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2012 CYCLE:

EARLY POLLS CAUSE FEAR:

Early polls show Romney ahead or in-play in enough states that Obama had won in 2008, to win in 2012.

Romney is the only potential challenger ahead or competetive in most of these states.

NEW HAMPSHIRE:

“Romney would beat Obama in New Hampshire by 10 percentage points, according to a new Bloomberg News poll.

“New Hampshire has favored Democratic candidates in four of the last five presidential elections... Obama won New Hampshire in 2008 with 54% of the vote.

“Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, does particularly well with New Hampshire’s independent voters – he would win independents by 15 percentage points.” LA Times - Nov 16, 2011

“Romney has big lead in New Hampshire...

“Romney, who came in second to Arizona Sen. John McCain in the 2008 New Hampshire Republican primary, has consistently led the pack in recent WMUR polls. He also has the highest favorability rating at 73 percent among likely Republican voters.

“At this point Romney is leading Obama in a hypothetical match-up 49 percent to 41 percent. Obama fairs better against Palin, 57 percent to 34 percent and leads Pawlenty 44 percent to 37 percent.” CNN.com - Feb 14, 2011

» More New Hampshire polling information


Romney considered Obama's toughest challenger (video):

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NEVADA:

“Barack Obama continues to suffer from the Nevada blues. Only 44% of voters there approve of him to 53% disapproving and he ties Mitt Romney in a state that he won by 12 points in 2008...

“As unpopular as Obama is, there's only one Republican who can catch up with him in the state and that's Mitt Romney. They tie at 46%. Romney has an unusual amount of appeal to Nevada Democrats- 27% of them have a favorable opinion of him and 13% say they would vote for him in a hypothetical match up with Obama.” Public Policy Polling - Oct 27, 2011

“Obama would easily win Nevada again...except against Romney...

“Independents in the state may like Obama but they like Romney even more, giving him a 58/28 favorability rating. That's quite a contrast to how they feel about the other leading Republican contenders in the state. Huckabee's favorability with them is 38/50, Palin's is 28/61, and Gingrich actually occupies the basement in this state at 26/65.

“Obama's lead over Romney is 47/46. That goes up to 10 points over Huckabee at 50/40, 11 over Gingrich at 51/40, and 13 over Palin at 52/39.” Public Policy Polling Blogspot - Jan 7, 2011

MICHIGAN:

“In a head-to-head matchup statewide, Romney tops Obama 46%-41%... The news is better for the president should Republicans nominate another contender: In Michigan, he leads former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, 45%-40%, and former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain, 50%-36%.” Freep.com - Nov 20, 2011

“Mitt Romney romps over Obama in Michigan...

“A survey by the Lansing-based polling firm EPIC/MRA found President Barack Obama trailing the former Massachusetts governor in a hypothetical matchup by 5 points, 41 to 46 percent.” RightSpeak.net - Feb 28, 2011

“At this point it looks like Michigan would be a swing state in 2012 only if Romney secured the nomination. He trails Obama 47-43 in a hypothetical contest. Obama crushes the rest of the Republican field by margins pretty comparable to what he received against John McCain in the state in 2008...” Public Policy Polling Blogspot - Dec 2010

FLORIDA:

“Romney earns support from 46% of Likely Voters in the Sunshine State to Obama's 42%... Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is nearly tied with the president, with Obama posting a narrow 45% to 43% lead in this matchup.” Rasmussenreports.com - Nov 20, 2011

“Magellan Poll: Romney beats Obama outside the M.O.E. (Margin of Error) in Florida - Mitt Romney: 49% (+10), Barack Obama: 39%” Rightspeak.net - Aug 24, 2011

“A new poll from Sachs/Mason shows that both former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee would beat the president by 5 percentage points, Politico reports... Obama won Florida in 2008 with 51 percent of the vote. But his approval rating registers only 34 percent there now.” NewsMax - Apr 12, 2011

“PPP Polling: Mitt Romney does best against Obama in Florida... Mitt Romney is the only likely entrant into the Republican fracas to equal or exceed McCain’s performance. He trails 46-44, exactly the same as December’s result. The state’s former Governor Jeb Bush also does well, lagging 48-45...” RightSpeak.net - Mar 31, 2011

MAINE:

“Critical Insights Poll: Romney & Obama virtually tied in Maine  Head-to-Head: Barack Obama 41%, Mitt Romney 40% (-1). Barack Obama 46%, Rick Perry 32% (-14), MOE (Margin of Error) +/-4%” RightSpeak.net - Oct 28, 2011

“Maine has voted Democratic in the last five elections, with Barack Obama winning by 18 percent over John McCain in 2008.” 270towin.com

WISCONSIN:

“Barack Obama won a blow out victory in Wisconsin in 2008... Mitt Romney has pulled to within 3 points of Obama at 46-43...

“Obama has more comfortable leads over the rest of the Republican field, providing further confirmation that Romney is the only GOP hopeful who really has any hope of beaing Obama at this point.” PublicPolicyPolling.com - Oct 28, 2011

    VIRGINIA:

    “Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney holds the biggest lead among GOP candidates over President Obama in hypothetical 2012 match-ups in Virginia... the former Massachusetts governor leading the president by eight percentage points, 45 percent to 37 percent... Fifty-four percent of those questioned in Virginia disapproved and 39 percent approved of Obama's performance as president in the swing state that he won with over 52 percent of the vote in the 2008 presidential election.” CNN - Sep 26, 2011

    NORTH CAROLINA:

    “President Obama’s approval rating in North Carolina is the best it has been in three months, but he remains knotted with his perennially toughest foe for next year, Mitt Romney, while leading the others tested against him by larger margins. Romney edges Obama 46-45, Herman Cain was not tested in the previous poll, but he trails now by three points (47-44). Obama remains up on Newt Gingrich by seven points (50-43), but has improved versus the others, leading Ron Paul (48-40), Rick Perry, and Michele Bachmann (each 50-42) by eight points.” PublicPolicyPolling.com - Nov 2, 2011

    "In two polls conducted after the 2010 election... Mitt Romney tied him [Pres. Obama] in November. But now... Romney holds steady at a 44-47 deficit... The survey’s margin of error is +/-4.1%." Public Policy Polling - Jan 25, 2011

    OHIO:

    “OHIO: Romney 43 - Obama 42%” Quinnipiac.edu - Dec 8, 2011

    “If Barack Obama had to stand for reelection today he would likely lose Ohio...as long as the Republicans nominate Mitt Romney... A head to head between Obama and Romney would be a tie at this point, with each candidate getting 46%. Those numbers are worse for Obama than they appear to be on the surface though- just 18% of the undecided voters approve of the job he's doing. When those folks make up their minds they're not very likely to end up in Obama's camp. Romney has an 11 point advantage with independents and pulls 12% of the Democratic vote while losing only 4% of Republicans to Obama.” Public Policy Polling - Oct 20, 2011

    “Obama leads Romney by only two points, 45-43... The newest entrant, Perry, is down, 45-41. Michele Bachmann trails, 48-41; Herman Cain, 47-39; and Palin, 51-38.” Public Policy Polling - Aug 16, 2011

    “Ohio: Romney fares best against Obama - Barack Obama 46% Mitt Romney 42%” TheHill.com - May 24, 2011

    PENNSYLVANIA:

    “If the Republicans nominated Mitt Romney and the election was today Barack Obama would probably lose Pennsylvania... Obama and Romney are tied at 45% each but if you dig in on the undecided voters only 24% of them approve of Obama's job performance... Obama leads Newt Gingrich by a 49-43 margin... Two Republicans manage to do worse than John McCain's 10 point margin of defeat in the state in 2008.” PublicPolicyPolling.com - Nov 22, 2011

    “Romney and Obama are tied at 44 percent in a hypothetical general election matchup... Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann appears to be the second strongest contender against Obama, though she trails him by seven points... Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty trails Obama by eight points; former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum is behind by 10.” RealClearPolitics.com - Jul 8, 2011

    “In the poll, Obama led all hypothetical challengers, including the state's former Senator Rick Santorum. However, both Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee trailed by smaller gaps than the survey's margin of error.

    “In a head to head match up with Huckabee, Obama came out on top 47% to 44%. Against Romney, that spread was one point better, with Obama edging the former Massachusetts Governor 46% to 42%. Santorum trailed by the next smallest margin, lagging the president 48% to 40%.” TalkingPointsMemo.com - Jan 6, 2011

    CONNECTICUT:

    “Connecticut isn't a place that would go on anybody's list of swing states but Barack Obama is in a statistical tie with Mitt Romney there, leading only 47-45... despite having won it by 23 points in 2008... The competitiveness in Connecticut is limited to Romney. Against the rest of the Republican field Obama leads by double digits.” PublicPolicyPolling.com - Sep 30, 2011

    MINNESOTA:

    “Obama carried Minnesota by a 54%-44% margin against John McCain in 2008. The state has not voted Republican at the presidential level since the Nixon landslide of 1972...

    “In this poll, Obama leads Newt Gingrich by 51%-38%, leads Mike Huckabee by 50%-40%, and trounces Sarah Palin by 54%-36%. As it turns out, he leads Pawlenty by 51%-43%, but only leads Romney by 47%-42%.” TalkingPointsMemo.com - Dec 8, 2010

    “Poll: Mitt Romney or Tim Pawlenty Could Win Minn. in 2012...

    “The poll found that if former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin or U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann were at the head of the 2012 Republican ticket, President Obama would handily win by at least 20 percentage points.

    “But if the GOP nominee were Gov. Tim Pawlenty or former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the race in Minnesota would be much closer...

    “The possibility that a Republican -- whether it's Romney or Pawlenty (or anyone else) -- could win the blue state of Minnesota would be a potential electoral "game changer." But one has to think that Pawlenty, perhaps, stands to gain most from this news -- both because this is his state and because Romney is already considered the front-runner.” Politics Daily - Sep 30, 2010


MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell on Breitbart TV - Jan 8, 2012


Dems swarm Iowa to attack Mitt Romney

“DAVENPORT, Iowa — Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is fending off attacks from national Democrats who are traveling across the state today to blast him outside his own events on the eve of tomorrow’s GOP caucuses.

“ “I think people are starting to figure out that this is the guy that’s going to beat Barack Obama,” said wife Ann Romney about the growing focus on her husband.

“National Democratic Party officials dive-bombed Romney, who is in Davenport for a grassroots rally, setting up a press conference outside the event... DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz also planned a press conference in Florida focusing solely on Romney.”

"Romney is the most experienced, credible and qualified candidate who can lead the effort to hold President Obama to his own promises and performance standards and make him a one-term president. The Obama re-election team also knows it, which is why they started attacking him long before any votes have been cast.

"In February 2009, President Obama told NBC News that "one nice thing about the situation I find myself in is that I will be held account-able. . . . If I don't have this done in three years, then there's going to be a one-term proposition." Romney is the only candidate who has consistently thrown those words back at the President, and it has the Obama re-election team worried.

"Throughout his business, political and philanthropic careers, Romney has been held accountable, and he has held others accountable for delivering (or not delivering) on their promises. Whether it was earning profits for investors, fixing problems at the Olympics, or ridding Massachusetts government of the likes of Billy Bulger and Matt Amorello, Romney gets results. In 1994, Romney also held Ted Kennedy to the tightest re-election margin of his career."


Democrats Unify against Romney

“What began in October with a hastily announced Obama campaign press call — during which David Axelrod attacked Romney as a “stunningly inconsistent” politician — has grown into a sustained, daily campaign to tear down the former Massachusetts governor.

“The Democrats’ pre-emptive anti-Mitt push is a genuinely unusual phenomenon in presidential politics. While it’s not unusual to see parties taking some early shots at their political opponents — even during the primary process — such a protracted, harsh messaging effort has no precedent in recent years...

“The DNC has run paid television ads against Romney and released a seemingly endless string of Web videos...

“The Obama campaign, meanwhile, has responded with tart statements to each major Romney policy address, as well as major attacks from the candidate.

“They’ve been aided by a collection of independent Democratic groups that have been focused on Romney just as intently. Priorities USA Action has been attacking Romney since May, when it targeted him with TV ads during his first trip to South Carolina. The Democratic group American Bridge has hit Romney with one research piece after another, while the pro-health care reform organization Protect Your Care has worked since early in the year to highlight Romney’s health care record in Massachusetts...

“To some, the Democratic offensive looks like a cynical attempt to choose a weak opponent for a vulnerable president — a clear departure from the respectful brand of politics Obama pledged to practice.

“But Democrats privately admit that the White House has viewed Romney as the most threatening top-tier candidate in the GOP field, and feared the pull-all-punches primary was letting him essentially skate by without being defined...

“Former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, a onetime Obama supporter who has raised money for Romney this year, likened the Democratic campaign to the successful 2002 effort by California Democrats to knock Riordan out of the governor’s race by turning conservatives against him.

“ “What they’re trying to do is get the Republicans against Romney,” said Riordan, who called the Democratic attacks “more of a threat” to Romney than Gingrich is.

“James Carville, the veteran Democratic operative and Clinton clan adviser, compared the anti-Romney push to the way Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in 2010 got involved “very smartly in the Republican primary and won his race.”

“ “People in politics tend to look at the last really successful thing, and that was the most successful endeavor of the 2010 cycle,” said Carville.

“In Reid’s race, the embattled senator ended up facing his weakest possible opponent. But by the end of the Republican primary, several of the top candidates were so brutally battered that a senator who had no business being reelected could have at least been competitive in the general election...

“Even Democrats who believe they have managed to put Romney on the defensive over character issues remain unsure just how bloodied he is in the Republican primary. While Romney is clearly struggling in his duel with Gingrich, Democrats quietly acknowledge they are still preparing to face Romney — whom they view as far more formidable — in the general election.

“But if there’s even a small chance that early attacks are making life difficult for him with GOP primary voters, Democrats believe their continued meddling is worthwhile — especially now that Romney foes such as Gingrich, Michele Bachmann and Jon Huntsman are hitting him with a similar message from the right...

“Steve Lombardo, a former pollster for Romney’s 2008 campaign who now heads the consulting firm StrategyOne, said it was “brilliant” for Democrats to force Romney into a “two-front war.” ”


DNC Defends Newt Gingrich

“In yet another sign of Democrat glee at the prospect of facing the deposed former Speaker of the House, Democratic National Committee communications director Brad Woodhouse rode to Gingrich’s defense against Mitt Romney today in his latest memo:

“Mitt Romney woke up this morning channeling the inner tea party voices of the likes of Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich ...”

''Mitt Romney's campaign is revving up in the early primary and caucus states, especially in crucial New Hampshire, as fresh polling showed he could face a fight in all of them from a resurgent Newt Gingrich...

''The campaign of President Barack Obama, meanwhile, kept its sights locked firmly on Mr. Romney, showing it had little desire to help deflate the Gingrich surge. Top Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that Mr. Romney was a politician who "doesn't have a core."

''Asked if Mr. Gingrich had a core, Mr. Axelrod was largely flattering, describing the former speaker as "a man with expansive thoughts and ideas that he expresses widely." ''


CNN's Wolf Blitzer

“Mitt Romney is the candidate the Democrats fear most. That’s been clear to me for weeks.

“Obama campaign staffers and Democratic Party activists have been going after the former Massachusetts governor on a whole host of issues, but especially on his so-called “flip-flops.”

“The Democrats suspect that Romney would stand the best chance of attracting independent voters and could wind up beating the president in several swing states. That’s why, I suspect, they are trying to soften him up now as much as possible.

“In their talking points, e-mails and tweets, they really are going after Romney much more than any of the other Republican candidates. In fact, they rarely even talk about the other GOP candidates.”


October Poll of Democrat and Republican Insiders

“Republican strategists surveyed in this week's National Journal Political Insiders Poll, ... almost unanimously identified Mitt Romney as the most likely candidate to win the nomination...

“Democratic Insiders, meanwhile, largely believe Republicans are on the right track, with more than two-thirds of them naming Romney as the strongest candidate the GOP could nominate for the 2012 election.”

Who would be the Republicans' strongest presidential nominee in 2012?

  Democrats
Oct. 2011
(101 votes)
Democrats
Aug. 2011
(100 votes)

Mitt Romney 71% 48%

Jon Huntsman 19% 16%

Rick Perry 5% 20%

Other 5% 0%

“Some Democrats identified Romney's perceived moderation as an asset in the general election. "Everyone else gets our base out in droves," said one. "If Romney can get the Republican base out, he'll win. He'll appeal to independents and some disillusioned Democrats."

“ "Independent suburban voters are more likely to support Romney," agreed another.

“Other Democrats echoed their Republican counterparts who see Romney winning by default. "He can talk and chew gum at the same time," said one, "which puts him way ahead of the other candidates." ”


Democrat Establishment and Strategists

“Romney is the opponent Democrats most fear, and whom Obama strategists view as the near-certain Republican nominee. Yet even among strategists who assume Romney will be Obama’s opponent, Perry’s newly feisty performance on the campaign trail has raised hopes that he may drag out the primary fight and bloody Romney ahead of the main event.”


Polled Democrat and Republican Insiders

“More than two-thirds of Republican Insiders say Mitt Romney has a better chance than Perry of defeating President Obama in 2012, according to this week's National Journal Political Insiders Poll...

“Democratic Insiders echoed that assessment by an even larger majority.”

 

Who has a better chance of beating President Obama in 2012, Mitt Romney or Rick Perry?

Answer:

Democrats
(88 votes)
Republicans
(97 votes)

Mitt Romney

83% 69%

Rick Perry

17% 31%


Barack Obama's campaign aides and political allies

“Barack Obama’s aides and advisers are preparing to center the president’s re-election campaign on a ferocious personal assault on Mitt Romney’s character and business background, a strategy grounded in the early stage expectation that the former Massachusetts governor is the likely GOP nominee.

“The dramatic and unabashedly negative turn is the product of political reality. Obama remains personally popular, but pluralities in recent polling disapprove of his handling of his job and Americans fear the country is on the wrong track... And so the candidate who ran on “hope” in 2008 has little choice four years later but to run a slashing, personal campaign aimed at disqualifying his likeliest opponent.

“In a move that will make some Democrats shudder, Obama’s high command has even studied President Bush’s 2004 takedown of Sen. John F. Kerry, a senior campaign adviser told POLITICO, for clues on how a president with middling approval ratings can defeat a challenger.

“ "Unless things change and Obama can run on accomplishments, he will have to kill Romney," said a prominent Democratic strategist aligned with the White House.”


Dick Morris - fmr. Bill Clinton Campaign Mgr


“There is, though, a grand Democratic strategy to try to stop Romney from getting the Republican nomination, because I think he’s the candidate they fear the most ...

“Because he's the candidate most likely to beat Obama... I think they are afraid of Mitt Romney.”


Polled Democrat Operatives

“Democratic political operatives view former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as the main Republican threat to President Obama's reelection, according to this week's National Journal Political Insiders Poll. Democratic Insiders see Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who has not yet declared whether or not he will run for president, as the second strongest against Obama...

“Just two months ago, Democratic Insiders also saw Romney as the lead GOP challenger for Obama to overcome, but today, they sound like that hurdle is considerably higher. "He is the best counter to Obama," said one Democratic Insider of the former Massachusetts governor. "He is an executive while Obama was a legislator. Romney ran a company--Obama never made a payroll. Romney created jobs--unemployment is 9 percent-plus under Obama." Echoed another, "Strong business background in a bad economy is a plus for him, as is the Massachusetts health care plan in a general election." Added a third: "He forces Obama to defend the Democratic base states, and will be able to talk about the economy better than any other Republican."

“Democrats also thought Romney had gained experience from his unsuccessful run for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination and that he could win over swing voters, unlike some of his Republican rivals. "Has run before, looks presidential and unlike others not a total turn off to Dems and independents," observed a Democratic Insider. "He's got economic credibility, he seems smart, he has a bit of polish and he doesn't seem like a complete loon," said another Democrat. "None of the others have that whole package." ”

“A plurality of Democratic operatives say Mitt Romney would be the GOP's strongest nominee in the 2012 presidential contest, ...

“In National Journal's first polling of GOP insiders on the 2012 race, 29 percent say Romney is the strongest candidate. He's followed by South Dakota Sen. John Thune (15%), Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (13%), Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (11%), Newt Gingrich (6%), Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (5%), Jeb Bush (5%).”

DEMS FEAR ROMNEY MOST:

Howard Dean
Howard
Dean
   

"Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said Thursday he feared his party's nominee facing Mitt Romney in the general election more than any other candidate." (CNN)

Howard Dean was "An early front-runner in the 2004 Democratic Presidential nomination," the second longest serving governor of Vermont, and was the Democrat Party's national Chairman, a post he held from 2005 to 2009.


Donna Brazile - Democrat Presidential Campaign Manager

''When asked which Republican candidate she fears the most, Donna Brazile - who managed Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign - replies, "Mitt Romney." ''

So, leading Democrat party strategists a year apart, both before the republican primary race heated up and after it was over stated Mitt Romney would be their toughest competitor.


Drudge Report - Dec 11, 2007

This concern of the Democrats was discovered by the Drudge Report the first of December in 2007. The Democratic National Committee had put out 99 press releases critical of Governor Romney, far more than any other republican candidate. Rudy Giuliani was second, and McCain was third. Last was Governor Huckabee, receiving only four critical press releases from the DNC. In the weeks before Iowa, when Huckabee surged against Romney, "The Democratic National Committee has told staffers to hold all fire" against Mike Huckabee. "The directive has come down from the highest levels within the party, according to a top source."

Chuck Todd
Chuck Todd
   

Chuck Todd is NBC News' political director and Chief White House Correspondent.

"In his 15 years working at “The Hotline” or one of its affiliates, Todd became one of Washington’s foremost experts on political campaigns of all levels. He served as Editor-in-Chief for six years."


CHRIS MATTHEWS: In our second story tonight, the 2008 race. New polls and new ads out this week are pushing two candidates to the forefront. We‘ll talk to two of the best in the business, by the way, CNBC‘s Donny Deutsch and NBC‘s Chuck Todd...

CHUCK TODD: But it shows that [Hillary's] also ready to run against Rudy. And I think she wants to run against Rudy. I think that...

MATTHEWS: Whoa.

TODD: I think they...

MATTHEWS: I thought they wanted to go against Romney, who is smoother and more predictable.

TODD: No. I—no, Romney is...

(Matthews quickly cut Todd off at that point, but then Todd Continued...)

TODD: I would be afraid of Romney.

Ann Coulter
Ann Coulter

The Elephant in the Room

''One clue that Romney is our strongest candidate is the fact that Democrats keep viciously attacking him while expressing their deep respect for Mike Huckabee and John McCain... The candidate Republicans should be clamoring for is the one liberals are feverishly denouncing. That is Mitt Romney by a landslide.'' (Ann Coulter)

Ann Coulter is a columnist, speaker, and six time New York Times best-selling author.


Tammy Bruce: "They're terrified of Romney, they think he's Reagan. He's not, but they realize it's going to be a lot tougher..."

Bob Beckel, Democrat party strategist: tries to sway fox viewers against Romney right before super-Tuesday... "The toughest opponent we would have by far is John McCain... John McCain is the one person we are worried about..."

Tammy Bruce: "That is Bravo Sierra (B.S.) Bob Beckel! That is the biggest load of Bravo Sierra (B.S.) that there is. Democrats are thrilled at the idea... Hillary would be thrilled with McCain, the democrats are thrilled, the establishment media has endorsed him and so has the establishment political framework, because everybody knows Romney will be the one who brings change..."

California Senate Republican Leader Dick Ackerman

“Governor Romney is the candidate that best represents the Republican Party's ideals, and he is the candidate who the Democrats fear the most. This is because Governor Romney believes in the strength of America – a strong economy, strong military and strong families.

“Additionally, Governor Romney has a strong record on the issues that matter most to Americans.”

    
Boston.com The Boston Globe — Democrats seek data on Romney

"Nearly three years before the 2008 presidential election, the Democratic National Committee is already digging for dirt on one potential candidate in the race: Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts...

" ''If the Democratic opposition researchers are paying this much attention to Mitt Romney, that means they're worried, and, at the least, they want to be prepared and are taking him seriously," said Schnur, a Republican consultant based in California...

"Romney announced Dec. 14 that he would not seek reelection, fueling speculation that he would devote considerable energy to a campaign for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008...

"The letters from the Democratic National Committee arrived by the dozen in Massachusetts on Dec. 15, according to stamps on the letters, several of which were obtained by the Globe...

"The letters demand all records of communication ''including but not limited to letters, written requests, reports, telephone records, electronic communications, complaints, investigations, violation [sic] and memos" ... The letters also demand all similar requests for documents filed since Jan. 1, 2002, the year Romney ran for election."

    
Boston.com The Boston Globe — Romney stays unscathed

''Romney's continuing strength could help explain why Democratic groups criticize him at every opportunity, often reviving the accusation that he will flip-flop on issues when to his political advantage.''


MORE ON DEMS FEAR ROMNEY:   (FROM JUNE 2007)

Arianna Huffington
Arianna Huffington
    

Arianna Huffington is the founder and editor-in-chief of the liberal magazine, The Huffington Post.

''Arianna Huffington, a CNN Pipeline analyst and Democratic activist, was impressed with Governor Romney's answer on health care. She thinks the Democrats may have reason to worry.

'' "This is his advantage, he can speak well on a strong Democratic issue like health care," Huffington said.

''Republican strategist Michael Murphy agreed: "It's like the Democrats running Colin Powell - a candidate who can take away the other party's strength."

''Romney, while Governor of Massachusetts, instituted one of the first statewide, comprehensive health care plans.''

Arianna Huffington's concern that Romney is dangerous for democrats was real. Since then, the Huffington Post has done what it can to oppose Mitt Romney:

''If the Democrats want to hold on to the White House in 2012, they'd better sharpen their knives, and get to work on the tefflon candidate, Mitt Romney... Sarah Palin has served not only as an attractive dartboard, but as a great distraction from a heavyweight contender, Mitt Romney, who is already emerging as the teflon candidate.

''So, before the ever resilient Birchers, tea baggers, and Fundamentalists can get those "Romney in 2012" bumper stickers out, it might be helpful to get acquainted with the potential Republican candidate...

''Make no mistake, Mitt Romney, like President Obama, is a highly educated, Harvard man. Romney received both an MBA and a law degree from Harvard where he moved in the mid-1970's. But, it's what he did after he left Harvard that differs drastically to the current president.

''But, while Obama was a community organizer before going to Harvard, he was a Visiting Law and Government Fellow at the University of Chicago's law school where he worked on his first book. After Harvard, Romney went to work first for Boston Consulting, then as vice president of Bain and Company, and ultimately to found a high octane venture capital firm.

''In 1986, Romney co-founded Bain Capital, a company that currently manages $65 billion in assets. With Romney at the wheel, their rate of return on investments was reportedly something like 113%.

''Bain Capital is said to have acquired, invested in, or founded hundreds of prominent companies; to name but a few: AMC Entertainment, Staples, Burger King, Warner Music Group, Domino's Pizza, even The Weather Channel. It was thanks to Bain Capital that Staples grew from a start-up with only 1 store, back in 1986, to nearly 1,700 stores in 2006.

''Six years after founding Bain Capital, Romney was called back to resuscitate the ailing Bain and Company which he did, and so well that he earned the reputation of consummate businessman which served him well in the Massachusetts gubernatorial race. He left Bain Capital, his signature company, twelve years ago.''

Anderson Cooper, a CNN Anchor, agreed Romney would be a tough competitor for Democrats:

''Yes, he's a big military guy [John McCain]... But I would make a point, though. I think we might be making a mistake in the analysis. We're talking about an election that is 18 months away. And the world and politics and everything changes.

''And what might be the static pro-war, anti-war public opinion debate right now is an eon away in the real politics of what the decision will be next October [in the general election]. The world can change in a lot of ways. And a lot of what the campaign is really going to be about is who people are comfortable with to handle crises, to handle problems. And I thought -- I thought you saw McCain selling [military] strength, ... and Romney selling managerial competence, which could be a very, very big thing in the election.''

The day before, on Anderson Cooper 360 Degrees, political strategist Michael Murphy stated republican competitors will also see Romney as a strong candidate, and will therefore go on the attack:

''I think you'll see a lot of people trying to beat up on Mitt Romney because he's had some success... you'll see some of the other people throw some pretty sharp elbows to get into the race.''


“EVEN ON DEMOCRATIC TURF, GOP'S ROMNEY HAS CACHET”

''As I was waiting for the elevator Tuesday morning, former Secretary of State Madeline Albright passed by and Washington super-lawyer and power broker Vernon Jordan stood in animated conversation with a friend.

''While the hotel is filled with Obama forces, Republican surrogate Mitt Romney still caused a stir when he arrived at 11:30 Tuesday morning for a Monitor lunch with roughly 40 reporters. People standing in the lobby followed after him and called his name. News photographers snapped photos. Network crews milled outside the Onyx Room, where our meeting with him was being held.

''After losing to John McCain in the Republican primaries, Mr. Romney is here in Denver as part of a Republican operation to make sure the cable networks have a handy McCain spokesman to help fill the hours devoted to the convention.



''As a politician, Mitt Romney is considered by friend and foe to be the total package.'' (The Weekly Standard - Feb 17, 2005)

''Romney is impressive in his dealings with reporters. Not only is the former Massachusetts governor articulate, but he looks like a candidate sent over by central casting – with full shock of thick black hair and a suit that looks as if it were molded to his body.''

Boston Celtics owner and managing partner Stephen G. Pagliuca (people.forbes.com), who also was a Duke basketball player (WEEI SportsRadio Network) supported Mitt Romney for president.

''As a Managing Partner and Chairman of the Basketball Committee, Pagliuca has focused on enhancing the development and improvement of the Celtics basketball operations. [The Celtics are 17 time World Champions.] Mr. Pagliuca also serves as a member of the NBA Board of Governors and the NBA Competition Committee... He is currently the Chairman of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children [MSPCC], Chairman of the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation, Co Chair of the Inner City Scholarship Fund and serves on the international board of The Right To Play, a worldwide children's development group that utilizes Olympic athletes to promote children's health and safety. He is also a Trustee of the Bain Capital Children's Charity.'' (nba.com)

Ironically, Pagliuca, who was born in Brooklin, NY as the grandson of an Italian immigrant shoemaker, is a democrat who ran for the democrat nomination for Kennedy's senate seat in 2010. "Though a progressive and big donor to Democrats, he has contributed to the Republican campaigns of Mitt Romney, his former boss." (wsj.com)

When challenged in the democrat debates, candidate Pagliuca refused to express any regrets for supporting Romney. When asked if he could do it all again, he refused to say he would not support Romney again. (Because a Bush supporter gave Pagliuca $300,000 for the MSPCC childrens charity, Pagliuca said he felt obligated to make a donation to Bush's primary campaign, and that was a mistake, but indicated that it was no mistake to support Romney.)

Stephen Pagliuca lost to Martha Coakley in the democrat primary, who then lost to Scott Brown (who had supported Mitt Romney for president) in the general election.


THEY DISAGREED YET THEY AGREED

Liberal Democrat Mayor Rocky Anderson and Conservative Republican Talk Show Host Sean Hannity had opposite views on nearly everything except about Mitt Romney.

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