Romney to Tour Boeing Plant in SC, Deliver Labor Policy Speech

Workers add infrastructure to piece of fuselage at a Boeing-operated plant in N. Charleston, South Carolina (June 10, 2022). Mitt Romney will will be in SC on Monday, Sept 12, 2011, to tour Boeing. After the tour, he will deliver a labor policy speech. (photo Brad Nettles/AP)

Looking ahead…

Before taking his place onstage at the next presidential debate (Monday, Sept 12th in Tampa, FL), Mitt Romney will first pay a visit that same day to the beautiful state of South Carolina to tour Boeing. Boeing is being sued by the National Labor Relations Board (NRLB) for building a plant in SC in what they view as retaliation for union strikes against the Boeing plant in Washington state.

While there, Governor Romney will also deliver a policy speech on unions which will include a proposed executive order giving workers a secret ballot option and opt-out from membership in a union. He spoke of this executive order earlier in the week at Senator Jim DeMint’s Palmetto Freedom Forum in Columbia, SC. To listen to Romney’s comments on unions, including right-to-work legislation, click here (2nd video @7:49).

COLUMBIA — White House hopeful Mitt Romney will wade into the union fight over the Boeing Company’s decision to locate in right-to-work South Carolina when he delivers a policy speech on labor after he tours the North Charleston plant Monday.

Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, will tour the facility in advance of the presidential debate in Tampa, Fla., later that day. Romney said at a GOP presidential forum in Columbia on Labor Day that union is not a bad word in itself, but the powerful labor organizations need to be kept in check.

The lawsuit that the National Labor Relations Board brought against Boeing for locating in South Carolina, considered an anti-union state by some, is the best example of why Romney wants to reverse the labor policies put forward by President Barack Obama, according to Romney’s campaign.

Gov. Nikki Haley said she welcomes Romney’s visit and his ideas. Haley, also a Republican, has been adamant in her fight against the labor board for its complaint against Boeing.

We appreciate not just the talk but the action Governor Romney has taken to understand and highlight the challenges NLRB has brought upon Boeing,” Haley said in a statement Friday. “It is a strong sign to the people of our state that he is focused on our jobs.”

(emphasis added)

Highlights from Romney’s labor policy speech:

• Romney’s labor policy will focus on free enterprise, free choice and free speech.
• Labor laws must be carried out even-handedly to provide businesses with the certainty they need to grow and thrive.
• The law must be clear: Any company is free to invest anywhere it wants.
• Workers have a right to vote on whether to unionize by secret ballot. That is a position that South Carolinians overwhelmingly support. In November, 86 percent of state voters approved a constitutional amendment that requires union elections to be conducted by secret ballot.
• Romney opposes so-called snap elections, or ambush elections, for votes on whether a company should unionize. He wants to build in protections that will ensure employers have time to protect their legal rights and talk to workers about the downsides of unions.
• Unions should raise cash for political contributions the same way any other business or supporter would, by asking for donations, not using paycheck dues to fund donations.

Governor Romney endorsed Haley when she sought South Carolina’s gubernatorial seat last fall.

► Jayde Wyatt

Tea Party Endorsement from S. Carolina for Mitt Romney

Tea Party supporters begin to gather to show support for Governor Mitt Romney (wearing blue t-shirts) before he addressed the Tea Party Express rally in Concord, NH. September 4, 2021

Mitt Romney spoke at a Tea Party Express rally in Concord, NH today and a few protesters from Freedom Works and other tea party factions thought he shouldn’t be there. From what we could see, the protesters were small in number. It was awesome to see Tea Party supporters for Romney out in force!

It made the following news all the more sweet…

Romney nabs tea party endorsement in South Carolina

Columbia, South Carolina – On the day before he takes part in a South Carolina presidential forum being organized by Sen. Jim DeMint, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney secured a high-profile tea party endorsement in the first-in-the-south primary state.

State Treasurer Curtis Loftis, one of the most tea party-friendly elected officials in the Palmetto State, told CNN Sunday that he will chair Romney’s presidential campaign in state.

South Carolina State Treasurer Curtis Loftis, a strong Tea Party supporter, has endorsed Gov Mitt Romney and will chair his campaign in the Palmetto State. 9/4/11

He is the guy who reflects my values and has the greatest chance of taking back the White House in 2012,” Loftis said in a phone interview.

Loftis praised Romney’s private sector experience and said he is more electable than the rest of the Republican candidates currently seeking the White House, including two with strong footholds in South Carolina: Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann.
[...]Loftis, who aggressively courted tea party activists during his 2010 campaign and once printed campaign bumper stickers emblazoned with Gadsden flags, said Romney can not only win South Carolina but also attract tea party support along the way.

As things go to the primaries, I think the tea party will show itself to be very pragmatic and to be very interested in the financial situation in America,” Loftis said. “They, like us, don’t want to be watching the inauguration on television. They want to be there in January 2013.”

Mitt Romney speaks at a Tea Party Express rally in Concord, NH. Many Romney supporters wore blue t-shirts. Sept 4, 2021 Click on image to enlarge.

Thank you Treasurer Loftis and thank you Tea Party Romney supporters!

► Jayde Wyatt

Romney’s Busy Labor Day Weekend: Tea Party, Pancake Breakfast, Palmetto Freedom Forum

Mitt Romney Announces Labor Day Weekend Schedule

Boston, MA – On Sunday, Mitt Romney will travel to New Hampshire to attend a Tea Party Express rally and on Monday he will host a Labor Day pancake breakfast. On Monday, Mitt Romney will also travel to South Carolina to attend the Palmetto Freedom Forum. The following events will be open to the press:

Sunday, September 4, 2021

Event: Mitt Romney Attends Tea Party Express Rally

When: 5:45 PM EDT

Location: Rollins Park
33 Bow Street
Concord, NH

Monday, September 5, 2021

Event: Mitt Romney Hosts Labor Day Pancake Breakfast

When: 8:30 AM EDT

Location: The Derryfield
625 Mammoth Road
Manchester, NH

Event: Mitt Romney Attends Palmetto Freedom Forum

When: 2:45 PM EDT

Location: Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
1101 Lincoln Street
Columbia, SC

Ann Romney will take Governor Romney’s place in the Milford VFW Labor Day Parade in Milford, New Hampshire.

► Jayde Wyatt

Breaking: Mitt Romney WILL Attend Jim DeMint’s South Carolina Forum

So says Jennifer Rubin in her blog (Right Turn) at

Right Turn has learned that, after several weeks of schedule adjustment, Mitt Romney will now appear at the candidate forum hosted by Sen. Jim DeMint in South Carolina. The Romney camp dismisses the suggestion that this is in response to Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s rise in the polls. Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul tells me: “We’re pleased we were able to arrange our schedule so that Gov. Romney can attend Labor Day events in both New Hampshire and South Carolina.” Romney was able to shift a Tea Party Express event in Rollins Park, New Hampshire to Sunday evening. He will remain in New Hampshire Monday morning for a pancake breakfast in Manchester and then travel to South Carolina for the forum.

The official name of the forum is the Palmetto Freedom Forum. It will take place on Labor Day and is sponsored by the American Principles Project.

From the forum’s Facebook page:

The Palmetto Freedom Forum is an event that will take place on Labor Day, 2011 in Columbia, SC. The goal of the event is to have an honest discussion with the top GOP Presidential Candidates, giving them an outlet to voice their thoughts on the key issues.

Apparently only those who had a 5% or higher in RCP’s national polls average on Aug. 22nd will be included in the debate. Gingrich is currently at 5.7% and Cain at 4.7%, but both are listed at 5% on the 22nd, so I’m not exactly sure if they made the cut. The others who qualify to attend would be Perry, Bachmann and Paul, and Palin if she should jump in by then. Disqualified candidates include Santorum and Huntsman.

So we know it’s taking place on Labor Day, but can anyone find a time? Television broadcast? Online broadcast?

~Nate Gunderson

Romney on Capitol Hill, Will Sign ‘Cut, Cap, & Balance’ Pledge

Mr. Mitt goes to Washington…

Mitt Romney is making the rounds on Capitol Hill today to meet with seven Republican senators: Jeff Sessions (AL), James Risch (ID), Mike Lee (UT), Orrin Hatch (UT),Thad Cochran (MS), Scott Brown (MA), and Bob Corker (TN).

In between meetings, as Romney hustled between offices, he told reporters that he supports the ‘Cut, Cap and Balance’ Pledge.

WASHINGTON – Mitt Romney said this afternoon that he would sign a pledge that would encourage Congress to block an increase of the federal debt limit unless the legislation includes spending cuts and budget caps.

Joining five other Republican presidential candidates, Romney said he would support the ”Cut, Cap and Balance Pledge.” The pledge, which has been pushed by a wide range of conservative groups, urges Congress to oppose debt limit increases unless it includes: “substantial cuts” in spending; spending caps that would put limits on the federal budget; and passage of a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution.

“I expressed my view that we are currently dealing with the critical fiscal issues of this generation and that we need strong leadership on these issues,” Lee said in a statement following their meeting. “I was happy to hear that Governor Romney supports the Cut, Cap and Balance Pledge including a Balanced Budget Amendment—one of my top priorities—and that his focus remains on growing the economy to create good jobs for our country.”

The pledge has also been signed by several of Romney’s presidential rivals: businessman Herman Cain; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich; former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty; Representative Ron Paul, of Texas; and former Senator Rick Santorum, of Pennsylvania.

Jon Huntsman, Jr., the former Utah governor, has said he would not sign the pledge.

(emphasis added)

The pledge is supported by more than 100 conservative and Tea Party groups.

► Jayde Wyatt

LIVE FEED: Mitt Romney Speaks Today at ‘Americans for Prosperity’ Presidential Summit in NH (April 29, 2022)

It’s happening tonight in Manchester, New Hampshire!

As Americans limp through our anemic economy, many eyes will turn tonight at 8:00 PM EST to hear Governor Mitt Romney speak at the Presidential Summit on Spending and Job Creation hosted by the Americans for Prosperity Foundation. AFP is a limited government advocacy group. Others also slated to speak are: Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, and Rick Santorum.

UPDATE - Here’s the entire proceedings from Americans for Prosperity:

Governor Romney’s intro begins @ 37:04.

Romney right-hand-man, Eric Fehrnstrom, sent the following TwitPic taken earlier today of Mitt at Hillsborough Gas & Repair in Manchester:

Drew Cline, Editorial Page Editor at the NH Union Leader tweeted this:

Romney asked a lot of questions of customers @ gas station. Seemed genuinely interested. Connected well. Investor skills at work. #FITNless than a minute ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet Reply

Looks like The Gov was on the ground early… talking with folks about high gas prices and sharing a laugh about Obama’s energy plan or, lack thereof…

Additional links:
Romney Gets Pumped Up
Republican Romney blames Obama for gas prices

► Jayde Wyatt

VEEP MADNESS! Time to pick the bottom-half of the 2012 GOP ticket



Since this is a pro-Romney site it would be pointless to run a presidential preference tournament. So we are going to do the next best thing - pick the bottom half of the ticket. Click the image above to see the whole bracket. If you don’t like my seeding assignments… well… it was all pretty much arbitrary anyways.

The first round polls are below. Voting for this round will go until Sunday.


New Hampshire GOP Straw Poll Results: Romney Wins Big Time!

Some of us here at MRC have been watching twitter feeds with much anticipation this morning, waiting for the results to come in from the New Hampshire GOP presidential straw poll. The straw poll (sponsored by ABC News and WMUR-TV) took place moments ago in Derry, NH and was the first-ever straw poll of state Republican officials. Reportedly, the turnout at this state GOP gathering was “highest in memory“.

The results leaked in the form of a tweet from Amy Walter’s Twitter page:

Results of NH GOP Presidential Straw Poll

Excellent showing for Romney, whose whopping numbers are greater than the sum of 2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th place finishers!

Interesting side notes from Nate Gunderson: One significant point to make about this is that convention delegates are strong conservative voters. Throw in the fact the indies also vote in the primary (and Romney has an even bigger lead amongst them) the actual primary voting margin would be higher. ALSO, the NHGOP selected a Tea Party backed candidate for NHGOP Chair — these same Tea Partying members selected Romney as their candidate of choice. In summary, Romney has widespread appeal amongst indies, mods, and cons alike. That is a recipe for success!

-Aaron Gundy- Follow @AaronGundy on Twitter

Update: reports say 273 of the 493 attendees participated in the straw poll, but the original percentages posted by WMUR only come to whole integers if there were 278 votes. Here are the results as I’ve tallied them. ~Nate (HT BOSMAN and RightSpeak for the graph)
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Senator Jim DeMint Praises Sarah Palin - Does She Light Up a Room Like Mitt Romney?

In an interview with Politico, Demint had this to say about Sarah Palin:

“We’ve never spoken, but she left me a nice message, and I believe she’s done more for the Republican Party than anyone since Ronald Reagan,” he said.

The article also pointed this out:

DeMint backed Romney in the 2008 presidential primary — but said he’s got “an open mind” about 2012.

“He’s obviously near the top of my list, he’s a good quality candidate and we’ve got others who are looking at it,” said DeMint, who also is getting encouragement from some conservative activists to run for president.

Senator DeMint, here’s a question for you:

Does Sarah Palin light up a room like Mitt Romney?

Rochester Business Journal: Mitt Romney Strongest GOP Pick 2012

The Rochester Business Journal asked its readership who they thought would be the the most formidable GOP candidate in the presidential election against Barack Obama in 2012. Here is their headline:

Plurality picks Romney as strongest GOP pick

November 19, 2021

A plurality of respondents to this week’s RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll say former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney would be the strongest Republican candidate in a 2012 race against President Barack Obama.

With the Republicans’ success at the polls in the midterm elections, speculation about the upcoming race and the 2012 GOP presidential nomination has intensified. So far, no leading candidate officially has announced his or her intention to seek the Republican nod.

When asked to choose among a field of potential candidates, 21 percent selected Romney. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was favored by 15 percent of respondents.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin garnered 9 percent of the vote. And 8 percent picked former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Romney also led a recent national Gallup poll of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, with 19 percent. Palin and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee each received 16 percent. In the RBJ poll, 6 percent picked Huckabee as the strongest candidate.

More than 665 readers participated in this week’s poll, which was conducted Nov. 15 and 16.

In your opinion, who would be the strongest Republican presidential candidate in 2012?

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney: 21%
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie: 15%
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin: 9%
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani: 8%
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia: 7%
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee: 6%
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal: 6%
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush: 5%
Rep. Ron Paul of Texas: 5%
Sen.-elect Marco Rubio of Florida: 4%
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty: 4%
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels: 3%
Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina: 2%
Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina: 2%
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour: 1%
Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania: 1%
Indiana Rep. Mike Pence: 1%
South Dakota Sen. John Thune: 1%

(my emphasis)
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Another great early indicator for Governor Romney!

► Jayde Wyatt