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“I am proud to stand alongside Governor Romney as he campaigns to build a stronger America. For months, the people of New Hampshire have had the opportunity to meet Governor Romney all over the state and listen to his ideas for bringing change to Washington. Mitt Romney embodies New Hampshire’s values – values that stress government living within its means, lower taxes, a stronger military and stronger families,” said Senator Gregg. “Governor Romney is the strong leader we need to lead America forward. He has the experience, vision and values needed to be our next President.”

Making today’s announcement, Governor Romney said, “For nearly thirty years, Judd Gregg has served the citizens of New Hampshire with distinction, championing our shared conservative values. As New Hampshire’s Senior Senator, he has always fought to do what is right for the people of his state, and he is one of the most respected fiscal watchdogs in Congress. Judd Gregg’s leadership and support is a significant addition to our campaign to build a stronger America. As we head into New Hampshire’s First in the Nation Primary, I am proud to have Judd Gregg and grassroots supporters from all across the state at my side.”

Background On Senator Judd Gregg:

Senator Judd Gregg Is Serving His Third Term In The United States Senate. Senator Gregg holds a number of key leadership and committee positions, including serving as both the Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee and as Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Agencies. Senator Gregg also sits on the Senate HELP Committee and Senate Appropriations Committee. With these positions, Senator Gregg has been a prominent voice in the national debate on such vital issues as overseeing the federal budget, homeland security, national defense, education, international affairs, law enforcement, Social Security, and health care.

During his service in the Senate, Senator Gregg has worked to secure our homeland and to defend our nation against terrorism locally and nationally; to promote responsible federal spending; to increase America’s energy independence; to support pro-economic growth policies in New Hampshire and the nation; and to protect New Hampshire’s environment. Senator Gregg has especially focused on reducing the federal budget deficit and addressing the growth of entitlements.

Senator Gregg has the unique honor of being the first elected official in state history to serve in each of the following positions: three terms as United States Senator, 1993-present; two terms as Governor of New Hampshire, 1989-1993; four terms as United States Representative for New Hampshire’s Second Congressional District, 1981-1989; and one term as Executive Councilor for New Hampshire’s Council District 5, 1979-1981.

He is a New Hampshire native and is married to Kathleen MacLellan Gregg. They have two daughters, Molly and Sarah, and a son, Joshua. Senator and Mrs. Gregg are residents of Rye Beach, New Hampshire.

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Cramer On Being Interviewed By Governor Romney:

CNBC’s Jim Cramer: “And then there was the second man, the man I’m about to bring on, who perhaps more than any recruiter I ever met influenced me toward a new career. That man’s name is Mitt Romney. He was working at Bain at the time, the top consulting company in the country. And he sat down with me, not that he would ever remember, and grilled me about what I could bring to the Bain party. He quizzed me about going around the globe fixing companies worldwide and about how I could assess companies on returns, on equity returns on investments, present value of the earnings stream, how earnings could be augmented. Synergy. I listened as he asked in his intense, eye-piercing way, rattling off questions like a Gatling gun, asked me perhaps the most difficult inquiries I’ve ever been grilled about. At the end of the meeting, I’d made up my mind. The guy was just too darn smart and demanding, too way ahead of me, too rigorous a businessman for Cramer! I was, in a word, intimidated!

“I’m trying to think about another time in my life that I’ve ever had that experience. Anyway, he made my mind up. I was going, not to Bain, but to Goldman. That’s why I had no problem when I was on Chris Matthews’ show recently and called him perhaps the best businessman in the country. It was personal experience. Now, the quote’s been enshrined in the businessman’s ads, caused me some grief, and I must add amusement, because I didn’t mean it as an endorsement for anyone for president. I just meant to tell the truth about his rigor, acumen and ability.”

Governor Romney On The Democrats’ Massive Tax Increase Proposals:

Cramer: “One of the things that you have been noted for, you’ve been a great tax cutter, which has worked. Are there situations where you could see it on some vice, perhaps, or it’s some way to be able to help the energy situation, that you would actually favor a tax or a higher tax than we currently have?”

Governor Romney: “You know, when you open that door, you end up saying, ‘Katie, bar the door.’ The Democrats, like Hillary Clinton, want to put in place a new Social Security tax, they want higher income taxes, higher taxes on capital gains, dividends and interest. Charlie Rangel just came out this week saying he wants to put a surcharge on taxes, largest increase in the history of America. Look, more taxes are what the Democrats have in mind to fund many of Hillary Clinton’s million good ideas. We can’t afford that. It would slow down the economy. It would kill job creation in this country. The right answer is always to keep taxes down. Don’t add new taxes, but instead allow the American people and the entrepreneurial spirit to grow our economy. That’s the best way to get revenues for government and the best ways to get good jobs for our people.”

Governor Romney: “We’re Tired Of All The Talk, We Want To Get Somebody Who Can Get The Job Done”:

 

Cramer: “You’re running as a business president. I’ve seen something – I do this college tour, and I’ve seen something that’s pretty amazing about it. The people in their 20s and their 30s in this country, now revere business, respect what business people do, and I think are inclined to want to talk openly about making money and I think would embrace a candidate like you because you’ve made a lot of money. Are you seeing the same thing on your campaign trail?”

Governor Romney: “You know, I do think people want to have individuals who are not lifelong politicians, but folks that know how to solve tough problems. And you know, if you’ve been in the consulting world or the investment world, you learn how to look at a tough situation, get people to come together, analyze it, take it apart, figure out the right direction. And frankly, our country needs to have some smart people with private sector experience, business experience, to look at the problems we have here and around the world and solve them, to get the job done. We’re tired of all the talk, we want to get somebody who can get the job done.”

 

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President Clinton, Sen. Hillary Clinton Believe McCain’s Immigration Plan “The Right Thing To Do.”

“Thirdly, I think the humane thing to do here is to give the people that are here and are working and have no law problems, except that they’re not here legally, a chance to work their way into legal citizenship. … It’s also consistent with the bill that Senator McCain supported in the Senate. I think it’s the right thing to do, and so does Hillary.” – President Bill Clinton (Pres. Bill Clinton, Hillary For President Campaign Event, Bow, NH, 1/5/08)

In New Hampshire On Saturday, President Clinton Said He And Sen. Hillary Clinton Agree With Sen. McCain’s Immigration Plan:

President Clinton: Hillary And I Agree With Sen. McCain’s Immigration Bill. PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: “Thirdly, I think the humane thing to do here is to give the people that are here and are working and have no law problems, except that they’re not here legally, a chance to work their way into legal citizenship. You know, the vast majority of these people are completely law abiding, and they pay taxes, even, but they’re not here lawfully. … I talk to people, you know, and I try to figure out what’s going on. I think that is the fairer system. It’s also consistent with the bill that Senator McCain supported in the Senate. I think it’s the right thing to do, and so does Hillary.” (Pres. Bill Clinton, Hillary For President Campaign Event, Bow, NH, 1/5/08)

Sen. McCain Also Revealed That He Still Supports McCain-Kennedy:

Sen. McCain Still Supports His Immigration Plan That America Rejected. QUESTION: “But fundamentally, don’t you still have the same plan for a path to citizenship that you fundamentally held months ago?” MCCAIN: “Sure.” (ABC/WMUR, [Unverified Transcript], Republican Presidential Candidate Debate, Manchester, NH, 1/5/08)

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 WHAT THEY ARE REALLY SAYING ABOUT GOVERNOR ROMNEY AT MANCHESTER, NH DEBATE VOL V

Time‘s Joe Klein: “I watched tonight’s debate with the Frank Luntz focus group at the famed Merrimack Diner… And they…Just. Loved. Romney.” (Joe Klein, “McCain’s Lost Weekend,” Time‘s Swampland Blog, http://www.time-blog.com/, Posted 1/6/08)

  • Klein: “Most of those who came in undecided had switched to Mitt by the end of the show. They just adored his position on illegal immigration (their dials plummeted when McCain said we had to be ‘humane.’)” (Joe Klein, “McCain’s Lost Weekend,” Time‘s Swampland Blog, http://www.time-blog.com/, Posted 1/6/08)

Fox News’ Carl Cameron: “Romney was seated in the middle, and he was in the middle of every exchange. He stuck to his guns and fired several good shots of his own. He let almost no charge go un-rebutted and pivoted to offense effectively on many. As far as debating tactics, poise and execution are concerned he won.” (Carl Cameron, “Mitt In The Middle,” FOX’s Cameron’s Corner, www.cameron.blogs.foxnews.com, Posted 1/7/08)

  • Cameron: “He withstood withering condescension from his rivals, tough questions from Chris Wallace, all after a full campaign day. Romney has campaigned harder and for longer than all of them.” (Carl Cameron, “Mitt In The Middle,” FOX’s Cameron’s Corner, www.cameron.blogs.foxnews.com, Posted 1/7/08)
  • Cameron: “Mitt Romney scored spectacular numbers in Frank Luntz’s focus groups.” (Carl Cameron, “Mitt In The Middle,” FOX’s Cameron’s Corner, www.cameron.blogs.foxnews.com, Posted 1/7/08)

Politico‘s Jonathan Martin: “Overall, Romney was much more effective at driving his message this evening, taking advantage of numerous opportunities to talk up his new theme of bringing change to Washington. He was able to discuss taxes and immigration – precisely the issues his campaign wants to spotlight here before the primary – and seemed at ease and relaxed the whole time.” (Jonathan Martin, “From Smackdown To Somnolent,” Politico, www.politico.com/jonathanmartin, Posted 1/6/08)

CBN’s David Brody: “Mitt Romney picked a great time to come up with a solid homerun debate performance.” (David Brody, “Romney’s Smashing Success,” CBN’s The Brody File, www.cbn.com, 1/6/08)

  • Brody: “Billed as a ‘Presidential Forum’, Romney looked presidential and pretty much commanded the roundtable without coming across as petty and vindictive. This is called ‘coming through at crunch time.'” (David Brody, “Romney’s Smashing Success,” CBN’s The Brody File, www.cbn.com, 1/6/08)

Race 4 2008’s Matthew E. Miller: “I really think Mitt Romney has come into his own over the last few days. In particular, I thought he was fantastic tonight.” (Matthew E. Miller, “A Comeback Kid?” Race 4 2008 Blog, http://race42008.com, Posted 1/6/08)

  • Miller: “On just style alone, I think he’s bowled over even the usually engaging Huckabee, two nights in a row.” (Matthew E. Miller, “A Comeback Kid?” Race 4 2008 Blog, http://race42008.com, Posted 1/6/08)
  • Miller: “But, beyond style, Romney has shown a staggering command of issues and details. He continually projects competence and seriousness, with well-thought out responses to tough questions.” (Matthew E. Miller, “A Comeback Kid?” Race 4 2008 Blog, http://race42008.com, Posted 1/6/08)
  • Miller: “Last night, Romney bore a brutal assault amazingly well, but tonight he actually won, because he not only seemed like the grown-up in the room, but the other candidates took a respite from their vicious anti-Romney glee.” (Matthew E. Miller, “A Comeback Kid?” Race 4 2008 Blog, http://race42008.com, Posted 1/6/08)

RedState’s Leon Wolf: “Let’s be clear – for the purposes of New Hampshire, tonight was about who could win between McCain and Romney, and Romney was the clear winner.” (Leon Wolf, “Mitt Romney’s Finest Hour,” RedState Blog, http://www.redstate.com/, Posted 1/7/08)

  • Wolf: “Romney was clearly on his game.” (Leon Wolf, “Mitt Romney’s Finest Hour,” RedState Blog, http://www.redstate.com/, Posted 1/7/08)
  • Wolf: “Romney clearly impressed the focus groups, and spoke to issues that appeal to the folks of New Hampshire.” (Leon Wolf, “Mitt Romney’s Finest Hour,” RedState Blog, http://www.redstate.com/, Posted 1/7/08)

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I didn’t get to see the debate personally, but these clips are great – they cut to the chase.

Focus Group: Mitt Romney Wins the debate:

Focus Group: Mitt Romney Can Beat Obama (child’s play, I might add)

And finally, this is encouraging for any Mitt fan or convert. Mitt Romney is the kind of Statesman we haven’t seen in a long time. I appreciate the positive and gentlemanly inspiration he is offering as an alternative to his knuckle-dragging (McCain) and Joker (Huckabee) counterparts.

Luntz: Romney Hit A Home Run Tonight

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