Pundits & Politicians: Romney/Ryan “Bold Decision, Campaign of Substance”

America’s COMEBACK TEAM… Standing on the deck of battleship USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, VA, GOP presidential candidate, fmr MA Gov Mitt Romney and his running mate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) wave to the cheering crowd. Aug 11, 2012 (Photo – Mary Altaffer / AP)

Congressman Paul Ryan…

Welcome to the GOP presidential ticket!

This is such a great day for Americans! We need to just soak it in…

Many others recognize this historic day, as well. Here’s what they’re saying about Romney/Ryan…


A Good Pick” … “A Choice To Have A Real Debate” … “Interested In Bold Reforms To Save America

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee: “I’m Excited. … He Has A Sound Knowledge Of Our Economy.” “I’m excited to learn of Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan to be his VP running mate. He has a sound knowledge of our economy.” (Twitter.com, 8/11/12)

Former Representative Joe Sestak (D-PA): “I Think It’s A Good Pick … He’s A Good Guy.” SESTAK: “I think it’s a good pick for both campaigns, actually. … I served with Paul Ryan. He’s a good guy. He is a good family man.” (Fox News’ “Fox And Friends,” 8/11/12)

Club For Growth President Chris Chocola: “This Pick Sends The Message That Governor Romney Is Interested In Bold Reforms To Save America From Fiscal Collapse.” (Club For Growth, 8/11/12)

Democratic Strategist Joe Trippi: “I Think This Is A Great Pick. … I Really Think It Is A Chance To Have A Real Debate The Country Needs To Have. … A Bold Choice.” TRIPPI: “I think this is a great pick. It is a pick I would have urged Romney to take. … I really think it is a chance to have a real debate the country needs to have. Regardless of who wins it, I think Ryan helps put the issues, a lot of these issues front and center. Will make the fight on both sides on cuts entitlements and the things we need to have. That’s why I really– I commend Romney on the pick. It was a bold choice.” (Fox News’ “Cavuto On Business,” 8/11/12)

Republican Strategist Ed Rogers: “The Selection Of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) Means Mitt Romney Is Going To Run A Serious, Policy-Oriented Campaign That Highlights Differences With President Obama.” (The Washington Post, 8/11/12)

Republican Strategist Alex Castellanos: Mitt Romney “Picked A Vice President To Help Him Fix The Nation’s Business, The Economy.” “[Romney] didn’t pick a vice president to help him fix his campaign’s business. He picked a vice president to help him fix the nation’s business, the economy.” (Politico, 8/11/12)

Democratic Strategist Donna Brazile: “It May Allow Us To Have A Substantive Conversation In Terms Of The Challenges We Face Long-Term In Terms Of Getting Our Fiscal House In Order.” (CNN’s “Newsroom,” 8/11/12)

Republican Strategist Ed Rollins: “It’s A Bold Choice. Over Time It’s Going To Be An Extraordinary Choice.” ROLLINS: “I think that absolutely right. … It’s a bold choice. Over time it’s going to be an extraordinary choice.” (Fox News’ “Fox and Friends Saturday,” 8/11/12)

Democratic Strategist Carter Eskew: “But Here’s Why I Like The Pick Of Ryan. At Least He Has An Idea … Maybe, Too, Democrats Will Be Forced To Discuss Their Alternative In Greater Detail.” “But here’s why I like the pick of Ryan. At least he has an idea … Maybe we can finally have a real discussion of the Republican agenda. And maybe, too, Democrats will be forced to discuss their alternative in greater detail.” (The Washington Post, 8/11/12)

Get the idea that more than a few Democrats are sick of Obama’s lie and blame campaign strategy?

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NJ Governor Chris Christie: “With Paul Ryan on the ticket this is a team that understands the economic stagnation our country has been facing the last four years and the urgency with which we need to change course. The Romney-Ryan team is uniquely positioned to make the tough choices necessary to confront our fiscal challenges and get results.”

Senator Rob Portman (R-OH): “Mitt Romney has made a great choice in Paul Ryan. He is an accomplished public servant and a leading voice on the most pressing issues facing our country. Paul is one of my best friends in Congress and someone I have worked closely with as a former colleague on the House Ways & Means Committee. Jane and I wish Paul and Janna and their kids the very best. As the Chairman of the Romney campaign in Ohio, I look forward to working with Paul to ensure that the Romney-Ryan ticket carries Ohio and is victorious in November. Most importantly, as a member of the Senate, I look forward to working closely with a Romney-Ryan Administration to restore fiscal sanity and enact pro-growth policies to create jobs.

Governor Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) Unable to locate full statement at this time. He’s campaigning today for Romney/Ryan in Derry, NH): Pawlenty says he is excited about the pick and called Ryan a “respected leader and a bold thinker” about changes needed for the country. He added that Ryan’s roots in Wisconsin will help Romney win that key swing state. He says he’ll do all he can to help Romney win the election.

Former Sec. of State Condoleeza Rice: “Paul Ryan is a bold and inspiring choice as Governor Romney’s running mate. Congressman Ryan shares the belief that American leadership is vital to a more peaceful and prosperous world. He will help to restore America at home so that we can lead again because he understands that America is an exceptional and indispensable nation on the world stage.”

Senator Marco Rubio: “Throughout his life, Mitt Romney has made great decisions, and choosing Paul Ryan as his running mate is a truly inspired choice. I got to know Paul during my Senate campaign when he endorsed me early on when I was still considered a long shot. Paul Ryan is a courageous reformer who understands our nation’s challenges, has proposed bold policy solutions to solve them, and has shown the courage to stand up to President Obama and other Washington politicians trying to tear him down.

The Romney-Ryan ticket is going to win in November because it offers the American people visionary leadership to recapture the free enterprise spirit that has empowered countless Americans to build businesses from scratch and live the American dream. I’m excited about the visionary change a Romney-Ryan team will bring to Washington, and I look forward to campaigning with them this fall.”

Governor Bob McDonnell (R-VA): “Paul Ryan is a tremendous choice to serve as the Republican nominee for Vice President of the United States. In selecting a bold, innovative thinker, Mitt Romney has ensured that his campaign—and ultimately his administration—will be led by individuals with courage, determination, judgment, and wisdom. With this great announcement, America is on its way back. The Romney-Ryan team will get our fiscal house in order, our economy back on track and Americans back to work.”

Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA): “Paul is a good friend and one of the smartest guys I served with in Congress. He has the courage of his convictions, which is what our nation needs.”

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell: “Gov. Romney showed today that he is determined to confront a host of growing crises that President Obama has ignored. Where the current President has simply refused to act, Gov. Romney has now pledged to lead. Paul Ryan is an excellent choice, and a confirmation that Gov. Romney is serious about strengthening America’s economic future, tackling the deficits and debt that have skyrocketed under President Obama, and returning to a path to solvency and security.

Americans are looking for leadership that has been lacking on the most critical issues facing our country’s economic future. The Romney-Ryan team can return much-needed leadership from day one and help bring real recovery to our economy, reverse the damage of the Obama economy, and take a serious approach to the Obama debt and focus on growing jobs—not the size of the government.

President Obama’s term has been marked by overwhelming national debt, a first-ever downgrade of America’s credit rating, high unemployment and a disappointing lack of leadership when it comes to addressing spending. It’s time to change that, and Gov. Romney and Chairman Ryan will be ready on day one to give America the leadership it deserves.”

President George W. Bush: “This is a strong pick. Governor Romney is serious about confronting the long-term challenges facing America, and Paul Ryan will help him solve the difficult issues that must be addressed for future generations.”

Senator John McCain (R-Az): “Governor Romney and Representative Ryan are the strongest team to return America to prosperity and to defend our interests abroad. Paul Ryan has proven that he is fully prepared to address our nation’s economic challenges, which have only worsened over the last four years under the Obama-Biden Administration. I look forward to working for the election of the Romney-Ryan team this fall.”

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Romney, Jindal, Peter Johnson Jr, Mccain, Trump, Sununu, Cuccinelli: OBAMA BLOWING SMOKE

“The Obama campaign is blowing smoke here…
The weight of evidence suggests that Romney did, in fact, end active management of Bain in 1999.”
– Glenn Kessler, Washington Post, FACT CHECKER

Well, we’re off to a roaring Monday!

Governor Romney appeared on FOX & Friends (via remote) and is campaigning today with LA Governor Bobby Jindal. After The Gov’s appearance on FOX, Donald Trump phoned in for his usual Monday commentary and spoke for The Gov. Sununu was on Megyn Kelly’s show; Senator John McCain did a phone interview for Romney. And, to top it off, a top Romney aide announced today that a running mate for The Gov could be named by the end of the week.

Gloves off, O-LIARbama!

Before we get to Romney on FOX & Friends, let’s listen to legal analyst Peter Johnson, Jr.’s exchange with Steve Doocy this morning (same program). Johnson spent the weekend researching the claim that “Romney outsourced jobs”:

Is there any proof Romney actually outsourced jobs? NO.

Here’s an excerpt of Romney on FOX & Friends discussing Obama’s crony payoffs vs middle class layoffs (excerpt):

Steve Doocy: “I read in the Washington Post this morning that you want to draw attention to Obama’s political payoffs versus the middle class layoffs where you say, if you are a donor to the Obama camp you are going to do just fine. However, if you are in the middle class Governor, your camp say, yo got to worry about your job.”

Romney: “There is no question but that when billions upon billions of dollars are given by the Obama Administration to the businesses of campaign contributors, that is a real problem particularly at a time when the middle class is really suffering in this country. I don’t know whether you watched over the weekend, the report that was in The New York Times about families really struggling particularly those that are single parents that are just having a hard time making ends meet. This is a tough time for the people of America. But if you are a campaign contributor to Barack Obama, your business may stand to get billions of dollars or hundreds of millions of dollars in cash from the government. I think it’s wrong. I think it stinks to high heaven and I think the administration has to explain how it is they would consider giving money to campaign contributors’ businesses.

Romney Press shop also today released President Obama Has Engaged In Political Payoffs By Rewarding Wealthy Donors And Administration Insiders With Taxpayer Dollars. Read the FACTS here.

Trump phoned in to say ‘open book’ Obama should release his college applications and records (FOX & Friends):

Senator John McCain was interviewed on today on Michigan’s Morning Show (WJIM) in Lansing, MI. He was there to discuss Obama’s broken promises (excerpt):

McCain: “This is a President that said if he couldn’t get it done in four years—i.e., restore the economy—then he didn’t deserve a second term. This is a President that’s now saying he should have ‘told a better story’ in his first two years as President? What he really shouldn’t have done is foist off Obamacare on the American people in the sleaziest process that I have ever seen in the United States Senate. You know the Cornhusker Kickback, the Louisiana Purchase. He said he wouldn’t have any lobbyists in the White House? He didn’t. He had them in the Blair House. It’s the worst thing I’ve ever observed and the American people obviously deserved a lot better than what we got today.”

Reacting to Obama’s refusal to apologize for lies being said about Romney, former New Hampshire Governor John Sununu was on Megyn Kelly’s America Live:

Sununu: “We could be talking about the 24 million unemployed and underemployed. They’re the ones that have problems. When I go to the supermarket and I talk to folks and they want to talk to me about Governor Romney – what they talk to me about the most is the fact that this is the guy that can solve the problem that their son or their daughter – who just graduated from college – can’t find a job on. They want to talk about the fact that they need a president who can solve problems.

If President Obama thinks he’s gonna escape the reality of him giving contracts to bundlers, contracts to cronies, contracts to people who are represented by former White House staffers – the money that they gave to Solyndra. You didn’t like talk about Solyndra, but it’s a FACT. The Solyndra money was given because there were bundlers involved in the investment – to the Finish car company. THESE ARE ALL REALITIES.”

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‘Running with Romney’ VP Series Part 4: VA Gov Bob McDonnell (VIDEO)

Fmr MA Governor Mitt Romney and VA Governor Bob McDonnell (Photo / AP)

Today Bret Baier’s fourth installment of veep series Running With Romney aired on FOX News. Governor Bob McDonnell (R-VA) was the topic:

McDonnell joined America’s Newsroom this morning to weigh in on the visit. “We’re excited,” he said. “[Romney’s] talking about jobs and energy, and I want to be there to help him.”
He added that the only thing he can do is help the voters see who should be the president, because 30 to 35 percent of the Independent voters in Virginia will determine the outcome of the election.

McDonnell plans to help Romney in the next six months by talking about jobs, energy and taking care of America’s veterans.

“Mitt Romney is the guy to do it,” he said. “If we don’t convince people that he’s the best one for jobs with an 8.2 percent unemployment rate and debt reduction with a $15 trillion debt, we’re not going to have a stronger country going forward. So, that’s the role that I’m playing right now.”

(emphasis added)

Part 4- VA Governor Bob McDonnell

Previously aired segments:

Part 1 – Sen. Marco Rubio

Part 2 – Sen. Rob Portman

Part 3 – Congressman Paul Ryan

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Romney to Make Campaign Appearance with VA Gov Bob McDonnell, Lt. Gov Bill Bolling

Mitt Romney actively supported 2010 mid-term VA GOP candidates, including gubernatorial hopeful Bob McDonnell (right), Lt. Gov Bill Bolling (far left), and Atty General hopeful Ken Cuccinelli (left). (Photo taken Oct 28, 2010)

We’ll kick off the week with news from The Old Dominion State…

Could a Romney endorsement from Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell be in the near future?

Mitt Romney will be joining his friends Gov McDonnell and Lt. Gov Bill Bolling this Wednesday (Oct 26th) to help thank Fairfax GOP volunteers supporting VA legislative races. Voters will be choosing all 140 General assembly members next month, as well as several municipal/school board races.

A media availability session is also scheduled with McDonnell and Bolling:

“It helps [Romney] to attach himself to a very popular Governor such as Bob McDonnell, who might be considered for a vice presidential nomination next year,” says George Mason University Public Policy Professor Mark Rozell.

Rozell says it’s also good for McDonnell.

“Bob McDonnell has been more clear than most of the usually cited names about his availability to be a vice presidential nominee” says Rozell.

“It’s no surprise to me that he’s attaching himself to Mitt Romney on this trip to Virginia right now,” he adds.

The appearance also comes a week after a swing through the state by President Obama. Rozell says both trips emphasize how important Virginia may be in next year’s election.

A spokesman for the Governor says McDonnell will not make any endorsement in the Presidential race until after the statewide elections in Virginia next month.

But the spokesman says, “the Governor knows Romney very well and greatly respects his success in the private and public sectors and the positive campaign he is running.”

(emphasis added )

When McDonnell was running for governor, Romney backed him with money and shoe leather. He did the same for Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling and Attorney General hopeful Ken Cuccinelli. Here’s a look back at Romney stumping for McDonnell on October 28, 2010, along with Bolling and Cuccinelli (the day after Obama was in Virginia campaigning for McDonnell’s rival, Creigh Deeds):

As you know, all three candidates were elected last November. Now, Lt. Gov Bill Bolling serves as Romney’s campaign chairman in Virginia.

Click here to listen to high praise from Bolling as he speaks with radio host Scott Lee about Gov Romney on a recent podcast (Oct 22, 2011 – discussion on Romney begins @ 5:29).

I will tell you personally, frankly, on a personal level, I’ve gotten to know Governor Romney pretty well over the last four years. He’s one of the finest men, one of the finest people I’ve ever met in my life. And, I think having someone like that – that you know and trust – in that awesome position of responsibility [president of United States] means a lot.”

I’ve known a lot of people in politics over the years and I will tell you, I’ve not known anyone that I admire and respect more than I do Governor Romney. I have absolute confidence in his ability to lead the nation and do it effectively.” – VA Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling, Romney Campaign Chairman, Virginia

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Obama’s Magical Misery Tour: Sell Tax ‘n Jobs Bill Piece-by-Piece in North Carolina

President Obama’s next stop on his Magical Misery Tour is North Carolina. He plans to “engage in a little retail politics’ amid our nation’s jobs crisis (translation: campaign for himself while trying to sell his failed jobs-and-tax bill by breaking it into bite-sized pieces).

Since President Obama’s visit to North Carolina last month, the state’s jobless rate has climbed to 10.4% and another 12,000 workers received pink slips:

The effect is a campaign-style trip that allows the President to engage in a little retail politics…” (Julie Pace, “Obama Gets Back On The Bus For Trip To NC, Va.,” The Associated Press, 10/16/11)

Under President Obama, North Carolina Has Shed More Than 125,000 Jobs And Is Suffering From Double-Digit Unemployment:

Unemployment in North Carolina has climbed to 10.4%. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate in North Carolina climbed from 9.7% in May to 10.4% in August. The jobless rate has increased in each of the last three months on record. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, 10/16/11)

Nearly 470,000 people in North Carolina are out of work.. In August, there were an estimated 468,140 unemployed North Carolinians – an increase of more than 32,000 since March of this year and an increase of 11,747 since July. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, 10/16/11)

North Carolina has lost more than 125,000 jobs since President Obama took office. According to Labor Department estimates, nonfarm payroll employment in North Carolina was 4,009,700 in January 2009 and 3,882,500 in August 2011. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, 10/16/11)

The Magical Misery Tour hits North Carolina and Virginia this week:

President Barack Obama is targeting vital North Carolina and Virginia this week, as he kicks off a three-day bus tour that is as much about campaigning for his jobs bill as it is shoring up support in two southern states he wrested from Republican control four years ago.

Obama’s 2008 victories in North Carolina and Virginia were due in large part to the states’ changing demographics and his campaign’s ability to boost voter turnout among young people and African-Americans. But nearly three years after his historic election, the president’s approval ratings in both states are sagging, in line with the national trend.

A Quinnipiac University poll out earlier this month put Obama’s approval rating in Virginia at 45 percent, with 52 percent disapproving. The same poll showed 83 percent of Virginians were dissatisfied with the direction of the country. In North Carolina, Obama has a 42 percent approval rating, according to an Elon University poll conducted this month. Most national polls put Obama’s approval rating in the mid-to low-forties.

The president’s bus tour comes as the battle in Washington over his jobs plan enters a new phase. While Obama had demanded lawmakers pass the $447 billion jobs measure in its entirety, Senate Republicans have blocked those efforts, leaving the president and his Democratic allies to fight for the bill’s proposals piece by piece.

As he embarks on the second leg of the Magical Misery Tour, will President Obama listen to jobless Americans or lecture them?

President Obama, in North Carolina on September 14th:

OBAMA: “The time for hand-wringing is over. The time for moping around – we’ve got to kick off our bedroom slippers and put on our marching shoes. We’ve got to get to work.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks in Raleigh, NC, 9/14/11)

(emphasis added)

Last month, Obama explained his failed economic record by saying America had gotten a little soft:

“President Barack Obama on Thursday said the U.S. has lost some of its competitive edge and gotten a ‘little soft.’ … ‘This is a great, great country that had gotten a little soft and we didn’t have that same competitive edge that we needed over the last couple of decades,’ Mr. Obama said in response to a question about the country’s economic future. ‘We need to get back on track.’” (Jared Favole, “Obama: U.S. Has Become A ‘Little Soft,’ ” The Wall Street Journal, 9/29/11)

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PPP: GOP’s Best Bet to Defeat Obama is Mitt Romney

Public Policy Polling asks “Does the GOP need Romney to win?”

PPP research in Nevada, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Virginia, Michigan, and North Carolina reveals the answer…

A broad theme has been emerging in our state by state Presidential polling over the last couple months: if the Republicans nominate Mitt Romney it’s a toss up. And if they nominate anyone else it’s 2008 all over again. Our newest Nevada numbers very much reinforce that trend.

Barack Obama took the Silver State by 12 points in his first run. But if he had to stand for reelection today he’d be in a very competitive race against Romney, leading only 47-46 in the state. Pit him against any of the other Republicans there though and the numbers look pretty similar to last time- 9 point advantages over Herman Cain and Rick Perry at 48-39 and 49-40 respectively, a 10 point lead over Michele Bachmann at 50-40, and a 12 point advantage over Sarah Palin at 51-39.

Over the last month we’ve had similar findings in:

Pennsylvania, where Obama is tied with Romney but leads all other Republicans by at least 7 points.

New Hampshire, where Romney leads Obama by 2 points but all other Republicans trails Obama by at least 7.

Virginia, where Obama leads Romney by 4 but has at least a 9 point advantage over all the rest of the GOP hopefuls.

Michigan, where Obama has a 5 point advantage over Romney but at least a 15 point lead over everyone else.

North Carolina, where the disparity between Romney and the rest of the Republicans isn’t quite as great. Obama and Romney are tied while Obama leads all the others by at least 3 points.

Taken all together it makes you ask the question: do Republicans have to nominate Romney to defeat Obama next year?
Obama’s holding his ground against everyone but Romney in Nevada because voters there find the whole GOP field even more unpalatable than him. Romney comes close to breaking even on favorability at 38/43 but the rest of the Republicans are quite unpopular- a -9 spread for Cain at 24/33, a -12 for Perry at 24/36, a -21 for Bachmann at 30/51, and a -28 for Palin at 32/60.

(emphasis added)

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Considering ALL the media exposure Obama receives and that Romney, as the presumptive front runner, is taking hits from all sides, and that The Gov is just now shifting his presidential campaign into higher gear, our man Mitt is doing pretty darn well against our bully pulpit President.

H/t Lori
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Mitt Romney Names Lt. Gov Bill Bolling VA Campaign Chairman

VA Lt. Gov Bill Bolling

Mitt Romney has secured experienced help for his hopes in the great state of Virginia. He’s named Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling as chairman of his campaign in the Old Dominion State. Bolling was The Gov’s VA campaign chair when he ran for president last time.

A few things Bolling said about The Gov then:
August 8, 2007:

“I think he is the conservative candidate.”
“He is the best to carry the banner.”
“He’s a turnaround guy.”
“He has a great track record of taking things that are a mess and making them work. He did the same thing in Massachusetts.”
“He strikes me as a very decent man. I just like the guy.”

Bolling’s statement yesterday:

“I am honored that Mitt Romney has asked me to chair his presidential campaign in Virginia,” Bolling said in a written statement. “Over the past few years I have developed a strong personal relationship with Governor Romney. I am absolutely convinced that he is the right person to carry our party’s banner into the 2012 campaigns and the right person to lead our country toward a more prosperous future.”

Romney has also named Delegate Barbara J. Comstock ( R-Fairfax) and Delegate Christopher K. Peace ( R-Hanover) as co-chairs of his Virginia campaign.

Romney supported then-VA Atty Gen Bob McDonnell and VA Lt. Gov Bill Bollings at Bollings' annual 'Burgers with Bill' event in Glen Allen, VA. June 5, 2008

I am proud to have the support of these Virginians,” Romney said in a written statement. “They have been leaders in the fight for smaller government and lower taxes in Virginia. I look forward to working alongside them as I campaign across Virginia and the rest of the country to reverse President Obama’s failed policies and get our economy on the right track.

Read more here.

Romney campaigned for Bolling’s reelection as Lt. Gov in 2009. (He also campaigned for then-Atty Gen Bob McDonnell who is now Governor of Virginia.)

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Mitt Romney and Ken Cuccinelli: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Fight to Repeal ObamaCare

Mitt Romney’s impact on the elections in Virginia will be felt for a very long time at the state and national levels. Not only did Mitt Romney help Bob McDonnell become the Governor of Virginia in 2009, but he also helped another Republican win Virginia’s Attorney General’s office: Ken Cuccinelli.

Gov. Romney with McDonnel & Cuccinelli

In the final days of the 2009 elections in Virginia, Romney worked tirelessly to ensure a Republican landslide in Virginia:

The McDonnell campaign announced Friday that Romney will appear with the entire Republican ticket – McDonnell, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and Attorney General candidate Ken Cuccinelli – at a series of press conferences throughout the Commonwealth next week.

Mitt Romney appeared at a press conference and fundraiser in Virginia Beach on behalf of Bob McDonnell, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and Attorney General candidate Ken Cuccinelli.

Not only has Mitt Romney has been one of the early voices in calling for the repeal of ObamaCare, but he has also tirelessly supported others in their efforts to dismantle ObamaCare.  The significance of Romney’s endorsement of Ken Cuccinelli is important in light of yesterday’s news of U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson’s ruling in Virginia v Sebelius in which he declares that the federal mandate under ObamaCare “exceeds the Commerce Clause powers vested in Congress under Article I.” (p. 24) This holding came as a result of a liawsuit filed by Ken Cuccinelli, in February of 2010, against the federal government in order to defend the passage of Virginia’s Health Freedom Bill — which made it illegal to require individuals to purchase health insurance.

Parker & Spitzer

If you’re wondering what Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli thinks about the Constitutionality of RomneyCare, you can find out as you read the transcript of Cuccinelli’s appearance on CNN’s Parker/Spitzer show where the debate is on whether or not ObamaCare is constitutional under Congress’ authority to tax and spend:

SPITZER: That’s exactly what’s going on here. The dollars they’re being taxed – and this is a tax imposition by Congress are being used –

CUCCINELLI: What’s the tax? If I buy the health insurance, I don’t pay a penny.

SPITZER: Ken, what’s being taxed is that individuals are being said, told you must contribute to cover the cost of the $40 billion of health care that right now is not paid for, because individuals are uninsured. This is exactly the logic that Mitt Romney, the conservative Republican, embraced when he put his health care system in place in Massachusetts. You’re not saying that was unconstitutional, are you?

CUCCINELLI: Oh, come on, Eliot. Your viewers need to know, every state in the country could enact this federal health care bill in their state and it’s perfectly constitutional for a state to do it. It is the federal government that the Constitution restrains and limits the powers of, not the states.

SPITZER: Ken, the fallacy is that this is a tax, it is recognized as a tax, it is enforced by the IRS, it is imposed upon you as many taxes are, if you do not do something else. You’re trying to slip this in, call it a penalty. Frankly, I think it’s a distinction without a difference –

CUCCINELLI: Me, Congress called it a penalty in the bill.

SPITZER: When the Supreme Court looks at this, it will view this as a tax and say because this is a tax, Congress has the right to impose it, based upon certain triggers, triggers of things that people either do or don’t do.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (VA)

Ken Cucinelli is right.  States are free to enact statewide mandates and such measures are constitutional.  Thus, RomneyCare is constitutional whereas ObamaCare is not.

As a side note: Unfortunately for Eliot Spitzer, Mr. Cuccinelli is vindicated by U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson who rejected the argument that ObamaCare is constitutional as a tax.

After analyzing the legislative intent of Congress, the Judge agreed with Mr. Cuccinelli. Despite the Obama Administration’s initial denial that it was a tax, they later tried to pass it off as a tax in an attempt to brand it ‘constitutional’. Ultimately, the Judge found that it was a penalty that was not linked to an enumerated power listed in the Constitution, such as the Commerce Clause or the Necessary and Proper Clause.

Because the case will now make its way to the Supreme Court, it means that the fight against ObamaCare isn’t over. We can count on Ken Cuccinelli to continue on with his fight against the disastrous federal mandate — one that Mitt Romney called “Obama’s Unconscionable Abuse of Power“. Thank you Governor Romney lending your support to such a competent leader!

~ Jared A.

Mitt Romney Continues His Golden Streak

From GOPToast

Over the three major elections since the 2008 presidential election, Mitt Romney has a 3-0 record against Barack Obama when it comes to endorsing candidates that Obama has campaigned for personally.

As he builds political capital, Romney is setting himself up to be a formidable opponent in 2012.

From looking at the exit polls, it might be fair to say “Romneycare defeats Obamacare!”

So if anyone has video of Romney’s introduction of Scott Brown on Tuesday night, we’d love to post it.

Addendum by Ross
In an attempt to sort through the Massachusetts fallout, Politico offers its list of special election winners and losers:

WINNERS: Romney Inc.

While the former governor and presidential candidate himself was mostly absent from the campaign trail, Romney’s advisers were responsible for the strategic vision and execution that helped propel a little-known state senator to a historic upset victory.

The Romney loyalists, now part of the Boston-based consulting shop The Shawmut Group, crafted a series of memorable ads that underscored Brown’s everyday image, including a spot of him driving an old beat-up pickup that’s already an instant political classic. Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom, a former reporter, deserves special kudos for his ad imagery and media management, as do aides Beth Myers, Peter Flaherty and Rob Gray.


Also, great analysis at Romney Wins! Romney Wins! Romney Wins! . . . Sort Of

Finally, Ronald Reagan: “You Can Accomplish Much if you don’t care who gets the credit.”

Romney Helps Raise $100,000 for Virginia’s McDonnell

WASHINGTON (CNN) — A Capitol Hill fundraiser hosted by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on Monday night raised $100,000 for Virginia gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell, a campaign official told CNN.

The fundraiser was held at the American Gas Association, a trade group representing the gas industry.

The event capped off a busy weekend for Romney, who also hosted fundraisers for himself and two other Virginia Republicans in between appearances before the Values Voter Summit and the Foreign Policy Initiative, a neoconservative think tank.

Monday’s cash haul was yet another dose of national money for McDonnell, who has also received financial assistance from John McCain, Mike Huckabee, Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson, Bobby Jindal and Sarah Palin. Monday was the second time Romney has helped McDonnell raise money. In addition, the Republican National Committee has committed to spend $7 million on the Virginia governor’s race — $2 million more than the Democratic National Committee has promised to Democratic candidate Creigh Deeds.

Help the GOP win a bellweather governorship: Check
Burnish your credentials as a fundraiser for the insider crowd: Check
Get some positive press for yourself: Check

Of course it’s only a drop in the bucket compared to the daily front page stories in the Washington Post having to do with a Master’s Thesis from the 80s. Maybe Mitt should pull a Hamilton and start his own newspaper.