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Well, the rumors of my demise were greatly exaggerated...

Ok, there were no rumors, but like a hobo, I have once again rolled into blog town.

Here's what I've been thinking about lately: LG Bolling recently endorsed Mitt Romney for President (press release below the fold).

While an interesting move (and not one I agree with--see my early endorsement of Fred Thompson, whose campaign is worrying me lately), it made me wonder where AG McDonnell is placing his support.

While he may be waiting for Fred Thompson to get in the race, it would seem unwise to me for a statewide officeholder to place his national political future in the hands of an unannounced candidate whose campaign may or may not actually happen.

I would have expected him to jump on the Mitt bus before the LG could. With Kilgore heading the Giuliani train and LG Bolling going with Mitt, there isn't really anybody left if Fred's campaign stalls before it happens.

Anyone know where McDonnell is leaning or why he hasn't endorsed anyone?


Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling Endorses Mitt Romney For President
August 01, 2007
Dear Friends:

As you know, in 2008 we will work to elect a Republican President to lead our nation into the future. This is a critical time for our nation, and we must make certain that we nominate a candidate who has the background, knowledge and experience to lead our country; and a candidate who has the right approach for dealing with the significant challenges we face.

I am writing today to advise you of my decision to endorse Governor Mitt Romney for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008. In fact, I have agreed to join Governor Romney’s campaign team as his Virginia Campaign Chairman. I hope you will consider my reasons for supporting Governor Romney and join me as a member of Team Mitt!

First, I believe that Mitt Romney has the background, knowledge and experience to lead our nation in to the future. Consider these facts:

In the private sector, Mitt Romney built a very successful business. As Vice President at Bain & Company, Inc., a leading management consulting firm, Mitt enjoyed a successful career helping businesses grow and improve their operations. In 1984, Mitt founded Bain Capital, one of the nation's most successful venture capital and investment companies. Bain Capital helped launch hundreds of companies on a successful course, including Staples, Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Domino's Pizza, Sealy, Brookstone and The Sports Authority. Today, Bain & Company and Bain Capital employ more than 2,000 people in 25 offices worldwide.

Mitt Romney first gained national recognition for his role in turning around the 2002 Winter Olympics. With the 2002 Olympics mired in controversy and facing a financial crisis, Mitt left behind his successful career at Bain Capital to take over as President and CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee. In his three years at the helm in Salt Lake, Mitt erased a $379 million operating deficit, organized 23,000 volunteers, galvanized community spirit and oversaw an unprecedented security mobilization just months after the September 11th attacks, leading to one of the most successful Olympics in our country's history.

And finally, as Governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney presided over a dramatic reversal of state fortunes and a period of sustained economic expansion. Without raising taxes or increasing debt, Governor Romney balanced the budget every year of his administration, closing a nearly $3 billion budget gap inherited when he took office. By eliminating waste, streamlining government, and enacting comprehensive economic reforms to stimulate growth, Mitt got the economy moving again and transformed deficits into surpluses. At the beginning of Governor Romney's term, Massachusetts was losing thousands of jobs every month. By the time he left office, the unemployment rate was lower, hundreds of companies had expanded or moved to Massachusetts and the state had added approximately 60,000 jobs from the low point of the recession.

This is the background, knowledge and experience we need in the next President of the United States.

Second, I believe that Mitt Romney has the right vision for the future of our country. Mitt’s campaign is based on three guiding principles:

A stronger military…..Mitt understands that to keep America safe at home we must win the war on terror abroad. Mitt knows that we cannot be safe in our homeland until the radical Islamic Jihadists, who want to export terror to our shores, are defeated. Mitt has outlined a comprehensive strategy to defeat the radical jihad and ensure American security. In addition, he has committed to adding at least 100,000 troops to our armed forces, as well as spending at least 4% of our gross domestic product on defense.

A stronge r economy…..Mitt knows that we must get federal spending under control and reduce our deficit. He is committed to doing that by confronting entitlements, reducing government waste and inefficiency, and reexamining the role of the federal government in our society. He will also work to make President Bush’s tax cuts permanent and resist any effort from Democrats or Republicans to raise taxes on families and businesses. Finally, Mitt knows that to keep our economy strong we must reduce unnecessary regulation and abusive litigation and do a better job preparing our children to compete in the global marketplace of the 21st century, all of which are themes that are very important to me.

Stronger families…..I have been very impressed during my conversations with Governor Romney about his commitment to make America’s families stronger and make certain that our society reflects the val ues that the American people believe in. Whether it is supporting the right to life, the sanctity of marriage, or leading the effort to reduce violence and pornography on TV and in movies and videos, I believe we can count on Mitt Romney to do his best to make America’s families stronger in a time when the family seems to be under constant assault from those inside and outside government. If you have not seen Mitt’s recent TV commercial, 'OCEAN', I hope you will take time to view it by clicking here.

Finally, I believe that Mitt Romney has that one other quality that is very important in a presidential candidate – electability. I can tell you from the time I have spent with him that Mitt Romney is a very smart, articulate and impressive candidate. I think he has the ability to inspire people the way Ronald Reagan did and call them to a higher purpose. It takes a lot for a Republican to be elected Governor of Massachusetts, and that speaks volumes about how Mitt Romney can reach out to independent voters and even clear thinking Democrats. If we are going to retain the presidency in 2008, and prevent the likes of Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama from becoming President, we need a candidate who can make that kind of connection with non-Republican voters who will determine the outcome of this race in Virginia and numerous other states.

There are obviously many other reasons why I believe that Mitt Romney is the best candidate for President of the United States in 2008, such as his outspoken opposition to illegal immigration, his vision for advancing energy independence in our country, and his experience in addressing other important issues like health care and improving education.

If you have not done so already, I encourage you to learn m ore about Mitt Romney before making a decision on which candidate you will support for President in 2008. You can do that by visiting Mitt’s web site at www.MittRomney.com. I would also encourage you to sign up for Mitt’s newsletter to receive weekly updates on the status of his campaign.

We are privileged to have several qualified candidates seeking our party’s nomination for President, but I believe that Mitt Romney is the right man for the job at this time in our nation’s history. I hope you will give his candidacy careful and serious consideration.

Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling

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Anonymous said:

Look at yesterday's Daily Progress and the Richmond Times Dispatch.

Tucker Martin, McDonnell’s communications chief, said the attorney general “thinks very highly of [former] Sen. Thompson. He definitely likes what he sees of the beginnings of a possible Thompson candidacy. I can’t say enough that he thinks very highly of Sen. Thompson.”

“McDonnell has not endorsed yet but thinks highly of former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, aide Tucker Martin said. Thompson, now a television actor, is expected to announce his presidential candidacy around Labor Day.”

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