3 Weeks Until Election Day 2010 - What are You Doing to Bring America Back?

One of my favorite videos on YouTube has the tag-line: “Bring America Back - Mitt Romney for President in 2012”. The video is included below in case you haven’t seen it yet or you just want something to put a little extra pep in your step.

Here at Mitt Romney Central, we’ve spent much of our energy covering many of the ways that Mitt Romney is working his keister off to elect conservative candidates around the county. People need look no further than the extensive list of candidates his Free & Strong America PAC is supporting for the upcoming elections. Mitt follows up most of his endorsements with monetary donations, physical appearances to raise the profile of these candidates and often raise even more money, and even share donor lists sometimes (I think).

Mitt is doing everything to Bring America Back like we want him to. However, the problems our country is facing require that as many of us as possible do what we can in our spheres of influence to help. All of us here at MRC want Mitt Romney to be our next President, but a President can only do so much. We need to elect as many conservative candidates to offices ranging from local city councils all the way up to Congress as we can.

This brings me to the big question that I hope many of you will answer in the comments of this post. With only three weeks left until the biggest election day until 2012, what are you personally doing to make a difference?

As you can see by looking at the Team here at MRC, we are spread out around the country and we are all focusing on some races closest to us where we can make a difference. I’d love to hear which races you are focusing on and what you’re doing to help those candidates win.

UPDATE: Just a day after we publish this piece, Politico has released a piece highlighting many specific ways that Mitt is helping conservatives around the country. Check it out for yourself here.

Mitt Romney, the Tea Party, Hillary Clinton, GOP Dissension, and the RINO Label

I’m a self-proclaimed Tea Party member. It is my understanding the Tea Party movement consists of an ever-growing group of concerned citizens who protest rampant spending in Washington, and the misuse of federal power over individual liberties. I’m happy to be a part of that group.

No doubt, the Tea Party is a force to be reckoned with — evidence of this is witnessed everyday as more and more Tea Party-backed candidates rise to victory in their primary battles. Long-time GOP veterans are ousted (a la Bob Bennett) from their cozy seats while young blood Republicans fervently step in to fill their shoes. For the most part, its a beautiful thing to behold.

My Brother Luke at a SLC Tea Party Rally

I’ve gone to local Tea Party protests; I listen to an occasional Glenn Beck episode; I’ve gone door-to-door as an advocate for conservative principles, I’ve wished I had the money to hit up a National rally; heck, I’ve even listened to and liked some Mama Grizzly speeches. I know, I know, I could certainly do more …but I figure that’s a pretty decent level of activism for a twenty-something, newly married, full-time employee.

I can attest that many of those who write for this site (Team MRC), are gun toting, Bible carrying, freedom loving patriots. We’ve constructed the protest banners; we’ve worn the goofy colonial hats; we’ve marched the marches of the conservative crusade. We’ve been there, done that.

I bring up my/our involvement with the Tea Party movement not to boast, but to illustrate a strange phenomena that is happing to many fellow Mitt Romney backers within the Tea Party: Estrangement.

Somewhere along the line, the notion was adopted, mostly among liberal media but more recently among fellow conservatives, that Mitt Romney represents solely the moderate, ‘establishment’ core of the Republican party: the Bush loyalists; the staunch GOPers. I won’t deny that Gov. Romney’s appeal is wide, and it certainly may spread to the more moderate branch of our party, but I refudiate the absurd conception that his base of support exists only in that branch. I see obnoxious headlines all the time now that predict Romney’s demise, tracing it all back to how he’s the GOP’s supposed ‘next in line’, but the Tea Party backlash will impede him from gaining wide Republican support. Just today, an article from NPR calls Mitt Romney ‘the Hillary Clinton of 2012‘ - destined to fail due an uprising in the party’s fringe…

Baloney. Mitt will never be the ‘man’ that Hillary Clinton is.

As conservatives, we’ve gotten so caught up in the day-to-day mud slinging that we’ve lost site of our principal goal: to take our country back! My concern is that the primary benefactor of all this may be the very thing we all wish to deter: the advancement of Obama’s liberal agenda.

Somewhere amidst the dust up of GOP in-fighting, the Democrats are grinning. They watch- entertained - as we are preoccupied with assigning destructive labels to our own party leaders, and dividing ourselves into far too many factions of Republicanism. “My candidate endorsed the eventual primary winner WAY before yours did!” — “Why is your guy/gal silent on this hot-button issue?” — “Why wasn’t your candidate a speaker at THIS convention?!” — “RINO this, RINO, that!”

I recognize the need for purification [giving the boot to those whose ideas are stale, whose interests are no longer with their constituents], but everyone’s vision of perfection is different - and in the end, rather than coming out of the refiner’s fire without blemish, our party instead suffers a serious case of dirty dissension.

Now, it isn’t my intention to have everyone unite around my choice for the Republican nomination (assuming that he decides to run). I do, however, offer up a suggestion that we come together under the umbrella of conservatism, and reject none that seek shelter from the tempest of progressivism. For what it’s worth, the contributors of this site have tried to maintain respectful discourse with other camps, applauding our guy when he represents us well, and keeping our target on the opposition.

Mitt Romney Not a Rino

So in exchange for the respect we’ve given you, before you go labeling ‘Mittens’ as a ‘RINO’ and speculating his downfall, remember this: Mitt Romney is a true conservative. He has a record of success in family, education, career, and government. He is an honorable husband, father, and grandpa. He is not a lifetime politician. He owes no favors. He has profound concern for the future of our Republic. He is devout in his service to God and fellow man. He is money savvy and charitable with his self-earned wealth. He is visionary and innovative. He is an economical wizard; a turnaround expert in a country that needs a turnaround.

Flip through a copy of Romney’s ‘No Apology: the Case for American Greatness’. You’ll quickly see that the man has a deep love for our country and his plan for a greater America mirrors the ideals that most Americans hold dear.

-Aaron Gundy- Follow @AaronGundy on Twitter

A Look Back at the First Year of MittRomneyCentral.com

This site launched in September of 2009 and one year has come and gone. Before we officially began we discussed how we would conduct the site, how we would promote it, and what our plans and goals would be. In some ways our first year has far surpassed my expectations (22,000 ‘likes’ on Facebook), and in others it hasn’t (no T-shirts for sale in our store yet).

Overall I must say that I am extremely pleased with the efforts, organization, and production quality of our unpaid rag-tag consortium of RomBot cohorts that comprise our grassroots team. None of us have long histories in politics, degrees in politic science, or long impressive résumés. Our common denominator is merely a great desire to to see the highly qualified Mitt Romney in the White House in January 2013 - which is the ultimate purpose of this blog.

And not to be overlooked is the invaluable commitment and support of our readers! You don’t know how much we appreciate it when you comment on posts, refer a friend to our site, or suggest our page to your friends of Facebook. Thank you, and keep up the good work!

MRC year one: by the numbers:

  • 22,000 ‘likes’ on Facebook
  • 4,400 followers on Twitter
  • 473 blog posts
  • hundreds of thousands comments on our chatbox
  • 200,000 visitors
  • 340,000 page-views!

Lastly, my favorite posts by each of our writers:

Rebel Ross (bio): So This is How Liberty Dies…With Thunderous Applause

Jared A.: Mitt Romney’s Realistic Approach To The 9/11 Mosque: Focus On The Economy

Aaronius (bio): Will Mitt Romney Ditch the South?

Luke (bio): Full List of Romney’s Book Tour Dates and Locations

The Principle Chair: Mitt Ramping Up for 2012?

Thomas Alan: And This is How You Build a Narrative

Vox Patriota (bio): The Year of Our Obama (This one is my favorite.)

Jayde Wyatt (bio): The Real Dirt (Excellent write-up that has brought us a lot of googlers looking for “dirt on Mitt Romney”.)

Dave P. (bio): Mitt Romney on Abortion / Stem Cell Research (Dave researches and compiles many of our resource pages - this link is one of them

Nate Gunderson (bio): 101 Days in the Life of Mitt Romney

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One year down… two to go. We’ve got some big plans in the works, but since they are top secret I cannot yet disclose them. Stay tuned…

~Nate Gunderson

Mitt Romney to Speak at New Hampshire GOP Fundraiser - Hope He Drives His Truck

Wolfeboro, New Hampshire and scenic shores of Lake Winnipesaukee

Guess who the Special Guest is at the New Hampshire Republican State Committee’s fundraiser tomorrow, August 12th? That’s right – Granite State resident, Governor Mitt Romney. Billed as an Evening on the Lake Reception, the event will be held at a private home in Tuftonboro, not far from Wolfeboro where Romney lives. The fun begins at dusk (5:30 PM -  7:30 PM). 
 

From Politicalticker

Earlier this summer, in what looked like another move towards a possible run for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, Romney donated $20,000 to the Republican Party of New Hampshire. According to a state GOP spokesman, Romney’s contributed $30,000 since the beginning of this election cycle. 

New Hampshire plays a crucial role in presidential politics, as its primary historically kicks off the presidential primary season.[…] 

Through his Free and Strong America PAC, Romney has endorsed over 100 Republican candidates so far this 2010 midterm election cycle. […]

Romney also helped raise money for the NH GOP when he delivered the keynote address for New Hampshire’s House Republican Victory PAC fundraiser on August 5th - you know, the one where he drove his truck to get there(Why, the audacity! The impertinence! How dare he be a regular truck-driving citizen in the free land of America?!)

Tuftonboro, NH, where the Evening on the Lake Reception is being held, is about six miles from Wolfeboro, where Mitt and Ann live. With their well-known love for Lake Winnepesaukee and its small-town ambience, it’s no surprise they are enjoying the beauty of their surroundings through the summer. I hope Mitt rolls up to the ‘reception on the lake’ behind the steering wheel of his truck -with dings, scratches, and the usual stray leaves and skiffs of dirt in its bed - just to be his regular self and further the ambience 

Five summers ago, on July 31, 2005, when talk about a possible Romney presidential run was the buzz, Eric Moskowitz from the Concord Monitor wrote: 

WOLFEBORO - Here, Romney’s just one of the crowd
Save for the time two summers ago that Mitt Romney and his sons used Jet Skis to rescue a family of sinking boaters, the Massachusetts governor and potential presidential candidate has generally kept a low profile when visiting his summer home, out at the end of Clark Point.
[…]
He’s a regular at a couple of local businesses and has been known to ride his bicycle to Bailey’s Bubble for ice cream on Saturday nights.

“He doesn’t jump out and say, ‘Here I am, world,'” said Bob Hughes, the local real estate broker who sold Romney his house. “He very much fits into the community without raising a fuss. It’s fun to see him in town.”
[…]
Paul Skowron, the Wolfeboro town manager, lives up the block from Romney, in a Cape-style house on Greenleaf. “From my perspective, the family has been friendly, the family has been courteous,” Skowron said. “When they first moved to the neighborhood, they took the opportunity to introduce themselves to as many people as they could.”
[…]
Romney slips into town with relative ease, since his home is a mile and a half from the center by car or bike and a more direct route by boat. He can be seen at Bradley’s Hardware on Railroad Avenue once or twice a weekend, the employees said. 

“He’s a very, very friendly person,” said Jim Savage, who works at Bradley’s. “If you didn’t know who he was, you wouldn’t realize he was there. He comes in ratty jeans and a T-shirt and just blends with everybody else.” 

(emphasis mine)

Here’s a video someone made which captures the beauty and down-home feel of life at Lake Winnipesaukee – gives a jeans ‘n T-shirt taste of why Mitt and Ann love this place. Skip ahead to 1:38. (I saw a few trucks, too!):

 

A peek at Wolfeboro, NH:

 

Lake Winnipesaukee was known by native Americans as ‘Smile of the Great Spirit’. 

For an aerial view of Wolfeboro, click here

To glimpse picturesque Wolfeboro in the winter, click here.

Governor Romney, thanks for the extraordinary fundraising, speeches, and behind-the-scenes work you’re doing to help elect conservatives this fall. Hope you and Ann continue to enjoy a regular jeans ‘n T-shirt Wolfeboro summer. And, from all of us at MRC, give your truck a pat on the hood…

Conservative Blog Interviews Nate Gunderson about MittRomneyCentral.com

The conservative blogger Tim Knight of Jumping in Pools approached my brother Nate awhile back to interview him. Nate agreed on the condition that Tim was fully aware that we are not part of Romney’s official team in anyway, but just a bunch of rag-tag grassroots conservatives promoting Romney on our own. Fortunately for us Tim was well aware of this. His response was “There is no better perspective of a potential Republican candidate for President, than of that of dedicated supporters who aren’t told to support, but know they have to support.”

The interview questions:

Mr.Gunderson, what would be the difference between a President Romney and a President Obama?

What is the purpose of Mitt Romney Central, and what do you hope to achieve?

What can you tell us about Mr.Romney’s just-released book?

According to some recent polling data, Romney would win in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and Florida if the 2012 Republican Primaries were held today, what is your reaction?

Would a “Mitt Romney” campaign fracture the Republican base as much as some Cultural Conservatives predict it will?

Give me three reasons to support Romney for the Republican nomination in 2012.

Read the responses at Tim’s blog Jumping in Pools.

Good work bro!

-Luke

Nate and Bonnie Gunderson with Gov. Romney - 2008

A Plea to Our 15,000 Facebook Fans: Help Us Build Grassroots Support For Mitt Romney!!

Have you enjoyed fresh and informative Romney updates, fun contests, intriguing polls, and an all-around great experience here at MittRomneyCentral.com? If yes, then we hope you would share this site with your network of friends. Pretty, pretty please tell them to:


Join Mitt Romney Central… Get it Straight From the (Grassroots) Source!

Pretty Please?

Facebook Users: Please help us to further expand our Mitt-supporting, conservative-lovin’ base! This is a little complicated, but we’d greatly appreciate it if you’d follow these 4 easy steps:

1. Go to MRC’s Facebook page and click on the ‘suggest to friends’ link below the MR12 profile icon. This will bring up a pop up box with a list of your friends to invite. Normally, you would have to manually select everyone on your list; however, the next step shows you how to invite ALL your friends at once.
2. Copy and Paste the following line of code into your browser’s URL field, it will automatically select all your friends:

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If you have a lot of friends, it may take a minute or two before everyone gets selected.

3. Now, just hit the “Send Invitation” button and an invite will go to your friends asking them to become a fan of Mitt Romney Central.
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Twitter Users: Please support us by re-tweeting @RomneyCentral updates and regularly inviting your followers (AKA ‘Follow Friday’) to follow Mitt Romney Central! Also, there is a quick way you can show your support by adding a MR12 ‘twibbon’ to the bottom corner of your avatar - Click here to get your twibbon now! Be sure to use the #MR12 hash-tag between now and 2012.

Thanks for all you do! Mitt Romney FTW in 2012!

~Aaronius

Romney’s PAC Leads 1st Quarter Fundraising

The first quarter fundraising results are in and the first gold medal for the invisible primary goes to Mitt Romney! In fact, his PAC brings in more in the time period than Pawlenty’s, Palin’s and Huckabee’s respective PACs combined.

I have been curious to see how this quarter’s results would turn out since there were so many asterisks involved with last years results. Last year there were a number of factors that skewed the outcome (though Romney still led) that is just wasn’t possible to compare apples to apples. BUT this quarter, all the PAC’s are established and the playing field is level.

Without further ado, the results:

1st Quarter Fundraising by PAC

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Note: my numbers do not show that Mitt’s PAC also raised an additional $157,000 from their affiliate state-based PACs of the same name. That puts Mitt’s actual total at $1.6 million. I’ll include that in my numbers next time around.

My analysis:

  • Romney is far and away the leader in fundraising, but the others do have some limitations with their responsibilities for their respective jobs and public office. In any case I think Romney would still lead. An important reason to address this is that powerful fundraising will be vital in the general election.
  • Not shown in the results is the fact that Romney brought in a HUGE $950,000 in March alone, boosting his quarter total. Two possible reasons for this boost could be his constant touring through the month on his book tour as well as his “Repeal the Bill” campaign. Though he has not had any official fundraisers (that I know of) in March, his public profile was raised substantially during the period which could have resulted in more contributions. In all he did 27 Official Book Tour events in March as well as dozens of media appearances and interviews.
  • Romney disbursed far more than any candidate in the quarter, again due to his extremely busy travel schedule etc., for his book tour in March. He also has a much larger political organization to support. The good side to this is that if he decides to announce next year for office the transition will be easy because the team will be in place.
  • Though Romney’s burn rate is the highest, he still has more cash on hand than the other PACs, and still took in more than was distributed for the overall period. That’s what the money is there for - to be used.
  • Romney’s total contributions to other candidates for federal office is the highest - all of which was given in the month of May as part of his “Repeal the Bill” campaign.
  • Pawlenty impresses me with his ability to out raise Palin and Huckabee, especially given their much higher name recognition.
  • Palin’s PAC has announced that they will focus more on fundraising this quarter so look for better numbers from her next time around.
  • Huckabee’s percentage of funds given to other candidates is noble, but he is still needs to find some way to boost his overall fundraising numbers. He may get lot done on little fundraising for the primaries, but that is not going to work for the general election, should he win the nomination. One can argue that it is not as necessary for him to raise funds now and he can do so when the primaries start, but the other candidates will his the ground running with their networks leaving Huckabee in a game of catch-up. The time to build those networks is now.

That’s it. Let me know what you think. For the analysis I did for last years numbers you can see the post I did on Feb. 5th by clicking here.

Good work Romney and congratulations to the Free and Strong America PAC!

~Nate Gunderson

Source(Full FEC filings): Romney , Pawlenty , Palin , Huckabee

UPDATE: The Free and Strong America Releases a list of federal candidates they supported financially this quarter. You can find the press release by clicking here.

Recap of Mitt Romney’s Book Tour Stop in Utah (Pics and Videos)

On March 13th my brothers (Luke and Aaron) and I attended the Salt Lake City stop of Mitt Romney’s No Apology Tour. We bought tickets for the event, and we got one Gold ticket so I could cover the Gold reception before the main event - it turned out that we got press passes the day before the event, thanks to Aaron sending an email request to the Hinckley Institute. The press passes were very nice. They allowed us to roam the aisles and get close up to the front during the event to get some photos and even some video on my little hand-held video camera. (Karen said that we were never in our seats.)

Not sure exactly what to expect, my brothers and I did some preparations to promote this site while we were there knowing there would be thousands of Mitt Romney fans everywhere. The doors opened at 4PM for the 7PM event and there were plenty of people there already to talk to. We brought up several hundred of our Mitt ’12 bumper stickers as incentives for people to sign an email list. With the help of two willing volunteers James Taylor and Eric Hatch, we were able to gather a few hundred emails. We will be contacting them soon with info about our site and an invitation to subscribe to our blog feed via email.

The MRC crew in Utah: Aaron, Nate, Luke, Eric and James

I attended the Gold Reception before the main event. There were a number of familiar faces, but I mostly took pictures and video while snacking on the food. It was there that I ran into long-time friend and co-blogger (CommittedtoRomney.com) Ann Marie Curling and her husband Joel - it was great to see her and catch up with life since they moved to Utah from Kentucky. I did briefly chat with Josh Romney - I asked him if he had any connections and could get me a No Apology t-shirt that all the volunteers were wearing. Unfortunately he didn’t have any connections. Luke, Aaron, Ben, and James were troopers and gathered all the emails while I was up hobnobbing. Thanks guys.

Mitt’s comments were as astute as usual. And Ann Romney was gracious as always. Beyond that there is not much more I can say about it that isn’t revealed better in the videos below.

Click here to see our gallery of 14 pictures of this event on our Facebook page.

Video #1: Prep. Short video shows you a little about how we make our Mitt ’12 bumper stickers. It’s a nice little ad for us too. :)

Video #2: From the reception: Ann and Mitt both speak, crowd shots, and singing happy birthday to Mitt

Video #3: Main Event: Selected clips, Q&A, crowd shots. Includes questions about Health Care.

Video #4: 12 year old asks Romney if he’s going to run for president.

(I already embedded this video in another post. Romney gives a great response the question. Click here to see it.)

Sorry for multiple videos. I honestly couldn’t think of what to cut so I ended up putting in all four. It was a great event to attend. If you live near a city which Romney will be visiting on his book tour, make the effort to get there. You won’t regret it!

~Nate Gunderson

Rebel Ross Volunteers for Mitt Romney Book Signing Event in Michigan

…and gets an awesome picture with the big man himself. Really, I think the picture is great, so I posted it thinking Ross might not do it himself.

So Ross, when you get a chance edit this post and tell us how the evening went. The floor is yours….

~Nate

I wish I had more time to give you all a full report, but that will have to wait until tomorrow.

Here are just a few quick tidbits:

-800-900 books were signed Governor Romney in my estimation. Articles like this say 450 people showed up which isn’t accurate because most people left as soon as their book was signed, but people were flowing into the store all night long. That’s why Mitt had to stay a full two hours.

-I was told that this was the first stop that continued to grow in size after it started. (People that were in the area either heard about it after it had started or regular shoppers at this Borders stopped in and decided to buy a book and get it signed since Mitt was there and it was such a great opportunity.)

-There was decent news coverage.

-If anyone didn’t already know this, Birmingham is where Mitt grew up, and some of his family were in attendance - like his sister.

-We had plenty of volunteers and people kept asking us how they could get the volunteer shirt we all we wearing.

~Ross

Mitt Romney returns to roots in Metro Detroit Click the preceding link for some video.

Romney Rocks Borders

Mitt also stopped in Grand Rapids the day after he was in Birmingham:

MRC Welcomes New Team Member - Dave P.

Dave P.

Please join us in welcoming another excellent Team Member here at Mitt Romney Central, Dave P.

Dave is excited to help Romney fans stay up-to-date on all the important issues. Although Dave’s skill-set is versatile, his specific role will be to add informative content to the ‘On The Issues’, ‘Speeches’, and ‘Op-ed’ pages here at MRC; its a busy job that will include lots of research and fact-finding, coupled with consistent updating. With Dave’s help, we hope to be able to use MRC as a complete resource for everything Mitt-related …You’ll be able to look up Romney’s position/stance/view on any issue and have access to relevant quotes, links, and video to back it up!

To learn more about our new team member, you may visit his profile page here.


Welcome to the Team, Dave …We’re thrilled to have you onboard!

That's Dave at a Romney Ralley in Minnesota!