Tea Party for Romney-“Unity Rally 2012”

William Temple (center), in colonial dress, and other Tea Party supporters cheer at the Tea Party Unity Rally at The River at Tampa Bay Church ahead of the GOP National Convention. Aug 27, 2021
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Last night, several notable “Tea Party-ers” gathered for a “Unity Rally” at The River Church here in Tampa. The list of speakers was impressive and some of the headliners were Neil Boortz, Herman Cain, Michelle Bachman, Pam Bondi, and Rebecca Kleefisch.

Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch (who, like Gov. Scott Walker, got to run and win her office/term TWICE!) did a great job energizing the crowd for the Romney/Ryan ticket (1 minute video below).

Herman Cain was his usual entertaining self and used some of his time to show how hard he’s willing to work for the future of our country by making sure that Obama doesn’t serve another term. He said he doesn’t feel spurned by not getting a speaking slot at GOP convention; that he favors time for younger ABCs (American Black Conservatives) like Mia Love.

Mia, current mayor of Saratoga Springs, is running for Congress in Utah and has been endorsed in that race by Mitt Romney.

The Tea Party Folks here last night seemed genuinely excited to get Romney/Ryan in the White House!

The Fat Lady Has Sung… It’s Romney!

She has sung!

Last night, after being awarded nearly 70% of the vote in the Texas primary, Governor Mitt Romney secured the final delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination:

Shortly after the polls closed in Texas at 9 p.m. Tuesday night, Romney was projected to finally obtain the needed 1,144 delegates, according to The Associated Press.

With Texas allocating its 155 delegates proportionally, Romney had to win just 38 percent of the vote to finally nab the GOP nod, a mark he cleared easily with over 70 percent of the vote, although only a small percentage of the precincts were reporting.
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“This was a big day by the way - 1,144. We finally got there,” Romney said at a Las Vegas fundraiser on Tuesday night. “It’s an honor and a privilege, an honor and a privilege, and a great responsibility. And I know the road to 1,144 was long and hard, but I also know that the road to 11/06, November 6, is also going to be long, it’s going to be hard and it’s going to be worth it because we’re going to take back the White House and get America right again.”

Governor Romney released the following statement last night::

“I am honored that Americans across the country have given their support to my candidacy and I am humbled to have won enough delegates to become the Republican Party’s 2012 presidential nominee. Our party has come together with the goal of putting the failures of the last three and a half years behind us. I have no illusions about the difficulties of the task before us. But whatever challenges lie ahead, we will settle for nothing less than getting America back on the path to full employment and prosperity. On November 6, I am confident that we will unite as a country and begin the hard work of fulfilling the American promise and restoring our country to greatness.”

Portions of statements of endorsement from the courageous GOP candidates of 2011 - 2012:

● Governor Tim Pawlenty - Sept 12, 2021

“I know all the candidates in the race for 2012; I know them. I respect them, but the next president is going to have to lead on the economy and jobs in a historic way. There’s one candidate in this race who is unmatched in his skills, and experience, and talent when it comes to turning around this economy and growing jobs - and that’s Mitt Romney. I’m proud and excited to endorse him for President of the United States. I believe he’s going to be our party’s nominee and I think he’s going to be a transformational and great president for this country.”

Rep Thaddeus McCotter - Sept 22, 2021

“We cannot unite America if we divide the movement of Principled Conservatism. The time has come for the Tea Party and the Republican Party to come together to serve and save this great nation. Thus, upon having withdrawn my candidacy, I have endorsed Governor Mitt Romney to become our Republican Party’s nominee. We must unite behind the candidate best capable of defeating Barack Obama on November 6, 2012—Mitt Romney is that candidate. “

● Governor Jon Huntsman - January 16, 2022

“I believe it is now time for our party to unite around the candidate best equipped to defeat Barack Obama. Despite our differences and the space between us on some of the issues, I believe that candidate is Governor Mitt Romney…

This is the most important election of our lifetime.”

Governor Rick Perry - April 25, 2022

“Mitt Romney has earned the Republican Presidential nomination through hard-work, a strong organization, and disciplined message of restoring America after nearly four years of failed job-killing policies from President Obama and his administration. So today I join the many conservative Republicans across the nation in endorsing Mitt Romney for President and pledge to him, my constituents and the Republican Party than I will continue to work hard to help defeat President Obama. American jobs, economic stability and national security depend on electing a new president. Mitt ‘s vision and record of private sector success will put America back on the path of job creation, economic opportunity and limited government.”

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich - May 2, 2022 (Note: While not a formal endorsement, the following remarks were taken from Gingrich’s exit statement. Gingrich has since campaigned for Romney at Georgia’s state GOP convention and spoke on The Gov’s behalf at last night’s fundraiser in Las Vegas, Nevada.)

“I am asked sometimes, ‘is Mitt Romney conservative enough? My answer is simple — compared to Barack Obama? This is not a choice between Mitt Romney and Ronald Reagan. This is a choice between Mitt Romney and the most radical, leftist president in American history.”

“If you simply take judges and ask yourself, who are the kind of people Gov. Romney would be inclined to appoint and who are the kind of people we know Barack Obama appoints? The gap is as wide as in any point in American history,” said Gingrich. “I would argue it’s wider than between Reagan and Carter.”

“If you look at Romney’s pledge to cut spending, something which we’re going to cheerfully help him with, to balance the budget, something I’ve had some involvement with. To work with [House Budget Committee Chairman] Paul Ryan [R-Wis.] and others on the entitlement crisis, to focus on economic growth by creating private sector jobs, something I would suggest Gov. Romney knows about 60,000 times more than does President Obama.”

“A reelection of Barack Obama would be a genuine disaster. And, all of us have an obligation, I think, to do everything we can to defeat Barack Obama. This is still the most important election in our lifetime.”

Rep Michele Bachmann - May 3, 2022

“This November, Americans will be at the polls with a serious choice- they can vote for more of Barack Obama’s transformation of America, with more joblessness, higher energy prices, fewer opportunities for our children, more government controls, bailouts, and failed economic policies, or they can vote for a new vision of prosperity and liberty. I’m honored to announce that today, I am endorsing Governor Mitt Romney for President of the United States, a man who will preserve the American dream of prosperity and liberty.
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“This is the last chance we have to keep America from going “forward”, over the cliff, as Governor Romney said, and restore the values of prosperity and freedom. This is the opportunity for conservatives, independents, and disaffected Democrats to join me and Governor Romney in denying Obama a second term. On November 6th, the only option is Mitt Romney for President.”

Senator Rick Santorum - May 7, 2022

“The primary campaign certainly made it clear that Gov. Romney and I have some differences. But there are many significant areas in which we agree,” Santorum wrote, citing common ground in economic, social and foreign policy.

“Above all else, we both agree that President Obama must be defeated. The task will not be easy. It will require all hands on deck if our nominee is to be victorious. Gov. Romney will be that nominee and he has my endorsement and support to win this the most critical election of our lifetime.”
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“And while I had concerns about Gov. Romney making a case as a candidate about fighting against Obamacare, I have no doubt if elected he will work with a Republican Congress to repeal it and replace it with a bottom up, patient, not government, driven system,” Santorum said in an email…

● Herman Cain - May 16, 2022

“My endorsement evolved. Early in the process is one thing, but as we converged toward the convention, what we did earlier isn’t as relevant. … Now that the process is winding down, I felt it fitting to offer a formal endorsement…

“Gov. Romney gets the big things right – especially recognizing that federal policies are the biggest impediment to American prosperity. President Obama gets it wrong on all of the big issues. That’s why we have got to have a different occupant of the White House.”

“This is why I officially endorse Gov. Romney. I now call on the millions of Americans who want to end disastrous government policies that compromise our freedom and prosperity to do the same and help Gov. Romney win in November.”

Congressman Ron Paul released a statement on his campaign on May 14, 2012. I appreciate the statements made by his son, Rep Rand Paul, during an interview on FOX Business Channel on May 23, 2012:

“… I do want someone who has been good at managing businesses that have been in failure and trying to turn them around. Right now I’d consider our government to be a failed business, and so I think Governor Romney would be precisely the person I would want to turn around a failing business like our government…”

● On February 22, 2022 former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer ended his bid for the GOP nomination with the intent to run third party.

UPDATE – On May 31, 2022 Roemer ended his run for the presidency.

● On December 28, 2021 former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson dropped out of the presidential race and announced he would seek the Libertarian Party’s nomination. In Nevada, on May 5, 2012, Johnson won the Libertarian Party nomination.

For a listing of endorsements candidates received from federal and statewide elected officials click here. Updates are included at the bottom of the page. (The list for Romney is very impressive!)

Thank you Texas, to the GOP candidates for a spirited primary season, and to all along the way who labored to make this happy and significant day possible! Now, the real work begins. Donate $3 for a chance to grab a bite to eat with Mitt and Ann. Let’s continue to unify and work together to restore America.

CONGRATULATIONS to Governor Romney!

On to the White House!

Encouraging News: Mitt up 13 in Latest Wisconsin Poll

Evidence mounts that the GOP electorate is rallying around Mitt. Rasmussen today published a poll showing Mitt with a 13 point lead in the State of Wisconsin, 46% to 33% over Santorum. Wisconsin is among the next states to hold primaries, and follows Louisiana, which holds its primary tomorrow, March 24. Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich were in distant third and fourth places, respectively, in the Wisconsin polling. Prior polls, taken nearly a month ago, had Santorum with a similar lead over Romney, indicating a nearly 30 point possible swing toward Mitt over that time. Of course polling is not always reliable, but the large swing is noteworthy, and may indicate the coalescing is beginning in earnest behind Mitt. Rasmussen overstated Mitt’s support in Mississippi, but understated his support in Illinois. Rasmussen’s latest Wisconsin poll has a 3% margin of error and 95% confidence rate. For more analysis, see this Washington Post article.

Charlie Sykes on Board. In other Wisconsin news, according to Politico, Charlie Sykes, a Wisconsin conservative radio personality, also posted via Twitter he’s voting for Mitt.

Louisiana. Polls in Louisiana still show Santorum with a 12-14% lead, with the latest Rasmussen poll showing 43% to 31% in favor of the Senator. Louisiana’s delegates are awarded proportionately, however, so the number of delegates out of the 46 [CORRECTION: 20] being allocated tomorrow will not be significantly in Santorum’s favor. [NOTE: an astute reader pointed out that only 20 of the 46 Louisiana delegates are actually allocated tomorrow, and, in fact, only candidates receiving over 25% of the vote will receive a proportional share of those, with the remainder of even that 20 being unbound, making Louisiana’s impact even smaller]. Now the math may not be linear, as every state is different, but a 12% higher vote would yield relatively few additional delegates granted to Santorum at the end of the contest, particularly if Mitt clears 25%, which appears likely. And 43% is certainly not enough to match the nearly 70% target Santorum must reach in every remaining primary to capture the nomination, making even Louisiana likely just another step towards Mitt’s ultimate victory. Nearly 60% of voters in Louisiana identify as evangelical or having similar values, which would suggest a home state advantage for Santorum, but exit polling in recent primaries has shown Mitt doing well in all groups, so Santorum’s historical advantage among evangelicals may be slipping as well. Polling has indicated that while evangelical voters may initially lean toward a different choice, Mitt is an acceptable alternative. As it becomes clearer Mitt is the only candidate that can win the nomination, look for growing support among this group. And who knows? With polls being wrong, and dynamics changing daily (including Santorum’s goof seeming to suggest support for Obama over Mitt), perhaps Mitt will win Louisiana outright.


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Romney’s Humor, CNN’s Crowley & Political Gold? Campaign Oscar Awards

Taking a cue from today’s annual 84th presentation of the Academy Awards, today CNN’s Candy Crowley shared her light-hearted version of ‘Campaign Awards’ on her program State of The Union:

A close up look at some of the best moments from the 2012 GOP race…
And the Oscar goes to:

Agree? Or, Razzies? (Seeing Crowley’s review reminds me how happy I am we’re down to four candidates!)

What award would you give Obama?

A couple of days ago, NBC’s Garrett Haake woke up to something we’ve known all along. The Romney-is-stiff meme, which talking heads cunningly perpetuate, is a big, fat lie:

Live from Kalamazoo, it’s Mitt Romney!

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Maybe it was something about being back home in Michigan, or the fact that it’s nearly the weekend, or just a touch of punchiness after a long day, but Friday night Mitt Romney, yes that Mitt Romney, was just plain funny.

The sometimes-Republican frontrunner, whose reputation for stiffness and an inability to connect with voters on a personal level has long been taken as gospel by campaign-watchers, opened his town hall here tonight as he often does, with an anecdote about his father, a former Michigan governor. But this story was a little different than usual.

“We were in Detroit this morning, at the Detroit Economic Club, then through Mount Clemens, then drove here across the interstate. Drove past Brighton. My parents’ grave sites are there,” Romney explained. “My dad — trust my dad. My dad is a very frugal man. He checked all over for where the best deal was on a grave site. And he found a place in Brighton — because we didn’t live in Brighton. It’s like, how did you pick Brighton dad? Well, best price I could find in the whole state. So if you’re looking for the best deal on a grave site, check Brighton, they got a good spot you’ll be near the former governor and first lady.”

Governor Romney was on a roll; he ad-libbed…

Confronted with a question about space exploration and NASA, Romney refused to promise more funding for exploration, saying he preferred to focus on promoting basic science through NASA.

He made light of China’s attempt to achieve its own moon landing.

“I know China is headed to the moon,” Romney said. “They’re planning on going to the moon, and some people say, ‘Oh, we’ve got to get to the moon, we’ve got to get there in a hurry to prove we can get there before China.’ It’s like, guys, we were there a long time ago, all right? And when you get there would you bring back some of the stuff we left?”

Romney saved a sure laugh for the end - the one which snagged the Crowley Campaign Award:

Wrapping the event after more than 40 minutes on stage (he said he’d been there an hour), he made mention of an infamous political gaffe by a fellow Massachusetts governor.

“I’m getting the cut off and I won’t make the sign of the cut off because there’s a lot of cameras around here and that’ll be used against me down the road… just like Michael Dukakis’ hat in that tank,” Romney said. “There’s some things you just cannot do in politics anymore.”

No image more adversely affected Michael Dukakis' 1988 campaign than the staged photo shoot of him in a military tank wearing a helmet. Meant to associate him with military issues, a Democratic weak spot, it backfired.
And, the rest is dufus history.

As Neil Cavuto told Jersey Man Ken Dunek on Feb 14, 2012:

… We all remember Michael Dukakis in the tank. The stories are legend that John Kennedy never wanted to be photographed in a hat. He was wise. It’s a good rule for anyone running for office, because someone looks goofy in a hat. That whole thing hurt Dukakis. It could be a vignette or a moment that can make or break you.

Hey, The Gov knows his stuff. Nothing on his head except a ball cap.

Time to roll out the red carpet for Romney!

► Jayde Wyatt

Herman Cain Suspends Campaign. What’s Next for His Supporters? [Updated]

We’ve been following Herman Cain for a very long time here at MRC. In fact, we promoted the announcement of his candidacy before most news outlets had even heard of him. The reason we’ve been paying so much attention to him is because the United States needs a businessman in the White House. We’ve given politicians many chances only to be let down time and time again. Herman Cain and Mitt Romney both fit the bill, and they both have said repeatedly that America would be in very good hands with either of them at the helm. When baited to attack each other, both gentleman have refused due to the respect they share for each other.

When asked at a townhall event about Herman Cain awhile back, Mitt said “We each have our own experiences, he’s a great guy. Vote for either one of us and you’ll be happy.”

Herman Cain provided Mitt with one his most important endorsements in 2008:

February 4, 2022
Why I Support Mitt Romney: Leadership Substance

The dynamics of political party connections, the political process itself and public perceptions have once again yielded the top two contenders of each major party in the 2008 presidential race. And once again, the public can only hope that the ultimate winner of the White House will be a candidate with the most leadership substance.

My vote is for Mitt Romney.

History is important, but the future is more important. Making history is nice, but nice can’t make critical decisions. The success of this country in the future will be shaped by the leadership abilities of the next president.

Our success will not be based on opinion polls, pandering to the uninformed voters, promising emotional quick fixes over common sense, nitpicking of opponents’ past records or mastering the art of the media sound bite. Success will come from focusing on the right problems and solving those problems. That will mean making tough decisions about some problems that have been with us for decades. It will also mean taking a tough stand on new problems and challenges.

That’s what leaders do.

Mitt Romney has done that as a chief executive officer in business, as a governor and as head of the U.S. Olympics. He has done so while balancing political consequences, but not compromising fundamental principles of the founding of this country or free-market economics. We have prospered as a nation by strengthening those principles, and will not remain strong if we allow those principles to become diluted with a lack of leadership.

Anyone who wishes to find a reason not to vote for Romney can easily find one. But the reasons to vote for him are far more compelling. He has successfully managed a real business with other people’s money and some of his own. He has balanced budgets. He successfully led a turnaround situation with the Olympics. And he has spent more of his career outside government than inside.

On the other hand, John McCain has spent more of his career inside government than outside, and the reasons not to vote for him as the Republican nominee are very compelling.

He voted against letting people keep more of their money in 2001 and 2003 when President Bush pushed through his tax cuts. He has been part of the escalation of the federal debt during his 20-plus years in the U.S. Senate. He showed questionable leadership on a failed immigration bill that was rejected by the public. And he showed no leadership by failing to support the president’s efforts to establish personal retirement accounts – a proposal that would have started to fix the coming financial train wreck in the Social Security system.

That’s not leadership.

I do not question the character, integrity or sincerity of either Mitt Romney or John McCain, nor do I question their desire to do what’s best for the country if elected. I do not worry, as some people do, that they would fan the flames of social and religious differences. My focus is on their prospective leadership relative to national security, the economy, federal spending, free-market health care solutions and the elimination of dysfunctional programs.

Mitt Romney’s history is more indicative of the substance needed to make major progress on critical issues, and not just to make more politically palatable incremental changes in Washington D.C.

Media momentum and campaign funding aside, there are several other Republican presidential candidates who would not cause me to worry about our grandchildren’s future. The two leading Democratic presidential candidates, however, would cause me great concern because of their severe lack of leadership substance and their policy proposals.

This is despite Barack Obama’s appeal and strong public perception, but entirely consistent with Hillary Clinton’s self-proclaimed, invisible experience.

Great leaders are born and good leaders keep working on it. We are not favored with an obvious great leader in the 2008 presidential race, as is apparent from the primary process and the results thus far.

But Mitt Romney’s leadership credentials offer the best hope of a leader with substance, and the best hope for a good president who could turn out to be great.

It looks like Mitt first became aware of and impressed by Herman Cain in 1994:

Anyone who is wondering who Cain may endorse can take Gov. Perry off the list. Also, John, a blogger who endorsed Herman Cain, writes a very important piece for Right Speak that I hope all of Cain’s supporters gets a chance to read. Goal #1 has always been and must remain that President Obama is a 1-term President! Any supporters of Herman Cain are welcomed with open arms to join us here at Mitt Romney Central or even to just stop by and chat/see what’s going on from time to time. Together we can bring America back and help people who’ve lost faith to Believe in America again!


Update 1: Cain vows he will endorse in the race:

I will be making an endorsement in the near future. I will be making an endorsement. And I can tell you right now it won’t be the current occupant of the White House.

Update 2: Romney’s statement on Cain’s exit:

Herman’s campaign was one of ideas. His decision was based on what is best for him and his family. We wish Herman and Gloria the best.

Update 3: Video of Cain’s announcement:

Who Won the CNN, Heritage Foundation, AEI Foreign Policy Debate in Washington D.C.?

I’d love to hear your opinions on this debate.

Check back later for more.

UPDATE - The full debate:

Romney Tops Reuters/Ipsos Poll, Likely GOP Nominee

We’ll kick off the week with good news highlighted by Jennifer Rubin (The Washington Post). The latest Reuters/Ipsos poll shows Mitt Romney is tops:

Mitt Romney is back in the number-one spot in another poll. “Mitt Romney has a growing lead in the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, and almost half of the party’s voters expect him to be the nominee, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll. Twenty-eight percent of Republicans backed the former Massachusetts governor, giving him a lead of 8 percentage points over his nearest challenger Herman Cain in the poll, taken November 10-11. Romney was 5 percentage points ahead in a survey November 7-8. Newt Gingrich, the U.S. House of Representatives speaker in the mid-1990s, solidified a recent rise among conservatives seeking an alternative to the more moderate Romney, coming in third place in the current poll with 16 percent.”

More from The Washington Post:

Mitt the inevitable?

By Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake 11/14/2011

In the past few weeks, a realization appears to have dawned on the political world: Mitt Romney is very likely to be the Republican nominee for president in 2012.

To wit:

* President Obama’s campaign surrogates have focused their critique exclusively on Romney of late; former White House communicator Bill Burton released a memo Saturday attacking the Republican as a flip-flopper on the issue of abortion.
* Forty-five percent of Republicans in an early November Gallup survey said they believe Romney will be the nominee, triple the percentage (13 percent) that see businessman Herman Cain as the likely GOP nominee. Just 9 percent named Texas Gov. Rick Perryand 4 percent said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich would be the nominee.

“They continue to methodically build a foundation that, with each passing day, is capable of weathering an increasingly strong storm,” said Jim Dyke, a senior party strategist not affiliated with any of the candidates, of the Romney campaign.

What’s interesting about the Romney rise is that it isn’t a rise at all. Romney has remained steady, while his potential rivals have fallen.

Cain has struggled to get beyond the allegations of sexual harassment that have dogged his campaign for the last several weeks. While his core support remains surprisingly strong in the face of the accusations, the momentum he was building prior to the revelations has been almost entirely stopped.

Perry’s implosion has been more slow-moving — his best days in the race were his first ones — but he put an exclamation point on his struggles with his now-infamous “oops” moment.

And, while there’s no question that Gingrich appears to be the conservative alternative of the moment, his long record in public life — not to mention the lack of any real organization in early states — makes him look like a long shot to unseat Romney.

“No campaign has shown they have the resources, the organization, the candidate and the strategy to capture voters in a sustained way,” noted Dyke.

Romney’s campaign, not surprisingly, is not “taking anything for granted,” according to spokeswoman Andrea Saul. (They are also taking it day by day, working hard to earn every vote …)

(emphasis, italics added)

► Jayde Wyatt

Who Won the CBS GOP Foreign Policy Debate from South Carolina? Full Debate Video Added

Republican candidates debated each other tonight on the topics of National Security and Foreign Policy. If the chat box starts moving too fast with all the chatting during the debate, feel free to start or respond to a topic at our forum. As soon as the entire debate is available, we will post the video below.

Full debate below followed by a compilation of just Mitt’s answers from the debate!

UPDATE: Looks like Mitt will be participating in the first Election 2012 Fox News Google+ Hangout with Bret Baier on Tuesday. Click here to learn how you could end up being one of the lucky few to “hangout” with Mitt on Tuesday.

UPDATE 2 by Jayde - Mitt Romney’s Special Adviser on Foreign Policy and former Reagan Administration official, Ambassador Rich Williamson, and S. Carolina Treasurer Curtis Loftis issued statements following tonight’s debate in Spartanburg, South Carolina:

Ambassador Williamson:

“Mitt Romney left tonight’s debate showing that he is the candidate best equipped to secure a more peaceful and prosperous world for the United States and our allies. Mitt Romney deeply understands that the only way to meet the challenges we face abroad is to rest our foreign policy on a strong military, a strong economy, and the strength of our values. For three years, President Obama’s feckless policies have weakened our country’s standing and influence across the globe. Mitt Romney is the candidate who will restore our standing and ensure that America leads the world.”

SC Treasurer Curtis Loftis:

“Mitt Romney won tonight’s debate by articulating a strategy to ensure that the 21st century is an American century. Unlike President Obama, Mitt Romney will conduct a foreign policy that acknowledges America’s exceptional role in the world, and he will do so with clarity and resolve. In a Romney administration, our friends will never question where we stand – and neither will our adversaries.”

FINAL UPDATE: The National Journal conducted a poll of Republican insiders and the results are as follows:

Who Won the CNBC Economic GOP Debate in Michigan? Full Debate Added

We’ve just finished another big presidential debate tonight! What did ya’ll think?

We’ll post the debate here in it’s entirety as soon as it’s available.

It was held at Oakland University in Michigan and moderators Maria Bartiromo and John Harwood (CNBC) were joined by Sharon Epperson, Steve Liesman, Rick Santelli, and Jim Cramer.

Participants: Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum

Before this debate started, Jim Cramer and CNBC decided to focus on two companies, General Motors and Domino’s Pizza. I’m guessing these choices were very deliberate. They chose General Motors because of Mitt’s criticism of the auto bailout that the democrats have tried to twist into a way to attack Mitt Romney. I’m sure Mitt welcomes any questions about the auto bailout because it gives him a chance to tell the voters the truth about his position and most will ultimately realize Mitt was right all along. Domino’s is a company that Mitt Romney and Bain Capital bought several years ago. This gives Mitt a fantastic chance to talk about how he and Bain helped Domino’s grow so much and how that experience will aid him in his mission to grow the U.S. economy. That, combined with Michigan being the state of Mitt’s birth and the state that Mitt’s father George Romney was a popular governor of for three terms, gives Mitt quite the home field advantage. CNBC is reporting that the students seem to be behind Mitt more than any other candidate.

Chat with us during the debate and make sure to come back to this post after the debate for video, analysis, and some ways to help Mitt. Until then, please sign up at Ultimitt.org.

UPDATE: An on-sight poll of students there at Oakland University gave Mitt the victory with 40% of the vote!

The Fix calls Mitt a winner!

* Mitt Romney: Steady, steady, steady. The former Massachusetts governor was on friendly territory tonight with an economic-themed debate set in the state where he was born. The crowd was very much on his side — cheering virtually anything he said. And Romney was on his game too; his answer on housing versus jobs was that of a confident frontrunner. Romney, again, looked like the person on stage most ready to carry the Republican standard next year against President Obama. Plus, the utter debate collapse of Texas Gov. Rick Perry — the only other candidate with a demonstrated ability to raise tens of millions of dollars — will likely push some on-the-fence major donors Romney’s way.

Jennifer Rubin picks Mitt as the winner as does Rich Lowry from National Review and Christian Heinze from the Hill.

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Happy Halloween! from Mitt Romney Central

Double, double toil and trouble,

Snowflakes fall

while caldrons bubble…

Ahhh… Halloween haunting shrouds the land!

As ghostly snowstorms in the northeast leave 2 million trick-or-treaters without electricity (MA and NH got over 30 inches of the white stuff) and goblins in the Rockies will wear overcoats tonight, Rick Perry’s jobs plan goes bump-in-the-night, ghosts have invaded the Cain train but he’ll still talk to the eye of Newt, Jon Huntsman’s daughters don disguises, taxpayers will pay to lay another cadaver in the coffin, and something wicked this way comes from Dracula Obama…

We think it’s time to Boogie, man. Here’s a 2006 version of Blue Moon from Adcetera:

Before we get further into the spirit of things, we want to wish a very happy birthday to Nate Gunderson (he’s the leader of the RomZombies here and owner of this site!) We hope you’re having a great day, Nate, and may many more come your way!

A thought or two and a few cartoons:

Look, there’s no metaphysics on earth like chocolates.
~ Fernando Pessoa

Witch and ghost make merry on this last of dear October’s days.
~Author Unknown

Backward, turn backward,
O Time, in your flight
make me a child again
just for to-night
~Elizabeth Akers Allen

Some of you will have more than frost on the pumpkin tonight… Here’s a look at Mitt and some of his family enjoying a Halloween snowball fight yesterday at Lake Winnipesaukee, NH:

Click on image to enlarge.

Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen,

Voices whisper in the trees,

“Happy Halloween!”

Have fun!

From all of us at MRC

► Jayde Wyatt