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Mitt Romney

Party Affiliation: Republican

Web site: http://www.mittromney.com/

Slogan: Believe in America

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How This Weekend Changed the Republican Race

Monday, August 15, 2011

Connecting [Michele Bachmann's] ideas very specifically with the jobs crisis hasn't been her strong suit so far; that's something she'll have to demonstrate in the very near future, or she's going to be seen as a less viable candidate, particularly as someone else with populist credentials enters the Republican presidential fray.

Reihan Salam, columnist at The Daily and blogger for National Review Online's The Agenda, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Opinion: Why Ames was a Win for Ron Paul (Not Bachmann) and Where the GOP Race Goes Now

Sunday, August 14, 2011

All Bachmann did was hold on to a tenuous first place in a rapidly changing and dangerous environment. Ron Paul may have actually “won” the straw poll because it’s an expectations game.

-Steffen Schmidt, It's A Free Country blogger.

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The Empire

De Blasio's office promotes #CorporationsArePeople Twitter tag-paign

Friday, August 12, 2011

See, making a political statement can be fun(ny) sometimes. Public advocate Bill de Blasio this morning sent out a release promoting the "corporations are people" hashtage in response to a Mitt Romney campaign gaffe (or tremendously revealing acknowledgment). From the release:

While Mitt Romney may believe corporations are people, for most working Americans, ExxonMobil is not a friend, Wal-Mart is not a cousin and Google is only metaphorically their big brother... Instead of defending corporations that are secretly pouring millions into our elections, candidates and elected officials should be fighting to represent the real people in our country.

From that came the hashtag, and there have been some pretty good posts from the thread:

@braybc: I used to hang out with Apple in the 80's. We played Oregon Trail together all the time.
@LizNPA: Nobody give JPMorgan Chase peach schnapps! Bad things happen. Remember every Thanksgiving in the 90's? Ugh.
@nastynerdy: I now pronounce you Corporation and Corporation. You may kiss the entity.
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Opinion: Iowa Straw Polls of Years Past Offer Few Predictions. Here's One Anyway

Friday, August 12, 2011

The straw poll allows minor and far-fetched individuals to run in a visible contest and have a good time, but doesn't mean much. The 2007 Poll was an especially good example of this where Mitt Romney won the Poll, Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee took home the caucus victory, and Sen. John McCain got the nomination.

-Steffen Schmidt, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Scoring the Iowa Debate - Bachmann Makes Good, Palin Wins in Absentia

Friday, August 12, 2011

I blogged the Ames debate live for WNYC, New York and I came away with the following observations.

First, the debate was way too long. In Operas you have an intermission and then resume the show – my dad always fell asleep in the second half. In debates ...

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The GOP Debate in Iowa: Where They Disagreed

Friday, August 12, 2011

While the pointed sparring between Minnesotans Michele Bachmann and former Governor Tim Pawlenty drew the most headlines after the GOP debate, there's was just one of many disagreements among the eight Republican candidates on stage in Ames, Iowa. 

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Pawlenty Embraces Bush Foreign Policy Rhetoric but Not Bush Himself

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A two-term governor of Minnesota, Tim Pawlenty’s foreign policy experience consists mostly of his trips to Iraq and Afghanistan to visit Minnesota National Guard troops. Up to this point, he's run on his record in Minnesota, where he wielded vetoes to cut the size of government despite a Democratically controlled legislature. And he did it with unflappable niceness.

But in a Republican field without a John McCain (or a Colin Powell or David Petraeus waiting in the wings), Pawlenty sees some unclaimed territory on the party plank. In his first major speech about war and security at the Council on Foreign Relations on Tuesday, Pawlenty articulated a robust, hawkish foreign policy driven by “moral clarity” — and took swings at President Obama and his fellow Republicans in the process.

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The Takeaway

Mormons and American Politics

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

With Jon Huntsman announcing his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination, Mitt Romney is no longer the only Mormon in the running. Both candidates have the potential to become front-runners in the race, even though a recent Gallup poll shows 22 percent of the nation would not vote for a Mormon. 

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What's Happening in Conservatism?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Is this a war to be won by improving or changing political culture in Middle East?...Conservatives have to look at that and see how would you affect such a thing, what are steps toward it, how do you go about doing this? Or is it the way to go at all?...You can't advance on all fronts at once. You have to see which ones are the most important ones, and you have to pick your battles. We need a lot more strategic thinking about that.

Richard Brookhiser, senior editor of the National Review and author of Right Time, Right Place: Coming of Age with William F. Buckley Jr. and the Conservative Movement, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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An Iowan Take on New Hampshire Debate: Bachmann Wins

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The night’s real stand-out was Michelle Bachmann, who took advantage of the debate spotlight to announce she is running for president. She clearly and surprisingly won the debate. Bachmann was energetic and has a way with words, making some of the other wannabes look limp. Her experience in Congress showed and made her more credible than her critics might want to admit, and certainly complicates things for Sarah Palin.

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A Vigorous Debate with No Ideas

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Their goal was to chase votes — even if that meant running from their signature achievements, their honest disagreements or their more interesting, nuanced approaches. None of them were interested in a challenging, provocative debate. None of them offered the Republican voter something new to consider. They all just tried to deliver voters exactly what they wanted.

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Melinda Henneberger Sets Washington's Week

Monday, June 06, 2011

In a way she’s doing exactly what she promised, because she promised that this trip around America would be to get us talking and remembering and being grateful for American history, and I can’t remember when Paul Revere got more ink than he has since Sarah Palin started talking about him.

Melinda Henneberger, contributing editor to Time.com, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Operating in Palin's Shadow May Cast Romney in Better Light

Thursday, June 02, 2011

As former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney begins the official portion of his campaign for the presidency, he is sure to draw the most attention in national headlines – particularly with the establishment vs. rogue narrative being pushed along by Sarah Palin’s unorthodox summer road trip. 

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Nate Silver on NY-26 and Beyond

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

All but four Republicans already voted for the plan and they're running in districts just like New York 26 (or more Democratic) next year. Six were carried by Obama in 2008. So they probably have to think about an exit strategy, but the collateral damage is done, both to those who already voted for it and those in the Tea Party that wanted to control the direction of caucus.

Nate Silver, blogger for The New York Times' Five Thirty Eight blog, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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The Takeaway

GOP Candidates 2012: The Takeaway Cheat Sheet

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

With less than a year to go until the Iowa caucuses, and less than 18 months out from the 2012 presidential elections, the Republican pool of presidential contenders is still uncertain. Earlier this week, Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and real estate mogul Donald Trump announced they would not seek the party's nomination. And pundits are awaiting announcements from big names like Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman. 

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Romney's Health Care Dilemma

Monday, May 16, 2011

Here you have [Romney] in many quarters described as the front runner, even though some polls are all over the map, and yet at the same time his comments in that speech last week in Michigan were just derided by a lot of the people you would think were natural supporters. The Wall Street Journal ripped him both the day that he delivered the speech and the day afterward, and so then you get something like what he said and something like what Newt Gingrich said on Meet the Press...and you could take a video of both of those appearances...and you almost have a 30 second spot in the presidential race right there.

Glen Johnson, politics editor at Boston.com, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Romney's Dilemma

Monday, May 16, 2011

Glen Johnson, politics editor at Boston.com, discusses Mitt Romney's health care record in Massachusetts and how it will factor into the 2012 race.

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Why Romney's Authenticity Problem Won't Go Away

Monday, May 16, 2011

The first time I saw Mitt Romney on the national stage I thought what everyone invariably thinks: He's straight out of central casting to play the role of president.

Unfortunately for Mitt in 2008, presidential aspirations were only skin deep.

That's partially the problem, of course, that Mitt Romney is, as the old expression goes, great from far but far from great.

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Campaign Trailer Critic: Mitt Romney's 'Believe in America'

Thursday, April 28, 2011

WNYC

Throughout the 2012 campaign season, It's A Free Country's political film critic Sarah Kate Kramer will be analyzing the videos released by presidential hopefuls. Today that hopeful is Mitt Romney.

Mitt Romney's going for the gentle great uncle look these days. In his video announcing his 2012 presidential exploratory committee, there's Mitt in pulled focus, standing against the soft background of a football stadium (the good old boy at the good old American game) at the University of New Hampshire. He's wearing a pink undershirt and his hair is showing the beginning signs of gray. Sigh...he just seems like a straight-talking, sweet, sensible guy.

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Is Donald Trump Serious?

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

For a man who has yet to officially declare his candidacy, there is immense hype surrounding Donald Trump as a Republican presidential contender. And it seems that GOP voters are interested — a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC poll of Republican primary voters had Trump tied for second place with former Governor Mike Huckabee at 17 percent, just a few points behind Mitt Romney, who came in at 21 percent. But our next guest isn’t buying it – in fact, he’s betting his savings that the Donald won’t enter the 2012 race. Joining us is Steve Kornacki, Politics Editor for Salon.com.

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