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Sep 14, 2007

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The Romney Vision: Gov. Romney Calls on Dems to Repudiate MoveOn Attack on Gen. Petraeus

Friday, Sep 14, 2007

 

"And I frankly don't understand why Hillary Clinton hasn't repudiated MoveOn.org at this point. And I'm afraid the truth is that MoveOn.org has purchased the Democratic Party, if you will. That it's funding, and the status of this 527, and the voice it has in the Democratic Party is so powerful that it's now calling the shots. And that Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama and John Edwards are afraid to repudiate an ad and an organization which has taken a disgusting course against a great American." * Gov. Mitt Romney (MSNBC's "Morning Joe," 9/14/07)

 

THE ROMNEY VISION: SUPPORT OUR MILITARY LEADERS

 

Gov. Romney Condemns The Vicious Attack On General Petraeus And Calls On All Democrats To Do The Same:

 

Gov. Romney Called MoveOn's Attack On General Petraeus "Unacceptable." GOV. MITT ROMNEY: "The MoveOn.org attack on General Petraeus is, frankly, entirely unacceptable. This is a man who is risking his life by being in Iraq, and being in Camp Liberty, and this is a person who realizes that the lives of many other people are under his care. He's under extraordinary stress. He comes here and reports exactly what he believes is going on * what he thinks ought to be done * and for MoveOn.org to attack him as they did is simply unacceptable and reprehensible." (MSNBC's "Morning Joe," 9/14/07)

 

 

Gov. Romney Said That The Direction In Which MoveOn Is Driving The Democrat Party Is "Disgusting." GOV. MITT ROMNEY: "And I frankly don't understand why Hillary Clinton hasn't repudiated MoveOn.org at this point. And I'm afraid the truth is that MoveOn.org has purchased the Democratic Party, if you will. That it's funding, and the status of this 527, and the voice it has in the Democratic Party is so powerful that it's now calling the shots. And that Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama and John Edwards are afraid to repudiate an ad and an organization which has taken a disgusting course against a great American." (MSNBC's "Morning Joe," 9/14/07)

 

  • Gov. Mitt Romney: "MoveOn.org's latest outrageous act is an attempt to call into question the reputation and character of General Petraeus even before he testifies in front of Congress. ... Democrats must make a choice. Will they embrace these deplorable tactics or give General Petraeus a fair hearing?" (Gov. Mitt Romney, "A Fair Hearing for General Petraeus," National Review Online, http://corner.nationalreview.com/, Posted 9/10/07)

 

Gov. Romney Welcomed The Petraeus Report And News That U.S. Forces Are Making Progress In Iraq:

 

Gov. Romney Called The Petraeus Report "Good News For Americans And Iraqis." ROMNEY: "Today's testimony from General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker confirms the progress being made by our troops in Iraq. This is good news for Americans and Iraqis. The importance of a successful conclusion to Iraq must be weighed in light of the global threat of violent Jihad and terror. America must continue its commitment to the strategy General Petraeus is executing." (Romney For President, Press Release, 9/11/07)

 

Gov. Mitt Romney Believes That General Petraeus Is An American Hero And Is Serving His Country Nobly. "I think the American people listened with interest to General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker and recognized that we have true American patriots and heroes here. And they expressed their views openly. ... They pointed out the good and the bad. The net in both of their testimony was that we are making progress..." (WLS 890 AM's "Don Wade & Roma," 9/12/07)

 

THE DEMOCRATS: FOLLOW MOVEON'S LEAD

 

Liberal 527 MoveOn "Bought" The Democrat Agenda:

 

MoveOn's Executive Director Eli Pariser Emailed MoveOn Members Touting That They "Bought" And "Own" The Democrat Party. "MoveOn members received an e-mail urging them to get involved in the fight over the Democratic National Committee chairmanship by contacting state party leaders. In a combative letter, Pariser wrote, 'Now it's our Party: we bought it, we own it, and we're going to take it back.'" (Kathryn Williams, "Can MoveOn Move On?" Newsweek, 12/14/04)

 

Just Days After The 9/11 Attacks, MoveOn Called For "Moderation And Restraint In Responding To The Recent Terrorist Attacks Against The United States." "We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of the United States of America ... Appeal to the President of the United States, George W. Bush ... and to all leaders internationally to use moderation and restraint in responding to the recent terrorist attacks against the United States." (MoveOn.Org Website Archive, Posted 9/13/01)

 

Has MoveOn "Bought" Sens. Clinton, Obama And Edwards?

 

When Directly Asked, Sen. Clinton (D-NY) Failed To Condemn The Attack On General Petreus. SLATE: "Did you think the Moveon.org advertisement about Gen. Petraeus was either appropriate or necessary?" CLINTON: "You know, I think that we should focus on what the problem is here. The problem is a president who has a policy that flies in the face of reality." ("Clinton: Health-Care Plan Will Cover Everyone," Slate, 9/12/07)

 

Given A Chance To Repudiate The MoveOn Ad, Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) Instead Attacked The Mission In Iraq. CHARLIE ROSE: "Did you approve or what did you think of the Moveon.org advertisement about Gen. Petraeus?" SEN. BARACK OBAMA: " Well, I'll be honest with you. My general view listening to Gen. Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker is that they are able, competent people who are performing an impossible task. That they have been provided an assignment, a mission by the president that basically involves continuing the same course that we've been on for the last several years. And my view is that the person who is ultimately accountable for these critical national security decisions is the president. And I am less interested in the motives or what Gen. Petraeus or Ambassador Crocker are responsible for than I am for what the president is responsible for, and that is the mission that has been assigned to those people. I think the mission is the failure." ("Obama: 'Sinning' Is Necessary To Compete In Politics," Slate, 7/13/07)

 

Sen. Edwards (D-NC) Claimed He Hadn't Seen The MoveOn Ad And Ducked Commenting On It. CHARLIE ROSE: "Let me ask you one last question about Iraq, because it's part of the political debate in some quarters. Moveon.org's advertisement, do you think it was the appropriate thing to do?" SEN. JOHN EDWARDS: "I don't know if I've seen it, Charlie. Tell me what it is." ROSE: "Basically they used Petraeus in a play off of betrayal. General Betrayal." EDWARDS: "I'm sorry. I just haven't seen it. So it's hard for me to comment on it. I do think that what I've heard from Gen. Petraeus is not focused on the fundamental question as I've just talked about. And I think, unless and until there's some political progress, which I have seen none of, the Congress needs to force Bush to change course." ("Edwards: Free College For Everyone Is Achievable," Slate, 9/13/07)

 

Many Other Democrats Have Condemned The Ad:

 

Democrat Presidential Candidate Joe Biden (D-DE) Has Disputed The Ad. NBC's TIM RUSSERT: "Moveon.org, a liberal Democratic group, is taking an ad in The New York Times, and this is what it's going to be: 'General Petraeus or General Betray Us? Cooking the Books for the White House.' What's your reaction to that?" SEN. JOE BIDEN: "I don't buy into that. This is an honorable guy. He's telling the truth. ... So I, I just--I think that's pretty hard-edged. He's an honorable guy." (NBC's "Meet The Press," 9/9/07)

 

Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) Criticized The Ad, Calling It "Over The Top." "Other leading Democrats, however, said that MoveOn.org had gone too far. US Senator John F. Kerry of Massachusetts said on MSNBC: 'I believe that ad was just simply over the top, and I think it's inappropriate, period.'" (Lisa Wangsness, "Ad Critical Of General Assailed In GOP Camp," The Boston Globe, 9/11/07)

 

Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT) Called MoveOn's Attack "Despicable." "The personal attack on Gen. David Petraeus launched today by Moveon.org is an outrageous and despicable act of slander that every member of the Congress -* Democrat and Republican -* has a solemn responsibility to condemn. ... We must reject the slander of this brave soldier and patriot." (Sen. Joe Lieberman, "Lieberman Urges Leader Reid And Speaker Pelosi To Denounce Moveon.org Attack On General Petraeus," Press Release, 9/10/07)

 

Governor Mitt Romney On The ICE Raid In Wright County, Iowa

Friday, Sep 14, 2007

 

Boston, MA – Today, Governor Mitt Romney issued the following statement on the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid in Wright County, Iowa:

 

"This incident underscores the pressing need to strengthen the enforcement of our current immigration laws. I strongly disagree with the other candidates in this race who are dismissive of increased enforcement efforts and continue to defend sanctuary city policies that weaken our border security efforts and create zones of protection for illegal immigration. Those policies are wrong and the defense of such policies highlights how a 3 million illegal immigrant problem became a 12 million illegal immigrant problem."

 

Story County Treasurer Dave Jamison Endorses Governor Mitt Romney for President

Friday, Sep 14, 2007

 

Boston, MA – Today, former Republican State Central Committee member Dave Jamison endorsed Governor Mitt Romney's campaign for President. He will chair the Iowa campaign's Local Elected Officials' Coalition.

 

Jamison is a long-time Republican activist, and serves as Treasurer for Story County, home to the Ames Straw Poll.

 

"Dave is someone with a passion for fiscal responsibility in government, and I look forward to working with him in the months leading up to the Iowa Caucuses," said Governor Romney. "Dave brings with him a statewide network that will be a tremendous asset to our efforts."

 

Of the announcement, Jamison said, "Mitt Romney is a strong advocate for this country's conservative movement, and I know he is our Party's best opportunity for victory in the general election. I'm also impressed with his commitment to Iowa, and that he recognizes the importance of our Caucuses."

 

Background On The Iowa Romney For President Local Elected Officials' Coalition Chairman Dave Jamison:

 

Dave Jamison is a veteran of the Marine Corps. He has served as Story County Treasurer since 1995, and is past-President of the Iowa State County Treasurer's Association. He served on the Republican State Central Committee from 2002 to 2007. In 2003, he co-founded the Iowa Republican County Officials Association. He was recently awarded the 2007 National Republican County Official of the Year. Jamison graduated with a degree in business management from Iowa State University.

 

 

Governor Mitt Romney Announces the Florida African American Steering Committee

Friday, Sep 14, 2007

 

Boston, MA – Governor Mitt Romney today named the more than 40 men and women joining the Romney for President Florida African American Steering Committee. This group will be instrumental in organizing grassroots supporters, as well as communicating Governor Romney's positions and ideas on issues that are important to voters in Florida and across the country.

 

"I thank these Florida leaders for their support in helping us build an even stronger grassroots organization in the Sunshine State," said Governor Romney. "By effecting true, conservative change, we will be ready to address the new challenges we must confront together if the American Dream is to reach all corners of our country."

 

Leading Governor Romney's Florida African American Steering Committee as Honorary Chairs are State Representative Jennifer Carroll and David Griffin, both Co-Chairs of the Romney for President campaign in Florida. The chapter's Statewide Chair is Deon Long. Additionally, T. Willard Fair, Deveron Gibbons and Derrick Wallace serve on Governor Romney's Florida Finance Committee.

 

"Governor Romney is the only candidate that is presenting substantive policies and reforms to address the problems Americans face today. With a record of innovative leadership, it is clear that he is uniquely qualified to provide the leadership we need to expand access to affordable health care, keep our taxes low, raise the bar on education and keep our country safe," said Statewide Chair Deon Long. "I am proud to lead such an impressive group of Floridians as we work hard to elect Governor Romney the next President of the United States."

 

Romney For President Florida African American Steering Committee Honorary Chairs:

 

  • State Representative Jennifer Carroll, Clay County
  • David Griffin, Leon County

 

Romney For President Florida African American Steering Committee Statewide Chair:

 

  • Deon Long, Orange County

 

Romney For President Florida African American Steering Committee:

 

  • Edward Bailey, Manatee County
  • Jerry Blackwell, Bay County
  • Rev. Terrell Blair, Orange County
  • Dan Bolden, Gulf County
  • Lorenzo Carnes, Manatee County
  • Tracey Chatfield, Duval County
  • Charles English, Seminole County
  • Dan Estes, Bay County
  • Marvel Estes, Bay County
  • Myron Gilford, Bay County
  • Eric Godet, Alachua County
  • Marc Glover, Orange County
  • James Green, Lee County
  • Almon Gunter, Duval County
  • Derek Hankerson, St. Johns County
  • Alison Hewitt, Hillsborough County
  • Thomas Huggins, III, Hillsborough County
  • Cassandra Jackson, Pinellas County
  • Kristen Jackson, Leon County
  • Whitfield Jenkins, Marion County
  • Dooley Johnson, Escambia County
  • David Langston, Gulf County
  • Charles McNeal, Manatee County
  • Morton Nembhard, Alachua County
  • Hosea Pittman, Escambia County
  • Francis Rice, Sarasota County
  • James Richardson, Clay County
  • Jack Robinson, Collier County
  • Edwin Rodriquez, Leon County
  • Matt Shack, Bay County
  • Jacquelyn Solomon, Liberty County
  • Leslie Steele, Leon County
  • Linda Tschudi, Gulf County
  • Kenneth Tschudi, Gulf County
  • Catherine Walker-Spencer, Lake County
  • Lidia Wallace, Broward County
  • Dr. Vibert White, Orange County
  • Adron Wynn, Franklin County

 

In Case You Missed It: Governor Romney on the Need for a Federal Marriage Amendment

Friday, Sep 14, 2007

Governor Mitt Romney

MSNBC's "Morning Joe"

September 14, 2007

 

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough: "Do you support a national constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage?"

 

Governor Romney: "Boy, I sure do. You know, that's a topic that's really, I think, very important to the country because marriage is not just about adults. Marriage is about the development and nurturing of kids, and in my view, the development of a child is enhanced by having a mom and dad. And so, I think it's very important that we have a national standard because marriage is a status. You get married in one place and then you move to another, you're still married at least in the eyes of the community and the children and the benefits may not follow you, but ultimately we're going to have one standard of marriage in this country and that standard ought to be one man and one woman."

 

Scarborough: "Any other major Republican candidates support the marriage amendment?"

 

Governor Romney: "You know, I don't think that Rudy or Fred or John McCain support the marriage amendment and I think they're in error on that one."

 

To watch Governor Romney, please see:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSRzeAb4SDs

 

In Case You Missed It: Governor Romney On The President's Address and MoveOn.org's "Unacceptable" Ad

Friday, Sep 14, 2007

Governor Mitt Romney

MSNBC's "Morning Joe"

September 14, 2007

 

Governor Romney On The President's Address To The Nation:

 

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough: "Let's start with the first question, how did the President do last night?"

 

Governor Romney: "Well, I think he advanced the ball last night. I think people recognized that one thing that's unacceptable to this country is that Iraq would become a safe haven for al-Qaeda or other Jihadist terrorist groups. And the fact is that over the last several months, we have seen progress in helping Sunnis respond and react and reject al-Qaeda, and that's critically important."

 

To watch Governor Romney address Iraq, please see:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdqbiHUtDmM

 

Governor Romney On MoveOn.org's "Unacceptable" Ad:

 

Governor Romney: "The MoveOn.org attack on General Petraeus is, frankly, entirely unacceptable. This is a man who is risking his life by being in Iraq, and being in Camp Liberty, and this is a person who realizes that the lives of many other people are under his care. He's under extraordinary stress. He comes here and reports exactly what he believes is going on – what he thinks ought to be done * and for MoveOn.org to attack him as they did is simply unacceptable and reprehensible. And I frankly don't understand why Hillary Clinton hasn't repudiated MoveOn.org at this point. And I'm afraid the truth is that MoveOn.org has purchased the Democratic Party, if you will. That it's funding, and the status of this 527, and the voice it has in the Democratic Party is so powerful that it's now calling the shots. And that Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama and John Edwards are afraid to repudiate an ad and organization which has taken a disgusting course against a great American."

 

To watch Governor Romney talk about MoveOn.org's ad, please see:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeL7nVwuLnU

 

Governor Mitt Romney Announces Support of Florida State Senator Steve Oelrich

Friday, Sep 14, 2007

 

 

Boston, MA – Governor Mitt Romney today announced that Florida State Senator Steve Oelrich has endorsed his campaign for President of the United States.

 

"Senator Oelrich has a distinguished record of public service, both in the law enforcement community and now in the Florida Senate," said Governor Romney. "I am thankful for his support and look forward to working with him as we campaign across the Sunshine State, talking to Floridians about the issues that matter the most to them and their families."

 

Senator Oelrich joins many of his fellow Florida legislators in endorsing Governor Romney's candidacy, including Romney for President Statewide Co-Chairs: Representatives Jennifer Carroll, Anitere Flores and Trey Traviesa. Other legislators serving on Governor Romney's Florida leadership team include: State Senators JD Alexander, Carey Baker and Stephen R. Wise and State Representatives Marti Coley, Don Davis, Michael J. Grant, Alan Hayes, Ed Hooper, Dick Kravitz and Trudi Williams.

 

"Governor Romney understands that the key to keeping our country safe and prosperous lies in strengthening our military, economy and families," said Senator Oelrich. "I am proud to join so many Floridians in supporting Governor Romney for President, and know we will work hard to share his optimistic vision for America's future with voters from Pensacola to Key West."

 

The Florida Steering Committee is chaired by former Lieutenant Governor Toni Jennings, former Speakers of the House Allan Bense and John Thrasher, Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Charles Bronson, former Chairman of the Florida Republican Party Al Cardenas and U.S. Congressman Tom Feeney. Additional Co-Chairs include St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker, former Representatives Dennis Baxley and Dudley Goodlette, David Griffin, former Florida Secretary of State Glenda Hood and former Senator and Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida Van Poole.

 

Background On State Senator Steve Oelrich:

 

State Senator Steve Oelrich Represents Senate District 14, Consisting of Alachua, Bradford, Gilchrist, Union And Parts Of Columbia, Levy, Marion And Putnam Counties. Senator Oelrich was elected to the Florida Senate in 2006, and chairs the Higher Education Committee while also serving on several other committees including the Commerce Committee, Ethics and Elections Committee, Social Responsibility Policy and Calendar Committee, Governmental Operations Committee, Higher Education Appropriations Committee and the Florida Legislative Committee on Intergovernmental Relations. Prior to his election to the Legislature, Senator Oelrich served as the Alachua County Sheriff from 1992-2006. His law enforcement career also includes service in the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the St. Petersburg Police Department. Senator Oelrich has also served on the Boards of Directors of the National Sheriffs' Association and the United Network for Organ Sharing.

 

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