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President George W. Bush surprises Gillespie’s ‘G-Force’ phone conference

George W. Bush 46 Ed Gillespie

President George W. Bush and Ed Gillespie

By Lynn R. Mitchell

“Thanks for the chance to speak with the mighty G-Force!”

With those words, President George W. Bush joined in as the special guest on an Ed Gillespie campaign phone conference Tuesday night, one week before Election Day 2014. In characteristic GWB style, he was funny, uplifting, encouraging, and the best part of all was this man who gives everyone a nickname kept referring to Mr. Gillespie as “Eddie.”

“I called Eddie,” the President quipped, “and I said, ‘Do you have a shot?’  And he said, ‘Not only do I have a shot, I’m going to win.’ ”

The President spoke of knowing the importance of good leadership, of how it had been a well-run campaign, about the G-Force — those volunteers, staffers, and leaders who have worked the campaign in one capacity or another.

President Bush emphasized that individuals can make a difference and gave more words of encouragement. He joked that if anyone had any extra savings out there, he had just written a book about “41,” a reference to his father, President George H.W. Bush — and he said Ed’s character made him think of his dad. Both men, he said, were men of integrity and decent, hard-working men. He wished Ed God speed and again thanked him for the opportunity to talk with the mighty G-Force.

It’s clear there’s a genuine friendship and respect between the two men that has continued beyond the years of working together in the White House. Ed introduced the President as someone that everyone on the call knew, admired, and loved, and said he had learned a lot from him over the years especially during the 18 months spent serving by his side in the White House. He understood the importance of leadership and led our country through some of the toughest times we’ve faced.

There were people from throughout the Commonwealth on that call, and I think it’s safe to say all were thrilled to hear from George W. Bush and from Ed.

From the beginning, Ed Gillespie has given it his all, something that continues as he enters the final stretch. He was up at 4:30 this morning, out the door by 5, and greeting commuters in Northern Virginia from 5:30-7. Later in the day he was all over the place as he’s been the past months, making more than 1,100 campaign stops and traveling more than 55,000 miles. He’s in a sprint to the finish with many sprinting alongside him.

Listening to President Bush tonight reminded of the 2000 and 2004 Bush for President campaigns when I was Augusta County co-coordinator with Nicole Riley (2000) and coordinator (2004). The eight years he was in the White House were a wonderful time for local Republicans because we were extremely active and had a very large close-knit group of dedicated volunteers.

Election Day is in one week so let’s make this happen! It’s a matter of turnout as the momentum continues to build. Mark Warner continuously polls at 49 percent or below — one poll had at him at 45 percent — not good numbers one week out for an incumbent. Let’s ride the wave to victory.

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LynnRMitchell.com endorses Ed Gillespie for U.S. Senate

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LynnRMitchell.com enthusiastically endorses Republican candidate Ed Gillespie for U.S. Senate 2014. His vision for the Commonwealth has re-energized Virginia’s citizens who have felt unrepresented by incumbent Mark Warner and, in the gridlock that is Washington politics, Mr. Gillespie brings fresh ideas with his proposed EG2 economic plan for Virginia. He is positive and optimistic, and has carried that upbeat attitude on the campaign trail with his belief that “the old normal is the new mediocre. We can do better.”

Ed Gillespie doesn’t just talk the talk. He has spent more than 30 years in Republican politics with skin in the game, “paying his dues,” so to speak. With a work ethic and goal-oriented passion passed on by his Irish immigrant parents, he watched first-hand what hard work could do toward building the American dream. They are lessons he still practices.

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Gillespie runs ad during Monday Night Football, suggests jobs, economy more important than Reid’s bill to change Redskins name

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Boom. The Gillespie for U.S. Senate campaign ran a great ad during Monday night’s football game between the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys.

In a smack-down to Senator Mark Warner’s rubber-stamping of  almost 100% of the Democratic agenda, it pointed out Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s bill to force the Redskins to change the name of their team, and Senator Warner’s refusal when twice asked to say whether he supports the bill or not.

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Ed Gillespie endorsed by Richmond Times-Dispatch

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Ed Gillespie (Photo by Lynn R. Mitchell)

By Lynn R. Mitchell

In a show of support for Ed Gillespie‘s vision for Virginia, the Richmond Times-Dispatch endorsed the Republican for U.S. Senate (see Gillespie for Senate).

Noting the many reasons, they wrote:

We endorse Gillespie because his philosophy embraces free markets and free people, the ultimate American solutions, and because we are confident he will serve as an able and honest senator.

It’s time to thank Mark Warner for his efforts and send him back to the private sector, where he will no doubt flourish. Virginia needs a senator who does more than propose. We need one who will help formulate, stimulate and legislate effective solutions. That’s Ed Gillespie.

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Washington Post: Three Pinocchios to Mark Warner campaign for deceiving ad

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Three Pinocchios from the Washington Post for the latest Mark Warner campaign ad for its “slimy sleight of hand” playing loose with the facts. Ouch.

But even when faced with the facts, Mark Warner’s campaign stands by their deceiving television ad against Republican candidate Ed Gillespie and thumbs its nose at the Washington Post’s Fact Checker.

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Sabato’s Crystal Ball’s latest forecast for 2014

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Senate Forecast: Cloudy with a Good Chance of Republican Majority. That’s the latest this morning from Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball as the final days tick down to Election 2014.

Virginia is in the “Likely Democrat” column but that remains to be seen. In these final days of the campaign, Ed Gillespie has successfully chiseled away at Senator Mark Warner’s Teflon veneer to expose Warner’s 97 percent voting record with President Barack Obama as well as his lack of getting much done in the senate the past six years.

On Wednesday the Washington Post’s Fact Checker gave Warner Three Pinocchios for a startlingly inaccurate TV ad, picking it apart and exposing the lies, only to have the Warner campaign state that they stand with the ad.

Meanwhile, other senate candidates are also battling it out right down to the finish line. The Crystal Ball covers each one, adding fodder for political junkies following Election 2014.

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Video: Ed Gillespie reads mean tweets

By Lynn R. Mitchell

This is funny. Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ed Gillespie reads a few of the mean tweets he has received during this campaign and keeps a sense of humor while doing so.

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Preview: Ed Gillespie’s new TV ad … ‘Changed’

By Lynn R. Mitchell

The newest ad from the Gillespie campaign is out and will begin airing Saturday: “Senator Mark Warner’s actions in relation to a matter under FBI investigation, and he refuses to answer questions about his role in the scandal. In what has been described as ‘raw, ugly politics,’ Senator Warner ‘dangled a lifetime appointment to the federal bench’ in an effort to help Governor Terry McAuliffe expand Obamacare in Virginia.” From the Gillespie campaign: Continue reading

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Gillespie’s latest round of ads to hit airwaves Saturday – updated

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Ed Gillespie (Photo by Lynn R. Mitchell)

By Lynn R. Mitchell

While liberals have tried to make hay with Ed Gillespie’s temporary absence from the airwaves, it’s actually the calm before the storm as the Gillespie campaign gears up for a Saturday launch that may be highlighting a major pivot in messaging. The timing is perfect as Gillespie surges, riding the Republican wave that is building across the country.

Reading the VPAP news clips this morning, it was clear media types were pouncing on Gillespie. “Ed Gillesipe goes dark on television in Virginia senate race,” screamed the Washington Post while the New York Times blared, “Gillespie to leave airtime in Virginia to others” and the AP piled on with, “GOP’s Gillespie ditches ads in senate race in Va.”

The Richmond Times-Dispatch was the only one to honestly report that Gillespie was “temporarily ditching ads.”

When long-time political pundit Larry Sabato writes that Puckettgate is “not a good development for Mark Warner,” it’s serious. Get ready for the final push and hang on … Gillespie is in a full-out sprint to the finish line.

UPDATE: The new ad was out by mid-day Friday and will hit the airwaves Saturday (see Presview: Ed Gillespie’s new TV ad … “Changed”).

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Ed Gillespie offers alternative health care plan

Ed Gillespie

Photo by Lynn R. Mitchell

By Lynn R. Mitchell

It’s here! Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ed Gillespie has rolled out his alternative health care plan to counter Obamacare, to good reviews (see Ed Gillespie, Senate candidate in Virginia, unveils alternative to Affordable Care Act by Rachel Weiner).

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Ed Gillespie, the sleeper

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Dana Perino has said for weeks that Ed Gillespie is the sleeper in the U.S. Senate race in Virginia. With polls tightening, the Mark Warner campaign is becoming even more negative as Gillespie exposes Warner’s 97 percent voting record with Democratic President Barack Obama. As someone who convinced Virginians he was moderate, Waner’s record hasn’t backed that up, much to the surprise of many who had supported him in the past. Will they support him again?

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Ed Gillespie takes message of religious freedom to Liberty University

By Lynn Mitchell

Virginia’s GOP U.S. Senate candidate Ed Gillespie addressed the Liberty University Convocation on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, defending religious freedom and advocating limited government. Below are the video and his remarks to the student body and faculty:

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Karl Rove: Dems fundraising, Republicans need to, too

Ed Gillespie yard signBy Lynn R. Mitchell

The president’s job approval numbers are lousy, no Democrat in a competitive Senate race polls regularly above 50%, GOP enthusiasm is high, and independents are trending Republican. The midterm environment is terrible for Democrats—yet each passing day provides evidence as to why a GOP Senate majority is still in doubt.

 

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Scott Brown wins NH primary

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Scott Brown is back. In a three-way primary Tuesday night, he won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire. From reporter Joshua Brown with the Boston Globe (see In N.H., Scott Brown wins Senate bid):

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Winchester Star: Mark Warner a ‘reflexive liberal’

By Lynn R. Mitchell

The Winchester Star wants to know whom is Mark Warner trying to kid by professing to be a “radical centrist” in their Thursday editorial (Ed Gillespie yard signsee Our View: A Reminder — There is a Senate race in Virginia):

Five years ago this week — Wednesday, to be exact — the newly minted Mr. Warner faced a rather contentious crowd of nearly 2,000 people at a “town hall” gathering in Fredericksburg. The issue du jour: health care.

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