The Governors speak: You better believe we built this, baby

posted at 9:11 pm on August 28, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Earlier today at a campaign stop in Iowa, President Obama took a sarcastic swipe at the Republican National Convention’s economic agenda.

“This week in Tampa, my opponents will offer you their agenda. It should be a pretty entertaining show,” he said at a campaign rally at Iowa State University. ”And I’m sure they’ll have some wonderful things to say about me.

“But what you won’t hear from them is a path forward that meets the challenges of our time.”

Obama asserted that the message Republicans will unveil in Tampa will be laced with the top-down economic philosophy that failed America in the past decade.

Uh huh. Well, Mr. President, a whole gamut of Republican governors did indeed take to the stage to refute your erroneous “top-down” baloney this evening, in the knowledge that a huge, meddlesome bureaucracy that thinks it knows best and taxes success is the real definition of “top-down.” And who better poised to talk about the successes of creating economies actually grown from the “middle-out” by rolling back red tape, lowering taxes, encouraging entrepreneurs, and realizing that individuals not government are the real job creators, than Republican governors seeing micro-successes within their own laboratories of democracy.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich came out swinging, getting the crowd going with some real talk about job creation and the damper that Washington is putting on Americans’ business endeavors: “We need a new partner in Washington. This relationship is just not working,” he said to cheers and applause. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin added a little rural flavor to the proceedings, decrying President Obama’s big government policies: “We know better, and as we say in Oklahoma, that dog won’t hunt!” Heh. And my homestate governor, Bob McDonnell of Virginia, criticized the President’s “deficit of leadership and results” and the sluggish bureaucracy he’s expanded, including the “EPA: The Employment Prevention Agency.” The governors are killing it tonight, and they’re still going — here’s the livestream in case you’re missing out!

Update: Here’s the video of Kasich, just lettin’ it fly with no reservations — love it.


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That’s the ticket! Me likey…

Scrumpy on August 28, 2012 at 9:18 PM

WE BUILT IT!!
/BISHOP!!

Khun Joe on August 28, 2012 at 9:19 PM

According to the CSPAN website, my program will begin shortly…..it’s been saying this for 15 minutes.

FAAAACK!!

rickyricardo on August 28, 2012 at 9:19 PM

I’m an American. Not a bump in the road.

John the Libertarian on August 28, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Slick Rick on the podium.

Philly on August 28, 2012 at 9:20 PM

I had not heard Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval speak before. Not inspiring, but he exhibits a real personal strength in his words and his presentation. I liked it.

jaime on August 28, 2012 at 9:17 PM

jaime on August 28, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Governors speak, but not on CNN. They are pretending to cover the convention, but switch to hurricane coverage while Kasich, McDonnell and Walker were giving their speeches. The only coverage so far has been lefty talking point interviews. CNN does not want its viewers to hear the Republican message.

Wigglesworth on August 28, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Santorum up…hopefully he mixes it up a little.

changer1701 on August 28, 2012 at 9:22 PM

“This week in Tampa, my opponents will offer you their agenda. It should be a pretty entertaining show,” he said at a campaign rally at Iowa State University. ”And I’m sure they’ll have some wonderful things to say about me.

Well, of course, Barry. Everything is about you. How could they help it?

minnesoter on August 28, 2012 at 9:22 PM

C-SPAN has wall to wall coverage.

newportmike on August 28, 2012 at 9:23 PM

No Mark Sanford?

Lanceman on August 28, 2012 at 9:23 PM

We need some feistiness from Rick, for sure.

Philly on August 28, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Santorum is mixin’ it up. This guy know how to speak. Love him.

Ugly on August 28, 2012 at 9:24 PM

CSPAN is showing the whole thing. The “I’m not a bump in the road” film was good.

AubieJon on August 28, 2012 at 9:24 PM

WE BUILT IT!!
/BISHOP!!

Khun Joe on August 28, 2012 at 9:19 PM

We built this Bishop

We built this Bishop

On rock & roll…

Lanceman on August 28, 2012 at 9:24 PM

*knows

Ugly on August 28, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Liking the Santorum speech so far…one of the better ones…

changer1701 on August 28, 2012 at 9:24 PM

CNN does not want its viewers to hear the Republican message.

But, wouldn’t that be a stain on their ethical journalistic standards???

minnesoter on August 28, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Switched on C-SPAN.

Philly on August 28, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Obama asserted that the message Republicans will unveil in Tampa will be laced with the top-down economic philosophy that failed America in the past decade.

So what did we do BEFORE that last past decade ?
Let’s go back to doing that .
Did America do anything right, ever , Hussein ?

burrata on August 28, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Santorum’s speech is pretty good.

GOPRanknFile on August 28, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Santorum should have been given a speaking slot at the RonPaul Fest and then handed an economy class ticket home.

mbecker908 on August 28, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Rick hits welfare changes from Barky.

Philly on August 28, 2012 at 9:26 PM

No Mark Sanford?

Lanceman on August 28, 2012 at 9:23 PM

He just got engaged to his “soulmate”

JPeterman on August 28, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Ahem… Didn’t I “Bishop” this time?… :-D

Scrumpy on August 28, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Waiving work for welfare. Oh man, Rick is bashing the imperial president.

Philly on August 28, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Only place to watch is C-SPAN. The little films they are showing between speakers are wonderful! This is the best-produced RNC convention I’ve ever seen.

rockmom on August 28, 2012 at 9:27 PM

We built this Bishop

We built this Bishop

On rock & roll…

Lanceman on August 28, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Right …

minnesoter on August 28, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Hey Erika, Ed, MKH, AP……

Can we have an open thread on the RNC?

d1carter on August 28, 2012 at 9:28 PM

decent speech from good ole rick!

mrscullen on August 28, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Nice…hitting on the executive orders. ‘Bout time somebody did that.

changer1701 on August 28, 2012 at 9:28 PM

He just got engaged to his “soulmate”

JPeterman on August 28, 2012 at 9:26 PM

don’t cry for me, Argentina :-)…that soulmate? :-)…

jimver on August 28, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Santorum’s speech is pretty good.

GOPRanknFile on August 28, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Excellent insight. I wasn’t sure at first, but you’ve convinced me.

minnesoter on August 28, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Hands across America….

Philly on August 28, 2012 at 9:29 PM

The sheer gall of the man. What, exactly, is Obama’s “path forward that meets the challenges of our time”?

Like his budget which got zero, not a single vote in the Senate? Not even a single Democrat voted for it?

Steven Den Beste on August 28, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Well, of course, Barry. Everything is about you. How could they help it?

minnesoter on August 28, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Look at it this way. The rat-eared bastard has critics among the 50 people who run the states that make up this nation. How hard is it to appease and coddle 50 people when you are the Preezy of the Skeezy? He’s doled out declarations of disaster (enabling federal funding) based on the color of the state. Texas wildfires were not a natural disaster is the most glaring way this rat-eared bastard denied funding to states not likely to support his reelection. It is vindictive but it is the essence of Obama.

Happy Nomad on August 28, 2012 at 9:29 PM

I wish Breitbart was was a speaker.

newportmike on August 28, 2012 at 9:30 PM

don’t cry for me, Argentina :-)…that soulmate? :-)…

jimver on August 28, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Yes, that would be the one.

JPeterman on August 28, 2012 at 9:30 PM

I hope they have Fortuno from PR. He turned around that little island too.

PattyJ on August 28, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Nice…hitting on the executive orders. ‘Bout time somebody did that.

changer1701 on August 28, 2012 at 9:28 PM

[shaking clock} Tick! Damn you!

minnesoter on August 28, 2012 at 9:31 PM

‘Toon of the Day: “Squirrel!!!”

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/08/toon-of-day-squirrel.html

M2RB: No Doubt

Resist We Much on August 28, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Too bad we didn’t ‘see this RS during the primary. Excellent speech.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 28, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Excellent insight. I wasn’t sure at first, but you’ve convinced me.

minnesoter on August 28, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Glad to be of service.

GOPRanknFile on August 28, 2012 at 9:31 PM

I hope Bella is doing well. She’s adorable.

Philly on August 28, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Talk about adorable little Bella. She is a doll!

annoyinglittletwerp on August 28, 2012 at 9:31 PM

What a wonderful dignified speech from Santorum! Talking about his daughter Bella… brings tears to my eyes…

You Rock Rick!

Lift up ALL of God’s children born and unborn!!!!

WOW!!!

Scrumpy on August 28, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Watch on Youtube Livestream:

2012 Gop Convention

Braveheart on August 28, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Right to life!

Philly on August 28, 2012 at 9:33 PM

I hope they have Fortuno from PR. He turned around that little island too.

PattyJ on August 28, 2012 at 9:31 PM

He was on PBS earlier with the governor of Iowa, and Gwen Iffel was giving them the stink face.

SouthernGent on August 28, 2012 at 9:34 PM

It is vindictive but it is the essence of Obama.

Happy Nomad on August 28, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Yeah, he’s vindictive. But mostly he just doesn’t care. American citizens are mere abstractions to him. They might as well be termites.

minnesoter on August 28, 2012 at 9:34 PM

I wish Breitbart was was a speaker.

newportmike on August 28, 2012 at 9:30 PM

….Amen!

KOOLAID2 on August 28, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Very good speech by RS..!

d1carter on August 28, 2012 at 9:34 PM

God Bless us all!

Wonderful speech…

Onward Forward and Upward!!

Scrumpy on August 28, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Lift up ALL of God’s children born and unborn!!!!

WOW!!!

Scrumpy on August 28, 2012 at 9:32 PM

I agree!

annoyinglittletwerp on August 28, 2012 at 9:34 PM

“But what you won’t hear from them is a path forward that meets the challenges of our time.”

and those challenges are ….?

burrata on August 28, 2012 at 9:35 PM

….Amen!

KOOLAID2 on August 28, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Amen Amen.

minnesoter on August 28, 2012 at 9:35 PM

I wish Breitbart was was a speaker.

newportmike on August 28, 2012 at 9:30 PM

….Amen!

KOOLAID2 on August 28, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Ditto that. He is sorely missed.

Philly on August 28, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Cruz!
God Bless Texas!

annoyinglittletwerp on August 28, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Wonderful Santorum speech…best so far. Loved how he talked about the unborn. It’ll contrast nicely with the Death Party’s convention.

changer1701 on August 28, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Santorum was outstanding!

predator on August 28, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Ted Cruz – The Great Awakening of the Tea Party

Philly on August 28, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Ted Cruz: “Podium? I don’t need no stinkin’ podium!”

Mark1971 on August 28, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Ditto that. He is sorely missed.

Philly on August 28, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Amen Amen. Amen Amen. Sorely.

minnesoter on August 28, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Santorum just gave the most eloquent speech of his life and one of the best I’ve seen. His “hands” theme was incredibly strong, and then when he turned to his daughter’s hands, it was touching. Then, when he moved on to the right to life message, it was perfect. Grand slam!

TXUS on August 28, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Evidently those Cruz cowboy boots were made for walkin’…

d1carter on August 28, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Cruz is a great speaker!

Good looking texans in the crowd! I am enjoying this convention…

Scrumpy on August 28, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Cruz is on, no teleprompters, and he’s firing on all cylinders, strong.

TXUS on August 28, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Santorum sucks.

Rusty Allen on August 28, 2012 at 9:40 PM

C-SPAN has wall to wall coverage.

newportmike on August 28, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Yep. That’s what I’m watching.

jaime on August 28, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Ted Cruze now on.

Steveangell on August 28, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Santorum just gave the most eloquent speech of his life and one of the best I’ve seen. His “hands” theme was incredibly strong, and then when he turned to his daughter’s hands, it was touching. Then, when he moved on to the right to life message, it was perfect. Grand slam!

TXUS on August 28, 2012 at 9:37 PM

I agree, that was terrific. It was a nice change of pace from the ‘we built it’ thing (which, frankly, was starting to bore me a bit).

changer1701 on August 28, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Scrumpy on August 28, 2012 at 9:39 PM

4 years ago I was watching this convention from Chicago’s far north side.
Tonight, I’m watching it from Lubbock.
Go Cruz!

annoyinglittletwerp on August 28, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Unborn. Kind of a creepy term. Like undead. I prefer “developing embryo” or “developing fetus” as the case may be. And I am for placing exacting restrictions on the practice of abortion.

minnesoter on August 28, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Man, do I like this Ted Cruz guy. I like him a lot.

I might just have to slip him a few bucks…

JohnGalt23 on August 28, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Santorum sucks.

Rusty Allen on August 28, 2012 at 9:40 PM

The Hell he did!
That speech was brilliant!

annoyinglittletwerp on August 28, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Breitbart IS speaking. Every single time the lsm looks like jackwads and it is pointed out. Right now Andrew is laughing his ass off at Newt pawning chris, and digging it.

wolly4321 on August 28, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Santorum sucks.

Rusty Allen on August 28, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Ha! ha!

minnesoter on August 28, 2012 at 9:43 PM

What is WRONG with the crowd?

John the Libertarian on August 28, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Cruz is doing well.

changer1701 on August 28, 2012 at 9:44 PM

What is WRONG with the crowd?

John the Libertarian on August 28, 2012 at 9:44 PM

They need to wake the hell up.

changer1701 on August 28, 2012 at 9:44 PM

I thought santorum was a snoozer

Conservative4ev on August 28, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Does Ted Cruz have a background as a courtroom lawyer? His mannerisms and speaking style give me that impression.

Mark1971 on August 28, 2012 at 9:45 PM

YES WE CAN!!!! Blew me away he did!! USA USA USA USA!!!!

Scrumpy on August 28, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Earlier today at a campaign stop in Iowa, President Obama took a sarcastic swipe at the Republican National Convention’s economic agenda.

Brilliant!

minnesoter on August 28, 2012 at 9:46 PM

What is WRONG with the crowd?

John the Libertarian on August 28, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Someone is pumping sleeping gas into the convention hall? These delegates must’ve partied hard Monday?

SouthernGent on August 28, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Not having an open thread kinda sucks. How hard would it be??

wolly4321 on August 28, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Loved seeing Ted Cruz’s father. I wonder how much of Ted Cruz media are covering. He’s doing great! Thank goodness for C-SPAN.

Ends his speech by turning Yes, We Can back on Obama. hehehe

Can we take back the Senate?
Crowd: Yes we can!!

and so on. :D

Kirin on August 28, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Ted Cruz has talent. Big talent. Sarah Palin sized talent.

JohnGalt23 on August 28, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Ted Cruz’s doing great….never heard him speaking before, heck, i don’t think I have seen his face before actually…just, wow for someone who gave his first speech on the national scene…

jimver on August 28, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Mark1971 on August 28, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Constitutional lawyer.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 28, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Man, do I like this Ted Cruz guy. I like him a lot.

I might just have to slip him a few bucks…

JohnGalt23 on August 28, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Agreed. Palin sometimes comes across as unintelligent when she mangles her words–as did Bush Jr. But damn, has she had quite the record on picking the right candidates to support in the primary process. She has been rather shrewd in her support, and Cruz was a great candidate to throw her support behind.

BryanS on August 28, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Here comes Artur Davis!!!

Scrumpy on August 28, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Artur Davis. So he’s not the Mystery Speaker?

Philly on August 28, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz (born December 22, 1970) is an American politician who was Solicitor General of the U.S. state of Texas.

Mark1971 on August 28, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Yes.

Steveangell on August 28, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Davis….. this should be fun.

Cody1991 on August 28, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Davis with a clever opening.

predator on August 28, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Artur Davis…great start…

jimver on August 28, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Here comes Artur Davis!!!

Scrumpy on August 28, 2012 at 9:47 PM

What the h?

faraway on August 28, 2012 at 9:48 PM

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