VIDEO: Romney in NH, Sununu “I Feel Very Strongly That Romney Is The Best”

The Romney campaign has released a great new video today that captures some of the excitement of yesterday’s events at the Statehouse in Concord, New Hampshire:

Mitt on the Road: New Hampshire State House

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and former NH Gov John H. Sununu share a light moment outside the NH Statehouse after Romney was formally endorsed by Sununu. Oct 24, 2021

Former New Hampshire Governor John Sununu was interviewed today on The Take Away program by Celeste Headlee and John Hockenberry. Sununu spoke of Romney’s conservative credentials and was asked about Obama, Rick Perry, the Tea Party, and more. Here’s the podcast:

“I feel very strongly that he is the best man to be president. I’ve endorsed him and I’m going to help him do that.” ~ Fmr NH Gov John H. Sununu

In case you missed it, here is video of the events held yesterday at the New Hampshire Statehouse.

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Anyone else notice that Gov. Sununu made the same argument that our political cartoon does?

New Romney Video ‘Mitt On The Road’ Highlights South Carolina

With South Carolina battling it’s ‘seventh most impoverished state in the nation’ status and unemployment at 11.1 % (in Aug 2011), Mitt Romney’s new video, Mitt on the Road: The Low Country, South Carolina, has a timely message:

As president, on Day One, I will focus on rebuilding America’s economy. Let future generations look back on us and say, they rose to the occasion, they embraced their duty, and they led our nation to safety and to greatness.

Mitt On The Road: The Low Country, South Carolina Atlanta State News

Poverty defies ‘New South’ promises in S. Carolina
By Margaret Newkirk and Frank Bass
Bloomberg News
Oct 16, 2021

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Nineteen years ago, when BMW announced a new factory off I-85 just outside of Spartanburg, South Carolina looked like the king of smokestack recruiting.

The world’s biggest manufacturer of luxury vehicles would make the city a “Mecca of foreign investment in the United States,” The Independent of London predicted. It would see a rush of industry chasing Munich-based BMW. Downtown would spring to life. I-85 would be America’s Autobahn.

“Oh, they were going to solve all of our problems,” said Cynthia Lounds, director of community economic development at Piedmont Community Actions Inc., a social service agency.

Today, South Carolina is one of the most impoverished states in the nation, climbing to seventh poorest in 2010 from 11th in 2007, according to recent Census data. Its percentage of residents living in poverty shot to 18.2 percent from 15 percent in that period.

In downtown Spartanburg, near-empty Morgan Square features a used clothing store and two pawn shops.

South Carolina and other Southern states topped the nation’s poverty rankings, a sign of trouble in the so-called New South, known for its growth and ability to lure employers with laws restricting union organizing. The South was the country’s only region with an increase from 2009 to 2010 in both the number of poor and their proportion of the population, the census said.
South Carolina on Jan. 21 will play a key role as host to the first Southern primary in the race to select President Barack Obama’s Republican challenger.

Gov Mitt Romney gestures while answering a question at Senator Jim DeMint's Palmetto Freedom Forum in Columbia, SC. Sept 5, 2011. (Photo by Stephen Morton/Getty) Click on photo to enlarge.

Its rising poverty rate coincides with a dispute over the Obama administration’s stance toward expansion of a Boeing plant in North Charles-ton. The National Labor Relations Board sued Boeing over its decision to locate a 4,000-job facility there, saying the move was illegal retaliation against unions at its manufacturing base in Washington state.

“It’s like the Obama administration can’t come up with anything else to stifle business growth in this state,” said Lewis Gossett, president of the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance.
Like much of the Southeast, South Carolina lost construction employment during the recession. Its textile industry continued to bleed jobs as well: Union County, about 20 miles from Spartanburg, had the state’s fourth-highest unemployment rate after a sock factory and a mill closed in 2009 and 2010. The county also lost a 150-job Disney distribution warehouse it had lured from Memphis 12 years earlier with tax breaks. Disney moved the operation back to Tennessee in July.

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Governor Romney is a strong supporter of South Carolina’s fiscally conservative Governor Nikki Haley.

Romney recently delivered a major foreign policy speech at the Citadel in Charleston and toured the SC Boeing plant. In September, The Gov participated in Senator Jim DeMint’s Palmetto Freedom Forum. Last spring, he met with South Carolinian small business owners and during the summer, Ann Romney was in The Palmetto State campaigning for Mitt.

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Romney Was Right: Liberals Scapegoat ‘Corporation’

corporation noun, from corpus, Latin for body, or a body of people

1. a legal entity that exists independently of the person or persons who have been granted the charter creating it and that is invested with many of the rights given to individuals: a corporation may enter into contracts, buy and sell property, etc.

2. any of the political and economic bodies forming a corporative state, each being composed of the employers and employees in a certain industry, profession, etc.

Liberals saw their chance a few days ago to trumpet their class warfare/spread-the-wealth rhetoric when Mitt Romney told hecklers at the Iowa State Fair that corporations are people. Those of us who understand capitalism knew what The Gov meant. Right leaning politicos praised Romney for his bold statement; many are saying…

Romney Was Right: Corporations Really Are People

[...]He [Romney] was responding to audience members who suggested that an increase in taxes on “people” could be avoided by instead taxing “corporations.”

“We have to make sure that the promises we make in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are promises we can keep, and there are various ways of doing that,” Romney said. “One is we can raise taxes on people.”

“Corporations!” a member of the audience interrupted, echoed by several others.
That was when Romney made his now famous remark: “Corporations are people, my friend.”

“No, they’re not!” the audience members responded.
“Of course they are,” said Romney. “Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to people.”

The point Romney was trying to make is an important one: Corporations are not alien entities from which money can be magically retrieved. They are human creations, and taking money from corporations has consequences that affect those human beings. Taxes on corporations are taxes on people.
Most people have come to recognize that workers and business owners are essentially in business together. Taxes and other burdens on business do not just affect the entity, nor even just the entity and its owners; directly or indirectly, those taxes affect employees too. Union membership has plunged as this idea has taken hold.

The idea of corporations as somehow independent of human interests, however, continues to be an important part of the Democratic Party’s rhetoric. This allows Democrats to use “corporations” as both scapegoats and money trees, while ignoring the consequences for the individuals behind those corporations. In his simple statement, Romney challenged the lie inherent in that rhetoric.

Romney may take flak from Democrats over his comment, but he is only saying what nearly everyone already knows. And while Exxon or Apple won’t be going to the polls, those companies’ shareholders, managers and employees will be. I suspect that they, too, will remember Romney’s remark. They won’t be so quick to call his defense of their interests a gaffe.

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Mitt on the road: A week in New Hampshire (“Businesses are people.” @1:09)

Stand with Mitt!

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Romney: Endorsed by NE Gov Heineman & GOP Leaders in MO, Declines Straw Polls in IA, FL, MI - On Road (Detroit Video)

What is a straw poll?

A straw poll is an informal opinion survey. The term “straw poll” is thought to have come from an 1800s American farmland practice of tossing “straws in the wind” to test wind direction. By the 1820s, some American newspapers included a straw poll that informally surveyed public opinion as a way of testing the direction of the political ‘winds.’

What is the Ames Straw Poll?
It’s a poll that takes place in Ames, Iowa, on a Saturday in August for those years in an election cycle without an incumbent GOP President running for re-election. The Ames Straw Poll, first held in 1979, attracts voters from all over the state rather than just the local area (Ames is near the geographic center of Iowa, making travel there more convenient). This year, the Ames Straw Poll will take place on August 13, 2021 at the Hilton Coliseum on the campus of Iowa State University.

What is the significance of the Ames Straw Poll?

As a straw poll, the Ames Straw Poll’s results are non-binding and have no official effect on the presidential primaries. However, the straw poll is frequently seen as a first test of organizational strength in Iowa by the news media and party insiders.

It’s an expensive, non-binding undertaking in which non-Republicans may vote, with results that don’t necessarily indicate which candidate will win in Iowa.

Q. Is Governor Romney participating in the Ames Straw Poll? Is he participating in other non-binding events?

A. No.

Here’s why:

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney says he’s focused on winning the presidential primaries and caucuses so he can be the GOP nominee next year.

But that means the former Massachusetts governor will not take part in straw polls, including a critical one in Iowa being held in August. The Romney campaign announced Thursday that it decided it would not participate in any of the non-binding events, including those in Florida and Michigan.

“We respect the straw poll process,” Matt Rhoades, Romney’s campaign manager, said in a statement. “In the last presidential campaign, we were both strengthened as an organization and learned some important lessons by participating in them.”
Veteran GOP political strategist Charlie Black told the Associated Press that straw polls are “a trap for front-runners.”

“It’s a gamble that you put a lot of resources behind and it’s not a predictor of who wins the caucuses.

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Last month, when The Gov was in Iowa, he spoke at length about how much he values Iowa voters. “You’ll have plenty of opportunity to see me,” Romney said in May. “I care about Iowa.”

Want to know what Santorum and Pawlenty said about Mitt’s decision to forego non-binding events? (The difference in tone gives one an idea on how we can expect Monday’s presidential debate to go…) Click here.

The Page brings even more perspective to Gov. Romney’s decision. Mitt is doing what winning candidates do.

UPDATE on Mitt’s decision not to participate in Florida’s straw poll:

Former Florida GOP Chairman John Thrasher, a state Senator from Jacksonville who is backing Romney, defended Romney’s decision.

“The campaign’s decision to not participate in any straw polls makes strategic sense,” Thrasher said. “Florida is an expensive state to campaign in. As a candidate that has already proven his organizational strength and support in Florida, it’s smart for him to focus his time and resources on winning the actual primary. I know first-hand from Mitt that he is committed to campaigning in Florida throughout the primary process and am very happy to hear that he will also participate in the P5 debate.”

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Romney’s decision to not take part in straw polls backs up his statement that he is running a “wiser” and “leaner” campaign this time around.

Romney has received his first endorsement from a sitting governor - Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman:

Heineman endorses Romney, again

Heineman has, for the second time, endorsed Mitt Romney for the Republican presidential nomination.

Romney is considered a frontrunner in the 2012 GOP presidential field, although the race is far from defined. [...]
Romney underscored Heineman’s pro-business credentials in the announcement. “Governor Heineman shares my principles of promoting job creation and getting our exploding deficits under control,” Romney said.

Heineman said he believes Romney, with his experience as a governor, has what it takes to meet the nation’s challenges. “Mitt Romney has a proven record of balancing budgets, keeping taxes low, and creating an environment for job growth,” Heineman said.

Heineman’s endorsement could help Romney in western Iowa, which holds the nation’s first presidential test with its famed caucuses.

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Plumb endorsements from Missouri:

State auditor Tom Schweich, a former chief of staff to former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, was one of the Missouri endorsements former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney announced Thursday.

Bolton is weighing his own presidential campaign. He and Romney both endorsed Schweich’s 2010 campaign and headlined fundraisers for the race.

Romney’s other Show-Me-State supporters include former Sen. Jim Talent, a longtime Romney backer, state Senate Majority Leader Tom Dempsey and state House Majority Floor Leader Tim Jones.

Former Ambassador Sam Fox and Jeff Fox, CEO of Harbour Group, are Romney’s Missouri finance chairmen.

The endorsements from Ambassador Sam Fox and Jeff Fox are nothing to sneeze at…

ST. LOUIS • When it comes to visiting the Gateway City, presidential hopeful Mitt Romney knows exactly where a Republican needs to go.

The campaign for the former Massachusetts reports on Thursday that he traveled to St. Louis for a “finance event” where he welcomed the father and son tandem Sam and Jeff Fox as his state finance chairmen.

Sam Fox, founder of the Clayton acquisition firm Harbour Group, is one of the nation’s most prominent GOP donors. He was previously head of the “Republican Regents,” an elite circle of GOP benefactors. His son Jeff is following dad in politics and business — the younger Fox became Harbour’s chief executive in 2007.

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I’m liking Governor Romney’s Mitt on the Road videos. Here he is in Detroit, Michigan:

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