February 7th Caucuses and Primary LIVE CHAT and Results

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

UPDATE 1: The polls have closed in Missouri and the race hasn’t been called for Santorum yet which means either it’s unexpectedly close or there were no exit/entrance polls.

UPDATE 2: Rick Santorum wins Missouri, but it’ll be interesting to see what happens in Missouri during their caucus that actually matters on March 17th.

UPDATE 3: Looks like Mitt couldn’t win Minnesota with 0 effort… Campaign seems to have given it and Missouri to Santorum perhaps in hopes of getting Newt out of the race?

UPDATE 4: Secret Service saves Mitt from a glitter-bombing

UPDATE 5: Colorado goes for Santorum as well. Looks like the delegate count didn’t change much though.

Obama’s Rank & File Rumbling, Romney’s Message as President’s Magical Misery Tour Ends

As Obama’s Magical Misery Bus Tour comes to an end, Governor Mitt Romney summarizes the president’s policy results:

We would not have seen the president on a bus tour had his first 940 days in office been successful. President Obama has not gotten the job done and his policies have failed. He’s hoping that by going on a three day bus tour he can make up for hundreds of days of failure.”

● With 71% of Americans down on Obama for his handling of the economy, our food stamp president talked fast and loud while in Iowa, Illinois, and Minnesota. He really wanted us to know about all the bad goings-on in D.C. and how it’s messed him up…

The way he described those D.C. political shenanigans, who would want to spend $745 million of someone else’s money to get there? Or $1 billion more to stay there? Or pay $37.1 million of others’ money to 464 aides to help him work there.

● Oh, the president is dreaming up a jobs plan - it will gel while he’s toes-up-in-the-sunshine at Martha’s vineyard. Rumors are it includes a 3rd stimulus plan - to build bridges and bail out near-bankrupt states - more Euro socialism economics.


We’ve got over $2 trillion worth of repairs that need to be made around the country, and I know there are some right here in this county and right here in this state. And we’ve got a lot of construction workers that are out of work when the housing bubble went bust, and interest rates are low, and contractors are ready to come in on time, under budget — this is a great time for us to rebuild our roads and our bridges, and locks in the Mississippi, and our seaports and our airports….

I think to myself, you know what, if folks in Washington were carrying out their responsibilities the way you’re carrying out your responsibilities, we’d be just fine. We would be just fine. (Applause.)…

● A couple of days ago (8/16/11), seasoned politician Maxine Waters (D-CA) was in Detroit speaking at a Congressional Black Caucus town hall meeting about JOBLESSNESS. She was confronted by an angry audience on why she and CBC members weren’t confronting Obama over his failed job strategy (unemployment among African-Americans is abysmal - 16.2%.) Listen to this; listen more closely to audience response:

“We don’t know what his [Obama's] strategy is!” - Maxine Waters

● Just a few hours ago, Morgan Stanley issued a full US recession alert (warning also included Euro Zone).

It’s as plain as the nose on America’s unemployed face: Obama isn’t working.

► Jayde Wyatt

UPDATE from Ross ~ I bought one of the T-Shirts MittRomney.com has been promoting all day commemorating Obama’s Magical Misery Tour. After seeing the link to the shirts on Drudge, I can’t wait to see how much money in small donations Mitt has raised today!

Obama's Magical Misery Tour - Romney Welcomes the President to Minnesota with New Web Video

“During his Magical Misery bus tour this week, it is unlikely President Obama will speak with unemployed Americans, to near-bankrupt business owners, or to families struggling to survive in this economy. He is more interested in campaigning in swing states than working to solve the economic crisis that is crushing the middle class. Turning this economy around will require real leadership and the experience of someone who has actually worked in the private sector.” –Mitt Romney

The Obama Magical Misery Tour - Coming to a Swing State Near You

Romney Marathon: Endorsements & New Initiative, Holds Tele-Townhall, Stumps for Emmer, Meeks, Walker, Portman, Pennsylvania GOP - Goes to MN, WI, OH, D.C.

Mitt Romney just completed another bustling week of midterm campaigning. What did he accomplish? Take a look:

Governor Romney’s schedule for October 18-22, 2010

Monday, Oct 18, 2021:
» Announces Minnesota endorsements

» Campaigns in Minnesota with Tom Emmer and Annette Meeks

As they say in the news business, Mitt Romney was a good get for Tom Emmer.

Not only did the former governor of Massachusetts and GOP presidential contender attract some 200 donors at a $500-a-plate fundraising dinner for Emmer Monday, he later worked up a crowd at a rally at the Ramada Hotel in Bloomington.

With just two weeks before the election, Emmer needs to rouse every base within the Republican base, from the fiscal conservatives to the Tea Party discontents to the patriots.

Romney, who sounds and looks like a corporate CEO, rolled up his sleeves and delivered a brief speech to a crowd of about 500 at the rally. He didn’t focus on fiscal conservatism as anticipated, but on the new social hot buttons: the Constitution, patriotism and American exceptionalism.

“It’s not just about failed policies in Washington,” Romney said. “Liberals are changing the very face of America. We are a nation of pioneers and liberals are trying to smother that spirit.

“America needs no apologies to the world,” he said. “The best ally peace has ever known is the United States of America.”

The crowd gave him love as he doffed his jacket and worked the line of attendees for pictures.

Minnesota’s GOP candidate for governor was impressed as well.

“Mitt Romney, wow — he is really a standard bearer for American exceptionalism,” Emmer said in an interview after the rally. “Yes, he just touched on the fiscal policy. But people in Minnesota that I meet, we know what the problems are. When you remind people it’s about the American spirit, you heard them here tonight — they don’t want leaders who apologize for America.”

(my emphasis)

» Announces endorsements in Wisconsin

» Campaigns with Scott Walker in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Two of the biggest names in Republican politics - possible 2012 presidential contender Mitt Romney and rising GOP star Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal - came to Wisconsin on Monday to raise money and campaign for gubernatorial candidate Scott Walker.

Romney and Jindal made the latest in a series of visits to Wisconsin by high-wattage political figures - from President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and first lady Michelle Obama to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

In Milwaukee, Walker, the Milwaukee County executive, and Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, spoke to more than 200 people at a $250-a-plate fund-raiser at the Italian Community Center. In Madison, Walker and Jindal hosted about 300 people at a $75 per-person reception at the Sheraton Madison Hotel.

Attendees could meet with the hosts in more intimate settings for $5,000 per couple. The campaign declined to say how much the two events raised.

Romney and Jindal briefly took questions from reporters at both stops, but the events themselves were closed to the news media.

Afterward at a news conference, Romney said his trip to Milwaukee had been planned some time ago.

“Scott’s just opened up such a big lead - he’s doing better,” Romney said.

As if to underscore that point, a new poll Monday showed Walker with a 9 point lead over Democrat and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. Walker had 50% and Barrett had 41% in the poll of 402 registered likely voters by Wisconsin Public Radio and St. Norbert College in De Pere. The poll was conducted Oct. 12-15 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points.

“But you can’t become too complacent,” Romney said. “Things can happen in the waning weeks.  . . .  So it’s important for us to touch the bases of those races where myself and people like me can hopefully make a difference.”

Jindal said voters were drawn to Walker because of his pledge to cut the size of government. “He understands we can’t tax, borrow and spend our way back to prosperity,” Jindal said of Walker.

For more on the Tom Emmer fundraiser, click here. More on the Minnesota and Wisconsin events can be found here.

Wednesday, Oct 20, 2021:
» Campaigns for Rob Portman in Ohio

Ohio Senate Republican hopeful Rob Portman introduces Mitt Romney to Michael Bridges at InfoTech 2010. Bridges' company was one of many exhibiting at the defense contractor technology conference.

DAYTON — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rob Portman brought potential 2012 presidential contender Mitt Romney along with him Wednesday during a campaign stop at the Dayton Convention Center.

Ret. Air Force General Lester L. Lyles, left, shares a laugh with Romney & Rob Portman at InfoTech 2010 in Dayton, OH. 10/20/10 - A/P Photo Skip Peterson

Portman and Romney shook hands and posed with corporate executives and others for photographs as they worked the red, white and blue-decked aisles where defense contracting companies had technology displays at the InfoTech convention and trade show. The Dayton event annually brings Air Force and business leaders together for discussions of military hardware and software needs.

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and 2008 presidential contender, accompanied Portman to a private fundraising lunch in the Dayton area before appearing at the InfoTech convention, said Jessica Towhey, a Portman campaign spokeswoman. Towhey declined to say how much money the event raised.

Romney, considered a likely front-runner for the Republicans’ 2012 presidential nomination, declined to say when he will formally announce that he is running again for the White House.

“That’s not a decision I’ll make for some time. I don’t know when that will come, but certainly after November,” Romney said. “I’m here to support Rob Portman in his race for the Senate, and also (governor candidate) John Kasich and other Republicans across the state, and I’m doing my best to help raise money and bring a little awareness of the strong candidates we’ve got.”

Romney TwitPic: "Talking with Hank and Tony at the Waffle House in Dayton, OH. Oct 20, 2021

Thursday, October 21, 2021
» Holds luncheon in Washington, D.C.

Mitt Romney and two of his senior aides are holding a small lunch in Washington today to brief GOP lobbyists and potential 2012 supporters on what the former governor and his PAC have done for candidates this cycle.

“Spencer Zwick, Finance Director and Matt Rhoades, Executive Director will join the Governor at lunch to give an update on the political activities of the Free and Strong America PAC,” wrote Drew Maloney, one of Romney’s top K Street backers, in an e-mail sent by another lobbyist to POLITICO. “The Governor has traveled across the country supporting many state and federal candidates. The PAC has given more than $800,000 to federal candidates and raised millions for many of the competitive races.”

The gathering, to take place at a downtown restaurant, will be held in a room that only seats about 20-25 people, Maloney wrote. It’s not a fundraiser.

(my emphasis)

Friday, Oct 22, 2021
» Announces second phase of Take America Back: 10 for ’10 Initiative
» Holds Tele-Townhall for Pennsylvania GOP candidates

Could Romney pack any more into his schedule? Just 10 days until the BIG day… The Gov continues to GO!

Romney Campaigns in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Minnesota – Releases Endorsements for NY, WI, and MN

Keeping up with Governor Romney is like trying to concentrate on a 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle in a high wind… “He was there. No, he’s here! Here’s something… Where was that? Oh, a TwitPic to help… What’s next?” You get the idea…

Here is Romney’s itinerary for the last few days (from all the pieces I could gather…):

October 11th - Romney endorses candidate Matt Doheny for the 23rd Congressional District in New York:

Doheny is running as a Republican and Independence Party candidate against incumbent Rep. Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh,) who won the seat in a special election less than a year ago.

Romney, known for his leadership skills and business accomplishments in both public and private sectors, pointed to Doheny’s potential as a Representative when making the endorsement. “Matt has turned around and restructured failing enterprises. He knows how to do the difficult work that ends up saving companies, and saving jobs,” Romney said. “Few organizations need more help right now than our own federal government. Matt can, and will, help turn our nation and our economy around through his hard work and impressive experience.”

Romney first gained national praise as President and CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee, for the 2002 Winter Olympics. He is credited with transforming the disorganized and financially troubled Olympics into one of the most successful Winter Games held in the U.S. When he was elected Governor of Massachusetts in 2002, Romney inherited a state that was in economic trouble. Without raising taxes or increasing debt, he got the economy moving once again and turned the state’s deficits into surpluses. A leading candidate for the Republican Presidential nomination in 2008, he remains one of the GOP’s most popular national figures.


“It is an honor to receive this endorsement. Mitt Romney’s accomplishments are textbook examples of how conservative economic policies and inspired leadership yield a healthier organization or a healthier government. I thank him for his support.”

At some point between Oct 11 -13, Romney toured a facility in North Carolina. Tweet from the Gov (the time stamp shows tweet was sent early in the morning which indicates Romney probably toured the facility on a previous day):

TwitPic from Mitt Romney - "Touring Childress Racing in North Carolina with the one and only Richard Childress" 7:10 AM Oct 14th via web

October 13th - Romney stopped by Harrisburg, PA to do some stumping for GOP Governor Tom Corbett:

October 14th - Bedminster, New Jersey was the site of a Romney-hosted fundraiser for incumbent Rep Leonard Lance (R). Incumbent Lance faces Democrat Ed Potosnak, a former teacher, in the 7th district. Lance’s district includes most of Woodbridge and parts of Middlesex, Somerset, Hunterdon and Union counties.

October 15thExergen Corporation, world leader in industrial and medical non-invasive temperature technology, was the destination for the Gov. Exergen was founded by Harvard-research scientist Dr. Francesco Pompei over two decades ago and is based in Watertown, Massachusetts. Romney toured Exergen’s manufacturing facility (video quality not the best, but it gives you a look at Romney’s interest in entrepreneurial ventures).

October 18th – Romney turned his attention today to USA north where he is putting in a very full day. He kicked the day off with a full-slate announcement of Wisconsin endorsements: County Executive Scott Walker, Ron Johnson, Congressman Tom Petri, Congressman Paul Ryan, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, Sean Duffy, State Senator Dan Kapanke, and Reid Ribble. Free and Strong America PAC also announced:

The PAC […] is sending a contribution to each of the federal candidates, in particular $5,000 to Johnson’s Senate campaign, and $2,500 each to the Congressional campaigns of Petri, Ryan, Sensenbrenner, Duffy, Kapanke, and Ribble.

“At a time when too many of our elected officials are more focused on growing the size of government than growing our economy, it is more important than ever that we elect candidates who are dedicated to enacting fiscally-conservative policies that will get Wisconsin – and our nation – back on the right track. These candidates will work hard to turn our troubled economy around and put people back to work, and I am proud to stand with them today,” said Romney.

Read more here.

Romney then campaigned with Scott Walker who is hoping to take over Wisonsin’s governor chair.

Governor Romney campaigns with GOP gubernatorial hopeful Scott Walker in Milwaukee, Wisconsin Oct 18, 2021

Later today, the hard-working Gov announced endorsements for Minnesota: State Representative Tom Emmer and running mate Annette Meeks, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Congressman John Kline, Congressman Erik Paulsen, Lee Byberg, Chip Cravaack, and State Representative Randy Demmer. His Free and Strong America PAC will donate a $2,500 contribution to each of the federal candidates’ campaigns.

Tonight, in Minnesota, Romney will headline a fundraiser for the Republican nominee for governor, Tom Emmer and running mate Meeks.

October 26thLooking ahead… I’m sure there are many events Romney will attend between now and the 26th, but I do know he will rally with Terry Brandstad in Dubuque, Iowa on that day. Later that evening, he will headline the Scott County GOP Reagan dinner.

Romney won’t rest until he’s done all within his power to put a successful midterm election in place for conservatives.

Thanks, Governor Romney!

► Jayde Wyatt

2012 Polls: Romney Beats Palin in Her Own Alaska, Wallops Pawlenty in His Native Minnesota

Interesting info leaks today from two polling sources, both - incredibly - showing Mitt Romney ahead of potential 2012 rivals in their home states.

In Alaska, Mitt Romney edges Sarah Palin by 3%.
From PPP:

Mitt Romney vs. Sarah Palin

If Sarah Palin runs for President in 2012 she can’t count on a whole lot of support back home. 62% of Alaska Republicans are opposed to her making a White House bid and she gets only 17% in a hypothetical 2012 primary in the state tying for her second with Mike Huckabee behind Mitt Romney.

It’s not that Alaska Republicans don’t like Palin- a majority of them still do. But there’s a significant disconnect between GOP voters in the state liking Palin and thinking she should run for President, a divide we’ve seen with Republicans nationally and one that presents the biggest threat to a possible Palin candidacy. Even among voters with a favorable opinion of Palin in the state just 39% think she should launch a 2012 bid.

Romney gets 20% to 17% for Palin and Huckabee, 16% for Newt Gingrich, and 10% for Ron Paul.

In Minnesota, Mitt Romney pummels Tim Pawlenty by 13%.
From MPR:

Mitt Romney vs. Tim Pawlenty

The poll also compared Pawlenty the two most prominent, presumed front-runners for the Republicans in 2012 — former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Romney fared better than Pawlenty with likely Minnesota voters, 45 percent to 32 percent, while Pawlenty easily beat Palin in the hypothetical matchup, 59 percent to 24 percent.

*It’s worth noting that this last poll was extracted from all likely voters, Republicans & Democrats alike.

Any thoughts on these results? Could these be accurate depictions of the primary to come? Is it possible that anyone could swipe a victory from Mitt in his native Michigan?

~Aaron G.

Primary Election Results Chat: Karen Handel vs. Nathan Deal in Georgia; Plus Connecticut, Minnesota and Colorado

It’s primary election night, and that means the chat room is up! The big race many will be watching is the runoff between Karen Handel (Romney and Palin endorsed) versus Nathan Deal (Huckabee and Gingrich endorsed). We’ll post updates in the chat throughout the evening. ENJOY!

The chatbox has been moved back to the sidebar. Thanks to all who participated last night. We will most likely do it again on August 24th for the primary elections in FL, AZ, AK, and VT.

Selected results from last night:
Georgia Governor Runoff (GOP): Nathan Deal 50.2% - Karen Handel 49.8%
Colorado Senate (GOP): Ken Buck 51.6% - Jane Norton 48.4%
Colorado Governor (GOP): Dan Maes 50.7% - Scott McInnis 49.3%
Connecticut Governor (GOP): Tom Foley 42.3% - Michael Fedele 39.0% - Oz Griebel 18.6%

For full results click here.