April 19, 2012 |
President Obama got a rise out of Mitt Romney with the campaign-trail observation that "I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth. " Romney saw the remark (plausibly) as an attack on him and (not so plausibly, but ingeniously) as an attack on Romney's rags-to-Rambler father. "I'm certainly not going to apologize for my dad and his success in life ," Romney harrumphed. "He was born poor. He worked his way to become very successful despite the fact that he didn't have a college degree, and one of the things he wanted to do was to provide for me and my brother and sisters.
April 2, 2012 |
Many worlds collided Sunday night on the second episode of this season's long-anticipated “Mad Men”: Don Draper and the Rolling Stones. Fat, depressed Betty and Don's mod new wife, Megan. And a sideways swipe at George Romney, a onetime presidential candidate, that had many wondering if series creator Matthew Weiner was implying something about his son, Mitt, front-runner in the current Republican presidential campaign. In the episode, Betty's new husband, Henry Francis, a Republican political operative working for New York City Mayor John Lindsay, tells someone on the phone, “Well, tell Jim his honor's not going to Michigan.
February 29, 2012 |
With his presidential candidacy newly invigorated by donations from a casino billionaire, Newt Gingrich accused Mitt Romney's Wall Street supporters on Wednesday of trying to "brainwash" voters into backing the former Massachusetts governor. "It's just Wall Street pouring money in to try to buy the election," Gingrich told a few hundred supporters Wednesday evening at a rally here in northern Georgia. "In fact, I think eight of his top 10 sources are people who got money out of the U.S. taxpayer.
February 25, 2012 |
Mitt Romney kept the pressure on rival Rick Santorum as he campaigned across Michigan Saturday, telling audiences that the former Pennsylvania Senator could not be relied on to stand for conservative principles. Speaking from notes at a gathering of Americans for Prosperity, a group affiliated with the "tea party," hours after Santorum delivered a blistering critique of his record, Romney focused on outlining his credentials as a conservative before the group, which met him with a polite but mild reception.
February 25, 2012 |
The task at the 33rd annual tulip festival in Holland, Mich., would have made any other teenager cringe. But his father was running for governor and there were votes to be won, so 15-year-old Mitt Romney suited up in Dutch trousers, a hat and wooden shoes. Before thousands of people, Romney and his parents led a parade of "gaily attired street cleaners," the 1962 campaign news release said, "some splashing out soapy water from hickory barrels and others manning brooms like the candidate" to show Michigan "a preview of the sparkling fresh look" that George Romney would bring to the state.
February 24, 2012 |
Back in his home state of Michigan for a final weekend of campaigning, Mitt Romney said he hoped to be the first president who was a "car guy" and showed his personal devotion to American cars by listing the ones in his own garage. "It just feels good being back in Michigan. You know the trees are the right height," he said before an audience of the Detroit Economic Club, reprising a line that was mocked by late-night comedians. "The streets are just right. I like the fact that most of the cars I see are Detroit-made automobiles.
February 23, 2012 |
I was stationed at Ft. Bliss, Texas, in 1968 for a year at an Army language school learning Vietnamese. During the breaks in the endless memorization of the endless monosyllabic vocabulary, we would escape over the border to Juarez, Mexico, or out into the wasteland of west Texas to reclaim a bit of sanity. I met a family through a church group that invited me to their ranch on weekends. And I still bless them for their thoughtfulness. The grand dame of the family was a wonderful Texas horsewoman who always needed work done around the place.
February 23, 2012 |
Looking to fend off a serious challenge from Rick Santorum in his home state, Mitt Romney returned to Michigan on Thursday night trolling for votes at gathering of eight tea party groups in the Detroit suburbs. Romney, the son of Michigan's three-term Gov. George Romney, reminisced about Detroit's golden age, his first day of kindergarten and his early childhood in Palmer Park near 6 Mile and Woodward Avenue: "We had home there. It's been bulldozed now, because it turned, I guess, into an eyesore or a place that drugs were being used.
February 22, 2012 |
Mitt Romney has regained the lead in Arizona but is locked in a tie with rival Rick Santorum as primary day looms less than a week away, according to a pair of new polls released Wednesday. The polls suggest Romney's message is resonating with more pragmatic voters who are focused on finding a candidate who can beat President Obama in a general election. An NBC/Marist poll of likely Republican primary voters in Arizona shows Romney leading the pack with 43%, a 16 percentage point lead over Santorum, who has 27%. Newt Gingrich ranks third with 16%, followed by Ron Paul with 11%. The race appears to be tighter in Michigan, according to an NBC/Marist poll of likely Republican primary voters there.
February 21, 2012 |
Standing before a banner that said “Cut the Spending,” Mitt Romney on Tuesday tried to focus his remarks on how President Obama has harmed the nation's economy and how he would fix it. But he was frequently drawn off the message of the day by voters, who peppered him with questions about social issues. Romney, in a tight competition to win this state's 30 delegates, responded by taking aggressively conservative stances, saying his vice presidential pick would be anti-abortion, touting his work against gay marriage, pledging to pick strict constructionists to serve on the Supreme Court and castigating the Obama administration for launching a war against religion.