- Posted July 3, 2012 by
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The Romney Roundup - Pre-4th of July
In case you missed it, here is the latest Roundup of news about presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
Family Time: Romeny, wife Ann, the 5 sons and their wives and the 18 grandchildren have been enjoying their family vacation since Saturday. Time is spent in mini-Olympics, church time, laughing and frolicking in the water.
Worship - Romney, the first Mormon to clinch the presidential nomination of a major party, attended services Sunday with his wife, Ann, five sons, five daughters-in-law and eighteen grandchildren. They made up nearly a third of the congregation that gathered in the small, nondescript building that houses this tiny resort town's branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Tradition - It's a family tradition that spans a decade, as Mitt Romney's clan — all 30 of them — gathers at his New England lakeside compound for a week of home-cooked meals, sporting events and ice cream outings.
Nevertheless, the former Massachusetts governor is sticking to his routine. He attended Sunday church, let loose on Monday with a little jet skiing and on Monday night he was eating ice cream in town before piloting his boat back home to his lakefront estate. He walked barefoot with his grandchildren, posed for family photos, and visited with friends — just as he has done every other summer. For Romney, this week is a welcome opportunity to unwind from the campaign trail while reflecting on the biggest decision he'll make during this campaign: choosing a running mate.
Water Fun - Mitt Romney found a way to unwind at his home on Lake Winnipesaukee Monday: have his wife take him for a ride on a jet ski.
Secret Weapon - Some Republicans see her as Mitt Romney's secret weapon, his wife of 43 years whose warmth and humor can make the sometimes awkward presidential contender come across less corporate and more human.
Ann Romney also has a story of her own to tell: Her 14-year battle with multiple sclerosis, an experience that first crushed her, then forced her to re-examine her priorities and sense of self — and in the process, she says, opened a window into the lives of those who face hardships of all sorts.
Healthcare Mandate: "The governor disagreed with the ruling of the Court, he agreed with the dissent, which was written by Justice Scalia, which very clearly stated that the mandate was not a tax," said Romney strategist Eric Fehrnstrom.
Of course, Romney is already on the record calling the mandate he passed in Massachusetts a tax.
Ceasefire - National Journal reports Mitt Romney's campaign "is declaring a cease fire. This, even as the law polls unfavorably and it proved to be a motivating force for Republicans and disaffected independents in the 2010 midterms."
"It's becoming clear that Romney has decided to focus on the economy at the expense of everything else, even issues that could play to his political benefit."
Leaving Bain: "There is now a media debate over when Mitt Romney left Bain Capital, his private equity firm -- and the meaning of his departure," Mother Jones reports.
The Romney campaign and Bain maintain that he left in February 1999, but SEC documents -- including one signed by Romney -- identify Romney as a participant in a Bain partnership much later in the year. The documents suggest that Romney had not fully removed himself from Bain's business dealings.
"Romney's actual departure date is significant. If he did fully leave Bain in February 1999, he is better able to argue that he cannot be held responsible for the firm's actions afterward -- though he maintained his ownership interest in Bain and its various entities for years and, consequently, benefited from these deals."
No Flip Flopping: Mitt Romney told a private group of potential supporters last week that he was "treading carefully" around the issue of immigration to avoid looking like a "flip-flopper," Maggie Haberman reports.
Said Romney: "I know I took some positions in the primary that are" hard to contend with in a general election, adding, "I am not going to be a flip-flopper."
Overseas Bound: Romney will travel to Israel in late July for a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu aimed at fleshing out his foreign policy credentials.
Romney will be overseas in late July to attend the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympic Games in London.
From Russia With Love: Mitt Romney’s comment that Russia is America’s “No. 1 geopolitical foe,” a red-meat line for Republicans, is also attracting some attention in Moscow.
Alexey Pushkov, chairman of the international affairs committee of the State Duma, said in a recent interview that Russian leaders have noted Romney’s comments with concern, and are watching with interest as neoconservative and “realist” advisers maneuver for influence within the campaign.
“We don’t think that for us Romney will be an easy partner,” said Pushkov, an ally of President Vladimir Putin. “We think that Romney will be, on the rhetorical side, a replay of the Bush administration.”
Follow the Money: Vanity Fair takes an in depth look at Romney's offshore accounts. Interesting read.
The Money Men Speak: Former GE Chairman Jack Welsh tweeted in response to a tweet from Rupert Mourdoch, " Hope Mitt Romney is listening to Murdoch advice ont campaign staff..playing in league with Chicago pols..No room for amateurs"
Barclay's Chief Executive Bob Diamond was scheduled to host a fundraiser for Romney while he was in London to watch the Olympics. In light of the scandal that has hit the bank and his resignation, Diamond is backing out of being a co-host for the meet & greet.
Possible VEEP: Popular New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte will march with Romney in the 4th of July parade in the town he is vactioning, Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.
From the Cornfield, in case you missed it earlier or didn't see it on your favorite news channel or news website or newspaper, this is the latest Romney Roundup.