End Of Day Report

Friday, August 31, 2012

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer


The Race Is On!

Heading into this convention, I know there were more than a few Republicans who were apprehensive about the election. It’s been a slow road for Romney to close the deal with the conservative base. But he did it last night with an entire evening devoted to the values of faith and family.

Some social conservatives may complain that there was only one bone thrown our way in Romney’s acceptance speech, when he briefly addressed values issues directly, saying:

“As president, I will protect the sanctity of life. I will honor the institution of marriage. And I will guarantee America’s first liberty: the freedom of religion.”
I would submit that Romney’s entire speech was a values-based speech that really put in stark contrast the difference between the left-wing, socialist, government-is-god worldview and the conservative, pro-family, faith-based worldview. For example:

  • Family permeated the whole convention. The importance of parents who sacrifice for their children was a constant theme — from Condi Rice to Marco Rubio to Mitt and Ann Romney.

    And one of the best lines in Romney’s speech last night was this one: “President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet. My promise is to help you and your family.” It was a great zinger at Obama’s hollow rhetoric and failed policies, but it also underscored Mitt Romney’s commitment to family.

  • American exceptionalism — the belief that our liberty comes from God, a founding principle expressed in our Declaration of Independence — was mentioned in Mitt Romney’s speech, in Paul Ryan’s speech, in Marco Rubio’s speech and by many others at the convention.

    Don’t forget, folks, that when Obama quotes from the same section of the Declaration of Independence, he repeatedly leaves out the most important words “endowed by their Creator.”

    All the values debates we are having in America — life, marriage, etc. — ultimately get back to the origin of our rights. Where do our rights come from? The left believes they come from government. We believe they come from God. If we don’t win this debate, we won’t win many others.

  • Among those first, essential freedoms is religious liberty. And the defense of religious liberty was a constant theme throughout the convention, including in the very powerful benediction delievered by Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

As I travel around the country, I don’t meet many hyphenated conservatives. Sure, they all have their top priorities. But whatever their main concerns may be, what we heard at this convention was a coherent and comprehensive Reaganesque conservatism.

We want a strong national defense. We want less government, lower taxes and more liberty. We want all our children to be protected under law and to enjoy the prosperity that makes America the envy of the world. We also want our children to experience the love and security that comes from families with a mother and a father.

I’m sure you’ve heard more than once from a friend or family member that old saying, “There’s not a dime’s worth of difference between the two parties.”

My friends, on the most fundamental issues — the sanctity of life, the meaning of marriage, the centrality of faith, the purpose of government — the differences are the biggest!

One final point. Barack Obama’s election was proof positive of the overwhelming decency of America. As the first black president, Obama performed better among white male voters than Gore or Kerry, and he outperformed Kerry among white female voters.

That was particularly true among younger Americans from suburban families, many of whom were likely more oriented toward the GOP. They genuinely wanted to believe that this man of hope and change would bring this country together. I don’t need to take time or space here to rehash how Obama hasn’t even tried.

But when Paul Ryan referred to the faded Obama posters in the childhood bedrooms of many 20-somethings today, and when Mitt Romney rightly stated “this president cannot tell us that you are better off today than when he took office,” they reminded us that elections are more than just popularity contests or speech contests.

I believe, I hope, I pray that millions were reminded this week about the central importance of our traditional American values — faith, family, free enterprise, freedom — the values that make America succeed. If so, they will know that out of the decency and goodness of their hearts they gave Obama a chance and that it is also okay, even necessary, to let him go.

If Americans watching in their living rooms witnessed the same Republican National Convention I did, I know they were inspired, as I was, to trust Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to once again make this nation a shining city upon a hill!

Getting To Know Mitt Romney

I can’t end this report without commenting on the incredibly powerful personal testimonies that were offered last night on Mitt and Ann Romney’s behalf.

For months the Obama campaign and its liberal media allies have waged a relentless campaign of character assassination aimed at demonizing Mitt Romney as a heartless “vampire capitalist” who is incapable of relating to, much less caring for, average people.

Last night’s speakers not only drove a stake through that lie, but they did it in such a way that truly exposed the ugliness of the Democrats’ desperation to smear a good man. Those stories must be repeated in the days and weeks ahead. More Americans need to know Mitt Romney’s incredible character.

To his immense credit, Mitt Romney is a humble man. He doesn’t like bragging about himself, and, unfortunately, he is reticent when it comes to telling his own story. So those of us who would prefer to see Mitt Romney rather than Barack Obama in the White House next year will have to do it for him.

That is why I recently co-authored an op-ed with Daniel Allott spotlighting the incredible generosity of Mitt and Ann Romney. You can read it online at the Washington Post’s “On Faith” blog. Please share it with your friends and family members over this holiday weekend.

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End Of Day Report

Thursday, August 30, 2012

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer


The Romney/Ryan Revolution Begins

Representative Paul Ryan really fired up the crowd last night! His speech was energetic and hopeful. But Ryan also made clear the real distinction between Obama’s statist, big government philosophy and our belief in free markets and democratic capitalism. It was a good balance between attacking Obama and promoting Mitt Romney.

Ryan had several great applause lines in his speech. Here’s what may have been his best line of the night:

“College graduates should not have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life.”
Ouch! That line appealed to a broad swath of the American electorate. It struck a blow to a core pillar of Obama’s support — the millions of young voters who bought into the hype about hope and change. Now many are depressed and stuck.

It appealed to parents whose kids have moved back home or never moved out. Some may have even voted for Obama too, but I hope it is obvious to them now how Obama’s policies have hurt their children’s future and are holding them back.

Ryan also slammed Obama for constantly making excuses and blaming Bush, asking, “The man assumed office almost four years ago — isn’t it about time he assumed responsibility?”

But Ryan really brought the delegates to their feet when he spoke about values and America’s founding principles. Here’s an excerpt:

“We believe that in every life there is goodness; for every person, there is hope.  Each one of us was made for a reason, bearing the image and likeness of the Lord of Life.

“We have responsibilities, one to another — we do not each face the world alone.  And the greatest of all responsibilities, is that of the strong to protect the weak.  The truest measure of any society is how it treats those who cannot defend or care for themselves.

“Each of these great moral ideas is essential to democratic government — to the rule of law, to life in a humane and decent society.  They are the moral creed of our country, as powerful in our time, as on the day of America’s founding.  They are self-evident and unchanging, and sometimes, even presidents need reminding, that our rights come from nature and God, not from government.”
Thank you, Congressman Ryan, for not shying away from the Republican Party’s commitment to the sanctity of life!

Rice Delivers Powerful Tribute To America

I haven’t always seen eye-to-eye with former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, but I am glad she got a major speaking role at the GOP convention. She is one of the most popular Republicans in the country today and is widely respected not only for her intellect but also for her life story. And last night she captivated the audience in Tampa and in many living rooms across the country with her profound love and appreciation for this great nation.

The left is obsessed with America’s shortcomings and alleged failures. So much of the left — like the Occupy Wall Street movement, which was embraced by every Democrat from Obama down — is motivated by animosity toward America. They believe that America is bad and broken, and that’s why they want to “fundamentally transform” America.

Last night Condoleeza Rice stood before the country as a living example of the American Dream, and she talked eloquently about what that dream means to people all over the world. Her view of America is quite different from the left’s — that this is still a country where you can accomplish great things, not because of government, but because of family, friends and your own ambition. Here’s what she said about her own life:

“And on a personal note — a little girl grows up in Jim Crow Birmingham — the most segregated big city in America. Her parents can’t take her to a movie theater or a restaurant. But they make her believe that even though she can’t have a hamburger at the Woolworth’s lunch counter, she can be President of the United States and she becomes the Secretary of State.”
How do you duplicate that with a government program?

My friends, this is why family and values issues matter! Sadly, so many children are growing up today without parents to encourage them, and no government program can make up for the breakdown of the family.

Huckabee: Evangelicals Must Stand With Romney

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee also delivered a great speech, full of self-deprecating humor and a few well-aimed zingers at Obama. But Huckabee took a moment to speak directly to a key element of the GOP base — evangelical voters. He reminded them about why this election is so important and why they should vote for Mitt Romney. Here’s what he said:

“Let me clear the air about whether guys like me would only support an evangelical. Of the four people on the two tickets, the only self-professed evangelical is Barack Obama, and he supports changing the definition of marriage, believes that human life is disposable and expendable at any time in the womb or even beyond the womb, and tells people of faith that they must bow their knees to the god of government and violate their faith and conscience in order to comply with what he calls health care.

“Friends, I know we can do better!

“The attack on my Catholic brothers and sisters is an attack on me. …This isn’t a battle about contraceptives and Catholics, but of conscience and the Creator.

“I care far less as to where Mitt Romney takes his family to church than I do about where he takes this country.”
Matters of faith are extremely important to evangelical voters. I appreciate that. But in the political/cultural battle that we are in, Catholics, evangelicals, Orthodox Jews and members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are all on the same side. Mitt Romney may not share our faith, but between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, it is clear which man is closest to our values!

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End Of Day Report

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer


NOTE: I’m in Tampa for the Republican National Convention, so there will be no audio recordings of the “End of Day” report this week.

The RNC’s Opening Night

Last night’s line-up of speeches for the opening night of the 2012 Republican National Convention was outstanding!

The evening was a celebration of America’s entrepreneurial spirit and free enterprise with many of the speakers weaving the day’s theme of “We Built It” into their speeches. It was a powerful contrast to Obama’s socialist, big government, “You didn’t build that” mindset and a good reminder about what is at stake in this election.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie gave a barnburner address. There was some grumbling that it took him a while to start promoting Mitt Romney. But he did a great job setting the stage by highlighting the differences between the parties’ visions. He fired up the delegates, and I believe he connected with grassroots activists and Reagan Democrats.

Former Democratic Congressman Artur Davis’ speech was especially effective in reaching out to the disaffected Democrats and disappointed swing voters who had such high hopes for Obama. The image of a black former Democrat who delivered the formal seconding speech for Obama’s nomination in 2008 four years later addressing the GOP convention and endorsing Mitt Romney was invaluable. It clearly exposes the left’s disgusting lie that the GOP is a party of bigots and racists. (More on that below.)

But the star of the night was Ann Romney, and she hit a home run! It was clear from her remarks that family defines her and Mitt’s lives. She talked about how she and Mitt struggled just like many young married couples, saying:

“We got married and moved into a basement apartment. We walked to class together, shared the housekeeping, and ate a lot of pasta and tuna fish. Our desk was a door propped up on sawhorses. Our dining room table was a fold-down ironing board in the kitchen. Those were very special days.”
That’s certainly not the image of Mitt Romney that the Democrats and the liberal media are spinning — a cold, heartless “vulture capitalist” who lets helpless women die.

Of course the Romneys have been blessed through hard work and success. But the liberal narrative that their lives are just another episode of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” that Ann and Mitt Romney can’t possibly understand average Americans, is absurd. And Mrs. Romney took on that very point when she said this:

“I read somewhere that Mitt and I have a ‘storybook marriage.’ Well, in the storybooks I read, there were never long, long, rainy winter afternoons in a house with five boys screaming at once. And those storybooks never seemed to have chapters called MS or breast cancer. A storybook marriage? No, not at all. What Mitt Romney and I have is a real marriage.
She closed her speech with a powerful appeal, asking Americans to look into their hearts and to trust Mitt Romney for the sake of country, our children and grandchildren.

Santorum Rallying Conservatives For Romney/Ryan

I was really proud of former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum for his great speech defending life and family. He blasted Obama for creating a “nightmare of dependency.” He spoke of his grandfather coming to America seeking only one benefit from our government: Freedom.

And he spoke passionately about values issues, how the volunteers of crisis pregnancy centers are the face of the pro-life movement, and how the life of all children, including those with special needs and disabilities like his daughter Bella, have worth and value. He got a tremendous reaction for his unambiguous stand on the sanctity of life. As I looked around the convention during his address, it was very encouraging to see the delegates leap to their feet.

My friends, this is a pro-life party, and it believes in normal marriage too!

This afternoon, Senator Santorum is hosting a rally to unite conservatives behind the Romney/Ryan banner and to defeat Barack Obama. I am honored that Sen. Santorum has asked me to emcee the rally. Defeat is not an option. America and our values cannot afford four more years of Barack Obama!

“MSDNC” Ignores Minority Speakers

One of our biggest challenges is the media. Most of the country still gets its news from the major networks. Yet large portions of the media establishment have abandoned any pretense of objective journalism. In recent days, well-known reporters like Mark Halperin of Time and ABC’s Jake Tapper have commented on the left-wing bias that is so prevalent in their profession.

Now I know MSNBC is little more than mouthpiece for the DNC. But its coverage of the convention last night was outrageous. Chris Matthews has come unhinged lately in his wild accusations of racism against the GOP. Yet MSNBC cut away from a number of excellent minority speakers last night. It did not air the speeches of Artur Davis, Mia Love or Ted Cruz.

Was that really just a coincidence or an attempt to reinforce the left’s own ignorant narrative of the GOP? I’ll let you decide.

Meanwhile, Yahoo News deserves credit today for swiftly firing its Washington Bureau chief David Chalian. Chalian was caught on an open mic mocking Republicans for continuing the convention as Hurricane Isaac was making landfall. Chalian said, “They’re not concerned at all. They’re happy to have a party with black people drowning.”

I expect we’ll soon be seeing Mr. Chalian in a new role as a commentator on “MSDNC.”

We Need Your Help

As we approach the final weeks of this critical campaign, your financial support will be essential as we provide direct donations to candidates, mobilize Get-Out-The-Vote efforts and purchase radio and TV time for our conservative pro-family, pro-life message.

In the coming days, I’m going to crash the Democrats’ party by running my super PAC’s new marriage ad on MSNBC during the Democratic National Convention. I am determined to expose Obama’s extremism, and remind swing voters how Obama has used his power and abused their trust to promote a radical agenda they did not vote for.

You may not have $100,000 to help us buy air time. (If you do, call me!) But you can still help us by sharing this ad with like-minded friends and family members.

Post it to your Facebook page. Tweet about it. Let others know about our work, and encourage them to join you in the good fight for family, faith and freedom!

Thank you, my friends!

End Of Day Report

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer


NOTE: I’m in Tampa for the Republican National Convention, so there will be no audio recordings of the “End of Day” report this week.

RNC Convention Underway

In spite of yesterday’s washout, spirits are high in Tampa. Tonight Americans tuning in from around the country will hear from former Senator Rick Santorum, former Democratic Congressman Artur Davis, Gov. Scott Walker, Ann Romney and Gov. Chris Christie.

This afternoon I spoke at an RNC for Life event led by my good friend and long-time pro-life leader Phyllis Schlafly. Writing in yesterday’s Washington Times Phyllis noted, “[This] Republican Party platform may be the best one ever adopted.”

Yet, as we watch some folks in the media and professional political class try to push the party away from values issues, it is worth remembering the Grand Old Party’s rich tradition when it comes to defending family values and the dignity of every life. America’s first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln, boldly campaigned against two great evils of his day — the “twin pillars of barbarism” as they are sometimes called.

The first, of course, was slavery. It was, at its core, a debate about who was part of the American family and whether America would live up to its promise in the Declaration of Independence that all men are created equal.

In 1857 the Supreme Court got it terribly wrong when it ruled that blacks were not created equal, that they were property with no rights we were bound to respect. Thankfully we no longer debate equality among races.

But we are still fighting to fulfill the Declaration’s promise that we are all endowed by our Creator with an inalienable right to life. In 1973 the Supreme Court again got it terribly wrong when it ruled that another class of individuals — unborn children — were essentially property with no rights we were bound to respect.

Lincoln was also staunchly opposed to the practice of polygamy. He and others at the time believed so strongly that marriage was between one man and one woman that they denied Utah admission into the Union until it officially banned the practice.

Today Barack Obama and his party are leading the charge to radically redefine marriage. But if marriage can be redefined, then what is the logical and legal basis for limiting it to just two individuals?

It is ironic that so many high-priced consultants want the GOP to abandon the right to life and the meaning of marriage. To do so would be to abandon the party’s founding principles. Thankfully, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are standing firm on life and marriage, despite pressure from the liberal media and some in the political establishment.

Romney On Abortion: Two Lives At Stake

On Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace pressed Mitt Romney on how Democrats are exploiting the controversy surrounding Todd Akin’s recent comments to drive female voters away from the GOP. Governor Romney gave a good answer, and I want to share it with you.

“With regards to the issue of abortion, that is something where men and women have alternative views on that or different views. We look at an issue like that with great seriousness and sobriety and recognize that different people have reached different conclusions.

“But it’s not just men who think one way. Women also, in many cases, are pro-life. There are two lives at stake, the child, the unborn child, and the mom. And I care for both of them.”

Botching The Abortion Debate

Some Republicans may want to focus solely on the economy, but there’s only so much they can do to control the narrative. When social issues arise, Republicans can’t run and hide. They need to address the issues on their own terms. And on abortion, it’s no more difficult than pointing out where the real extremists reside. You can read more about this topic in my weekly column at humanevents.com.

Standing With Israel

Yesterday Ralph Reed and I participated in an important meeting sponsored by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee with Jewish leaders and activists, some of whom were delegates to the Republican National Convention. The event lasted twice as long as originally scheduled. Many of the attendees were businessmen and women concerned about Obama’s failed economic policies.

But many were also deeply worried about the gathering storm clouds over the Middle East. They were troubled by the fact that Obama has avoided doing anything serious about Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

Think about this, my friends. The West is paralyzed right now when it comes to dealing with Syria because of Assad’s chemical weapons. How would we deal with Assad if he possessed nuclear weapons? Thankfully, Israel took out a suspected nuclear facility in Syria several years ago.

If the West is hesitant to confront Iran now, how would we deal with the mullahs in Tehran when they have nuclear weapons? Time is not on our side. America must stand with Israel as it confronts the existential threat of a nuclear-armed Iran.

Courting The Faithful At The Conventions

Cardinal Timothy Dolan is no stranger to controversy. As the head of America’s Catholic Church, Dolan has been a staunch defender of traditional values, as well as an outspoken critic of Obama’s contraception mandate, which forces religious institutions to violate their core values. Last week Dolan made headlines when it was announced that he would be delivering the closing prayer at the Republican National Convention. Some saw it as an endorsement of Mitt Romney.

But the New York Post reported Friday that Cardinal Dolan had reached out to the Democrats “a few weeks ago” with an offer to deliver the benediction at the Democratic National Convention as well, so as to avoid any appearance of partisan favor. According to the cardinal’s spokesman, he received no response.

The Post’s report and the perceived slight to the nation’s top Catholic cleric evidently got the attention of the DNC. It was announced today that Cardinal Dolan will be permitted to pray at the Democratic National Convention after all. How tolerant of them.

Meanwhile, there are reports that as many as 20,000 Muslims will be gathering in Charlotte, North Carolina, this Friday in advance of the Democratic National Convention for their prayer event. But the real purpose of the two-hour event is to draw attention to “Islamophobia” and anti-terrorism policies in the United States. Dr. Zuhdi Jasser of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy warns:

“It is troubling that the Democratic National Convention has decided to promote and lend its name and national political platform to the organizers of the ‘Jummah at the DNC.’ The leaders of this event — Jibril Hough and Imam Siraj Wahhaj as advertised are no moderates. They are radicals. These individuals embrace Islamist supremacy and have demonstrated support for radical ideologies.”

End of Day Report

Monday, August 27, 2012

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer


NOTE: I’m in Tampa for the Republican National Convention, so there will be no audio recordings of the “End of Day” report this week.

Dodging Isaac

I arrived in Tampa late last night in the middle of a torrential downpour from Hurricane Isaac. We’ll be here to carry the flag for our values, and to make the case for a bold, unapologetic stand on issues related to faith, family and freedom.

By all accounts this election is going to be a nail-biter — going down the very end, not with one contested state, but perhaps several. A new poll shows the race is tied with Romney and Obama both receiving 45% of the vote in the critical swing state of Ohio.

The GOP needs every vote it can get, and values issues can be powerful motivators driving voters to the ballot box — as long as voters understand and appreciate the clear differences between the candidates and the parties.

Liberal Crist Endorses Obama

Yesterday, in an op-ed in the Tampa Bay Times, former Republican Governor Charlie Crist endorsed Barack Obama’s reelection. It was also announced that Crist would be speaking at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. The media gleefully reported Crist’s support for Obama as well as his charge that the GOP has drifted too far to the right.

I appreciate the fact that there are some areas of the country where it is difficult for a candidate to win if he or she speaks like a Heartland conservative. But we are constantly being lectured by the party establishment to accept moderates in areas where conservatives can win.

For example, Crist was the establishment’s preferred Senate candidate in Florida in 2010. But when Crist was defeated by a real conservative in the GOP primary, he showed how much he cared about the party when he abandoned it, lurched to the left on values issues and ran as an independent candidate. It didn’t do him any good. Pro-life conservative Marco Rubio won by 19 points.

Now two years later, Crist has completed his progressive metamorphosis by endorsing Barack Obama. It is clear from his op-ed he is just another liberal bashing the GOP. After praising Obama’s failed stimulus spending, Crist lashed out at the GOP for adopting “the Akin amendment in the Republican Party platform” on abortion.

There’s no such thing as the “Akin amendment.” This is Ronald Reagan’s pro-life plank. It is the same platform as 1980 and every other platform since.

If Charlie Crist wants to be a big government, tax and spend, pro-abortion politician, then he belongs in Obama’s party — where the real extremists on values issues are.

Exposing Obama’s Extremism

In the days leading up to November 6th, we’ll be doing a lot to expose Obama’s extreme record on values issues. In fact, we’re about to launch a major media campaign highlighting Obama’s embrace of same-sex “marriage.”

Our Super PAC, Campaign for American Values, has produced an ad aimed at individuals who voted for Obama hoping for the best — who trusted him when he said he shared their values and believed marriage was between a man and a woman.

Four years later, there are millions of Americans who are disappointed by his radical agenda, and we need their votes to defeat Obama on November 6th.

We plan on running this ad on MSNBC during the Democratic National Convention in order to remind folks that when it comes to their deeply held values, it is Barack Obama who is the real extremist. But we also know it will give the Democratic establishment and its liberal media allies fits!

Click here to watch our new ad. And let me know what you think!

An American Hero Passes Away

Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong passed away over the weekend at the age of 82. Armstrong was a genuine American hero. On July 20, 1969, Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. His comment, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” became one of the best known quotes of modern history and is sure to be remembered for centuries.

But Armstrong did not allow his life to revolve around that historic achievement. He was a humble and private man, but believed passionately in the space program. He was the product of a generation when our leaders, Republicans and Democrats alike, chose greatness. They believed strongly that if mankind was going to explore the heavens, it should be free people, not the slaves of totalitarian regimes, at the vanguard.

In recent years, Armstrong has spoken out against Barack Obama’s cuts to the space program — cuts Armstrong described as “devastating.” Today our astronauts can’t get into space unless they hitch a ride on board a Russian rocket.

End Of Day Report

Friday, August 24, 2012

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer


NOTE: I’m heading down to Tampa for the Republican National Convention, so there will be no audio recordings of the “End of Day” report today or next week.

Romney Lands A Punch!

So much of Washington is governed by conventional “wisdom,” which often turns out to be wrong. For example, the GOP Beltway establishment had itself tied in knots for much of the year trying to figure out how to engage Barack Obama. They repeatedly warned us that they could not attack Obama personally because people liked him.

By the way, Democrats used to bemoan Ronald Reagan’s personal popularity too. And they spent eight years viciously mocking him as a warmonger and an “amiable dunce.”

So we constantly heard on the campaign trail, “Barack Obama is a nice guy, but…” The only problem is that he’s not a nice guy. He’s a brass knuckles, socialist politician from Chicago! His political career has been built on slash and burn campaigns.

Mitt Romney, after enduring lies and smears about his tax returns and his record at Bain Capital, finally took the gloves off when Obama’s supporters produced a despicable ad that blamed Romney for a woman’s death. Romney’s campaign hit back with a powerful ad not attacking Obama’s policies, but going straight to his character. And guess what? It worked!

According to a Vanderbilt University study, Romney’s “America Deserves Better” ad moved independent voters six points in his direction. Politico writes that it “is the only ad so far this cycle to hurt the president among independent voters.”

Speaking Of Independent Voters…

Fox News released its first poll of the campaign that measures likely voters — those most likely to vote in November — instead of just registered voters, who are less likely to turn out. The results: Romney 45%, Obama 44%. Among independent voters, Mitt Romney was leading by ten points — 42% to 32%.

Here’s something else that jumped out at me — the gender gap. Barack Obama was leading Mitt Romney among women by six points — 48% to 42%. But Romney was leading Obama among men by 8 points — 48% to 40%. In other words, the Democrats’ gender gap is larger than the GOP’s.

Are Democrats running round fretting over the male vote and rethinking their support for same-sex “marriage”? Where are the liberal media talking heads opining about the radicalism of the Democrat Party driving away male voters?

Radical Rabbis For Obama

This week the Obama campaign released a list of rabbis supporting Obama’s re-election, proving, it said, that Obama has a “deep commitment to the security of the state of Israel.” But a number of the president’s rabbi supporters are in fact deeply hostile to Israel’s security. Yesterday the Emergency Committee for Israel published an open letter to President Obama expressing our concern about their radical views. Consider this excerpt:

“‘Rabbis for Obama’ includes many leaders of the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) Movement, a movement inimical to Israel’s well-being. It includes founders of the pro-Hamas ‘Fast for Gaza’ initiative. It even includes one person who was pleased to dine with Iranian President Ahmadinejad in 2008 and another who says the United States and Israel bring terrorism on themselves. Several members of ‘Rabbis for Obama’ are officials of Jewish Voice for Peace, a radical group that the Anti-Defamation League featured in its list of the ‘Top 10 Anti-Israel Groups in America.’

“Far from demonstrating a ‘deep commitment to the security of the state of Israel,’ these figures have demonstrated a deep hostility to the state of Israel and a deep commitment to demonizing the Jewish state and undermining the U.S.-Israel alliance. We are sure that you will be distressed to discover that your own campaign has included so many of them on the list of ‘Rabbis for Obama.’ We cannot imagine their endorsements are ones you welcome.”

Not Better Off

According to a Gallup poll released this week 56% of registered voters in a dozen key, swing states said they are not better off today than they were four years ago. Only 40% of voters said they are better off today. The states surveyed were: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin. That’s bad news for Barack Obama.

Here’s more bad news. While Barack Obama is staking his reelection on the claim that his policies have turned the economy around, Bloomberg reports today that an analysis of Census Bureau data found median household incomes have fallen 4.8% “since the recession ended in June 2009.”

Here’s the kicker, folks: Believe it or not, that’s nearly twice as much as the drop in household incomes (2.6%) that occurred during the 18-month recession. Yes, you read that right — Obama’s “recovery” has been worse than the recession!

According to the study’s authors, “Almost every group is worse off than it was three years ago… We’re in an unprecedented period of economic stagnation.”

Ronald Reagan likely guaranteed Jimmy Carter’s defeat in 1980 when he asked the American people, “Are you better off today than you were four years ago?” As I have suggested before, we are living through Jimmy Carter’s second term, and the results are just as dismal as the first time. Let’s hope the reelection results are also just as bad for the incumbent president on Election Day!

Join Me In D.C.!

Join me and Vice Presidential Nominee Paul Ryan at the Values Voter Summit September 14th – 16th in Washington, D.C. The Values Voter Summit is sponsored by the Family Research Council, AFA Action, Heritage Foundation, Liberty University, Liberty Council and my non-profit organization, American Values.

In addition to Rep. Ryan, you will hear from Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Dr. Bill Bennett, Gov. Jan Brewer, Lt. Gen. William Boykin, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), Texas Senate candidate Ted Cruz, author Dinesh D’Souza, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and many more outstanding conservative leaders!

There will be educational sessions on a broad range of topics including: the economy, radical Islam, Obamacare, the state of the pro-life movement and the threat to religious liberty.

American Values will host a special luncheon on Saturday, September 15th. Later that evening, there will be a gala dinner honoring Morton Blackwell, founder and president of the Leadership Institute.

To learn more or to register online, click here now. I look forward to seeing you there!

End Of Day Report

Thursday, August 23, 2012

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer


Click here to listen now.

Obama Sets Spending Record

The Obama presidency has certainly been a time of firsts and broken records. Obama smashed the record for campaign spending in his bid to win the White House four years ago, and he won a historic victory.

But with all the hype about hope and change came a lot of broken promises, like Obama’s pledge in February 2009 to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term. He’s not even close.

This week the Congressional Budget Office estimated that the deficit for this fiscal year will be $1.1 trillion. That’s another first for Barack Obama — the first time in our nation’s history we have ever run deficits in excess of $1 trillion four years in a row.

This is absolutely staggering, friends. Obama added more to the national debt than every U.S. president from Washington to Reagan combined — just in his first 19 months in office! And what do we have to show for it?

Today it was reported that claims for jobless benefits rose once again. And, once again, the figures for the previous week were also revised upward. Obama and his socialist allies insist we need to spend more to stimulate the economy.

But they promised us that spending all this money would lower the unemployment rate to 5.6%. Instead, it’s now 8.3% and higher today than when Obama took office. Yet another broken promise.

And please, friends, don’t fall for Obama’s class warfare rhetoric that if only we taxed the rich a little more we could pay down the deficit. As we have noted repeatedly, Obama’s tax increases on the rich amount to a drop in the bucket. If you are a visual learner, check out this video.

The New York Times recently reported that economists estimate raising taxes on those making $250,000 or more would raise about $85 billion a year. Well if the deficit is $1,100 billion, that leaves Obama $1,015 billion short. Where will he get the rest? From you!

Can you afford four more years of Barack Obama?

Romney Vows Energy Independence

Today on the campaign trail, Mitt Romney outlined another critical difference between his vision for America and Obama’s. While Obama has attacked our domestic energy industry, blocked the Keystone pipeline with Canada and wasted billions of your hard-earned tax dollars speculating in “green energy,” Mitt Romney wants to unleash the vast potential of America’s proven energy reserves.

During a campaign stop in New Mexico, Governor Romney vowed to dramatically expand oil and natural gas exploration, including off shore drilling in areas Obama has put off limits. One brilliant aspect of Romney’s plan is to get Washington out of the way and “permit individual states to manage energy development on federal lands within their borders.”

Romney says his energy proposals would create millions of new jobs, generate $1 trillion in new revenue and achieve energy independence within eight years.

2016 The Movie

Author Dinesh D’Souza is making headlines with a new movie called “2016: Obama’s America.” The movie was produced by Gerald Molen, one of the producers of “Schindler’s List.” “2016” is a powerful film that demonstrates how Barack Obama developed his left-wing ideology and its implications for our future if he is reelected.

Conservative scholar Thomas Sowell has seen “2016.” Here’s what he had to say about it: “I drove 30 miles to see the movie… Every seat in the theater was filled… I had to sit on a staircase in the balcony, but it was worth it.”

If you haven’t seen “2016” please do so this weekend. And offer to take a friend or family member with you. Click here to watch a trailer and find out which theaters in your area are showing the movie.