MARION – “I’m three-for-three,” Josh Romney announced after taking a turn making get-out-the-vote phone calls for Iowa Senate candidate Cindy Golding Nov. 4.
The son of 2012 Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney added an asterisk to his accomplishment.
“That’s two votes for Cindy and a half of a vote for my Dad,” he joked with Golding’s campaign volunteers before joining the Linn Eagles, a Republican fundraising club, for lunch in Cedar Rapids.
Golding is running in a Nov. 8 special election in Iowa Senate 18 in northern and western Linn County. If she defeats Democrat Liz Mathis, the Senate will be tied at 25 Republicans and 25 Democrats.
“What you’re doing here makes a difference,” Romney told the volunteers, because Golding, who along with her husband, Joe, own and operate four small businesses, “will help to grow jobs – like my Dad has done.”
Romney, who sells real estate in Salt Lake City, has been on the campaign trail for his dad this month, making appearances in New Hampshire, where Republicans will have their primary a week after Iowa’s Jan. 3 first-in-the-nation precinct caucuses. The No. 1 issue wherever he goes is jobs and the need to get the economy headed in the right direction, he said, and there is no one better to address job growth than his dad, Romney said.
“My dad understands jobs,” he said. “He knows how to create jobs. He’s done it his entire life – turned things around. What we need right now is a turnaround in our country. My dad is the guy to do it.”
His dad will be in Iowa Nov. 7 to make that argument himself. The former Massachusetts governor will make campaign appearances at businesses in Dubuque and Davenport.
Romney couldn’t say if Monday will be the start of a more consistent presence in Iowa for his dad, who has made five campaign trips to Iowa this election cycle.
“You know, I give my dad no advice,” he said. “That’s one thing I’ve learned – I really don’t know what I’m talking about in politics. I’m a much better real estate guy than politician.”
However, the Romney campaign is working hard in Iowa because “it plays a pivotal role in the nomination process and in the general election,” Josh Romney said.
Whether Iowa is “winnable” for Romney remains to be seen, “but I think we can do really well here,” he said.
Although the GOP race has been unpredictable with candidates rising and falling in the polls, Mitt Romney has remained steady, his son said.
“His support is strong and solid,” Josh Romney said. “I expect that particularly in the early primary states where people are paying attention he’s going to do well.”
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