POLL: In Arizona, Obama Beats All Republicans but One . . . Romney

Romney beats Obama in Arizona

Romney beats Obama in Arizona

From Public Polling Policy:

Obama trails only one Republican- Mitt Romney- in a hypothetical match up in the state. Romney has a 48-44 advantage against him. This makes Arizona the third state in the last month, along with Nevada and Pennsylvania, where we’ve found Romney as the only Republican who leads Obama. Romney and Mike Huckabee generally post similar numbers against Obama in our national polling but that’s because Huckabee posts much larger leads than Romney against Obama in southern states that the GOP will win regardless of who the party’s nominee is. Romney is clearly proving to be the stronger candidate in important swing states, meaning that for whatever it’s worth he has claim to the ‘electability’ mantle right now.


How do they stack up vs. Obama in AZ?

Mitt Romney 48% — Obama 44% (+4)
Obama 46% — Mike Huckabee 44% (-2)
Obama 47% — Newt Gingrich 40% (-7)
Obama 48% — Donald Trump 38% (-10)
Obama 49% — Sarah Palin 38% (-11)

The favorability ratings are equally awesome for Mitt, not so much for Trump:

Mitt Romney: Favorable — 45%, Unfavorable — 37%, Not Sure — 17% (+8)
Mike Huckabee: Favorable — 35%, Unfavorable — 48%, Not Sure — 17% (-13)
Sarah Palin: Favorable — 32%, Unfavorable — 62%, Not Sure — 5% (-30)
Newt Gingrich: Favorable — 26%, Unfavorable — 59%, Not Sure — 15% (-33)
Donald Trump: Favorable -24%, Unfavorable — 66%, Not Sure — 10% (-42)

As more of these polling results are released, I think we’ll see that Romney’s clear advantage over the rest of the potential field is his electability in a general election versus President Obama. Will it be that same appeal he has to independents that proves a hindrance in getting the party’s nomination? Only time will tell.

Will Mitt Romney be at the Fox News Debate in South Carolina on May 5th?


It’s an answer that a lot of us expected, even though we’re anxious to see our man on the debate stage. Here’s a statement from top Romney advisor, Matt Rhoades:

“Gov. Romney will not be participating in this week’s South Carolina debate because it’s still early, the field is too unsettled and he’s not yet an announced candidate. Fox News and the South Carolina Republican Party have both been notified of this decision. Gov. Romney is planning to visit South Carolina on May 21st and he looks forward to debating there closer to their primary.”

The impatient part of me wants Romney to go out swinging — right now — but the strategy conscious part of me tells me that this is a good call by the Romney camp.

Your thoughts?

VIDEO - Donald Trump: “my net worth is many, many, many times Mitt Romney.”

Trump & Romney

Trump & Romney

Is Trump’s narcissistic chest beating so very, very off-putting to anyone else?

I don’t normally pay attention to the guy (his presidential chances should be taken about as seriously as Oprah Winfrey’s), but after hearing about his recent remarks on how Mitt Romney “didn’t create companies”, I couldn’t help but take a gander at the interview video:

The above video doesn’t catch all of the Romney talk, though; fast-forward to the 4:45 mark in this video to catch the entire diologue. I don’t mind re-posting the entire interview here. If you watch it all, you’ll see that the more he speaks, the more the guy does harm to his cause:

Fact Check:

In 1984, Romney founded and led Bain Capital, now one of the nation’s most successful venture capital and investment firms.

Some lesser known facts about Mitt’s net worth: Romney left his company to go back and restructure Bain & Company, taking only a symbolic $1 salary for the entire year; he didn’t take a salary as Governor and he donated his Olympic’s salary to charity. Not to mention all the proceeds from Romney’s ‘New York Times Best Seller’ went to charity, as well. Success means nothing unless you learn to give back. Romney has essentially gone without pay for the past decade (longer than the average duration of the Donald’s marriages). Trump’s 2009 salary? …$50 million.

True leadership is humility.

More analysis from Ross after the fold

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)?

    Pawlenty Takes a Line from Romney in New Web Video: “It’s Going to Take a New President”

    Tim Pawlenty and Mitt Romney

    During his most recent CPAC speech, Romney made a particular declaration that, I’ll be honest, made a thrill go up my leg. It brought the entire audience to their feet in applause — a simple, but memorable statement that was delivered only after plenty of build-up. It went like this:

    “It’s going to take more than new rhetoric to put Americans back to work — it’s going to take a new president!

    That was mid-February. Fast-forward to just yesterday, when T-Paw’s team released a movie trailer video response to the announcement of Obama’s reelection campaign. See if your eyes can focus through the joltiness until the very end, where you may hear a familiar line:

    Did you catch it?

    Now, I’m not saying that Romney has a trademark on that particular phrase; in fact, it will undoubtedly be used (and has been used) scores of times by any challenger seeking to remove an incumbent President. I guess I just found this certain instance to be déjà vu provoking. It’s almost as if either T-Paw himself, or one of his advisers, was in that CPAC audience back in February, taking good notes on what charisma is supposed to sound like. Kudos to the media team for nailing it down.

    -Tommy Winter

    On Health Care: Romney Asks Obama, “Why Didn’t You Call Me?”

    Obama never went to Romney for health care advice.

    Obama never inquired Romney for health care advice.

    It’s a line that Romney has used in a few interviews during his book tour last year, but most recently in a Q & A segment just after the former MA Governor’s speech on Saturday. It’s a simple interrogative phrase that, if used in a debate vs. Obama, would beg a more profound response (though the President is surely witty and evasive enough to dance around the question at heart): “Why didn’t you call me?”

    President Obama frequently showers sardonic praise on Mitt Romney for the health care law he signed in Massachusetts, calling it a model for the national plan. On Saturday, Mr. Romney offered a new retort, saying:


    “He does me the great favor of saying that I was the inspiration of his plan. If that’s the case, why didn’t you call me?” Mr. Romney said. “Why didn’t you ask what was wrong? Why didn’t you ask if this was an experiment, what worked and what didn’t?”

    To applause, he added: “I would have told him, ‘What you’re doing, Mr. President, is going to bankrupt us.”

    I think these are very legitimate questions. If Obama and his cronies are going to play politics by trying to pin the health care tail on Romney, then why didn’t they invite Mr. Romney to a single health care summit? Can they really accredit Romney for their failure when they never even bothered to give him a single jingle to discuss what worked and what didn’t work in Massachusetts?!

    I’ll tell you why. Firstly, Romney wouldn’t have worn their phony lab coats…

    Secondly, the pragmatic, solution-oriented turnaround expert would have told them flat out — as he has all along — that the notion of a one-size-fits-all plan is not only an unconscionable abuse of power, it’s flat out unconstitutional.


    They knew that the basis and overall intent of their plan was so immensely different from Romney’s that, essentially, they would have been talking to Henry Ford about how to erect a flying saucer. Their plan, rooted in big government principles, was to force private providers out of the market and rely on a sole government provider. Their plan was not paid for. Their plan raises taxes and cuts Medicare. Their plan was not viewed favorably by the people it would have effect on (all Americans). Their plan was not introduced after previously balancing the budget. Their plan was jammed through the house, unread.

    -Tommy Winter