U.S. Marine Meets Governor & Mrs. Romney at California Fundraiser Luncheon

Governor Romney held a fundraising event yesterday in the Orange County community of Shady Canyon at the home of a supporter. It was a beautiful, sunny day — perfect for an outdoor event [see several photographs below the fold].

Photo by Amanda Earnest

I asked three people attending the luncheon to provide highlights of the event, including the comments of Governor and Mrs. Romney. This was the first time that each of them had met Governor Romney. Following are their observations and several photos of the luncheon. They include Marine veteran Marlon Bateman, Shady Canyon resident Bill Joiner, and Amanda Earnest who helped raise funds for the event. I appreciate each of their contributions for this post.

REQUEST: There were hundreds of people in attendance at this luncheon. If you were one of them yesterday, please leave a brief comment to this post and add your observations to those of Marlon, Bill, and Amanda. Why are you supporting Governor Romney’s candidacy for President?

I am proud to include Marlon Bateman in this post. It was he that inspired me to write this after discovering it would be his first time to meet Gov. Romney. I believe I speak for my family, friends, and all Americans in publicly thanking him for his years of honorable service in protecting our nation; and to his wife Emily for her service in support. Thank you so much — we will always be grateful.

CPL Bateman in Afghanistan w/ Afghan National in Back

Marlon Bateman grew up in California, and joined the Marine Corp. after graduating high school. He served from October 2007 to September 2011 (at rank of CPL) with the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines Infantry. Shortly after joining the Marines, Marlon married Emily and was later deployed to Iraq and then again to Afghanistan in 2010. He is active in his church, has a passion for politics, is a full-time college student, and will be assisting Governor Romney’s campaign any way he can in 2012 (David Parker of MRC called Gov. Romney to inform him that Marlon would be there to meet him).

On Tuesday my wife and I had a chance to meet Governor and Mrs. Romney. A friend who knew that I had served four years in the Marines and was now in college and working (as well as helping to campaign for Governor Romney) invited me to an event that supporters of the governor were holding in Irvine, California. So my wife and I came and were treated to a few minutes conversation with the governor and his wife. Click here to continue reading

Obama’s Unemployment Albatross / Romney Best as Health-care Expert / TRENDS

NOTE: See “Feelings about Mitt Romney” below the fold, at the end of this post.

Chris Wallace is one of my favorite political interviewers. He is tough and will generally stay with a line of questioning until he gets answers. Yesterday he interviewed David Plouffe, one of Obama’s senior advisers. The interview spanned a number of topics, the most important being unemployment and gasoline prices.

This video clip is over 14 minutes, but at 13 minutes, five seconds, Wallace put up a chart that shows the unemployment rate at the time three incumbent presidents lost an election “seeking another term” over the last 36 years. The implication of course being that a key reason each of these one-term-only presidents lost reelection was due to the unusually high unemployment rate.

The unemployment rate today is 8.3 percent, not including those who want to work, but who stopped looking — that the government stopped counting. Following were the unemployment rates at the time of the presidential elections:

  • Gerald Ford — 7.8%
  • Jimmy Carter — 7.5%
  • George H. W. Bush — 7.4%

The future does not look good for Mr. Obama if history is any indication!

Of course, many things factor into the ability of any incumbent president to win reelection, but the unemployment rate is a very important number and Obama knows it. You can tell by Plouffe’s demeanor and answer that the Obama Administration knows it. Top that off with high and rising gasoline prices and we have a current political climate that is worse than that of President Carter when Governor Reagan beat him with a mandate. We have seen both Gingrich and Santorum become desperate in their rhetoric; I will venture a guess that their desperation will pale in comparison to Obama’s in October and November.

Kimberly A. Strassel WSJ Op-Ed

Many editorials have emerged these past two weeks basically advising Gov. Romney to get out ahead of the opposition and provide more details to illustrate how his Massachusetts health-care plan is different from ObamaCare. In my opinion, the differences are many and very important — but I believe Gov. Romney’s lack of focus on healthcare in his speeches right now is a good strategy. He is succeeding without it and the risks associated with bringing it up are not worth it right now.

That said, Ms. Strassel makes some valid points in her Op-Ed. The first half of the piece discusses how she feels Gov. Romney’s lack of clarity in describing/defending his health-care plan against charges from Santorum and others has hurt him, but then she ends the piece by arguing Romney can turn it to his benefit (see Paul Johnson’s excellent article below to compliment this point). Strassel: Click here to continue reading

Irony in Metaphor — “We’ll Call it a Draw” (2 videos)

CONGRATULATIONS to Governor Romney and team! And THANK YOU to the voters of Illinois and all the volunteers that made such a difference yesterday! Team MRC salutes you!

THANK YOU to my friend Jim for the humor of this night. (“The secret to humor is surprise.” ~ Aristotle)

What is it about the Brits and Monty Python? There is something about this short video that seemed oddly familiar to me and I just could not resist sharing it with you.

“All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved.” ~ Sun Tzu

“Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid, one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory.” ~ Douglas MacArthur

“A good athlete always mentally replays a competition over and over, even in victory, to see what might be done to improve the performance the next time.” ~ Frank Shorter

And what about Lloyd? I feel sorry for him:

[THANK YOU to “Dave in Colorado” (a frequent visitor to MRC) for the Dumb and Dumber clip!]

An Open Invitation to Supporters of Senator Santorum, Speaker Gingrich, and Congressman Paul — Please Unite With Us; We Need You!

Many of our current visitors are new to MittRomneyCentral (MRC); some come here to learn a little about Governor Romney; others are searching for truth related to comments they read or heard in the press or media – many currently support former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, or Congressman Paul.

Senator Rick Santorum w/ Bella

We are a small, grassroots group of writers — the website has a large following with no affiliation at all to the Romney campaign. We are completely independent, allowing us to “speak our minds” so to speak.

We feel a kinship to the ardent supporters of Senator Santorum, Speaker Gingrich, and Congressman Paul and wish to invite you to join us in our efforts to defeat President Barack Obama in November. We are well aware of the differences we have and we are sensitive to the fact that those differences are important to you. We understand too that the policy positions of any one presidential candidate will not align perfectly with another. That said, we know that Governor Romney has far more in common with your candidate than you may yet understand.

As grassroots volunteers at MRC, we take nothing for granted. We have never stated that we think Gov. Romney’s competing for the nomination makes him the inevitable winner or that he is the presumptive nominee; not at all. To adopt any other attitude is unbecoming any campaign – we hope to reflect the modest attitude of our candidate and unitedly work to the main goal – that of defeating Obama in November.

Congressman Ron Paul

Until he is the actual Republican nominee, we will work tirelessly to contribute any way we can, using truth as our only tool; even when he has 1,130 committed delegates. We would like your help to build a larger volunteer base to defeat Obama. We are not asking you to leave your candidate as much as we are asking you to join our team – a winning team we believe.

Gov. Romney has assembled a formidable, powerful grassroots team that is augmented by professionals, led by Gov. Romney himself. We believe it is a winning combination – a winning team. We would be most appreciative and grateful for your support at this important time in America’s history. We fully understand the passion you have for your candidate; we do. As stated above, we feel a certain kinship to your candidate. All three men have accomplished a great deal for this great nation and we are most grateful for their service.

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Speaker Newt Gingrich

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Obviously, with this invitation to you, we think the time to unite in our efforts to defeat Obama is right now — today. Please join us as we set a winning course to the White House. You are always welcome in our camp!

Gingrich Drops? Shirtless Mitt; Santorum Complains; MSM Hates Mitt; Illinois & Louisiana! (Applebee’s CEO Touts GMR’s Many Strengths — Video)

THANK YOU to all Puerto Rico voters for your overwhelming support of Governor Romney today! — CONGRATULATIONS to you and to Governor Romney!

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There has been one article after another talking about how Gingrich needs to get out of the race to benefit Santorum and to make this a two-man, face-to-face run for the nomination. Often, the implication is that the vast majority of Gingrich voters will swing to Santorum. Even the TV pundits seem to be touting some inherent weakness in Romney that only allows him to garner “one third of all the votes in any given primary” etc.

If you were to believe the MSM (and most passive voters do), you would conclude that Romney is failing miserably and that the perpetual Gingrich ego trip only helps Romney to keep the “anti-Romney” vote splintered — nevermind that Romney is winning in every category! It is simply wishful thinking and has no basis in fact (see Michael Medved’s reasoning as to why the “Major Mainstream Media” hate Mitt Romney at the end of this post).

Let’s look at what happens if Mr. Newt were to walk away from the limelight — behavior that would belie his self-interest. Dante Chinni wrote an outstanding article Friday in The Wall Street Journal, titled, “Politics Counts: Who Benefits If Gingrich Drops Out?”

The most recent Wall Street Journal/NBC poll found the dynamics of the national race would not change dramatically if it were a simple Romney-Santorum showdown. With the four current candidates in the field Mr. Romney leads Mr. Santorum 38% to 32%. If it is just the two of them in the running Mr. Romney still leads 45% to 40%.
[…]
The vast majority of Illinois voters live in the big city Industrial Metropolis of Cook County, home of Chicago, and the wealthy Monied Burb counties that surround it. So the net Newt impact would probably be pretty small. The same would probably true in upcoming primaries in Wisconsin, New York and Connecticut.

Louisiana, which votes Saturday March 24, is a very different story. In Louisiana, 70% of the population lives in Minority Central counties and 18% live in the Boom Towns. In other words, if form follows, the Gingrich vote there could play a very big role in who ultimately wins the state. The same might also be true in states like North Carolina and Kentucky that are still ahead.

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Also Friday, Gallup published an article that included the latest results of one of its surveys to show categorically who “Gingrich voters” would likely support if he were to exit the race. Do you think we will hear much about this in the MSM? It is highly unlikely! Why? See Michael Medved’s article at the end of this post.

FROM THE GALLUP STUDY:

Republican voters who prefer Newt Gingrich for the party’s 2012 presidential nomination are as likely to name Mitt Romney as their second choice as they are to name Rick Santorum, suggesting the race would not tilt in Santorum’s favor if Gingrich dropped out.
[…]
Some conservative Republicans have called for Gingrich to drop out of the race on the assumption that conservative primary voters would then unite behind Santorum as the conservative alternative to the more moderate Romney. But Gallup data indicate that Gingrich voters would not be likely to coalesce behind Santorum, suggesting that factors other than candidate ideology may be attracting voters to Gingrich, Santorum, and Romney.

Gallup can simulate Republican preferences without Gingrich in the race by removing Gingrich votes and reassigning them to his voters’ second-choice candidate. The results of this procedure suggest that national GOP preferences would change little if Gingrich dropped out. The reconfigured preferences show Romney getting 40% of the vote and Santorum getting 33%. That seven-percentage-point Romney lead is essentially the same as the six-point (34% to 28%) Romney lead in March 8-15 interviewing with Gingrich support included.
[…]
Thus, Santorum may not benefit much from Gingrich dropping out because the most conservative voters already support Santorum to a large degree, and Gingrich’s appeal to this group is not substantially greater than Romney’s.

[Gallup continues below the fold + Medved + Chart + Photos]… Click here to continue reading

Mitt Romney Calls on President Obama to Fire Three Officials / Uses Rhetoric Reminiscent of Reagan’s Challenge of President Carter

[See several photographs below the fold]

High gasoline prices at the pump were one of the key reasons President Carter was trounced by Ronald Reagan in the 1980 presidential election. I remember it well (see vintage photos from 1979 below the fold). Shortages at the pumps resulted in long lines of cars, often down the street and the electorate could not get Carter out of the White House fast enough!

Source: The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal published an article yesterday (No Relief in Sight at Pump) that outlines the facts behind today’s high gasoline prices and all of the actions (and inactions) taken by Obama that got us to these price points:

U.S. gasoline prices jumped 6% in February, and market experts predict they will climb higher because critical refining operations in the Northeast are shutting down.
[…]
Rising gas prices pose a risk to the economic recovery, which is showing signs of gaining steam after faltering last year.
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“There’s now going to be a question if we can get enough gasoline into the East Coast for summer,” said David Greely, an energy analyst at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. The U.S. Energy Department has warned a shortfall could develop as early as July.

Governor Romney will more frequently challenge President Obama in coming weeks and months, in a number of key policy areas — I believe. Why? It will likely be months before Obama will agree to any 1:1 debates with Governor Romney but Mitt can take the debate to him directly by publicly challenging him when his policy decisions are flawed (quite often as we know). Also, by so doing, he raises his stature to that of “presidential” by allowing the average voter to get a glimpse of how a President Romney would govern. Such direct challenges are in the best interest of the nation to force the debate. Obama is then placed in the position by the press to either disagree or to follow Romney’s recommendations, both of which are positive for Governor Romney.

Today, Governor Romney called on President Obama to fire three senior administration officials. This is not a small action he has taken, though the MSM may attempt to minimize it.

This call to action is a powerful one and is spoken with authority. I hope to see this type of assertive rhetoric more frequently from Governor Romney — I believe we will see him continue to turn up the pressure on President Obama directly (THANK YOU to @ZekeJMilller for his tweeted tip to this article!) — [see photos below the fold]: Click here to continue reading

Mr. Santorum & Mr. Gingrich: What Would Mitt Do? A Matter of Principle, Integrity, and Character

Santorum and Gingrich should be asked continuously why they stay in the race until they admit they are driven by self-interest. Ron Paul has already given his answer.

What would Mitt Romney do right now if the tables were turned and he were in Gingrich’s or Santorum’s shoes? No guessing needed. We only need to look to 2008 for the answer. At about this time in the race in 2008, Governor Romney dropped out of the race and did a lot of heavy lifting for Senator McCain. He and Huckabee knew there was no practical way either of them could win the nomination and yet Huckabee stayed in three months longer out of self-interest (to inflate his value to FOX News).

Do Character, Principles, and Integrity Matter?

By David Parker

Vince Haley, an advisor to Newt Gingrich seriously suggested that Mitt Romney bow out of the race and allow the “conservatives” a debate on how to take on Obama. Although, he couldn’t have been serious, could he? What Mr. Haley fails to recognize is that the only true and principled conservative in the race, whose life reflects immeasurable integrity, is not Newt Gingrich nor Rick Santorum, but Mitt Romney. Actions always trump words, and character, principle and integrity are self-evident in what one does and not what one says. Character, principle and integrity are borne out in how a person lives their life — are they self-absorbed or committed to the service of others, and how is such manifest?

David Parker

In a brief retrospective — in February 2008, having lost Florida and fully aware of the complexion of the impending 26 state Super Tuesday campaign, Governor Romney quickly realized that math can be a stubborn thing. Notwithstanding that he would prevail in certain states on Super Tuesday, and could continue to contest with John McCain and Mike Huckabee for the Republican nomination, the question arose — but to what end? Personal accommodation for ego’s sake? Power and influence at the 2008 Convention? Notoriety and fame? Denigration of the other candidates? Vindictiveness for the rough and tumble campaign that preceded Super Tuesday? A want to be right when everyone else was wrong? Advocacy for posture and position?

Mitt Romney knew that he would not win the nomination outright; the math wouldn’t bear it out. He also knew that the general campaign against the Democratic nominee, whether Obama or Clinton, would be hard fought and difficult at best. He could have continued his pursuit of the nomination, even to the Convention, but in doing so would only impinge on the Republican Party’s coalescing to the greater good. For to shorten the time window of the Party’s competing in the general election would severely impact much needed Party unity, Party fundraising and advocation of Party principles and its conservative platform in a hotly contested general election. So Mitt Romney willingly subordinated his personal interest to the greater good of the Country, in spite of very vocal protests to the contrary by his supporters. The audible response at CPAC was very evident — he was then and is now, a solid fiscal and social conservative and those at CPAC knew it. His speech at CPAC in 2008 and the actions that followed thereafter clearly illustrate that Mitt Romney is a man of principle, character and integrity — he put Country and Party first, and subordinated personal interest.

He stood with and supported the presumptive nominee, John McCain, and then went to work — he was one of the most active surrogates for Senator McCain and was a catalyst to raise in excess of $20 million for the general campaign. As the Democratic Party subsequently chose their nominee, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney pressed forward knowing how critical it was to stand with the Republican nominee and advocate for the conservative values that made America great! It was the Republican Party’s only shot to derail the pending disaster. To quote Senator McCain, “no one worked harder for my campaign.” Mitt Romney proved his character and integrity by recognizing and accepting early-on the pragmatic realities, subordinating his self-interest, and acting on core values and principles to assure viability in the pending general election. Click here to continue reading

Let’s “Help Bring Out the Fat Lady” in the South!

This just in…George Washington fails to rally troops at Valley Forge. Lack of decisive victory extremely problematic. Struggles to gain support of Continental Army. British rout imminent.

Signed,
CNN, MSNBC, FOX NEWS, Washington Post, NYT

[Anoymous, from FaceBook post]

So, what about the South? An important question it is with a few Southern states coming up. In yesterday’s WSJ article, “Race Heads South, Evangelical Terrain,” Governor Romney has some real advantages, and combined with weaknesses of RS and NG, we could see some pleasant surprises.

Mr. Romney’s performance in Mississippi and Alabama on March 13, and in Louisiana on March 24, could allow him to show new strength in a region where he has been badly beaten once—in South Carolina’s primary in January—and where his polling numbers until recently have been weak.
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“I see Mississippi and Alabama as uphill battles for Romney,” said Henry Barbour, a Romney backer and GOP official in Mississippi, who is also a nephew of former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour. “But we have an opportunity, by voting for Gov. Romney, to really help bring out the fat lady and end the nominating process.”
[…]
Supporters of both Mr. Gingrich and Mr. Romney see an opening to attack Mr. Santorum as a friend of organized labor, because of his votes in Congress against right-to-work legislation—an especially unpopular position in Southern states where anti-union sentiment runs strong.

The latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, taken Feb. 29-March 1, found Mr. Gingrich’s support in the South dropping precipitously to 15%, from 45% of Southern GOP voters in January.

At the same time, support for Mr. Santorum among Southern Republicans had jumped to 31% from 18%. And Mr. Romney showed significant new strength in the region, with his support almost doubling to 39% from 21% in January.
[…]
“Sen. Santorum has a terrific record on social issues that will resonate well in Mississippi,” said Mr. Barbour. “But what matters most is jobs and the economy, and if we don’t get that core issue right, we’re going to fail.”

The pace at which primaries and caucuses arrive now is picking up, but by comparison to Super Tuesday, there are fewer states at each future date. This will allow a more concentrated effort and focus.

Many of you are either from the South or know people who live there — please do everything you can to assist in getting those you know, who are in Governor Romney’s camp, to help get out the vote.

UPDATE: CNN produced a short video on Ann Romney that I’m guessing you’ll enjoy.

What Motivates Santorum, Gingrich, and Paul Now?

In the next few weeks, you should see the smart minds among professional journalists (there are many, even in the mainstream media [MSM]) begin to do the math and ask these questions of Gingrich and Santorum: “Why are you staying in the race? Why would you continue on and damage your own party? What is your motivation?” They will, if they are doing their job. They may not because they are the MSM and it is in the best interest of Obama for the Republicans to slug it out and cannibalize the available GOP cash.

TEASER: Check MRC later for an outstanding Op-Ed that will begin the debate (nationally we hope) as to the possible ulterior motives of Santorum, Gingrich, and Paul to remain in the race when it is clearly not in the interest of the party or the nation (by David Parker).

Today’s Journal had a great article on “War of Attrition” that made some important points:

Mr. Romney has more support than ever from party leaders. And by winning the big states of Massachusetts, Virginia and Ohio, and reaping delegates even in losing Tennessee, he widened his delegate lead more than vote totals suggest.

And what about all the noise by Santorum and Gingrich about each expecting the other to drop out and how that will solidify all their supporters in opposition to Romney? They must be kidding, right? Or more likely, they are drinking their own kool-aid and think that Americans are just dumb (there are reasons that people vote for Gingrich and not Santorum, etc.). Let’s take a Romney/Santorum showdown starting today. The very last paragraph of the WSJ article says it all:

Yet maybe it doesn’t matter all that much for Mr. Romney whether it is a multi-candidate race or not. In a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released early this week, Republican voters were asked their preferences among thefour-man field, and Mr. Romney came out on top by six percentage points. When Mr. Paul and Mr. Gingrich were removed and the same voters were asked about achoice between Mr. Romney and Mr. Santorum, Mr. Romney prevailed by five points—almost the same margin.

End of game.

Since there is no mathematical way the three remaining candidates can win (see David Parker’s piece as quoted by Jayde below) the nomination, pundits must now ask the question of the others, “Mr. Santorum [Gingrich,Paul], what is your motivation for staying in the race? What self-interest do you have?”

Check this graphic from the Journal article:

SUPER TUESDAY — Updates and LIVE Chat — GO MITT!

CONGRATS to Governor Romney!

We're doin' the day-after-Super-Tuesday happy dance...

Big wins in Ohio! Idaho! Massachusetts! Vermont! Virginia!

And, we’ve learned that Mitt has won Alaska!

Thanks so much to all who voted for Mitt and to all the volunteers who made really made it a Super Tuesday.

What a night!

[Chat has moved back to the side bar —->]

UPDATE by Jayde – As we await election returns, take a look at Governor Romney’s superb speech today at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference (AIPAC):

Obama addressed AIPAC yesterday. Learn about the top six exaggerations in his speech here.

If you have not taken the time to watch the video clip (just below this post by Jayde) of the interview Ann Romney gave to Neil Cavuto, you gotta take a few minutes to see that; especially toward the end. One of the attributes about the man Mitt Romney that I believe stands out above them all is his modesty.

Yesterday’s Journal included this graphic from the front page article titled, “Romney Advances As Obama Gains.”

I say we win Ohio, Tennessee, and Oklahoma and give Georgia to Gingrich. Gingrich can have one state. But wouldn’t it be nice if Gov. Romney were to provide an upset in Oklahoma and Tennessee and win Ohio by a big margin? Let’s not take anything for granted and get as many of our friends, neighbors, associates, and family members out to vote as we can!

Want a quick reference guide for today? Check this out from the Journal:


AND WHAT ABOUT THESE? — OH YEAH! — BRING IT!:

What is at stake today? [3 pages] —-> CLICK

TONS of good political news about Romney + —-> CLICK

Huckabee shout out for Gov. Romney —-> CLICK

Limbaugh is in the tank for Obama and this is what happens —-> CLICK

Whooaa! Don’t get on Ann’s wrong side! —-> CLICK

GALLUP: Church-goers prefer Romney over Santorum across the board —-> CLICK

Romney upstaging Gingrich on energy —-> CLICK

Kudlow on why Romney’s got the upper hand —-> CLICK

Ohio likes Santorum, but LOVES Romney —-> CLICK

Romney’s Op-Ed on Foreign Policy — Reaganesque (The Post) —-> CLICK

What about Tennessee? And Evangelicals? —-> CLICK

BIG NIGHT tonight? Yes, but why? Tennessee trending UP! (Hugh) —-> CLICK

YORK: Romney is “ruthlessly on message” — Why discipline matters! —-> CLICK

GREAT PHOTOGRAPHS on the stump (is the baby happy or scared?) —-> CLICK

Super Tuesday Predictions —-> CLICK

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