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Thursday
Nov012012

Biden Says Bloomberg’s Endorsement Resonates as Call for Unity

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(FT. DODGE, Iowa) – Hours after New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced his support of President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden cited Bloomberg’s endorsement as a call for the country to unite together, regardless of political affiliation.

“When Mayor Bloomberg did his announcement today in support of our ticket, the essence of what he said, the essence of what he said was, 'We’ve got to work together. We’ve all got to be in this together. We’ve got to stop this … blue and red. We’re a purple nation, man. We’re made of Democrats, and, we really are,'” Biden said at the Fort Dodge Museum Opera House in Iowa.

Bloomberg, who identifies as an independent, made his endorsement Thursday afternoon via an op-ed on his personal website, citing climate change as the reason for his support.

“Our climate is changing. And while the increase in extreme weather we have experienced in New York City and around the world may or may not be the result of it, the risk that it might be – given this week’s devastation – should compel all elected leaders to take immediate action,” Bloomberg said.

Biden has had kind words to say about Bloomberg in recent days as the New York mayor leads relief efforts in his city in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. In Ocala, Fla. Wednesday, Biden noted that Bloomberg “is one hell of a guy.”

The vice president said he spoke to President Obama Thursday about Bloomberg’s endorsement, saying, “a good friend of mine and ours was going to endorse us today, and he did.” Biden told the crowd President Obama was campaigning in Nevada Thursday but always kept his mind on Iowa, the place which launched his presidential career.

“We’re criss-crossing the country, but he sent his love and affection. He knows he’s president of the United States because of the state of Iowa,” Biden said.

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Friday
Oct262012

Meat Loaf Endorses Mitt Romney in Rocker’s First Political Endorsement Ever

EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images(DEFIANCE, Ohio) – Forget swing state newspapers and major politicians -- Mitt Romney Thursday night received a premium endorsement that nobody was expecting when rock legend Meat Loaf took the stage in Ohio and threw his support behind the Republican presidential nominee.

“I have never been in any political agenda in my life, but I think that in 2012 this is the most important election in the history of the United States,” Meat Loaf said in a black silk shirt with sparkly buttons down the front and sequined designs on the sleeves. “Storm clouds [have] come over the United States. There is thunderstorms over Europe. There are hail storms, and I mean major hail storms, in the Middle East.

“There are storms brewing through China, through Asia, through everywhere,” Meat Loaf said. “And there’s only one man that on the other night, when President Barack Obama, God bless him, said to Mitt Romney, ‘The Cold War is over’ – I have never heard such a thing in my life.”

The singer was referring to the presidential debate earlier this week, during which President Obama ribbed Romney for once declaring Russia America’s No. 1 geopolitical foe.

“The man needs to understand Putin and Russia, so I want you to know that there is one man who will stand tall in this country and fight the storm and bring the United States back to what it should be – Gov. Mitt Romney,” Meat Loaf said to roars from a crowd packed into a football stadium.

“Like I said, never before have I endorsed a single candidate ’til now, so let me hear y’all repeat after me,” Meat Loaf said, leading a call-and-response with Mitt Romney’s name, the crowd repeating it after him.

Meat Loaf wasn’t done. After playing a musical interlude, the musician grabbed the microphone and continued his endorsement.

“Mitt Romney has got the backbone,” he said. “Go out and vote. Let me tell you what: I know there’s one thing that you’ve been taught your whole life, is that you never argue politics or religion with your friends. But 2012 is completely different."

“I have been arguing for Mitt Romney for a year,” he said. “I made three phone calls today to Democrats in California, and I got two of them to switch to Romney, so two out of three ain’t bad. So you get out there and you argue with your relatives, you argue with your neighbors, you get in fights over politics and religion, 'cause we need Ohio! God bless ya. We love ya. Thank you. Keep rockin’ – and Mitt Romney!”

When Romney finally took the stage, he didn’t wait to thank the musician, and appeared somewhat surprised.

“I mean Meat Loaf was here, can you believe it?” asked Romney.

“Look, these guys have other things to do, you know – they have lives,” Romney said. “They can go to a concert where they’re getting paid, but they decided instead, because this election counts so much, to come here, and I want to thank them for their generosity and support.”

At the end of the rally, as fireworks went off overhead, Meat Loaf joined Romney on stage and the two joined to sing “America the Beautiful” together.

In an amusing coincidence, Romney’s wife, Ann Romney, appeared earlier Thursday on the daytime cooking show hosted by Rachel Ray, during which she made her husband’s favorite dish: meatloaf.

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Monday
Oct222012

Pearl Jam Guitarist Makes Plea for Obamacare

David Becker/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Mike McCready, the lead guitarist for the ’90s grunge band Pearl Jam, tells a personal story of his own pre-existing medical condition during a video in which he urges voters to cast their ballot for President Obama on Nov. 6.

McCready suffers from Crohn’s disease, a chronic illness of the gastrointestinal tract. In a video released Monday on Pearl Jam’s official YouTube channel and entitled “Life is a Pre-existing Condition,” he speaks about his personal struggles with insurance companies and how the Affordable Care Act has affected him.

“I’ve been denied coverage two times in my life,” McCready says, as he wanders through a wooded area. “And it’s after I’ve been in a big, successful rock band. I have met a lot of people who have been denied coverage who don’t have the resources to fight insurance companies, and they shouldn’t have to do that.”

“Because of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, we’re about to have health care for everyone. It really means that, you know, for myself, I have a pre-existing condition and I feel like I have some hope. Anybody that doesn’t have the kind of means that I have will have it too,” he said.

The video was produced with McCready’s friend, filmmaker Jesse Dylan. It ends with encouraging voters to end discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions by casting their ballots on election day.

McReady isn’t the only Pearl Jam member supporting Obama. Last month, lead singer Eddie Vedder was spotted at a $20,000 per plate Obama fundraising dinner in Florida.

McCready went public with his illness in 2003 while he was on tour promoting Pearl Jam’s album Riot Tour.

Speaking to the Northwest Chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America in 2003, McCready described what it was like to live with Crohn’s while on the road.  “Playing onstage, I’m always aware of where the bathrooms are,” he admits. “When Crohn’s hits, I have to run, or it won’t be pretty.”

But the issues surrounding chronic illness have become especially salient this election cycle with Republican Mitt Romney promising to dismantle the Affordable Care Act without clarifying if he would keep the protections for those with pre-existing conditions.

Romney’s website says the candidate will fight to “prevent discrimination against individuals with pre-existing conditions who maintain continuous coverage.” There is still confusion on whether or not this will keep in place the protections for people who are currently uninsured, as they have not had continuous coverage.

Romney said in the first debate that he had a plan to deal with pre-existing conditions, but did not go into detail on how it would address those who have had significant gaps in their coverage.

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Friday
Aug032012

Mitt Romney Gets Endorsement from Clint Eastwood

Indigo/Getty Images(SUN VALLEY, Idaho) -- Mitt Romney got some celebrity love when Clint Eastwood showed up at his high-dollar fundraiser Friday evening in Idaho to offer his endorsement of the presumptive GOP nominee.

When the Oscar-winning director was asked why he was supporting Romney, Eastwood responded, “Because I think the country needs a boost somewhere.”

Eastwood, who has a home near the Sun Valley Resort where the fundraiser was held, was wearing grey sneakers, beige slacks, a green blazer and a pair of sunglasses, when reporters spotted him.

Eastwood endorsed -- and campaigned for -- Sen. John McCain during the 2008 election and was forced to clarify that he was not supporting Obama after he voiced a Super Bowl ad about the recovering auto industry earlier this year.

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Wednesday
Jul252012

John Edwards' Daughter Jumps Back into Politics

Steve Exum/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Two months after standing steadfastly by her father John Edward’s side during his hugely-publicized campaign finance fraud trial, Cate Edwards is hopping back into the political arena to stand by Trevor Thomas, a young, openly gay candidate for the U.S. House from Michigan.

In her first endorsement of the 2012 election, Edwards wrote in an email to Thomas’ supporters that he is “exactly the kind of candidate we should be standing up to support.”

“Trevor is a member of our generation who we can count on to stand up for fairness, equality and opportunity for every generation,” Edwards, 30, said.

Thomas faces former circuit court judge and businessman Steve Pestka in Michigan’s Aug. 7 Democratic primary. The winner will battle first-term Rep. Justin Amash, who at age 30 was one of the youngest people ever elected to Congress in 2010.

During her dad’s White House bid in 2004, Edwards openly supported gay marriage despite her father’s opposition to it. She has stayed largely out of the spotlight since Edwards’ finance fraud case ended in a mistrial in May.

Read Edward’s full letter of endorsement here:

Dear Friend,

Aren’t you tired of hearing only partisan politics and bickering from the crowd in Washington?  It’s time for a change -- and we have a terrific opportunity to refocus our priorities on the American people in Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District.

Three people are running for the seat, but only one candidate brings progressive values and a fresh perspective to the table.  That candidate is Trevor Thomas.

Trevor is an openly gay, pro-choice, pro-environment progressive who understands first-hand the unique challenges young Americans face today.  He is exactly the kind of candidate we should be standing up to support.

Trevor is leading the way on education issues such as keeping student loan interest rates low and putting an end to the bullying in our schools.

And he has a track record of standing up for those who most need a voice.  In the fight for the successful repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Trevor helped those who had been silenced by this discriminatory law tell their story to the world -- in many cases, for the first time.

Trevor is a member of our generation who we can count on to stand up for fairness, equality and opportunity for every generation.

But Trevor has a battle ahead of him.  He is up against an anti-choice Democrat and a tea party extremist.  These values do not represent the values of young people in West Michigan or across this country.

And there is not much time left.  With only 13 days left until the primary, it is more important than ever that Trevor get his progressive, pro-choice, pro-equality message out to voters in the 3rd District.

Join me in supporting Trevor Thomas -- a progressive candidate for our generation -- for the change we all so badly need. Click here to make an immediate donation to the Campaign for Us All.
Sincerely,

Cate Edwards


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Friday
May182012

Bush and Romney Spoke After Elevator Endorsement

SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages(WASHINGTON) -- George W. Bush and Mitt Romney have connected.

Bush and Romney spoke with each other after the former president offered his fleeting support for the Republican candidate in an elevator this week, a person on Romney’s campaign tells ABC News.

The Romney aide wouldn’t disclose details of the call and wouldn’t say if Romney thanked Bush for his endorsement.

The 43rd president, who has been exiled to political invisibility since leaving office, emerged on the campaign scene on Tuesday with a four-word endorsement of Romney. “I’m for Mitt Romney,” he told ABC News as the doors of an elevator closed on him following a speech he gave in Washington on human rights.

The Romney campaign offered no official press release of Bush’s support, signaling that the former president still carries too much baggage to help the current GOP candidate win voters.

The Obama campaign, on the other hand, jumped at the endorsement and tried to raise money off of it, asking supporters for donations. Obama’s team argues that Romney’s economic plan is the same as Bush’s plan.

The day after Bush’s impromptu plug, Romney didn’t mention the former president’s name once on the stump, even as he referred repeatedly to President Obama’s “predecessor.”

People close to Bush doubt that he is planning on campaigning with Romney. Bush’s brief public appearance on Tuesday was rare for an ex-president who, unlike Bill Clinton, has chosen to spend his post-presidential life in private.

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Tuesday
May152012

George W. Bush: ‘I’m for Mitt Romney’

SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages(WASHINGTON) -- Mitt Romney has the support of former president George W. Bush.

“I’m for Mitt Romney,” Bush told ABC News Tuesday morning as the doors of an elevator closed on him, following a speech he gave on human rights a block from his old home — the White House.

Bush’s endorsement isn’t a surprise, given that Romney is virtually the Republican Party’s nominee. But the 43rd president has been absent from the 2012 campaign and hasn’t made any public comments showing his support for Romney.

Romney did get the backing of Bush’s parents, President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush, in March.

People who worked in the Bush administration say they doubt the former president will be campaigning for Romney this year. Even in his post-presidential life, Bush still gets a lot of the blame for the poor economy, according to polls, though he has become more popular since leaving office.

Bush was speaking Tuesday at an event to promote the George W. Bush Presidential Center’s campaign for human rights activists around the world.

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Wednesday
May092012

Santorum Explains Late Night Romney Backing on "The Tonight Show"

PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images(BURBANK, Calif.) -- Wearing his trademark sweater vest and bringing one as a gift for his host while appearing as a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Tuesday, Rick Santorum explained why he endorsed Mitt Romney in a lukewarm email that was sent to his supporters.

“You endorsed Mitt Romney last night in an email,” Leno said to Santorum.  “I thought you would be in bed at 11:00 at night.”

Santorum laughed and said, “We have seven kids so we don’t sleep.”

“Now why in the middle of the night?” asked Leno.  “It seems kind of tepid, doesn’t it?”

Santorum, who seemed relaxed and wore a mischievous grin at times during the interview, said it just took him time to embrace his former rival, and mentioned the meeting the two had in Pittsburgh on Friday.

“I think we just needed some time,” Santorum told Leno.  “It was a rough-and-tumble campaign.  I can’t say it would have been an easy thing the next day to turn around and say, ‘Let’s just go forward.’  It was tough and so I wanted an opportunity to, sort of, think about it a little bit and [let the] family think about it.”

He added that he “has some concerns” he wanted to discuss with Romney before formally endorsing him.

“I voiced some of the things that I thought were important for us if we are going to be successful in this general election that he would take the cudgel and run with it,” Santorum said, before explaining why the email came in after 11 p.m.

“We decided to put it out late at night so it would be, sort of, the first thing people would see in the morning,” Santorum said.

Santorum’s email to supporters was also quite lengthy, and Leno pointed out Santorum didn’t actually explicitly mention he was endorsing Romney until the 13th paragraph of a 16 paragraph email, saying it was “kind of buried.”

Santorum explained that it was a letter to his supporters telling them why they should “rally around Mitt Romney” and he explained that he “laid out, sort of, the case and just said, you know, ‘here’s sort of what we went through.’”

Leno brought up Santorum calling Romney the “worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack Obama” on the campaign trail.  Santorum answered that he was talking about the issue of “Obamacare” and he acknowledged that “unfortunately” the presumptive GOP nominee was the “Romneycare author,” which was the “predecessor of Obamacare,” but he trusts that Romney will “work with the Republican Congress to repeal it.”

Santorum’s warmest words for his rival came at the very end of the interview when Leno shook his hand and asked if he was going to give it another go and run in 2016.

The former candidate did not hesitate: “We are going to have a Republican president,” Santorum said referring to Romney.

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Monday
May072012

Rick Santorum Formally Endorses Mitt Romney

AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Rick Santorum has officially endorsed Mitt Romney, and notified his supporters in an email sent Monday night.

In the email, the former presidential candidate cited his Friday meeting with Romney in his hometown of Pittsburgh as a reason he finally got behind the presumptive GOP nominee.

“On Friday, Governor Romney came to Pittsburgh for an over-hour long one-on-one meeting,” Santorum said in the email, thanking supporters. “The conversation was candid, collegial and focused on the issues that you helped me give voice to during our campaign; because I believe they are essential ingredients to not only winning this fall, but turning our country around.”

In the email, Santorum said the issue of “endorsement did not come up,” but the former Pennsylvania senator has heard whether he should weigh a “formal endorsement” or not.

“Thank you for your counsel, it has been most helpful,” Santorum wrote in the email. “However, I felt that it was completely impossible for me to even consider an endorsement until after a meeting to discuss issues critical to those of us who often feel our voices are not heard by the establishment: social conservatives, tea party supporters, lower and middle income working families.”

Santorum said that in the meeting he “felt a deep responsibility to assess Governor Romney’s commitment to addressing the issues most important to conservatives, as well his commitment to ensuring our appropriate representation in a Romney administration."

He said he was “impressed” with the presumptive GOP nominee’s “deep understanding of this connection and his commitment to economic policies that preserve and strengthen families.”

In the lengthy email, Santorum encouraged Romney to hire more conservative leaders as an integral part of his team.

“And you can be sure that I will work with the Governor to help him in this task to ensure he has a strong team that will support him in his conservative policy initiatives,” Santorum said.

Santorum told his supporters he intends to “keep lines of communication open.”

“Above all else, we both agree that President Obama must be defeated,” the email read. “The task will not be easy. It will require all hands on deck if our nominee is to be victorious. Governor Romney will be that nominee and he has my endorsement and support to win this the most critical election of our lifetime.”

He ended the email promising his supporters he will have details of his own new venture soon.

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Thursday
May032012

Michele Bachmann Finally Decides to Endorse Mitt Romney

Scott Olson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Michele Bachmann has finally decided to endorse Mitt Romney—119 days after she dropped out of the race.

The endorsement will come at a joint Romney-Bachmann appearance on Thursday. No doubt Bachmann will talk about the importance of beating Barack Obama and how Mitt Romney is the one to do it. She’ll almost certainly say that conservatives must unite behind Romney because of the importance of beating Obama.

“He cannot beat Obama,” Bachmann said shortly before she dropped out of the race. “It’s not going to happen.”

The comment came in an interview at her Iowa campaign headquarters the day before the Iowa caucuses. Bachmann had been badly sliding in the polls, but said she expected divine intervention to bring her a victory: “We’re believing in a miracle because we know, I know, the one who gives miracles.”

When asked then if Romney could beat Obama, Bachmann replied, “No, he cannot beat Obama because his policy is the basis for Obamacare.” She then went on to say that “the signature issue of Obama is Obamacare. You can’t have a candidate who has given the blueprint for Obamacare. It’s too identical. It’s not going to happen. We have to have a candidate, a bold distinct candidate in the likeness of Ronald Reagan.”

Times have changed. Romney is now the guy. But what is Bachmann going to say now about supporting the guy who gave us the “blueprint for Obamacare”?

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