After postponing the event for a day due to Hurricane Isaac, the Republican Convention commenced Tuesday, introducing Ann Romney to America and hammering away at a quote from President Obama that he probably wishes he had never made. There were no fireworks from the stage, but Republicans more than managed to get their point across, while left-wing media answered with petty attacks.
The first day of the GOP Convention of 2012 was mostly uneventful, and Republicans can be thankful for that. The weather could have been much worse, and apart from a handful of Occupy protestors throwing things at convention buses, a dozen Code Pink fanatics attempting to “arrest” Condoleezza Rice for “war crimes,” and some vocal Ron Paul supporters, everything went rather smoothly.
At about 7:30 pm Eastern, House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) took to the stage, wasting little time going after the President. His message: Throw Barack Obama out of office. As he provided example after example of wrongdoing, Boehner ended each by stating emphatically, “We’d throw him out!” with an obvious eye towards Obama. These were the harshest words any of the speakers seemed to have for the President.
The main message of the night revolved around a quote that the President recently made, concerning Americans building businesses. “If you’ve got a business – you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” These were the words Obama told Virginians at a campaign stop in July. Republicans, Boehner included, capitalized on these words all night long, and every speaker played to the theme.
“We built it! We built it!” chanted the crowd on a number of occasions. Country singer Lane Turner sang his song, “I Built It.” Between speeches, commercials were shown depicting small businessmen hard at work, as President Obama’s inflammatory words played in the background. It was very effective, as it was a way to attack the President in an extremely positive manner, and it worked well with GOP issues, such as doing away with overregulation.
As Congressman Boehner targeted the President, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus went after Vice President Joe Biden. During his praise of VP candidate Paul Ryan, Priebus took a shot at Biden, stating that Ryan “can do more than just prying his foot out of his mouth” – a reference to Biden’s many embarrassing statements made whilst giving speeches.
Mia Love, the mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah and a candidate for U.S. Congress, took to the stage following Priebus and gave a very dynamic speech. She stated that it’s not the government’s responsibility to restore our country. “It’s up to us to restore our country.” Love, a first generation Haitian-America, spoke of her love for the U.S. and ended her speech on the following note: “This is our time. We are truly the best last hope on earth.”
Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), who mentioned how 9/11 changed her and her husband’s lives, discussed how businesses are buried with “rules, regulation and red tape.” She used the term “success tax” to describe President Obama’s targeting of businesses with higher taxes. Ted Cruz, a senatorial candidate from Texas and Tea Party favorite, continued with that theme and stated, “This administration has waged a war on small businesses.”
Governor John Kasich (R-OH) then spoke, stressing many of the achievements his state has realized since he took office. He discussed how Ohio now has 122,000 new jobs, how he helped kill the Death Tax, and how Ohio now has a better credit outlook. For him to make a point of these things is vital, given the important role Ohio will play in the November presidential election.
Governor Scott Walker (R-WI), referring to the huge electoral victory he recently had over the public sector unions in his state, proclaimed, “On June 5th, the hardworking taxpayers won.” He mentioned, during his speech, that there have been 42 consecutive months of unemployment above eight percent. He stated that “now more than ever, we need reformers” and said that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are those reformers.
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