Monday's Update - Romney for President

Hope you had a good weekend. I’ve got a couple of things for you.

  1. Governor Romney’s statement on today’s budget message from the President.
  2. Today, Romney for President launched its newest radio ad, “Khatami”. It is up in South Carolina and Iowa today and later this week in Florida. At this point it’s not scheduled to go up in New Hampshire.
  3. Over the weekend, Governor Romney won the Michigan Straw poll with 39% of the vote. Below I’ve attach some clips.

1. Governor Romney has just issued the following statement (link, full statement, background) :


Boston , MA Today,Governor Mitt Romney issued the following statement on the President's message regarding the federal budget and the need for fiscal responsibility:

"I applaud the President for his message of budget restraint. Republicans must renew our commitment to fiscal responsibility in Washington. The Democrats want more spending, which will lead to higher taxes. Change in Washington begins with Republicans standing up for fiscal discipline and protecting taxpayers."

Background On Governor Romney's Strategy To Cut Government Spending:

  • Governor Romney Will Veto Appropriations Bills That Exceed Spending Targets. He will veto any non-defense appropriations bill that grows spending at a rate greater than inflation minus one percent (CPI-1%). This will save $300 billion over 10 ten years.
  • Governor Romney Will Lead An Effort To Review And Reevaluate All Federal Spending Programs. His administration will undertake an exhaustive review of each individual federal program with the goal to eliminate and consolidate programs that are no longer useful or are bureaucratic and unwieldy.
  • Governor Romney Believes The President Needs The Line-Item Veto Power. As Governor, he had line-item authority, and often used it to trim or eliminate individual appropriations. Giving the President this power would allow us to make tremendous strides in eliminating earmarks and cutting inefficient programs.

2. Today, Romney forPresident launched its newest radio ad, “Khatami”.

Listen to it here:

Fast Facts:

  • The ad highlights Governor Romney's opposition to former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami's 2006 visit to Harvard University. Calling the visit on the eve of the fifth anniversary of 9/11 a "disgrace," Governor Romney refused to provide Khatami with a State Police escort.
  • Today, Governor Romney has called on the United Nations and Columbia University to take similar action and revoke any invitation for current Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to speak at their respective institutions.
  • The ad will begin airing as part of the campaign's rotation today in Iowa and South Carolina, and then Florida later in the week.

Script For "Khatami" (Radio:60):

ANNOUNCER: "On the eve of thefifth anniversary of 9/11, Harvard University invited former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami to Boston. The same Mohammad Khatami who has supported the terrorist group Hezbollah, advocates destruction of Israel and stood by while Jews and Christians were persecuted.

"The Iranian wanted VIP treatment at taxpayer expense. But Governor Mitt Romney said, 'No.' Governor Romney called the invitation a 'disgrace' and refused to grant Khatami a police escort.

"Now another Iranian President is visiting America, coming to New York, and Governor Mitt Romney is leading the opposition."

GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY: "We should be tightening our sanctions against Iran, not welcoming him to the world stage and I've called on the Secretary-General of the United Nations to withdraw that invitation. What we should be doing is indicting Ahmadinejad under the Genocide Convention."

ANNOUNCER: "As Governor Mitt Romney did what was right, not what was politically correct. As President, he'll do the same. Mitt Romney."

GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY: "I'm Mitt Romney and I approved this message."

ANNOUNCER: "Paid for by Romney for President."

3. Below are articles on the Michigan Straw Poll.

Romney Wins Mackinac Poll


By Reid Wilson

September 23, 2007

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney came out on top this weekend at the biggest gathering of Michigan Republicans before their January 15th primary. At the Michigan Republican Leadership Conference, Romney,whose father served as governor of the Wolverine State, took 39% in a straw poll sponsored by The Hotline.

Romney wins straw poll


By Dawson Bell

September 23, 2007

MACKINAC ISLAND - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney used his Michigan connections to good advantage over the weekend in easily winning a straw poll of registrants to the Michigan Republican Party’s biennial island conference. Romney, a Michigan native and son of a former governor, pulled in 39% of the vote open to delegates to the conference who were also Michigan residents.

Romney on top in GOP straw poll


By Charlie Cain And Gordon Trowbridge

September 23, 2007

MACKINAC ISLAND -- Michigan native and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was the runaway-winner of a non-scientific straw poll among Republican Party faithful who attended a weekend party conference here. Romney, whose father George served as Michigan's hard-charging governor during the 1960s, polled 39 percent support in the secret balloting. Arizona Sen. John McCain followed with 27 percent backing.

Romney tops Michigan Republican straw poll


September 23, 2007

MACKINAC ISLAND , Mich. (AP) _ After listening to two days of speeches by their presidential candidates, Michigan Republicans gave Mitt Romney the most votes in a straw poll Friday and Saturday at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference. The results were released Sunday.

Romney Wins Mackinac Straw Poll


By Katharine Q. Seelye

September 23, 2007

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. — After hosting an ice cream social and gripping hands and grinning for photos, Mitt Romney won the Hotline’s straw poll among the 2,000 Michigan Republicans attending a leadership conference here.

Romney Wins Strong Show of Support in Michigan


By Susan Davis

September 23, 2007

Mitt Romney handily won the a straw poll this weekend at the Republican Leadership Conference in Mackinac Island, Mich., earning 39% of the nearly 1,000 votes cast. National Journal’s Hotline sponsored the poll.

Romney is the Survivor on the Island


September 23, 2007

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Gov Mitt Romney won the Michigan Republican Leadership Conference straw poll, receiving 39 % of the 979 votes cast.