Paul Ryan Accepts VP Nod, Gives Speech That Rocks the House [Video & Transcript]

Republican vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan waves with his family (from left) Sam, Liza, Paul Ryan, wife Janna, Charlie, and mother Betty Ryan Douglas after his acceptance speech during the GOP National Convention in Tampa, Fl. Aug. 29, 2012. (Photo – Charlie Neibergall/AP)

Historic. I will forever cherish the memory of being present in the arena when Paul Ryan, our VP nominee, gave an electric speech to a very excited and enthusiastic crowd in Tampa. I am extremely doubtful that Romney could have picked a better candidate to be his running mate. My brother, there with me in the arena, summed up his feelings in this very apt tweet:

The entire speech of the GOP’s VP nominee:

By the way, that VP debate is on Thursday, October the 11th. Better start popping that popcorn now.

-Nate G.

Paul Ryan’s full remarks as prepared for delivery:

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Full Tampa RNC Convention Schedule

The Tampa RNC Convention Committee has released the full convention schedule for this week. As you may know, the events that were previously scheduled for Monday were all re-scheduled for Tuesday as a safety precaution due to Hurricane Isaac. The convention will still end on Thursday as previously scheduled with Governor Romney as the concluding speaker.

Below is the entire convention schedule in a nicely laid out table for your reference during the week. (In case you are wondering, the late night schedule is designed for prime-time viewing on the major networks.) The schedule is very long so I have hidden it below the fold. If you are viewing this from the home page of our website click the ‘more’ button to view the schedule.
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Mitt & Ann Romney interview with Diane Sawyer and Mitt on Kudlow Report

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Larry Kudlow April 18, 2012:

In my latest interview with former Governor Mitt Romney, he emphatically defends his own business success against Obama’s class warfare/Buffett Rule/Romney Rule attacks. Don’t look for Mitt to back off from his free enterprise vision.

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Delegate Math, or What Rick Santorum Doesn’t Want You to Know

Tuesday follow-up:
The biggest news story coming out of Tuesday night’s elections is that Rick Santorum won both Alabama and Mississippi and is therefore projected on a path to somehow lock-up the nomination. If that is the only news you’ve heard from Tuesday, you might want to reconsider your news sources.

What has gone severely under reported is the fact that although Santorum won AL and MS, he actually lost the battle for delegates on Tuesday…to Mitt Romney. Yes, Romney’s triple-digit delegate lead is actually slightly larger after Tuesday. While all the media focus was on the two southern states, Hawaii and American Samoa quietly held their primary contests and awarded the lion’s share of their delegates to Romney.

The AP projected tally for delegates won in Tuesday’s contests: Romney 41, Santorum 35, Gingrich 24

Including Tuesday’s total CNN projects the delegate totals to be: Romney 498, Santorum 239, Gingrich 139, and Paul 69.


Looking Forward; Delegate Math:
Rick Santorum on Monday:

The reality of the situation is that it’s going to be very difficult for anyone to get to the number of delegates that is necessary to win with the majority at the convention.

Rick Santorum on Tuesday:

We are going to win this nomination before that convention.

Math Problems

Ok, besides the glaring flip-flop, neither of these statements are true – the second one especially.

Rick Santorum does not want to be bothered with the math, but would rather deal with “reality”. Granted, “math” and numbers can manipulated in ways intended to warp reality, but in this case of delegate counting the math is nothing more than cold, hard facts – no spin. And I would contend that this “reality of the situation” that Santorum refers to is based more on the conjecture, opinions, perceptions and wild hopes of a very desperate campaign.

Let’s look at some “math” and you be the judge…
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Mitt Romney Heads to Florida: Addressing National Hispanic GOP Convention, Opening Campaign HQ in Tampa

Mitt Romney is in San Antonio, Texas today delivering a speech to the VFW. We now have the video posted here.

Looking ahead, The Gov will be in The Sunshine State on Friday (Sept 2nd) to address the National Hispanic Republican Assembly Convention. Then, he’ll officially open his Florida campaign headquarters in Tampa and YOU’RE INVITED:

We’re looking forward to hearing Romney’s jobs creation plan which he will unveil on September 6th in Nevada. Then, with all the attention being given to Rick Perry these last couple of weeks, we’re really looking forward to the showdown the very next day at the GOP presidential debate which will be held at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, CA.

September debate schedule:

September 7th, 2011 8pm EST on MSNBC and CNBC
Location: Reagan Library in Simi Valley, CA
Sponsor: Reagan Library, NBC News and Politico
Participants: Romney, Perry, Paul, Huntsman, Santorum, Gingrich, Bachmann, Cain

September 12th, 2011 8pm EST on CNN – Submit Questions
Location: Florida State Fair Grounds in Tampa, FL
Sponsor: CNN and the Tea Party Express
Participants: TBD

September 22nd, 2011 Air time TBD on Fox News
Location: Orlando, FL
Sponsor: Fox News and Florida Republican Party
Participants: TBD

► Jayde Wyatt

TODAY is the Best Day to Donate to Mitt’s Campaign! Don’t Miss the Live Townhall Today at 3:00 EST

We have been collecting pledges for over a month now and finally TODAY is the DAY to donate to Mitt’s campaign!

It doesn’t matter if you made a pledge previously because anyone and everyone should at least chip in a few dollars today to help Mitt blow away his fundraising goal for the day. I fully expect today to be the largest single-day fund-raiser for Mitt’s campaign for the entire primary season. If you think you may donate to Mitt any time before the actual voting starts, TODAY is the DAY to have your donation have the biggest impact.

Up to 1,000 supporters of Gov. Romney are at the Las Vegas Convention Center at an event called National Call Day. The campaign has developed software (ComMitt) aimed at aiding volunteers in raising the most amount of money in the least amount of time. Gov. Romney has amassed an impressive list on contributors over the last many years and he would like as many of them as possible to donate today.

Gov. Romney hosted a live Townhall event followed by a Question & Answer session. We watched it live and you may watch it here again once the video is posted.


LOL – #cindycrawford is training us on how to use the online system at #mittromney call day.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

UPDATE 2 by Jayde:

Speed skater Dan Jansen at Romney call day, says Mitt “turned the Olympics around and he’ll turn the country around.”less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

Update 3: Gov. Romney just added his 900,000th “like” on Facebook!

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UPDATE 4 by Jayde – Scene where it’s all happening right now at National Call Day in the Las Vegas convention center:

On conference call with supporters earlier today, Gov. Romney said that he can win on the economy.

UPDATE 5 by Jayde: There may be Romney supporters who think The Gov’s big donors will take care of him or that he has plenty of his own money, or that your donation today wouldn’t matter. If so, remember this. Any donation, no matter the size, is GREATLY appreciated by Governor Romney. It shows him that you believe in him – enough to give your hard-earned money to him. A donation will solidify your own interest in the well-being of his campaign. You will find yourself more engaged and willing to help Gov Romney get America back on track. And, that’s a good thing.

I encourage everyone to donate at least $10 for Mitt today (more, if possible)!That’s an amount that can be easily compensated in one’s budget by eating a sack lunch this week or using a few grocery store coupons. Like my Mama used to say “Many hands make light work!” If we ALL donate, we can send a strong message for Mitt. This is the day to show Mitt how much you care about our nation. No matter how small the donation, please donate to Governor Romney today. America needs him!

Mitt Romney to Make Appearance At California GOP Convention Tonight, Introduce Meg Whitman

Meg Whitman and Mitt Romney Romney is in Sacramento today and has already completed one of the stops on his book tour. It seems he will appear at the GOP convention as well. Hotline has the scoop:

Romney will give a five minute introduction of ex-eBay CEO Meg Whitman (R) before she gives an approximately 15 minute speech to convention delegates gathered in Santa Clara, according to Romney spokesperson Eric Fehrnstrom. Romney, who is supporting Whitman in the GOV race, is attending the convention at the request of Whitman, Fehrnstrom added.

Even though the CA GOP didn’t do the inviting, they’re quite pleased to have the potential ‘WH’12 candidate in their midst.

“Mitt Romney is a major leader in our party,” CA GOP chair Ron Nehring told Hotline OnCall. “We typically have past presidential candidates, potential presidential candidates and national Republican lay leaders at our state party convention.”

Whitman has a long history with Romney, and she has credited Romney with sparking her interest in politics.

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Mitt Romney to Keynote 2010 Restaurant Leadership Conference

Gov. Mitt Romney

We’ve heard news of Romney keynoting a range of events, from Skiing Industry conventions & Specialty Pharmacy summits to Boy Scout Anniversary dinners; now comes the news that he will also keynote a convention that is ‘catered’ specifically to Owners and Managers of restaurants.

Regarding the conference, I saw one tweeter say, “Seriously? …Mitt Romney?”, perhaps questioning Mitt Romney’s relevance to the restaurant industry. Its evident, however, that Mitt is a respected voice in any industry, with a solid track record of turning around many failed businesses (including Domino’s, the popular pizza giant). Look for keynote spots from Mitt at many more of these types of conferences in the upcoming months.

We’ve read Romney’s resume a million times, but it doesn’t hurt to re-post what they’ve written about Mitt at

Widely recognized for his leadership and accomplishments as a public servant and in private enterprise, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney delivers powerful insight on the current and future challenges facing America and the world, and offers compelling solutions on how America can regain its course.

His is a career marked by success. From 1978 to 1984, Governor Romney enjoyed a successful tenure as Vice President at Bain & Company, a leading management consulting firm, helping businesses grow and improve their operations. In 1984, Romney founded and led Bain Capital, now one of the nation’s most successful venture capital and investment firms. He later took a temporary leave of absence to return to Bain & Company as CEO at a time of financial turmoil to lead the turnaround of the organization.

During the run-up to the 2002 Olympic Games, Romney left the private sector to become President and CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee. Given the task of turning around an Olympics mired in controversy and saddled with debt , Romney galvanized community spirit, erased a $379 million operating deficit, organized 23,000 volunteers, and oversaw an unprecedented security mobilization just months after the September 11th attacks, leading to one of the most successful Olympics in the country’s history.

Romney’s career in public service has been equally distinguished. Elected Governor of Massachusetts in 2002, he presided over a dramatic reversal of state fortunes and sustained economic growth, balancing the state budget without raising taxes, creating tens of thousands of new jobs, and enacting education reform to both reward students and aid failing schools. In 2006, Governor Romney proposed and signed into law private, market-based healthcare reform, ensuring that every Massachusetts citizen receives health insurance—without a government takeover and without raising taxes.

Elected Chairman of the Republican Governors Association during the 2006 election cycle, Romney raised a then-record $27 million for candidates running in state house contests across the country.

Governor Romney has been deeply involved in community and civic affairs, serving in his church and numerous charities including City Year, the Boy Scouts, and the Points of Light Foundation. He was also the Massachusetts Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in 1994 against Ted Kennedy. He received his B.A., with Highest Honors, from Brigham Young University in 1971. In 1975, he was awarded an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was named a Baker Scholar, and a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School.

Governor Romney and his wife Ann have been married for 40 years and have five sons, five daughters-in-law, and fourteen grandchildren.

Registration info for the event can be found here.