Posts Tagged ‘Mitt Romney’

Charlie Cook – Mitt Romney enters the general election in pretty good shape

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Charlie Cook at The National Journal:

Even though presumptive nominee Mitt Romney has spent the last year and a half almost exclusively focused on currying favor with his party’s conservative base—quite often antagonizing other voters, including independents and swing voters—this race is very close. The RealClearPolitics average of recent polls shows a lead for President Obama of 3.1 percentage points, 47.6 percent to 44.5 percent. The Huffpost Pollster estimate is 2.2 percentage points, 47 percent to 44.8 percent.

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The good news for Romney: The general-election campaign ads introducing him to voters and aiming to drive up his popularity with swing voters will undoubtedly shore up his standing among Republicans, too.

Romney back in the lead in Florida – Romney 29%, Newt 31%

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Rasmussen:

Four days ago, just after the South Carolina Primary, Gingrich led Romney 41% to 32%. Less than two weeks earlier, coming off Romney’s decisive win in the New Hampshire Primary, it was Romney 41%, Gingrich 19% in Florida. Santorum’s and Paul’s support has remained largely the same throughout.

The latest results from Florida are a mirror image of the dynamic found a week ago in South Carolina. In the Palmetto State, the former House speaker was trailing by 14 points on Monday, but following a strong debate performance he had a two-point lead by Wednesday. That 16-point turnaround seemed stunning at the time. Now, in Florida, it’s Romney’s turn. He trailed by nine points in the Sunshine State on Sunday but enjoyed a 17-point comeback by Wednesday.

As GOP voters search for the candidate best equipped to defeat President Obama, perceptions of Romney’s electability have risen since earlier in the week. Four days ago, 42% of Florida primary voters said Gingrich would be the strongest candidate against Obama, while 39% felt that way about the former Massachusetts governor. Now 49% think Romney would be the strongest challenger versus 34% who believe that of Gingrich. Most still agree that Paul would be the weakest GOP nominee.

Byron York – The IRS exonerated Newt Gingrich of all ethics charges as House Speaker

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

York:

Given all the attention to the ethics matter, it’s worth asking what actually happened back in 1995, 1996, and 1997. The Gingrich case was extraordinarily complex, intensely partisan, and driven in no small way by a personal vendetta on the part of one of Gingrich’s former political opponents. It received saturation coverage in the press; a database search of major media outlets revealed more than 10,000 references to Gingrich’s ethics problems during the six months leading to his reprimand. It ended with a special counsel hired by the House Ethics Committee holding Gingrich to an astonishingly strict standard of behavior, after which Gingrich in essence pled guilty to two minor offenses. Afterwards, the case was referred to the Internal Revenue Service, which conducted an exhaustive investigation into the matter. And then, after it was all over and Gingrich was out of office, the IRS concluded that Gingrich did nothing wrong. After all the struggle, Gingrich was exonerated.

At the center of the controversy was a course Gingrich taught from 1993 to 1995 at two small Georgia colleges. The wide-ranging class, called “Renewing American Civilization,” was conceived by Gingrich and financed by a tax-exempt organization called the Progress and Freedom Foundation. Gingrich maintained that the course was a legitimate educational enterprise; his critics contended that it had little to do with learning and was in fact a political exercise in which Gingrich abused a tax-exempt foundation to spread his own partisan message.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio defends Romney from attacks by Newt

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Tampa Bay Times.

Tim Pawlenty – Newt Gingrich as the Republican nominee would be “handing the election over to Obama”

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

US News.

Jay Cost – Republicans are very frustrated with elite America, and Newt Gingrich spoke their language

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Jay Cost at The Weekly Standard.

Rasmussen begins daily tracking of general election match-ups between Obama vs. Romney, Obama vs. Gingrich

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Rasmussen Reports.

South Carolina Primary: Romney 27%, Santorum 24%, Gingrich 18% – Rasmussen poll

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Rasmussen.

Jay Cost, Weekly Standard – What Iowa Tells Us About the State of the Race

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Jay Cost.

Karl Rove – After winning Iowa, Mitt Romney is now the heavy favorite

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Wall Street Journal op-ed.

Iowa Republican caucus – 41% could change mind. Romney at 24%, Ron Paul at 22%, Rick Santorum at 15%

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Des Moines Register:

The poll, conducted Tuesday through Friday, shows support at 24 percent for Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts; 22 percent for Paul, a Texas congressman; and 15 percent for the surging Rick Santorum, a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania.

But the four-day results don’t reflect just how quickly momentum is shifting in a race that has remained highly fluid for months. If the final two days of polling are considered separately, Santorum rises to second place, with 21 percent, pushing Paul to third, at 18 percent. Romney remains the same, at 24 percent.

“Momentum’s name is Rick Santorum,” said the Register’s pollster, J. Ann Selzer.

Another sign of the race’s volatility: 41 percent of likely caucusgoers say they could still be persuaded to change their minds.

 

New Iowa TV ads from Romney, Perry, Paul, and Santorum

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

National Review’s The Corner has the videos.

Redstate: RomneyCare failed

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Jeff Emanuel at Redstate.com:

In 2006, Governor Mitt Romney (R), working with a Democratic state legislature, passed and signed the Massachusetts Health Care Reform Act, a groundbreaking piece of legislation aimed at ensuring that every citizen of the Bay State possessed health insurance, while simultaneously lowering the cost of health coverage and improving access to quality care.

Unfortunately, the program in practice has been a colossal failure, expanding state bureaucracy and government control over the health care market and provider-patient dealings, while simultaneously driving up health insurance premia, increasing health care costs, and creating a chronic shortage of providers – all at an annual price tag of over twice the originally-estimated $600 million.