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Romney Homes In on Nevada

Mitt Romney is heading West. (Getty Images).

By Michael D. Shear
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Mitt Romney headed to Las Vegas after briefly meeting with reporters in South Carolina, where aides said the campaign has not given up on making a decent showing.

The former Massachusetts governor skipped out on the final day of campaigning in South Carolina, preferring to spend Friday as the only GOP candidate competing in the Nevada caucus.

But his South Carolina state director, Terry Sullivan, said the campaign made 15,000 telephone calls to voters here and continues to run television and radio ads.

"We're extremely competitive with all of the other candidates on the air," Sullivan said, but he admitted that John McCain is clearly in first place. "We're going to try to win here."

Romney made tentative plans to head to Florida on Saturday, even before the results of the South Carolina and Nevada voting are in. He released a new ad in Florida Thursday in which he blasts Washington as broken and vows to "take it apart and put it back together again."

The theme is one that worked for him in Michigan, where anger about the federal government's indifference to the state's economic plight runs deep.

Before boarding the plane to Nevada Thursday, Romney held a brief news conference with reporters at a Staples store outside of Columbia, once again emphasizing concern about the nation's economy.

"The issue that people are focusing on is the issue of jobs and the economy," he said, calling for "immediate action" by Congress and the president to stimulate the economy. "Preventing recession is an important responsibility for government."

Romney promised his own economic stimulus package within two days but would not comment on specific proposals that have been floated on Capitol Hill.

By Web Politics Editor  |  January 17, 2008; 12:27 PM ET
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Governor Romney's Economic Stimulus Plan - Washington Must Act Now:

Governor Romney's Economic Stimulus Plan Would Provide Much-Needed Relief To Taxpayers, Businesses And Homeowners. Today, our economy is facing unprecedented challenges both here at home and abroad. Our economy needs pro-growth stimulus, but Governor Romney believes any stimulus package should return money to American taxpayers, not increase already out-of-control government spending. To promote economic growth, Governor Romney is proposing an economic stimulus plan that would lower taxes on individuals, reduce taxes for businesses and help homeowners through the current housing crisis.

- Individuals: Governor Romney would permanently reduce the lowest income tax bracket, permanently eliminate payroll taxes on seniors and make middle-class savings tax free.

- Businesses: Governor Romney would institute immediate 100% expensing of equipment for two years and permanently reduce the corporate tax rate.

- Homeowners: Governor Romney would reform and expand Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loan portfolio limits to allow larger loans to homeowners.

Governor Romney Urges Our Leaders To Work Together And Immediately Debate, Pass And Sign A Stimulus Package For The American People. If our representatives in Washington can work together and demonstrate the leadership that the American people deserve, Governor Romney is optimistic that we can still turn this economy around. Washington must get to work immediately and pass a bill no later than February 19, a month from today, in order to stimulate our economy.

Details... _1.19

Posted by: hallamb2001 | January 19, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

carolm62-Thanks for correcting the site!

LOL! Bad news Ann, Mitt's Married!

But, you can pet me anytime you want!

Posted by: rat-the | January 17, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Where did that whacked link come from...?

Here's the Ann Coulter piece: I hope...

Posted by: carolm62 | January 17, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

polls are not any measure of the reality we face as republicans in November.

We cannot afford another hillbilly like Huckabee, nor an old man been in the Senate for decades McCain. Thompson is boring and not really bright the best hope is Romney and our Mayor from New York.

Get off the McCain train he is the darling of the left wing press because he is a moderate. That love affair will dry up if he wins the nomination. They will use age, Washington insider, poor communication and every other weakness to compare him to Obama.

Posted by: richarderollins | January 17, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

I loved this about Romney from Ann Coulter... :-)

Posted by: carolm62 | January 17, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

I will never, repeat never support McCain he is weak, to old and not conservative. I cannot believe we are going to repeat the Robert Dole its my turn mistake.

No one compares with Romney for intellect, experience and committment to the principles we conservatives want.

Posted by: richarderollins | January 17, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

I currently support Mike Huckabee, but I'm willing to switch to Fred Thompson if the Giuliani, Romney, and McCain people will do the same.

Posted by: cpatter6 | January 17, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Clubbie Tim.

I'm the Dimobratic Socialist Party's WORST Nightmare!

I have not even begun to BITE yet!

Amnesty! Libbie Judges! Fresh from the DNC! Get your Amnesty and Libbie Judges!!!

LOL! ;~)

Posted by: rat-the | January 17, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Mike Huckabee is the DNC's wet dream and everyone but the evangelicas see that...

Mitt on the other hand, especially as the economy continues to tank, will be their worst nightmare, especially against Hillary...

Posted by: ClubbieTim | January 17, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Let me make this easy for you:

SC - 24 delegates
NV - 34 delegates

Do I need to go on? Why get all bloody for 24 delegates when you can easily capture 34?

Romney is a genius!

Posted by: mitchellvii | January 17, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse


I thought the talking was "the DNC hasn't attacked HUCKABEE, as opposed to others" for said same reason?

Posted by: JakeD | January 17, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Willard can't hope to outrun his tights and a cape or not;

Candidate Research - Know Who You're Voting For ( The Easy Way )

Posted by: Winghunter | January 17, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

JakeD-I might have it on through Sunday. In any event, I am actively Moving.

What is worth Mentioning, I have been a Busy little RAT, and threw The Mittster an Idea. How it gets handled is anyone's guess, but, suffice it to say, it could be HUGE!

How do you handle multiple problems for multiple groups, and create a HUGE benefit package for all? Hmmmmm?

Maybe Mitt knows?

Let me say, as a Surfer, it could be a Dreamy Package! I am so tempted to just blurt it out, But, Mitt is the Man!

South Carolina as a historical Precident? Has there ever been a Candidate who fixed an economy while running for office? Wonder what that might do?

LOL! The seeds have been thrown, I'll have to see if there comes any Water! ;~)

Posted by: rat-the | January 17, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

It's about time some of these Romney backer face their delusions head-on. Americans don't like Mitt. Isn't the goal to win the White House? Romney even loses to Edwards by 15 points. You will notice the DNC hasn't attacked Romney, as opposed to others. The reason, Mitt Romney is the Democrats wet dream. Big picture people, big picture.

Posted by: steve_valeriote23 | January 17, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse


Romney as President. McCain runs neck and neck with Obama, beats Clinton. Romney is down 30 POINTS in a head to head. Any Republican who votes for this albatross deserves their fight.

BTW, how many Republican candidates have lost South Carolina and gone on to win the nomination?


Posted by: steve_valeriote23 | January 17, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse


Hopefully, you make it through the weekend without the electricity being turned off -- are you at home now?

Posted by: JakeD | January 17, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

LOL! How about a Reality check there Steve.

Outside of their little Pockets of support, the Others know better than to even TRY to compete with Mitt Romney!

THEY are the ones who know THEY are licked! To not even TRY, is PATHETIC! All of the West and Southwest, Is ROMNEY COUNTRY!

Live it, learn it, I Love IT! :)

Posted by: rat-the | January 17, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse


Can I quote you on that when Romney is sworn in as the 44th President of the United States?

Posted by: JakeD | January 17, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait for Romney on Saturday, all alone in Nevada, where nobody has campaigned, claiming the gold. Should give him about as big a boost as Wyoming did. Nobody cares.

BTW, this might be the first time in history that a candidate received no bounce in South Carolina after winning the previous primary. Running to Nevada signifies the end of the Romney campaign.

Posted by: steve_valeriote23 | January 17, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: JakeD | January 17, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

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