► This incident has caused a media and Twittersphere firestorm! Click on link at the bottom of this article for updates.
They don’t waste any time, do they?
A few months ago, a rancid Democrat plan to “kill Romney” reared its repulsive head. Now, after Governor Romney’s first full day of getting into general campaigning, we’re getting a stinky whiff of their plans for Ann Romney.
On Wednesday evening, Democrat operative/CNN political contributor Hilary Rosen spoke with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. She mockingly snarked about Ann Romney:
“Guess what? His wife [Ann Romney] has never actually worked a day in her life.”
Did you catch Rosen’s accusation that Mitt Romney is “old-fashioned when it comes to women. He just doesn’t see us as equals.” Did you also notice Paul Begala’s nod of approval and big grin when his cohort delivered the talking points? Really, I’m laughing so hard as I type this. What a sorry, ridiculous duo – spouting off ridiculous rhetoric to hide Obama’s sorry economy and ridiculous federal debt. See Vic’s article.
Setting her work record straight, Ann Romney, mother of FIVE boys, grandmother to 16 grandchildren, church, charity, and community volunteer, former Massachusetts First Lady, breast-cancer survivor, and valiant handler of Multiple Sclerosis, fired off her first campaign tweet:
I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work.
Good natured Ann is garnering high praise for her down-to-earth ability to connect with voters. Because he was losing ground with female voters, Obama operatives have been taking notes. Regarding Ann, think about it: Obama is leading a class war on successful Americans, combine that with a leftist faction that dislikes political Republican women, throw into the mix some Democrats’ disdain for working-at-home mothers and they see fresh meat to attack – on three fronts. Ann is a triple-threat.
Byron York, Chief Political Corespondent (Washington Examiner) and FOX News Contributor jumped on it:
After insult, Romney hits back with lightning speed
. . . Within seconds, Rosen’s statement that Ann Romney has “never worked a day in her life” began to burn up Twitter. Mrs. Romney, after all, had raised five children, as well as dealt with MS and cancer. That was work, no matter how much money her husband made.
The Romney campaign jumped on Rosen’s remarks with a speed that no Republican campaign has shown in the past. First, campaign staffers sent out tweets hitting Rosen. “Obama adviser Hilary Rosen goes on CNN to debut their new ‘kill Ann’ strategy, and in the process insults hard-working moms,” said top Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom. The campaign then sent out word that Rosen, who has worked for the Democratic National Committee and other Democratic organizations, is now part of the same firm, SKDKnickerbocker, as Anita Dunn, a prominent member of the Obama circle. And then came word that Rosen had visited the White House at least 35 times, according to publicly-available White House visitors logs. And then that Rosen attended last month’s state dinner at the White House.
Sensing an opportunity, the Romney campaign rolled out the big guns and had Ann Romney, who had never sent out a message on Twitter before, send out her first: “I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work.” Mrs. Romney quickly had thousands of followers.
Obama machine scrambles:
The story really took off when Obama campaign officials scrambled to distance themselves from Rosen. Obama campaign manager Jim Messina tweeted: “I could not disagree with Hilary Rosen any more strongly. Her comments were wrong and family should be off limits. She should apologize.” Top Obama aide David Axelrod added, “Also disappointed in Hilary Rosen’s comments about Ann Romney. They were inappropriate and offensive.”
Rosen back-tracked but she didn’t back down. Of course not; she’s a messenger – with a dumb message.
York was impressed:
. . . Presented with an opening, Romney’s staff jumped on the controversy with impressive speed, forcing top Obama officials to respond before most people even knew there was a story. The fracas suggests that Team Romney is determined to aggressively — really aggressively — pursue any chance to press an advantage against Obama. If the president’s re-election team thought they were facing a slow-moving, not-up-to-the-task Republican rival, they learned differently Wednesday night.
See tweets here. Follow @AnnDRomney here. By the way, a new hashtag burning up twitter is #waronmoms.
Ann Responds on America’s Morning with FOX News’ Martha MacCallum – April 12, 2012:
Yes, yes, we know that the President is working hard to consolidate support among female voters — but Obama adviser Hilary Rosen’s remarks about Ann Romney “never work[ing] a day in her life” are cynical, shameful, appalling, divisive and above all . . . ignorant. They constitute the newest iteration of the long-running, ugly and gratuitous left-wing attack on women who have made the very important choice to stay home in order to raise their children themselves.
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Rosen has kicked off a political firestorm; click on link below for updates!
After spending time on the House floor yesterday overseeing the passing of his budget plan, Congressman Paul Ryan (Republican Chairman of the House Budget Committee) appeared this morning on FOX & Friends to. . .
ENDORSE MITT ROMNEY!
“I am convinced that Mitt Romney has the skills, the tenacity, the courage and the principles to get America back on track.”
Coming on the heels of endorsements from President Bush 41 and Senator Marco Rubio, the backing from Ryan essentially signals a primary wind-up.
Ryan said he’d put in an earlier call to Rick Santorum to alert him of his pending endorsement of Romney. He also stressed the fact that America is at a crossroads and the necessity of coalescing now behind Governor Romney.
Ryan’s endorsement comes just day’s ahead of Wisconsin’s primary (his home state).
Stay tuned for more details!
UPDATE: When asked who he will support, here is what Paul Ryan said:
Mitt Romney. Here is the point, we vote on Tuesday here in Wisconsin. Lots of my friends, family and supporters are asking me, who do we think we should vote for? I have two criteria I’m using to make my decision to vote in our primary on Tuesday. Who is the best person to be President – who will make the best President? And who has the best chance of defeating Barak Obama? In my opinion, Mitt Romney is clearly that person.
Here’s the other point. I spent a good deal of time with Mitt Romney and his staff recently going through our country’s fiscal situation, talking about what it will take to get the country back on track. I am convinced Mitt Romney has the skills, the tenacity, the principles, the courage and the integrity to do what it takes to get America back on track. So I believe he’s the right person for the job. And I think this primary has been productive, I think it’s been constructive up until now. I think it’s made the candidates better. But I think we’re entering a phase where it could become counterproductive if it drags on much longer. That’s why I think we as conservatives need to coalesce around Mitt Romney and focus on the big task at hand, which is defeating Barak Obama in the fall.
UPDATE 2 - Governor Romney tweeted:
With @RepPaulRyan’s support, I have every confidence that we can begin the hard work of setting our country on a better course.
Wisconsin is holding its primary on Tuesday, but Ryan’s endorsement will resonates far outside his home state. Ryan, a proponent of deep cuts in entitlements and agency funding, has become the leading voice on debt and spending issues in the Republican party.
His blessing of Romney comes on the heels of endorsements from former Florida governor Jeb Bush, former president George H.W. Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)–clear signs that Republican leaders young and old, from both the tea party and establishment wings, are ready for this primary season to be over.
UPDATE 4 - Romney’s statement:
“When the history of this chapter of American politics is written, I venture to say that Paul Ryan will occupy a significant place in the story of how our country rescued itself from financial disaster. Congressman Ryan has not only thought deeply and creatively about how to bring our extraordinary budget shortfall under control, but he has demonstrated the leadership to bring Americans together to put his bold reforms into practice. In the battle for fiscal responsibility, we have been facing gale force headwinds from the Democratic Party and from the Obama White House. But with Paul Ryan’s support, I have every confidence that we can overcome those headwinds, recapture the White House for the American people, and begin the hard work of setting our country on a better course. I am profoundly grateful to Congressman Ryan for his endorsement today. I am even more grateful for all the hard work he has done to help turn around our country and restore it to greatness.”
A tweet from FOX News TV Host Greta Van Susteren alerted us that former Ohio Governor and Senator George V. Voinovich will formally give his endorsement to Mitt Romney today (tweet enlarged; sent Jul 26, 2011 @8:35 PM ET):
BIG NEWS FOR GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY! Fox News has confirmed that former GOP Sen. George Voinovich of Ohio will endorse Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for president on Wednesday in Ohio during Romney’s visit to the important 2012 battle ground state.
George Voinovich is endorsing former MA Governor Mitt Romney. 7/27/11
Senate years of service: 1999-2011
VOINOVICH, George Victor, a Senator from Ohio; born in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 15, 1936; B.A. in government, Ohio University 1958; J.D., Ohio State University College of Law 1961; assistant attorney general of Ohio 1963; Ohio state representative 1967-71; lieutenant governor of Ohio 1979; mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, 1979-89; governor of Ohio 1991-1998; chairman of the National Governors Association 1997-1998; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1998; reelected in 2004, and served from January 3, 1999, to January 3, 2011; chair, Select Committee on Ethics (One Hundred Ninth Congress); was not a candidate for reelection to the Senate in 2010.
Van Susteren’s tweet referred to Romney’s tour of an American manufacturing company today in the Buckeye State where he’ll be discussing jobs:
Screen Machine Industries, Inc. (SMI) is proud to announce that on Wednesday, July 27, 2011, at 1:15 p.m., the front running Republican Presidential Candidate Governor Mitt Romney will visit the Screen Machine Industries headquarters in Pataskala, Ohio.
Romney’s factory visit is to promote his export trade policy during a press conference as a key tenet of his presidential race for the White House. Specifically, Mr. Romney’s campaign has chosen the venue of SMI as the quintessential American – family-owned manufacturing business. Our factory will serve as the stage and backdrop to highlight and promote his major economic job creation “jump-start” program for reinvigorating American Manufacturing for Export.
Governor Romney has picked up several endorsements from current and former Governors. Former Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri will also officially give his endorsement to Romney and will help him raise money at an upcoming fundraiser. A few weeks ago, Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman endorsed Romney as well.
Congratulations to Governor Romney!
Exit Question: Is Ohio Gov. John Kasich going to be endorsing Mitt?
Fmr MA Gov Mitt Romney, wife Ann, and supporters recite the Pledge of Allegiance prior to Romney's presidential candidacy announcement. Scamman Farms, Stratham, NH 6/2/11
Amid golden straw bales and greening farm fields, with a massive United States flag rippling in the wind on the side of a white-washed barn, it was a thrilling moment when a large crowd gathered in Stratham, New Hampshire on June 2, 2011. They had assembled to hear Mitt Romney announce his candidacy for President of the United States. It began with the Pledge of Allegiance to America.
Today, via a tweet from Gov Romney, we learn the rest of the story about who lead the Pledge…
Hudson Ingoldsby is a 12-year-old supporter from Alton Bay, New Hampshire; after leading the Pledge of Allegiance at Mitt Romney’s announcement, he submitted these remarks:
As I sit here thinking of ways to describe June 2nd, I don’t think it would be possible unless I include a bit of history. About three years ago I became interested in politics, concerned with the economy, concerned with how our schools are ranking, watching our military and our country as a whole. I watched this for a while as most Americans do then I decided I wanted to be more involved.
Living in NH is a fantastic place to grow up, and politicians are everywhere, but I wanted to meet Governor Romney. I had watched him in the last primary and read his book. Over the last year I have enjoyed my involvement with politics and have been able to attend a few functions with Gov. Romney, and I have met a few other presidential hopefuls. Governor Romney’s speeches can make anyone proud to be an American. I want everyone to be as proud as I am to be an American.
However over the past three years things seem to be worse, I have had friends’ parents that have lost their jobs, my school is now failing and I watch my Dad be sad whenever another soldier is killed. I think Governor Romney can fix the economy with a lot of work. I hope he can help schools thrive because we are the next leaders and we need a good education. He will bring back the great America, so other countries will think we are the great people that we actually are. I don’t want the current leaders to leave my generation trillions of dollars in debt. Governor Romney can fix these problems, it will be really hard work but I believe he CAN.
I believe Mitt will make a great president. I sent him a letter stating “I am just a kid but if I could be there the day you announce….” About a week later I received a note from the Governor stating if it was going to happen in NH he would call me. True to his word, his staff called and not only invited me but asked me to lead the Pledge of Allegiance.[...]
To read the rest of young Hudson Ingoldsby’s remarks and see a photo of this fine young man, click here.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who officially announced his candidacy last week, is scheduled to be in Sarasota on June 16 for a private fund-raiser.
And the early guest lists for the event show Romney is building significant support among key political players and donors in the region.
State Sens. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, and Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton; developers Carlos Beruff and Henry Rodriguez; and Gary Kompothecras, the man behind the 1-800-ASK-GARY lawyer referral network, are all among those on the invite list for the $250-per-person lunch reception at the Sarasota Yacht Club.
“It shows he has staying power,” said Bennett, who supported Romney in 2008 before his loss to eventual Republican nominee John McCain.
“Romney has the best shot of any of the early Republican candidates of beating President Barack Obama,” said Linda Long, a GOP activist and president of the Republican Women’s Club of Sarasota.
Long said Romney already has the name recognition, the business background and the ability to raise the money needed to beat Obama.
“He has broad and wide experience,” Long said.
The Sunshine State is also the site of the 2012 Republican National Convention; it will be held in Tampa on August 27, 2012.
Rasmussen surveyed 1,000 likely U.S. voters on June 2-3 and here are the good news results:
Mitt Romney is the only Republican 2012 hopeful that a sizable number of voters considers qualified to be president.Sarah Palin is the one they view as least qualified, but, at this early stage, many voters are still in the dark about all the possible candidates.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 49% of Likely U.S. Voters think that Romney, a former Massachusetts governor and unsuccessful GOP presidential candidate in 2008, is qualified to be president. Twenty-five percent (25%) say he is not qualified, and another 25% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Still, that’s well above how voters view some of Romney’s chief competitors in the race. Twenty-seven percent (27%) rate both former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and maverick Texas GOP Congressman Ron Paul as qualified to be in the White House. But 32% say Pawlenty is not qualified, and 42% are undecided. As for Paul, 43% think he’s not qualified to serve as president, but 31% aren’t sure.
Twenty-six percent (26%) believe former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has the qualifications to be president, but nearly half (48%) disagree. Twenty-six percent (26%) are not sure.
However, voters feel strongest that Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee in 2008, is not qualified. Twenty-three percent (23%) say the former Alaska governor is qualified to serve as the nation’s chief executive, but 63% say she is not qualified. Palin is the best-known of the Republicans with just 15% undecided about her.
Twenty percent (20%) of voters say Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman are qualified to be president. Forty-five percent (45%), though, say Bachmann is not qualified enough, and one-in-three (34%) don’t know her well enough to venture any opinion.
Twenty-eight percent (28%) think Huntsman, who recently stepped down as U.S. ambassador to China, lacks the qualifications to be president, but over half (52%) have no opinion.
Businessman Herman Cain is seen as qualified to serve as president by only 18% and not qualified enough by 35%. Forty-seven percent (47%) aren’t sure.
*Word is PPP has more good news for Romney; Nate will post details later.
Who is Dr. Fix-It? Obama or Romney?
Political commentator David Gergen (CNN) weighs in on Obama’s handling of America’s economic crisis (6/3/11):
Former Massachusetts Gov. and potential 2012 White House contender Mitt Romney (R) took a cue Wednesday from Sylvester Stallone when he tweeted: “Stallone is right. US does apologize too much.”
The quote referred to a comment the veteran film star made Aug. 19 to Bill O’Reilly while promoting his new film “The Expendables” in an appearance on Fox News.
O’Reilly opened the segment by referring to a Los Angeles Times review arguing the film taps a vein of “apple-pie patriotism … [that is already] behind the success of a cable news network,” taken to mean Fox.
Stallone denied the film, which he directed, has any intended subtext at all.
“Some people read [into it] that I was maybe putting the focal point on the American intrusion into other countries. You know, ‘We tend to overstep our boundaries.’ I don’t believe that at all.”
“I think America apologizes too much,” he added quickly, as O’Reilly began to reply.
A stroll down Obama memory lane… Shortly after President Obama was coronated, he embarked on his ‘sackcloth and ashes’ tour to apologize for America to the world. To the French, he stated that America “has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive” toward Europe. He went to Prague to proclaim that America has “a moral responsibility to act” on arms control because only the U.S. had “used a nuclear weapon.” He told Londoners that decisions regarding the world financial system were no longer being made by “just Roosevelt and Churchill sitting in a room with a brandy.” Latin Americans heard our president’s apology when he said that the United States had not “pursued and sustained engagement with our neighbors” because we “failed to see that our own progress is tied directly to progress throughout the Americas.” Do you remember when Obama gave a full-waist bow when greeting the King of Saudi Arabia? How about his deep head dip to the Japanese Emperor?
“This is a book about what I believe should be our primary national objective: to keep America strong and to preserve its place as the world’s leading nation. And it describes the course I believe we must take to strengthen the nation in order to remain prosperous, secure, and free.” ~Mitt Romney
In No Apology: The Case for American Greatness, Mitt Romney discusses many foreign policy and domestic issues facing America and suggests solutions he believes will lead to a more safe and robust nation. Special attention is paid to national security, economic productivity, education, energy, and cultural fortitude.
Romney warns against American complacency by outlining the manner in which other nations have, throughout history, declined from greatness. The Ottomans, Spanish, Chinese, and British — among others — serve as potent examples of just how easily a great nation can fall from grace by virtue of such destructive policies as economic and cultural isolation, a withdrawal from the international marketplace, and spending far and above one’s means.
Romney’s declaration that, “We tend to repress the possibility of catastrophic events” is dead on. People tend to see what they feel they can handle, and the rest — despite potentially disastrous effects if not addressed — is often ignored. See our 2008 financial crisis for details.
Romney adeptly expresses America’s need for both “soft power” and “hard power” involvement in the international community. He doesn’t sugarcoat alarming realities with respect to China, Russia, radical jihadists, and Iran. Despite economic challenges, he rightfully prioritizes national defense and criticizes the UN’s “inclinations toward authoritarian regimes.” Romney unapologetically defends updating our nuclear arsenal, developing a powerful missile-defense system, adding a minimum of 100,000 soldiers to the Marines and Army, and pursuing new technologies to combat the likes of cyber-warfare.
Romney also proclaims American exceptionalism, defends the notion that, “The world is a safer place when America is strong,” and praises our hard-working roots. He duly cites welfare without work and entitlement program abuses as threats to the industrious character that birthed our unrivaled success.
Romney gives detailed emphasis on economic productivity, innovation, research and development, reducing taxes on investment, and curbing government’s growing deficits: “We need to stimulate the economy, not the government.”
All in all, Romney’s book provides a well-organized display of his stand on key issues. His Obama critique is well executed, including commentary on Obama’s abandonment of our missile defense program in Poland and the Czech Republic, his repeated apologies for America, his expansion of our debt, and his September 2009 UN address. Romney’s intermittent anecdotes with regard to business experiences, hands on encounters as governor, and the trials and tribulations of his own family, add a nice personal touch to his policy and statistical explorations.
My two favorite lines from the text include “But for most Americans, the pulse of freedom beats in our very DNA” and “The greatness of America lies not simply in what we have done with our power; it is also informed by what we have not done with our power”
Romney’s No Apology: The Case for American Greatness is a sound expression of his approach to some of our nation’s greatest present challenges.
While in Europe last year, Obama was asked if he believes in American exceptionalism. After thinking about it, he answered that he… did — in the same way that “the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks in Greek exceptionalism.” In other words, ”No.”
As for Obama’s comments to the French that America “has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive” toward Europe, this is how arrogant, dismissive, and derisive we’ve been:
It is time for America to pursue the difficult course ahead, to confront the looming problems, to strengthen the foundations of our prosperity, and to secure the sources of our liberty and safety. The sacrifice and hard work will not sap our national energy; they will restore it. I’m one of those who believe America is destined to remain as it has been since the birth of the Republic – the brightest hope of the world. And for that belief, I do not apologize. ~Mitt Romney No Apology p. 34
If you haven’t read No Apology, DO. If you have read it, keep it handy. It is THE reference book for getting America back to running circles around the world.
► Jayde Wyatt
Update by Luke: Video of Bill O’Reilly’s interview with Stallone can be found at GOP12