Sen. Marco Rubio to Bob Schieffer (CBS): “Everywhere Romney has gone, he’s made it better”

Mitt Romney, left, and Marco Rubio in Miami earlier this month. August 2012
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He’s been given the plum role of introducing Governor Mitt Romney this week (Aug 30th) at the GOP convention as Romney accepts the Republican nomination for president of the United States.

Who is it?

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL).

CBS News’ Bob Schieffer snagged Rubio this morning for a ‘Face the Nation’ interview. Rubio had high praise for Romney; take a look at a portion of the interview:

BOB SCHIEFFER CBS NEWS: “Now you’re going to introduce Governor Romney at the convention. How is that speech coming along? Give us a little insight into how that works. What will be the tone? What will be the line…?”

SEN. MARCO RUBIO: “The two things I think will be clear by the end of this week is that this election’s not just a choice between two men or two political parties. It’s literally a choice about which direction we want this country to go. Do we think that the way forward is for us to become more like the rest of the world or is the way forward for us to help the rest of the world become more like us, a nation that’s bought into free enterprise, that believes that opportunity is created when people are given the confidence and the ability to go out and start businesses and grow existing businesses and then what can government do help that happen. I think the stakes are important for people to understand what’s at stake here. We’re not just voting for the person we like more. We’re also voting for two very different directions for our country. And in addition opted that, I hope people understand who Mitt Romney is. Because his business career has been well documented and his success is extraordinary in the business realm, but he’s so much more than that. He was a successful governor. The job he did at the Olympics in Salt Lake City was extraordinary by all accounts. And then, look at his personal life. This man is a personal role model to younger men like me, as a father, as a husband. You look how successful his family has been. Everywhere that he has ever gone, whether in his church or his community, he has made it better, using his talents and his time. I think Mitt Romney is a role model for people like me and, I think that Mitt Romney, as a person especially, and the kind of person we would all be proud for our kids to grow up and be like.”

From RNC Chairman Reince Priebus:

“Senator Marco Rubio is without a doubt one of America’s most dynamic and inspiring leaders, and I am excited to announce that he will introduce Governor Romney at the Republican National Convention. … Senator Rubio is a proven leader and a man of true character, and it is fitting that he will take on such an important role at our convention in his home state. Throughout his career, he has shown true dedication to constitutional principles, fiscal responsibility and free enterprise. As the son of immigrants, he has witnessed the promise of the American Dream firsthand and has worked to secure that promise for future generations.”

From William Harris, Republican National Convention Chief Executive Officer:

“Marco Rubio symbolizes the greatness of the American dream. He is the perfect leader to introduce Mitt Romney when he accepts his nomination. We are an extraordinary country because we have fought to preserve individual liberties that are the heartbeat of opportunity and achievement. Senator Rubio has experienced this in his own life, which will help him bring tremendous focus to how Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan’s agenda will lead the way to a better tomorrow.” …

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GOP Natl Convention: Keynote Speaker - Chris Christie, Intro Mitt Romney - Marco Rubio

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, shown campaigning for Governor Mitt Romney, was the first national political figure to endorse him during the GOP primary season. Christie will deliver the keynote address at the Republican National Convention (Aug 27-30, 2012).

Great pick!

The keynote speaker for the Republican National Convention August 27-30 has been selected.

The plum assignment goes to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

Announcement today from Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus:

As governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie has proven how bold Republican leadership gets results. He has fearlessly tackled his state’s most difficult challenges, while looking out for hardworking taxpayers. He is a leader of principle and conviction, and I am excited to hear him address the Republican National Convention as our keynote speaker. Governor Christie will make the case for America’s Comeback Team and will rally our party and country in support of the Romney-Ryan ticket,” said Chairman Priebus.

“It is an honor to be able to address our party and our nation in just a few short weeks. The challenges we face as a country are great and require the honesty and boldness of the Romney-Ryan team. We have an opportunity in Tampa to make clear that if we tell each other the hard truths, tackle the big problems, and make bold choices, we will see America’s comeback,” said Governor Christie.

“Chris Christie is a national leader in the Republican Party. His leadership proves how the common-sense principles of reducing spending and cutting taxes works in New Jersey and will work for America,” said Republican National Convention Chief Executive Officer William Harris.

Christie’s Bio:

Chris Christie was sworn in as governor of New Jersey on January 19, 2010.

Since taking office, Governor Christie has taken action on an aggressive reform agenda to restore fiscal integrity and accountability to state and local government, combat New Jersey’s highest in the nation property taxes, institute historic reform of the state’s pension and health benefits system, and bring about necessary changes to public education in order to identify and turn around failing schools and give every child access to a quality education.

Under Governor Christie, New Jersey has drawn national attention for taking on the biggest, toughest challenges facing the state with real solutions and bipartisan cooperation.

A lifelong New Jerseyan, Governor Chris Christie, 49, has a deep affection for and strong commitment to the state in which he has spent his entire life.

Governor Christie has been a strong vocal defender of Romney and knows how to deliver a grand slam speech. I’m so looking forward to hearing him!


More convention news…

The nod has been given to Florida Senator Marco Rubio to introduce Governor Mitt Romney when he officially accepts the GOP presidential nomination:

Rubio, who campaigned with Romney in Florida on Monday, told CNN that he thinks the former Massachusetts governor made the right choice in choosing Ryan.

Rubio, who was elected in 2010, is well regarded by conservatives and tea party activists.

From the Sunshine State News:

Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus announced Tuesday morning that freshman Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, 41-year-old son of Cuban immigrants, one of the party’s brightest stars, has been chosen to introduce presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

This will firmly establish Marco as the man to watch in the GOP,” said political consultant Joel Endelman. “He gets a chance to shine in his own state, a state Romney has to have to win the White House. The boy is on his way.”

On Monday Rubio warmly and enthusiastically introduced Romney, who in turn spent as much time promoting Rubio as his choice for running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

Marco Rubio symbolizes the greatness of the American dream. He is the perfect leader to introduce Mitt Romney when he accepts his nomination. We are an extraordinary country because we have fought to preserve individual liberties that are the heartbeat of opportunity and achievement. Senator Rubio has experienced this in his own life, which will help him bring tremendous focus to how Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan’s agenda will lead the way to a better tomorrow,” said Republican National Convention Chief Executive Officer William Harris.

Rubio will be in Texas tomorrow to help raise money for Romney.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio is pictured campaigning with Governor Mitt Romney in Pennsylvania.
April 24, 2022

Governor Romney’s acceptance address is sure to be knock-your-socks-off powerful and inspiring. More Americans will tune in to watch it than any other GOP election event besides the debates in October. In 2008, more than 38 million Americans watched McCain and Obama deliver their acceptance speeches.

Can’t wait!

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Mitt Romney in Ohio: Former Ohio Governor George Voinovich To Endorse Romney, Touring Manufacturing Co

A tweet from FOX News TV Host Greta Van Susteren alerted us that former Ohio Governor and Senator George V. Voinovich will formally give his endorsement to Mitt Romney today (tweet enlarged; sent Jul 26, 2021 @8:35 PM ET):

BIG NEWS FOR GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY! Fox News has confirmed that former GOP Sen. George Voinovich of Ohio will endorse Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for president on Wednesday in Ohio during Romney’s visit to the important 2012 battle ground state.

George Voinovich is endorsing former MA Governor Mitt Romney. 7/27/11

Voinovich’s endorsement is significant; he has a very impressive resume of service (from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress):


Senate years of service: 1999-2011
Party: Republican
VOINOVICH, George Victor
, a Senator from Ohio; born in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 15, 1936; B.A. in government, Ohio University 1958; J.D., Ohio State University College of Law 1961; assistant attorney general of Ohio 1963; Ohio state representative 1967-71; lieutenant governor of Ohio 1979; mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, 1979-89; governor of Ohio 1991-1998; chairman of the National Governors Association 1997-1998; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1998; reelected in 2004, and served from January 3, 1999, to January 3, 2011; chair, Select Committee on Ethics (One Hundred Ninth Congress); was not a candidate for reelection to the Senate in 2010.

Van Susteren’s tweet referred to Romney’s tour of an American manufacturing company today in the Buckeye State where he’ll be discussing jobs:

Presidential Candidate Governor Mitt Romney to Visit Screen Machine Industries, Inc.

Screen Machine Industries, Inc. (SMI) is proud to announce that on Wednesday, July 27, 2011, at 1:15 p.m., the front running Republican Presidential Candidate Governor Mitt Romney will visit the Screen Machine Industries headquarters in Pataskala, Ohio.

Romney’s factory visit is to promote his export trade policy during a press conference as a key tenet of his presidential race for the White House. Specifically, Mr. Romney’s campaign has chosen the venue of SMI as the quintessential American – family-owned manufacturing business. Our factory will serve as the stage and backdrop to highlight and promote his major economic job creation “jump-start” program for reinvigorating American Manufacturing for Export.

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Governor Romney has picked up several endorsements from current and former Governors. Former Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri will also officially give his endorsement to Romney and will help him raise money at an upcoming fundraiser. A few weeks ago, Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman endorsed Romney as well.

Congratulations to Governor Romney!

Exit Question: Is Ohio Gov. John Kasich going to be endorsing Mitt?

A Victory For Naked Partisanship

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick announced Thursday he has chosen longtime Kennedy friend Paul Kirk to fill the vacant seat left open by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy until a special election is held in January.

Patrick said Kirk will begin serving immediately, not in the 90 days that the measure passed by the Massachusetts House and Senate allowing for the appointment stipulates. The measure, which passed both chambers Wednesday, includes a provision allowing the interim senator to begin immediately if the governor declares it is an emergency.

We all knew this was going through, and I’m sure most know the story but to reiterate:

In 2004, John Kerry ran for president. If he would have won, Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney would have the power to appoint the successor to his vacant seat per the 17th Amendment. Ted Kennedy and company see this and have the state legislature strip Romney of this power. The legislature had the choice to let Romney appoint a temporary successor was there 5 years ago of course, Romney himself suggested it, but they decided to be bullheaded and decided that no representative was better than a Republican.

Now, we have Ted Kennedy’s final legacy. And it is fitting to this person who spent decades hurting this country (our immigration mess largely falls at his feet). With his last plea to the American public he asked that Democrats play by a different rulebook than Republicans. What the politicians of Massachusetts have done is disgraceful.

Of course, we should expect nothing less from a man who let a young woman remain at the bottom of a lake while his liver destroyed the evidence of his drunk driving.

~~~Thomas