Chris Christie Will Not Receive “A Personality-ectomy” Before Keynote Address

Governor Christie was interviewed yesterday by Peter Haskell on WCBS 880 radio, looking ahead to his keynote address at the Republican National Convention. Christie mentioned that he is currently on his seventh draft:

“I think it’s about the record we’ve established here and I think Gov. Romney is an admirer of that record and I think that’s why he asked me,” Christie told Haskell.

The famously brash governor said he has no plans to tone it down for the national audience.

“I don’t think they have any expectation nor have they requested that I have a personality-ectomy between now and next Tuesday,” Christie told Haskell. “They know what they’re buying,” Christie added.

The governor said he worked on his speech while he was on vacation last week.

The keynote speech is the highest-profile spot for someone not accepting the party’s presidential or vice presidential nomination. The slot has launched many political figures including President Barack Obama, who was the keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention in 2004. Four years later, he won the White House.

Need a little warm-up to Governor Christie’s keynote address in six days? Try this little video montage of Christie’s greatest hits. My favorite quote from these short clips came while Christie was speaking to a teacher who was complaining about tough decisions the governor had to make to cut funding of a library:

“Unlike The United States, New Jersey cannot print money!”

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Romney Speaks to 2,000 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota (VIDEO)

Sioux Falls, South Dakota and the 105th annual Chamber of Commerce meeting was Mitt Romney’s destination yesterday. He delivered the keynote address before a friendly audience of nearly 2,000 attendees:

Romney: U.S. can fix its problems
Candidate talks politics at Chamber meeting
Oct. 19, 2011

The United States faces significant burdens, but the country has overcome past challenges by believing in itself and American exceptionalism, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said Wednesday.

Counting the national debt and the nation’s entitlement programs, the country has obligations of $62 trillion. Meanwhile, the United States faces foreign challenges from Iran, China and a resurgent Russia.

Even so, Romney said he’s optimistic about the country’s

“I believe in free enterprise and capitalism,” he said. “I believe in America.”
Romney praised business but did not talk specifically about his own experiences, which include founding investment firm Bain Capital, which is credited with launching or rebuilding hundreds of companies, including Staples, Domino’s Pizza and The Sports Authority.

He did compare his experience in the private sector with his four-year stint as governor. When businesses make a mistake, people lose their jobs and get hurt, he said. When governments make mistakes, they blame the other political party. Governments should encourage incentives on taxes, regulations and energy policy, but the people in government often don’t understand how to do that.

Romney did not address President Obama by name, but he criticized the president, saying almost everything he’s done in office has “made it more difficult for business to grow and thrive.” The health care overhaul, proposals to make it easier to form unions, financial reform and a cap-and-trade energy proposal have created uncertainty, and businesses won’t invest when there’s uncertainty, he said.

This economy has had a hard time rebooting because Washington doesn’t understand that it’s not the answer, it’s the problem,” he said, a line that drew applause.

News report (note audience size, video of entire speech below):

For the first time in this presidential campaign, Romney shared one of his favorite Olympic stories:

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – … “There is a love of America and a passion for this country that burns in the hearts of our citizens,” said Romney to a crowd of nearly 2,000. “The great challenges we have we will overcome if we can draw on that passion and conviction of the greatness and goodness of America.

And we have leaders who will tell the truth and live with integrity, and who by virtue of their life experiences know how to lead and where to lead America,” he said. “And I very much want to be one of those leaders, with your help.”

Parra, who won both silver and gold medals in the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, for which Romney served as the CEO of the organizing committee, was a staple of Romney’s repertoire during his last bid for the White House. Parra has been a longtime supporter of Romney’s and has already contributed money to the former Massachusetts’ governor’s presidential campaign this cycle.

Tonight, Romney recounted the story of when he chose Parra to be one of eight athletes to carry into the opening ceremony the American flag that had been at Ground Zero during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Parra later told Romney that it was the most meaningful moments of his Olympic games.

I’ve seen throughout my life the power of the American spirit,” said Romney.

(emphasis added )

Romney’s speech to the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce:

Before Romney delivered his speech he met with SD Governor Dennis Daugaard, his chief of staff Dusty Johnson, and Daugaard’s Commissioner for Economic Development Pat Costello.

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Romney in Nevada: Meets with GOP Backers, Delivers Keynote Speech at International Franchise Assoc

The 51st annual International Franchise Association (IFA) convention drew 2700 franchise executives yesterday (2/14/11) to the MGM Grand hotel in Las Vegas, NV. Representing small businesses and entrepreneurs in over 90 different categories, which support 18 million jobs and $2.1 trillion of economic activity, the gathering of business women and men and those involved with the industry via marketing, law, and development, were treated to a keynote speech delivered by Governor Mitt Romney. He spoke on the uphill battle many small businesses are dealing with in our present business environment and political circumstance:

Romney Cites Franchise Businesses as Key to Economic Recovery, Job Growth

The theme of this year’s IFA Convention is “Building the Future Together,” and Romney, a likely 2012 Republican presidential candidate, spent much of his 40-minute speech addressing issues that hinder the ability for franchise businesses to grow and create jobs, such as the lack of permanent tax certainty, a health care law that does not control costs for employers and overregulation by government agencies.

“Growing small businesses are what get us out of economic downturns,” said Romney. “Instead of creating policies in Washington that help small businesses grow, we have seen the most anti-business agenda in a lifetime.”

“Franchise businesses need more long-term certainty on tax policy and have urged lawmakers to start over and fix the health care law so it does not impose excessive costs on the backs of franchise businesses still struggling to recover from the worst recession since the Great Depression,” said IFA President & CEO Steve Caldeira.

“Mitt Romney’s broad and proven experience in business, government and politics provided critical insight for IFA members seeking to position their franchise organizations for growth in a continually challenging financial climate, said Caldeira. “We appreciated Governor Romney’s unique insights and perspective on the state of the American economy and global affairs.

(my emphasis)

UPDATE from Real Clear Politics: According to an IFA spokesman, Romney didn’t speak from a prepared text and fielded questions from IFA’s chairman, Ken Walker. (Romney’s ability to speak off the cuff in an engaging, intelligent, cohesive manner is not a surprise to Mittheads!)

While in Vegas, Romney also had lunch with Nevadan GOP backers and friends. A hat tip to MRC reader, Makeli, who informed us he attended the luncheon with Governor Romney:

I was privileged enough to attend the lunch with Governor Romney. He was gracious with his time and insight. He allowed for everyone to give their input on what is on Nevadans’ minds which shouldn’t be a surprise, was the economy. Mitt is the fix-it man we need.

Given that the Silver State is slated to hold a GOP caucus a year from now – after Iowa and New Hampshire vote, and that the Nevada GOP caucus is binding for 2012 – meaning that the candidate who wins the delegates will be in possession of them all the way to the Republican Convention, Romney’s continuing strong presence in Nevada is a bonus. Nevadans’ hearty approval of Romney is reflected in a recent Public Policy Poll.

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Mitt Romney to Groton School Grads: Don’t Take Anything For Granted

Besides giving so much of his time to help conservatives get elected this fall, Mitt Romney stopped by Massachusetts’ Groton School to give the keynote address to 2010 graduates.

GROTON — In his keynote address at the Groton School’s 125th commencement yesterday [6/6/10], former Massachusetts Gov. and presidential candidate Mitt Romney advised graduates of the Class of 2010 to “question authority.”

“People at the top don’t always know as much as you think,” Romney said.
A few minutes before, members of the senior class had emerged from the school’s chapel wearing the institution’s signature straw hats and were greeted by enthusiastic cheers of family and friends.

After welcoming remarks by Headmaster Richard Commons and the awarding of annual prizes, Romney took the podium.

Citing examples in his own life where questioning authority helped him to succeed in business and politics, as well as in personal matters, Romney divulged to graduates that although much of what they hear from those in authority will undoubtedly be sound, not all of it will be true.

Students must look at what passed for the conventional wisdom and then put it to the test; see if it measures up to the facts, and then draw their own conclusions. As an example, Romney recounted how, as governor, he was told that smaller class sizes improved education but after a careful study of testing data, the opposite proved true. Cambridge, with the smallest class size, was at the bottom of the performance list.

The ability to question the status quo, said Romney, was purchased at a steep price by the country’s founders. The reason the United States has prospered and other nations have not, the governor continued, has less to do with geography and natural resources as some scholars have suggested than with culture.

What people believe makes all the difference in whether a nation prospers, he said. And one of the things Americans have always strongly believed is not to take anything for granted. Americans have always questioned authority and convention; a quality, said Romney, that can “invigorate” graduates’ lives.

“That is in your DNA,” declared Romney, going on to say that it is his belief that problems such as war, pollution, and the economy that the country and the world currently faced are bound to improve over the next 40 years and that it would be graduates like those in the Class of 2010 who would be the ones to make it happen.

(emphasis mine)

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