SC Boeing Plant: Romney & Natl Co-Chair Tim Pawlenty Tour, Romney Gives Labor Policy Speech

Undeterred by a National Labor Relations Board lawsuit, Boeing opened their new plant in N. Charleston, SC on June 10, 2011. Mitt Romney and new Natl Campaign Co-chair Tim Pawlenty toured the facility today. Sept 12, 2021 (photo/Steve Wilhelm)

Before making his way to Florida for the presidential debate this evening, Governor Mitt Romney toured a Boeing plant in South Carolina. At his side was new National Co-Chair of Romney’s campaign – Governor Tim Pawlenty.

Romney then delivered a union policy speech to a crowd in N. Charleston; he was introduced by Pawlenty.

Romney, in North Charleston, takes aim at NLRB

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney appeared in North Charleston today with his former rival and newest supporter, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

Pawlenty praised Romney as “the most capable, most knowledgeable, most electable candidate in the race so far.”

Flanked by screens showing the outline of a jetliner, Romney flew into the Lowcountry today to launch his campaign here by talking labor policy and taking aim at the National Labor Relations Board and its lawsuit against Boeing.

Both Romney and Pawlenty toured Boeing’s new manufacturing plant here, the plant that triggered the board’s action. At issue is whether Boeing illegally weakened unions in Washington state by choosing South Carolina – a right to work state – for the plant.

Romney accused Obama of putting “labor stooges on the NLRB to pursue a political payback strategy,” a claim that drew his first applause from the audience.

The National Labor Relations Board (NRLB) has sued Boeing, alleging the $750 million plant was built in South Carolina to avoid unionized labor in Washington state. South Carolina is a strong right-to-work state.

SC Gov. Nikki Haley has been strongly critical of the Obama administration because of the NLRB suit against Boeing.

SC State Treasurer Curtis Loftis, Chairman of the Romney campaign in SC, was also present for The Gov’s speech. In fact, he has a message for America:

South Carolina State Treasurer Curtis Loftis at Mitt Romney's union speech in N. Charleston, SC today. Loftis is Chairman of the Romney campaign in SC. 9/12/11 (click on image to enlarge)

CHECK BACK: If video of Romney’s speech becomes available, we’ll post it here.


On Monday, Romney also named William Kilberg, the lead counsel for Boeing in the ongoing dispute, as a co-chairman of his Labor Policy Advisory Group. Kilberg will help “shape the policies I am proposing to return power from the labor bosses to the workers and businesses that can get our economy going again,” Romney said in a statement.

Boeing, when they decided where they were going to build their new expansion facility, chose South Carolina, chose America,” Romney said in the speech. “The folks that are their No. 1 competitor, Airbus, chose China for their expansion. … Boeing did the right thing. Boeing should not be punished for doing the right thing. Boeing should be celebrated and encouraged.”

The issue has become important in key state South Carolina, where Gov. Nikki Haley (R) has repeatedly called on Obama, along with the Republican presidential candidates, to state his position on the lawsuit.

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Tim Pawlenty will join Gov Romney as a guest this evening at the GOP debate in Florida.

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Hubbub in Iowa: Des Moines Register Interviews Mitt Romney

A look at the political hubbub in Iowa yesterday and today…

Obama is flying in to Bettendorf today to tout his job creation record at the Alcoa aluminum plant, Sarah Palin will be in Pella to preview her new movie, and Michele Bachmann announced her presidential candidacy in Waterloo yesterday.

Adding to the mix, the Des Moines Register conducted a telephone interview yesterday with Mitt Romney. The Gov underscored Obama’s anti-business policies:

Romney: Obama created uncertainty for U.S. businesses

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney believes President Barack Obama has promoted a series of policies “that have done the one thing employers can’t deal with, and that is he’s created more uncertainty.”

“The first thing I plan to do is reverse the course of the decisions of the past 2½ years,” Romney told The Des Moines Register in a telephone interview Monday.
Americans’ uncertainty about the economy has dominated Obama’s domestic agenda and threatens his re-election efforts. As the economy continues to send mixed signals, Obama has been traveling the country in recent weeks to highlight job-creation initiatives.[...]
Obama will visit the Alcoa Davenport Works today, which makes parts for the aircraft manufacturer Boeing Co.

Boeing is embroiled in a dispute over allegations the company wants to move a Washington-based assembly line for its 787 airliner to a new nonunion factory in South Carolina in retaliation for past strikes in Washington.

Romney on Monday took at swipe at the National Labor Relations Board, which launched a complaint against the aircraft manufacturer.

“The decision slanted the field toward labor bosses, and that creates uncertainty,” said Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts. “We have to abide by the rule of law, and the president’s NLRB is carrying out a power grab which violates that principle.”

Obama’s close relationship with “union bosses” threatens jobs, Romney said.

“Boeing has been dealt a ruling which is favorable to the union bosses that helped elect president Obama, and by the president kowtowing to the union bosses, he puts at risk the jobs of American workers.”

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Mitt Romney shakes hands at a rally with then- Iowa gubernatorial hopeful Terry Branstad. Romney provided mid-term campaign support for Branstad, his running mate Kim Reynolds (Lt. Gov) and other Iowan GOP candidates. October 25, 2021

Romney was asked if he would be back in Iowa before the August 11th debate:

On Monday he said he doesn’t know if he’ll be here before the Aug. 11 debate because he’ll be outside the country and then on vacation for a week with his family.

The Boston Globe reported last week that Romney will be in London to solicit campaign contributions from Americans abroad.

A Des Moines Register Iowa Poll published Sunday shows Romney has a loyal core of supporters in Iowa, with 22 percent of likely Republican caucusgoers naming him as their top choice.

Asked about the theory that if he doesn’t nurture that base, some followers will drift away and give his GOP opponents opportunity to build momentum in Iowa, Romney answered: “I will work hard to receive support from Iowa voters. I would like to have the support of people across the country and because Iowa is first, Iowa’s support means a great deal to me as I’m sure it would to anyone else, so I intend to be in Iowa and campaign.”

Read more here.

Added note: The poll conducted last week for the Des Moines Register showed Gov Romney with support from 23 percent of likely Iowa Republican caucus-goers.


To read related info from Romney: Believe in America click here.

Is Iowa Predictive?

If Iowans are representative of any Republicans east of the Mississippi or west of the Missouri Rivers a very important question was: “Regardless of whom you support now, do you think there is at least one Republican candidate in the field who can defeat Barack Obama?”

The answer? 86 percent of those polled believe Obama is beatable by at least one of the GOP candidates already in the field.

On the fiscal v social conservative axis, the poll found that 62 percent of Iowa Republicans think being a fiscal conservative is most important, while only 20 percent believe being a social conservative is more important.

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► Jayde Wyatt