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Sarah Palin’s advice to Mitt Romney: ‘Go rogue’

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Mitt Romney has been getting lots of gratuitous advice from fellow Republicans worried about what they see as a presidential campaign slipping toward defeat. Some want Paul Ryan to play a more active role. Sarah Palin says the Romney campaign needs a ‘come to Jesus’ moment.”

By Brad Knickerbocker | Christian Science Monitor

Mitt Romney has been getting lots of gratuitous advice from fellow Republicans and conservatives worried about what they see as a presidential campaign that’s slipping toward defeat.

As usual, Sarah Palin is the most direct and colorful. In a statement to the Weekly Standard on Saturday, she put it this way:

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“With so much at stake in this election, both Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan should ‘go rogue’ and not hold back from telling the American people the true state of our economy and national security. They need to continue to find ways to break through the filter of the liberal media to communicate their message of reform.”

America desperately needs to have a ‘come to Jesus’ moment in discussing our big dysfunctional, disconnected, and debt-ridden federal government,” the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate told the conservative magazine.

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To some Republican kibitzers, “going rogue” means unleashing Rep. Paul Ryan, Mr. Romney’s running mate and a relative youngster who seemed to bring some pizzazz to an otherwise staid ticket.

“They not only need to use [Ryan] out on the trail more effectively, they need to have more of him rub off on Mitt because I think Mitt thinks that way but he’s gotta be able to articulate that…. I think too many people are restraining him from telling [his vision],” Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker told a radio interviewer Friday.

Where’s the evidence of Romney’s so-called “bold choice” in picking Ryan? others ask.

“Even in Wisconsin, I think he’s being underused,” Charlie Sykes, the radio host who interviewed Gov. Walker, told Politico. “I guess what’s frustrating is especially now that we’re embroiled in this conversation about the makers versus the takers, where is Paul Ryan? He is eloquent, he knows the numbers, he can frame this in a very compelling way. The fact that he is not front and center on some of this is, I think, a lost opportunity.”

Even in Wisconsin – Ryan’s home state – an NBC poll shows Obama leading Romney by 5 percentage points, and that’s just part of recent polling news the Romney campaign must find troubling.

As the Monitor’s Mark Trumbull reported this week, Obama leads Romney in eight out of nine swing states where the two are in tight contests: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin. North Carolina is the only one where Mr. Romney currently has an edge.

Unleashing Ryan may not be the answer, of course. As House Budget Committee chairman, he authored a plan that was controversial – particularly for what it portended for Medicare, the health care program for seniors. He tried to explain it at an AARP meeting this week, but was booed by many in the audience.

Apparently, that wasn’t just a one-time deal in a room full of retirees. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll this week shows Obama leading Romney by 10 points (47-37) in dealing with Medicare.

It’s a law of all organizations – including (maybe especially) political campaigns – that when things are tough, infighting and finger-pointing will ensue. Politico’s must-read scoop last Sunday – “Inside the campaign: How Mitt Romney stumbled” – set off something similar among conservative pundits.

Weekly Standard editor William Kristol called Romney’s comments about “the 47 percent” who presumably would never vote for him because they pay no federal income taxes “stupid and arrogant.” Rush Limbaugh complained that “every Democrat under the sun’s retweeting that all over the place,” that too many conservative fellow travelers who once supported Romney “have bailed on him.”

Over at the Wall Street Journal’s editorial page, columnist and former Reagan speech writer Peggy Noonan wrote, “It’s time to admit the Romney campaign is an incompetent one.”

Then she revised her estimation: “This week I called it incompetent, but only because I was being polite,” she wrote. “I really meant ‘rolling calamity.’” That left Chris Wallace at Fox News questioning Ms. Noonan’s “conservative bona fides.”

“Sometimes they’re New York City’s idea of conservatives,” Mr. Wallace said of Noonan and others similarly critical of the Romney campaign. Ouch. And here we thought such intramural squabbles were principally the province of Democrats.

We’re Not Better Off Now

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Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland, who is considered a possible contender for president in 2016, bucked other Obama surrogates on Sunday, saying that the country was not better off now than it was four years ago.

On CBS’s Face the Nation, host Bob Schieffer asked: “Can you honestly say that people are better off today than they were four years ago?”

(RELATED: Axelrod Calls GOP Convention a Bust)

Responded O’Malley: “No, but that’s not the question of this election. The question, without a doubt, we are not as well off as we were before George Bush brought us the Bush job losses, the Bush recession, the Bush deficits, the series of desert wars — charged for the first time to credit cards, the national credit card.”

Quipped Schieffer: “George Bush is not on the ballots.”

(RELATED: DNC Chair: GOP in 2012 More like ‘1812’)

Iowans Send Message to Obama

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By Devin Dwyer | ABC OTUS News

SIOUX CITY, Iowa – President Obama received a less than warm welcome and a warning upon arrival at the airport here on the second stop of his Iowa visit, which was aimed at recapturing some of the magic the state gave his run to the White House in 2008.

Greeting Air Force One as it touched down under sunny skies and sultry heat was a hand-painted banner draped across the top of an airplane hangar that reads, “Obama Welcome to SUX – We Did Build This.” “SUX” is the airport code for Sioux City.

The message appeared to be a response President Obama’s “you didn’t build that” remark from a July campaign rally, when he was trying to explain that government – not businesses – constructed public infrastructure on which the economy relies. Republicans have used the four words to attack Obama as out of touch with the realities of owning and operating a small business.

The banner is a reminder that this part of the state remains hotly contested turf for both Obama and his Republican rival Mitt Romney, just as the campaign enters the home stretch.

Sioux City, which sits on the border with Nebraska in the northwest corner of the state, is territory Obama lost in 2008 to Sen. John McCain, even though he won the state overall. Obama won 49 percent of the vote here to McCain’s 50 percent, a difference of just 500 votes.

Obama also won the Iowa caucuses, an early confirmation that his message was resonating with Democrats.

This time around, the president’s campaign believes it can turn the Sioux City region blue by appealing to middle class values and highlighting the administration’s record of tax cuts for small businesses and families.

Polls show Iowa, which Obama won handily four years ago carrying 54 percent of the vote, is up for grabs in November. Obama and Romney have been locked in a dead heat since early this year.

“Iowa, this is our first stop on the road to our convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. But there was a reason for me to begin the journey right here in Iowa, where it first began more than four years ago,” Obama told a crowd of 10,000 in Urbandale, Iowa, earlier in the day.

“Because it was you, Iowa, who kept us going when the pundits were writing us off. It was in your living rooms and backyards and VFW halls and diners where our movement for change began,” he said. “And it will be you, Iowa, who choose the path we take from here.”

A campaign spokeswoman said the banner was not visible from the presidential motorcade.

There were no identifying markers on the hangar or the banner to suggest who made it, and a call to the Woodbury County GOP was not immediately returned.

The president is on the first of a four-day tour through battleground states, leading up to his formal nomination for the presidency at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday. He spends Sunday rallying supporters in Boulder, Colo.

Mitt Romney’s Mexican Roots

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By Amy Bingham | ABC OTUS News

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney acknowledges delegates before speaking at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

During a convention that spotlighted nine Latino speakers, featured at least four speaking in Spanish and offered an array of Latino-focused events, Mitt Romney touted his own Mexican roots in a autobiographical video broadcast to the Republican National Convention just hours before Romney himself took the stage.

The GOP nominee touted his immigrant grandparents as “refugees of a revolution.” But unlike many of the speakers that came before him, Romney’s grandparents did not seek refuge in America, they fled it.

In 1885, Romney’s great-grandfather, Miles Park Romney, fled to Mexico to escape America’s anti-polygamy laws. Along with a group of his fellow Mormons, Miles Park Romney, who had four wives and 30 children, settled in Chihuahua, Mexico, where polygamy was still legal.

It was there in Mexico that Mitt Romney’s grandfather, Gaskell Romney, grew up and where his father, George Romney, was born. Gaskell and George Romney moved back to America before Mitt Romney was born to avoid the violence of the Mexican Revolution.

While Romney does not often mention his Mexican roots, his son, Craig, who is fluent in Spanish, touted his father’s bi-cultural past in a Spanish-language campaign ad.

“He greatly values that we are a nation of immigrants,” Craig Romney said in the ad. “My grandfather, George, was born in Mexico. For my family, the greatness of America is how we all respect each other and help one another.”

But while the GOP convention video plugged Romney’s Mexican roots and the Romney campaign touted his father’s heritage in a Spanish-language campaign ad, the candidate himself said it would “disingenuous” to consider him a Mexican-American.

“I don’t think people would think I was being honest with them if I said I was Mexican-American,” Romney said during a Univision interview in January. “My dad was born in Mexico and I’m proud of my heritage, but he was born of U.S. citizens who were living in Mexico at the time. He was not Hispanic. He never spoke Spanish nor did his parents, so I can’t claim that honor.”

‘Freedom is Fabulous’: Two Republican gay groups make waves in Tampa

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  By | The Ticket

 

TAMPA–An older gentleman in a sparkling cowboy suit and matching hat made out of sequins gazed at a pair of buff male go-go dancers wearing tight jeans and skimpy tank tops that read “Freedom Is Fabulous.” That was the scene at a local gay bar called “The Honeypot” on Tuesday night. More than 800 Republican delegates along with members of the local Tampa gay community and reporters clustered to listen to the colorful conservative gay group GOProud make the case for electing Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

“This is the largest event hosted by a gay group at any Republican convention,” GOProud Executive Director Jimmy LaSalvia shouted at the crowd during a brief speech at the party, called “Homocon.”

“Not that size matters,” he added, to laughter, “But ours is the biggest.”

If you sense a hint of competition in the statement, you’d be right. GOProud often needles the older, more established gay conservative group, The Log Cabin Republicans, by emphasizing that GOProud is the “only” gay group to have endorsed Mitt Romney. The group hints that Log Cabin is the stodgy uncle figure in the very small world of gay conservative groups.

“Have you been to any of their events?” LaSalvia asked, looking smooth in a suit and purple tie on Wednesday. “Womp-womp.”

“Our focus is very much within the grassroots of the conservative movement.” he explained. “They are very establishment.” LaSalvia and GOProud co-founder Christopher Barron are both former Log Cabin staffers. They left after neither was selected for the organization’s top job a few years ago, and started GOProud in 2009.

Yahoo News has, in fact, attended a Log Cabin event. On Sunday, the group held a welcome cocktail hour hosted by three local chapters at the Rusty Pelican, an oceanfront eatery. Fred Karger, a gay rights activist and long time Republican operative who launched a failed bid for the GOP presidential nod last fall, and Sandy Steen, the 73-year-old vice president of the Broward County, Fla., Log Cabin Republican chapter, chatted in a corner at the party.

“Fred ran for president!” Steen said. “He was at our home and Log Cabin gave him a contribution.”

“My first and most generous,” said Karger.

“My husband and I are fiscal conservatives and social moderates,” Steen said. “In this country everyone is entitled to equal rights.”

“How do you argue with that?” Karger asked.

Both Karger and Steen said they were disappointed with the Republican Party platform, officially adopted on Tuesday, which calls for a constitutional amendment that would bar gay couples from obtaining civil marriages, even in states that allow it. Mitt Romney signed a pledge during the primary that embraces the same plank.

“They need to lighten up!” said Steen. “I’m just a little distressed that the tea party has so much influence.”

LaSalvia and Barron frequently note that GOProud is the only gay group to have endorsed Mitt Romney–the Log Cabin Republicans are still mulling over the decision–and paint themselves as the more truly conservative group.

But one thing both groups agree pretty strongly on is that gay people should be allowed to marry each other, and the Republican Party seems pretty far away from that point; meanwhile, the Democrats plan to adopt that stance in their platform next week. At the RNC platform committee meeting last week, Romney adviser Kris Kobach argued against a libertarian delegate who wanted to add an amendment saying government shouldn’t bar gay marriage and civil unions because it doesn’t infringe on the rights of others. “Our government routinely judges situations where you might regard people completely affecting themselves like, for example, the use of controlled substances, like, for example, polygamy that is voluntarily entered into,” he said. “We condemn those activities even though they’re not hurting other people, at least directly.” Kobach’s view won the day in the platform.

But leaders of both groups seem upbeat about their prospects and secure in their own place in their party and at the convention. LaSalvia says GOProud is about “showing there are gay conservatives within the conservative movement and showing the conservative movement publicly [embraces] gay conservatives.” And the number of political operatives and media figures (including anti-tax activist Grover Norquist and  chair of the Tea Party Express Amy Kremer) who attended “Homocon” shows that a Republican gay bar party–which would have sounded like an oxymoron only a few years ago–isn’t that big of a deal now. In 1996, Bob Dole’s team returned a campaign check from Log Cabin. Today, some national Republicans, especially in the Northeast and Mountain West, actively seek the group’s endorsement.

But even so, not everyone in the conservative movement has been welcoming. In 2010 and 2011, GOProud opened up a rift among conservative groups by co-sponsoring the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Social conservatives boycotted CPAC in retaliation, and eventually GOProud was purged from sponsorship this year. LaSalvia says being kicked out of CPAC has given the group an opportunity to explore other ways to make a difference, including hosting Homocon.

“I fully understand the many folks who say how can you be a gay Republican?” said Log Cabin’s Pick, at the Sunday event, citing some on the right who question gay people’s rights to raise families and not be discriminated against at work. “It is sometimes a difficult thing, but as someone who is a fiscal conservative I am a Republican. You run down the list of core conservative values and they describe me. Including conservative family values.”

“I don’t think that responsibility, commitment, fidelity and raising responsible children without the intervention of government are things that apply only to heterosexuals,” Pick said. “You can be gay and believe all those things. I do.”

TAMPA–An older gentleman in a sparkling cowboy suit and matching hat made out of sequins gazed at a pair of buff male go-go dancers wearing tight jeans and skimpy tank tops that read “Freedom Is Fabulous.” That was the scene at a local gay bar called “The Honeypot” on Tuesday night. More than 800 Republican delegates along with members of the local Tampa gay community and reporters clustered to listen to the colorful conservative gay group GOProud make the case for electing Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

“This is the largest event hosted by a gay group at any Republican convention,” GOProud Executive Director Jimmy LaSalvia shouted at the crowd during a brief speech at the party, called “Homocon.”

“Not that size matters,” he added, to laughter, “But ours is the biggest.”

If you sense a hint of competition in the statement, you’d be right. GOProud often needles the older, more established gay conservative group, The Log Cabin Republicans, by emphasizing that GOProud is the “only” gay group to have endorsed Mitt Romney. The group hints that Log Cabin is the stodgy uncle figure in the very small world of gay conservative groups.

“Have you been to any of their events?” LaSalvia asked, looking smooth in a suit and purple tie on Wednesday. “Womp-womp.”

“Our focus is very much within the grassroots of the conservative movement.” he explained. “They are very establishment.” LaSalvia and GOProud co-founder Christopher Barron are both former Log Cabin staffers. They left after neither was selected for the organization’s top job a few years ago, and started GOProud in 2009.

Yahoo News has, in fact, attended a Log Cabin event. On Sunday, the group held a welcome cocktail hour hosted by three local chapters at the Rusty Pelican, an oceanfront eatery. Fred Karger, a gay rights activist and long time Republican operative who launched a failed bid for the GOP presidential nod last fall, and Sandy Steen, the 73-year-old vice president of the Broward County, Fla., Log Cabin Republican chapter, chatted in a corner at the party.

“Fred ran for president!” Steen said. “He was at our home and Log Cabin gave him a contribution.”

“My first and most generous,” said Karger.

“My husband and I are fiscal conservatives and social moderates,” Steen said. “In this country everyone is entitled to equal rights.”

“How do you argue with that?” Karger asked.

Both Karger and Steen said they were disappointed with the Republican Party platform, officially adopted on Tuesday, which calls for a constitutional amendment that would bar gay couples from obtaining civil marriages, even in states that allow it. Mitt Romney signed a pledge during the primary that embraces the same plank.

“They need to lighten up!” said Steen. “I’m just a little distressed that the tea party has so much influence.”

LaSalvia and Barron frequently note that GOProud is the only gay group to have endorsed Mitt Romney–the Log Cabin Republicans are still mulling over the decision–and paint themselves as the more truly conservative group.

But one thing both groups agree pretty strongly on is that gay people should be allowed to marry each other, and the Republican Party seems pretty far away from that point; meanwhile, the Democrats plan to adopt that stance in their platform next week. At the RNC platform committee meeting last week, Romney adviser Kris Kobach argued against a libertarian delegate who wanted to add an amendment saying government shouldn’t bar gay marriage and civil unions because it doesn’t infringe on the rights of others. “Our government routinely judges situations where you might regard people completely affecting themselves like, for example, the use of controlled substances, like, for example, polygamy that is voluntarily entered into,” he said. “We condemn those activities even though they’re not hurting other people, at least directly.” Kobach’s view won the day in the platform.

But leaders of both groups seem upbeat about their prospects and secure in their own place in their party and at the convention. LaSalvia says GOProud is about “showing there are gay conservatives within the conservative movement and showing the conservative movement publicly [embraces] gay conservatives.” And the number of political operatives and media figures (including anti-tax activist Grover Norquist and  chair of the Tea Party Express Amy Kremer) who attended “Homocon” shows that a Republican gay bar party–which would have sounded like an oxymoron only a few years ago–isn’t that big of a deal now. In 1996, Bob Dole’s team returned a campaign check from Log Cabin. Today, some national Republicans, especially in the Northeast and Mountain West, actively seek the group’s endorsement.

But even so, not everyone in the conservative movement has been welcoming. In 2010 and 2011, GOProud opened up a rift among conservative groups by co-sponsoring the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Social conservatives boycotted CPAC in retaliation, and eventually GOProud was purged from sponsorship this year. LaSalvia says being kicked out of CPAC has given the group an opportunity to explore other ways to make a difference, including hosting Homocon.

“I fully understand the many folks who say how can you be a gay Republican?” said Log Cabin’s Pick, at the Sunday event, citing some on the right who question gay people’s rights to raise families and not be discriminated against at work. “It is sometimes a difficult thing, but as someone who is a fiscal conservative I am a Republican. You run down the list of core conservative values and they describe me. Including conservative family values.”

“I don’t think that responsibility, commitment, fidelity and raising responsible children without the intervention of government are things that apply only to heterosexuals,” Pick said. “You can be gay and believe all those things. I do.”

Romney makes appeal to voters disappointed in Obama: ‘The time has come to turn the page’

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By  Senior Political Reporter

(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

TAMPA—Mitt Romney accepted the Republican presidential nomination by making an appeal to Americans disappointed in President Barack Obama’s tenure in the White House, arguing he can usher in the change Obama promised in 2008 but has failed to deliver.

“Tonight I’d ask a simple question: If you felt that excitement when you voted for Barack Obama, shouldn’t you feel that way now that he’s President Obama?” Romney said. “You know there’s something wrong with the kind of job he’s done as president when the best feeling you had, was the day you voted for him.”

He said Americans “deserved” the “hope and change” that Obama had promised, but because he has failed to keep his promises, he doesn’t deserve a second term.

“This president can ask us to be patient. This president can tell us it was someone else’s fault. This president can tell us that the next four years he’ll get it right,” Romney said. “But this president cannot tell us that you are better off today than when he took office. America has been patient. Americans have supported this president in good faith. But today, the time has come to turn the page.”

Romney told voters it’s time to “put the disappointments of the last four years behind us” and “forget about what might have been and look ahead to what can be.”

“Many Americans have given up on this president but they haven’t ever thought about giving up. Not on themselves. Not on each other. And not on America,” Romney said. “What is needed in our country today is not complicated or profound. It doesn’t take a special government commission to tell us what America needs. What America needs is jobs. Lots of jobs.”

Romney’s speech was a bookend to speeches he’s given in the 18 months since he launched his second bid for the presidency. But unlike other remarks, Romney spoke at length about his life and his family—telling voters about the “unconditional love” he received from his parents and has tried to pass on to his own kids and grand kids.

“All the laws and legislation in the world will never heal this world like the loving hearts and arms of mothers and fathers,” Romney said. “If every child could drift to sleep feeling wrapped in the love of their family–and God’s love–this world would be a far more gentle and better place.”

Romney’s remarks were aimed at humanizing him with voters, who have been openly skeptical of his candidacy. Before he took the stage, aides sought to tell a different story about Romney by having those who know him speak. Friends of the candidate spoke about his Mormon faith and others, including the founder of Staples–the office supply chain that was started with seed money from Bain Capital, a firm Romney founded–attested to his time as a venture capitalist.

But Romney’s speech was somewhat overshadowed by a rambling appearance by the actor and director Clint Eastwood, who ad-libbed a skit featuring him speaking to an invisible Obama on the stage. Romney aides had expected Eastwood, who endorsed the candidate last month, to make a short 5-minute speech; they looked anxious as the Hollywood actor’s remarks extended past the 10-minute mark.

But Romney won the audience’s attention a few minutes later, as he made an entrance from the back of the convention floor, walking through the delegates who excitedly shook his hand. On stage, a singer sang an acoustic version of “Born Free,” the Kid Rock song that has become Romney’s anthem.

In his speech, Romney repeated the argument he has made against an Obama second term—insisting the president has simply not turned things around. He repeatedly emphasized that his focus would be on creating jobs—reiterating that adding employment hasn’t been Obama’s focus.

“President Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet,” Romney said, a line that prompted laughter on the RNC floor. “My promise is to help you and your family.”

If elected, Romney vowed to “unleash an economy that will put Americans back to work” and restore “the America we want for our children.”

“That future is our destiny. That future is out there. It is waiting for us. Our children deserve it, our nation depends upon it, the peace and freedom of the world require it. And with your help we will deliver it,” Romney said. “Let us begin that future together tonight

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