Gov. Christie to Rally in Iowa in Effort to Boost Support for Romney
By Ellen Cannon
Mitt Romney has had a difficult last few days in Iowa. Yesterday’s latest poll of Republican candidates published in the Des Moines Iowa Register finds Romney in third placed outpaced by both Gingrich and Ron Paul. Romney is betting that New Jersey’s Governor Christie’s Wednesday’s rally appearance in De Moines will provide his campaign with the boost that it so badly needs. Governor Christie is a strong supporter of Mitt Romney and is very popular among Iowa Republicans
Responding to Democratic party attack- adds which frame Romney as a flip-flopper Christie stated the following during a pro-Romney Iowa voter conference call yesterday: “They believe that Mitt Romney is going to provide exactly the right kind of contrast to make everybody see that we have had somebody who has not been a competent executive sitting in the Oval Office for the last three years.”… “These ads are going to be something we will just have to put up with. But I think they are not running ads about Newt Gingrich, and they are not running ads against Cain or Santorum. They are running ads about Mitt Romney, and the reason they are is the White House fears Mitt Romney. And so that should tell us something as Republicans – it that’s the one they’re attacking, that’s the person we should put forward.” (T. Leys, http://caucuses.desmoinesregister.com)
Governor Christie remains popular among Iowa Republicans. He hopes to clarify issues in Iowa which still remain unclear for voters in general. Among these issues is Mitt Romney’s stance on healthcare. To that Christie suggests, “I recommend that Romney push back harder the on healthcare issue by noting that Massachusetts did not raise taxes to pay for its plan, while President Obama’s plan will require large tax increases. That’s a fundamental difference.”
Governor Christie’s rally appearance on Wednesday will be at 5:50 at Kum and Go Headquarters in West Des Moines. Kum and Go is an Iowa based business with more than 400 stores in 11 states, employing 4000 workers and has annual sales of more than than$2 billion. (J.Clayworth, http://caucuses.desmoinsesregister.com12/5/11)
The latest endorsement for Mitt Romney comes from former Vice President, Dan Quale. He will make his formal endorsement tomorrow from Phoenix, Arizona where he now resides. Mr. Quale served as the 44th Vice President of the U.S. He served under President Bush from 1989-1993.