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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Romney to have TV ads in Iowa Soon

Looks like Romney will run some TV ad spots here in Iowa. This should help increase his name ID. Also thic could probably help combat the "all fronts" on-slaught of negative attacks he's been attracting since he has the fortune and curse of being the GOP's most competent and charismatic canidate.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Iowas's Great Senator Chuck Grassley: Is he leaning toward Romney?

Keith Steurer is amongst the intial "Iowans for Romney" and was also on Romney's "List of 50" charter members of his Commonwealth PAC's "Iowa Advisory Board". Many of us met Senator Chuck Grassley in Des Moines at the Iowa State GOP convention last June. He's an impressive man and a pillar of conservative strength in the US Senate.

Well, as a follow-up to that, Sen Grassley sent Keith the following note:



Disclaimer: This personal note is published at the request of Keith Steurer and after approval from Sen Grassley's office (though it is clearly not an endorsement of Romney, it is certainly not a reprimand either . . . like Grassley just hurled at McCain yesterday)

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Big News for Us Iowans

OK, so a lot of Congressmen and women have already endorsed Mitt Romney's Presidential bid. The lists are long in fact.

However, today Mitt Romney's website sent out a press release of of one state representative in Iowa, Doug Struyk.

Normally, this would not be "press release" type material. However, not only is Iowa an important state, but Council Bluffs is a major population center of Western Iowa ( where most social conservatives in the state reside). This is a big endorsement and bodes well for Romney among social conservatives here in Iowa.

And in further Iowa/Romney news:

Coverage of Romney's Iowa Announcment from the Krusty Konservative is available here and Caucus Cooler's coverage is here.

Another report from Iowa State Student Leslie Pralle at "Romney Report" is here. And more coverage from the Souix City Journal and the Des Moines Register
(OK, that's probably overkill)
Also, you can support Mitt in online polls if you feel so inclined. A list of those are here.

Romney will be the keynote speaker at a major five county GOP event on Feb 19th (President's Day--how fitting!) in the Souix City area ( this blogger chimes in with why this event is such a big deal ).

Friday, February 16, 2007

NPR's "On Point" show about Romney/religion

NPR's "On Point" show out of Boston yesterday was about Romney (specifically the "Mormon Issue")It's 48 minutes long, but they really explore the issue in depth. (Click here for the show home where you can link to the Windows Media Player or RealPlayer versions of the audio show.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

A GREAT answer to the "Mormon Poll" question.

Hat tip to Evangelicals for Mitt on this one.

The Politico has the following exerpt from a recent article:

And get this: A USA Today poll released Wednesday shows that 24 percent of Americans would not vote for a Mormon (Romney), 30 percent would not vote for someone who has been married three times (Giuliani) and more than 40 percent would not vote for a “generally well-qualified person” for president who was 72 years old (McCain’s age by Election Day 2008).


Tuck that one away to pull out when you see people bashing Romney's chances because of his religion.

Milestones for Iowans for Romney

These past few days have been big ones.

Total visitors to this site reached over 35,000 and the total page views surpassed 60,000.

Also, I reached over 2,000 profile views.

We will be adding a new blogger or two in the next weeks as well (Keith Steurer who is a big Romney fan and designed our Iowans for Romney graphics) has been running a personal blog (Happy as Mongoose) the past few weeks and is getting ready to jump into the fray.

Last, but not least, we just signed a contract to join a Retina practice in Baton Rouge, Louisiana! It's an EXCELLENT opportunity for us and hard to pass up (pretty close to Laura's family in Alabama and Southern Mississippi too!) It's nice to have finally decided and have the pressure off. It will also be nice to be done with training (FINALLY! . . . I'm in the equivalent of the 26th grade now--I'm not kidding). Anyways, it's big news for us and thought I'd share it here.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Vote for Mitt!!

Let's support Mitt in online polls!!!

GOP Bloggers Feb Poll (Just posted yesterday; Mitt currently trailing Giuliani and Gingrich) . . . I think this can be done daily.

Pajamas Media (click on "Voting Booth" near the flag graphic)

Free Republic (Mitt Trailing there among the VERY conservative crowd there)

2008 Horserace (2 votes per URL. Romney trailing only Brownback among the GOP field, and only by 20 votes)

The Krusty Konservative (Iowa blog with Huckabee in the lead)

Any other significant ones I missed?

David Yepsen Chimes in on Romney's Road

David Yepsen of the Des Moines Register wrote a piece today titled: "Romney faces meaty questions on social issues"

By most measures, he's getting a good reception in Iowa. The latest poll of Iowa Republicans shows him doubling his support in Iowa in the past month.

While he's still in fourth place, behind Rudy Giuliani, John McCain and Newt Gingrich, he has the potential to move up fast. Gingrich may not run and won't decide until after Labor Day. McCain has his own troubles with conservatives. Giuliani hasn't campaigned in Iowa, and his position on social issues is too liberal for many GOP activists to stomach.

Given all that, Romney's in a position to engineer a first- or second-place showing in Iowa next year. But as he rises in the polls, the attacks and criticisms have increased, too.


And later:

What's prompted some Iowa Republicans to look past all that is the fact that Romney's not a career politician. He was a successful investor and was the turnaround CEO of the 2002 Winter Olympics before winning the governorship. The bipartisan health-care plan he helped craft with Democrats in Massachusetts is an idea being studied by other states, including Iowa.

"Washington isn't going to change if we always elect politicians to run. My life has been in the private sector. My record has shown I can get the job done, that I can work across the aisle," he said.

He says his experience working with Democrats in that heavily Democratic state "is good experience for Washington. No one party should try and jam through its agenda on the other. We're going to have to work together to find common ground. We did it, in some cases, in Massachusetts, and that's what Washington needs," Romney said.

Despite the divisive social issues, that sort of pragmatic, nonideological approach has a lot of appeal to mainstream voters looking for a new kind of politics these days.

Romney's Announcment Speech.

Great speech by a great man! I watched it streaming live over the internet.

The full text is here.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Candidates Blaze the Campaign Trail ... Online: Information Superhighway is the New-Age Road to the White House

ABC news has a story up called Candidates Blaze the Campaign Trail ... Online: Information Superhighway is the New-Age Road to the White House.
With an increasing number of Americans saying they get their political news and information from the Internet, and broadband spreading across remote communities, a number of contenders are vying for voters and the White House on the Web.

Examples are popping up on the Internet faster than former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's Facebook profile.
BTW, if you haven't seen or signed up for Romney's facebook profile go here.

Later in the ABC article:
The Republican campaign of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney agrees, but said they are simultaneously trying to reach out to the online community and mainstream media on one Web site.

Kevin Madden, spokesperson for Romney, says the Romney campaign launched "Mitt TV" on the Web site, where reporters and voters alike can go and watch Romney's latest speeches.

"With a YouTube information age people are looking for video and audio," said Madden, noting that the campaign also put Romney's profile on Facebook.com in order to use the social-networking site as a grassroots organizing tool.
Let's keep the momentum going for Mitt's online efforts!

More Coverage of Romney's Iowa Visit Yesterday

Iowa Politics website has a nice write-up of Romney's stops yesterday.
The Times-Republican also has a good piece as well.

Mitt Announcing On Tues Feb 13th!! Michigan and Iowa.

Let's help Romney get a MASSIVE show of support in Des Moines on "Announcement Tuesday" Feb 13th.
p.s. Please feel free to pass this onto your family and friends . . . I'm sure out-of-staters who can make it would be welcome too.

Coverage of Mitt in Iowa today.

Check out the coverage from The Des Moines Register and Radio Iowa (and here and here) of Romney's visit to Iowa earlier today.

The Cedar Rapids Gazette also has some nice coverage.

The most detailed coverage comes from a great blog called "Cyclone Conservatives" which is run out of Ames. Great stuff there including the following:
[Romney] has demonstrated that he has tremendous crowd generating appeal. Many of the College Republicans left saying they were impressed.

He also definitely left many of the College Republican gentleladies smitten for him because of his charm, his good looks, and his all-around magnetic charisma and as one girl said, 'he'll do well with the women voters.'
More solid showings for "My Man Mitt!"

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Romney polling better in early Primary States Iowa and N.H.

I still think it's WAY too early to read much into these polls (since they're still largely about name recognition at this point), but the Mitt-ster made significant strides among Iowans in the poll done this last week:

Polling Data

If the 2008 Republican presidential caucus were being held today, for whom would you vote?


Feb. 2007

Dec. 2006

John McCain

27%

26%

Rudy Giuliani

22%

28%

Newt Gingrich

16%

18%

Mitt Romney

11%

6%

Chuck Hagel

5%

6%

Mike Huckabee

2%

1%

Sam Brownback

1%

1%

Tom Tancredo

1%

--

Undecided

15%

14%

These new Iowa Figures show a great trend, but the recent figures out of New Hampshire (where they share the Boston media marke and, therefore, know Romney a bit better) really are impressive:
Sample Dates: January 31 - February 1, 2007. Sample Size: 600 completed telephone interviews among a random sample of likely Republican primary voters living in New Hampshire (427 Republicans and 173 undeclared (independent) voters):

New Hampshire
Likely Republican Primary VotersDec 2006Jan 2007

Brownback-1%
Gilmore1%-
Giuliani25%20%
Gingrich14%11%
Hagel2%4%
Huckabee1%1%
Hunter--
McCain29%27%
Pataki2%-
Paul
-
Romney9%20%
Tancredo
1%
Thompson--
Undecided17%15%

However, recent polling in Michigan and in South Carolina have Romney still far behind

It is nonetheless undeniable that Romney has consistantly been the candidate picking up the most steam in all these polls. I've been following these cold-call polls for nearly a year . . . and I'm glad to see the days of Romney being 1-2% are long gone. He's building a strong team and he's getting his message out in the earliest states well. Look for this momentum to continue to build and for his polling to keep improving as well (though there may be a dip or two in the next few weeks as a normal "correction factor" following this big of a statistical bump.)

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Romney Never was a "Liberal" . . . No, not even close.

Hat tip to Charles Mitchell over at Evangelicals for Mitt for linking to this report from "The Politico" blog where they astutely point out that Romney was far from "a liberal" in his 1994 race against Teddy Kennedy.

Check out his campaign flyers from '94 . . . Front and Back

Below is a portion of the flyer with some of the specific issue stances:

Looks like he ran a pretty conservative campaign back then to me!

Basically, I agree with Charles about how more and more news stories and blog entries flat out say that Romney ran in '94 as "a liberal". Well, if you run acrossed that, point folks to these flyers as it helps clear up that common misconception.

I like to divide conservative credentials into three distinct areas:

1) Fiscal Conservatism
2) Social Conservatism
3) "Toughness" Conservatism (i.e. militarily or "tough on crime")

Romney has had a consistant and flawless record as a "Fiscal Conservative" AND as a "Thoughness Conservative." Those points are solid and there has been no "movement" by Romney in those areas.

Romney did not run in Mass as a "social conservative" but saying that he was a "social liberal" is not really correct either. His social stances put him as a solid "moderate" in this senatorial bid as Kennedy was to his left as the real and bonafide liberal in the race.

So, to sum up . . . Romney was never close to being a "liberal."

To even say that he was a "moderate" is missing two huge pieces of the conservative pie. Romney may have run as a "social moderate" but that's as far as the allegations should go.

In reality, Romney's "move to the right" hasn't really been all that far.

"A Massachusetts Conservative" U.S. News and World Report Article

A U.S. News and World Report article titled "A Massachusetts Conservative" has some interesting points:

After some intro material we find:

Romney has so far sold himself as the more conservative alternative to front-runners John McCain, who riled many conservatives by supporting a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants and opposing a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, and likely contender Rudolph Giuliani, a supporter of gay rights and abortion rights. In doing so, however, Romney is battling his own past. He admits to being "effectively pro-choice" as recently as two years ago. "Voters can respect a politician who changes parties," says Republican strategist Scott Reed. "But it's more difficult for a politician that changes philosophies."


What??? Isn't being a member of a party accepting a major portion of that party's platform/philosophies? Isn't changing parties/platforms a much larger shift than a political maturation on a couple of social issues? That quote from Reed struck me as VERY strange (and wrong).

with Hollywood-style charisma, a résumé that includes a big win in the bluest of states, and a team of marquee activists and aides, Romney is probably the strongest White House hopeful that most Americans have never heard of. "You want to ask some presidential candidates who aren't well known, 'Why did you decide to do this?'" says Whit Ayres, a GOP strategist. "With Romney, you can see a path to go all the way."


That's right! He's going all the way Baby!

Moving on . . .

Even before leaving office, Romney raised his profile among conservatives by fighting the Massachusetts Supreme Court's 2003 decision to legalize gay marriage. He helped prod the state legislature into voting to put the issue before voters in a referendum. Romney also began trumpeting his new antiabortion stance, tracing his conversion to a 2004 meeting with Harvard scientists. Romney says one scientist told him cloning human embryos was not a moral issue because they were destroyed within two weeks. "It struck me that we had so cheapened the value of human life," Romney tells U.S. News, "that someone would feel that racks of human embryos being created ... was not a moral issue." Now, Romney is drawing parallels between his own antiabortion conversion and that of Ronald Reagan, who as governor of California signed a liberal abortion rights law. Mark DeMoss, an evangelical publicity executive who organized a meeting between Romney and evangelical leaders, says he was won over by Romney's story about the Harvard scientists: "To hear him tell it, it's almost like Paul's road-to-Damascus experience in the New Testament."

. . .

Still, some conservatives can't see past Romney's record, and his conversion tale, complete with an Ivy League scientist as boogeyman, seems almost too well crafted for conservative ears. Romney, once a top officer in the Mormon Church, may also face trouble among evangelicals, some of whom don't consider Mormons to be Christians. Richard Land, who directs the public-policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, is urging Romney to follow the example of then presidential candidate John F. Kennedy. "I do not speak for my church on public matters," Kennedy said of his Catholicism in 1960, "and the church does not speak for me." Until Romney makes a similar pronouncement, Land says, "he's in the loser's game of reacting to the spin instead of controlling it."

Romney's advisers, however, are reluctant to introduce him to the country as a Mormon first, preferring the image of an executive with a record of fixing problems. "It's a benefit to come from the world of employment and regular people...." Romney says. "[T]he problem ... today is that politics has become a profession and not a duty."


Interesting stuff there . . . I wonder if Romney will continue as is on the religion issue or if he will seek a forum to address the issues.

Hired in 1999 to turn around the scandal- and debt-plagued Salt Lake City Olympic committee, Romney put it in the black and oversaw a successful Olympics in 2002. He was elected governor of Massachusetts that same year. With a Democratic-controlled state legislature, he managed to balance the budget without raising taxes. And he made national headlines last year by signing a universal health insurance plan that provides vouchers for low-income families and makes insurance portable for employees. "Personal ownership of private health insurance had been an objective of conservatives for decades," says Robert Moffit, a Heritage Foundation scholar. "This was really big."

It's the ability to devise such big solutions that Romney showcases on the campaign trail, as he describes an America faced with unprecedented challenges. "The next few years are going to be tough," says Kristin Simmons, 31, a medical worker who attended a Romney campaign stop at the Lizard's Thicket restaurant in Columbia, S.C. "He seems strong enough to handle it." What aides call Romney's "happy warrior" demeanor carries him through dozens of similar appearances before small groups of Republican activists across the country. "He just looks like a president," says Republican Georgia Rep. Jack Kingston, who hosted a meet-and-greet for Romney on Capitol Hill last month. "And he accomplished a lot with Democrats in Kennedy country."

Indeed, even as he cultivates the right wing, Romney is playing up his adventures in bipartisanship. So while he supports President Bush's "surge" plan for Iraq, he's also taking subtle swipes at the president. "If someone tells us the truth about the challenges and tells us what we have to do to overcome them, Americans will raise their hands and say, 'Put me in,'" he tells the Lizard's Thicket crowd. In an interview, Romney says "it's now time for us to ... develop a far more comprehensive strategy to move the entire civilized world to help defeat the jihad." Romney says the strategy calls for major aid to moderate Islamic states. Discussing an issue-terrorism-of utmost importance to the GOPbase, Romney was managing to sound downright practical.


"Practical" (along with "pragmatic") is one of the best words to summarize Romney.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

ROMNEY COMING TO IOWA AGAIN! In Boone and Montour this Thursday.

Romney will be here in Iowa again and is truly building a presence and following here in our state. Keep on coming Mitt!

Got this information from his Iowa Campaign team:

Thursday, February 8th - 8:00 a.m.
Boone Country Club
601 South Cedar Street Boone, Iowa
For more information or to RSVP call 888-722-4704 ext 200

Thursday, February 8th - 12 Noon
Rube’s Steakhouse
118 Elm Street Montour, Iowa
Please join Mitt to talk about his vision for America’s future!

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Romney Rocks Beck's in Waterloo



Thanks to Jim Kirkpatrick (who has started an Iowans for Romney Website) for the photo above!

I wanted to get this up a lot sooner, but better late than never.

Romney was great at this event . . . not the most moving delivery I've heard from him, but solid and substantive. He had a great turnout and there was a great enthusiasm from those present.

I also met Romney's eldest son Tagg (who was named after one of Mitt's good friends at BYU). Very nice guy and impressive as well.


In the picture with me are my wife, my mother-in-law (visiting from Alabama), and my co-fellow at U Iowa, Jim Howard.