New Iowa TV Ad from Romney: “Freedom and Opportunity”

Romney for President today released a new 60 second TV ad that will run in Iowa titled “Freedom And Opportunity.” Featuring video from that wonderful day in June when he announced his presidential candidacy, the new ad highlights Romney’s credentials as a conservative businessman who will defend the economic freedom and opportunity that have made the United States the most powerful nation in the world.

Romney: “When generations of immigrants looked up and saw the Statue of Liberty for the first time, one thing they knew beyond any doubt, and that is they were coming to a place where anything was possible; that in America, their children would have a better life.

“I believe in that America.

“The spirit of enterprise, innovation, pioneering and can-do propelled our standard of living and economy past that of any other nation on earth.

“And in the campaign to come, the American ideals of economic freedom and opportunity need a clear and unapologetic defense. And I intend to make it because I have lived it.

“We stand for freedom and opportunity and hope.

“The principles that made this nation a great and powerful leader of the world have not lost their meaning – they never will.

“I’m Mitt Romney, I believe in America, and I’m running for President of the United States.”

Great ad from a great man…

Let’s go Iowa; stand up for Mitt!

► Jayde Wyatt

~Update from Ross
Check out a local Iowa News story about Mitt:

Romney’s New IA TV Ad: A Conservative Businessman’s Agenda - “Simpler, Smaller, Smarter Govt”

All eyes on Iowa; eight days to go until it’s caucus time…

Ahead of his three-day Iowa bus tour that begins in eastern Iowa on Wednesday, Romney for President today released a new TV ad that will run in the Hawkeye State.

Mitt Romney Conservative Businessman

Video text

Mitt Romney: “I am going to do something to government. I’m going to make it simpler, and smaller, and smarter.

Getting rid of programs, turning programs back to states, and finally making government itself more efficient.

I’m going to get rid of Obamacare.

It is a moral imperative for America to stop spending more money than we take in.

It’s killing jobs and it’s keeping our kids from having the bright prospects they deserve.

The experience of balancing budgets is desperately needed in Washington and I will take it there.

I’m Mitt Romney and I approve this message.”

(emphasis added)

Tomorrow, Governor Romney will continue reinforcing his New Hampshire lead with stops in Londonderry and Portsmouth. Then, in the evening, he heads to Davenport, IA.

It’s getting exciting now!

► Jayde Wyatt

Gov. Nikki Haley Goes On Meet the Press to Expound Upon Her Endorsement of Romney

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Gov. Nikki Haley also penned an op-ed further touting Gov. Romney to her constituents in South Carolina:

I did not make this decision lightly. In the end, the things I cared about most were a focus on jobs and the economy, having the executive experience to deliver results to the American people, and finding someone who has never been a part of the destructive chaos that is Washington. Using those criteria, I have no doubt that Mitt Romney is the best choice.
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When I look at what he has accomplished — substantially cutting taxes and eliminating deficits in a heavily Democratic state, turning around the Olympics, building successful businesses and repairing troubled ones — I see someone who has the courage, experience and knowledge to turn our economy around and get Americans back to work.

And there’s one more thing. None of the conservative agenda will be advanced if we do not defeat President Obama next year. The single biggest economic and budgetary threat to South Carolina in the years ahead is implementation of Obamacare. Gov. Romney is fully committed to repealing Obamacare, and he has told me directly that he will grant South Carolina a waiver to get out from under it on his first day in office. He has also committed to finding a resolution to the Yucca Mountain disaster, including fighting alongside me to prevent the federal government from simply pocketing the money South Carolinians have already paid.

I am convinced that Romney stands the best chance of defeating Obama. The person who convinced me of that was President Obama himself. The Democratic National Committee and the president’s campaign attack Romney on a daily basis. They don’t touch any of the other candidates. That ought to tell us loudly and clearly who they fear most.

I know some of my conservative friends and allies have a different view of the candidates. I respect their choices. From where I sit, working every day to bring jobs to South Carolina and keep our budget balanced, Mitt Romney is the best choice. He has the right agenda to get our country back on track, to get our economy moving again, and to deliver us results — and he has the experience and integrity we can count on.

Read more at TheState.com.

Romney for President Releases Video: TX Unemployment, Rick Perry, “The Facts”

Romney for President released a new web video, “The Facts.” It highlights the rising unemployment rate in Texas and Governor Rick Perry’s refusal to admit the facts.


Script (and sources) for video:

• ABC’s George Stephanopoulos: “Your opponents point out that unemployment has doubled during your tenure as governor. And that about 65% of the Texas jobs gains since 2007 are actually government jobs. Is that the model for the country?” (ABC’s “Good Morning America,” 10/14/11)

• Gov Rick Perry: “Well, I disagree with those numbers.” (ABC’s “Good Morning America,” 10/14/11)

Text: Disagree? It’s A Fact.” “Over 1 Million Texans Out Of Work”
• Over One Million Texans Were Unemployed In August. In August 2011, there were an estimated 1,036,563 unemployed workers in Texas. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, 10/14/11)

Text: “Highest Unemployment Rate In Texas In Over 20 Years”
• The Unemployment Rate In Texas Is At A Level Not Seen Since June 1987 – Nearly A Quarter Of A Century Ago.(Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, 10/14/11)

Text: “Unemployment Has Doubled On Perry’s Watch”
• The Unemployment Rate In Texas Is 8.5% – More Than Twice As High As When Perry Took Office. When Governor Perry took office in December 2000, the unemployment rate was 4.2%. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, 10/14/11)

Text: “Nearly Half Of New Jobs In Texas Over The Last 4 Years Went To Illegal Immigrants”
• “A New Report Suggests That … About 40 Percent Of The New Jobs [In Texas Since Mid-2007] Were Taken By Illegal Immigrants…” “[A] new report suggests that newly-arrived immigrants have filled a majority of new jobs created in Texas, home to Republican frontrunner Gov. Rick Perry. ‘Of jobs created in Texas since 2007, 81 percent were taken by newly arrived immigrant workers (legal and illegal),’ says the report from the Center for Immigration Studies, a group that advocates reduced levels of both legal and illegal immigration. The report estimates that about 40 percent of the new jobs were taken by illegal immigrants…”(Byron York, “Study: Most New Texas Jobs Went To Immigrants,” Washington Examiner, 9/22/11)

Text: “Incumbent Politician, Bad Jobs Record, Won’t Face The Facts, Sound Familiar?”

• President Obama: “We’ve begun to see progress all across the country; businesses are beginning to hire again; our economy … is now growing at a good clip.” (President Obama, Remarks On The Recovery And Reinvestment Act, Columbus, OH, 6/18/10)

Text: “If Rick Perry And Barack Obama Don’t Think There’s A Problem, How Can They Fix It?”

Text: “Coming Soon: www.careerpolitician.com”



► Jayde Wyatt

New Op-Ed by Mitt Romney: “Obama Turns his Back on Israel”

Somehow, after having traveled to several states and across the country this week, Mitt Romney has found sufficient time to fire up the iPad and produce an op-ed slamming the Obama administration for flirting with the idea of releasing a ‘presidential statement’ condeming Israeli settlements as “three mistakes in one”. From the op-ed it’s interesting to see Romney’s feelings regarding the U.N. summed up as the “chamber of double-standards”.

With 40 states scheduled on his round-the-country tour, and his stepping-up of Obama criticism, I’d say Romney is looking more and more like a 2012 candidate for President! …And the Obama administration knows it.

From National Review:

The Obama administration has been seeking a way to avoid vetoing a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israel. It has floated the idea of meeting Israel’s critics halfway with a U.N. “presidential statement” calling Israeli settlements “illegitimate.” Whether or not such a statement is actually issued, the very idea is a mistake. Indeed, we have here in this single idea a display of multiple foreign-policy failures of this presidency. Let us count the ways the administration’s proposed action has already injured Israel and the United States.

Obama Turns his Back on Israel

For one thing, the U.N. condemnation put forward by the president puts Israel, our closest ally in the region, in an untenable position. In exchange for peace, previous Israeli governments offered radical border concessions, surrendering most of the West Bank and even portions of Jerusalem. In 2005, the government of Ariel Sharon withdrew from the Gaza Strip, uprooting thousands of its own citizens. Yet all such proposals and steps toward peace have been met by Palestinian rejection, by intifadas, by suicide bombings, and by Qassam rocket fire. Isolated more than ever in the region, Israel must now contend with the fact that its principal backer in the world, the United States, is seeking to ingratiate itself with Arab opinion at its expense. Will an increasingly tenuous relationship with the U.S., at the very moment when it is becoming more vulnerable, encourage Israel to be as flexible as it has in the past, or the reverse? The answer is clear.

Continue reading at National Review.

*Note by Jayde - Just this past January, Governor Romney completed an intense ‘listening and learning’ tour of the Middle East – meeting with foreign leaders, groups, U.S. military officials, etc., including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Back in October 2009, he wrote an op-ed voicing his concern about the drift of our government’s relationship with Israel. In 2007, the Governor visited Israel and was a featured speaker at their 7th annual Herzliya Conference on Israeli security. Interestingly, he and Netanyahu worked together early on in their careers as consultants at the Boston Consulting Group. Romney also writes about Obama’s undermining of U.S. allies beginning on p. 27 of ‘No Apology‘ hardback (not sure if paperback pages are the same).