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  • Mitt Romney still faces a trust deficit with GOP voters

    11/24/2011 10:05:44 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 34 replies · 1+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 2011-11-24 | Maeve Reston
    Southfield, Mich. — As other Republican candidates have stumbled their way toward the presidential primaries, Mitt Romney has put together what would seem to be all the elements of a winning campaign: an effective staff, a robust treasury and smooth, knowledgeable performances both in debates and on the trail. But for months, the threshold of support for the former Massachusetts governor hasn't inched above a quarter of Republican voters in national polls. For many GOP voters in early primary states, hesitation about Romney comes back to one thing: their perception that he has routinely molded his views to suit the...
  • Tea party activists remain wary of Romney (but Romney campaign expects Tea Partiers to surrender)

    11/17/2011 7:49:43 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 95 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 2011-11-17 | Paul West & Seema Mehta
    Washington and Des Moines - Throughout the roller-coaster Republican presidential contest, one thing hasn't changed: the stubborn refusal of many tea party supporters to warm up to Mitt Romney. The swift rise and abrupt fall of a succession of GOP candidates has been driven in part by the restless search for a Romney alternative by that group of voters, who energized the GOP's big turnaround in 2010. "They don't trust Mitt Romney," said Simon Conway, a Des Moines radio host popular with tea party followers. "Mitt Romney can be tea party one minute, and the next minute introduce 'RomneyCare'" —...
  • Romney on Romneycare: ‘I Am Not Going to Walk Away From That’

    11/17/2011 3:56:42 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 110 replies
    National Review ^ | 2011-11-17 | Katrina Trinko
    Don’t expect Mitt Romney to backtrack on his Massachusetts health-care plan at any point this election cycle. “I am sure there are many people who have calculated, and perhaps correctly, that the healthcare plan I put in place in Massachusetts is not good for me politically, and if I want to encourage my political future, I should say it was a mistake and walk away from it,” Romney told Fox Business Network host Neil Cavuto in an interview set to air later tonight. “You have seen a lot of candidates look at their biggest vulnerability, call it a mistake, and...
  • An Aloof Romney in a Plane Encounter

    11/06/2011 8:26:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The New York Times' The Caucus ^ | November 6, 2011 | Emmarie Huetteman
    Mitt Romney was polite as he took his seat in coach next to Carolyn McClanahan of Jacksonville, Fla., on a recent Delta flight to Boston. He thanked her when she said she appreciated his efforts to reform health care as the governor of Massachusetts and even posed for a photo with her. As a physician who heads a financial planning company and prides herself on having read every page of President Obama’s health care reform bill, Ms. McClanahan, 47, recognized that it’s not every day you’re seated next to a presidential candidate on a two-hour flight. According to Ms. McClanahan,...
  • Why Romney Sucks

    06/02/2011 3:42:06 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 31 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | June 2, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    The fact is that Mitt Romney is an unprincipled chameleon with ZERO core beliefs... a synthetic, calculated opportunism has taken their place. Meanwhile, most of what he actually has said and done betrays a Big-Government social liberal. Other fun facts regarding this 'conservative' fraud'spast actions, positions, and failures: refused to endorse the 1994 GOP "Contract with America" distanced himself from the Reagan legacy: "I was an independent during the time of Reagan-Bush" lost GOP House seats in both Massachusetts elections of his tenure, 2004/2006 (leaving Republicans with the least # of seats there since the Civil War)   strongly supported gay rights...
  • If I Were President: Obamacare, One Year In (Romney thinks its his turn)

    03/22/2011 7:06:40 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | March 22, 2011 | Mitt Romney
    If I were president, on Day One I would issue an executive order paving the way for Obamacare waivers to all 50 states. The executive order would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services and all relevant federal officials to return the maximum possible authority to the states to innovate and design health-care solutions that work best for them.
  • Obama's Oil Spill Insanity (Meghan McCain would be okay with Romney as president) (BARF BARF BARF)

    06/09/2010 10:01:51 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 22 replies · 127+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | 2010-06-07 | Meghan McCain
    The president may say he’s “furious” about the spill, but he sure doesn’t show it—and he’s managed to hang out with Paul McCartney and Kelly Clarkson in the meantime. Would the media have let Bush off so easy?BY MEGHAN MCCAINI want, just for a second, to pretend that there is a Republican president in office right now. It doesn’t matter which Republican—George W. Bush, my father, Mitt Romney. Any Republican.As we push Day 50 of this oil spill, I find myself questioning why it has taken so long for the mainstream media, aside from James Carville and Chris Matthews, to...
  • Conservative confab: at CPAC, Romney looks ready to run (BARF!)

    02/19/2010 6:25:01 AM PST · by wk4bush2004 · 27 replies · 389+ views
    Washington – The starting bell has just rung for the 2012 presidential election, and the unofficial Republican front-runner is … former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. The occasion is the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, which serves as a cattle call for presidential wannabes. For the past three years, Mr. Romney has won the CPAC presidential straw poll, and in recent months, the more scientific surveys usually have shown him coming in first for 2012. Not that any of these early polls mean a whole lot. Two years ago, even as he was winning the CPAC poll, he...
  • Romney/Brown 2012? (HECK NO!) (BARF)

    01/24/2010 9:04:57 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 39 replies · 1,119+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | 2010-01-25 | Benjamin Bell
    The past week has been marked by the meteoric rise of Sen. elect Scott Brown, who just a few short weeks ago - as a friend recently put it to me - was the “third most famous person in his family.” How swiftly fortunes can change. Today, Brown is the undisputed darling of the Republican Party. No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, Brown’s innate appeal is hard to deny. Perhaps it’s easiest to say that, at least from appearances, he has all the characteristics that made Sarah Palin a star in the GOP and none of her...
  • Win Points to New GOP Strategy

    01/23/2010 8:53:04 AM PST · by GOP_Lady · 47 replies · 1,016+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 01-21-10 | GREG HITT
    Republican Scott Brown portrayed himself as independent of the national party. But his successful bid for a U.S. Senate seat received big support from the GOP leadership in Washington and from the political machinery of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. For Republicans, the Massachusetts win points to a strategy that could help the party bridge the split between grass-roots activists and the national establishment. Mr. Brown effectively ran against Washington and repeatedly vowed to be an "independent" thinker if sent to Capitol Hill. The message appealed to disenchanted voters, especially independents. At the same time, without fanfare, the Republican National...
  • Massachusetts race lacks key ingredient: Mitt Romney (Politico pimps Romney in 2012) (BARF!)

    01/18/2010 1:46:09 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 33 replies · 939+ views
    Politico ^ | 2010-01-18 | Alex Isenstadt
    The upper echelon of Republican Scott Brown’s Senate campaign in Massachusetts is filled with staffers who once worked in former Gov. Mitt Romney’s employ. But with the eyes of the nation on the state’s Jan. 19 special Senate election — and with other Republican luminaries such as Rudy Giuliani traipsing through Massachusetts for Brown in recent days — Romney himself has been conspicuously absent. Despite his status as one of the GOP’s most prominent national figures and a prospective 2012 presidential candidate, the former Massachusetts governor hasn’t appeared publicly with Brown since late October. Back then, when almost no one...
  • Romney Dropping in Popularity Among Republicans

    01/08/2010 12:20:25 PM PST · by delacoert · 45 replies · 1,489+ views
    Utah Policy ^ | 11/27/2009 | Bryan Schott
    Over past 7 months, Mitt Romney’s favor among Republicans has fallen off a cliff. Monthly surveys by Public Policy Polling shows that Romney’s level of support has fallen to just 48% among Republican voters from a high of 67% in May of this year. Romney polled in the 60s on the first three polls but has not reached that threshold since and now for the first time he's below 50% with the party base. I don't have any theories to explain Romney's popularity slide with Republican voters but it certainly bodes ominous for his 2012 nomination prospects if he can't...
  • McCain Campaign Manager Steve Schmidt Trashes Sarah Palin in Upcoming "60 Minutes" Interview - Video

    01/08/2010 8:28:53 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 48 replies · 1,556+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | January 8, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video of former John McCain Campaign Manager Steve Schmidt on "60 Minutes" trying to hurt Gov. Sarah Palin by saying she was repeatedly "inaccurate" in statements she made during the campaign, which forced the McCain campaign to have to correct her statements. Schmidt is reportedly pushing a new book coming out about the campaign. Listening to this pathetic jerk makes it very clear why the McCain Campaign had no chance for victory. Schmidt was the wrong person to run McCain's campaign, and knows he is finished as a Campaign Manager for GOP candidates. He's trying now to cash...
  • GOP Insiders Poll: Bullish on Romney, Bearish on Palin [Dewey/Dole/McCain Redux?]

    01/08/2010 9:57:09 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies · 1,138+ views
    The Moderate Voice ^ | January 8, 2009 | Joe Gandelman, Editor-in-Chief
    Hotline on Call has a new poll that provides good news for former Massachuetts Gov. Mitt Romney and bad news for Mitt Romney. And it has bad news for former Gov. Sarah Palin and good news for Sarah Palin. The news: GOP insiders think Romney is way in front for the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination while Palin has an awful lot of catching up to do. Literally: Voters were asked to rank 5 candidates in the order of likeliness to capture the GOP nod. The results: Likely To Win WH’12 Nomination (First place votes) Ex-MA Gov. Mitt Romney 81 points...
  • Mitt Romney headed to Iowa

    01/04/2010 5:23:04 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies · 815+ views
    Politico ^ | 1/4/10 | ANDY BARR
    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will make two stops in Iowa in March as part of his nationwide book tour, following visits by fellow 2012 GOP hopefuls Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin and Tim Pawlenty. Romney’s second book, “No Apology: The Case for American Greatness,” is due out March 2, and the promotional tour will take the former GOP presidential candidate to 18 states. Romney will visit first in the nation Iowa on March 29, signing books at the Des Moines Central Library and making a speech at Iowa State University, located in Ames.
  • Romney says Brown can ‘make history’

    01/02/2010 9:25:42 AM PST · by GOP_Lady · 416 replies · 5,297+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 01-01-10 | The Boston Globe Staff
    Mitt Romney - that rare political breed, a Republican elected statewide in Massachusetts - told supporters yesterday that if Scott Brown can pull off a similar feat next month in the US Senate special election, it “would shock the country and send a strong message that business as usual in Washington is coming to an end.’’ “He would bring badly-needed fiscal restraint to an out-of-control budget process that is adding trillions of dollars to our national debt,’’ said Romney, the former Bay State governor who gives every indication he’s preparing a second presidential bid in 2012.
  • GOP Seizes on Security as Issue

    01/01/2010 4:52:59 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 22 replies · 1,001+ views
    WSJ ^ | Jan 02, 2010 | By PETER WALLSTEN
    Political furor over the attempted bombing of Northwest Flight 253 has thrust national security back to the center of American politics, with Republicans and the White House scrambling to blame each other for intelligence lapses and present themselves to voters as tougher on terrorism. Strategists in both parties believe that terrorism and, more broadly, foreign policy could emerge in the November midterm elections and in President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign as key issues for voters who have been focused primarily on the economy. GOP opinion leaders such as former Vice President Dick Cheney have seized on the attack to...
  • Romney will hit key primary states on book tour

    01/03/2010 9:48:14 PM PST · by ellery · 57 replies · 1,861+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | January 3, 2010 | Sasha Issenberg
    WASHINGTON - Later this winter, Mitt Romney will strike out on a national book tour, but unlike his party’s most successful recent author he does not expect to make headlines with bits of fresh gossip from the 2008 campaign, see his fans camp overnight outside bookstores, or chat with Oprah Winfrey about his family. “Inevitably there are going to be comparisons with the Sarah Palin book,’’ said Eric Fehrnstrom, a Romney spokesman. “We’re not going to match her crowd size or sales. These are two different people with different ways of expressing themselves.’’ -snip- But Romney, considered by many in...
  • GOP lets Scott Brown fend for himself. Local Republicans outraged...

    12/29/2009 2:54:30 PM PST · by Dayvester · 123 replies · 4,605+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | Tuesday, December 29, 2009 | Hillary Chabot
    GOP U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown has been all but abandoned by the same national Republican committees that pumped hundreds of thousands in campaign cash to former governors Mitt Romney and William Weld
  • Nation following state's lead with mandates (Romneycare goes national)

    12/26/2009 7:21:18 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 19 replies · 1,135+ views
    The Sun Chronicle, Attleboro, Mass. ^ | 2009-12-26 | Sopan Deb
    As haggling between House and Senate versions of national health care reform gets under way in Washington, Massachusetts residents may be feeling a bit of dejà vu. The insurance mandates and cost controls being negotiated on Capitol Hill are the same polarizing issues that echoed in Beacon Hill chambers three years ago. In 2006, then-Gov. Mitt Romney signed the nation's most ambitious and complex health reform initiative with the goal of providing universal health care coverage to all Massachusetts residents. Like the bill taking shape in Congress, the state's health legislation required all residents to obtain health insurance or face...
  • Shuster, Cantor and McKeon Give to Romney PAC (Cantor sells his soul to Romney)

    12/24/2009 4:45:13 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 17 replies · 573+ views
    CQ Politics ^ | 2009-12-23 | Shira Toeplitz
    (snip) Unlike McKeon and Shuster, Cantor endorsed Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in the 2008 presidential primary. Cantor's PAC transferred $5,000 to Romney's PAC in January -- about five months before the two Republicans participated in a forum for the National Council for New America in May. The report also indicated that Cantor's campaign committee also received $5,000 from Romney's PAC in May -- a donation that Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom chalked up to mutual admiration between the two.(snip)
  • Romney tickets for book tour go on sale Thursday (private meetings with him at $95 apiece) (LOL)

    12/17/2009 8:28:27 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 18 replies · 875+ views
    The Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah ^ | 2009-12-17 | Lisa Riley Roche
    SALT LAKE CITY — Still looking for that perfect gift for the Mitt Romney fans on your Christmas list? How about a ticket to Romney's only Utah appearance on his upcoming tour to promote his just-finished book, "No Apology: The Case for American Greatness"? It's not until March 13, but tickets for a speech by the former presidential candidate at the Salt Palace go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday. The tickets, priced at $25 through Jan. 31 or $95 with a private reception with Romney, include a pre-signed copy of the book that's scheduled to be released March 2....
  • Gov. Mitt Romney Tells Hannity He Would Give Obama "a Failing Grade" - Video 12/17/09

    12/17/2009 7:18:32 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 67 replies · 2,193+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | December 17, 2009 | Brian
    Here is video of Gov. Mitt Romney on with Sean Hannity tonight where he discussed the Democrats' push to pass a Health Care Bill in the Senate by Christmas. On the economy, Mitt Romney said the Democrats have failed to create jobs, particularly with the Stimulus Bill passed early this year. Romney said "borrowing your way to prosperity" is a strategy that will not work. Romney said the "American people are a lot smarter than the Democrats give them credit for." Romney said he would give Obama "a failing grade" on his performance as President thus far. Instead of focusing...
  • Romney Rises Again

    12/17/2009 2:35:39 PM PST · by militanttoby · 54 replies · 1,455+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 16, 2009 | Mark McKinnon
    After laying low during Palinpalooza, the former governor is back atop the GOP pack for 2012. Mark McKinnon's year-end rundown of who's hot (Rick Perry) and who's not (Mike Huckabee). The way things are going, maybe we should go ahead and hold the 2012 elections after all—instead of just reappointing Obama president by acclamation. As we head into 2010, it seems increasingly likely that the 2012 presidential contest will at least be competitive. President Obama’s favorable ratings are now consistently below 50 percent; no candidate has been elected president with a favorable of 47 percent or lower and the Rasmussen...
  • Taking page from Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney readies book blitz

    12/15/2009 10:46:32 PM PST · by euram · 64 replies · 2,301+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 12-16-09 | Dave Wedge
    Former Gov. Mitt Romney could square off with Sarah Palin for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, but he’s already gearing up to take her on in the world of book sales. Palin’s bestseller has been racking up sales for the former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate, and now Romney’s team is planning an ambitious national tour for the March release of his new book, “No Apology: The Case for American Greatness.” Romney aides in Utah are hoping for up to 10,000 fans at one of the first stops on the planned tour, a March 13 signing at the Salt Palace...
  • Romney Blasts Obama Policy, Offers Own Plan

    12/14/2009 11:33:44 AM PST · by meandog · 52 replies · 2,003+ views
    boston Globe ^ | 12/13/09
    Just before yesterday’s White House jobs summit, Mitt Romney minced no words in blasting President Obama’s economic policies. “Like other presidents before him, Barack Obama inherited a recession. But unlike them, he has made it worse, not better,’’ Romney wrote in an opinion piece published yesterday in USA Today. The former Massachusetts governor - who made his name and fortune at private equity firm Bain Capital, ran for the GOP presidential nomination last year, and could very well run again in 2012 - derides Obama’s economic know-how. “His failure to stem the unemployment tide should not have been a surprise....
  • How to solve a problem like Palin?

    12/11/2009 3:27:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies · 1,997+ views
    The Charleston Daily Mail ^ | December 11, 2009 | Don Surber
    THE day after her autobiography was published, the cover of Newsweek magazine asked the musical question, "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Sarah?" It's a play on the first line of the chorus of "Maria" in the musical, "The Sound Of Music."The nuns sing of their bewildering young charge, who not only marches to the beat of her own drummer, but sings, dances and strums guitar to it. Their solution is to ship her off to a household in need of a nanny, and thus one of the most extraordinary adventures of the 20th century begins. There is a...
  • Salt Lake City shows interest in 2012 GOP convention

    12/08/2009 11:01:33 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 61 replies · 1,506+ views
    The Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah ^ | 2009-12-04 | Lois M. Collins & Lisa Riley Roche
    Officials are in the early stages of deciding if Salt Lake City wants to compete for the 2012 Republican National Convention — so early, in fact, that they have not yet formed a bid committee to decide. Salt Lake City was invited by the Republican National Committee to attend an "interested parties" presentation in Washington, D.C., three weeks ago, said Scott Beck, president and chief executive officer of the Salt Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau. Beck attended, along with a representative from the governor's office. There, they learned what requirements in terms of amenities a host city would have to...
  • Romney: Pawlenty wrong on plan (Romney defends Romneycare, says it does not provide abortions)

    12/07/2009 2:46:47 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 17 replies · 1,146+ views
    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said Sunday that Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has his facts wrong in criticizing the health care plan Romney instituted in his state. Pawlenty has repeatedly pointed to the Massachusetts plan of his potential rival for the 2012 Republican nomination as the perfect example of how not to do health care reform. The Minnesota governor has made that case in numerous interviews, speeches and op-eds that, while not focused on the Massachusetts program, make his criticism of it clear. Presented with a clip of Pawlenty arguing that the Massachusetts plan did not come close to meeting...
  • What are your thoughts on 2012 candidates? I am sharing mine and want some feedback...

    12/04/2009 5:49:30 AM PST · by wzevonfan · 91 replies · 2,936+ views
    Here is a list of 2012 candidates. Generally, I am dwelling on the negatives as this is what is going to limit them in their ability to win but will mention any unique positives. Please share your thoughts on these or any other potential candidates. Romney - Romneycare is an albatross. He is a Mormon which impacts appeal. Is popular in Michigan due to his father. Sometimes comes across like a used car salesman. Is probably more conservative than his record and gets a bad rap due to his need to make compromises to get elected in The People's Republic....
  • My response to the RINO Blogger telling FR to Knock Off the RINO Bashing and to all RINO Pushers

    12/02/2009 11:15:56 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 357 replies · 9,492+ views
    Dec 2, 2009 | Jim Robinson
    RomneyCare is big government forcing its will on a formerly free people. It's anti-American, anti-free-markets, anti-Liberty and unconstitutional. Listen to the Reagan tape. RomneyCare is the socialism he's talking about. RomneyCare = ObamaCare. No difference. Government is not the solution, it IS the problem!! Free Republic will not support gun grabbing, abortion pushing, gay rights pushing, big government socialist RINOS!! In fact we will actively campaign AGAINST them!! Free Republic is a pro-Life & Liberty small government conservative site for pro-Life & Liberty small government conservatives!! Take a freaking hike if you don't like it. RINOS be damned!! Hope this...
  • Romney's Legacy: Socialized Healthcare

    11/28/2009 4:23:05 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 167 replies · 2,475+ views
    Romney's Legacy: Socialized Healthcare RomneyCare
  • Mitt Romney talks about the economy, tea parties and the future of the Republican party (barf alert)

    11/19/2009 7:16:01 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 37 replies · 894+ views
    (snip) During the 2008 campaign, some conservatives said they were hesitant to vote for Romney because he was perceived as being liberal on some social issues. On Friday, he seemed determined to overcome that impression. In his speech, given in a room filled with more than two dozen pictures of President Ronald Reagan, Romney gave a shout-out to the tea party protesters and spoke about his new book, "No Apologies: The Case for American Greatness." (It is slated to be released by St. Martin's Press in March.) He also said the Republican Party needed to build support among young people,...