Dedicated to electing conservatives this fall, ever-on-the-move Mitt Romney has given the nod to two candidates in the beautiful Mount Rushmore State (South Dakota):
Today, Mitt Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC announced the endorsement of the following South Dakota candidates:
Lieutenant Governor Dennis Daugaard: Dennis Daugaard currently serves as Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota, and is now running for Governor. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.dennisdaugaard.com.
State Representative Kristi Noem: Kristi Noem currently represents District 6 in the South Dakota House of Representatives, where she serves as the Assistant Majority Leader. She is also a small business owner and is now running to represent South Dakota’s Congressional District. For more information about her and her campaign, visit www.kristiforcongress.com.
The PAC also announced that is sending Daugaard a $5,000 contribution toward his gubernatorial campaign, and that it has sent Noem a $2,500 contribution toward her Congressional campaign.
Of his endorsement of Lieutenant Governor Dennis Daugaard’s gubernatorial campaign, Romney said:
“Instead of growing our economy, too many of our leaders are focused on growing the size of government. We need leaders like Dennis Daugaard who will put the interests of hardworking Americans first, and say no to reckless spending and higher taxes.”
Of his endorsement of Kristi Noem’s Congressional campaign, Romney said:
“Far too many of our elected officials have forgotten that service is a key part of public service. A small business owner, and experienced rancher and farmer, Kristi Noem understands South Dakota and its values, and will restore its voice to the U.S. House.”
These endorsements are another in a series of state rollouts of the PAC’s 2010 endorsements, which are aimed at electing conservative candidates who will work to lower taxes and spending, restore commonsense principles to healthcare and get our economy moving again. As part of this program, Romney’s PAC also has announced endorsements in Ohio, Missouri, California, Pennsylvania, Hawaii, Nevada, Illinois, Georgia, Texas, Indiana, Idaho, New Mexico, Virginia, Florida, North Dakota, South Carolina, Utah, and Maine.
Romney has endorsed candidates in more than half of the states in the country, a methodical approach that serves to flex his financial muscle and cement his status as the frontrunner heading into 2012.
On-the-ball Mitt Romney quickly responded to President Obama’s Comprehensive Energy and Climate Legislation ‘circling of the wagons’ on Monday.
Cap and Trade Back Again [6/28/10]
Here we go again. Rather than providing much needed leadership on the oil spill crisis, President Obama and the liberals in Congress instead are trying to use it as an excuse to push through a cap and trade program — yet another big government initiative that will do nothing to stem the millions of gallons of oil spilling into the ocean, and which will have a negative impact on hard-working American families and the economy as a whole.
As Governor of Massachusetts, I declined to sign onto a regional cap and trade program because of my concern that it will raise energy prices for businesses and families. Unfortunately, my Democratic successor joined that agreement, known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), and the result has been higher electricity prices for everyone, despite claims from advocates who said energy bills will go down.
Cap and trade effectively constitutes an enormous, hidden tax on the American people and American businesses. It will lead to higher joblessness and make a bad economic situation even worse. And because it will simply move greenhouse gas emitters from America to other nations like China, it won’t do a thing to affect climate change.
This cap and trade program must be defeated. Will you stand with me in helping to make our voices heard by making a contribution of $25, $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000, $2,500, or even the maximum $5,000 to my PAC today?
At a time when we need leaders who will focus on solving the problems facing this nation today — stopping the oil spill, strengthening our economy, and creating an environment in which job creation can thrive — we instead have leaders more interested in growing government. Whether it’s cap and trade, a costly stimulus bill, auto company bailouts, job-killing card check legislation, or a health care law that imposes higher taxes, President Obama and the liberals controlling Congress have come down on the side of big government over and over again.
It is time that we make our voices heard and say enough is enough. I hope you will stand with me in doing so today.
Following Rahm Emanuel’s ‘never let a serious crisis go to waste’ dictum, calculating President Obama must have figured enough time has lapsed since the explosion of BP’s oil rig and enough damage done to the Gulf area that he has a reasonable chance to muster a victory on his Cap and Trade Tax plans. (The day after the meeting Obama finally accepted foreign aid to help with oil spill cleanup – day 71 if you’re counting. Coincidence?)
After the meeting Obama released this statement:
Readout of the President’s Meeting with a Bipartisan Group of Senators to Discuss Passing Comprehensive Energy and Climate Legislation
The meeting the President hosted with a bipartisan group of Senators was a constructive exchange about the need to pass energy and climate legislation this year that lasted more than an hour-and-a-half. The President made clear his view that a full transition to clean energy will require more than just the government action we’ve taken so far. It will require a national effort from all of us to change the way we produce and use energy. The President told the Senators that he still believes the best way for us to transition to a clean energy economy is with a bill that makes clean energy the profitable kind of energy for America’s businesses by putting a price on pollution – because when companies pollute, they should be responsible for the costs to the environment and their contribution to climate change. Not all of the Senators agreed with this approach, and the President welcomed other approaches and ideas that would take real steps to reduce our dependence on oil, create jobs, strengthen our national security and reduce the pollution in our atmosphere. The President said that there was a strong foundation and consensus on some key policies and the President urged the Senators to come together based on that foundation. There was agreement on the sense of urgency required to move forward with legislation and the President is confident that we will be able to get something done this year.
Strange words coming from Obama when back in August 2009 he quietly committed to lend $2,000,000,000 (that’s TWO BILLION dollars) of our money to Brazil’s state-owned oil company, Petrobras, to help them with off-shore deep water drilling in the Santos Basin near Rio de Janeiro. By the way, a few days before Obama committed to loan money to Brazil, guess who readjusted himself within Petrobas to receive dividends? George Soros.
Stop Cap and Trade - October 2009:
ABC News’ Matthew Jaffe reports:
In the wake of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, President Obama today summoned a bipartisan group of over 20 senators to the White House to push for energy and climate change legislation.
But one thing the President did not want to talk about at the meeting was the BP disaster, a Republican source told ABC News. And that, the source said, led to a pointed exchange with GOP senator Lamar Alexander from Tennessee.
“The priority should be fixing the oil spill,” Alexander told the President, according to the source. “That’s what any meeting about energy should be about.”
But when Alexander tried to interject the BP leak into the meeting, the source said, the President told the senator, “That’s just your talking point.”
I haven’t located a confirmed list of Senators who attended this meeting. Here are the Senators who were expected:
Sens Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), Judd Gregg (R-N.H.., John Kerry (D-Mass.), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), and George Voinovich (R-Ohio).
Obama and Reid must have forgotten about ClimateGate and the reception Harry received when he held his ‘Clean Energy Summit’ in Nevada (8/10/09):
Contact your congressional Reps and the Senators who attended Obama’s Cap and Tax meeting to let them know how you feel. More than ever, we need to help Governor Romney bring common sense back to government. Donate to his Free and Strong America PAC today.
Mayor Paul LePage: Paul LePage, a mayor and businessman, is now running to become Maine’s next Governor. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.lepage2010.com.
Jason Levesque: Jason Levesque, a civic leader and successful entrepreneur, is running to represent Maine’s 2nd Congressional District. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.levesqueforcongress.com.
Dean Scontras: Dean Scontras, a successful businessman, is running to represent Maine’s 1st Congressional District. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.scontras2010.com.
The PAC also announced that it is sending LePage a maximum $750 contribution toward his gubernatorial campaign, and that it is sending Levesque and Scontras each a $2,500 contribution toward their respective Congressional campaigns.
“Too many of our leaders today are more focused on growing the size of government than growing our economy. That is why we need leaders like Paul LePage, Jason Levesque, and Dean Scontras who will say no to higher spending, higher debt, and higher taxes, and work to turn our economy around,” said Romney.
These endorsements are another in a series of state rollouts of the PAC’s 2010 endorsements, which are aimed at electing conservative candidates who will work to lower taxes and spending, restore commonsense principles to healthcare and get our economy moving again. As part of this program, Romney’s PAC also has announced endorsements in Ohio, Missouri, California, Pennsylvania, Hawaii, Nevada, Illinois, Georgia, Texas, Indiana, Idaho, New Mexico, Virginia, Florida, North Dakota, South Carolina, and Utah.
Governor Brewer’s word for the sound escaping one’s lips would be ‘disappointment’. Mine feels more like disgust.
After an hour and a half of sitting through White House Security Adviser John Brennan’s power point presentation – with no hard copies to follow or keep for reference, Governor Brewer was clearly frustrated with Obama’s underwhelming response to secure Arizona’s border:
Regarding the impending Obama Administration lawsuit…
“Well, you know I’m very disappointed. I think it’s wrong, but we will meet with them and we will push back. And, we will fight as hard as we can and I believe Arizona will win the lawsuit.”
Here’s how Obama and Napolitano are ‘bringing the hammer down’ on illegal immigration:
► Up to 524 National Guard personnel will be sent to AZ (not the promised 1200).
► National Guard personnel will be implemented in small numbers and fluctuate incrementally.
► National Guard personnel will conduct surveillance and support – not ‘boots on the ground’ apprehension duty.
► National Guard personnel at the peak number of 524 will be available for a limited time.
► 22 miles of existing border fence will be repaired.
► The $500 million originally pledged to Gov Brewer has been changed to $445 million. $310 million will be given to Mexico. Arizona will receive a whopping $135 million.
Phoenix 3TV report:
“No really substantial information was provided that would make us happy or pleased with the discussions today.” -Gov Brewer
White House Picks Critic of Local Immigration Enforcement for Key Role at ICE
Harold Hurtt, a former police chief in Houston and Phoenix, has been hired as the Director for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Office of State and Local Coordination.
The Obama administration has tapped an outspoken critic of immigration enforcement on the local level to oversee and promote partnerships between federal and local officials on the issue.
Harold Hurtt, a former police chief in Houston and Phoenix, has been hired as the director for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Office of State and Local Coordination. Starting July 6, Hurtt will supervise outreach and communication between ICE, local law enforcement agencies, tribal leaders and representatives from non-governmental organizations.
… as a police chief, Hurtt was a supporter of “sanctuary city” policies, by which illegal immigrants who don’t commit crimes can live without fear of exposure or detainment because police don’t check for immigration papers.
He also, during his tenure as Houston police chief, criticized ICE’s key program that draws on local law enforcement’s support.
Obama’s agenda is obvious. He may well have met his match in Governor Brewer.
Q. What did it take to get five Obama Administration officials to leave D.C. to travel to Arizona for a meeting with Governor Jan Brewer today?
A. Years of being ignored by the federal government including six unanswered letters sent from then new Gov Brewer to Obama over 18 months’ time, thousands of illegals flooding into and through Arizona, horrific criminal activity including assaults, burglaries, kidnappings, rapes, and murders, Phoenix earning the eye-popping title of Number Two Kidnapping Capitol of the World (second only to Mexico City), non-stop human and drug trafficking, miles of trashed landscape, unsustainable costs to AZ taxpayers to fund illegals’ incarceration, housing, education, and medical care, signing of carefully written AZ Senate Bill 1070, cries for boycotts and protests, calls for counter-boycotts and support, vilification of Arizona, a White-House-pulpit scolding of Arizonans for wanting to reclaim their state by Mexican President Felipe Calderone, other states considering similar laws, Mexico filing a lawsuit against Arizona, a public-pressure-induced 20 minute Obama/Brewer meeting in the White House, a stingy promise for aid, another missed deadline, and unrelenting pressure from Brewer. That’s all.
Q. What does Gov Brewer want?
A. What nearly 85% of Americans want - a secure border.
Obama is not only dragging his toes on when the ‘up to’ 1200 National Guardsman and $500 million (not near enough) he pledged will be available to help secure AZ’s border, he is planning to sue Arizonans for doing the federal government’s job. (Gov Brewer learned of the intended suit in a rather unusual way.)
There’s more than toe-dragging going on. On June 18, 2010, Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) revealed to Town Hall attendees at a meeting in North Tempe, AZ, that during a one-one-one Oval Office meeting with Obama, while discussing securing the southern border, the President said, “The problem is, … if we secure the border, then you all won’t have any reason to support ‘comprehensive’ immigration reform. In other words, they’re holding it hostage. (Gasp!) They don’t want to secure the border unless and until it is combined with ‘comprehensive’ immigration reform.”
Frustration with numerous incidents on the scale of this, this, this, this, and this…
Hot Air: Does it occur to the White House at all that “undocumented” workers are breaking the law themselves? They shouldn’t be exploited, but then again, they shouldn’t be here to be exploited, either. At the same time that the Obama administration contemplates a lawsuit against Arizona to stop them from enforcing immigration law, they’re working on a program that supports the people breaking that law, all while unemployment continues at a high rate long after their stimulus plans have run aground. Instead of enforcing the law – which is, after all, the raison d’être of the executive branch — they’re conspiring to help people break it, and with our tax dollars, no less.
Q. Is this another step nearer to a possible Obama executive order for amnesty?
A. Several Senators are concerned enough that they’ve written a letter to Obama challenging him to answer questions about issuing mass amnesty if Democrats can’t secure enough votes for a bill in the Senate.
We shall see what results from Team Obama’s meeting with Governor Brewer today. Not having room in this post to address all points regarding illegal immigration, our feeble borders, and legal immigration, I conclude with a final question for Team Obama…
Q. Do Americans have the right to enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness within a safeguarded border?
Unflagging in his quest to change the direction America is going by helping to elect conservatives this fall, diligent Mitt Romney recently endorsed another spate of candidates. His enthusiasm and energy were felt in Mansfield, Ohio yesterday:
WMFD - Ohio Gubernatorial Candidate Republican John Kasich and his running mate State Auditor Mary Taylor stopped by the WMFD TV studios Friday during their campaign stop in Mansfield.
They arrived with the support of a very special guest former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.
Kasich says during his campaign they are focusing on the biggest issue the state is facing which is the loss of 400,000 jobs.
To see video of Romney, Kasich, and Taylor click here.
Mitt Romney enjoying time with John Kasich and running mate Mary Taylor pre-TV interview Mansfield, Ohio June 25, 2022
UPDATE: A luncheon fundraiser with Romney and Kasich was also part of the day’s activities. Read more here.
Romney and Kasich in Mansfield
While writing this, I noticed Governor Romney had tweeted the following a few hours earlier: “Excited to be with Ohio’s next Senator @robportman tonight. His campaign needs your support.” Obviously, Mitt’s schedule in Ohio yesterday was full. No grass grows under his feet! (Check back for information.)
Senator Jim DeMint: Senator Jim DeMint currently serves the people of South Carolina in the U.S. Senate and is running for reelection. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.jimdemint.com.
State Senator Mick Mulvaney: A current member of the South Carolina State Senate, businessman, and attorney, Mick Mulvaney is running to represent South Carolina’s 5th Congressional District. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.mulvaneyforcongress.com.
State Representative Tim Scott: A current member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, Tim Scott is running to represent South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.votetimscott.com.
The PAC also announced that it is sending Scott’s Congressional campaign a $2,500 contribution, and that it has already contributed $5,000 to DeMint’s U.S. Senate campaign and $2,500 to Mulvaney’s Congressional campaign.
“Instead of working to strengthen our economy, President Obama and the liberals in Congress are more interested in growing government. Whether it’s a costly stimulus bill, auto company bailouts, cap-and-trade, job-killing card check legislation, or a health care law that imposes higher taxes, cuts Medicare, and contains insurance price controls, they have come down on the side of big government over and over again. That is why it is critical that we elect leaders like DeMint, Mulvaney, and Scott who will focus on getting our economy back on track,” said Romney.
After Mike Lee’s win as the Republican nominee for Utah’s U.S. Senate seat last Tuesday, Romney issued this endorsement:
“Last night, the people of Utah voted and chose Mike Lee as the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate. He will be a strong voice for Utah – and the nation – in the fight against the Washington culture of higher taxes, higher spending, and higher debt, and I am proud to stand with him today. Mike Lee is part of a strong group of Utah candidates including Governor Gary Herbert, Congressman Rob Bishop, Congressman Jason Chaffetz, and Morgan Philpot who will fight every day to put people back to work and get our economy back on track.”
Additional Utah candidates will receive a total of $12,500 from Romney’s PAC to help with their campaigns:
Governor Gary Herbert: Gary Herbert currently serves as the Governor of Utah and is running for reelection. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.garyherbert.com.
Mike Lee: Mike Lee, an attorney who previously served as General Counsel to Governor Huntsman, a clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Alito, and an Assistant U.S. Attorney, is now running for U.S. Senate in Utah. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.mikelee2010.com.
Congressman Rob Bishop: Rob Bishop currently represents Utah’s 1st Congressional District and is running for reelection. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.votebishop.com.
Congressman Jason Chaffetz: Jason Chaffetz currently represents Utah’s 3rd Congressional District and is running for reelection. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.jasonforcongress.com.
Morgan Philpot: Morgan Philpot, previously served the people of Utah as a State Representative and is now running to represent Utah’s 2nd Congressional District. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.philpotforcongress.com.
The PAC is sending the following contributions to each of the federal candidates: $5,000 to Lee’s U.S. Senate campaign, and $2,500 each to the Congressional campaigns of Bishop, Chaffetz, and Philpot.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has given a fresh contribution of $10,000 to former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad’s campaign, doubling Romney’s previous donation to Branstad’s effort to reclaim his old office.
Branstad won the GOP nomination for governor on June 8 and enters the general election against incumbent Democratic Gov. Chet Culver as a favorite in the polls. If Branstad is victorious in November, he would be the highest ranking official in the state when it holds its first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses in 2012.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin also endorsed Branstad and Haley, though in both cases her support came after Romney had announced his. Another former 2008 presidential candidate, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, backed losing candidates in both primaries, supporting conservative activist Bob Vander Plaats in Iowa and Lt. Gov. André Bauer in South Carolina.
Romney is endorsing MA state Rep. Karyn Polito’s bid for state treasurer.
Romney has endorsed Carly Fiorina (former CEO of Hewlett-Packard Company) who is running for U.S. Senate in California. To support Fiorina, click here. (h/t to Frank)
Let’s keep busy man Romney in funds! Donate to Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC!
In an interview at the Fiscal Crises Summit, Bill O’Reilly discusses how the next president is likely to be a budget slasher. At the 54 second mark he leaves us with this nice little gem:
I think the next president of the United States is going to be a fiscal tough-guy. If I had to make a prediction it would be Romney. Alright, and he’s going to come in and he’s going to do exactly what I just told you. I think that will happen.
Now that’s something I can agree with. I do differ from O’Reilly though that the next budget-slashing president will only be a one-termer.
Romney for President January 2013 to January 2021!
Forgive me a moment as I deviate away from Presidential politics…
GOOOOAAAALLL! In stoppage-time of the final match in group play, Landon Donovan finds the back of the net to put USA up 1-0 over Algeria, clinching the lead in group C of the Soccer World Cup and sending USA into the round of 16. Had the US settled for a draw they would have dropped into a disappointing 3rd place in group C and would be packing their bags right now.
Donovan’s goal came off of a rebounded blocked-shot by the Algerian goalkeeper right in front, setting up an easy boot for the win. After having an earlier goal disallowed by a controversial off-sides cal, and needing a win to advance, Team USA was literally moments away from elimination.
The US awaits the outcome of group D, where they will play the second-place team this Saturday at 2PM Eastern on ABC. More coverage of today’s match from USA Today. Full World Cup TV schedule here.
“We’ve got some thank you’s that I need to say tonight. First of all, I’d like to thank Governor Mitt Romney who was the first National figure to come in to this state when I was 4th in a very heavy race.” ~ Nikki Haley
Nikki Haley (center) reacts to learning she has won South Carolina's Republican nomination for governor.
Her convincing runoff victory over Rep. Gresham Barrett—she had 65 percent to his 35 percent with virtually all the votes counted — makes her the first woman to win either party’s nomination for the state’s top job. South Carolina’s conservative heritage and the mood of voters this year means she is the frontrunner in November’s general election against Democratic state Sen. Vincent Sheheen - and a win would make her South Carolina’s first woman governor.
UPDATE by Jayde: Governor Romney congratulated Nikki Haley for her victory last night by phone and issued this statement today:
“Against the longest of odds, Nikki Haley took on the political establishment and won. Nikki’s conservative reform message resonated throughout the state of South Carolina because she is committed to fiscal discipline and is not tied to the old way of doing things. Putting her in the governor’s office will represent real progress in the effort to control government spending and restore the free market principles that have built and guided our nation.”
Update #2 by Jayde: To listen to a 5 minute podcast of Romney speaking with Forum reporter Kristen Daum, click here. (Scroll down to ‘Audio’ in middle column.)