Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The White House issued an announcement confirming an invitation extended by Barack Obama to his GOP opponent Mitt Romney, for a secret lunch together. No cameras, press, or observers are permitted to attend the lunch at the White House. Barack Obama wishes to extract advice from the good governor about how to run the country in his second term.
“There are certain aspects of Governor Romney’s record and his ideas that I think could be very helpful,” Obama told reporters. “To give you one example, I do think he did a terrific job running the Olympics, and that skill set of trying to figure out how do we make something work better applies to the federal government.”
Obama also said, “He presented some ideas during the course of the campaign that I actually agree with. So it would be interesting to talk to him about something like that. There may be ideas that he has with respect to jobs and growth that can help middle-class families that I want to hear.”
A favorite in the South, Mitt Romney is known for attempting to speak in a southern accent to blend in with southerners.
Campaign trail video — Impossible to keep a straight face listening to a northerner like Mitt Romney speak in a fake southern accent
Someone should have told Romney that those ain’t no “cheesy grits” rather, they are referred to as “cheese grits” here in the South. Nice try though.
by Paul Stanley
Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas—The Log Cabin Republicans, a gay group that aligns itself with the GOP and espouses conservative fiscal policies while supporting same-sex marriage and an anti-discrimination platform, has endorsed Mitt Romney for president.
“The decision to endorse is the right one for our members, our community, and for the nation as a whole,” said Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper in a written statement Tuesday. “Despite our disagreement with Governor Romney on the issue of marriage, on balance it is clear that in today’s economic climate, concern for the future of our country must be the highest priority.
The group becomes the second Republican organization that supports gay rights to endorse Romney. In June, GOProud extended its support to the Republican nominee before the party’s August convention.
However, the group has come under attack from homosexual activists such as Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) who said last week the group is nothing more than an “Uncle Tom” of the GOP and he is not backing down from his strong statement.
“They are no more offended than I am by their campaigning in the name of LGBT rights, to elect the candidate and party who diametrically oppose our rights, against a President who has forcefully and effectively supported our rights,” said Frank, one of four openly gay members of Congress in a 1,000-plus word column that has since been removed from his House website.
“I have been hearing the Log Cabin Republicans proclaim for years that they were improving the view of that party towards our legal equality,” said Frank, adding that things have only gotten worse. “Most recently, on [the Defense of Marriage Act], when the House Republicans offered an amendment to reaffirm it, they voted 98 percent in favor of it, while Democrats voted more than 90 percent against the amendment.”
Frank’s tough words caught the attention of R. Clarke Cooper, the executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans, who defended the group’s actions in supporting the politics of Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the vice presidential nominee. Cooper referred to the retiring congressman as a “partisan hack.”
The marriage issue, like abortion, are examples of two volatile issues where Romney has found himself on both sides of the fence.
When he was campaigning for the U.S. Senate against the late Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy (D) in 1994, Romney made statements supporting same-sex marriage and said he was pro-choice. He now says marriage should be “between a man and a woman,” and that abortion should only be allowed in cases of rape, incest or when the mother’s life is in danger.
A leading national evangelical leader who asked not to be identified and supports Romney, offered a pragmatic analysis of where he sees the former Massachusetts governor going if he is elected president on Nov. 6.
“I believe a President Romney will stand his ground on abortion absent the exceptions he supports,” they said. “However, my prediction is that he will bend to social and political pressure when it comes to marriage and defending the Defense of Marriage Act and other related legislative bills. Again, this is my prediction, not my wish.”
Republican legislators who support same-sex marriage such as Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida are excited about the Log Cabin endorsement. “Romney is the right man for our time,” she said. “I am pleased that Log Cabin Republicans is endorsing Governor Romney. I know that all of us together will fight for equality for all Americans, regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation.”
Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas—After a dynamic performance at the debates, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has widened his lead among the most coveted voters who decide elections—the Independents.
Independent voters are neither Democrat nor Republican, and party loyalties or media hype are not a decisive factor with this particular group. That’s the reason why candidates always spend more money in “swing states” that can make an election go either way.
The latest reading is based on data collected from Oct. 4, the day after the first presidential debate, through Oct. 9. The prior day’s 2-point spread included polling done before last Wednesday’s debate, in which Romney was widely seen as the victor.
“The jump from 2 points to 5 is because the days prior to the debate were removed from analysis,” explained Raghavan Mayur, president of TechnoMetrica Market Intelligence, IBD’s pollster. “The impact of the debate is fully reflected in the latest data.”
Romney’s strength among whites applies to both men and women. White men back him 64%-28%, a cavernous 36-point difference compared with the 16-point (57%-41%) advantage McCain had. White women favor Romney 52%-39%, and numbers for single White women aren’t much different — 52% to 41% for Romney.
The entire spectrum of the daily tracking poll can be viewed here (pop-up) which includes household income, age, education, gender, ideology, race, investor class and party. Romney also leads in the general by five (5) points.
Newscast Media TAMPA, Fla—Mitt Romney was introduced by Senator Marco Rubio from Florida who set the stage for the presidential nominee with the following words:
“Mitt Romney believes that if we succeed in changing the direction of our country, our children and grandchildren will be the most prosperous generation ever, and their achievements will astonish the world. The story of our time will be written by Americans who haven’t yet been born…
…It is the story of a man who was born into an uncertain future in a foreign country. His family came to America to escape revolution. They struggled through poverty and the great depression. And yet he rose to be an admired businessman, and public servant. And in November, his son, Mitt Romney, will be elected President of the United States.” CLICK HERE TO ENTER GALLERY >>
by Paul Stanley
Newscast Media WASHINGTON, D.C.—It was only about one year ago that Republicans – not knowing who their nominee would be – were bracing for a presidential campaign where President Obama would have an unlimited campaign war chest while their candidate scraped by with only a great message and limited funds. That is not the case today.
Today, Republicans know who their nominee is (it will be official in one week) and according to fundraising totals through the end of July, they know how much money is in both presidential bank accounts.
Romney and the Republican National Committee raised an astounding $101 million in July and it is the third consecutive month the campaign has hit triple digits. Obama and the Democrats took in $75 million.
In addition to the joint bank accounts each candidate share with their respective parties, both the RNC and the DNC raise and spend their own funds. In July, the RNC hauled in $37.7 million compared to the DNC’s $8.8 million. When added to the prior month’s balance, the Republicans have $88.8 million on the ledger while the
Democrats have $15.4 million in their account.
What has many Democrats concerned is that for the past several months Obama has spent money at a faster pace than Romney while taking in less. In July, the Obama campaign spent $58.5 million and the Romney campaign spent $32.3 million. Most of the funds spent by both sides went for advertising and ad placement.
However, to gain a rational understanding of exactly where the candidates stand it is important to look at their financial picture from a 30,000-foot viewpoint.
Obama raised and spent $750 million to win the White House in 2008 and has been replenishing his account ever since. On the other hand, Romney had to start from scratch and run a competitive primary against as many as eight other GOP hopefuls. Much of what he has in the bank today cannot be spent until he is officially nominated in Tampa, Fla., next week.
From the perspective of each individual candidate, at the end of July Romney had $30.2 million cash on hand while Obama had $87.7 million. Michael Malbin runs the non-partisan Campaign Finance Institute in Washington and says when everything is taken into account, Obama is still in a more desirable position.
“Romney is ahead when you combine it all together but some of his money is going to be less efficient,” Malbin told Reuters. “Obama is way ahead in the most flexible (money that can be spent today) pile. The broad picture, the step back is that the Obama campaign has a stronger financial position than the Romney campaign.”
But the major difference between this election cycle and 2008 is that both candidates chose not to accept public financing and that Super PACs can raise and spend an almost unlimited amount of money.
Newscast Media NORFOLK, Va—Virtually every major news outlet has announced the news that Romney has picked the chairman of the House Budget Committee, Paul Ryan as his running mate. The final names on the list were Rubio, Ryan, Christie and Portman. Earlier in the week I said that all logic and reason points to Marco Rubio since the GOP needs the Hispanic vote, and Rubio could deliver it.
I also said if Romney defies my logic and reason and picks someone else I will admit so, which I do. How the Hispanic vote will be brought into the Republican tent is yet to be seen. Both Romney and Ryan have a very tough road ahead, and I’m sure they will use Marco Rubio as a surrogate to court Hispanics.
Either way, Ryan is an excellent pick and an astute mathematician. I have personally met him, and he is a fine young man who is extremely well polished. Here is a video in which I captured Paul Ryan making his case before Texans.
According to the Associated Press, the Wall Street Journal, in an editorial on Thursday, praised Ryan as a strong choice for Romney: “The case for Mr. Ryan is that he best exemplifies the nature and stakes of this election. More than any other politician, the House budget chairman has defined those stakes well as a generational choice about the role of government and whether America will once again become a growth economy or sink into interest-group dominated decline.”
by Napp Nazworth
Newscast Media WASHINGTON, D.C.—Despite efforts by the Obama campaign to portray Mitt Romney as a vulture capitalist, Romney’s favorability rating has increased 14 percentage points since February, according to a CNN/ORC poll released Monday.
President Barack Obama still has a higher favorability rating — 56 percent to Romney’s 48 percent. But, Romney’s jump from 34 percent in February cannot be good news for a campaign that has spent significant time and money working to lower Romney’s favorability.
The Obama campaign is the first in modern history to start a campaign with an ad attacking their opponent rather than saying something positive about themselves. It is also spending significant amounts of money much earlier than usual.
Until Monday, the Obama campaign has focused its efforts on Romney’s business record at Bain Capital, a private equity firm. The ads featured people who had worked at companies owned by Bain Capital but lost their jobs after Bain shut them down.
Several Democrats, though, have questioned this strategy. Corey Booker, mayor of Newark, N.J., for instance, said he was uncomfortable with the attacks on Romney’s business record and called them “nauseating,” on NBC’s May 20 “Meet the Press.” (Later that day, he posted a video taking back those remarks.)
Last Thursday night, former President Bill Clinton added his name to the list of Democrats praising Romney’s Bain record. Calling his business record “sterling,” Clinton said that Romney “crosses the qualification threshold” with his experience in private business and as the former governor of Massachusetts.
Newscast Media AUSTIN, Texas—According to official results from the Texas Secretary of State, Mitt Romney overwhelmingly won the primary in Texas with 69 percent of the vote, securing the GOP nomination.
Romney did not appear in Texas but released a statement on his Facebook page saying, “I am humbled to have won enough delegates to become the Republican Party’s nominee. Whatever challenges lie ahead, we will settle for nothing less than getting America back on the path to prosperity.”
In the Senate race, David Dewhurst won 45 percent of the vote against his Republican rival Ted Cruz who won 34 percent. Cruz received an endorsement from Sarah Palin, whose clout has been tested in the primary and will be tested in the runoff. Palin also supported Newt Gingrich who dropped out of the race after a losing several key states including Florida.
Romney will now focused his attacks on Barack Obama in preparation for the general, in which pro-Romney groups reportedly plan to spend over $1 billion to unseat Obama. The entire Texas primary results can be viewed here.
by Paul Stanley
Newscast Media WASHINGTON—Newt Gingrich, the one-time front-runner in the 2012 Republican primary, says he forgives the party’s presumptive nominee for running hard-hitting ads against him earlier this year.
“Mitt Romney did what he had to do to become the nominee,” Gingrich told Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s “Hardball” on Thursday.
“He’s worked at this for six years … when he got to the crunch, he was tough enough and smart enough to beat me in Florida.”
When Matthews asked Gingrich if the accusations Romney aimed at him were true, he said “no.”
“Go back and look at what Obama did to Hillary (Clinton). These are tough fights. You throw the kitchen sink. He (Romney) was in a situation when everything he had ever done was going to disappear if I beat him in Florida. So he said I have two choices. I can throw the kitchen sink at Gingrich or do nothing.”
Gingrich credits Romney for assembling a “smart group of people” and for his work ethic on the campaign trail. He also labeled the former Massachusetts governor as “methodical” and “a successful politician.”
“He is a very methodical person. He is prepared to systematically do what he thinks is right for the country. And I think he might turn out to make a surprisingly good president.”
Matthews also wasted no time in bringing up the fact that Gingrich consistently attacked Romney during the GOP primary for being a wealthy, out-of-touch politician who could not defeat President Obama in November.
“We’re not going to beat Barrack Obama with some guy who has Swiss bank accounts, Cayman Island accounts, owns shares in Goldman Sachs while it forecloses on Florida and is himself a shareholder in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac,” Gingrich said of Romney in January while campaigning in Florida.
But for all the competitiveness in the GOP primary, Gingrich thinks the Obama campaign team’s attacks on Romney’s wealth and business background will fall flat with the American public.
“Here’s the problem they’ve got,” Gingrich said of the Obama campaign. “It didn’t work. I wouldn’t have won it on that issue. It doesn’t work in general.”
As for possible vice presidential picks for Romney, Gingrich likes Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) or Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, among others as good additions to the GOP ticket. Gingrich, who served as speaker of the House from 1994 to 1999, will be appearing at a fundraiser for Romney with billionaire investor Donald Trump at Trump Towers on May 29. http://www.newscastmedia.com/gingrich-romney.htm
by Paul Stanley
Newscast Media WASHINGTON, D.C.—Former Pennsylvania Sen. and GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum has made it official in a letter to his supporters – he is endorsing Mitt Romney for president. Santorum met with Romney last Friday and said the meeting gave him the confidence he needed to extend his formal blessing. More importantly, he said they agree on the issues of abortion and marriage.
Santorum took the opportunity to mention the differences he and Romney had on the campaign trail, but highlighted the common issues they shared in capturing the White House in November.
“The primary campaign certainly made it clear that Governor Romney and I have some differences,” wrote Santorum in an email late Monday night. “But there are many significant areas in which we agree: the need for lower taxes, smaller government, and a reduction in out-of-control spending. We certainly agree that abortion is wrong and marriage should be between one man and one woman.”
Santorum’s endorsement comes as little surprise, but the question political pundits were asking was when was Santorum going to endorse the presumed Republican nominee and what did he want in return?
The former senator’s surprising rise from the back of the pack to achieve what most consider the runner-up spot by winning 11 states and 3 million votes was surprising in and of itself. Once written off as being too “far-right,” Santorum’s direct and simplistic approach appealed to many GOP primary voters – most notably in states where the majority of the primary vote considered themselves to be “evangelical.”
In his letter, Santorum said of his formal rival that he was impressed with Romney’s “commitment to economic policies that preserve and strengthen families.”
“He clearly understands that having pro-family initiatives are not only the morally and economically right thing to do, but that the family is the basic building block of our society and must be preserved,” Santorum stated in the email.
The meeting between the two Republicans in Pittsburg last Friday was not intended to produce an endorsement, but instead gave both the opportunity to discuss how to move forward and rally the GOP in their common objective of defeating President Obama.
“Above all else, we both agree that President Obama must be defeated,” the email said. “It will require all hands on deck if our nominee is to be victorious. Gov. Romney will be that nominee and he has my endorsement and support to win this, the most critical election of our lifetime.”
by Ethan Cole
Newscast Media LYNCHBURG, Va— Presumed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will deliver the commencement address at Liberty University – his first appearance at the conservative evangelical school founded by Christian Right leader Jerry Falwell.
The Lynchburg, Va.-based school announced today that the former Massachusetts governor, who is a Mormon, will be the speaker at its 2012 commencement ceremony on May 12.
“We are delighted that Governor Romney will join us to celebrate Commencement with Liberty’s 2012 graduates,” said Liberty Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr., in a statement Thursday. “This will be a historic event for Liberty University reminiscent of the visits of Governor, and then presidential candidate, Ronald Reagan to Liberty’s campus in 1980 and of President George H.W. Bush who spoke at Liberty’s 1990 Commencement
Liberty University is no stranger to hosting presidential candidates; Texas Gov. Rick Perry spoke at the school last September when he was still in the GOP presidential race and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) delivered a speech there in 2006 ahead of his White House run.
Notably, however, news of Romney speaking at the largest evangelical university in the world was released just a week after former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum suspended his campaign. Last November, front-runner Romney declined to join the Thanksgiving Family Forum in Des Moines, Iowa, even though all the other major candidates attended to woo the evangelical Christian electorate represented there ahead of the Iowa caucuses.
Romney’s upcoming speech at Liberty University – which is expecting some 48,000 graduates and guests for its 39th Commencement ceremony – is seen as an effort to win over the evangelical vote and consolidate his base now that his greatest challenge to becoming the nominee – Santorum – has been removed.
by Anugrah Kumar
Newscast Media WASHINGTON, D.C.— Top Democrats in President Barack Obama’s administration appear to be focusing their attacks on Mitt Romney amid perceptions that the former Massachusetts governor is most likely to be the GOP nominee. Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lambasted Romney Sunday.
“I think Gov. Romney’s a little out of touch,” Biden said in an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “I can’t remember a presidential candidate in the recent past who seems not to understand, by what he says, what ordinary middle-class people are thinking about and are concerned about.”
Some believe that front-runner Romney’s main rival, Rick Santorum, might have to retreat if he is unable to win in Wisconsin, one of three states to host Republican primaries Tuesday. Santorum was reportedly planning to leave Wisconsin the day before the primary, which was interpreted as a sign of his withdrawal.
“I think the chances are overwhelming that [Romney] will be our nominee,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. “It seems to me we’re in the final phases of wrapping up this nomination.”
The former Pennsylvania senator has won 27 percent of the delegates at stake, while Romney has won 54 percent of the delegates.
However, Santorum dismissed the notion that his chances are grim. He compared his run with the Saturday night’s basketball game between Kansas and Ohio. Kansas was trailing by more than 10 points in the first half, but still managed to win in the second half. “Look, this race isn’t even at halftime yet,” Santorum said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Meanwhile, Biden defended Obama on last week’s conversation with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Seoul, South Korea, in which Obama said he would have “more flexibility” on the contentious issue of missile defense after the Nov. 6 general election, without realizing it was being caught by a microphone. Obama was “stating the obvious,” Biden said.
Romney had called it “alarming,” asking what else Obama would be flexible on if he happened to get re-elected and saying Russia was “our No. 1 geopolitical foe.”
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also attacked Romney. She said Romney’s comment was “dated.” “I think it’s somewhat dated to be looking backwards instead of being realistic about where we agree, where we don’t agree,” she told CNN Sunday.
Romney’s campaign hit back. “Vice-President Biden appears to have forgotten the Russian government’s opposition to crippling sanctions on Iran, its obstructionism on Syria and its own backsliding into authoritarianism,” Lanhee Chen, Romney’s policy director, said in a statement.
Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas — There has always been and will continue to be a love-hate relationship between the media and political entities. Media houses have an incredible influence in shaping perceptions of society or their target audiences. Yet government always plays its unseen hand in an attempt to regulate the flow of information or impede the spreading of information, whether it is through print, the electronic media or the spoken word.
In this article, I will attempt to elucidate my ideas and observations in pertinence to the government-media power play.
Even before media houses were at loggerheads with each other in regard to usage of copyrighted material on platforms like YouTube, Facebook and other social networks, government has always wanted to exercise a certain level of control over information. It all boils down to trust, and both the media and government, do not seem to trust each other’s intentions. During the Bush administration, there was an uproar about the Fairness Doctrine, that radio stations feared would limit the amount of content to be included in their programming. Today the big fuss is about Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) that almost anyone who surfs the Internet is aware of.
During the classical era, Socrates was charged by a jury with corrupting the minds of the youth, since at the time, philosophers were virtually the media practitioners. Cicero’s political speeches caused him to be at odds with Marc Antony whose loyalists eventually executed Cicero. During the Renaissance, Savanarola, a Dominican Friar and political scholar was charged with heresy, uttering false prophecies and teaching a faulty doctrine. The Borgia pope, Alexander VI, excommunicated Savanarola, then ordered his arrest and execution. He was burnt alive on May 23, 1498, and declared a heretic.
All the conflict at the time, arose due to words that were either spoken or written. The great Latin poet by the name of Horace, captured the power of words when he wrote: “Words are more permanent than bronze.”
At the GOP debate on January 19, 2012, we heard and saw an infuriated Newt Gingrich chastise the media for what he believed was an unfair attack on his character–yet Gingrich will use the same media he abhors to communicate his message to voters in an attempt to gain their votes — hence the love-hate relationship between political entities and the media will continue.
The war dance that the media often finds itself entangled in with powerful entities, is like Father Time. Time has two aspects to it — the creative nature, meaning it takes a certain time-span to bring something new into being, and also the destructive nature, since as time goes by everything it creates is destroyed by old age. The media has the same characteristic, in that, it has the ability to define the narrative of another entity with time.
The BBC just published an article in which it reports that the broadcasting license for Iran’s Press TV has been revoked by media regulator Ofcom, and the station can no longer broadcast in the UK. Press TV channel launched in 2007 to break what Iran’s state broadcaster called a Western “stranglehold” over the world’s media. The Iranians are surprised that no other media entity is speaking up for them as they battle the British government for their broadcast license. They also claim that Ofcom is the media arm of the British Royal family.
In the US, foreign channels have had their share of hurdles in dealing with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) which regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable in America. This is partly because of the suspicions that arise from the government-media power play, and the American media being able to once again define its foreign competitors as having an anti-American bias. The pertinent question one should ask is whether or not loyalty exists within the media. Find out in Part II>>
Newscast Media CHARLESTON, South Carolina — As expected, Mitt Romney won the New Hampshire primary by double digits and now has his eyes on South Carolina which holds its primary on January 21. Many predict Romney’s real test will come in the Palmetto State, a state filled with Evangelicals. Rick Perry and Rick Santorum hope to stop the momentum upon which Romney is riding, by appealing to Evangelicals who may have second-thoughts about Romney.
Romney has stated he is not running to be America’s pastor, but America’s president.
“There are people who want to elect a commander-in-chief. They’re not worried about electing a pastor-in-chief. That’s not what I’m running for,” Romney said on MSNBC. “They want America to remain strong morally, economically and militarily. I can do that.”
Texas Gov. Rick Perry chose not to compete in New Hampshire and instead opted to campaign in South Carolina, while Santorum chose to campaign in New Hampshire even though polls showed Romney clearly ahead by double digits. Analysts believe Santorum wasted time and money in a state he had no chance of winning and should have instead invested in South Carolina. Below are the voting results:
Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas –When Mitt Romney said that corporations are people the man knew exactly what he was talking about. He is among the small percentage of people who know how the matrix works, yet the average person just laughs instead of researching what Romney meant when he said: “Corporations are people, my friend.” Watch video below:
18 U.S.C Title 18 § 921 Definitions.
(a) As used in this chapter—
(1) The term “person” and the term “whoever” include any individual, corporation, company, association, firm, partnership, society, or joint stock company.
It looks like trivial, yet it makes a big difference how you are treated in court if you fail to assert your inherent rights, and walk in as a corporate fiction.
Only those who live outside the matrix have this closely guarded information at their disposal.
For good measure, if you pull out your social security card and look at the back, you will see a “CUSIP” number that starts with an “E”, and is followed by eight (8) numbers. Altogether it is made up of nine (9) characters. For example it would be something like: E999XXXXX.
When you applied for a SSN, you signed a contract with the state to convert you into a Security that is being traded on the stock market, as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Web site describing CUSIP numbers. Remember, there is no difference between corporations and people, by legal definition. Do you know who owns the CUSIP number distribution network? The American Bankers Association, that’s why they had no problem getting bailed out (TARP), because they used you as a security for their lines of credit. http://www.sec.gov/answers/cusip.htm
There are a lot of media practitioners who thrive off of inducing fear in their audiences because that’s how they build audiences. Media practitioners do not offer this kind of material because the corporate media is owned by the large corporations, including the majority of alternative media. Most of what the media gives its viewer is 90 percent truth and the other 10 percent is disinformation. As the retired judicial officer said, your minds are conditioned to believe everything they tell you is real, because they know you won’t do your own research and investigation. Continue to PART I – The matrix>>
Newscast Media, AUSTIN, Texas — As the candidates undertake the last quarter of the year, former front-runner Rick Perry has slipped to third place while Mitt Romney and Herman Cain are leading the GOP field. Cain came from obscurity and continues to grow his support, while Mitt Romney is relatively stable and has not slipped or risen considerably in the polls. What some analysts wonder is why Rick Perry isn’t recovering in the polls.
The analysis is accurate, and if Perry wants to turn this around he has October, November and December to do so, and he is going to not only start thinking outside the box, but to also tear it up. If Perry cannot turn this around by Christmas, Mitt Romney will waltz his way into the nomination. The article asks why Perry hasn’t put Bobby Jindal to use the way Mitt Romney has Chris Christie.
One may also ask, “Where is Haley Barbour, Sarah Palin and all the college students? Where are the soccer moms and the factory workers?” Perry needs these surrogates in order to succeed. Bachmann will end up endorsing Romney and might go as far as telling her supporters to vote for the former Massachusetts governor, just like Mike Huckabee told his supporters to vote for McCain and was able to keep Romney from getting the nomination.
Perry and his staff have to realize they cannot win this on their own, and only have a short window to flip the script. Mitt Romney doesn’t really have to worry about surrogates because Romney’s surrogates are members of the media as I first reported on December 6, 2010 last year, and is evident in the video below:
Herman Cain, at some point will trip himself because he is already making some serious gaffes and is having to take his words back. Romney remains the warm steady glow rather than the wild fire that dies out quickly. Without deep pockets like Romney, Cain will have problems raising money to match Romney. Cain is currently on a book tour and is not campaigning or fundraising, which is a symbol of either false hope or overconfidence. The Obama camp anticipates a Romney nomination and is preparing ammunition to use against him
Yet one would ask how Perry could put someone like Sarah Palin to use if she hasn’t endorsed him. Gingrich has recently confessed that he could use a Palin endorsement to boost his campaign. Gingrich is aggressively trying to reach her, but is still unable to do so. Perry cannot just sit and wait for the endorsements to come his way, he has to be proactive in getting these endorsements just like Romney actively sought Christie’s endorsement and succeeded in getting it.
The only problem with Sarah Palin is that she might string the candidates along just like she did her supporters knowing from the very beginning she wasn’t going to run. Palin has a job in showbiz and may want to play it safe by not endorsing anyone, in order to keep a sense of neutrality, yet that even makes her more irrelevant as a politician. Any candidate who wins the GOP nomination will not need her endorsement to make it to the finish line because all polls show that Romney/Cain/Perry can beat Obama in the general. Now would be the time for Palin to be effective, while the candidates are on their last stretch.
When Donald Trump was in the race, everyone was quick to put his or her stamp of approval on him, yet it was obvious he was planted by Obama to extinguish the issue of the birth certificate and put it to rest. After he played his role, he announced he wouldn’t run. Right now every GOP candidate has to kiss Trump’s ring and seek his blessing, even though Trump has absolutely no grassroots organization or ground game to put him in the position of kingmaker. But hey, if the candidates are giving him all that attention, why not bask in it?
Should Romney win the nomination, I suspect he may choose a southerner like Cain to help him capture the South. If Perry were to win, he would probably choose Newt Gingrich who has experience, as his running-mate. My best bet is that if Cain were to win he would choose Romney. Because Perry disagrees Romney’s healthcare plan and Romney disagrees with Perry’s in-state tuition for illegals, it is hard to envision one choosing the other as a running-mate.
Perry only has 10 weeks to turn this around, so if I’m him, knowing what I’m up against, I’d be calling in surrogates like Palin, Jindal, mobilizing Tea Party members and other less known political and community figures to help re-energize the campaign, in order to recover from the recent setbacks.
Debate speaking turns: Perry-18, Romney-11, Bachmann-10, Huntsman-8, Paul-8, Santorum-6, Cain-6, Gingrich-6.
After the GOP debate, it is obvious the Republicans are determined to fight as a single impenetrable unit to defeat Obama. The best part of the debate was when Newt Gingrich called out John Harris of Politico and the media for trying to cause Republicans to fight each other. Gingrich stopped short of calling media practitioners “disinformation agents.”
Brian Williams then attempted to play the race card about Whites having more money than Blacks, but Perry put him back in check and reminded him that regardless of race, it is important to create jobs and let people use the money they earn, the way they want.
There is an old Chinese saying that goes: “Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, you feed him for life.”
Overall, the debate was dominated by Perry and Romney who were given more airtime than any of the other candidates. The media’s dislike for Ron Paul was obvious, who was at one time cut off but insisted he finish just like everybody else. Still trying to figure out Cain’s 999 plan.
Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas — As each Republican presidential candidate attempts to convince voters that he or she should be nominated and eventually elected president, all eyes will be on Texas Gov. Rick Perry who only recently joined the race and is the current frontrunner. Perry has survived the barrage of attacks from conservative detractors and disinformation agents, yet at the presidential debate, he faces seven candidates who will attempt to poke holes into his plans for America.
Leading the pack is America’s CEO, Mitt Romney, as he likes to refer to himself. Romney is very strong in New Hampshire, while Perry is solid in South Carolina. Perry argues he has a 10-year track record of being number one in facilitating job creation in his state, while Romney argues his track record of creating jobs in the corporate world by building businesses, spans over two decades.
Romney has explained that he will lower the current corporate tax cuts from 35 percent to 25 percent, and will eliminate taxes on interest, dividends and capital gains for people making less than $200,000 a year. As he continues to unveil his plan across America, Romney believes that his overall plan would lead to 4 percent annual growth in the U.S. economy, and create over 10 million new jobs during his first term, if elected president.
Rick Perry’s argument is simple. Perry argues he has helped build the nation’s strongest economy, and since 2009, more than 40 percent of all net new jobs in America have been created in Texas. His mantra is: “Don’t spend all the money. Keep taxes low and regulations fair. Finally, invest aggressively in job creation.”
Participating in the September 7, 2011 debate at the Reagan Library will be: Rick Perry, Ron Paul, Jon Huntsman, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain.
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Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas — It’s official. Mitt Romney announced his 2012 White House bid in New Hampshire on Wednesday, and said his first priority will be improving the ailing US economy by making America the world’s top job creator.
“Barack Obama has failed America,” Romney said, “When Barack Obama took office, the economy was in recession, and he made it worse.”
“This president’s first answer to every problem is to take power from you. … And with each of those decisions, we lose more of our freedoms,” Romney said.
“I’m Mitt Romney and I believe in America. And I’m running for president of the United States,” Romney said to cheers on a sunny farm here in Southern New Hampshire.
Coincidentally, Sarah Palin was also in New Hampshire on her “One Nation” bus tour. In regard to Mitt Romney’s healthcare bill he signed into law that his opponents plan to use against him, Sarah Palin said, “He makes a good argument there that states’ rights and authority and responsibility allowed in our states makes more sense than big centralized government telling us what to do,” Palin said.
“However, even on a state level and a local level, mandates coming from a governing body — it’s tough for a lot of us independent Americans to accept because we have great faith in the private sector and our own families, and our own businessmen and — women making decision for ourselves, not any level of government telling us what to do.”
Romney does have the advantage that no other candidate has – the media wants him to be president and will probable run a favorable coverage for Romney.
He also has a proven track record of building businesses into multimillion entities, something Barack Obama lacked when he ran in 2008.
Most importantly Romney is an effective fundraiser who recently raised over $10 million in 24 hours. His ground game and foot soldiers will serve him well, since he seems to be the most organized of all candidates. In 2008, Barack Obama relied on the group ACORN to help mobilize the grassroots. Romney has had over three years to build an infrastructure that will help him get out the vote.
Meanwhile, Mike Huckabee who said he wouldn’t run for the presidency, said he is having second thoughts and might change his mind. If Mike Huckabee does run, it is speculated that he would be running as a “spoiler” to derail Romney.
One thing is for sure, the GOP seems to have already made up its mind that Mitt Romney is the man they would like to see nominated, to run against Obama.
Newscast Media –On his Facebook page, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney announced that he is forming an Exploratory Committee for President of the United States. It has been an open secret the sooner or later Romney would make the announcement which comes at a time when presidential hopeful Donald Trump seems to be surging in the polls. Whether or not Sarah Palin will run is anybody’s guess, but Romney now has the advantage of building an emotional connection with voters, that will eventually translate to loyalty.
A recent Mason-Dixon poll that should be encouraging to Romney, shows him polling ahead of Obama in Florida, 48 percent to 43 percent. Romney seems to be the most organized of all potential candidates because he has had the chance to explore the landscape of voters through his support of several conservative candidates.
The St. Petersburg Times, NBC News, National Journal and the Florida Council of 100 announced Monday that they will co-sponsor a Republican presidential primary debate early next year. The Florida Council of 100, the first of its kind in the United States, is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of key Florida business and civic leaders.
“Florida has played a pivotal role in every presidential election of the past century and could very well be the stage for history again in 2012,” said Steve Capus, president of NBC News. “Each partner in this debate brings a unique set of tools and expertise that will all combine to present a substantive and stimulating dialogue to the voters of the state and the whole country.”
Romney is favored to win the GOP if Sarah Palin doesn’t run, however, since he is a northerner, he would have to choose a southerner as a running-mate to help him capture the South. Huckabee would have to be ruled out because the two don’t seem to be fond of each other. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is from the East, so he too is ruled out. Michele Bachmann is a strong candidate but she is a northerner too. Gov. Rick Perry of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida seem to be the only possible choices that can help propel Romney into the White House. As for Sarah Palin, it is unclear whether she would want to run as VP again since she already did that in 2008.
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Newscast Media — There is no question that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is the biggest Tea Party icon in the Republican party. She owns the grassroots movement, however, she faces a tough battle on three fronts. The first one is with the media, then she’ll also have to deal with members of the GOP establishment within her party and lastly the Democrats who oppose her.
In regard to the media, there is absolutely nothing that will cause them to back off or back down. Should she announce in 2011 that she’s running for the presidency, a tsunami of attacks will be unleashed by the media to undermine and derail her campaign. Palin is the one person media practitioners do not want to see run for office, because they know she very well might win the presidency and become the first female president. They are using a tactic of reverse psychology against her. It’s not unusual to hear pundits say, “Let her run. She will be the greatest gift to the Democrats and will guarantee Obama’s re-election.”
These pundits do not believe that. They use that tactic hoping to desuade her from running, and the proof is, if they really believed she was unelectable, why does the prospect of her even considering a run for the presidency bother them so much? The reason is because they saw how she energized the Republican party in 2008, and at the time, there was no Tea Party, but now she has a platform on major news networks where she can diffuse any disinformation about her and grow her base.
As shown in this video, both Perry and Palin know that the media and disinformation agents always use sensationalism and fearmongering to discredit a candidate they oppose. Palin is very much aware of this reality, that’s why she rarely speaks to the media, because according to her, they constantly distort what she says or misrepresent the truth of whatever argument is brought forth.
In the Texas gubernatorial race, Rick Perry completely bypassed the media. As a matter of fact, he even refused endorsement from practically all major news outlets and went as far as refusing to debate Bill White, before the media. While most candidates courted the media, Perry did the opposite and won the race by an astounding 13 points. Both he and Palin detest the media as demonstrated in the above video I shot. For Rick Perry, the major reason is because they spread a rumor that he was going to proceed with the “Trans-Texas Corridor” plans. He went on the Joe Pags radio show and vehemently denied that he harbored any such plans. He said that the Trans-Texas Corridor was dead. However, the media kept bringing it up even after he was on record with Joe Pags having said the opposite. Shortly after that, Perry established a policy of bypassing the media and connecting directly to the voters. His rationale was, if he could connect directly with the people who mattered to his campaign, eliminating the middle guy (the media) was justifiable.
Palin is doing the same thing. She’s using social networks, book tours, personal appearances and townhalls to win the hearts of Americans, because like Perry, from the Fall of 2008, some disinformation agents planted within the GOP started to spread unfounded rumors about her in an effort to induce fear into her supporters, which would cause them to reject her. Fearmongering is the most common tactic used by media practitioners to derail a candidate’s campaign.
Another tactic is to cause two candidates of the same party to squabble and fight against each other. We saw this when Mitt Romney appeared on Jay Leno this past week, and Leno tried to get Romney to throw zingers at Palin. To Romney’s credit, he did the opposite and not only praised her, but also put the media establishment on notice that he would not criticize Sarah Palin if that’s what they are hoping for. As for Palin, in her book America by Heart, she showered Mitt Romney with praise for three full pages, from page 185 to page 188. She is a lot smarter than people seem to think. Both Palin and Romney understand their realities, and that they need each other. Romney wouldn’t do a foolish thing of attacking Palin because he needs the south and the Tea Party, likewise, it would be self-defeating for Palin to attack Romney because she needs the northern states, and the moderates. She knows she cannot win with only the Tea Party, so she has to build a cross-over appeal in her messages.
Her strategy should be to focus on her strengths and remind voters of her accomplishments from the time she was mayor until she became governor. One might argue that the fact that she resigned from the governorship, could be a factor that plays against her in 2012. If they bring that up to her she will respond the same way she did about the number of days Barack Obama served from the time he was sworn into the Senate in January 2005 to the time he became president in 2008. Palin in an interview on CNN’s “Situation Room” on Tuesday, October 21, 2008, questioned Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama’s experience, saying, “He served for his 300 days before he became a presidential candidate.” Some even say he only served 143 days. So the question is, did that disqualify Obama from running for the presidency?
In regard to the other two battles she has to wage namely: the GOP establishment and the Democrats who will oppose her, Sarah Palin seems to be applying principles laid out by the great Chinese general Sun Tzu who said, “A great tactician should be able to adapt like the snake of Mount Ch’ang. When you strike it on the head, the tail will attack you. When you strike it on the tail, the head will attack you, and when you strike it in the middle, both head and tail will attack you.”
We’ve seen Palin clearly demonstrate her ability to adapt and also absorb all the darts thrown at her, and at the end of the day, this only seems to strengthen and grow her support.