Tonight Mitt Romney officially accepted his presidential nomination with his speech on the final night of the Republican National Convention. He talked about his church, success, and the women in his life, as well as name-dropping famous men who recently passed away, like Neil Armstrong and Steve Jobs.
TrèsSugar editor Annie Scudder was watching from inside. She reports that there were more protests during Mitt's speech, as there were during Paul Ryan's and Rick Santorum's. She says, "At one point I couldn't hear what Mitt was saying because of people shouting protests from different parts of the arena. One person got tackled in front of me and taken out, I presume by security. Still, Mitt seemed at ease. He spoke about growing up Mormon and his unconditional love for his family." Additionally, he talked about his mom, perhaps hoping to appeal to women voters, and got big cheers when he listed off female Republican leaders and noted that he appointed many women during his tenure as governor of Massachusetts. Annie added that it put her off a little when he said this about his wife: "Ann would have succeeded at anything she wanted to do," as if she missed her chance to be successful — but he did really stress how much he valued her work as a mom.
After the speech and lots of "USA, USA" chanting, the place filled with red, white, and blue balloons, and the whole Romney troupe took to the stage with Paul Ryan and his family. See photos of Mitt's big coming-out party in Tampa, including his celebrity presenter, Clint Eastwood, now.
"I love you, women! And I hear your voices," Ann Romney said tonight, taking the stage to advocate for her husband, Mitt Romney, at the Republican National Convention. Love and women were two main topics of Ann's speech, which I witnessed straight from the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
Ann started off her speech by saying, "I want to talk to you about love. I want to talk to you about the deep and abiding love I have for a man I met at a dance many years ago." She then made a direct appeal to women. "I don't think there's a woman in her life who expects her life to be easy." She cited economic challenges like rising gas prices or grocery bills and then took a swipe at President Obama, saying women "accept that there aren't easy answers, but we aren't dumb enough to accept that there aren't better answers." Ann continued: "That is where this boy I met at a high school dance comes in. His name is Mitt Romney, and you should get to know him."
That was the main goal of Ann's speech: that the American public would get to know the Mitt Romney she knows. The Romneys may be millionaires, but Ann tried to sound relatable, sharing memories of eating pasta and tuna fish on an ironing-board dining room table during their early years of marriage. Ann also mentioned her battles with MS and cancer, dispelling myths that their life together has been perfect or easy.
"No one will move heaven and earth like Mitt Romney to make this country a better place to live," Ann said, getting back to the campaign at hand. Her speech was a hit in the Tampa Bay Times Forum, and she received multiple standing ovations from the gathered delegates. To those watching at home, what did you think?
President Obama came on The View today to talk hot topics, specifically gay marriage. The ladies on the show made for supportive hosts, as even the most conservative of the bunch, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, has voiced support for equal marriage rights in the past. Even so, Elisabeth challenged the president to explain how his position of letting the states define marriage differs from Mitt Romney's. She said, "at this point, you both said leave it to the states to decide." Obama was ready to respond, saying, "Elisabeth, that's actually not true," pointing out that Mitt Romney favors a federal constitutional amendment that would define marriage as between a man and a woman. Obama also promised that gay marriage would provide a big contrast between him and his GOP rival. Watch the clip, and tell us if you think Obama's smart to make gay marriage a campaign issue.
Well, it's official. Rick Santorum has dropped out of the race for Republican presidential candidate. The announcement comes after he took a break from his campaign to aid his sick daughter, Bella, and that combined with ailing poll numbers marked the end of his journey to the White House. It's been a long road to newly crowned GOP nominee Mitt Romney, who will now be up against Barack Obama in this year's presidential election. So let's look back at the ups and downs of the GOP campaign trail, and what it means for women now that Rick Santorum is no longer in the running for president.
The security-heavy event already has the streets surrounding the West Village house blocked off — even people who live there will need ID and proof of residence to return tonight. Guests at the fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee will be a mix of wealthy, former Hillary Clinton donors and longtime President Obama supporters, like Wintour, but the guest list is about as secretive as Chelsea Clinton's wedding.
Who's definitely coming? Miramax founder Harvey Weinstein, Calvin Klein (who hosted an Obama fundraiser with Wintour in 2008), and Marissa Mayer, Google's glamorous engineer in chief.
Of course, the Republican Party is using it as an excuse to eviscerate the president for keeping elitist company with a press release titled "The President Wears Prada." But even a president needs to eat — and raise millions.
Sarah Palin's new PAC video is alarming those prone to Palin-induced panic attacks today. Is she prepping for a 2012 presidential run? Who knows. She's not fundraising, but is strategically appearing in key states. The video seems scattered either way and she can't win on the white mama-grizzly vote alone.
But what she could do is launch a very promising motivational speaking career, which this commercial seems best suited for anyway. And the inevitable self-help book would follow — Reclaiming Your Inner Grizzly.
Variety says Palin's show "will center on interesting characters, traditions, and attractions in the 49th state — with the ex-VP candidate as a guide."
First, this sounds amazing. I will absolutely watch it! Second, how exactly does she plan to be president now? I know this is American and all, but reality-TV star seems as good a place as any to draw the line between those who can be president and those who can't. Her career trajectory since quitting her day job as Alaska's governor seems more in line with her college major, journalism, than politics. So whether it's intentional or not, here are five reasons that show once you go rogue you can't go back.
And not to mention hypocrisy. She's now a member of the media elite she so scorned!
If you're still going through presidential election withdrawal, here's a little something to chew on before the 2012 campaign. Conservatives have picked Mitt Romney as their number one choice for Republican nominee in 2012. Mitt won 20 percent of the vote in the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) straw poll.
Despite his apparent front-runner status, Mitt could still have a tough time during the Republican primaries. In the straw poll, Bobby Jindal wasn't far behind with 14 percent, and both Sarah Palin and Ron Paul came through with 13 percent of the votes. Newt Gingrich got 10 percent, and Mike Huckabee received 7 percent.
Pretending the election was today, which Republican would you like to see take on President Obama?