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Entries in Mitt Romney (28)

Wednesday
Feb292012

For conservatives, trust is factor when it comes to Romney 

The US Report met and interviewed Tagg Romney in Jacksonville in 2008. (Photo by Kay B. Day)No one was more infuriated than I was when Republican National Committee Finance co-chair Georgette Mosbacher and her political peers anointed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as the Republican nominee in October, 2011. It didn’t help that states like Florida were bumping primaries ahead in decisions made by party power brokers on the state level. The earlier primary lobbed advantages to Romney—all of us Republicans know that.

There was predictable backlash, especially from those of us who initially supported Texas Gov. Rick Perry. No governor has a better record, but the disrespect Perry encountered, in part from his own party, was undeniable.

In retrospect, I've come to realize that trust is a definite factor when it comes to Romney. I also came to realize Mosbacher's lack of self-control helped construct distrust for the candidate she endorsed with nary a concern about the ethical conflict in a GOP official endorsing one person when there was an abundance of hopefuls.

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Saturday
Feb112012

Romney squeaks by Paul in Maine Straw Poll

Via CNN at 6:20 p.m. ET:

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won the Main GOP Straw Poll with 39 percent of the vote (2,190 votes).

Texas Rep. Ron Paul came in second with 36 percent of the vote (1,996).

Former Sen. Rick Santorum was in third place with 18 percent (989) and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich was fourth with 6 percent (349).

A total of 61 votes went to 'other.'

As that last figure was announced, someone in the crowd yelled, "Go, Rick!", an obvious reference to Texas Gov. Rick Perry who still remains very popular with conservative Republicans.

The spokesperson for the Maine GOP repeatedly cautioned the public that this straw poll was "unofficial and nonbinding." He also said some caucuses decided not to participate.

Most expected Romney or Paul to win; Santorum and Gingrich pretty much defaulted on the poll.

It's a good idea to take the GOP Maine Party spokesperson's advice to heart, and bear something else in mind too. The numbers could change; remember Iowa.

(Filed by Kay B. Day/Feb. 11, 2012)

Monday
Feb062012

Caucus chaos raises questions about system, voter turnout

North Florida precinct on primary day, Jan. 31, 2012. (Photo, The US Report)States that hold caucuses instead of primaries depend on larger numbers of reliable volunteers because each political party handles the process rather including state elections officials. State parties also set up their own systems for determining which candidate voters prefer. The caucus is a true grassroots method in the nominating process, but the chaos after Iowa and Nevada raises questions.

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Friday
Feb032012

Romney counts on Nevada, but Newt increased turnout in Florida

Real Clear Politics graph showed Obama trounced Sen. John McCain in Nevada in 2008. (Screen snip from chart)
Nevadans head to their precincts on Saturday for their ‘First in the West’ presidential caucus.

The process Nevadans apply is a bit different and more complicated than a primary, as the state GOP explains:

“The caucus will begin by electing a caucus chair and secretary. These two people will be in charge of running the precinct caucus. Generally the local county volunteers that called the meeting to order are elected by voice vote. After that, there will be an election of delegates and alternate delegates from your precinct caucus to the County Convention in March. Delegates have the right to vote at the County Convention. And each delegate has an alternate delegate who will vote in their place in case they are unable to attend the County Convention.”

That’s a glimpse at a complex process for the caucus, but the Feb. 5 preference is the only voice Nevada Republicans will get in determining who wins their state for the right to challenge President Barack Obama in the General Election in November.

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Friday
Feb032012

Showbiz politics: Trump, Romney, Obama and Jesus

Romney declined to participate in a debate Donald Trump planned to moderate. (Screen snip from CNN video)Rumors hit Twitter ahead of The Donald’s endorsement of Mitt Romney—the first messages I saw said Trump would endorse Newt Gingrich. I found that hard to believe—the two just don’t go together. That was just my gut reaction.

In the world of big capital and big business—the Trump-Romney alliance made more sense to me.

If Romney should fulfill the prophecies of numerous entrenched Republicans, do I think people will rush to the precincts in November and yell, “Gimme a ballot so I can vote for the guy Trump endorsed!”?

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Wednesday
Feb012012

After Florida Primary, natter about ‘very poor’ and phone calls

The parking lot at one NE Florida precinct says it all. About 300 people had voted there by 12:30 p.m. on Primary Day. The US Report made calls to voters in several areas. All said they didn't have to wait in line.

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s infrastructure paid off on Tuesday when he added Florida to his victory roster in the Republican primaries and caucuses. Most Florida political observers expected Romney to win, especially after former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich’s restraint in the two debates a week ahead of the primary

By Wednesday morning, the blogosphere was abuzz over something Romney did and something Gingrich didn’t do.

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Monday
Jan302012

‘Bailout Bandits’ are Romney’s top three donors as he fires on Newt for consult work

In Florida, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has fired on former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, repeatedly emphasizing the speaker’s private sector work for the government sponsored enterprise Freddie Mac. Romney seems concerned about that, but the governor overlooks a major factor about the people backing him for president.

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Sunday
Jan292012

Gingrich gets game back in interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace



This video from Townhall originally produced by CNN sets the record straight on an ad run by the Romney campaign.

Former Speaker of the US House Newt Gingrich got his game back during an interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News. Gingrich explained an issue that arose during the CNN debate in Jacksonville .

An ad aired by the Romney campaign claimed Gingrich said Spanish was the language of the ghetto. This claim has been parroted by Leftist bloggers and even by some newspapers that claim to “fact check.”

The claim is false. Some so-called fact checkers resorted to saying Gingrich “implied it.” That is not true by a long shot.

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Saturday
Jan282012

Quinnipiac shows Mitt leads, but supporters more committed to Newt

Could anything be crazier than the Florida GOP Presidential Primary? In a single week, we’ve seen supporters of Gov. Mitt Romney showing up at events for former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and the Romney campaign saying no on a takedown notice sent by NBC news regarding an ad.

The Romney camp doesn’t have to worry about any fines they might have to pay; it’s a given the governor has the campaign bucks. The controversial ad, one of an avalanche of attack ads on Gingrich, shows the Speaker when he was reprimanded by Congress. The ad of course doesn't show the announcements from media when Gingrich was cleared.

A new Quinnipiac poll shows Romney leading Gingrich. There’s an intriguing item in the poll, however, that shows the race is still fluid.

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