Five Brothers: The Romney Campaign Blog
Heading to Florida
Well, like Tagg said, it's been a whirlwind tour lately. I've definitely had my own ups and downs, but my dad has stayed very even keeled and optimistic throughout this process. Now, with victories in Wyoming, Michigan and Nevada, we've got some momentum, and my dad's message of conservative change is resonating. People realize that what he's saying is true, that Washington is broken, that it needs to be fixed to be able to tackle the challenges that face our nation, and that he's the man to do it. And he's the man to do it because that's what he's done his entire life. Time after time, in business, at the Olympics, and in Massachusetts, he's shown the ability to tackle a difficult problem, by being able to identify what the actual source of the problem is, to identify what needs to change, and then to actually do it, to set things right. He has the experience, the vision, and the creativity: he's a problem solver. And I'm totally convinced that he'll be just the problem solver Washington needs as well, so that America can continue to be the strongest nation on earth.
Right now, the focus is on Florida, so accordingly, Andelyne and I are heading down there on Thursday to watch the MSNBC debate that night, and then we'll be driving all around the state in the Mitt Mobile. Hopefully by the end of our tour next Monday night, my brothers and I will have visited as many of Florida's 60 counties as possible. I'll be sure to post pictures when I can.
I was looking back at some pictures from the summer and came across this one of my mom and dad looking pretty happy while spending time with some of the grandkids.
Unfortunately, my mom and dad have not had as much time since then to relax. It's a reminder that all of the candidates for President are working hard and giving up time at home with their families to be campaigning for ideas that they think are important to the future of this country. It just happens to be that my dad is campaigning for the right ideas that will lead to a prosperous America.
So, for the next nine years, it's more days like these for my mom and dad and fewer days taking it easy.
Grandkids Getting Into the Act
I’ve been surprised how much my oldest kids, 7-year-old twins Nick and Chloe, have gotten into the presidential race. They’ve attended a slew of political events with me and absorbed a lot in the process. So now they like to follow what’s happening by watching the news. Understandably then, they think it’s pretty cool to be interviewed and get on TV. Here they are waxing philosophical about politics with their cousin, Joe.
I am heading to Florida today to catch up with my Dad, attend the debate tomorrow night, and then campaign with my wife across the state. Craig and Josh will be doing the same thing in different parts of the state, as will my Mom.
The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan recently said that there are really only 2 Republicans at this point who are "hot"--you can probably guess that one of the two is my dad. With Huckabee apparently skipping Florida due to a lack of funds, Fred Thompson dropping out of the race, and Rudy's poll numbers plummeting all across the country, this is quickly turning into a 2-person race for the GOP nomination. Dinan tallied up the total votes the candidates have received in IA, NH, MI, NV, and SC (Wyoming had only a few thousand voters)--his totals are below. Not bad.
Mitt Romney 529,511
John McCain 507,933
Mike Huckabee 336,954
Fred Thompson 121,259
Ron Paul 106,171
Rudy Giuliani 60,072
A friend who used to work on my Dad's gubernatorial staff forwarded me a link to an article written by a yeshiva student who volunteered on the 2002 campaign. Take a quick read, it's a nice thing to read.
No clue who "Romney Girl" is, but this video is pretty funny. Someone get her an agent.
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Tagg just posted about the Tonight Show so I thought I'd follow up with a picture from the dressing room. Is that a "V" for "Victory" from Jay Leno?
Big Win in Nevada!
From the Las Vegas Review-Journal: "'Landslide' is not a strong enough word for Mitt Romney's victory in Nevada’s Republican caucuses Saturday...’It feels great,’ Matt Romney, the second-oldest of the candidate's five sons, said in an interview as the final results came in Saturday afternoon. ‘To me, it sends a signal that the people of Nevada, just like Michigan and Wyoming, have said that his message is resonating.’"
Josh and I both spent a good deal of time campaigning in NV and we were both able to celebrate with all of the volunteers and staff that made this happen on Saturday in Nevada.
Here I am with State Assemblyman Joe Hardy, M.D. speaking at one of several caucus recruiting meetings:
Here I am addressing volunteers at Romney NV Headquarters in Las Vegas:
A Non-Stop Blur
Oh man, so sorry it's taken us so long to post something fresh. The last 2 weeks have been a non-stop blur for us with hardly any downtime at all to post. My brothers and I have split up all around the country to help bring my Dad's message to local voters in Florida, Michigan, South Carolina, and Nevada. It's clear that Josh is the most effective campaigner, as he was in both Nevada and Wyoming for big wins out west, though the the rest of us were in Michigan for the huge win there. We are in great shape heading into Florida and then on to the dozens of states that vote in February. My Dad has shown that he is a fighter, that he can take a punch and keep grinding. People asked us what our secret weapon for Florida will be -- my Dad answered the question himself on Jay Leno the other night. Take a peek at the video:
Prank Call from "Governor Schwarzenegger"
Just before the Michigan Primary this week, I decided to take a some pressure off my dad with a little comic relief. Those that know him recognize that he loves a good practical joke. I tried to figure out when he'd be breaking for food so I could videotape the call. Have a look:
Status of the Race and NH Primary Recap
After my dad’s big Michigan win last night (woohoo!), here’s his standing in the race after contests in 4 states: 2nd in IA, 1st in WY, 2nd in NH and 1st in MI. More votes have been cast for him than for any other Republican candidate and he leads the field with the most delegates. He doesn’t have the nomination wrapped up by any stretch, but he’s in a position of strength and clearly his message is resonating with voters.
I was able to bring my twins, Nick and Chloe, to NH to campaign with me after Iowa. Even though they missed some school, they got a great education about American politics. We’re leaving for Las Vegas tomorrow where we’ll join Josh and my parents to try to win Nevada.
Here’s a picture of some of the family right before the 2nd NH debate on Fox:
Here’s a picture of my kids watching Anderson Cooper interview "Papa":
Here’s a picture of us greeting primary voters in Goffstown, NH:
Of course, my kids would only last for 30 seconds until they got distracted by the snow (a novelty for them living in San Diego):
Here’s a picture of my mom trying to keep Chloe entertained at her 4th "Ask Mitt Anything" town hall meeting in NH:
You know you've made it when you are a Sportscenter catch-phrase. I was watching the Celtics highlights last night in my hotel room in Petoskey, MI when I heard the latest catch-phrase used to describe a Kevin Garnett dunk: "Mitt Romney!"
Five Bros "On the Record" with Greta
We got to spend some time “On the Record” with Greta when we were campaigning for my dad in Iowa leading up to the caucus there. Even when the camera is off, she doesn’t stop asking questions about the campaign. You can tell she is legitimately interested in politics. Here are some pictures of us talking about embarrassing campaign experiences after the interview:
At The Lake
As I mentioned last month, we had a friend follow the family around with a video camera for a while and he has put together some of the footage into fun little clips. He came up to Wolfeboro, NH with us last summer and shot the family for a day. I think this is a pretty interesting look at him, particularly for those who say he’s too perfect.
On to Michigan
We were disappointed not to have won the NH primary last night, but are happy to have come in a strong second and dedicated to carrying this fight forward. We are in the middle of holding a national call day from Boston today and literally hundreds of supporters are making calls to friends and family. As my Dad addressed the crowd, he reminded us all that he has won more votes total so far than any other candidate in the race. We’ve won WY and finished 2nd now in New Hampshire and Iowa. My Dad’s message of bringing change to Washington and his experience of turning around fiscally challenging situations time and again is a perfect combination for Michigan. After watching him rescue Bain and Co., run a successful investment company, turn around the 2002 Olympics, and fix the budget mess in Massachusetts, I don’t think there is anyone better qualified to help lead our economy and our nation going forward.
"Morning Joe" at Romneys for Breakfast
We had Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski from "Morning Joe" over for breakfast at my parents' house. My mom made pancakes for the grandkids and Joe made the eggs. Here's a picture:
We're very proud with what my dad accomplished in Iowa last week. Consider how far he came in one year there, being relatively unknown and beating household names in Iowa like McCain, Giuliani and Thompson. I'm excited for the NH primary tomorrow and I think we're still in a very good position to win the nomination.
We had a lot of fun campaigning as a family in Iowa. We did several press events, greeted and spoke to caucus-goers and even had an ice skating event in Des Moines with Olympic Gold Medalist Dan Jansen. Here are a couple of pictures that were posted on the Des Moines Register Online from the event. Here Dan Jansen picks up my daughter Chloe to teach her how to skate:
Here I'm holding hands with my twins, Nick and Chloe, on the ice and you can see Dan Jansen skating next to us:
The Clear Winner
Dad was the clear winner. These Frank Luntz focus group clips are the best piece I've seen all campaign long. Voters got to see tonight why Governor Romney will make such a thoughtful, terrific president. Please watch this video and pass it on to every undecided voter you know (especially if they live in NH).
In addition to winning big in Wyoming yesterday, Dad had a great debate last night. It was pretty clear that all the other candidates wanted to take him down, as each of them came after him, a few of them repeatedly on a personal basis. I thought the difference was striking--some came across as angry and snarky, while my Dad remained civil and came across as a thoughtful leader. You only try tackling the guy who has the football, and it's clear the others all want to take on my Dad.
McCain made it clear tonight that, despite his changing rhetoric on immigration, that he still wants to allow almost all 12 million illegal aliens to remain here indefinitely. My Dad says that's a form of amnesty. He and Fred Thompson are the only 2 on the stage who seem to realize this. The liberal commentators don't pick up on this, but the voters certainly will.