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Internal memo: Romney courting Kochs, Tea Party
Washington Examiner ^ | Nov 2, 2011 | Hayley Peterson

Posted on 11/02/2011 3:53:16 PM PDT by markomalley

Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney is quietly courting the Tea Party as it becomes increasingly clear that the conservative grass-roots movement, which has stubbornly refused to embrace him, represents a bigger threat to Romney's quest for his party's nomination than any of his rivals.

Less than two months before the Iowa caucuses, Romney is skipping a major Iowa event Friday -- where every other GOP hopeful will be -- to deliver a keynote speech on fiscal policy to the conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity.

Americans for Prosperity is led by billionaire Republican donor David Koch, whose endorsement Romney seeks. An Oct. 4 internal Romney campaign memo obtained by The Washington Examiner describes Koch as the "financial engine of the Tea Party" even though Koch "denies being directly involved." Koch endorsed Romney for president in 2008 and his well-funded group is credited with electing dozens of Republicans to Congress in 2010 and creating a network of Tea Party loyalists who are critical to Romney's chances of winning the nomination, political strategists say.

"In many national surveys, Romney has had difficulty breaking 25 percent in support and that's because [Tea Party] conservatives are suspicious of him and doubt his commitment to their issues," said Darrell West, vice president of government studies for the Brookings Institution. "He's courting the Tea Party because he needs them to win."

Members of the Tea Party, which emerged in 2009 to demand smaller government and fiscal austerity, have so far rejected Romney as beholden to the Republican establishment.

"Our vote is split up among so many candidates -- none of whom are Romney," said Judson Phillips, co-founder of Tea Party Nation, a 50,000-member group within the national movement.

"Romney's problem with a lot of Tea Party voters, myself included, is at this point I don't know what he believes and I don't care -- because even if he tells me: 'When I get to the White House I'm going to be fiscally conservative,' he will probably change his mind, depending on which way the political winds are blowing."

Romney defends the government's 2008 bank bailouts and he once supported abortion rights, gay rights and gun control, which contrasts sharply to the positions backed by most Tea Party voters. His mere attendance at a Tea Party Express rally in August sparked a protest from another Tea Party-affiliated group, FreedomWorks.

Behind the scenes, Romney has been trying to win an endorsement from Koch, who has made no endorsements in the current race though he backed Romney for president in 2008.

Romney reached out to Koch in early October after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who Koch is said to support, decided against a run for president, the internal campaign memo shows.

Romney spokesman Ryan Williams declined to comment on the relationship between Romney and Koch.

The memo says Romney was scheduled to meet with Koch on Aug. 28 at the billionaire's home in Southampton, N.Y. -- where Koch held a major event for Romney in 2010 -- but Hurricane Irene foiled their plans. The two last met in January for lunch in Manhattan at the Links Club, an elite social club for avid golfers.

Calls to Koch's office were not returned.


TOPICS: Extended News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: americans4prosperity; koch; kochbrothers; romney
Lotsa luck.
1 posted on 11/02/2011 3:53:19 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Delusional!


2 posted on 11/02/2011 3:55:26 PM PDT by mazda77 (and I am a Native Texan)
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To: markomalley
Romney defends the government's 2008 bank bailouts and he once supported abortion rights, gay rights and gun control, which contrasts sharply to the positions backed by most Tea Party voters.

That's all one needs to know right there.

3 posted on 11/02/2011 3:58:40 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: markomalley
conservatives are suspicious of him

Suspicion implies we aren't sure. Trust me, we are quite sure that we despise Mittens.

The Koch brothers are libertarians/conservatives. Good luck convincing them that Oromneybama is the answer to their prayers.

4 posted on 11/02/2011 3:59:52 PM PDT by teenyelliott (welcome to the Twilight Zone)
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To: markomalley

Bwaaaa haaa haa haa


5 posted on 11/02/2011 4:00:21 PM PDT by LadyJMayo
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To: markomalley

why would the kochs back a loser?


6 posted on 11/02/2011 4:02:46 PM PDT by ken21
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To: Inyo-Mono

I see why Romney is doing this...but I think he mistakes Koch for the Tea Partiers as a whole.

Tea Partiers do not have a single leader. No, it isn’t Ron Paul, or Sarah Palin, or Herman Cain.

Tea Partiers are about the IDEA of smaller, limited government.

*THIS* Tea Partier believes it especially applies to FEDERAL power, with the states free to experiment as they like. I know there are other Tea Partiers who disagree with me. :) And I respect their opinions.


7 posted on 11/02/2011 4:03:05 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: markomalley
Romney is skipping a major Iowa event Friday -- where every other GOP hopeful will be -- to deliver a keynote speech on fiscal policy to the conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity.

AFP will lose ALL credibility, with Willard speaking there.

8 posted on 11/02/2011 4:04:03 PM PDT by Jane Long (Soli Deo Gloria!)
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To: markomalley
though he backed Romney for president in 2008.

People keep saying that, and then they leave out that "this person" endorsed Romney because the other choice was McCain!!!

Revisionist manipulators drive me crazy.

9 posted on 11/02/2011 4:04:03 PM PDT by teenyelliott (welcome to the Twilight Zone)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Romney is nothing to me. And after the latest shennanigans by Perry, I would sooner vote for Obama.

Conservatives? BAHHH! They just showed their true liberal colors for all of America to see.


10 posted on 11/02/2011 4:05:16 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (To fix government, we need a rocket scientist. Oh, wait we have one!)
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To: markomalley

Well, this tea partier says FUMR to the chief architect, author and advocate of ObamaRomneyCommieCare!! Not to mention that Romney advocated for TARP, the federal bailouts and Obama’s Porkulus stimulus package all of which lumped together were the reasons that the tea party spontaneously sprang into being!!


11 posted on 11/02/2011 4:06:28 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Impeach the corrupt Marxist bastard!!)
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To: markomalley

Like we are a bunch of dopes waiting to see who the Koch’s endorse. The TP movement is not going to go with this stiff no matter what the so called leaders say. Mittens is in desperation mode now.


12 posted on 11/02/2011 4:07:02 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: markomalley

The Kochs have already given support in one way or another to both Cain and Perry (not sure about the others), but I doubt Romney is their cup of tea.


13 posted on 11/02/2011 4:07:52 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: markomalley

Romney will never have my vote, either.

RINO blood is a political sickness that is infecting America.

The Tea Party is the only cure.


14 posted on 11/02/2011 4:09:12 PM PDT by JohnBrownUSA (Don't Tread On America!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Dittoes!


15 posted on 11/02/2011 4:12:34 PM PDT by HotKat (“Politicians are like diapers; they need to be changed often and for the same reason.” Mark Twain)
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To: markomalley

Makes you wonder who is giving mittens advice......cause there is no way he will ever get my support...ever

I may have to vote for him in the end.... Hopefully not, But it will be under protest


16 posted on 11/02/2011 4:14:40 PM PDT by Popman (Obama is God's curse upon the land....)
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To: Popman
I may have to vote for him in the end.... Hopefully not, But it will be under protest

I don't know about you, but my last RINO vote was in 2008. I will not EVER do that again.

17 posted on 11/02/2011 4:16:28 PM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good-Pope Leo XIII)
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To: markomalley

To me it’s fairly simple.....it’s a numbers game

If I don’t vote against Obama he gets an extra vote for him

Even if that means voting for mittens as much it would pain me


18 posted on 11/02/2011 4:40:39 PM PDT by Popman (Obama is God's curse upon the land....)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
And after the latest shennanigans by Perry, I would sooner vote for Obama.

Then you are no conservative.

19 posted on 11/02/2011 4:41:47 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Popman
If I don’t vote against Obama he gets an extra vote for him

And only a vote for a Republican counts as a vote against Obama, right?

20 posted on 11/02/2011 4:43:11 PM PDT by tacticalogic
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To: markomalley
Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney is quietly courting the Tea Party...

Get off my lawn!


21 posted on 11/02/2011 4:44:46 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: markomalley

Hey Romney here is one tea partier that is telling you to go to where the sun doesnt shine.Putz


22 posted on 11/02/2011 4:52:48 PM PDT by ballplayer
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To: Recovering_Democrat

““Thou shalt not speak ill of other Republicans.””

Perry not only crossed over the line, he obliterated it. It is disgraceful and shows a complete lack of respect for an opponent.

As for me not being a Conservative, if Perry is what we have to go to war with, I will write in someone. Since the beginning I have said that I will vote for the most conservative candidate in the primary and the primary winner in the general.

But not Perry. And I actually liked Perry.


23 posted on 11/02/2011 5:01:39 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (To fix government, we need a rocket scientist. Oh, wait we have one!)
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To: Popman; Jim Robinson; holdonnow
If I don’t vote against Obama he gets an extra vote for him

I hear you. But think about it for a minute:

Yes, if we had a potential nominee with the views of our own Jim Thompson...or FReeper Holdonnow, we could be pretty confident. But a liberal who happens to have an (R) after his name is still a liberal. And potentially more dangerous than the corresponding (D)...in the circumstance we're in right now.

Better to aggressively work for conservative supermajorities in both houses of Congress.

24 posted on 11/02/2011 5:04:17 PM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good-Pope Leo XIII)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
And after the latest shennanigans by Perry,

What shennanigans would that be?

25 posted on 11/02/2011 5:04:36 PM PDT by chesty_puller (Viet Nam 1970-71 He who shed blood with me shall forever be my brother. Shak.)
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To: markomalley

Here’s a tack he hasn’t tried:

Convert to Christianity and blame all his previous leftism on being Mormon.


26 posted on 11/02/2011 5:06:19 PM PDT by samtheman (Newt, can you refute... global warming? You really have to do that.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
Perry not only crossed over the line, he obliterated it

You believe everything Uncle Herm has to say. He has nothing that points at Perry.

27 posted on 11/02/2011 5:08:00 PM PDT by chesty_puller (Viet Nam 1970-71 He who shed blood with me shall forever be my brother. Shak.)
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To: COBOL2Java

Perfect. LOL


28 posted on 11/02/2011 5:10:50 PM PDT by stilloftyhenight
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To: tacticalogic

Only a vote for a republican is meaningful......as much as I wish that wasn’t the case but it is


29 posted on 11/02/2011 5:10:57 PM PDT by Popman (Obama is God's curse upon the land....)
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To: Popman
Only a vote for a republican is meaningful......as much as I wish that wasn’t the case but it is

The only thing that's going to be "meaningful" to the GOP leadership is losing an election. I wish that wasn't the case, but it is.

30 posted on 11/02/2011 5:14:06 PM PDT by tacticalogic
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To: Popman
I may have to vote for him in the end.... Hopefully not, But it will be under protest

I refuse to have my arm twisted into voting for a RINO ever again. If Mitt winds up being the nominee, I'll write in Sarah Palin and vote for the all the down ticket races.

Then I'll go home and prepare for CWII. I will not compromise my integrity on this again.

31 posted on 11/02/2011 5:24:17 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: markomalley

If it’s Mitt I will be voting for the TEA Party nominee, Sarah Palin.


32 posted on 11/02/2011 5:26:16 PM PDT by stockpirate (Why are homosexuals so hetrophobic?)
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To: markomalley

Of course Romney would court the Koch brothers, liberals are the only ones that believe they are in charge of it.


33 posted on 11/02/2011 5:27:36 PM PDT by SENTINEL (Romney is to Conservatism what Mormonism is to Christianity.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

I respect that position more than saying you’d vote for Obama.

My position, which I will give even though not asked, is that I will vote for ANY of our Republican candidates. The only money we’ve sent this year is to Cain (we’ve sent to PACs and other congressional candidates, but no other Presidential aspirants). But officially, I am undecided in the early primary state of Florida.


34 posted on 11/02/2011 5:48:20 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: teenyelliott
People keep saying that, and then they leave out that "this person" endorsed Romney because the other choice was McCain!!!

And Huckabee.

Hell, I supported Romney in 2008 -- against that pair of losers.

Even though Romney was a liar, he would likely have been more conservative than either.

35 posted on 11/02/2011 6:07:57 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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