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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.


Liberal 1 year, 7 months ago

President Obama is the kind of politician who puts promises on the record, and then calls that the record.

College graduates should not have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life.


MacHeath 1 year, 7 months ago

Ok, here is the deal. I will vote for Obama, but I do not think the world will come to and end if Romney wins. Here is why: He is a moderate, in a far-right wing costume. But..he may be the last one we see. Maybe Jeb Bush will have a shot someday, I dunno. If Obama wins (and I hope he does) it will finally force the GOP back to center. Sooo, vote for Obama, even if you are a Republican, if want to see the GOP something other than a shadow of its former self. If you don't, The Republican party will be marginalized, and we will see a rise of a third, and forth party on the opposite ends of where the GOP is now. Think Libertarians and Tea Party. That will suck for everyone.


Agnostick 1 year, 7 months ago

"However, Morse who is 75, controls almost every facet of life at the Villages, one of the world’s largest retirement communities.

"On a 33-square-mile parcel 15 miles south of Ocala, Florida, halfway between Jacksonville and Tampa, he’s built and sold more than 44,000 homes since 1983. He’s created 39 golf courses and developed 4.5 million square feet of commercial space, including two hotels, 60 restaurants and two movie theaters.

"Morse owns the local newspaper, a television channel and an AM radio station. His realty company controls 60 percent of the re-sale market in the Villages, whose commercials have been fixtures on the Golf Channel. His bank lends to retirees fleeing south; his insurance company provides them coverage. He even gets paid to pick up the trash and organise tee times. For all his ubiquity, most outside of Florida have never heard of him."


Agnostick 1 year, 7 months ago

"There are a number of common threads found in criticisms of the flag of convenience system. One is that these flag states have insufficient regulations and that those regulations they do have are poorly enforced. Another is that, in many cases, the flag state cannot identify a shipowner, much less hold the owner civilly or criminally responsible for a ship's actions. As a result of this lack of flag state control, flags of convenience are criticized on grounds of providing an environment for conducting criminal activities, supporting terrorism, providing poor working conditions for seafarers, and having an adverse effect on the environment."


Cait McKnelly 1 year, 7 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.


Liberty275 1 year, 7 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.


Roland Gunslinger 1 year, 7 months ago

I hope today goes better at the RNC.

Let's at least have one day where an attendee doesn't throw nuts at a black female camerawoman while saying "This is how we feed animals."


Lateralis 1 year, 7 months ago

It really baffles my mind that Romney supporters actually believe he can beat Obama. For some inexplicable reason they think he will do what he says he will do when the record says otherwise. They also think that there is enough of a contrast between him and Obama to where he appears to be an alternative. All we’re hearing from the Republican party is beat Obama beat Obama and then they offer up the worst Republican to run against Obama?

I’ve brought up several times the fact that Romney has said on video footage in context that he is Pro-choice, thinks that the Massachusetts healthcare plan would be good for the nation, and that he has no problem going after government programs to “help build economic opportunities”. These three things are supposed to be against what every conservative stands for. Does this sound like a conservative?

Yesterday the RNC implemented a rule change to the nomination process to where a candidate previously needed a plurality of 5 states to 8. These rule changes were drafted by Romney’s lawyer Ben Ginsberg with the sole purpose of preventing Ron Paul from being nominated from the floor. Ron had a plurality of 6 states. It’s easy to win the game if you keep moving the goal posts. What this means for America is if Romney gets to be President he’s going to change the rules during the game to win. That’s how the RNC, Romney, and his supporters play their game.

Romney will lose. He can’t escape his Obama policy past.


donttreadonme 1 year, 7 months ago

If you want to see how Romney treats his fellow Americans, talk to a Ron Paul supporter.


cowboy 1 year, 7 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


JJE007 1 year, 7 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.


Roland Gunslinger 1 year, 7 months ago

We see how much the modern Republicans despise democracy by their actions at the RNC in regards to delegates supporting Ron Paul.


tange 1 year, 7 months ago

... and now here's a little derivation going out to Ann Romney, tonight, from ACROSS THE UNIVERSE...


justfornow 1 year, 7 months ago

You and your ilk are absolutely devoid of independent thought and intellectual honestly, finally good decent people are waking up.....for the first time in my life I'm proud of Americans.:)


Cait McKnelly 1 year, 7 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.


tange 1 year, 7 months ago

RNC playing in the background, at 9pm, its surrealism exceeded only by its derivative rhetoric.

/ O M G


palin_rocks 1 year, 7 months ago

I can smell you sweat from my front yard!


commonsenseanyone 1 year, 7 months ago

Romney is going to wipe the floor with Obungle.


beatrice 1 year, 7 months ago

I look forward to Palin's address.

Will they use teleprompters?


Steve Jacob 1 year, 7 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.


MacHeath 1 year, 7 months ago

I wonder what Jesus would think of Christians getting in bed with the money-lenders? I wonder what Jesus would think of a Christian voting for a Mormon? Something is just weird here.. Could it be...SATAN!


Sam Constance 1 year, 7 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.


headdoctor 1 year, 7 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.


rockchalk1977 1 year, 7 months ago

Obama said... "If I don't have this done in three years, then there's going to be a one-term proposition." Congratulations to Mitt Romney, the next President of the United States!


Richard Heckler 1 year, 7 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?


Richard Heckler 1 year, 7 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.


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