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  • Analysis: How a Mormon can be U.S. President

    02/02/2011 12:53:42 PM PST · by T Minus Four · 58 replies
    Mormon Times ^ | 01 February 2011 | Jamshid Ghazi Askar
    Now that it's official Jon Huntsman is resigning the U.S. ambassadorship to China effective April 30 (presumably to make a run for the White House), the question du jour becomes whether a candidate's Mormon faith precludes a viable candidacy for the U.S. presidency. Mounting evidence is increasingly pointing to a brave new world where the perceived biases that potentially derailed Mitt Romney's 2008 presidential campaign are dissolving and, lo and behold, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints could realistically be elected president of the United States in 2012. The Washington Post currently has two articles...
  • 2012: Romney hits Obama on health care (Anyone see the irony?)

    02/02/2011 12:23:58 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    MSNBC's First Read ^ | February 1, 2011
    DANIELS: “Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels may not be a household name, but the potential 2012 Presidential contender beat out better-known politicians in a straw poll of Washington state GOP activists over the weekend,” the Seattle Times writes. In the Roanoke Conference straw poll, “Daniels led with 31 percent, well above second-place finisher Mitt Romney of Massachussetts (14 percent.)” “Daniels is reportedly close to making a decision regarding whether he will leave office in order to seek the 2012 Republican Party presidential nomination,” The State column writes. “’I think I have got to make up my mind fairly soon,’ Daniels said...
  • The White House Loves Reminding People About RomneyCare

    01/31/2011 8:58:56 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | January 31, 2011 | Dan Amira
    Mitt Romney may very well be the front-runner for the Republican Party presidential nomination, but the big (as Donald Rumsfeld would put it) "known unknown" looming over his candidacy is to what extent the albatross of RomneyCare — the health-care reform enacted in Massachusetts under Governor Romney in 2006 that is similar in many ways to the reviled ObamaCare — will hinder him in the primaries. Romney will be endlessly assaulted about health-care reform by his primary opponents, and because the White House would prefer to face a divisive tea partier over the more broadly appealing Romney, they'll do their...
  • Many major former Romney supporters not backing him this year?

    01/28/2011 10:06:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 89 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 28, 2011 | Allahpundit
    Most them aren’t definite no’s, but even if they’re holding out for the time being merely to see who else jumps in, that’s … not encouraging. Some, like Judd Gregg, may end up endorsing him anyway but might want to see if Daniels (or Huntsman?) declares first. Others, like DeMint, who have embraced the tea party full-fold almost certainly aren’t going to endorse him unless the entire “true conservative” bench decides not to run. Either way … not encouraging. My favorite part? Hot on the heels of a rumor that Mitt might skip Iowa, there’s now a rumor circulating that...
  • N.J. Gov. Christie meets with Mitt Romney at governor's mansion

    01/25/2011 1:17:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Star-Ledger ^ | January 25, 2011 | Chris Megerian and Matt Friedman
    TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie hosted a frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination on Monday night, sitting down with Mitt Romney for dinner at the governor's mansion. Nearly two dozen people, including some of Christie's top political advisers and party leaders, gathered for the meeting with the former Massachusetts governor at Drumthwacket, according to three sources. The sources described the dinner as an informal discussion without any specific talk of endorsements in New Jersey's Republican presidential primary, which is still a year away. Romney has been laying the groundwork for a second presidential campaign, although he has not yet formally...
  • Evangelical/Romney supporter calls for new litmus test (Here it comes!)

    01/23/2011 10:04:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Politico ^ | January 23, 2011 | Ben Smith
    Mark DeMoss, a well-connected figure in the evangelical community and Mitt Romney supporter, sent a memo last week to Christian conservatives urging them to consider “a new litmus test” beyond traditional cultural issues “A candidate for president of the United States should be capable of becoming president, and then competent to be the president,” DeMoss wrote in a five-page missive sent to about 200 top pastors, donors, intellectuals and leaders on the Christian right. DeMoss, a public relations executive who also backed Romney in 2008, offered an impassioned case for the former Massachusetts governor but also took some barely-veiled swipes...
  • Romney Steers Clear of Tea Party

    01/21/2011 9:42:34 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    NewsMax ^ | January 21, 2011 | Dan Weil
    You might expect that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, one of the top likely candidates for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, would cozy up to tea party followers anytime he can. But he’s actually steering clear of the movement, The Boston Globe reports. “Romney for the most part is inaccessible,’’ says Andrew Hemingway, chairman of New Hampshire’s Republican Liberty Caucus. “[Minnesota Gov. Tom] Pawlenty, I could call him right now and say, ‘Let’s have coffee.’” Romney has kept his distance from tea party activists in key primary states, including the state viewed as a must win for him – New...
  • Romney’s team gets ready [To spend more $$]

    01/14/2011 11:17:45 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies · 1+ views
    The Belmont Citizen-Herald ^ | January 14, 2011 | Patrick Ball
    Belmont, Mass. — Long before it came time to actually choose a career, Peter Flaherty knew he wanted do so something exciting. “In Massachusetts, you kind of grow up with two things in your blood: sports and politics,” said Flaherty, a Belmont resident and father of three. “When I realized I was not going to be a professional athlete, I realized politics was the adult equivalent of professional sports.” Flaherty has always found room for public service in his professional life, which has seen him prosecute homicides, produce big-budget children’s movies and serve as a senior advisor to then-Gov. Mitt...
  • Republican Mitt Romney, eyeing 2012, on Mideast swing (Poor schlemiel, talk about bad timing!)

    01/09/2011 7:01:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 9, 2011 | Steve Holland
    Potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, looking to bolster his foreign policy credentials, is on a Mideast swing that included a visit to Afghanistan on Sunday. Romney senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom said Romney met the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus. Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008 only to lose to John McCain. He has shown multiple signs of planning to seek his party's nomination again for the right to oppose Democratic President Barack Obama in 2012. Romney could be among as many as a dozen Republicans seeking the...
  • Mitt Romney's Family Christmas Card-Slash-Campaign Advertisement

    12/25/2010 9:19:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies · 3+ views
    Comedy Central ^ | December 24, 2010 | Dennis DiClaudio
    Did you get your Christmas card from the Romneys this year? No? That's odd. Did he not confirm your address the last time you ran into him at the yacht club's semi-formal restaurant? What's that? You don't belong to the yacht club? Yikes. This is slightly embarrassing. I certainly do have egg and vanilla-infused aloe facial scrub on my face ha ha ha ha. Anyway, here, you can take a peek at the one that Mitt Romney's campaign website somehow managed to get their hands on… Yes, that is a picture of Mitt Romney and his wife Ann posing with...
  • Governor Mitt Romney’s Family Christmas Card 2010

    12/23/2010 8:26:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies · 2+ views
    We thought you’d like to see Governor Romney’s wonderful family Christmas card… The inscription on the bottom reads “Guess which grandchild heard that Papa might run again?” Any guesses? Those are fourteen adorable grandchildren, for sure! An inside look…What a fantastic family!
  • Mitt Romney mulls presidential run, can’t hide from the Mass. health mandate he signed into law

    12/18/2010 10:22:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies · 3+ views
    The Fall River Herald News / The Associated Press ^ | December 18, 2010 | Glen Johnson, AP Political Writer
    BOSTON — Republican Mitt Romney is finding it hard to avoid comparisons between the Massachusetts health insurance mandate he signed into law and the federal version enacted by President Barack Obama as he weighs another presidential run. A federal judge struck down the Obama mandate last week, and appeals of that ruling and other court challenges are likely to wend their way to the Supreme Court during the next two years, legal experts say....
  • Why Romney Needs Palin (This is how the Left thinks)

    12/18/2010 2:08:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The American Prospect's Tapped Blog ^ | December 15, 2010 | Paul Waldman
    As we all know, Mitt Romney's biggest problem in the 2012 Republican primaries is that conservatives don't trust him, given that he used to be a pro-choice moderate who got health coverage for Massachusetts' uninsured. His answer to this problem has been to run frantically to the right, staking out the most extreme position he can on any issue that comes up (his latest is an attack on lazy unemployed people). But the truth is this strategy is going to fail. What Mitt needs to understand is that voters don't make judgments based on checklists. If a true-blue conservative wants...
  • Romney: Replace unemployment insurance system

    12/14/2010 11:49:37 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | December 14, 2010 | Jeff Mapes
    On the same day that it was announced that Oregon remains mired in a 10.6 percent jobless rate, Republican Mitt Romney published an op-ed piece saying that unemployment insurance ought to replaced with a privatized insurance system. Of course, Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, is looking toward running for president again in 2012. And his piece in USA Today - which denounces the tax deal President Barack Obama reached with Republican leaders - was aimed at inciting a little buzz among conservative activists. It may not have the short-hand verve of one of Sarah Palin's tweets, but Romney is...
  • PPP Poll: Romney Trails Obama By 9 Points In Massachusetts

    12/03/2010 6:16:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    TPM ^ | December 3, 2010 | Eric Kleefeld
    The new survey of Massachusetts from Public Policy Polling (D) shows President Obama continuing to lead various possible Republican challengers in this deep-blue state -- including former Gov. Mitt Romney, who comes the closest to Obama but still trails by a significant margin. Obama leads Newt Gingrich by 57%-33%; Mike Huckabee by 57%-33%; and extends his lead to 61%-32% against Sarah Palin. Against Romney, who was governor of the state from 2003-2007 -- and did not seek re-election in 2006 in order to run for president in the 2008 cycle -- Obama leads by 52%-43%. Obama's approval rating in Massachusetts...
  • Palin, blueblood-bashing and Mitt Romney (Bushes endorse Myth)

    11/24/2010 12:54:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Salon ^ | November 24, 2010 | Steve Kornacki
    Sarah Palin wasted little time firing back at Barbara Bush, who used an interview with Larry King early this week to express her hope that Palin will stay in Alaska. "I think the majority of Americans don't want to put up with the blue bloods," Palin said on Laura Ingraham's radio show on Wednesday. "And I say it with all due respect because I love the Bushes. The blue bloods who want to pick and choose their winners instead of allowing competition to pick and choose the winners." While it's true that Barbara Bush remains a well-liked figure, particularly within...
  • A Mormon not for Romney for President

    11/20/2010 4:20:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    The Liberty Musings Blog ^ | November 16, 2010 | David Hall
    Monday evening, Special Report’s 12 in 2012 series featured Mitt Romney, and his likely 2012 run for President. I was for Romney in 2008 and supported him in the Republican caucuses in Colorado. But not this year. To me, he crashed and burned over his Romneycare. It’s not that he pushed this through in Massachusetts, it’s his blindness in how he continues to defend it. They played his answer on Special Report, and it’s so weak. He talks like there is a difference of night and day between Romneycare and Obamacare because his was a state program and Obamacare is...
  • Republican hearts are with Palin-but not their heads. Best prez candidate for 2012, Romney (Spew!)

    11/17/2010 4:23:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The London Guardian ^ | November 17, 2010 | Ryan Streeter
    Sarah Palin has certainly sent clear messages that she's considering a bid for the White House in 2012. She has effectively said as much in interviews, and her actions speak quite loudly. Her flurry of TV shows and appearances, hugely-attended public events, and a surprisingly well-articulated policy statement or two – such as the one on quantitative easing that won the Wall Street Journal editorial page's praise – all seem to be part of a strategy to show her leading on multiple fronts. A good trait in a president. It may be difficult for people outside the United States to...
  • Tea Party Leader: Romney’s Healthcare Past Won’t Fly

    11/11/2010 10:13:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies · 1+ views
    ABC News' The Note ^ | November 11, 2010 | Arlette Saenz
    Mitt Romney could face strong resistance in a potential White House bid from Tea Partiers troubled by the healthcare plan he implemented as governor of Massachusetts. In an interview on CBN’s The Brody File Show, Amy Kremer, director of grassroots and coalitions for the Tea Party Express, one of the most public Tea Party groups in the country, was asked if Romney’s hand in the enactment of the Massachusetts healthcare plan would fly with the Tea Party movement. “I'm being honest here. You can't get away from that,” Kremer told host David Brody. “These people don't have short memories. They're...
  • Meghan McCain on Christine O'Donnell: 'Nutjob' (VIDEO) [Endorsed Mitt Romney, naturally!]

    10/28/2010 6:27:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    TV Squad ^ | October 28, 2010 | Donald Deane
    Meghan McCain had a few choice words for Christine O'Donnell on 'The Talk' (weekdays, syndicated), questioning the GOP Senate candidate's state of mind, but declining to comment specifically on Sarah Palin. "I ... called her a nutjob," McCain said tersely of O'Donnell. "I feel the same way right now." When asked by Julie Chen whether she thought Palin was unfair to father John McCain's campaign team after the 2008 Presidential election, McCain was cagey and instead mentioned who she plans to support in 2012. "It's irrelevant at this point. I've so moved on," she said. "I'm looking at 2012. I've...