The RNC grand finale: Marco Rubio, Mitt Romney

posted at 7:01 pm on August 30, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

That pretty much sums up how I feel about it, anyway. It’s Day Three of the Republican National Convention, and in one corner, we’ve got the lamestream media, no doubt already gearing up with a smashing selection of prepared narratives ready to launch the moment Mitt Romney issues his final “God Bless America”; in the other, the man of the hour himself. Will his big moment be enough to start convincing undecided American voters that he’s their guy? Time shall tell. We managed to snap of a few pics of him doing his run-through in the Tampa Bay Times Forum earlier this afternoon:

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Introducing Mitt Romney is Sen. Marco Rubio, Republican from Florida, well known for his easy free-market brilliance and his uber-charismatic, highly persuasive speeches, not to mention his appeal to Hispanic voters. Here’s an excerpt from his prepared remarks, via the Weekly Standard:

As a boy, I would sit on our porch and listen to his stories about history, politics and baseball while he puffed on one of his three daily Padron cigars.

I don’t recall everything we talked about, but the one thing I remember, is the one thing he wanted me to never forget. The dreams he had when he was young became impossible to achieve.

But because I was an American, there was no limit to how far I could go.

For those of us who were born and raised in this country, it’s easy to forget how special America is. But my grandfather understood how different America is from the rest of world.

Tonight, you’ll hear from another man who understands what makes America exceptional.

Mitt Romney knows America’s prosperity didn’t happen because our government simply spent more. It happened because our people used their own money to open a business.

And when they succeed, they hire more people, who then invest or spend their money in the economy, helping others start a business and create jobs.

Mitt Romney’s success in business is well known. But he’s more than that.

Other, earlier speakers will include the much-anticipated “mystery speaker,” as well as Rep. Connie Mack, Newt and Callista Gingrich, Craig Romney, a delegation of Olympians to tout Mitt Romney’s successes turning around the Utah Olympics Games, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who’s planning to discuss the demerits of President Obama’s never-ceasing “blame Bush” strategy:

“Almost every day I hear the current incumbent feeling compelled to push down the past to make himself look better. When I was growing up, we were spanked when that happened,” Bush said Thursday morning on “Fox and Friends.” …

Because of Obama’s recent attacks on the former Republican president, Bush said he felt “compelled” to drive home the point that his brother is a “person of courage and integrity.”

“I’m going to start off with just a recognition that my brother is a person of courage and integrity and honor, and we need people like that in public life and I love him dearly,” Bush said. “I’m biased about this.”

Here’s the livestream, for your viewing pleasure. Aaaaaaaaaaare youuuuuuuuuu reaaaaaaaadddyyyyyyy?!


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3 2 1 here we go!!

Scrumpy on August 30, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Say what!

Scrumpy on August 30, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Hat trick!

Scrumpy on August 30, 2012 at 7:05 PM

Uh huh Uh huh Uh huh…. :-)

Scrumpy on August 30, 2012 at 7:05 PM

My life won’t be complete until the NY Times casts Rubio and Romney in devil horns and tail on the cover picture.

John the Libertarian on August 30, 2012 at 7:06 PM

The ‘ayes’ have it!! Lets rock the house tonight!!!

Scrumpy on August 30, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Rubio is going to knock it right out of the park.

He is everything that the Dems fear rolled into one package of his OWN making. He is a success despite thier best efforts to keep him down.

TroubledMonkey on August 30, 2012 at 7:06 PM

John the Libertarian on August 30, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Party pooper… :-(

Scrumpy on August 30, 2012 at 7:08 PM

T-Minus…..tick…tick…tick……

Streaming Live Feed
*******************

Today

Mitt Romney will go before the GOP delegates Thursday night and accept his nomination as the Republican nominee for President. On Wednesday night Paul Ryan spoke to the convention as the VP nominee. Romney will be introduced by Florida GOP Senator Marco Rubio.

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

canopfor on August 30, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Let’s GO!!!!

ladyingray on August 30, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Introducing Mitt Romney is Sen. Marco Rubio, Republican from Florida

Now we’re friggin talkin’!

Expect blackouts at:

MSLSD
NBC
CBS
CNN
ABC
PBS

They’ll be covering a quiche cook-off in Martha’s vinyard.

tonite is going to rock.

Tim_CA on August 30, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Is it just me or do any of you think the media has totally lost it?Reading what they have said during this I half expect some of them to burst into flames…

sandee on August 30, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Music for tonite :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_zeiKrRTuk&feature=related
:O

burrata on August 30, 2012 at 7:09 PM

TWITTER From the Convention Floor
*********************************

Paul Ryan ‏@PaulRyanVP

.@MittRomney is the man for this moment. I look forward to hearing him speak tonight. #RomneyRyan2012

#GOP2012

Insider perspective from the Republican National Convention
************************************************************

https://twitter.com/hashtag/gop2012

canopfor on August 30, 2012 at 7:10 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbMjlEt8z4U

Rock the world!

Scrumpy on August 30, 2012 at 7:10 PM

The Fifth Column Treasonous Media will simply continue to air brush out of history any speeches from tonight that they do not want the average American to see or hear.

The Fifth Column Treasonous Media air brushes Minorities out of the Republican National Convention.

SWalker on August 30, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Canopfor! You are on the ball!!

Good evening!

Scrumpy on August 30, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Hi SWalker!!

Scrumpy on August 30, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Hi SWalker!!

Scrumpy on August 30, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Well howdy Mam… ;)

SWalker on August 30, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Canopfor! You are on the ball!!

Good evening!

Scrumpy on August 30, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Scrumpy:Evening Scrumpy,ready to rock:)

canopfor on August 30, 2012 at 7:14 PM

****Good RNC Lets Give’er Convention Evening to ALL H/A Crew****

canopfor on August 30, 2012 at 7:16 PM

You bet ya I am… tuned in and ready to go!

I know it has been leaked that Clint Eastwood is the mystery guest, but… my gut says… plus Chuck Norris and a few others!!

Scrumpy on August 30, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Let’s roll…

wargamer6 on August 30, 2012 at 7:16 PM

So what time is Clint…I mean the “Mystery Speaker” taking the stage???

Vigilante on August 30, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Heads…………….UP!

I wonder if Obama is Leanimng on him from the TOP?????

@jakeacarpenter tweeted:

jakeacarpenter
Pentagon expected to inform former Navy Seal, now author, that he violated secrecy agreements & all royalties might be taken. #breakingnews

1 hour ago from twitter.com by partner

https://twitter.com/jakeacarpenter/status/241292052007100416

canopfor on August 30, 2012 at 7:18 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7y-x2fWKbmo

Dancin’ in the street!!

Scrumpy on August 30, 2012 at 7:18 PM

I wonder, when the elections are over and Mitt Romney becomes the next President, is it possible, legally or politically, to somehow punish the alphabet soup networks for what they are doing? Running them out of money is obviously not an option since their sustenance is chump change on the crony-capitalism scale. Any ideas?

Archivarix on August 30, 2012 at 7:19 PM

I think it’s 10pm EST…

Scrumpy on August 30, 2012 at 7:19 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbMjlEt8z4U

Rock the world!

Scrumpy on August 30, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Nice…

SWalker on August 30, 2012 at 7:20 PM

The Reagan Hologram is real

Conservative4ev on August 30, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Let’s do this.

changer1701 on August 30, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Archivarix on August 30, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Perhaps the american people will just tune them out… I have… hasn’t hurt me none…

But for tonight, I am tempted to switch between C-SPAN and MLSDM or whatever!!

Scrumpy on August 30, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Speaking of the msm freakout over this election, they can see the writing on the wall.

IF Romney manages to get the country turned around then the msm is likely looking at marginalized socialists for at least the next 16 years. By then, most of the useless socialists they support today, as well as many of their own, will be confined to the dust bin of history.

Freddy on August 30, 2012 at 7:22 PM

*CLINK* all around….

a little nervous…i know he’ll do a great job but i also know the lsm will go on a fact check/racial slobberfest….

cmsinaz on August 30, 2012 at 7:22 PM

SWalker on August 30, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Cheers!

Scrumpy on August 30, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Took the dog out.

Have my snacks at hand.

Ready to rumble.

Let’s do it.

GrannyDee on August 30, 2012 at 7:23 PM

cmsinaz on August 30, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Good evening! may I *clink* back?

Scrumpy on August 30, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Mystery guest , and puppet show after Romney , AFTER Romney.

the_nile on August 30, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Winston Churchill Quotes
**************************

We shall not LIE or BULLSH*T. We shall go on to the end. We shall Fact-Check in France, we shall Fact-Check on the seas and the oceans, we shall Fact-Check with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall Fact-Check our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall Fact-Check on the beaches, we shall Fact-Check on the landing grounds, we shall Fact-Check in the fields and in the streets, we shall Fact-Check in the hills; we shall never surrender our FACT-
CHECKING.

….Churchill

canopfor on August 30, 2012 at 7:24 PM

canopfor on August 30, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Hi ya Canopfor
:)

cmsinaz on August 30, 2012 at 7:24 PM

the_nile on August 30, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Thank you!!

Scrumpy on August 30, 2012 at 7:24 PM

*CLINK* all around….

a little nervous…i know he’ll do a great job but i also know the lsm will go on a fact check/racial slobberfest….

cmsinaz on August 30, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Oh yea… Oh, wait, it’s not 5pm yet… oh to hell with that… *clink*

SWalker on August 30, 2012 at 7:25 PM

I am sticking with C-SPAN anyway and I intend to not miss a moment!

Orrin Hatch speaking…

Scrumpy on August 30, 2012 at 7:25 PM

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

GOPRanknFile on August 30, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Scrumpy on August 30, 2012 at 7:23 PM

absolutely :)

let’s roll!

cmsinaz on August 30, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Not clear if this is a boom, or indeed a full boom shackalaka moment, or if bracing for realistic expectations would preclude even a boom and require some sort of coping mechanism.

Need to be told what to think and feel by my evil overlords. Someone find Karl Rove.

Axe on August 30, 2012 at 7:26 PM

SWalker on August 30, 2012 at 7:25 PM

it’s 5pm somewhere :)

cmsinaz on August 30, 2012 at 7:26 PM


We shall not LIE or BULLSH*T. We shall go on to the end. We shall Fact-Check in France, we shall Fact-Check on the seas and the oceans, we shall Fact-Check with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall Fact-Check our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall Fact-Check on the beaches, we shall Fact-Check on the landing grounds, we shall Fact-Check in the fields and in the streets, we shall Fact-Check in the hills; we shall never surrender our FACT-
CHECKING.

….Churchill


canopfor on August 30, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Totally LOVE that!!!

Reminds me of this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5NcBkmlNro

Scrumpy on August 30, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Need to be told what to think and feel by my evil overlords. Someone find Karl Rove.

Axe on August 30, 2012 at 7:26 PM

While you are waiting on Karl’s thoughts, I suggest that you apply the seven percent solution solution… *clink*

SWalker on August 30, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Evening Axe!! *clink*!!

Scrumpy on August 30, 2012 at 7:28 PM

*CLINK* all around….

a little nervous…i know he’ll do a great job but i also know the lsm will go on a fact check/racial slobberfest….

cmsinaz on August 30, 2012 at 7:22 PM

cmsinaz:*Clicky*:)

canopfor on August 30, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Tonights Itinerary thingy,no mention yet WHO the mystery speaker is…………………hmmmmmmm……………….

http://www.gopconvention2012.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Thursday-as-of-8-27.pdf

canopfor on August 30, 2012 at 7:29 PM

canopfor on August 30, 2012 at 7:28 PM

:)

tea ready?

cmsinaz on August 30, 2012 at 7:29 PM

CSPAN showing Governor Perry on the floor.

Flora Duh on August 30, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Boehner up!

Scrumpy on August 30, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Evening Flora Duh!!

Scrumpy on August 30, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Boehnor!

man I miss perry….

cmsinaz on August 30, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Here we go!

canopfor on August 30, 2012 at 7:30 PM

you tube

5,696 watching

52 likes 21 dislikes

GrannyDee on August 30, 2012 at 7:31 PM

….Churchill

canopfor on August 30, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Totally LOVE that!!!

Reminds me of this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5NcBkmlNro

Scrumpy on August 30, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Scrumpy:Very nice,thank-you!:)

canopfor on August 30, 2012 at 7:31 PM

God Bless America!!!

Scrumpy on August 30, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Mahala? and Semper Fi!!!!

Scrumpy on August 30, 2012 at 7:32 PM

SEMPER FI!

what a cutie

cmsinaz on August 30, 2012 at 7:32 PM

? did I spell it right?

Scrumpy on August 30, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Pledge of Allegiance…

and WE mean it!

GrannyDee on August 30, 2012 at 7:33 PM

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/republican-national-convention-2012

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/2012-elections

hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm..

Federal court rejects tough Republican-backed voter identification requirement for Texas – @AP

http://politics.breakingnews.com/

canopfor on August 30, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Good evening cmsinaz !!

Woo Hoo!! I always tear up at the National Anthem… got to get a tissue…

Scrumpy on August 30, 2012 at 7:35 PM

EdMorrissey ‏@EdMorrissey

#clintspeech to Obama: “With all due respect, sir, you’re beginning to bore the hell out of me.”

canopfor on August 30, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Scrumpy on August 30, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Evening to you too, Scrumpy.

Rest of ya’ll also.

Flora Duh on August 30, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Scrumpy on August 30, 2012 at 7:35 PM

ditto

cmsinaz on August 30, 2012 at 7:36 PM

“Did you guys hear Boehner’s emphasis on the word color when he introduced the Color Guard? These damn Republicans can’t stop blowing those damn whistles!” – Christina Tingles

NotCoach on August 30, 2012 at 7:36 PM

I’ll be back after practice…

… Go get ‘em boys!!!

Seven Percent Solution on August 30, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Commie Pinko’s??????

Zeke Miller ‏@ZekeJMiller

Crowd shouting at @wolfblitzer and @piersmorgan to stand up during the national anthem

canopfor on August 30, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Archivarix on August 30, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Perhaps the american people will just tune them out… I have… hasn’t hurt me none…

But for tonight, I am tempted to switch between C-SPAN and MLSDM or whatever!!

Scrumpy on August 30, 2012 at 7:22 PM

You know, I’m tired of watching these things on network TV and then having some so-called pundit color the whole thing one way or the other with his/her “expert” (or idiotic, depending on who it is) take on what was said. Forget it. I’m going to watch on C-Span. Just the speeches, ma’am.

pianomomma on August 30, 2012 at 7:37 PM

BUZZFEED!

Andrew Kaczynski ‏@BuzzFeedAndrew

RT ZekeJMiller: Crowd shouting at @wolfblitzer and @piersmorgan to stand up during the national anthem. @

canopfor on August 30, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Crowd shouting at @wolfblitzer and @piersmorgan to stand up during the national anthem

canopfor on August 30, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Heh!

Love it.

GrannyDee on August 30, 2012 at 7:39 PM

canopfor on August 30, 2012 at 7:35 PM

heh

cmsinaz on August 30, 2012 at 7:39 PM

“The coloreds are retired?? Did we get that on tape? I need some more material for my next unhinged rant.” – Christina Tingles

NotCoach on August 30, 2012 at 7:40 PM

canopfor on August 30, 2012 at 7:37 PM

good for them…

idiots

cmsinaz on August 30, 2012 at 7:40 PM

pianomomma on August 30, 2012 at 7:37 PM
I want to see tingles go off! Like BANG!!! lol… I am with you there, just reading what everyone says and well I changed my mind!

Scrumpy on August 30, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Sooo ready to light this rocket… so ready.

Barky harmed my quality of life and it pisses me off why. Tonight, we tell him to shove his marxist bullsh!t up his arse. I want my America back.

wolly4321 on August 30, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Seven Percent Solution on August 30, 2012 at 7:36 PM

we’ll leave the light on

cmsinaz on August 30, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Bret Baier ‏@BretBaier

.@THEHermanCain: He has to define his message for America, which he’s going to do. #FNCTownHall

canopfor on August 30, 2012 at 7:41 PM

mack has ryan’s tie on

cmsinaz on August 30, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Connie Mack sucks. I wonder if he’s any better than his democrat opponent.

jaime on August 30, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Hmmmmmm….

Remarks To Be Announced

http://www.gopconvention2012.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Thursday-as-of-8-27.pdf

canopfor on August 30, 2012 at 7:42 PM

I wonder how long before Chrissy Mathews tries to pull the race card with Clint Eastwood. Ya know, because he was a racist in Gran Torino so that’s why the GOP is having him speak.

The Notorious G.O.P on August 30, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Marco Rubio!!!!!!!!!!! We will see this young man in our WH…oh 2020…Go Rubio

Redford on August 30, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Chris Matthews taking no chances and doing a few extra lines before going on this evening.

exceller on August 30, 2012 at 7:43 PM

2012 GOP Convention ‏@GOPconvention

“There are new leaders on the horizon – Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan – America’s comeback team.

canopfor on August 30, 2012 at 7:43 PM

canopfor on August 30, 2012 at 7:42 PM

you’ll snag them for us :)

cmsinaz on August 30, 2012 at 7:44 PM

2012 GOP Convention ‏@GOPconvention

“We are proud to be Americans. We are proud of our nation, of our heritage and of our success.

canopfor on August 30, 2012 at 7:44 PM

FIGHT WITH ME!! FIGHT! FIGHT WITH ME, my friends.

oops wrong convention.

Stray Cat on August 30, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Politics TBTimes ‏@PoliticsTBTimes

“Our enemies need to know we stand to defend freedom at all costs.

canopfor on August 30, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Connie Mack sucks. I wonder if he’s any better than his democrat opponent.

jaime on August 30, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Barely. But no way in hell will I vote for Bill Nelson.

Flora Duh on August 30, 2012 at 7:45 PM

TheBlaze ‏@theblaze

.@ConnieMackIV: We are a nation of dreamers: Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, the Wright bros. and Neil Armstrong

canopfor on August 30, 2012 at 7:45 PM

I wonder how long before Chrissy Mathews tries to pull the race card with Clint Eastwood. Ya know, because he was a racist in Gran Torino so that’s why the GOP is having him speak.

The Notorious G.O.P on August 30, 2012 at 7:43 PM

I’d like to see him try it, straight at Eastwood’s face.

tru2tx on August 30, 2012 at 7:45 PM

grab a tissue.

Flora Duh on August 30, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Federal court rejects tough Republican-backed voter identification requirement for Texas – @AP

http://politics.breakingnews.com/

canopfor on August 30, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Evening canopfor!! Mark Levin said he and his Landmark Legal Foundation will assist in fighting this.

bluefox on August 30, 2012 at 7:45 PM

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