Emmer rally: Romney on liberals and American exceptionalism

Mitt Romney, Tom Emmer
MinnPost photo by Terry Gydesen
Mitt Romney campaigning for Tom Emmer in Bloomington Monday: “We are a nation of pioneers and liberals are trying to smother that spirit.”

As they say in the news business, Mitt Romney was a good get for Tom Emmer.

Not only did the former governor of Massachusetts and GOP presidential contender attract some 200 donors at a $500-a-plate fundraising dinner for Emmer Monday, he later worked up a crowd at a rally at the Ramada Hotel in Bloomington.

With just two weeks before the election, Emmer needs to rouse every base within the Republican base, from the fiscal conservatives to the Tea Party discontents to the patriots.

Romney, who sounds and looks like a corporate CEO, rolled up his sleeves and delivered a brief speech to a crowd of about 500 at the rally. He didn’t focus on fiscal conservatism as anticipated, but on the new social hot buttons: the Constitution, patriotism and American exceptionalism.
“It’s not just about failed policies in Washington,” Romney said. “Liberals are changing the very face of America. We are a nation of pioneers and liberals are trying to smother that spirit.

“America needs no apologies to the world,” he said. “The best ally peace has ever known is the United States of America.”

The crowd gave him love as he doffed his jacket and worked the line of attendees for pictures.

Minnesota’s GOP candidate for governor was impressed as well.

“Mitt Romney, wow — he is really a standard bearer for American exceptionalism,” Emmer said in an interview after the rally. “Yes, he just touched on the fiscal policy. But people in Minnesota that I meet, we know what the problems are. When you remind people it’s about the American spirit, you heard them here tonight — they don’t want leaders who apologize for America.”

Preceded by visits by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, the Romney event was billed as Emmer’s big fundraiser before Election Day. But with two weeks to go, Emmer acknowledged he can’t let up until he touches those GOP bases a few more times. Don’t be surprised to see another Republican heavyweight come to town for Emmer before Nov. 2.

Update: As mentioned above, we now have confirmation that two more big GOP names will rally for Emmer. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour will join Gov. Tim Pawlenty at a rally for Emmer Saturday, Oct. 30, with location and time to be announced later.

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Comments (27)

  1. Submitted by Paul Scott on 10/19/2010 - 10:15 am.

    We aren’t trying to smother that spirit. We are trying to physically smother Romney, but his 600 count goose down feather pillow is not sufficiently firm.

  2. Submitted by Jeremy Powers on 10/19/2010 - 10:34 am.

    Who exactly is this supposed to rally? The only people who are going to like one single word that came out of Romney’s mouth are the 33 percent of the Minnesota electorate that are hard-core Republicans who are going to vote for Tom Emmer anyway. And 500 people? Was that all they allowed or is that all that showed up. I can get 500 people by giving away sticks of gum! And sorry, unlike President Obama who can get a crowd going, Romney not only looks like a CEO he speaks like one, too.

  3. Submitted by Jonathan Maze on 10/19/2010 - 10:42 am.

    At points, MinnPost is a fabulous resource for people looking for intelligent and thoughtful news, with more credibility than any other outlet in the Twin Cities.

    At other times it is a joke.

    This particular article qualifies as a joke.

    It is written with about the same critical eye as a grandmother writing about her grandson’s Little League performance. And don’t even get me started about the writing. Don’t you guys have standards? I know MinnPost has decided that it’s OK having PR people write stories in which they have clear conflicts, but can’t you at least make the articles SOUND interesting? My God.

  4. Submitted by Stephan Flister on 10/19/2010 - 10:54 am.

    What Jonathan said

  5. Submitted by Joseph Fleischman on 10/19/2010 - 11:42 am.

    Your headline stated the speakers spoke about American exceptionalism but the story did not identify what was exceptional, unless “American spirit” was the object. I think belief in American exceptionalism leads us into all kinds of mistakes (e. g.,Iraq) and allows us to overlook many problems, e.g., educational decline and impact of wealth disparity. Politicians who stress American exceptionalism are pandering.

  6. Submitted by Beryl John-Knudson on 10/19/2010 - 11:55 am.

    It was some time ago but reminds me…back when Reagan was running; and a friend dining out with us spotted his Republican friend strolling across the room.

    Republican fellow was sprouting a campaign pin on his lapel since locally, it was round-up time at the old Repub-caucus corral.

    Caucus fellow nods to our friend and approaches…I note his lapel button…”Hey, that’s a great caricature of Reagan.”

    Caucus fellow says in all seriousness..”No, it’s not a caricature. It’s the real thing.”

    Then he walks slowly toward the entrance; stops momentarily for about three minutes like something had just dawned on him…only then bangs the door as he leaves.

    Reverse logic here, yes…but I am reminded too often lately and here too…at the “good get” Romney rally; and I want to ask again…”good get” is simply another caricature; a parody coverage…or is it the real thing?

  7. Submitted by Tim Walker on 10/19/2010 - 11:56 am.

    Three paragraphs in, the reader learns that “patriots” are a base of the GOP. I guess liberals can’t be patriots, or at least that’s what’s implied by these GOP talking points and the uncritical “journalists” who pass along such information without any comment.

    And here’s another place where comment should have been made: When Romney said “The best ally peace has ever known is the United States of America.” A competent journalist might have given a bit of context such as the unnecessary and illegal and still ongoing Iraq war and a half dozen other examples that contradict that statement.

    But, I dream.

  8. Submitted by Hénock Gugsa on 10/19/2010 - 12:02 pm.

    @# 3 – ” …intelligent and thoughtful news, ….”
    This story (or rather article) is a dud because anything about Mitt Romney is a dud. Nobody can do anything to perk up or put fire under it. That’s where the commenters come to play and liven things up.

    In truth, the point of the article was Mr. Emmer’s desperation. Why doesn’t he get some spitfire like Sarah Palin to campaign for him? At least, she has more gusto than Romney.

    The thing about Romney is that he is like a flickering candle that keeps threatening to be blown out at any moment. What keeps it going nobody knows.

    On the surface, you’d think Romney has everything going for him, but the man lacks integrity, the kind that comes naturally and not robotically. He is wealthy, he is good-looking, he has a good family life, and he has an ideal resume. But his ambition and his machinations are so transparent and shameful, no amount of PR could repair his image. He is more suited to be a CEO, and not a self-less public servant.

  9. Submitted by Jon Kingstad on 10/19/2010 - 12:15 pm.

    Nobody mentioned that Romney used to brag about how, as Governor of Massachusetts, he got enacted a universal health care bill that mandated coverage. It was also one of the models that Congress used in the 2009 Health Care Act the right now claims “liberals” or “socialists” are trying to “cram down our throats.” Why isn’t Romney one of those “liberals” or “socialists” for his vile act of getting universal health care enacted in Massachusetts?

  10. Submitted by Hénock Gugsa on 10/19/2010 - 12:26 pm.

    @ # 7 – “And here’s another place where comment should have been made: When Romney said “The best ally peace has ever known is the United States of America.” ”

    Spot on! Mr. Romney really has no agenda to speak of. And so he reverts to jingoism, and talks in generalities about issues that are not really there.

    I sort of suspect that he is attempting to put his message out in some coded fashion, the way Newt Gingrich does. But the message is probably dangerous and inflammatory, and Mitt probably doesn’t even realize it himself.

  11. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 10/19/2010 - 01:15 pm.

    “We are trying to physically smother Romney…”

    How much “Ed Shultz” is *too* much?

  12. Submitted by Cecil North on 10/19/2010 - 01:22 pm.

    Has there ever been a fascist political movement that *didn’t* use national “exceptionalism” as its rallying cry? Or “patriotism,” for that matter? I can’t think of any. Can you?

  13. Submitted by Hénock Gugsa on 10/19/2010 - 02:38 pm.

    @ #11 – “How much “Ed [Schultz]” is *too* much?”

    You’re right about that, Mr. Swift.

    And Mr. Romney really does not need any help from anybody as he traverses the country self-destructing himself from one moment to the next.

    We really all should stand aside and enjoy the spectacle!

  14. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 10/19/2010 - 02:42 pm.

    The great and the exceptional do not waste time bragging; they are too busy doing great and exceptional things.

    Did the Founders wear flag pins?

  15. Submitted by dan buechler on 10/19/2010 - 03:25 pm.

    This guy will spend so much money on the military it will make your head spin. Read his book.

  16. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 10/19/2010 - 03:27 pm.

    “Did the Founders wear flag pins?”

    American patriots sported red/white/blue cockades on their hats. Probably, they were under the delusion that they had created something worthy of bragging about.

  17. Submitted by Hénock Gugsa on 10/19/2010 - 04:47 pm.

    “American patriots sported red/white/blue cockades on their hats.”
    Were those hats made in China?
    … Sorry, I couldn’t resist that one. Apologies in advance if any feathers get ruffled.

  18. Submitted by Charlie Quimby on 10/19/2010 - 04:50 pm.

    I guess the Founding Fathers Disguise Kits got it all wrong.


  19. Submitted by Justin Heideman on 10/19/2010 - 05:09 pm.

    Aren’t Pioneers by definition liberal? I mean, a conservative would wake up and say “I like things just the way they are, I don’t need to go see what is over there beyond that mountain range”.

  20. Submitted by Stephan Flister on 10/19/2010 - 06:03 pm.

    Justin, the conservative would build a fence to keep what’s beyond that mountain range out.

  21. Submitted by Allison Sandve on 10/19/2010 - 06:36 pm.

    Jon Erik makes a very good observation. From a news article in the March 30, 2010 edition of the Boston Globe:

    “Basically, it’s the same thing,’’ said Jonathan Gruber, an MIT economist who advised the Romney and Obama administrations on their health insurance programs. A national health overhaul would not have happened if Mitt Romney had not made “the decision in 2005 to go for it. He is in many ways the intellectual father of national health reform.’’

  22. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 10/19/2010 - 07:17 pm.

    Mr. Romney probably believes he has the clearest path to the nomination. No wonder he is banking on a changing mood; it will have to change a great deal before the man who pioneered Obamacare will be the Republican nominee.

  23. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 10/19/2010 - 09:56 pm.

    //He didn’t focus on fiscal conservatism as anticipated, but on the new social hot buttons: the Constitution, patriotism and American exceptionalism.

    When are these guys gonna learn, stick to subjects you know something about.

  24. Submitted by Richard Molby on 10/20/2010 - 07:29 am.

    What is this “nation of pioneers” thing they keep talking about? Doesn’t that really mean that we’re a nation of immigrants?

  25. Submitted by Daniel Mortensen on 10/20/2010 - 04:11 pm.

    Unlike Tom Emmer, when my government does something wrong, I want them to, among other things, apologize for it.

  26. Submitted by Hénock Gugsa on 10/20/2010 - 08:09 pm.

    About two-hundred and fifty years ago, there lived an American who was humble and wise. He became the 16th President of this great land of ours. He was a Republican, the first one in fact. And he went on to become the Great Emancipator. He even gave up his life in the pursuit of preserving the nation’s Union.

    But he was also an apologist and a peace-seeker as manifested in his speech, “…With malice toward none, with charity for all ….”

    I believe Republicans of today (the likes of Romney and Emmer) are probably ashamed of Abraham Lincoln. They probably hanker for someone like Jefferson Davis, the ultimate bullhead.

  27. Submitted by Hénock Gugsa on 10/21/2010 - 03:30 am.

    @#26 …


    Apologia ===> The historical time mentioned should read: one-hundred and fifty years ago.

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