Romney Praises Candidates-Elect for GOP’s Sweeping Midterm Victory: “ Honor Pledge to America”

Mitt Romney on election night, Nov 2, 2010.

After all the candidates endorsed, flying coach across thousands of miles, pulling his suitcase in and out of hotel rooms, speeches given, funds raised, McDonalds meals on the road, and many days away from his beloved Ann, Governor Mitt Romney is delighted with yesterday’s election results.

Now that Romney has unlaced his elect-conservatives-running shoes, Jason Matter from Human Events was able to catch up with the him. Romney hopes Republicans keep their pledge:

11/03/2022

With its historic gains in the House of Representatives, the biggest thing the GOP can do right now is “honor the Pledge to America,” Mitt Romney told HUMAN EVENTS. “This election was a referendum on Obama’s agenda,” and the electorate took a decisive stand against the Democrat Party’s “excessive spending, borrowing, and growth of government.”

“Our [GOP] majority is growing,” the former Massachusetts governor went on to say, noting that House Republicans will end up with a net gain of more than 60 seats in the House, easily blowing past the 39 they needed to regain the Majority.

While many conservatives are disappointed about the losses in Nevada and West Virginia, Romney said that Republicans should highlight their victories in New England, where GOP challengers Charlie Bass and Frank Guinta beat Democratic incumbents to take House seats and where Kelly Ayotte held on to Judd Gregg’s Senate seat.

“It goes to show you that when you have strong candidates with a compelling message, Independents will get behind you,” even in a blue state like New Hampshire. Asked if the impressive GOP showing inches him closer to a 2012 presidential run, Romney said he’s “not thinking about that right now.

“I’m basking in the delight of our historic news.”

(my emphasis)

Thank you, Governor Romney, for contributing so much toward yesterday’s GOP victories!

You deserve some time off. But, don’t be gone too long…

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Governor Mitt Romney



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VIDEO: Mitt Romney Introduces Scott Brown at Victory Party

Mitt & Scott

From Mitt Romney’s Facebook Page:

All of us are still basking in Scott Brown’s historic U.S. Senate victory. It’s still hard to believe that we were able to pull it off against all the odds.

Making a difference in campaigns like Scott’s is why I formed my Free and Strong America PAC.

Governor Romney Introduces Scott Brown at Victory Party:




[I'm adding video of Brown giving special thanks to Romney that we haven't posted yet ~Nate]

I especially want to thank a very special friend, whose encouragement from the beginning helped show me the way, and show us the way to victory - and that is former Governor Mitt Romney. Thank you Governor.

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Scott Brown to Obama: “Stay Away” from Massachusetts.

Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown issued a stern warning to President Obama, cautioning him to “stay away” from Massachusetts as he battles Democratic rival Martha Coakley in a heated race, the Boston Herald reported:

Surging GOP Senate candidate Scott Brown yesterday warned President Obama to “stay away” from the Bay State during his roiling race against Democratic rival Martha Coakley and not to interfere with their intensifying battle in the campaign’s final days.

“He should stay away and let Martha and I discuss the issues one on one,” Brown said. “The machine is coming out of the woodwork to get her elected. They’re bringing in outsiders, and we don’t need them.”

Scott Brown to Obama: "Stay Away"

Coakley’s campaign showed signs of panic as they scrambled to get a last-minute appearance by Obama to bolster their effort before Tuesday’s election.

Some polls are showing the Senate contest far closer than any pundits expected, and Coakley in danger of losing her clear shot at the historic seat.

Coakley said yesterday she hasn’t heard from the White House. “I welcome his support, but we’ve got a lot of support here in Massachusetts (and) I think he’s got a lot on his plate in Washington,” she said.

Obama press secretary Robert Gibbs said yesterday that the president had no plans to visit Massachusetts, even though he realizes “there’s a lot at stake in the election.”

But sources said Coakley is pushing for a Sunday event with Obama as the race remains glued to the national spotlight.

“We would love to see Obama any time,” said Boston City Council President Michael Ross, a Coakley supporter who attended her event at Dorchester’s Kit Clark Senior Center yesterday. “Any time the president of the United States comes it will remind Democrats to get involved.”

But Republican consultant Charlie Manning said a visit from a president with tanking ratings would make Coakley look desperate as upstart Brown enjoys a last-minute boost from climbing poll numbers and media momentum.

“It’s sort of like trying to bail out a boat that’s already sinking. I don’t think they can fool the voters of Massachusetts this time,” Manning said.

National interest in the race centers on an impending vote on health-care reform - championed by the late U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.

A Brown win would be crushing for Obama, who would lose a 60-seat Democratic majority in the Senate, said Larry J. Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics.

In addition to a rally headed by former President Bill Clinton planned for tomorrow, Coakley’s team circulated a heartfelt plea from Kennedy’s widow, Vicki, last night asking supporters for help. They’re also rumored to be pushing for a potential event with Caroline Kennedy, daughter of the late President John F. Kennedy.

“It’s a real fight at this point in time,” said U.S. Rep. William Delahunt (D-Quincy). “We’re doing everything we can to help.”

Brown urged Coakley’s campaign to keep the race about local issues instead of national figures.

“It’s me against the machine,” he said. “And it always has been.”

Scott Brown Defends His Vote For RomneyCare

This is a pretty good read posted earlier today about Scott Brown’s remarks on Fox News, wherein Brown defends his support for the Health Care Bill that Mitt Romney passed (often referred to as RomneyCare) while serving as Governor in Massachusetts:

By Jon Ward at The Daily Caller

Scott Brown, the Republican whose quest to win Ted Kennedy’s seat has jolted Democrats with the possibility of losing the 60-seat majority needed to pass a health-care bill, defended on Wednesday his own vote as a state senator for mandatory health insurance in 2006.

Brown, defending the plan signed by former Republican Gov. Mitt Romney, argued that the Democratic plan being debated in Washington is an entirely different proposal.

“They’re two different programs,” said Brown, during an appearance on Fox News.

“What we have here is a free-market enterprise where we’re providing insurance on various levels to people in Massachusetts,” Brown said. “The plans in Washington are a one-size-fits-all plan that’s going to cost almost $1 trillion-plus and raise taxes at a time when we don’t need it.”

Brown’s response is key for Romney, who ran unsuccessfully for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008 and is considered a front-runner for the nomination in 2012.


Brown himself is crusading on the fact that if he wins and is seated before congressional Democrats reach a compromise on two health-care bills passed by the House and the Senate, his vote will be able to stop it from passing.

He voted for the Massachusetts health-care plan, and faced questions on Fox from Neil Cavuto about whether he “contributed to something that now you’re against?”

But the line from Romney advisers who talked to The Daily Caller Wednesday, and Brown himself, is that Romney-care has worked in covering the uninsured but that cost containment has not happened because Gov. Deval Patrick eliminated a cost and quality commission that would have brought transparency to what health-care providers were charging and eliminated price gouging.

Romney adviser Ron Kaufman, a Washington lobbyist who has been working with the Brown campaign in an unofficial advisory role, said that the people of Massachusetts are “satisfied with what they got” but that they are angry about the federal bill being debated because it would force the state to pay for something they already have: nearly universal coverage.

“They already paid for it,” Kaufman said. Brown said much the same thing during his interview on Fox. “Why would we subsidize and why would we pay more for something we already have. It makes no sense,” he said.

Ed Haislmaier, a health care policy expert at the Heritage Foundation, backed up the Brown and Romney camps’ analysis. “When you ask the average person in Massachusetts who isn’t getting subsidized coverage, ‘Did health reform do anything to help you?’ they’re going to say no, because the piece that was designed to do that got killed off,” said Haislmaier.


Scott Brown Defends His Vote for Mitt Romney's Health Care Plan In MASS.




A Must Read: Politifact.com proves that RomneyCare is NOT bankrupting Massachusetts.

MRC Presents: Haiku Contest for Scott Brown

For the last week Mitt Romney Central has unofficially become Scott Brown Central. There is just one week left until the special election on January 19th. We fans have donated to Brown’s campaign. We’ve helped promote him by making calls from home. We’ve become fans of his Facebook page. We’ve had polls on his debate performance. We’ve promoted him in almost every way we know how. That leaves us only one thing left to do… the only thing left we know how to do… the one thing that is going to push Brown over the top…


HAIKU CONTEST FOR SCOTT BROWN!

Do you haiku?

Rules:

  • Write a haiku to promote Scott Brown for Senate.
  • Post it in the comments here on the blog, or on our Facebook page.
  • Entries posted before 9PM EST on Thursday will be entered into the contest
  • MRC staffers will select what we feel are the top 7 (or so) entries.
  • Selected entries will be highlighted in a poll and YOU (the readers) will vote for the best one
  • Prizes will be awarded (free merchandise from the MRC store)

There are many rules that define what a haiku is. We will use the simplest rules: 3-lines, syllable structure: 5-7-5. Be creative!

Prizes:
Grand Prize: $30 gift certificate to the MRC store
2nd Prize: $15 gift certificate to the MRC store
3rd Prize: $10 gift certificate to the MRC store
All entries that make it to the voting round will receive a free MITT ’12 Chrome Sticker.

Staff Entries: (no, staffers are not eligible for the contest)

Mine:
Say no to Coakley,
could not spell Massachusetts.
Doesn’t have an ‘E’.

(I’ll add the other staff entries here when they submit them.)

Free Mitt ’12 prizes,
for writing the best haiku.
Everyone does it!

GOOD LUCK!
~Nate Gunderson

What will we witness?
Massachusetts Miracle
or more of the same?
~Ross Abraham (Rebel Ross)

Here are some of the one’s that were posted at our Facebook Page

Change coming to hub
Time to show Scott Brown some love
Common sense cures all.
-Christopher Benvie

Scott Brown for Senate
Let’s send him to Washington
To stop Health Care Bill
-Bill Willenbrock

Brown over Coakley
Republicans over Dems
Helps America
-Bill Willenbrock

Off to dismantle
The Kennedy Legacy
Scott Brown For The Win
-Graham Bradley

Brown will take Coakley
Dems majority is gone
The winner is US
-Sally Hamilton Rewinkel

Tea Partiers Marched
Liberals Blew Us Off
Who’s Laughing Now?
-Elizabeth

Brown must win in ’10
To block the Dem “reforming”
Let it die with Ted
-Josh Pinho

It’s Romney for President.
Scott’s in his seat.
Sorry Dems we won’t be beat.
-Dana Rapp Cluck

Say no to Coakley!
Redistribution of wealth?
Not if you vote Brown!
-Jeff Cole

Scott Brown is the man!
Coakley is not fit to lead;
Change she will impede!
-Jeff Cole

Despair no more
Mitt Romney and Scott Brown
Turn our frowns Upside down!
-Emmalyn

Scott Brown has great hair;
We will all take back this state!
To the dems’ despair!
-Jeff Cole

America needs
this new strength and attitude.
Red White Blue and Brown.
-Catherine Vicedomine

Great Scott! Help! Coakley!
A shrill, boilerplate lib voice
Painful, like Zappa
-Joe

forty gets no say
get one more for people’s way
United for Brown
-Bill

Scott Brown Rocks!
for the people,
take the seat from the democrats
-Monica

Scott Brown is against
irresposnible spending;
can’t afford to lose.
-Jeff Cole

The loss by one man
Begins an ill-fated path
If Scott wins, all win
-John Norris

Scott Brown is the best
Chance to save Massachusetts
Vote sunshine or snow!
-Nancy Gouveia

Elect Mr Brown
Congress has gone way too far
cannot be Scott free
-Eric Norris

Fate and Victory
Lay before the people now
We must vote Scott Brown
-John Norris

Live, Love, Laugh a Lot,
Make Mitts Day
Get out and vote for Scott!
-Sue Sanders

Martha absent now
Is Clinton coming to town
Panic strikes the Dems
-Paul C. Liolios III

I’m looking for hope
all under the reign of change
Let freedom ring now
-Cheryl Davis

Kristi L. Devine from BrownBrigade says:
I’ll continue yours:

Say no to Coakley,
could not spell Massachusetts.
Doesn’t have an ‘E’.

Say no to health care,
Massachusetts does not want,
How daft can she be?

C R Barker from BrownBrigade:
Free Massachusetts
From Kennedy tyranny
Liberty rises

POLL: Who Won Tonight’s Debate? Scott Brown vs Martha Coakley vs Joseph Kennedy

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There appears to be a consensus growing that the best moment of the entire debate was…

New Poll: Brown(R) Leads Coakley(D) in Massachusetts Senate Race!

Here are the latest polling results on the Brown/Coakley senate race from Public Policy Polling:

The candidates for US Senate are Republican
Scott Brown and Democrat Martha Coakley. If
the election was today, who would you vote
for?

Brown……………………………………………………. 48%
Coakley…………………………………………………. 47%
Undecided……………………………………………….. 6%

Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion
of Scott Brown?

Favorable……………………………………………….. 57%
Unfavorable……………………………………………. 25%
Not Sure………………………………………………… 17%

Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion
of Martha Coakley
?

Favorable……………………………………………….. 50%
Unfavorable……………………………………………. 42%
Not Sure…………………………………………………. 9%

I'm Awesome!

These numbers are great, but like John Cronin mentioned in the Chat Box, let’s not let them trick us into being complacent! Keep pushing forward until the last vote comes in!

Jayde posted some great ways to help the Scott Brown cause here.

Scott Brown’s Contender Refuses to Debate

Scott Brown and Martha Coakley

Martha Coakley or Most Cowardly? You decide:

As you all know, a special election will be held in Massachusetts in the upcoming weeks (Jan 19th) to fill Ted Kennedy’s seat in the US Senate. Republican Scott Brown is polling within single digits behind his Democratic contender, Martha Coakley. With endorsements from some big national names including Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson, and big plans for upcoming fundraisers, Brown is pushing ahead full steam.

Working against the current in liberal Massachusetts can prove difficult, but we know its something that can be done (see Mitt Romney’s run for Senate and Governor). Voters need to hear plans/ideas/proposals from both sides and make an important choice as to who will better represent their own views; however, they won’t get much of a chance to hear from both sides this time around. Martha Coakley refuses to appear in one-on-one debates that are most typical to any pre-election cycle. Then again, would you willingly want to expose your frailties and inexperience if you were in Martha’s situation? -Not Likely.

Read more from Brian McGrory at Boston.com

If you’re a registered voter in Massachusetts, your friendly Democratic Senate candidate, Martha Coakley, is sticking her thumb in your eye.

Coakley, in exquisitely diva-like form, is refusing all invitations to debate her Republican opponent in the race, Scott Brown, unless a third-party candidate with no apparent credentials is included on the stage. She may also require a crystal bowl of orange-only M&Ms in her dressing room, but we haven’t gotten that far yet. Her demands have led to an astonishing result: there will be just one — that’s one — live televised debate in the Boston media market this general election season.

Think about that for a moment. We tend to elect our members of Congress for life in this state, especially when they’re Democrats, which they usually are. This particular race, a special election, has unfolded at breakneck speed. We have two barely known candidates — Coakley has run statewide just once, Brown is a state senator from exurbia — trying to fill a huge void at a time of war and economic upheaval.

And Coakley’s overriding strategy is to quietly back into the job, to have you, the voter, know less about the major candidates rather than more.

Politically, this is not necessarily unwise of her. She is the front-runner, in terms of name recognition and stature.

She’s also, as the Democrat, the default candidate for many Massachusetts voters. She’s counting on voters, knowledgeable or not, to reflexively pull the Democratic lever.

Here’s one problem with all this: When you’re a United States senator, you’re expected to get up on the Senate floor and forcefully debate the issues of the day. You’re expected to be a strong voice in hearings. You need to be a major factor in conference committees. Sometimes, you’re left to push politically unpopular issues against formidable opponents.

Coakley is showing precisely none of this. She wants to debate on her terms and her terms only.

For that matter, let’s take a look at Coakley’s campaign schedule for today. Well, actually, we can’t. There isn’t one. She isn’t doing anything in public — no meetings with voters, no debates, no public appearances. For all we know, she’s spending much of her time at home with the shades drawn waiting for Jan. 19, Election Day, to come and go.

~Aaronius

UPDATE - RCP Interview With Scott Brown