Monday, Oct 25th - Governor Romney hosted a Tele-Townhall with Sharon Angle. The senatorial race between her and rival Harry Reid is nose-to-slightly-ahead-nose, with Angle polling at 49%. Reid is at 45%. Only 2% remain undecided with less than a week to go.
Despite aspersions cast on Romney’s and Reid’s religion from Angle’s former pastor, Sonrise Church Pastor John Reed, that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) is a “cult” with “kooky” beliefs, Romney’s conference call with Angle is evidence of his continued support for her and the conservative cause. Angle has distanced herself from Pastor Reed and hasn’t attended his Reno church for six years. Her campaign reiterated that, as a lifelong Christian, Angle shares similar values with members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, who comprise 7 percent of Nevada’s population.
Meanwhile, Harry Reid has been characterized as “running his election like there’s no tomorrow.” He called in his last-minute cavalry; President Obama stumped for him last Friday (Oct. 22nd). To help pump up his union support, Reid was supported by Senator Al Franken and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka at a rally in Reno yesterday (Tuesday, Oct. 26th).
Republican consultant Ryan Erwin:
“I think someone like Mitt Romney offering to help, being able to connect with voters… this is a candidate who in a multi-candidate field got more than 50 percent of the presidential caucus.”
Also, on Monday Oct 25th, Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC released its third 10 for ’10 - focusing on 10 Republican House candidates Romney supports in battleground states. Here are the latest candidates and states they represent: Sandy Adams – Fl, Rick Berg – ND, Sean Duggy – WI, Keith Fimian –VA, Ryan Frazier – CO, Ed Martin – MO, Kristi Noem – SD, Austin Scott – GA, Van Tran – CA, and Allen West – Fl.
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Tuesday, Oct 26th - On to Iowa!
Romney stumped for former Iowa governor Terry Branstad, his running mate Lieutenant Governor nominee Kim Reynolds, and other GOP candidates at a “Road to Victory” morning rally in Cedar Rapids:
Second district congressional candidate Mariannette Miller-Meeks is first to speak to the crowd.
The crowd cheered as a group of Iowa Republican candidates and the party’s chair entered the room. “Look what the bus brought in,” Miller-Meeks said, adding a few seconds later: ”Boy, the Winnebago can bring in a lot of people.” She also joked with the crowd about Romney wearing jeans on the campaign trail.
A tweet revealed Gov Romney’s response:
jmartpolitico: Romney in Dubuque explains his casual look compared to the other suit-wearing pols. “I’m unemployed.”
More from Radio Iowa:
Romney, who spoke for a little less than eight minutes, told the crowd liberals are trying to “smother that spirit of America,” and citizens across the country are responding.
“We’ve had a chance to see liberal policies in action and they have not worked and people are saying, ‘No more of that,’” Romney said. “We’ve watched what happened when they built their stimulus which didn’t create private sector jobs. It instead protected government workers and unions. It did not do what the economy needed, which was to stimulate investment and hiring in the private sector where jobs will stay and grow. And then we saw ObamaCare, We saw their cap and trade efforts and their card-check efforts, and so people have said,’Look, that liberal agenda doesn’t work.’”
After firing up the crowd, Romney then traveled with the group to Dubuque for another rally:
Branstad maintains a double-digit lead over Democratic incumbent Chet Culver.
Today, Romney is off to South Carolina, where he’ll be campaigning and fundraising for Senator Mick Mulvaney.
(H/t Bosman for Iowa videos)
► Jayde Wyatt