Delegate Ron Talcott of Tacoma, writing from the Republican National Convention:
Our breakfast guest this morning (Wednesday) was pollster Chris Perkins of Wilson Perkins Allen Opinion Research. He presented a very interesting and mostly encouraging picture of the coming election. Wish you all could hear the details he can verbalize so easily. Basically, he said that the only way the President can win re-election is to go hard negative and try to destroy Mitt Romney’s positive character and life experience. He said we have ten weeks of hard negative ads and speeches to endure (69 days until the election).
Today, we played a little before the convention started at 7 pm. The Washington delegation went to the Samba Club at 3 pm for food, music, dancing, etc. in the local Cuban style. They had a Cuban expert producing hand rolled cigars. I don’t smoke, but some enjoyed the product of exiled Cubans who brought their tobacco skills to the US. The food was different and wonderful. The hospitality was fantastic. There was some dancing, but they were professionals.
We got to the convention floor a few minutes late. Knowing just where to go and how to get there is somewhat difficult. We got lots of kind assistance and our bus driver maintained his cool and found the right spot. Security is very tight with fences, officers, squad cars, horses, bicycles and motorcycles and barricades. Frustration is easily acquired.
On the floor things were in motion. First was a video from Ron Paul and a few minutes later we heard Senator Rand Paul in person. He endorsed Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. The speakers included Senator John McCain, Senator Mitch McConnell. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens made a Pam then Sam, then Pam presentation peppering Obamacare. Senators John Thune and Rob Portman spoke as well as Puerto Rico’s Governor Luis Fortuño and former Governor Tim Pawlenty. There was a moving video of President George W. Bush and his father, his mother and his wife, all of whom endorsed Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.
Former Governor Mike Huckabee spoke in his quiet yet compelling style. Then things got hot. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in a brilliant presentation without playing politics told the crowd about the state of the world and what she thought should be done. She ended asking God’s blessing on the exceptional United States of America. The first Latina Governor in US history, Susana Martinez of New Mexico was hard hitting as well. Republican women have been very visible at the convention. We have many bright, capable, beautiful women on our team and they are leading.
Then we got to meet Paul Ryan and I thought he was outstanding. He is personable, knowledgeable, smart, quick, funny and ready for the campaign debate. Mitt Romney made a great choice for a running mate. This was a great night for America and the Republican Party.
He had many memorable lines. I would like to hear which was your favorite. I have a granddaughter in college, so my favorite is when he said that because of the Obama economy, many college graduates are returning to their parent’s homes to live in their childhood bedrooms where they fall asleep at night staring at fading Obama posters on the ceiling of their rooms and wondering when they will be able to begin living their own lives. So many great quotes. His family is beautiful.
Tomorrow, Day Five, will be the end of it when we hear from our nominee, Mitt Romney. The crowd is fired up and ready for the important battle ahead in the closing days of the campaign. Just 68 days to go. I think we have a great team and they will win and bring along many other Republicans.