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A Warehouse Rally, a Blast at McCain

Mitt Romney holds up a personalized surf board presented to him by California Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R) during an Orange County "Change Begins With Us" tour stop at Bassett Furniture in Fountain Valley, California, January 31, 2008. (Reuters).

By Michael D. Shear
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. -- Campaigning in southern California a day after the final GOP presidential primary debate, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney dismissed the endorsement of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for John McCain as an obvious one, and predicted that it will not make that much difference as voters choose between him and McCain.

"Their views on a number of issues are very similar. I don't think that comes as a surprise," Romney told reporters. "Governor Schwarzenegger, obviously, is a big figure in California. I'd love to have had his support. In most cases, people make up their own mind."

Romney continued to blast McCain for what he said are knowingly false assertions about Romney's statements on Iraq troop withdrawals.

In comments to reporters, he likened McCain's tactics to dirty tricks used in the Nixon era. "I don't think I want to see our party come back to that kind of campaigning," he said.

He added that McCain is a "man of character," but that "I think he took a sharp detour off the straight talk express."

Later, at a boisterous rally with about 400 people at a furniture warehouse in Orange County, Romney derided McCain for having a lack of economic experience and for supporting liberal legislation.

"He says it's not his strong suit," Romney said, referring to a McCain comment about economics. "It is my strong suit....when the economy is in trouble, it's helpful to have a person as president who's actually had a real job in the economy."

He told the crowd, to applause, that Washington has failed to live by ethical standards or fix social security, illegal immigration and health care. And he blasted Democrats for believing in "big brother, big taxes, big government."

Romney is hoping to compete in the California delegate hunt despite Schwarzenegger's endorsement of his rival. He will also travel to other western states in an effort to stop McCain's momentum.

He was scheduled to campaign in San Diego Thursday afternoon before flying to Colorado and then on to Utah, where he will attend the funeral of the former leader of the Mormon Church on Saturday.

By Web Politics Editor  |  January 31, 2008; 5:13 PM ET
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Email ANY and EVERYONE you know who will be voting on Tuesday and let them know just how disasterous it would be to vote for McCain. Educate them as to why and turn them on to Mitt Romney. I've met him on several occasions and was at the MA Rep. convention when we nominated him for Governor there. Put some links in your emails to this GREAT ad from Citizen's United: It's a killer for McCain. Tell them to get on the Romney bandwagon and help the guy out at: Besides emails, you can make phone calls AND write/submit letters to editors online and at major metropolitan newspapers around the country.

Posted by: mrunpc | February 1, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse


Bob Dole (at 73) was constantly labeled too old to run against Bill Clinton in 1996 and age is NEVER mentioned (at least yet) as a factor with McCain who's 72. John McCain's candidacy was dead and buried until a few weeks before the NH primary due to incompetent staff, mismanagement and lack of money. McCain himself admits that he's not well versed on economics...and voters are somehow convinced that this man can oversee the country's economy better than a highly successful private sector businessman like Mitt Romney?

Strip away John McCain's 40 year ago military experience, which we're NEVER allowed to forget about or question (it's just about ALL he ever references in speeches and debates no matter what question he's asked), and you have nothing but a tired, old, empty suited, Washington, D.C. political hack/insider. He is an extremely weak candidate and a terrible debater by every account, especially compared to Mitt Romney (or even Huckabee).

Without the assistance of his "Canes" propping him up during this farce of a campaign, John McCain candidacy would still be dead and buried. Day after day, the canes come out of the political woodwork to endorse ol' RINO (Republican In Name Only) Johnny.

MCCAIN'S CANE # 1...the Liberal biased Main Stream Media and Press. With orgasmic puff story after puff story, it resurrected McCain from the dead, elevating him to frontrunner status just in time for the election.

MCCAIN'S CANE # 2...Independent and Democrat voters, who, for some bizarre reason, are allowed to vote in the REPUBLICAN primaries. I'd LOVE to meet the rocket scientists in those states who allow THAT to happen.

In Florida, Mitt Romney was gathering tremendous momentum and soaring in the polls until the weekend before the election.

MCCAIN'S CANE # 3...Florida Governor Crist who endorsed McCain just TWO days before the election.. Unfortunately, it was enough to convince a woefully uninformed voting public to vote for McCain and against Romney who was soaring in the polls until that moment. While this was bad enough, the fact that so many thousands of Floridians had to be TOLD who to vote just TWO days before such an important election was despicable, shameful, if not downright scary.

MCCAIN'S CANE # 4...Rudy Guiliani, who ends his "campaign" with an endorsement of, who else but John McCain hours before the California debate. Even with THAT, McCain who always been a terrible debater, was crushed by Mitt Romney at every turn...imagine what Obama would to to him?

MCCAIN'S CANE # 5...California Governor, Arnold Schwartzenager who now is endorsing old Johnny just before the Super Tuesday primaries.

If John McCain is the Republican nominee (heaven forbid), it will be done SOLELY with his the assistance of his canes and without them he is nearly helpless and will be easily defeated by either Hillary Clinton or upstart, or half-McCain's-age, 36 year old Barack Hussein Obama.

Mitt Romney is by far the most qualified man in EITHER party and is a class act all the way. And yet since he became a GOP candidate for president, I have seen nothing but negative, trivial articles/stories about his Mormon religion, his money, his slick appearance, etc, all fully intended to sway a naive electorate that pays far too little attention to the most important 4 year event in our country.

Mitt Romney is a TRUE family man and very successful at turning failed or failing enterprises around and Lord knows the United States of America needs turning around. It should be run as a business first, with a strong military to protect it from harm. All other social, giveaway programs should be scrutinized (and certainly would be under a Romney presidency) as to efficiency and even necessity. The fact that he was even elected Governor in a state (MA) controlled by 85% Democrat legislature was a feat in itself. In spite of it, he did a very admirable job as Governor, turning a large state deficit into a surplus. Of course, his many justified vetoes were constantly overturned by those liberal Democrats which made for a lot of frustration.

If Mitt Romney does get the GOP nomination it will be MUCH to the chagrin of the Democrat National Committee liberal propaganda machine because he will be their worst nightmare and most difficult to defeat...Obama, Clinton, or otherwise.

John McCain's time has long since come and gone and it has become more than obvious during this primary campaign that he doesn't even have the ability to WALK up the White House "stairs" without his "Canes", let alone RUN the biggest economy and country in the world.

Posted by: mrunpc | February 1, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

It's amazing that Romney has been able to overcome so many obstacles and still be in it. The false attack tag-team duo of McCain/Huckabee worked out well for McCain, not so much for Huckabee.

McCain does an okay job of reading from cards but not that impressive in debates when he has to think on his feet. Don't worry about the whole amnesty bill, John, only 90% of America was against it. They obviously forgive you.

Don't worry about voting against the Bush tax cuts John, probably only 85% of Republicans disagree with you on that one. But the New York Times and Boston Globe love you. Congratulations.

As a conservative, I'd much rather vote for a stranger off the street than John. There's a much better chance that a complete stranger will vote more reasonably.

Any Reagan conservatives out there, please vote for Romney. There's no doubt he's the man for the economy, that's a pretty big deal these days (in case you have forgotten).

Pro-life, Pro-traditional marriage, for tax cuts, strong on military, a great speaker/motivator, will find ways to limit entitlement spending, wants Line Item Veto, YES, YES, YES. Romney, please win in California and then you have a fighting chance. As a member of a lower-middle class household, I could really use you in the White House to help us out.

Posted by: eberhoo | January 31, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Romney's the best Repub candidate, he's still in this race and I'm backing him to the end. I think he'll win California despite liberal Arnold the RINO endorsing McCain.

Romney's strength is he's not a DC insider; he'll get the government working on a budget again and keep the economy strong. He's always been strong against illegal immigration and that's where he differs from McCain; he's also a social conservative which is what America needs right now.

McCain's not a bad guy but he has no credibility on the immigration issue with his abyssmal McCain-Kennedy amnesty bill. We need someone without the "status-quo" baggage to come to DC and clean house and get America back to the basics again!


Posted by: Ridge1 | January 31, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Hey, I am with Romney all the way to the white house, BABY. He wins for looking the most presidential and for being the most qualified. It looks like Romney will save the economy and the republican party. This race is far from over and Romney was winning before Florida. He lost by a slight percentage. McCain is reason enough for a lot of us to vote for Mitt and the more we know about the guy, the better he gets. That is not the case with McCain.

Posted by: poliscistudent | January 31, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Romney's tactic from the time he entered politics was to look unflappable, calm, commanding and inevitable. He now has to reconcile that while campaigning with the fact that he's in a virtually hopeless situation. This is a beautiful thing to watch- like a beached mermaid drowning on the shore for lack of water. I'm diggin' it.

Posted by: dyinglikeflies | January 31, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Romney's tactic from the time he entered politics was to look unflappable, calm, commanding and inevitable. He now has to reconcile that while campaigning with the fact that he's in a virtually hopeless situation. This is a beautiful thing to watch- like a beached mermaid drowning on the shore for lack of water. I'm diggin' it.

Posted by: dyinglikeflies | January 31, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

"someone who's had a real job" opposed to serving his country and spending years in a prison camp isn't a "real job"...what fools Republicans are to follow this tool

Posted by: pikedaver | January 31, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Romney is finished. His flailing is pathetic. GOP unite behind McCain!

Posted by: braveheartdc | January 31, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

These two clowns are running so hard for the Republican nomination that it's easy to forget they're ultimately running for President .. it's a riot watching Romney blustering and flustered and denying that he once may have held a view congruent with the wishes of 70% of the American people.

Whoever gets the nomination should reap 90% ... of 26%. The remaining Bush supporters. The rest of us think the war was a mistake, and we're not going to take a day off work to vote for corporate tax cuts either.

Get some rest, John, you look like you could use it.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | January 31, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Romney's test here is to see if he uses his money for such a mean spirited attack that he loses support. His best bet will be to look like a President.

So far his complaints do not encourage me.

Posted by: gary4books | January 31, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

*****He added that McCain is a "man of character," but that "I think he took a sharp detour off the straight talk express.*******

That's rich coming from Romney, chief engineer on the Flip-Flop Express...the Mittster's tongue is so forked he can use it to spear gherkins from the pickle jar.

Posted by: Jerryvov | January 31, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

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