Mitt Romney To Begin Accepting Donations for a 2012 Run in “Mid-to-Late April”

Romney will accept donations for a 2012 run in "mid-to-late" April.

Romney will accept donations for a 2012 run in mid-to-late April.

Let’s get this party started!

Although Mitt Romney hasn’t officially announced his candidacy for 2012, there are signs that he will at least announce an exploratory committee sometime in mid April. One major hint is that Mitt Romney will officially start accepting campaign donations for 2012 around the same time:

“A top Mitt Romney official told supporters on a conference call Thursday that the former Massachusetts governor is eyeing mid-to-late April to begin raising money for his eventual presidential campaign, according to call participants

Spencer Zwick, Romney’s chief liaison to the fundraising community, informed the group of donors and outside advisers that the governor won’t launch a full-fledged campaign by the end of next month but would file the paperwork necessary with the FEC that will allow them to begin bringing in the cash needed to post a big number for the second quarter.

As the nearest thing the GOP has to a front-runner, Romney would like to push back the start of the full-blown presidential campaign for as long as possible, but he also must begin putting a more formalized fundraising infrastructure in place.

“If you’re going to raise money this summer and fall you have to create a team and do the paperwork soon,” said a Republican on the call.

There is no hard date set yet — or at least outside Romney backers haven’t been informed of one yet — for either the initial filing of paperwork or an eventual actual declaration of candidacy. The campaign-in-waiting in Boston wants to be flexible about timing so as not to be locked into a day that could be overwhelmed by other news.”

While Mitt Romney is fortifying his financial his fund raising advantage, his Free And Strong America PAC has raised raises $1.9 million in the first three months of this year:

“Republican Mitt Romney, who is weighing a presidential bid, raised nearly $1.9 million in his federal political action committee during the first three months of the year.

His Free and Strong America PAC gave away more than $400,000 to GOP candidates and conservative causes, according to information released this afternoon by PAC spokeswoman Andrea Saul.

The PAC activity is one sign of Romney’s effort to lay the groundwork for a presidential bid. Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, has not declared his candidacy nor started to fundraise for a White House campaign.”

You can feel the excitement here at MRC as fans and supporters get ready for Mitt Romney’s eventual announcement — which should come not too long after he starts officially accepting campaign donations. I know all of us here are eagerly awaiting a formal announcement to run for President in 2012. Many of you have asked how you can begin to help Governor Romney in his efforts… While there are no campaign offices to volunteer at quite yet, one of the best ways to help Mitt Romney right now is by joining us in pledging to donate to the campaign once it starts here.

-Jared A.

Veep Madness - Final 4!


Round 3 recap: Marco Rubio and Chris Christie continue to trounce their opponents while Tim Pawlenty slips-in with an upset over Jim DeMint with 52% of the votes. Pawlenty narrowly won both of the first rounds with 54% in each of the polls. Condoleeza Rice is the lowest seed to enter the final 4. Being a 5th seed she has overcome opponents at #4, #1 and #6 to earn her spot.

On to the FINAL FOUR!

Who would you want as Mitt Romney’s VP? The Final Four polls are below. Voting for this round will go until Sunday.


Romney’s High Octane Energy Policy

Romney Energy

In his 2010 book “No Apology,” former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney maps out the issue of America’s energy policy, in a chapter titled “Running Low.” In his writings, Romney recaps the current situation regarding our nation’s dependence on foreign oil and the dangers it poses to our national security, economic stability and our overall liberty as free people. Romney asserts the following as the premier risks involved in being reliant on non-US energy supplies:

  • “From a foreign policy perspective, our addiction to foreign oil necessitates a massive military presence in the Middle East, and it has contributed to involving us, like it or not, in ancient and seemingly intractable conflicts.”
  • Romney goes on to cite other perils of relying on Mid East oil, such as profits from oil being used to fund terrorism, development of destructive weaponry, selling advanced technology to unsuitable parties, such as Iran and ultimately leading to war, as in the 1992 Iraq War.
  • Non-Mid East dependence is also a risk in Romney’s view, pinpointing the efforts of Venezuela, as led by Hugo Chavez, to “supplant democracy throughout Latin America” via the wealth his oil exploitation provides. In Romney’s view, Chavez’ “verbal buffoonery” is eclipsed by his megalomania and menacing of freedom.
  • Domestically, Romney states the US “spends $200 billion per year importing oil from other nations.” Citing the high cost of producing energy at home, it’s good business policy for American companies to import, as you want to by the product as cheaply as possible. To remedy this situation, Romney would reverse the cost equation by spending money on producing domestic energy supplies.
  • Romney advocates the development of all our energy sources, nuclear, oil, natural gas and coal. “One of the great disappointments of the so-called stimulus package of 2009 was that we spent nearly a trillion dollars and have no new energy production facilities to show for it.”


Does Mitt Romney Have a Mormon Problem? …This Roman Catholic says “Nope”

Romney Family Photo

They’re at it again. While Googling for articles today, I came across this fresh group of stories pertaining to Mitt Romney and his Mormon faith:

  • Mitt Romney Must Tackle his religion

  •  The Continuing Story of Romney’s Mormon Problem

  • Religion biggest hurdle to Romney nomination
  • This is the way I look at it: I want the best possible candidate to lead this nation. I want someone who believes in the principles of our Forefathers; someone who has the ability, experience, and knowledge to bring our nation back to greatness. This person’s particular theology is really an afterthought for me. I put more weight in a person’s family values and how he or she conducts their life.

    As a Roman Catholic and Pro-Lifer myself, I believe most Evangelicals and Fundamentalist Christians feel the same way I do. Sure there are fringe elements of every group — those that will spread lies and put all sorts of misinformation out there about good people such as Governor Romney, merely because he is a Mormon. They’ll dress up the hatred for his religion by attacking him on an old forsaken pro-choice stance and how they believe Romneycare supplies cheap abortions. They’ll never tell you the whole truth, just what they want you to believe. Anything to keep the Mormon out of the White House. But again, they are in the minority.

    Evangelicals for Mitt Romney

    Nobody explains better, especially from a non-Mormon perspective, why this country needs a Romney presidency than our friends at Evangelicals for Mitt. From their site, the reasons that they (and their large Evangelical network) support Mitt Romney:


    Mitt Romney Releases New USA Today Op-Ed: "On Jobs, Where is Obama?"

    Romney Schools Obama on Jobs

    Romney Schools Obama on Jobs

    Although Mitt Romney hasn’t officially jumped into the 2012 pool, he certainly seems to be polishing talking points on what is widely perceived as his greatest asset, and coincidentally one of Obama’s many weaknesses: Job Creation.

    In a freshly penned op-ed, Romney asks “where is Obama?” when it comes to putting American people back to work. As with anything Romney produces, it’s worth a read:

    Sometimes truth arrives from the most unexpected sources. Christina Romer, President Obama’s former chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisors, said last week that she was dismayed at Washington’s lack of focus on jobs.

    “I frankly don’t understand why policymakers aren’t more worried about the suffering of real families,” Romer said. “We need to realize that there is still a lot of devastation out there.” She called the 8.9% unemployment rate “an absolute crisis.”
    How bad is it? Last week, in the blue-collar community of Taunton, Mass., the annual jobs fair was canceled because not enough companies came forward to offer jobs.


    Even 7.5% unemployment means 11.5 million Americans without jobs. The human cost of that dry statistic can be detailed in a canvas of broken hopes and shattered lives. Workers at job fairs today are confronting an employment market in which there are almost five times as many job seekers as there are openings. Anyone who has visited such a fair or gone to a career center has seen the face of despair up close.
    President Obama didn’t cause the recession, but he made it worse and caused it to last longer. From the outset, he inaugurated the most anti-investment, anti-business, anti-jobs policies we have seen since Jimmy Carter. Further, the White House has still not crafted any discernible plan to put Americans back to work.


    One of our greatest strengths as a nation is our dynamism. When we mobilize to solve a problem, we solve it. It might be a cliché to say that leadership is required, but it also happens to be true.

    We don’t have that leadership now. Instead, we have passive acquiescence. Yet, if there was an ever an issue on which all Americans should agree, it is that when it comes to unemployment, the time to define deviancy upward is overdue.

    Romney lays out a plan for job creation:

    Creating good, lasting jobs will require the following:

    •A tax policy that rewards savings, investment, entrepreneurial risk-taking and exports.
    •Free, open and fair access to foreign markets, with a focus on constructive trade reform with China.
    •Elimination of the federal bureaucratic and regulatory stranglehold on business.
    •A market-driven energy policy that encourages investment in America and reduces our dependence on foreign oil.
    •A commitment to fiscal responsibility through budget restraints and entitlement reform.

    -Luke Gunderson

    A Great New Romney vs. Obama 2012 Video!

    This video is fantastic. It was created by a guy named Troy and he has graciously given us permission to put the video on the Mitt Romney Central Youtube Channel so that it will gain more views.

    This video joins a growing list of impressive grassroots-created videos promoting Mitt Romney. Our favorite are posted below. I can’t wait to see even more of these videos. Please “like” them because some of them have been vote-botted by other groups so they don’t show up as high when “Mitt Romney” is searched.

    Here are the videos:

    Public Policy Poll: Mitt Romney Still A Threat To Obama In Michigan

    A new Public Policy Poll shows Obama is losing support in Michigan:

    Three months ago, 50% of Michiganders approved of Obama’s job performance. While the same 45% disapprove now, only 47% approve. That decline has come with both Democrats (from 90-7 to 78-15) and Republicans (13-85 to 4-92), while independents are roughly the same (47-42 now, and 47-44 then).

    The same poll shows Mitt Romney is the only candidate who can seriously challenge Obama in that state:

    The closest any Republican can come is Mitt Romney’s 48-41 deficit, followed by Mike Huckabee’s 50-41, Newt Gingrich’s 53-37, Sarah Palin’s 55-35, and Walker’s 52-32. As with Stabenow, Obama’s greatest strength is the 13-point Democratic turnout advantage over Republicans, for Romney and Huckabee do a better job of locking up their bases, and Obama leads by only one with independents over Romney and six over Huckabee.

    Others included in the poll: Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, and Scott Walker. Results suggested from this poll are consistent with an earlier PPP poll - that the only serious GOP threat to Obama in Michigan is Mitt Romney.

    Mitt Romney Most Popular Among Tea Partiers; Outpolls Palin, Gingrich and Huckabee Among This Group

    A new Pew Research Poll finds Mitt Romney has support of a plurality of Tea Party members:

    “Twenty four percent of Tea Party backers have named the former Massachusetts Governor as the number one choice as a potential GOP presidential contender, the New York Daily News reports.

    Romney beat out Tea Party favorites by double digits; Ron Paul received 13 percent and Palin received 12 percent. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee garnered 19 percent of the Tea Partiers’ support, while former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich received 15 percent.”

    This is consistent with previous polls measuring which potential 2012 candidates tea partiers support. An earlier Mitt Romney Central article, “Who Says Tea Partiers Don’t Support Mitt Romney?!“, points out that the former Governor of Massachusetts has consistently had strong support of Tea Party members.

    Lets do a quick poll review. Last September, 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.”

    A Marist poll (released November 2010) shows Romney edging out potential rivals with 19% of Tea Party support, compared to Huckabee’s 17% and Palin’s 16%, respectively.

    Finally, a  New Hampshire poll also indicates 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’s fiscal message of reducing taxes and cutting spending resonates with Tea Party philosophy.

    Among New Hampshire 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.”

    The Washington Post explains that Mitt Romney is gaining support across the wide spectrum of conservatives:

    “The Pew poll comes less than two weeks after a Washington Post/ABC News survey showed Romney running strong among the party’s conservatives; more than seven in 10 Republicans who described themselves as “very” conservative had a favorable opinion of Romney.

    “In the Pew survey, Romney’s numbers are not only strong among tea party types but across the board. He took 20 percent among self-identified conservatives — tied with Huckabee for first — and 23 percent among moderate-to-liberal GOPers. The only group where Romney lagged even slightly was among white evangelical Protestants, where he received 15 percent to Huckabee’s 29 percemt

    The Pew and Post results — coming so close to one another — seem to make clear that Romney, who has largely been cast as an establishment pick, has wider reach within the party than first imagined. It’s not entirely clear where Romney’s power among tea party activists originates, although his strong fiscal conservatism likely endears him to that bloc of voters.”

    Romney is the ideal candidate for conservatives, moderates, independents, tea partiers and even those liberals concerned about the fiscal health of our nation. They know he has experience in lifting companies out of debt. More importantly, they know he pulled Massachusetts out of debt.

    When Gov Romney took office in 2003, he faced a massive deficit of approximately $3 billion. However, he was able to balance the state budget for each year of his administration by implementing a mixture of aggressive reduction in the size and cost of government, along with bold strategies to spur economic growth.

    By 2005, Romney created a budget surplus of $1 billion and by the time he left office in 2007, Massachusetts had a $2 billion surplus.

    To shed greater light on Romney’s record, one would have to understand what happened to Massachusetts after he left. The picture isn’t very pretty; Governor Patrick Deval has squandered the Romney surplus. Massachusetts is now back in debt with a $1 billion state deficit and faces a potential 1.5 or 2 billion dollar deficit. What’s even more amazing is that Governor Deval has been receiving $7 billion in federal stimulus funds for the last two years. By the time this summer arrives, the $2 billion in debt Duval has racked up will have grown back to the same level of debt before Romney became Governor of MA.

    The fact that Romney created a $2 billion surplus for Massachusetts which was tucked in between two episodes of major debt creation demonstrates that Romney was a unique leader in MA’s financial history. The comparison/contrast shows how capable and effective Romney is.

    Romney’s amazing record of reining in government debt is just one indisputable reason why Tea Partiers support him.

    VEEP MADNESS! It’s Down to the Elite 8


    veep bracket elite 8

    Round 2 recap: We had our first #1 seed upset in Division B where (1)Bobby Jindal went down to (5)Condi Rice 53%-47%. In fact, all #1-4 seeds in Div. B have all been in eliminated. We also had our closest competition of the tournament where Allen West defeated Mike Pence by only 2 points. Had a single person who voted for West voted for Pence instead it would have been an exact tie. Of the eight candidates remaining four are non-white/Caucasian, two are female, three are/were Governors, two are Senators and two are Congressmen.

    On to the Elite Eight!

    Who would you want as Mitt Romney’s VP? The third round polls are below. Voting for this round will go until Tuesday.


    John Sununu Speaks on Potential 2012 GOP Candidates

    Here is a great no holds barred interview from yesterday with ABC’s Amy Walter and Rick Klein featuring special guest John Sununu. Sununu was the former conservative Governor of New Hampshire and former White House Chief of Staff for President George H. W. Bush (#41).

    Never one to temper his opinion and, as expected, Sununu doesn’t here, either.

    Fast forward to the 3:05 minute mark. (Hear what he has to say about Governor Romney!)

    ~Update from Ross (3/29/11)

    According to sources, the New Hampshire Journal is reporting that Sununu is already helping Romney; wooing Union Leader.

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