Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Mitt Romney Best V.P. Choice for McCain

In the News

Will Romney's Combative Style Net VP Nod?
In Interview With, Ex-McCain Rival Flashes VP-Type Style

This story was written by political reporter Scott Conroy.

"Mitt Romney spent over $35 million of his own money and more than a year of his life on a bid for the presidency that fell short and ended abruptly. The former Massachusetts governor is not one to wallow in failure, but even for the incurably optimistic Romney, portraying his unsuccessful run in a positive light would seem an impossible task. Still, he manages.

"In some respects it's ideal," Romney said only half-jokingly as he sat down for an exclusive national interview with before addressing the crowd at the opening of John McCain's Great Lakes regional headquarters. "Get out of the race just before summer so you can spend some time with the family at the beach."

Despite his deep summer tan, Romney has been anything but a beach bum as of late. Since dropping out of the Republican race in February, he has gone from being John McCain's fiercest rival to one of the Arizona senator's most visible surrogates. What was inconceivable during the height of their primary battles, the prospect of a McCain/Romney ticket, is now a real possibility.

The most obvious assets that Romney would bring to the Republican ticket include his economic expertise, fundraising prowess and potential to give McCain a boost in more than one battleground state. But a less talked about plus side to a Romney vice presidential candidacy is that despite his perpetually sunny demeanor, the former Massachusetts governor is not afraid to unleash razor-sharp political attacks against the opposition.

"This is not the time for an amateur," Romney said of presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama. "This is the time for a tested, proven professional to lead our country." (Watch video of Romney talking about Obama)

Romney brims with confidence and is almost always unflappable. The McCain campaign has taken advantage of Romney's willingness to take the offensive by encouraging him to make TV appearances on the senator's behalf.

The ability to stay on message is an asset for any vice presidential prospect, but that very trait also led to criticisms during Romney's campaign that he could come across as impersonal or robotic.

Asked what his father George, who as Governor of Michigan during the 1960's was a champion of civil rights, would have made of an African-American candidate winning a major party nomination, Romney refused to go off script, even for a moment, to acknowledge Obama's historic achievement.

"I think most Americans do what the Democrats did in their primary, which is they look at the person and say who can be the right leader at a particular point in time, and they make that decision without regard to gender or race or faith," Romney said. "

Read Entire Article Here

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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Romney Campaigning for McCain in Utah

In the News

McCain and Romney make stop in SLC today

The Salt Lake Tribune

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain will make an invitation-only fundraising stop in Salt Lake City at the Grand America Hotel today. Former presidential contender Mitt Romney will accompany McCain to the $1,000-a-person event at the Grand America Hotel, a McCain campaign official confirmed Wednesday on the condition of anonymity.

Romney, who dropped out of the race after poor showings in the primaries, received nearly 90 percent of the Utah GOP vote on Feb. 5, while McCain had just 5 percent. Romney is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as are more than 60 percent of the state's residents. While McCain raised about $183,000 from Utahns since January 2007, Romney raised millions. Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., who has been the subject of media speculation as a possible McCain running mate, will be in attendance, organizers said. McCain also is holding fundraising events in Colorado and Nevada this week.

- by Thomas Burr and Sheena McFarland

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Vice President Romney?

In the News

By Suzanne Struglinski
Deseret Morning News

"Romney, speaking in his first formal television interview since ending his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination last month, told Fox News Channel's Hannity & Colmes that he would be "honored" to be selected as Sen. John McCain's running mate if offered the spot on the ticket.

The Arizona senator locked up the Republican nomination last week, complete with an endorsement from President Bush. McCain and Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who ran the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, waged a sometimes bitter fight for Republican delegates during the first two months of GOP primaries.

"I think any Republican leader in this country would be honored to be asked to serve as the vice presidential nominee, myself included," Romney said Tuesday.

Romney also used the interview to show he isn't shy about attacking the Democratic hopefuls.

Listening to Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton discuss their national security credentials, Romney said, is akin to "listening to two Chihuahuas argue about which is the biggest dog.

"When it comes to national security, John McCain is the big dog, and they are the Chihuahuas," Romney said.
Romney said he expects Obama to eventually emerge as the Democratic nominee, which he thinks is the better matchup for McCain in November.

Talk of Romney being on the short-list of vice presidential picks began soon after he dropped out of the race in a Feb. 7 speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference. He endorsed McCain on Feb. 14.

Recently, Romney has been mentioned as a potential McCain running mate by former White House deputy chief of staff and adviser Karl Rove and political pundit Bob Novak."

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Monday, March 10, 2008

Mitt Romney on "Hannity & Colmes" Show Tuesday

Gov. Mitt Romney will appear on the "Hannity & Colmes" show on Tuesday, March 11th and there is plenty of speculation going around. Several GOP leaders have been suggesting lately that John McCain would be very wise to pick Romney as his running mate. The choice of Romney as Vice President would comfort and re-energize Conservatives and pull more donations into the GOP.

Mitt Romney's website is back up and running. (with a new tab labeled "Announcements"!!!)

Romney's son, Josh Romney, has decided not to persue a political career just yet. (Does Mitt still need Josh's campaigning help?)

The rumors abound. "Hannity & Colmes " should have great viewer ratings Tuesday !
Tune in.

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Monday, March 3, 2008

Romney for V.P.?

On the Web

Novak: Rove Wants Romney as VP

Former White House political guru Karl Rove is urging that Sen. John McCain pick Mitt Romney as his running mate, writes veteran Washington columnist Robert Novak.
According to Novak, Rove and other GOP bigwigs want Romney in the No. 2 spot despite the bad blood that exists between the former Massachusetts governor and McCain, an enmity that grew out of their heated rivalry during the Republican presidential primaries.

Read Entire Article

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Conservatives Still 'Holding Out for a Hero'

A great post from an excellent new blog, Romney Revolution 2012 :

The Consevative Movement Needs Mitt Romney

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Saturday, March 1, 2008

Romney 2012

I've posted this video before, but it deserves repeating
and I think I'll post it the first of each month through 2012.

Romney 2012 - Bring America Back

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Huckabee Made the Mormon Factor Matter in Romney's Campaign

On the Web

Josh Romney on the "Mormon Factor"


As he mulls a run for Congress in Utah, Mitt Romney's son Josh tells the Deseret Morning News that the Mormon factor mattered in his dad's primary loss largely because Mike Huckabee made it an issue:
Huckabee, a Southern Baptist minister, brought out a surprising number of evangelical voters in Iowa. They weren't voting against a Mormon candidate, Josh Romney said, but he did run into some "pockets of bigotry" occasionally on the campaign trail.
"When it's religion, you definitely take it personally," he said. "It's highly offensive, but I think that the vast majority of people we saw were very accepting. They said, 'Your dad shares our values and we don't care about his religion."'
Only a few times, he said, did he hear voters say they couldn't support a Mormon candidate for president. "I said, 'That's a very un-American thing to say.' I mean, this is a country that based on religious freedom," Josh Romney said.
At the beginning of the campaign, he said, there was much more attention on Mitt Romney's faith, including a Newsweek cover story. "People, when all they knew about my dad was that he was a Mormon, they had a lot of questions about it," Josh Romney said.
That interest had lessened as the campaign season wore on, he said, until Huckabee raised the question of whether Mormons believe that Jesus and the devil are brothers during a New York Times interview in December.
That may have hurt his father's campaign, because "it highlighted the fact that his religious views were different" and turned attention back to Mormonism for a few weeks, he said. "It was a smart political move for Gov. Huckabee."

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Josh Romney May Run for Congress

I live in this 2nd Congressional District. And, I've said all along, I'll be voting for Romney this November (I'm writing-in Mitt Romney). Now it looks like I'll be voting for another Romney, as well. Josh Romney is considering running for Congress in my Home District!

In the News

Romney's son may run for Congress

Mitt Romney's third son, Josh Romney, got a taste of politics during his father's campaign

By Cathy McKitrick
The Salt Lake Tribune

Rep. Jim Matheson - Utah's lone Democrat in Congress - enjoys broad support for his even-handed representation of the sprawling 2nd District.
For that reason, most Republicans consider him almost unbeatable. But if anyone could, they say, its Josh Romney, the third of Mitt and Ann Romney's five sons.
"Josh is incredibly bright, very able," said Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics. "He's really learned the art of politics over this last year, campaigning so hard for his father."
Mitt Romney garnered 90 percent of the vote in Utah's recent Republican Presidential primary. Jowers served as an advisor to his now-suspended campaign.
"Josh would be the best candidate we could put forward against Matheson," Jowers said Monday.
According to Don Sterling, advisor to Josh Romney, the young father of three is giving the idea "strong consideration."
"He's weighing his options and not closing any doors," Sterling said. "Josh feels he can be of benefit to the party and the political process here in Utah . . . now or in the future."
If Josh Romney commits to a 2008 run, can he win?
"I think the answer is yes," said Stan Lockhart, chairman of the state Republican Party. "Anybody can beat anybody, depending on the circumstances. It's a long way to
Even so, some see it as a long shot.
"It would be an incredibly difficult campaign for anyone to take on Jim Matheson," Jowers said. "He's proven to be an excellent legislator" - one who has scrapped to gain his status.
Such a run would require "money off the charts and name recognition off the charts," said KSL-Radio host Doug Wright, who seriously considered a race against Matheson himself in 2006.
"There was a better shot at beating Jim Matheson then," Wright said. "This will be an overall tough year. There seems to be a fire under the Democratic Party nationally."
Wayne Holland, chairman of the Utah Democratic Party, agrees that the political climate has changed - a shift he attributes to Republican arrogance at both the state and federal levels.
"It's a good time to be us," Holland said.
"Josh Romney has a political future," he acknowledged. "I can't imagine him challenging Jim Matheson, who has higher approval ratings than any other member of the Congressional delegation."
Matheson, interviewed in Washington, D.C., said he'll campaign hard this year, Romney or no Romney.
"I never run against someone. I always run for election to office. And I always plan for a tough race," Matheson said. "This year is no different."

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

"America's Culture of Conservatism"

I hope you will all come check out my new Conservative blog. It will cover everything and anything to do with American Conservatism. This blog is Dedicated to protecting, preserving and upholding American Conservative Culture, Principles, Values and Vision.

I would appreciate any comments or suggestions. And if you have a conservative blog and would like to exchange links, please let me know.

Though we may have to wait four more years until we elect President Mitt Romney, we can get busy and use the time productively and work to promote American Conservatism. Our country's future depends on it!

Evangelicals Already Unhappy With McCain

In the News


The lukewarm support for Mitt Romney left a void that evangelical preacher Mike Huckabee was only too happy to fill. The result: A GOP nominee who strays far from the flock.

By Daniel Gilgoff
USA Today Opinion

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Monday, February 18, 2008

Right-on Romney Rap

I usually can't stand "Rap", but I found this 'Romney Rap' on YouTube and the message is right-on.

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Friday, February 15, 2008

Reasons for McCain / Romney

A right-on post from "Look2theWest" blog. It expresses my thoughts perfectly on
John McCain and what he might do to win over conservatives and unite the GOP.

8 Reasons for McCain-Romney.

"The GOP is split right now. Oddly enough, Huckabee’s stubborn reluctance to withdraw seems irrelevant. The real problem is McCain.

The unethical way McCain sucker punched Romney in Florida. The unprincipled way McCain stood with those who came here illegally and against those who took a “principled stand for the rule of law”. The ungrateful way McCain sneers at those who in the private sector who, by the way, create the wealth that pays for our kick-ass military.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Bring America Back !

An ad urging Mitt Romney to run again in 2012

Romney 2012 -- "Bring America Back"

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Monday, February 11, 2008

Romney's Exit 'Bad for Business'

Mitt Romney’s exit from the presidential race on Thursday means Michigan businesses lose a possible ally in Washington, Detroit-area business and political leaders say.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

The 'Message' of Mitt Romney's Presidential Run

On this Sunday, following Mitt Romney's suspension of his Presidential campaign, some writers are examining the affect his run has had on the LDS Church:

It's reported that when Mitt Romney was in Utah saving the 2002 Olympics, he was told by then LDS Prophet and President, Gordon B. Hinckley, when asked about his probable run for the U.S. Presidency,

"It will be a blessing if you lose, and it will be a blessing if you win."

I think this might have been a very prophetic message. Mitt Romney will 'lose' and then he will win. So last week, we got past the 'lose' part of the prophecy. Now we can all get busy on the 'win' part of the prophecy, even if it takes four more years. Mitt Romney, the LDS Church and all of his supporters will continue to be blessed, in the meantime!

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Mitt Romney Wins CPAC Straw Poll

On the Web

Posted on the American Spectator Blog at 5:20:29 PM Saturday, February 9th:
"Romney just beat McCain by one point in the CPAC straw poll, 35 percent to 34 percent. The crowd went wild, for what reason, I don't know."


from "Mitt Romney's Rally America" :
"Conservatives went wild for Romney at CPAC Saturday afternoon just as they had on Thursday ... because they have found the heroic leader they have been waiting for. It took them a while because they had to make their way through a jungle of anti-Romney lies, distortions, and blathering from the media, the other campaigns, and the Beltway Republican establishment. But conservatives finally recognized one of their own."

Friday, February 8, 2008

Gov. Mitt Romney's CPAC Speech

Governor Mitt Romney's speech at the Conservative Political Action Committe 2008.

Laura Ingraham introduced Mitt Romney as the Conservative's Conservative.
Indeed, he is.

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Thursday, February 7, 2008

Mitt Romney Has My Vote, No Matter What

On the Web

The following comment was found in response to a article about Mitt Romney and John McCain speaking today to the Conservative base at CPAC.

I definitely agree with Traci and her decision.
Mitt Romney WILL have my vote on November 4, 2008.

"Open Letter to Conservative Republicans–

All morning I have been trying to wrap my mind around the political events that unfolded on Super Tuesday, and over the past two weeks. I’ve watched the vehement “moderately liberal” McCain become the vehement “true Conservative” that is proud of his “Conservative Record.” I’ve heard him declare his right and even inevitability to become the Republican nominee and watched/heard him lie about Romney while using Huckabee as a political pawn. I also watched one famous Conservative declare that when it boils down to it, she will rally around and vote for the Republican nominee even if it is McCain–and predicted the rest of us would follow suit.

Really? I cannot agree that a vote for McCain is good for the party much less good for this nation. As a self-declared Conservative, I’ve been trying to evaluate my options. I cannot vote for McCain who obviously wields political tactics that disgust me, nor can I accept the possibility of supporting a vice-president “Christian” who is blatantly intolerant of other religions.

What to do, what to do? Opting out of voting has never sat well with me, un-declaring myself a Republican and becoming an Independent seems rash, voting for a Democrat seems irrational, and as stated above, the thought of voting for McCain is unthinkable.

So, as grass-roots as it sounds, I am going to write-in my vote. I want to be heard, I want to exercise my right to vote, I want to have peace of mind that I did vote for the right candidate. So, Mr. Mitt Romney, Republican Nominee or not, you have my vote on November 4, 2008.

I feel the political strife and burden of Election 2008 lifting already…

Much Regards and Best Wishes to my fellow Conservative Republicans,

Traci N. Peterson
Troy, MI"

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Romney, "Because I love America, I must now stand aside"

Governor Mitt Romney Addresses CPAC

Washington, D.C. – Today, addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Governor Romney announced that he was suspending his presidential campaign for the sake of Republican unity and the future of our country. In 2008, Republicans must stand united if we are to prevent Senators Clinton and Obama from taking the White House. As a nation at war and facing uncertain economic times, the American people cannot afford the Democrats and their agenda for retreat and economic slowdown. With today's speech, Governor Romney outlined the significance of this election and the need for the Republican Party to remain strong. Governor Romney's Address To CPAC (As Prepared For Delivery):

"I want to begin by saying thank you. It's great to be with you again. And I look forward to joining with you many more times in the future. "Last year, CPAC gave me the sendoff I needed. I was in single digits in the polls, and I was facing household Republican names. As of today, more than 4 million people have given me their vote for President, less than Senator McCain's 4.7 million, but quite a statement nonetheless. Eleven states have given me their nod, compared to his 13. Of course, because size does matter, he's doing quite a bit better with his number of delegates.

"To all of you, thank you for caring enough about the future of America to show up, stand up and speak up for conservative principles.

"As I said to you last year, conservative principles are needed now more than ever. We face a new generation of challenges, challenges which threaten our prosperity, our security and our future. I am convinced that unless America changes course, we will become the France of the 21st century – still a great nation, but no longer the leader of the world, no longer the superpower. And to me, that is unthinkable. Simon Peres, in a visit to Boston, was asked what he thought about the war in Iraq. 'First,' he said, 'I must put something in context. America is unique in the history of the world. In the history of the world, whenever there has been conflict, the nation that wins takes land from the nation that loses. One nation in history, and this during the last century, laid down hundreds of thousands of lives and took no land. No land from Germany, no land from Japan, no land from Korea. America is unique in the sacrifice it has made for liberty, for itself and for freedom loving people around the world.' The best ally peace has ever known, and will ever know, is a strong America.

"And that is why we must rise to the occasion, as we have always done before, to confront the challenges ahead. Perhaps the most fundamental of these is the attack on the American culture.

"Over the years, my business has taken me to many countries. I have been struck by the enormous differences in the wealth and well-being of people of different nations. I have read a number of scholarly explanations for the disparities. I found the most convincing was that written by David Landes, a professor emeritus from Harvard University. I presume he's a liberal – I guess that's redundant. His work traces the coming and going of great civilizations throughout history. After hundreds of pages of analysis, he concludes with this: "If we learn anything from the history of economic development, it is that culture makes all the difference. Culture makes all the difference.

"What is it about American culture that has led us to become the most powerful nation in the history of the world? We believe in hard work and education. We love opportunity: almost all of us are immigrants or descendants of immigrants who came here for opportunity – opportunity is in our DNA. Americans love God, and those who don't have faith, typically believe in something greater than themselves – a 'Purpose Driven Life.' And we sacrifice everything we have, even our lives, for our families, our freedoms and our country. The values and beliefs of the free American people are the source of our nation's strength and they always will be.

"The threat to our culture comes from within. The 1960's welfare programs created a culture of poverty. Some think we won that battle when we reformed welfare, but the liberals haven't given up. At every turn, they try to substitute government largesse for individual responsibility. They fight to strip work requirements from welfare, to put more people on Medicaid, and to remove more and more people from having to pay any income tax whatsoever. Dependency is death to initiative, risk-taking and opportunity. Dependency is a culture-killing drug. We have got to fight it like the poison it is.

"The attack on faith and religion is no less relentless. And tolerance for pornography – even celebration of it – and sexual promiscuity, combined with the twisted incentives of government welfare programs have led to today's grim realities: 68% of African American children are born out-of-wedlock, 45% of Hispanic children, and 25% of White children. How much harder it is for these children to succeed in school and in life. A nation built on the principles of the Founding Fathers cannot long stand when its children are raised without fathers in the home.

"The development of a child is enhanced by having a mother and father. Such a family is the ideal for the future of the child and for the strength of a nation. I wonder how it is that unelected judges, like some in my state of Massachusetts, are so unaware of this reality, so oblivious to the millennia of recorded history. It is time for the people of America to fortify marriage through Constitutional amendment, so that liberal judges cannot continue to attack it.

"Europe is facing a demographic disaster. That is the inevitable product of weakened faith in the Creator, failed families, disrespect for the sanctity of human life and eroded morality. Some reason that culture is merely an accessory to America's vitality; we know that it is the source of our strength. And we are not dissuaded by the snickers and knowing glances when we stand up for family values, and morality, and culture. We will always be honored to stand on principle and to stand for principle.

"The attack on our culture is not our sole challenge. We face economic competition unlike anything we have ever known before. China and Asia are emerging from centuries of poverty. Their people are plentiful, innovative and ambitious. If we do not change course, Asia or China will pass us by as the economic superpower, just as we passed England and France during the last century. The prosperity and security of our children and grandchildren depend on us.

"Our prosperity and security also depend on finally acting to become energy secure. Oil producing states like Russia and Venezuela, Saudi Arabia and Iran are siphoning over $400 billion per year from our economy – that's almost what we spend annually for defense. It is past time for us to invest in energy technology, nuclear power, clean coal, liquid coal, renewable sources and energy efficiency. America must never be held hostage by the likes of Putin, Chavez, and Ahmadinejad.

"And our economy is also burdened by the inexorable ramping of government spending. Don't focus on the pork alone – even though it is indeed irritating and shameful. Look at the entitlements. They make up 60% of federal spending today. By the end of the next President's second term, they will total 70%. Any conservative plan for the future has to include entitlement reform that solves the problem, not just acknowledges it.

"Most politicians don't seem to understand the connection between our ability to compete and our national wealth, and the wealth of our families. They act as if money just happens – that it's just there. But every dollar represents a good or service produced in the private sector. Depress the private sector and you depress the well-being of Americans.

"That's exactly what happens with high taxes, over-regulation, tort windfalls, mandates, and overfed, over-spending government. Did you see that today, government workers make more money than people who work in the private sector? Can you imagine what happens to an economy where the best opportunities are for bureaucrats?

"It's high time to lower taxes, including corporate taxes, to take a weed-whacker to government regulations, to reform entitlements, and to stand up to the increasingly voracious appetite of the unions in our government.

"And finally, let's consider the greatest challenge facing America – and facing the entire civilized world: the threat of violent, radical Jihad. In one wing of the world of Islam, there is a conviction that all governments should be destroyed and replaced by a religious caliphate. These Jihadists will battle any form of democracy. To them, democracy is blasphemous for it says that citizens, not God shape the law. They find the idea of human equality to be offensive. They hate everything we believe about freedom just as we hate everything they believe about radical Jihad.

"To battle this threat, we have sent the most courageous and brave soldiers in the world. But their numbers have been depleted by the Clinton years when troops were reduced by 500,000, when 80 ships were retired from the Navy, and when our human intelligence was slashed by 25%. We were told that we were getting a peace dividend. We got the dividend, but we didn't get the peace. In the face of evil in radical Jihad and given the inevitable military ambitions of China, we must act to rebuild our military might – raise military spending to 4% of our GDP, purchase the most modern armament, re-shape our fighting forces for the asymmetric demands we now face, and give the veterans the care they deserve.

"Soon, the face of liberalism in America will have a new name. Whether it is Barack or Hillary, the result would be the same if they were to win the Presidency. The opponents of American culture would push the throttle, devising new justifications for judges to depart from the Constitution. Economic neophytes would layer heavier and heavier burdens on employers and families, slowing our economy and opening the way for foreign competition to further erode our lead.

"Even though we face an uphill fight, I know that many in this room are fully behind my campaign. You are with me all the way to the convention. Fight on, just like Ronald Reagan did in 1976. But there is an important difference from 1976: today, we are a nation at war.

"And Barack and Hillary have made their intentions clear regarding Iraq and the war on terror. They would retreat and declare defeat. And the consequence of that would be devastating. It would mean attacks on America, launched from safe havens that make Afghanistan under the Taliban look like child's play. About this, I have no doubt. "I disagree with Senator McCain on a number of issues, as you know. But I agree with him on doing whatever it takes to be successful in Iraq, on finding and executing Osama bin Laden, and on eliminating Al Qaeda and terror. If I fight on in my campaign, all the way to the convention, I would forestall the launch of a national campaign and make it more likely that Senator Clinton or Obama would win. And in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign, be a part of aiding a surrender to terror.

"This is not an easy decision for me. I hate to lose. My family, my friends and our supporters – many of you right here in this room – have given a great deal to get me where I have a shot at becoming President. If this were only about me, I would go on. But I entered this race because I love America, and because I love America, I feel I must now stand aside, for our party and for our country.

"I will continue to stand for conservative principles. I will fight alongside you for all the things we believe in. And one of those things is that we cannot allow the next President of the United States to retreat in the face evil extremism.

"It is the common task of each generation – and the burden of liberty – to preserve this country, expand its freedoms and renew its spirit so that its noble past is prologue to its glorious future.

"To this task, accepting this burden, we are all dedicated, and I firmly believe, by the providence of the Almighty, that we will succeed beyond our fondest hope. America must remain, as it has always been, the hope of the Earth. "Thank you, and God bless America."

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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Mitt Romney on Super Tuesday

In Case You Missed It:

Governor Mitt Romney On Super Tuesday

Governor Romney On The Importance Of These Times (Fox News' "Fox & Friends," 2/5/08):

Governor Romney: "These are really critical times for our country. We face extraordinary challenges from the jihadists, from new competition from Asia. We see our economy getting weaker. People wonder how they are going to pay their bills, gas bills, heating bills. If America keeps on the same track we're on, we're not going to remain the most powerful nation on Earth. Washington is fundamentally broken, and it's not going to get changed by people who spent their whole life in Washington. You're going to have to have somebody come from the outside, the way Ronald Reagan came from the outside, and shake Washington up. And that's exactly what I intend to do. I don't think it's also possible to have somebody lead our party who is very much outside the house that Reagan built. Senator McCain's a fine fellow, national hero. But his positions on the keystone issues of his 25 years are positions that are more like Democrats than like those of Republicans."
To watch Governor Romney, please see:

Governor Romney On Conservative Support (MSNBC's "Morning Joe," 2/5/08): Governor Romney:

"This is just the beginning. We've got a lot of states to go. And what we're seeing is, by virtue of voices like yours and others across the conservative world, conservatives are waking up, and they're saying, 'Look, we just can't take a left turn in our party. We've got to stand by the principles that Ronald Reagan laid out.' And I'm the conservative candidate in this race. It's become a two-person race, and in California over the weekend, as you point out, the polls show that I'm tied there or doing a little better than tied. You never know whether to believe polls or not. But then you look at Maine, we just had a caucus in Maine over the weekend. Both U.S. Senators were fighting for Senator McCain, but you know what, I won there by 50 to 20. The signs are good that conservatives are listening and saying, 'You know what, we don't want to take the liberal path.'"
To watch Governor Romney, please see:

Governor Romney On The Needed Executive Experience (MSNBC's "Morning Joe," 2/5/08):

Governor Romney: "You know, I do think there are a couple of things that make it or break it. One is life experience. Senator McCain has spent 25 years in the United States Senate. He's a fine Senator. He has his own perspectives and views there. He's very well noted for major pieces of legislation, but in every case I can recall, the pieces of legislation he's noted for were ones that were, if you will, Democrat pieces of legislation he attached his name to. He was not noted for doing great things within his own party. But then perhaps beyond that is the fact that he spent his life in Congress with 500 people there debating bills, sitting on committees. I spent my life out running businesses and then running the Olympics and then running a state. I have a record of actually having worked to create jobs. I understand how the economy works at the ground level."
To watch Governor Romney, please see:

Rush Limbaugh on Mitt Romney

In the News

RUSH: I want to clarify something that I said in the last hour. I had a caller who was talking about the three legs of the conservative stool, and I said that one of the reasons why voters on our side are going to three or four different candidates is because not one candidate embodies all three legs of the stool. The more accurate way to have stated that was that at the outset of our campaign, there wasn't one who had all three legs. Well, there was one. Fred Thompson did, but he was never really a factor, for reasons we can only guess about. But after that, Romney, McCain, Huckabee, Ron Paul; each one of these guys had a strength on one of those legs of the stool, and so our guys, our side, went off on their single-issue preferences.
I think now, based on the way the campaign has shaken out, that there probably is a candidate on our side who does embody all three legs of the conservative stool, and that's Romney. The three stools or the three legs of the stool are national security/foreign policy, the social conservatives, and the fiscal conservatives. The social conservatives are the cultural people. The fiscal conservatives are the economic crowd: low taxes, smaller government, get out of the way.

Of course, the foreign policy crowd is obviously what it is. I don't think there's anybody on our side who doesn't care about national security, which is why I found it amazing that McCain gets the bulk of those, because the idea that Romney or Huckabee are going to punt national security? In Huckabee's case, you might just say the things he's saying about it represent an ignorance born of inexperience in the subject. I don't think Huckabee has any deleterious intentions about the country. When it comes to the fiscal side, you cannot say -- you just cannot say -- that John McCain is interested. He's even admitted he's not interested in the social side. He's not interested in the economic side. He said this, and when he has spoken up about it, he sides more often with liberal Democrats on fiscal issues than he does with his own side. That's problematic. This is why I think -- and why I have said -- that the Republican Party, not conservatism, but the Republican Party is in big trouble if it is empowered and gets elected by attracting people who also hold liberal Democrat views simply because they like McCain because of his character, his honor, his prisoner of war story, and they don't like Hillary or Obama.

Now, I'm going to just tell you, folks. If the Republican Party grows and spans by attracting liberals as liberals -- and if we grow and expand because we have a candidate who's going out trying to attract liberals by being like them -- then the party's going to be around, but you won't recognize it. It's going to be over as it exists now, if that becomes the reality. "Look at how McCain won. Why, he got liberals and liberal independents!" Yeah, look at how he won! He ran as a liberal and won as a liberal. That's really great for the Republican Party, right? So my take is, speaking for myself, I'm being honest here. All I do is tell you what I think. What you do with it is up to you. You are not mind-numbed robots, as you know. I'm not a Svengali, I'm not a pied piper, and you're not lemmings running off the cliff. If I look at this roster of three candidates -- if I look at Hillary-Obama, about whom there's not a dime's worth of difference, because they're so far left it doesn't matter which one of them wins. If McCain adopts economic policies that sound very much like what you'd get from Hillary-Obama, and if I think those policies are going to take the country down the tubes I'd just as soon the Democrats take the hit for it, not us. Plain and simple.

I think that's pretty wise. I think right now Romney probably -- as the campaign has coalesced and as the campaign has progressed on down the highway -- I think the one candidate of the three still out there on our side that matter (and, actually, it's just two, because Huckabee doesn't, in terms of a chance to win) in saying who more closely embodies all three legs of this conservative stool, you'd have to say that it's Mitt Romney. There's actually no choice in the matter. It certainly isn't Senator McCain.

John McCain's "Backroom Deals"

Campaign Manager Beth Myers On The West Virginia Convention

Boston, MA – Today, Romney for President Campaign Manager Beth Myers issued the following statement regarding the outcome of West Virginia's Republican Party convention:

"Unfortunately, this is what Senator McCain's inside Washington ways look like: he cut a backroom deal with the tax-and-spend candidate he thought could best stop Governor Romney's campaign of conservative change.

"Governor Romney had enough respect for the Republican voters of West Virginia to make an appeal to them about the future of the party based on issues. This is why he led on today's first ballot. Sadly, Senator McCain cut a Washington backroom deal in a way that once again underscores his legacy of working against Republicans who are interested in championing conservative policies and rebuilding the party."

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Dr. James Dobson Won't Vote for John McCain

Statement From Dr. James Dobson As Delivered By Laura Ingraham On "The Laura Ingraham Show" (2/5/08):

"I'm deeply disappointed the Republican Party seems poised to select a nominee who did not support a Constitutional amendment to protect the institution of marriage, who voted for embryonic stem cell research to kill nascent human beings, who opposed tax cuts that ended the marriage penalty, and who has little regard for freedom of speech, who organized the Gang of 14 to preserve filibusters, and has a legendary temper and often uses foul and obscene language.

"I am convinced Sen. McCain is not a conservative, and in fact, has gone out of his way to stick his thumb in the eyes of those who are. He has at times sounded more like a member of the other party. McCain actually considered leaving the GOP in 2001, and approached John Kerry about being Kerry's running mate in 2004. McCain also said publicly that Hillary Clinton would make a good president. Given these and many other concerns, a spoonful of sugar does not make the medicine go down. I cannot, and I will not vote for Sen. John McCain, as a matter of conscience.

"But what a sad and melancholy decision this is for me and many other conservatives. Should John McCain capture the nomination as many assume, I believe this general election will offer the worst choices for president in my lifetime. I certainly can't vote for Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama based on their virulently anti-family policy positions. If these are the nominees in November, I simply will not cast a ballot for president for the first time in my life. These decisions are my personal views and do not represent the organization with which I'm affiliated. They do reflect, however, my deeply held convictions about the institution of the family, about moral and spiritual beliefs, and about the welfare of our country."

"I'm deeply disappointed the Republican Party seems poised to select a nominee who did not support a Constitutional amendment to protect the institution of marriage, who voted for embryonic stem cell research to kill nascent human beings, who opposed tax cuts that ended the marriage penalty, and who has little regard for freedom of speech, who organized the Gang of 14 to preserve filibusters, and has a legendary temper and often uses foul and obscene language.

"I am convinced Sen. McCain is not a conservative, and in fact, has gone out of his way to stick his thumb in the eyes of those who are. He has at times sounded more like a member of the other party. McCain actually considered leaving the GOP in 2001, and approached John Kerry about being Kerry's running mate in 2004. McCain also said publicly that Hillary Clinton would make a good president. Given these and many other concerns, a spoonful of sugar does not make the medicine go down. I cannot, and I will not vote for Sen. John McCain, as a matter of conscience.

"But what a sad and melancholy decision this is for me and many other conservatives. Should John McCain capture the nomination as many assume, I believe this general election will offer the worst choices for president in my lifetime. I certainly can't vote for Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama based on their virulently anti-family policy positions. If these are the nominees in November, I simply will not cast a ballot for president for the first time in my life. These decisions are my personal views and do not represent the organization with which I'm affiliated. They do reflect, however, my deeply held convictions about the institution of the family, about moral and spiritual beliefs, and about the welfare of our country."

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Monday, February 4, 2008

New Romney ad - "Very Close"

Tomorrow is Super Tuesday and Republican voters need to keep in mind that John McCain and Hillary Clinton are "very close" in a number of issues. In a Clinton - McCain Debate, the most often heard phrase would be,
"I agree!"

Mitt Romney is the true Conservative and will lead the Republican Party and America in the way Republicans and most Americans want our country to be led. Strong Military, Strong Economy, Strong Families, Conservative Values.

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Mitt Romney and the Future of the Republican Party

In Case You Missed It: Governor Mitt Romney On The Future Of The
Republican Party

Governor Romney On The Future Of The Republican Party (ABC's "This Week," 2/3/08):

Governor Romney: "Well, I think the answer is that you make sure as you go across the country that you build the support among the base of our party, to remind them that this is a battle in some respects for the heart and soul of the Republican Party. Frankly, if we want a party that is indistinguishable from Hillary Clinton on an issue like illegal immigration, that we're going to have John McCain as a nominee, that's the wrong way to go. "Instead, I believe that you're going to want somebody who can show a contrast on issues like campaign finance reform, like illegal immigration, like global warming. Senator McCain wants to add about a 50 cent per gallon charge to gasoline for everybody in America. I think those are the wrong directions. I think the mainstream members of my party are going to choose somebody who stands for the same kind of principles that built the house that Ronald Reagan built. I think the voices of conservatism across the country – radio talk show hosts, magazine columnists and so forth who are conservative mainstream Republicans – are coming out for me in record numbers. "I think that's what you saw in Maine yesterday. The kind of support that came from the caucus attendees I think had to shock the McCain folks, because they had both Senators. Both Senator Collins and Senator Olympia Snowe were fighting very hard for John McCain. And they were shocked that Republicans came out in record numbers in the caucuses and said, 'No way, we're not taking a left turn in the Republican Party. We're staying in the house that Reagan built.'" To watch Governor Romney, please see:

Governor Romney On Getting The Job Done In Washington (CNN's "Late Edition," 2/3/08): Governor Romney: "Well, a couple things. First of all, it's interesting to see how Washington politicians think about action. For them, it's reaching across aisles and committee meetings and bills. Action where I come from means getting the job done, actually making things better for Americans. That means getting health care for citizens. It means balancing the budget. It means cutting out wasteful spending. It means creating jobs. That?s what I spent my life doing. "I don't disagree with Senator McCain on every issue. Of course not, particularly on Iraq for instance, we?re on the same page on that. But there are a number of places where he took a very sharp left turn. McCain-Feingold was one. It hurt the First Amendment, and it hurt our party. Then McCain-Kennedy, which gave amnesty to all illegal aliens in this country other than criminals, that's certainly not conservative. The new McCain-Lieberman, which put this 50 cent per gallon charge on gasoline, that's not conservative. Voting against the Bush tax cuts, that's not conservative. Senator McCain is a fine man and I understand why right now he's going to dress himself in conservative garb, but his track record and the bills he fights for are a long way from conservative." To watch Governor Romney, please see:

Governor Romney: The Right Experience To Strengthen Our Economy (CNN's "Late Edition," 2/3/08): Governor Romney: "Number two, does anyone really think that at a time when our economy is struggling, that the right course for America is to choose somebody who's never had a job in the real economy? Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and Senator McCain for that matter, have spoken about all the things they do, but they've lived their lives in Washington. And if people really think that a lifelong Washington politician can guide our country to build our economy to make sure it remains the most powerful economy in the world without having ever worked in the economy, then they've got a different perspective on how the world works than I do. I think right now it's more important to know how America works than to know how Washington works. I think we have enough of the politicians, and it's time to have somebody from outside Washington, like Ronald Reagan was outside Washington, go there and shake it up and get it back on the right track." To watch Governor Romney, please see: