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“Republicans need a candidate who represents conservative values, builds bipartisan support and signals change for a restless electorate.

 “Romney is that candidate.”


 Romney is GOP’s best candidate


 Nevada Republicans who want to participate in their party’s choice of a presidential nominee have a problem: The party and the candidates have shown little interest in them in the run-up to Saturday’s GOP caucuses.

 State Republican officials made a mess of the process, including erroneous information on caucus locations on their Web site. So it’s no surprise that the candidates have largely ignored Nevada. Republican voters have had little chance to get to know the candidates, and those who find their way to precinct meetings might well be shooting in the dark.

 The only candidate who has spent a significant amount of time in Nevada is U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, the Texas libertarian who has campaigned on an anti-war, anti-tax and return-to-the-Constitution platform. His message is an important one for those who are tired of politics as usual. His defense of the Bill of Rights is refreshing amid “patriot” initiatives that infringe on free speech, privacy and gun ownership. But he doesn’t represent a large part of the Republican Party, which casts doubt on his electability.

 The best candidate — and the one who would give the party its strongest chance in the fall — is former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

 Romney is a successful businessman who showed his ability to get voters to cross party lines when he won the governor’s office in Massachusetts, home of the Kennedys, Michael Dukakis and John Kerry. He left that office with his reputation and his relationships intact.

 Romney’s most remarkable feat, however, was his stewardship of the Salt Lake City Olympics. He showed that he could bring disparate groups together, clean up a mess left by his predecessor, and to put on possibly the most successful games ever.

 Romney’s No. 1 opponent since the New Hampshire primary is Arizona U.S. Sen. John McCain. McCain is a genuine war hero. But he’s also a government insider who has outlived scandal. But McCain is no friend to Nevada. In 2000, he joined with the NCAA to scapegoat Nevada sportsbooks for a point-shaving scandal in Arizona and was chief sponsor of a bill that would have banned betting on college sports, a business legal in Nevada. He also is a supporter of the Yucca Mountain project.

 The other top candidate is former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, winner in Iowa. His campaign has been slow to catch fire, and Nevadans know little of him.

 He does not appear to offer the party much new, however. Neither do the other candidates remaining in the race, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who became a hero by his response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks but was not a successful mayor to that point; the sometimes actor and sometimes former Tennessee U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson; and U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter from California.

 Republicans need a candidate who represents conservative values, builds bipartisan support and signals change for a restless electorate.

 Romney is that candidate.



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Grand Rapids Press Endorses Governor Romney:

“Press Editorial Board Endorses Romney”
Grand Rapids Press
January 11, 2008

“Many issues will confront the nation in the next four years, from the ongoing threat of terrorism to the need to find a sensible immigration policy. For Michigan, however, one challenge dominates: the economy. We stand at a critical moment, bearing on our backs a worst-in-the-nation unemployment rate, staring at an uncertain future.

“Among Republicans on the ballot in Tuesday’s presidential primary, two candidates would offer solid leadership, Arizona Sen. John McCain and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. However, when it comes to Michigan’s challenges and needs, the passion and knowledge of Mr. Romney tip the scales in his favor. During a visit with Press editors this week, Mr. Romney vowed, ‘I will not sleep until Michigan is strong and active and vibrant again.’ Because of that focus, MITT ROMNEY has our vote in the Republican presidential primary.”

“Mr. Romney first came to the national stage as the turnaround man for the scandal-plagued 2002 Winter Olympics in Utah. His deft handling of the bribery mess and deficit is a case study in successful management. He served as governor of Massachusetts for one term, ending in 2006. There, he worked with the Legislature to enact a law that required every citizen of the state to have health insurance, and provided state aid for those who couldn’t afford it. As president, he said he would push states to enact their own health care solutions. He would aggressively pursue alternative energy and energy efficiency. He supports merit pay for teachers and more educational choices for parents and children, ideas that deserve furtherance in Washington. The next president will need to transcend the stunting polarities that bedevil Washington. As the Republican leader of a Democratic state, Mr. Romney had to reach across partisan boundaries. Mr. Romney’s father, George Romney, served as governor of Michigan in the 1960s, a tie that strengthens his understanding of Michigan. He knows that this state’s job losses and struggle to find a new economic footing are the ‘canary in the mine,’ as he rightly put it, for the nation as a whole.”

“But on the issue that matters most to Michigan, Mr. Romney’s message resonates. In Grand Rapids this week, he said, ‘Michigan’s one-state recession will come to an end if I’m president.’ That’s a bold promise. Michigan voters should increase his chance to make it reality.”

To read the full endorsement, please see:  http://www.mlive.com

Oakland Press Endorses Governor Romney:

“‘Favorite Son’ Romney Is Best GOP Choice In Primary”
Oakland Press
January 11, 2008

“Michigan’s presidential primary election Tuesday certainly has stirred enough controversy nationwide with both political parties.

“And despite possible sanctions from both national Democratic and Republican organizations, it offers Michigan residents a chance to send a message and make a statement.

“Particularly on the GOP ticket, where all national presidential candidates will be listed.

“We urge Republican Party faithfuls to stand up and vote for Mitt Romney. Although technically not a home state ‘favorite son,’ his ties to Michigan are strong.”

“Meanwhile, Mitt Romney certainly has the credentials to run the country. He is a former Massachusetts governor who turned that state’s economy around and proved to be a more than able leader.

“His ties to Michigan and Oakland County are obvious.”

“Romney is the first candidate for president with Michigan ties since the late Gerald Ford.

“If elected, he would be the country’s only Michigan-born president.

“His interest in Michigan has been strong, probably stronger than any other GOP candidate.”

“Looking at the obvious, Romney entered the 2008 race with impressive backing in Michigan, and his ties to the state are undeniable. He has firsthand knowledge of the auto industry and its importance to Michigan.

“Equally critical, Romney knows how to get a state out of debt and, being from Michigan, he certainly has an empathy for the state that the other candidates, both GOP and Democratic, don’t have.

“With Michigan’s horrible economy and other problems, we need as much clout in Washington as possible and Romney promises to give us that.”

“But there’s no doubt whom state Republicans should vote for – Mitt Romney.”

To read the full endorsement, please see:  http://www.theoaklandpress.com


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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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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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