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West Palm Beach, FL – Today, Governor Mitt Romney released the following statement regarding the passing of Gordon B. Hinckley, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints:

“I was saddened to learn of the death of Gordon B. Hinckley. Ann and I respect him as a man of great faith and character. Like all people who knew him, we were deeply touched by his humility, his sense of humor and by the way he inspired so many people around the world. We will miss his leadership.”

Funeral Services for President Hinckley Announced

SALT LAKE CITY 28 January 2008 Funeral services for President Gordon B. Hinckley, leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who died Sunday evening, will be held this Saturday, February 2, in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City.

The proceedings will be broadcast via satellite in 69 languages to over 6,000 Church buildings globally. Brigham Young University’s BYU Television will also broadcast the funeral internationally.

Those who attend the funeral services at the Conference Center will need to be in their seats no later than 10:30 a.m. for an 11:00 a.m. start. Seating will be restricted to the 21,000 capacity of the Conference Center. Overflow seating with large screen viewing of proceedings will be offered in the adjacent Tabernacle, Assembly Hall and Conference Center Theater.

Between the funeral and graveside services, a program profiling the life and ministry of President Hinckley titled In His Own Words will also be televised.

President Hinckley was the 15th president in the 177-year history of the Church and had served as its president since March 12 1995.

There will be a public viewing Thursday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the Church Administration Building, 47 East, South Temple Street, Salt Lake City.

President Hinckley, who led The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through twelve years of global expansion, died at the age of 97.

The Church president passed away at his apartment in downtown Salt Lake City at 7:00 p.m. Sunday night from causes incident to age. Members of his family were at his bedside.

Expressions of sympathy can be emailed to condolences@ldschurch.org or mailed to Church headquarters at 47 East South Temple St., Salt Lake City, UT 84150.

President Hinckley’s family members have suggested that in lieu of flowers those who wish to send a memorial gift could donate to the Church’s Perpetual Education, Humanitarian or Missionary funds, or the Gordon B. Hinckley Chair of British Studies at the University of Utah.

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Campaign Dishonesty from the Clintons and McCain

By George Will

Some highlights about the Clintons:

The week before South Carolina voted was the week when, at last, even some Democrats noticed. Noticed, that is, the distinctive cloud of coarseness that hovers over the Clintons, seeping acid rain.

That cloud has been a constant accouterment of their careers, and has been influencing the nation’s political weather for 16 years. But by the time Bill Clinton brought the Democratic Party in from the wilderness in 1992, the party had lost five of the previous six, and seven of the previous 10, presidential elections. Democrats were so grateful to him, and so determined not to resume wandering in the wilderness, that they averted their gazes to avoid seeing, and hummed show tunes to avoid hearing, the Clintons’ routine mendacities.

And about St. John of Arizona (McCain)

This was a garden-variety dishonesty, the manufacture of which does not cause a Clinton in midseason form to break a sweat. And it was no worse than — actually, not as gross as — St. John of Arizona’s crooked-talk claim in Florida that Mitt Romney wanted to “surrender and wave a white flag, like Senator Clinton wants to do” in Iraq because Romney “wanted to set a date for withdrawal that would have meant disaster.”

Imitation being the sincerest form of flattery, the Clintons should bask in the glow of John McCain’s Clintonian gloss on this fact: Ten months ago Romney said that President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki should discuss, privately, “a series of timetables and milestones.” That unremarkable thought was twisted by McCain, whose distortions are notably clumsy, as when Romney said, accurately, that he alone among the candidates has had extensive experience in private-sector business. That truth was subjected to McCain’s sophistry, and he charged that Romney had said “you haven’t had a real job” if you had a military career. If, this autumn, voters must choose between Clinton and McCain, they will face, at least stylistically, an echo, not a choice.

And of course all of us Romney fans know this to our core, but it’s so great to hear it:

But that dreary scenario need not come to pass. Romney seems to have found his voice as attention turns to the economy, a subject concerning which McCain seems neither conversant nor eager to become so.

Thanks George for painting reality the way it is. And of course the vantage point RealClearPolitics gives us is “priceless”.

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Today, Governor Mitt Romney announced that Elizabeth “Liz” Cheney will be joining the Romney for President campaign.  Having most recently worked at the U.S. State Department handling Middle East policy, Cheney will serve as a senior foreign policy adviser to Governor Romney. Note that Cheney served as a National Campaign Co-Chair for the Fred Thompson presidential campaign.

http://www.mittromney.com/News/Press-Releases/Endorsement_Cheney

LIZ CHENEY JOINS ROMNEY FOR PRESIDENT

Boston, MAToday, Governor Mitt Romney announced that Elizabeth “Liz” Cheney will be joining the Romney for President campaign.  Having most recently worked at the U.S. State Department handling Middle East policy, Cheney will serve as a senior foreign policy adviser to Governor Romney. 

“I am proud to support Governor Romney.  Throughout this campaign, he has distinguished himself as a leader who can guide our country with a clear vision for overcoming the threats we face today.  Dedicated to the success of our missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, Governor Romney is the only candidate who has outlined a comprehensive strategy for defeating the global Jihadist threat.  I look forward to working with Governor Romney, because he is the leader our country needs,” said Liz Cheney. 

Making today’s announcement, Governor Romney said, “Liz Cheney brings to our campaign years of experience helping to formulate America’s foreign policy and to advance democracy and reform in the Middle East.  She understands that to defeat this global Jihadist threat we have to help Muslim nations reject the violent extreme.  I am honored that she will be joining our team.”

Background On Liz Cheney:

Liz Cheney Is A Former High-Ranking State Department Official With Years Of Experience Helping To Formulate America’s Foreign Policy.  Most recently, Cheney served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs.  As the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, she was the second-ranking State Department official overseeing U.S. policy in the Middle East.  She helped develop and oversee programs to promote democracy and reform in the Arab world.  Before joining the State Department, she served at the U.S. Agency for International Development, the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank, and as an attorney at White & Case LLP.  Cheney was also a National Campaign Co-Chair for the Fred Thompson presidential campaign.

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The ad highlights Senator John McCain’s (R-AZ) positions that are more in line with The New York Times than conservatives.  More often than not, Senator McCain has found himself to be the only Republican who could find himself the running mate of Senators Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and even John Kerry.  Script and ad facts are below.  

Script For “Democrats’ Favorite Republican” (WEB 1:10):

CHYRON:  “Who is the Democrats’ favorite Republican?”

MARA LIASSON:  “John McCain”

BRIT HUME:  “John McCain”

SUZANNE MALVEAUX:  “John McCain”

ARI FLEISCHER:  “Conservatives do have deep reasons to mistrust John McCain.” 

CHYRON:  “Why?”

SEAN HANNITY:  “He’s got problems with conservatives on McCain-Feingold, McCain-Kennedy, Gang of 14.”

JOE SCARBOROUGH:  “He lost among Republicans big time in Michigan. He lost among Republicans big time in Wyoming.”

CHUCK TODD:  “Judges, immigration, campaign reform, taxes, John McCain has consistently, sort of, challenged the Republican Party on some of those stances.”

CHYRON:  “The only Republican who could run with Hillary or Obama.” 

SEN. BARACK OBAMA (D-IL): “I stood with Ted Kennedy and John McCain.”

FORMER PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON:  “The bill that Senator McCain supported in the Senate. I think it’s the right thing to do and so does Hillary.”

SUZANNE MALVEAUX:  “In an online interview, Kerry says Senator John McCain approached him about being his running mate.” 

SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN (R-AZ):  “John Kerry is a very close friend of mine. We’ve been friends for years. Obviously, I would entertain it.”

BRIT HUME:  “McCain though denies he ever considered leaving the party. But, his chief political strategist, John Weaver, tells the paper that McCain did indeed talk to Democrats about moving across the aisle.”

CHYRON:  “No wonder the liberal NY Times endorsed John McCain.” 

CHYRON:  “Paid for by Romney for President, Inc.” 

AD FACTS For “Democrats’ Favorite Republican” (WEB 1:10):

Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer: “[C]onservatives Do Have Deep Reasons To Mistrust John McCain.” (Fox News’ “Hannity & Colmes,” 1/23/08)

Fox News’ Sean Hannity: “He’s Got Problems With Conservatives On McCain-Feingold, McCain-Kennedy, Gang Of 14.” (Fox News’ “Hannity & Colmes,” 1/21/08)

McCain Lost Among Republicans In South Carolina, Nevada, Michigan And Wyoming. MSNBC’s JOE SCARBOROUGH: “John McCain lost among Republicans in South Carolina. John McCain lost among Republicans in Nevada. He lost among Republicans big time in Michigan. He lost among Republicans big time in Wyoming.” (MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” 1/21/08)

NBC’s Chuck Todd Said McCain Challenged The Republican Party On Judges, Immigration, Campaign Reform, And Taxes. NBC’s CHUCK TODD: “[J]udges, immigration, campaign reform, taxes, John McCain has consistently, sort of, challenged the Republican Party on some of those stances.” (MSNBC’s “Countdown,” 1/24/08)

Sen. Barack Obama: “I Stood With Ted Kennedy And John McCain.” (MSNBC, Democratic Presidential Debate, 1/16/08)

Former President Clinton Said He And Hillary Clinton Agreed That Sen. McCain’s Immigration Bill Was “The Right Thing To Do.” CLINTON: “[T]he bill that Senator McCain supported in the Senate. I think it’s the right thing to do and so does Hillary.” (Bill Clinton, Speech, Bow, NH, 1/5/08)

John Kerry Said McCain Approached Him About Being His Vice President. CNN’s SUZANNE MALVEAUX: “In an online interview, Kerry says Senator John McCain approached him about being his running mate….” (CNN’s “The Situation Room,” 4/3/07)

McCain Said He Would Entertain Being John Kerry’s Vice President. SEN. JOHN MCCAIN: “John Kerry is a very close friend of mine. We’ve been friends for years. Obviously, I would entertain it.” (ABC’s “Good Morning America,” 3/10/04)

McCain’s Chief Political Strategist Said McCain Talked To Democrats About Leaving The Republican Party. FOX NEWS’ BRIT HUME: “McCain though denies he ever considered leaving the party. But, his chief political strategist, John Weaver, tells the paper that McCain did indeed talk to Democrats about moving across the aisle.” (Fox News’ “The Special Report,” 3/29/07)

The New York Times Endorsed John McCain. “Still, there is a choice to be made, and it is an easy one. Senator John McCain of Arizona is the only Republican who promises to end the George Bush style of governing from and on behalf of a small, angry fringe. With a record of working across the aisle to develop sound bipartisan legislation, he would offer a choice to a broader range of Americans than the rest of the Republican field.” (Editorial, “Primary Choices: John McCain,” The New York Times, 1/25/08)

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