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  • Romney Aide to Take On Bigger Role in Campaign (Palin-hater Madden to replace Etch-A-Sketch Eric)

    07/06/2012 5:17:21 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 175 replies
    NY Times ^ | 7/6/12 | MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    Kevin Madden, a Republican communications expert with long ties to Mitt Romney, will become a more frequent and visible spokesman for the presidential campaign, a source close to the decision said on Friday. The increased responsibilities for Mr. Madden came in the wake of criticism from nervous Republicans about Mr. Romney’s campaign team. The Wall Street Journal said in an editorial that the campaign “looks confused in addition to being politically dumb.”
  • Romney Campaign Deploys Surrogates to Santorum Events

    02/25/2012 11:33:06 AM PST · by Pinkbell · 26 replies · 1+ views
    ABC News ^ | February 25, 2012 | Emily Friedman
    TROY, Mich. — Employing a trick they used during the hotly contested Florida primary, the Romney campaign is deploying surrogates to Sen. Rick Santorum’s campaign events. At least two surrogates — former Michigan State Rep. Rocky Raczkowski and current State Rep. Aric Nesbitt from Kalamazoo — will be attending Santorum events throughout the state in the days leading up to the Michigan primary on Tuesday, a campaign official told ABC News. Other surrogates attended Santorum events held earlier in the week. Nesbitt was spotted at Santorum’s event this morning in St. Clair Shores. Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fla., and Rep. Jason...
  • 'Game Change' -- Anatomy of a Smear of Sarah Palin (Mittbots and Hollywood in collusion)

    02/22/2012 1:58:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Yahoo! News Contributor Network ^ | February 22, 2012 | Mark Whittington
    Thanks to some remarkable reporting from Big Hollywood, it has become increasingly clear the upcoming HBO movie "Game Change" is less a political melodrama than an all-out attempt to destroy the person and reputation of Sarah Palin. The movie is based on a poorly researched book by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, and it was criticized at the time of its publication by Howard Kurtz, then a media reporter for the Washington Post, and the New York Times for its overreliance on unsourced "deep background" interviews that were difficult to verify. Two of those sources have been revealed, according to...
  • In T-shirt sales, Mitt Romney barely ahead of Sarah Palin (Only in the last month)

    02/21/2012 6:49:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 21, 2012 | Judy Kurtz
    Sarah Palin’s not running for president, but up until this month she has been beating GOP front-runner Mitt Romney in a different kind of race. For the past few months, the ex-Republican vice presidential candidate has been whooping the former Massachusetts governor in one website’s merchandise sales. CafePress.com, which lets customers design and sell their own clothing items and other merchandise, finds that in December, Palin-inspired gear far outsold items featuring Romney, 80 percent to 20 percent. An average of 137,000 designs are uploaded to the website each week. Even last month, people were still picking Palin over the White...
  • Romney Lead Small in AZ PPP (Romney 36% Santorum 33% Gingrich 16%)

    02/20/2012 9:49:55 AM PST · by parksstp · 26 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | 02-20-2012 | Public Policy Polling
    The Republican race for President in Arizona looks like a close one, with Mitt Romney leading Rick Santorum only 36-33. Newt Gingrich is third at 16% and Ron Paul fourth at 9%. Santorum is better liked by Arizona Republicans than Romney, but the gap isn't as wide as we're finding in a lot of other states. Santorum's at +34 (61/27), while Romney's at +24 (58/34). One thing to keep an eye on over the next week is whether Newt Gingrich can hold his support. 16% is pretty good for him compared to what we're finding other places right now, but...
  • Romney Struggles For Right Pitch

    02/20/2012 6:53:18 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | February 20, 2012 | Sam Youngman
    Mitt Romney isn't singing anymore. A little more than two weeks after his off-key but enthusiastic renditions of "America the Beautiful" captured the spirit of a candidate who had won the Florida primary and seemed on the verge of locking down the Republican nomination for president, Romney is back in lackluster mode. It's not just that Romney is facing a surprising challenge in his native state of Michigan from Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator who vaulted into contention in the state-by-state nomination battle with wins in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado. What alarms many Republican Party leaders and strategists are...
  • Matthews: Romney’s ridicule of Gingrich will ‘reap trouble’ for him

    02/19/2012 11:14:44 PM PST · by VinL · 21 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 2-1-12 | Matthews
    A thousand injuries I suffered Fortunato. But when he turned to insult, I vowed revenge." Those are the opening words to Edgar Allen Poe's short story – “The Cask of Amontillado” – ... For a case of real-life of revenge in real-life American history, think of Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton. Burr and Hamilton held a duel that led to the death of Hamilton, (who) had said something to someone about Burr being "despicable." Newt Gingrich has a deep and abiding case against Mitt Romney. Romney has spent millions with the single purpose of destroying Gingrich as a candidate. Oh,...
  • Mitt Romney: “Michigan’s Trees are Just the Right Height”

    02/18/2012 10:41:52 AM PST · by CASchack · 56 replies
    Spyders Den ^ | 02/17/12 | bhypes
    Mitt Romney, during campaign stops in Michigan yesterday, embraced his Michigan roots for all they’re worth. As he watches his popularity plummet in the state in which he grew up, he seems to be grasping at anything to keep from sinking any further. Romney tried to hit all the right buttons in order to resonate with Michigan voters leading up to their February 28 primary, by making himself one of them again. “I was born and raised here. I love being in Michigan,” Mr. Romney said. ”Everything seems right here. You know, I come back to Michigan; the trees are...
  • Romney: MI Loss "Won't Happen"

    02/16/2012 2:18:57 PM PST · by cdchik123 · 26 replies
    MLive ^ | 2/15/12 | Nate Reens
    KENTWOOD – Jerome Bush, an 81-year-old lifelong Republican, shook GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s hand Wednesday, recalling doing the same with his father, George Romney, during his campaign for governor more than 40 years ago. “I voted for his dad,” said Bush, the former supervisor of Fillmore Township in Allegan County. “Right now, I’m still undecided if I’m going to vote for him.” It illustrates the difficulty the former Massachusetts governor is facing on the 2012 campaign trail. Three polls released Wednesday show Rick Santorum ahead of Romney in the state where he was born and raised, a place once...
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Revives Phony Santorum Scandal

    02/16/2012 12:56:43 PM PST · by WPaCon · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 2/15/2012 | Howard Richman
    The Democrat-leaning Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is trying to revive the so-called "scandal" that the Democrats trumpeted during their successful campaign to unseat Rick Santorum in 2006. Other news outlets are starting to pick up the Post-Gazette's claims. For example, in an article published on February 14 and linked to by the Drudge Report ("Santorum's Electability Pitch Undermined by 2006 Senate Reelection Loss"), Bloomberg reports: Santorum's 2006 loss came after he was accused by Democrats of being hypocritical for moving his family to suburban Virginia, yet still claiming a property tax deduction and tuition reimbursement in Pennsylvania. The school district where his...
  • Romney surrogates attack Santorum's record

    02/15/2012 4:11:18 PM PST · by Red Steel · 24 replies
    cnn ^ | February 14, 2012 | Ashley Killough
    (CNN) - A trio of Missouri surrogates for Mitt Romney took aim at Rick Santorum on Tuesday, saying the former Pennsylvania senator has misled voters on his fiscal conservative record. "He certainly has been outspoken on social issues, and we honor his record in that regard. But when you get outside those issues…his record shows he's been in the liberal wing of the Republican Party," former Sen. Jim Talent said on a call with reporters. -snip- Also on the call was Rep. Billy Long of Missouri and State Auditor Tom Schweich, both of whom praised Romney's credentials in the private...
  • Romney On Palin Doubting He Is Conservative: "Not Quite Sure What She'd Be Referring To"

    02/15/2012 7:33:27 AM PST · by C19fan · 57 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | February 15, 2012 | Staff
    Presidential candidate Mitt Romney responds to Sarah Palin saying she is not convinced he is a conservative during his appearance on Wednesday's "FOX & Friends." "Well we should probably spend some time with Sarah Palin, although she is hard to find. She's on your show all the time," Romney said. "I'm not quite sure what she'd be referring to. I'm pro-life, pro-traditional marriage. I believe in the second amendment. As governor, I balanced the budget every year I was in office. Put in place a $2 million rainy-day fund. Cut taxes 19 times," he also said.
  • Here we go: Romney Super PAC rolls out first Michigan attack ad against Santorum (Watch Videos)

    02/15/2012 7:09:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/15/2012 | AllahPundit
    Via BuzzFeed. As expected, they’re going hard after his fiscal heresies. I’m giving you Santorum’s new ad here too, which is noteworthy first because he touts his tea-party cred (ironic) and second because he’s now making electability a core component of his pitch. No other Not Romney has been in that position before — but the numbers do back him up, for now: One thing that has remained constant in the ever changing GOP Presidential race is that Mitt Romney is the strongest candidate against Barack Obama…at least until now. PPP’s newest national poll finds Romney trailing Obama by 7...
  • Romney Races to Defend Michigan [Panic Time For Romney: Should Newt Endorse Santorum?]

    02/14/2012 6:05:48 PM PST · by Steelfish · 52 replies
    Wall St. J ^ | February 14, 2012 | JOSEPH B. WHITE AND NEIL KING JR.
    FEBRUARY 15, 2012 Romney Races to Defend Michigan State Up for Grabs as Santorum Surges BY JOSEPH B. WHITE AND NEIL KING JR. [Subscriber Content Preview] DETROIT—Amid signs Rick Santorum could win an upset victory in Michigan, Mitt Romney escalated his campaign to win the state's Republican primary by taking on the powerful auto union and reigniting the debate over the federal bailouts of two Detroit auto makers. Mr. Romney, writing in a Detroit News editorial-page column Tuesday, attacked as "crony capitalism on a grand scale" the Obama administration's $81 billion auto-industry bailout nearly three years ago. The salvo comes...
  • Pro-Romney Group Buys $500,000 In Michigan TV Ads (Newt Targeted)

    02/13/2012 3:48:30 PM PST · by red flanker · 282 replies
    NY Times ^ | February 13, 2012 | Jeremy W. Peters
    Mitt Romney is getting some heavy air support in Michigan — the state where he was born and raised — as the “super PAC” supporting him invests almost $500,000 on television ads there. According to someone who tracks Republican media spending, Restore Our Future has committed just over $470,000 for commercials starting Tuesday and set to run through Feb. 20. That marks the group’s largest purchase yet in Michigan, where it will have spent more than $700,000 on ads by next week. The group said Monday that it would continue for now to run an ad called “Risk” that targets...
  • Romney’s slide among independents continues

    02/13/2012 2:54:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 02/13/2012 | Greg Sargent
    As I’ve been noting here, one key metric to determine whether the prolonged GOP nomination process is damaging Mitt Romney’s general election prospects is his standing among independents, many of whom remain sour on Obama’s economic performance. Today’s new Pew poll offers another installment. The topline is striking enough — it finds that Rick Santorum is surging among Tea Partyers and conservatives, again suggesting that they just can’t come to terms with Romney as the nominee. But look, Romney is still likely to get the nomination, anyway. Which is why this slide among independents is also extremely noteworthy: A month...
  • Mitt Romney's Ohio Problem

    02/13/2012 5:12:57 AM PST · by ak267 · 24 replies
    Third Base Politics ^ | 2-9-2012 | Bytor
    We’ve all heard the axiom, “as goes Ohio, so goes the nation”. In fact, no Republican has ever won the Presidency without winning Ohio. And for this year’s GOP presidential primary, Ohio is the top prize in what is turning out to be a critical Super Tuesday on March 6th. In fact, just yesterday analyst Sean Trende of Real Clear Politics identified Ohio as the key state between a Romney runaway and the possibility of a brokered convention. So the viability of a three-way split probably comes down to Ohio, which has a fair number of evangelicals, though not to...
  • Romney's Santorum problem: no easy targets

    02/12/2012 7:08:56 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 30 replies
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | February 12, 2012 | Ros Krasny
    PORTLAND, Maine (Reuters) - U.S. Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has a Rick Santorum problem that can't be easily swept aside, even with wins in the sparsely attended Maine caucuses and a poll of conservative activists. The former Massachusetts governor arguably has fewer effective weapons against Santorum than he was able to pull out against Newt Gingrich after getting a thumping in South Carolina from the former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. As they battled for the 2012 Republican nomination, Romney attacked Gingrich on several fronts, scoring a big hit with ads focused on Gingrich's ethics violations in...
  • Mitigate Romney Petition

    02/10/2012 11:34:11 PM PST · by publius321 · 4 replies
    http://www.MitigateRomney.com ^ | 2/11/2012 | Scott Ryan
    The purpose of MitigateRomney.com is to serve notice to the GOP establishment and the moderate media that we are resolutely rejecting their manipulative tactics. They have worked vigorously to discourage supporters of conservative candidates and make the so-called “inevitability” of Mitt Romney into a self-fulfilling prophesy. For –at least- the past two election cycles they have pushed their left leaning candidates right into the GOP nomination by carefully massaging polling questions to fit the mantra they want unsuspecting viewers to adopt about their preferred candidate and even what spurious notions they chose to propagate about the candidates they ttansparently oppose....
  • Newt's Southern Strategy Won't Work (Tokyo Rove alert)

    02/09/2012 4:12:08 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 55 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2/9/12 | Karl Rove
    Newt Gingrich's remarks Saturday night after the Nevada caucuses and on NBC's "Meet the Press" the next morning proved that presidential candidates should talk policy, not process. Proclaiming "We want to get to Georgia, to Alabama, to Tennessee," Mr. Gingrich said primaries in the South would produce "a series of victories" that by the April 4 Texas primary would make him "very, very competitive in the delegate count." Well, the Gingrich Southern strategy faces big obstacles, starting with Rick Santorum and Ron Paul. Demanding that these two candidates drop out so he becomes the only conservative alternative to Mitt Romney...
  • Mitt Romney Central Chat (Spying Thread)

    02/08/2012 6:13:24 PM PST · by JediJones · 8 replies
    Mitt Romney Central Chat ^ | 2/8/2012 | Mitt Romney Central Chat
    I thought it'd be fun to spy on this Mitt Romney live chat room to see what they're saying in the wake of his defeats. Below is your window into the mind of the Romneybots via some excerpts. They're somewhat depressed over the loss and going into attack mode on Santorum like good like Romneybots. Feel free to monitor the chat room and post any interesting tidbits here. Note all the insulting remarks towards evangelicals, "crackers," and right-wingers. Also, I was surprised to see a fair amount of them are semi-supporting Ron Paul or want him as V.P. They posted...
  • Mitt Romney Says He ‘Wasn’t There’ to Respond to Attacks (Mitt is delusional about losses...)

    02/08/2012 3:13:30 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 40 replies
    ABC News ^ | 2/8/12 | Emily Friedman
    Mitt Romney, asked if there were any lessons learned in the wake of losing all three Republican voting contests Tuesday night, said that he simply “wasn’t there to respond” to former Sen. Rick Santorum’s attacks in the days leading up to voting. But today, speaking to reporters on a tarmac in Atlanta, where he flew from Colorado after losses in Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado Tuesday night, he did not hesitate to go on offense, accusing two chief GOP rivals of behaving “like Democrats.”
  • Romney gets a wake-up call from Republican voters (When will Drudge-Rhoades attack Rick?)

    02/08/2012 2:52:11 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/8/12 | Steve Holland
    Mitt Romney acknowledged on Wednesday that his path to the Republican presidential nomination is not going to be easy after three shock losses to newly ascendant rival Rick Santorum. A day after Santorum beat him in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri, Romney attempted to play down the results, saying his campaign did not devote a lot of time and money to the three state nominating contests and chose to compete strongly elsewhere.
  • New Poll Finds The More People Learn About Romney, The More They Dislike Him

    02/06/2012 2:12:12 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 58 replies · 1+ views
    By a more than two to one margin, Americans say that the more they learn about Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney, the more they dislike him, per a new Washington Post / ABC poll: Overall, 55 percent of those who are closely following the campaign say they disapprove of what the GOP candidates have been saying. By better than 2 to 1, Americans say the more they learn about Romney, the less they like him. Even among Republicans, as many offer negative as positive assessments of him on this question. Judgments about former House speaker Newt Gingrich, who denounced Romney...
  • Romney Is Kerry. Or Maybe Gore.

    02/04/2012 5:08:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Slate ^ | February 1, 2012 | Jacob Weisberg
    He’s too handsome, too rich, and too pompous to win the hearts of ordinary Americans.Republicans are doing something quite strange at the moment. They are in the process of choosing a candidate whom hardly any of them actually likes. Though Mitt Romney won the Florida primary handily yesterday, rumbles of dissatisfaction with him continue.* Romney isn’t so much winning the Republican nomination as having it default to him for lack of any compelling alternative. The case for voting for Romney goes as follows: Of the Republican presidential candidates, he is the only one with any real chance of defeating President...
  • Gingrich: Romney didn't deserve congrats (CNN VIDEO- NEWT -2 min)

    02/03/2012 2:54:28 PM PST · by VinL · 56 replies
    CNN ^ | 2-3-12 | Blitzer
    In some of his harshest words yet, Newt Gingrich explained Friday why he didn't call rival Mitt Romney after the former Massachusetts pulled a decisive Florida primary victory earlier in the week. Pointing to Romney's post-South Carolina campaign strategy, which turned noticeably negative against the former House speaker, Gingrich said Romney didn't earn any kudos. "They outspent me five to one to quote destroy Newt Gingrich?" Gingrich said in an interview on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." "You know, I think that doesn't deserve congratulations. I think that's reprehensible, I think it's dishonest, and I think it's shameful."...
  • Mitt at a Minimum: A Sign of Romney's Moral Defensiveness [Wall St J Editorial Hammers Romney]

    02/02/2012 11:25:56 PM PST · by Steelfish · 26 replies · 1+ views
    Wall St. J ^ | February 03, 2012
    FEBRUARY 3, 2012 Mitt at a Minimum A Sign of Romney's Moral Defensiveness. Serves us right. Yesterday we tried to defend, or at least explain, Mitt Romney's remark that he didn't worry about the poor because they had the government to help them. Then Mr. Romney tells the world he favors a rising minimum wage indexed for inflation that really would hurt the poor. Mr. Romney reaffirmed his minimum-wage views to reporters as he tried to extricate himself from the controversy over his "poor" remarks. (See "What Mitt Really Meant," Feb. 2.) It was a classic political gotcha moment, and...
  • Romney not running a campaign that will unite the GOP: he won't run on his record and trashes others

    01/31/2012 7:05:00 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 34 replies
    1/31/2012 | Laissez-faire capitalist
    Instead of appealing to voters to vote for him based upon x,y and z, he panders for votes by trying to increase his opponents negatives (as in FL) above his own by massively outspending them on negative ads. This approach has led to his negatives skyrocketing and his positives declining among independents and moderates. Fivethirtyeight and others have been monitoring this, and it isn't pretty. With each battle won (temporarily in Iowa and now Florida), he is headed to surpassing Obama's negatives or having lower positives (some show he already has) and he will ultimately lose against Obama if he...
  • Mitt’s Politics of Division Will Backfire

    01/30/2012 9:05:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    NewsMax ^ | January 30, 2012 | Christopher Ruddy
    Even if Mitt Romney wins in Florida on Tuesday, he still may lose the presidency come November. The old adage of “divide and conquer” may work well in war, but in politics it’s not always a smart strategy, especially in Republican primaries. Ronald Reagan’s name has been evoked quite often in this race. The Gipper must be turning over in his grave that Mitt Romney has so badly violated his 11th Commandment: “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.” Reagan’s law not only sounds great, it’s smart politics. Reagan understood that the very same Republicans a candidate attacks...
  • Camp Mittens Duplicity on Allen West Worse than Conspiracy: It’s a Habit

    01/31/2012 3:22:22 AM PST · by w4women · 8 replies
    Townhall ^ | January 31, 2012 | John Ransom
    All the crying going on from Camp Mittens denying that Romney set out to screw Congressman Allen West out of his seat in Palm Beach County is just the usual exaggerated outrage that we should be accustomed to from Mitt and Company when they’ve been caught in the act. Remember these are the same guys who are saying that Mitt’s the most electable candidate, but if we question Mitt’s electability we’ll only have ourselves to blame if Mitt doesn’t get elected. Or something like that. It’s hard to keep up with the rhetoric when a campaign has one set of...
  • Gingrich professes shock at Romney’s ‘dishonest’ debate performance

    01/27/2012 12:54:34 PM PST · by Red Steel · 71 replies · 1+ views
    WaPo ^ | Updated: Friday, January 27, 12:34 PM
    MIAMI —Former House speaker Newt Gingrich said Friday that the reason he seemed less combative during Thursday’s televised debate was that he was shocked by what he described as rival Mitt Romney’s “totally dishonest” replies to several questions. In a telephone interview, Gingrich cited Romney’s remarks on immigration, his vote for Democrat Paul Tsongas in 1992 and whether he knew about an ad his campaign is running against Gingrich. “I think it’s the most blatantly dishonest performance by a presidential candidate I’ve ever seen,” Gingrich said. At several moments during the debate, Gingrich simply leaned away from his lectern and...
  • Mitt Romney's Blind Trust Not So Blind

    01/26/2012 8:50:54 PM PST · by Ms. AntiFeminazi · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo News/ABC News ^ | Dec 19, 2011 | Matthew Mosk
    When Mitt Romney faced questions on the campaign trail four years ago about investments in firms engaged in embryonic stem cell research, the presidential candidate had a ready explanation -- he was unaware because his vast financial portfolio was under the control of an independent trustee. Last week, Romney's campaign pulled out the same explanation when ABC News sought details about the candidate's holdings in the Cayman Islands, a notorious offshore tax haven. "We remind you that Gov. Romney does not choose anything; these are BLIND TRUSTS," a campaign official wrote in an email. But government ethics experts and election...
  • Romney paints Gingrich as mentally unstable

    01/26/2012 10:41:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Washington Post The Plum Line ^ | January 26, 2012 | Greg Sargent
    The New York Times reports today — based on unclear sourcing — that Mitt Romney has endorsed a strategy of raising doubts about Newt Gingrich’s “emotional stability.” Well, if that’s the case, here’s Exhibit A. A Florida source passes along a mailer that the Romney campaign — not the pro-Romney Super PAC; his campaign — just dropped in the state, and it comes as close as possible to making that case, hitting Gingrich as “erratic” and “reckless.” The mailer also prominently features a quote from my colleague Jennifer Rubin, describing Gingrich’s “well of sleaze.” Here’s page one: (GRAPHIC AT LINK)...
  • A Question for Mitt Romney

    01/27/2012 12:22:33 AM PST · by FreedomFighter1013 · 16 replies
    citizen5408.com ^ | January 26, 2012 | Greg C.
    Dear Mitt: In this year's contest for the Republican nomination, you have demonstrated your ruthlessness. Your attacks on fellow Republicans have show that you are willing to be as brutal, vile, and remorseless as is necessary to defeat your opponent. Presumably, this is how you made $200 million in about 12 years at Bain. In 2008 and now in 2012 you have left a field of wounded warriors in your wake: Huckabee, Giulianni and now Newt. We can see you are willing to be as dirty and nasty as you need to be to win. But the question remains, will...
  • Mike Reagan, Rush Limbaugh Blast Romney

    01/26/2012 2:54:10 PM PST · by Raebie · 89 replies · 1+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 1/26/2012 | Jim Meyers
    Ronald Reagan’s eldest son Mike Reagan has issued a statement lambasting Mitt Romney and his supporters for claims that Romney’s Republican presidential rival Newt Gingrich was a strong critic of President Reagan. Reagan says such claims are false. Even Rush Limbaugh, shocked by the Romney claims, chimed on his Thursday radio broadcast to say "This is obviously a coordinated attack to take Newt out here in Florida." Rush slammed the Romney-backed smear campaign against Newt. “That kind of stuff is why people hate Romney so much," Limbaugh said. Limbaugh added that Newt has always been a conservative from his early...
  • Our Quartet in Tampa

    01/24/2012 6:01:41 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 6 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | 1/24/2012 | Jay Nordlinger
    Everything seems very serious, very important, very consequential now. The earlier debates — months ago — were looser. The eight or nine candidates would bounce onto the stage. Romney would greet Bachmann with a big mwah. Cain would smile brightly. The atmosphere was almost festive. But now we’ve gotten down to the nitty-gritty — crunch time. Newt immediately links himself to Reagan. Remember when pundits swore the Gipper couldn’t win? he says. He also points out that Reagan’s economic program was labeled “voodoo economics.” That was Bush 41’s — the future Bush 41’s — line, of course. But the 1980...
  • Live Thread - NBC News/Tampa Bay Times GOP debate tonight on NBC

    01/23/2012 2:38:27 PM PST · by TexasFreeper2009 · 1,695 replies
    All four remaining GOP candidates have been confirmed for tonight's debate sponsored by NBC News, the Tampa Bay Times, The National Journal and the Florida Council of 100. The debate will take place at the University of South Florida in Tampa. This will be the first of 2 debates this week focusing on the Florida GOP primary on Tuesday, January 31st. Note the air times on the east and west coast. Television Air Time: Monday, January 23rd at 9pm ET, 8pm CT and 9pm PT on NBC Live Streams: (airing 9pm ET) NBCPolitics.com, National Journal, and TampaBay.com Participants: Gingrich, Romney,...
  • Romney Out With Biting Ad Against Gingrich

    01/23/2012 12:20:54 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 61 replies · 1+ views
    CNN ^ | 10-23-11 | CNN's Ashley Killough
    (CNN) - Mitt Romney's campaign released a blistering new Florida television ad against Newt Gingrich on Monday, eight days before the Sunshine State's presidential primary. "If Newt wins, this guy would be very happy," the ad's narrator says, as a photo of a smiling President Barack Obama appears on screen. The 30-second commercial, "Florida Families," is set to air statewide in Florida. In a part of the country that saw large amounts of home foreclosures, the ad particularly strikes Gingrich over his time as a consultant at mortgage giant Freddie Mac. "While Florida families lost everything in the housing crisis,...
  • (Desperate) Mitt Romney expands attack on Newt Gingrich, slamming work for health-care firms

    01/23/2012 10:08:29 AM PST · by tobyhill · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/23/2012 | By Philip Rucker
    A combative Mitt Romney on Monday broadened his call for Newt Gingrich to release records from his work as a consultant, speculating that those documents and records from a House ethics investigation from his time as speaker could show “potentially wrongful activity of some kind.” “We could see an October surprise a day from Newt Gingrich,” Romney told reporters at a media availability here. “And so let’s see the records from the ethics investigation, let’s see what they show. Let’s see who his clients were at the time he was lobbying Republican congressmen for Medicare Part D.
  • What Gingrich's S.C. Romney-Stomping Means For FL's 'Battle Royale' [Mortgage Meltdown State?]

    01/22/2012 11:27:35 AM PST · by Steelfish · 22 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | January 22, 2012
    What Gingrich's S.C. Romney-Stomping Means For FL's 'Battle Royale' Gingrich crushed once-mighty Mitt Romney in South Carolina’s first-in-the-South primary, in a victory that transformed Florida’s upcoming vote from a snoozer into a dogfight. “This sets the stage for a battle royale in the Sunshine State,” said Nelson Warfield, a political consultant for former Rick Perry’s recently ended campaign who’s also a member of Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s inner political circle. “Newt Gingrich changed the narrative of this race,” Warfield said. “Before South Carolina, Romney was the slow, inevitable candidate. And Florida was going to be his coronation. Now Romney has...
  • Romney camp marks anniversary of Gingrich House reprimand

    01/22/2012 6:23:48 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 80 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 01/21/12 | Jeremy Herb
    Is the date Jan. 21 about to be a lot brighter for Newt Gingrich? As South Carolina votes Saturday, Mitt Romney’s campaign sent a press release wishing Gingrich a “happy anniversary” for the House decision to reprimand him, which happened on Jan. 21, 1997. Headlined “Happy 15th Anniversary, Mr. Speaker,” the release said, “Fifteen years ago today, Newt Gingrich became the first House speaker in American history to be reprimanded by his colleagues.” Gingrich was investigated for tax irregularities and for campaign finance disclosure violations in the late 1990s. The matter, conducted when Republicans controlled the House, was settled when...
  • Voters head to polls in SC as Mitt Romney belittles Gingrich and does his own laundry

    01/21/2012 2:02:36 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 147 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | January 21, 2012 | Matt Viser and Michael Levenson,
    COLUMBIA, S.C. – Voters battled rainstorms and tornado warnings as they streamed to the polls here today, capping a tumultuous and at times politically dizzying week of events that, by tonight, could potentially reshape the Republican presidential nomination process once more. Extending a more aggressive phase of his campaign, Mitt Romney today renewed attacks on Newt Gingrich, calling on the former House speaker to release records related to his role consulting Freddie Mac, the quasi-public lending agency that many blame for accelerating the housing crisis. “I’d like to see what he actually told Freddie Mac,” Romney told reporters after visiting...
  • Bret Baier: Romney complained after our interview that my questions were “uncalled for”

    11/30/2011 8:15:08 PM PST · by TBBT · 63 replies
    HotAir ^ | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Via the Right Scoop, I encourage you to watch the interview if you missed it last night or read the transcript. Here’s the sort of “uncalled for,” out-of-left-field word grenade that Bret Baier was lobbing at poor defenseless Mitt Romney: BAIER: About your book, you talk about Massachusetts healthcare. We’ve heard you many times, in the debates and interviews, talk about how it is different in your mind than the president’s healthcare law, Obamacare. The question is, do you still support the idea of a mandate? Do you believe that that was the right thing for Massachusetts? Do you think...
  • Romney Gets Testy When Baier Presses Him on Flip Flopping

    11/30/2011 3:09:48 PM PST · by cdchik123 · 26 replies
    (RealClearPolitics)Mitt Romney became visibly irritated with "Special Report" host Bret Baier when he confronted the presidential hopeful about his numerous nuanced positions compared to his past positions. "Well, Bret, your list is just not accurate," Romney said, when asked by Baier about changing his stances on climate change, abortion, gay rights and immigration. "So, one, we're going to have to be better informed about my views on issues," Mitt Romney sarcastically said to Baier. "My view is, you can look at what's written in my book. You can look at a person who has devoted his life to his family,...
  • Romney to Tea Party movement: No third party bids!

    06/07/2011 11:51:10 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 352 replies
    CNN ^ | 03/9/2010 | By: CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby
    Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney has a message to Tea Party candidates nationwide: If you lose your Republican primary bids, stay on the sidelines. The former Massachusetts governor on Monday warned the grassroots movement not to mount third party efforts in general elections, which he said would siphon votes from Republican nominees. "If there is a conservative candidate that runs in the general election, then obviously, divide and fail is the result," Romney said in an interview with the conservative Web site Newsmax. "Hopefully Tea Party candidates will run in respective primaries and they will either win or lose. And...