On March 13th my brothers (Luke and Aaron) and I attended the Salt Lake City stop of Mitt Romney’s No Apology Tour. We bought tickets for the event, and we got one Gold ticket so I could cover the Gold reception before the main event - it turned out that we got press passes the day before the event, thanks to Aaron sending an email request to the Hinckley Institute. The press passes were very nice. They allowed us to roam the aisles and get close up to the front during the event to get some photos and even some video on my little hand-held video camera. (Karen said that we were never in our seats.)
Not sure exactly what to expect, my brothers and I did some preparations to promote this site while we were there knowing there would be thousands of Mitt Romney fans everywhere. The doors opened at 4PM for the 7PM event and there were plenty of people there already to talk to. We brought up several hundred of our Mitt ’12 bumper stickers as incentives for people to sign an email list. With the help of two willing volunteers James Taylor and Eric Hatch, we were able to gather a few hundred emails. We will be contacting them soon with info about our site and an invitation to subscribe to our blog feed via email.
I attended the Gold Reception before the main event. There were a number of familiar faces, but I mostly took pictures and video while snacking on the food. It was there that I ran into long-time friend and co-blogger (CommittedtoRomney.com) Ann Marie Curling and her husband Joel - it was great to see her and catch up with life since they moved to Utah from Kentucky. I did briefly chat with Josh Romney - I asked him if he had any connections and could get me a No Apology t-shirt that all the volunteers were wearing. Unfortunately he didn’t have any connections. Luke, Aaron, Ben, and James were troopers and gathered all the emails while I was up hobnobbing. Thanks guys.
Mitt’s comments were as astute as usual. And Ann Romney was gracious as always. Beyond that there is not much more I can say about it that isn’t revealed better in the videos below.
Video #1: Prep. Short video shows you a little about how we make our Mitt ’12 bumper stickers. It’s a nice little ad for us too. :)
Video #2: From the reception: Ann and Mitt both speak, crowd shots, and singing happy birthday to Mitt
Video #3: Main Event: Selected clips, Q&A, crowd shots. Includes questions about Health Care.
Video #4: 12 year old asks Romney if he’s going to run for president.
(I already embedded this video in another post. Romney gives a great response the question. Click here to see it.)
Sorry for multiple videos. I honestly couldn’t think of what to cut so I ended up putting in all four. It was a great event to attend. If you live near a city which Romney will be visiting on his book tour, make the effort to get there. You won’t regret it!