CA Reps Give Early Christmas Present to Romney: Endorsements from Lewis, Calvert, Bilbray

Santas line up for the annual charitable holiday 'Surfing Santas' contest at Salt Creek Beach in Laguna Niguel, CA

From The Golden State - three more nuggets in Mitt Romney’s Christmas stocking…

Congressmen Jerry Lewis, Ken Calvert, and Brian Bilbray say Romney is the best candidate to take on Obama:

I am proud to earn the support of three great leaders in California,” said Mitt Romney. “I am looking forward to working with them to move this country forward and ensure Californians and all Americans get working again.”

Announcing his support, Congressman Lewis said “Mitt Romney has the conservative credentials to lead our economy out of this recession. His experience in the business world gives him a keen understanding of our economy and of job creation. He is the best prepared to take on President Obama and turn around our economy.”

Announcing his support, Congressman Calvert said, “Governor Romney will be a steady and reliable commander of the ship of state and is the right man to manage critical but tight defense budgets and lead an American and global recovery. Governor Romney’s private and public sector experience make him the best equipped candidate to defeat President Obama in 2012.”

“Governor Romney’s leadership and experience are what this country needs right now. President Obama’s failures are wreaking havoc on the economy and we need a leader who can fix the fiscal mess we are in and create jobs,” said Congressman Bilbray. “I also believe that Mitt Romney will be the best candidate to secure the border and put a halt to illegal immigration.”

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Background on Congressmen Lewis, Calvert and Bilbray:

Congressman Lewis Represents California’s 41st District And Serves On The House Appropriations Committee. He formerly served as Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee during the 109th Congress and now currently serves on the Subcommittee on Defense.

Congressman Calvert Represents California’s 44th District And Serves On The House Appropriations Committee. He also currently serves on the Subcommittee on Defense, the Interior and the Environment Subcommittee and the Legislative Branch Subcommittee.

Congressman Bilbray Represents California’s 50th District And Is Chairman Of The Immigration Reform Caucus. He also currently serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee with subcommittee appointments to Oversight and Investigations, Communication and Technology, and Energy and Power.

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Obama Says Americans “Lazy”, Romney Disagrees, Speaks to SC Workers (AUDIO)

We’ve been a litle bit lazy over the last couple of decades.” ~ Barack Obama speaking to CEOs at annual APEC meeting in Hawaii. Nov 12, 2021

Mitt Romney strongly disagrees with President Obama’s questionable campaign messaging that we Americans are ‘lazy’, have ‘lost our ambition’, and have become ‘soft’.

Workers at Colite International, an international sign-producing company in Columbia, South Carolina, heard Romney’s strong objections to Obama’s new campaign meme yesterday when he and wife, Ann, toured the facility.

Romney was introduced to employees by wife, Ann:

We need a leader who knows how to turn things around,” she said. “Mitt’s a turnaround guy.”

It was that simple exchange, their well-worn lines about being high school sweethearts and the details about their five children and 16 grandchildren that allowed Justin Mims to see the former Massachusetts governor as more than a two-dimensional political candidate.

Mims, a junior economics major at the University of South Carolina, said Romney seems to be a family man, and he likes that.

After the introduction from his wife at Colite International, Romney jumped into all the missteps he said President Barack Obama has made. Romney said they include the $787 billion federal stimulus package, cap-and-trade legislation, new regulations on the banking and finance industry, the federal health care law and appointing pro-union “stooges” to the National Labor Relations Board.

As president, Romney said he would repeal the heath care law signed by Obama in 2010, cut the federal workforce by 10 percent through attrition, and hand over control of Medicaid to states, among other measures he said would restore America to a “job-creating machine” and cut spending.
Mims was one of several college students and new graduates who came out to support Romney. Matt Mancini, a 23-year-old new University of South Carolina graduate, said he likes that Romney comes from a business background. Romney’s plan to downsize the government is something that will bring him a lot of support in South Carolina, Mancini said.

The White House hopeful spoke for about 15 minutes and was swarmed afterward by the press and supporters. He signed signs and bumper stickers and posed for pictures before heading off to the next stop on the campaign trail.

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After touring the production floor at Colite, Intl in Columbia, SC, Mitt Romney speaks to employees. Nov 15, 2021 (AP photo)

A few highlights from Romney’s excellent speech (no teleprompter needed):

“The things we make per person in America exceeds that of any other country in the world.”

“Our problem is not that the private sector isn’t productive enough. The problem is the government sector is too heavy and too burdensome and is keeping the private sector from growing and thriving like it should.”

“President Obama doesn’t understand it is NOT government that makes America strong. It is the free people of America that provide our future and our strength.”

American workers deserve a number of rights:
1. Right to a secret ballot
2. Right to at least 30 days notice before a union election
3. Right to work in a non-union state
4. Right to know if they are members of a union, they shouldn’t have dues taken out their paycheck to go to politicians they disagree with.

Listen to Romney’s complete speech (13:36):

Poll after poll in South Carolina reveals Romney in first or second place. A few days before his visit to Colite Intl, The Gov was in Mauldin, SC where he held a roundtable for veterans and he recently participated in the GOP debate in Spartanburg.

Here’s more on Obama’s attempts to draw attention away from his miserable job performance by claiming that we’re lazy Americans…


Illinois Congressman Robert Dold Supports Romney

Robert Dold, Illinois Congressman

Illinois Congressman Robert Dold has thrown his support behind Mitt Romney:

In his short time in Washington, Congressman Dold has been a bold voice for getting Washington off its spending addiction,” said Mitt Romney. “Creating jobs and getting our economy moving again are goals that can be achieved by working with budget-cutters like Congressman Dold and having a president that recognizes the magnitude of our spending problem. I will work with leaders like Congressman Dold to restore our nation’s fiscal health and ensure that our children are not burdened with debt.”

“Last week Mitt Romney laid out bold, bipartisan solutions to our nation’s fiscal problems,” said Congressman Dold. “We are spending 40 cents of every dollar on interest toward our debt, and without a change in direction, we might find ourselves in a hole that we can’t get out of. Mitt Romney spent his life in the private sector and knows that you can’t be a viable enterprise if you spend more than you take in. I have worked in Congress to pass legislation that would strengthen the economy by creating the economic certainty that small businesses need to grow and create new jobs. I look forward to working with Mitt Romney to pass commonsense legislation our job creators need to expand and get our economy moving again.”

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Background On Congressman Robert Dold:

Congressman Dold Was Elected In 2010 And Serves The 10th District Of Illinois. Congressman Dold serves on the House Financial Services Committee. As a small business owner, he has faced many of the challenges confronting business leaders today and is using that firsthand experience in Washington to help find ways to create more jobs and strengthen the economy.

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Romney Endorsed by IL Congressman Schock, Announces Kentucky Finance Chairs

Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL)

Congressman Aaron Schock, from the Prairie State, likes Mitt Romney’s “conservative solutions” to end deficit spending and get Americans back to work. As a result, Schlock has endorsed Governor Romney:

Boston, MA – Mitt Romney [has] announced the support of Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock.

“In order to improve our financial standing, we must get spending under control,” said Mitt Romney. “Congressman Schock has been a leader in the fight to reduce government spending. I am proud to have his endorsement and look forward to working with him to reduce our burdensome debt.”

Announcing his support, Congressman Schock said, “Mitt Romney has a record of cutting spending and keeping taxes low that needs to be replicated in Washington. Under President Obama, our national debt has skyrocketed and our prized AAA credit rating has been lost. Mitt Romney has the conservative solutions needed to get Washington off its spending addiction and focused on creating jobs.”

Background On Congressman Aaron Schock:

Congressman Aaron Schock Was Elected To The U.S. House In 2008 And Serves The 18th District Of Illinois. In Congress, he serves on the Ways and Means Committee. Prior to his election, Congressman Schock was a member of the Illinois Legislature and the PeoriaSchool Board. Congressman Schock is the youngest member of the U.S. House Of Representatives.

Romney continues to organize in Kentucky:

Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today announced his Kentucky State Finance Chairs, Joe Craft and Kelly Knight.

I am proud to announce my Kentucky State Finance Chairs,” said Mitt Romney. “Kelly and Joe’s help will be essential in securing the resources necessary to defeat President Obama in 2012. Kentucky has been hit hard by President Obama’s failed economic leadership. Voters there and across the country are looking for a president who will not only bring back jobs and restore economic growth but also get serious about energy independence and take advantage of our country’s coal resources, which is especially important in Kentucky. Kelly and Joe’s support will be essential to spreading my message to turn around our struggling economy.”

Background on Kentucky State Finance Chairs:

Kelly Knight served as the United States Public Delegate for the opening of the United Nations General Assembly and was appointed by President George W. Bush to that post in 2007. Currently, she is the Chairman of a strategic management firm. An active member of her community, Knight serves on the Board of The Salvation Army of Lexington.

Joe Craft is president, chief executive officer, and a director of Alliance Resource Partners, the fourth largest coal producer in the eastern United States. He also serves as president, chief executive officer, and Chairman of the Board of Alliance Holdings GP. Craft is a director for Bank of Oklahoma and Tulsa Community Foundation.

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Romney in Iowa Today, Son Josh Romney in Cedar Rapids Last Week

Mitt Romney is pictured speaking during an economic roundtable meeting held in Treynor, Iowa. Oct 21, 2021
(Photo AP/Charlie Neibergall)

Mitt Romney’s belief that Iowans play an important role in the electoral process is shored up by his visit today to Dubuque and Davenport. He will meet with voters and speak on jobs and the economy.

Romney’s schedule Nov 7, 2021

Event: Mitt Romney speaks at Giese Manufacturing
When: 12:15 PM CST
Location: Giese Manufacturing
7025 Chavenelle Road
Dubuque, IA

Event: Mitt Romney speaks at Iowa American Water
When: 5:20 PM CST
Location: Iowa American Water
5201 Grand Avenue
Davenport, IA

Last Friday, Josh Romney, (son of Mitt and Ann) who campaigned in all 99 counties in Iowa last time around, was in Cedar Rapids campaigning for his father and making phone calls for Senate hopeful Cindy Golding:
Nov 4, 2021

MARION – “I’m three-for-three,” Josh Romney announced after taking a turn making get-out-the-vote phone calls for Iowa Senate candidate Cindy Golding Nov. 4.

The son of 2012 Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney added an asterisk to his accomplishment.
“That’s two votes for Cindy and a half of a vote for my Dad,” he joked with Golding’s campaign volunteers before joining the Linn Eagles, a Republican fundraising club, for lunch in Cedar Rapids.

Golding is running in a Nov. 8 special election in Iowa Senate 18 in northern and western Linn County. If she defeats Democrat Liz Mathis, the Senate will be tied at 25 Republicans and 25 Democrats.

“What you’re doing here makes a difference,” Romney told the volunteers, because Golding, who along with her husband, Joe, own and operate four small businesses, “will help to grow jobs – like my Dad has done.”

Romney, who sells real estate in Salt Lake City, has been on the campaign trail for his dad this month, making appearances in New Hampshire, where Republicans will have their primary a week after Iowa’s Jan. 3 first-in-the-nation precinct caucuses. The No. 1 issue wherever he goes is jobs and the need to get the economy headed in the right direction, he said, and there is no one better to address job growth than his dad, Romney said.

My dad understands jobs,” he said. “He knows how to create jobs. He’s done it his entire life – turned things around. What we need right now is a turnaround in our country. My dad is the guy to do it.”

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Back on Aug 7, 2007, Josh Romney, son of Mitt and Ann Romney, was photographed in Urbandale, Iowa by AP photographer Steve Pope. He was talking about his campaign visits to all 99 Iowa counties while driving the 'MittMobile', a motor home purchased on Ebay. The younger Romney has recently been campaigning for his father and was in Iowa last week.

Governor Romney was last in Iowa on Oct 20th for events in Sioux City, Treynor, and Council Bluffs. Prior to that, Ann Romney was in the Hawkeye State on Oct 4-6 attending events in Adel, Marion, and Bettendorf.

Currently, Governor Romney and Herman Cain are polling at a statistical dead heat in Iowa.

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Obama’s Magical Misery Tour: Sell Tax ‘n Jobs Bill Piece-by-Piece in North Carolina

President Obama’s next stop on his Magical Misery Tour is North Carolina. He plans to “engage in a little retail politics’ amid our nation’s jobs crisis (translation: campaign for himself while trying to sell his failed jobs-and-tax bill by breaking it into bite-sized pieces).

Since President Obama’s visit to North Carolina last month, the state’s jobless rate has climbed to 10.4% and another 12,000 workers received pink slips:

The effect is a campaign-style trip that allows the President to engage in a little retail politics…” (Julie Pace, “Obama Gets Back On The Bus For Trip To NC, Va.,” The Associated Press, 10/16/11)

Under President Obama, North Carolina Has Shed More Than 125,000 Jobs And Is Suffering From Double-Digit Unemployment:

Unemployment in North Carolina has climbed to 10.4%. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate in North Carolina climbed from 9.7% in May to 10.4% in August. The jobless rate has increased in each of the last three months on record. (Bureau of Labor Statistics,, 10/16/11)

Nearly 470,000 people in North Carolina are out of work.. In August, there were an estimated 468,140 unemployed North Carolinians – an increase of more than 32,000 since March of this year and an increase of 11,747 since July. (Bureau of Labor Statistics,, 10/16/11)

North Carolina has lost more than 125,000 jobs since President Obama took office. According to Labor Department estimates, nonfarm payroll employment in North Carolina was 4,009,700 in January 2009 and 3,882,500 in August 2011. (Bureau of Labor Statistics,, 10/16/11)

The Magical Misery Tour hits North Carolina and Virginia this week:

President Barack Obama is targeting vital North Carolina and Virginia this week, as he kicks off a three-day bus tour that is as much about campaigning for his jobs bill as it is shoring up support in two southern states he wrested from Republican control four years ago.

Obama’s 2008 victories in North Carolina and Virginia were due in large part to the states’ changing demographics and his campaign’s ability to boost voter turnout among young people and African-Americans. But nearly three years after his historic election, the president’s approval ratings in both states are sagging, in line with the national trend.

A Quinnipiac University poll out earlier this month put Obama’s approval rating in Virginia at 45 percent, with 52 percent disapproving. The same poll showed 83 percent of Virginians were dissatisfied with the direction of the country. In North Carolina, Obama has a 42 percent approval rating, according to an Elon University poll conducted this month. Most national polls put Obama’s approval rating in the mid-to low-forties.

The president’s bus tour comes as the battle in Washington over his jobs plan enters a new phase. While Obama had demanded lawmakers pass the $447 billion jobs measure in its entirety, Senate Republicans have blocked those efforts, leaving the president and his Democratic allies to fight for the bill’s proposals piece by piece.

As he embarks on the second leg of the Magical Misery Tour, will President Obama listen to jobless Americans or lecture them?

President Obama, in North Carolina on September 14th:

OBAMA: “The time for hand-wringing is over. The time for moping around – we’ve got to kick off our bedroom slippers and put on our marching shoes. We’ve got to get to work.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks in Raleigh, NC, 9/14/11)

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Last month, Obama explained his failed economic record by saying America had gotten a little soft:

“President Barack Obama on Thursday said the U.S. has lost some of its competitive edge and gotten a ‘little soft.’ … ‘This is a great, great country that had gotten a little soft and we didn’t have that same competitive edge that we needed over the last couple of decades,’ Mr. Obama said in response to a question about the country’s economic future. ‘We need to get back on track.’” (Jared Favole, “Obama: U.S. Has Become A ‘Little Soft,’ ” The Wall Street Journal, 9/29/11)

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Romney Endorsements: LA’s Rep Rodney Alexander, NH’s Ed DuPont, Ambassador Jerry Carmen

We’re catching up today on lots of good endorsements for Romney (more to come).

Here is welcome news from Louisiana and New Hampshire:

Mitt Romney Announces Support of Louisiana Congressman Rodney Alexander

I am pleased to have the support of Rodney Alexander,” said Mitt Romney. “He is a lifelong public servant and advocate for Louisiana. With his help, I look forward to defeating President Obama and bringing jobs back to this country.”

Announcing his support, Congressman Alexander said, “Our nation needs Mitt Romney now more than ever. Louisiana voters are looking for someone who will get Americans back to work. Mitt has a very strong business record and a pro-growth message that will be essential to improving our economy. I am proud to stand with him in his bid for president.”

Background On Congressman Alexander:

Congressman Rodney Alexander Was First Elected To Represent Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District In The House Of Representatives In 2002. He serves on the House Committee on Appropriations. Previously, he served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve and as a Louisiana State Representative.

Former NH State Senate President Ed DuPont Endorses Mitt Romney

Besides being a former New Hampshire State Senate president, DuPont is the current Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the University System of New Hampshire.

“For years, Ed Dupont has served New Hampshire as a State Senator and a leader in New Hampshire’s higher education community,” said Mitt Romney. “I look forward to working with Ed to spread my pro-growth message across the Granite State and to reverse the failed Obama policies that have devastated our economy.”

As a successful businessman, Mitt Romney turned around struggling enterprises and helped create thousands of private sector jobs. As a fiscally conservative governor, he balanced budgets, cut taxes 19 times and restructured state government,” said Dupont. “I am proud to endorse Mitt’s candidacy because he is the strongest and most qualified candidate to take on President Obama and fix our economy.”

Background On Ed Dupont:

Ed Dupont Is President And Founder Of The Dupont Group. Ed Dupont founded and owned Strafford Fuels for over 20 years before selling the business in 1994. Dupont served five terms in the New Hampshire State Senate, beginning in 1983. While in the Senate, Ed served as Senate Majority Leader and Vice-Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. In 1990, Ed was elected President of the Senate. During his tenure as Senate President, he established and chaired the first standing legislative committee on economic development in New Hampshire history. Under his leadership, the legislature established the state’s economic development fund; provided research and development assistance for emerging companies; adopted initiatives to stimulate capital formation; and reformed the state’s Business Profits Tax (BPT) to include tax credits for job creation and capital investment.

Since leaving the Senate, Ed has continued his involvement in both the public and private sectors, serving on the boards of a number of organizations. He currently serves as a director on the boards of Merchantbanc, a venture capital firm based in Manchester NH; and Martin’s Point, a health care firm based in Maine and NH. In June of this year, he was re-elected Chair of the University System of New Hampshire’s Board of Trustees. He is president and founder of The Dupont Group, based in Concord.
Ed has had a life-long interest in aviation and is an instrument rated private pilot. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Durham, NH.

Romney Endorsed by Ambassador Jerry Carmen

Carmen is also a former New Hampshire Republican Party Chairman and Reagan Administration official.

Jerry Carmen is one of the most respected leaders in the New Hampshire Republican Party. For over 25 years he has fought for the traditional conservative principles of limited government and fiscal responsibility in the Granite State,” said Mitt Romney. “I am proud to have earned Ambassador Carmen’s support, and I look forward to working with him as I bring my pro-growth message to New Hampshire and voters across the country.”

“The coming election is the most important moment for our future as a Nation. We need a true leader now, one who will continue down the path marked by Ronald Reagan’s footsteps, a conservative who can win next November and then successfully govern,” said Ambassador Carmen. “In my estimation, Mitt Romney is the only candidate in the race with the credentials to carry the Reagan mantle, recapture the White House, and then turn around the American economy. Romney is not a career politician – he’s a lifelong businessman. That is exactly what we need in Washington right now; someone who understands how jobs are created.”

Background On Ambassador Jerry Carmen:

Jerry Carmen Has Been Active In New Hampshire Politics For Over 25 Years. He served as Chairman of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee from 1975 -1979. He resigned the chairmanship to run northeast political operations for Ronald Reagan’s 1980 presidential campaign. He later served in President Reagan’s White House and as Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration from 1981-1984. From 1984-1986 he served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva and was vice chairman of the Trade and Development Board, which reviewed activities of the United Nations Conference on Trade Development. From 1988-1989, he was a member of the George H.W. Bush Presidential transition team. A successful businessman, he was also the first chairman of the New Hampshire Housing Authority.

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Romney Campaign Releases New Video “STOP THE SPENDING”

Today, Romney for President released a new web video, “Stop The Spending.” The video highlights the failure of President Obama’s $787 billion stimulus to create jobs and help small businesses.

In 2009, President Obama’s $787 billion dollar stimulus bill passed. Here is what he said the bill would do (shovel-ready jobs):

Over the next two years, this plan will save or create 3.5 million jobs. More than 90% of these jobs will be in the private sector - jobs rebuilding our roads and bridges; constructing wind turbines and solar panels; laying broadband and expanding mass transit.” (President Obama, Remarks To Joint Session Of Congress, 2/24/09)

Oops! Remember when Obama jokingly admitted this back in June?

Shovel-ready was not as shovel-ready as we expected.”

Stop The Spending

Since the Stimulus passed Passed 1.7 million jobs have been lost. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics,, 9/27/11)

● “The persistent weakness of the U.S. economy has left 14 million people unemployed and more than 25 million unable to find full-time work.” (“Obama Plan Would Make Small Dent In Jobless Rate,” The Associated Press, 9/24/11)

President Obama: “On Thursday, we are going to lay out a new way forward on jobs to grow the economy and put more Americans back to work right now. I don’t want to give everything away right here, because I want you all to tune in on Thursday. But I will give you just a little bit.” (President Obama, Remarks, Detroit, MI, 9/5/11)

President Obama: “First, I won’t sign a bill that adds one dime to our deficit — either now or in the future. Period.” (President Obama, Remarks, College Park, MD, 9/17/09)

Now, Obama’s latest jobs bill contains another $447 billion to stimulate economic growth. It didn’t work last time and won’t work now. And, may I just say Solyndra?

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