Monday, July 30, 2007

Romney Gains in New Hampshire

In the News

Romney rebounds to lead in N.H.
Candidate gains with steady push

By Lisa Wangsness, Globe Staff

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Mitt Romney boasted an enviable advantage in the first-in-the-nation primary state when he launched his campaign for president: A governor of Massachusetts, he also owned a house on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee. But as recently as February, Granite Staters appeared to harbor little interest in the boy next door. Polls had him lagging far behind John McCain and Rudy Giuliani.
In the last few months, however, Romney has steadily pushed to the head of the Republican pack in New Hampshire, while his major rivals have lost ground. A mid-July poll had him opening up a 15-point lead.
Romney has benefitted from larger forces shaping the race, notably, McCain's difficulties. But he has also run a campaign that might have been lifted straight out of "The Official Guide to Winning the New Hampshire Primary," if there were such a guide to the conventional wisdom. The formula: win over influential activists, advertise early, and lavish New Hampshire with attention.
"It's really no secret what Romney's been doing," said Fergus Cullen, chairman of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee, who is neutral in the race. "They have run the most traditional campaign in New Hampshire, characterized by the most visits here and the best grass-roots organization and by running a campaign aimed directly at likely Republican primary voters."
Summer polls rarely predict the winner of the election, however, and Romney's opponents say they have only just begun to fight in New Hampshire.
But with Romney's surge in the polls came a rise in expectations: With McCain seriously weakened and with Romney's early advantages in New Hampshire, it is hard at this point to see a state where he is better positioned to win.
Romney has made 65 stops during 23 official trips to New Hampshire since the last presidential election, according to the Globe's running count, more than McCain and Giuliani combined. Marketing himself as a business leader and family man with a Reaganesque optimism about the future, he has visited all 10 New Hampshire counties, headlining Republican fund-raisers, dropping by ice cream stands, and, more recently, holding town-hall-style forums where he invites locals to "Ask Mitt Anything."
He has had 14 full-time staff members on the ground for about two months, his campaign says, enough to make sure that every visit by the candidate is carefully planned and that Romney is represented whenever Republicans gather.

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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Romney in Florida

In the News

Romney appeals to Hispanics

Associated Press Writer

MIAMI - Free trade is key to ending Latin American poverty, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Saturday while courting support from the Cuban-American and growing Venezuelan-American communities.

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, noted that the Bush administration had sought free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and Peru, but the Democratic-controlled Congress failed to approve them.

Romney, however, stopped short of endorsing a proposal by Isilio Arriaga, a member of his own National Hispanic Steering Committee, to lower subsidies on U.S. ethanol. Such a move could help boost Brazil‘s production of sugar cane-based ethanol and reduce its competition.

Romney said the United States, as it seeks to become more self-reliant, must look at a variety of options for producing energy from sources such as ethanol, liquid coal, solar and wind.

Romney said Chavez‘s push to nationalize some Venezuelan industries has cooled international interest in Latin American investment, and the U.S. must show its commitment to the region.

Romney also spoke to veterans of the ill-fated 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion at their small museum in Miami‘s Little Havana neighborhood and promised to seek out their intelligence expertise on Cuba if elected president.

"Everyone talks about family values, but Romney has demonstrated them with his five sons and his long marriage," said Adam Roig, 51, who works in medical technology.

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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Ames Straw Poll

Ames Straw Poll-August 11th

by Rev. Brian G. Eenigenburg

Last night I watched Romney on CSPAN as he spoke to a crowd at a Republican gathering in one of Iowa's counties. When he started his speech, everyone in the crowd looked skeptical. Everyone was very quiet, faces were tight, body language indicated closed up defensive positions.

By the end of his speech, practically everyone was opened up, nodding their heads in agreement, smiling.

At the end of his answers to questions, people were swarming to meet him or get his autograph, and promising him they would be at Ames to support him.

It seems when people see Mitt in action and FEEL firsthand who he really is, as opposed to fearing from afar his Mormonism or the state he lives in, they really join with him.

This was his 38th such county meeting out of 99 counties, but I imagine he is hitting the biggest ones.

Full endeavor in Iowa is gruelling. But it tells the world Mitt would give full endeavor as Republican nominee and as President. A message we can help spread.

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Friday, July 27, 2007

Romney: Americans Angry With Iraq War

In the News
Romney: Americans Angry With Iraq War

Associated Press Writer

ADEL, Iowa (AP) - Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney said Friday that the country is angry over the lack of progress in the Iraq war, a stinging assessment of the Bush administration's handling of the conflict from a Republican candidate.

Campaigning in Iowa, the former Massachusetts governor also argued that despite the nation's frustration over the war, voters aren't ready to replace President Bush with a Democrat.
"I know the Democrats are getting all ready, they are measuring the drapes and getting the carpet all ready for how they are going to take over the White House, and I think they are going to get a big surprise," Romney told a crowd gathered at a golf course. "America is not happy with how the war in Iraq is going, and is angry. But America is not about to take a sharp left turn and put somebody in the White House who would turn America into a European-type state."

While Romney supported the March 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq and backs Bush's current troop increase, he has repeatedly said the post- invasion period was "mismanaged" with a lack of preparation for the insurgency and adequate planning for a government handover.

Before various New Hampshire audiences on Wednesday, Romney said he would wait until a mid-September report from U.S. generals in Iraq before deciding the next course of action that he would support. He said if the surge succeeds, he believes it will allow U.S. troop withdrawals. He had refused to detail alternate scenarios should insurgent violence continue unabated.
On immigration, Romney adopted a hardline stance.

"I ... don't think it makes sense to have an immigration policy that says that if an illegal couple—a couple that comes across the border illegally—has a child here, that child becomes a U.S. citizen, that then the whole family gets to come in, if you will, through 'chain migration,'" he said.

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Ann Romney - The Next First Lady

In the News

By Sandra Sobieraj Westfall

Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, finds strength in her family and her horses – and she's emerging as a potent political force this campaign season.

"Ann deserves a lot of credit," says GOP pollster Neil Newhouse. "Politicians talk about family values, Ann and Mitt Romney live them."

Her husband calls her "one of America's great moms" – a description she's "totally satisfied with." Mrs. Romney, 58, invited PEOPLE into the sunshine-yellow sitting room of her Belmont, Mass., home on June 12 to talk about her Mormon faith, raising five boys, living with Multiple Sclerosis – and her designs on the White House.

Here is the complete interview

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GOP Candidates Passing Up YouTube Debate

Few GOP Candidates Commit to Debate

Four days after the Democratic debate in Charleston, S.C., more than 400 questions directed to the GOP presidential field have been uploaded on YouTube, as Republicans are scheduled to take their turn at video-populism on Sept. 17.

But only Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) and Rep. Ron Paul (Tex.) have agreed to participate in the debate, co-hosted by the Republican Party of Florida in St. Petersburg.
"Aside from those two candidates, we haven't heard from anyone else," said Sam Feist of CNN, which is co-sponsoring the debate with the popular video-sharing site.

Rudolph W. Giuliani and Mitt Romney, both with dozens of videos on their YouTube channels, have not signed up. Neither have the rest of the Republican candidates, including Rep. Tom Tancredo (Colo.), whose "Tancredo Takes" on his YouTube channel draw hundreds of views.
Sources familiar with the Giuliani campaign said the former New York mayor is unlikely to participate.

Kevin Madden, Romney's spokesman, said the former Massachusetts governor has seven debate invitations over a span of 11 days in September.
"We haven't committed to any of them yet," Madden said.

In an interview Wednesday with the New Hampshire Union Leader, Romney said he's not a fan of the CNN/YouTube format. Referring to the video of a snowman asking the Democratic candidates about global warming, Romney quipped, "I think the presidency ought to be held at a higher level than having to answer questions from a snowman."

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Romney Considering Speech on Role of His LDS Faith

Romney Considering Speech to Discuss Role of His LDS Faith in Politics

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Thursday he'll probably deliver a speech explaining the role his LDS faith plays in his political life, but he argued he's made strong gains among evangelicals despite questions about his religion.

"I have thought about that," Romney said in an interview with The Associated Press. "I haven't made a final decision, but it's probably more likely than not."

During a campaign appearance earlier in the day, Romney was asked about his views on appointing a "God-fearing Mormon" to the Supreme Court. Romney has been asked about such matters frequently in question-and-answer sessions he holds almost daily.

"I'd go after people who will follow the law and I wouldn't apply a religious test either," Romney said.

In the interview, Romney acknowledged the issue crops up often enough that he's pondering dealing with it in a comprehensive manner.

"It's probably too early for something like that," Romney said. "At some point it's more likely than not, but we'll see how things develop."

There is precedent for such a step. When John F. Kennedy sought the presidency in 1960, there was a whispering campaign about his Catholicism and he largely put the issue to rest by going to Texas to deliver a speech about the role that religion played in his life.

Romney said it's too early to decide what he would say in such a speech, largely because he hasn't made a final decision to deliver such a talk.

In March, a Gallup poll found that 46 percent had a negative opinion of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Southern Baptist Convention, the nation's largest Protestant group, considers the LDS church a cult and many other Christian denominations also do not recognize Mormon baptism.

Romney has come under fire from some conservatives — primarily GOP rival Sam Brownback — for switching positions on issues such as abortion and gay rights. Romney said those charges haven't hurt his standing as he competes for the backing of social conservatives, who play a crucial role in Iowa Republican politics.
And Romney was dismissive of the criticism.

"I expect that evangelical Christians who believe in life and family values are going to vote for someone who shares their views and has a real prospect of being nominated by our party and becoming president," Romney told the AP. "The difference between me and Sam Brownback is he has run a uniformly negative campaign."
Romney was clearly annoyed by Brownback's criticism, saying the Kansas senator is alone among the GOP field in going on the attack.

"Virtually all have run positive campaigns, except one," said Romney. "He has run a uniformly negative campaign, which has distorted the truth and been mean-spirited. I think Iowans will reject that."

While rivals like former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani have been at the top of most national polls, Romney has run strong in some early voting states, such as Iowa and New Hampshire.

"There's no question that the folks in the field in Iowa are training their guns toward me because my campaign has been successful here," Romney said. "We have a good level of support from people who are Christian conservatives to people from other faiths, from a cross-section of Iowans. The fact that I've got this support here and a state as far away as New Hampshire suggests that my campaign is connecting and touching people throughout the party and that I have a real prospect of becoming the nominee."

Romney dismissed any suggestions that he should be considered the front-runner for the party's nomination.

"I'm far from a front-runner," Romney said. "It would be fun to be front-runner. I hope to be maybe in January of next year."

In the interview, Romney also:

— Argued that rival John McCain remains a formidable foe despite setbacks in his campaign. "I consider him an important contender in the race," said Romney, who was less charitable toward Giuliani. "I think we can't win the presidency without a pro-life, pro-family Republican."
— Defended his stance on the minimum wage, saying he favored "moderate, predictable changes" in the minimum wage linked to other indicators of growth in the economy. "I don't like the big jumps from time to time."
— Jumped into a dispute between Democrats Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama over Obama's statement that he would talk to leaders of hostile countries like North Korea. Romney joined with Clinton in criticizing Obama's stand. "Having the president meet with the authoritarian tyrants of the world is remarkably poor judgment."
— Sought to lower expectations for the Aug. 11 GOP straw poll in Ames, Iowa. Having invested the most time and money in the event, many expect Romney to win, but he was far more modest. "I expect to finish in the top two or three," he said.

Romney Initiative - Kids and Computer Safety

Policy Briefing: Guarding Our Children On Their Computers

Governor Romney's Initiative To Guard Our Children:

Today, In Iowa, Governor Mitt Romney Announced A New Initiative To Prevent Pornography From Reaching Children On Their Computers. Children accessing pornography online is a major problem but one easily solved through determined action. As President, Governor Romney will work with computer and software companies to ensure that every home computer has effective software to filter out unwanted pornography.

- Governor Romney Will Work To Ensure Every Parent Has Access To Software Filters That Guard Their Children From Online Pornography. Numerous software programs exist that prevent unsolicited content from popping up on Internet browsers and filter websites a child may visit. With one in three youths reporting unwanted exposure to sexual material, the challenge is getting these tools into the hands of parents. To that effect, Governor Romney also will work with computer and software companies to make sure all new computers have optional parental control software filters that are ready and easy to use during setup. Governor Romney will also promote and increase awareness of available parental control filtering products for existing computers.

- Responsible Parents Are The First Line Of Defense In Guarding Our Children From Online Pornography. The most important work being done in America today is the work being done by responsible parents inside the four walls of the American home. We need to inform them and give them the tools they need to protect their children, especially while their children use the Internet to communicate with those outside the home.

Governor Romney's Agenda To Protect Our Children: Working To Ensure Parents Have The Adequate Tools To Protect Their Children Is Only One Part Of Governor Romney's Agenda To Guard Our Children Online.

Governor Romney Has Proposed The "One-Strike, You're Ours" Law For Those Convicted Of Preying On Children Using The Internet. As President, Governor Romney will propose new, tougher federal penalties for first-time offenders who use the Internet to sexually assault children, including stiff mandatory jail time to be followed by lifetime tracking by Global Positioning Satellite (GPS). This will represent a "One-Strike, You're Ours" law for child predators.

- By Enacting Tougher Laws, The Federal Government Will Be Following The Lead Of States Across The Country. Governor Romney's "One-Strike, You're Ours" Law will impose on the federal level the same tough sentences that states like Florida and California have put in place with "Jessica's Law." In Massachusetts, Governor Romney successfully fought to put the photos of the state's most dangerous sex offenders on the Internet, and he signed legislation to make it easier to extend the civil commitments of sex offenders. Yet, most federal laws are not tough enough when sentencing a first-time offender for sex crimes against a child.

- The Growing Threat Of Crimes Committed Against Children Via The Internet Is A Disturbing Trend. In February 2006, the Department of Justice (DOJ) launched Project Safe Childhood, an initiative designed to protect children as they navigate the Internet. The Bush administration correctly recognized that as technology advances and the Internet becomes more accessible, there is a real danger that computer-facilitated crimes committed against children will continue to rise.

- Every Day We Are Reminded About The Growing Threat Posed To Our Children. A new study suggests that 85% of convicted child pornography offenders have also sexually abused children. Also, according to news reports, identified and removed more than 29,000 registered sex offenders from its online site. Sexual predators are going high-tech and so must our laws.

To read more about Governor Romney's agenda to protect our children, please see:

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

The Romney Agenda

"[Democrats] think about big government, big taxes and Big Brother. That's the same course Europe has taken over the last couple of decades that has led to a level of growth far below our own." – Gov. Mitt Romney (Lisa Rossi, "Romney Blasts Obama, Others," The Des Moines Register, 7/21/07)

Romney's Vision Of A Stronger Defense Vs. Defeatist Democrats

Gov. Romney Stresses The Importance Of Winning In Iraq And Defeating Radical Islam Globally. "The congressional debate in Washington has largely, and myopically, focused on whether troops should be redeployed from Iraq to Afghanistan, as if these were isolated issues. Yet the jihad is much broader than any one nation, or even several nations. ... The jihadist threat is the defining challenge of our generation and is symptomatic of a range of new global realities." (Gov. Mitt Romney, "Rising To A New Generation Of Global Challenges," Foreign Affairs, July/August 2007)

But Sen. Hillary Clinton Claims The U.S. Has Already Lost In Afghanistan To Al Qaeda And Bin Laden. SEN. HILLARY CLINTON: "We've got to figure out what we're doing in Iraq, where our troops are stretched thin, and Afghanistan, where we're losing the fight to al Qaeda and bin Laden." (CNN/YouTube, Democrat Presidential Candidate Debate, Charleston, SC, 7/23/07)

While Sen. Barack Obama Would Jump At The Chance To Meet With Dictators In Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba And North Korea. YOUTUBE QUESTION: "...would you be willing to meet separately, without precondition, during the first year of your administration, in Washington or anywhere else, with the leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and North Korea, in order to bridge the gap that divides our countries?" ... SENATOR BARACK OBAMA: "I would. And the reason is this, that the notion that somehow not talking to countries is punishment to them -- which has been the guiding diplomatic principle of this administration -- is ridiculous." (CNN/YouTube, Democrat Presidential Candidate Debate, Charleston, SC, 7/23/07)

Romney's Vision Of A Stronger Economy Vs. Tax-And-Spend Democrats

Gov. Romney Believes Lower Taxes Lead To A Stronger American Economy. GOV. MITT ROMNEY: "Raising taxes will slow down the economy, will make it more and more difficult to create jobs here. It's the wrong direction. The right direction is always to bring tax rates down. If you believe that the strength of America flows from government, then you want more taxes. But if you believe that the strength of America flows from the American people, you want to hold their taxes down for themselves and for the employers that employ them." (Fox News Channel's "Hannity & Colmes," 4/4/07)

But Sen. Joe Biden Would Raise Taxes, Rolling Back The Bush Tax Cuts. SEN. JOE BIDEN: "First of all, change the tax structure. We are giving people tax breaks who don't need it. The top 1 percent got an $85 billion a year tax break. It is not needed. My dad used to have an expression -- don't tell me what you value; show me your budget. And the budget we have here is we all dance around it. We need more revenue to be able to pay for the things the governor and everybody else talks about. And there's only one way to do it. You either raise taxes or take tax cuts away from people who don't need them. I'd take them away from people who don't need them." (CNN/YouTube, Democrat Presidential Candidate Debate, Charleston, SC, 7/23/07)

While Sen. John Edwards Would Create A Big Government-Run Health Insurance Program, Paid For By Taxpayers. SEN. JOHN EDWARDS: "No, because the only way to provide universal coverage is to mandate that everyone be covered. But I want to say, you know, I came out with a universal plan several months ago. A couple of months later, Senator Obama came out with a plan. He's made a very serious proposal, and I'm not casting aspersions on his plan. I think it's a very serious proposal. It just doesn't cover everybody. The only way to cover everybody is to mandate it." (CNN/YouTube, Democrat Presidential Candidate Debate, Charleston, SC, 7/23/07)

Romney's Vision Of Stronger Families Vs. Out-Of-The-Mainstream Democrats

Gov. Romney Believes A Stronger American Family Leads To A Stronger America. GOV. MITT ROMNEY: "How is the American family made stronger? With marriage before children. With a mother and a father in the life of every child. With healthcare that is affordable and portable. With schools that succeed. With taxes that are lower. And with leaders who strive to demonstrate enduring values and morality." (Gov. Mitt Romney, Presidential Announcement, Dearborn, MI, 2/13/07)

But Sen. Barack Obama Supports Sex Education For Kindergarteners, And Wrongly Claimed That Gov. Mitt Romney Does, Too. CNN's ANDERSON COOPER: "Senator Obama, Mitt Romney has accused you this week of saying that 5-year-old children should be getting sex education. Was he right?" SEN. BARACK OBAMA: "Ironically, this was actually a proposal that he himself said he supported when he was running for governor of Massachusetts. ... I've got a 9-year-old daughter and a 6-year-old daughter. And I want them to know if somebody is doing something wrong to them, encroaching on their privacy, that they should come talk to me or my wife. And we've had that conversation, but not every parent is going to have that conversation with their child, and I think it's important that every child does, to make sure that they're not subject to the sexual predators." (CNN/YouTube, Democrat Presidential Candidate Debate, Charleston, SC, 7/23/07)

- In Fact, Sen. Obama Specifically Called For Sex-Ed In Kindergarten, Which Gov. Romney Did Not Support. "The Romney campaign is saying there is a difference here. Kevin Madden, Romney's national spokesman says, 'Obama specifically advocated sex-ed for small children in kindergarten.' Undaunted today, Romney said the following in South Carolina about Obama: 'Senator Obama is wrong if he thinks science-based sex education has any place in kindergarten.'" (David Brody, "Kindergarten Cop: Romney Versus Obama," CBN's The Brody File,, Posted 7/19/07)

- The Legislation Sen. Obama Voted For In Illinois Went Even Further – Calling For STD Prevention To Be Taught In Kindergarten. Illinois Senate Bill 99, which Obama supported in the 93rd Assembly (2003-2004), reads, in part: "...whenever such courses of instruction are provided in any of grades K through 12, then such courses also shall include age appropriate instruction on the prevention of sexually transmitted infections, including the prevention, transmission and spread of HIV." (IL General Assembly Website,, Accessed 7/24/07)

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Monday, July 23, 2007

America is "Romney Country"

What They're Really Saying: About Governor Romney
As He Travels Across America

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Governor Romney "Packs The Room":

Nashua Telegraph: "Judged by a handful of comments and the audience's reaction, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was a hit at Sunday's Nashua Republican City Committee's 'A Summer Luncheon.' That included not pulling punches aimed at his Democratic counterparts, particularly U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y." (Joseph G. Cote, "Candidate Jabs Dems, Outlines Plans," Nashua Telegraph, 7/23/07)

- Nashua Telegraph: "Romney delighted many Nashua-area Republicans by outlining his campaign points, what he called the 'three-legged stool' of a strong America: a strong military, economy and families." (Joseph G. Cote, "Candidate Jabs Dems, Outlines Plans," Nashua Telegraph, 7/23/07)

Foster's Daily Democrat: "About 200 people packed into Town Hall on a beautiful Sunday afternoon seizing their opportunity as first-in-the nation presidential primary voters to ask many questions of Republican hopeful Mitt Romney." (Gretyl Macalaster, "Romney Packs The Room In Exeter," Foster's Daily Democrat, 7/23/07)

Rita Harrington Of Nashua, NH: "I just thought he was really inspiring for the Republican Party here. ... We went through a lot in the last elections. I liked everything he had to say." (Joseph G. Cote, "Candidate Jabs Dems, Outlines Plans," Nashua Telegraph, 7/23/07)

Chuck Lothrop Of Nashua, NH: "I thought he was pretty awesome all the way through. ... I was pretty impressed with him." (Joseph G. Cote, "Candidate Jabs Dems, Outlines Plans," Nashua Telegraph, 7/23/07)

Ellen Derby Of Peterborough, NH: "I thought he was right on the money. ... What hit me is his emphasis on having strong families." (Joseph G. Cote, "Candidate Jabs Dems, Outlines Plans," Nashua Telegraph, 7/23/07)

Jeanine Notter Of Merrimack, NH: "Everything he said was what we wanted to hear." (Joseph G. Cote, "Candidate Jabs Dems, Outlines Plans," Nashua Telegraph, 7/23/07)

Skip Webb Of Hampton, NH: "I think he did very well." (Susan Nolan, "Romney Charms Crowds," Portsmouth Herald, 7/23/07)

Gaylee Dean Of Newmarket, NH: Governor Romney is "the classiest guy running." (Susan Nolan, "Romney Charms Crowds," Portsmouth Herald, 7/23/07)

IOWA: Governor Romney Draws Standing Room Only Crowds:

Mason City Globe-Gazette: Governor Romney speaks "to a standing room only crowd" in Clear Lake, IA. (Peggy Senzarino, "Romney Visits Clear Lake," Mason City Globe-Gazette, 7/21/07)

Gene Triplett Of Battle Creek, IA: "I was undecided about who I was for before I came in here today. ... But Romney has sold me. I liked Tancredo and Brownback, but this guy impresses me." (Tim Gallager, "Romney Preaches Military Might," Sioux City Journal, 7/23/07)

Elizabeth Mahlberg Of Charter Oak, IA: Governor Romney "seems to have everything I'm looking for in a candidate." (Rob Boshart, "Romney Targets Terrorism, Predators," Cedars Rapid Gazette, 7/23/07)

Alice Eisenhauer Of Fonda, IA: "I feel he really is more strong in what he wants to do." (Lisa Rossi, "Romney Blasts Obama, Others," Des Moines Register, 7/21/07)

SOUTH CAROLINA: Governor Romney Works Up The Party Faithful:

Spartanburg Herald-Journal: 250 People Cram In To Hear Governor Romney. "About 250 people - including the media and campaign staff - crammed into the Beacon's Panther Room for Romney's sixth visit to Spartanburg since early 2005." (Jason Spencer, "'Yankee Governor With Southern Values' Backs Military And Attacks 'HillaryCare,'" Spartanburg Herald-Journal, 7/20/07)

Spartanburg Herald-Journal: "The rhetoric sat well with the party faithful, who clapped and cheered at regular intervals. Romney signs, stickers and DVDs were available at the entrance to the Panther Room." (Jason Spencer, "'Yankee Governor With Southern Values' Backs Military And Attacks 'HillaryCare,'" Spartanburg Herald-Journal, 7/20/07)

COLORADO: Governor Romney "Energized" El Paso County Republicans To "Feverish Applause":

The Rocky Mountain News: "Appearing polished and poised in a dark suit and blue tie, the former Massachusetts governor got all the laughs he looked for and stirred the crowd to feverish applause as he delivered his 32-minute keynote speech at the annual Lincoln Day Dinner at the elegant Broadmoor Hotel." (Chris Barge, "Romney: Dems Shrink From Terror," The Rocky Mountain News, 7/19/07)

Denver Post: "Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney energized a crowd of more than 700 of the party faithful Wednesday night by touting America's strength in fighting a global war on terror, its economy and the country's commitment to family." (Chuck Plunkett, "Romney: U.S. Strength Needed," Denver Post, 7/19/07)

Colorado Springs Gazette: Republicans "Were Surprised Or Pleased By [Governor Romney's] Humor And Straightforwardness." (Ed Sealover, "Romney Talk May Change El Paso Minds," Colorado Springs Gazette, 7/18/07)

- Colorado Springs Gazette: "Many people who came to the El Paso County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner on Wednesday had not made up their minds on Mitt Romney. ... Romney, however, seemed to dispel many of those doubts during a 35-minute address to a 700-person crowd at The Broadmoor hotel." (Ed Sealover, "Romney Talk May Change El Paso Minds," Colorado Springs Gazette, 7/18/07)

Former State Senator Ed Jones: "God, he sounds like Ronald Reagan. ... I really like what I hear, and right now I'm just going to be listening and watching." (Ed Sealover, "Romney Talk May Change El Paso Minds," Colorado Springs Gazette, 7/18/07

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Regarding Tonight's Democratic Debate

In the News


One cadet ain’t happy

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"We received the following op-ed from Citadel cadet W Stovall Witte III who writes about today’s Democratic debate held on the Citadel campus.

Whom Do You Think You’re Fooling?

By: W Stovall Witte III

Democrats seeking nomination for the 2008 Presidential election must think the American people are pretty gullible. How else can one explain the location and the format they’ve chosen for their next national debate?
You see, on Monday, July 23rd, the South Carolina Democratic Party is hosting all the candidates at the Citadel. They arranged this knowing that an audience of uniformed cadets would attend, so as to offer the national television audience a tacit military endorsement for their leftist, anti-military positions.
What’s worse is my fellow students at the Citadel won’t even be allowed to ask questions of the candidates. They are to be seen but not heard, as all questions for the debate must be submitted in advance through the internet site YouTube. CNN is televising the debate and will have the prerogative to ignore tough questions, such as the candidates’ views on the military.
Liberals have a long history of undercutting our military recruiting efforts and scuttling every piece of legislation that gives our armed forces the necessary tools to defend America. They do not seem to understand that, regardless how one feels about the current war itself, complete support for the members of our armed forces AND their mission is needed so as not to dishonor anyone in the military. Or, if they do, debating at The Citadel seems distastefully ironic.
Citadel Cadets deserve to hear these candidates answer the questions that concern us, particularly since they are exploiting our school and our distinguished heritage of selfless national service for their own personal political gain.
These candidates all declare to “support the troops,” but we need to examine what they have done to see if these oft-heard words ring true.
While dodging the call to serve during Vietnam, Bill Clinton wrote that he “loathed” the military. Have any of these candidates, particularly Hillary, ever publicly condemned Bill’s statement or his draft-dodging actions?
What about the words of John Kerry, who has stated our armed forces are in the business of “terrorizing kids and children”?
In my opinion, these candidates must publicly condemn the words of their party’s last presidential contender and last president if they expect anyone to buy their supposed “support.” But, beyond their words, what have these candidates actually done to improve our nation’s defenses?
When was the last time they voted to fund modernizing battlefield equipment and increasing the availability of combat replacement parts and supplies?
When was the last time they voted to offer improved military pay and benefits or to reduce, or even eliminate, the taxes paid by members of the armed forces?
What initiatives, such as the Solomon amendment, have they sponsored to strengthen recruiting efforts for our all-volunteer force? Unlike The Citadel, many high schools and colleges nationwide restrict the access students have to meet with military recruiters on campus and refuse to host the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). What have these candidates done to expand our military, such as pushing for a military presence on campus at schools like Harvard, Yale, and Stanford?
If we can all agree that America is the best country in the world, then why can’t we agree that America should be readily protected by the strongest military in the world and that having the strongest military in the world means we need to encourage as many people from as many places as possible to serve voluntarily? Furthermore, can’t we all agree that members of the military should be treated with the utmost respect at all times through words and, much more importantly, deeds?
As America and the Western world continue the long-war throughout the world with radical jihadists, my peers and I are going to need more help, not less, if we expect to be victorious as we step into roles of military and civilian leadership.
If liberals continue to not support the mission, then they will inevitably not “support the troops” by not funding them. Going into armed conflict, knowing that you are not as strong as you could be because of unsupportive people and policies back home, will hopefully be a situation no soldier has to face. Either liberals do not understand how real this possibility is, or they are actively seeking to make it a reality.
My freshman year at The Citadel I learned many things. I was instructed how to shine shoes, how to march in formation, and even how to eat properly. But two of the most important lessons cadets at The Citadel learn are the importance of being completely honest and respecting those who serve in the armed forces. I, of course, hope the candidates in Monday’s debate will learn these lessons while here, but as Ronald Reagan once said, “If history teaches anything, it teaches that self-delusion in the face of unpleasant facts is folly.”

A junior at The Citadel, W Stovall Witte III is a student activist with Young America’s Foundation and vice-president of the Cadet Republican Society

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Governor Romney Takes on the Democrats

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Romney Continues Assault on Democrats


NASHUA, N.H. (AP) - Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney took aim at Democratic rivals on Sunday, calling them all unprepared to lead the country and comparing Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's economic plan to that of Socialist Karl Marx.

"It would be helpful to have a person leading the country who understands how the economy works and has actually managed something," the former Massachusetts governor told reporters after a GOP fundraiser. "In the case of the three Democratic front-runners, not one of them has managed even a corner store, let alone a state or a city."

Romney, who leads Republicans in New Hampshire, has focused his criticism in recent weeks on Clinton, Sen. Barack Obama and former Sen. John Edwards rather than rival Republicans. It's a strategy he hopes will help him maintain his lead over Sen. John McCain and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

"I wanted to focus on the Democrats," he said. "By and large, the best way to further my interest is to let people know what I would do and to distinguish that from what the Democrats would do."

"Hillary Clinton just gave a speech the other day about her view on the economy. She said we have been an on-your-own society. She said it's time to get rid of that and replace that with shared responsibility and we're-in-it-together society," Romney told the crowd. "That's out with Adam Smith and in with Karl Marx."

He also repeated his criticism of Sen. John Edwards.

"To have someone like Senator Edwards stand up and say there's not a war on terror, that it's a Bush bumper sticker" is unacceptable, he said. "There is a war being waged by the terrorists. If I or any other Republican president is running this country, there will be a war waged on the terrorists."

He attacked Obama's health care plan.

"Barack Obama said we're going to have to have the government take over health care. He at least had the integrity to say he wants to raise your taxes," Romney said. "The right answer is not a government takeover, it's not socialized medicine. It's not Hillarycare."
An Edwards spokeswoman said Romney's own vacillations should give voters pause.
"It seems the only thing that Governor Romney has chosen to stand firm on is the misguided, out-of-touch belief that we should continue with George Bush's failed foreign policy in Iraq," Kate Bedingfield said.

Earlier Sunday, Romney was in Washington courting Hispanic voters by extolling the virtues of faith, family values and immigration.

"If you say, name people who are hardworking, seek education, love God, love their families and value freedom - it's Hispanic-Americans, just like other Americans," Romney told a crowd at the Republican National Hispanic Assembly's annual convention.
"I want to make sure we continue an open door in immigration that welcomes people who come here with those kinds of values," he said.

During an Iowa visit last week, Romney struck a hard line on illegal immigration. He criticized Giuliani for making New York "a sanctuary city for illegal aliens" by failing to enforce the immigration laws on the books. Romney also noted that as governor, he had deputized state police to enforce immigration laws and denied driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.

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Sunday, July 22, 2007

Romney Sunday Sundae Stop in New Hampshire

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A candidate and a cone: Romney to make campaign stop at Kingston ice cream shop

By Margo Sullivan ,
Staff writerEagle-Tribune

KINGSTON, N.H. - At Memories Ice Cream, a hungry customer can find the list of flavors - butter crunch, cotton candy, or Maine blueberry hard yogurt - on a wood sign hanging on the farmhouse porch.On an average Sunday, 1,000 people come to the store for a scoop, a frappe or other concoction, according to owner Marc Brown. They can stay for a while, resting on a pink or purple painted picnic bench, and enjoy the picture-perfect scene, complete with hanging flower baskets spilling over with petunias on the porch and a weather-beaten barn and silo by the fields beyond.

But this Sunday, some of the regulars could find themselves biting into a waffle cone, cheek to cheek with Mitt Romney. The former Bay State governor is expected to step onto the white, wood porch around 3:30 tomorrow afternoon to shake hands with customers and employees.The Kingston stop is part of a busy schedule of campaign appearances, starting in Nashua with a luncheon and speech before the Republican City Committee. Romney will travel on to Salem for a house party and end the day with a Town Hall meeting in Exeter.Brown, who owns the Route 111 ice cream store with his wife, Patty, said the call from Romney's campaign manager came out of the blue.

He doesn't know how the decision was made to put his store on the political map, but he is a Republican and will vote for Romney in the primary - a decision he made before the candidate decided to stop at Memories."I don't know if they checked my voting record," Brown said. "But we think it's great. As a Republican, that makes it all the better." This could be the first time Memories has ever landed on a campaign itinerary.

Brown bought the store in 2003 and does not know if any candidates stopped there under the previous management.But he is no stranger to political heavyweights. He formerly ran Southside 815, rated one of the top 50 restaurants in Washington, D.C. Gen. Tommy Franks and diplomat Warren Christopher were among his patrons. Brown became used to getting calls from the Secret Service in advance of their arrival, he said.But Romney's visit is low-key, Brown said.

The candidate decided to stop at Memories because some campaign staffers said it would be a convenient spot for a so-called retail stop to mix with the public, according to Craig Stevens, Romney's New Hampshire communications director.

Romney campaign interns also are donning town crier costumes in Exeter today as part of the American Independence Festival. But any link between the old-fashioned New England atmosphere in Exeter and the ice-cream stand in Kingston is pure coincidence."I wish I were that clever," Stevens said with a laugh.

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Saturday, July 21, 2007

On the Campaign Trail With Ann Romney

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Ann Romney on the Trail

By Michael Falcone
The Caucus

Though Ann Romney darted around South Carolina this week, traveling to five towns in two days on her first major campaign swing without her husband, she wasn’t complaining about the grueling pace.

In fact, Mrs. Romney, the wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, said she was loving it.

“I’ve had way more fun that I should have,” she declared, and added that the scene on campaign bus even seemed a little bit like a “pajama party” at times. Friends and family members, including her daughter-in-law, Mary, and grandson, Parker, joined her on the trail this week.

But as a surrogate for her husband, Mrs. Romney’s visit to South Carolina was designed for a serious purpose – to broaden Mr. Romney’s appeal in an important early primary state that is looking increasingly competitive.

In an interview yesterday while on her way to link up with her husband for a third day of campaigning in the state, Mrs. Romney said that the goal of her solo trip was not to get into the thick of policy issues, but rather to give voters a peek at her husband’s personal side. Eschewing formal speeches and note cards, Mrs. Romney said that she finds it much more effective to speak from her heart: “For whatever reason, it seems to resonate with people.”

But that has not stopped her from paying close attention to the concerns she’s hearing and passing them along to her husband. Immigration, health care and the war in Iraq tend to come up the most often, she said.

On Iraq, Mrs. Romney said she has “noticed a shift in the last couple of months” with voters expressing “a little bit of despair about the war.”
“They’re wanting the troops, they’re wanting to support the president, but they’re feeling frustrated.”

Mr. Romney has sounded similar themes on the war, publicly criticizing President Bush’s handling of it, while reserving judgment about whether the troop surge is working.

Wherever she goes, Mrs. Romney usually fields questions about living with multiple sclerosis. She was diagnosed with the disease in 1998, and speaks openly about how it changed her life.
“I recognize now that everyone has struggles,” she said. “I look into the crowd and I can see right away those people whose eyes start to tear up, or who put their hands over their hearts or who look at me with such earnestness, and I know right away that those people have dealt with real struggles.”

Her fight with the disease, which is now in remission, has also come up in the context of her husband’s position on embryonic stem cell research, which scientists say could help cure M.S. and other illnesses. Both she and Mr. Romney say they oppose it.

Mrs. Romney described courting voters in South Carolina as a long process of relationship building. Her husband, who has visited the state 11 times since the beginning of his presidential bid, has reportedly been beefing up his campaign organization there, apparently hoping to toughen the competition for his rivals.

On the campaign trail Mrs. Romney also seeks to address some voters’ uneasiness about her and Mr. Romney’s Mormon faith. During the trip this week, she said she talked to many evangelical Christians, and expressed optimism that voters who say they wouldn’t support a Mormon for president will eventually come around.

“We’re going to have to get to the point in South Carolina where we push that back, and I believe it’s going to happen,” she said. “Once people know us and see us, it dissolves as an issue.”
Mrs. Romney has also been helping her husband cultivate support among women voters by emphasizing his “family values.” It’s a message that she says is gaining traction.
Though she’s spent part of her life as an advocate on women’s issues, she does draw the line on one question: Is the country ready for its first woman president?

“I’m guessing it probably would be,” she said. “But I’m just hoping it’s not this particular woman president.”

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Friday, July 20, 2007

No Left Turn!

"America's future is brighter than ever...

"America is going to reject the idea of turning left."

~Mitt Romney, campaigning in Iowa

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Mitt Romney Visits With South Carolinans

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'Yankee Governor With Southern Values' Backs Military And Attacks 'Hillarycare'

Spartanburg Herald-Journal

"Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney made a stop at Spartanburg's Beacon Drive-In shortly after noon Thursday, summarizing his presidential platform, taking friendly (and a few not-so-friendly) questions from the audience, and attacking three Democratic presidential hopefuls.

"About 250 people – including the media and campaign staff – crammed into the Beacon's Panther Room for Romney's sixth visit to Spartanburg since early 2005. June Bond, a local GOP activist and a county organizer for the Romney camp, welcomed the candidate and his wife, Ann, as a 'family of faith.'

"Ann Romney introduced the presidential contender by using what's becoming a catch phrase on the current leg of her husband's tour: 'He's a Yankee governor with Southern values,' she said with a trademark smile that got plenty of laughs.

"The equally charismatic Mitt Romney summed up most of his platform in the first 10 minutes, noting that he opposes socialized medicine (which he called 'HillaryCare'), raising taxes on corporations or individuals, and amnesty for illegal immigrants. He attacked John Edwards, who has called the war on terror a 'Bush bumper sticker,' saying other countries would disagree with that assessment.

"'There is a war being waged by the terrorists. And as long as we have a Republican president, we're going to have a war on terrorists,' he said."

"'After the tragedy of 9/11, we woke up to new threats,' Romney said. 'America is going to change. The question is, in what direction are we going to change? Republicans, like myself, look to the Founding Fathers ... they said, it's the people who were sovereign, and the government was the servant.'

"The rhetoric sat well with the party faithful, who clapped and cheered at regular intervals. Romney signs, stickers and DVDs were available at the entrance to the Panther Room.

"Romney talked a bit about the need to remove pornography from the Internet and then criticized Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama, whom Romney said wants sex education taught in kindergarten." ...

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Romney Addresses Colorado Springs Republicans

Romney: Dems Shrink From Terror

By: Chris Barge
Rocky Mountain News

"Mitt Romney told about 750 El Paso County Republicans on Wednesday that all three Democratic presidential front-runners do not understand terrorism and hold European, socialist, tax-and-spend views.

"Appearing polished and poised in a dark suit and blue tie, the former Massachusetts governor got all the laughs he looked for and stirred the crowd to feverish applause as he delivered his 32-minute keynote speech at the annual Lincoln Day Dinner at the elegant Broadmoor Hotel."


"Fundamentally, he said, Democrats think in terms of the strength of the United States government, while Republicans rely more on the strength of individuals.

"He took the Democrats to task for their European 'form of socialism' views, and he even worked in a jab at Al Gore as he dismissed the party as a whole.

"'There is an inconvenient truth that they don't want you to hear, and that is, no matter which one of them you elect, they're going to raise your taxes,' he said."


"By ending his day at two events in Colorado Springs, Romney, who is Mormon, reinforced his Reagan-esque, 'big tent' message to Republicans living in a hotbed for evangelical Christian beliefs.

"He emphasized his support for a federal ban on gay marriage. And he said his belief in family values would drive him, if elected, to push for a 'one strike and you're ours' policy toward Internet sex predators, giving offenders harsh prison sentences followed by a life of monitoring with ankle bracelets."

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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Protecting Our Children

Policy Briefing: Protecting Our Children

"Following the Columbine shootings, Peggy Noonan described our world as 'the ocean in which our children now swim.' She described a cesspool of violence, and sex, and drugs, and indolence, and perversions. ...

I'd like to see us clean up the water in which our kids are swimming." - Governor Mitt Romney (Governor Mitt Romney, Remarks At The Frontiers Of Freedom Ronald Reagan Gala, Washington, D.C., 4/18/07)

Watch Governor Romney's New "Ocean" Ad Here

Governor Romney's Agenda To Protect Our Children:

Yesterday, In Colorado, Governor Mitt Romney Outlined Several New Initiatives To Protect Our Children

To protect our children, Governor Romney will propose a new "One-Strike, You're Out" law for sexual predators, enforce our nation's obscenity laws, and guard against excessive violence and sexually explicit material in video games. We must clean up the ocean in which our children swim and these are the common-sense first steps in protecting our children.

Protecting Our Children From Sexual Predators: Governor Romney Will Propose A "One-Strike, You're Ours" Law For Those Convicted Of Preying On Children Using The Internet

As President, Governor Romney will propose new, tougher federal penalties for first-time offenders who use the Internet to sexually assault children, including stiff mandatory jail time to be followed by lifetime tracking by Global Positioning Satellite (GPS). This will represent a "One-Strike, You're Ours" law for child predators.

- The Growing Threat Of Crimes Committed Against Children Via The Internet Is A Disturbing Trend. In February 2006, the Department of Justice (DOJ) launched Project Safe Childhood, an initiative designed to protect children as they navigate the Internet. The Bush administration correctly recognized that as technology advances and the Internet becomes more accessible, there is a real danger that computer-facilitated crimes committed against children will continue to rise.

- By Enacting Tougher Laws, The Federal Government Will Be Following The Lead Of States Across The Country.

Governor Romney's "One-Strike, You're Ours" Law will impose on the federal level the same tough sentences that states like Florida and California have put in place with "Jessica's Law." In Massachusetts, Governor Romney successfully fought to put the photos of the state's most dangerous sex offenders on the Internet, and he signed legislation to make it easier to extend the civil commitments of sex offenders. In 2006, President Bush signed the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, which significantly strengthened the nationwide sex offender registration system and created new federal crimes and enhanced penalties for other pre-existing crimes. Yet, most federal laws are not tough enough when sentencing a first-time offender for sex crimes against a child.

Protecting Our Children By Enforcing Our Obscenity Laws:

Governor Romney Will Enforce Our Nation's Obscenity Laws.

As President, Governor Romney will require the Department of Justice to enforce our existing federal obscenity laws and ensure that we prosecute producers and distributors of the worst-of-the-worst obscene materials. Even though the interstate trafficking of obscenity is illegal, federal obscenity laws have not been adequately enforced. To protect our children, we need to enforce our current laws.

Protecting Our Children From Excessive Violence And Sexually Explicit Material In Video Games:

Governor Romney Will Punish And Fine Retailers For Selling Excessively Violent And Sexually Explicit Video Games To Minors. While the current system of voluntary self-regulation of video games has improved, we still need to do more to protect our children. There must be strong punishments and fines for retailers that sell violent and sexually explicit video games to minors.

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Ann Winning Romney Supporters

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"Ann Romney's delicate balance wins her admirers"

By Susan Page
USA Today

July 19, 2007 "Ann Romney had met Elizabeth Edwards only once and in passing, but the day after Edwards announced in March that her cancer had recurred in an incurable form, Romney called her.

"'I expressed my gratitude for her for continuing to fight on' in the presidential campaign and for the 'courage she's giving to other people that are struggling,' Romney says. 'And I said, "I totally understand why you're still fighting. I totally get it."'

"When she hung up the phone, Elizabeth Edwards told adviser Jennifer Palmieri she felt a 'special kinship' with Romney. "While the two women don't have much in common politically – Romney's husband is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, Edwards' husband the Democratic one – each is all too familiar with the competing emotions and demands that come with balancing a serious disease and a spouse's political ambitions.
"Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998, Romney, now 58, credits mainstream and alternative therapy with keeping her out of a wheelchair and putting the degenerative neurological disease in remission. As she begins to campaign on her own, she is talking more openly about her struggle and what it has taught her." ...

"While her MS was never kept a secret, Romney hadn't done much campaigning on her own when her husband made an unsuccessful bid for the Senate in 1994, before her diagnosis, or during his successful run for governor in 2002.
"'I decided I was very comfortable with it. Everybody has problems. Everyone has issues. And this happens to be a surprise thing that came in my life, and I didn't count on. Everywhere I go people come up to me, they mob me – anyone who has MS or has a relative with MS – they come up and hug and cry. I don't care what somebody else thinks about it. I know for certain people I'm championing a struggle that they're going through.'" ...

"When she was diagnosed nine years ago, however, she felt 'crushed into dust,' too exhausted even to open the mail and fearful that soon she would be unable to walk. A regimen that included both intravenous steroids and such alternative therapies as acupuncture and reflexology has enabled her to resume much of her life.
"That, and her horse Baron. An equestrian since she was a girl in Michigan, she began to ride again in hopes of regaining muscle tone. Now she competes in dressage competitions with her bay gelding." ...

"On this trip, she's accompanied by daughter-in-law Mary and grandson Parker, 16 months old and exuberant. Mary Romney, 25, is married to Ann Romney's youngest son, Craig. 'She's such a strong woman,' she says of her mother-in-law, but on the road 'I feel I need to protect her.' Mary tries to make sure Ann Romney doesn't have to stand in the sun for an extended period. The two do Pilates exercises together in their hotel room.

"At a campaign lunch in Greenville and the reception in Columbia, Ann Romney talks about other things, of course, touting her husband's record on health care while governor and his role in turning around the scandal-plagued Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in 2002.

"Still, the crowd becomes hushed and attentive as she talks – sometimes matter-of-factly, sometimes with a catch in her voice – about how he stood by her during the worst days of her struggle with MS. She says it's taught her that everyone carries 'a bag of rocks' – some personal challenge or tragedy – even if others can't see it." ...