Mitt Romney’s National Call Day Yields $10.25 MILLLION!

$10.25 MILLION!

Governor Romney’s final National Call Day tally hasn’t been counted but MRC’s Nate Gunderson (who helped at the event) reported from the floor in Vegas today that Spencer Zwick (Romney’s finance chair) announced Gov Romney raised $10.25 MILLION! That astounding one-day total has never been done before in politics.

This is BIG, folks.

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Romney hosted a terrific half hour livestream Town Hall at 3:00 PM EST today. When that video is available, we’ll post it here.

A heartfelt thanks to each of you who contributed to Gov Romney’s very successful fundraiser!

NOTE: Gunderson reported that after the event, Romney and wife, Ann, left to speak to students at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).

UPDATE: In Vegas, Mitt Romney Scores Big

“We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for Governor Romney’s campaign,” said Romney’s finance chair Spencer Zwick. “The results are a strong indication of the national enthusiasm for Governor Romney and his pro-jobs platform.

“As today’s event makes clear, Governor Romney will have the resources to be competitive and to spread his jobs and economy message, “added Zwick.
Initially Romney’s team hoped to raise $3 million; instead they far exceeded their goal.

After Governor Romney's tremendous National Call Day fundraiser and talking with students at UNLV, he shared a couple of stuffed bags of In 'n Out burgers and fries with a small group of Republican students.

UPDATE 2: Governor Romney worked up an appetite today!

Romney spoke to reporters after an event here held on the campus at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He met with a dozen Republican students, delivering a economic-filled message along with burgers and fries from In-n-Out Burger (Romney dug in, taking large bites of a burger while the students nibbled on some fries: “Looks like I’m the only guy who wanted a burger at four in the afternoon,” Romney joked.)

Reporters also asked Romney about Mike Huckabee’s decision not to undertake a second presidential bid:

“I took that news with mixed emotions,” Romney said. “On the one hand, I’m happy to not be facing a tough and effective competitor in Mike. But on the other hand, he’d be a veteran and we’d have good times together. And I’ll miss him on the campaign trail.”

The Gov also responded to questions about Massachusetts’ private-market insurance: :

“We have in my state a curriculum that we provide to all of our schools, our high schools, and we test kids across the state on our curriculum,” Romney said. “I like what we’ve done, it’s a pretty good job. But the last thing I’d suggest is to take the Massachusetts curriculum for schools and have President Obama tell every state they’ve got to use the Massachusetts curriculum. That would make no sense at all. The needs of different students and the rights of people in different states have to be recognized.”

Reuters - Mitt Romney: “We’re activating our campaign today.”

“We’re activating our campaign today,” Romney told supporters on a conference call.
Romney is still a step short of formally announcing a second bid for the Republican primary nomination, but has been on an extensive fund-raising tour and has started to step up his public appearances as well.

The former Massachusetts governor touted his record as a turnaround specialist who can get the U.S. economy on track.

“The American people care about getting good jobs,” Romney said during the eight-minute call. “That is my wheelhouse.”

Romney cited his experience running the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, as Massachusetts governor, and as head of the private equity firm Bain Capital.

“My experience, my history is in turning things around. I will get America on the right track again.

(my emphasis)

UPDATE 3 - To see a slide show of Mitt and the students he met with after giving his UNLV speech, click here.

Videos of Mitt’s speech to supporters at the end of National Call Day and at the University of Las Vegas - Nevada below the fold


Congratulations to Mitt and Ann and all who participated to make this such a momentous day for Governor Romney!

► Jayde Wyatt

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12 Responses to Mitt Romney’s National Call Day Yields $10.25 MILLLION!

  1. Frank says:

    WOOHOO!!!! GO MITT! 2012!

  2. Mark says:

    Yes!!!!!!!!!!! The audacity of hope!

  3. Kyle J says:

    Who is this guy Chris Slick who made the comments today about the call day? This story is making the rounds of the South Carolina political universe today and is not good.
    Chris Slick is director of online operations for ACT! for America, a right-wing group that revels in stoking anti-Islamic passions. He’s also a rabid Romney volunteer in his spare time.

    “What a GREAT week for Mitt Romney – and it’s only Monday!” Slick told FITS. “Huckabee is out, now Trump says he won’t run.”

    “Today is Governor Romney’s National Call Day and we are all dialing for dollars!” Slick continued. “Today we demonstrate our ability to raise excessive and ungodly amounts of cash while other candidates are still pattering about in bumfuck, Iowa somewhere. No one can come close to what our machine can do. No one.”

    Looks like this guy worked for Mitt in South Carolina in 2008. He seems to be a visible supporter on his social media and he’s on a list of potential operatives to join the 2012 campaign.

  4. Congrats. A good beginning. Only $990,000,000 to match what Obama will raise.

  5. Jon E. S. says:

    10 Milllion or 10 Million? Heck, who cares???!!!

  6. Todd Harris says:

    Fox news are being shallow minded about MiTT.. I’m not happy..

  7. Jon E. S. says:

    Yes Todd, it appears that the vast majority of republican pundits are anti-Romney right now. Bill O’Reilly is the first guy (that I have heard) to go against the grain and state that Romney will benefit from Huckabee pulling out. Then Britt Hume and 2 other pundits very promptly tried to shoot him down. You know if they had half a brain and thought about it, they’d realize that Romney is much more likely to draw the independent crowd (crucial to beating Obama) than Pawlenty, Bachman, Daniels, Gingrich or anyone else currently up for consideration. What will they say about the 10 million he made today? Their excuses will be interesting but ultimately worthless. Keep up the good fight Mitt!!

  8. Mark says:

    but you have to admit it’s not bad for one day, right?

  9. Mark says:

    so what’s all that hype about Ron Paul’s money bomb? Mitt made Ron Paul’s money bomb look like the change at the bottom of a wishing fountain.

  10. Steve Foster says:

    Can he repeat it, though? As has been noted, it’s the tiniest fraction of things to come. Whether our money or outreach is big or small, our comMITTment is just begun here.

  11. Marilyn says:

    The people are going to decide who is going to be the nominee. Not the pundits, not media in general, and certainly not the left.

  12. VegasMike says:

    There seems to be a lot of chatter about each persons candidate and if they have the necessary skills to be President. Do they have business experience, are they against abortion, have they employed people before. Do they understand Economics (unlike McCain).
    I’m beginning to wonder if Mitt is Over qualified. His resume seems to good to be true.
    No other candidate has these talents. Why are we wasting our time, we all know what the others are like, especially what Obama’s skills are. Lol
    Let’s all get behind Gov. Romney and let Obama be a one term President.