Mitt Romney in Ohio: Former Ohio Governor George Voinovich To Endorse Romney, Touring Manufacturing Co

A tweet from FOX News TV Host Greta Van Susteren alerted us that former Ohio Governor and Senator George V. Voinovich will formally give his endorsement to Mitt Romney today (tweet enlarged; sent Jul 26, 2021 @8:35 PM ET):

BIG NEWS FOR GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY! Fox News has confirmed that former GOP Sen. George Voinovich of Ohio will endorse Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for president on Wednesday in Ohio during Romney’s visit to the important 2012 battle ground state.

George Voinovich is endorsing former MA Governor Mitt Romney. 7/27/11

Voinovich’s endorsement is significant; he has a very impressive resume of service (from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress):

Senate years of service: 1999-2011
Party: Republican
VOINOVICH, George Victor
, a Senator from Ohio; born in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 15, 1936; B.A. in government, Ohio University 1958; J.D., Ohio State University College of Law 1961; assistant attorney general of Ohio 1963; Ohio state representative 1967-71; lieutenant governor of Ohio 1979; mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, 1979-89; governor of Ohio 1991-1998; chairman of the National Governors Association 1997-1998; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1998; reelected in 2004, and served from January 3, 1999, to January 3, 2011; chair, Select Committee on Ethics (One Hundred Ninth Congress); was not a candidate for reelection to the Senate in 2010.

Van Susteren’s tweet referred to Romney’s tour of an American manufacturing company today in the Buckeye State where he’ll be discussing jobs:

Presidential Candidate Governor Mitt Romney to Visit Screen Machine Industries, Inc.

Screen Machine Industries, Inc. (SMI) is proud to announce that on Wednesday, July 27, 2011, at 1:15 p.m., the front running Republican Presidential Candidate Governor Mitt Romney will visit the Screen Machine Industries headquarters in Pataskala, Ohio.

Romney’s factory visit is to promote his export trade policy during a press conference as a key tenet of his presidential race for the White House. Specifically, Mr. Romney’s campaign has chosen the venue of SMI as the quintessential American – family-owned manufacturing business. Our factory will serve as the stage and backdrop to highlight and promote his major economic job creation “jump-start” program for reinvigorating American Manufacturing for Export.

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Governor Romney has picked up several endorsements from current and former Governors. Former Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri will also officially give his endorsement to Romney and will help him raise money at an upcoming fundraiser. A few weeks ago, Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman endorsed Romney as well.

Congratulations to Governor Romney!

Exit Question: Is Ohio Gov. John Kasich going to be endorsing Mitt?

Time for Obama to Be Very Afraid

Claims that this election is going to be a landslide are turning out to be utterly untrue. I think we can thank the ineptitude of Obama, who Americans are coming to find out is purely form-over-function. Today’s electoral map shows Obama falling, for the first time, below the 270 electoral votes required to win the election! Ohio, with it’s 20 electoral votes is the state that most recently turned red to bring about the change.

The count: Obama 264, McCain 261 with VA as the only state in a perfect tie.

States that have turned red in the last several weeks: CO(5), FL(27), IN(11) , MT(3), NV(5), OH(20).

The two states that the Dems have picked up since: NM(5), IA(7). Iowa still sore about Huckabee losing?


A couple of national polls are showing a McCain lead for the first as well.
George Washington University Battleground: McCain 47%, Obama 46%
Zogby: McCain 46%, Obama 41%

If current trends continue, it might just end up a landslide for McCain. But, I wouldn’t put money on it.

~Nate Gunderson

McCain to Announce His Running Mate Aug. 29, in Dayton Ohio

John McCain VP Announcement
We now have an official countdown to McCain VP announcement! I will be very glad for the drama to be over and for the real competition to start. is reporting that McCain will make his selection know at a rally in Dayton Ohio next Friday. August 29 happens to be his 72nd birthday as well. What a way to kick off your birthday celebration at a huge rally (said to be 10,000 people) in the important battleground state of Ohio. I think the timing and planning is perfect.

Quotes from the article:

Sources close to McCain say he has wrestled with the choice, torn between a high-stakes, high-reward pick like Ridge or Connecticut Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman — the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 2000 — or a safer and more conventional selection such as Romney or Pawlenty.

Friends say he has yet to make a final decision, and is not expected to do so until after Sen. Barack Obama announces his choice.

McCain friends emphasized that he talks about the decision with almost no one, and could even change the announcement plans and go sooner.

“McCain views this as the one decision that he has total, utter, nonnegotiable control over,” one campaign official said.

The announcement strategy — provided McCain doesn’t change it — calls for naming the pick early Friday morning to try to suppress Obama’s bounce coming out of his convention. reported Monday morning that the event will be at the 10,000-seat Ervin J. Nutter Center, a sports and entertainment complex at Wright State University.

Also, Marc Ambinder has a short commentary on why perhaps McCain chose the date and venue. Click here to read “McCain Pre-Announces The Announcement”

I’m rootin’ for Mitt or T-Paw, I think I have very good odds in those two.

~Nate Gunderson

Hugh Hewitt Envisions Either a Romney or Pawlenty VP

To be more precise, he’s actually guessing it’s most likely Romney, but that it should for sure be one of those two.

In Hugh Hewitt post from yesterday, “’s Map and the Veepstakes” he is drawing roughly the same conclusions that I did on Wednesday regarding the Electoral Map.

Hugh says it best so I will add no more:

The weak Obama states are: Colorado, Nevada, New Hampshire, and Ohio, which represent 38 electoral votes. Move those four states into McCain’s column, and he becomes the president.

The vice presidential nominee most likely to impact those four states most likely to shift towards McCain from Obama is Mitt Romney, who won three of the four GOP contests in them.

McCain can indeed win the presidency with an excellent campaign in the fall, the first major decision of which will be the veep selection. Since it is obvious that he truly wants to be president, and because the risk to the country is so large from his losing, I expect McCain will pick one of these two men and probably Romney on the Monday after the Democrats leave Denver.

He did say some very good things about Pawlenty, as well as talk about Michigan, but I left them out to avoid copying and pasting the whole blogpost, but it can be read here.

I guess I will add one thing, just the fact that Romney did raise the most money in Ohio of any candidate in either party.

~Nate Gunderson