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Obama's 2008 Campaign Co-Chair Endorses Mitt Romney

“Artur Davis, the former Obama campaign co-chair, will be campaigning for Mitt Romney today in Virginia, according to the Romney campaign.

“In Arlington, the former congressman will "discuss Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan’s bold ideas to strengthen the middle class and deal with our long-term debt" ...

“Davis has already made a few appearances for Romney in Virginia and in North Carolina this year.

“Davis, who seconded Obama's nomination in 2008, would be a symbolic get for the Republican...”

Artur Davis explains why he switched support:

Fox News - Jun 11, 2012


Florida Democrat Party's Executive Director under Bill Clinton

“In 1992, I was the executive director of the Florida Democratic Party. I managed political operations for the Democrats in one of the largest swing states in our nation.

“Our nominee, Bill Clinton, went on to win the presidency, and he fostered eight prosperous years in our nation’s history...

“Clinton was the type of Democrat I’ve supported my whole life, fiscally conservative while still focused on the needs of the hard-working middle class. Clinton famously declared, “The era of big government is over.” Barack Obama is a completely different kind of Democrat.

“In every challenge that faces our nation, Obama sees a solution that can only come with another government-spending program. He fails to harness the ingenuity of entrepreneurs; instead he actually places obstacles, like burdensome regulation, in front of their path to progress.

“For decades, I have been fortunate to work at the intersection of business and government policy. I have seen firsthand how decisions made by our elected officials can either foster growth or grind our economy to a halt. Perhaps no better Obama policy reflects the extreme level of economic interference than the heavy-handed nationalization of our health care. Instead of expanding choice and free-market opportunities for families, it limits options and place a new tax on individuals.

“With Obama’s failed stimulus program and other reckless spending, the nation’s debt has increased more in his first term than it did during the eight years of George W. Bush’s presidency. This unsustainable spending spree has jeopardized the country’s credit worthiness and could ruin the economy for future generations.

“Worse still, is the Obama campaign's persisting narrative that economic investment is bad or should be punished. Specifically, the attacks on the work Mitt Romney did in private equity demonstrate a dangerous lack of understanding... we want jobs in America, we need to reward and encourage these investments, not make them the basis of hyperbolic attacks.

“Contrary to the failed Obama policies, informed by his experience in the private sector, Mitt Romney has a plan for cutting and capping the government’s spending to bring us balanced budgets...

“I am a Democrat, and I plan to remain a Democrat. But, in this election, I will be voting for the candidate I see best fit to restore our nation to economic greatness. I’m voting for Mitt Romney.” — Barney Bishop, a lifelong Democrat


fmr. VA Gov. Doug Wilder

“At a fundraiser at the Richmond, VA Marriott tonight for the Romney campaign, there was a surprise guest... before [Gov.] McDonnell took the mic, another figure was acknowledging dignitaries in the crowd. Among those dignitaries addressed from the stage, was former Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder...

“Wilder, a Democrat, is the first black politician elected governor in the United States. He served as governor of Virginia from 1990 to 1994...

“Gov. Wilder’s appearance at a fundraiser for the Republican presidential ticket is sure to set off shock waves among the Democrats, and lead to speculation that he could shake up the race with more criticism of the Democratic ticket...

“On Twitter today, Gov. Wilder tweeted “We are not African Americans – we are all Americans.” ... Gov. Wilder also tweeted “RCP: “Maybe voters won’t notice that this administration has lost hope and resists change.” ” (if get a chance to read whole article, see also cmt 11)




“Where are the crowds now? ... Obama campaign operatives, both at the Chicago headquarters and in swing states where Mr. Obama recently has stumped, say the campaign intentionally limits crowds by restricting tickets. The reason is to allow the president to better connect with supporters, aides say.”


“At a fundraiser for young professionals in his hometown of Chicago on Sunday, reports indicated that the attendance was less than impressive. New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor tweeted:



“Vice President Joe Biden spoke before a crowd of 660 people in Durham, N.C. ...


“Biden’s appearance before a comparatively meager crowd came a day after the newly formed Republican ticket — presidential candidate Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan — rallied a crowd of over 10,000 in High Point, N.C., about an hour away, and a crowd of approximately 4,700 people in Mooresville, N.C., about two-and-a-half hours away.”


Former Obama voter says why she's voting for Romney





Fmr. U.S. Congressman from Ohio, Rep. James Stanton

“I supported Barack Obama in 2008 because I liked what he had to say. But after four years of painful unemployment and $5 trillion in new debt under President Obama, it's clear to me that he just hasn't gotten the job done...

“The economy is the top issue, but not the only issue that concerns me. As a Catholic Democrat, I was deeply disappointed by the Obama administration's decision to force Catholic organizations and charities to pay for certain medical services that violate their faith. Every woman deserves access to the services she needs, but that doesn't require forcing Catholic employers to act against their sincere religious beliefs. American Catholics hold different personal views on many issues, but we all agree that our Church, like every other faith, has the right to carry out its mission in accord with its beliefs and teachings. President Obama was wrong to put the bureaucratic implementation of his health care spending law ahead of the religious freedom of Catholics.

“Finally, in addition to economic security, I am concerned about President Obama's record on national security. The defense cuts that are coming would weaken America's ability to protect against serious threats and could cost thousands of defense industry jobs in Ohio. Even the president's own defense secretary, Leon Panetta, said that the scheduled defense cuts would "hollow out" the military...

“I am endorsing Gov. Mitt Romney because I believe it's time for new leadership. Governor Romney has the experience and the right plan to launch an American economic comeback -- by achieving energy independence, reducing our deficit, improving job training, supporting small businesses, and reforming our outdated tax code that too often gets in the way of job creation. That's a real plan to get people back to work.

“This Cleveland Democrat will be proud to stand with Gov. Mitt Romney on November 6.”


Fmr. Clinton Aide, Executive Director of NY Democrat Party

“For most of my life, I’ve been an active Democrat,” said Gigi Georges. “I am proud to have worked for President Bill Clinton and then-Senator Hillary Clinton, and, during that time, I saw firsthand what can be accomplished by strong, bipartisan leadership. I know what it means to work across the aisle on issues that are important to the American people. And that’s why I am supporting Mitt Romney. Governor Romney has a plan to restore the prosperity this country deserves and expects. He will work with people of good will no matter what their party, and he will pursue the policies that are in the best interest of our country, no matter who proposes them. That’s what President Obama promised to do four years ago. But like so many of his promises, bipartisan cooperation is just another one he has broken. We can’t have four more years of failed policies and two parties that can’t work together. We need the change Mitt Romney is offering.” — Gigi Georges, special assistant to the President in the Clinton White House, and Senator Hillary Clinton's fmr. State Director.


Dave Martinez - Obama 2008 volunteer

Mr. Martinez, a Colorado resident, “started "Democrats for Romney" because he believes that Mitt Romney can bring the real change that he was looking for four years ago.”

He explains his view and why he switched in the following Dems for Romney ad:


Clair Rudison

Clair Rudison

      

“A former Barack Obama supporter joined Iowa House members Kraig Paulsen and Kevin Koester at a press conference Friday to discuss how the president has failed to keep his promises to Iowans made four years ago. The President has broken his promises to slash the deficit in half, create millions of new jobs, and strengthen the middle class...

“Clair Rudison was an Obama supporter four years ago. After seeing the country struggle economically throughout Obama’s term, Rudison will vote for Mitt Romney in November.

“ “I’m weighing everything in the balance and I felt like I gave President Obama an opportunity with my last vote in 2008,” Rudison said. “In 2012 he won’t get it.”

“You can watch the video below, with statements from former Obama supporter Clair Rudison [at 4:25], Iowa House Speaker Kraig Paulsen (R-Hiawatha) and Representative Kevin Koester (R-Ankeny).”


Lynyrd Skynyrd frontman

Lynyrd Skynyrd frontman

      

“Lynyrd Skynyrd frontman Johnny Van Zant is looking to make a new name for the band in Republican politics.

“The singer recently lent his star power to Florida Republican Ted Yoho, who scored a surprise upset of Rep. Cliff Stearns in a congressional primary earlier this week. Van Zant is also supporting Mitt Romney’s presidential bid, and will be on hand at the Republican National Convention where the band is slated to perform alongside Trace Adkins and Kid Rock...

“ “I did not vote for President Obama … His whole platform was change, change. Well, very little has changed I know for the people that are our fans,” Van Zant said...

“Van Zant, a former Democrat, says he was inspired by President Ronald Reagan.”

More Celebrity supporters of Mitt Romney (including those who did support democrats) »


Buzz Bissinger

Buzz Bissinger, a sports columnist for The Daily Beast, is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and the author of Friday Night Lights and Three Nights in August. He is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair.”

“After the president’s debate performance in Denver, this lifelong Democrat has made a difficult decision: he’s given up on Barack Obama. Even if his own wife doesn’t approve...

“This is not a frivolous decision, nor is it an easy one. I grew up on the Upper West Side of New York, arguably the country’s nexus of liberalogy...

“Voting for a president is based on a combination of factual and emotional perception. The tipping point was last week’s debate in Denver... I have never seen a performance worse than Obama’s, distracted, his head dipped into the podium as if avoiding the smell of something rotten, acting above the very idea that a debate does provide a pivotal referendum on his first term as it has for all incumbent presidents... But there was more than the entitlement of entitlement. He struck me as burnt out, tired of selling his message although he has always been terrible at selling his message when it veers from idealism into the practical...”

MORE EXCERPTS AND LINKS TO FULL EDITORIAL AND ARTICLES ON BUZZ ENDORSEMENT »


Excellent, Detailed Interview by former Obama voter:

Las Vegas resort and casino mogul Steve Wynn - Oct 8, 2012

This guy is incredibly knowledgable and smart. He talks Obama, healthcare, the fed, the economy and so forth.

(Unfortunately, we only have the first 20 minutes of this interview... Ralston took the 2nd part down a few days later.)


Democrat Iowa Voter Gives Her Thoughts

“A woman who attended an Iowa campaign rally took umbrage this morning at the Obama campaign for twisting her words to try to use them against GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan...

“Morrison asked Ryan why he didn’t answer the question on Fox News Sunday about what his plans are. Ryan gave a long answer about the campaign’s five-point plan for job creation, then added: “If you’re on a 30-second TV show, you can’t do as much.”

“Soon after, a spokesman for the Obama campaign, Danny Kanner, emailed reporters: “Congressman Ryan can’t attend his own campaign rallies without being called out for failing to provide specifics about what Mitt Romney would do if elected.”

“Morrison, a longtime Democratic voter who said she will vote for Romney this year even though she is pro-choice, wrote a letter to the editor that was published today in the Quad-City Times.

“ “I was not calling Ryan out. I had the opportunity to ask a direct question to Paul Ryan and what I got was a complete direct answer with no spin,” she wrote.

“Morrison said she’s outraged that her question is being misrepresented and used as a political tool against the Romney/Ryan campaign.

“ “The question I asked is what we the citizens want to know: How is the Romney/Ryan plan going to tackle this economy? Paul Ryan answered it with precise clarity,” she wrote. “My next question is to President Barack Obama. What is your specific plan to fix the economy you said you would fix four years ago?” ”


Nevada Democrat Blogger

“One of Nevada's most popular governors was Kenny Guinn. I remember winning a free dinner to the governors mansion in Carson City a few years ago from the Reno radio station KKOH. I arrived a little late, there must of been at least fifty people there. After dinner we were invited on a tour of the governors mansion. I remember being in the kitchen when Governor Guinn came in with his tie loose. We talked about selling Nevada's power plants to out of state interests. That was the plan, he listened to my arguments against it and I remember the state changed their mind three weeks later. My input was not a factor of course, but Governor Guinn listened after a hard days work, and he was nice about it.

“Mitt Romney reminds me of the likable Governor Guinn. Kenny Guinn has endorsed Mitt Romney for President. Kenny Guinn's endorsement carries a lot of weight with this democrat. Mitt Romney might be a republican, he might even be a Mormon...but his last name is not Bush or Clinton. We need a smart person with a fresh perspective and who has the right stuff. Mitt Romney fills that bill. We look forward to meeting Mitt Romney the next time he is in Nevada.”

— Stated July 23, 2007. But that democrat has not changed their mind about Barack Obama or Mitt Romney. They now have this to say:

“Mitt Romney - 45 - Has a Bright Future - We Predict He Will Win the Presidency in 2012 (hey, we had Obama, 44, right) - A Man of Faith, He Will Make a Great President - We Vetted All the Candidates Out - He Has It! 2012 is all Mitt.”

Editor's note: Although a very small sample, I have corresponded thru this website with absolutely wonderful people who are democrats who say they are supporting Mitt Romney vs. Barack Obama, as well as absolutely wonderful people who are independents who are also siding with Romney. Mitt has some universal appeal and people are concerned about the dangerous course the current government is taking. Although the polls show a tight race, often with Mitt Romney behind, the sense I'm getting is that Mitt Romney will pull off a victory.

Related:

Reactions of dems to Romney (they fear he'll win) »



Romney vs Obama — The Enthusiasm Gap

“In Las Vegas [a city of about 600,000], Obama held a rally in a high school before more than 2,000 people but there was space for plenty more.

“On the outskirts of Manchester, New Hampshire [a city of about 100,000] on Monday morning, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan attracted more than 3,000 people who patiently queued in lines across a field to be searched by the Secret Service.

“Crowd size is not everything... More significantly, the mood of the crowds is different. There is a sullenness, even resentment... in Las Vegas... Another remarkable thing is that many of those at Obama’s events – like many people across the country - are not listening to him. In Reno on Tuesday evening, it was at times hard to follow what Obama was saying because of the chatter... At Romney and Ryan events there is near silence and many an intent, furrowed brow as the case for change is made.”

But the main stream media is trying to cover for Obama:

“Partisan hacks in the national media openly advocating for Obama say 18,000 attended President Obama’s rally today in Wisconsin with no evidence whatsoever. Local press who are pleased to see the President but who also do their job and report on the actual event say 5,000...

“First a crowd shot (from the Democrat Underground) of Obama’s actually rally at the BMO Theater whose maximum attendance is 5000. And although there are reports of some empty seats in the nether regions (no overflow crowds like the Romney rallies in Cincinnati) we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt about rounding up to 5000...

“But compare that with the second photo which is a generic crowd shot of the Marcus Amphitheater next door which holds 23,000 even though the national media reports 18,000...

“So Barack Obama who did fill the 23,000 seat amphitheater in 2008 (September 1, 2008 to be exact) before achieving his Democrat advantage in the state of D +6 at the voting booth could not even fill the 5,000 seat theater next door for his first visit to the state in 220 days during peak election fervor...”


Crowd Sizes

Oct 14, 2012, NYT's Zeleny said:

“I spent 5 days in Ohio this week, and one thing I was struck by was just the enthusiasm on the republican side.

“The crowds that Governor Romney was getting, I would describe them as Obama size crowds from 2008.

“Some 10,000 people day after day after day at these rallies at county fairgrounds. And these people that I spoke to were not as intent on defeating the president, which they are, but they were saying in the affirmative, they want to elect Mitt Romney.”

“APOPKA (FL) — Under a threatening evening sky, an energized and confident Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney spoke of the "greatness of the American spirit" Saturday night — and thousands of people spilling up a hillside returned his energy...

“The Romney campaign said it took in RSVPs from 14,000 to 15,000 people to the event, though it did not know how many actually came. Apopka Chief Administrative Officer Richard Anderson said earlier the amphitheater had a capacity of about 10,000. The place was overflowing, and most of the last few thousand people, at least, who arrived had to fight through crawling traffic. Many people abandoned their cars along the roads' grassy shoulders and walked a mile or more to get to the park.”

“PORT ST. LUCIE (FL) — ... Romney told the crowd of between 10,000 and 15,000 people that he 'enjoyed himself' at last week's debate with President Barack Obama.”

“Crowds for the Republican presidential candidate have grown since his performance in the Oct. 3 debate. Nowhere is that surge of energy clearer than in Ohio, a state where several public opinion polls show Romney gaining ground...

“He concluded a week of campaign rallies today, several of which drew crowds of more than 10,000...

“At Romney's final even today in Lebanon, Ohio, the campaign counted 10,700 people.”

“ “I’ve had the fun of going back and forth across Ohio, and this week...” Romney told 8,500 people packed into the Lancaster Town Square last night for a rally featuring him and running mate Paul Ryan...

“ “You know what? There’s a growing crescendo of enthusiasm,” Romney said. “People recognize that this is not an ordinary campaign, this is a critical time in the country. There’s more energy and passion. People are getting behind this campaign.”

“Romney was previously greeted by huge crowds in Cuyahoga Falls on Tuesday night (12,000 people) and in Sidney, Ohio, on Wednesday night (9,000)...”

“The crowds tell the story. As Election Day nears, Mitt Romney is drawing large and excited throngs.

“Look to dusty Iowa cornfields, rain-soaked Virginia parks, the muddy fields of the Shelby County Fairgrounds, where a crowd of 9,500 — almost half of this western Ohio town — gathered among the barns and stables on a frigid October evening this week to glimpse the Republican presidential contender.

“ "Where else would we want to be?" said one of the shivering faithful, Judy Cartwright, a 71-year-old nurse from Sidney. "I want to see the next president of the United States." ...

“He drew an estimated 12,000 people to a central Florida rally last weekend, 1,200 to an Iowa town of just 1,000, and several hundred more to Newport News, Va., under heavy October rain.

“Soaked supporters standing in muddy puddles cheered...

“At the Shelby County Fairgrounds, Judy Cartwright was wearing four layers to try to keep warm as the cold wind pushed temperatures into the 30s Wednesday night. It was Shelby's first glimpse of a presidential candidate since she met Harry Truman as an elementary school student more than six decades ago.

“"At least it's not snowing," she said with a smile. "This is a chance of a lifetime." ”

“The recent frantic email theme to supporters from Team Obama about Mitt Romney's run-away fundraising successes has been expanded to the crowd size gap between the thousands who rushed out over the weekend to see Romney and new running mate Rep. Paul Ryan and the hundreds who cheered on President Obama.

“The big worry expressed in a new email from Obama's Chicago HQ: "The Republican base is energized." The reason: Romney attracted 15,000 at a rally over the weekend.

“The email:

“... Yesterday's Romney-Ryan rally in North Carolina pulled in an overflow crowd of 15,000 people.

“There's no spinning that number. It's a LOT of people, and the Republican base in energized...”

“RUSH: Romney and Ryan are drawing huge crowds. Oh, by the way, we have a sound bite. Alex Castellanos (our good buddy, the Republican strategist on CNN) is upset at these big crowds. He wishes Romney would make the crowds smaller. I'm not kidding...”


Romney and Obama Campaigns hold Rally in Ohio Same Night

“Speaking inside a chilly, dirt-floored livestock exhibition hall in the Franklin County Fairgrounds to a crowd of 2,800, Mr. Obama hailed the October jobs report out today as positive news. The news showed an uptick in unemployment to 7.9 percent...”

The enthusiasm gap is real.

In 2008, 517,073 people voted in Franklin County, home of Columbus, Ohio's capital, and 166,711 people voted in Butler County, where West Chester is located.

At 33 1/2 minutes: starts with Ohio's Governor and Lt. Governor, Sen. Rob Portman, then Speaker of the House John Boehner who is from Butler County. Then Paul Ryan speaks, who went to college at Miami University in the county.

From 1:02:30 to 1:26:00 Mitt Romney speaks.

C-Span's clip of the President's rally a few counties away on the same evening:


ROMNEY RALLIES ATTRACTING LARGE CROWDS  (INCLUDING DEMOCRATS)

Mitt Romney addresses "packed arena" at the U.S. Cellular Center, Asheville, NC - Oct 11, 2012 (Citizen-Times.com)

Two Pictures of Romney in Chillicothe, OH - Aug, 2012:
A little over a week before Obama spoke in Cleveland, OH (See Obama rally picture in section above)

Mitt Romney addresses a crowd in San Diego - May 28, 2012

"HUGE crowd for America's Comeback Team in Powell Ohio.
About double what the Prez had a couple weeks ago." — Rick Gorka, Aug 25, 2012 7:00 am

Mitt in Michigan - Aug 24, 2012 (Draws 9,300 - plymouth-mi.patch.com)

Romney-Ryan event in Mooresville, NC - Aug 12, 2012

Romney Speaks to 4,000 at Sarasota, FL - Sep 20, 2012

Romney/Ryan Rally in Florida - first week in October, 2012

Romney/Ryan Rally at Fisherville, VA - Oct 4, 2012

Romney / Ryan at Daytona Beach, FL - Oct 19, 2012

Romney Rally in Manchester, NH on November 5th.

Overflow crowd of over 10,000 people at this rally.

Pennsylvania rally draws over 30,000 Sunday Night (Nov 4, 2012)

Romney / Ryan: crowd estimated at 10,000 at Waukesha, WI - Aug 12, 2012

“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.

» Rocky and Hannity