Saturday, June 30, 2007

From Ann Romney

The following is a post by Ann Romney on the Five Brothers blog, this morning. It is in response to the Seamus "Scandal". The mainstream media has made a big deal out of this dog riding in a closed animal carrier on the top of their car. Some of the replies to the post on that blog point out how humans pay thousands of dollars for the same type of experience...motorcycling. And many dog owners also mentioned how their pets love to ride in the back of their pick up truck, enjoying the fresh air breeze. You would think it was a slow week for news, with the media making such a fuss about a beloved pet enjoying a ride, that humans might compare to a ride on a roller coaster...I imagine Seamus loved every minute of it.

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Our First Dog - Seamus

Mitt and I love our dogs. Seamus was our first--an Irish setter. When I wasn't at home, Mitt let him sleep on the bed. And usually when he was riding in the car, his head was out the window. Seamus lived to a ripe old age, basking in the affection of a large family.

Surprise, surprise, the media didn't get the dog story right. Our dog Seamus rode in an ENCLOSED kennel, not in the open air. And he loved it. Every time he saw it, he jumped up on the tailgate, walked in, and lay down. It was just like the kennel he curled up in at home.

We are a dog family. Casey was our Bichon, McKenzie our Golden, and Marley our Weimaraner. Marley had 8 puppies, which Mitt delivered all night for her one summer.

When she died last year, she was in Mitt and our arms, and we all cried. Yes, we love our dogs.

Now horses, that's my love too. Mitt rides them--I love them. But that's another blog.

Posted at 2007-06-30 09:21:06 by Ann Romney

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Romney: Politicians Out of Touch

Governor Romney On The Senate Immigration Bill:

Governor Romney: "The immigration bill failed because the politicians in Washington are out of touch with the American people. The voice of the people is loud and clear - secure the border, enforce the law and no special deal for permanent residency or citizenship for illegals. America will always welcome legal immigration, but as a nation we also insist on the rule of law." (Romney for President, "Governor Romney On Today's Senate Immigration Vote," Press Release, 6/28/07

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Friday, June 29, 2007

"America's Calling" Video

From Alaska to Texas, hundreds of Romney supporters came from all over the country to help raise funds at "America's Calling" event last Monday in Boston.




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UltiMitt Launch

UltiMitt Press Release:

Web 2.0 Becomes Political Influence 2.0 with Launch of UltiMitt.org.


LOS ANGELES, On July 2, 2007, the evolution of web-based political activism will take a giant leap forward with the official launch of UltiMitt.org. UltiMitt seeks to magnify the influence of the average citizen by pooling resources into one central hub– a well-designed website that gathers numerous tools for effective activism in one place. “UltiMitt brings unorganized, yet enthusiastic supporters together and puts their individual talents to use,” says Phil Kenny, UltiMitt’s Chief Operating Officer and one of its founders. “A graphics designer alone may not be able to make as much impact as he would if he were connected with a web designer, marketing specialist, talented writers and policy researchers.”

UltMitt moves beyond the model of isolated individuals blogging in their basements. According to Anne Marie Curling, UltiMitt’s Marketing Director, the idea was hatched by “a group of successful attorneys and professionals that have attracted similarly driven people to their project. The idea is not just to send weak echoes across the Internet, but to have a wide broadcast presence that brings about action for the cause.”

Even before the group’s official launch, there is evidence that the approach is working. In the three weeks leading up to the July 2 launch date, the site has had thousands of visitors and signed up hundreds of users, each joining different teams and coalitions, and volunteering for specialized duties based on their ability and interest. Numerous teams like “Values Voters for Mitt” and “Women for Romney” have spontaneously formed, and users can sign up to receive several newsletters, focusing on different topics in the campaign. The result is not just a website, and not just a social network, but a broad aggregation of focused political activity accelerating into the race with the Internet as its engine.
"The UltiMitt team expects to continue to grow and build on its strength—the individual talents each new member brings to the organization. According to Mr. Kenny, new members “are immediately contacted and given direction on how they can help. In the months to come, we see UltiMitt as an organization of thousands of leaders all acting with a singular purpose and effort.”


For additional information regarding UltiMitt, contact Ryan Bell at ryan@ultimitt.org, or visit the site Here.

UltiMitt is both a website and a political organization that supports the candidacy of Mitt Romney for president. It provides numerous resources to Romney supporters intended to focus their energy and increase their influence on the 2008 presidential election.
Make a difference! Join UltiMitt today!

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Governor Romney Visits Pittsburgh

In The News

In Visit Here, Mitt Romney Hails Defeat Of Immigration Bill

By: James O'Toole
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


"Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney praised the U.S. Senate's defeat of immigration legislation yesterday, saying that the abortive deliberations over the measure supported by President Bush and Mr. Romney's rival, U.S. Sen. John McCain, demonstrated that Washington was out of touch with the American people.

"The Republican presidential candidate offered his anti-Washington message as he headed to a fund-raising reception at the Duquesne Club. "'The failure of this bill is related to the failure of Washington politicians to connect with the American people,' he said in a brief airport news conference. 'And finally the people's voice was loud enough and clear enough that the politicians had to retreat.'" ...

"In a Senate speech this week, Sen. Richard Lugar, senior Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee, voiced doubt about the administration's 'surge'' strategy, contending that it was time to fundamentally change the nation's plan for the future of Iraq. "'I think it's a little early to make that call,' Mr. Romney said. 'The Congress and the president have expressed support for Gen. [David] Petraeus to use the troop surge to provide security in Baghdad and Anbar province ...

Gen. Petraeus is going to be back reporting in September. I'd like to hear what he has to say, unless there is some surprise in the interim.'" ...

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

You Gotta Love This Guy!

Mitt Romney is an amazing leader, an astute businessman, a man of unshakeable faith, and one of the most intelligent people I have ever known. And yet, one his most enduring traits is his kind-heartedness and love of children.

I love this post from Craig Romney on the Five Brothers blog.

"My dad and I saw this sign as we were driving back from a fundraiser in Logan, Utah. Even though we were running a bit late, we had to turn around and stop for a quick lemonade."



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Fortune Magazine Article on Mitt Romney

In the News

The Republicans' Mr. Fix-it
Mitt Romney is filthy rich, he's handsome, and he's the first honest-to-god businessman to have a real shot at the White House in 40 years.

By Marcia Vickers, Fortune senior writer

(Fortune Magazine) -- Willard Mitt Romney looks great in a suit. Which is good for him, because all day "Matinee Mitt" has been wearing a crisp, gray number. Speeches, grip-and-grin events, a veterans hall - no venue-appropriate costume changes, just pure Brooks Brothers. Even now, when it's 85 degrees and he's surrounded by people in shorts, the man won't so much as loosen his tie.

It's Memorial Day, we're standing around waiting for a photo shoot to begin in front of his summerhouse on New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee, and he's refusing his handlers' pleas to at least take his jacket off. "This is going to be like Nixon on the beach," a campaign worker mutters, referring to a 1960s photo of the late former President strolling the sands of sunny San Clemente, looking as though he'd rather be negotiating with the Soviets.

In between campaign stops in May, Romney spent 45 minutes chatting confidently .... about what he'd do to stage a government turnaround. The big priorities: less wasteful spending and more private-sector-style efficiency. Some highlights...

On the role of government

"I'm a big believer in allowing the free market to work and not allowing the government to lay a heavy hand on how businesses operate."

On taxes

"I want to get rid of all capital gains taxes for middle-income taxpayers. I also think it's fundamentally unfair that you get taxed when you've earned it, taxed when you save it, and taxed when you've died. So I'd get rid of the death [estate] tax, too, for middle-income Americans."
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On his business background

"I think it would be helpful to have a leader who understands how the economy works - who knows how to solve problems and would bring a fresh outside view to actually transform Washington into an enterprise that can tackle tough problems and not simply engage in partisan bickering."

Little-known Mitt facts:
He's a cheapskate
Has been known to pop his own popcorn, which he then brings into movie theaters.
He was a high school cheerleader
Pep squad, Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
He has run afoul of the law
Arrested in high school for sliding down a hill on an ice block at a golf course.
He enjoys practical jokes
As a teenager, liked to dress up as a policeman and scare friends on dates in their cars.
He was once pronounced dead
At 21, after a car crash in France.

Romney survived, obviously.
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....when I ask what he'd do first as President, he answers, "I will do a complete assessment of where we are, where the problems are, what challenges we face. Every dimension of government I would take apart - look at how effective they are."

View Entire Article Here

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Utahns Support Mitt Romney


In the News

Utahns provide $1 million-plus weekend for Romney

By Thomas Burr
The Salt Lake Tribune

WASHINGTON - Utahns raised more than $1 million for presidential candidate Mitt Romney last weekend, according to those who helped collect the funds. Between three events in the Beehive State on Saturday and some 150 Utahns flying to Boston for a phone-a-thon fund-raiser, Utah supporters pulled in about $1.4 million for Romney's 2008 White House bid, the sources say.

Romney already netted some $2.7 million from Utahns in the first three months of this year, making it his second-highest yielding state behind California.

"It's an impressive amount of money to be raised in a state this size," says Kelly Patterson, director of the Brigham Young University Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy.

"He has a history here and knows the people here," Patterson said of Romney. "All candidates turn to natural bases of support and Utah would be a natural base for him."

Some 60 percent of Utahns belong to the same Mormon faith as Romney, and the former Massachusetts governor also has many business ties in the state from his days running the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. He also owns a home in Deer Valley.

Kem Gardner, a close friend and adviser to Romney, said he paid some $150,000 to charter a Jet Blue plane to Boston from Salt Lake City and all the seats were full. The group had a barbecue at Fenway Park Sunday and then on Monday got down to business making calls to cull funds for Romney at a telethon-like event at the Boston Gardens.

"You hardly dared leave your seat because they were working so hard," Gardner said of his Utah compatriots.

He says the supporters did a survey on the way back to Utah and just those on the plane raised $800,000. That, plus other Utahns who took other routes home and the $400,000 Romney raised in Utah this weekend, adds up to $1.4 million, Gardner says.

"It was fun; it was exciting," he adds. "It was an experience a lot of people didn't have before." The second-quarter fund-raising effort ends Friday, though the reports on the amounts raised do not have to be filed until July 15. Some candidates choose to release them early.

Romney raised the most in the Republican field in the first quarter, $21 million, but the campaign is downplaying how much it will raise this time. The former governor told reporters in Boston Monday that he plans to donate to his campaign again from his own personal fortune this quarter but declined to say how much.

Romney's campaign declined to comment on how much Utahns have raised so far this quarter.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

"The Making of Mitt Romney"

Young Mitt Romney with his father Governor George Romney

Be sure to check out the Boston Globe’s “The Making of Mitt Romney” 7-part special edition.

This is an in-depth look at Mitt Romney's life from his heritage to his future goals. The articles include interviews, videos, and vintage photos.

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Raising Funds for Mitt Romney

Three of Mitt Romney's sons, Matt, Tagg and Craig, work the phones at Romney's latest fund raising event, "America's Calling", in Boston yesterday. Hundreds of Romney supporters called friends asking for donations.

The second quarter fund raising ends this Saturday. Mitt Romney will no doubt be one of the top fund raisers again this quarter. He led all Presidential contenders in the first quarter.

If you would like to help, you can contribute here.

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Monday, June 25, 2007

"America's Calling" A Romney FUNd Raiser

Romney For President Holds "America's Calling"

Today, Governor Mitt Romney, family, friends and supporters gathered at the TD Banknorth Garden to reach across the country and raise the resources necessary for a national campaign.


Among those making more than 20,000 telephone calls were U.S. Senator Robert Bennett (R-UT), former Congressman Henry Bonilla (R-TX) and eBay CEO Meg Whitman.


"Today, friends and supporters from across the country gathered in another extraordinary effort for Governor Romney. We are helping to ensure that Governor Romney's message of conservative change is heard by voters across America," said Spencer Zwick, Romney for President National Finance Director.


"We are extremely proud of our efforts this quarter, particularly that we have already more than doubled our base of grassroots contributors."


"America's Calling" Fast Facts:


- Number Of Tables: More Than 100
- Number Of Volunteer Fundraisers Participating: More than 600
- Number of States Represented: 50 And The District Of Columbia
- Number Of Landline Phones: 400
- Number Of Calls Made: More Than 20,000
- Call Center Area: More Than 17,000 Square Feet
- Total Amount Raised: Coming Soon


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Mitt Romney's Strength

By: Doug Wilson
Townhall.com


... "This surge of support for Romney comes as no surprise to those of us supporting the former Governor of Massachusetts. In fact, I predicted back in October that once voters got to know Romney they would like him very much. And so they do. The question now is, why? "I believe voters are attracted to Romney because of his three-part vision for America, one that seeks to build and maintain a strong national defense, a strong economy, and strong families. "Romney believes that peace comes through strength. In a recent Foreign Affairs article he called for adding 100,000 troops to our armed forces and for sizeable investments in military equipment, capabilities, and preparedness. To support these goals, Romney has said the next president should commit at least four percent of gross domestic product to national defense." ...

"Romney believes a strong economy depends on free people and free markets. He supports low tax rates, minimal government regulation, free trade, and policies that encourage savings and investment. In Massachusetts, Romney overcame a $3 billion budget deficit without raising taxes; instead, he reduced waste and greatly improved the efficiency of state government." ... "To renew or not to renew the Bush tax cuts will be one of the next president's most significant economic decisions. Romney has said he would renew the cuts when they expire in 2011, believing that failing to do so would 'result in a massive tax hike' that would 'hurt our economy, slow down job growth, and reduce the income levels of people across the country.'" ...

"Romney believes America's strength comes from its families. He understands that in order to have a strong national defense and a strong economy, a society must first have strong families. Family life teaches people about sacrifice, loyalty, and teamwork. It reminds us that we are part of something much bigger than ourselves. Naturally, this same ethos stitches together people of all races and religions to form the United States." ...

"If Romney's platform sounds familiar, it's because it is. The same 'three-legged stool' of policy positions has served America – and conservatism – well for over 25 years by uniting military, economic and social conservatives. On their own, each group lacks a comprehensive vision for America – or the clout to achieve political victory. Together they have propelled Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush into the White House. Now they stand ready to do the same for Mitt Romney."
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Friday, June 22, 2007

Romney Family - Valuable Campaign Lift

In the News

Forbes.com

Romney Family a Campaign Asset
By GLEN JOHNSON

Mitt Romney values his family, and when it comes to his presidential campaign, his family members are providing value for him.

His wife of 38 years, his five strapping sons and his photogenic daughters-in-law don't just back his candidacy, they're giving it a lift in ways both subtle and overt.

Tagg Romney, his eldest son, quit his marketing job with the Los Angeles Dodgers and is working full-time at campaign headquarters. Brother Josh is taking leave this summer from real estate development in Salt Lake City to drive an RV to all 99 counties in Iowa. And their siblings Craig, Ben and Matt are co-contributors to the "Five Brothers Blog" on Romney's Web site.

This week the online campaign diary included a 13-minute film of the family celebrating Christmas and weighing the approaching campaign. Several family members will be on hand Sunday night for a barbeque at Fenway Park to thank major donors to the campaign.
But beyond those workmanlike duties, the former Massachusetts governor and his brood are telegraphing another message to voters, especially social conservatives pivotal in the GOP primaries and caucuses: Mitt Romney is no John McCain, Rudy Giuliani or Fred Thompson.

Each of those rivals has been divorced, and Giuliani - the leader in GOP polls - is estranged from his children after a very public split from his second wife.
"Because you've got candidates in this campaign who have not had long, solid marriages and family life, it's a solid point of contrast," said Danielle Vinson, a political science professor at Furman University. "It's a subtle way to point out that he's different from Giuliani without coming out and saying Giuliani has been married however many times and had a nasty divorce."
The focus on family is especially important in Southern states such as South Carolina, where Furman is located, and where the campaign will move after early voting in Iowa and New Hampshire. Southerners are especially suspicious of politicians from the Northeast in general and Massachusetts in particular, Vinson said.

"What family does for candidates is it gives voters a connection to the candidate: 'I'm not just a wealthy, white guy who's made a lot of money. I've raised kids and gone through the same things everyone else has gone through,'" the professor said.

Giuliani, the former mayor of New York, has tried to do the same, campaigning with his wife, Judith. Yet she recoiled from view after revealing that like her husband, she had been married three times - not the twice previously thought. Giuliani himself has had to plead for privacy after his son was quoted about problems in their relationship.

McCain, meanwhile, regularly appears with his wife, Cindy, but a little-discussed element of his biography is his divorce from his first wife, Carol, who waited for him while he was a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

Thompson, the former Tennessee senator who is weighing a run for the GOP nomination, married at 17 and had three children before divorcing. He subsequently was linked to country music star Lori Morgan before remarrying in 2002. He and his second wife, Jeri, now have two children.

Among the Democratic candidates, former President Clinton has been raising money and making phone calls on behalf of his wife, New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. Recently he's taken a more visible role: He appears with her in a campaign Web video and is scheduled to join her at campaign events in Iowa and New Hampshire next month.

Illinois Sen. Barack Obama's wife, Michelle, is a popular surrogate speaker for the candidate, as is John Edwards' wife, Elizabeth.

Family has been part of the Romney campaign's genetic code from its conception.
Romney, a former venture capitalist, followed in the footsteps of his father, former Michigan Gov. George Romney, by serving as governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007. Then, like George Romney, who ran for president in 1968, he took his gubernatorial stature and used it as the foundation for a White House campaign.

When it became apparent Mitt Romney was going to run last fall, Tagg Romney packed up his own family and moved home to Massachusetts. Ann Romney, the candidate's wife, began to appear on the campaign trail. And over a Christmas retreat to their vacation home in Deer Valley, Utah, the Romneys ostensibly had a final discussion about the merits of a race - even though their private moments were taped by a campaign video crew.

Mitt Romney is seen in an array of homey settings: sledding with some of his 10 grandchildren, supervising them as they ride a mattress down a staircase and leading the family prayer over a holiday meal. Ann Romney narrates most of the film, while her husband asks about how to minimize the downsides of a campaign.

Tagg Romney grows teary-eyed as he urges his father on.
"If you don't win, we'll still love you," he says. "The country may think of you as a laughingstock and we'll know the truth. And that's OK. But I think you have a duty to your country - and to God - to see what comes of it."

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"Multimedia Mitt"

In the News


MULTIMEDIA MITT: Check out the 31 Power Point slides former Gov. Romney used last night at the American Enterprise Institute’s World Forum in Beaver Creek, Col., which was closed to the press under AEI rules. One whimsical shot shows a red-and-white bumper sticker that says, “The War On Terror Is NOT A Bumper Sticker.”

The speech was very ambitious and serious, though, departing from the populist stuff that’s so common on the campaign trail. The title: “Global Initiative for Values and Freedom: A Comprehensive Strategy to Defeat Radical Jihad, Ensure American Security, and Advance Freedom and Human Rights Across the Globe.” And on the seventh day, he rested.

Here are the excerpts the campaign released, including details of his proposal for a “Special Partnership Force (SPF) to mobilize all elements of our national power In contested areas to defeat jihadists.”


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Romney: "New Course on the War on Terrorism"


In the News
By: Karen E. Crummy
Denver Post

"Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, in Colorado to raise money and give a speech on national security, said Thursday that a strong military, strong economy and strong family values are the keys to moving the country forward.

"'It's the three-legged stool,' said Romney, who did not hold any public events but spoke to reporters for a few minutes at the Brown Palace Hotel. 'It's time that we as a nation return to the source of America's strength.'"
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"Romney, who has raised more money in the interior West than any other presidential candidate, also noted that Colorado Republicans could possibly influence the presidential race if they move up their caucus to Feb. 5 - the same date as about two dozen other states."
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"Romney was slated to speak about a 'new course' on the war on terrorism at the American Enterprise Institute's World Forum in Beaver Creek on Thursday night." ...

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"Romney Will Be Here"

Letter to Editor:

By: Tim Craig, Urbandale
Des Moines Register

The Ames straw poll draws tens of thousands of Republicans each year. Of the leading candidates for president, two said they would not participate but one stood up in support of Iowa and said he would: Mitt Romney. If Iowans expect to keep their first-in-the-nation caucuses, we need candidates who will compete in our state. Thank goodness Romney understands this. I wish all the leading candidates cared about Iowa as much as Romney.

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

'A Romney'Experience'


My Romney Experience
by GS Gregory on UltiMitt Forum

Romney does not just talk about problems; he fixes them. In 2001, I attended a training meeting for thousands of Olympic volunteers where Romney gave an inspiring speech. Afterwards, the parking lot exiting into a busy street was so backed up that hardly anyone moved for 20 minutes. Suddenly, traffic began to flow. Upon arriving at the exit, I saw why the gridlock had ended. In what is probably the purest example of leadership I have ever witnessed, there was Mitt Romney, the CEO of the Olympic Games, directing traffic in the middle of a frenetic six-lane road. He did not send an aide; he did not form a 'gridlock amelioration' planning committee. Romney headed into the traffic personally, and solved the problem effectively and immediately.

During the Olympics, I was driving with the President of the Italian Ski Federation. He asked me how I thought the Games were going. I replied, "I think pretty well." He responded, "No. These are definitely the best organized and best operated Games ever. And you can take it from me. I have been to every one for nearly the last 40 years." Such efficient administration and excellent operations are the result of Mitt Romney's tremendous leadership.

Once Romney declared his candidacy, I estimated that Mitt had better than even odds of becoming the next US President. I expect Romney to win this contest because he has been successful in essentially everything he has ever done.

Consider Romney's historical trend:
- Education: Harvard MBA Baker Scholar & Harvard J.D. cum laude, BYU graduate with Highest Honors
- Career: Launched hundreds of impressive companies, such as Staples, Domino's and Brookstone; led one of the world's most prestigious management consulting firms; earned billions of dollars for others
- Olympics: Led one of the best organized and financially successful Olympic Games
- Family: Raised five productive boys and maintained a single, successful marriage while also serving in his faith
- Politics: Won as a Republican the Governorship of Massachusetts where Romney took every possible measure to protect the institution of marriage; now Romney looks to be the leader in key early states like Iowa and New Hampshire while possibly also leading in delegate-rich states like California.


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New Web Technology on Romney Website

Check out some amazing new web technology at Mitt Romney.com



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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

"Why I Support Mitt Romney"

Word on the Web:

RedState
Congressman Pete Hoekstra


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This Is Why I Support Mitt Romney

"Of the 43 Presidents of the United States, only a handful have distinguished themselves as giants who truly changed history. In every case, it was because they brought a new vision to America in times of great international challenges, and by force of their leadership, brought us from turmoil and uncertainty to building a strong America and a safer world."

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"I believe we need that kind of leadership again, and that is why I support Governor Mitt Romney for President of the United States."

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"I support Mitt Romney because he is different. He is a leader. He has a record of real-world executive success. In the faces of a new generation of challenges, he knows how to make America strong and build a safe world and prosperous future."


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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Romney: "I'm Going to Work Like Crazy to Bring Change to Washington"

Mitt Romney's newest tv ad spotlights one of his many strong traits, his work ethic.
He is the candidate with the most energy, the most determination and the best ideas for change in Washington.
Mitt Romney is ready to work like crazy for America.





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Candidates Taking Aim at Romney

In the News


MANCHESTER, N.H. - One thing you learn quickly out here on the campaign trail: When they say Mitt Romney is too good to be true, they rarely mean it as a compliment.
When they say his hair is perfect, you can be sure they're not really talking about his perfect hair.

When short and balding (his description, not mine) Tom Tancredo says that Romney - tall, tan and square of jaw - looks like a candidate straight out of central casting, he means just that: that he looks like a candidate straight out of central casting.

Romney is suddenly very hot. John McCain looks like he's fading, at least for now, under the weight of Iraq and immigration. Rudy Giuliani looks like he's worried about playing in the early primary states. Fred Thompson, the new Republican flavor, has been labeled by candidate Mike Huckabee as the Mighty Mouse candidate. "You know," he says, "here I come to save the day." But Thompson remains unbloodied.

Romney, meanwhile, is running as the successful CEO Republican; in other words, the one who's not George Bush. The one who likes to talk more about trade with China than death in Iraq. But if he's hot, he's no hotter than the attention he's getting, most of which follows a familiar story line - similar to the one that closely followed another recent Massachusetts presidential candidate.


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Monday, June 18, 2007

The Big Decision ~ An Insider's Look at a Remarkable Family Gathering

If you have about 13 minutes to spare today, watch this amazing video. It will touch your heart, it will make you cry, it will give you hope!

This video is beautifully narrated by Ann Romney during Christmas week 2006.

She had over 20 family members staying at the house that week, while they relaxed, enjoyed each others' company, talked and made the hardest decision they ever had to make as a family.

If you haven't decided yet which candidate to support in the upcoming 2008 Presidential election, watch this inspirational video.
And then join TeamMitt!





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Romney Builds Lead In Early Voting States

In the News

Romney Uses Organization, Advertising To Build Lead In Early Voting States

By: Glen Johnson
Associated Press


"Forget the national polls for Mitt Romney.


"Slowly, methodically, the Republican presidential contender has seized the advantage in the early states that count, relying on a solid organization, $4 million in advertising and an aggressive approach.


"It's propelled him to the top of polls in the caucus and primary sites of Iowa and New Hampshire, and laid the foundation for what some analysts argue is greater success." ...


"Romney was campaigning in Iowa this weekend, his 11th trip to the lead caucus state and among the most of any candidate. Romney has also outpaced his rivals with eight visits to neighboring New Hampshire, where he has a summer home, and 10 to South Carolina, another state where he just won a straw poll among Republican women.


"Unlike others, though, Romney is now on his second and third meetings with top political leaders in the early voting states. His 'Ask Mitt Anything' town hall meetings with the public have become a campaign trail staple. He's also not above stroking local egos, praising Iowans and New Hampshire residents for their close scrutiny of the candidates and arguing that their states should remain the first to vote."


'The aggressiveness, the early aggressiveness, was a huge boon to him,' said Chuck Laudner, executive director of the Republican Party of Iowa. 'They sent a DVD out in the mail, glossy fliers. It cemented him as a front-runner here in Iowa in April and May. They didn't just come here at the end of the process like the others.'" ... "


'I think you reap what you sow, and Governor Romney has been running the most traditional campaign in New Hampshire for the longest time,' said Fergus Cullen, chairman of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee." ...


"Earlier this month in an interview with The Associated Press, Romney explained his strategy.


'I think the national polls are largely name awareness at this stage,' he said, 'but as time goes on, name awareness is replaced by "does the message connect" and "have you built a good grass-roots organization" and "have you raised enough money to get out there?"

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Sunday, June 17, 2007

Romney Stresses Faith and Family

In the News

By DANNY VALENTINE


Cedar Rapids, Ia. — A Boy Scout-led recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer set the stage for former Massachusetts governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s family-values appearance at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Saturday in Cedar Rapids.


Romney stressed his core beliefs in a strong military, a strong economy and strong families to rally Iowans for what he hopes will be an important victory in the Ames Straw Poll in August.


“I am in it whole hog, as they say in Iowa,” he said, adding that leading Republican presidential candidates John McCain and Rudy Giuliani were wrong to pull out of the event. “I wonder why they are making that big mistake? I think I know now — just look at the size of this room.


”Romney lead the Republican field in Iowa, beating out the next-closest candidate, McCain, by 12 percent, according to a Des Moines Register poll in May.


With anecdotes about his five children and help from his wife, Ann, who helped introduce him, Romney discussed family values to paint an optimistic picture of the future.


“Family-oriented American people, God-fearing people who love liberty, who will sacrifice for liberty, that is the source of America’s strength,” said Romney.


“It always has been, it always will be.”


Frequently throughout the event, Romney cited former President Ronald Reagan to emphasize his views on reducing government spending and the importance of using the private market.


This belief was especially poignant when he discussed modifying America’s health care system. “We don’t want to have government go in and take over health care, we don’t want socialized medicine, we don’t want ‘Hillary care,’” he said.

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Happy Father's Day!

Mitt Romney and his five sons.


To all Fathers everywhere, have a great day. You deserve it!


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Romney Momentum Sweeping California

Looks like the Romney "wave" has hit California!

From Datamar,Inc.

California Statewide Survey

Republican Presidential Primary

Legend: green bar - 6/13/2007 blue bar - 2/15/2007


Mitt Romney leads with 32.3%


Rudy Giuliani 14.7%


Duncan Hunter 11%


John McCain 5.4%



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Friday, June 15, 2007

Our Next First Lady ~ Ann Romney

In the News

Ann Romney: You Gotta Have Faith

By: Sunlen Miller
ABC News


..."Speaking to a crowd of Hispanic clergy and community leaders, Ann Romney, an Episcopalian turned Mormon, addressed how faith has affected all parts of her life." ...


"'My faith experience, well, as you can imagine, you need a lot of faith to raise five boys,' she laughed. "

Romney said raising her family was a lot of joy and placed utmost importance on the roles of a mother and father in society. 'I do recognize the most valuable work being done across the country is that work being done inside the four walls in our homes. And let us not forget how important the work of the mother and father are to raising responsible citizens.'

"Beyond the challenges of motherhood, Romney called on faith during a time she dubs as a 'crisis' in her life, after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998." ...


"The test of faith, she said, during her battle with multiple sclerosis developed a sense of compassion for others. 'I learned to have a more compassionate heart. We all have burdens and we need to learn to carry each other's burdens, lighten each other's load.'" ...


"'We are all children of the same God, and we have to come together to solve our problems and not be fighting so much,' she said. 'I'm hopeful we can get there as a country, and that we will learn to overcome some of the hostility we face in the political arena.'"...


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Romney: "On the Side of Life"

In the News

This morning, Governor Mitt Romney delivered remarks at the National Right to Life Convention Forum in Kansas City, Missouri. Governor Romney spoke about the importance of protecting the sanctity of human life and defending traditional marriage: "Times of decision are moments of great clarity. Before I was Governor, the life issue was just that, an issue. But when responsibility for life or ending life was placed in my hands, I made the right decision. I chose life. Just like some others in the pro-life movement, a moment of decision became a defining moment. And so, every time I faced a decision as Governor that related to life, I came down on the side of life."