Open thread: Mitt’s big moment

posted at 9:01 pm on August 30, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

This is it, folks — the main event. Here are the available excerpts from Romney’s prepared remarks for the evening, and I’ll embed the livestream again below in case you want to watch the whole thing go down here. I’ll update with my immediate thoughts and the crowd’s reaction here from Tampa when it’s all over — I’m pumped. Who’s pumped?

Four years ago, I know that many Americans felt a fresh excitement about the possibilities of a new president. That president was not the choice of our party but Americans always come together after elections. We are a good and generous people who are united by so much more than divides us.

When that hard fought election was over, when the yard signs came down and the television commercials finally came off the air, Americans were eager to go back to work, to live our lives the way Americans always have – optimistic and positive and confident in the future.

That very optimism is uniquely American.

It is what brought us to America. We are a nation of immigrants. We are the children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the ones who wanted a better life, the driven ones, the ones who woke up at night hearing that voice telling them that life in that place called America could be better.

They came not just in pursuit of the riches of this world but for the richness of this life.

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Every family in America wanted this to be a time when they could get ahead a little more, put aside a little more for college, do more for their elderly mom who’s living alone now or give a little more to their church or charity.

Every small business wanted these to be their best years ever, when they could hire more, do more for those who had stuck with them through the hard times, open a new store or sponsor that Little League team.

Every new college graduate thought they’d have a good job by now, a place of their own, and that they could start paying back some of their loans and build for the future.

This is when our nation was supposed to start paying down the national debt and rolling back those massive deficits.

This was the hope and change America voted for.

***

I wish President Obama had succeeded because I want America to succeed. But his promises gave way to disappointment and division.  This isn’t something we have to accept. Now is the moment when we CAN do something. With your help we will do something.

Now is the moment when we can stand up and say, “I’m an American. I make my destiny. And we deserve better! My children deserve better! My family deserves better. My country deserves better!”

So here we stand. Americans have a choice. A decision.

To make that choice, you need to know more about me and about where I will lead our country.

***

My mom and dad gave their kids the greatest gift of all – the gift of unconditional love. They cared deeply about who we would BE, and much less about what we would DO.

Unconditional love is a gift that Ann and I have tried to pass on to our sons and now to our grandchildren.  All the laws and legislation in the world will never heal this world like the loving hearts and arms of mothers and fathers. If every child could drift to sleep feeling wrapped in the love of their family – and God’s love– this world would be a far more gentle and better place.

***

My mom and dad were true partners, a life lesson that shaped me by everyday example. When my mom ran for the Senate, my dad was there for her every step of the way. I can still hear her saying in her beautiful voice, “Why should women have any less say than men, about the great decisions facing our nation?”

I wish she could have been here at the convention and heard leaders like Governor Mary Fallin, Governor Nikki Haley, Governor Susana Martinez, Senator Kelly Ayotte and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

As Governor of Massachusetts, I chose a woman Lt. Governor, a woman chief of staff, half of my cabinet and senior officials were women, and in business, I mentored and supported great women leaders who went on to run great companies.

***

Like a lot of families in a new place with no family, we found kinship with a wide circle of friends through our church. When we were new to the community it was welcoming and as the years went by, it was a joy to help others who had just moved to town or just joined our church. We had remarkably vibrant and diverse congregations of all walks of life and many who were new to America. We prayed together, our kids played together and we always stood ready to help each other out in different ways.

And that’s how it is in America. We look to our communities, our faiths, our families for our joy, our support, in good times and bad. It is both how we live our lives and why we live our lives. The strength and power and goodness of America has always been based on the strength and power and goodness of our communities, our families, our faiths.

***

When I was 37, I helped start a small company. My partners and I had been working for a company that was in the business of helping other businesses.

So some of us had this idea that if we really believed our advice was helping companies, we should invest in companies. We should bet on ourselves and on our advice.

***

That business we started with 10 people has now grown into a great American success story. Some of the companies we helped start are names you know.  An office supply company called Staples – where I’m pleased to see the Obama campaign has been shopping; The Sports Authority, which became a favorite of my sons. We started an early childhood learning center called Bright Horizons that First Lady Michelle Obama rightly praised. At a time when nobody thought we’d ever see a new steel mill built in America, we took a chance and built one in a corn field in Indiana. Today Steel Dynamics is one of the largest steel producers in the United States.

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But for too many Americans, these good days are harder to come by. How many days have you woken up feeling that something really special was happening in America?

Many of you felt that way on Election Day four years ago. Hope and Change had a powerful appeal. But tonight I’d ask a simple question:  If you felt that excitement when you voted for Barack Obama, shouldn’t you feel that way now that he’s President Obama? You know there’s something wrong with the kind of job he’s done as president when the best feeling you had, was the day you voted for him.

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Today the time has come for us to put the disappointments of the last four years behind us.

To put aside the divisiveness and the recriminations.

To forget about what might have been and to look ahead to what can be.

Now is the time to restore the Promise of America. Many Americans have given up on this president but they haven’t ever thought about giving up. Not on themselves. Not on each other. And not on America.

What is needed in our country today is not complicated or profound. It doesn’t take a special government commission to tell us what America needs.

What America needs is jobs.

Lots of jobs.

***

To the majority of Americans who now believe that the future will not be better than the past, I can guarantee you this: if Barack Obama is re-elected, you will be right.

I am running for president to help create a better future. A future where everyone who wants a job can find one. Where no senior fears for the security of their retirement. An America where every parent knows that their child will get an education that leads them to a good job and a bright horizon.

And unlike the president, I have a plan to create 12 million new jobs. It has 5 steps.

First, by 2020, North America will be energy independent by taking full advantage of our oil and coal and gas and nuclear and renewables.

Second, we will give our fellow citizens the skills they need for the jobs of today and the careers of tomorrow. When it comes to the school your child will attend, every parent should have a choice, and every child should have a chance.

Third, we will make trade work for America by forging new trade agreements. And when nations cheat in trade, there will be unmistakable consequences.

Fourth, to assure every entrepreneur and every job creator that their investments in America will not vanish as have those in Greece, we will cut the deficit and put America on track to a balanced budget.

And fifth, we will champion SMALL businesses, America’s engine of job growth. That means reducing taxes on business, not raising them. It means simplifying and modernizing the regulations that hurt small business the most. And it means that we must rein in the skyrocketing cost of healthcare by repealing and replacing Obamacare.

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President Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet. MY promise…is to help you and your family.

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We will honor America’s democratic ideals because a free world is a more peaceful world. This is the bipartisan foreign policy legacy of Truman, and Reagan. And under my presidency we will return to it once again.

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The America we all know has been a story of the many becoming one, uniting to preserve liberty, uniting to build the greatest economy in the world, uniting to save the world from unspeakable darkness.

Everywhere I go in America, there are monuments that list those who have given their lives for America. There is no mention of their race, their party affiliation, or what they did for a living. They lived and died under a single flag, fighting for a single purpose. They pledged allegiance to the UNITED States of America.

That America, that united America, can unleash an economy that will put Americans back to work, that will once again lead the world with innovation and productivity, and that will restore every father and mother’s confidence that their children’s future is brighter even than the past.

That America, that united America, will preserve a military that is so strong, no nation would ever dare to test it.

That America, that united America, will uphold the constellation of rights that were endowed by our Creator, and codified in our constitution.

That united America will care for the poor and the sick, will honor and respect the elderly, and will give a helping hand to those in need.

That America is the best within each of us. That America we want for our children.

If I am elected President of these United States, I will work with all my energy and soul to restore that America, to lift our eyes to a better future. That future is our destiny. That future is out there. It is waiting for us. Our children deserve it, our nation depends upon it, the peace and freedom of the world require it. And with your help we will deliver it. Let us begin that future together tonight.

Update: The balloons are still falling in here and everybody’s celebrating, and despite a few moments of one or two unruly protesters being disruptive toward the beginning of the speech, the crowd of course went bananas for Mitt.

I know the liberal narrative about Mitt Romney is supposed to be that he’s stiff, he’s unapproachable, he’s out of touch, he’s robotic, he’s unfeeling, blah blah blah. Sorry to disappoint you, leftists — but Mitt Romney is a straight-up likeable dude. And not only is he likeable, he is a truly good man. There were countless testimonies tonight about Mitt Romney’s longstanding history of integrity, character, charity, and kindness. His speech included plenty of biography that demonstrated his down-to-earth personality, and I thought it was great.

But to me, that wasn’t even the most important aspect of Mitt Romney’s speech tonight. I don’t need a ‘cool’ or ‘exciting’ president — and I’m pretty sure most Americans are over that. Above all, Mitt Romney just gets it. He understands business and economics in a way that Barack Obama will never know, and what America needs right now is a turnaround artist. Romney can do it. I know the pundits and the fact-checkers will shortly be getting into the minutiae of his speech, praising this and criticizing that, but everything I love about freedom and free enterprise was on display this evening. Mitt Romney has a vision for America that starkly contrasts with the self-imposed hot mess we’re putting up with now, ’nuff said. Johnsen, out.


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Thank you, Erika!

Cody1991 on August 30, 2012 at 9:02 PM

second!

Scrumpy on August 30, 2012 at 9:04 PM

C’mon Mitt…let’s do this! Huge night, let’s not waste it…

Static21 on August 30, 2012 at 9:04 PM

I’m pumped. Who’s pumped?

I’m with you, Erika, as usual.

MisterElephant on August 30, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Thanks so much !!

Scrumpy on August 30, 2012 at 9:04 PM

waiting for Clint Eastwood
music ready
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_zeiKrRTuk&feature=related

burrata on August 30, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Which Mitt Romney will be speaking?

mythicknight on August 30, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Anyone want to see what the media dug up about Ryan ?
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/daily-mail-uncovers-paul-ryans-black-ex-girlfriend/

burrata on August 30, 2012 at 9:05 PM

They Just Don’t Get It!!!

Scrumpy on August 30, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Read some things from the speech, it’s not targeted for me

Conservative4ev on August 30, 2012 at 9:06 PM

second!

Scrumpy on August 30, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Hey, Scrumpy, left you this comment on the other thread:

Scrumpy on August 30, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Aw, Scumpy. You’re not so bad, and you don’t bite too hard.

GrannyDee on August 30, 2012 at 9:04 PM

GrannyDee on August 30, 2012 at 9:06 PM

burrata on August 30, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Old news, sorry….

Scrumpy on August 30, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Who’s pumped?

Er, not as much as you are Erika! I’m pumped enough to get the Marxist out of the WH and Mitt is the one to do that. So, let’s do this!

conservative pilgrim on August 30, 2012 at 9:06 PM

LET”S ROLL

cmsinaz on August 30, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Who’s pumped?

I’m pumped!

So glad that there are a few people speaking about Mitt and the many good things he has done. Coming from a long line of stoic Midwesterners I understand Mitt’s reluctance to talk about good works. It’s personal and is never meant to impress others for one’s personal gain.

But….. someone had to help him out a little. Very inspiring, touching testimonials.

Cody1991 on August 30, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Open threat time! Howdy all Hot Air folks!

Highlar on August 30, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Go Mitt!

We’re going to win this.

By the way, loving Erika Johnsen’s coverage and continued contributions to this site. Awesome HotAir hire, in my opinion

bluegill on August 30, 2012 at 9:07 PM

The trolls are already here.

JPeterman on August 30, 2012 at 9:07 PM

On Mitt’s big night Obama is getting hammered on Barry Beer

conservativeBC on August 30, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Here ! Yay ! :-)

pambi on August 30, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Oh my, I think I am officially a Romneybot as of tonight! I get it!!!

texgal on August 30, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Seems like a nice guy, Mr. Staples. Goofy, but well meaning and sincere.

Axe on August 30, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Which Mitt Romney will be speaking?

mythicknight on August 30, 2012 at 9:05 PM

The one and only.

MJBrutus on August 30, 2012 at 9:07 PM

I love these new Bain Capital ads!! My FAVORITE though is the one about the pharmacy guy in FIXING BUSINESSES. I think he’s supposed to be talking tonight at the convention?

Highlar on August 30, 2012 at 9:08 PM

GrannyDee on August 30, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Awwwww!! Thanks GrannyDee!!! Hugs!

Pssst, if you want a good laugh later, go check out the Vajayjay thread… I thought I was gonna be hammered!!! I am still here! I got a bit carried away…. :-)

Scrumpy on August 30, 2012 at 9:08 PM

conservative pilgrim on August 30, 2012 at 9:06 PM

*uptwinkles*

Axe on August 30, 2012 at 9:08 PM

texgal on August 30, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Woo hoo! You got the fee-vah!

MJBrutus on August 30, 2012 at 9:08 PM

I’m getting kind of nervous. Very unlike this time in ’08.

MustLoveBlogs on August 30, 2012 at 9:08 PM

Larry O’Donnell still seething over the clearly doctored video where those nasty RethugliKKKAN’ts show Obama “you didn’t build that” totally out of context…

like the entire crowd here and everybody actually watching at home hasn’t already seen the entirety of his remarks, which changes nothing.

mintycrys on August 30, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Fact Checkers stand ready.

Electrongod on August 30, 2012 at 9:09 PM

okay for now… but “they just don’t get it” isn’t going to cut it for the rest of the campaign

de rigueur on August 30, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Staples guy hit it out of the park! Sincerity, genuineness, and proud.

TXUS on August 30, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Okay, its not this guy…but this will work. :)

Highlar on August 30, 2012 at 9:09 PM

bluegill on August 30, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Hear! Hear! Erika’s a keeper.

MJBrutus on August 30, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Fact Checkers stand ready.

Electrongod on August 30, 2012 at 9:09 PM

wolfie right there with them

cmsinaz on August 30, 2012 at 9:10 PM

I’m getting kind of nervous. Very unlike this time in ’08.

MustLoveBlogs on August 30, 2012 at 9:08 PM

I’m not. Last night sealed the deal and changed everything. This is just the icing on the cake.

JPeterman on August 30, 2012 at 9:10 PM

burrata on August 30, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Wouldn’t it be awesome if they started playing that before Eastwood was introduced or walked on stage?

NotCoach on August 30, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Larry O’Donnell still seething over the clearly doctored video where those nasty RethugliKKKAN’ts show Obama “you didn’t build that” totally out of context…

mintycrys on August 30, 2012 at 9:09 PM

I heard more dog whistles in that clip than could be listed in a Ron Fournier article.

de rigueur on August 30, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Larry O’Donnell still seething over the clearly doctored video where those nasty RethugliKKKAN’ts show Obama “you didn’t build that” totally out of context…

like the entire crowd here and everybody actually watching at home hasn’t already seen the entirety of his remarks, which changes nothing.

mintycrys on August 30, 2012 at 9:09 PM

As everyone who is in any way open minded says: If you read the whole remark…EVERYTHING IN CONTEXT…its even worse! :D

Highlar on August 30, 2012 at 9:10 PM

JPeterman on August 30, 2012 at 9:10 PM

No, JP, I mean good nervous. You know – excited nervous!

MustLoveBlogs on August 30, 2012 at 9:11 PM

the story that obama doesn’t want you to hear

cmsinaz on August 30, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Wow, I apologize for being so tough on Mitt during the primaries. He is a great man with great compassion for people. I learned so much about him tonight from the speakers, so far.
Go Mitt.
Obama, eat sh*t!

the new aesthetic on August 30, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Open threat time! Howdy all Hot Air folks!

Highlar on August 30, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Are you a “weapon of mass destruction”? O_o

conservative pilgrim on August 30, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Old news, sorry….

Scrumpy on August 30, 2012 at 9:06 PM

The story maybe old,
but imagine how Mr Tingles will find it to be proof of Ryan’s racism ?
THAT would be news.
Of course, contrast that with Obama’s composite ” girlfriend” and dead gay members of his church .

burrata on August 30, 2012 at 9:11 PM

“They” <~~~~~ dog whistle

Axe on August 30, 2012 at 9:11 PM

I hope he re-iterates about repealing Obamacare on day one (or at least getting the process started). That’s the whole point in winning the Triple Crown (WH,House, Senate). This election is the last off ramp on the road to full bore socialism.

TxAnn56 on August 30, 2012 at 9:12 PM

What channel is everyone watching? I’m online watching a live stream.

http://www.youtube.com/gopconvention2012

conservative pilgrim on August 30, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Dangit! I haven’t caught up in the last one.

Details folks. Wife and daughter are in charge of the remote.

Once again, I must experience it vicariously through y’all.

And you noobs, keep the chittin’ and chattin’ to a dull roar.

Any more than that and the thread monitors will show up and spoil everybody’s evening. Do y’all want that on your permanent record so early at Hot Gas High?

cozmo on August 30, 2012 at 9:12 PM

I agree with those that say we’ve learned a LOT about Mitt Romney over these 3 days…most with Ann and tonight. Especially tonight. Mitt Romney really DOES sound like the man we NEED in the Oval Office to take this country forward!

Highlar on August 30, 2012 at 9:13 PM

I’m pumped!

Those testimonials earlier were excellent. I just hope people will see them. The idea that this man is some evil, out of touch Wall Streeter is just ridiculous.

changer1701 on August 30, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Hannity is such a wuss, he put Juan on because no one wants him on the panel so I guess he threw him a bone

Conservative4ev on August 30, 2012 at 9:13 PM

burrata on August 30, 2012 at 9:11 PM

There is that…yeah wasn’t catching your angle, got it now!!

Scrumpy on August 30, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Scrumpy on August 30, 2012 at 9:08 PM

I’ll check it out after the convention.

Those vajayjay women are looney-tunes. What a d*mn embarrassment they are.

Seriously, they need to be committed.

GrannyDee on August 30, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Which Mitt Romney will be speaking?

mythicknight on August 30, 2012 at 9:05 PM

The one that will mop the floor with your boy.

Archivarix on August 30, 2012 at 9:13 PM

OK, those Bad Lip Reading videos have spoiled me for that footage of Romney early on the campaign trail. I keep expecting him to say, “Yo Mama’s pudgy. Face it!”

pianomomma on August 30, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Anyone want to see what the media dug up about Ryan ?
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/daily-mail-uncovers-paul-ryans-black-ex-girlfriend/

burrata on August 30, 2012 at 9:05 PM

And that “dirt” is a bad thing? Crazy media. She’s very pretty. A five year relationship is long.

conservative pilgrim on August 30, 2012 at 9:14 PM

conservative pilgrim on August 30, 2012 at 9:12 PM

c-span….all the others have talking heads

cmsinaz on August 30, 2012 at 9:14 PM

conservative pilgrim on August 30, 2012 at 9:12 PM

C-SPAN here

Scrumpy on August 30, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Do y’all want that on your permanent record so early at Hot Gas High?

cozmo on August 30, 2012 at 9:12 PM

My record is already so bad they use it as an example of what not to do around here.

NotCoach on August 30, 2012 at 9:14 PM

conservative pilgrim on August 30, 2012 at 9:12 PM

C-Span

texgal on August 30, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Dangit! I haven’t caught up in the last one.

Details folks. Wife and daughter are in charge of the remote.

Any more than that and the thread monitors will show up and spoil everybody’s evening. Do y’all want that on your permanent record so early at Hot Gas High?

cozmo on August 30, 2012 at 9:12 PM

What are they watching?

And why the hell would you hand a remote to a women?

Axe on August 30, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Which Mitt Romney will be speaking?
mythicknight on August 30, 2012 at 9:05 PM

There is only one Mitt Romney. The one you’re not smart enough to appreciate.

Basilsbest on August 30, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Dangit! I haven’t caught up in the last one.

Details folks. Wife and daughter are in charge of the remote.

Once again, I must experience it vicariously through y’all.

And you noobs, keep the chittin’ and chattin’ to a dull roar.

Any more than that and the thread monitors will show up and spoil everybody’s evening. Do y’all want that on your permanent record so early at Hot Gas High?

cozmo on August 30, 2012 at 9:12 PM

There were some AMAZINGLY stirring testimonials from fellow church members of Mitt and Ann, and exceptional testimonials about his time at Bain Capital and what a smart, shrewd, intelligent business person he is. Really filling out who Romney is as the MAN rather than the “ad character politician”.

Highlar on August 30, 2012 at 9:15 PM

No, JP, I mean good nervous. You know – excited nervous!

MustLoveBlogs on August 30, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Got it! Time for a beer.

JPeterman on August 30, 2012 at 9:15 PM

conservative pilgrim on August 30, 2012 at 9:12 PM

C-Span is good, too:

http://www.c-span.org/RNC/

Cody1991 on August 30, 2012 at 9:15 PM

JPeterman on August 30, 2012 at 9:15 PM

At least!

MustLoveBlogs on August 30, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Romney needs to emphasize as much as he can , as many times as he can ,
that Bain Capital worked with private investers and VCs ,
NOT TAXPAYER MONEY

burrata on August 30, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Let’s light this candle!..R&R 2012!..:)

Dire Straits on August 30, 2012 at 9:16 PM

GrannyDee on August 30, 2012 at 9:13 PM

You may think I need committing after what I did!!! LMAO!!!

Lorien and a few others joined in also… it was hilarious… I am still laughing thinking back on it…

Scrumpy on August 30, 2012 at 9:16 PM

The only talking head I caught was Charlie Rose interviewing Frank Luntz. Luntz said Romney needs to be humanized in this convention. They’ve achieved that goal from what I’ve seen today.

conservative pilgrim on August 30, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Axe on August 30, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Several episodes of Grimm.

And why the hell would you hand a remote to a women?

Um, I sleep with one of them.

cozmo on August 30, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Prayers for Mitt (and America).

SouthernGent on August 30, 2012 at 9:16 PM

burrata on August 30, 2012 at 9:05 PM

And that “dirt” is a bad thing? Crazy media. She’s very pretty. A five year relationship is long.

conservative pilgrim on August 30, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Wow. She is pretty.

Axe on August 30, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Anyone want to see what the media dug up about Ryan ?
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/daily-mail-uncovers-paul-ryans-black-ex-girlfriend/

burrata on August 30, 2012 at 9:05 PM

And that “dirt” is a bad thing? Crazy media. She’s very pretty. A five year relationship is long.

conservative pilgrim on August 30, 2012 at 9:14 PM

I guess somehow that makes him a racist racist! That is so racist!

texgal on August 30, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Evenin’ Dire!

Scrumpy on August 30, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Romney needs to emphasize as much as he can , as many times as he can ,
that Bain Capital worked with private investers and VCs ,
NOT TAXPAYER MONEY

burrata on August 30, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Yes, and if he was smart he’d compare his time INVESTING at Bain to Obama INVESTING in Solyndra and GM (which I’ve heard is already ready to go bankrupt AGAIN!)

Highlar on August 30, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Scrumpy on August 30, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Now I’m too curious, so heading over there to see what damage you caused.

BRB.

GrannyDee on August 30, 2012 at 9:17 PM

C-Span is good, too:

http://www.c-span.org/RNC/

Cody1991 on August 30, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Great timing because this You Tube link is getting buggy. I’ll check out your link. Thanks!

conservative pilgrim on August 30, 2012 at 9:17 PM

And for those, like me, who are addicted to college football – Vandy just went ahead of S. Carolina 13-10 in the 3rd.

MustLoveBlogs on August 30, 2012 at 9:17 PM

I can’t say enough what a contrast it is to hear testimonials about Romney, personal anecdotes about who the man is when the cameras aren’t rolling, versus those speaking on Obama’s behalf who can only talk about his empty promises and rhetoric.

changer1701 on August 30, 2012 at 9:18 PM

I guess somehow that makes him a racist racist! That is so racist!

texgal on August 30, 2012 at 9:17 PM

I think it’s racist that you noted that he’s being racist for bringing up the obviously racist information. Raaaaacist!

conservative pilgrim on August 30, 2012 at 9:18 PM

healy doing a good job

cmsinaz on August 30, 2012 at 9:18 PM

CSpan is the way to go…..Juan is a bonehead. The knife is still in his back and he keeps spewing the same bull…liberals eat their own but not fast enough for me

crosshugger on August 30, 2012 at 9:19 PM

The trolls are already here.

JPeterman on August 30, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Let’s give ‘em a big, hearty HotAir IGNORE!

PatriotGal2257 on August 30, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Um, I sleep with one of them.

cozmo on August 30, 2012 at 9:16 PM

O

… Sorry, I forgot about how all that works. :) Been in the shelter a while.

Too long apparently.

Axe on August 30, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Highlar on August 30, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Hmmmm….much better than some of the old f*rts here, thank you.

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Wait a minute, are you one of those kiss up teacher’s pet types?

cozmo on August 30, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Crikey! Juan’s on again?!

SailorMark on August 30, 2012 at 9:19 PM

The Reagan montage nearly brought me to tears.

Some of the Romney spots are awesome. Can’t wait for the campaign to unleash the advertising Kraken.

Now on to the big event…knock it out Mitt. Our country needs you to perform tonight. I know you can do it.

freedomfirst on August 30, 2012 at 9:19 PM

OT: I just received a Fox update that the DOJ is considering filing charges on the Navy Seal who wrote the Osama Bin Laden book! Surprised anyone?

texgal on August 30, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Evenin’ Dire!

Scrumpy on August 30, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Good evening!..:)

Dire Straits on August 30, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Get ready, Sarah’s about to walk out on the stage.

TXUS on August 30, 2012 at 9:21 PM

The Reagan montage nearly brought me to tears.

freedomfirst on August 30, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Dayam, I missed it. Not paying homage to Reagan at a convention is heresy in my book.

TxAnn56 on August 30, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Crikey! Juan’s on again?!

SailorMark on August 30, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Switch to C-SPAN and you won’t have to have his whining fill your ears.

PatriotGal2257 on August 30, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Here comes a good one, Jane Edmonds.

texgal on August 30, 2012 at 9:22 PM

I’m pumped! That speech looks fantastic. Love the part about all the women’s Romney’s hired and worked with. Take that, “War On Women” peddlers…

Grace_is_sufficient on August 30, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Get ready, Sarah’s about to walk out on the stage.

TXUS on August 30, 2012 at 9:21 PM

She looks different…

Never new she worked for Romney in Mass, though.

Gingotts on August 30, 2012 at 9:22 PM

I’m pumped. Who’s pumped?

I’m pumped but the GOP could nominate a Chick-Fil-A sandwich and I’d be pumped about the possibility of getting rid of the rat-eared bastard.

That being said, I think that the GOP has put on a good clean convention. They were able to roll with the disruption of losing a day from the schedule and have put on a powerful case for why America should elect Romney/Ryan.

Happy Nomad on August 30, 2012 at 9:22 PM

I don’t think Mitt’s speech is that good, I hope I’m wrong and I only see a clip of it.

Conservative4ev on August 30, 2012 at 9:22 PM

a liberal dem talking in support of mitt…

appreciates the warm welcome….that wouldn’t happen the other way around

cmsinaz on August 30, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Dangit! I haven’t caught up in the last one.

Details folks. Wife and daughter are in charge of the remote.

Once again, I must experience it vicariously through y’all.

And you noobs, keep the chittin’ and chattin’ to a dull roar.

Any more than that and the thread monitors will show up and spoil everybody’s evening. Do y’all want that on your permanent record so early at Hot Gas High?

cozmo on August 30, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Grow up. Nobody cares about the self absorption of a wimp who can’t even control the Remote.

Basilsbest on August 30, 2012 at 9:22 PM

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