- Posted July 10, 2012 by
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The Romney Roundup - July 10th
In case you missed it, here is the latest Roundup of news about presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
I, Me, My: Speaking in Salem, Va., on Jun 26, Romney used the first-person pronouns “I” and “me” a combined 55 times in a speech that lasted about 18 minutes and 13 seconds.
Romney used “I” 47 times and “me” 8 times. During the just over 18 minutes that Romney spoke at Salem, he used “I” or “me” approximately once every 19.87 seconds.
Koch Problem? Who me?: "I understand there is a plane out there saying Mitt Romney has 'a Koch problem.' I don't look at it as a problem; I look at it as an asset."
-- Mitt Romney, quoted by the New York Post, as he attended a $50,000-a-head fund-raiser hosted by conservative billionaire David Koch.
VEEP Stakes: With the prospective vice presidential candidates fanning out as campaign-trail surrogates, Romney and his closest counselors have entered the final stages of selecting the ultimate surrogate — a running mate.
There are seven weeks remaining until the Republican National Convention in Tampa, and Romney has a few important strategic decisions to make before then: not only who to name as a vice presidential nominee, but also when and how to do so.
Rob Portman - "I know a lot of smart people in the Obama campaign. I'm sure they've thought through this. But for them to keep talking about the fact that he has private sector experience," Portman said. "You know that's what I think people are looking for is someone who actually knows how to get this economy turned around."
Bobby Jindal - "Look, I'm happy he's a successful businessman. We've got a president today who's never run a business, never run anything including a lemonade stand before he was president of the United States," Jindal said.
Marco Rubio - "Obamacare is not the president's signature achievement. It's the signature example of the leadership failures and broken promises that have defined Obama's presidency," Rubio wrote. "President Obama will keep Obamacare. Gov. Romney will repeal it and replace it with market-based reforms that empower individuals to get health insurance without having the IRS chasing them down if they don't. Never has a choice been more clear. Never have the differences in two candidates been so stark."
Jeb Bush - "He's not being vetted right now," George P. Bush said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." "He's one of the few politicians that does what he says in the sense that he's not actively pursuing a higher office."
Rick Santorum - "You'd have to ask (former Massachusetts) Governor Romney who he's considering," Santorum said, but "I haven't been in touch with the Romney campaign, so I suspect that we're not under active consideration at this point."
To The Money Men: “By the way, you guys are doing fine,” Romney was heard saying at (Clifford) Sobel’s beachfront home. “If you’re here, by and large you’re doing just fine. And I don’t spend a lot of time worrying about those that are doing as well as you guys are, or how I’m doing, but I spend a lot of time worrying about those that are poor and those in the middle class that are finding it hard to make a bright future for themselves.”
Obama Tax Cut Pledge: "President Obama's announcement this morning will mean a tax increase for millions of families, job creators, and small businesses," Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said in a statement. "Governor Romney knows that job-killing tax increases will hurt our troubled economy even further, and he has a plan to lower the rates and broaden the base without increasing the deficit to encourage investment and job creation."
A Romney Cabinet: "My Cabinet will not be filled with academics and politicians alone. It would be a very different lineup than the president has assembled. His team is almost entirely void of anyone with any experience in the business sector, in the private sector, that understands how the economy works," Romney told conservative radio host Michael Medved. "I will assuredly have members of my team who have had experience in the real world, in the private sector… It will have a number of people who have been out working real jobs so they understand what it takes to keep real jobs in America and to have real jobs coming back."
Those Foreign Accounts: "I don't manage them. I don't even know where they are," Romney said in an interview on Radio Iowa.
"That trustee follows all U.S. laws. All the taxes are paid, as appropriate. All of them have been reported to the government. There's nothing hidden there," the candidate said.
Outsourcing: "If there's an outsourcer in chief, it's the president of the United States, not the guy who's running to replace him," Romney said to thunderous applause in a packed high school gym.
"President Obama has promised over and over that he would focus on creating 'jobs that pay well and can't be outsourced' but his record speaks otherwise," (Republican National Committee Chairman Reince) Priebus said in a statement. "The Outsourcer-In-Chief is going around the country touting his 'jobs record,' but the only positive record he has is creating jobs in faraway places like Finland and South Korea."
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.