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Friday, March 30, 2007

Johnson County Team has formed

The Johnson County Romney Team is getting organized! THEY HAVE AN OFFICIAL EMAIL ADDRESS! Keep it close to heart!


I realize I just handed out my gmail address, and it made sense to use a Johnson County address for Johnson County business. For those who already emailed me, I will get your info to the Johnson County list. Sorry for the confusion!

Thanks for all those who have signed up to volunteer! We still need many many more, so please sign up! Email the jc4romney2008@gmail.com address to volunteer :-)




Iowa Christian Alliance Board Member Keith Hunter Joins Romney for President

Another supporter close to home!!

Governor Mitt Romney today announced that Keith Hunter, a board member with the Iowa Christian Alliance, has joined his Iowa campaign as a volunteer. Hunter will assist the campaign as it continues to build a strong grassroots organization in Iowa.

"I am pleased to welcome Keith Hunter to my Iowa campaign team," said Governor Romney. "Keith brings with him a wealth of campaign experience, and is an important leader in Iowa's conservative movement. He will help make sure we bring proven conservative principles back to our nation's capital."

With today's announcement, Keith Hunter said, "I am honored to join Governor Romney's campaign efforts here in Iowa. Governor Romney has a strong record of conservative leadership and is ready to bring innovation and transformation to our government. I look forward to working with grassroots activists to spread the Governor's record of action to every corner of Iowa."

Background On Keith Hunter:
Keith Hunter Serves As A Member Of The Board Of Directors With The Iowa Christian Alliance (Formerly The Iowa Christian Coalition), A Position He Has Held Since 2002. He served as Communications Director for the Christian Coalition of Iowa from 2003-2005. He has been a member of the Polk County (Des Moines) Republican Central Committee since 1994, serving on the executive committee from 1995 to 1996, and 2004-present. He resides in Des Moines with wife, Ann, and his son who is currently serving in the United States Marine Corps and has done two tours of duty in Iraq.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Lots of Johnson County Area Information!

We had a meeting tonight for the Johnson County team supporting Mitt Romney in 2008! It was great. We got a lot of information, so I will pass it along! Also, if you would like to be a volunteer in Johnson county, we are in need of your help!! All you have to do is email me and we will pass your information on to the the team.
jc4romney2008@gmail.com
We have some great opportunities to serve coming up already!! The Johnson County team is hoping to have a phone bank event next week on Thursday.

If any other counties would like to post their events on this blog, just email them to me and I will put them up for all to read.....

There are some IOWA events coming up that you won't want to miss:

  • Tagg Romney (Mitt Romney's oldest son) will be visiting Iowa City on March 30th. He will be at the Iowa City Public Library from 10:30 am to 11:15 am spreading the word about his father's presidential campaign. They will be in room "D" of the library.
  • April 4th, the Iowa Romny Headquarters will have it's grand opening in Des Moines. There will be a kick-off party from 5:15 to 6:15 at the new HQ. We will get you the info on the location.
  • After the HQ opening, there will be a TELE-TOWN HALL MEETING at 6:30 pm for about an hour. Mitt Romney will be calling several thousand Iowa supportes via conference call to give us a report on our progress and to field some questions! If you would like to be on the list of those who will recieve a call, please email me your name and phone number to jc4romney2008@gmail.com before this Friday (3/30/07) at noon. Feel free to have a cottage meeting with your friends and family and speaker-phone the call. It is a great way to drum up support.
  • April 19th, Governor Romney will be in Davenport, and on APRIL 20th, he will be in IOWA CITY! We will let you know the details as the time approaches, but for now, assume something around noon.
  • We are already planning for the straw polls in August. MARK YOU CALENDARS! August 11th!!

That is all for now. As a note of encouragement, NOW IS THE TIME TO GET ACTIVE! Find out who your local teams are and let's get movin'! August is only 4 months away!

Keith

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Romney's strong stand against Democratic Congress's meddling in Iraq

Romney issued the following press release recently:


Governor Mitt Romney on Today's Iraq Vote

Friday, Mar 23, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Kevin Madden (857) 288-6400

Boston, MA - Today, Governor Mitt Romney issued the following statement on the vote in the U.S. House of Representatives setting a timeline for withdrawal from Iraq:

"Capitol Hill Democrats have once again proved their inability to make Washington work in the right manner.

"The Democrat Congress' maneuver to micromanage our military efforts from their offices on Capitol Hill, along with the fiscally deplorable action of loading up a wartime spending bill with pork barrel earmarks unrelated to our military's fight against terrorism has provided the American people with yet another example of the Washington mindset run amok.

"Democrats in Washington have established a dangerous policy that essentially provides the enemy a planning calendar with a date certain surrender. By voting for such a policy, they have jeopardized our chances for success and endangered the mission of establishing democracy and defeating the terrorists in Iraq.

"All Americans want our troops out of Iraq, but we should never do so in a way that would jeopardize American security. Setting a public timeline without consideration of future circumstances, as they may exist at that time, is reckless and irresponsible.

"I urge President Bush to veto this measure and send a clear message to Washington Democrats that they must not and will not undermine the efforts of the United States military."


Romney's obviously right on with this statement. He's commented time and again how we don't have 535 Commanders-In-Cheif, but one. This deplorable action by the Democratic congress was also weak too. If they really did want to take a stand against the Iraq war (part of their apparent "mandate" from the last election cycle) they should do something stronger than tie the President's hands over a year from now. It's just a symbolic stand . . . and the pork barrel vote buying in this bill is simply politics at its worst. I knew it was a bad bill when all the reporters and commentators on CNN were bashing the bill and laughing at the recent bad leadership from the Democratic congress.

Good for Romney taking this stand and encouraging to veto this bad bill (which he will.)

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Romney's Iowa Team Building

Romney's campaign has made some key adds to his staff here in Iowa recently as well as solid endorsements.

From Romney's website
:

Joe Earle, immediate past Director of Outreach with the Iowa Christian Alliance, has joined his campaign for President. Earle will provide insight and advice to Governor Romney as he works to build grassroots support across Iowa.

"I am very pleased to welcome Joe Earle to my Iowa campaign team," said Governor Romney. "As my campaign gathers momentum, Joe will help to communicate my optimistic vision for the future to voters who agree that our nation's strength rests on a set of firm, unwavering principles."

With today's announcement, Joe Earle said, "Governor Romney has an impressive record on the issues that matter most to conservative Christian voters. Whether leading the fight for traditional marriage, implementing abstinence education programs or standing strong on Life, Governor Romney has shown the integrity and leadership necessary to move our nation forward."

Background On Joe Earle:

From January 2005 Through This Month, Joe Earle Directed The Iowa Christian Alliance's Outreach Efforts. A veteran of Iowa politics, Earle has worked for the Iowa Republican Party, Vander Plaats for Governor in 2002, and in the leadership of the Iowa College Republicans from 2000 to 2003. In 2004, he served as the Iowa Coalitions Director for the Bush-Cheney 2004 re-election effort. Earle earned an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Northern Iowa and is currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity at Faith Baptist Theological Seminary in Ankeny, Iowa.


Next . . . again from THE website:

Former Iowa Senate Majority Leader Stewart Iverson (R-Dows) has signed on as an adviser to [Romney's] presidential campaign in Iowa.

"Stew is a proven leader at the Statehouse and I am pleased to have him as an adviser on my campaign," said Governor Romney. "He has a long-standing reputation at the Statehouse, and across Iowa, for his unflinching conservatism and fiscal responsibility. He will be an important part of my team as we continue building our momentum with enthusiastic, grassroots Republicans."

Iverson served as the Iowa Senate's top-ranking Republican from 1997-2006. Most recently, Iverson was a top Iowa adviser to Governor George Pataki's 21st Century Freedom PAC.

On today's announcement, Iverson said, "Governor Romney is a proven conservative leader and will continue his strong leadership for our great nation. I look forward to working with Governor Romney and his strong Iowa organization."

Background On Stewart Iverson:

Stewart Iverson Has Had A Distinguished Career In The Iowa Legislature. Iverson served in the Iowa House from 1989-1994, and the Iowa Senate from 1994 to 2006. He was instrumental in securing Republican control of the Senate in the 1996 elections. From 1997-2006, Iverson served as the top-ranking Republican in the Senate. From Dows, in north-central Iowa, Iverson is a leader in the agricultural community, where he managed his own farm and worked with seed companies to market their products to buyers. He has been active in a number of agricultural and civic boards, and was a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. Most recently, Iverson served as a top adviser to Governor George Pataki's 21st Century Freedom PAC.


Finally, some county chairs are in the Hawkeye state are starting to take shape:

Orange City Councilman Mick Snieder will serve as Sioux County Chair. Mason City's Deb Hunt and Bart and Jody Pals were named Cerro Gordo County Co-Chairs.

"We are focused on building a strong campaign organization at the grassroots level, and these men and women are a tremendous addition to the Romney for President team," said Gentry Collins, Romney for President Iowa Campaign Manager. "They will make sure every voter knows Governor Romney is the only candidate who will bring real change to Washington. He is the only candidate ready to meet the new generation of challenges facing our nation."

Background On County Chairs:

Sioux County Chair Mick Snieder: A native of Sioux County, Snieder is a recent graduate of Northwestern College, and currently lives in Orange City with his wife, Crystal. He worked on State Sen. Steve King's first campaign for Congress and has participated in several other campaigns. In 2003, Snieder was elected to the Orange City Council.

Cerro Gordo County Co-Chairs Bart And Jody Pals: Having lived in Cerro Gordo County for 29 years, they are regular caucus attendees and have been active in the political process for the past 10 years. Jody is a member of the Cerro Gordo County Republican Women. Both are active leaders in the 4-H Club.

Cerro Gordo County Co-Chair Deb Hunt: Active in politics since moving to Mason City in 1980, she is the past Secretary of the Cerro Gordo County Central Committee, and currently serves as membership chair of the Cerro Gordo County Republican Women. She taught economics at North Iowa Area Community College for 13 years, and lives in Mason City with her husband, Dr. Sam Hunt, and has two grown sons, Ben and Bill.


These new members of "Team Romney" will help other Iowans realize what a key role we can play in giving our country the best leader possible in 2008 . . . President Mitt Romney!!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Can you spell D-E-S-P-E-R-A-T-E? AP grasping for straws . . . desperate for dirt on Romney.

I loved this one from the Associated Press . . .

Romney Camp Catches Flak for Hitler Ad

By COREY WILLIAMS

DETROIT Mar 20, 2007 (AP)— The co-chair of presidential candidate Mitt Romney's finance committee contributed to a group that used the money for a newspaper ad comparing Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm to Adolf Hitler.


OK . . . so it's AP news story worthy to imply that Romney supports calling the MI Governor "Hitler"? Is that what they're really trying to say? How many degrees of seperation are needed for protection?

Here's what happened. An edgy PAC/527 unwisely used some of the money donated to them (from potentially hundreds of people) to, among other things, place an inappropriate and insenstive ad. Did Romney donate to this PAC? NO. Did Romney's advisor think his donations would be used for this ad? NO. Was this advisor on-board with Romney at the time of this donation? NO. Has Romney ever said or implied anything remotely resembling these ideas? NO. Can we trust the AP to give us objective news? NO.

What is most disturbing is that the AP linked Romney to Hitler IN THE HEADLINE OF THE STORY AND RE-ITERATES IT IN THE FIRST SENTENCE/PARAGRAPH WITHOUT MENTIONING RAKOLTA'S NAME! This is absolutely outrageous . . . though not surprising since the AP is becoming little more than a springboard for the DNC's talking points. Don't belive me? The AP story also contained the following . . .

Damien LaVera, spokesman for the DNC, said Rakolta's position on Romney's finance committee raises questions about the type of presidential campaign the Republican candidate plans on running.

"It's incumbent on Mitt Romney to say whether or not he supports those campaign tactics or those ads," LaVera said Tuesday. "Does Romney stand by these types of ads and tactics or not?"


Are they really asking these questions?

Are they trying to say that Romney has Nazi tendencies? . . . that he is the re-incarnation of Hitler? . . . that he is anti-Semitic? Or, are they just trying to subliminaly scare the distantly observing public by lying to them about Romney? I'll let you decide on that one.

Just for an interesting juxtaposition I decided to do a Google News Search for "Hitler Romney AP" and came up with 38 "pick-ups" of this AP article by Media outlets . . . in addition to The New Republic's article a few weeks back which ties Romney with Hitler (via Henry Ford).

However, a Google News Search for "Hitler Soros AP" yielded NO AP stories about the multi-billionaire's controversial comments comparing our current Cheif Executive to Hitler. Soros is a HUGE supporter of Barack Obama, MoveOn.org, and liberal Democrats in general . . . Was there a MSM/DNC outcry against every candidate and group who received/will-receive money or advice from Mr. Soros? Again, the answer is a resounding "NO." Why is the AP/DNC so outraged now?

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Video of Many of Romney's Congressional endorsements

Great video from Romney's Website (on MittTV)

Those of us who have been watching Romney closely for quite some time aren't surprised by all the congressional endorsements Romney is picking up. He's just that impressive and he truly inspires confidence.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Keeping score: fundraising

With the first quarter of 2008 rapidly approaching, the first fundraising filing deadline for 2008 candidates approaches as well. First quarter numbers should be reported by April 15th. This is a critical barometer. Sure,...name recognition gives repeat presidential candidates an early head start, but quite often a "bandwagon" or "ripple" effect occurs as donors want to be allaigned with a winner. If Gov. Romney has a successful first quarter his viability will increase and his name recognition(and support) will continue to grow. I am going to predict that Gov. Romney will finish in the "top two" of Republican presidential candidates for first quarter fundraising. If that prediction comes to fruition, I believe he will lead second quarter fundraising.

I encourage all Romney supporters to donate to Gov. Romney's campaign so he can have a successful first quarter.

The enclosed link has an interesting US News article on the "Cash Primary":

http://www.usnews.com/usnews/news/articles/070318/26money.htm

God Bless,
Jim

Friday, March 16, 2007

More Videos to watch

There were a few more videos posted this week on Mitt TV. Here a few to watch. Otherwise, stop on over to http://mittromney.permissiontv.com/ to watch any of the videos posted. And MORE IMPORTANTLY, email these links to your friends and family.

Some Video Links:

Congressional Endorsements

interview on "Hannity & Colmes"

interview on "Larry King Live"

Also, if you haven't had a chance to visit the Romney YouTube channel, you can access it here:
www.youtube.com/mittromney

Keeping an eye on the competition

I'm a diehard Romney supporter but make it a habit of hearing other candidates (schedule permitting) when they are in eastern Iowa. As the old saying goes, "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer." Seriously though, its important to get a gauge on the support and enthusiasm for the opposition. Always be polite and respectful at other candidates events, applaud sporadicly, and do not wear any Romney buttons or stickers, etc. You don't win too many converts by being rude or obnoxious. As a veteran of the 1999 "Iowa Straw Poll" I saw candidates who didn't fare well dropping like flies and their supporters looking for a new horse in the race. I'm sure that this will occur again after the August 2007 Iowa Straw Poll. I want those converts to flock to Romney. Get involved in your county's organization by attending central committee meetings and be part of the election process. We're only five months from the Iowa Straw Poll and ten months from the Iowa caucus. I'll go out on a limb and predict that on the night of Feb. 5th, 2008 we will know who the nominees are for both parties. The time to get involved is now!

God Bless,
Jim Kirkpatrick

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Looking for the Story, too

Hello there, and thanks for all that have been following us at Iowans For Romney! I will be helping out on the blog more often, and adding insights to the Iowa Supporters for Mitt Romney. I look forward to hearing from you and reading your comments.

To add to Jeff's post about the Alec MacGillis interviews, I want to add my 2 cents. I, too, got a call from him, and cound't exactly figure out what he was looking for in the phone conversation. It almost sounded like he was taking a position of a job interviewer asking me about my ability to recruit BYU alumni into the Ronmey camp. Whatever it is in the works, I hope he writes a great PRO-ROMNEY article!! Consider yourselves warned.

I am looking forward to some Iowa Visits from Romney. We will keep you posted on upcoming events, as well as TV interviews and commercial releases.


All the best-


Keith Steurer


Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Look for this story from the Washington Post: "Mormon Iowans: A Force for Romney"

Alec MacGillis, a journalist for the Washington Post has been contacting several Iowans who support Romney. In his intitial contact to me he stated he was "trying to gauge the level and nature of support for Mitt Romney around the country, particularly in early primary and caucus states."

As we spoke on the phone, his questions quickly moved to how the LDS community here is responding to Romney and to what level we are "organizing" for Romney. He asked about BYU alumni chapters that might be here and if that's a form of networking for Romney. He asked if there were "coffee groups" (he quickly retracted that one) or anything similar where LDS frequently get together in a non-church system. My answers were that there is no LDS network for Romney . . . at least, not in the way that his probing questions were leading. I told him how apolitical our church is and how I've never even seen a "voting guide" anywhere near our churches. I re-affirmed the church's stance/policy about not endorsing candidates, parties, or platforms and that all LDS know that neither the pulpit nor church membership lists (with contact info) are not to be used for political purposes etc . . .

I gave him the names of a few LDS and non-LDS Iowan grassroots Romney supporters as well including Jim Kirkpatrick (Waverly, IA) and Joni Scotter (Cedar Rapids, IA). Well, looks like Alec contacted the LDS people I mentioned but NONE of the non-LDS people I mentioned. That seemed odd, but what was even odder was that at least three other LDS Iowans (all BYU grads) that I hadn't mentioned ended up being contacted by Alec as well. I'm guessing that Alec "Googled" "U.Iowa and BYU" and found these people this way. I can only surmise from all this that Alec really isn't trying to objectively "gauge the level and nature of support for Mitt Romney" like he stated . . . he's more than likely preparing a "Early State Mormons: A Force for Romney" story, the kind of agenda-driven journalism aimed at creating a generalized distrust of Romney because of the "VAST MORMON CONSPIRACY" to get one of your own elected President.

Keep your eyes out for this story and refer back to this then.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Get New Book on Romney by Hugh Hewitt: "A Mormon in the White House"

I just ordered Hugh Hewitt's new book "A Mormon in the White House?"



I've heard it's a very informative read with lots of good info on Romney.

Romney Rocks Endorsements!

This site (TheHill.com) is tracking US Legislators endorsements for 2008.

Romney has more endorsements than any candidate on either side at 27.

However, a closer look shows that Romney's support is broader and deeper than any other candidate by a long shot. Why? Well, there seems to be a lot of "homerism" with these endorsements (i.e. US Legislators from the candidates home state endorsing them). Let's look at endorsements excluding home states:

Democrats:
Hillary: 4 (from 3 states)
Barack: 3 (from 3 states)
Edwards: 3 (from 3 states)
Richardson: 0
Dodd: 2 (from 2 states)
Biden: 0
Kucinich: 0
Gravel: 0

Republicans:
Romney: 27 (from 16 states) None from his home state Mass . . . oh, that's right--THERE ARE NO GOP US LEGISLATORS FROM MASS.
McCain: 19 (from 11 states) -- fighting hard to keep pace with Romney.
Giuliani: 7 (from 5 states)
Hunter: 6 (from 5 states)
Brownback: 0
Huckabee: 1
Thompson: 0
Paul: 0
Tancredo: 0
Gilmore: 0

With insider support, strong endorsements, excellent fundraising, still low-name recognition, telegenicity, and stellar speaking/interviewing skills, Romney stands out as the candidate who will be garnering more and more attention and broader support through the next few months.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Over at Bill O'Reilly's site he's running a 24 hour poll between Romney, Giuliani, McCain, and Gingrich.

Over at Bill O'Reilly's site he's running a 24 hour poll between Romney, Giuliani, McCain, and Gingrich.

Go support Mitt and check out the results live tomorrow night on his show.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Romney Leads in Insiders Poll

Finally a poll that means something!

We all know that Romney is starting his slow rise in the national polls (which are 96.7% just about name recognition), but he still trails dramatically in those . . . usually to "Rock-star Rudy" and even McCain. Romney's polling much better in early primary states than in national polls.

But, here's a poll that actually has some more value to it (LA Times article with analysis and full pdf of the poll)

Essetially, RNC (Republican National Committee members) have Romney as the one they think will win the GOP nomination. Rudy and McCain trail behind. Romney was the 1st choice of 20% and 2nd choice of another 15% of the RNC members surveyed (with a HUGE 36% still undecided). However, 30% feel that Rudy is the GOP's best candidate to win the general election (with Romney coming in 2nd with 17%). This is significant, because it shows that much of Rudy's support derives from the "I'll support him because he can beat the Dems" camp . . . not "I think he'll be the best POTUS to represent GOP/Conservative values". However, I think that as Romney gains more traction, shows his effectiveness in speaking/debating, and leads the charge against the Dems, more and more people will realize that he could spank Hillary (or whoever)--they will then be less likely to support Rudy or McCain "because they can win".

One thing I love about Romney is that he's a "Win-Win" candidate in these respects. Yes "he'll be the best POTUS to represent our values" and Yes "I'll support him because he can beat the Dems". It's not a "one OR the other" with Romney like it is with EVERY other GOP candidate.

Strengthening this argument, when RNC members were asked point blank "Who would you like to see at the Republican Candidate for President?" Romney nearly won handily with 18% (Nearly doubling up on the other contenders, Rudy at 10% and McCain at 9% . . . Huckabee made a showing at 4%, but only 2% said Gingrich, and Brownback didn't even register on that question)

When asked "Is there any one candidate you would REFUSE to support?" only 1% said Romney or Rudy . . . while 11% said McCain. Their's been a LOT of press lately about how McCain's candidacy is imploding. This poll certainly supports those claims and are not the figures "the frontrunner" should be seeing.

Some other interesting tidbits from the poll: Romney had the highest "Favorable" rating at 83% and the lowest "Unfavorable" at 8% (excluding the lesser known Huckabee) Rudy tied Romney at 83%, but had a slightly higer "unfavorable rating" at 10%. Gingrich had a 15% unfavorable rating, Brownback 20%, and McCain a whopping 38%. Since I love numbers (and since it makes Romney look even stonger when displayed this way) some of the cadidate's Favorable/Unfavorable Ratios are below:

Romney 10.4
Giuliani 8.3
Gingrich 5.2
Brownback 2.3
McCain 1.5

However, the DNC members seem to be MUCH kinder to their own with the following Favorable/Unfavorable Ratios:

Obama 30.7
Richardson 29.7
Gore 18.2
Clinton 18.2
Edwards 14.8

Also, 98% of DNC members were "satisfied" with their current candidates compared to 85% of RNC members. Those Dems sure are riding high after BARELY gaining the congressional majority! Remember how all the talk before the 2006 elections were that Hillary would be "unelectable" in a general election? Well, I guess their one election cycle win was enough to give them LOADS of confidence to the point that Hillary's electability (or lack thereof) doesn't seem to concern them anymore. This is the silver lining of the Nov. losses as (which I'm very happy about!)

The DNC members are also kind to African-Americans, Hispanics, and Women with over 3/4th of respondants stating that our nation was ready for a president from each of those demographics (i.e. Barak, Richardson, or Hillary). The RNC wasn't far behind with a vast majority saying the same thing.

Was there any group/individual these DNC committee members weren't kind to? (surely not from this group of leaders for the "party of tolerance" right?) Well, while RNC members thought our nation was also ready for a Mormon president (77% at least), the DNC showed it's lack of religious tolerance by less than half of them (48%) stating that our country was ready for a Mormon president. I guess religious discrimination is exempt from their "codes of tolerance."

Moving on . . .

Of the DNC members surveyed, a full 59% of them said that Healthcare reform was among the three items of importance for the next POTUS to address (handily beating out Iraq . . . also, only 2% of them thought "Al-Qaeda/Osama bin Laden/Global Terrorism" merited a "top three" distinction, and a similar 2% for "Immigration Reform"). . . who better to beat them "on their turf" of Healthcare than Romney? That's one reason he has been more and more attacked by the DNC (frequent press releases) and the Mainstream media (MSM). They know he presents their biggest obstacle for their goal of getting a liberal in the White House.

This poll is an early sign of good things to come!