strategy that could give him an edge as fears of a double-dip recession leave voters seeking an economic fix-it man — if he can close the deal, political observers told the Herald.

We used to say to businesses that are in trouble . . . if your balance sheet is not right, then it’s hard to turn around your enterprise, and the same may be said of America as well,” Romney said at a Rotary Club event in Manchester, N.H., harkening back to his time as a venture capitalist.

“Year after year after year, Washington just kicks the can down the road,” he said, adding in a dig at Obama that the credit-rating downgrade over the weekend “punctuates a remarkable lack of leadership in dealing with our nation.”

Romney flaunted his business credentials at several stops in New Hampshire yesterday, citing his long experience in the private sector with Bain & Co. and later as founder of Bain Capital. His backers also cite his experience as Massachusetts governor and leading the 2002 Winter Olympics out of trouble.

Experts said it could be a winning strategy, but he’ll have to sell it.

The article continued with opinions on Romney’s possibilities:

He’s well known to have economic experience compared to all of the other candidates,” said Washington D.C., Republican consultant Ron Bonjean. “The Republican that can capture the most votes needs to lay out answers to this economic crisis in a credible way. Romney has an excellent opportunity to do that.”

Even Romney naysayer and former avid Palin fan, Bill Kristol (from The Weekly Standard and FOX News contributor) agreed:

Romney’s business background can be helpful, provided he uses it as a basis for a forward-looking argument for how he’ll foster jobs and growth.”

(emphasis added) Read the rest here.

Here’s a news report from Kathy Jordan/Boston Herald reporting on the event referred to in the article – Mitt speaking to the Rotary Club in Manchester, NH. Jordan says that following the recent economic tumble – Mitt Romney might have ‘the edge’:


I’ve spent a good part of my career doing something called turnarounds – being involved in something which was in trouble and trying to get it back on track.” ~ Mitt Romney



Time for a turnaround, America!

► Jayde Wyatt

Bill O'Reilly Not Counting on a Romney/Palin Ticket in 2012


Summary
• Doesn’t think think that Palin would do the veep thing again.
• Obviously Romney will run in 2012.
• Romney has a good shot at getting the nomination.

Side note: You are an awesome Mitt fan if you recognize, in the background, a book that he has written.

~Luke