Republican National Convention

  1. With this pick (Romney) showed that the R next to his name doesn’t just stand for Republican. It stands for reformer.”

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    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

    Read more about Walker’s speech at the Republican National Convention.

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  2. Sen. Kelly Ayotte took aim at President Obama’s business record Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention. 

    "In both the private sector and as Governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney always asked ‘How can I help businesses grow, innovate, and compete?’" Ayotte told the crowd.

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  3. We need a president who will say to a small businesswoman: Congratulations, we applaud your success, you did make that happen, you did build that! Big government didn’t build America: You built America! Small businesses don’t come out of Washington, D.C. pre-made on flatbed trucks. That coffee shop in Henrico; that florist in Virginia Beach, that bakery in Radford, they were all built by entrepreneurial Americans with big dreams, not a big-spending government with a wide-open wallet full of other people’s money.”

    - Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell introducing Bev Gray of the Chantilly, Va.-based Exhibit Edge company Tuesday at the Republican National Convention. Gray and McDonnell both spoke in response to Obama’s speech in Roanoke, Va. on July 13 where he said business owners did not create their success on their own. 
  4. This platform affirms the traditional meaning of marriage and the sanctity of human life, defends religious freedom and Second Amendment rights and calls for a balanced budget amendment. This platform is an invitation. It invites every American to consider what kind of country we want to be. An America where every person matters, every worker has an opportunity to work and every family can aspire to a better future. We invite Americans to consider this platform: a call for dramatic change in government, from stagnation to prosperity, from an entitlement society to an opportunity society.

    This platform is a pledge.

    - Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell speaking today at the Republican National Convention about the party’s platform. McDonnell is serving as chairman of the Committee on Resolutions at the convention.
  5. Photos by Ryan Thompson; Reporting by Ryan Thompson and Maggie Seppi

    Tropical Storm Isaac may have abbreviated Monday’s events at the Republican National Convention, but preparations for the four-day event in Tampa, Fla., endure.

    Inside the Tampa Convention Center, three floors worth of media rooms fill the building — from Time to Twitter, from the Tampa Bay Times to the Washington Post.

    An enclosed walkway leads to the Tampa Bay Times Forum, in which politicians, delegates and the media will congregate.

    Angela Gard, the CEO of Tampa’s Couture that Rox, serves as the merchandising manager of the GOP Shoppe.

    The shop, located inside the forum, will sell apparel, buttons and other products related to the Republican Party, the Romney-Ryan ticket and the 2012 convention itself, Gard said.

    She said all revenue goes back to the host committee in Tampa and to the Romney campaign.

    A registered Republican, Gard said she’s supportive of the Romney-Ryan ticket.

    But Gard won’t be the only one working inside a vendor in the forum this week.

    Karla Soloman, a cashier at Mr. Empanada, will be sell food and drinks instead of GOP iconography. 

    Soloman said during the convention, she and her co-workers will get to the forum around 5:30 a.m. and clock in at 7. They’ll work until midnight and keep that schedule for the convention’s duration.

    "The more, the better" when it comes to Mr. Empanada customers for the convention, Soloman said. 

  6. I think Biden is like a sunny day to the middle class families across this country who are looking for someone who is going to fight for them in the White House.”

    - Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki responding to a question as to whether VP Joe Biden is more of a Category 3 or a Category 4 on the storm-ranking scale as he prepares to visit Florida during the Republican National Convention. (via yahoopolitics)

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  7. With the Republican National Convention less than a week away, Gov. Rick Scott is preparing for his Monday night speech.

    From the Tampa Bay Times:

    Scott will discuss how the state needs a presidential partner that will reduce taxes, reduce regulation and reduce litigation, he told reporters Tuesday afternoon.

  8. Rep. Connie Mack (R) today received two major boosts in his race against Florida Sen. Bill Nelson (D) for the U.S. Senate seat.

    One came from FreedomWorks, which announced its intentions in an email to 102,000 Florida members of the PAC. 

    From the Tampa Bay Times:

    In addition to signaling its preference, FreedomWorks provides candidates with yard signs, door hangers and other get out the vote materials. Candidates also get put into its national phone banking system. People from Ohio, for example, could be making calls on Mack’s behalf.

    The other push came from Sheldon Adelson, a Las Vegas casino tycoon, who will provide $1 million to Mack — possibly as a pledge to Freedom PAC, a PAC backing Mack.

    From Politico:

    [Adelson] plans to spend around $100 million this [election] cycle.

    Adelson’s backing follows his $10 million donation to Restore Our Future, a PAC supporting Mitt Romney, June 13.

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