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Posted on 09/23/2007 7:53:18 AM PDT by Spiff
Mackinac Island, MI- Gov Mitt Romney won the Michigan Republican Leadership Conference straw poll, receiving 39 % of the 979 votes cast. Sen. John McCain came in second with 27%, followed by Rep. Ron Paul with 10.8%. The straw poll, sponsored by the Hotline, was held this Friday and Saturday on Mackinac Island. Frmr New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was close behind Paul, taking 10.62%. Frmr Sen. Fred Thompson took 7%. All five spoke before conference attendees this weekend, as did Rep. Duncan Hunter, who took 1% of the vote. Mike Huckabee and Sam Brownback were scheduled to appear, but cancelled on Friday. The Michigan Republican party unofficially certified the straw poll results. Only conference registrants who were Michigan residents were eligible to vote. Final results are below:
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Gov Mitt Romney won the Michigan Republican Leadership Conference straw poll, receiving 39 % of the 979 votes cast.
Sen. John McCain came in second with 27%, followed by Rep. Ron Paul with 10.8%.
The straw poll, sponsored by the Hotline, was held this Friday and Saturday on Mackinac Island.
Frmr New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was close behind Paul, taking 10.62%. Frmr Sen. Fred Thompson took 7%. All five spoke before conference attendees this weekend, as did Rep. Duncan Hunter, who took 1% of the vote. Mike Huckabee and Sam Brownback were scheduled to appear, but cancelled on Friday.
The Michigan Republican party unofficially certified the straw poll results.
Only conference registrants who were Michigan residents were eligible to vote.
Final results are below:
Romney won the Mackinac Island vote? Oh, fudge.
Governor Mitt Romney’s Remarks At The Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference
Saturday, Sep 22, 2007
“It’s good to be back home in Mackinac. One of the things I like best is that there are no cars on the island. Unfortunately, that’s Al Gore’s vision for all of America .
“I spent a few great summers here up in that big white home on the hill. We need to get a Republican family back in there again. And we need to keep a Republican family in the White House in Washington as well!
“I don’t have to tell you that my Dad made a mark on Michigan. And he made a mark on me. And I guess that is at the heart of things; he’s a big part of why I’m running for President today. In 1957, when he was the President of America n Motors, he gave a speech in which he reported the following conversation:
“’My nine year old son’ that would be me ‘came home from school and said “Mom, we really build the best cars, don’t we?”’
“She said, ‘Why Mitt, of course we do. Why do you ask?’
“’Well, if we build the best cars, why is it that less than three percent of the people agree with us?’
“After my Dad heard of this conversation, he took me aside and said, ‘Look, Mitt, size doesn’t always indicate strength and popularity doesn’t always indicate truth, and sales volume doesn’t always indicate value.’
“And then he added: ‘Right always prevails.’
“Quite a Dad, teaching lessons like that to his nine year old son. Lessons I have taken to heart.
“Now, a few years older, as I have looked at the history of this nation, I have become convinced that right does indeed prevail. America has faced and overcome great challenges. These have become defining moments, inflection points, where the course of our history has changed.
“I believe that we are at an inflection point today. Forces of globalization, the emergence of new economic powerhouses like China and India, and the spread of radical violent Jihad have created a perfect storm that will change the course of our nation. And, we face unprecedented challenges in securing our borders , protecting the family , creating new jobs and achieving energy security .
“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 small government. Governments should be restrained so that the freedoms and vitality of individuals and enterprises can be unleashed. Compared to free markets and free enterprises, government is slow to act, wasteful, duplicative, bureaucratic, inefficient, ineffective, and unresponsive. Have I left anything out? Other than that, government isn’t all bad.
” Hillary Clinton fundamentally doesn’t trust the private sector. Of course not, she’s never worked in the private sector, except to sue people. So when she sees a problem in the marketplace, she naturally thinks more government and higher taxes are the solution. She sees the problems in healthcare , for example, and proposes more government. With her plan, patients would have to get used to hearing these words: ‘The bureaucrat will see you now.’ The right answer is less government, less regulation, more individual responsibility, and more of the market dynamics that propel the rest of our economy . This is why I predict that HillaryCare version 2.0 will meet the same fate as version one: ignominious defeat.
” Republicans for Change like small government.
” Republicans for Change are also fiscally responsible. We refuse to charge our children and grand children for our excessive spending. Even in Massachusetts facing a nearly $3 billion budget gap, the legislature and I balanced the budget every year and replenished the rainy day fund, without raising taxes and without raising our borrowing cap. Now it’s Washington’s turn to do the same. If I am elected President, I will cap non-military discretionary spending at inflation less one percent. If I get appropriations above that amount, I will veto them. And I like vetoes. I’ve vetoed hundreds of items already. Let’s put some fresh ink in the Presidential veto pen!
“Here in Michigan, Governor Granholm has taken this state to the brink. By not restructuring state programs and by not shrinking government, she has precipitated a Hobbesian choice raise taxes or shut down government. If you like what Governor Granholm has done to Michigan, you’ll love what a President Hillary Clinton would do to America. Let’s make sure America doesn’t make the same mistake Michigan made last November!
” 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 America n 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 are respectful and civil. We will work with good Democrats, Democrats who also love America, to change Washington and confront the new generation of challenges we face. The political atmosphere in Washington has become so toxic, we are in danger of weakening ourselves from within. America needs unifying leadership. I’ve found that we can find common ground with Democrats from time to time. I love what Ronald Reagan said ‘It’s not that liberals are ignorant, it’s just that what they know is wrong!’
“Well, we can teach them now and then, and when we do, America wins.
” Republicans for Change aren’t afraid to tackle big problems. None is greater than the spread of radical, violent Jihadism. John Edwards says there is no War on Terror it’s just a bumper sticker. Tell that to the people of Indonesia, Malaysia and Bali. Tell that to the people of Tanzania, Kenya and Spain. Tell that to the people of London, Washington and New York City. There is a war being waged against us by the terrorists for the future of our civilization, and if I am president, the war against the terrorists will be won!
“Let’s not forget that our President has kept us safe these last six years. And it has not been easy. He fought for the Patriot Act. He listened when al-Qaeda was plotting. He interrogated terrorists. When Khalid Sheik Mohammad, the so-called mastermind of 9/11 was captured, he told his captors, ‘I’ll see you in New York with my lawyers.’ That didn’t happen. Instead, he saw GI’s and CIA interrogators at Guantanamo , and that’s just the way it ought to be!
” Republicans for Change fight to protect the family. The family is under attack. Our children need to be taught that before they have babies, they need to get married. Out-of-wedlock childbirth should once again be out of fashion.
“There are different kinds of families, many doing a heroic job under difficult circumstances. The ideal setting for raising a child is and will always be where there is a mother and a father. Some liberal judges don’t see it that way. That is why it is time for a federal amendment that defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman!
“After the Columbine school shooting, Peggy Noonan wrote that our kids are swimming in an ocean of filth pornography, sex, violence, perversion. The boys who did the shooting, she said, had drunk too deep of the polluted water. It’s time to clean up the water our kids are swimming in. I will make sure every home computer has an easy to engage filter to keep filth out of our homes. I want to enforce our obscenity laws. And for those who use the internet to find children for their perverted abuse, I say, ‘ One Strike and You’re Ours!’ You’ll be facing a long prison sentence, and when you get out, a GPS tracking device for the rest of your life.
” 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.
“Have you noticed what happens at the Olympics when someone wins the gold medal? Athletes from other countries ascend the medal stand, and they high-five and celebrate while their country’s anthem is played. But America ns place their hand on their heart and they sing the words to the Star Spangled Banner.
“I don’t know where our tradition of placing our hand over our heart during the national anthem came from. I imagine that it is a sign of love for our flag, for America, for freedom. And it is something more our hand covers our heart to show our appreciation for the patriots who have shed their blood for our freedom. ‘O beautiful for heroes proved in liberating strife, who more than self their country loved and mercy more than life.’
“America n patriotism is why I am convinced this nation will always prevail as the greatest hope of the earth.
“America faces unprecedented challenges, a virtual perfect storm buffeting the pillars of our strength. The course of our history will change. And for America to remain the great nation it has always been, it will look to Republicans for leadership.
“At the beginning of my remarks, I told you about that speech my Dad gave a half-century ago. In it, he quoted Ralph Waldo Emerson, one of the great American philosophers, who said, ‘There is no weakness except from within, and the only unsurmountable barrier is our own inherent weakness of purpose.’
“That was true then, and it’s true now. It’s why change must begin with us.
“Now is the time, this is the place, for Republicans to stand together to stand for Republican principles.
“Now is the time, this is the place, for the campaign of change to move boldly forward.
“Now is the time, this is the place for Republicans to lead America in strength, in faith, in family, in what is right. For right will always prevail.
“Thank you, and God bless you.”
STRONG 3RD PLACE BUMP
This is sad. Romney and McCain 1st and 2nd, with more than 50% between them? I don’t have much hope for Michigan.
It COULD be that the delegates were remembering Gov. George Romney, a decent man but not exactly a conservative himself.
Romney’s a native son of Michigan, so it’s no surprise that he won.
If you wish to discount the straw vote at the Republican Leadership Conference that happened to be held on Mackinac Island in Michigan, that is certainly your choice. However, Fred Thompson, Mitt Romney, John McCain, Rudy Giuliani, Ron Paul, and Duncan Hunter sure thought the conference of Republican leaders from all over Michigan state was important enough to appear there and to speak to them.
I've spent many summers at Mackinac Island -- they're famous for their fudge. Being angry and thin-skinned isn't going to win converts to your candidate, friend.
I got it!
Made me smile!
We just visited Mackinac Island this summer, along with Kalamazoo, Holland and the Soo (my parents were Yoopers). It was a great break from the Phoenix heat!
Gotta figure. Those people are looking at who will be most helpfull at sending the rest of our jobs overseas. Also the Romney name carries weight in Michigan.
So am I a native son of Michigan. Nothing surprises me about how goofy the state has become... they will pick a rodent...
That said, I would vote for ANY Republican in the general election with the specific exception of Giuliani.
Republicans are stuck on stupid if they don't give voters a choice other than some New York liberal. The fancy Madison Avenue designer label won't make a difference... I'll write in "Bullwinkle" instead...
Forgive me for misconstruing the intent of your posting. I thought that you were one of many knee-jerk detractors, based upon the content of your posting.
Thompson 7 percent????? Romney is my second choice so I am happy with the results. Duncan is first choice. Fred is third choice.
Thompson's Speaking Style [David Freddoso]
...is a bit dull. People are looking down, wearing somber faces. Some at the dinner tables have begun chatting and whispering during the speech. The majority who are paying attention are really looking for an applause line perhaps, to put it harshly, for something that will keep them awake.
Thompson delivered something that barely resembled an applause line, and suddenly received an incongruous amount of applause. It's still more proof that the demand for Thompson appears to outstrip the supply. It would be nice to see him speak with a bit more energy.
As he goes on, he seems to build up in energy, though. He needs to juice it up a bit. He's only about as engaging as Romney was in his very poor performance earlier today.
No problem, and congrats to your candidate. It was a big win.
Romney’s father was governor of Michigan, so it was to be expected.
Looks like Romney took from Giuliani and Thompson. Hopefully McCain’s showing is a fluke. He’s at the end of my list.
Romney’s going to look pretty strong going into the Primary Day in february.
He’s running near the top in most of the early states except south carolina. He’s not my favorite candidate, but he’s a good guy with a good family, I wouldn’t mind voting for him.
It’s funny how Romney supporters are “trolls” if they post anything pro-Mitt or against Fred Thompson on a thread, but it’s okay for Freepers to slam Mitt Romney.
Inkling, I’m sorry, too. I took your comment “oh fudge” as sarcasm.
Mitt supporters have been banned from Free Republic lately, so I guess we’re a bit touchy.
-Straw polls don't matter.
-Spammers got to them
-Ron Paul had smelly supporters there, one even with a beard
-Democrats secretly invaded a Republican only vote and skewed the results
Now if enough of the 'right' guys had been ahead of Rep. Paul (say for instance a washed up actor who constantly pats his knee or rambles on incoherently in every video I've seen of him) the lessons learned would have been
-Paul supporters can't even place in a straw poll, which are early indicators of where the electorate is looking
-The 'uneducated' were finally kept out of an important straw poll
-Everyone there was the right 'sort' of people we want in the Republican party, no unwashed limited government sorts or people that look different than we do
You see? That's the way to grow the ever shrinking Republican base....
As an adopted daughter of this beautiful state — that is unfortunately infested with too many lazy and stupid people from its SE corner — I’m with you: Anyone but Giuliani. And I’ll add McCain. If either one is the nominee of my party, I’ll do what I did in 2004 in the presidential race and in 2006 in the gubernatorial race: I won’t fill in those spots on my ballot.
I don’t think it’s a surprise that Romney won. He is from this state. McCain is the surprise.
Relax. He could have just as easily said "Horse $#!t", and meant the same thing.
FYI, Motor vehicles are not allowed on the island, transportation is by horse and buggy.
i lived in St. Ignace for a while, and could see the island from my front window.
That's my order as well.
Up there by the locks it has an energy all of its own I remember vividly eating at a place that had huge glass plate windows over looking the locks and it was dusk and so the neo lights were on and you could watch the people scurry by!
I wish the detractors would actually READ Romney’s speech before popping off.
I’m impressed even though MI is his home state, as is Massachusetts and Utah (where he headed up the Olympics). I think he would sell in CA also with his style and wife.
Fred is just Bob Dole redux. He will appear tired, bored and old (and he is suffering from cancer although he says non-terminal). He is not inspiring like Reagan, but negative and cynical. I like him out there to put folks in their place, ala Cheney, but he can’t head the ticket.
Let’s just see what the primaries give us. Perhaps a brokered convention, which is not necessarily a bad thing.
Dark Lord - My post was not meant to be directed at you; should have been to “all”. Rhetorical, polemic, Well, you know...
I wonder if Huckabee and Brownback’s failure to appear is an indication that they will be dropping out soon?
***Ron Paul and John McCain: surprisingly strong.***
I continue to be impressed with RP’s showing among old time pols. Some more good showings and the argument, about not throwing away your vote because he can’t win, will lose its appeal.
***Fred Thompson and Giuliani: very weak, considering they both made personal appearances and still couldn’t beat Ron Paul.***
And this is a state in which Giuliani was supposed to be strong.
No problem to me, and no offense taken at all. i’m a Ron Paul supporter. The thread only interested me because i once lived in the “Yooper”. i have not read Romney’s speech, nor did i comment upon him as you know.
i do agree with many of your concerns. What i’d really like to see though is TWO brokered conventions. With the Democratic revulsion against Hitlerly, that is entirely likely. Of course, as Bismark once remarked:
“Politics is like making Sausage, it is best that one does not know what goes into it.”
i was up at Soo locks once. Took the ferry across to Sugar Island. Had some friends there. The weather was quite unpleasant, and the wind was blowing in off Superior that day. It was overcast. A good day to be inside, whether in an automobile, or home.
If either Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani, or John McCain is the final GOP Presidential choice, then too many conservatives all over the U.S. will end up not voting for the GOP Presidential choice, and Hillary Clinton will win the ‘08 Presidency.
Wow. I wasn’t aware of Mitt supporters being banned. Can you say who they were? If you’re not comfortable posting it, could you private message me? Thanks.
>>>Romney won the Mackinac Island vote? Oh, fudge.<<<
I bet being the first to this line made your day. ;)
Good news. Michigan is a critical state.
Congrats Mitt! Keep pushing for change in the party—fiscal restraint, enforcing immigration laws, and ethical high standards— and you will start to win more people over.
Another great speech from Romney, based on substance, vision, ideas, and ideals.
Competence on steroids? You betcha!
Mitt Romney has been out in front on almost every issue...I could barely keep up with him this week alone.
Competence on steroids? You betcha!
Mitt Romney has been out in front on almost every issue...I could barely keep up with him this week alone.
Romney’s speech was pretty good, but anyone can mouth platitudes or have a good speech writer. To me, Romney is a weather vane, changing directions depending on which way the wind is blowing. Of course the same thing could be said about almost all the other Republican and Democratic candidates, except Ron Paul. I ran for election once and, sad to say, I tailored my message depending on the group I was meeting with. Nothing against my core beliefs, but what they wanted to hear, as far as rationally possible.
Is the Republican Leadership Conference related to the Republican Leadership Council?
The Republican Leadership Council is the home of Christine Todd Whitman and the RINOs. I am on their mailing list. These types would have little room for guys like Huckabee, Brownback, Hunter, Tancredo or even Thompson.
Sample recent e-mailing:
Can you believe they did that??
Centrist Republicans are under attack once again this time in Idaho, where social fundamentalists are attempting to purge people out of the party. They are doing so in order to attain greater purity within the Republican
A recent article in the Idaho Statesman http://www.idahostatesman.com/richert/story/124134.html explains that social fundamentalist activists have given up even being subtle about it.
If you or a friend is a Republican voter in Idaho, make sure to express your support for the big-tent philosophy. Purging people is never good for our party and these are the type of internal party squabbles that have diminished our party in the past we must not let it happen again.
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If you know of a candidate who deserves our support, encourage them to apply. Additional information, as well as our candidate survey, can be found HERE.
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No. Not at all.
Sure, Romney won, but just wait until Fred actually ANNOUNCES, then he’ll clean up.
Oh, wait, he did announce. Never mind.
It could be that they listened to Romney’s speech, and believed that he meant it.
On most issues, Romney’s saying the right thing. A lot of conservatives have trouble believing him, but at least he’s saying mostly what we want to hear.
Fred Thompson is not talking the talk that will keep the conservatives on his side. His comments on CFR, along with his comments about why he doesn’t go to church, could turn off both the social conservatives and the small-government conservatives.
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