Biden in Utah Today — Come Join Us to Protest ObamaCare!

Click here to RSVP for tonight’s protest.

You had me at “dinner will be provided”:

Vice President Biden is in Utah tonight for a fundraiser, and we would like your help! Meet at the state Party HQ at 5pm tonight for pizza and then we’ll go up to the Park City area to protest the Obama-Biden Policies. For questions, please call 801-533-9777.

Although this is last-minute notice, a group of concerned citizens opposed to Obama’s policies and his “Affordable Health Care Act” are organizing a stand outside the fundraiser tonight to show that Utah does NOT support Obama. If you can join in, please meet at 117 East South Temple, Salt Lake, at 5 p.m. to coordinate our efforts. Dinner will be provided there. If you can’t make it there, meet at 6:15 p.m. in Park City at the Last Samurai Restaurant parking lot, 6520 Hwy 224, Park City, UT.


Utah Events: Ann Romney Comes to Town, BYU vs. UVU Call-a-Thon, and Super Saturday

Ann Romney will be in Utah this Friday, December 2nd.

A recent email from the campaign’s Utah Field Director informs of three important, upcoming events. See the email below and be sure to RSVP!


Things are getting pretty exciting at the Romney Utah campaign office in Orem with the first ballots being cast for the Republican nomination in just a few weeks. We have three huge events coming up in the next few days that I’d like to personally invite you to:

Thursday, December 1st from 6pm to 9pm will be College Night: BYU vs UVU – Which school’s volunteers will make the most calls for Mitt? Volunteers from the winning school will receive some great prizes. To participate, please email me at with your name, cell phone number, and the school you’re competing for.

Friday, December 2nd at 1:45pm we will hold a Meet and Greet with special guest Ann Romney. Attire is casual. Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to

Saturday, December 3rd from 7:00am to 9:00pm is Super Saturday – Utah will be participating in a national Romney campaign competition with states throughout the country to make the most calls for Mitt. To participate in Super Saturday, please email me at with your name, cell phone number, and let me know the shift you’d like to sign up for.

Super Saturday Shift Schedule:
Shift 1: 7am – 9am
Shift 2: 9am – 12pm
Shift 3: 12pm – 3pm
Shift 4: 3pm – 6pm
Shift 5: 6pm – 9pm

Romney Utah Campaign Office
1120 S 1350 W
Orem, UT 84058

Located behind the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, in the Wolverine Crossing complex directly across from the 5 Buck Pizza (I-15, exit 269)

Please make sure you pass along these invitations to your friends, family, and neighbors interested in doing their part to help Mitt.


Elissa Voccola
Utah Field Director

P.S. Anyone who can’t make it to a call center in person can make calls from home.

Romney Fundraiser Hosted by Idaho Gov Butch Otter, Senator Jim Risch, George Argyros, Other Notables

Mountain bikers take advantage of the dirt roads in Ketchum, Idaho. Mitt Romney will attend a fundraiser with Governor Butch Otter and supporters in the scenic Gem State town today. Aug 19, 2011

Governor Romney continues his hard work through the intermountain west today. As busy as he is, he’s got to love the rugged surroundings he finds himself in. He’ll be meeting Governor Butch Otter and other notables for lunch today in scenic Ketchum, Idaho:

Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney will make his second fund-raising trip to Idaho in two months — a $2,500 photo op and a $500 lunch at the Ketchum vacation home of a California investor.

Bob Beyer, a former Wall Street investment banker, is hosting the event with his wife, Catherine, on Old Mill Road in Ketchum.

In the second quarter of 2011, Romney raised 80 percent of all the presidential contributions made by Idahoans, about $215,000. His June trip featured a breakfast in Boise and lunch in Idaho Falls.

The Aug. 19 event is likely to include more givers with legal addresses in other states, who flock to their Wood River Valley vacation homes in August, often bringing friends.

(emphasis added)

Among today’s hosts:

George Argyros, former ambassador to Spain and former owner of the Seattle Mariners; Spencer Eccles, former First Security Corp. CEO; Carol and Earl Holding, who own Sinclair Oil and the Sun Valley Co.; former Navy Secretary John Lehman; Rock Schnabel, co-founder of Trident Capital and former ambassador to Finland; and former Los Angeles Mayor Dick Riordan.

GOP Gov. Butch Otter and Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, are also supporting the event.

The Gov will travel to northern Utah later today.

Sawtooth Wilderness Area, Ketchum Idaho

► Jayde Wyatt

Romney Polls First in Quinnipiac, Public Policy Polling, Sunshine State News, Reuters

Yes, it’s early, the GOP presidential race hasn’t cemented yet, but we still like to keep tabs on public sentiment. Here’s the sweet poll picture for Governor Romney today…

Quinnipiac July 13, 2011:

Gov. Mitt Romney remains ahead of the GOP presidential pack as U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann has zoomed into second place,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “With almost a dozen candidates and most of them not very well known, even to GOP activists, Gov. Romney’s lead remains. Gov. Rick Perry, who is still a maybe candidate, breaks into double-digits and runs fourth, an indication that he could be a serious contender should he run.”

“The question about Rep. Bachmann is whether she is the flavor of the month, like Donald Trump was for a while, or does she have staying power? Perhaps more than any of the other GOP contenders, Bachmann’s fortunes may depend on whether Governors Palin or Perry get into the race. All three of them are likely to appeal to the GOP’s Tea Party constituency.”

Preferences of those polled:

Mitt Romney – 25 %
Michele Bachmann – 14%
Sarah Palin – 12 %
Rick Perry – 10 %
Herman Cain – 6 %
Ron Paul – 5 %
Newt Gingrich – 5 %
Tim Pawlenty – 3 %

At 1% or less:
Rick Santorum
Jon Huntsman
Thaddeus McCotter

Independents prefer Romney over Obama by 42% to 40.

Public Policy Polling (Utah) July 13, 2011:

From PPP blog

It’s a good thing for Jon Huntsman that his home state of Utah isn’t a terribly important one to the Republican Presidential nomination process. A plurality of GOP primary voters there have an unfavorable opinion of him and he gets absolutely crushed by Mitt Romney in the state.
Asked to choose directly between Romney and Huntsman 82% of respondents pick Romney to only 14% who side with Huntsman. […] He’s the Republican candidate that Democrats love and filling that niche won’t win you a lot of primaries.

Mitt Romney – 63%
Jon Huntsman – 10%
Michele Bachman – 6%
Sarah Palin – 5%
Herman Cai – 4%
Rick Perry – 4%
Ron Paul – 4%
Newt Gingrich – 3%
Tim Pawlenty – 1%

Sunshine State News Poll (Florida) July 12, 2011:

Mitt Romney Ahead of President Obama

A Sunshine State News Poll released Tuesday shows Mr. Romney leading President Obama in Florida, the first poll to show Mr. Obama trailing the former Massachusetts Republican.

According to the latest poll, Mr. Romney leads Mr. Obama 46 percent to 42 percent. The poll comes less than one week after a jobs report shows that nation’s unemployment rate rising to 9.2 percent.

The survey of 1,000 likely Florida voters shows 54 percent disapprove of President Obama, while 38 percent approve. That result tracks with Florida voters’ sour view of the economy, with 56 percent saying it has worsened in the past year.

The poll finds Mr. Romney winning among Republicans 74 to 14 percent, while Democrats are supporting Mr. Obama 71 to 20 percent. Mr. Romney leads among independent voters with 42 to 38 percent support.

UPDATE from Reuters July 13, 2011:

Republican Mitt Romney easily leads rival Michele Bachmann in a head-to-head matchup of the two top declared candidates for the party’s 2012 presidential nomination, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday.

Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, has a 40 percent to 23 percent lead over Bachmann among Republicans and independents. Among independents only, Romney’s lead was 10 percentage points.

For further details on all polls, click on TITLE links.

(emphasis added to all quoted articles)

► Jayde Wyatt

Memo to Huntsman: Romney Owns Utah and 2012 Race… Set Your Sights on 2020.

Huge Endorsements For Romney in Huntsman's Backyard

Romney Finds Big Support in Huntsman's Backyard

Now don’t get me wrong; Jon Hunstman Jr. is a swell guy that strives to live up to his father’s legacy. He’s got many traits to admire. I really do like how his presidential chances look… in the year, say, 2020. He was a decent, mostly conservative Governor of my state. Yet, I just don’t feel like now is his time — and judging by the tone of his message and his unwillingness to call Obama out on his failed policies — I honestly think he knows it. It seems to me like his strategy isn’t about winning, it’s about getting some name ID and boxing-out for a rebound in a future race. Heck, the way things work nowadays, he might even be vying for the next big FOX News gig or TV reality series.

If Gov. Huntsman needs any further convincing of that now just isn’t his time, he need not look any further than Utah, the state he governed for nearly two terms (before falling all over himself to serve in Obama’s administration in Beijing then hightailing it to the to the east coast to headquarter his campaign). Romney marked his territory in the Beehive State with the today’s release:


Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today earned the support of Utah elected officials.

“These endorsements represent the deep level of support that I have enjoyed over the years in Utah,” said Mitt Romney. “I formed a strong bond with many Utah residents and officials during my time running the Olympics and continue to appreciate the support of so many in the state.”

“Throughout his life, Mitt has demonstrated that he isn’t just qualified, but has the leadership needed to be President of the United States,” said Senator Orrin Hatch. “Whether in the private sector, during the Winter Olympics, or as governor, Mitt Romney has the proven record to lead our country and understands that middle-class families, small businesses, and the private sector are the key to a bright future – not government.”

“Utah residents and voters across the country are looking for a change in The White House,” said Congressman Jason Chaffetz. “President Obama has failed to steer our economy in the right direction and has made the environment for job creation even worse. Mitt Romney knows how jobs are created and is the right man at this critical time to lead us toward recovery.”

“Mitt Romney has a record of job creation that the President lacks,” said Congressman Rob Bishop. “We need someone in office who understands how the economy works. President Obama has failed in his mission to create jobs – Mitt Romney has the record to lead an economic recovery.”

“President Obama’s policies have failed to get our country out of this economic downturn,” said Attorney General Mark Shurtleff. “Mitt Romney has shown that he has the experience to grow the economy and create jobs. He led a successful Winter Olympics, created jobs as governor and has the private sector experience that President Obama lacks.”

Announcing his support, Lt. Governor Greg Bell said, “President Obama’s policies have been categorical failures for the country – he has failed to grow the economy and create jobs. Mitt Romney’s record in the private sector and as governor speaks for itself: he created jobs, balanced budgets, and kept taxes low. Utahns clearly want the federal government to balance its budget and stop its insane deficit spending. Mitt is the guy to do that.”

Utah Officials Endorsing Mitt Romney:

· Senator Orrin Hatch
· Congressman Jason Chaffetz
· Congressman Rob Bishop
· Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell
· Attorney General Mark Shurtleff
· State Senate President Michael G. Waddoups
· State Senate Majority Leader Scott K. Jenkins
· State Senate Majority Whip Wayne L. Niederhauser
· State Senate Assistant Majority Whip Peter C. Knudson

*See the remaining 54 endorsements here.

Ouch, that’s 63 elected officials from Huntsman’s backyard that stand with Mitt.

Sorry Jon, no amount of weird country music or motorbike cruises through the desert can calm the sting that comes from being overlooked by the people that know you best. Keep your chin up (but please don’t keep that eyebrow cocked — it’s creepy), and set your sights on the end goal: 2020 will come sooner than you know it!

-Luke G.

Romney Talks Jobs & Economy Before Big Crowd in Utah

'Photo of the Day' on Mitt Romney's website features picture taken by MRC's own Luke Gunderson at Romney's event held at Hires Big H fast food restaurant in Salt Lake City, UT. Mitt and Ann Romney are standing in a pick-up bed in the background. June 24, 2011

Things were hopping at Hires Big H in Salt Lake City, Utah yesterday!

Mitt and Ann Romney, accompanied by sons Josh and Craig, were in town to address a throng of excited supporters prior to holding a hamburger ‘n fries roundtable discussion for small business owners at a locally owned fast food restaurant.

The event marked Governor Romney’s first official visit to The Beehive State since announcing his presidential candidacy.

Deseret News:

SALT LAKE CITY — Mitt Romney couldn’t resist grabbing a few more French fries as he was leaving a campaign stop Friday at Hires Big H that included a meeting with local business and political leaders.

The front-runner in the GOP presidential race jokingly explained after posing for a photo with one of the hundreds of supporters who turned out to see him that he didn’t smile because he was still chewing.

It was the rare moment during his nearly 90-minute appearance that the former leader of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City wasn’t beaming back at the crowd gathered at the popular drive-in to cheer on his second White House bid.

“Mitt not Jon,” someone chanted briefly as Romney shook hands, posed for pictures and hugged children after delivering a speech from the bed of a red Dodge pickup truck that criticized President Barack Obama for failing America, especially on the economy.

“The American people are struggling,” Romney said. “We need to have a president who has had a job if we’re going to be able to create jobs. I’m excited and anxious to get America growing again, to put people back to work.”

There was no mention in the speech of the other Republican candidate running for president who shares Romney’s Mormon faith and ties to Utah, former Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr.

Asked whether he thought Huntsman’s entry into the race would affect his popularity in Utah, Romney told the Deseret News, “It’s great to be back in Utah, to be campaigning here. I’ve got great support. Jon is a friend, and I wish him the very best.”
Huntsman also had a Friday fundraiser scheduled but moved the Alta Club event to Tuesday. The former governor and U.S. ambassador to China is also expected to hold a public event that will be announced Monday.

(emphasis added)

Utah Lt. Gov. Greg Bell was among the roundtable participants.

Romney also attended an earlier fundraiser held in a private home in Orem, Utah and an evening reception at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City.

Luke Gunderson’s Photo of the Day is featured here. Way to go, Luke!

► Jayde Wyatt

Attention Utah Mitt Fans: Come See Mitt Tomorrow Afternoon @ Hires Big H in SLC

If you live in Utah and want to meet the future President of the United States you are in luck – he will be appearing at a famous local hamburger joint on Friday. And since the former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman cancelled his swing through the state tomorrow, you know I’m talking about the one and only Mitt Romney.

Governor Romney is scheduled to be at the Hires Big H Drive-In tomorrow. I don’t know many details except that it is at 3:30 (or 3:15?) and that Josh Romney will also be there. I would recommend arriving early if you want to find a good seat… or at least a good place to stand. Hires Big H is at 425 S. 700 E. in Salt Lake.

I know this is late notice, but we’d also like to meet any of our readers for a little meet-up before the event. Luke, Jared and I, and anyone else who wants to come, will be meeting there at 2:30. It will be a good chance to meet some of you we may already be familiar with, but also get food and good seats before the crowd shows up. Anyone who finds Luke there before 3:00, and gives him the special secret code (MR12) will get one of our Mitt ’12 stickers for free. Luke will be the big guy wearing a maroon ROMNEY 12 t-shirt. Let others know you’ll be there by RSVPing on our Facebook event.

Hope to see you there!

From the Salt Lake Tribune:

Shurtleff will appear with Romney at Hires Big H in Salt Lake City Friday afternoon as the former Massachusetts governor visits the state.

Romney Headed West: Raising Cash in California

Sunset on California coast

California, here he comes!

Returning from the *presidential debate and campaigning in New Hampshire, Mitt Romney will be working his way through Colorado, Utah, and California to campaign and raise cash. He will be in The Golden State next week:

GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is taking a fundraising swing through California next week, hosting events in at least five cities, according to a campaign memo obtained by The Times.
Romney will raise money at stops in Sacramento, the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Orange County and the Inland Empire between June 21 and 23.

The memo also includes a partial list of the candidate’s state finance committee chairs, including prominent Republicans such as failed gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman (who used to work for Romney), former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, Sun Microsystems co-founder Scott McNealy, prominent homebuilder William Lyon, former MGM Studios Chairman Harry E. Sloan, and Tony Pritzker (whose sister Penny was the 2008 national finance chairperson of President Obama’s campaign).

Californians were generous with Romney in his unsuccessful 2008 bid, contributing more than $8 million to his primary battle with Sen. John McCain, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

It’s unclear how much the three-day swing will net Romney, but an invitation to a June 21 barbecue at McNealy’s Portola Valley home calls for a suggested contribution of $1,000 to $10,000 per person.
The California trip is sandwiched between similar events in Colorado and Utah.

(emphasis added)

Californians are dealing with 11.9% unemployment, a flat housing market, high gasoline/food prices, and a state budget deficit exceeding $15 billion. Too bad they let Meg Whitman slip out of their fingers. Ah well, their loss is our gain. Glad to see she’s helping Mitt in Cali…

*Presidential debate… Margaret Carlson (Bloomberg) has penned my favorite summary:

At this week’s debate in New Hampshire, Romney was a mighty oak planted at center stage, with little saplings arrayed around him.

► Jayde Wyatt

New Poll: Romney Trounces Huntsman in Utah

KSL-Deseret News PollI wouldn’t normally consider a huge Romney lead in Utah anything but expected; after all, the former SLC Olympics CEO carried the state with a whopping 89% to John McCain’s 5% in 2008’s primary. This poll, however, is different than most others because it includes former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. as a potential presidential contender. Huntsman is a household name in Utah, and to see such a poor showing come from the people that know him best is rather telling.

This isn’t the first time Romney has competed well against rival Governors in their own states. These might ring a bell:

  • Romney Beats Palin in Her Own Alaska, Wallops Pawlenty in His Native Minnesota
  • Poll: Romney Edges Christie in New Jersey

  • Exit question: In a GOP primary, would Romney ever be so vulnerable in his native Michigan? …What about in Massachusetts (where he governed)?

    Who Says Tea Partiers Don't Support Mitt Romney?!

    Darn straight! I’m a Mitt Romney-supporting, Tea-Partyin’ Utahn …and I’m proud of it!

    That’s why I’m confused with headlines flying around the web like the ‘Utah Tea Party Says “no” to Romney‘, and ‘Mitt Romney Feels the Tea Party Heat in Utah‘.

    Luke Gunderson at a tea party rally at the Federal Building in SLC. (April 15, 2009)

    Luke Gunderson at a tea party rally at the Federal Building in SLC.

    I look at the evolution of the tea party and wonder if it has grown beyond me. When I jumped aboard (summer of 2009), it was an ever-growing movement of patriotic citizens that were upset with ridiculous government spending and taxation. The movement back then was a flow of different ideas — centered on fiscal conservatism — that came together in harmonious discontent. Toting homemade banners, colonial hats, and ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ paraphernalia I marched proudly to these events with the understanding that my voice could be heard; and it was.

    Fast forward to the current state of the tea party, where (in my case) an individual voice goes unheard. I’m certainly not alone when I say current tea party has left some of us feeling estranged and often disillusioned. What was once a sweeping movement that welcomed the input of any patriot, has become more of a political club with local hierarchies. If you were an early tea party organizer, you are now somehow a spokesperson for the entire group — one that can go as far as deciding which candidates the group will endorse, and which ones you’ll collectively throw under the bus on the grounds of a perceived flaw or two. Granted, there are many factions within the tea party that have branched off and officially formed into advocacy groups that can rightfully assign a spokesperson to represent them… that’s fine by me. The thing that rubs me the wrong way is when somebody assumes a position of superiority in this, a common-man’s movement, and inherently becomes the New York Time’s go-to person when they want to write a story on who the tea party is allegedly going to back in the next race. Enter Utah’s first tea party organizer, David Kirkham.

    In 2008, Mitt Romney campaigned on the "Washington is Broken" slogan, a theme the tea party movement would eventually form around.

    In 2008, Mitt Romney campaigned on the Washington is Broken slogan, a theme the tea party movement would eventually be formed around.

    Kirkham is on record several times saying, among other things, “we oppose” Mitt Romney. Quite a presumption, isn’t it? He may not know it, but by using the word ‘we’, Kirkham brings myself and many others under his umbrella of opposition, and we go unwillingly. We never signed-up to have somebody tell us who we do and don’t support. Plenty of people in my circle (many from Utah) see in Romney a fresh mind, a Washington outsider that has turned financial monstrosities into smooth-operating, profitable entities. We see him as a freedom loving, bold leader that brings innovation to complex situations; a sound fiscal conservative with a lifetime of experience in spending cuts and turnarounds; a charitable figure who puts sweat into each project out of good will, often refusing compensation for the time he’s put in. Indeed, we see Mitt Romney as the physical representation of everything the tea party purports to believe in. Call me a tea party traditionalist, but I wish we could go back to promoting sound policies and fiscal restraint, instead acting like political king-makers.

    Now, I’ll be frank in admitting that Romney is not a mega rock star in national tea party circles (as some have made an effort to become), and he isn’t exactly volunteering to be the movement’s frontman. That said, there is sufficient polling evidence that says he’s definitely present in the minds of many fiscally-conscious tea party activists. Just recently, a poll came out of New Hampshire that indicated strong tea party support for Mitt Romney:

    In a new WMUR poll, [Romney’s] favorability among supporters of the Tea Party is strikingly high – 77 percent and far exceeds any other [potential] candidate.

    Romney advisers have argued that even while Romney may struggle with some of the movement’s activists – in large part because of his health care law in Massachusetts – his fiscal message of reducing taxes and cutting spending would resonate with the Tea Party philosophy.

    That appears to be born out, at least in New Hampshire. Among Tea Party supporters, Romney’s favorability numbers were far higher than even candidates who are viewed as closely aligned with the movement, such as Sarah Palin, Ron Paul, and Newt Gingrich.

    In September of last year, a McClatchy poll showed favorable numbers for Romney among tea party supporters on a national level:

    Voters who call themselves conservative preferred Romney to Palin. So did self-described supporters of the tea party movement; 25 percent preferred Romney and 19 percent Palin.”

    Further evidence comes from a Marist poll (released in November of last year) that shows Romney edging out potential rivals with 19% of tea party support, compared to Huckabee’s 17% and Palin’s 16%, respectively.

    So David Kirkham doesn’t share the same viewpoint with the participants of these polls… again, that’s fine by me. According to Kirkham, his primary reasons for hanging Mitt out to dry have to do with Romney’s initial support of TARP (a stance that tea party favorites Paul Ryan and Herman Cain share, as well) and for a health care bill that Romney instituted in Massachusetts (constitutionally, at the state level, without raising taxes); a plan that many have dubbed ‘RomneyCare’. I could certainly go into contextual detail about why tea party conservatives shouldn’t overlook Romney because of these issues, but we’ve dissected both issues far too much on this site, and to be perfectly honest we’d really rather have a personal sit down with David Kirkham to discuss them. Why not? …He lives right here in Utah Valley!

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    Calling all Mitt Romney Supporting, Utah Tea Party Members!

    I guess it’s time for this to happen — if only to show that, as a matter of fact, we DO exist: I am hereby forming a group that we’ll call ‘Tea Partiers for Mitt Romney‘. If you feel like you fall into the category, please go to the newly created facebook page and join my efforts (by clicking ‘like’ at the top of the page). I suspect we’ll be recognized and maybe respected if we can produce a decent turnout there.

    Let it be known that Mitt Romney was a tea-partier before tea party was cool. He balanced the budget four years in a row — successfully closing the largest deficit in history without raising taxes in Massachusetts, the bluest of states. His poor veto pen assisted in issuing over 1,000 vetos during his term as Governor, hundreds of those vetoes were on spending appropriations. Romney withheld giving the legislators permanent authority to create new committees or to grant committee chairs pay increases. After repeated attempts by the Massachusetts legislature to increase taxes in order to collect more revenue, Romney boldly declared, “The problem here is not revenues; the problem is overspending”.

    In early 2007, Romney said these words in the same speech he announced his presidential ambitions:

    “I do not believe Washington can be transformed from within by a lifelong politician. There have been too many deals, too many favors, too many entanglements — and too little real world experience managing, guiding, leading.”

    “We have lost faith in government, not in just one party, not in just one house, but in government. It is time for innovation and transformation in Washington. It is what our country needs. It is what our people deserve.”

    -Luke Gunderson