Former MA Governor and Congresman Paul Ryan are now officially the Republican Party’s nominees for President and Vice President of the United States. (Photo - AP)
At 2:40 PM Pacific Time, in an exciting state-by-state (and territory) roll call at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL, Governor Mitt Romney received 2,016 votes to officially become The Republican nominee for President of the United States. By acclamation, Congressman Paul Ryan also officially became the GOP’s nominee for Vice President of the United States.
With 1,144 votes needed to seal the deal, New Jersey’s 50 votes - all of them - put Romney over the top. The roll call was halted so cheering, placard-waving delegates throughout the convention center could celebrate the milestone. It’s fitting that The Garden State did the honors since New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will deliver the keynote speech tonight.
In Governor Romney’s homestate of Michigan, his brother, Scott Romney read the vote count. It was a touching moment:
Hats off to those who planned the roll call; the entire event was exciting to hear and to watch. As each state delegation was called, changes took place on the many screens enfolding the stage. The state called was highlighted in 3-D red on a U.S. map on one screen, as a subtle ticker tape ran in the background featuring the state’s name. Other screens were awash with beautiful scenery from that particular state.
I’ve personally been waiting for this moment for over ten years. Ever since seeing the Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, when I saw Mitt and Ann Romney give their all to save the games, I hoped they would someday be on this presidential path.
CONGRATULATIONS to America’s Comeback Team…
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan!
Now, on to the evening’s speeches - keynoter Chris Christie and Ann Romney!
UPDATE: Jesse Jackson’s daughter, FOX News contributor Santita Jackson, said that Biden’s remarks were “profoundly insulting” and he should apologize. Former Democrat Governor of Virginia Douglas Wilder (first African-America governor since reconstruction) also blasted the Vice President (see end of article).
Our Vice President - Joe Biden.
(Photo - Carolyn Kaster/AP)
While campaigning in Danville, Virginia on Aug 14, 2012, the Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, rode in on his verbal backhoe to further dig himself and Obama into their seemingly bottomless hole. Watch the video (nearly half of Danville is populated by African Americans):
Later that same day, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell got Stephanie Cutter (Obama’s Deputy Senior Adviser) to sit down with her to talk about ol’ Joe’s mouth and Mitt Romney’s denunciation of Biden’s statement. She squirmed and obfuscated:
Mitchell: “… [L]et’s get back to the question of when you said the president agrees with the sentiments, are you saying that the vice president went too far –“
Cutter: “No, I’m not”.
Mitchell: “-and that the president does not agree with the words that he used?”
Cutter: “If you look at the entire context of what the Vice President was talking about, he was making a point that if we repeal Wall Street reform which is what Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan want to do, we’re going to go back to the days where they’re writing their own rules, and we saw what happened. Taxpayers had to bail them out. We had to spend billions of dollars of taxpayer dollars bailing them out. Now I would think that that, you know, that is a problem for middle class taxpayers. That would hamper their ability to take care of their own finances.”
MITCHELL: “The bottom line that the President agrees with Joe Biden’s sentiments but not his comments?”
CUTTER: “The bottom line is that we have no problem with those comments.”
Governor Romney doesn’t want to “let Wall Street write their own rules” but Team Obama believes if they hamster-wheel this lie over and over, like all the other lies they spout, Americans will believe it.
Does “Romney-is-a-felon” Cutter really want to go there - talking about taxpayer bailouts?
Hmm. Let’s talk about GM - headed for bankruptcy again? Or, how about that $535 million of vanished taxpayer money Obama showered on Solyndra?
Have you heard about A123 Systems?
It’s a green company based in Waltham, MA, that makes hybrid/electric car batteries. In 2009, A123 was handed a quarter BILLION grant by Obama. The company also received another $135 million in grants and tax breaks from Michigan. A123 also sucked up another $30 federal million for a wind energy whim. Their stock peaked at $25.77 per share. It’s now at 45 CENTS per share. In July, company officials said they only had five months of operating cash. Get this: A Chinese auto parts maker, Wanxiang Group, is investing up to $465 million in the broke company - buying A123 (owning 80% of the firm) for pennies on our dollars. Obama used OUR money to bankroll green technology which has ended up in CHINA’s hands.
Other Obama green energy companies receiving taxpayer money who have stuck it to us: Tesla - $465 million, Fiskar Automotive - $529 million, Ener1 - $118.5 million, Beacon Power - $43 million, Abound Solar - $400 million, Amonix Solar - $15.4 million DOE grant plus another $9.5 million in federal tax credits, Energy Conversion Devices & United Solar Ovonic LLC - $13.3 million tax credit, Evergreen Solar - $125 million plus $58 million from Massachusetts, Mountain Plaza, Inc. - $424,000, Spectrawatt - $500,000, Azure Dynamics – couldn’t find exact amount, but MILLIONS lost, and Solar Trust of America - $2.1 billion.
Troubled green companies for which taxpayers could be on the hook:
A few other companies receiving Obama stimulus money or tax breaks:
Babcock & Brown,
Granite Reliable Power
Olsen’s Crop Service
Thompson River Power LLC
Willard & Kelsey Solar Group
What about all those “shovel ready” jobs Obama touted to help push through his stimulus bill? Well, the shovels weren’t ready.
The half of America that actually pays taxes are on the hook for Obama’s $787 BILLION Recovery Act Bill – better known as the Stimulus Stinker DUD. He did that to us. And don’t forget, in January 2011, Obama whined and pouted for another $447 BILLION – which, thankfully, he didn’t get.
But, I digress…
Back to ol’ Joe. American Crossroads Super PAC reminded us today why Biden is good for the Romney/Ryan ticket: