This has not all been announced on FreeandStrongAmerica.com, but reports state that Governor Romney has endorsed three more candidates around the country, Arizona’s David Schweikert, Oregon’s Jim Huffman, and Denny Rehberg of Montana.
David Schweikert has won Mitt Romney’s endorsement as one of the Republican “Young Guns,” and is seeking to unseat incumbent Harry Mitchell in Arizona’s 5th district. On his campaign site, Schweikert sums up his campaign mission as, “I will fight for our Constitutional liberties and pro-economic growth policies that defend free markets and free people.” Among these Constitutional liberties is the freedom from mandates and high taxes that come with the health care takeover. Second Amendment rights are also important to Schweikert, who as a gun owner has a strong voting record supporting the protection of the right to bear arms. Along with these, come Schweikert’s support for low taxes and low spending, a small government antidote to the troubles exacerbated by the irresponsible policies of the leftist leadership in D.C.
A recent poll from American Action forum shows Schweikert leading Mitchell by a reasonable six point margin: 50-44. The polling also shows Schweikert regarded as stronger on the economy and Mitchell on the wrong side of public opinion on the health care takeover. With the economy consistently rated as by far the most important issue of voters this cycle, and with support for the repeal of Obamacare holding at over 55%, this represents a strong advantage for Schweikert. The district is currently rated as a toss up by Cook and Real Clear Politics.
Jim Huffman is attempting the difficult task of dislodging Ron Wyden from his seat in the U.S. Senate. Wyden has not been considered particularly vulnerable even in this cycle, with polling showing him leading Huffman by 10-20 points. Nevertheless, this year has seen the unattainable move within reach for conservatives as the public grows ever more weary of the indifference to public opinion on the part of the Democrat leadership in D.C. Huffman’s message of lowering taxes and paying down the debt could yet bring this race further into play for Republicans. Romney’s endorsement, proudly shown on Hufmann’s campaign site, states:
Jim Huffman will be a leader fighting for lower taxes, controls on spending and the pro-growth policies that are necessary to create jobs and get our economy moving again. As a constitutional scholar, he understands that big government and liberal spending programs threaten the personal freedom and individual liberty that are at the core of our democracy.
On these issues, Huffman argues, truthfully that Republicans lost control in 2006 and 2008 in part due to reckless spending. Democrats have since taken it completely out of control. Huffman backs several strong conservative measures to restrain this while bringing the economy back on track. These include a balanced budget amendment, the elimination of earmarks, cutting and eliminating unnecessary federal programs, and the extension of the Bush era tax cuts. Compared to the Wyden record of increased spending and government mandates, this is a very compelling message.
Denny Rehberg, seeking reelection to Congress in the only statewide district in Montana is the one endorsement among these three that has so far been announced on the website for Free and Strong America PAC. Rehberg is a conservative stalwart that has represented Montana since 2001, easily weathering the storms in 2006 and 2008. Rehberg is a proud supporter of America’s troops and works hard to represent the interests of our veterans overseas and after their return home. Economically, Rehberg is a firm supporter of tax reform. His campaign site, unlike many others, does not reflect his interests for the future, but instead sets out his record of what he has done so far for Montana. With this record including his support for the tax cuts of 2001 and 2003, tax relief for Montana’s small business, and his sponsorship of legislation to “reclaim the hundreds of billions of dollars in unspent stimulus money currently sitting in various federal agencies and bureaus,” Rehberg establishes his past conservative leadership that he will also bring to Montana’s future.
Rehberg has received a $2,500 contribution from Free and Strong America PAC in order to further guarantee his return to the House. Along with this, Rehberg received this personal endorsement from Romney:
With over 30 years of experience as a small businessman and public servant, Denny Rehberg understands the importance of enacting pro-growth policies that will turn our troubled economy around and put people back to work. A committed fiscal conservative, Denny will continue to fight for lower taxes and fiscal discipline and that is why I am standing with him today.
Romney has continued his nationwide tour of endorsements by supporting three dynamic new candidates and one strong incumbent in the state of Oregon. Contributions totaling $17,500 from Free and Strong America PAC – $10,000 f0r Dudley and $2,500 for each of the Congressional candidates – have accompanied the following blanket endorsement of the Oregon candidates from Mitt Romney himself:
Rather than enacting pro-growth policies that will encourage private sector growth and put people back to work, far too many of our leaders are instead turning to the false promises of big government and slowing our economic recovery. Oregon – and our nation – needs leaders who will say no to the culture of higher taxes, higher spending, and higher debt, and that is why I am proud to stand with these candidates today.
In the face of this culture of higher taxes, spending, and debt, the following four men have chosen to lead in favor of responsible economic policy and the protection of individual rights. The promises of big government are indeed false, and that is why these candidates are proud advocates of the free-market, and will seek an atmosphere that helps the private sector lead this nation into recovery.
Chris Dudley leads the ticket for conservatives in Oregon. Seeking to become the state’s next Governor, Dudley has established an economic plan for the state that has attracted the attention of Mitt Romney. Dudley’s four point plan to bring the recovery to Oregon includes, promoting private sector job growth, restraining government, promoting education, and restoring public trust in the government. In an era that sees D.C. responding to economic challenges with regulations put upon business by an unrestrained government, Dudley is more concerned with creating a limited, responsible government that provides a stable atmosphere for business. This itself is to be achieve through another detailed and well-researched plan specifically on controlling government spending and growth. All too often politicians come to the people and ask for their votes, based on catch phrases and vague promises of a better future. Dudley meanwhile is showing the people the plans that he has, and the details that will make those plans work. That sort of willingness toward government transparency indicates a leader who has great respect for the values and opinions of the people, and who will do the hard work necessary for, as he puts it, “Oregon’s Comeback.”
Greg Walden is the only incumbent among these four endorsements. He represents the 2nd district of Oregon in the U.S. House of Representatives, and is considered a safe bet to continue representing the people in conservative leaning eastern Oregon. Walden is an outdoorsman, an active public servant, and an outspoken conservative reformer, always looking to be active and accomplish new goals in all spheres of life. Safe in his seat, he has been working hard this year for other conservatives, so that his message of low taxes and job growth can see greater support when the 112th Congress comes to D.C. in January. Meanwhile he has been unafraid to stand up to the leftist leadership in D.C. and state clearly, as we all know that their efforts have failed, even joining the call for Tim Geithner’s resignation. Walden is well aware of the simple truth that our current path is unsustainable. It is time for a better, more reasoned approach toward the economic downturn, and Greg Walden is an experienced leader who will continue his fight toward implementing new, free market ideas in bringing back this economy.
Scott Bruun is a businessman seeking a seat representing the U.S. House of Representatives in the 5th district. Bruun currently serves in the Oregon State Legislature, where he is a noted leader on health care issues and in fighting for tax reform. On health care Bruun sees the challenge of maintaining the high quality of care in the United States, while lowering the high costs. This, he correctly argues, can only be done through free market reform. Bruun understands the health care takeover by the federal government to be counterproductive. As he states, it will “exacerbate every problem that now exists in healthcare. Costs will grow, quality and access will shrink…only the very rich few will be able to opt out.” His answer is to open the market. Allow interstate commerce to flourish in the healthcare industry. Meanwhile, he will seek to back this with tort reform to lower costs across the board. Bruun’s message of health care reform and lower taxes is resonating in OR-05; latest polling shows him now leading his incumbent opponent 41-38.
Finally, Rob Cornilles is looking to unseat incumbent Democrat David Wu in Oregon’s 1st district. Running with the slogan of “Responsible. Reasoned. Ready,” Cornilles holds an outlook that very much needs to be brought to D.C. Responsibility is something that is seriously lacking inside the Beltway, and Cornilles will introduce it to those who would see spending drive completely out of control. Congress has lacked the fiscal responsibility to see a budget passed this year, instead seeking carte-blanche in throwing money at unsustainable big government programs. Cornilles will take a reasoned approach to the challenges facing Oregon and the rest of America, employing common sense solutions as a means to foster job growth. This means lower taxes, and a far less punishing atmosphere to make America more competitive and more worthwhile place to do business. Rob Cornilles is ready to serve the people of Oregon’s 1st in seeing that their hard earned dollars are not squandered by tax and spend policies.