Send a Worker to the White House: The Romney ‘Engine’


You want to get things done in Washington D.C.?

Send a worker to the White House.

Romney supporters have long recognized that Mitt is a doer. His capacity to accomplish so much is driven by his passion for conservative values, to truly make a difference, his ability to focus, and his love and loyalty for America. Another significant reason he accomplishes so much is his work ethic.

Real Clear Politics’ Scott Conroy takes a look at the Romney engine:

Romney’s Motor Could Provide Edge Over the Long Haul

When Mitt Romney’s aides told him last month that the main reason they were skipping Sen. Jim DeMint’s Labor Day forum was that he had already committed to attend an event in New Hampshire that day, the candidate was not pleased.

“So you’re telling me the reason we’re not doing this is logistical?” Romney asked, according to one aide. “That’s not good. We’re going to the DeMint forum. Make it so.”

In addition to the New Hampshire stop, Romney had a flight scheduled later on Labor Day to Nevada for the unveiling of his jobs plan, and aides were leery of overloading him with an event in another corner of the country — and in South Carolina, no less, which has not figured significantly in his campaign’s strategy.

But Mitt Romney has never been the kind of candidate who’s especially concerned about the negative repercussions of doing too much.

And so just after the sun rose on Sept. 5, Romney’s bags were already waiting on the front step of his Belmont, Mass., home when director of operations Will Ritter arrived to pick him up. It was 6:45 a.m. His day would end at 11 p.m. in Colorado, since the private campaign jet did not have enough fuel to make it all the way to Nevada without a layover.

Presidential campaigns are not endeavors that treat laziness kindly, and all of the Republican contenders have packed and demanding schedules.

But over the course of his last White House run and through the first few months of this one, Romney has proven himself to be a particularly hardworking campaigner who never seems to lose focus, no matter the hour of the day. This tirelessness is a potentially significant asset that could pay major dividends as the candidates’ already taxing days become even more arduous.

He’s the kind of guy who will see a hole in the schedule and instead of thinking ‘long lunch,’ he thinks of doing a campaign headquarters stop-by or a radio interview,” Ritter, who has been a fixture at Romney’s side since 2006, told RCP. “He can’t be stopped, and you almost have to trick him into not doing as much.”

Kevin Madden, Romney’s 2008 Natl Press Secretary:

“I still marvel at the energy he has,” said Kevin Madden, Romney’s 2008 national press secretary who remains in frequent contact with the candidate’s top aides. “When I worked on that campaign in 2008, I was 34 years old and I couldn’t keep up with him. I would need half a pot of coffee in the morning, and I was dragging by night. I lost my temper once or twice a day, but I saw him lose his maybe once or twice throughout the whole campaign.”

A hard-charger throughout his life in business and during his four political campaigns, the effects of Romney’s clean-living lifestyle are self-evident. As one aide put it, “He’s not the guy who gets a beer at the end of the night, so you save that hour-and-a-half.”

During his 2008 presidential run, it was not unusual for Romney to regale a breakfast crowd in Iowa with an anecdote about his run through the local neighborhood before the early-morning event began or for him to leave aides scrambling to keep up as he jogged through another New Hampshire parade.

Jim Merrill, NH Senior Adviser concludes:

Romney’s New Hampshire consultant Jim Merrill noted that the candidate has already engaged directly with voters at 10 town-hall meetings in the state, while other contenders have thus far relied more on quick meet-and-greets and scripted speeches.

It’s not only the amount of events he does, but it’s the nature of events he does, which are demanding,” Merrill said. “He’s doing that and no one else is doing it. I think it’s a testament not only to his character but his stamina. It’s Vince Lombardi football — three-and-a-half yards in a cloud of dust — and that’s what he’s doing up here and will continue to do.”

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Romney’s work ethic was no more evident than the time leading up to mid-term elections last fall. It’s a prime example of his patriotism and indefatigably. Behind the scenes, he racked up many, many miles and wore out shoe leather to help Republicans - through appearances at campaign events, speeches, donating money, etc. It was a surprise to some to note that The Gov traveled coach and pulled his own suitcase. That’s who he is, an earnest, devoted man who doesn’t require fanfare to motivate him. He simply wants to do the job - get results.

While Romney focuses on accomplishing, he is also a guy who eats and breathes family life; carving out time for wife, Ann, and his five sons, daughters-in-law, and all of his beloved grandchildren. Ann also says her husband isn’t a loafing layabout at home, that he is helpful and always working on a project around the house. That quality alone should send droves of female voters his way…

Send a worker to the White House. Mitt Romney 2012.




► Jayde Wyatt