CPAC 2013 Live Online – Romney to Speak on Friday

Mitt Romney is set to give his first public speech since election night. The CPAC convention is a familiar and welcome venue for him to give his post-election remarks. We will embed the UStream live feed here through the remainder of the conference which runs until Saturday evening. Be sure to come back and chat with us during his speech.

Romney speaks at 1 PM Eastern on Friday. Paul Ryan speaks earlier that day at 9:30 AM.

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Below is a condensed schedule of speakers for the conference. All times are Eastern. For the full schedule visit CPAC’s website.

TH 9:00 AMKen Cucinelli - VA Attorney General
TH 9:15 AMAllen West
TH 9:30 AMPat Toomey - PA Senator
TH 11:45 AMMike Lee - UT Senator
TH 1:15 PMMarco Rubio - FL Senator
TH 1:30 PMRand Paul - KY Senator
TH 3:15 PMRick Perry - TX Governor
TH 3:30 PMTim Scott - SC Senator
FR 9:00 AMMitch McConnell - KY Senator
FR 9:15 AMKelly Ayotte - NH Senator
FR 9:30 AMPaul Ryan - WI Rep
FR 12:00 PMRick Santorum
FR 1:00 PMMitt Romney
FR 2:25 PMBobby Jindal - LA Governor
FR 3:35 PMEric Cantor - VA Rep
SAT 9:05 AMSteve King - IA Rep
SAT 9:15 AMScott Walker - WI Governor
SAT 9:30 AMNewt Gingrich
SAT 9:45 AMMichele Bachmann - MN Rep
SAT 11:45 AMArtur Davis
SAT 12:00 PMSarah Palin
SAT 2:30 PMMia Love
SAT 3:45 PMReince Priebus - RNC Chair
SAT 3:55 PMDavid Keene - NRA
SAT 4:10 PMCathy McMorris Rogers - WA Rep
SAT 4:40 PMAnn Coulter
SAT 5:00 PM 2016 Straw Poll Results
SAT 5:10 PMKeynote: Ted Cruz - TX Senator

A Note of Thanks From Mitt and Ann Romney, Farewell Tribute

A ‘thank you’ from Mitt and Ann Romney…

Ann and I cannot thank you enough for supporting and believing in our cause.

This was more than just a campaign — this was a national movement.

Thank you for the work that you did — going across neighborhoods to knock on doors and put up yard signs. Thanks for making phone calls, coming to rallies, donating funds, and convincing friends and family to join our team.

What’s really inspiring is that you came together because you care about America.

We still believe that better days are ahead. It’s up to us to rally together to renew America’s promise and restore American greatness.

From the bottom of our hearts, Ann and I thank you for your support, prayers, efforts, and vote. We are forever grateful to each and every one of you.

Today’s a new day. Keep believing in America.

Thank you and God bless America,

Mitt and Ann Romney

With a full heart, this article is an attempt to convey the impossible – the depth of gratitude and admiration I feel for Mitt and Ann Romney. There just aren’t two better Americans.

To Mitt and Ann…You are heroes. Setting aside the comforts of privacy and home, because you dearly love America, you opened your arms to our nation. You didn’t offer a paltry, awkward one-arm extension, or an obligatory, half-way pat-pat hug. No, you offered a big, wide, all-encompassing we-love-you-we-want-to-help embrace. And it was wonderful. We felt your arms around us for nearly year and a half. Without thought of personal gain, you endured and shone throughout a rigorous campaign, continual scrutiny, the opposition’s brutal, incessant slander, media bias, the arm-chair critics, the long, never-ending on-your-feet hours, on-the-road suitcase living, and precious time away from your treasured family and other loved ones. You did it! With a deep desire to help reinvigorate and restore our troubled, economically traumatized country, you did it! You inspired us, lifted us, and gave us real hope. You did it with steely determination, strength, and style. And, you tied it all up with a ribbon of courage and class. Speaking on FOX News about the night of the election, dyed-in-the-wool Democrat strategist, Susan Estrich, said that you, Governor Romney, were a “model of dignity and grace, and set the tone” for civility. She spoke the truth.

To remember the good times we shared along the way, I’ve gathered a montage of a few memories…
CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

Congressman Paul Ryan, Janna, & Family, Thank You!

A magnificent choice…

It was an exciting day when we learned Mitt Romney had chosen Congressman Paul Ryan to be his Vice Presidential running mate. Serving as the House Budget Committee Chairman, we knew of Paul’s reputation for hard work, excellence, and leadership. We knew he was serious about getting government spending under control.

It was a true pleasure getting to know Paul and his wonderful family better as they accepted the call to help Governor Romney restore America.

What a journey!

Family man, Paul Ryan: Paul is pictured with wife Janna, and children Charlie, Liza, and Sam.



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A Tribute to Ann Romney

Ann Romney was touched by the overwhelming cheers and applause she received as she prepared to speak at the Repubican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. Aug 27, 2012

Vigorously campaigning for Mitt and Paul Ryan, Ann Romney’s wonderful warmth, easy-going manner, sense of humor, courage, and compassion endeared her to throngs of Americans across the country.

When team Obama tried to land an uppercut by claiming Ann had never worked a day in her life, she turned them on their heads by defending her work to raise her five sons. Interestingly, I still read comments about the Romney household supposedly being filled with tons of servants and nannies. Before MRC is archived, I want to set the record straight – again. No. Ann Romney did the hard work, ran her own home, raised five great sons, served her community, and was also a magnificent First Lady of Massachusetts. Only after becoming ill with multiple sclerosis was it was determined that an individual to help with housecleaning a couple of times a month would be helpful.

Long-labeled her husband’s ‘secret weapon’ it was thrilling to watch amazing Ann’s popularity take flight throughout the whole campaign process. And that’s where it will remain. (That convention speech of hers… WOW.) She is the neighbor we’d like to know and the mom or sister or friend we’d like to have.

Ann Romney was and is a patriot.

This tribute is for you, Ann. Thank you so much for all you are. Thank you for the joy and hope you gave us along the campaign trail.

Click here to see/read great moments of Ann Romney on the campaign trail.

Final Thoughts on a Great Candidate

First of all, a huge thank you to the 59,832,706 people who voted for Mitt Romney during this last contest. 60 million people saw what we here at Mitt Romney Central have believed about Mitt Romney from the beginning, that he would be the best person to lead America during these challenging and changing times. And we thank each and every one of you!

From the beginning, Mitt Romney has had to overcome huge obstacles to become the GOP nominee. Not only was he from one of the most liberal states in the country, but he was also responsible for a health care law that inspired Obamacare, something conservatives loathe to this day. Ironically, Mitt Romney represented the last chance for America to turn back from Obamacare, and yet America chose otherwise.

Also, Romney had to break new ground for religious freedom by being the first Mormon nominee of a major party. In a party with such large numbers of religious conservatives, this was no small task. Democrats are usually quick to point out how accepting they are of minorities of all stripes, but in this case it was the Republicans who were the first to nominate a well-qualified individual from this religious minority group and the GOP deserves credit for that.

Further, Romney was the first businessman to get so close to the presidency in a very long time. An unfortunate reality in American politics is that people with successful business backgrounds open themselves up to all kinds of attacks from political opponents. Whether the attacks be “he’s a rich guy who doesn’t understand the common man,” or “his business did harm to some people,” being a businessman is a profession fraught with difficulties when running for high political office. It’s really a shame because something America needs so badly is someone with skills and acumen for creating businesses and managing debt ridden programs.

Romney deserves great credit for having broken new ground in all these areas.

From the beginning, Romney surprised a lot of people who wanted to write him off for one reason or another.
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Presidential Race in Rear View Mirror: Romney Ran Classy, Tough, Big Issues Campaign

Nov 7, 2012: The morning after the election Mitt Romney relaxed with his family in Boston and shared a favorite treat – chocolate milk. While tweeting this photo, Mitt’s Body Man DG Jackson wrote, “Gov hanging out with family this morning. What an incredible family. So blessed to be so close to them.”

A rear view mirror look at the presidential election…

A headline yesterday announced the Romney campaign was shellshocked. Well, duh. Who wouldn’t be? I was. We all were.

With our nation in dire straits, we believed, hoped, and prayed our fellow Americans would see Obama’s vicious smears, lies, class warfare, and unrelenting personal attacks on Governor Romney for what it was. Gutter distraction. Unable to run on his record, knowing the real obstacle to his reelection was the economy, Obama and team decided early on to “kill” Romney with the aforesaid Chicago thuggery tactics. And a complicit mainstream media aided and abetted them.
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Mitt Romney & The Baby Brigade: A Walk Down Memory Lane

With their 19th grandchild on the way (son Craig’s wife, Mary, is expecting) Mitt and Ann Romney are obviously very comfortable and happy around babies. Ann recently shared just how much they love having their grandchildren with them (it was fun to see them at various events throughout the campaign!). Along the trail, several pundits also noted how natural and at ease Governor Romney was holding babies handed to him by parents along the rope line.

I’ve been saving a few photos of The Gov and the tykes he met. With another peek into the window of Mitt Romney’s oh-so-kind heart, here’s a walk down baby brigade memory lane…



More Awesome Pictures… Click here.

VA Store Owner Mourns Obama Reelection, Closes Store For a Day

Tuesday’s presidential election result caused a Virginia jeweler to close his store for a day.
(Photo – WDBJ7.com)

After Tuesday night’s election outcome, R.T. Lyons, a grief-stricken jeweler in Bedford, Virginia, chose not to open his store the next day. He taped signs to his store windows explaining why

BEDFORD Va.—
The owner of a Bedford jewelry store is explaining his decision to “mourn” the outcome of Tuesday’s Presidential election.

R.T. Lyons, owner of Lyons Jewelry, closed his business Wednesday and posted signs in his windows that read: “Closed to mourn the loss of the America that our forefathers endowed to us.”

I just didn’t feel like coming to work,” Lyons said Thursday. …

Lyons said he was experiencing feelings of grief. He believes Barack Obama’s second term will bring an end to capitalism in the United States and ultimately hurt his business.

Lyons said he believes the President is trying to undermine the principals of free enterprise that were established by America’s founding fathers. He worries that Obama will raise taxes on the wealthy people who patronize his jewelry store.

“I’m in the luxury business,” Lyons said. “I deal with more expensive items.”

Although he didn’t support Obama in 2008, Lyons said he was hoping the President could be successful. He was “excited” about the possibility of a Romney presidency, due to the Republican candidate’s background in business.

I’m sure people who are community organizers are excited (Obama) is in the White House,” Lyons said. “I was thinking I would be excited about a businessman in the White House.”

Lyons said his decison to close was not a ploy to attract attention to his business.

I didn’t want to be happy and wait on people that day,” said Lyons. “I think I was in a period of mourning yesterday and it was good for me. I went through the process. I don’t know how many steps there are, but I went through them yesterday.”

Mr. Lyons, we can relate.

UPDATE – ‘The Mourning After’ Man flies flags half-staff after election

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Election Results, Exit Polls, News and More [Live Blog]

ELECTION DAY IS HERE!

We will be posting results and updates all night long. Keep checking back!


Updates: (Newest to oldest, ALL times Eastern)

11:15 PM – Networks projects Obama wins re-election

11:15 PM – NBC News calling Ohio for Obama technically giving him 270 needed to win.

11:15 PM – Networks calling Iowa for Obama

11:00 PM – AP calls NC for Romney

10:30 PM – Romney gaining ground in OH, barely trailing in FL. Legal battles could be imminent.

9:45 PM – Electoral forecast update: Romney MUST win OH, VA, FL, and CO or IA in order to reach 270

9:40 PM – CBS calls New Hampshire for Obama

9:30 PM – FOX calls WI for Obama

9:25 PM – Current Intrade: Obama 89%, Romney 11%

9:20 PM – NBC and FOX call Pennsylvania for Obama

9:15 PM – Florida: 78% reporting: Obama 3,393,471 ; Romney 3,393,664

9:00 PM -

9:00 PM -

8:55 PM@VicLundquist: Governor of Pennsylvania just gave an update here at HQ. Said based on turnout, Governor Romney will win PA later. pic.twitter.com/LW2ZNGmO

8:50 PM – No definitive information from any of the swing states yet. Fl, NC, VA, all too close to call. OH and NH with only small numbers reporting. Romney must take FL, NC and VA PLUS one of OH, PA or WI+IA or WI+NH. Looks like a long night ahead.

8:30 PM – (R) McCrory wins Gov in NC, a pick-up for the RGA

8:20 PM – 57% reporting in Florida; Romney +3

7:25 PM – Per CBS – popular vote so far: Romney 1,781,731 ; Obama 1,655,082

7:25 PM – Florida returns: 5% in, 50-50.

7:15 PM – Exit polls show Romney winning Indiana by 12. Obama won by 1 in 2008.

7:05 PM – CNN Virginia Exit Polls: 49-49

7:00 PM – WaPo reports that Romney has not even written a concession speech (click here)

6:55 PM – Via RCP: Battleground Pollster Projects 1.5 Point Romney Win (click here)

6:50 PM – This is the crowd waiting to greet Romney in Pittsburgh a few hours ago (click here)

6:35 PMDrudge on early exit polls: Romney winning NC, FL; Obama winning NH, PA, MI, NV; Toss up: OH, VA, CO, IA

6:25 PM – Here’s a preview shot of where Romney will be giving his victory speech tonight (click here)

6:05 PM – Judge orders poll workers in Philly to cover mural of Obama at polling location (story here)

6:00 PM – Check out Mitt and Ann voting this morning:

What Time Do the Polls Close?

Here is a list of the poll closing times for each state:

ALL TIMES ARE EASTERN

7:00 PM
Florida (polls in the panhandle close at 8)
Georgia
Indiana (some polls close at 6)
Kentucky (some polls close at 6)
South Carolina
Vermont
Virginia

7:30 PM
North Carolina
Ohio
West Virginia

8:00 PM
Alabama
Connecticut
Delaware
Illinois
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Mississippi
Missouri
New Hampshire
New Jersey
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Dakota (some polls close at 9)
Tennessee
Texas (some polls close at 9)

SEE ALL STATES