RNC Review Part 1: The Rise of Ann Romney, Christie Impresses

Aside from addressing those terrible comments about stay at home moms not working from a couple of months, Mitt Romney’s wife Ann, has stayed fairly quiet on the campaign trail.

All of that changed last night.

Ann Romney energized the GOP faithful in Tampa last night, by doing exactly what she had to. Telling the story of her family that the country was waiting to hear. A story of love, overcoming challenges, and the man who wants to be President, her husband Mitt.

Romney spoke about meeting her husband of 43 years at a high school dance, and told the story of how both sides of the family came from modest beginnings. She mentioned the buzz of “story book marriages” and asked the national audience what kind of story book marriages included a basement apartment, and 5 screaming kids, what kind of story book marriages included overcoming MS and surviving cancer.

This was the real story the country was waiting to hear. The human Mitt Romney that didn’t speak of such things on the stump or in front of cameras.

After taking the crowd to a very personal part of her life, it was time build them back up. She started talking up her husband like only a loving wife could, not with numbers, or political bullet points, but with only a personal promise from the person that knows him the most.

“I promise you, no one will work harder”

By the time she ended her speech to a standing ovation, and her husband’s on the spot decision to join her on stage, the night was already a victory.

Your turn Big Guy.

How the heck was New Jersey Governor Chris Christie suppose to top that? Well, he wasn’t suppose to but, he did take the dialog of the evening to another place, and like the Romney before him, he succeeded.

In a speech that was political strategy gold, the straight talking guv, told the audience “how it was”. He illustrated the President’s divide and conquer strategy. Turning the Hispanic community against each other with the immigration debate, elders against each other with “mediscare” tactics, and finally the female vote with the war on women. The keynote speaker not only inspired but educated, exactly what he had to do.

“Real leaders don’t follow polls, real leaders CHANGE polls!”

Expect that line to be repeated over and over.

Overshadowed were great speeches by Texas’s Ted Cruz who demonstrated why he’s the big show in the lone star state, Rick Santorum who finally gave Romney the nod after a long, contentious primary, and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley who, spoke and attacked with precision that I haven’t seen from her before.

Tonight we get Condoleezza Rice, Tim Pawlenty, Pam Bondi, and Veep Nominee Paul Ryan. It’s going to be a tough night to follow, last night was huge for Republicans in Tampa.

Could Ann Romney be the top speech from this convention?

Wednesday Morning Political Headlines: Paul Ryan, Pam Bondi speak tonight at the RNC

Last night set the speech bar pretty high in Tampa.

What started out as a slower night really kicked into high gear when the marquis speakers walked behind the podium. Former candidate and Senator Rick Santorum, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, and Texas Senate candidate Ted Cruz all crushed their speeches with great personal stories and energizing messages to get the crowd going and excited for the main speakers.

Those headliners, Ann Romney, and Chris Christie are both receiving high marks this morning for their speeches. More on that later today.

Today, the conversation turns a little more academic. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Former candidate and Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty take the stage. Then you’ve got Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi taking the stage in what could be a national coming out party for her. All setting up Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin Congressman who will be taking his place as the Vice-Presidential candidate in what is promising to be a rocking night in Tampa.

These stories lead your Tuesday morning political headlines.

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Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi takes the stage tonight in Tampa on the 2nd night of the RNC

Rice, Haley, Martinez, confirmed speakers for RNC. Out of Veepstakes.

They were longshots at best, now barring a unusual technique of misdirection, it’s unlikely the United States will see another woman running for Vice President in 2012.

Condoleezza Rice, Nikki Haley, and Susana Martinez, along with 2008 GOP nominee John McCain, Ohio Governor John Kasick, and our very own Rick Scott were confirmed speakers for the the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa later this month.

If they’re speakers at the convention, it means they won’t be accepting nominations at the convention. This means Rice, Haley, and Martinez are out of the Veepstakes.

With perhaps the exception of Rice, the others were poor matchups against Vice-President Joe Biden and brought little else to the table in terms of electoral votes or heightened policy knowledge.

There was strong buzz for Rice a couple of weeks back. Her Secretary of State experience and time as National Security Advisor made her a popular pick. She demonstrated that she could stand the heat from the media and would be a much needed sign of diversity within the Republican party that might lure some independents and unhappy Democrats. Her star will continue to rise and so will her book sales after this positive press.

South Carolina’s Haley will also be okay. Only 40 years old, she was too young and inexperienced for a Romney administration that wants someone capable of stepping into the Oval Office if needed. Another first term Governor would also have not been well received. She’ll get a prime speaking slot at the convention and she could give the Romney campaign some buyers remorse if she gets Republicans excited.

The Governor of New Mexico, Susana Martinez would have made a lot of sense but, like I’ve mentioned before, the sword shakes in her hand when she should be swinging it confidently. In a close race like this one, Republicans can’t take any chances with a running mate who will freeze at the wrong time.

This leaves New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte as the lone female still, reportedly being considered and auditioning. She wants the job and isn’t shy about telling you but, she’s even more of a liability than Martinez. She belongs in the Senate.

The key-note speaker hasn’t been announced yet but, many expect it will be popular New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. The big guy should bring the house down if he gets the opportunity.

The big names left in the Veepstakes are Ohio Senator Rob Portman (my prediction), Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, and Florida Senator Marco Rubio.

Mitt Romney is expected to make a decision over the next few days. This would give the nominee enough time to prepare for a big campaign moment at the RNC.

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is a confirmed speaker for the Republican National Convention.

In Veepstakes, Wo ist das beste Debatte Gegner fur Biden Part III

Heute, Wir ende unser serie diskutieren die Vice Prasident pontenzelle kandidaten irh debatte faghigkeit. Wir haben verglichen sie gegen Vice Prasident Joe Biden und die typ aus herausfordem fur ihm, wann die ganz staat schaue.

Erste, wir sahen bei die schlecht Republican Herausforderer. Kandidaten gleich Kelly Ayotte oder Nikki Haley, Kandidaten das hab fahigkeit aber nicht die kentniss in ausenpolitik. Und Fuher Gouverneur von Minnesota Tim Pawlenty das kann nicht debatten mit stark.

Dann, wir auch sahen die durchschnitt Republican Herausforder. Diese gruppe hatte furhended kandidaten gleich New Mexico Gouverneur Susana Martinez und Senator von Ohio Rob Portman und Senator auf Florida Marco Rubio.

Heute ist die mal zu gehen ernst. Jetz wie sprechen von die kandidaten das konnen prasentieren die hocste Gegner fur Vice Prasident Joe Biden.

Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan:

Ein sonntag ich schaue Paul Ryan tun drei sprechen fernsehen programme. Er antworten dresig schwer fragen mit nicht problem.

Er ist die beste politiker im fernsehen

Diese ist nicht leicht. Ryan haben die stellung von die chef von die finanziert ausschuss. Dort ist nicht raum fur fehler. Er konnen sprechen von zahlen ganz tag nicht emtfrended die menschen.

Er ist auf Wisconsin. Die Statt das hatte Gouverneur Scott Walker besiegen die anfecthen stimmen. und er konnen kommunizeren die themen sehr gut.

Immer noch er ist nutzlich in die Amerikaner Hause die vetreter.

Virgina Governeur Bob McDonnell:

Villelicht du nicht gehort von Bob McDonnell aber er mussen bei in die top fier von Mitt Romney entscheidungen.

Er ist sehr praktisch und er statt is unentschlossend in die wahl. Ich schaue viele fernsehen mit ihm und wissen das er ist gut mit die schwer frage. Trotzdem ob die ist die VP auswahl oder nicht er werden hab ein gross zunkuft.

New Jersey Goveruneur Chris Christie:

Sind du mit mich? Gut schauen

Diese konnen betragen die grossest fernsehen Debatte der alles zeit!

Die ernst, feur lancieren Goveruneur auf Jersey Shore in ein konfrontation mit ein andere politiker das nicht sorge ihm rede wurde betragen ein krieg.

Dies nicht nur theater politische aber auch ein kampf von denken das konnen bringen alles in die diskussion politische.

Sagen mich du nicht wollen schaue das!


jeder diese politiker sind gut entscheidiung fur Vice-Praisident Joe Biden. Viehle dann 2008.

Ein sclecht nacht fur die Vice-Praisident konnen kosten die Obama kampagne die wahl.

In Veepstakes, Who is Best Debate Matchup for Biden? Part III

Today, we wrap up our series highlighting the VP Hopefuls and their debate abilities. We’ve matched them up against current Vice-President Joe Biden and the kind of challenge they could present on national television with the whole country watching.

We’ve looked at the unfavorable match-ups. Candidates like Tim Pawlenty, that can’t pull the trigger when face to face on the debate stage. Or Kelly Ayotte or Nikki Haley, both plenty capable but lacking in areas like foreign policy.

We looked that the “uncertain” match-ups. This group had some frontrunners on it. From New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez who, reminds me a lot of Alex Sink, to Ohio Senator Rob Portman and his mild mannered persona. We even added Florida Senator Marco Rubio to that list. Despite his landslide victory in 2010, his debate record only included beating down former Florida Independent Governor Charlie Crist.

Today, it’s time to get serious. Let’s talk about debate match-ups we want to see and Veep potentials that could hand Joe Biden an interpreted defeat.

Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan:

On one Sunday morning, I watched Paul Ryan do 3 major talkers answer about 30 questions (about 10 with contested follow-ups) and not fumble once.

He could be the best media trained lawmaker in the country.

These aren’t soft issues either. Ryan’s position as chairman of the budget committee leaves little room for error and he’s talking numbers from sun up until sun down and he communicates his position in a manner that doesn’t anger or alienate.

He’s from Wisconsin, a state that saw Governor Scott Walker beat back a recall vote, and uses just the right combination of facts and finesse when communicating Republican policies.

He would debate circles around the Vice-President and Biden would probably be asking himself “What Happened” afterwards.

Still, Ryan is an unlikely pick as VP. He’s too valuable in the House of Representatives.

Virgina Governor Bob McDonnell

You might not have heard about the Governor from Virginia but he’s got to be in Mitt Romney’s top five for the bottom of the ticket.

Think Rick Perry turned down a notch and without the loss of words and you might reach Bob McDonnell.

Very pragmatic, he’s from a swing state, I’ve watched him in enough contentious news appearances to be convinced he could handle the pressure of a nationally televised debate. Regardless, of whether he’s the choice this year or making a run of his own run for the White House, McDonnell will get a lot of “Pub” and the rest of the country will see what the pundits see.

If you haven’t heard of the Governor from Virginia, you will

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie:

Are you with me? Good, check it.

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The straight talking, fireballer from Jersey in a one on one showdown with a Vice-President who, himself cares very little about the consequences of his words, would create a debate environment that would bare more of a resemblance to “Thunderdome” than a college auditorium.

This wouldn’t just be a political “rap battle” both lawmakers can articulate the complicated issues in a way that would bring everyone into the political conversation. Both are well liked by their parties and when backed into a corner both will fight back.

Tell me you wouldn’t want to see this man debating Joe Biden.

Any of these three lawmakers would present a major challenge to the Vice-President. Biden wouldn’t have the luxury of going easy like he did in 2008.

A bad night in front of these three for Joe Biden and it could cost the Obama campaign the election.

If my savings were on the line. I’d want to see Paul Ryan. Paul Ryan is the best debate Match-up for the Vice-President