Newspapers Endorsements Pouring In For Romney/Ryan: OH, FL, PA, NV, NH, MA, AZ, TX

Sixteen days to go.

Newspaper editorial boards across America are endorsing Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan!

Three days, 12 endorsements:

Columbus Dispatch
October 21, 2012

For President

After nearly four years of economic stagnation, massive unemployment, record-setting debt and government intrusions into the economy that have paralyzed the private sector, the United States needs a new direction. For this reason, The Dispatch urges voters to choose Republican Mitt Romney for president in the Nov. 6 election.

Four years after promising hope and change, and after a deficit-driving $787 billion stimulus program, here is the result:

• 12.1 million unemployed, with an unemployment rate above 8 percent for 43 of the past 44 months.

• 8.6 million working part time because they can’t find full-time work

• 2.5 million who wanted to work, but have stopped looking for jobs.

• In 2009, real median household income was $52,195. By 2011, it had fallen to $50,054

• In 2009, the U.S. poverty rate was 14.3 percent. By 2011, the poverty rate climbed to 15 percent.

• On Obama’s watch, 12 million more Americans joined the food-stamp program, which has reached a record of more than 46 million enrollees.

• Annual federal budget deficits above $1 trillion for the past four years, increasing the national debt to an all-time high of $16 trillion.

Obama has failed. That is why Mitt Romney is the preferred choice for president. Romney’s adult life has been spent turning around troubled private and public institutions. These turnarounds include scores of companies acquired and restructured by Bain Capital, the investment firm he founded in 1984. Not all were successes, but that is because to a significant degree, many of the companies Bain took on were high-risk. In 1999, he was asked to take over the scandal-plagued and fiscally mismanaged 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. He quickly streamlined its management, fixed its finances and guaranteed its security, turning it into a success. As governor of Massachusetts, he made tough decisions to lead the state out of a budget deficit, and he did so in a state dominated by Democrats.

As a career businessman and former governor, Romney brings a wealth of executive experience in the private sector and the public sector that dwarfs that of Obama. From working both sides of the government/private-sector equation, he understands how that relationship can aid or impede prosperity. His election would be an immediate signal to the private sector that someone who knows what he is doing is managing the nation’s economic policy. The effect on business confidence would be dramatic and immediate, and business confidence is the vital ingredient needed to spur investment and hiring, the two things that the United States so desperately needs.

In 2008, Americans made a leap of faith when they elevated the inexperienced Obama to the White House. That faith was not rewarded. This time, voters should place their hopes for change in experience, by electing Romney.

Orlando Sentinel
October 19, 2012

Our Pick For President: Romney

Two days after his lackluster first debate performance, President Barack Obama’s re-election hopes got a timely boost. The government’s monthly jobless report for September showed the nation’s unemployment rate fell below 8 percent for the first time since he took office.

If that were the only metric that mattered, the president might credibly argue that the U.S. economy was finally on the right track. Unfortunately for him, and for the American people, he can’t.

We have little confidence that Obama would be more successful managing the economy and the budget in the next four years. For that reason, though we endorsed him in 2008, we are recommending Romney in this race.

Now the president and his supporters are attacking Romney because his long-term budget blueprint calls for money-saving reforms to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, three of the biggest drivers of deficit spending. Obama would be more credible in critiquing the proposal if he had a serious alternative for bringing entitlement spending under control. He doesn’t.

[T]he core of Romney’s campaign platform, his five-point plan, at least shows he understands that reviving the economy and repairing the government’s balance sheet are imperative — now, not four years in the future.

Romney has a strong record of leadership to run on. He built a successful business. He rescued the 2002 Winter Olympics from scandal and mismanagement. As governor of Massachusetts, he worked with a Democrat-dominated legislature to close a $3billion budget deficit without borrowing or raising taxes….

But after reflecting on his [Obama’s] four years in the White House, we also don’t think that he’s the best qualified candidate in this race.

We endorse Mitt Romney for president.

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Fmr NH Gov & Senator Judd Gregg: “Romney – Highly Skilled LEADER”

Former NH Governor and Senator Judd Gregg has written an op-ed today outlining why he's proud to support Mitt Romney for President. November 4, 2011.

Did you notice who helped introduce Mitt Romney yesterday at his town hall meeting in New Hampshire? The one where he delivered a fantastic fiscal policy speech?

The two doing the introductory honors were NH State Senator Russell Prescott (who endorsed Mitt yesterday) and former NH Governor and Senator Judd Gregg (endorsed Mitt on October 10th). Today, Judd Gregg has penned a strong, must-read op-ed voicing his reasons for supporting Romney (posted on Romney’s website, published by Union Leader).

“I Am Proud To Support Mitt Romney For President”
By Judd Gregg
November 4, 2011

The United States is facing a looming disaster, or really two looming disasters. One is called runaway spending. The other is called runaway debt. Together they portend real hardship for our country, and we urgently need to get both under control.

I was proud to recently endorse Mitt Romney’s presidential candidacy. The former governor of Massachusetts has what it takes to deal with the twin crises in which we are gripped.

Romney has had a distinguished career in public service. But the more important fact is that he’s spent almost all of his life in the private sector. He’s helped to start new companies and turn around failing ones. There’s absolutely no magic in what Romney has done. Rather, there is deep understanding of the marketplace, excellent execution and genuine leadership of people.

That’s a rare confluence of qualities in a public figure. The country is fortunate that Romney is in the race. As sometimes happens in history, the economic crisis has brought to the fore exactly the kind of leader that we need.

Romney knows the importance of cutting costs and making organizations highly efficient. But the truth is that a lot of people know how to talk the talk. What Romney also knows is how to go about putting his understanding into practice. He can actually walk the walk. The evidence is in the mega-job-creating enterprises like Staples and Sports Authority and Domino’s Pizza that Romney’s company played a significant hand in growing.

But it is also in his extraordinary track record as governor.

When Romney assumed office, the Massachusetts economy was just emerging from a recession. The state government, long under the control of a Democratic legislature, was spending more than it was taking in. We can all draw some lessons from what Romney did to reverse the fiscal recklessness. He cut taxes on 19 different occasions. And he cut state spending. By the end of his term, the state had a $2 billion rainy day fund, and Massachusetts employers had resumed hiring.

This was not a Massachusetts miracle, for there are no miracles in economics. Rather, it was the work of a highly skilled leader. Particularly notable is that he was able to reach across the aisle and persuade Democrats to go along with measures that they had long resisted.

Romney is the leader we need to break our national pattern of out-of-control spending and borrowing. …

(emphasis added ) Read the entire article here.

By the way, another speaker reinforcing his support for Romney yesterday at Mitt’s townhall in Exeter was former NH Gov John Sununu.

Here’s a look at some of yesterday’s double-decker crowd:

Mitt Romney was greeted by a full house when he delivered a fiscal policy speech in Exeter, NH. Nov 3, 2011

► Jayde Wyatt

Romney Leads USA TODAY/Gallup Poll Heading into New Hampshire Presidential Debate

The day we’ve been waiting for is here at last!

The CNN/WMUR/New Hampshire Union Leader GOP presidential debate takes place this evening from 8:00 – 10:00 PM ET and it’s all happening at St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. It’s Mitt Romney’s first 2012 presidential debate; he’ll step onto the stage as leader of the pack:

WASHINGTON — As Republican presidential contenders prepare for their first major debate tonight, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney building a modest lead in a political climate that could be well-suited to his candidacy.

To be sure, voters’ loyalties are far from set seven or eight months before the caucuses and primaries begin. By 2-1, Republican and Republican-leaning independents say they may change their minds.

But there is no question which issue swamps all others in importance: the economy and jobs. Those surveyed were inclined to prefer the candidate who has the best chance of defeating President Obama rather than one who agrees with them on every issue.

“Romney has had a good six months, solidifying himself as the front-runner” and blasting Obama on the economy as disappointing jobless numbers were released, says Scott Reed, a GOP consultant who ran Bob Dole’s presidential campaign in 1996 . “He has shaped up to be the 800-pound gorilla in New Hampshire.”
For Romney, the debate is a chance to tout his credentials as a businessman who understands how to create jobs.
Romney’s support stands at 24%, up 7 percentage points compared with a survey last month.

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Romney, again, leads the primary field:

Mitt Romney – 24 %
Sarah Palin – 16%
Herman Cain – 9%
Tim Pawlenty and others – single digits

TRENDING – CNN Poll: Republicans want a winner

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) – One day before a CNN/WMUR/New Hampshire Union Leader Republican presidential debate, a new national poll suggests that when it comes to the next election for the White House, Republicans put winning over ideological purity.

According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Sunday morning, three-quarters of Republicans and GOP leaning independent voters say they want a party nominee who can defeat President Barack Obama in 2012, even if that person doesn’t agree with them on every issue. That’s up seven percentage points from January.
Two-thirds say that Romney can beat the president in the general election…
The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted June 3-7, with 1,015 adult Americans, including 433 Republicans and independent voters who lean towards the GOP, questioned by telephone. The survey’s overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

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Participants in tonight’s debate: Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Newt Gingrich (yes, he’s still in), Michele Bachmann (presidential candidacy announcement expected any day), Ron Paul, Herman Cain, and Rick Santorum. Notably absent is Jon Huntsman, who has been campaigning unofficially for several weeks, mostly in New Hampshire.

Former NH Governor John Sununu and son, former NH Senator John E. Sununu, preview the presidential debate:

A look at CNN debate preparations:

Reminder: The debate takes place this evening at 8:00-10:00 PM ET and will air on CNN. We hope to livestream it here, as well. All Romney supporters are invited to participate in our chat party. This is going to be good! Details to come…

Go Mitt!

► Jayde Wyatt

New Op-Ed from Mitt: Obama is Not Serious About America’s Financial Health

Gov. Romney has posted a new op-ed on his Facebook page before it has even been posted on the New Hampshire Union Leader’s site. This is the first time I can remember Mitt making his Facebook page the only place to read one of his op-eds even if it will only be for a short time. When Mitt announced his exploratory committee with a tweet, Facebook post, and YouTube video, we noticed, and now this is another example that is indicating Gov. Romney’s campaign is going to be very savvy and comfortable with all of the new media that many other campaigns are struggling to utilize properly.

Anyway, the new op-ed is called Obama is Not Serious About America’s Financial Health, and if you listened to any of Gov. Romney’s radio interviews last week, you’re probably familiar with Mitt’s argument. If not, make sure to read it for yourself. I’ve lost count at how many times Gov. Romney has pointed out what should’ve been obvious to the current administration and to the majority of the media. Sometimes the issues seem to complicated for the media to tackle, but Mitt has a way of boiling down the issue to a simple and understandable argument that will make him a great President. It sure will be refreshing after 4 years of our current president who muddles up issues rather than clarifying them.

Since Gov. Romney is scheduled to be on Greta tonight, I bet some of the conversation will be on this op-ed, so don’t miss it.

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UPDATE by Jayde – The Wall Street Journal has published an article on Gov Romney’s op-ed today:

The average voter probably doesn’t pay as much attention to the bond market as Mitt Romney does, but that didn’t stop the former Massachusetts governor from using a threatened downgrade of U.S. debt as a chance to criticize President Barack Obama.

In an op-ed in Monday’s Union Leader in Manchester, N.H., the former Massachusetts governor accused the president and his top advisers of downplaying the news last week that Standard & Poor’s had lowered its outlook for U.S. debt for the first time since it began those appraisals in 1941.

(my emphasis) Read more here.