Catalina Camia reports on the Jack Nicklaus campaign appearance for Mitt Romney.
Nicklaus , one of Ohio's favorite sons, told the audience in Westerville that when he travels the world people "want us to be like the America we were." Nicklaus said Romney would bring "a real recovery" to the American economy and restore America's standing around the globe.
"This campaign isn't about what's best for me," Nicklaus said, telling the crowd that Romney and running mate Paul Ryan would say "yes, we will" in order to help the next generation.
It looks to me like Jack is saying something to former Governor Romney in that Mandel Ngan Getty image. Anyone able to translate? Maybe something about the Presidents Cup next year at Muirfield Village?
“When I was competing, I didn’t lean on someone else in tough times," Nicklaus said, comparing his golfing career to the government. "I know what I had to do on the golf course to succeed, and when I won I certainly didn’t apologize for my success.”
On why America needs to elect Romney in November, he said, “We can’t keep doing what we’ve been doing. We have to look at problems at hand and change them."
Afterward, Romney said, "What you heard from the Golden Bear, what you heard from the greatest athlete of the 20th century, the words that he spoke, have touched my heart, and I'm sure they touched your hearts as well.”
Deadspin is having fun with the greatest athlete of the 20th century remark and also features a photo of candidate and endorsee deep in affectionate stare.
**From Seth McLaughlin of the Washington Times, Nicklaus branded himself a small business owner. By the way, is he a G4 or a G5 guy these days?
“This campaign is not what is best for me, it is what is best for my children and my grandchildren,” Mr. Nicklaus said. The “Golden Bear” also showered praise on Mr. Romney and lamented about how the economy has prevented him, as a small business owner, from giving his employees pay raises and forced him to to cut his workforce in half.
“These are people who worked for me for decades. These were an extension of our families and when you lose families, it hurts,” he said.
**Joe Vardon of the Columbus Dispatch says Nicklaus also mentioned his dismay at the growing number of people on food stamps.
Nicklaus said the election wasn’t about what’s best for him, but for his children and grandchildren. But earlier in his speech he said he’s been forced to lay off “over 50 percent” of the staff at his Nicklaus Design golf course design firm over the last four years – and couldn’t “ afford four more years” of President Barack Obama.
As he was listing off some negative economic statistics within Ohio, Nicklaus said “since that other guy took office, umm, since Obama took office, the number of people taking food stamps increased by 40 percent.”
Thankfully Jack has never leaned on government for help. Well, almost never.