“Philadelphia, PA (January 2, 2012) -- The Independence Hall Tea Party PAC, a tri-state (DE, NJ, PA) regional group, announced today that its 27-member Board of Delegates has voted overwhelmingly to endorse Mitt Romney for President...
“ "Over the past several weeks, a consensus has been building among our Board of Delegates that Mr. Romney is the most electable Republican candidate," said PAC President, Don Adams. "We, as a Tea Party PAC, have set winning the White House as our number one priority in 2012. We believe Mr. Romney is the one candidate who can win the Republican nomination and defeat President Barack Obama in November.
“ "Mr. Romney is the only Republican candidate who has consistently polled even or ahead of President Obama in national surveys. He puts a number of 2008 blue states in play, including Michigan and New Hampshire. He also appeals to large numbers of independent voters." ...
“ "Mr. Romney will pursue a policy of energy independence, lower taxes, and less government spending. He has promised to secure our borders and redirect our foreign policy," added PAC Pennsylvania Vice President, Sean Carpenter. "Under his presidency, the United States will no longer prostrate itself before other nations. We believe in a strong America--an America that is respected for its economic vibrancy, its military strength, and its constitutional values." ...
“The good sense of millions of Tea Party folks nationwide [who] have come to realize, or will eventually realize, that the only way to defeat President Obama, whose policies are an anathema to conservatism and the Tea Party Movement, is to rally around his strongest opponent--Mitt Romney--the man who, we believe, will become the next president of the United States.”
“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
“On 8/28/10, the Independence Hall Tea Party sent 28 buses carrying over 1500 Patriots to Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor Rally. No other group sent more.”
“In 2010, we contributed over $16,000 to our endorsed candidates. That amount topped any other regional, state, or local Tea Party PAC in the Country. Only Tea Party Express PAC gave more.”
“Mitt Romney is the choice of nearly one in four of those who agree with the tenets of the tea party, according to a new Pew poll, a surprising result that suggests the former Massachusetts governor’s support heading into 2012 may be broader than previously assumed.
“Among tea party supporters, Romney took 24 percent to 19 percent for former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, 15 percent for former House speaker Newt Gingrich and 13 percent for Texas Rep. Ron Paul. Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, long considered the tea party’s 2012 candidate-in-waiting, took just 12 percent — another piece of evidence that the 2008 vice presidential nominee’s support is fading...
“The Pew poll comes less than two weeks after a Washington Post/ABC News survey showed Romney running strong among the party’s conservatives; more than seven in 10 Republicans who described themselves as “very” conservative had a favorable opinion of Romney.
“In the Pew survey, Romney’s numbers are not only strong among tea party types but across the board. He took 20 percent among self-identified conservatives — tied with Huckabee for first — and 23 percent among moderate-to-liberal GOPers. The only group where Romney lagged even slightly was among white evangelical Protestants, where he received 15 percent to Huckabee’s 29 percemt.”
“Now that the long primary season has ended, it is time for Republicans to come together and unite around the one candidate who can defeat Barack Obama and institute a bold conservative vision that we need in Washington,” said Governor Tom Corbett. “That is why I am heartily endorsing Mitt Romney. Our country needs a president who will reverse President Obama’s failed policies and ensure an opportunity for all Americans to prosper. Mitt Romney will restore fiscal sanity to Washington by cutting spending, lowering taxes, and reforming entitlements.”
“Having spent most my life in public service, as a soldier, as a Congressman, as a Governor of Pennsylvania, as a White House official, and as a Secretary of Homeland Security, I’ve met accomplished and strong leaders in my life. Mitt Romney is one of them. He would bring to the presidency an extraordinary set of skills. His record of accomplishment in the private sector is matched by his achievements as Governor of Massachusetts and his work saving the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. In that latter role, he demonstrated a genuine ability to command in facing the security problems that cropped up for the Games in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Given the economic problems that America faces, including Pennsylvania, where high unemployment continues to cause such hardship, his experience turning around failing enterprises makes him precisely what the country needs. I’m proud to endorse Mitt’s candidacy and will work hard to help him recapture the White House this coming November.”
“The challenges facing America are historic and significant and require a determined, decisive leader. Mitt Romney is that kind of leader and the best person we can call forward as the next president of the United States.
“We have had 37 straight months of unemployment over 8 percent. Nearly 24 million Americans are unemployed or underemployed. The housing crisis continues unabated. We've had exploding deficits, enabled by our current president, who by the end of his first term will have added nearly as much to the national debt as all of his predecessors combined.
“One presidential term is long enough to see that reckless spending and weak, ineffective leadership have left people hurting...
“When I first met Mitt Romney, we were both governors. I was impressed then by what still impresses me about him now. He doesn't waver from tough challenges; he doesn't wander away from them in hopes someone else will do the hard work. As an executive in business and as the chief executive of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney has demonstrated decisive leadership -- and that is what America needs...
“This is leadership: As a businessman, Mitt Romney turned around failing companies and created thousands of jobs in the process. When the 2002 Olympic Games were plagued by scandal, he took over and took action. By the time they were over, the games were a source of pride for a healing nation and even turned a profit.
“Romney's greatest turnaround achievement may have been in Massachusetts. When he became governor, Massachusetts was facing a $3 billion deficit and Democrats in the legislature were calling for tax increases. The state was losing jobs and unemployment was on the rise.
“Mitt came to the statehouse with a plan, along with the determination to succeed. He did not raise taxes. Instead, he cut them 19 times. He filled the deficit the old-fashioned way -- by vetoing spending programs the state didn't need. When he left office, that $3 billion debt was a $2 billion rainy-day fund and unemployment had fallen to 4.7 percent...
“Mitt Romney is the best possible choice to re-establish America as the strongest, freest, most prosperous nation on Earth.”
Another article from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
“Mitt Romney stood in a closet-sized room just before taking the stage where an old sawdust mill once sat, the nearby Endless Mountains framing his silhouette.
“ "I don't want to make anyone wait," he told a staffer before speaking on a gravel-covered ridge surrounded by shale-gas tankers and other 18-wheelers. "People work hard all day. They don't need to stand out in the cold."
“Later, nearing the end of his speech, he paused, looked at the surrounding ridge of mountains, and declared: "I guess I don't need to tell you guys but, wow, this is beautiful country!"
“The crowd applauded in agreement.
“It seems a long time since anyone running for president told voters how exceptional our country's landscape and people really are. It is a moment many voters have waited for.
“Romney has a rare opportunity to beat an incumbent president but it won't be easy -- not because of conservative disunity (which the media largely exaggerate) but because Barack Obama, like every sitting president, has advantages over any challenger.
“For Romney, focusing on American exceptionalism is the key; in fact, it could change the entire general-election debate.
“Romney insisted it's at the core of almost every speech he gives. "Unfortunately," he conceded, "the focus tends to be on gaffes or something silly -- but listen to my speeches, it is what I truly believe."
“ "You can see that in him," said Philip Yauguy, a retired businessman from Scranton. "This is a guy who truly does care about the country."
“Everyone on the right and most in the center can find something to like about that. For too long, we have focused on how radical the other side is or on how the country is going to hell in a handbasket...
“While Romney can never be a beer-drinking buddy, he can be the boss who has your back.
“ "It has been my experience that you don't have to be liked to lead but you do need to demonstrate you're not afraid to get down in the trenches and fight for me," said Curt Nichols, a Baylor University political science professor.
“ "People will get excited and follow."
“Gen. George Patton, for example, made an art of appearing as aristocratic and eccentric as possible to his men, who nevertheless followed him enthusiastically because he was a fighter and a winner.
“Art Sherwood was moved by Romney's speech on utilizing energy resources buried in Pennsylvania's northern and western corners. "For the first time in my lifetime this area is prosperous, and I am 73 years old," said the retired physician and lifelong resident of this town named for the Indians who once hunted and fished here...
“ "That is one thing about Romney," said Sherwood. "You know he is the guy who has the country's back." ”
“As a businessman for much of my life, I can tell you that those in government don’t have all the answers,” said Governor Mark Schweiker. “We need a leader who has spent his life solving problems in the real world. Mitt Romney fits that description perfectly. He spent his life as a conservative businessman – creating jobs and actually balancing budgets. If Americans are looking for someone who knows how to get this economy growing again and who will instill a vision to make our country more prosperous, they need to look no farther than him. I am proud to stand with Mitt Romney and encourage Pennsylvanians to join me.”
“I have known and admired Mitt for many years,” said Lieutenant Governor Bill Scranton. “Like me, Mitt has experience in both government and the real economy. As a conservative businessman, Mitt has created thousands of middle class jobs and actually balanced budgets. As the Governor of Massachusetts, he turned a $3 billion budget shortfall into a $2 billion rainy day fund. At a time when America’s legendary economic engine is sputtering under inexperienced and misguided leadership, when jobs are hard to come by and economic security is scarce, Pennsylvania and America need what Mitt Romney will bring to Washington. I am proud to stand with him.”
“Gov. Romney is exactly the kind of leader our country needs to solve our fiscal crisis and restore American prosperity.”
"Toomey's office said he made the decision to back Romney today, though it is unclear if he made up his mind before or after Santorum's announcement. He is scheduled to speak at the same dinner as Romney in Mendelhall, Pa., tonight."
“ "I am proud to endorse Governor Mitt Romney as the Republican nominee for president. I am confident Gov. Romney will be a great president and will return our country to the conservative principles that make our nation great," Toomey said in a statement.
“The announcement came shortly after former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum suspended his campaign...
“Toomey will speak before the Republican front-runner at a Chester County dinner Tuesday night in Pennsylvania.”
“It is clear that President Obama’s policies of the last three years have failed,” said Congressman Jim Gerlach. “At a time when our budget deficits have skyrocketed and unemployment remains dangerously high, we need a radically different approach in Washington. Mitt Romney has demonstrated that conservative leadership and solutions can fix the problems our country faces. I look forward to working with him to address these issues.”
“Mitt Romney has laid out bold conservative solutions to our economic troubles that can be implemented his first day in office so that we can finally start revitalizing the economy. That is why I support him and why Pennsylvanians will support him next November.”
“Governor Romney is best suited to fix our economy. Pennsylvanians want a leader in the White House that will have a bold plan to create jobs, bring home energy security, and right our country's financial ship. Governor Romney is that leader.”
“After studying the candidates throughout this primary process, it is clear that there is one candidate who can win in November and fix our economy,” said Congressman Bill Shuster. “Mitt Romney has demonstrated in this campaign, in business, in the Olympics and as a governor that he is ready to be president on day one. That is why I support him and why support for his campaign is growing in Pennsylvania.”
“Today, Governor Mitt Romney announced that 22 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives will be joining the Romney for President Exploratory Committee's Congressional Whip Team. The Members of Congress gathered at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington, D.C., to announce their support for Governor Romney...
“Hardworking taxpayers across the 15th District, Pennsylvania and America are looking for someone who will fight for them as President,” said Congressman Charlie Dent. “I am endorsing Governor Romney because he's the Presidential candidate that will give Americans what they want and need – a fair shot at economic opportunity and prosperity for their families. We've spent four years ‘hoping’ in this country – now it's time for results. Look at his record and you will see – in both the private sector and in service to the public – Mitt Romney delivers results.”
“It is time for Republicans to unite behind the one candidate who can defeat President Obama and end the failed policies of the last three years,” said Congressman Fitzpatrick. “Like many of my colleagues, I know Senator Santorum and respect the work he did for Pennsylvania but I am strongly supporting Mitt Romney. Pennsylvania and the rest of the country can’t afford four more years of President Obama’s failed policies and it is important that we nominate a proven conservative like Mitt Romney to face President Obama. I urge my fellow Pennsylvanians to support Mitt Romney and look forward to working with him in the weeks before the primary and to defeat President Obama in November.”
“Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania today announced his endorsement of Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for the Republican nomination for president:
“ "In a few short days, Republicans from across this country will decide more than their party’s nominee. They will decide the very future of our party and the conservative coalition that Ronald Reagan built. Conservatives can no longer afford to stand on the sidelines in this election, and Governor Romney is the candidate who will stand up for the conservative principles that we hold dear.
“ "Governor Romney has a deep understanding of the important issues confronting our country today, and he is the clear conservative candidate that can go into the general election with a united Republican party." ”
“Below is the full text of the e-mail Santorum sent out [May 8th to supporters]:
“Thank you for all you did...
“On Friday, Governor Romney came to Pittsburgh for an over-hour long one-on-one meeting. The conversation was candid, collegial and focused on the issues...
“While the issue of my endorsement did not come up... During our meeting I felt a deep responsibility to assess Governor Romney's commitment to addressing the issues most important to conservatives...
“The family and its foundational role in America's economic success, a central point of our campaign, was discussed at length. I was impressed with the Governor's deep understanding of this connection and his commitment to economic policies that preserve and strengthen families. He clearly understands that having pro-family initiatives are not only the morally and economically right thing to do, but that the family is the basic building block of our society and must be preserved.
“I also shared with Governor Romney my belief that we cannot restore America as the greatest economic engine the world has ever seen until we return America to being a manufacturing superpower. He listened very carefully to my advice on this matter...
“You can be sure that I will work with the Governor to help him in this task to ensure he has a strong team that will support him in his conservative policy initiatives.
“Of course we talked about what it would take to win this election. As you know I started almost every speech with the phrase that this was the most important election since the election of 1860 and four more years of President Obama is simply not an option. As I contemplated what further steps I will take, that reality weighed heavy on me. The America we know is being fundamentally changed to look more like a European socialist state than the land of opportunity our founding fathers established.”
“Freedom and personal responsibility are being replaced with big government dependency... Our allies are insulted while our enemies are appeased. And our religious beliefs and freedom have come under attack.
“What is even more troubling is what a second term of an Obama administration could bring. President Obama's admission to the Russians that he will have more flexibility in a second term can only be translated to... "you haven't seen anything yet!"
“The primary campaign certainly made it clear that Governor Romney and I have some differences. But there are many significant areas in which we agree: the need for lower taxes, smaller government, and a reduction in out-of-control spending. We certainly agree that abortion is wrong and marriage should be between one man and one woman. I am also comfortable with Governor Romney on foreign policy matters, and we share the belief that we can never allow Iran to possess nuclear weapons. And while I had concerns about Governor Romney making a case as a candidate about fighting against Obamacare, I have no doubt if elected he will work with a Republican Congress to repeal it and replace it with a bottom up, patient, not government, driven system.”
“Above all else, we both agree that President Obama must be defeated. The task will not be easy. It will require all hands on deck if our nominee is to be victorious.
“Governor Romney will be that nominee and he has my endorsement and support to win this the most critical election of our lifetime.
“My conversation with Governor Romney was very productive, but I intend to keep lines of communication open with him and his campaign... ensuring not just a victory, but a mandate for conservative governance...
“Governor Romney faces relentless attacks from the democrats. We have been praying for him and his family and will continue to do so in the weeks and months ahead.
“Thank you again for all you have done for us, and I look forward to working together to defeat President Obama this fall and to protect faith, family, freedom and opportunity in America.
“I'm very proud to stand with Mitt Romney,” said State Senator Jane Earll. “When I think of the challenges both Pennsylvania and our country face in the years ahead, there is no other candidate I trust more than him. He has laid out an economic plan that will encourage entrepreneurs and create jobs for middle class families. That's the type of leadership we need in a president. We are kidding ourselves if we expect creatures of Washington to be the ones that turn it around. Mitt Romney spent his life in the real economy, balancing budgets and building businesses and knows how to do the same for our country.”
"Today, we are proud to join Governor Tom Corbett, Senator Toomey and
other top Republicans in endorsing Mitt Romney as our next president and
the candidate who will get our country back on the path to fiscal
security and prosperity. Mitt Romney is the leader our nation needs to
restore Americans' faith in their government and put our nation back on
a path of lasting prosperity. Governor Romney has the experience needed
to balance the budget, reduce our debt, lower taxes, reign in government
and create an environment where business can thrive," Chairman Rob
"Our Party's commitment to defeat President Obama and put an end to his
failed agenda continues to grow. From high unemployment, to $4 a gallon
gas, to our $15 trillion national deficit it's clear that Pensylvanians
need and deserve new leadership in the White House," Vice Chair Joyce
"We look forward to doing everything we can to deliver Pennsylvania's 20
electoral votes to Mitt Romney in November."
* Alan Novak - fmr. Pennsylvania Republican Party Chairman
* Jim Roddey - Allegheny County Republican Chairman, fmr. Allegheny County Executive
* John McNally - Dauphin County Republican Chairman, Pennsylvania Republican Party Secretary
* Chris Bravacos - Fmr. Pennsylvania Republican Party (GOP) Executive Director
* Dan Hayward - fmr. Pennsylvania GOP Executive Director
* David James - fmr. Pannsylvania GOP Executive Director
* Andy Reilly - Delaware County Republican Chairman, fmr. Chairman of the Delaware County Council
* Pat Deon - Chairman, Souteastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority
* Charlie Kopp - Chairman, Philadelphia Regional Port Authority
* Mark Stewart - Attorney and Republican Activist
* Brian Tierney - CEO, Brian Communications/Realtime Media, fmr. Publisher, Philadelphia Inquirer & The Philadelphia Daily News, 2000 Co-Chair, Republican National Committee's National Catholic Taskforce
“Over the last few months, it has become clear to me that Mitt Romney is the one candidate that can defeat Barack Obama and put in place the policies that will restore America’s promise for all generations,” said former Pennsylvania State Representative Katie True. “There are several candidates that talk the conservative talk, but we also need someone who knows how to make these ideas a reality. Mitt Romney hasn’t spent his life in Washington. He is a conservative businessman who has created thousands of middle class jobs and has actually had to balance a budget. I cannot think of more appropriate qualities for a president today. That is why I am proud to stand with Mitt and call on my fellow Pennsylvanians who want to turn this country around to join me.”
“Mitt Romney has demonstrated throughout his life that he has the leadership to turn around struggling enterprises – right now our economy needs a turnaround,” said Philadelphia Regional Port Authority Chairman Charlie Kopp. “He has laid out a plan for economic renewal that puts conservative principles and economic know-how to work. I look forward to working with him as he brings this pro-growth message to Pennsylvania voters.”
“Mitt Romney has the economic knowledge and plan to reverse the failures of the last three years. Unlike our current president, Mitt Romney has the track record of turning around troubled enterprises and he will do exactly that as president.”
“I am proud to support Mitt Romney for President,” said RNC Committeeman Bob Asher. “For the last three years, the middle class has shrunk due to President Obama’s rampant government spending and burdensome regulations that inhibit small businesses. The American people need someone in Washington who knows how the real world works. Mitt Romney has spent his life as a conservative businessman and he’s the candidate we need to turn around this country.”
“Mitt Romney will fearlessly guard hard-earned taxpayer money from being spent on abortion in so-called health care reform or any other federal program,” Gallagher said. “As Governor of Massachusetts, Romney demonstrated a consistent commitment to protecting innocent human life despite an extremely hostile legislature and judiciary.”
Pennsylvania voters voted for a presidential candidate and also seperately voted for delegates, somewhat similar to the Iowa caucus where a straw poll is held to show caucus goers presidential preference, but also where delegates are selected.
Voters voted for 3 delegates in each of the 18 congressional districts in Pennsylvania. Those 54 delegates will go to the Republican National Convention along with 18 other delegates from Pennsylvania. (Pennsylvania has a total of 72 delegates, and 15 of the 18 are selected by the state party and 3 are sometimes called superdelegates that can pledge to a candidate whenever they want.)
The 54 delegates voted in on Tuesday may have previously stated a preference for president or be undecided, but their preference if any was not on the ballot.
Voters guides, such as this Christian ACTION voters guide, did solicit and publish presidential preferences and views of the delegates who would appear on the ballots for their congressional district, and local papers would sometimes write articles on people running to be a delegate.
Although the following article got the delegate allocation off a little, it does explain the process somewhat, as with the following quote:
“Pennsylvania will send 72 delegates to the Republican convention in Tampa this year, and 59 of those delegates will be selected in the primary election. The other 13 include three state party officials—which is the case for Republicans in all states—and 10 at-large delegates appointed by the state GOP chair. Those 59 delegates will be elected from Pennsylvania’s 18 congressional districts (three or four per district) and those delegates are unpledged. (To the contrary, the rules for the Democratic presidential primary in Pennsylvania requires that delegate candidates list their preferred candidate beside their name on the ballot.) The Republican delegates can vote for whomever they wish at the convention.”