Campaign Buzz February 4, 2012: Mitt Romney Wins Decisive Victory in Nevada GOP Republican Presidential Caucuses


By Bonnie K. Goodman

Ms. Goodman is the Editor of History Musings. She has a BA in History & Art History & a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, and has done graduate work in history at Concordia University. Ms. Goodman has also contributed the overviews, and chronologies in History of American Presidential Elections, 1789-2008, 4th edition, edited by Gil Troy, Fred L. Israel, and Arthur Meier Schlesinger published by Facts on File, 2011.


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Mitt Romney celebrated his victory in Las Vegas on Saturday. More Photos »
Nevada Caucus Results »
11:35 PM ET 2:00

County Leaders
Size of Lead
Candidate Votes Percent
Mitt-romney_38 Mitt Romney 6,455 42.2%
Newt-gingrich_38 Newt Gingrich 4,016 26.3
Ron-paul_38 Ron Paul 2,813 18.4
Rick-santorum_38 Rick Santorum 2,012 13.2
Full Results » 41% reporting


Mitt Romney Wins Decisively in Nevada Caucuses: Mitt Romney scored a sweeping victory in Nevada today with a broad coalition of voters that included groups that he has struggled to win in previous contests, including very conservative voters, strong Tea Party supporters and evangelicals.
The victory extends the momentum Mr. Romney received from his commanding victory in Florida last Tuesday, and pushes forward his march toward the Republican nomination.
Mr. Romney’s rivals largely conceded the state before the results were known, with some leaving Nevada to campaign in Colorado and Minnesota. Mr. Romney, who won Nevada in 2008, had never given up the lead in polls here…. – NYT, 2-4-12

Romney wins Nevada Republican presidential caucuses: Mitt Romney won the Nevada Republican caucuses Saturday night, according to the Associated Press, giving the former Massachusetts governor his second consecutive victory of the year as he tightened his claim to dominant front-runner status in what had been a turbulent Republican presidential race.
Former House speaker Newt Gingrich and Rep. Ron Paul were battling for second place, while former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum was running fourth…. – WaPo, 2-4-12

Live Coverage of the Nevada Caucuses: The Times’s political unit is on the ground in Nevada with the candidates to provide live updates and analysis from the trail…. – NYT, 2-4-12

“This is not the first time you’ve given me your vote of confidence, and this time I’m going to take it to the White House. This week he’s been trying to take a bow for 8.3 percent unemployment. Not so fast, Mr. President.

He’s celebrating that it’s at 8.3. That’s still above the emergency line of 8 percent. And, by the way, he doesn’t get credit for things getting better. I’m delighted things are getting better. But the people who deserve credit for making things better are people like Tom [owner of the metal fabrication plant] who build a place like this and employ people in this great state.

Wow, what a beautiful place you live in, with the mountains right there — extraordinary place to see. Actually, this is kind of beautiful, too. This is the look of jobs, you know that? And American competitiveness.

In tough times, we look for the words of someone like Thomas Paine who is purported to have said, ‘lead, follow or get out of the way.’ We elected this president to lead, he chose to follow, now it’s time for him to get out of the way.” — Mitt Romney

  • Romney Draws Nevada Victory With Broad GOP Support: Mitt Romney won handily in the Nevada caucuses with the help of groups he has struggled to persuade before, including strong Tea Party supporters and very conservative voters…. – NYT, 2-4-12
  • Mitt Romney wins Nevada GOP caucuses: Mitt Romney, solidly back in the frontrunner’s seat, swept to victory in Nevada’s Republican presidential caucuses Saturday. By Justin Sullivan, Getty Images Mitt Romney arrives at his election party at the … – USA Today, 2-4-12
  • Mitt Romney cruises to victory in Nevada caucuses: Mitt Romney romped to a commanding victory Saturday in Nevada’s Republican presidential caucuses, posting a second consecutive win and laying an impressive marker in a battleground state both parties will vigorously contest in … – LAT, 2-4-12
  • Big margins from conservatives, Mormons are key for Romney in his Nevada GOP: Mitt Romney rode his best performance yet among conservatives and overwhelming backing from Mormons to his emphatic victory Saturday in Nevada’s Republican presidential contest, according to preliminary results of a poll of voters entering … – WaPo, 2-4-12
  • Romney declares victory in Nevada, cements front-runner status in GOP: Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney has declared victory in Nevada’s caucuses. He thanked Nevada voters for their confidence in him and vowed to take it all the way to the White House. Romney’s decisive win comes four days … – WaPo, 2-4-12
  • While Romney roars, Santorum hopes for race reset: With the GOP caucuses in Nevada shaping up tonight as the fourth straight defeat for Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator took his “faith, family and freedom” tour to Colorado, where he asked conservatives to “reset this … – LAT, 2-4-12
  • Romney takes strong lead in Nevada GOP primary _ would be second in a row for: Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney jumped to a strong lead in the Nevada caucuses Saturday night, reaching for a second straight campaign victory over a field of rivals suddenly struggling to keep pace…. – WaPo, 2-4-12
  • Reaction to candidates, voting processes at Nevada’s Republican presidential caucuses: Reaction from people participating Saturday in Nevada’s Republican presidential caucuses in which Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum competed: ___ “Voting is very important. I consider you almost a second-class citizen if you don’t … – WaPo, 2-4-12

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (Win McNamee – Getty Images)

Featured Historians February 4, 2012: Thomas V. DiBacco: 100 years of American politics



Thomas V. DiBacco: 100 years of American politics

Our primary system dates to Progressive reforms of the early 20th century

Source: LAT, 2-4-12

You can thank the reformers of the early 20th century for today’s winding road of presidential primaries. Fed up with the way party bosses played a controlling role in determining presidential candidates in the Democratic and Republican party conventions, these political and economic reformers — part of what historians now dub the Progressive movement — were successful in getting some states to establish primary elections. The primaries permitted citizens to vote for their party’s presidential nominee, with the winner’s delegates going to the national convention. (Before the primary system, district and state caucuses of party bosses selected the delegates.) And although primaries were established earlier — for example, Oregon in 1910 — the first real test of them came in the presidential election of 1912….READ MORE

Full Text February 4, 2012: President Barack Obama’s Weekly Address Calling on Congress to Pass his Program to Help Responsible Homeowners Refinance their Mortagages as Part of his Blueprint for an Economy Built to Last



President Obama continues his call for a return to American values, including fairness and equality, as part of his blueprint for an economy built to last.

President Barack Obama tapes the Weekly Address
President Barack Obama tapes the weekly address, White House Photo, Chuck Kennedy, 2/3/12

Weekly Address: It’s Time for Congress to Act to Help Responsible Homeowners

Source: WH, 2-4-12
President Obama continues his call for a return to American values, including fairness and equality, as part of his blueprint for an economy built to last.
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WEEKLY ADDRESS: It’s Time for Congress to Act to Help Responsible Homeowners

In this week’s address, President Obama continued his call for a return to American values, including fairness and equality, as part of his blueprint for an economy built to last.  This is why the President is sending Congress his plan to give responsible homeowners the chance to save thousands of dollars on their mortgages by refinancing at historically low rates without adding a cent to the deficit.  The housing crisis has been the single largest drag on the recovery, and although the Administration’s actions have helped responsible homeowners refinance their mortgages and stay in their homes, Congress must act now to do more to continue assisting homeowners and the economy.  President Obama asks all Americans to tell their elected officials to pass this plan to keep more families in their homes and more neighborhoods thriving and whole.

Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
The White House
Saturday, February 4, 2012

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been traveling around the country and talking with folks about my blueprint for an economy built to last.  It’s a blueprint that focuses on restoring the things we’ve always done best.  Our strengths.  American manufacturing.  American energy.  The skills and education of American workers.

And most importantly, American values like fairness and responsibility.

We know what happened when we strayed from those values over the past decade – especially when it comes to our housing market.

Lenders sold loans to families who couldn’t afford them.  Banks packaged those mortgages up and traded them for phony profits.  It drove up prices and created an unsustainable bubble that burst – and left millions of families who did everything right in a world of hurt.

It was wrong.  The housing crisis has been the single biggest drag on our recovery from the recession.  It has kept millions of families in debt and unable to spend, and it has left hundreds of thousands of construction workers out of a job.

But there’s something even more important at stake.  I’ve been saying this is a make-or-break moment for the middle class.  And the housing crisis struck right at the heart of what it means to be middle-class in this country: owning a home.  Raising our kids.  Building our dreams.

Right now, there are more than 10 million homeowners in this country who, because of a decline in home prices that is no fault of their own, owe more on their mortgages than their homes are worth.  Now, it is wrong for anyone to suggest that the only option for struggling, responsible homeowners is to sit and wait for the housing market to hit bottom.  I don’t accept that.  None of us should.

That’s why we launched a plan a couple years ago that’s helped nearly one million responsible homeowners refinance their mortgages and save an average of $300 on their payments each month.  Now, I’ll be the first to admit it didn’t help as many folks as we’d hoped.  But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t keep trying.

That’s why I’m sending Congress a plan that will give every responsible homeowner the chance to save about $3,000 a year on their mortgages by refinancing at historically low rates.  No more red tape.  No more endless forms.  And a small fee on the largest financial institutions will make sure it doesn’t add a dime to the deficit.

I want to be clear: this plan will not help folks who bought a house they couldn’t afford and then walked away from it.  It won’t help folks who bought multiple houses just to turn around and sell them.

What this plan will do is help millions of responsible homeowners who make their payments every month, but who, until now, couldn’t refinance because their home values kept dropping or they got wrapped up in too much red tape.

But here’s the catch.  In order to lower mortgage payments for millions of Americans, we need Congress to act.  They’re the ones who have to pass this plan.  And as anyone who has followed the news in the last six months can tell you, getting Congress to do anything these days is not an easy job.

That’s why I’m going to keep up the pressure on Congress to do the right thing.  But I also need your help.  I need your voice.  I need everyone who agrees with this plan to get on the phone, send an email, tweet, pay a visit, and remind your representatives in Washington who they work for.  Tell them to pass this plan.  Tell them to help more families keep their homes, and more neighborhoods stay vibrant and whole.

The truth is, it will take time for our housing market to recover.  It will take time for our economy to fully bounce back.  But there are steps we can take, right now, to move this country forward.  That’s what I promise to do as your President, and I hope Members of Congress will join me.

Thank you, and have a great weekend.

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