A weekly outreach to our friends and colleagues in Canada SPECIAL REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY EDITION
It's Official – Obama's In!
Surprise! Barack Obama officially "clinched" the Democratic nomination for president Tuesday, making him the "winner" of a primary race most folks didn't even know was happening. With few exceptions, the current president has won almost every Democrat delegate available, reaching the 2,778 delegate threshold needed to secure the Democrat nod.
Mitt Moves On
Meanwhile, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, continues his march to the near-certain Republican presidential nomination. Call it the "Northeast sweep" if you will with Republican voters in Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island voting Tuesday. Romney convincingly won all five states and with it apparently, the concession of his main rival Newt Gingrich.
According to reports, Gingrich will officially suspend his bid for the White House on Tuesday, and unlike Rick Santorum who dropped out of the race a few weeks ago, is expected to endorse the presumptive GOP nominee Romney.
Romney still has a race to run, however (and not because for whatever reason, Texas Congressman Ron Paul, is still soldering on). Following Tuesday's sweep, Romney has earned 844 of the 1,144 delegates he needs to clinch the GOP nomination. According to the Associated Press count, Santorum has 260 delegates, Gingrich 137 and Paul 79.
Piles of Polls
Polls are increasingly showing that as Romney becomes the presumptive Republican candidate for president, Americans are getting more comfortable with him. President Obama is still winning the "likeability" sweepstakes, while Romney is racking up when it comes to the all-important "pocketbook questions". A recent Quinnipiac University national poll showed voters rate Romney as the better candidate on the economy 56-38 percent.
Crate Vs. Casserole
Looks like the race for the White House has already gone to the dogs.
Last week saw the great "dog debate" or "Crategate" as noted by the Chicago Tribune, when the sordid story of Seamus resurfaced. Seamus was the Romney family dog three decades ago who traveled with the Romneys one summer up to Canada (editor's note: always a great destination for people and pets!). The problem is that Seamus traveled by crate – on top of the Romney car. Despite the fact that Seamus was in a container with a protective windscreen that Romney had built, and that this doggy tale has been circulating for a number of years, the Obama camp decided this bone was too juicy to keep buried and made sure the Seamus story was unearthed. Again.
As it turns out, hounding the Romney camp on past pets was probably not a good idea considering that in Obama's own words (chapter two, Barack Obama's bestselling book Dreams from My Father) when the future president was a boy living in Indonesia he was "introduced" to dog meat, which he dutifully noted was "tough". (Editor's note to Team Obama: It's probably time to let sleeping dogs lie.)
Put That In Your Pipeline!
From pets to pipelines, last Friday Romney made a bold statement before an Arizona retreat of Republican Party leaders. During his speech which covered the gamut of issues facing a U.S. president wannabe, Romney specifically addressed the KXL Pipeline project saying he would "build the pipeline" if he had to "do it himself."
And speaking of president wannabes, at least one loyal fan (editor's note: It's not Susan Wilkins!) thinks our own David Wilkins should run for the White House.
In his Daily Caller column this week, Canadian financier and author (as well as good friend) Theo Caldwell opines that the former U.S. ambassador to Canada would make his presidential wish list.
Here's what Theo had to say about that:
Despite being preferable to (Rick) Santorum, Romney is nowhere near our first choice, and he is not even in our top ten list of prominent Republicans we’d wish to see as the GOP standard-bearer this November (Jeb Bush, Paul Ryan, Mitch Daniels, Newt Gingrich, Jon Kyl, Marco Rubio, Rudy Giuliani, David Wilkins, Bill Frist, and Mitch McConnell, please call your offices).
(Editor's note: So far Wilkins has remained elusive regarding any presidential ambitions. And truth be told, we don't know if Wilkins could actually win. We do know that unlike Bill Clinton and John Edwards, there is no chance of Wilkins spending $400 on a haircut!)
Bush Is Back!
Wilkins did get to spend some time recently with another president, his former boss and still good friend, George W. Bush.
"43" was in South Carolina speaking at the Opening Banquet of the Sage Valley Golf Club's Junior Invitational Tournament (Bush is the honorary chairman of The First Tee initiative, a children's charity designed to promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf.)
Before the Wednesday event in Aiken, South Carolina, Bush (who was traveling with another one of Wilkins' good friends and client Jimmy Gibbs) made a plane "pit-stop" in Greenville where he was warmly greeted by his former U.S. ambassador to Canada whom he affectionately calls "Wilco".
Wilco in Washington
Wilkins found himself back in Washington, D.C. this week for a number of important meetings. The focus was on energy and Wilkins had the privilege of meeting with Guy Caruso, who is a senior adviser, Energy and National Security Program, with the Center for Strategic and International Studies; Jack Gerard who is the president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute; Karen Harbert, who is the president and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy and Matt Koch, who serves as vice president, Oil Sands and Arctic Issues, also with the Institute for 21st Century Energy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
In addition, Wilkins attended the U.S. Endowment for Forestry Communities Board of Directors meeting where he serves as the group's general counsel.
Psyched for SEUS!
Team Wilkins has been busy working on the 5th Annual Southeastern United States – Canadian Provinces Alliance (SEUS-CP) conference.
Astute readers recall that this bilateral conference takes place next month in sunny Myrtle Beach, May 20-22, and we are psyched!
More than 300 Canadian and U.S. business and government leaders are expected to attend the conference which is co-hosted by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and New Brunswick Premier David Alward. David Wilkins is honored to be chairing the business program along with Andrea Feunekes who is the co-CEO of Remsoft based in Fredericton.
And we want you there!
SEUS-CP is a strategic partnership between states in the southeastern United States and member provinces from Canada. The alliance works to promote trade and investment opportunities between and among its member states and provinces.
If this sounds like something you should attend or want more information on you can check at the website: http://www.seuscp.org/. Or please feel free to contact Ashley Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Y'all come now, ya hear!
They Said What?
"Would this Obama dog story still be ricocheting around if the left had let go of Romney's 28-year-old dog-on-car episode? Paybacks a bitch?" – Veteran newsman and senior political analyst for FOX News Channel, Brit Hume, on Twitter earlier this week.
"There has been no umbrage about this for sixteen or seventeen years, and the question then becomes if you want to go back to the next round of this, were Republicans pro dog meat eating until they discovered this clip in the book?" – Liberal TV commentator, Keith Olbermann, on ABC's This Week.
"…to all of the thousands of good and decent Americans I’ve met who want nothing more than a better chance, a fighting chance, to all of you, I have a simple message: Hold on a little longer. A better America begins tonight." - GOP presumptive presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, in his primary victory speech Tuesday night.
"I don't think that their nominee is going to be able to suddenly say, 'Everything I've said for the last six months, I didn't mean. I'm assuming that he meant it. When you're running for president, people are paying attention to what you're saying." - President Barack Obama in Rolling Stone Magazine, discussing GOP contender Mitt Romney, as reported by the Associated Press.
"It is true that his victory in South Carolina was a protest vote against Mitt's centrism, but there's a reason why Republicans chose him over Rick Perry or Rick Santorum. He articulated better than anyone else in the field the grass-roots anger at the mainstream media's perceived antipathy toward real conservatives." - Oxford University historian Timothy Stanley writing for CNN on the end of the Gingrich campaign.
If you are interested in the possibility of having Ambassador Wilkins speak at an event, please contact Christy Cox at Christy.Cox@nelsonmullins.com or call 803.255.9470.
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