Video: Opening remarks from Reince Priebus

posted at 5:21 pm on August 28, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

The RNC chair has been doing an excellent job thus far, both in terms of keeping things moving along smoothly at the convention and bringing together the attendees with some excellent displays of public speaking. Beyond that I don’t have much to add, other than the that fact that this brief speech is a great example and worth your time to give it a look. The transcript follows the video. These remarks were delivered shortly after the afternoon session began on Aug. 28th.

Ladies and gentlemen, fellow Republicans, it is my distinct honor to welcome you to the 2012 Republican National Convention.

Here we will nominate Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to be the next President and Vice President of the United States of America!

But first I would like to offer our thoughts and prayers for the safety of all those in the pathway of the hurricane.

On behalf of our party, let me extend our sincere gratitude to the people of Tampa. We’re just thrilled to be here—and humbled by your hospitality.

Thanks to the tireless work of our convention staff and volunteers, this will be an inspiring three days—a convention truly worthy of the next President of the United States.

From this stage, we’ll hear from some of our party’s most inspiring leaders. With us and with the entire country, they will share their stories and our vision for a better future.

We have a message for America: Elect Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, and they will get this country working again. We will restore the idea that every person in America can live the American Dream. We embrace success, and we want everyone to be successful.

As we gather here, the nation we love is a country in turmoil. Twenty-three million of our fellow Americans are struggling for work. Families are hurting. Wages are shrinking. The debt is rising. And just to make sure no one forgets that, we’ve installed two big debt clocks to remind America of Obama’s fiscal recklessness.

We’ve seen what Obama and Biden offer. It looks nothing like hope or change. Give them another term, and we’ll just get four more years of failure.

But with Mitt Romney’s experience and Paul Ryan’s expertise, we can expect great things from a Romney-Ryan administration.

We must send America’s comeback team to Washington, so the middle class can thrive—and wages can rise—and our children can succeed once again.

Republicans believe American greatness comes from the American people—not from the federal government.

But Barack Obama thinks the government is at the center of the economic universe. He thinks that if you started a business, “You didn’t build that.”

Well, how would he know? President Obama’s never run a company. He hasn’t even run a garage sale or seen the inside of a lemonade stand. So it’s time for a President with real experience in the real economy.

Mitt Romney will be that President.

Barack Obama and his party may be satisfied with attacking the American Dream.

But Republicans won’t be satisfied until we’ve rebuilt the American Dream.

We will fight for a future where government spends tax dollars wisely. Where every American has the education needed to succeed. Where energy is affordable because America is energy independent, and where the middle class is growing because incomes are rising.

We invite all Americans who believe our children deserve this better future to join with us. A victory for the Romney-Ryan ticket is not merely a Republican victory. It is a victory for America.

So welcome to Tampa, to our convention, and to the beginning of a better future.

Thank you and God Bless you. Let’s have a great week.


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Y314K on August 28, 2012 at 6:56 PM

whatever moron. u’r dissmisst

tom daschle concerned on August 28, 2012 at 6:58 PM

P.S. If u call them Fee’s then they are awesome & not Taxes according to the GOP Candidate for President…

Just like if u call it RomenyCare it is awesome & not ObamaCare according to the the GOP candidate for President…

And if the GOP Party makes the State GOP parties do what ever they want it’s not the same as the Government telling states what to do either… It’s all different…

Y314K on August 28, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Romney had a very liberal, über-Democrat legislature to work with.
hillbillyjim on August 28, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Ah poor poor Romney.

Someone put a gun to his head and forced him to move from Utah where he was a resident to Mass where he no longer was to run for Governor.

I detest this lie. He moved from Conservative Utah to liberal Mass to run as a Liberal Moderate to the left of the Democratic Party. He did so so late the primary deadline had expired and he was challanged on residency forcing him to refile taxes for two years retroactively changing his residency to Mass from Utah.

This was a Mitt choice he gets no credit for being in a State only because he moved there.

Steveangell on August 28, 2012 at 7:03 PM

whatever moron. u’r dissmisst

tom daschle concerned on August 28, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Why thank you Mitten’s overlord… Yes’m… thank you… GOP knows best… Yes’m… Fee’s are ggggoooooddddd… Top to bottom GOP control is gggggooooodddd…. RomneyCare is gggggooooddddd… Yes’m…

Y314K on August 28, 2012 at 7:04 PM

You realize, of course, that this is about the point at which William F. Buckley and National Review read the Birchers out of the conservative movement. Or as Russell Kirk put it: “Ike’s not a Communist. He’s a golfer.”

de rigueur on August 28, 2012 at 6:57 PM

I will hand it to the Communist. They do propaganda better than anyone else.

Here you go with the Saul Alinsky tactics. One Conservative did something stupid so all Conservatives are stupid.

Bill Buckly and the NRO are both RINO. Neither is the least Conservative. But they do have a lot of people paid to make them look Conservative. Propaganda.

Steveangell on August 28, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Welcome to the Laup Nor ButtHurt thread!!

BigWyo on August 28, 2012 at 6:38 PM

As opposed to the gaping mouth & tell us what to say & Make excuses for Mitten’s thread…

Y314K on August 28, 2012 at 6:47 PM

They have a salve for the ButtHurt.

It’s called STFU.

Manufactured by Crybaby LLC..

A wholly owned subsidiary of Old Crank for President.

BigWyo on August 28, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Steveangell on August 28, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Yell your OFA supervisor that you successfully suppressed one of James O’Keefe’s votes for the general.

You might get a can of Pork’n'Beans instead of the usual Pork’n’.

tom daschle concerned on August 28, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Steveangell on August 28, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Is it your assertion that the Mass. legislature would not have overridden a Romney veto?

Is it your assertion that the legislation wouldn’t have been even more dreadful left completely in the hands of the Mass. legislature?

If so, then OK. If not, then what’s your point?

hillbillyjim on August 28, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Why thank you Mitten’s overlord… Yes’m… thank you… GOP knows best… Yes’m… Fee’s are ggggoooooddddd… Top to bottom GOP control is gggggooooodddd…. RomneyCare is gggggooooddddd… Yes’m…

Y314K on August 28, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Your shift at #OCCUPYMOMSBASEMENT over for the day?

98ZJUSMC on August 28, 2012 at 7:23 PM

The point is that for generations we’ve been told by the GOP to bend over while they ram whatever lame-ass candidate up our backsides they want – and to what end?

Midas on August 28, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Newsflash. Romney won the Republican nomination by getting the most Republican primary votes.

The next president will be Romney or Obama. With Romney, we might at least get a budget. We might have Obamacare repealed. We might reduce the deficit. We might reduce the national debt. With Obama we won’t.

If you have a better candidate-you need that candidate to run in the primary. If the primary voters pick that candidate, great, if not, it’s not the GOP ramming someone down our throats. The voters pick. If the candidate of your choice isn’t sufficiently mainstream to appeal to the Republican primary voters, s/he won’t win the general election. If your candidate doesn’t exist or won’t run, there isn’t anything the GOP can do about it.

talkingpoints on August 28, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Your shift at #OCCUPYMOMSBASEMENT over for the day?

98ZJUSMC on August 28, 2012 at 7:23 PM

I am not @ u’r #MOMSBasement… I’m in her bedroom… But no… Funny… If I don’t follow dear leader Mitten’s I must be a paulbot or occupier… Since all u’r friends think with one brain… It must be so… Can I have one u’r ObamaLite 2012 stickers for u’r mom’s ass…

Y314K on August 28, 2012 at 7:40 PM

I am not @ u’r #MOMSBasement… I’m in her bedroom… But no… Funny… If I don’t follow dear leader Mitten’s I must be a paulbot or occupier… Since all u’r friends think with one brain… It must be so… Can I have one u’r ObamaLite 2012 stickers for u’r mom’s ass…

Y314K on August 28, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Shhhhh……

Adults talking now.

98ZJUSMC on August 28, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Newsflash. Romney won the Republican nomination by getting the most Republican primary votes.

The next president will be Romney or Obama. With Romney, we might at least get a budget. We might have Obamacare repealed. We might reduce the deficit. We might reduce the national debt. With Obama we won’t.

If you have a better candidate-you need that candidate to run in the primary. If the primary voters pick that candidate, great, if not, it’s not the GOP ramming someone down our throats. The voters pick. If the candidate of your choice isn’t sufficiently mainstream to appeal to the Republican primary voters, s/he won’t win the general election. If your candidate doesn’t exist or won’t run, there isn’t anything the GOP can do about it.

talkingpoints on August 28, 2012 at 7:28 PM

One rule for Romney.

Another for Akin. Akin also won his nomination yet you call for him to get out. Well I am not calling for Mitt to get out. I am just pointing out that Romney and Obama are two sides of the same coin.

Steveangell on August 28, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Shhhhh……

Adults talking now.

98ZJUSMC on August 28, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Then go to bed jr…

Y314K on August 28, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Is it your assertion that the Mass. legislature would not have overridden a Romney veto?

Is it your assertion that the legislation wouldn’t have been even more dreadful left completely in the hands of the Mass. legislature?

If so, then OK. If not, then what’s your point?

hillbillyjim on August 28, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Typical Saul Alinsky.

Lose an argument act like a different topic was being discussed you think you can win. Well you lose that one as well.

Mitt chose to move to Mass so he could work with people that were far closer to his own ideology.

Mitt in 2005 made an agreement with the Democrats. He would continue to sign bills that they could not override as long as they would not complain too much about the bills he vetoed and they could override. Mitt worked hand in hand with his friends the Democrats.

Steveangell on August 28, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Steveangell on August 28, 2012

…it’s in the bloodstream again!

KOOLAID2 on August 28, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Agreed… I was warming up to vote for Mitten’s his Nov. But since he is Obama Lite… That’s out the window…

….and what was not known about Romney that became such a blinding revelation? Everything about him has been out there for a long long time. You were never warming up to Romney. He is the only alternative to your supposed distaste for teh Lightbringer.

Now I am even considering skipping 2012 down ticket all together… If the GOP wants RINO’s from the top down… They can have their Fn’g Party…

Y314K on August 28, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Once the Laup Nor Insurrection crashed you would have done that anyway. Who do you think you’re kidding? Ronulans, essentially, are nothing but #OCCUPIERS.

There is only one way to stop President Training Wheels and you children need to either hitch up your diapers and wake up or simply get out of the way and let the adults get to work. No one Administration is going to fix this mess, no one President and no one Congress. It is going to take four or five continuous cycles to fix this.

You can either accept that fact or go on wishing for a retired crank to magically transport you to….I don’t know where. Romney has already stated the repeal is job one. For that to happen, a more firmly Conservative House and a Republican Senate is a must. If that doesn’t matter to you and the other children, than you never really wanted it in the first place.

98ZJUSMC on August 28, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Bill Buckly and the NRO are both RINO. Neither is the least Conservative. But they do have a lot of people paid to make them look Conservative. Propaganda.

Steveangell on August 28, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Golly. WFB not in the least conservative? I’m afraid it was about here that Bill started referring to “the fever swamps of the right.” Wasn’t referring to Adkin at 6:57pm (in fact, I’ve never expressed an opinion about Adkin at all), but to you. You seem lost, my man.

de rigueur on August 28, 2012 at 8:41 PM

98ZJUSMC on August 28, 2012 at 8:20 PM

“First of all, with regards to women’s health care, look, I’m the guy that was about to get health care for all of the women — and men — in my state,” Romney said. “They’re talking about it on the federal level, we actually did something. And we did it without cutting Medicare and raising taxes.”

“So you’re saying, ‘Look at Romneycare?’” Wallace interjected.

“Absolutely. I am very proud of what we did, and the fact that we helped women and men and children in our state. And we did it without cutting Medicare. … And then with regard to contraceptives, of course Republicans, myself in particular, recognize that women have a right to use contraceptives. There is absolutely no validity whatsoever to the Obama effort to try and bring that up.”

U read that from the creator of RomneyCare & all u get is repeal, repeal, repeal….

I thought his pick for Paul Ryan had made him turn a corner…. But after seeing him still come after the grassroots conservative movement in the convention to affect 2016… He has shown to be the same progressive he said he was… Candidates don’t veer right after winning power.. They veer left…

So u want to save a crashing bus full of kids by getting the driver that can at most keep the bus going straight at the cliff instead of demanding a bus driver that will swing the bus right and to safety… K… Getting to work is doing the same thing over and over… Enjoy the crash no matter if Obama or Romney are driving…

Y314K on August 28, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Golly. WFB not in the least conservative? I’m afraid it was about here that Bill started referring to “the fever swamps of the right.” Wasn’t referring to Adkin at 6:57pm (in fact, I’ve never expressed an opinion about Adkin at all), but to you. You seem lost, my man.

de rigueur on August 28, 2012 at 8:41 PM

He once was.

But he drank long and hard the RINO Koolaid and is now a RINO.

The NRO became RINO about four years ago completely.

This is the progressive plan. Infiltrate everything and take control of everything. Use Saul Alinsk tactics to attack any that disagree to shut them up.

You can see it at work here where the objective is to shut people up not discuss things.

Steveangell on August 28, 2012 at 9:29 PM

You realize, of course, that this is about the point at which William F. Buckley and National Review read the Birchers out of the conservative movement. Or as Russell Kirk put it: “Ike’s not a Communist. He’s a golfer.”

de rigueur on August 28, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Sounds much like Romney and Pribus attempting to drive Akin out of the Party.

The John Birch Society died because they ran out of new information and became stale. Literally month after month the same articles in their magazine. Conspiracy theories never updated or discarded when disproven. They finally killed themselves off. They never understood that there is no central group running everything.

Steveangell on August 28, 2012 at 9:37 PM

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