Mia Love: The economy, debt aren’t prejudiced issues

posted at 8:13 pm on August 29, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Mia Love’s name has been all the rage here in Tampa since her big debut on the RNC stage at the start of Tuesday night’s lineup, and my Townhall colleague Elisabeth Meinecke and I managed to catch up with her outside the Tampa Bay Times Forum for a little bit of follow-up. Even though Love’s presence on the national scene is rather inconvenient for the Left’s never-ceasing rhetoric about the ostensibly constant stream of raaaaaaacism and war-on-women-ishness coming from the Right, she’s not to be deterred — she’s facing a tough race against a Democratic incumbent in Utah, but she’s focused on the big issues that affect all Americans and on helping to bring an end to the divisiveness being peddled by President Obama and the Democrats. The docket was full of conservative all-stars last night, but Love’s speech clearly packed an unforgettable punch — her fundraising numbers have been on the up and up since she graced the stage.


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We love Mia. Liberal racists hate her because she will not sing their tune. You go, Mia!

Philly on August 29, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Watching the convention on C-SPAN, and it’s a shame the networks just missed the tribute to Israel.

And GE Smith’s band is really good.

Philly on August 29, 2012 at 8:16 PM

She should’ve been given the keynote.

changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 8:16 PM

apparently, she’s a top search on googles or the twitters or something today. I didn’t see her speech cuz I was doin’ errands.

ted c on August 29, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Mia Love kicks ass.

Thank you,

sdm

stvdog on August 29, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Mia is not Missing in Action….she is going full tilt….we need more ladies like her. Seems the women have the cojones these days….

MJScanlonOH on August 29, 2012 at 8:19 PM

I’d give anything to see her confront Biden right to his greazy yellow toothed face.

abobo on August 29, 2012 at 8:19 PM

…I love Mia Love!
Oh wait! I’m white I’m racist
…nevermind!

KOOLAID2 on August 29, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Her speech was alright. I understand that the GOP has an image problem and all, but honestly, it was an alright speech and the hallelujahs about Mia have more to do with her race and gender than her performance.

Hands down, the best speech yesterday was from John Kasich. I know he’s just another white guy from Ohio, but for real, Kasich ran laps around everyone who spoke yesterday. Artur Davis had a great one too. And the rest didn’t really come close to those two.

Lawdawg86 on August 29, 2012 at 8:20 PM

She should’ve been given the keynote.

changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Please. Christie was great.

Mia isn’t ready for prime time yet. She’s still a bit green in her answers.

She’s got promise, but the Pubs are too quick to push these pols out front too soon….a la Palin. Let them take some knocks and get seasoned.

In the meantime, someone needs to pull the rug out from under Todd Akin.

rickyricardo on August 29, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Smart woman.

GarandFan on August 29, 2012 at 8:21 PM

How can she be so happy giving these speeches when a black man is drowning in the polls?

faraway on August 29, 2012 at 8:22 PM

I’m wondering why there is such a reluctance by HA to just have an open thread? It makes following everyone’s comments about the convention so much easier instead of you know…trying to follow the comments on seven different threads.

GOPRanknFile on August 29, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Erika, are you ashamed of the Hot Air T-Shirt?
/

faraway on August 29, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Philly on August 29, 2012 at 8:15 PM

THIS

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Love is just lovely.
Talking to the people-not any “category” or reproductive organs.
I like the fresh new energy in the party.

As my Grand daddy use to say..givem hell Mia! Come on Utah!

bazil9 on August 29, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Please. Christie was great.

Mia isn’t ready for prime time yet. She’s still a bit green in her answers.

She’s got promise, but the Pubs are too quick to push these pols out front too soon….a la Palin. Let them take some knocks and get seasoned.

In the meantime, someone needs to pull the rug out from under Todd Akin.

rickyricardo on August 29, 2012 at 8:21 PM

She seemed ready for prime time to me. Plus, the added exposure would’ve been great for her run against Matheson.

changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 8:26 PM

The usual leftard attack edits appeared on her Wikipedia page this morning , calling her a “house ni****”,”whore ” and various other lovely appellations that the permanently adolescent left is famous for.
.
(They were probably from Gwen Ifil.)

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on August 29, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Christie sucked. Why do we build him up?

Rusty Allen on August 29, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Sam Olens reminds me of Jon Lovitz.

Philly on August 29, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Unfortunately, the left can’t hear Mia, or any of us on the right.

Our voices are drowned out by the whistling of all those auditory hallucination from which the left collectively suffers. Those on the left refer to these auditory hallucinations as ‘dog whistles’.

thatsafactjack on August 29, 2012 at 8:29 PM

OT: the snarky snarkfest analysis on MSNBC is unbelievable. Watching Fred Savage (er, Rachel Maddow), Chris Hayes, Al Sharpton, Matthews, and their conservative punching bag Steve Schmidt discuss foreign affairs is hilarious. Bush lied about WMDs, Maddow has an obsession with Dan Senor (a very popular guest on MSNBC’s Morning Joe), and Republicans are frightening.

It’s like watching a after-school meeting of high-school participants in a Junior Council on World Affairs chapter.

BuckeyeSam on August 29, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Is there an open thread for convention comments?

RedCrow on August 29, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Pierce Morgan noticed that Condi is a black person.

faraway on August 29, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Sam Olens reminds me of Jon Lovitz.

Philly on August 29, 2012 at 8:28 PM

The guy is loathsome. During the heat of the Obamacare debate, and when Olens was running for AG in the primary, I sat in on a small Q & A session with him, and he was talking about the need to compromise and be respectful of the President. I was astounded, the guy is awful. I’m ashamed that he’s the only speaker from Georgia at the convention.

Lawdawg86 on August 29, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Is there an open thread for convention comments?

RedCrow on August 29, 2012 at 8:30 PM

No…apparently we just drift from one thread to the next. :/

changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 8:33 PM

BuckeyeSam on August 29, 2012 at 8:30 PM

I’m getting a kick out of CNN.

Step #1: Some CNN flak interviews a republican about what they said in speech.
Step #2: Burnett and Blitzer deliver rebuttal.

(Especially good was when Burnett was trying to nullify comments about Odumbo’s foreign policy, saying Romney’s is exactly the same. While she said that the “factoid” at the bottom was contradicting her, slightly.)

RedCrow on August 29, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Artur Davis had a great one too. And the rest didn’t really come close to those two.

Lawdawg86 on August 29, 2012 at 8:20 PM

You must be watching something other than the RNC convention because you are nuts if you think Kasich gave the killer speech last night. I’ve not heard one pundit or commentator agree with you about that.

I think you’re being harsh to suggest that Mia Love’s speech was graded on a curve and only got interest because of her race and gender. Yes, it is rare that you come across a daughter of Hatian immigrants raised in NYC but is now serving as the Mormon Mayor in a Utah city. Nevertheless, her story and voice were more compelling than you claim.

Happy Nomad on August 29, 2012 at 8:33 PM

“Mia who?”

-MSNBC watcher

iurockhead on August 29, 2012 at 8:34 PM

No…apparently we just drift from one thread to the next. :/

changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Think of it as mingling at a cocktail party. ;0

Happy Nomad on August 29, 2012 at 8:34 PM

No…apparently we just drift from one thread to the next. :/

changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Huh. Thanks. Threw my 2cents in at 8:33 here.

RedCrow on August 29, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Pierce Morgan noticed that Condi is a black person.

faraway on August 29, 2012 at 8:32 PM

…get out!…how’d he know?

KOOLAID2 on August 29, 2012 at 8:35 PM

You must be watching something other than the RNC convention because you are nuts if you think Kasich gave the killer speech last night. I’ve not heard one pundit or commentator agree with you about that.

Happy Nomad on August 29, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Yeah, he got overlooked by the pundits, but his was the only hard-hitting speech that excited the crowd (besides Davis).

Have you watched his speech?

Lawdawg86 on August 29, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Nevertheless, her story and voice were more compelling than you claim.

Happy Nomad on August 29, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Lol. I remember falling for her in April (I think it was).
She’s a heck of a lady.

RedCrow on August 29, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Think of it as mingling at a cocktail party. ;0

Happy Nomad on August 29, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Or bar-hopping lol

GOPRanknFile on August 29, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Think of it as mingling at a cocktail party. ;0

Happy Nomad on August 29, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Heh.

changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Maddow has an obsession with Dan Senor (a very popular guest on MSNBC’s Morning Joe), and Republicans are frightening.

It’s like watching a after-school meeting of high-school participants in a Junior Council on World Affairs chapter.

BuckeyeSam on August 29, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Well if it is an obsession we can be pretty sure it isn’t sexual.

But I think you are spot on comparing that group to a high school club but would dissent in this regard. The HS students would be much more informed about the issues.

Happy Nomad on August 29, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Happy Nomad on August 29, 2012 at 8:33 PM

I also thought Kasich’s speech was pretty good. It was one of the few that energized the crowd.

GOPRanknFile on August 29, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Mia Love has been a tea party rock star for quite some time. I am glad the RNC had the good sense to give her a speaking slot.

karenhasfreedom on August 29, 2012 at 8:38 PM

“been on the up and up”
well I would certainly hope her fundraising is honest and above board. Kosher, even.

/wrong metaphor

rayra on August 29, 2012 at 8:38 PM

There were boos in front of her speech this is why. Got an email from my MD party chair explaining it. I will paraphrase what she said.

Priebus decided that he knows better than the delegates in the convention what should pass. Priebus did a huge power grab allowing himself to arbitrarily change the rules between conventions. Also swap out delegates for ones they prefer. He and Romney knew they did not have the votes so they made sure the auditorium was full of their staffers and alternates none of which were allowed to vote. They called the vote and all these staffers and alternates voted anyway. It was still very close even though Priebus had prevented three full buses of people who were against this from entering the convention to vote. He illegally refused a roll call vote which should have been routine. The Minority finally was allowed in to the convention and Priebus would not allow them to vote on their petition illegally.

This was all the boos last night at the convention. It was Tea Party Conservatives not Paulies doing the booing when he refused the normal call for a Roll call vote.

So much for the Republican Party caring about the right to vote. It is now a Dictatorship.

Steveangell on August 29, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Happy Nomad on August 29, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Exactly! Or a traveling party, where you go from one persons house to the next for various courses of drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

thatsafactjack on August 29, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Wow, Mia Love is great!!

mr.blacksheep on August 29, 2012 at 8:39 PM

BOMBSHELL: Fox is saying that Romney told Christie to tone down his speech

faraway on August 29, 2012 at 8:40 PM

This was all the boos last night at the convention. It was Tea Party Conservatives not Paulies doing the booing when he refused the normal call for a Roll call vote.

So much for the Republican Party caring about the right to vote. It is now a Dictatorship.

Steveangell on August 29, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Yeah. I hear the mystery speaker tomorrow is Kim Jong Un whatever. /

changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Yeah. I hear the mystery speaker tomorrow is Kim Jong Un whatever. /

changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 8:41 PM

You’re giving him more attention than he deserves.

GOPRanknFile on August 29, 2012 at 8:42 PM

You’re giving him more attention than he deserves.

GOPRanknFile on August 29, 2012 at 8:42 PM

True.

changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 8:44 PM

John Thune was pretty low-key. I suppose that’s the polite way to say it.

Philly on August 29, 2012 at 8:45 PM

I heard DinnerJacket is converting to a Republican… speech excerpts “Death to Iran”

faraway on August 29, 2012 at 8:46 PM

I echo the need for a convention open thread. Last night it was annoying to try to jump around and find the latest comments.

pianomomma on August 29, 2012 at 8:48 PM

I also thought Kasich’s speech was pretty good. It was one of the few that energized the crowd.

GOPRanknFile on August 29, 2012 at 8:38 PM

It was pretty good as was Bob McDonnell’s or Scott Walker’s and the other Governors who have had success. It shows the deep bench the GOP has.

Stay tuned for next week and see how many Dem governors are able to talk about running surpluses in their states.

Happy Nomad on August 29, 2012 at 8:50 PM

I echo the need for a convention open thread. Last night it was annoying to try to jump around and find the latest comments.

pianomomma on August 29, 2012 at 8:48 PM

The decision not to have one is bizarre. But, the way tonight is going no one will be awake for very much longer anyway.

changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 8:50 PM

OMG-

Second-tier American Idol rejects? Really?

Happy Nomad on August 29, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Sober up, BOR.

faraway on August 29, 2012 at 8:51 PM

No surprise, Hot Air completely ignoring Rand Paul’s speech, even though he affirms his endorsement of Mittens in the speech.

http://www.businessinsider.com/rand-paul-rnc-convention-gop-2012-8

How many of Paul’s 2 million primary votes does the GOP think it will gain in November by continually dismissing anyone who talks about ending cronyism and guarding individual liberties against the police State?

Wonder how many Romney voters Virgil Goode and Gary Johnson will siphon from Mittens in Virginia. Could be up to 11%.

Firefly_76 on August 29, 2012 at 8:52 PM

BOMBSHELL: Fox is saying that Romney told Christie to tone down his speech

faraway on August 29, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Seriously?

One Republican source told FoxNews.com that Eastwood is indeed the mystery speaker, following an online report that claimed the actor is planning to travel to Tampa for the convention.

I wonder if Dirty Harry will be asked to tone down.

INC on August 29, 2012 at 8:52 PM

I hope Mia doesn’t golf. Or I hope she does.

Whats the meme again?

Odie1941 on August 29, 2012 at 8:52 PM

So much for the Republican Party caring about the right to vote. It is now a Dictatorship.

Steveangell on August 29, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Go to the Hillsdale College Site. They have a free class in the Constitution. You need it.

CW on August 29, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Open thread is a great idea.

Philly on August 29, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Firefly_76 on August 29, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Dude. Refresh your browser on the main page!
You Paulians really are needy, aren’t you?
PS–You were wrong. (Many times, I’m sure.)

RedCrow on August 29, 2012 at 8:56 PM

OK. Jazz just put up a post on Rand’s speech. I’m officially eating hat. **ducks**

Firefly_76 on August 29, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Sober up, BOR.

faraway on August 29, 2012 at 8:51 PM

I find that offensive.

kenny on August 29, 2012 at 8:57 PM

RedCrow on August 29, 2012 at 8:56 PM

can’t type and refresh at the same time. mea culpa.

Firefly_76 on August 29, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Firefly_76 on August 29, 2012 at 8:58 PM

That’s okay. It was a great speech.

RedCrow on August 29, 2012 at 8:59 PM

Mia is awesome! And a conservative to boot!

tim c on August 29, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Bob O’Donnell’s” “widow”s knot” reminds everyone of Edwards. He should get a Marine Corps crew cut and stop pandering.

kenny on August 29, 2012 at 9:05 PM

The decision not to have one is bizarre. But, the way tonight is going no one will be awake for very much longer anyway.

changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 8:50 PM

True, but Ryan’s coming. My hero! (swoon)

And if nothing else, the band sounds great tonight. Go G.E.!!!

pianomomma on August 29, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Go to the Hillsdale College Site. They have a free class in the Constitution. You need it.

CW on August 29, 2012 at 8:53 PM

My word.

Priebus allowed staffers and alternates to vote illegally while locking out valid delegates. He then refused a roll call vote.

Government Class clearly teaches that a roll call vote is required whenever there is an objection to a voice vote but Priebus is above democracy evidently.

You do not like me calling him a Dictator but the term fits his actual actions.

Obviously you yahoos think we live in the USSR. Where the Dictator does whatever the hell he wants.

Romney for Dictator of the United Soviet States of Amerika.

Steveangell on August 29, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Hey, is there any Mtn Dew on this thread? We ran out on the other… oh, there any ice left?

Turtle317 on August 29, 2012 at 9:13 PM

That’s okay.

RedCrow on August 29, 2012 at 8:59 PM

Thanks!

Firefly_76 on August 29, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Romney for Dictator of the United Soviet States of Amerika.

Steveangell on August 29, 2012 at 9:12 PM

ROFL! Dude! Wrong party! Please check the party who had Van Jones (and others).

This is where the United States Constitution rules.

Turtle317 on August 29, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Mia is the reason the best and brightest from throughout the world come to The US. Not to pursue a “better”life through the idiocy of Socialism. We attract still the best the world has to offer. This from a once reader and admirer of GB Shaw, for the power of his English verbiage, not his politics.

kenny on August 29, 2012 at 9:15 PM

thanks for this little bonus interview! keep us updated with news about mia!

the fundraising numbers are amazing. the original goal was $50,000 and the amount she got is three times that! what makes me happy about that is that it is infuriating her haters. all those people who call her a “house n*****” and “aunt tom” can keep hating all they want, but the donations keep coming in! plus, she gained several thousand twitter and fb followers. and all because of a 5-minute speech.

Sachiko on August 29, 2012 at 9:19 PM

ROFL! Dude! Wrong party! Please check the party who had Van Jones (and others).

This is where the United States Constitution rules.

Turtle317 on August 29, 2012 at 9:15 PM

I’m sorry.

So let me get this straight.

The Republican Party is all for people voting in elections that are not qualified to vote.

The Republican Party is all for locking out actual voters and preventing them from voting.

The Republican Party is all for the Speaker changing the rules anytime he wants. Of ruling on a voice vote when it is contested and not allowing a real controlled Roll Call vote the rules clearly call for.

Sorry those are all true of the Democratic Party. It that where I am?

Steveangell on August 29, 2012 at 9:20 PM

the donations keep coming in! plus, she gained several thousand twitter and fb followers. and all because of a 5-minute speech.

Sachiko on August 29, 2012 at 9:19 PM

That reinforces my belief hers was the best speech last night. I was very impressed with her.

Turtle317 on August 29, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Sorry those are all true of the Democratic Party. It that where I am?

Steveangell on August 29, 2012 at 9:20 PM

I’ll answer your charge with a question (and answer).

Bernie Sanders (registered democrat) is an avowed socialist.

NEXT!

Really dude. Chill.

Turtle317 on August 29, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Angell, you are one whipped, bitter mule

kenny on August 29, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Oh my, Mia Love is the future of the GOP.
Suck it, Zephania Brooks Huntman.

the new aesthetic on August 29, 2012 at 9:49 PM

(And no one noticed that I misspelled HUNTSMAN.)

the new aesthetic on August 29, 2012 at 9:49 PM

(And no one noticed that I misspelled HUNTSMAN.)

the new aesthetic on August 29, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Maybe we don’t dwell on your every word, as unlikely as it seems

kenny on August 29, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Well I did, but I just finished reading the page. After all the name is on about everything in Utah. Jon jr’s dad is a great man. Too bad about little jon.

Bambi on August 30, 2012 at 12:48 AM

As a fellow black conservative woman I say Best Wishes & Praying you win your election.

mmcnamer1 on August 30, 2012 at 6:33 AM

The national exposure cannot hurt Mia’s chances in Utah. Plus, it gives me yet another hot Conservative woman to drool over. Yes, I’m a pig, and I’m at peace with that. Just let it go already.

swinia sutki on August 30, 2012 at 6:57 AM

God bless Mia Love who stands up with the courage of her convictions, against the name callers, and can be herself.

Fleuries on August 30, 2012 at 8:42 AM

It’s got to be hard for Mia Love to have the conviction to stand against the Democratic machine. They will try to destroy her and they will encourage black people around this country to hate her.
I give her KUDOS for having the spine to stand up and fight for the Republican message.

Thank you Mia Love

SgtRed on August 30, 2012 at 12:48 PM