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.

***

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.

***

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.

***

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.

***

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

***

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.

***

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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Did the ABR nutballs burn out?

cozmo on August 31, 2012 at 12:38 AM

I think that they were ignored for just long enough to return to HuffPo.

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 12:39 AM

During a full moon the 20th page Bishop gets a free three-wolf-moon T-shirt.

SparkPlug on August 31, 2012 at 12:39 AM

LOL… MSDNC: Romney made the below the belt body blows now…so Obama can come out and “take the high road” now. *snark* Yeah, right…that man can’t pull himself out of the gutter if he tried.

Highlar on August 31, 2012 at 12:40 AM

2000 what?

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 12:38 AM

Posts, numbnuts.

Sheesh.

CorporatePiggy on August 31, 2012 at 12:40 AM

2000 posts. Nice!

Romney/Ryan 2012.

Gingotts on August 31, 2012 at 12:40 AM

Barack Obama ‏@BarackObama

This seat’s taken. http://OFA.BO/c2gbfi, http://pic.twitter.com/jgGZTb02

Clint 1 Obama 0

kim roy on August 31, 2012 at 12:41 AM

Folks we ar zeroing in on 2,000..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 12:34 AM

We’re zeroing in on 2012.

John the Libertarian on August 31, 2012 at 12:41 AM

Did the ABR nutballs burn out?

cozmo on August 31, 2012 at 12:38 AM

lolz..I sure they will be back!..:)

PS..Just remember we are all RINO’s now!..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 12:41 AM

And the 2000th post was… somebody ripping on MSNBC?

Worthy use of it, indeed.

Gingotts on August 31, 2012 at 12:41 AM

Eastwood was great and broke the ice. He set the context for the evening

All other speeches were from within his context, which is, it is still a free country and we are still free men with a right to get a replacement if the last one did no

He was great tonight. He ought to send Eastwood some roses, because Eastwood might have put Romney over the top in this election

Eastwood reset the conversation, he created a new tone, and he will live on in youtube

Optimism. Thankfulness. Humbling. Good job all

entagor on August 31, 2012 at 12:30 AM

You nailed it…eastwood humanized the whole evening, he was unscripted and real, old – maybe, but real, stumbling at times, sure, but real, wonderfully entertaining but not in a mindless sort of way, in other way the antithesis of holywood and phoney…he was just being Eastwood and h chose to com on stage for Romey…just beautiful…

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 12:41 AM

Posts, numbnuts.

Sheesh.

CorporatePiggy on August 31, 2012 at 12:40 AM

Joke, scrotumbreath.
Sheesh.

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 12:42 AM

We’re zeroing in on 2012.

John the Libertarian on August 31, 2012 at 12:41 AM

Very good point!..:)

PS..Good evening!..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 12:42 AM

What was the 2,000th post?

Highlar on August 31, 2012 at 12:42 AM

PS..Just remember we are all RINO’s now!..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 12:41 AM

Speak for yourself Arlen Crist.

CorporatePiggy on August 31, 2012 at 12:42 AM

Now it’s just deer, turkey, and grouse. Oh, and black bear.

listens2glenn on August 31, 2012 at 12:18 AM

.
What? No coyotes or feral pigs?

PolAgnostic on August 31, 2012 at 12:20 AM

.
PA has a significant coyote population, and they’re completely unprotected; 24-7-365. But very few hunters focus on them.

Feral pigs are officially non-extant, but I’m aware of a “Game Ranch” in Cambria Co that had some wild hogs escape a while back.

listens2glenn on August 31, 2012 at 12:42 AM

Just saw that Canada is a trending topic on Twitter. Clicked it to see why. It’s a bunch of liberals threatening to move there if Romney wins.

Mark1971 on August 30, 2012 at 11:47 PM

Way Kewl! Nobody’s ever made that threat before.

Of course, I wonder if anyone’s told them yet that Canada elected a CONSERVATIVE prime minister? (Don’t know about the rest of their government.)

Solaratov on August 31, 2012 at 12:42 AM

LOL! A buch of Politico hacks spewing some nonsesne right now on C-Span about GOP officials surprised that internal polling after Romney’s speech shows him tanking in the swing states.

bgibbs1000 on August 31, 2012 at 12:42 AM

And even that is a better resume than someone who earned their position on that stage by being such a rampant slut that she needed to go on TV begging Congress for a bigger truckload of condoms.

Gingotts on August 31, 2012 at 12:33 AM

Well Caroline Kennedy, otherwise known as my dad was President until he was killed but I haven’t done much myself, is apeaking too.

Deanna on August 31, 2012 at 12:42 AM

Breitbart News editor Dana Loesch confronted Code Pink demonstrators who attempted to disrupt Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s speech accepting his party’s nomination Thursday night.

When two demonstrators stood up to the left of the stage and heckled Romney, Loesch led the upper deck in chanting “U-S-A”–not before getting in a few heckles of her own.

After Romney resumed his remarks, another protestor then began shouting from the upper deck. Loesch then grabbed a camera and pursued her as she was escorted out of the building, throwing up peace signs, left-wing Democracy Now! camera crew in tow. Source

@DLoesch

Security at #RNC2012 said that Code Pink used media passes to get in and embarrass themselves by interrupting Romney speech. #BreitbartRNC

Flora Duh on August 31, 2012 at 12:42 AM

2000 what?

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 12:38 AM

2000 posts

strictnein on August 31, 2012 at 12:42 AM

I going to be gone for a little while..I have to go drive John Bohner to a party!..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 12:23 AM

LOL

bluefox on August 31, 2012 at 12:42 AM

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 12:30 AM

You know what I thought was so cute? I think it was one of the Ryan girls who picked up a gigantic beach ball and ran backstage with it. Cute. When you’re so young, I wonder if they have any idea of the importance of the event?

Asian Con on August 31, 2012 at 12:42 AM

Folks we are zeroing in on 2000..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 12:34 AM

Holy crap. Another Y2K millennium bug. Run for your lives.

SparkPlug on August 31, 2012 at 12:42 AM

He chose to come on stage for Romney….that is…

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 12:43 AM

ROMNEY RYAN 2012

John the Libertarian on August 31, 2012 at 12:43 AM

Speak for yourself Arlen Crist.

CorporatePiggy on August 31, 2012 at 12:42 AM

LoLz..You got me there!..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 12:43 AM

Yeah, right…that man can’t pull himself out of the gutter if he tried.

Highlar on August 31, 2012 at 12:40 AM

After such a positive convention, I’ll be interested to see if the dems hate-fest goes on exactly as planned.

(Question: Are democrats capable of “positive” anything?)

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 12:43 AM

How can we prevent the GOP from drowning black people?

BTW, Oprah floats.

SparkPlug on August 31, 2012 at 12:38 AM

SparkPlug:

You mean,if Obama didn`t pee away Stimulus loot to greeny projects,
the people of Parish,New Orleans could of saved more people,be—
cause they might of gots more Federal Spending Loot,and….and…
remember,there lives were lost under Hopeys watch!!
==================================================

Update: Coroner says 2 people from Plaquemines Parish, La., appear to have died from drowning – @NOLAnews

54 mins ago from http://www.nola.com by editor

canopfor on August 31, 2012 at 12:43 AM

CorporatePiggy on August 31, 2012 at 12:40 AM

You just got p3wned by the RedRaven.

SparkPlug on August 31, 2012 at 12:44 AM

NB4 2000 comments

oh darn

Jeddite on August 31, 2012 at 12:44 AM

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 12:42 AM

I saw you passing gas earlier. Hot Gasser!

John the Libertarian on August 31, 2012 at 12:44 AM

Barack Obama ‏@BarackObama

This seat’s taken. http://OFA.BO/c2gbfi, http://pic.twitter.com/jgGZTb02

Clint 1 Obama 0

kim roy on August 31, 2012 at 12:41 AM

Oh that’s just sad.

Ugh, and when I clicked the first like it ended up taking me to a page with a bare-armed Moochelle asking if I would “roll up my sleeves and go in.” Blecch. I need to find a way to donate negative money

Gingotts on August 31, 2012 at 12:44 AM

bluefox on August 31, 2012 at 12:42 AM

He seemed to be having a little trouble..imho..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 12:45 AM

You know what I thought was so cute? I think it was one of the Ryan girls who picked up a gigantic beach ball and ran backstage with it. Cute. When you’re so young, I wonder if they have any idea of the importance of the event?

Asian Con on August 31, 2012 at 12:42 AM

Yeah, I was watching that. :) And the boys were grabbing up armfuls of balloons and tossing them around. :) Mad me smile to see it.

Highlar on August 31, 2012 at 12:45 AM

Asian Con on August 31, 2012 at 12:42 AM

I saw that to, she was precious. I notice a little grandson almost got away, his mom had to quickly round him up before he disappeared into a sea of balloons. No kids allowed on the floor of the Dems convention. Weird.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 12:45 AM

Just found out that the TX voter ID law was struck down because it’s ‘racially discriminatory’.
‘Some animals are more equal than others…’
Seeing red!!!

annoyinglittletwerp on August 31, 2012 at 12:46 AM

John the Libertarian on August 31, 2012 at 12:44 AM

Just doing my share for the cause!..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 12:46 AM

Feral pigs are officially non-extant,
listens2glenn on August 31, 2012 at 12:42 AM

A) Your are lucky for now
B) Some ‘entrepreneur’ will release some hogs and a Russian boar or two. To create a business. It has happened all over the South. Hogs breed 8-12 per litter 3 times a year. The damage they wreak is impressive….

You’ll see some feral hogs soon. They’re irrepressible.

Unfortunately.

CorporatePiggy on August 31, 2012 at 12:46 AM

Some democrats are making a big deal about this san antonio mayor, julian castro. Is he likely going to run for a statewide position Texan posters? And what are his chances

Flapjackmaka on August 31, 2012 at 12:47 AM

I don’t blast squirrels to smithereens. No, rather I gently ease them into the next plane of existence by shattering them with a .223 round. In fact I’ve been called a sort of hospice doctor for squirrels.

Bishop on August 31, 2012 at 12:25 AM

LOL, looks like slim pickings for you tonight:-)

bluefox on August 31, 2012 at 12:47 AM

Seeing red!!!

annoyinglittletwerp on August 31, 2012 at 12:46 AM

Mad red, or Red Raider red? They’re different you know.

cozmo on August 31, 2012 at 12:47 AM

If the thread hits 2012 comments, Mitt’s in to win!

profitsbeard on August 31, 2012 at 12:47 AM

Well Caroline Kennedy, otherwise known as my dad was President until he was killed but I haven’t done much myself, is apeaking too.

Deanna on August 31, 2012 at 12:42 AM

I think I read or heard that she can’t the sight of Obama. Wonder what her speech will contain.

stukinIL4now on August 31, 2012 at 12:47 AM

If the thread hits 2012 comments, Mitt’s in to win!

profitsbeard on August 31, 2012 at 12:47 AM

It’s already past that. So I guess Mitt’s in to win!

stukinIL4now on August 31, 2012 at 12:48 AM

Wow, is this the biggest thread ever on HA?

crosspatch on August 31, 2012 at 12:48 AM

You just got p3wned by the RedRaven.

SparkPlug on August 31, 2012 at 12:44 AM

Don’t talk with your mouth full, boy.

CorporatePiggy on August 31, 2012 at 12:49 AM

Mad red, or Red Raider red? They’re different you know.

cozmo on August 31, 2012 at 12:47 AM

I’m mad red. Spawn is R.R.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 31, 2012 at 12:49 AM

@DLoesch

Security at #RNC2012 said that Code Pink used media passes to get in and embarrass themselves by interrupting Romney speech. #BreitbartRNC

Flora Duh on August 31, 2012 at 12:42 AM

Flora Duh:And Ryans Speech,last night too!

codepink .@CODEPINK’s @annwright46 & Laura Mills disrupt Ryan’s Speech: youtu.be/HIUb5XosfO0 “Vagina: can’t say it don’t legislate it!” @NationalNOW

http://www.codepinkalert.org/

canopfor on August 30, 2012 at 6:52 AM

canopfor on August 31, 2012 at 12:49 AM

CNN wagging the dog by talking non-stop about how the coverage tomorrow will be non-stop Eastwood.

Fools.

mattshu on August 31, 2012 at 12:49 AM

Highlar on August 31, 2012 at 12:45 AM

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 12:45 AM

Ahhh… To be young and carefree and so innocent.

Looks like the Dems are having a War on Children. Then again, they’ve been having a war on kids for decades with real casualties.

Asian Con on August 31, 2012 at 12:50 AM

There’s my two cents anyway.

tdpwells on August 31, 2012 at 12:26 AM

I think many felt that way. On the campaign trail, you only get short speeches or ads. Sometimes interviews, but they don’t tell much about the Candidate as a person.

bluefox on August 31, 2012 at 12:50 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on August 31, 2012 at 12:49 AM

antwerp, you live in Texas right? Is san antonio mayor running for anything? Democrats seem to be trying to hype him up cause he is hispanic. I dont know about it though. maybe you do

Flapjackmaka on August 31, 2012 at 12:50 AM

Did the ABR nutballs burn out?

cozmo on August 31, 2012 at 12:38 AM

Bishop scared them with this post:

I don’t blast squirrels to smithereens. No, rather I gently ease them into the next plane of existence by shattering them with a .223 round. In fact I’ve been called a sort of hospice doctor for squirrels.

Bishop on August 31, 2012 at 12:25 AM

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 12:50 AM

No kids allowed on the floor of the Dems convention. Weird.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 12:45 AM

That’s because kids hate women and their nether regions, or something.

John the Libertarian on August 31, 2012 at 12:50 AM

Just doing my share for the cause!..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 12:46 AM

OT….

I saw Tru_King post today up in the Headlines.

JPeterman on August 31, 2012 at 12:51 AM

No kids allowed on the floor of the Dems convention. Weird.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 12:45 AM

The ones that they didn’t abort?

Rio Linda Refugee on August 31, 2012 at 12:51 AM

I was watching CSPAN earlier today when that flashed up on the screen. Made me a little sick to see it struck down on “discriminatory” reasons. Puh-leeze! So, you are saying that in TWO MONTHS you can’t drag your butt to the DMV and get a state ID? That’s REALLY too tough for you to do? If you can get off your ass to pick up a welfare check, you can get off your ass to get an ID!

Highlar on August 31, 2012 at 12:51 AM

SparkPlug on August 31, 2012 at 12:44 AM

Don’t talk with your mouth full, boy.

CorporatePiggy on August 31, 2012 at 12:49 AM

Now, now, fellas.
I was actually wondering what nouns folks would throw in (ya know, that we had 2000 of).

Let’s celebrate a great convention for the GOP.
(Clink!)

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 12:51 AM

Great night, but they shoulda had the Solyndra Dancers!

sparkle motion on August 31, 2012 at 12:52 AM

Heres Last nights Code Pinko,Iterruptus of Ryans Speechy!

Images of Pinko GoonEtte and her Giant…….(sarc).

Apparent Code Pink protesters interrupt Ryan speech at RNC – one aisle away from, gulp, me
Posted by Greg Johnson on August 30, 2012 at 2:26 AM
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TAMPA, Fla. – Minutes into the most important speech of his life, vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan was just warming to the task of making a first impression to the entire nation at the Republican National Convention. Ryan had a tough act to follow: former Secretary of State Condolezza Rice had just wowed the crowd at Tampa Bay Times Forum with a speech both intellectual and inspirational.

Ryan began to find his rhythm as he moved into the policy portion of his talk. Then, when he started to criticize President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, two women in Section 128 on the third level of the Forum stood and unfurled a pink banner. Only an aisle separated me from the protesters.

Image of Pinko GoonEtte

It happened so quickly I could only get a glimpse of the banner, enough to make out the word “Vagina” in black letters on the pink background. One woman, middle-aged (or perhaps a bit past) with bobbed blond hair, started shouting, “Hands off my healthcare” The younger of the two, a brown-haired woman appearing to be in her 20s, waved the banner and chanted, “My body, my choice.”

Forum security quickly came and escorted the women out of the arena without incident. According to my wife, watching at home, CSPAN had time to turn its camera on the protesters. As the women were being removed, they continued to chant. Ryan stopped his speech and convention-goers responded with chants of “USA! USA!”

Another Image of Pinko GoonEtte

Ryan resumed his speech, seemingly stronger than before. Maybe he sensed the moment: the battle was joined and the delegates rallied to him when he was verbally attacked. Still, after the close encounter with Code Pink, I had to wonder how the heck they got in the convention in the first place.

http://blogs.knoxnews.com/johnson/2012/08/apparent-code-pink-protesters.html

canopfor on August 30, 2012 at 6:38 AM
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The El Code Pinko TakeDown!!

Raw Video: Protestor During Ryan’s Speech
Aug 29, 2012
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Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan was interrupted by at least one protestor Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. (Aug. 29)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIUb5XosfO0&feature=youtu.be

canopfor on August 30, 2012 at 6:29 AM

canopfor on August 31, 2012 at 12:52 AM

Some democrats are making a big deal about this san antonio mayor, julian castro. Is he likely going to run for a statewide position Texan posters? And what are his chances

Flapjackmaka on August 31, 2012 at 12:47 AM

A Democrat winning a statewide seat in Texas? Not in the next decade, I’d imagine.

limecat on August 31, 2012 at 12:52 AM

Asian Con on August 31, 2012 at 12:50 AM

How true that is! :D

Highlar on August 31, 2012 at 12:52 AM

No kids allowed on the floor of the Dems convention. Weird.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 12:45 AM

That’s smart. Obviously they’ve realized that militant feminists are far more appealing than cute little dudes on the floor grabbing balloons and bringing their brothers and sisters with them.

Gingotts on August 31, 2012 at 12:53 AM

No kids allowed on the floor of the Dems convention. Weird.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 12:45 AM

The ones that they didn’t abort?

Rio Linda Refugee on August 31, 2012 at 12:51 AM

Are there any?

stukinIL4now on August 31, 2012 at 12:54 AM

I think this got missed, earlier ’cause this thread is moving so fast.
(Or, it could be that absolutely no one was interested. Heh.)

After such a positive convention, I’ll be interested to see if the dems hate-fest goes on exactly as planned.

(Question: Are democrats capable of “positive” anything?)

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 12:43 AM

Any thoughts? Do you guys think the GOP will force them to change anything?

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 12:54 AM

A Democrat winning a statewide seat in Texas? Not in the next decade, I’d imagine.

limecat on August 31, 2012 at 12:52 AM

I wonder if Rubio running and winning in 2016 could shift the hispanic vote red.

Flapjackmaka on August 31, 2012 at 12:55 AM

Follow R2 on facebook and twitter. Remind the youth as Romney said that the last time they felt good about Obama was the day the voted for him.

Mormontheman on August 31, 2012 at 12:55 AM

No kids allowed on the floor of the Dems convention. Weird.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 12:45 AM

PG 3 -10… with all the condoms talk…understandable…

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 12:55 AM

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 12:51 AM

*clink*..:)

PS..Good evening!..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 12:55 AM

Journey is playing the RNC?

John the Libertarian on August 31, 2012 at 12:55 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on August 31, 2012 at 12:49 AM

antwerp, you live in Texas right? Is san antonio mayor running for anything? Democrats seem to be trying to hype him up cause he is hispanic. I dont know about it though. maybe you do

Flapjackmaka on August 31, 2012 at 12:50 AM

I liive in Lubbock. I have no clue what’s goin’ on in SA.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 31, 2012 at 12:55 AM

Okay I know what I saw.. The media of course didn’t agree with what I see what I saw… Big surprise.. I will continue to ignore the MSM and believe that Americans are with me…

sandee on August 31, 2012 at 12:56 AM

Beware of liberal tear flooding.

Travis1 on August 31, 2012 at 12:56 AM

The Ronulan thread in the headlines is funny. They truly live in an alternate reality.

mattshu on August 31, 2012 at 12:56 AM

Let them talk about Eastwood. They won’t show the whole speech, only the soundbites, and that is what people will remember. The soundbites were awesome.

SAZMD on August 31, 2012 at 12:56 AM

Democrats always have their feel good stories about borrowing from China to pay for someones health care and Chinas military.

Mormontheman on August 31, 2012 at 12:57 AM

i think it is seriously bizarre that barry tweated this

This seat’s taken. OFA.BO/c2gbfi, pic.twitter.com/jgGZTb02

does he not remember Teddy’s seat?

http://twitchy.com/2012/08/31/stompy-foot-in-chief-barack-obama-is-telling-you-hes-not-going/?utm_source=autotweet&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=twitter

r keller on August 31, 2012 at 12:57 AM

Any thoughts? Do you guys think the GOP will force them to change anything?

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 12:54 AM

No!..With the speakers they havethere is no way to be positive..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 12:57 AM

I wonder if Rubio running and winning in 2016 could shift the hispanic vote red.

Flapjackmaka on August 31, 2012 at 12:55 AM

But how does he talk Romney and Ryan into passing on a 2nd term?

Gingotts on August 31, 2012 at 12:57 AM

OT….

I saw Tru_King post today up in the Headlines.

JPeterman on August 31, 2012 at 12:51 AM

Noooo!

annoyinglittletwerp on August 31, 2012 at 12:57 AM

I have to say goodnight, and I do think it was one.

I think America has a chance again.

Those that think otherwise can kiss my butt!

Happy Labor Day everyone!

ccrosby on August 31, 2012 at 12:57 AM

I liive in Lubbock. I have no clue what’s goin’ on in SA.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 31, 2012 at 12:55 AM

But what are the chances of hispanic democrat winning statewide in texas anytime soon? I know lubbock is a conservative area but do you have a grasp of the wind there. I’m thinking about the 2016 election and how Rubio running might effect it and dems are trying to run some other guy to counteract it

Flapjackmaka on August 31, 2012 at 12:58 AM

I think this got missed, earlier ’cause this thread is moving so fast.
(Or, it could be that absolutely no one was interested. Heh.)

After such a positive convention, I’ll be interested to see if the dems hate-fest goes on exactly as planned.

(Question: Are democrats capable of “positive” anything?)

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 12:43 AM

Any thoughts? Do you guys think the GOP will force them to change anything?

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 12:54 AM

Actually, after tonight and the past 3 days, if I were the GOP I’d be HOPING the left stays the same nasty self it has been. The RNC was stately and presidential from beginning to end. There was no hate or anger…there was American Pride and Exceptionalism. There wasn’t mean spirited castigation…there was sorrowful condemnation of a failed president and his policies…and a sense of hope and renewal for a REAL president to take his place.

If the left continues its downward spiral into mean spirited madness…it will only make the GOP look even BETTER when compared to this past week!

Highlar on August 31, 2012 at 12:58 AM

The soundbites were awesome.

SAZMD on August 31, 2012 at 12:56 AM

My bet is that lil Chrissy acts concerned and tries to imply that Eastwood is senile.

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 12:58 AM

r keller on August 31, 2012 at 12:57 AM

Since when did Dumbo get to sit in that chair? #ears

mattshu on August 31, 2012 at 12:58 AM

sparkle motion on August 31, 2012 at 12:52 AM

Good one!..Very good!..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 12:58 AM

But how does he talk Romney and Ryan into passing on a 2nd term?

Gingotts on August 31, 2012 at 12:57 AM

I dont see them winning a first term.

Flapjackmaka on August 31, 2012 at 12:58 AM

(Question: Are democrats capable of “positive” anything?)

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 12:43 AM

Any thoughts? Do you guys think the GOP will force them to change anything?

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 12:54 AM

Tomorrow the Dem’s will start asking Mitt for more tax returns to change the subject.

They’ve got nothing.

JPeterman on August 31, 2012 at 12:58 AM

Highlar on August 31, 2012 at 12:58 AM

Very nice post!..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 12:59 AM

i think it is seriously bizarre that barry tweated this

This seat’s taken. OFA.BO/c2gbfi, pic.twitter.com/jgGZTb02

does he not remember Teddy’s seat?

http://twitchy.com/2012/08/31/stompy-foot-in-chief-barack-obama-is-telling-you-hes-not-going/?utm_source=autotweet&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=twitter

r keller on August 31, 2012 at 12:57 AM

Strange tweet…channeling chavez….

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 1:00 AM

Everything Obama does comes from a place of insecurity.

Everything Romney does comes from a place of security.

Starts in the home with their parents, no doubt.

Somebody could write a book about this thesis.

mattshu on August 31, 2012 at 1:00 AM

The kids need to get their rest so they can prepare to work off the big bill the Dems are going to give them.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 1:00 AM

Romney’s speech was a piece of work. A good piece of work.

And yes, he and his people built that.

*clink*

CorporatePiggy on August 31, 2012 at 1:01 AM

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 12:59 AM

Thanks, I try. :)

Highlar on August 31, 2012 at 1:02 AM

I am sad though that Bishop can’t afford to shoot plain old 5.56

Probably not available up north.

Fo shame.

CorporatePiggy on August 31, 2012 at 1:02 AM

Fox is showing the rerun of Clint right now.

JPeterman on August 31, 2012 at 1:02 AM

If the left continues its downward spiral into mean spirited madness…it will only make the GOP look even BETTER when compared to this past week!

Highlar on August 31, 2012 at 12:58 AM

Well, I agree with what you wrote. (I don’t want them to suddenly become positive, kind-hearted people, either. We’ll leave that project until after the election.)

But, what I meant was that there have to be some (a few, at least) non-stupid dems who saw the positivity, etc. in the GOP convention, and must be wringing their hands with worry about the contrast which will be apparent to independents.

If I were one of those dems, I’d be trying like hell to change a few things.

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 1:02 AM

Squirrel teeth are like sharp chisels. And they have claws that can scratch.

Safe Hunting Tip: Don’t get bit cause they could have rabies.

SparkPlug on August 31, 2012 at 12:35 AM

I don’t hunt them and don’t get that close. I have several that I’ve trained the last couple of years. I started throwing small pieces of bread or other food items out in the snow. They now know my voice and come right down outside of the kitchen window. So cute. They live in the large evergreens in the back yard.

They have learned to share with the birds too:-)

bluefox on August 31, 2012 at 1:02 AM

The Ronulan thread in the headlines is funny. They truly live in an alternate reality.

mattshu on August 31, 2012 at 12:56 AM

Heh, they got their own platform :)….as long as that keeps them away :)…

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 1:03 AM

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