- Aug 28, 2007; Governor Romney On His Pro-Growth Tax Cut Agenda
- Aug 27, 2007; "Dr. Romney Goes National"
- Aug 24, 2007; "A Continuation Of About 30 Years Of Conservative Thinking"
- Aug 17, 2007; Governor Romney On Fox News' "Big Story"
- Aug 14, 2007; Governor Mitt Romney Visits The Southern Border
- Aug 13, 2007; Governor Romney On NBC's "Today"
- Aug 12, 2007; Governor Romney On " Fox News Sunday"
- Aug 06, 2007; Governor Mitt Romney On The Need To Support The Surge
- Aug 02, 2007; Governor Romney Believes It Is "Time To Shore Up Ethics"
- Jul 19, 2007; Craig Romney Visits Miami
- Jul 19, 2007; Mrs. Romney In South Carolina
- Jul 13, 2007; "The Four Walls Of The American Home"
- Jul 12, 2007; The Romney Vision
- Jul 08, 2007; " George Romney Was True Man Of Action"
- Jul 06, 2007; Governor Romney Gets First Newspaper Endorsement In Florida
- Jun 15, 2007; "A Stem-Cell Solution"
- Jun 06, 2007; Governor Mitt Romney On Last Night's Debate
- May 31, 2007; "Rising To A New Generation Of Global Challenges"
- May 08, 2007; Governor Mitt Romney On FOX News' "Hannity & Colmes"
- Apr 25, 2007; "The Fundamental Flaws in the McCain-Feingold Law"
- Apr 03, 2007; Governor Mitt Romney's Message Resonating With The America n People
- Mar 20, 2007; Governor Mitt Romney On Senator Hillary Clinton's Iran Strategy
- Mar 19, 2007; Governor Romney on Radio Mambi
- Mar 09, 2007; "We Have One Commander-In-Chief, Not 535"
- Feb 18, 2007; Governor Mitt Romney On National Security And Families
- Feb 07, 2007; Governor Mitt Romney on C NBC's "Kudlow & Company"
- Jan 30, 2007; Governor Mitt Romney on "Nightline"
- Jan 28, 2007; Governor Mitt Romney at the National Review's Conservative Summit
- Jan 11, 2007; "Intelligent Response"
- Jan 06, 2007; "Romney on [Taxes]"
Aug 28, 2007; Governor Romney On His Pro-Growth Tax Cut Agenda
Tuesday, Aug 28, 2007
CNBC's "Kudlow & Company"
August 28, 2007
Governor Romney: "You know, I think it will always be considered a plus to have somebody who is President of the United States who understands how the economy works. We're in a global competitive race with nations around the world to make sure that we have good jobs here and that we're the nation of growth and vitality. And frankly, we've got three people on the Democratic side who are all running for president, not one of whom has ever had any experience really leading or managing. And, you know, the government of the United States is the largest enterprise in the world with millions of employees, trillions of dollars of revenue - these guys have never run a corner store let alone run an enterprise. And it would be helpful, in this country, particularly as we face the competitive array that we do, to have somebody that understands how jobs are created, why businesses decide to locate where they do, why they leave. And that's something I certainly understand."
Governor Romney: "Yeah, I don't think it's a good idea to raise Tax es. My view is make the Bush Taxes permanent, kill the death Tax once and for all. I also have a special savings rate for middle-income and modest-income individuals on their savings, which would be for interest, dividends and capital gains - that Tax rate is zero. I want people to be able to save their money and invest in America's economy Tax-free. So my policies are just the opposite of the Democrats. I want to lower Taxes. I want to lower marginal rates across the board. I want to lower Tax es for corporations - we're high relative to our competition around the world. We want to create jobs, the best thing we can do for the economic vitality of our citizens is to make sure that we have vibrant and thriving employers. And Taxing them such that they go to other nations is not the right way to go."
Kudlow: "Well, it doesn't get much clearer than that actually."
To watch Governor Romney discuss his pro-growth policies, please see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjS6jZcMap0
Aug 27, 2007; "Dr. Romney Goes National"
Monday, Aug 27, 2007
"Dr. Romney Goes National"
National Review Online
August 27, 2007
Commentary From The Heritage Foundation's Robert E. Moffit:
"Romney's health-care-reform proposal is a refreshing reaffirmation of federalism. At the federal level, he proposes a universal Tax deduction for all health-care expenses. Every person would be able to get the same federal Tax deduction for health insurance, for example, regardless of where they got it; health insurance would then be personal and individuals would be able to carry their health insurance from job to job. Romney would also strengthen health savings accounts by eliminating today's minimum deductible requirement.
"These are major and welcome changes. But the real heavy lifting would be up to the states. The Romney plan provides federal incentives for states to reform their insurance markets in ways that would reduce premium costs and expand private coverage options for consumers.
"He leaves it to the states to determine how best to work out all the mind-numbing details, ranging from creating new risk pooling arrangements to drafting new underwriting rules. But under the plan, state officials would 'earn' federal funds to help low income people get private coverage by making their insurance markets more affordable and consumer-friendly.
"Romney's got this exactly right: Essentially, he's using existing government funds to do get the uninsured out of the hospital emergency rooms and into private health plans.
"Romney's national Tax reform proposal would unify the Tax treatment of health care for every American, while his encouragement of innovative state officials would respect the diversity of the states. After all, what works best for Massachusetts may not work well for Mississippi."
Robert E. Moffit is director of the Center for Health Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation.
Aug 24, 2007; "A Continuation Of About 30 Years Of Conservative Thinking"
Friday, Aug 24, 2007
Economic Adviser To Governor Romney
CNBC's "Kudlow & Company"
August 24, 2007
GLENN HUBBARD: "I think what Governor Romney has done very helpfully is say, 'Look, to make private markets work, you have to make changes on both the supply side to make insurance affordable and on the demand side so that people can buy it.' If you do those things and you let states experiment, you will get people covered."
CNBC'S BOB PISANI: "But Governor Romney is quite proud of the fact, justifiably so, that he has a universal health care plan in Massachusetts. But those elements seem to be lacking in the plan he has for the United States. Is there a reason it does not translate well for some reason?"
HUBBARD: "Well, first, I don't think your statement is accurate. What his plan involves is a lot of state experimentation. Massachusetts did one thing, he is justifiably very proud of it. Other states may do something different. The question on universal coverage is really getting people into private insurance at reasonable prices and this plan will do that."
HUBBARD: "What this is is a continuation of about 30 years of Conservative thinking and health care embracing what Governor Romney himself did in Massachusetts. There are two keys here: one is federalism, letting states experiment, and second, to make sure that we make markets work. That's the clear difference between what Governor Romney has proposed and the expansions of government plans that his Democratic opponents have proposed."
To watch Glenn Hubbard's interview, please see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8f9TDi7TcA
Aug 17, 2007; Governor Romney On Fox News' "Big Story"
Governor Romney On Enforcing Our Immigration Laws:
Fox News' John Gibson: "Mitt Romney is with me now. In this fight with Rudy Giuliani over who is tougher on illegal immigration and sanctuary cities, what is your record on opposing sanctuary cities in the state that you governed?"
Governor Mitt Romney: "Well, I wasn't a mayor, I was a governor, and so as a governor, I did everything in my power to make sure we weren't attracting people to come in to our state illegally. I authorized our state police to enforce federal laws against immigration. I also vetoed a law that the legislature passed that would have given tuition breaks to illegal aliens. I also said we're going to have English immersion in our schools and statement after statement that I made said we're going to do nothing to make our state an attractive place for illegal aliens.
"Mayor Giuliani, on the other hand, presided over a sanctuary city and said that those who have come here illegally, he welcomes and said, 'Come to our city, we want you.' That, in my view, is a mistake. I wasn't a mayor, and governors aren't going to save mayors from themselves. I was instead a governor, and I made it very clear that I was going to take no action to make our state more attractive to illegal aliens."
Gibson: "What would you have done in the Mayor's position? Here was his situation: 400,000 illegals, the U.S. Department of Customs and Border Control would only deport 1,500 to 2,000 a year. So he's going to have 400,000 anyway. If you were in charge, what would you have done?"
Governor Romney: "Exactly what I'm suggesting mayors throughout the country do, and that is conform with the federal law. We did that in our state. I authorized our state police to implement and to carry out federal immigration policy. We're going to have to enforce the law. Now, that doesn't mean we're going to round up in the case of the Mayor 400,000 people and deport them all at once, but it also doesn't mean you go out on the public airwaves and say, 'If you're illegal, we want you to come here.' That's a very bad message to be sending to people around the world who want to come to America illegally. This is important because we want legal immigration to continue and to be welcomed to this country - but illegal immigration that's got to end."
To watch Governor Romney's interview, please see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yevSJstxSkw
Aug 14, 2007; Governor Mitt Romney Visits The Southern Border
In Case You Missed It: Governor Mitt Romney Visits The Southern Border
Tuesday, Aug 14, 2007
"GOP Hopeful Romney Tours Border In S.D."
By John Marelius
The San Diego-Union Tribune
"Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney came here yesterday and praised the Bush administration's crackdown, announced last week, on employers that hire workers who are in the country illegally, but he said more needs to be done.
"'You've got to shut down the magnets that say to these people, 'Come on in and get jobs across the border,' Romney said. 'Because if you have thousands of people coming across the Border every day for work, you're not going to be able find every time those that are coming across with drugs and those that are coming across with Homeland security threats.'
"Romney said the federal government needs to hire more Border Patrol agents, create a verification system so employers can find out if prospective employees are legal residents and crack down on 'sanctuary cities' that publicly embrace immigrants whether they are in the country legally or not."
"'We have to shut down the magnet of these sanctuary cities – of these cities that call themselves a zone for protection where their city workers and other agencies are providing cover for those who are here illegally,' Romney said yesterday.
"He said the federal government should penalize such cities by cutting back federal funds."...
To read the full story about Governor Romney's visit to the Southern Border, please see: http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/20070814-9999-1m14romney.html
For more local coverage, check out this package from San Diego's CBS station KFMB: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAbsQtLtmzY
Aug 13, 2007; Governor Romney On NBC's "Today"
Monday, Aug 13, 2007
Governor Mitt Romney
August 13, 2007
Governor Romney On The Importance Of Ames:
NBC's Meredith Vieira: "And Governor Romney, good morning to you sir."
Governor Mitt Romney: "Good morning Meredith."
Vieira: "Happy guy this morning. You won the straw poll. You invested a lot of time and money in Iowa. How important is this victory to your overall campaign?"
Governor Romney: "Well, there's no question it sends a message that America is ready for a change and that change began in Iowa. I was delighted to do so well. I know everybody else is wishing they could be in my spot, but I'm glad I've got it."
Vieira: "Well, you know there are critics who are saying this morning that you basically bought that win and you competed against a weakened field of candidates because Giuliani and McCain didn't even run. What do you say to those people? Do you think the win is diminished by their absence?"
Governor Romney: "No, absolutely not. As a matter of fact, I had two wins in Iowa. The first win was doing so well in building such a strong organization that both Giuliani and McCain recognized they couldn't win so they pulled out to avoid the visible loss. And then I had another chance to run against a large field and I think I beat the next two combined. So I'm pretty pleased with what we were able to accomplish. We have a great ground team; a message which is connecting. All of the attacks that come my way have been pushed back. I'm hopeful that this gets me a strong position to begin this nationwide effort."
To watch Governor Romney's interview, please see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dx8viHHpjk8
Aug 12, 2007; Governor Romney On " Fox News Sunday"
In Case You Missed It: Governor Romney On "Fox News Sunday"
Sunday, Aug 12, 2007
Governor Mitt Romney
"Fox News Sunday"
August 12, 2007
Governor Romney On Victory At Ames:
Fox News' Chris Wallace: "And joining us now, the winner of the Iowa straw poll, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. Welcome back to Fox News Sunday, Governor, and congratulations on yesterday."
Governor Romney: "Well, thank you, Chris. And it's already warm here in Des Moines."
Wallace: "It sure is. What do you see as the significance of your victory yesterday?"
Governor Romney: "Well, it's a big start getting ready for the caucuses. You want to do well in the straw poll so that you can build the organization, get your fundraising machine under way, make sure that your message connects with the people of Iowa, because if you can do well in the straw poll, it gives you the real boost that you need to go on to the caucuses.
"And of course, if you do well in the caucuses, that helps in New Hampshire and traditionally gets you going in a national campaign."
Wallace: "Let's talk a little bit about the rules of the straw poll, because it isn't just you come and you vote. In fact, you need to buy a $35 ticket. Somebody described to me a loser as somebody who actually pays for his own ticket, because most of the time campaigns like yours and your competitors pay the $35.
"Some creative accounting, I'm sure, from some of your rivals when they added up how much you'd spent on tickets, and buses, and organization, and a $2 million ad campaign – they say you paid about $800 per vote."
Governor Romney: "Well, they're missing one key thing, and that is the advertising was not for the straw poll. People don't come to a straw poll based on ads.
"The advertising is helping build the base that I need as somebody that's not terribly well known in Iowa to get better known, to have a message that connects with people and to get ready for the caucuses. It's the caucus that you really aim for.
"And what I'm pleased about is that the message I came to Iowa with - and that is that I could strengthen America, get the job done to strengthen our military, to strengthen our economy with better good jobs, and to strengthen America's families - that message connected with the voters here in Iowa.
"And I did it on the air. I did it at the grassroots level. I did over 300 events in Iowa over this last year. And a campaign, to be successful, has to have the resources, the ground team and the message, and we put that together."
Wallace: "You pointed out the fact that there were some people who weren't here. Do you think your victory is at all diminished by the fact that Giuliani and McCain and Fred Thompson didn't come to play yesterday?"
Governor Romney: "I think it's actually enhanced. I think if they thought they could have won, they'd have been here. The reason they weren't here wasn't an indication of their strength in Iowa. And so I think what you're seeing is that they looked at the field and said, 'Gosh, Mitt Romney's message and his resources and his ground team is so strong, we can't compete there.'
"And if you can't compete in the heartland, if you can't compete in Iowa in August, how are you going to compete in January when the caucuses are held? And then how are you going to compete in November of '08? Because fundamentally, you've got to win Iowa if you want to win the presidency. This is a purple state."
Governor Romney: "So I'm not going to overstate the results of yesterday. Obviously, they're going to continue to come at me with hammer and tong, but I believe people want to look beyond the attacks and understand what it is that a person stands for.
"And I think with 300 events across Iowa and a message that was clear as a bell, people coming out in large numbers on a hot day sent a pretty strong message." ...
To watch Governor Romney's interview, please see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1nkSenNJlo
Aug 06, 2007; Governor Mitt Romney On The Need To Support The Surge
In Case You Missed It: Governor Mitt Romney On The Need To Support The Surge
Monday, Aug 06, 2007
"Good Morning America"
August 6, 2007
ABC's George Stephanopoulos: "You also said yesterday that you're not a carbon copy of President Bush. I know you think that President Bush has mismanaged parts of the war in Iraq in the past. But what would you be doing differently from the President right now?"
Governor Mitt Romney: "Well, right now I don't have a different view than he does with regards to the surge. I think the Surge is the best course we have at this stage. We're seeing some positive reports coming from the Brookings Institution. We're going to see a report from General Petraeus soon. I think it's the best shot we have to see stability in Iraq and I certainly hope it's successful."
Stephanopoulos: "But even Secretary Gates said yesterday, Defense Secretary Gates, that the Iraqi government hasn't met the political benchmarks that it needs to meet. If they don't meet those goals, what would you do to the Iraqi government? Would you pull out?"
Governor Romney: "Well, you always maintain what is our greatest interest, and that is to see our troops protected as well as to see stability brought to the region and to that country, and you put pressure on the people you think have to take action to get them to take action. I'm not going to lay out a series of threats until we see what the circumstances are. But obviously, we've been disappointed with the success of the government there in reaching the kind of accommodations across ethnic groups that could reduce ethnic tensions. But the success of our military over the past several weeks has been encouraging, certainly not conclusive at this point, but encouraging. I think it's time, by the way, for a degree of public surge. Families are making a huge Surge of support for this troop surge. I think public across the country and leadership as well should get behind these families and express our appreciation to them."
To view video, please see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EwI1GAb6hc
Governor Romney: "I Think It's Time For American Citizens And Politicians To Make A Surge Of Support" To Stand Behind Our Troops In Iraq. "'At a time when American families and individuals are making a Surge of sacrifice to support this troop surge, I think it's time for American citizens and politicians to make a Surge of support,' Romney said Wednesday in Pelham, N.H., a comment he repeated throughout the day." (Glen Johnson, "Romney Donates $25,000 Amid Plea For Patriotic 'Surge,'" The Associated Press, 8/2/07)
Aug 02, 2007; Governor Romney Believes It Is "Time To Shore Up Ethics"
Thursday, Aug 02, 2007
In Iowa, Governor Romney Proposes New Law To Strengthen Ethics In Washington:
Governor Romney Proposes New Ethics Law That Would Strip Those Who Violate The Public Trust Of Their Government Pensions. "Saying it's time to clean up the Ethics in Washington, Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney today said he is proposing to strip pension benefits of any elected official or federal government employee who is convicted of a felony for violating the public trust." (Rod Boshart, "Romney: Time To Shore Up Ethics," Cedar Rapids Gazette, 8/2/07)
- Governor Mitt Romney: "There are a lot of things about Washington that give me real pause. One, by the way, is just watching the scandalous behavior that has been alleged on both sides of the aisle, but frankly I'm particularly disappointed in our own. ... We'll see how many are accurate, but I think we're going to have to find a way to demand a higher standard. There is no excuse for unethical conduct on the part of people who go to Washington to serve this country. One thing I'd like to add, if I'm lucky enough to be President, I will fight for a provision, for a law, which says that if you're convicted of a crime as a government employee or an appointee – you're convicted of a crime that involves violation of the public trust, you've done some kind of abuse of your position – that you get stripped of your pension. A lot of people go to Washington for pensions. We're going to take away their pensions if they violate our trust." (Governor Mitt Romney, Remarks At An Ask Mitt Anything, Urbandale, IA, 8/2/07)
- To view Governor Romney's full remarks, please see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5atXttLzW0
Under Massachusetts Law, Any State Employee Convicted Of A "Criminal Offense Involving Violation Of The Laws Applicable To His Office Or Position" Is Not Entitled To Receive A Retirement Pension. "Forfeiture of pension upon misconduct. – In no event shall any member after final conviction of a criminal offense involving violation of the laws applicable to his office or position, be entitled to receive a retirement allowance under the provisions of section one to twenty-eight, inclusive, nor shall any beneficiary be entitled to receive any benefits under such provisions on account of such member." (The General Laws Of Massachusetts, Part I, Title IV, Chapter 32: Section 15, www.mass.gov, Accessed 8/2/07)
Governor Romney Took No Salary As Governor Of Massachusetts And Donated His Salary To Charity As President Of The Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. "In a symbolic move in the midst of a state budget crisis, Gov.-elect Mitt Romney and Lt. Gov.-elect Kerry Healey will not collect a salary when they take office. ... This is the second consecutive job in which Romney has declined a salary. As president of the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, Romney donated to charity his $275,000 annual salary for three years, totaling $825,000." (Jennifer Feen, "Citing Crisis, Romney, Healey Forfeit Salaries," Lowell Sun, 1/2/03)
Jul 19, 2007; Craig Romney Visits Miami
Thursday, Jul 19, 2007
Boston, MA - On Wednesday, Craig Romney, Governor Mitt Romney's youngest son, visited Miami, Florida, to meet with area voters. Accompanied by Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Bruno Barreiro and Remedios Díaz-Oliver, Craig interviewed with Radio Mambi, WQBA Radio and La Poderosa Radio. He then visited the Little Havana Activities Center before having lunch at Versailles Restaurant.
Craig Romney Discusses His Family:
Craig Romney: "My brothers and I are supporting our father not only because he's our father, but because we sincerely feel he would be the best president and leader for this country. My brothers and I are doing some interesting things to help. My brother Josh ... is traveling through all of Iowa's counties. ... Today my mother, wife and one-year-old son are traveling on a bus throughout South Carolina. ... My brother Tagg was working for the Los Angeles Dodgers in what he called his dream job, and he left it to come to Boston to work on our father's campaign." (WQBA Radio, 7/18/07)
Raquel Regalado Of La Poderosa: "This is a family-oriented campaign. This is a great contribution. ... Something that our community values, and I think all Americans do, are family values because the President is a prominent figure. ... I think it's important at this time when the entire world is focusing on the family. ... This means that at least the government is returning to the principle that everything stems from the family." (La Poderosa Radio, 7/18/07)
Armando Perez-Roura Of Radio Mambi: "We have to talk about the candidates' ethics. It's very important. This country, like the rest of the world, is suffering a deep moral crisis. And because of this, we are in danger of losing our liberty and democracy. I believe this candidate is very qualified in this respect. It's clear in his personal life. It's evident in everything he represents." (Radio Mambi, 7/18/07)
Craig Discusses Governor Romney's Priorities:
Craig Romney: "We are facing a new generation of challenges in this country. ... What my father has is the experience as governor, as a businessman and as the head of the Olympics. He has the experience necessary to bring change to Washington and confront these problems that affect our future. My father always talks about a three-legged stool. ... It's based on three key things that Ronald Reagan also believed in - strengthening the family, the military and the economy. If we strengthen these things, the future of this country will be a bright one. This is what my father can do for this country." (Radio Mambi, 7/18/07)
Craig Discusses Cuba:
Craig Romney: "My father believes that the people of Cuba need a democratic transition, not just a change of power. He is optimistic about Cuba's future because of the exile community's work and the support for the pro-democratic movement in Cuba." (WQBA Radio, 7/18/07)
Craig Discusses The State Of The Campaign And Governor Romney's Record On Health Care:
Bernadette Pardo Of WQBA: "But Republicans are undecided about whom to choose and are not quite satisfied with their current candidates. What does your father, Mitt Romney, have to offer that is different from the others?"
Craig Romney: "I believe candidates like John McCain, Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson are all nationally known candidates. ... In states like Iowa and New Hampshire where the people have had the opportunity to meet my father and learn more about his positions and beliefs, he's doing very well and enjoys strong support. I believe the same thing will continue to happen as people get the chance to know him better."
Pardo: "What really caught my attention about the Governor is what he did on the issue of health care. For me, this is a fundamental issue. ... Can you please explain to people what Governor Romney did on the issue of health care?"
Craig Romney: "One of the most important issues in this country is health care. My father found a way to make health insurance more affordable for all. But he didn't want the government to take over, and he didn't want to raise Taxes to pay for this plan. What he did was work with businesses and others to implement a plan that would, according to law, require all people to have insurance. It's similar to auto insurance in the sense that everyone must have it. They can choose whichever plan they want and serves them best, but everyone needs to have coverage." (WQBA Radio, 7/18/07)
Jul 19, 2007; Mrs. Romney In South Carolina
Thursday, Jul 19, 2007
"Ann Romney's delicate balance wins her admirers"
By Susan Page
"Ann Romney had met Elizabeth Edwards only once and in passing, but the day after Edwards announced in March that her cancer had recurred in an incurable form, Romney called her.
"'I expressed my gratitude for her for continuing to fight on' in the presidential campaign and for the 'courage she's giving to other people that are struggling,' Romney says. 'And I said, "I totally understand why you're still fighting. I totally get it."'
"When she hung up the phone, Elizabeth Edwards told adviser Jennifer Palmieri she felt a 'special kinship' with Romney.
"While the two women don't have much in common politically – Romney's husband is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, Edwards' husband the Democratic one – each is all too familiar with the competing emotions and demands that come with balancing a serious disease and a spouse's political ambitions.
"Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998, Romney, now 58, credits mainstream and alternative therapy with keeping her out of a wheelchair and putting the degenerative neurological disease in remission. As she begins to campaign on her own, she is talking more openly about her struggle and what it has taught her."
"While her MS was never kept a secret, Romney hadn't done much campaigning on her own when her husband made an unsuccessful bid for the Senate in 1994, before her diagnosis, or during his successful run for governor in 2002.
"'I decided I was very comfortable with it. Everybody has problems. Everyone has issues. And this happens to be a surprise thing that came in my life, and I didn't count on. Everywhere I go people come up to me, they mob me – anyone who has MS or has a relative with MS – they come up and hug and cry. I don't care what somebody else thinks about it. I know for certain people I'm championing a struggle that they're going through.'"
"When she was diagnosed nine years ago, however, she felt 'crushed into dust,' too exhausted even to open the mail and fearful that soon she would be unable to walk. A regimen that included both intravenous steroids and such alternative therapies as acupuncture and reflexology has enabled her to resume much of her life.
"That, and her horse Baron. An equestrian since she was a girl in Michigan, she began to ride again in hopes of regaining muscle tone. Now she competes in dressage competitions with her bay gelding."
"On this trip, she's accompanied by daughter-in-law Mary and grandson Parker, 16 months old and exuberant. Mary Romney, 25, is married to Ann Romney's youngest son, Craig. 'She's such a strong woman,' she says of her mother-in-law, but on the road 'I feel I need to protect her.' Mary tries to make sure Ann Romney doesn't have to stand in the sun for an extended period. The two do Pilates exercises together in their hotel room.
"At a campaign lunch in Greenville and the reception in Columbia, Ann Romney talks about other things, of course, touting her husband's record on health care while governor and his role in turning around the scandal-plagued Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in 2002.
"Still, the crowd becomes hushed and attentive as she talks – sometimes matter-of-factly, sometimes with a catch in her voice – about how he stood by her during the worst days of her struggle with MS. She says it's taught her that everyone carries 'a bag of rocks' – some personal challenge or tragedy – even if others can't see it." ...
To read the full article, please see: http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/election2008/2007-07-18-ann-romney_N.htm
For Additional Coverage Of Mrs. Romney's Trip To South Carolina, Please See:
- Ann Romney Speaks With [NBC's Columbia, SC, Affiliate]
Jul 13, 2007; "The Four Walls Of The American Home"
Friday, Jul 13, 2007
By Governor Mitt Romney
"Around the world, our goal should be to employ American strength, courage, fortitude and goodness. Our country leads in not only military technology, but in science, education, health care and innovation. It is time that we apply the things that make America the world's leader to making America a safer, freer, and more prosperous nation. By doing so, we can project America's strength and goodness to the world.
"Where does our strength and goodness come from? Many Democrats would say that America is great today because of our great government. While our government is great, it is hardly the source of our strength. The source of America's strength is the American people – hard working, educated, risk-taking, God-loving, family-oriented, sacrificing and freedom-loving people."
"I have great faith in the American people and in the American family. I have faith in our children and our grandchildren. At the same time, I am deeply troubled by the culture that surrounds them today. Following the Columbine shootings, author Peggy Noonan wrote a column describing what she called 'the ocean in which our children swim.' It was a cesspool of violence, sex, drugs, indolence, and perversion. She wrote that the boys who did the shooting had 'inhaled too deep the ocean in which they swam.'
"We need to clean up the water in which our children are swimming. We need to keep pornography from coming up on kid's computers, and we need to keep drugs off the streets. We need less violence and sex on TV when kids are watching and in movies and video games that are marketed to young people. If we get serious about this, we can do a great deal more to clean the water in which our children swim.
"Cleaning 'the ocean in which our children swim' begins with ensuring that we have strong families. The most important work being done to strengthen America's future is the work that is being done within the four walls of the American Home. Children need the guiding hand of responsible parents."
"America is a nation of stature thanks to the great and noble men and women serving our country here and abroad. It is why we know that America will rise to face today's challenges." ...
To read the full op-ed, please click [http://www.townhall.com/columnists/MittRomney/2007/07/13/the_four_walls_of_the_american_ Home|here].
Jul 12, 2007; The Romney Vision
Thursday, Jul 12, 2007
"Romney: At This Historic Crossroads, The Right Choice Is Crucial"
By Governor Mitt Romney
New Hampshire Union Leader
"It is no secret that an overwhelming majority of Americans believe that it is time for our country to change our current direction and set a new course to meet a new generation of challenges that affect the future of American families, businesses, military and security. To meet these challenges, there needs to be a change in Washington.
"Both political parties claim to represent change, but there are major differences. When Republicans talk of change, we talk about opportunity, freedom and the people who can make these changes. When Democrats talk of change they advocate big government, big welfare, big Taxes and big brother."
"Democrats talk about raising Taxes on people. We talk about cutting spending by government. For Democrats, it is always government first, people last. In 2011, they plan a record-breaking income Tax hike."
"I propose a different path, one that will grow the economy and address the fiscal problem in Washington. We need to make the Bush Tax cuts permanent, kill the death Tax once and for all, and make interest on savings, dividends and capital gains Tax-free for middle-income Americans. It's the right thing to do for our economy and it is past time to do it.
"Conservatives rightly recognize that our fiscal problem is not that Washington is Tax ing too little, but that bureaucrats there are spending too much."
"Today's new generation of challenges includes threats to our national security. Violent jihadists are determined to replace moderate Muslim governments with a caliphate or imam."
"All this talk of jihadists, Salafi Muslims, and the War on Terror makes Democrats like former Sen. John Edwards uncomfortable. He says the War on Terror is only a slogan. Tell that to the people in London, Glasgow, Bali, Malaysia, Pakistan, Lebanon, Tanzania, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, Israel, New York, Boston and Washington, D.C. If there is a war being waged by the terrorists, there will be war waged on the terrorists and we will win."
"Conservatism, Republicanism, is a philosophy of strength. We believe in a strong military, a strong economy and strong families and values. The way forward is not to look left, but to look ahead. There is too much at stake to do otherwise."...
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Jul 08, 2007; " George Romney Was True Man Of Action"
Sunday, Jul 08, 2007
"George Romney Was True Man Of Action"
By Governor Mitt Romney
The Oakland Press
"On Sunday, George Romney, my father, would have been 100 years old. I expected Dad would be here for the event. I thought that by his sheer, indefatigable will, he would wear death down.
"His will was legend. When he took over American Motors, some bankers had written off the company. Not my dad. He invested everything he had in it. A year later, the company's stock had risen from $7 to $90.
"Dad revolutionized the auto industry by pushing small cars to replace 'gas-guzzling dinosaurs' long before anyone else.
"He led one of the most storied turnarounds in corporate history. He did it by building a great team of both managers and labor, by selling his vision of the future and by inspiring them to achieve it.
"As president of American Motors, he turned the company around from an $11.8 million loss in 1957 to a $60 million profit in 1959.
"Dad was raised in a family that went bankrupt more than once, and he never received a college degree. But he led a successful fight to write a new Michigan Constitution that remains in effect today. And then he ran for governor and won. He was for the common man.
"As governor, he instituted once-a-week office hours when anyone could stop by and talk with him. They got five minutes each to take their complaint right to the top.
"I remember once when he was told he could not attend a Labor Day picnic, he was barred at the gate. Dad stopped the car down the street, climbed the fence and sat down with a union family for lunch.
"His will could convince even some of his natural opponents. Dad felt that hard-working employees deserved a share of the company's profits - a bonus in the good times and none in the bad. He convinced United Auto Workers chief Walter Reuther that profit sharing was the way forward for the auto industry. Too bad it ended when he left the industry.
"A lot of people remember his campaign for president in 1968. With characteristic courage, he told media, 'When I came back from Vietnam, I'd just had the greatest brainwashing that anybody can get.' He felt misled by President Johnson, Secretary McNamara and the generals, as had many Americans. The media pounced, making his use of the term 'brainwashing' a sin.
"It is unfortunate. He would have been a great president. Not long after his withdrawal from the race, I received a letter from my dad, typewritten, single-spaced, in which he expressed no regrets.
"'Your mother and I are not personally distressed,' he said in the letter. 'As a matter of fact we are relieved. We went into this not because we aspired to the office but simply because we felt that under the circumstances, we would not feel right if we did not offer our service.'
"In 1969, President Nixon invited Dad to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Dad opened the way for manufactured housing, which made Homes more affordable for millions of Americans. And he fought for integration in housing - not popular with everyone, even within the Nixon administration, but it was the right thing to do.
"Last year, a friend gave me one of his old campaign fliers. It said 'George Romney - Man of Action.' Boy, they got that right. From most humble roots, he rose to lead an auto company, a constitutional convention, a state and a federal department.
"And in each, his will, his integrity and his energy achieved the nearly impossible."
Jul 06, 2007; Governor Romney Gets First Newspaper Endorsement In Florida
In Case You Missed It: Governor Romney Gets First Newspaper Endorsement In Florida
New Smyrna Beach Observer
Friday, Jul 06, 2007
"Mitt Romney Best Choice For President"
New Smyrna Beach Observer
"Although the Florida primary is more than six months away, we believe it is important to get behind the candidate we feel is best suited to be the next president of the United States: Mitt Romney.
"We feel his vision and leadership are vital to providing for our national interests as well as economic stability and growth in a shrinking world market.
"Romney is not the frontrunner in the Republican Party, but he is the clear candidate of choice in looking at former Mayor Rudy Giuliani's liberal politics and Sen. John McCain's old-school Washington insider status."
"So why now? Why not wait until the primaries?
"The answer is simple.
"We've seen and heard enough from the debates to know that McCain is yesterday's news and outside of his 9/11 heroics, Giuliani doesn't have a national platform.
"Romney has a strong campaign base.
"The fact that Romney won the governorship in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the most liberal of all the states, speaks volumes about his broad appeal – his Reaganesque appeal, something this country vitally needs.
"With a war raging in Iraq, instability among the Palestinians and Israel and Iran's veiled threats and nuclear program, the nation needs to get behind the strongest candidate.
"That candidate is Mitt Romney."