New Poll Shows Romney Up in Michigan, Neck and Neck in Iowa [Obama Won Both in 2008]

The Obama campaign is quickly loosing it’s footing as more polls reveal Romney gaining ground in states that Obama won in 2008.

As it’s traditionally a Dem stronghold, most hypothetical electoral maps show Michigan in the solid blue column — and rightfully so. Just four years ago, Obama trounced McCain there by 17 points.

But what we’re learning this election cycle is that nothing is safe anymore for Team Obama. When Romney puts several typically blue states into play, he forces Team Obama to scramble — spreading resources in areas they didn’t think they’d have to defend.

The Obama folks certainly didn’t expect to be flanked by Team Romney in Michigan, but a look at the latest poll (conducted by We Ask America) shows just how vulnerable they’ve become for a Romney ambush:

Michigan Poll Results


Good news also comes from Iowa, where the poll finds Romney neck and neck with Obama:

Iowa Poll Results


See complete poll details here.

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VIDEO: Michiganders Welcome Romney on Final Day of His "Every Town Counts" Bus Tour

That was quick. The Michigan Republican party just put out a video that includes commentary from folks who flocked to see Mitt on the final day of his bus tour through the Rust Belt. Enjoy:


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Romney’s ‘Every Town Counts’ Bus Tour / FOX & Friends: “Obama Out of Touch”

A look at Governor Mitt Romney's campaign bus last week in Iowa.
Romney is kicking off a six state bus tour this Friday. (Photo Jennifer Jacobs/The Register)


Check the oil and gas ‘er up! Road trip!

Governor Mitt Romney will be back in his campaign bus this Friday to begin a six state Believe in America: Every Town Counts five-day bus tour.

The kick-off takes place where it all began for him last June - at beautiful Scamman Farm in Stratham, New Hampshire. It’s where Mitt and wife, Ann, served up crock-pots full of her homemade chili to a large crowd of supporters. It’s also where the Governor, under blue skies and a blustery breeze, stood on a crop harvester bed, surrounded with hay bales, and announced his presidential candidacy.

Besides New Hampshire, Romney’s bus tour will carry him over highways and byways in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Michigan, giving him the opportunity to meet with and listen to families and business owners in small towns.

Romney’s press release hit the unemployment nail on the head:

“For three and a half years, President Obama has paid little attention to the everyday concerns of the American people,” Mitt Romney said. “President Obama has offered no hope for the future, and he has left American families to bear the burden of his failed policies. Too many American families have experienced a lost job, faced foreclosure, or been forced to spend their kids’ college savings just to make ends meet. These are not statistics – these are our fellow Americans. In America’s small towns, you don’t find despair — you find boundless optimism. We know we can make America better, and that is why I am running for president.”

Henry Gomez from Cleveland.com points out how Romney is aggressively making his presence felt on turf where Obama has recently been:

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Republican Mitt Romney will sandwich President Barack Obama’s campaign appearance in Cleveland this week with Ohio events of his own, the latest example of cutthroat “bracketing” in this year’s race for the White House.

Romney will attend a private fundraiser Wednesday in Cincinnati, the evening before Obama’s speech at Cuyahoga Community College.

Romney previously bracketed an Obama trip by sending his campaign bus to Lorain County Community College in April, when the president delivered a speech at the Elyria campus. The following day, Romney campaigned miles away at a hollowed-out drywall factory in Lorain. The Republican challenger also came to Euclid last month, two days after Obama officially kicked off his re-election bid in Columbus.

‘Believe In America: Every Town Counts’ bus tour

• Friday, June 15 – New Hampshire

• Saturday, June 16 – Pennsylvania

• Sunday, June 17 – Ohio

• Monday, June 18 – Wisconsin and Iowa

• Tuesday, June 19 – Michigan

Residents in these six states will get to experience how much Governor Romney cares about the plight of ordinary everyday Americans and how much he wants to help.

If you missed it, The Gov was on FOX & Friends this morning to talk with hosts Gretchen Carlson, Steve Doocy, and Brian Kilmeade. It was a quick, great interview :



When Carlson asked Romney about Obama’s press tour, which was a ‘clean-up’ response to his “private sector is fine gaffe”, he mentioned Obama’s ignoring the effect Obamacare is having on small businesses, Obama’s outlandish characterization of the state of the private sector, and the fact that 15% of Americans are unemployed, under-employed, or stopped working.

Romney: “The President is really out of touch with what’s happening in America.

Kilmeade: “He says that you’re out of touch. He says that you want to cut firefighters, and teachers - that you don’t understand what’s going on in these communities. What do you say to that, Governor?

Romney: “Well, that’s a very strange accusation. Of course, teachers, and firemen, and policemen are hired at the local level and also by states. The federal government doesn’t pay for teachers, firefighters, or policemen. So, obviously, that’s completely absurd. He’s got a new idea, though, and that is another stimulus - and, to have the federal government send money to bail out cities and states. Didn’t work the first time; it certainly won’t work the second time.”

Look below the fold to see a few photos of that happy day when Governor Romney announced his candidacy for the GOP nomination. ——-> (more…)

Mitt Romney Delivers Remarks in Michigan: “A New Course for America”

Here are the remarks as I was reading them via the teleprompter control screen during Mitt’s speech.

It was very interesting to see how many times Mitt added parts to the speech that were not on the prompter and also how many times he simply changed the wording on the fly. I’d love to get a chance sometime to see if President Obama does the same thing or if he stays 100% true to the prompter.

Watch Mitt on Hannity below the fold. (more…)

The #LRA Must be Stopped - Why #Kony2012 =

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Invisible Children is an amazing organization that many of you may not have heard of until last week when the following video became the fastest spreading viral video in internet history.

What you may not know is that I’m a member of Invisible Children, and I was a volunteer leader of the event they called the Rescue in 2009 which culminated in Chicago outside Harpo studios.

I could go on and on about that week and how awesome it was, but I’ll just summarize the week quickly. The Rescue was an attempt by Invisible Children to raise awareness of the atrocities committed by Joseph Kony against the people of central Africa. 100 cities around the world participated, and each city was provided a list of important people from their respective city that could “rescue” them.
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Romney For President - New Video: ‘LIBERAL DEMOCRATS For Santorum’

Why did liberal Democrats in Michigan vote for Rick Santorum?

The adept Romney for President Digital Team today released a new web video answering that question. It’s titled “Liberal Democrats for Santorum.” Democrats voted in the Michigan primary because they know Governor Romney will be the stronger candidate in the general election. These voters did not vote for Rick Santorum; they voted for four more years of President Obama.


Text:

Voter: “My name is Krista Larsen. I’m a Democrat.”

Voter: “I’m Joe Disanno. I’m a democratic strategist in the state of Michigan.”

CNN’S Dana Bash: “Gary Zulinski.”

Tony Trupiano, progressive radio host: “I’m Tony Trupiano. [unintelligible]”

Bash: “And you voted for Rick Santorum?”

Voter: “I sure did.”

Bash: “…Went in there and you voted for?

Voter: “Santorum.”

Voter: “The last seven days we’ve been organizing and creating a list of Democrats who have committed to vote for Santorum in today’s election.”

Voter: “You know, it’s my way of protecting Obama.”

Trupiano: “I think Rick Santorum would be a weaker candidate. Of course he would be.”

Gary Zulinnski, Democrat: “It’s going to throw the GOP into some turmoil.”

Bash: “It’s not just going to be Michigan. The liberal blogs, they’re saying start in Michigan, but there are several other contests coming up with the same kind of open primary rules.”

Text: “Democrats voted for Rick Santorum because they want four more years of Obama.”

Text: “Defeat the Obama Political Machine.”

Text: “Donate to the One Term Fund today. OneTermFund.com





This new video also goes hand-in-glove with Paul’s excellent article Let Me Repeat: Vote for Mitt; a Vote for Santorum is a Vote for Obama.

As early election returns began coming in last night, FOX News commentator Rich Lowry (National Review Online editor) commented on the tactic that sickened so many Republicans and Romney supporters – that Santorum himself had issued a rallying cry to Democrats to vote for him in order to stop Romney.

THEN, Lowry went on to say he was put-off by the way Romney “whined” about it.

I don’t know what Lowry was referring to. Romney had a very brief window of time to get the news out about Santorum. He stated the facts on Santorum’s gutter tactics, offered a brief opinion on said tactics, and moved on. NO whining.

As evidenced today, Romney’s new video focuses on Democrats’ correct perception that - should Santorum become the GOP nominee - Obama would clean his clock. The video does not mention Santorum’s own despicable doings in Michigan’s primary.

Lowry is flat-out wrong.

If any candidate should be entitled to a bit of whining, as Ross pointed out, it’s Mitt Romney.

The Gov isn’t a whiner. He’s a winner.

► Jayde Wyatt

Interesting Tidbits from Michigan and Arizona - Quick Take-aways from Team MRC

Last night’s vote revealed a lot. Here’s a few interesting tidbits that we noticed:

1) Democrats in Michigan boosted Santorum’s vote tally by 4.8% overall. That is a significant boost, but it was still not enough to counter the strong support for Romney in the state. That means that without the Democrats, Romney would have beat Santorum by almost 7% rather than the 3% result last night. If Democrats hadn’t voted in the Michigan primary, then Romney would have trounced Santorum.

2) The shameful tactic employed by Santorum to appeal to Democrats and Pro-Union workers of the UAW failed. Not only did it fail, but it gave Romney powerful tool to use against Santorum in the coming weeks.

3) By Santorum appealing to Democrats and the Big Unions in Michigan, Santorum revealed his support for Pro-union agendas. Not a good stance in a Republican primary. Also, Santorum seemed to join forces with Michael Moore and Democratic leaders in the state by encouraging Democrats to vote against Mitt Romney. Michael Moore is not the kind of ally a politician wants to have in a Republican election.

4) Romney surpassed the number of voters that supported him in both AZ and MI compared to 2008.

5) Exit polls in AZ show that Romney continued to do well with conservative voters despite the medias continued attempts to claim the contrary. Romney swept nearly every category of voters in AZ. Thank you Arizona!!!

Addendum by Nate: The Romney campaign published one of their “takeaways” nicely in this video: Liberal Democrats for Santorum

It’s Primary Election Night in AZ & MI… Go ROMNEY!


UPDATE - Romney wins Arizona and Michigan!


Election night, Feb 28, 2022 - From Mitt Romney and Team: “Thank you to all our #Mitt2012 friends.” (TwitPic / Zac Moffat)

Mitt Romney supporters are anxiously awaiting the results of today’s primary elections in Arizona and Michigan. We’re optimistic about a win in The Grand Canyon State. Polling in The Great Lakes State between Governor Romney and Rick Santorum is razor thin. From The Washington Post:

Of the two, Michigan is by far the more competitive race – the candidates have been spending the bulk of their time there in recent days, and both Romney and Santorum hold their primary-night parties there tonight.
[...]
Newt Gingrich , who all but bypassed Michigan, is spending the day in his home state of Georgia, where he holds three campaign events, two news conferences and a primary night rally.

And Rep. Ron Paul , who campaigned only lightly in Michigan, is spending his primary night in Springfield, Va.

We hope Michiganders vote for the non-Democrat backed Mitt Romney.

Poll closing times:
Michigan – 8:00 pm ET
Arizona – 9:00 pm ET

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Update: Mitt won among republicans by more than 10%, and he received a lot more votes than in 2008.

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Santorum Asks Democrats for Votes Against Romney: Deal With The Devil


Rick Santorum’s panicked ‘YOO HOO’ to Democrats, pleading with them to vote for him today in Michigan to thwart Mitt Romney, has liberals and Santorum making a deal… with the devil.

Ross and Nate have posted great articles here regarding the despicable robocalls from Rick Santorum. Here’s the lowdown (and I do mean LOW DOWN) on the latest taking place in Michigan today.

TRENDING: Michigan mischief: ‘A deal with the devil
By Dana Bash, Eric Marrapodi (CNN)

Dearborn Heights, Michigan (CNN) – A longtime liberal radio host asking Democratic listeners to vote for Rick Santorum in Michigan’s Republican primary told CNN Tuesday he loves making mischief.

After spending nearly all of his three hour program encouraging Democrats to get out and vote for Santorum Tuesday, Tony Trupiano makes no apologies for his mischief.

… “[W]e could actually take some serious delegates away from him [Mitt Romney],” Trupiano said

It turns out many Democrats in this state don’t need a lot of convincing to engage in this kind of strategic voting.

At a polling station in Dearborn Heights, Crystal Larson said her vote for Santorum made her “feel like I made a deal with the devil.”

“Voting for Santorum goes against everything I believe in and everything I’ve ever stood for in my life and to vote for him takes a lot of guts I think,” Larson said.

She said she hadn’t received any of the robo calls, but heard about the Democratic effort in the media and decided to vote for Santorum at the last minute.

Gary Zulinski, also voting in Dearborn Heights, said, “I was listening and Democrats were asked to us come and I said ‘Why not…’

Santorum and Democrat strategist Joe Disano are two guys of one mind:

Michigan Democratic strategist Joe DiSano has taken it upon himself to become a leading mischief maker.

DiSano says he targeted nearly 50,000 Democratic voters in Michigan through email and a robo call to their homes, asking them to go to the polls Tuesday to vote for Rick Santorum in attempt to hurt Romney.

“Democrats can get in there and cause havoc for Romney all the way to the Republican convention,” DiSano told CNN. “If we can help set that fire in Michigan, we have a responsibility to do so,” he said. In his robo call, DiSano says “Democrats can embarrass Mitt Romney … by supporting Rick Santorum on Tuesday.” He asks the person to “press one…if you are committed to voting for Rick Santorum on Tuesday.” DiSano says over the last 7 days or so that he has been working on this, he has gotten some 12,000 commitments from Democratic voters to go to the polls and vote for Santorum.

Michael Moore has also joined Team Santorum (further proof of liberals’ fear of Romney):

FLINT, Michigan — Filmmaker and Flint native Michael Moore says Republicans aren’t the only ones who will decide the winner in today’s GOP presidential primary.

A lot of my Democratic friends are going to vote for (Rick) Santorum tomorrow in something they are calling, Operation Hilarity,” Moore said Monday on the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC.

Guy Benson, political editor at Townhall.com, said this today:

… [T]his Santorum campaign robocall simply must be heard to be believed. Stick with it through the very end:

“This call is supported by hard-working Democratic men and women, and paid for by Rick Santorum for President.”

The Santorum camp has confirmed that this is their handiwork.

Thought experiment: Let’s say that exact same spot reversed the names and ended with the words, “paid for by Mitt Romney for President.” I’d imagine the truuuuuue conservative set would be experiencing coniption fits of rage, and justifiably so. For the last few cycles, the Republican mantra has been some variation of, “we can’t allow liberals to choose our nominee.” Here we have a Republican candidate for president — the guy who’s built his entire campaign around the idea that he’s the authentic, courageous conservative – explicitly appealing to liberals and asking them to cross into the GOP primary to swing the results. Not only that, the thrust of the call is couched in Lefty speak, hitting Romney for opposing the way the auto bailout was structured and executed — a position that Santorum shares. Yet his message to Democrats calls Romney’s position “a slap in the face to every Michigan worker.”

(emphasis added)

Even FOX News’ Eric Bolling (The Five) said today that Santorum’s ad has conservatives scratching their heads… an ad defending the auto bailout? It’s outrageous that a self-proclaimed conservative-you-can-trust GOP presidential candidate – Rick Santorum - and his official campaign would use such deplorable tactics.

Rick Santorum and his campaign have stooped too low to be awarded with the highest office in the land.

► Jayde Wyatt

UPDATE via email from Vic - From Gov Romney today:

“I think the hardest thing about predicting what’s going to happen today is whether Sen. Santorum’s effort to call Democratic households and tell them to come out and vote against Mitt Romney is going be successful or not,” Mr. Romney said at a press conference at his Michigan campaign headquarters here. “I think Republicans have to recognize there’s an effort to kidnap our primary process.”

He added his own pitch to voters: “And if we want Republicans to nominate the Republican who takes on Barack Obama, I need Republicans to get out and vote and say no to the, the uh, dirty tricks of a desperate campaign.”

UPDATE via email from Nate - Santorum flips on Dems voting in GOP primaries
By Adam Aigner-Treworgy (CNN)

Washington (CNN) - As voters headed to the polls in Michigan on Tuesday, Rick Santorum defended a robo call his campaign used in the state urging Democrats to support its candidate as a vote against Mitt Romney.

But just a few weeks ago on a tele-town hall with Minnesota voters, Santorum decried the mere idea of open elections as polluting the entire primary process.

UPDATE from Ross: Read a “letter” from President Obama to Sen. Santorum below the fold. (more…)

Kid Rock Surprises Michigan as Santorum Robocalls Democrats to Vote for Rick

Before a packed crowd of more than 1000 supporters, presidential candidate Mitt Romney accepted the endorsement of Kid Rock tonight at the Royal Oak Music Theater. Kid Rock and band then performed his anthem “Born Free,” which has become the Romeny campaign theme

Kid Rock (or Mr. Rock as his name will likely appear in the New York Times and on NPR tomorrow) has endorsed Republicans before. Arguably, Kid Rock’s local bona fides have never been as vital for a candidate as for Mitt Romney, who is struggling to fend off an insurgent challenge from Rick Santorum in Romney’s home state.

“He asked me, if I help you, will you help Detroit when you’re president” said Romney. “And I said yes.”

While Mitt hosted the most lively and exciting rally of the entire campaign, Rick Santorum’s campaign was paying for deceptive robocalls. It’s unreal that Sen. Sentorum has resorted to trying to win the election this way, but I have a feeling it is going to backfire big time. Rick Santorum bets the fortune of his candidacy on turning out democrats to vote against Mitt. If Mitt wins Michigan after this dirty little trick, the backlash against Santorum for robocalling dems the ways he has to get democrats to vote for him will be swift. Rick Santorum is admitting he is a weaker general election candidate and everyone is Michigan knows it now.

Watch Mitt expose the Sen. Sentorum and Sen. Santorum flail around to defend himself on Hannity below the fold. (more…)

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