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  • Romney Campaign Declaring Cease Fire on Health Care

    07/03/2012 9:20:04 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 44 replies
    National Journal ^ | Tuesday July 3, 2012 | Josh Kra
    It's becoming clear that Romney has decided to focus on the economy at the expense of everything else, even issues that could play to his political benefit. He's avoided criticizing the administration's handling of the botched Fast and Furious operation, even as it threatens to become a serious vulnerability for the president. He's been silent in responding to Obama's immigration executive order, not wanting to offend receptive Hispanics or appear like a flip-flopper. He appears more likely to tap a safe, bland running mate like Ohio Sen. Rob Portman or former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty who won't do him any...
  • Romney Campaign Declares Cease Fire on Health Care.

    07/03/2012 8:13:43 AM PDT · by Mountain Mary · 155 replies
    lauraingraham.com ^ | 07/03/12 | Laura Ingraham
    July 3, 2012 Romney Campaign Declaring Cease Fire on Health Care Posted by Staff In the aftermath of the Supreme Court health care ruling, the early conventional wisdom was that an unfavorable health care ruling at the court would be good for Republicans politically, even as it was a serious policy setback for conservatives. But that's not shaping up to be the case. Mitt Romney, after giving a brief statement decrying the decision, has been virtually silent on criticizing the health care law. He's been on vacation and his campaign has been giving off clear signals that it doesn't want...
  • WH gets unexpected backup: Romney camp says it's a penalty, not a tax

    07/02/2012 7:12:19 AM PDT · by raulgomez05 · 70 replies
    Politico ^ | 7-2-12 | DONOVAN SLACK
    Prominent Dems including White House chief of staff Jack Lew and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have repeatedly argued in recent days that the fee for not buying insurance under the health care law is in fact a penalty and not a tax. They got support from an unexpected quarter on Monday: the Romney campaign. Mitt Romney's senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom told Chuck Todd on MSNBC's Daily Rundown that he agrees - the fee is a penalty and not a tax, as the Supreme Court ruled last week. "The governor disagreed with the ruling of the court," Fehrnstrom said. "He...
  • A very basic primer on deciding between Romney and Obama in November

    06/06/2012 11:23:45 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 53 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-06-12 | Vince
    In business there is something called “sunk costs” which refers to funds that have been spent and are unrecoverable. At any given point sunk costs are irrelevant to the decisions going forward. An example of this would be a company that has spent a billion dollars building a plant and now has to choose whether or not to spend another billion dollars hiring staff and actually operating the plant. At the point of the decision the only thing that should be relevant to the decision makers is what makes best sense for the firm going forward. Does the company...
  • Leo Strauss and the Conservatives

    05/24/2012 3:21:17 AM PDT · by se99tp · 4 replies
    Christian Concepts Daily ^ | May 24th, 2012 | Jeff Nyquist
    The illusion of supposed conservatism, for scholars like Strauss and for politicians like George W. Bush and Mitt Romney, is that the political spectrum in America has shifted so far to the Left that yesterday’s liberals are today’s conservatives says Author and Speaker Jeff Nyquist... Consider the state of America: marriage is no longer an enforceable contract in most states (i.e., no fault divorce); even more telling, homosexual marriage is increasingly acceptentage of the population attending religious services has been falling steadily for years, along with honesty and our nation’s work ethic.....It would seem that conservatives have nothing left to...
  • Mitt would govern as conservative (And I have a bridge to sell you)

    04/11/2012 12:01:35 PM PDT · by C19fan · 70 replies
    Politico ^ | April 11, 2012 | Keith Koffler
    Conservatives shouldn’t fret about the politics of their nearly-presumptive nominee. Mitt Romney will most certainly govern as one of them. He’s guaranteed to — for the exact reason they think he won’t. If Romney really is the political animal his detractors on the right suspect him to be, he’ll shape his presidency with a single goal: Winning a second term. To do that, he will need to make sure there is no running room on his right for someone to launch a primary challenge.
  • Romney Struggling to Attract White Working Class

    02/16/2012 6:34:18 AM PST · by C19fan · 16 replies · 1+ views
    AP ^ | February 16, 2012 | Alan Fram
    Republican Mitt Romney is faltering with white working-class voters crucial to his party's drive to capture the White House, even as he tries to fend off a rising GOP challenger, Rick Santorum, who wields strong blue-collar appeal. The wealthy former Bain Capital chief has led his rivals by comfortable margins among white college graduates, according to combined polls of voters in the first five states that held presidential nominating contests. But the exit and entry surveys showed only a modest Romney advantage among whites who lack college degrees, the yardstick analysts typically use to define the working class.
  • In Florida, Romney Takes Aim At Resurgent Gingrich [Calls Gingrich "Failed Leader"]

    01/22/2012 6:53:54 PM PST · by Steelfish · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 22, 2012 | Philip Rucker and Amy Gardner,
    In Florida, Romney Takes Aim At Resurgent Gingrich By Philip Rucker and Amy Gardner January 22 ORMOND BEACH, Fla. — Mitt Romney unleashed his harshest personal attack of the campaign on Newt Gingrich here Sunday, saying “it was proven that he was a failed leader” as the former governor pivoted sharply to regain his footing in the wake of Gingrich’s stunning resurgence over the weekend. As the dramatically altered presidential campaign moved to Florida, Republican leaders braced for a long and potentially bitter nominating contest. After upending the campaign in South Carolina with a commanding victory, Gingrich moved quickly to...
  • Mitt Romney touts conservative credentials in new ad [BARF!]

    12/26/2011 1:42:40 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 61 replies · 4+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | Dec 26, 2011 | By Shira Schoenberg, Globe Correspondent
    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is a conservative. At least, that is the point the former Massachusetts governor is trying to make with a new TV ad airing in Iowa. The new ad, titled “Conservative Agenda,” shows Romney speaking on the stump and meeting with voters, as he makes a series of commitments. “I am going to do something to government. I’m going to make it ‘Simpler, and Smaller, and Smarter,’” Romney says. “Getting rid of programs, turning programs back to states, and finally making government itself more efficient.” Romney pledges to repeal President Obama’s health care overhaul and balance...
  • Romney, Gingrich Now Top Choices for GOP Nomination

    11/21/2011 5:59:37 AM PST · by TBBT · 84 replies
    Gallup ^ | 11/21/2011 | Jeffrey M. Jones
    Gingrich's support on the rise this month by Jeffrey M. Jones PRINCETON, NJ -- Republicans are most likely to name Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich as their first choice for their party's 2012 presidential nomination, with Herman Cain close behind. Among all Republicans nationwide, Romney is the choice of 20% and Gingrich 19%. Among Republican registered voters, Gingrich is at 22% and Romney at 21%. Mid-November 2011 results: Next, I'm going to read a list of people who are running for the 2012 Republican nomination for president. After I read the names, please tell me which candidate you are most...
  • A word about Romney

    11/12/2011 1:29:02 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 158 replies
    vanity | Nov 12, 2011 | Jim Robinson
    RINO. Three words: liberal progressive RINO. Add a fourth, fifth, sixth, etc: unprincipled, untrustworthy, flip-flopper, aisle-crossing, fraud, liar, political whore. And a few more: abortionist, gay rights panderer, gun-grabber, global warming advocate, big government mandate lover, socialist healthcare pusher, constitution trampling, liberal judge appointing, TARP loving, bailout loving, stimulus pushing Keynesian statist. That my friends, is no definition of conservative or of conservatism. Not even close. In fact it's the exact opposite. Free Republic is and will remain an exclusive pro-God, pro-life, pro-family, pro-gun, pro-constitution, pro-small government, pro-capitalism, pro-defense, pro-borders, grassroots patriotic conservative site, regardless of party politics. I support...
  • Purpose of FR and why we can never support Mitt Romney

    10/15/2011 1:51:20 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 987 replies · 1+ views
    vanity | Oct 15, 2011 | Jim Robinson
    <p>Our purpose and goal on FR is to restore, defend, preserve and protect the Constitution of the United States and to secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity!!</p> <p>The goal of the domestic enemy (the left), i.e., the statist liberals, Marxists and progressives is just the opposite.</p>
  • Will tea party purists back imperfect Romney? (MSM says Tea Partiers can't win without Romney)

    10/14/2011 6:29:56 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 158 replies
    Communist News Network ^ | 2011-10-14 | Gloria Borger
    After watching the GOP presidential debate the other night, it was hard to avoid this conclusion: Mitt Romney looks more and more like the GOP presidential nominee. He's the best debater. He's got his issues and his rejoinders down pat. He brushes away his opponents like lint on his lapel. And all with such ease. That said, there's a teensy problem he just can't seem to beat: Conservatives don't like him. Or trust him. Or really want him to be the GOP nominee. Sure, you say, Republicans never like their nominees, and they still manage to vote for them. There...
  • What's Wrong With Romney?

    10/07/2011 4:32:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 71 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 7, 2011 | Mona Charen
    Two new sets of Republicans are feeling deflated today -- the Chris Christie hopefuls and the Sarah Palin stalwarts. The Christie decision didn't surprise me, perhaps because I grew up in Jersey. In fact, Christie and I attended the same high school! Anyway, Jerseyans are many things (not all of them nice), but slick dissemblers we are not. When Christie said, repeatedly, and in ever more colorful terms, that he wasn't running, I believed him. And, while I understand the boomlet for him, I'm also a little relieved to see that he is indeed a truthful guy. Sarah Palin, by...
  • Mitt Romney, Hypocrite

    10/01/2011 2:52:03 PM PDT · by tsowellfan · 56 replies · 1+ views
    This column is about hypocrisy. As a libertarian, I support marriage equality for gays and abortion rights although I admit I have struggled mightily with the latter and my views have changed after the birth of my grandchildren. I have always been and remain a Second Amendment man. Mitt Romney once agreed with me. When running for the US Senate in 1994, Romney supported abortion on demand, gay marriage and gun control. That same year he attacked President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George Bush saying "I don't want to take us back to that, to Reagan-Bush." Now suddenly Mitt...
  • Warning: Black Hole for Romney - Or, Why I Cannot Support Mitt Romney

    09/30/2011 12:43:16 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 19 replies
    PSCU Member | Sept 30, 2011 | Jefferson Paine
    The PUGET SOUND CONSERVATIVE UNDERGROUND Message Board › Warning: Black Hole for Romney Forming Let me preface this by stating my belief that Mitt Romney is, in all probability, a nice intelligent good-hearted man, notwithstanding his handsome looks and beautiful family who appear to have come straight from central casting. That stipulated, after tens of $millions spent and years of practice trying to sound Conservative, why can’t he completely shake the aura of a car salesman? Or, is it just me? He tries to sell you that he’s a bonafide Conservative, and that he has been all along, but when...
  • Rick Perry: Mitt Romney is 'Obama-lite'

    09/21/2011 7:47:46 PM PDT · by freespirited · 73 replies
    Politico ^ | 09/21/11 | Reid Epstein
    In his first one-on-one national TV interview since kicking off his presidential campaign, Texas Gov. Rick Perry referred to Mitt Romney as “Obama-lite” and charged that the former Massachusetts governor is blurring lines between Republicans and Democrats. But Perry told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Wednesday that his differences with Romney aren’t personal. “Oh, it’s business,” he said. “I just think it’s important for the people of America and certainly in a Republican primary to see the clear differences that the candidates have. We need to nominate someone who has a stark clear difference between the Republican nominee and...
  • Some in tea party declare war on Romney

    09/04/2011 9:56:27 AM PDT · by bimboeruption · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9-2-2011 | Amy Gardner
    For some leaders in the tea party movement, the ongoing skirmish over whether presidential contender Mitt Romney should speak at a Tea Party Express rally in New Hampshire on Monday is anything but an internecine quarrel. It is the opening shot, they say, in an all-out effort to make sure the former Massachusetts governor does not win the Republican nomination to challenge President Obama next year. Whether they have the reach to win that battle is uncertain. Romney, despite his slip from front-runner status since Texas Gov. Rick Perry entered the GOP race, remains a formidable candidate with the most...
  • Romney touts business experience; says most of his rivals don't have it

    08/15/2011 2:37:13 PM PDT · by icwhatudo · 21 replies · 1+ views
    CNN ^ | 11-15-11 | Rachel Streitfeld
    Litchfield, New Hampshire (CNN) - Mitt Romney said Monday his experience in business would help propel him over his opponents for the GOP presidential nomination, including the man who threatens to be his biggest rival, Texas Gov. Rick Perry. ---- Romney has repeatedly faulted President Barack Obama for failing to understand how private business works, and he pivoted to apply that criticism to the Texas governor. Perry has essentially been a career politician, serving 11 years in the Governor's mansion and as Lt. Governor to then-Gov. George W. Bush before that. --- Perry, a tea party darling who is pursuing...
  • Romney says Christie on his VP shortlist

    07/26/2011 6:54:39 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 58 replies
    nypost.com ^ | July 26, 2011
    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney treated supporters at a fundraiser in Virginia to a sneak peek of his inclinations regarding his vice presidential shortlist should he become the Republican nominee in 2012, according to a new report. At the Virginia Beach home of State Sen. Jeff McWaters Monday, Romney praised three up-and-coming stars of the GOP, saying his shortlist included Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, the Bearing Drift blog reported Tuesday
  • What's Romney Say?

    07/21/2011 5:15:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 21, 2011 | Staff
    Election '12: The Republican presidential front-runner is oddly silent on Washington's momentous budget talks. Mitt Romney can run, but he can't hide his positions forever. Massachusetts' former governor went to North Hollywood, Calif., on Wednesday with a "what else is new?" observation. "The president's policies almost without question have caused this recession to be deeper and longer than it would have been," he said. There's no "almost without question" about it. But it takes more to be elected president than pointing out what 14 million unemployed Americans — 6.3 million of them out of work for more than six months...
  • Luxury jets, hotels on Mitt Romney’s $5 million campaign tab(Flip-flop alert)

    07/20/2011 4:20:52 AM PDT · by Diogenesis · 53 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | Wednesday, July 20, 2011 | Dave Wedge
    Luxury jets, hotels on Mitt Romney’s $5 million campaign tab (flip-flop alert) "... Mitt Romney shelled out more than $5 million in campaign cash over the past three months, including blowing $80,000 on hotel rooms in Las Vegas, $50,000 on a security squad and $125,000 on private jets — despite a pledge to scale back on luxury travel, new campaign filings show. The Beverly-based flights were aboard a 2005 Cessna Citation CJ3, an eight-seat luxury corporate jet with leather interior and a staggering $5.8 million price tag. "News of the flights comes after an April speech in Iowa, during which...
  • Is Romney Our Best Choice?

    07/17/2011 12:39:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 79 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | July 17, 2011 | Clayton E. Cramer
    The evidence suggests otherwise — but for the wrong reason. There’s a long list of reasons why Mitt Romney might not be our best choice to go up against Obama, and some of them are really good reasons. One reason is Romney’s part in creating the Massachusetts health system that Democrats claim (perhaps rightly) was the blueprint for ObamaCare. Another is that as governor of a very liberal state, Romney signed into law all sorts of bills that are going to be used by Democrats to persuade many middle of the road and even conservative voters that there really is...
  • Retraction Request: Reuters Erroneously Reports GOP Tax Hike Deal

    07/06/2011 7:03:23 PM PDT · by cableguymn · 68 replies
    bigjournalism.com ^ | 7/6/11 | Big Journalisum
    Not sure if posting the story is ok. (kinda new to posting) http://bigjournalism.com/tag/debt-talks/
  • For the GOP, it's Romney, Bachmann and, maybe, Perry (Sexist, racist & wrong - the Trifecta!)

    06/29/2011 7:13:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | June 30, 2011 | Doyle McManus
    A few weeks ago, the race for the Republican presidential nomination was a jumble of candidates, none of whom seemed to be winning the party's hearts or minds: Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Newt Gingrich. For a moment, some GOP voters even pinned their hopes on pizza magnate Herman Cain, mostly because he didn't sound — or look — like the others. But now, if you talk with Republican political professionals, the GOP race has suddenly settled into a contest among only two or three potential nominees. There's Romney, still the front-runner, stolidly running a cautious and conventional campaign. There's Michele...
  • How Sarah Palin can beat Mitt Romney head to head.

    06/25/2011 12:06:55 AM PDT · by ak267 · 38 replies
    C4P ^ | 6-25-2011 | C4P (hat tip to Techno)
    1) She theoretically appeals to a bigger slice of the GOP (conservatives) than Romney does (moderates-centrists) 2) Her strength is in the red states while Romney's is in the blue states 3) She is a superstar; he is not 4) She draws bigger crowds than he does on the campaign trail 5) She is a far more eloquent speaker than he is 6) She does retail politicking better than Romney 7) She is younger and has far more energy than 64 year old Romney 8) She apparently is much more Internet and social networking savvy than Mitt is. 9) Palin...
  • Romney Leads GOP Presidential Field in CA (Palin 3rd)

    06/20/2011 10:55:24 AM PDT · by newzjunkey · 25 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | June 20, 2011 | Caitlin Huey-Burns
    Mitt Romney holds an eight-point lead over his Republican rivals for the White House in a survey of California voters released Monday by the Field Poll... Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani... second with 17 percent... Sarah Palin came in third... with 10 percent support. Fifty-four percent of registered California voters approve of President Obama's job performance (37 percent disapprove). Further, nearly half (49 percent) of voters there support his re-election bid...
  • 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...
  • "The world is getting warmer": Romney

    06/03/2011 12:30:08 PM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 331 replies
    Townhall/Reuters ^ | 6/3/2011 | Ros Krasny
    MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) - Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney broke with Republican orthodoxy on Friday by saying he believes that humans are responsible, at least to some extent, for climate change. "I believe the world is getting warmer, and I believe that humans have contributed to that," he told a crowd of about 200 at a town hall meeting in Manchester, New Hampshire. "It's important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may be significant contributors."
  • Sarah Palin.....heading to NH (On the day Mitt is announcing there.)

    06/02/2011 7:53:02 AM PDT · by no dems · 39 replies · 1+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | June 2, 2011 | John Element
    Sarah Palin emerged today from the Marriott Long Wharf hotel and said she planned to walk the Freedom Trail before heading to New Hampshire – where Mitt Romney is to announce his presidential candidacy today. “Coincidental that we’re in the same territory at the same time,’’ said Palin, a likely Republican presidential candidate. “But more power to Mitt… and best of luck to him.’’ Palin said she remains undecided on whether she will challenge Romney and other candidates for the Republican presidential nomination.
  • Romney to announce in New Hampshire next Thursday

    05/26/2011 5:19:13 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 42 replies
    cnn.com ^ | May 26, 2011 | CNN Political Unit
    Romney to announce in New Hampshire next Thursday.
  • Romney and Palin lead smaller 2012 Republican field (Tied within the margin of error)

    05/26/2011 1:23:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 26, 2011 | David Morgan
    White House hopefuls Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin lead a narrower field of potential rivals for the 2012 Republican Party presidential nomination, according to a poll released on Thursday. The Gallup survey is the organization's first since Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and real estate mogul Donald Trump opted out of the slowly evolving primary race. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and so far the apparent front-runner, led Palin by 17 percent to 15 percent, well within the poll's 4 percentage points margin of error. Texas Representative Ron Paul ranked third at 10 percent. But the...
  • Analysis: Romney is the guy to catch in GOP field (Hurl Up A Lung Alert)

    05/23/2011 8:32:35 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 42 replies
    AP ^ | 052311 | CHARLES BABINGTON
    WASHINGTON – Mitt Romney is emerging as the man to catch in the narrowing Republican presidential field, grabbing a clear head start in fundraising, organization and experience despite vulnerabilities that still might undo him. With Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels becoming the latest respected Republican to forgo a candidacy, many party insiders say the field is largely set. And Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and Olympic Games organizer, is in front. "It's Romney's to lose," said Scott Reed, a GOP consultant who managed Bob Dole's presidential campaign. He said Romney's biggest advantages are his personal wealth, fundraising know-how and experience as...
  • Romney advisors: Sarah Palin’s candidacy would help him dramatically (Michele Bachmann too)

    05/23/2011 7:44:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 83 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/23/2011 | Allahpundit
    Alternate headline: “Politico buries lead.” “It’s possible someone may get in later on,” Gillespie said, “but Republican activists, officials and donors are going to begin picking a horse from the current field. We have a field that will produce a nominee capable of beating Obama next November.”…Republicans officials have no idea what [Palin is] planning, although they agree she would have tons to lose by entering a race that would cost her the mystique she has built up. And Romney advisers said her entry would help the former Massachusetts governor dramatically.“The shock value would cause elected officials and party officials...
  • Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin jump to top in new Gallup poll

    05/19/2011 1:35:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Politico ^ | May 18, 2011 | Juana Summers
    With Mike Huckabee's exit from the race, Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin are now on top of the Republican field, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday. Twenty percent of Republican and Republican-leaning voters say they'd support the former Massachusetts governor, while 18 percent say they'd support the former Alaska governor. Newt Gingrich comes in third place with 11 percent. In the April 15-20 poll, Huckabee had 16 percent (tied with Donald Trump). Romney had 13, Palin had 10. While Romney and Palin now share the top spot, Gallup's positive intensity tracking shows Republicans feeling less enthusiastic about their two...
  • GALLUP: PALIN THUS MUST BE CONSIDERED ONE OF THE GOP LEADERS AT THIS POINT

    05/17/2011 4:31:23 PM PDT · by techno · 7 replies
    gallup ^ | May 17, 2011 | techno
    With Mike Huckabee out of the race for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, three known politicians, Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, and Newt Gingrich emerge as leaders in Republicans' preferences... Palin's support is more intense. A higher percentage of Republicans have strongly favorable opinions than is the case for the other two, giving her a slightly higher overall Positive Intensity Score despite her higher strongly unfavorable percentage. Gingrich and Romney have similar Positive Intensity Scores. ...There is no clear front-runner in the race for the 2012 Republican nomination. Palin, who has given no indication of whether she will run for the...
  • Romney raises $10.3 Million in Single Day

    05/17/2011 7:48:52 AM PDT · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 45 replies · 1+ views
    Real Claer Politics ^ | 05/17/2011 | Erin McPike
    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney pulled in an eye-popping $10.3 million during a national fundraising effort Monday that he described as the kick-off to his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. The event was staged at the Las Vegas Convention Center, and the site was no accident: Nevada is key to Romney's early primary state strategy. Nearly 800 participants dialed for dollars all day and hauled in nearly $4 million more than when his campaign staged a similar event four years earlier. Romney has been scarce on the campaign trail in recent months as he's focused heavily on...
  • Mitt Romney Kicks Off Campaign for Presidency in Vegas

    05/16/2011 5:15:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Gather ^ | May 16, 2011 | Stephen T. Allen
    The 2012 Republican presidential nominee front-runner, Willard Mitt Romney kicked off his campaign today with a day-long fundraiser in Las Vegas. The day-long event features a large phone bank staffed by around 700 Romney supporters. Via a conference call, Romney informed supporters, "We're activating our campaign today." He will announce how much money was raised later today. With former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee declaring his intention not to pursue the Republican nomination, and Donald Trump bowing out today, Romney is the clear-cut front-runner for the 2012 Republican nomination. The former Massachusetts governor is joined by former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty,...
  • Has the Political Annihilation of Mitt Romney Begun?

    05/15/2011 7:42:32 AM PDT · by Brookhaven · 65 replies
    Muny Dews Blog ^ | 5-14-11 | Muny Dews
    I'm not prone to conspiracy theories, but it seems as though we seeing the beginnings of a concerted effort by the GOP establishment to eliminate Mitt Romney from the GOP field? The Wall Street Journal published a scathing piece about Romney titled Obama's Running Mate and followed it up with and article called Romney's Daredevil Act. Scathing is an understatement. By any measure, these were full, frontal assaults on Mitt Romney with only one purpose: derail his 2012 candidacy before it gets started. National Review Online (which endorsed Romney last time around) published an article by the Editors titled Power...
  • Mitt Romney: Romneycare was "one of the greatest things that had to happen"

    05/12/2011 7:13:50 AM PDT · by alan8228 · 14 replies
    Moore Common Sense ^ | 5/12/11 | Alan Moore
    Today Mitt Romney will give a speech in attempts to shed the label that Romneycare is no different than Obamacare. But in his last run for President, he didn't back away from it at all. Below is a video of him in 2007 on the campaign trail in New Hampshire. His comments are pretty telling. I genuinely have some major concerns about Mitt Romney. However, in this political climate if he says he would work to undo Obamacare I believe he would have no choice but to do so as president. I also believe that he is the type of...
  • Does Mitt Romney Enjoy More Tea Party Support Than Sarah Palin?

    04/19/2011 10:16:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 19, 2011
    ABC News' Amy Walter reports: A new ABC News/Wash. Post poll finds that in a head to head match-up against President Barack Obama, 70% of those who say they are Tea Party supporters say they'll vote for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for president--compared to 69% for former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Seeming Tea Party favorites like former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, meanwhile, draw 61% and 60%, respectively....
  • Front-Runner Failure

    03/07/2011 4:46:06 AM PST · by IbJensen · 7 replies
    American Spectator ^ | March 2011 Issue | W James Antle III
    In recent years, the Republican Party has conferred its presidential nomination the way companies used to hand out gold watches at retirement parties. Candidates are rewarded for long years of service, finishing second the last time around, and politely waiting their turn. Perhaps it is a reflection of the conservative temperament: while Democrats frequently nominate fresh faces, Republicans tend to prefer the tried and true. Patience is a virtue, respect your elders, good things come to those who wait. Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bob Dole, and John McCain won the GOP nomination after finishing second in the party's...
  • A whole new Romney for 2012 presidential run (Romney is still a fake RINO poser)

    03/04/2011 8:45:31 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 61 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 2011-03-05 | Paul West
    Washington — Defying his reputation as a 1950s square, the new, more casual Mitt Romney is popping up around the country as he readies a second run for president. He's going tieless on network TV, strolling NASCAR pits in Daytona and sporting skinny Gap jeans bought for him by his wife. His latest campaign book, just out in paperback, opens with a regular-guy scene: wealthy Mitt in a Wal-Mart checkout line, buying gifts for his grandsons and comparing the surroundings to Target, another discount store he says he's familiar with.
  • Why RomneyCare Makes Mitt the BEST Possible GOP Nominee to Challenge Obama on Health Care" ZOT!

    02/23/2011 11:36:21 AM PST · by Jeff Fuller · 80 replies
    Mitt Romney Central ^ | 2/22/2011 | Jeff Fuller, M.D.
    Part 2 in a developing series of in-depth analysis by Dr. Jeff Fuller (See part 1 here) It’s often revealing to turn conventional wisdom on its head and see what’s really hidden underneath. You’ve all heard it, I’m sure, that RomneyCare is Mitt’s doom, an albatross around his neck, his biggest weakness as a potential candidate. In Part 1 of this series I detailed not only how grave some people feel this issue is for Romney’s chances, but also pointed out that Obama and his team of key operatives (Axelrod, Gibbs, and Daley) are all praising RomneyCare as ObamaCare’s predecessor...
  • Mitt Romney supports Palin run for president

    02/07/2011 9:46:47 AM PST · by kbennkc · 55 replies
    The State Column ^ | 7 FEB 11 | staff
    Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney said Wednesday that he supports a run for president by former Alaska governor Sarah Palin. “I believe she is an extraordinarily powerful and effective voice in our party, that she has generated a great deal of support and attention, that she’d be great in a primary process,” Mr. Romney said. He added that he supports Ms. Palin entering the race, noting that the more candidates, the better.
  • State GOP talks strategy, with Brown as inspiration (ROMNEY ALERT)

    02/06/2011 1:23:22 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 7 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | 2011-02-06 | Steven Rosenberg
    (snip) Other Republican leaders such as Ron Kaufman, the longtime confidant to President George H.W. Bush, believe 2012 could be a banner year for the state GOP. He pointed to Brown’s upcoming reelection campaign, last November’s gains by Republican state representatives, and the possibility of having former governor Mitt Romney on the presidential ticket. "For us, it’s about getting the message out," said Kaufman, who added that GOP candidates would focus on the economy and their opposition’s record next year. "If you look at the last three speakers of the House in Massachusetts, they’ve all been indicted for one problem...
  • Mitt Romney Wins New Hampshire GOP Straw Poll (Whoop-di-do)

    01/22/2011 12:55:22 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 115 replies
    tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo ^ | Saturday January 22, 2011 | Evan McMorris-Santoro
    The leaders of the New Hampshire Republican Party have spoken, and they have given Mitt Romney the early presidential lead in the Granite State. In the first-of-its-kind straw poll of members of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee, Romney drew 35% of the total vote. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) came in second with 11%. The straw poll was conducted in Derry, NH and was sponsored by ABC News and WMUR-TV. ABC News political director Amy Walter tweeted the results of the poll this afternoon: Mitt Romney 35.14% Ron Paul 10.51% Tim Pawlenty 7.61% Sarah Palin 6.88% Michele Bachmann 5.07%
  • 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...
  • Romney may announce presidential bid in April

    01/13/2011 9:50:48 PM PST · by pissant · 60 replies
    Deseret News ^ | 1/13/11 | Lisa Roche
    SALT LAKE CITY — There are new hints that former Utah Olympic leader Mitt Romney is gearing up to announce another run for president. Politico reported Thursday that Romney aides are telling other Republicans that he expects to launch his campaign in April. The online news source noted Romney has already taken "another methodical step toward his 2012 run" by stepping down from the Marriott hotel chain board of directors — again. The last time Romney left was before he ran successfully for governor of Massachusetts following the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. He rejoined the board in...
  • NH poll shows Romney with 23-point lead over Palin (The early, early show)

    01/07/2011 9:36:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/06/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    It will be more than a year before New Hampshire voters trudge to the polls for the first primary in the nation, but the New Hampshire Journal feels it’s just the right time to take the Granite State temperature on the Republican field. As expected, Mitt Romney from neighboring Massachusetts takes the early lead in the poll, but perhaps the extent of that lead will provide a mild surprise. Romney leads Sarah Palin by 23 points, and Mike Huckabee is the only other candidate in double digits: Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney holds a commanding lead in New Hampshire in...