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All 2007 Press Releases

 

Governor Mitt Romney Announces Support of James Bopp, Jr.

Tuesday, Jan 30, 2007

 

Boston, MA - Today, Governor Mitt Romney announced that James Bopp, Jr., will be joining the Romney for President Exploratory Committee as Special Adviser on Life Issues.

 

"For almost three decades, Jim has been at the center of the fight to protect the sanctity of human life. Representing numerous national and state pro-life and pro-family organizations, he has helped defend the rights of those seeking to promote life," said Governor Romney. "Jim will be a powerful spokesman for my vision of a greater tomorrow. I look forward to his counsel derived from many years of service and to working with him as we move forward."

 

With today's announcement, Jim Bopp said: "As Governor, Mitt Romney has stood side-by-side with those seeking to protect the weakest and most innocent of our society. In one of our country's most liberal states, he has acted to protect the sanctity of life. Governor Romney's record on fundamental Life issues is one of not just words but action. I am proud to count myself among his supporters."

 

Background on James Bopp, Jr.:

 

James Bopp, Jr., Has Had A Long Distinguished Career Practicing Law And In Public Service. At the law firm of Bopp, Coleson & Bostrom, Bopp's practice focuses on non-profit corporate and tax law, on campaign finance and election law, on Life issues including abortion, and on U.S. Supreme Court practice. His clients have included the National Right to Life Committee, Focus on the Family, Susan B. Anthony List, All Children Matter, Catholic Answers, Christian Broadcasting Network, Gerard Health Foundation, Priests for Life, Traditional Values Coalition, Salem Radio, Vision America, the Christian Coalition, and the Republican parties of Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Texas, and Vermont. He has argued numerous campaign finance cases in defense of pro-life, pro-family, conservative and Republican party groups, including four cases in the U.S. Supreme Court. He also serves as General Counsel for the James Madison Center for Free Speech and is a member of the Republican National Committee. He is a veteran of all levels of government.

 

 

 

Governor Mitt Romney Names Additions to Iowa Leadership and Staff

Tuesday, Jan 30, 2007

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Tim Albrecht (515) 491-2722

 

Boston, MA - Governor Mitt Romney announced today that former Iowa House Speaker Brent Siegrist (R-Council Bluffs) and former First Congressional District candidate Brian Kennedy (R-Bettendorf) will serve as advisers to his Presidential Exploratory Committee.

 

"Iowa is a critical state, and we are building a strong organization with talented and experienced people. After stopping in Waterloo, Fairbank, and Dubuque last Friday, I could see that our supporters are motivated and energized. With the help of this experienced leadership, I know our Exploratory Committee will continue to have a strong presence in Iowa," said Governor Romney.

 

The two join Chairman Doug Gross, Rich Schwarm, State House Republican Leader Christopher Rants, and adviser David Kochel on Governor Romney's Iowa leadership team.

 

"We are methodically putting together a team on the ground that combines the experience and knowledge needed for a successful caucus campaign," said Gross. "As we begin looking toward a possible presidential campaign, this team will offer serious guidance and advice for Governor Romney's Iowa efforts."

 

Kennedy will provide critical leadership in Iowa's First Congressional District, which covers 12 counties in northeast Iowa. Included in the District is Dubuque and Waterloo, where Romney drew large crowds last Friday.

 

"Governor Romney will appeal to Iowans in each corner of the state," said Kennedy. "As people see and talk to him, they are impressed and want to be involved. I believe that as Governor Romney travels our state, his message will resonate. I am excited about this campaign."

 

Governor Romney also announced his Iowa staff today. Joining the Iowa leadership team will be Gentry Collins as State Director, Jill Latham as Political Director, Nicole Schlinger as Straw Poll Director and Tim Albrecht as Communications Director.

 

Background On The Iowa Staff:

 

Gentry Collins - State Director: In 2003-04, he served as Executive Director for the Republican Party of Iowa, where President Bush carried the state for Republicans for the first time in 20 years. Last campaign cycle, Collins served as Political Director for the Republican Governors Association.

 

Jill Latham - Political Director: In the last campaign cycle, Latham, an Alexander native, served as Political Director for the Republican Party of Wisconsin. In 2003-04, she was field staff on the Bush-Cheney Wisconsin presidential campaign.

 

Nicole Schlinger - Straw Poll Director: Nicole is President and founder of Capitol Resources, Inc., Iowa's largest fundraising and event management firm for Republican candidates. Prior to starting Capitol Resources in 1999, she was the Finance Director for the Republican Party of Iowa.

 

Tim Albrecht - Communications Director: Albrecht was field staff on the Forbes 2000 presidential caucus campaign, and most recently served as Director of Communications for House Speaker Christopher Rants.

 

 

In Case You Missed It: Governor Mitt Romney on "Nightline"

Tuesday, Jan 30, 2007

 

ABC's "Nightline"

January 29, 2007

 

Click Here to Watch Interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnzmBaDBMEE

 

ABC's Terry Moran On The Trail With Governor Mitt Romney:

 

ABC's TERRY MORAN: "One of the contenders you might not have heard much about yet. The competition for the Republican nomination's wide open, so pay attention to the man from Massachusetts, Mitt Romney, and the big question about him. How much will his faith be a factor? I spent the day with him in Iowa as part of our series, 'The Contenders.'"

 

GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY: "Wow. Look at the size of this group. Oh, my."

 

MORAN: "Mitt Romney, a Republican candidate for president, sure is nice."

 

...

 

MORAN: "He's personable, polite, cheerful, nice all the time, it seems."

 

...

 

MORAN: "Do you find people know you out here?"

 

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: "They don't yet. But that's exactly what I mean. That's an itch. I mean, you know, we got a year to go. So it's just a lot of trips, get to know people, learn who they are on a personal basis. They get to know you."

 

...

 

MORAN: "But a lot of people think Mitt Romney is going to be a formidable candidate. He's got the money, the skills, the looks, and the track record that might appeal to a lot of Republicans."

 

...

 

MORAN: "Romney is definitely smooth, polished, a political pro."

 

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: "When you face challenges, you go to your core beliefs. And I happen to believe something about America's source of strength."

 

MORAN: "He's already assembled a top-flight campaign team. They managed to pack every event when we were with him. And he's done his homework on the issues. Here he is at a massive ethanol plant in rural Iowa."

 

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: "As a nation, we need to support the development of new technologies and the adoption of new technologies so that we can free ourselves from the non-market OPEC stranglehold on energy in this country."

 

...

 

MORAN: "As he ends this campaign day with a lot more ahead of him, Mitt Romney seems full of hope. Hope that Republicans and Americans, in general, are ready for a new face, a pretty handsome one at that, and a new voice, a voice that just happens to belong to a Mormon."

 

Governor Mitt Romney On His Faith:

 

MORAN: "But there's something else about Mitt Romney, something that makes him different from every other candidate. He's a Mormon. Would you describe yourself as a devout Mormon? True believer?"

 

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: "Absolutely. I'm proud of my faith. It's part of my heritage. I think the American people respect individuals of faith. That's the kind of person they wanna lead the country."

 

Governor Mitt Romney On His pro-life Record:

 

MORAN: "What's your position on abortion?"

 

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: "I'm pro-life."

 

...

 

MORAN: "Your critics say you're flip-flopping rather conveniently when you're running for president."

 

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: "Well, you know, we all learn from experience. And I'm just like other people in this nation. Not everything I believed 12 or 13 years ago is the same today, with regards to the issue of abortion. And so about two years ago, I said I am pro-life. And prior to that time, I had a different position."

 

Governor Mitt Romney On Iraq:

 

MORAN: "Was it the right thing for the United States to invade Iraq?"

 

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: "Well, I supported the President at the time. He indicated that based on intelligence, we had weapons of mass destruction, a threat to this land. He proposed a solution and I supported it. And I'm not going back in trying to second-guess that. I don't have the data or inside sources to suggest doing that."

 

...

 

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: "There's no question about the fact that we have not conducted the war as effectively as we might ... and it's been problematic and has caused part of the problems we face today."

 

 

Charleston Area Leaders Support Governor Mitt Romney

Monday, Jan 29, 2007

 

Mt. Pleasant, SC - Today, prominent Charleston, SC area leaders announced their support for Governor Mitt Romney as he moves forward with his exploratory process. Among the community activists joining Governor Romney at Coen Capital were former Governor James B. Edwards, former Congressman Tommy Hartnett, and RNC Committeewoman Cindy Costa.

 

"I am honored to have the support of these community leaders," said Governor Romney. "Each has been actively involved in politics, and their backing and encouragement will help guarantee the long-term success of our efforts in South Carolina. By coming together today, these men and women have joined others from across the nation who have heard our optimistic message for the future and are motivated to go forward."

 

Charleston Community Leaders Supporting Governor Romney:

 

Former Governor James B. Edwards - First elected to public office in 1972, Edwards served as a Senator from Charleston County and became the state's Governor in 1974. He served as Secretary of Energy under President Reagan until 1982 when he became President of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). He served as MUSC's president for seventeen years. Dr. Edwards is an accomplished oral surgeon.

 

Ann Edwards - Former first lady of South Carolina and a retired nurse. The Ann Darlington Edwards Endowed Chair in Nursing, the first and only endowed chair of nursing in South Carolina, is named in honor of Mrs. Edwards for her contributions to both nursing and the state.

 

Former Congressman Tommy Hartnett - From 1981-1987, Hartnett represented Charleston in the U.S. Congress. Prior to his election, Hartnett served as a member of the South Carolina State House of Representatives and the South Carolina State Senate. Before entering public service, Hartnett was president of Hartnett Realty Co. and is a military veteran. He has been a delegate to Republican National Conventions since 1980. He served as DeMint for Senate Finance Co-Chairman.

 

Cindy Costa - Since 1996, Costa has served as an RNC National Committeewoman from South Carolina. Costa is business manager of the Southeastern Facial Plastic/Cosmetic Surgery Center. She has long been active in South Carolina Republican politics. Costa is currently Chairman of the South Carolina Winning Women Excellence in Public Service Series.

 

Henry Fishburne - Represents Charleston City Council District 1 and has served on the City Council since 1999. He is a real estate investor and developer.

 

Dick Coen - President of Coen & Densmore, Inc., a Charleston Investment Management Firm.

 

Richard H. Coen - President of Coen Capital LLC, a real estate development firm in Mt. Pleasant, SC.

 

Larry Richter - Mt. Pleasant attorney, former South Carolina State Senator and Circuit Court Judge.

 

Wayland Moody - Berkeley County Executive Committeeman.

 

Ricky Horne - Navy veteran and owner of a residential building firm.

 

Paul Hogan - Georgetown County Republican Party Chairman.

 

Bill Hewitt - Chairman and Interim CEO of Polymer Group Inc., DeMint for Senate Finance Co-Chairman, Sanford for Governor Finance Co-Chairman.

 

Laura Hewitt - Chair of the Storm Eye Institute of the Medical University of South Carolina.

 

John Rivers - President of Rivers Enterprises, a real estate, property management, and asset management company.

 

Joseph Murray - Colleton County Republican Party member.

 

Gene Zurlo - Managing Director of the Zurlo Investment Trust, a private investor in real estate and healthcare start up companies.

 

 

In Case You Missed It: Governor Mitt Romney at the National Review's Conservative Summit

Sunday, Jan 28, 2007

Washington, D.C.

January 27, 2007

 

Governor Romney On The Need For Fiscal Responsibility In Washington:

 

"As we look to the nation, you know that we face some extraordinary and in some respects, and in most respects, unprecedented challenges. Let's talk about some of them that affect us right here.

 

"One, spending in Washington is simply out of control. It's not just pork-barrel spending and earmarks, it is particularly entitlements. And you know the figures on this. Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and interest expense are going to grow by the end of the next President's second term to well over two-thirds of federal spending. How can we remain the world's economic superpower and military superpower with that kind of entitlement expense trajectory?"

 

Governor Romney On Making Tax Cuts Permanent:

 

"When we face tough times in this country, and the economy is challenged like it was following 9/11, liberals turn and say as they always do, 'How do we make government bigger, how do we make sure that we have all the money we need to have the government programs work in tough times like this?' So they want to raise taxes.

 

"And Republicans say, and conservatives say, 'How do we make sure that we get taxes down in these tough times.'

 

"And thank heavens our President stood up. And I guess the number of naysayers, the Democratic naysayers and even some in our own party. And he said, 'You know what, I trust Main Street more than I trust K Street.' We're going to put money in the hands of our citizens, and that's going to get the economy going, and it did.

 

"By the way, I saw Grover Norquist here, I'm proud to be, I think I'm the first person who's thinking about an '08 race, who's signed his 'Taxpayer Protection Pledge' not to raise taxes, and that's easy. I've been living that. By the way, we do need to make those Bush tax cuts permanent."

 

Governor Mitt Romney Announces Representative Pete Hoekstra as Intelligence adviser

Wednesday, Jan 24, 2007

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Kevin Madden (857) 288-6390

 

Boston, MA - Today, Governor Mitt Romney announced that U.S. Representative Pete Hoekstra (R-MI), the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, will be joining the Romney for President Exploratory Committee. Representative Hoekstra will serve as Governor Romney's adviser on all matters pertaining to U.S. Intelligence.

 

Governor Romney also named Representative Hoekstra as a Co-Chair of his Michigan state organization helping to organize areas of Western Michigan.

 

"I am honored that Representative Hoekstra will serve as my Intelligence adviser. From his many years of service on the House Intelligence Committee, he has become a leader in America's Intelligence Community," said Governor Romney. "Today, our country faces grave threats and our Intelligence professionals must have the resources necessary to safeguard the American people. Our first priority is a safe America and that requires a strong Intelligence Community."

 

Joining the Romney for President Exploratory Committee, Representative Hoekstra said: "As a governor and as chief executive of the 2002 Winter Olympics, Governor Romney knows good Intelligence is necessary for our security. Governor Romney will provide those on the frontlines of the war against radical militant Islam with the resources necessary to win. I know that the professionals who serve in the Intelligence Community will be well served under Governor Romney."

 

Background On Representative Pete Hoekstra:

 

Representing Michigan's Second Congressional District, Representative Hoekstra Is An Authority On U.S. Intelligence Issues. In August 2004, he was named Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, where he had served since 2001. As the current top Republican on the Committee, he is helping to lead Congressional oversight and ensure a strong Intelligence Community.

 

Representative Hoekstra was originally sworn in to the 103rd Congress in 1993. He served a key role in the development of the Contract with America and is a member of several task forces and caucuses, including the Congressional pro-life Caucus.

 

Governor Mitt Romney Announces Support of Former Speaker Dennis Hastert

Tuesday, Jan 23, 2007

Boston, MA - Today, Governor Mitt Romney announced that former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL) will be joining the Romney for President Exploratory Committee.

 

"I am honored to have the support of Speaker Hastert. As a leader in our Party and former Speaker, his long and continued career of service has been marked by a deep commitment to improving the lives of the American people. Under his leadership, Congress passed the most significant tax relief in a generation, and in the aftermath of September 11, approved historic legislation protecting the American people and supporting the men and women defending our country," said Governor Romney. "Today's announcement is a clear indication that our message is being embraced across the country."

 

With today's announcement, former Speaker Hastert said: "Our nation needs proven executive leadership. Whether in business or public service, Governor Romney has demonstrated a unique ability to inspire people to go further and reach new levels of accomplishment. He sees the challenges before us and is not afraid to confront them. Governor Romney is the right kind of leader for America."

 

Others On Governor Romney's Growing Congressional Team:

 

- Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC)

- Representative Jim McCrery (R-LA)

- Representative Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-CA)

- Representative Dave Camp (R-MI)

- Representative Tom Feeney (R-FL)

- Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)

 

Excerpts from Governor Mitt Romney's Remarks at the Seventh Annual Herzliya Conference

Tuesday, Jan 23, 2007

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Kevin Madden (857) 288-6390

 

Herzliya, Israel - Today, Governor Mitt Romney will make remarks at the Seventh Annual Herzliya Conference on the nature of threat posed by Iran and the actions necessary to address this threat.

 

To see Governor Romney's speech live beginning at 8:20 a.m. EST, please click here: http://web11.mediazone.co.il/media/idc/LIVE/20070121/?logo=6&lang=eng

 

Governor Romney's Five Step Plan Of Action To Prevent A nuclear Iran:

 

" First, we must continue tighten economic sanctions. Our model should be at least as severe to the sanctions imposed on Apartheid South Africa. We should demand no less from the international community today ...

 

"We must also be imaginative in the way we pressure Iran economically - an issue I have been looking into. In my meetings this week in Israel, I have become aware of the potential of U.S. pension funds to further isolate the Iranian economy. We should explore a selective disinvestment policy. After a series of briefings here, I have contacted the Treasurer of my own state of Massachusetts and Governors of other states to begin this process by meeting today with senior Israeli leaders in Boston.

 

" Second, we must impose diplomatic isolation of Iran's Government. Ahmadinejad should not be provided the trappings, respect, and recognition of a responsible head of state as he travels. In fact, when former Iranian President Khatami traveled to Boston last year to lecture at Harvard University, I denied him state police security for his visit. The real question is: why was he invited in the first place? Ahmadinejad is even more strident than Khatami. He should neither be invited to foreign capitals nor feted by foreign leaders. This would have important symbolic significance, not just to Ahmadinejad, but to the people of Iran.

 

"Diplomatic isolation should also include an indictment of Ahmadinejad for incitement to genocide under the genocide Convention. The United States should lead this effort.

 

"The full title of the genocide Convention is the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of genocide. Remember that word: Prevention.

 

"Article III of that treaty establishes that 'public incitement to commit genocide' is a punishable Crime. Every signatory to this treaty, including the U.S. and most European countries, shares an obligation to enforce it. So do human rightsgroups that care about international humanitarian law.

 

"Nobel Prize Winner Elie Wiesel, and human rightsadvocate and former Canadian Justice Minister Irwin Cotler have spoken out on this issue.

 

"In addition, former U.S. Ambassador John Bolton has been a forceful advocate for this effort, and is joined by Alan Dershowitz. If these two can agree, they must be on to something.

 

" Third, Arab states must join this effort to prevent a nuclear Iran. These states can do much more than wring their hands and urge America to act. They should support Iraq's nascent government, They can help America focus on Iran by quickly turning down the temperature of the Arab-Israeli conflict - stopping the financial and weapons flows to Hamas and Hizbullah ... thawing relations with Israel ... and telling the Palestinians they must drop terrorism and recognize Israel's right to exist.

 

" Fourth, we must make it clear that while nuclearization may be a source of pride, it can also be a source of peril. The military option remains on the table. And further, nuclear material that falls into the hands of terrorists would surely provoke a devastating response from the civilized world.

 

" Fifth, our strategy should be integrated into a broader approach to the broader Muslim world. I agree with our friend, former Prime Minister Aznar of Spain, that a central purpose of NATO should be to defeat radical Islam. I believe this has two critical dimensions. The first is an unquestionably capable military. This will mean a greater investment by the United States as well as other nations. The second is a global partnership which includes NATO and other allies. Its mission would be to support progressive Muslim communities and leaders in every nation where radical Islam is battling modernity and moderation. This Partnership for Prosperity should help provide the tools and funding necessary for moderates to win the debate in their own societies. They need secular public schools, micro credit and banking, the rule of law, adequate healthcare, human rights, and competitive economic policies. In the final analysis, only Muslims will be able to permanently defeat radical Islam. And we can help."

 

Other Key Excerpts Of Governor Romney's Remarks As Prepared For Delivery:

 

"And on Iraq, I would just like to make another point. Some Congressional leaders in the United States today are arguing that the President is not authorized to allow our forces to pursue Iranian elements inside Iraq - which are attacking our own troops. That would be folly."

 

 

Governor Mitt Romney on the President's State of the Union Address

Tuesday, Jan 23, 2007

Boston, MA - Governor Mitt Romney released the following statement regarding the President's State of the Union Address:

 

"We are blessed to live in a country with the best medical system in the world. However, for too many, private health insurance is often out of reach. I welcome President Bush's proposed initiatives to make health insurance more available and affordable. He recognizes the answer is not more government but more innovation, harnessing the power of free market reforms.

 

"I am especially encouraged by the President's initiative to help states find new solutions for individuals to buy health insurance. I believe the states are our best laboratories to find the best policy innovations to our health insurance crisis. As Governor, my state found a way to get all of our citizens covered without a tax increase and without a big government takeover."

 

Fast Facts On Governor Romney's Health Care Plan:

 

On April 12, 2006, Governor Romney Signed Landmark Legislation Ensuring That All His State's Citizens Are Covered By Private Health Insurance. Every uninsured citizen in Massachusetts now has access to affordable health insurance without higher taxes, an employer mandate or massive government takeover.

 

- Governor Romney's Plan Stresses Personal Responsibility While Helping The Lowest-Income Residents. Working with conservative groups like The Heritage Foundation, Governor Romney developed a plan stressing personal responsibility in paying for coverage and providing help in paying for low-income residents.

 

Governor Mitt Romney on Today's "March for Life"

Monday, Jan 22, 2007

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Kevin Madden (857) 288-6390

 

Boston, MA - Today, on the 34th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, Governor Mitt Romney released the following statement commemorating the annual March For Life:

 

"Across this nation, thousands of Americans are gathering in their local communities and in our nation's capital to reaffirm their dedication to protecting the sanctity of life. We must create a culture of Life where the weakest and most innocent among us are protected.

 

"While there are well-meaning people on both sides of this debate, no one can deny that when hundreds of thousands of abortions are performed every year, it should be a major concern for a nation as great as ours. If we commit ourselves to promoting a culture of life, I believe that one day our nation's laws may reflect what is in our hearts."

 

Governor Mitt Romney's Visit to Israel

Saturday, Jan 20, 2007

 

CONTACT: Romney Press Shop (857) 288-6390

 

Boston, MA - On the evening of Saturday, January 20, Governor Mitt Romney will travel to Israel on a trip sponsored by the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC). On Tuesday, January 23, Governor Romney will deliver public remarks at the Seventh Annual Herzliya Conference. Governor Romney will return to the United States on Thursday, January 25.

 

Public Event:

 

Governor Romney delivers remarks at the Seventh Annual Herzliya Conference.

Tuesday, January 23

3:15 p.m. (Local Time)

Herzliya, Israel

 

Since its inception, the Herzliya Conference has become a leading and world-renowned summit of Israeli and international leaders for the discussion of Israel's national security. Participants at the Conference include: government officials, Knesset members and ministers, defense officials, business leaders, senior academics, media, Representatives of leading Jewish organizations, and dignitaries from abroad.

 

Private Meetings During The Governor's Trip Will Include:

 

-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert

 

-Vice Prime Minister Shimon Peres

 

-Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni

 

-Mr. Meir Dagan, Director of the Mossad

 

-Avi Dichter, Minister of Public security

 

-Former Prime Minister Ehud Barak

 

-Natan Sharansky

 

-Former Prime Minister and former Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

 

-Dr. Salam Fayyad, former Palestinian Finance Minister

 

Private Visits Include:

 

-Helicopter tour of Israel's Northern and Southern borders and security Fence

 

-Tour of surveillance and security measures at Ben-Gurion Airport

 

-Tour of Yad Vashem

 

-Tour of the Old City

 

Governor Mitt Romney Announces Representative Tom Feeney's Support

Friday, Jan 19, 2007

 

Boston, MA - Today, Governor Mitt Romney announced that U.S. Representative Tom Feeney (R-FL) will serve as a key liaison to fiscal conservatives and organizations promoting fiscal responsibility in Washington.

 

"I am pleased to have the support of Representative Feeney. He has been a powerful watchdog for fiscal responsibility in our nation's capital. I look forward to working with him as we strive to restore basic fiscal conservative values, curb runaway spending, and protect taxpayers' money," said Governor Romney.

 

With Governor Romney's announcement, Representative Feeney said, "I am proud to be part of Governor Romney's team. With his record of fighting for lower taxes and balanced budgets, Governor Romney is the right kind of leader to bring fiscal sanity back to Washington. Governor Romney will be a strong fiscal steward of the American people's tax money."

 

Background On Representative Tom Feeney:

 

Representative Tom Feeney Has Been A Leader For Reform And A Watchdog For Fiscal Responsibility. Elected in 2002 to the U.S. House of Representatives, Feeney represents the people of Florida's 24th Congressional District in Central Florida encompassing areas of Brevard, Orange, Seminole and Volusia Counties. He previously served as Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives and was Governor Jeb Bush's running mate in his first race for governor in 1994.

 

In Congress, Feeney sits on the powerful Financial services and Judiciary Committees. He also serves on the Steering Committee of the Republican Study Committee, the largest caucus in the U.S. House representing 100 conservative members, and is the Chairman of the House Conservatives Fund which helps elect true Reagan conservatives to the U.S. House of Representatives. Additionally, Feeney co-founded the Washington Waste Watchers, a working group formed to combat waste and fraud in the federal government.

 

 

Governor Mitt Romney Announces Support of RNC Committee Members

Thursday, Jan 18, 2007

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Kevin Madden (857) 288-6390

 

Boston, MA - Today, Governor Mitt Romney announced that 16 members of the Republican National Committee (RNC) will be joining the Romney for President Exploratory Committee.

 

"As we gather for the RNC annual winter meeting, I am grateful to have the strong support of my fellow Republicans. In our Party and in their respective states, these men and women will be tireless advocates for our common ideals of lowering taxes, curbing runaway spending, promoting traditional values, and providing for a strong national defense," said Governor Romney. "In just two weeks, we have put together a strong team united by an optimistic vision for the future and motivated to go forward."

 

RNC Committee Members Supporting Governor Romney:

 

- Cindy Costa, SC

- Darrell Crate, MA

- David Norcross, NJ

- Donna Gosney, WV

- Jody Dow, MA

- June Hartley, OR

- Louis Pope, MD

- Lynn Windel, OK

- Peter Cianchette, ME

- Robert Manning, RI

- Ron Kaufman, MA

- Sara Gear Boyd, VT

- Solomon Yue, OR

- Tom Rath, NH

- Tony Parker, DC

- Vance Day, OR

 

Governor Mitt Romney Announces House Congressional Liaisons

Wednesday, Jan 17, [2007]

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Kevin Madden (857) 288-6390

 

Boston, MA - Today, Governor [Mitt Romney] announced that U.S. Representative Jim McCrery (R-LA) will serve as the House Congressional Liaison for the Romney for President Exploratory Committee. As Liaison, Representative McCrery will lead Governor Romney's outreach efforts in the U.S. House.

 

"I am proud to have the support and service of Jim McCrery on my Exploratory Committee. Congressman McCrery will be a strong voice in the U.S. Capitol for our vision to move America forward. Today's announcement is just another sign of our growing support," said Governor Romney.

 

Governor Romney also named Representatives Dave Camp (R-MI) and Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-CA) as Co-House Congressional Liaisons. Congressman Camp will also serve as Michigan Co-Chair of the Romney for President Exploratory Committee.

 

"Congressmen Camp and McKeon have demonstrated a strong commitment to doing what's right for their constituents and the American people," said Governor Romney. "With their help, we will find new solutions for the new generation of challenges confronting our nation."

 

Background On Governor Romney's House Congressional Liaisons:

 

Representative Jim McCrery Is A Proven Leader In The United States Congress. Serving his ninth full term in the U.S. House, McCrery has been recognized for his focus on solving America's challenges by looking past partisan politics and toward long-term, practical solutions. Cited as one of 28 "emerging players" on Capitol Hill, McCrery has concentrated on advancing core conservative principles. As one time Chairman of the Select Revenue Measures Subcommittee of the Ways and Means Committee, McCrery played a leading role in passing major tax bills during President Bush's first term.

 

Representative Dave Camp Has Compiled A Record Of Accomplishment For The People Of His District. First elected to Congress in 1990 as Representative for the 4th Congressional District of Michigan, Camp quickly earned a reputation for paying close attention to his constituents' needs. In 1996, Camp made his mark playing a crucial role in the passage of historic welfare reform legislation. As an attorney before his election, Camp worked extensively with parents and children in the foster care system and has become one of the House's leading adoption and foster care proponents.

 

Representative Howard "Buck" McKeon Is A Vocal Advocate For Conservative Principles In Our Nation's Capital. Elected to represent the 25th Congressional District of California in 1992, McKeon is a noted leader in efforts to reform the education system, cut the national debt, provide tax cuts, and strengthen the military. McKeon's record of legislative leadership has been recognized by several national organizations including the National taxpayers Union, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the National Association of Independent Colleges.

 

Governor Mitt Romney Announces Vin Weber as Policy Chairman

Tuesday, Jan 16, 2007

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Kevin Madden (857) 288-6390

 

Boston, MA - Today, Governor Mitt Romney announced that former United States Representative Vin Weber (R-MN) will serve as Policy Chairman on the Romney for President Exploratory Committee. As Policy Chairman, Mr. Weber will oversee all policy development for Governor Romney.

 

"I am honored that Vin Weber will serve on my Exploratory Committee. Throughout his many years of public service, he has embodied the bold thinking necessary to find innovative solutions to the challenges confronting the American people," said Governor Romney. "As I continue building a national organization, he will be an important voice in advancing my agenda to move the country forward."

 

Vin Weber Biography:

 

Vin Weber served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1981 to 1993, representing Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District. He currently serves as Chairman of the National Endowment for Democracy and as chief executive officer of Clark & Weinstock. Mr. Weber sits on the Board of the Council on Foreign Relations, the U.S. Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on Democracy Promotion, and co-chaired a major independent task force on U.S. Policy Toward Reform in the Arab World. Mr. Weber has counseled numerous Presidential campaigns, and in 2004, was the Bush-Cheney '04 Plains States Regional Chairman. Prior to opening Clark & Weinstock's Washington office in 1994, Mr. Weber was president of Empower America.

 

 

Governor and Mrs. Romney Attend service Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday, Jan 15, 2007

 

Boston, MA - On Monday, January 15, Governor and Mrs. Romney attended a worship service honoring the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Governor and Mrs. Romney were joined by Reverend Jeffrey Brown and his wife, Dee Dee.

 

"Martin Luther King's dream was not just his dream, but for each of us to have our own dream, "Governor Romney said. "My American dream is that all of our children enjoy good families and good schools, that our citizens have good health care and that we have an America that is safe and prosperous."

 

Governor Mitt Romney Offers Emphatic Support for DeMint Amendment on Spending Reform

Friday, Jan 12, 2007

 

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Orlando, FL – Today, Governor Mitt Romney released the following statement strongly supporting U.S. Senator Jim DeMint's (R-SC) efforts to stop wasteful spending of the [taxpayers]' money in Washington. Senator DeMint's amendment will help reform the spending process in a way that brings more transparency and accountability.

 

"Senator DeMint has shown both courage and conviction for standing by his reform principles and resisting those on Capitol Hill who want to preserve the status quo on wasteful spending. Senator Harry Reid and Capitol Hill Democrats need to recognize that Washington can't continue to pile earmarks onto spending bill after spending bill. Instead, they should embrace Senator DeMint's amendment and stand up for taxpayers and fiscal responsibility."

 

Background Information On Senator DeMint's Reform Amendment

 

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) Garnered Bipartisan Support To Pass Earmark Reform. "Nine Democrats joined with Republicans in support of stricter House-passed rules on lawmakers' pet projects, known as 'earmarks' - demonstrating the fragility of the Democratic Party's thin Senate majority. ... The measure, an amendment to an ethics and lobbying bill, would have adopted a wider definition of 'earmarks' - specific projects inserted in bills – to include Corps of Engineer water projects, Pentagon weapon systems and items from other federal entities. ... 'If we're going to go through all this process, if we're going to change the laws and try to tell the American people that now you can see what we're doing, let's don't try to pull the wool over their eyes,' said Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., sponsor of the amendment." ("9 US Senate Democrats Split With Reid Over 'Earmark' Rules," The Associated Press, 1/11/07)

 

 

Research Briefing: Meet The Real Brian Camenker

Friday, Jan 12, 2007

 

Today, The Associated Press Profiled Brian Camenker And His Attacks On Governor Romney:

 

Brian Camenker Is A "Conservative Gadfly" Who Has Focused On Attacking Governor Romney And His Strong Record On Conservative Issues. "Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's political record is relatively brief – four years as Massachusetts governor and a failed campaign for the U.S. Senate. That's enough, however, for Brian Camenker, a conservative gadfly and longtime thorn in Romney's side, to write a 28-page report that portrays Romney as sympathetic to gay rights and sexual behavior that clashes with his burnished image as a defender of traditional values." (Steve LeBlanc, "Romney's Record On Gay Rights, Social Issues In Cross-Hairs," The Associated Press, 1/12/07)

 

-Brian Camenker Is The President Of MassResistance. (Ryan Lizza, "Urine Trouble," The New Republic, 12/25/06)

 

Camenker Is Not A Credible Voice And Pushes An Extreme Ideology:

Reasons to agree:

  1. The Boston Globe Noted That Camenker Is "Often Lampooned By The Local And National Media." (Matt Viser, "Interviews No Laughing Matter For Local Notables," The Boston Globe, 11/10/05)
  2. During An Interview On Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," Camenker Was Mocked For His Extreme Ideological Views. (Matt Viser, "Interviews No Laughing Matter For Local Notables," The Boston Globe, 11/10/05)

- Click Here To View The YouTube Of Brian Camenker On Comedy Central's "The Daily Show":

- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtgRNUxje00

 

Camenker Admits He Used To Be "A Social Liberal." "For much of my Life I thought of myself as a social liberal. I voted for John Anderson for president and Michael Dukakis for governor." (Brian Camenker, "How A Good Jewish Boy Joined The 'Religious Right'," The Jewish Advocate, 12/25/96)

 

Camenker Has A Record Of Attacking Prominent Republicans:

 

In 2001, Camenker Attempted To Derail President Bush's Nomination Of Massachusetts Governor Paul Cellucci To Be Ambassador To Canada. "Brian Camenker, president of the Waltham-based Parents' Rights Coalition, privately met in Washington Thursday with about a dozen Republican staff members on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which would evaluate [Gov. Paul] Cellucci's nomination. Camenker said they were 'shocked' to hear about homosexual teachings in Massachusetts but nervous about how President Bush would receive criticism about Cellucci, who is not only his choice for ambassador but a longtime family friend." (Tina Cassidy, "Cellucci Foe Takes Case To US Senate," The Boston Globe, 3/3/01)

 

- The Boston Herald Praised The Cellucci Nomination And Called On Camenker To Stop His Attacks. "And surely between now and Cellucci's confirmation hearings someone will tell the increasingly shrill Brian Camenker of the Parents Rights Coalition to simply go to his room. ? But you can't reason with zealots and Camenker is a zealot. Cellucci is a good choice for the post." (Editorial, "Bush Chooses Well For Ottawa Embassy," Boston Herald, 2/14/01)

 

THE FACTS On Governor Romney's Record On Social Conservative Issues:

 

FACT: Governor Romney Has Said He Has Been Wrong On Some Issues In The Past And Is Not Embarrassed To Admit It.

 

- Click Here To View Mitt TV Video Of Governor Romney Talking About His 1994 Debate With Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA)

 

- http://mittromney.permissiontv.com/?showid=36427

 

FACT: Governor Romney Has Been A Champion Of Traditional Marriage And The Sanctity Of Life.

 

FACT: Governor Romney Is Opposed To Abortion, Except In The Cases Of Rape, Incest, And The Life Of The Mother. Like President Ronald Reagan, Henry Hyde and others before him, he has acknowledged that in the past he had this issue wrong.

 

FACT: As Governor Of Massachusetts, When Governor Romney Has Been Presented With Legislation On Life Issues, He Has Sided With Life.

 

- FACT : Governor Romney vetoed legislation that would have provided for the "Morning After Pill" without a prescription; fought the battle to promote abstinence education in the classroom; vetoed legislation that would have redefined in Massachusetts the longstanding definition of the beginning of human Life from fertilization to implantation; supported parental notification laws and opposed efforts to weaken parental involvement; opposed efforts to advance embryo destructive research in Massachusetts; and has not supported public funding for embryo destructive research.

 

FACT: Governor Romney Fought For A Constitutional Amendment To Preserve The Longstanding Traditional Definition Of Marriage.

 

FACT: Governor Romney Supports The Federal Marriage Amendment, Testified Before The Senate On The Federal Marriage Amendment, And Sent A Letter To All 100 U.S. Senators Asking Them To Vote For The Amendment.

 

An Early Massachusetts Primary: The Campaign For Mr. Right

 

By: Kathryn Jean Lopez

National Review Online

Wednesday, Jan 10, 2007

 

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Dwight Duncan, one of the Brownback endorsers, told NRO last week that the contention that Romney is to blame for the state of marriage in Massachusetts is really "over the top." According to Duncan, a professor at the Southern New England School of Law, "On the whole, Romney has been consistent in defending marriage as traditionally understood. Furthermore, his use of the bully pulpit and the courts has been unquestionably instrumental in getting the legislature to finally fulfill its constitutional duty and vote on the citizen-initiated constitutional amendment regarding marriage. ..."

 

Kris Mineau, president of the Massachusetts family Institute, agrees: "When people ask how we can support such a switch, I ask if they ever question Teddy Kennedy's or John Kerry's switches from pro-life to pro-choice."

 

Mineau is among those Massachusetts social conservatives who are grateful to have had Romney in the stateHouse..." According to Mineau, "For the four years of his administration, Governor Romney provided strong leadership on key conservative social issues - whether it was politically expedient to do so or not." He tells National Review Online, "I believe Mitt Romney has done an excellent job in defending traditional family values in Massachusetts despite an extremely hostile legislature and judiciary, not to mention an attorney general and secretary of state who both opposed everything the governor stood for."

 

It's a view echoed by Marie Sturgis, executive director of Massachusetts Citizens for Life, who says, "Having Governor Romney in the corner office for the last four years has been one of the strongest assets the pro-life movement has had in Massachusetts. His actions concerning Life issues have been consistent and he has been helpful down the line for us in the Bay State."

 

Mineau adds, "From the onset of the infamous Goodridge court decision in 2003, Governor Romney has opposed same-sex marriage and, I believe, correctly sought to overturn it through a constitutional amendment. ..."

 

Mineau directly credits Romney with getting the state legislature to vote on a constitutional amendment on gay marriage earlier this month. He explains, "The court unanimously ruled on December 27 that the legislature was constitutionally obligated to vote. This ruling, coupled with the governor threatening to not sign the end-of-year legislative pay raise, resulted in the legislature passing the amendment on January 2nd, the last day of the session. This could never have happened without Governor Romney's leadership."

 

Mineau is among the signatories of a letter expected to be released on Thursday by a coalition of "organizations dedicated to fighting for the pro-family agenda in Massachusetts." ... Among those signing the letter are Harvard University law professor Mary Ann Glendon (who also serves as the president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences in Rome).

 

An accompanying brief by constitutional lawyer David French, a founder of the group Evangelicals for Mitt (French also writes for NRO's "Phi Beta Cons" blog), is a longer defense of the governor's social-conservative cred. In the beginning of a six-page document French asserts: "In the midst of Governor Romney's efforts to rescue his state from a fiscal crisis and create lasting and innovative health care solutions, activist judges and a far-left legislature forced issues of same-sex 'marriage,' abortion, religious liberty, stem cell research, and gay rights into the forefront. Each time he was challenged, the Governor not only made the conservative choice, but also did so with an optimistic, unifying message. In doing so, he became a national leader on these vital cultural issues without squandering his ability to govern the Commonwealth." ...

 

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Join the Club: Mitt Romney and pro-life Conversion

By: Kate O'Beirne

National Review

Monday, Jan 29, 2007

 

"For decades, pro-life activists have been in the business of winning hearts and minds to their cause. Powerful arguments about the humanity of the unborn have moved public opinion, and a pro-life political force has made ambitious politicians feel the heat, whether or not they see the light. Pro-lifers' faith in the power of persuasion has been rewarded, and their political clout increased, by important converts, including Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. Mitt Romney has also changed his position on abortion, but some social conservatives argue that membership in their ranks should be closed to this most recent convert with presidential ambitions.

 

"In 1967, Gov. Ronald Reagan signed a liberal abortion law, declaring, 'I'm fully sympathetic with attempts to liberalize the outdated abortion law now on the books in California.' Reagan later changed his mind and expressed regret for signing a measure that saw more abortions performed in California than in any other state before Roe v. Wade. He became a committed pro-life politician and backed the first pro-life plank in the Republican platform. George W. Bush ran as a pro-choice politician in his 1978 Congressional campaign, but held pro-life views when he ran for the governorship of Texas in 1994. His father too once favored abortion rights, but took a pro-life position in the 1980 presidential campaign.

 

"When Sam Brownback was running in a GOP Congressional primary in 1994, he initially rebuffed a pro-life group?s endorsement, according to a recent account in The New Republic. In that article, a former president of Kansans for Life recalls that Brownback was 'unfamiliar with the anti-abortion lexicon' 20 years after Roe v. Wade, and that Brownback described himself as 'more in line with the view of Nancy Kassebaum,' the state's pro-choice junior GOP senator.

 

...

 

"During his gubernatorial campaign, [Mitt Romney] won the endorsement of the abortion-rights group Republican Majority for Choice. But three years later, the group's co-chairman declared, 'We feel very betrayed.' The reason was that Governor Romney had vetoed a bill that would have allowed access to emergency contraception – the 'morning-after pill' – without a prescription. Romney had also vetoed an embryonic-stem-cell-research bill; and last year his administration issued regulations banning the creation of embryos for research purposes, calling such research 'Orwellian in its scope.'

 

"In an opinion article that appeared in the Boston Globe, Romney defended his veto of the emergency-contraception bill. He explained, 'The bill does not involve only the prevention of conception: The drug it authorizes would also terminate Life after conception.' He faulted the bill for not requiring parental consent before allowing minors access to the pill. And he wrote, 'I understand that my views on laws governing abortion set me in the minority in our Commonwealth. I am pro-life. I believe that abortion is the wrong choice except in cases of incest, rape, and to save the Life of the mother.'

 

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"Romney has been stating his abortion position with the conviction of a convert, in terms that can appeal to a broad audience. Many social conservatives are persuaded that his conversion is genuine."

 

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In Case You Missed It: "Intelligent Response"

Thursday, Jan 11, 2007

 

Governor Mitt Romney's "Immediate Response" To Video Clips Of 1994 U.S. Senate Debate With Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA):

 

The Associated Press: Mysterious Attack Video Posted On YouTube "Prompted An Immediate Response From Romney." "A 1994 videotape mysteriously posted on YouTube.com prompted Republican Mitt Romney to declare Wednesday, 'I was wrong on some issues back then,' while also insisting to social conservatives key to his presidential campaign that he is one of them. ... All of the material has been previously published, but its presentation in video form – and on the easily shared YouTube medium – prompted an immediate response from Romney, who formed a presidential exploratory committee last week." (Glen Johnson, "Republican White House Hopeful Says He Was 'Wrong' For Moderate Stands In 1994 Senate Race," The Associated Press, 1/11/07)

 

The Boston Globe: Last Night, Romney For President Exploratory Committee Posts Video Of Governor Romney Responding To Questions About 1994 Kennedy Debate. "Last night, Romney called in to the conservative Internet broadcast 'The Glenn and Helen Show' to react to the distribution of what his presidential exploratory committee called 'ancient footage.' ... A video of Romney calling into the 'Glenn and Helen Show' was posted on Romney's exploratory committee website last night." (Rich Klein, "Old Romney Debate Clip Is Now A Hit On The Web," The Boston Globe, 1/11/07)

 

Romney Press Secretary Kevin Madden: "We used the very same mediums made available to those seeking to attack Governor Romney to set the record straight in his own words with the facts." (Glen Johnson, "Republican White House Hopeful Says He Was 'Wrong' For Moderate Stands In 1994 Senate Race," The Associated Press, 1/11/07)

 

"Smarter Than The Average Bear":

 

Hugh Hewitt: "Happening In Rapid Response Fashion," Governor Romney's Innovative Push-Back Knocked The Story Down In One News Cycle. "Romney's push-back at the YouTubing of his '94 debate with Ted Kennedy – happening in rapid response fashion – means an entire news cycle on a somewhat significant story has played out before even one newspaper reported it, with the anti-Romney forces (clearly worried about the big $ Monday and the DeMint Tuesday) trying to put a stick in the spokes, and Romney's team finding a way to knock it down in the same cycle. That's a preview of what it will be like all year." (Hugh Hewitt's Blog, "The Instapundit And Instawife Interview Romney," http://hughhewitt.townhall.com, 1/10/07)

 

Dean Barnett: "This Is Not Only Rapid Response, But Intelligent Response." "To offer his counterpoints in the blogosphere where this is a matter of conversation, Romney did a podcast this afternoon with Professor Reynolds and his better half. But wait – there's more. While Romney was on the phone with the Reynoldses, his campaign filmed him. A short while ago, the Romney campaign posted the video of him addressing the 13 year old clip on YouTube. This is not only rapid response, but intelligent response." (Dean Barnett, Hugh Hewitt's Blog, "Smarter Than The Average Bear, Pt. II," http://hughhewitt.townhall.com, 1/10/07)

 

Barnett: "You'll be saying it too by the end of the campaign – Romney is Smarter Than The Average Bear." (Dean Barnett, Hugh Hewitt's Blog, "Smarter Than The Average Bear, Pt. II," http://hughhewitt.townhall.com, 1/10/07)

 

To view Governor Romney's video, please see: http://mittromney.permissiontv.com/?showid=36427

 

 

Governor Mitt Romney on his 1994 Debate with Senator Ted Kennedy

Thursday, Jan 11, 2007

 

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CONTACT: Kevin Madden (857) 288-6400

 

Boston, MA – Tonight, Governor Mitt Romney appeared on the "The Glenn and Helen Show" and responded to video clips that have resurfaced from his 1994 U.S. Senate debate against Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA). Because Governor Romney has made strides with conservatives based on his strong record as governor, opponents have focused attacks on ancient footage from 13 years ago. Governor Romney's call into the show and comments on the 1994 debate can be viewed in a new posting at Mitt TV:

 

"Well, I just got a look at the excerpts from my debate against Ted Kennedy in 1994. It reminded me of why I ran against him in the first place. Someone had to give him a run for his money.

 

"Now, it also shows what 13 years will do. I'm grayer. I'm a little heavier. And I hope I've grown a bit wiser as well.

 

"Of course, I was wrong on some issues back then. I'm not embarrassed to admit that. I think most of us learn with experience. I know I certainly have.

 

"If you want to know where I stand by the way, you don't just have to listen to my words, you can go to look at my record as governor. Frankly, in the bluest of states. Facing the most liberal media in the country. I've led the fight to preserve traditional marriage. I've taken every legal step I could conceive of, to prevent same sex marriage.

 

"I have also taken action to protect the sanctity of life. I vetoed bills that authorized embryo farming, therapeutic cloning, Plan B emergency contraception, and of course a redefinition of when Life was going to begin as well.

 

"I've also fought for family. I've promoted abstinence education in the schools.

 

"I fought for English immersion in our schools and school choice. And of course as you'd expect from a Republican, I've held the line on taxes and I've worked to re-instate the death penalty.

 

"And I'm proud that at the same time, I've fought discrimination. I believe every American deserves equal opportunity.

 

"Now, that's my record. And maybe that's why people on the other side are dredging up 13 year old history and attacking me now."

 

To view video, please see: http://mittromney.permissiontv.com/?showid=36427

 

Governor Mitt Romney on Iraq

Wednesday, Jan 10, 2007

 

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Boston, MA – Governor Mitt Romney, in direct consideration of the proposed increase in troop deployments in Iraq, issued the following statement today putting an emphasis on the need for clear and measurable strategic objectives.

 

"I agree with the President: Our strategy in [Iraq] must change. Our military mission, for the first time, must include securing the civilian population from violence and terror. It is impossible to defeat the insurgency without first providing security for the Iraqi people. Civilian security is the precondition for any political and economic reconstruction.

 

"In consultation with Generals, military experts and troops who have served on the ground in Iraq, I believe securing Iraqi civilians requires additional troops. I support adding five brigades in Baghdad and two regiments in Al-Anbar province. Success will require rapid deployment.

 

"This effort should be combined with clear objectives and milestones for U.S. and Iraqi leaders.

 

"The road ahead will be difficult but success is still possible in Iraq. I believe it is in America's national [security] interest to achieve it."

 

Senator Jim DeMint to Serve as Senior adviser

Tuesday, Jan 09, 2007

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Boston, MA – Governor Mitt Romney announced today that Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) will serve as a senior adviser to the Romney for President Exploratory Committee. Senator DeMint is a conservative leader in the U.S. Senate and the chairman of the Senate Steering Committee, a caucus of conservative senators that includes the majority of the Republican Conference.

 

"Senator DeMint believes, as I do, that we must find new solutions to help ensure the American Dream for every citizen. That is why I am so honored that he will serve as a senior adviser to my Exploratory Committee," said Governor Romney. "As we move forward, Senator DeMint will be a powerful spokesman for our vision for the future not only in South Carolina but nationally."

 

In a letter released today to fellow Republicans in South Carolina, Senator DeMint wrote, "We must elect a President in 2008 who is up to the task, and I need you to encourage Mitt to run. ... As a leader who has spent most of his Life in the private sector, Governor Romney will call on America's strength and character to solve problems and secure our future."

 

See Related Links to view Senator DeMint's letter supporting Governor Romney.

"National Call Day" Raises Over $6.5 Million

Monday, Jan 08, 2007

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Boston, MA – After reaching out across the country on "National Call Day," Governor Mitt Romney and his supporters raised over $6.5 million. The success of today's event will help Governor Romney continue to share his message and vision for the future with the American people.

 

"This is a message," said Governor Romney, "that what we stand for and what we are going to fight for has been heard, and gives us motivation to go forward with our message."

 

"I am overwhelmed by this support, heartened by the friendship, and hopeful for the future. I can only say thank you," said Governor Romney.

 

"National Call Day" Fast Facts:

 

-Amount Raised: over $6.5 million

-Calls Made: approximately 15,000 outbound calls

Volunteer Fundraisers Participating: nearly 400

Volunteer fundraisers hailed from more than 40 state

-Telephones: nearly 400

-Laptop computers: 320

-Call center area: 37,800 square feet

-42 call centers, each manned by 9 volunteer fundraisers

In Case You Missed It: "Romney on taxes"

Saturday, Jan 06, 2007

 

Rudy's Missing Dossier

By Robert D. Novak

Column

January 6, 2007

 

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"During his family vacation in Park City, Utah, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney met with former Bush administration officials who comprise his economic policy team to discuss a [tax] reform for Romney's presidential campaign.

 

"The meeting included Glenn Hubbard, former chairman of President Bush's Council of Economic advisers (CEA) who is co-chairman of Romney's economic policy council. Also on hand were former Bush economic policy officials Brian Reardon and Cesar Conda. Gregory Mankiw, another former CEA chairman, is Romney's economic co-chairman but could not attend the Utah meeting because of a knee injury.

 

"Romney ... has surrounded himself with architects of Bush's tax plan." ...

 

 

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  1. [http://www.townhall.com/columnists/column.aspx?UrlTitle=rudys_missing_dossier&ns=RobertDNovak&dt=01/06/2007&page=full&comments=true Rudy]

 

 

Governor Mitt Romney Addresses Awakening 2007

Saturday, Jan 06, 2007

 

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Sea Island, GA – Governor Mitt Romney today addressed Awakening 2007 – a leading conservative gathering created 12 years ago to stimulate dialogue about the important issues confronting the United States. Governor Romney was invited and introduced by Dr. Robert E. Moffit of the Heritage Foundation who is a member of Awakening's Board of Directors.

 

Governor Romney discussed his record of strong conservative leadership in Massachusetts and his vision for leading our country into the future.

 

Key Excerpts Of Governor Romney's Remarks As Prepared For Delivery:

 

"Now, I wasn't always a Ronald Reagan conservative. Neither was Ronald Reagan, by the way. And perhaps some in this room have had the opportunity to listen, learn, and benefit from life's experience – and to grow in wisdom, as I have. My Life experience convinced me that Ronald Reagan was right. I'm a conservative that gets the job done. And you don't just have to take my word for it, you can just look at my record."

 

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"At this decisive moment in our nation's journey into a new global frontier, there are two competing visions about how America must meet a new generation of challenges. We must choose between calling on stronger government – the liberal vision – or calling on the strength of the American people – and that is my vision.

 

"I believe we must call on our economic muscle, our innovative minds, and the fiber of our families. I believe our country wants our vision to prevail, because when America faces challenge, Americans don't look to Washington, they look inside themselves ... and time and time again, they meet that challenge.

 

"I know, the list of things we need to do to stay competitive seems daunting. And it may be tough to get things done in the next two years, with a House led by Nancy Pelosi and a Senate led by Harry Reid.

 

"But I am optimistic about our future: Americans always rise to the occasion. Abigail Adams, in a letter to her son when he was concerned about America's future, said: 'great necessities call forth great virtues.' I have seen that time and again."

 

What They're Saying About Governor Mitt Romney

Friday, Jan 05, 2007

 

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Governor Romney "Wasting No Time" In Building Momentum:

 

Conservative Commentator Hugh Hewitt: "There's a long way to go until Iowa, but as [2007] opens, the momentum remains where it was throughout 2006, with Mitt Romney." (Hugh Hewitt's Blog, "Steyn, Owens, Romney And Me," http://hughhewitt.townhall.com, 1/4/07)

 

The Washington Post: "Outgoing Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a successful businessman from a prominent Michigan Republican family, joined the 2008 sweepstakes yesterday, formally establishing a presidential committee and turning his attention to the substantial fundraising and organizational demands of a national campaign. ... With a new headquarters open for business in Boston, Romney plans to move into full-scale campaign activity immediately." (Dan Balz, "Romney Forms Presidential Committee, Focuses On Fundraising," The Washington Post, 1/4/07)

 

The Boston Globe: "As Romney was wrapping up his State House duties, his campaign operatives were filing papers with the Federal Election Commission, allowing Romney to start raising money for his White House campaign. They set up a committee and launched a new website, www.MittRomney.com." (Andrea Estes and Scott Helman, "Romney Exits With Pomp, Ambition," The Boston Globe, 1/4/07)

 

Human Events' Robert Bluey: "Romney's new website features loads of content, including video streamed through 'Mitt TV.'" (Robert Bluey's "The Ballot Box" Blog, "Romney 2008 Is Open For business," www.humanevents.com, 1/3/07)

 

Boston Herald: "Mitt Romney wasted no time talking up his presidential bid online, hitting conservative blogs yesterday with advertisements portraying him as Reagan-style Republican ready to take on 'jihadists.'" (Jesse Noyes, "Romney Plays To Right-Wingers With Blog Ads," Boston Herald, 1/5/07)

 

The National Journal's Marc Ambinder: "Ex-MA Gov. Mitt Romney released the first set of major donors who have agreed to help him raise millions of dollars for his presidential campaign. But one new name stands out: Ted Welch, the Tennessee investment banker who masterminded Sen. Lamar Alexander's (R-TN) $20 million haul in 1996 and who, since he was the RNC's finance chair in 1977, has been one of the party's most proficient and generous fundraisers." (Marc Ambinder, "Romney Announces Nat'l Finance Team, Including Ted Welch," The National Journal, 1/4/07)

 

The Salt Lake Tribune : "Utah billionaire Jon Huntsman Sr. will serve as one of nine national finance co-leaders for Mitt Romney's presidential exploratory committee, the former Massachusetts governor announced Thursday. ... Huntsman joins eight other well-known party fundraisers, including four of President Bush's 2004 'Rangers,' a nickname for his top fund-raisers." (Thomas Burr, "Huntsman Sr. Will Help Romney With Finances," The Salt Lake Tribune, 1/5/07)

 

Conservatives Praise Governor Romney's Strong Conservative Leadership:

 

Governor Bill Owens (R-CO): "I have been talking to the leading Republican candidates, and I like Mitt Romney. I think when your earlier caller was asking about somebody who has real substance, and I realize that some of us who are conservatives, there have been some questions. But I think that Mitt Romney's a conservative, and I think he can win." ("The Hugh Hewitt Show," http://hughhewitt.townhall.com, 1/4/07)

 

Governor Owens: "Well, I think he's one of the brightest people I've ever seen in public office. He's a businessman, he's a manager. He understands markets, he understands the private sector. He is a conservative, he wants to cut taxes. You know, he's a Republican who was elected in Massachusetts, which has about 12% of its voters who are Republican. He was able to win that election, and we saw what he did at the Olympics." ("The Hugh Hewitt Show," http://hughhewitt.townhall.com, 1/4/07)

 

Conservative Commentator Reverend Joe Watkins: "Romney's a very attractive candidate. ? I think he'll do extraordinarily well in the primaries if he's able to get his message out and raise the money that he needs to get his message out and also to build an organization." (NPR's "News And Notes," 1/4/07)

 

Watkins: "What makes him attractive to a lot of the conservative base is the fact that he stands where the conservative base stands on a lot of the social issues." (NPR's "News and Notes," 1/4/07)

 

Praise Of Governor Mitt Romney's Fiscal Conservative Principles And Record:

 

Americans For tax Reform President Grover Norquist Says Governor Romney "Is The First Major Candidate To Sign" The "taxpayer Protection Pledge" Promising To Oppose Higher taxes. (Seth Gitell, "Romney Is First To Sign Pledge On tax," The New York Sun, 1/5/07)

 

Conservative Beacon Hill Institute Executive Director David Tuerck Gives Governor Romney "High Marks For His Fiscal Record." "The executive director of the Beacon Hill Institute, a fiscally conservative research institute based at Suffolk University, David Tuerck, gave Mr. Romney high marks for his fiscal record. 'I would give him an A-,' Mr. Tuerck said. 'He held the line on income tax and the sales tax.'" (Seth Gitell, "Romney Is First To Sign Pledge On tax," The New York Sun, 1/5/07)

 

Governor Mitt Romney Announces Two New Senior advisers

Friday, Jan 05, 2007

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Boston, MA – Governor Mitt Romney today announced that Colorado Governor Bill Owens (R-CO) and U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) will serve as senior advisers to the Romney for President Exploratory Committee, Inc.

 

Sworn-in as Governor of Colorado in 1999, Governor Owens has demonstrated effective executive leadership. In 2002, the people of his state re-elected Governor Owens with the greatest majority in Colorado history. "I am honored to welcome Governor Owens as a senior adviser to my exploratory committee. In his eight years as Governor of Colorado, he has shown a commitment to finding the kinds of new and innovative solutions that America needs if we are to meet a new generation of challenges," said Governor Romney.

 

Elected in 2002, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn has quickly earned a reputation as a problem solver in our nation's capital. Cited as a "rising star" in Congress, she has been a forceful advocate for conservative principles. "With extensive experience in the public and private sectors, Congresswoman Blackburn will provide valuable insight as I move forward," said Governor Romney. "As a rising star among conservative leaders, I am proud that she has joined my exploratory committee as a senior adviser."

 

Governor Mitt Romney Announces First Group of National Finance Co-Chairs

Thursday, Jan 04, 2007

 

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Boston, MA – Governor Mitt Romney today announced the first group of Romney for President Exploratory Committee National Finance Co-Chairs. These men and women from across the country will help support Governor Romney as he builds the organization necessary to campaign for our nation's highest office.

 

"I am proud to have the support of these outstanding leaders. Together, they represent some of the best of America's entrepreneurial innovation and civic engagement. Their work will help provide the resources needed to continue our discussion with the American people about the solutions to a new generation of challenges," said Governor Romney.

 

All of Governor Romney's first group of National Finance Co-Chairs have been actively involved in national politics, and six were previously either Bush/Cheney '04, Inc. Pioneers or Rangers. Additional groups of National Finance Co-Chairs will be announced at a later date, as will a national finance committee, which will include state finance chairs and other significant organizational supporters.

 

GROUP 1: The Romney For President Exploratory Committee National Finance Co-Chairs:

 

Christopher Collins, Managing Member of First Atlantic Capital, LLC, Massachusetts

Mark Guzzetta, President of Gemstone Development, Florida

Jon Huntsman Sr., Chairman of the Huntsman Corporation, Utah

John Miller, Founding Member of National Beef Packing Company, LLC, Kansas City, Missouri

John Rakolta, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Walbridge Aldinger, Michigan

Ambassador Mel Sembler, Chairman of the Board of The Sembler Company and former ambassador to Italy, Australia, and Nauru, Florida

Tom Tellefsen, President of Tellefsen Investments, California

Ted Welch, Owner of Ted Welch Investments, Tennessee

Meg Whitman, President and CEO of eBay, California

 

Governor Mitt Romney Signs "[tax]payer Protection Pledge"

Thursday, Jan 04, 2007

 

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Boston, MA - Demonstrating his commitment to oppose any effort to increase taxes on the American people, Governor Romney has signed Americans For tax Reform's "taxpayer Protection Pledge." As part of his pledge, Governor Romney will "oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates" and "oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits."

 

Governor Romney believes that by keeping taxes low and simplifying the tax code, we can grow the economy and enhance American competitiveness. These fundamental economic beliefs and principles led Governor Romney to become the first potential 2008 presidential candidate to sign Americans For tax Reform's "taxpayer Protection Pledge."

 

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Governor Mitt Romney Forms Presidential Exploratory Committee

Wednesday, Jan 03, 2007

 

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Washington, D.C. - Today at 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, National Counsel Ben Ginsberg filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) announcing the formation of Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney's presidential campaign exploratory committee.

 

"After talking to my family, I have decided to take this initial step of forming an exploratory committee in order to raise the resources and build the campaign organization required to pursue the highest office in our country," Governor Romney said. "I look forward to continuing to talk with the American people to determine the best way we can meet a new generation of challenges."

 

Immediately after the filing, the Romney for President Exploratory Committee launched its official website: www.MittRomney.com.

 

Questions And Answers About Governor Romney's Presidential Campaign Exploratory Process

 

Q: What is the name of the exploratory committee?

 

A: Romney for President Exploratory Committee, Inc.

 

Q: When will Governor Romney formally declare his candidacy?

 

A: Governor Romney has not made a decision on when he will officially and formally declare his candidacy.

 

Q: What is the difference between this exploratory committee and formally announcing Governor Romney's candidacy?

 

A: This committee has been registered with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) allowing it to begin soliciting resources and organizing a federal campaign committee structure in anticipation of a formal announcement in the near future. Once an announcement is made, the word "exploratory" will be removed from the name. The committee formed today will use the money raised before and after a formal announcement.

 

Q: Can money raised by the exploratory committee be used by an eventual Romney for President Campaign Committee?

 

A: Yes. In fact, it's the same account.

 

 

What They're Saying About Governor Mitt Romney

Wednesday, Jan 03, 2007

 

Recent Praise Of Governor Mitt Romney's Commitment To Conservative Principles:

 

  • "He's conservative enough for my taste. I'm very strong on Life issues. He made some courageous vetoes."
  • "I respect his experience, both at the [Olympics] and in dealing with an overwhelmingly Democratic legislature...I just love his whole approach to things."

 

 

  • "In a quest for the Republican nomination there's no question that Romney will be well organized and well prepared...Tom Stemberg, the Staples founder, is one who thinks he's up to the task: 'I have never met a better venture capitalist or corporate director than Mitt Romney. I suspect he will be an equally good president.' We may get a chance to find out."

 

 

 

  • "Some Christian conservatives have watched Romney's passionate opposition to gay marriage in Massachusetts and concluded he may be the one electable candidate who shares their principles in public and private life."

 

"I think he'd be great. The country needs to return to our core values."

    • Chris Buonopane Of Deerfield, New Hampshire:
      • Sarah Liebowitz, "Romney Partygoers Like What They Hear," Concord NH Monitor, 12/22/06

 

  • Governor Romney "Is, Personally, A Deeply Conservative Man." "First, let me outline a few Romney characteristics. He is, personally, a deeply conservative man. He is a traditionalist to his core. Second, as I said above, he is a profoundly decent man."
  • "Romney is someone who at his core and in his politics shares the aims of socially conservative Republicans...He'll pursue the socially conservative agenda whenever there's a chance to do so."

 

Conservative Blogger Nathan Moore: "To say the least, Romney was impressive, and will be a formidable candidate for the 2008 nomination." (Nathan Moore's "MooreThoughts" Blog, "Massachusetts Governor In Tennessee," http://moorethoughts.com, 12/18/06)

 

Recent Praise Of Governor Mitt Romney's Strong Leadership In Massachusetts:

 

Wanda Andrade Of Brockton, Massachusetts: "He Does The Right Thing, And I Like People Who Do The Right Thing." "A number of voters said they admired the governor's morality. Wanda Andrade, 43, a Democrat and nursing assistant from Brockton, said she was a friend of Milena Del Valle, the woman who was killed in the Big Dig tunnel collapse. Andrade was moved by what she described as Romney's kindness to the family. 'They were poor people, and he responded right away,' she said. 'He does the right thing, and I like people who do the right thing.'" (Lisa Wangsness, "Voters Voice Regard, Regret Over Romney," The Boston Globe, 12/26/06)

 

Matt Hayes Of Brookline, Massachusetts: Governor Romney Turned Deficits Into Surpluses. "Matt Hayes, 31, an undeclared voter from Brookline who owns Jamaica Plain Auto Body, pointed out that Romney turned the state's deficits into surpluses, 'which the Democratic primary candidates were all fighting over how to spend.'" (Lisa Wangsness, "Voters Voice Regard, Regret Over Romney," The Boston Globe, 12/26/06)

 

Governor Mitt Romney In His Own Words:

 

Governor Romney On His Optimism That Americans Will Rise To The Occasion And Face The Great Challenges Of This Century: "'We are facing a tough challenge, but when you rise to the occasion and face it head on and do what's necessary to overcome it, you emerge stronger, and we are going to do that,' Romney said. 'One of the reasons I am convinced of that is I have looked at the source of America's strength, and I have seen it time and time again. The American people are the source of our strength.'" (Jennifer Feals, "Ready To Face The Challenge," Portsmouth NH Herald, 12/22/06)

 

Governor Romney On His Record Of Accomplishment In Massachusetts: "I've got a record. And people can look at my record and see, for instance, that when people were clamoring to raise taxes in Massachusetts, I said 'no' and we held the line on taxes, and held the line and borrowing, and we balanced our budget. They can see that I vetoed literally hundreds of line items in budgets because I thought there was too much spending. They can see that I fought for better schools. They can see that I fought for a better environment. And they can recognize that a lot what Ronald Reagan was doing I'm also doing. So I'm pretty proud to follow in his legacy, if you will, recognizing, of course, that there's some differences. He's just a lot better than anyone else I know." (Robert B. Bluey, "Q&A: Mitt Romney Discusses Iraq War, Reagan's Influence And Gay Marriage," Human Events, www.humanevents.com, 12/28/06)

 

Governor Romney On His Commitment To Traditional Marriage And Family: "I have always believed, and am confident of this, that marriage should be a relationship between a man and a woman. And that same-sex marriage is a mistake in course. I disagree with the Supreme Judicial Court of my state. I have said this before, I agree instead with all recorded history of human kind. Marriage should be a relationship between a man and a woman. At the same time, I am not in favor of discrimination against anyone in our country on the basis of sexual preference, or any other, gender or ethnicity, or faith." (Governor Mitt Romney, Remarks, Manchester, NH, 12/21/06)

 

Governor Romney: "Because in my view, if you think of marriage as an adult right, you're missing something. Marriage is not just an adult right. Marriage is primarily about the development and nurturing of children. And the development of a child is enhanced by having access to a mom and a dad. And therefore, as much as I feel that in America we should not discriminate against people, I also feel that marriage should be about a relationship between a man and a woman, and a child deserves a mom and a dad." (Governor Mitt Romney, Remarks, Manchester, NH, 12/21/06)

 

Governor Romney On Promoting A Culture Of Life: "I believe people will see that as governor, when I had to examine and grapple with this difficult issue, I came down on the side of life. I know in the four years I have served as governor I have learned and grown from the exposure to the thousands of good-hearted people who are working to change the culture in our country. I'm committed to promoting the culture of life. Like Ronald Reagan, and Henry Hyde, and others who became pro-life, I had this issue wrong in the past." (Kathryn Jean Lopez, "A Primary Factor," National Review Online, http://article.nationalreview.com, 12/14/06)

 

Governor Romney: "When I was running for office 12 years ago, there were a number of things that I said and felt at that time that, with the benefit of experience, I have a different view today. One of those is abortion. As governor, I've had several pieces of legislation reach my desk, which would have expanded abortion rights in Massachusetts. Each of those I vetoed. Every action I've taken as the governor that relates to the sanctity of human life, I have stood on the side of life. So talk is cheap, but action is real. And people can now look at my record." (Robert B. Bluey, "Q&A: Mitt Romney Discusses Iraq War, Reagan's Influence And Gay Marriage," Human Events, www.humanevents.com, 12/28/06)

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