Archive for Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Republicans nominate Mitt Romney for president

August 28, 2012


— Making up for lost time, Republicans streamed into their storm-delayed national convention Monday to certify Mitt Romney's nomination for the White House and tear into President Barack Obama in a close race for the White House in dreary economic times.

Delegates from the state of Georgia applaud after casting their votes for presidential candidate Mitt Romneyduring the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012.

Delegates from the state of Georgia applaud after casting their votes for presidential candidate Mitt Romneyduring the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012.

Delegates cheered every mention of Romney's name in a ritual roll call of the states certain to seal the results of last winter's brutal primaries and caucuses.

The mocking of Obama began almost instantly from the podium at a convention postponed once and dogged still by Hurricane Isaac. The Democratic president has "never run a company. He hasn't even run a garage sale or seen the inside of a lemonade stand," declared Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican Party.

To propel Romney and ticketmate Paul Ryan into the fall campaign, the convention quickly approved a conservative platform that calls for tax cuts — not government spending — to stimulate the economy at a time of sluggish growth and 8.3 percent unemployment.

Ann Romney's speech was scripted as a prime-time highlight, an appearance meant to cast her multimillionaire-businessman-turned-politician husband in a soft and likable light before a national TV audience.

Aides said Romney would be in the hall when she spoke.

The former Massachusetts governor was in his hotel suite across the street from the red, white and blue-themed convention hall as delegates affirmed his nomination. Aides said he watched the proceedings on television.

Marring his hope for a seamless convention, the residue of a heated campaign for the nomination was evident inside the hall.

Texas Rep. Ron Paul, who never won a primary or caucus, drew several dozen delegate votes. Earlier, his supporters chanted and booed after the convention adopted rules they opposed, but were powerless to block, to prevent those votes from being officially registered.

Opinion polls made the race a close one as the Republicans' days of pageantry and speechmaking began in earnest, and the man tapped to deliver the keynote address set the stakes.

"Conventions are always huge for a challenger, because they're the ones introducing themselves" to the voters, said New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Convention planners squeezed two days of speeches and other convention business into one after scrapping Monday's scheduled opener because of fears that Isaac would make a direct hit on the Florida Gulf Coast.

That threat fizzled, but it was instantly replaced by another — that Republicans would wind up holding a political celebration at the same time the storm turned its fury on New Orleans, devastated almost exactly seven years ago by Hurricane Katrina.

Romney's convention planners said they were in frequent contact with weather forecasters, but they declined to discuss what contingency plans, if any, they had to accelerate plans for him to deliver a formal acceptance speech Thursday night.

"This is obviously the biggest speech of my life," Mrs. Romney said as she visited the custom-made podium to prepare for her remarks.

Ratification of a party platform was prelude to Romney's nomination, a document more conservative on abortion than the candidate.

On economic matters, it backs extension of the tax cuts enacted in 2001 and 2003 and due to expire at year's end, without exception. It also calls for an additional 20 percent reduction in income tax brackets that Romney favors.

In a time of 8.3 percent unemployment and the slowest economic recovery in the post-World War II era, that went to the crux of the campaign for the White House.

By contrast, Obama wants to allow existing tax cuts to expire on upper income taxpayers, and has criticized Romney's overall economic plans as a boon to millionaires that would raise taxes on the middle class.

The GOP platform also pledges that a Republican-controlled Congress will repeal, and Romney will sign, legislation to repeal the health care legislation Obama won from a Democratic-controlled Congress. So, too, for the measure passed to regulate Wall Street in the wake of the 2008 economic collapse.

On abortion, the platform says, "The unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed."

Romney opposes abortions, except in cases of rape, incest, or when "the health and life of the mother" are at stake, he said in a convention week interview.

Obama, who accepts renomination at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., next week, campaigned in Iowa Tuesday as he set out on a tour of college campuses in battleground states in hopes of boosting voter registration among college students.

Before departing the White House, he made a point of appearing before reporters to announce the government's latest steps to help those in the way of Isaac. He signed a declaration of emergency for Mississippi and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local storm response efforts in the state.

His surrogates did their best to counter Romney and the Republicans.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, dismissing GOP attempts to woo Hispanic voters, said, "You can't just trot out a brown face or a Spanish surname and expect people are going to vote for your party or your candidate." He added, "This is a party with a platform that calls for the self-deportation of 11 million people."

Hispanics strongly favor Obama, according to public polls, and Romney and his party have been seeking to win a bigger share of their votes by emphasizing proposals to fix the economy rather than ease their positions on immigration.

Female voters, too, prefer the president over his challenger, and Democrats have done their best to emphasize GOP opposition to abortion and even suggest the party might try and curtail access to contraceptives if it wins power.

Whatever the impact of those issues, the polls show the economy is overwhelmingly the dominant issue in the race, and on that, the voters narrowly say they trust Romney more.

In an AP-GfK poll taken Aug. 16-20, some 48 percent of registered voters said they trust Romney more on economic issues, to 44 percent for Obama.

However, a Washington Post-ABC News in the days immediately before the convention found that 61 percent of registered voters said Obama was more likable, and 27 percent said Romney.

The convention took place in an atmosphere of security that was both stringent and selective. Thousands of police from all over the country, joined by National Guard troops, Secret Service and others, stood in small groups at checkpoints, demanding those entering a secure area display proper credentials numerous times.

But former Michigan Gov. John Engler and an aide were hustled to the front of a long line waiting to clear security at one building.

Aside from Paul, Romney's long-ago rivals for the party nomination had bit roles at his convention, if that.

Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain posed for a photo after running into each other at the convention center. Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum were also in town, as well, both with speaking slots, unlike Bachmann and Cain.

Associated Press writers Brian Bakst, Thomas Beaumont, Tamara Lush, Brendan Farrington, Julie Mazziotta, Steve Peoples, Kasie Hunt and Philip Elliott in Florida and Steven Ohlemacher, Alicia A. Caldwell and Jennifer Agiesta in Washington contributed to this report.


Richard Heckler 5 years, 9 months ago

No one should discount the potential destructiveness of a victory for Mitt Romney. The widespread media assumption that he’s really a “Massachusetts moderate” who adopted extreme positions to placate the Republican electorate before resetting his Etch A Sketch would be irrelevant even if it were true.

A Romney victory could be accompanied by GOP control of all branches of government, with the party’s right-wing majority in the House driving the agenda. As Grover Norquist argues, “We are not auditioning for fearless leader…. We just need a president to sign this stuff.”

The “stuff” they would pass—already endorsed by Romney—includes repeal of the modest reforms enacted to police corporations after the Enron scandal and banks after the financial collapse; repeal of healthcare reform, stripping some 30 million people of coverage; budget cuts that would gut almost all domestic functions of the government, from education to child nutrition to safeguarding clean air and water; and an end to Medicare and Medicaid as we know them.

These draconian measures would be used to pay for increases in military spending and tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy. Under the Romney plan, those making over $1 million a year would receive an average tax break of $250,000. A Romney victory would buoy a Republican right eager to roll back social progress, constrict voting rights and exacerbate racial divides in an era of middle-class decline.

The offensive against labor and workers’ rights would escalate. And Romney’s bellicose foreign policy would make George W. Bush look dovish. If Romney wins, we will spend four years fighting to limit the damage he will inflict on the nation.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 9 months ago

Repubs have been hell on the housing market and job markets over the past 30 years since about 1980. Millions unemployed and foreclosures galore. Not to mention property values dropping to way below what is owed on the mortgage = buying a home is risky business.


ENTITLEMENT - TABOR is Coming by Grover Norquist and Koch Bros sells out state governments, public schools,SRS services etc etc to private industry = Grab Your Wallets!

ENTITLEMENT - Bailing out The Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan Heist aka home loan scandal sent the economy out the window costing taxpayers many many $$ trillions (Cost taxpayers $1.4 trillion), Plus millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance.

ENTITLEMENT - Bailing out the Bush/Cheney Home Loan Wall Street Bank Fraud cost consumers $ trillions, millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance. Exactly like the Reagan/Bush home loan scam. Déjà vu can we say. Yep seems to be a pattern.

ENTITLEMENT - Bush/Cheney implied many financial institutions were at risk instead of only 3? One of the biggest lies perpetrated to American citizens. Where did this money go? Why were some banks forced to take bail out money?

beatrice 5 years, 9 months ago

Your desperation is starting to get a little shrill, don't ya think?

jafs 5 years, 9 months ago


The preponderance of lies and misleading statements from the right on here is so great that I rarely even check those sorts of statements any more, having done so many times in the past and found them to be false.

headdoctor 5 years, 9 months ago

I figured they would just rubber stamp their approval of their worthless platform. It addresses about everything they shouldn't bother with and nothing that it should.

Sam Constance 5 years, 9 months ago

Just so we're clear, when Bush & company proposed the tax cuts over a decade ago, they did so with the financial logic that they would eventually expire, rather than continuing to dig the hole of our national debt even deeper.

And here we are 11 years later... with the same mindless automatons bleating for "ACROSS THE BOARD EXTENSIONS!!!!!"

Lest I be painted as 'partisan', the Democrats don't really have many original ideas either. But at least their ideas don't seem to be built on bigotry, hate, religious zealotry and a pride in being stubborn (or "principled").

At this point, it's almost like they want to extend the cuts on principle because the Democrats disagree that we should extend them, rather than an actual well-considered rationale behind extending them.

beatrice 5 years, 9 months ago

Actually, Obama cited the fact that Republicans were blackmailing the nation with blocking the extension of unemployment benefits to those most in need if he didn't extend the Republican's cuts for the wealthy.

Nice try.

yoyobiatch 5 years, 9 months ago

Something wrong with healthcare paying for birth control? It damn well better. Birth control is not just used to avoid unwanted pregnancies. Birth control is prescribed for health conditions like endometriosis, which left untreated can lead to infertility. So hell yes my birth control had better be covered.

deec 5 years, 9 months ago

And so could everyone else who takes any sort of medication for any condition whatsoever. Let's start with that little blue pill that lets men pretend they are still gods in the sack when Mother Nature says otherwise.

beatrice 5 years, 9 months ago

Feel free to. Obama disavowed his relationship with Wright, but that shouldn't stop you.

Gareth Skarka 5 years, 9 months ago

Well, yes -- and we did during 2008. If the views of Obama's former pastor were worth talking about then, why is the fact that Romney was a BISHOP of a religion that has bizarre beliefs not allowed to be a topic of discussion now?

asixbury 5 years, 9 months ago

Mormons are a sect of Christianity...whether other Christians like it or not.

Steve Jacob 5 years, 9 months ago

Can't we just skip all the worthless convention coverage for both parties? It's just a pep rally, no news, nothing we have not learned before about Romney and Obama. We don't need wives to go on stage to say how great their husbands are.

Kdogg44 5 years, 9 months ago

Thank you Thank You!!!!! One huge pep rally for your team. Nothing more, nothing less....

beatrice 5 years, 9 months ago

I look forward to Palin's address.

Will they use teleprompters?

riverdrifter 5 years, 9 months ago

She'll write it on her hand. Won't be a long speech.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 9 months ago

I'm assuming this is a joke? I was under the impression Palin was denied any speech time at the convention.

Kdogg44 5 years, 9 months ago

Wow.... I would bet this "clown" is far more intelligent than you. Unless you graduated at the top your class from Harvard...

Kdogg44 5 years, 9 months ago

Alrighty then...I will be looking forward to you calling the shots. Then all the devastation will end and America will be saved from this evil President...yaaaaay!!

palin_rocks 5 years, 9 months ago

I can smell you sweat from my front yard!

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 9 months ago

This wasn't as much of a rubber stamp as you may think. The RNC is crumbling. The entire Maine delegation walked off the convention floor and refused to give ANY delegates when the Committee tried to strong arm their Ron Paul delegates into voting for Romney.
Even more troubling is this little vignette.
When the Puerto Rican delegate took the podium and began speaking in broken, Spanish accented English, the floor erupted and started chanting, "USA! USA!" , deliberately drowning her out.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 9 months ago

I agree-- let's get the era of all-out plutocracy rollin', dude!!! The days of the American Empire are only just starting!!!

riverdrifter 5 years, 9 months ago

She left out the part about her five grown sons she's so proud of: one a Marine, one in the Army, one in the Navy, one in the Air Force, etc. etc. No, wait that's not true. not ONE has served. They are all corporate raiders-in-training.

None of that down-and-dirty military stuff crap for these guys.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 9 months ago

This is the same woman that wants to bring "class back to the White House". Because ya know, the slaves have taken over the manse and need to be driven out. She'd probably spend the first two weeks there fumigating the rooms. But that's the wife of a carpetbagger for you.

Frederic Gutknecht IV 5 years, 9 months ago

The idiocrats have spoken and made it clear that the hateful nature of its idiotic followers will be encouraged as its obstructionist regime continues to breech the walls of sanity and further bury the poor with its worthless promissory notes of upward mobility and a lily white future... enslavement.

cowboy 5 years, 9 months ago

"We will not let our campaign be driven by fact checkers."........

Most of what I heard last night would pass the Fox News fact checks but any other educated group not so much. Major themes of We built it and Welfare giveaways based on lies and video editing. Shame

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 9 months ago

I give you that, Vertie, but to be fair he was removed from the floor. It's an indication of how the delegates think but the convention is at least trying to maintain SOME sense of propriety. I'm more p***ed at Ann Romney for saying she was going to put some "class back in the White House". For god's sake, can't the woman actually SHOW a little class? She came off as an uppity snob (with more than a few racist overtones).

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 9 months ago

And by the way, Romney is STILL polling 0% with African Americans. Don't even begin to think they don't have his (and his wife's) number.

Frederic Gutknecht IV 5 years, 8 months ago

Nobody is buying your span or spam but the suasaged humanoids of ill repute.

Liberty275 5 years, 9 months ago

RNC Star Mia Love’s Wikipedia Reportedly Changed to ‘Dirty, Worthless Whre’ Who Is a ‘House Ni*er’

LOL. Democrats. Hate and cowardice.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 9 months ago

I would actually believe it was more likely to be another African American. Right now, many of them in that ethnic group are seeing any black person supporting Romney as a sell out.

Liberty275 5 years, 9 months ago

If that;s what you need to believe, I won't fault you for it.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 9 months ago

ABC News just broke the story that the party yacht used to fete the Romney Victory Council (all made up of people who contributed a million or more to the Romney campaign) is harbored in Tampa, flying the flag of the Cayman Islands.

Frederic Gutknecht IV 5 years, 8 months ago

This is total BS. It's a lie. It is a set up for more false "truths". The parties will party. It will all be the same. Nothing will change. Idiots will coagulate their power into the end of time...because they all believe in the end of time. They have convinced us in the end of time. It is enslavement, pure and simple. ...and yet...all parties will suck until they grow weary of sucking...and crush the chewy center...forcing our demise. They can't see, and therefore resist the demise they predict. It is THE religious vow to fail in resistance and keep the opposition tripping over their truths and trading reality for gain, girth and grandiose tales and the taiings of industry born of ignorance in piling up contempt.

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