Hey Friends — here are some articles you may have missed from the weekend. (Hopefully you were all at church celebrating Easter instead of focusing on the Presidential race!)
It’s over, and Mitt Romney is going to be the GOP nominee for president.
That’s the growing consensus among Republican National Committee members who will automatically attend the party’s national convention this summer and can support any candidate they choose.
“I would be surprised if Romney doesn’t get the number he needs,” said Jeff Johnson, an RNC member from Minnesota who supports former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
Bob Bennett, an RNC member from Ohio, was more blunt.
“Look, Gov. Romney’s going to be the nominee, and he’s going to have enough votes,” said Bennett, who is publicly neutral but said he supported Romney four years ago.
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW: Exceptionalism key for Mitt
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.
Mitt Romney faces a daunting to-do list as he transitions into the role of likely Republican presidential nominee.
Among the tasks: Raise as much money as possible for the general election campaign against President Barack Obama. Hire more people and send them to the most critical states in the fall race. Hone his message to appeal to voters across the political spectrum.
And do it all quickly while fending off challenges from GOP rivals who refuse to quit the primary race.
As expected, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and the Republican National Committee have officially filed paperwork to form a joint fundraising committee, Federal Election Commission records from today show.
Formally dubbed Romney Victory, Inc., the joint fundraising committee will also include the Idaho Republican Party, Oklahoma Leadership Council, Vermont Republican Federal Election Committee and the Massachusetts Republican State Congressional Committee as participants, filings show.
Keith A. Davis of Alexandria, Va.-based political accounting firm Huckaby Davis Lisker will serve as treasurer.