Send a Worker to the White House: The Romney ‘Engine’

You want to get things done in Washington D.C.?

Send a worker to the White House.

Romney supporters have long recognized that Mitt is a doer. His capacity to accomplish so much is driven by his passion for conservative values, to truly make a difference, his ability to focus, and his love and loyalty for America. Another significant reason he accomplishes so much is his work ethic.

Real Clear Politics’ Scott Conroy takes a look at the Romney engine:

Romney’s Motor Could Provide Edge Over the Long Haul

When Mitt Romney’s aides told him last month that the main reason they were skipping Sen. Jim DeMint’s Labor Day forum was that he had already committed to attend an event in New Hampshire that day, the candidate was not pleased.

“So you’re telling me the reason we’re not doing this is logistical?” Romney asked, according to one aide. “That’s not good. We’re going to the DeMint forum. Make it so.”

In addition to the New Hampshire stop, Romney had a flight scheduled later on Labor Day to Nevada for the unveiling of his jobs plan, and aides were leery of overloading him with an event in another corner of the country — and in South Carolina, no less, which has not figured significantly in his campaign’s strategy.

But Mitt Romney has never been the kind of candidate who’s especially concerned about the negative repercussions of doing too much.

And so just after the sun rose on Sept. 5, Romney’s bags were already waiting on the front step of his Belmont, Mass., home when director of operations Will Ritter arrived to pick him up. It was 6:45 a.m. His day would end at 11 p.m. in Colorado, since the private campaign jet did not have enough fuel to make it all the way to Nevada without a layover.

Presidential campaigns are not endeavors that treat laziness kindly, and all of the Republican contenders have packed and demanding schedules.

But over the course of his last White House run and through the first few months of this one, Romney has proven himself to be a particularly hardworking campaigner who never seems to lose focus, no matter the hour of the day. This tirelessness is a potentially significant asset that could pay major dividends as the candidates’ already taxing days become even more arduous.

He’s the kind of guy who will see a hole in the schedule and instead of thinking ‘long lunch,’ he thinks of doing a campaign headquarters stop-by or a radio interview,” Ritter, who has been a fixture at Romney’s side since 2006, told RCP. “He can’t be stopped, and you almost have to trick him into not doing as much.”

Kevin Madden, Romney’s 2008 Natl Press Secretary:

“I still marvel at the energy he has,” said Kevin Madden, Romney’s 2008 national press secretary who remains in frequent contact with the candidate’s top aides. “When I worked on that campaign in 2008, I was 34 years old and I couldn’t keep up with him. I would need half a pot of coffee in the morning, and I was dragging by night. I lost my temper once or twice a day, but I saw him lose his maybe once or twice throughout the whole campaign.”

A hard-charger throughout his life in business and during his four political campaigns, the effects of Romney’s clean-living lifestyle are self-evident. As one aide put it, “He’s not the guy who gets a beer at the end of the night, so you save that hour-and-a-half.”

During his 2008 presidential run, it was not unusual for Romney to regale a breakfast crowd in Iowa with an anecdote about his run through the local neighborhood before the early-morning event began or for him to leave aides scrambling to keep up as he jogged through another New Hampshire parade.

Jim Merrill, NH Senior Adviser concludes:

Romney’s New Hampshire consultant Jim Merrill noted that the candidate has already engaged directly with voters at 10 town-hall meetings in the state, while other contenders have thus far relied more on quick meet-and-greets and scripted speeches.

It’s not only the amount of events he does, but it’s the nature of events he does, which are demanding,” Merrill said. “He’s doing that and no one else is doing it. I think it’s a testament not only to his character but his stamina. It’s Vince Lombardi football — three-and-a-half yards in a cloud of dust — and that’s what he’s doing up here and will continue to do.”

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Romney’s work ethic was no more evident than the time leading up to mid-term elections last fall. It’s a prime example of his patriotism and indefatigably. Behind the scenes, he racked up many, many miles and wore out shoe leather to help Republicans - through appearances at campaign events, speeches, donating money, etc. It was a surprise to some to note that The Gov traveled coach and pulled his own suitcase. That’s who he is, an earnest, devoted man who doesn’t require fanfare to motivate him. He simply wants to do the job - get results.

While Romney focuses on accomplishing, he is also a guy who eats and breathes family life; carving out time for wife, Ann, and his five sons, daughters-in-law, and all of his beloved grandchildren. Ann also says her husband isn’t a loafing layabout at home, that he is helpful and always working on a project around the house. That quality alone should send droves of female voters his way…

Send a worker to the White House. Mitt Romney 2012.

► Jayde Wyatt

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

Focus on the EconomyNewsweek reports that Mitt Romney is taking a different and unique approach than other potential 2012 candidates are. Unlike other politicians, including Obama himself,  who feel compelled to offer their opinion on every issue that stirs controversy, Mitt Romney remains focused on the core issue that worries, as well as, unites Americans: the economy.

But now, while Palin and Co. are using the Ground Zero mosque controversy to burnish their far-right bona fides, Romney is seizing on the kerfuffle as an opportunity to do something else entirely: prove that he’s the only potential Republican nominee with the fortitude to ignore the 24/7 news cycle’s endless array of bright, shiny objects and focus instead on improving what he calls “the foundations of our economic vitality.”

Romney realizes that 2010 isn’t 2008, and he’s betting that 2012 won’t be, either. With the U.S. economy in shambles—and the rest of the Republican pack either too unpolished (Palin), too damaged (Gingrich), or too obscure (Pawlenty) to unseat Obama—the once-and-future candidate sees an opening for himself as the only grown-up, business-savvy, economic-turnaround expert in the race. Back in April, Romney told me what he regretted most about his last presidential run. “I wish I had been more effective in being able to communicate the central rationale of my campaign, which is strengthening the economy, getting better jobs, raising incomes,” he said. “Instead, as a candidate I spent a good deal of time answering questions about social issues.” Note how Romney mixed the past and present tenses. The implication was that he wouldn’t make the same mistake twice.

Lets hope that the implication is more than just making the same mistake twice, but a potential hint for a second run in 2012.

The fact that Mitt Romney is focusing on the economy is an approach that is helping Mitt win supporters among those who are not usually fans of him.  They like the fact that not only is he talking about the economy but that Mitt Romney is offering specific solutions on what he would do, if he was the President, to fix the economy.  Even the author of the Newsweek article is impressed by Mitt’s approach to the 9/11 Mosque:

But that’s precisely the point. I, for one, would rather listen to a debate over the merits of competing economic visions—including the views of Romney’s conservative defenders, which are sure to emerge soon—than to self-interested bloviators talking past each other about whether or not a mosque should be as close to Ground Zero as a strip club. I think most voters agree. So kudos to Romney for taking the road less traveled by. In the end, it may make all the difference.

~Jared A.