Saturday, September 29, 2007

Mitt Romney in Utah

More news photos from the "Rally for Romney" in Salt Lake City, where over 600 supporters helped raise campaign contributions for Mitt Romney, and I met the future President of the United States!

In the News
Romney in Utah, talks about health care, Iraq

By Nathan C. Gonzalez
The Salt Lake Tribune

A U.S. presence in Iraq will be required regardless of who takes control of the White House in 2009, said presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, during a campaign and fundraising stop Friday in Salt Lake City.

"We have to make sure we are successful in Iraq," the Republican former Massachusetts governor said. "We will have to maintain our presence there."
Although Romney added that he, too, wanted troops home from the war-torn country sooner rather than later, he said their presence is needed to keep Iraq from again becoming a "safe haven for al-Qaida."

Romney, however, declined to offer a timeline to begin troop withdrawals, but said he would ensure the nation's military remains strong. He also promised to help states extend privatized, universal health care to all residents.

A plan for health care coverage unveiled by the Democratic presidential frontrunner, Sen. Hillary Clinton, of New York, calls for $110 billion in government monies to fund the coverage, and calls for federal oversight, Romney said.

"Mine says let each state craft its own program with federal support. What works in Massachusetts may not work in Texas," Romney said, noting that health care was extended to all Massachusetts residents without any additional government spending.

The comments came as more than 600 campaign supporters pried open phone books and began placing calls to siphon cash from Utahns. However, campaign organizers said they would not know how much money was raised from the event until today.

The visit to the Salt Palace was a homecoming of sorts for Romney, who oversaw the organization of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.

"Those were the best three years of my life. We hosted the best Olympic games ever," he said. "We owe a great deal to the people of Utah. It's a thrill to be back in Salt Lake."

Romney, who has taken heat and several questions about his Mormon faith, has found broad support in Utah. He has also gained ground in some primary states, advancing in the polls from a single-digit long shot, to a double-digit top-tier candidate.

In Iowa - where no Republican presidential candidate has won without the state's support - 8 percent of party voters backed Romney in January. Eight months later, he has since moved to 31.5 percent, according to campaign officials. Again in Michigan, where early into the year, Romney registered only 9 percent, he has since increased to 26 percent in September.

Increased support is indicative of advertising directed at delivering Romney's message to voters, said Spencer Zwick, financial director for Romney's campaign.

"We have the right candidate," Zwick said. "This campaign is about bringing change to the country."

Utahns Shower Mitt With Praise and Cash

I met Governor Mitt Romney yesterday, shook his hand, told him we shared the same home town and told him "we were neighbors!". (no that's not me with him in the news photo, but I did get a photo with him)

He is incredible! Much more impressive than on tv. His energy and aura of power and determination and commitment is amazing. He took time to visit with and take pictures with almost everyone in the huge, crowded hall of supporters (over 600 attended!) . And he was friendly and genuine. Just a really nice guy. He shared his positve agenda for our country.
He is the one America needs NOW!

Here's the rest of the story:
In the News

Utahns shower Mitt with praise and cash
Candidate rakes in the bucks at 6-hour event at Salt Palace
Deseret Morning News
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was in Utah Friday to ask the state's residents yet again to contribute to his campaign — and they didn't disappoint him.
While the campaign did not release the amount of money raised during the six-hour "Rally for Romney" at the Salt Palace Convention Center, the total was expected to be higher than the more than $100,000 collected earlier Friday at a private event in St. George.

"Holy cow, we're raising a lot of money," Romney told the hundreds of Utahns gathered at the convention center for the last of more than 50 similar grass-roots events held nationwide this month.

Rally participants were asked to raise at least $1,000 apiece by calling friends, family members and even random residents. In the first 1 1/2 hours of the Utah rally, nearly 30 people had already exceeded that goal.

But the former leader of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City needs a lot of money. Although Romney had collected more than $44 million by mid-year — the most of any GOP presidential candidate — he's spending a lot, too.

Utah has been a significant source of campaign cash for Romney, accounting for nearly $4 million of his midyear total. Only Californians have contributed more to Romney, who is a member of the LDS Church, as are the majority of Utahns.
Romney is advertising heavily in the first states to vote in the presidential primaries, especially Iowa and New Hampshire. Rally participants were shown some of the ads, including one put together by Brigham Young University student Ryan Whitaker, the winner of the Romney campaign's "Create Your Own Ad" contest.

And they were told the strategy is paying off, with Romney leading in polls in Iowa, New Hampshire, Michigan and Nevada over better-known GOP front-runners, including former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Arizona Sen. John McCain.

Now, though, the campaign wants to build Romney's name recognition in other states, and that takes money. "We're counting on this rally," the campaign's finance director, Utahn Spencer Zwick, told the crowd.

Especially since the rally comes at the end of the third quarter for presidential fund raising. All presidential campaigns will have to report to the federal government by Oct. 15 how much was raised in the three months ending Sept. 30.

Romney gave an abbreviated version of his stump speech, describing faith and family as the American values he'll bring to the White House, along with conservatism, Republicanism and strength.

"And strong families. There's no work going on in America that's more important to the future of this country than the work that goes on within the four walls of the American home," he said to cheers. Mentions of the leading Democrats in the race drew boos.

Romney was mobbed by rally participants after his brief speech, including Evelyn Cann of West Jordan. Cann held a homemade sign that read, "Mitt Cann Win" for Romney to autograph.
"Incredible. I didn't expect that," Cann said of meeting the candidate. She said she arrived at the rally with $500 in checks and intended to raise more before leaving. "He has motivated me," Cann said. "He's my man."

Romney held a short press conference at the rally, telling local reporters, "It's obviously a thrill for me to be back in Salt Lake." He called the success of the 2002 Olympics "an accomplishment by a great community. ... I owe a great deal to the people of Utah."

He said while he's pleased to be doing well in the early-voting states, the race is expected to tighten up as the caucuses and primaries get under way in January. "I'll go up and I'll go down. But I'll be on the air because of the generosity of people here," Romney said.
Romney criticized Democratic health-care plans, which he described as "big government, big taxes and more spending," in favor of state-based private plans similar to what he did as governor of Massachusetts.

As for Iraq, Romney said, safe havens must not be left for terrorists. "That means we should maintain our presence there to prevent that from occurring," he said, "until the time when the Iraqi military and the Iraqi people can provide security themselves."
Romney said he supported school vouchers, an issue that will go before Utah voters in November. "I believe very strongly in school choice," he said. "I think it's a great idea for states to have school choice."

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Rally for Romney Week

"Rally for Romney" week has begun in 50 cities and towns around the country.

Join the rally nearest you and help elect the next President

of the United States, Mitt Romney!

Governor Romney On Ahmadinejad At The United Nations

Press Release

Boston, MA – Today, Governor Mitt Romney issued the following statement regarding Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's remarks at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly:

"Today's General Assembly address by Iran's President Ahmadinejad represents a failure of the United Nations to live up to its founding principles. Ahmadinejad has threatened the extinction of another member state, Israel. He not only speaks of genocide, but is pursuing a nuclear program that will provide him with the tools of genocide. Iran's treatment of women and minorities is abominable, as is its support for terror.

"Sadly, the Democratic presidential candidates have failed to strongly speak out against the UN's and Columbia University's decision to host Ahmadinejad's propaganda tour, in spite of the regime's record of human rights violations and the threat they pose to the world. We must continue to work to isolate Iran, just as we did with Apartheid South Africa, in order to bring about change."

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Vote For Your Favorite Romney Ad

This morning, Romney for President announced the nine finalists for the “Team Mitt: Create Your Own Ad” contest and initiated voting at

Voting ends this Wednesday, September 26th at 11:59 pm EDT. As our supporters Rally for Romney from coast to coast, the winning video will hit the airwaves as an official campaign TV ad.

The winner will become the first amateur ever to have his or her work used as an official television advertisement for a presidential campaign. This contest demonstrates Romney for President’s commitment to using cutting-edge technology to engage voters online and harness the extraordinary enthusiasm of its grassroots supporters.

Marc Ambinder at The Atlantic previewed the announcement earlier this AM:

Romney's Make Your Own Ad Contest Is Down To Nine Finalists

Later this morning, Mitt Romney's campaign will unveil the nine finalists in its inaugural make-your-own ad campaign. Out of hundreds of submissions, the campaign has winnowed the field to nine, and Romney supporters can pick the one they want the Romney campaign to broadcast. And the campaign promises to air the ad in rotation, although they won't say where, or when.

To prevent vote-rigging, voters are required to provide their e-mail addresses.

Some of the finalists are cute -- there's one with Romney and his grandkids. Others are picturesque -- there are lots of New Hampshire scenery shots. One quotes my National Journal colleague Charlie Cook, so I'll probably vote for it. One is... YouTube-y.

So far, Romney has spent almost $10M on television and radio ads.

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Monday, September 24, 2007

Mitt Romney -The Man, His Values and Vision

Mitt Romney

The Man, His Values and Vision

by Lisa Ray Turner & Kimberly Field

ISBN: 1600651097

Pub. Date: August 2007

From the Publisher

There aren't too many people who have earned simultaneous Juris Doctor and MBA degrees from Harvard. Mitt Romney is one of them. But he has always liked the toughest challenges. He first made a name for himself as the brilliant turnaround miracle worker from Bain Capital. And he's the one who turned the debt-ridden, scandal-plagued 2002 Olympics into a marvelous success. Now he is campaigning to be our next president. He is a staunch advocate of free market economics and a devoted husband and father who believes in traditional values. Can he win? Will voters give him the chance to apply his management proficiency to our federal government? Authors Lisa Ray Turner and Kimberly Field examine Mitt Romney as a man of incredible ability and driving energy. They examine his history, his policies, his alleged flip-flopping, and particularly the controversy surrounding his religion. As a team, they offer a unique perspective on this last issue: Lisa is LDS (Mormon), and Kim is an evangelical Christian. You'll find their insights fascinating.

Available Here

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Governor Romney's Message: "Change Begins With Us"

What They're Really Saying About Governor Romney's Message Of
"Change Begins With Us"

Governor Romney Takes On The Republican Party's Problems "Head On":

The New York Times' David Brooks: "Thank God. Listen, Republicans need to show it's a new Republican Party. George Bush did in 1999. They've been marching to disaster without promising any change, and he's got to fill that in with some substance. But, finally some Republican candidate is going to answer that." (ABC's "This Week," 9/23/07)

- Watch David Brooks Here:

Conservative Activist Richard Viguerie: "'At last, a top-tier presidential candidate is paying attention to the discouraged, disheartened and disillusioned base of the Republican Party,' Viguerie said, pointing to a Romney TV ad criticizing the party's 'excessive spending, immigration amnesty and ethical slackness.' Viguerie, a powerful voice in the party's conservative base, said Romney 'has taken a small but significant step toward reclaiming the GOP for the grassroots conservatives who are its backbone.'" (Jill Zuckman, "Romney Declares 'Republican Party Got Lost'," Chicago Tribune, 9/22/07)

The Politico's Jonathan Martin: "If there was any doubt before now, Mitt Romney made plain today his intent to run as a change agent against a political establishment that he argues is failing the country." (Jonathan Martin, "Romney Makes Strongest Case Yet For Change," The Politico, 9/22/07)

National Review Online's Jim Geraghty: "I think the ad Romney unveiled today is, far and away, his best ad and message yet..." (Jim Geraghty, "I'm A Fan Of Romney's New Message, 'Change Begins With Us'," National Review Online's "The Campaign Spot,"
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- Geraghty: "Kudos to Romney for taking on the GOP's image problems head on. I think an electorate that is tired of finger-pointing, excuses, and evading responsibility will appreciate a candidate who says, 'our side screwed up.'" (Jim Geraghty, "I'm A Fan Of Romney's New Message, 'Change Begins With Us'," National Review Online's "The Campaign Spot,", 9/19/07)

Captain's Quarters' Ed Morrissey: "[W]hile it may not be what Republicans want to hear, it may also be what Republicans need to hear." (Ed Morrissey, "Will Criticizing Republicans Help Romney?" Captain's Quarters,, 9/22/07)

Matt C At Race 4 2008: "This ad is music to my ears - finally, somebody saying exactly what I'm feeling." (Matt C, "New Romney Ad: 'Change Begins With Us,'" Race42008, 9/19/07)

CNN's Joe Johns: "Well, it's a good message. Hate the mistakes but love the principles." (CNN's "Late Edition," 9/23/07)

The Hill's Klaus Marre: "Presidential hopeful and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) Wednesday called on Republicans to get their house in order and return to the party's core values." (Klaus Marre, "Romney Calls On GOP To Shape Up," The Hill, 9/19/07)

Arizona Republic's Dan Nowicki: "Romney was hailed as a native son and won a standing ovation at the end of his speech [at Mackinac]." (Dan Nowicki, "In Michigan, Romney Slams D.C.'s GOP," Arizona Republic's "McCain Central," 9/22/07)

- The Politico's Jonathan Martin: "An ovation came a moment later when he implored his party to 'start acting like Republicans – not earmarking Republicans, not big spending Republicans, not big government Republicans, but like Reagan Republicans and Roosevelt Republicans.'" (Jonathan Martin, "Romney Makes Strongest Case Yet For Change," The Politico, 9/22/07)

American Spectator's Jennifer Rubin: "He looks a bit more relaxed (no jogging shorts this time but a non-dress shirt) than usual and sets out an effective theme that works for his pitch: we need to change Washington and not imitate the Democrats on spending, immigration and ethics." (Jennifer Rubin, "Romney's New Ad," American Spectator Blog,, 9/19/07)

In The Headlines:

ABC News: "Romney Tells Republicans To Reform." (Matt Stuart, "Romney Tells Republicans To Reform," ABC News, 9/22/07) The Associated Press: "Romney Issues Challenge To GOP." (Liz Sidoti, "Romney Issues Challenge To GOP," The Associated Press, 9/22/07)

The Boston Globe: "Romney Issues Challenge To GOP." (Foon Rhee, "Romney Issues Challenge To GOP," The Boston Globe's "Political Intelligence, 9/21/07) Chicago Tribune: "Romney Declares 'Republican Party Got Lost.'" (Jill Zuckman, "Romney Declares 'Republican Party Got Lost'," Chicago Tribune, 9/22/07)

CNN: "Romney To Republicans: Get 'House In Order.'" (Alexander Mooney, "Romney To Republicans: Get 'House In Order'," CNN, 9/21/07)

Detroit News: "Put House In Order, Romney Tells GOP." (Gordon Trowbridge, "Put House In Order, Romney Tells GOP," Detroit News, 9/22/07)

The Hill: "Romney Calls On GOP To Shape Up." (Klaus Marre, "Romney Calls On GOP To Shape Up," The Hill, 9/19/07)

The Politico: "Romney Makes Strongest Case Yet For Change." (Jonathan Martin, "Romney Makes Strongest Case Yet For Change," The Politico, 9/22/07)

Reuters: "Romney To Fellow Republicans: Put House In Order." ("Romney To Fellow Republicans: Put House In Order," Reuters, 9/19/07)

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National Rally To End The Threat Now


Governor Romney's Statement To The National Rally To End The Threat Now

Boston, MA – Today, Governor Mitt Romney released the following letter to be read in part at today's National Rally To End The Threat Now across from the United Nations:

"Thank you for gathering today and registering your voices against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to the United Nations and New York City.

"Just over sixty years ago, in the wake of atomic destruction and the horrors of Holocaust, world leaders united to say 'never again.' Yet, this week, world leaders are giving a platform to Ahmadinejad, a man who has called for the elimination of Israel and pursues the means that would allow him to carry it out. Instead of inviting him to speak at the United Nations and Columbia University, I believe he should be indicted under the Genocide Convention.

"In prior conflicts, the signs of impending disaster were clear in hindsight. In their wake, we asked how the world's leaders could have so clearly ignored and abdicated their responsibility to humanity. Yet, the gathering storm of the Iranian regime's vision of genocide, terror and nuclear weapons is all too clear today. Far from hiding his intentions, Ahmadinejad held a conference to deny the Holocaust. His frequent incitement to destroy the state of Israel has numbed many to the point that his statements are met with silence from most world leaders.

"Yet, voices from such divergent political viewpoints as Nobel Prize Winner Elie Wiesel, former Ambassador John Bolton and law professor Alan Dershowitz have called for Ahmadinejad to be indicted for inciting genocide.

"Iran's global terrorist network that has sought to undermine UN member states ranging from Lebanon, to Iraq, and to Israel. This along with the Iranian regime's rush to defy the world and obtain nuclear weapons capabilities makes its threats ominous and unprecedented. As General David Petraeus testified, Iran is fueling the violence killing American soldiers in Iraq and is threatening to engulf the region in a wider war.

"At Israel's Herzliya Conference in January, I called for the world's leaders to speak three truths: Iran's dangerous actions must be stopped, they can be stopped and they will be stopped. If the principles of the UN's founders and the harsh lessons from past genocide have any meaning, our leaders must act now to confront the Iranian regime's terrorist, genocidal and nuclear ambitions. Failure to act now would diminish the legacy of those who fought and died in World War II and of all victims of genocide and terror.

"We are long past the time for political correctness and accommodation of Ahmadinejad's and his regime's outrageous rhetoric and support for terror. It is time to speak clearly and frankly, to strengthen alliances and build new ones, and to act with unity and decisiveness against a regime that threatens to reintroduce the world to the horrors of nuclear devastation and genocide.

"We cannot allow our leaders to abdicate their moral responsibility without our voices being heard. I ask that you remain ever vigilant in this cause as I will. Thank you again for your efforts today."

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Romney Wins Mackinac Michigan Straw Poll

In the News
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney came out on top this weekend at the biggest gathering of Michigan Republicans before their January 15th primary. At the Michigan Republican Leadership Conference, Romney, whose father served as governor of the Wolverine State , took 39% in a straw poll sponsored by The Hotline.

Romney led Arizona Senator John McCain, who received 27%, and Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), with about 11%. While the 979 people who cast ballots are much more die-hard than the Michigan electorate as a whole, the results indicate that top Michigan Republicans are skewed toward their prodigal son. If Romney's lead holds in Iowa and New Hampshire , a win in Michigan could make it hard for the rest of the field to find their first win.

Romney, McCain, Paul, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Rep. Duncan Hunter and former Senator Fred Thompson all addressed Michigan Republicans during the conference. The poll was conducted Friday and Saturday, and the results were unofficially certified by the Michigan Republican Party.

The results, which come close to mirroring recent polls (Romney leads by 7.6% in the latest RCP Michigan Average) again show that Thompson's rise to the top will not be easy. McCain's second-place finish, despite a blow he suffered when Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox left his camp last week, may mean he still has some fight left in him, though he places fourth in the RCP Average. And Paul, who beat out both Thompson and Giuliani, continues to show surprising grassroots-level support. Whether he can translate that into votes remains, however, to be seen.
Full results after the jump.
Full Results
Romney 39% (383 votes)
McCain 27 (260)
Paul 11 (106)
Giulaini 11 (104)
Thompson 7 (70)
Huckabee 3 (25)
Hunter 1 (12)
Brownback >1 (3)
Tancredo 0 (0)
Uncommitted 2 (16)

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Romney Speech in Michigan


Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference Excerpts:

"The people of this great nation have always taken a hand in shaping our own destiny. I believe the American people will rise to the occasion once again, as we have always done before. But at this critical time in our nation's history, Washington is failing us.

"I think we'd have to admit that the blame doesn't all belong to the Democrats. We Republicans have to put our own house in order. We can't be like Democrats – a party of big spenders. We can't pretend our borders are secure from illegal immigration. We can't have ethical standards that are a punch line for Jay Leno. When Republicans act like Democrats, America loses.

"We've got to start acting like Republicans, not earmarking Republicans, not big government Republicans, but like Reagan Republicans and Teddy Roosevelt Republicans. They led us along the right course.

"It's time for us to show the confidence my Dad had that right will always prevail.

"It's time for change in Washington and change begins with us."

"Republicans for change believe in strength. We know that the best foe against tyrants and the best ally peace has ever known is a strong America . We will strengthen the military with more troops, better armament, and better care for our veterans. We will also strengthen our economy with lower taxes and energy security. And we will strengthen the American family. There is no work more important to the future of America than the work that goes on within the four walls of the American home. The American family is the foundation upon which this country's greatness has been built, but it is a foundation in need of shoring up.

"Republicans for change know how to run a tight ship. The Katrina clean-up didn't look like Republicans were in charge. We need to bring more accountability back to Washington . You have heard of the sub-prime credit crisis. Well, there's a government agency that's supposed to prevent problems like that from occurring, warning consumers, warning lenders. But they didn't do their job. And do you know what will happen? Congress will give them more money. Do you know what should happen? Heads should roll.

"Republicans for change have high ethical standards. I'm tired of hearing Washington officials remind us that everyone makes mistakes. Yes, but not everyone is a Congressman or a Senator or a President. They asked for this job and asked for our trust. They represent the American people. They are held up before our children. We expect higher standards of ethical conduct from Washington . We expect our elected officials to be good role models, not bad examples – thank you President Bush for restoring personal integrity and dignity to the White House. And I can guarantee you, Ann and I will do nothing that would embarrass the people of America !

"Presidents lead by example. And so, if I'm elected President, one of my first acts will be to issue an Executive Order prohibiting the immediate family of my Cabinet and Senior Staff from lobbying the Executive Branch. The standard for high ethical conduct has to be set at the top."

"Republicans for change aren't afraid to talk about faith. We recognize the hand of the Creator in the founding of our nation. We will fight to keep the words 'under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance. Have you seen the new dollar coin? 'In God We Trust' has been moved. It's not on the face of the coin anymore, it's on the edge – virtually invisible, just like the ACLU wants Him to be. I will go to work to get God back on the front of our coin!

"I will fight to make sure our future is not defined by the letters 'ACLU,' but by the letters ' USA .'

"Republicans for change are patriotic. We love the flag. We say the pledge. We tell soldiers in the airport, 'Thank you for your service, for your sacrifice.' And when a Republican says 'We support our troops,' it comes from the heart."

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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Romney Open Letter to Conservatives and GOP

To my friends and fellow Republicans,

Throughout our country’s long and remarkable journey, there have been “inflection points,” critical moments when political, economic, military and other forces converged to alter the course of our history.

We are at one of those inflection points today.

Forces of globalization, the rise of major new economic powerhouses such as China and India, and the emergence of radical Jihad have created a “perfect storm” that will change the course of our nation. We face unprecedented challenges in securing our borders, protecting the American family, and ending America’s dependence on foreign oil.

Our actions today will determine which course America will take. Will America remain the world’s economic and military superpower, able to preserve peace, progress, and prosperity? Will our children and grandchildren grow up with the same opportunities that have been our birthright for over two centuries? Will our uniquely America culture – a culture of family, patriotism, faith, and freedom – remain our foundation and lead a stronger America into the future?

I believe the American people can rise to these and every other challenge ahead of us. Yet, at this extraordinary moment in our nation’s history, our government is failing us. Washington is busy pointing fingers, assigning blame, and spending too much money. There is too much talk and too little action.

The blame, we must admit, does not belong to just one party. If we’re going to change Washington, Republicans have to put our own house in order.

We can’t be like Democrats – a party of big spending. We can’t pretend our borders are secure from illegal immigration. We can’t have ethical standards that are a punch-line for Jay Leno.When Republicans act like Democrats, America loses.

It’s time for Republicans to start acting like Republicans.

We have to remember who we are: We are not Big Government Republicans. We are not Washington Republicans. We are Change Washington Republicans. Democrats are not the change Washington needs. We are the change Washington needs and it’s time for Republicans like us to stand for that change again.

There is not a single challenge America faces that we can’t overcome with the innovation and passion that has always been at the heart of the American people. If we change Washington, I believe America can achieve anything.

It’s time for change in Washington and that change must begin with us.


Mitt Romney

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Friday, September 21, 2007

Ann Romney Balances Campaign and Personal Time

In the News

By Melody Brumble

Ann Romney speaks with professional enthusiasm about the demands of campaigning for her husband, but her face lights up as she describes a perfect moment with one of her horses.

Romney, wife of presidential candidate Mitt Romney, spoke at a luncheon sponsored by area Republican groups Wednesday.

Margaret Shehee Cole said she was excited at the opportunity to meet Romney. "I read about her in her People magazine article.

"I think she's struggling with an illness, but she's still able to make campaign appearances and lead a normal life," Cole said. "If I get to talk to her, I want to ask how she maintains her energy levels and how she keeps her spirits up."

Romney took a few minutes before the luncheon to talk about how she copes with multiple sclerosis, a chronic neurological disease, and the demands of travel. She was diagnosed with MS in 1998, right after she took up riding again. Romney was seriously ill with the disease for three years before alternative therapies helped her improve.

These days, she builds downtime into a schedule that sees her flying all over the country. The pressure will increase with presidential caucuses and primaries in six states looming between Jan. 1 and Feb. 5. She and her husband maintain mostly separate schedules, keeping in touch with text messages and e-mails. They get together every five days or so. The couple's five sons also are campaigning.

"It's a balancing act," Romney said, recalling how quickly she tired when MS was at its worst. "I can get to that fatigue very quickly. I make sure I get home. I recharge my batteries by riding horses."

Less than 18 hours before the luncheon Wednesday, she was at home in Massachusetts putting her 20-year-old horse, Baron, through a series of intricate dressage moves. Dressage demands athleticism and balance on the part of the horse and subtle communication between rider and horse.

"He was so together," Romney said, eyes glowing, hands moving as she recalled how high off the grand Baron stepped while making a transition from one movement to another.

"It's a passion for me. If you have a passion, your life is so much richer and fuller."

Romney's other passion is cooking, but she has little time to indulge it these days.

She remains active in the Multiple Sclerosis Society and has worked with at-risk, inner-city young people. She said she wants to continue supporting both causes if she becomes first lady.

"I would love to help find a cure for MS."

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Romney Campaigns on Security, Taxes, Economy

In the News

Palm Beach Post

"Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney talked up tax cuts and patriotism and talked down Iran and his Democratic rivals Wednesday to a damp but enthusiastic crowd of some 2,000.
"'We're under attack from jihadists. People who want to cause the collapse of all modern nations, including moderate Islamic nations, and particularly, our own nation,' Romney said, warning that Democrats would not be up to the challenge.
"He also said the nation faces economic competition unlike it has seen before. 'We've always been competing with Europe. We know how to compete with Europe - they're like us, they like short work weeks, they want long vacations - we can compete with that. But we're going to be competing now with Asia, with China and India and Vietnam - a lot of people, hard-working people, it's going to be tougher.'
"On-and-off rain did not appear to discourage the festivities in the Disney-like retirement community south of Ocala, which - thanks in part to Romney's opening act, country music star Lee Greenwood - turned out a crowd twice the size of the one that came out last week to see actor and former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson. Thompson's campaign did not provide a concert before his speech.
"'He's showing a lot of conservatism,' said Rod Chambers, 71. 'I think he's got a lot of good things to say.'
"Romney did plug his plan to do away with taxes on savings and investment accounts for Americans with incomes less than $200,000. He also attacked leading Democratic candidates Sen. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama by name.
"'I heard Sen. Clinton say the other day she'd represent change, and she would. I don't like the direction that she'd want to go,' he said, and then criticized Obama for wanting to pull U.S. troops out of Iraq.
"'Thank heavens Barack Obama wasn't president. We'd have been out of there and Al-Qaeda would have been dancing in the streets.'" ...
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Thursday, September 20, 2007

New Mitt Romney TV Ad

This seems like one of the best Mitt Romney tv ads yet!

It's called, "Change Begins With Us".

It's a short 30 second ad, so take a look!

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Romney Outraged by Ahmadinejad Request

In the News

THE VILLAGES, Fla. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney expressed outrage Wednesday that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad asked to visit the site of the 2001 World Trade Center attacks, saying that Ahmadinejad himself sponsors terrorism.

"Can you imagine the audacity, the shocking nerve, the chutzpah to suggest he would visit ground zero, the handiwork of terrorists of the very kind he supports?" Romney told a crowd of about 2,000 retirees during a rally in this central Florida retirement community.

Ahmadinejad is arriving in New York Sunday to address the U.N. General Assembly. He asked authorities for permission to lay a wreath at the site of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Permission was denied.

The Florida crowd cheered Romney when he said a leader who has denied the Holocaust occurred, has talked about the destruction of Israel and is seeking to produce nuclear weapons shouldn't even have been invited to the U.N.

"If he has any extra time, why doesn't he go visit the Holocaust museum instead?" Romney said, to a chorus of people shouting "Yeah!"

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Romney to fellow Republicans: Put house in order

In the News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said on Wednesday Republicans in Washington have hurt the party and have been acting like Democrats.

"If we're going to change Washington, Republicans have to put our own house in order," the former Massachusetts governor said in a television ad his campaign began airing in New Hampshire and Iowa.

The ad represents an effort by Romney to run as a Washington outsider. In it, Romney attacks Republicans for failing to stop big government spending and providing better security for U.S. borders from illegal immigration.

"We can't be like Democrats -- a party of big spending," he said. "We can't pretend our borders are secure from illegal immigration."

Romney did not cite President George W. Bush or any other Republican by name, but conservatives have accused Bush of not doing enough to rein in federal spending and for promoting a proposal to give illegal immigrants a path to U.S. citizenship.

In what could be construed as an attack on Idaho Republican Sen. Larry Craig, arrested in a sex sting in a Minneapolis airport restroom, Romney said: "We can't have ethical standards that are a punch line for Jay Leno."

Leno, the late night comedian who hosts NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," routinely lampoons Washington politicians and lately has been taking aim at Craig on an almost nightly basis.

Romney spokesman Kevin Madden said Romney was not specifically targeting Craig, but rather was speaking to a belief held by many voters that some elected officials in Washington have not lived up to high ethical standards.

"When Republicans act like Democrats, America loses," Romney says in the ad. "It's time for Republicans to start acting like Republicans. It's time for a change, and change begins with us."

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Romney: Strategy For A Stronger America

50 Ideas To Change Washington: A Strategy For A Stronger America

Boston, MA – Today, Governor Mitt Romney released his Strategy for a Stronger America, a compilation of his policy proposals to bring conservative change to Washington and meet the new generation of challenges confronting our nation. Introducing the Strategy for a Stronger America, Governor Romney wrote: "Our future depends on our willingness to hold to the principles that have guided and built our nation. It depends on the character and sacrifices of the American people. And it depends on leadership to craft and implement a Strategy for a Stronger America."

The Strategy for a Stronger America describes the challenges our nation is facing and Governor Romney's specific policy proposals to meet those challenges. Since January 2007, Governor Romney has outlined more than 50 different policy proposals. From defeating violent Jihadists to protecting traditional values, Governor Romney believes we can build a stronger America by taking Washington apart and putting it back together based on conservative principles that strengthen our national defense, our economy and our families.

The Strategy for a Stronger America document is a compilation of Governor Romney's policies and speeches that lay out the path forward if the United States is to maintain its leadership in the world. In the coming weeks and months, Governor Romney will continue discussing and outlining his policy agenda and initiatives to change Washington and build a stronger nation.

Strategy For A Stronger America Resources: - To Read The Strategy For A Stronger America, Please See:

- To Download The Strategy For A Stronger America, Please See:

Monday, September 17, 2007

Three Outstanding Romney Ads

If you watch these three short Romney ads, you will be a Mitt Romney supporter.


1) "The Man, The Mitt, The Legend"
2) "Mitt Romney: Hopes and Dreams Can Come to Life"
3) "Mitt Romney: Coming to a City Near You"

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"Students for Mitt" D.C. Event Wednesday

Just wanted to make you aware of a Students for Mitt Grassroots event we are having in D.C. this week on Wednesday Night (8:00pm) with Craig and Mary Romney. The event will be on The George Washington University Campus (information below and attached) and will be a great way to show your support for the campaign and find out how to get involved this fall. Please forward this email along to any you think would be interested in attending.

Please RSVP at this facebook link so we know you are coming!


Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Join us for an evening with


Craig & Mary Romney


Wednesday, September 19, 2007

8:00 p.m.

The George Washington University

Marvin Center Amphitheater (3rd Floor)

800 21st Street, NW

Washington, DC 20052


Kindly RSVP to

Paid for by Romney for President, Inc.


Philip Case

National Co-Chair, Students for Mitt

Romney for President, Inc.

617.447.4632 mobile

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"Holding Out for a Hero"

What if the 2002 Olympics had been held in California...
or Florida....
or South Carolina....
or anywhere other than Utah?

Mitt Romney would clearly be favored in all national polls to win the Republican nomination for President of the U.S.

It's simple. Mitt Romney is a great American hero who hasn't yet been fully discovered by Americans.

Josh Romney in Alaska

Josh Romney campaigned recently for his dad Gov. Mitt Romney in Alaska. He was the only out of state representative to attend the annual Alaskan GOP picnic event.
Read the story and watch the video here.

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Friday, September 14, 2007

The Romney Vision: Gov. Romney Calls on Dems to Repudiate MoveOn Attack on Gen. Petraeus

Press Release

The Romney Vision: Gov. Romney Calls on Dems to Repudiate MoveOn Attack on Gen. Petraeus

"And I frankly don't understand why Hillary Clinton hasn't repudiated at this point. And I'm afraid the truth is that has purchased the Democratic Party, if you will. That it's funding, and the status of this 527, and the voice it has in the Democratic Party is so powerful that it's now calling the shots. And that Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama and John Edwards are afraid to repudiate an ad and an organization which has taken a disgusting course against a great American." - Gov. Mitt Romney (MSNBC's "Morning Joe," 9/14/07)


Gov. Romney Condemns The Vicious Attack On General Petraeus And Calls On All Democrats To Do The Same:

Gov. Romney Called MoveOn's Attack On General Petraeus "Unacceptable."

GOV. MITT ROMNEY: "The attack on General Petraeus is, frankly, entirely unacceptable. This is a man who is risking his life by being in Iraq, and being in Camp Liberty, and this is a person who realizes that the lives of many other people are under his care. He's under extraordinary stress. He comes here and reports exactly what he believes is going on - what he thinks ought to be done - and for to attack him as they did is simply unacceptable and reprehensible." (MSNBC's "Morning Joe," 9/14/07)

- Watch Gov. Romney Condemn The MoveOn Ad

Gov. Romney Said That The Direction In Which MoveOn Is Driving The Democrat Party Is "Disgusting."

GOV. MITT ROMNEY: "And I frankly don't understand why Hillary Clinton hasn't repudiated at this point. And I'm afraid the truth is that has purchased the Democratic Party, if you will. That it's funding, and the status of this 527, and the voice it has in the Democratic Party is so powerful that it's now calling the shots. And that Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama and John Edwards are afraid to repudiate an ad and an organization which has taken a disgusting course against a great American." (MSNBC's "Morning Joe," 9/14/07)

- Gov. Mitt Romney: "'s latest outrageous act is an attempt to call into question the reputation and character of General Petraeus even before he testifies in front of Congress. ... Democrats must make a choice. Will they embrace these deplorable tactics or give General Petraeus a fair hearing?" (Gov. Mitt Romney, "A Fair Hearing for General Petraeus," National Review Online,, Posted 9/10/07)

Gov. Romney Welcomed The Petraeus Report And News That U.S. Forces Are Making Progress In Iraq:

Gov. Romney Called The Petraeus Report "Good News For Americans And Iraqis."

ROMNEY: "Today's testimony from General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker confirms the progress being made by our troops in Iraq. This is good news for Americans and Iraqis. The importance of a successful conclusion to Iraq must be weighed in light of the global threat of violent Jihad and terror. America must continue its commitment to the strategy General Petraeus is executing." (Romney For President, Press Release, 9/11/07)

Gov. Mitt Romney Believes That General Petraeus Is An American Hero And Is Serving His Country Nobly.

"I think the American people listened with interest to General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker and recognized that we have true American patriots and heroes here. And they expressed their views openly. ... [T]hey pointed out the good and the bad. The net in both of their testimony was that we are making progress..." (WLS 890 AM's "Don Wade & Roma," 9/12/07)

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"Rally for Romney" Nationwide

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Ask Mitt Anything

Romney Supporters, do you have a question for Governor Mitt Romney?

Perhaps you want to know his position on an issue important to you, or maybe you’re curious about what running for President is like each day.

Whatever your question, ask him…during a live, online Ask Mitt Anything.

Mitt has held over 60 Ask Mitt Anything events across the country, and now he’s holding one in your living room, office or wherever you sit down at the computer.


(Please register ahead of time and arrive early. Governor Romney will start promptly at 7:15)

Go to to submit your question today. Or submit questions during the live event when you join Governor Romney for the Ask Mitt Anything online.

Governor Mitt Romney will take your questions and preview his Strategy for a Stronger America. He looks forward to chatting with you, so start today by submitting your question and then join him on September 17th at 7:15pm EDT at

Remember to arrive early!

Thank you,

The eStrategy Team, Romney for President

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Remembering 9/11

Governor Mitt Romney on the Sixth Anniversary of September 11, 2001

Boston, MA – Today, Governor Mitt Romney issued the following statement on the sixth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001:

"On this day, radical Islamists brought terror to our shores. It is hard for our minds to contemplate a human darkness so vile that it celebrates murder and the destruction of innocent lives. But we can honor the bright memories of the fallen. Each person, whether taken in unknowing sacrifice or resigned to death after heroic struggle, stands in our mind's eye in the brilliant light of faith and patriotism. In the years since 9/11, the spreading evil of radical Jihad has been visited on other cities around the world.
Yet, our resolve remains strong. From soldiers guarding our liberty on foreign shores to those of us living under the umbrella of the protection they provide, we are united in remembering loved ones lost on that day and in our determination to protect our homeland from future attacks."

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