Quartet of Speakers Revealed for GOP Convention: Bush, Fallin, Paul, Santorum

A view of beautiful downtown Tampa, Florida where Republicans will converge for the GOP National Convention on August 27 – 30, 2012.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus today heralded a second round of speakers to participate in the GOP National Convention August 27-30. Prieubus has stated that the RNC and Romney camp have a great working relationship and are coordinating together to “make a truly memorable and momentous event.”

A notable quartet of speakers: Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, 43rd governor of Florida and current chairman of the Foundation for Florida’s Future; Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, the first woman to serve as both Oklahoma lieutenant governor and governor, and the first woman elected to Congress from Oklahoma since the 1920s; U.S. Senator Rand Paul, junior senator from Kentucky and founder of the U.S. Senate Tea Party Caucus; and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, 2012 presidential primary candidate, U.S. Senator (1995-2007), and U.S. Representative (1991-1995) from Pennsylvania.

I am thrilled to announce Governor Bush, Governor Fallin, Senator Paul and Senator Santorum will address our convention,” said Priebus. “As our party unites around Governor Romney, these four great leaders will lend their voices in support of his vision to get America back on track.”

“Governors Bush and Fallin, and Senators Paul and Santorum are among our party’s most respected leaders, and their participation at the Republican Convention will help generate enthusiasm for Governor Romney’s plans to strengthen our economy,” said convention Chief Executive Officer William Harris.

★ Former Governor Jeb Bush

This election comes down to a fundamental choice – between Mitt Romney’s commitment to business innovation and job growth and the president’s record of government taxation and takeovers. This choice comes at a critical time for our country. We are facing tremendous challenges and our response to them will determine the course of our nation for generations to come. There is a lot at stake for us in November and that is why I am proud to support Governor Mitt Romney as the next president of the United States and I look forward to being a part of his nomination at the Republican National Convention in my home state of Florida,” said Jeb Bush.

★ Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin

The election this November is about much more than politics. It is a decision we have to make about the direction of America – are we going to continue to tax and spend and grow government far past the point of sustainability, or are we going to restore fiscal sanity to Washington, D.C. and force government to live within its means? In Oklahoma, we work to make government serve the people and not the other way around. Our next president has to share this same commitment and that is why I am so proud to be a part of the Republican National Convention to officially nominate Mitt Romney,” said Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin.

★ U.S. Senator Rand Paul

“In the past four years, we have seen the national debt soar at the hands of failed Democrat policies. We are nearing a fiscal cliff and are in desperate need of a change of direction. Whether it is Obamacare, Dodd-Frank or the EPA’s war on coal, American jobs and growth are being stifled by the current policies. I believe Governor Romney would help our country start a new path, where job creators are encouraged not punished, and where the size and scope of government are brought under control. I am honored to speak about our Republican vision for the future at the national convention in Tampa,” said Senator Rand Paul.

★ Former Senator Rick Santorum

I am so passionate about this election because the core principles of our country are at stake. The Republican National Convention is an important time for us to rally behind Mitt Romney and his vision to put our country back on track. We need a leader in the White House who is committed to reforming government. Republicans believe that removing the incentive to work will destroy welfare reform as we know it, costing taxpayers millions and leading the poor to a life of dependency. The contrast between President Obama and Mitt Romney could not be greater. Conservatives from across the country are rallying together and we will make our voices heard in a few weeks in Tampa,” said Senator Rick Santorum.

Governor Romney kicks off a mult-state bus tour this Saturday which will take him to Florida on Monday. He is expected to stop in Jacksonville, Orlando, and Miami.

Stay tuned for additional convention speakers, including the illustrious keynote speaker, to be announced in the coming days!

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RNC Chairman Priebus Names First Wave of GOP Convention Headliners

20 days to go…

The first wave of Republican National Convention headliners was released today by RNC Chairman Reince Preibus. The keynote speaker, as well as additional speakers, will be announced at a later date.

All the action gets underway in Tampa, Florida on August 27-30:

Drum roll please… The speakers are:

★ South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley
, first female governor of South Carolina, youngest sitting governor in United States

★ Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, 44th governor of Arkansas, 2008 presidential candidate, NY Times best-selling author, radio and television show host

★ Ohio Governor John Kasich, former House Budget Committee chairman

★ New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, first female Hispanic governor in U.S. and first female governor of New Mexico

★ Arizona Senator John McCain, party’s 2008 nominee, now serving fifth term in U.S. Senate

★ Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, America’s 66th secretary of state and first African-American female to hold the position

★ Florida Governor Rick Scott, from convention host state

“We are proud and excited to announce these outstanding leaders will address the nation during our convention in Tampa,” said Chairman Priebus. “They are some of our party’s brightest stars, who have governed and led effectively and admirably in their respective roles. Ours will be a world class convention, worthy of the next president of the United States, and these speakers-and those that will be announced later-will help make it a truly memorable and momentous event.”

Republican National Convention Chief Executive Officer William Harris noted that “these individuals exemplify the Republican Party’s commitment to economic growth and long-term job creation, and reflect our proud tradition of protecting America’s interests around the world.”

Details on named speakers:

Former Governor Mike Huckabee

“I’m honored to be invited by Governor Romney to address my fellow Republicans at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, but especially grateful for the opportunity to explain to my fellow Americans why this election provides the most stark contrast of political platforms in American history. Four years ago, we were promised an economic recovery and the creation of millions of jobs, but have now seen the longest period of record unemployment since the Great Depression. We were promised that the sacred institution of marriage would be protected, but now we have the first president in history to support changing the nature and definition of marriage. We were promised that faith would guide these decisions, but instead we have seen a full frontal assault on the conscience and convictions of religious liberty by insisting that this new government run health care system include forcing churches, colleges, hospitals, and businesses to bow their knee to the Baal of the federal government. I will do all I can to help Mitt Romney become our president,” said Mike Huckabee.

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Romney Victory Effort Notes Bounteous July: Raised $101.3 MILLION

Wonderful news!

We who believe in OPPORTUNITY, the American Dream, and Governor Mitt Romney helped our next President raise a hefty amount of money in July to strengthen his campaign war chest…

$101.3 MILLION.

It’s the second month in a row Romney has raked in more than $100 million and the third month in a row Romney’s joint committee has raked in more cash than Obama’s joint committee. (Obama’s joint fundraising resulted in $75 million for July.)

No candidate for president has ever had two $100 million months in a single election.

Today, Romney for President, Romney Victory, and the Republican National Committee announced fundraising totals of over $101.3 million in July. The campaign, RNC and state party participants have approximately $185.9 million cash on hand.

Announcing the numbers, Romney Victory National Finance Chairman Spencer Zwick and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said, “Once again we see that for many people, this is more than a campaign, it is a cause.” Zwick went on to say, “We are honored to have the support of a broad spectrum of donors—Independents, Democrats and Republicans—whose support of Governor Romney shows that he has the needed plan to jumpstart our economy and get the country on the right track again. We are well on track to raise the money to be successful in November. If you haven’t given, show your support by joining the group of donors who have shown their commitment to Governor Romney and the Romney Victory effort.”

Americans are clearly looking for a change in the White House,” said Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. “While President Obama claims that his economic plan ‘worked,’ the American people know that his policies haven’t worked and he has failed to fix our economy. Mitt Romney has a plan that will create jobs, grow the economy, and build a stronger middle class – that is why he is seeing such strong support.”

FAST FACTS about Romney For President, Romney Victory, and RNC fundraising:

● Over $101.3 Million raised in July
94.13% of all donations received in July were $250 or less
● $25.7 million raised by donations under $250 in July
● 600,627 donations received under $250 in July
● Approximately $185.9 million cash on hand
● Contributions received from all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

It’s also reassuring to know Governor Romney is a wise steward with funds raised (note Ben’s article). Thank you very much to all who helped make July such a significant fundraising month.

As RNC chairman Priebus stated – this is more than a campaign – it is a cause. Let’s continue to manifest our belief in The Gov and the restoration of America by making August another great month (91 days until election day!). Donate here.

Every dollar matters!

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It’s Obama’s Birthday. Wishes for him?

Today is Obama’s birthday.

Betcha CAN guess where he began his day…

Yup.

Taking whacks at a little white dimpled ball.

It’s his 104th round of golf. But, hey it’s his birthday, right?

The Republican National Committee thought the day was important enough to send a custom cake on over to the Oval Office.

Considering Obama asked Americans to forgo giving birthday and wedding presents to their loved ones in order to donate more to his reelection campaign, I think that was right decent of the RNC:

“Got a birthday, anniversary, or wedding coming up?” the campaign wrote in a blog post. “Let your friends know how important this election is to you—register with Obama 2012, and ask for a donation in lieu of a gift.”

“It’s a great way to support the President on your big day. Plus, it’s a gift that we can all appreciate—and goes a lot further than a gravy bowl,” the campaign wrote.

Give the baker a raise!

If you’d like to let Obama know what you think of his birthday, send a card here.

My wishes for the President on this special occasion:

A gravy bowl with a copy of the U.S. Constitution tucked inside, along with a hefty can of Pledge furniture polish to buff up that burgeoning Pinocchio schnoz of his. (Maybe he’ll share with Scary Harry Reid.)


What are your wishes for Obama?

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RNC Meeting in Tampa, FL: Only Campaign Represented? Mitt Romney


The Republican National Committee has landed in Tampa, Florida this week for their three-day summer meeting (site of the RNC convention next year). Officials continue to organize and are scoping out convention venues.

Guess who is the only GOP presidential candidate to send representatives there?

You know it.

Mitt Romney.

WashingtonPost.com August 4, 2011

TAMPA — Mitt Romney has dispatched three senior campaign officials to hold strategy briefings with Republican National Committee members at the RNC’s summer meeting here, as Romney tries to consolidate the party establishment around his 2012 candidacy.

No other Republican presidential candidate has a presence at the four-day meeting, according to multiple RNC members. Romney’s team arrived in Tampa — which will host the 2012 Republican National Convention — to present the case for his candidacy to the RNC’s 168 state party chairmen and other committee members, the vast majority of whom are unaligned in the presidential contest.

Romney campaign roster announcing campaign briefing at the RNC summer meeting in Tampa, Florida. 8/4/11 (click on photo to enlarge)

Romney’s deputy campaign manager, political director and communications director will outline Romney’s strategy in the early voting states, the campaign’s fall timetable, and provide a briefing on the status of the race at a closed-door meeting here Friday.

The campaign plans to distribute maps of the country, color-coded based on the early states, so-called “momentum” states that follow, and the Super Tuesday states. It will brief RNC members on the political organization Romney is building in each, according toan RNC member who attended a pre-briefing on Wednesday with Romney officials.

The campaign also will give RNC members a packet featuring positive press clippings and a list of endorsements Romney has received in various states — an apparent effort to show that many in the GOP hierarchy are consolidating around Romney.

“The Romney campaign’s been the only one I’m aware of doing briefings like this, setting up organizations in all 50 states,” said Saul Anuzis, an RNC member from Michigan.

(emphasis added) Continue reading here.

Smart, smart, smart!

More RNC news coming out of Tampa…

August 4, 2011 – RNC rejects tough sanctions on primary calendar

TAMPA, Fla. (WACH, AP) — The Republican National Committee has rejected a plan to impose tougher sanctions on states that jump ahead in the presidential primary calendar.

The measure would have stripped VIP passes and desirable hotel accommodations from states like Arizona and Florida, which are considering late January primary elections. That’s a violation of RNC rules, and some Republicans say it could cause chaos.

But the RNC Rules Committee voted Thursday to postpone action on new sanctions until next year.

Republicans from states like New Hampshire and South Carolina called out Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer by name Thursday, pushing her state to wait its turn. Any significant change, they say, could force their states to move primaries to December or January.
[...]
Arizona Republicans say an earlier primary would highlight issues important to Western voters.



RNC’s latest ad: ‘Change Direction 4′

► Jayde Wyatt

Mitt Romney Says Congrats To New RNC Chairman Reince Priebus

Mitt Romney released a statement today giving support for the new RNC Chairman Reince Priebus:

“I congratulate Reince Priebus on his election as Chairman of the Republican National Committee, and I look forward to working with him to advance our commonsense conservative agenda. The months and years ahead hold high stakes and tremendous opportunities for our party and our country. I have no doubt that Reince’s leadership will be invaluable as Republicans work to reduce the burden of government on families and job creators, get Washington’s reckless spending and debt under control, and put Americans back to work.”

All the staff here at Mitt Romney Central would like to congratulate Reince Preibus for becoming the new Chairman of the RNC. Congrats, Mr. Priebus!!

Republican National Committee
~ Jared A.

UPDATE by Jayde: Brief video of Former RNC Chair Michael Steele’s final remarks, new RNC Chairman Reince Priebus takes the gavel…



Update: Houston Not a Finalist for GOP 2012 Convention

Houston, TX

Update: Whoops from the Lone Star State have been squelched. Why? Reports published yesterday (2/3/10) that Houston, TX was a finalist for the 2012 Republican Convention are not true. The city of Houston didn’t even apply to host the convention.  

City officials said Houston underwent a change of administration and missed the deadline to apply for the convention, but it isn’t clear if they intended to apply or want to now. Rumors abound. Will Houston officials request an extension from the RNC and submit a bid? Is there a 4th city still to be announced as a finalist for the GOP 2012 convention? Are Salt Lake City, Tampa Bay, and Phoenix the complete shortlist?

Holly Hughes RNC Site Selection Committee Chair

Clarification from Holly Hughes (RNC Convention Site Selection Committee Chair) or RNC chairman Michael Steele would be welcome right now. 

Houston Not a Finalist for GOP 2012 Convention (updated today -video report incl):

HOUSTON — Houston is not a finalist for the 2012 Republican National Convention, at least not yet.

Rumors started flying Wednesday after published reports stated Houston was one of four finalists.

Late in the evening, the head of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau said the rumors aren’t true.

“I really wish all of our convention bids we could get to the finals without ever having submitted a piece of paper,” said Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau President and CEO Greg Ortale.

Ortale confirmed the city of Houston has yet to sign up for a shot. In fact, the city missed the deadline to apply. Ortega says that’s because of the transition into a new administration.

However, if the RNC gives Houston an extension, the city could throw its name into the hat. The city would bid not only for the GOP Convention, but also the Democratic National Convention.

“You have to go for both and the reason for that is it has to take a full commitment of the community, particularly on the fundraising, and you cannot do that without republicans and democrats in the city working together,” said Ortega.

The 2008 GOP convention was held in St. Paul, MN. Ortale says the community had to raise $80 million, and it got about $150 million back. Still, according to Ortale, there could be a significant cost to the city.

“If you’ve got infrastructure issues, like streets, if you have some security costs that are not going to be recoverable, and it is probably millions of dollars, “he said.

Is it a long shot for Houston? Some say it is, but it’s a chance the city could be willing to take.

“It’s a major undertaking and if we do go forward with it, you’ll be chasing down rumors every week,” said Ortale.

UPDATE Houston Chronicle:

THE REPUBLICANS ARE NOT COMING! THE REPUBLICANS ARE NOT COMING!

Bloggers around the country pounced on the story. Elected officials, Republican and Democrat, got excited; folks from the mayor’s office and old-timers who remember the extensive planning — not to mention the extensive amount of money — that went into the ’92 convention were something less than excited.

They’ll be happy to hear there’s nothing to worry about. A Republican official who didn’t want to be named confirmed a few minutes ago that when the RNC releases its list in a couple of weeks Houston will NOT be on it.

(emphasis mine) Who are these Republican officials reportedly releasing information? The RNC HAS released a list – with three cities listed. It was announced that four city finalists would be named. ???

 National Journal.com reported this yesterday:

The RNC has narrowed its search for a ’12 convention location to 4 cities, several party sources tell Hotline OnCall.

In a vote at the Winter meetings in Honolulu late last week, the party narrowed its search to Salt Lake City, Tampa, Phoenix and Houston.

The RNC’s site selection committee, headed by MI committeewoman Holly Hughes, will visit each of the 4 cities later this year to go over logistics, examine hotel and conference capacity and the facility for the convention itself. An RNC spokesperson declined to comment for this story.

Dems have begun accepting bids for their own convention, but they have yet to take even preliminary steps in picking through those cities. DNC chair Tim Kaine has not even set up a site selection committee yet.

All 4 cities GOPers will consider bring upsides. Tampa and Phoenix sit in swing states, while TX has an exploding Hispanic population — a demographic GOPers are keen to attract after they appear to be slipping toward Dems.

And Salt Lake City would be the first inner-mountain West city for a GOP convention. Pres. Obama won NV, CO and NM in ’08, 3 states the GOP must win to reclaim the WH.

 

Michael Steele RNC Chairman

So far it’s Salt Lake City, Phoenix, and Tampa Bay. Who knows what’s next?

RNC Names Two More Finalists For Convention 2012: Phoenix & Tampa Bay

Phoenix, AZ

It’s Phoenix, Arizona and Tampa Bay, Florida! Two more city finalists have been named by the GOP National Committee to host the Republican National Convention in 2012. Congratulations! Salt Lake City, Utah was named last week. Geographically speaking, this latest announcement brings cheers from the southeast, the southwest, and the intermountain west. One more city remains to be named.

The Arizona Republic:

Phoenix has been named one of three finalists to host the 2012 Republican National Convention, local officials said Monday.

Members of the Republican National Committee made the decision over the weekend during their winter meeting in Hawaii. They notified the Phoenix Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, which submitted the bid, that the city had made the short list.

Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, who has been working on the bid with Arizona Republican Party Chairman Randy Pullen, said that hosting a political convention makes good economic sense for the recession-battered state. The 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver generated about $266 million in economic spending in the region.

“Especially today, with the economic hardships the city, restaurants and hotels are facing, any convention is good business for the entire state,” Gordon said.

The mayor, a Democrat, also pointed out that Phoenix plans to submit a bid for the 2012 Democratic National Convention later this year. But he emphasized that Phoenix, struggling to close a $245 million deficit, is in no financial shape to invest any public dollars in either political convention.

If Phoenix wins the bid for the 2012 GOP convention, the city’s host committee would have to raise about $50 million in private money to cover the cost of the gathering and its dozens of related parties and events. Valley businessman Bob Lavinia has been tapped to serve as interim chairman of the Phoenix bid committee.

Arizona

The Tampa Tribune:

Tampa Bay, FL

Tampa is a finalist in a bid to host the 2012 Republican National Convention.

Travis Claytor, spokesman for the nonprofit Tampa Bay & Co., which submitted the bid, said Tampa is one of four finalists selected by the Republican National Committee.

The RNC will send a team to the city as part of the final selection process this spring. The official site for the 2012 convention is expected to be named by late summer.
Tampa was among cities considered to host the GOP convention in 2004 and 2008 but lost to New York in 2004 and Minneapolis-St. Paul in 2008.

In August, GOP Party Chairman Michael Steele wrote to Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and Tampa Bay & Co., asking the city to apply for the convention. His letter gave specifics of what is needed, such as seating for 18,000 people, 15,000 first-class hotel rooms and 1,000 hotel suites, and a minimum of 350,000 square feet of media space adjacent to or near the convention center.

Mayor Pam Iorio has pledged support for the endeavor but no city money. For the 2008 convention, the city pledged $1 million in local money.

If the bid is successful, a host committee would have to enter into an agreement with the city to compensate it for the cost of police coverage and other municipal services, said Santiago Corrada, the city’s neighborhood services director and Iorio’s point person for the city on the convention bid.

“And I think Tampa is right there,” said Joe Gruters, chairman of the Sarasota Republican Party. “And I think Florida over the last two presidential cycles has proven how important it is and Florida may once again become the swing state and that’s why I think at the end of the day they’ll choose Florida.”

He expects communities south of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge to play a role, both as republican strongholds with plenty of people and quite a bit of money, on whether or not Tampa gets the convention.

And Congressman Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, has pledged to contribute some political pressure to the cause. “I’m pretty active in terms of working with the RNC and NRCC on some things. And I’m just going to do everything I can to bring whatever influence I can,” he said.

Tampa Bay, Fl

No word yet from Democrats regarding a short list for their 2012 convention. We do know that Philadelphia, PA, and Charlotte, N.C. submitted applications.

I’ve searched for a complete list of the 16 cities being considered for the GOP convention, but to no avail. An RNC spokeswoman has declined to name the cities.

Congratulations again to the Beehive State, the Grand Canyon State, and the Sunshine State. One more to go. The last finalist will be __________?