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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I just peeked into MSNBC and it looked like a funeral…LOL.

d1carter on August 28, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Cruz just woke the crowd up a bit! Proud that Cruz is the next Senator from Texas! Wow! Look who is up next!!! We need a live feed PLEASE, Hotair.

texgal on August 28, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Davis with a clever opening.

predator on August 28, 2012 at 9:48 PM

exactly :-) loved it..smart man…great sense of humour too…just took a swipe at obama’s columns :-)

jimver on August 28, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Watch C-SPAN!!!!

Scrumpy on August 28, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Liking Davis’s speech, too, but the crowd just seems out of it tonight.

changer1701 on August 28, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Wreckovery Bummer!

Philly on August 28, 2012 at 9:50 PM

haha, CNN says it’s covering the RNC, but I have yet to hear them cover a speaker.

faraway on August 28, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Davis is firing with both barrels. Wow!

annoyinglittletwerp on August 28, 2012 at 9:51 PM

He is ripping into O’s speech lol… nice!

Love his turn of phrasing!

Scrumpy on August 28, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Artur Davis now On!!

canopfor on August 28, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Artur Davis, my God, how good his he. Welcome aboard, Mr. Davis.

TXUS on August 28, 2012 at 9:51 PM

In the landmark case of District of Columbia v. Heller, Cruz assembled a coalition of thirty-one states in defense of the principle that the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees an individual right to keep and bear arms.[13]

No wonder he won in Texas.

He is very impressive.

What a great speech.

Steveangell on August 28, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Davis is firing with both barrels. Wow!

annoyinglittletwerp on August 28, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Agreed. This guy is good–glad he’s one of ours now.

BryanS on August 28, 2012 at 9:52 PM

wow, artur davis is a fantastic speaker, I had no clue that he’s that good…

jimver on August 28, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Davis is a good speaker.

a capella on August 28, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Crowd slowly getting into it…

GOPRanknFile on August 28, 2012 at 9:52 PM

I’m glad this guy’s on our side. Go Art.

faraway on August 28, 2012 at 9:52 PM

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.”

Yes, those governors should contrast their accomplishments with that of Romney when his administration implemented big government programs like Romneycare and failed to grow jobs. And that’s why every speech includes repeated references to Romney…

bayam on August 28, 2012 at 9:52 PM

watching americas got talent. reading the comments, seems i’m not missing much.

renalin on August 28, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Artur Davis, my God, how good his he. Welcome aboard, Mr. Davis.

TXUS on August 28, 2012 at 9:51 PM

I know, I’m in shock… he’s definitely a keeper for our cause…

jimver on August 28, 2012 at 9:53 PM

I am applauding Artur in my living room. Now I just need to get me a funny hat!

HawaiiLwyr on August 28, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Why is there no live blogging tonight?

texgal on August 28, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Oh Yeah ASK YOURSELF!!! Loving it!

Scrumpy on August 28, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Libs can have Crist. We’ll take Davis. Not exactly a fair trade, but oh well.

GOPRanknFile on August 28, 2012 at 9:53 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

Brilliant to you. It’s my opinion.

Rusty Allen on August 28, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Davis is rocking it out there!

Gingotts on August 28, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Awesome stuff here…

changer1701 on August 28, 2012 at 9:54 PM

renalin on August 28, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Why oh why did you even bother! It’s not like anyone wants to read what you say is it?

On yer bike matey…

Scrumpy on August 28, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Damn!! Artur Davis is opening a can of whoop-ass on the democrat party. I am LOVING his speech!!!

Rational Thought on August 28, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Finally, someone takes it to the Democrats for their support of Occupy. Davis really wants to win his next election, huh?

Lawdawg86 on August 28, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Davis,, I’m impressed..

wolly4321 on August 28, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Artur is bashing on King Barky. Excellent.

Philly on August 28, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Davis is awesome

Conservative4ev on August 28, 2012 at 9:55 PM

hat off, artur davis!!

jimver on August 28, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Lol, now you’re just somebody that I used to know.

Lawdawg86 on August 28, 2012 at 9:55 PM

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

annoyinglittletwerp on August 28, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Thinking the same thing. Eloquence at its finest. You have to wonder if this Rick had shown up during the primaries, what might have been.

I’m glad Cruz brought up the repeal of Obamacare. That’s mission no. 1.

TxAnn56 on August 28, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Artur Davis, with a speech full of red meat. Excellent.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on August 28, 2012 at 9:55 PM

I was suspicious of Davis, but he’s really laying into Obama.

supernova on August 28, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Damn!! Artur Davis is opening a can of whoop-ass on the democrat party. I am LOVING his speech!!!

Rational Thought on August 28, 2012 at 9:54 PM

I think he’s the designated hitman. Pretty sly planning.

a capella on August 28, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Davis is great, much better than santorum.

Rusty Allen on August 28, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Remember who we are.

Philly on August 28, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Thank YOU Mr Artur Davis!!!

Scrumpy on August 28, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Dang. That was good.

faraway on August 28, 2012 at 9:56 PM

“2012 – Mistake corrected!”

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on August 28, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Nikki Haley next…

Philly on August 28, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Standing O!

a capella on August 28, 2012 at 9:57 PM

WOW!! Davis was on FIRE!! Superb!

Oooo, now come Nikki Haley…

Kirin on August 28, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Party switcher Artur Davis snags spotlight at RNC

8/28/12 5:09 PM EDT
Artur Davis is about to have his Zell Miller moment.
***************************************************

Miller, a Democratic senator from Georgia, famously switched allegiances in 2004 to endorse President George W. Bush’s reelection bid, and his fiery speech brought down the house at the Republican convention.
(More….)
===============

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0812/80298.html?hp=l2

canopfor on August 28, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Nikki Haley!!

Bring it hon!!

Scrumpy on August 28, 2012 at 9:57 PM

I’m a Davis fan now! Wow, just wow!

texgal on August 28, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Roland Martin just called Artur a “fraud”

faraway on August 28, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Artur Davis, with a speech full of red meat. Excellent.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on August 28, 2012 at 9:55 PM

That meat was so red it’s still mooing.

TxAnn56 on August 28, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Best line from Davis: “Let us remember, 2009 to 2011, lesson learned. 2012, mistake corrected.”

TXUS on August 28, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Can Davis speak again tomorrow?

changer1701 on August 28, 2012 at 9:58 PM

You didn’t build that.

Philly on August 28, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Libs can have Crist. We’ll take Davis. Not exactly a fair trade, but oh well.

GOPRanknFile on August 28, 2012 at 9:53 PM

It’s our version of the Lou Brock/Ernie Broglio trade. Or the Frank Robinson/Milt Pappas trade. I could go on, but you get the drift.

predator on August 28, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Artur Davis talks about his upcoming RNC speech
Updated: Aug 28, 2012 9:20 AM EDT
**********************************

http://www.myfoxal.com/story/19394108/artur-davis-talks-about-the-rnc

canopfor on August 28, 2012 at 9:59 PM

‘mr, president, with all due respect, don’t tell me that my parents didn’t built their business’ – super start !! Go, Nikki!!!

jimver on August 28, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Nikki is still hot

Conservative4ev on August 28, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Can Davis speak again tomorrow?

changer1701 on August 28, 2012 at 9:58 PM

I know, right :)

jimver on August 28, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Roland Martin just called Artur a “fraud”

faraway on August 28, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Roland Martin is an @sshole.

jaime on August 28, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Nikki, on firah!!!

TXUS on August 28, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Remember who we are.

Philly on August 28, 2012 at 9:56 PM

I will.

predator on August 28, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Voter ID!!!!

Philly on August 28, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Standing Ovations!!!

Scrumpy on August 28, 2012 at 10:00 PM

When do we get to see Artur Davis challenge Chris Matthews to a duel?

Mark1971 on August 28, 2012 at 10:00 PM

“2012 – Mistake corrected!”

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on August 28, 2012 at 9:56 PM

…he ended it right..didn’t he?

KOOLAID2 on August 28, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Nikki! Nikki! Nikki!

SouthernGent on August 28, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Voter ID…Whoop!

texgal on August 28, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Hit Zero on Boeing. Awesome.

Philly on August 28, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Nikki, on firah!!!

TXUS on August 28, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Hear!..Hear!..:)

Dire Straits on August 28, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Oh yeah it was shameful…

Get LOUD!!!!

Scrumpy on August 28, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Great stuff. Davis was great.

Rusty Allen on August 28, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Nikki is still hot

Conservative4ev on August 28, 2012 at 9:59 PM

She’s glowing literally…

jimver on August 28, 2012 at 10:02 PM

After tonight, does anybody have the number to call if you have an erection lasting longer than four hours?

TXUS on August 28, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Biden: “I saw that chick at 7-11″

faraway on August 28, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Haley is killin it…

changer1701 on August 28, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Great stuff. Davis was great.

Rusty Allen on August 28, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Amazing indeed….

jimver on August 28, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Non union whoooo hoooo

Conservative4ev on August 28, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Another standing ovation for Nikki for Boeing.

Philly on August 28, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Now y’all know why the power brokers in Columbia, SC hate Nikki Haley.

SouthernGent on August 28, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Whoooo, she is KICKING it!!

Kirin on August 28, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Haleys giving Hopey both barrels,haha,great to
see the gloves are off!

canopfor on August 28, 2012 at 10:03 PM

TXUS on August 28, 2012 at 10:02 PM

yeah here it is: 1-888-hardons

Did I do that! hell yeah I did…

Scrumpy on August 28, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Haley is killin it…

changer1701 on August 28, 2012 at 10:02 PM

She’s got a great day, her speech is flawless…

jimver on August 28, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Audience should be ready for Ann.:)

a capella on August 28, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Love Mary and Katherine, but where is Ed and Allah, and why isn’t there a live blog post?

texgal on August 28, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Nikki is doing a good job too. Hard to have to follow that brilliant oration from Artur Davis, but she’s doing very well.

Gingotts on August 28, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Nice!!!!

You ROCK Nikki!!!

Love the way she looks right into the camera to emphasize her points!!!!

Scrumpy on August 28, 2012 at 10:06 PM

*************** Alert*****************

If you lost your NBC Online Feed,here ya go!!

http://bostinno.com/2012/08/28/republican-national-convention-live-stream-watch-the-rnc-online-video/#ss__213258_1_0__ss

canopfor on August 28, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Nikki is doing a good job too. Hard to have to follow that brilliant oration from Artur Davis, but she’s doing very well.

Gingotts on August 28, 2012 at 10:04 PM

I think Davis gave the best speech tonight, followed by nikki…

jimver on August 28, 2012 at 10:07 PM

texgal on August 28, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Watch C_SPAN and comment here….it works…

Scrumpy on August 28, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Lucy!

Philly on August 28, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Triplets? Whoa!

Philly on August 28, 2012 at 10:07 PM

I never heard Luce Vela Fortuno speak before…

Scrumpy on August 28, 2012 at 10:08 PM

wow, Luce is introducing Ann Romney…how cool…

jimver on August 28, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Open thread…Please!

texgal on August 28, 2012 at 10:09 PM

A wise Latina, for real this time.

Mark1971 on August 28, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Online Fox Streaming Live Feed

http://www.foxnews.com/live-coverage/2012-republican-convention

canopfor on August 28, 2012 at 10:09 PM

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