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Maximizing Mitt
NRO ^ | 03/17 | Cesar Conda

Posted on 03/21/2009 10:45:23 AM PDT by BarnacleCenturion

Today there is a complete lack of adult economic leadership in Washington. President Obama’s agenda on health care, higher education, and climate change is diverting his attention from the economy. Congressional Republicans are proposing austerity-oriented “spending freezes” and railing against “big bank bailouts” instead of articulating a pro-growth message and policy agenda.
 
The GOP — and the country — needs Gov. Mitt Romney’s voice front and center in the economic debate. His private-sector experience as a chief executive officer, his record as a turnaround artist, and his expertise on economic and financial matters are head and shoulders above those of any current Republican or Democratic political figure. 
 
Here are some more of the benefits Romney could bring:

— Governor Romney is ahead of the curve in terms of modernizing our economic message. For instance, on regulation, Romney says: “Republicans believe in regulation. You can’t have a free market with people stealing intellectual property from one another, with monopolies being formed, we believe in law and regulation that sets rules for markets. . . . Do we need new regulations? Absolutely. Should regulators be looking at the market in a different way than they did 25 years ago? Certainly.” 
 
— Romney has demonstrated his ability to craft innovative policy solutions. Last year, he put forth a proposal to create a public-private cooperative that would receive troubled bank assets, then renegotiate loans to homeowners and businesses to keep them performing. The income from the performing loans would then go to the owners of the troubled assets, thereby allowing them to recoup some of their losses.
 
— Romney has raised some legitimate concerns about the efficacy of “mark to market” accounting, the inside-the-Beltway think tanks’ favorite cure-all for the banking crisis. He said, “I do believe you need to somewhere recognize if you have a toxic asset and present that to stakeholders. Japan took the other route . . . and we have learned from that experience that if you try and hide the extent of the problem, you may not be willing to deal with it.”
 
— As a Michigan-born son of an auto executive, Romney is uniquely positioned to address the economic fallout that is occurring in the Industrial Midwest. Romney has been a trendsetter in calling for investment in new technologies that will modernize and preserve an industrial base in the country. The GOP has been hemorrhaging support in the Industrial Midwest because its leaders are tone deaf on the economic anxieties of blue- and white-collar workers in states like Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana.
 
— Romney can be a credible voice on the intersection of education and economic competitiveness. He is well versed in the economic challenges presented to our country by a rising China. Romney and the Republican party should lead a national call to bolster our teaching of math and science. This is crucial issue to our long-term competitiveness.

Looking backward, it should have been Romney, not Gov. Bobby Jindal, offering the official GOP response to President Obama’s address. And going forward, Romney should be the GOP’s go-to economic spokesman for media interviews. He ought to give a series of speeches on how to turn around the economy. He should lead an economic task force made of elder statesmen, prominent business executives, global-finance experts, and Nobel Prize winning economists to develop economic policy solutions, with a focus on fixing the banking system.
 
In the presidential primaries, Mitt Romney’s PowerPoint presentations did not connect to average Americans. But with the economy and stock market collapsing, he could find a much more receptive audience.

— Cesar Conda is a founding principal of Navigators Global. He was a domestic-policy adviser to former vice president Cheney and former presidential candidate Mitt Romney.


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To: BarnacleCenturion

Mitt’s collecting money for 2012 like crazy. He has been running since the day he dropped out of the last election. If he gets the nod we are another four years from winning back the WH.


51 posted on 03/21/2009 12:50:31 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Parley Baer
Willard's RKBA status alone makes him a fine target for derision.

No more RINO's... Period.

52 posted on 03/21/2009 1:07:27 PM PDT by Dead Corpse (1000110010101010100001001001111)
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To: broncobilly
Yeah... Socialized medicine and anti-RKBA doesn't show any deeper failings in Willard's philosophy...

Pull my other leg...

53 posted on 03/21/2009 1:09:17 PM PDT by Dead Corpse (1000110010101010100001001001111)
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To: Dead Corpse

Choke away.


54 posted on 03/21/2009 1:12:18 PM PDT by broncobilly
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To: Woebama

I posted the actual video and you still talk about “no context” or “no support”?


55 posted on 03/21/2009 1:18:45 PM PDT by SolidWood (Palin: "In Alaska we eat therefore we hunt.")
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To: Parley Baer

I am a Christian. No need to add an adjective or modifier to the label.

Furthermore, you would do well to read some of the facts of the Mittster’s history before supporting him.

On most issues he has been against the conservative position before he was for the conservative position and he and his supporters do their best to hide that information from the general public. He has only admitted (as far as I can recollect) that he was wrong about one of his past positions, his support for Abortion.

Many of the most rabid Mitt supporters here on FreeRepublic just ignore the facts, and they have been posted over and over again, and keep on lying about Mitt.


56 posted on 03/21/2009 1:20:03 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (GOP: If you reward bad behavior all you get is more bad behavior.)
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To: Woebama; SolidWood

Hey Woebama,

How about answering his question concerning Global Warming?

Quit running away from the fight.


57 posted on 03/21/2009 1:21:38 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (GOP: If you reward bad behavior all you get is more bad behavior.)
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To: broncobilly
With Willard's help, the whole Country would choke.

Get it through your head right now...

No More RINO's.

58 posted on 03/21/2009 1:24:46 PM PDT by Dead Corpse (1000110010101010100001001001111)
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To: Arizona Carolyn
Mitt’s collecting money for 2012 like crazy. He has been running since the day he dropped out of the last election. If he gets the nod we are another four years from winning back the WH.

Who knows? Maybe more. But, Mitt will probably get a sweet book deal and prime speaking engagements out of it, so It's All Good™.

You know, good for Mitt Romney. For the rest of us? Not so much.

59 posted on 03/21/2009 1:32:44 PM PDT by mountainbunny (Mitt Romney: Collect the whole set!)
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To: mountainbunny
Mitt will probably get a sweet book deal

Who would buy it?

60 posted on 03/21/2009 1:34:24 PM PDT by SolidWood (Palin: "In Alaska we eat therefore we hunt.")
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To: SolidWood
~LOL~

Like I said on another thread. I think we all would be wise not to do any cheerleading, rather put every single potential candidate under a magnifying glass and make them prove to US why they are deserving of becoming POTUS.

61 posted on 03/21/2009 1:40:27 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: SoConPubbie

Global warming is already disproven much less in 2012. Sanford opposes regulations and taxes as a means of fighting emissions, so his view of global warming from years ago isn’t an indicator of policy. I’m good with him there unless I hear more about it.


62 posted on 03/21/2009 1:40:53 PM PDT by Woebama (Paying for my neighbor's mortgage and Wall Street's bonuses sure is hard.)
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To: SolidWood
Mitt will probably get a sweet book deal.

Who would buy it?

Well, lots of people, I'm sure. Like:

* Marriott could put one in every nightstand drawer next to the Bible. He's on the board, so it would be a shoe-in.
* Hairdressers and balding men in search on insider tips to truly awesome hair.
* People with one table leg just a tad shorter than the other three.

63 posted on 03/21/2009 1:46:12 PM PDT by mountainbunny (Mitt Romney: Collect the whole set!)
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To: Woebama

Story from October 2008 on Sanford’s executive order from 2007! This is not “ancient history”. Are we supposed to only look at their actions and statements they do during their latest campaign? Lol. Sanford buys into the manmade global warming hysteria. Maybe he’ll have a John Kerry or Mitt Romney moment and be against it after he was for it.

http://www.globalwarming.org/2008/10/07/yes-even-sanford/


64 posted on 03/21/2009 1:50:55 PM PDT by SolidWood (Palin: "In Alaska we eat therefore we hunt.")
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To: SolidWood

The story is from 2008, the action and comment is from 2007, which is the sole source I’ve seen for this nonsense.


65 posted on 03/21/2009 1:54:42 PM PDT by Woebama (Paying for my neighbor's mortgage and Wall Street's bonuses sure is hard.)
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To: Woebama

You obviously did not even read the article, since it links to Sanfords actual executive order, which is the ultimate source.

BTW I don’t get it... because this article is 5 months old, it should be dismissed? What his your timeframe which we should apply to candidates?


66 posted on 03/21/2009 1:58:24 PM PDT by SolidWood (Palin: "In Alaska we eat therefore we hunt.")
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To: Woebama

BTW how is this “nonsense”. The comment and executive order ARE from Sandy... what’s there to misunderstand?


67 posted on 03/21/2009 1:59:32 PM PDT by SolidWood (Palin: "In Alaska we eat therefore we hunt.")
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To: SolidWood

Order to create a committee (wow! as opposed to Romney creating Socialised Government Health Care in Massachetts). The order is from 2007 — which makes you wrong and covering the same ground. Two years ago he created a committee — big deal! Do you know what politicians do when they don’t want to deal directly with something or they don’t care about it? They create a committee. You are really off base on this one.


68 posted on 03/21/2009 2:04:37 PM PDT by Woebama (Paying for my neighbor's mortgage and Wall Street's bonuses sure is hard.)
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To: Arizona Carolyn
I think we all would be wise not to do any cheerleading, rather put every single potential candidate under a magnifying glass and make them prove to US why they are deserving of becoming POTUS.

Roger that!

I promised myself that I will never vote for another candidate that promises to "do" things. God knows we've had enough doers and the consequences of what they've done. I'm holding out for the candidate that promises to start "undoing" things.

Governs Least, Governs Best
69 posted on 03/21/2009 2:15:17 PM PDT by HEY4QDEMS
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To: Woebama
The order is from 2007 — which makes you wrong and covering the same ground. Two years ago he created a committee — big deal!

How does it make me wrong? He didn't just create a comittee... he made some pretty ridiculous statements on it.

Do you know what politicians do when they don’t want to deal directly with something or they don’t care about it? They create a committee.

They should call out the BS when they see it, instead of wasting taxpayers' money on "committees".

You are really off base on this one.

The only one off base is the isolationist, global-warming hysteric and name-calling Governor Sanford.

BTW it's funny that you bring up Romney... it's hardly a secret that I'm a Palin guy.

70 posted on 03/21/2009 2:19:03 PM PDT by SolidWood (Palin: "In Alaska we eat therefore we hunt.")
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To: SolidWood

You claim that money was spent on the committee. Do you know that this is true or are you just making that up? How much was spent?


71 posted on 03/21/2009 2:23:43 PM PDT by Woebama (Paying for my neighbor's mortgage and Wall Street's bonuses sure is hard.)
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To: Woebama

LOL! You don’t seriously think that Committees work and prepare reports for free!?


72 posted on 03/21/2009 2:27:24 PM PDT by SolidWood (Palin: "In Alaska we eat therefore we hunt.")
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To: SolidWood

A lot of committees do work for free.


73 posted on 03/21/2009 2:32:20 PM PDT by Woebama (Paying for my neighbor's mortgage and Wall Street's bonuses sure is hard.)
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To: SolidWood
Duly noted.

He goes in the RINO column.

Thanks.

74 posted on 03/21/2009 7:59:26 PM PDT by THX 1138
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Disregard this post.


75 posted on 03/22/2009 3:24:01 AM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: broncobilly

“he has made some mistakes,”

Huge ones. Like supporting socialist heath care. Oh wait I forget “it’s just like forcing people to buy auto insurance, sureley you aren’t against that!”.


76 posted on 03/22/2009 3:26:00 AM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy

Without Slick Willard’s personal fortune, he would be a joke of a candidate. He chickened out of re-election. If a governor decides to cut and run out of re-election, no one in his/her right mind would consider that governor to be presidential material.


77 posted on 03/22/2009 3:30:36 PM PDT by DanZanRyu (Prisoner in the Land of the Rising Messiah)
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To: DanZanRyu; fieldmarshaldj; Finny; Allegra; Diogenesis; ejonesie22

Oh he didn’t “chicken out”. He just didn’t didn’t give a damn about being Governor, he just wanted the resume credit. He had it, no need for a second term. It would have just interfered with his full time campaign anyway.

Quite foolish on his part, if he had campaigned as a conservative, blasting gay marriage (which he started to be ‘against’ when it was time to position himself nationally) and lost, that would have endeared him to many people.


78 posted on 03/23/2009 3:40:10 AM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: SolidWood

Why do you like Sanford?

He was against removing Saddam, he is against using force preemptively (in other words he’d only fight AFTER we are attacked with WMD), he is a global warming hysteric and called everyone who wants Obama to fail “idiots”.
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Yep, dems da facts.


79 posted on 03/23/2009 3:43:05 AM PDT by Canedawg (Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.)
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To: Jaidyn
Palin... I like her, but the media ruined her for the presidency.

Ah. That same media that had 99 percent of Americans believing that Hillary was so beloved that she'd be a shoo-in for the Democrat nomination? That same media that pretends America loves Academy Award motion pictures that dwindle at the box office? That same media that has never reported on the phenomenal affection accorded the uber-popular Rush Limbaugh, the media that tries to tell us he's unpopular? That same media that is doing its best to convince the world that most Americans like Obama, a guy who would never have won if not for voter fraud?

That/s the media that "ruined" Palin for the presidency?

Jaidyn, as long as you believe the media calls the shots, you believe in illusion and will allow yourself to be manipulated by your enemies every time. And as long as you believe media validation is needed, then you will NEVER see a conservative in the White House.

80 posted on 03/23/2009 8:22:41 AM PDT by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent.)
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To: mountainbunny

Good post. Romney is a loser.


81 posted on 03/23/2009 8:41:53 AM PDT by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent.)
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To: Finny
Jaidyn, as long as you believe the media calls the shots, you believe in illusion and will allow yourself to be manipulated by your enemies every time. And as long as you believe media validation is needed, then you will NEVER see a conservative in the White House.

If Palin runs, I will work for her. However, the media did ruin her chances this go round, and many conservatives are against her, along with democrats. If you don't think the MSM has influence, you haven't been paying attention. They got us Obama.

82 posted on 03/23/2009 8:58:29 AM PDT by Jaidyn
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To: Jaidyn
Jaidyn, the media will ruin any worthwhile candidates's chances. Do you understand that?????

You say the MSM influence is what "got us" Obama? Wrongo. Voter fraud got us Obama.

Wake up and STOP falling for the media illusion.

83 posted on 03/23/2009 9:37:21 AM PDT by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent.)
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To: Finny
"Voter fraud and permitting Romney anti-GOP treachery got us Obama."

"Peeking Out From the McCain Wreckage: Mitt Romney"

"Someone's got to say it: IS MITT ROMNEY RESPONSIBLE FOR OBAMA'S VICTORY?"

"Vanity: Team Romney Sabotaged Palin and Continuing to Do So?"

"Romney Supporters Trashing Palin"

"Romney advisors sniping at Palin?"

Novak: "Fred Thompson drop-out rumors traced to Romney campaign"

Said Novak: "The rumors were traced in part to Mitt Romney's campaign,
trying to stir up strife between McCain and Thompson
."

"Despite outspending his rivals by huge margins throughout the primaries,
(Mitt Romney, Carpetbagger UT,CA,MA,NH,Mexico) lost Iowa, South Carolina, Florida and California.
The only primaries he won were in Michigan, where Dad was governor; LDS states;
and a few states on Super Tuesday in which his California-obsessed rivals
couldn't spare the cash to advertise.
Only John Connolly in 1968 had a worse cash-to-delegates ratio.
And John McCain rightly did not like Romney's tactics during the primaries.
(W)hen (Romney's early leads) started slipping away, he resorted to unfair,
distorted, scorched-earth negative ads, betting that his opponents couldn't
afford to spend enough for the truth to catch up to his charges."

[Romney: A Mistake for McCain, 7/23/2008, Dick Morris]

84 posted on 03/28/2009 4:27:33 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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