Wow!! Smart and funny, who knew about Mitt? Watch him roast the press and Obama.
Below is a picture of former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm in October of 2010 announcing the plant opening of Michigan A123, a company that until a few days ago was making plug-in batteries for electric vehicles:
As if we don’t have enough examples of the Obama administration’s “green jobs” failures, this is another “green” firm which has been gambled away with our tax dollars. Michigan A123 was opened on the promise of hope, innovation and the creation of thousands of jobs and funded with a $250 million check signed by the American taxpayers. Now, in an all-too-familiar tale, the factory that President Obama called a “milestone” has closed its doors and laid off its workers.
Obama’s repeated failed attempts at influencing the marketplace have been the subject of sharp criticism from Mitt Romney:
Solyndra, Ener1, Tesla, and Fisker were all losers, Romney said. The first two – a solar-panel maker that won a $535 million federal loan guarantee and a car-battery company that got up to $118 million – went bankrupt.
Now add A123 to the list. It’s the same old song and dance of millions in taxpayer dollars wasted on failed government attempts to dictate the future of the energy market. Another loss, just another broken promise or both? President Obama heralded the creation of jobs, new industry and a bright future. At a 2010 event Obama spoke via phone hookup with workers and managers at the plant, video below:
‘This is about the birth of an entire new industry in America – an industry that’s going to be central to the next generation of cars. When folks lift up their hoods on the cars of the future, I want them to see engines and batteries that are stamped: “Made in America.” —Barack Obama, October 2010
And Governor Granholm states in the vid:
One year, 16 companies, including A123 that are going to create 63,000 jobs in Michigan over the next decade in this sector. [snip] Michigan now becomes the advanced battery capital of North America.
Even Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) pipes in:
Hundreds of employees today, thousands of employees by next year.
Added to the list of praisers were Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow (D).
The plant, which made lithium ion batteries for hybrids and all-electric cars has the intention of attempting to sell the company to Johnson Controls. If GM and all the other Obama examples of “failed” companies are any indication, it’s highly doubtful the taxpayers will get any of their expended funds returned.
Well, it finally happened. I had a chance to attend a rally presented by VP candidate Rep. Paul Ryan at Toledo Express Airport this day.
The rally began with local dignitaries including Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH5) and then attenders were treated to the rousing speech of Governor Mitt Romney in Virginia, live-streamed, speaking on foreign policy. When Ryan took the stage following the Governor’s speech he stated:
We just watched what leadership looks like.
Below is my short video taken as Rep. Ryan took the stage:
Ryan stated President Obama has failed to offer:
spirited and principled leadership [sic] and He [Obama] is mischaracterizing our support for veterans. Let me make one thing very clear, in the House budget that we drafted and that we passed, we fully met and exceeded the president’s request for…veterans funding by $270 million, We didn’t think the president’s went far enough and we expanded it because we know this is a promise that must be kept. These people put their lives on the line and in a Romney administration we will always keep our promise and our commitment to our veterans.
Ryan received a standing ovation when he stated he and Governor Romney when they are elected to office will open the Keystone Pipeline, which will created thousands of jobs. He also stated:
When we know that we are clearly attacked by terrorists, we won’t be afraid to say what it is. If terrorists attack us, we will say we had a terrorist attack and more importantly, we will do what is necessary to prevent that from happening by having a strong military, by making sure that our adversaries do not test us, do not think that we are a weak and in retreat.”
And for the ladies who were wondering, even though I was sitting towards the back: he looks even BETTER in person than any picture you’ve seen…
The following information and presser comes from Scott Jennings, Sr. Advisor & Ohio State Director, Romney for President. So don’t pay any attention to those “Eeyores” out there. Photo at right courtesy of WaPo.
Early voting begins on Tuesday in Ohio and I thought I’d share some thoughts on recent polling and grassroots metrics that tell me Mitt Romney is well positioned to win Ohio’s 18 Electoral Votes.
First, Public Policy Polling, a Democrat firm, released an Ohio survey Sunday night showing Barack Obama with a four point lead over Mitt Romney. The survey revealed that by no means is the race in Ohio anything other than up for grabs, with PPP reporting:
“It’s a mistake to think based on recent polling in Ohio that the race there is over. Obama is not popular in the state…”
- More people disapprove than approve of Obama in Ohio. 49% of respondents disapprove of the job Obama is doing, and only 48% approve. There are plenty enough people in Ohio who disapprove of Obama for Mitt Romney to persuade and win the state’s 18 electoral votes.
- Undecided voters overwhelmingly disapprove of Obama. Among those still undecided on the election, just 13% approve and 65% disapprove of Obama. Mitt Romney has a huge pool of undecided voters to talk to in October who have already concluded that Obama has done a poor job in office.
- This poll was a D+5 sample, closer to reality. As we’ve pointed out, many of the Ohio public polls showing outrageous leads for Obama were caused by dramatic oversampling of Democrats. This survey is a bit more realistic. It’s amazing what happens when you stop oversampling Democrats – you find a race in Ohio that is tight-as-a-tick. As a reminder, in 2008 Democrats enjoyed a partisan turnout advantage of eight points (D+8). In 2004, Republicans had an advantage of five points (R+5). We believe this race will fall somewhere well inside those confines, even as some national media surveys give Democrats an advantage outside those bounds.
Second, Rasmussen’s national tracking poll on Sunday had an interesting tidbit:
“Currently, 43% of voters are “certain” they will vote for Romney. Forty-two percent (42%) are that certain they will vote for Obama. The remaining 15% are either uncommitted or open to changing their mind. When you consider that so many of those undecided voters in Ohio have a sour view of the President’s job in Ohio, you can reasonably conclude that Mitt Romney has a solid chance of convincing them the country would be better off going in a different direction.”
On top of the Rasmussen tidbit, two new national polls find a very tight race. The Politico/GWU/Battleground poll shows a two point race among likely voters, as does the ABC News/Washington Post poll.
Third, Mitt Romney’s campaign in Ohio is absolutely crushing its ground game metrics as part of the Republican Party’s Victory effort. Sometime this week the campaign will knock on its one millionth door and make its three millionth phone call since May. More doors have been knocked in Ohio than in any other swing state by the Romney-Ryan Victory effort, and public and private polling continues to show a similar number of Ohioans who say they’ve been personally contacted by the Romney and Obama campaigns. This is a significant achievement considering that Obama’s operators claim to have hundreds of offices and thousands of staffers in Ohio who’ve been prepping their effort for four years. The Romney-Victory effort began in May. This tells us that Obama’s ground game claims are largely made for press release fodder and not actual voter contact.
Last week, the Romney-Ryan Victory effort in Ohio knocked on 162,506 thousands doors. The week before it was 137,948, leaving the astonished Ohio Democrat Party Chairman exasperated in this Washington Post article. Sorry to ruin your Monday morning, Mr. Chairman. In fact, over 300-thousand Ohio doors were knocked in the last two weeks by thousands of Ohio Republican volunteers hungry for a change in leadership in the White House. These volunteers know that the Romney-Ryan road to victory in November runs through Ohio, and they are doing everything in their power to make that a reality.
Bottom line – the race in Ohio is close, undecided voters are extremely unhappy with Barack Obama, and Mitt Romney’s campaign has built a ground game that is at the very least matching Obama’s while surpassing all previous Republican efforts when it comes to knocking on doors and contacting voters face-to-face.
This week, the Romney-Ryan Victory effort in Ohio will conduct its fifth “Buckeye Blitz,” which will yield hundreds of thousands of additional voter contacts. The Romney Ryan “Early Vote Express” bus will make stops across the state to encourage supporters to bank their votes early and then volunteer for the campaign. On Wednesday night, the campaign will hold dozens of debate watching parties where supporters will gather and organize for the final campaign push. And while the ground game capacity continues to expand in all 88 Ohio counties, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will continue to make the case to all Americans about their plan to create 12 million jobs, cut the debt, drive us toward energy independence, and stand up to China’s cheating that costs our country jobs.
I am excited about what I see on the ground, and enthusiastic about the positive vision for change the Romney-Ryan ticket is offering Ohio voters. ___Scott Jennings.
In the last few days we have seen some extraordinary “doom and gloom” stories about Mitt Romney’s campaign. The most notable has come from “conservative” Erick Erickson of RedState. The tenor of his article brings to mind the thought “just whose side are you on, any how?”
Hillbuzz even goes so far as calling Erickson out on their site:
do you think there will be professional consequences for Erik Erikson after the election where he’ll have to answer for his “Tokyo Rose” act that seeks to demoralize and depress Republican voters?
And then they even later in the day call Erickson the #1 Conservative Tokyo Rose.
An excellent article at Unified Patriots by Lady Penquin opines on this phenomenon of “Eeyorism” or Republicans and Conservative pundits touting doom and gloom for Governor Romney. These people in my eyes have broken Ronald Reagan’s “11th Commandment” which is NOT to speak ill of any fellow Republican. Yet they have and still call themselves “Conservatives.”
Instead what they should be focusing on are statements such as this, made by Obama at a rally at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio yesterday and re-stated at Kent State the same day:
We don’t believe anybody’s entitled to success in this country—Barack Obama, 9-26-12
But I beg to differ with these Tokyo Roses, as I attended a rally for Governor Romney in Toledo, Ohio yesterday. For those who aren’t familiar with Toledo, it is a heavily union town in Ohio #9, ruled with an iron fist for the last 30 years by radical Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D). Also in play are the ultra liberal Block Brothers who have a monopoly on Toledo printed news, the rag called Toledo Blade.
The rally was held at the downtown Toledo Seagate Convention Center and I thought I had arrived early enough but was greeted by a great amount of glee to a line of people almost 5-blocks long waiting to get in the Center. RSMcCain has this video of the snaking of the crowd awaiting entry:
Even more remarkable and gleeful than this was the pitiful turnout of OFA and the other myriad of protesters. Toledo Blade estimates their numbers at 75, but during my hour-long wait in line I saw no more than about 20. My picture below:
And when I got inside the center, this is what I saw: a standing-room-only crowd estimated at about 5,000. Holy Toledo!! How wonderful was that!
Chants could be heard of “O-H-I-O!!” and unlike Obama, we know how to spell it!!
Governor Romney then took center stage during thunderous applause. The picture below is from a friend of mine who was there, who got a much better one since I was standing in the back:
So I would opine to all the Ericksons and Eeyores out there, if Romney’s campaign is behind, why has Obama visited Ohio at least 28 times, and why such a huge turnout for Romney in an ultra-liberal town? Unlike polls, statistics don’t lie, and below are some salient facts about what dire straights Ohio is in since Obama became president:
- From the Bureau of Labor Statistics, accessed 9/25/12, Ohio has lost 16,500 jobs.
- Ohio has 413,357 unemployed seeking work.
- Ohio households were poorer last year than they’ve been in more than 25 years, and the number of people living in poverty is higher than it’s been in more than 30 years, according to a census report released yesterday.
- Obama’s Plan To Raise Taxes Would Cost Ohio $6.5 Billion In Lost Economic Output. (Drs. Robert Carroll and Gerald Prante, “Long-Run Macroeconomic Impact Of Increasing Tax Rates On High-Income Taxpayers In 2013, [page 20].
These are just some of the many challenges facing not only Ohio, but other states as well.
We literally can’t afford, 4 more years of Obama. Let’s concentrate on touting the failings of Obama, instead of stating *doom and gloom* for our candidate.
Crossposted at Unified Patriots