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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 1:09 pm    Post subject: GOP Convention August 2012  Reply with quote

RNC preparations take over Tampa Bay Times Forum

Times staff
Tampa Bay Times
Jul 16, 2012

TAMPA - Major work began Monday on preparing the Tampa Bay Times Forum for Mitt Romney's nomination at the Republican National Convention in August.

"It's 40 days and 40 nights before we launch," announced Republican National Convention Chairman Alex Poitevint during a Monday afternoon news conference. "And it will probably rain each one of those days."

The $20 million project will have an average of 200 to 300 workers on site any given day. On Monday, workers had begun many tasks, including the removal and storage of some 3,000 seats. That will help create room for the stage, about 58 feet wide and 40 feet deep, where Romney will give his acceptance speech.

It will go on the same side of the forum as the locker rooms, which will be used for backstage operations and as green rooms.

The seat removal also will allow space for a four-tiered platform for television cameras and news photographers, as well as two news media platforms with slightly more than 300 seats, plus about 30 individual standup reporting positions for television broadcasters.

Other early tasks include installing the rigging, sound and lights for the convention, scheduled for Aug. 27 to 30.

The lights will not just illuminate the stage. That's because the delegates make news, too, so the lighting on the convention floor needs to be broadcast-quality.

"There's a real energy here," said Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. "Tampa Bay has truly welcomed us."
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Gotta love the subliminal messages.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The speaker selection for the GOP Convention, as previewed by the Tampa Bay Times political reporters:
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By ADAM C. SMITH and AARON SHAROCKMAN
Tampa Bay Times

TAMPA --  This is unwelcome news for Mitt Romney: Florida Gov. Rick Scott expects a high-profile speaking slot at the Republican National Convention.

"I would hope so," he told a newspaper editorial board [at the end of May] when asked if he anticipates giving a prime-time speech in Tampa.

Nothing says "Elect Mitt Romney" like an unpopular multimillionaire awkwardly making the case on national TV.

With the Republican National Convention a little more than [a] month away, organizers are just starting to tackle one of the trickiest and most important elements - selecting the speakers.

It's a matter of juggling monumental political egos, precious little time for maximum TV exposure, appeasing people whose help is needed, and ensuring the best message comes through to win over swing voters just starting to focus on the presidential contest.

How much lobbying is there?

Republican strategist Russ Schriefer, program chair for George W. Bush's 2004 convention in New York and now a senior Romney adviser:

"People would give you suggestions. 'It would be a really good idea for X to speak,'" he recalled with a chuckle. "Without naming names, there were a few challenges, and there are always a few egos that need to be soothed."

The job is daunting. The networks at best will devote five or six hours over four days to convention coverage, and a good chunk of that is taken by all-but required speeches - the nominee, his spouse, the vice presidential nominee - so planners have to make the very most of the limited time they have.

The flexibility is further limited when you factor in other desired messages, such as highlighting the GOP's diversity even if the audience inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum is overwhelmingly white. In 2008, for instance, the second night of the convention featured some of the party's most prominent minorities, including Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, Education Secretary Rod Paige and Jeb Bush's son, George P. Bush.

"They have special needs. For example they've got to reach out to Hispanics so you'll see Marco Rubio and maybe Susana Martinez in prime time," Shrum said. "They'll have to have women, because they need to close the gender gap."

So you'll likely see Rubio - whether or not he's on the ticket - because the convention is in his home state and because of his ability to captivate a crowd. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie seems a good bet, as does Ohio Sen. Rob Portman. But where does, say, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal fit in, or Virginia's Bob McDonnell?

Is there room in prime time for former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty? Or even more intriguing are the prospects of Sarah Palin and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann.

What about former President George W. Bush? Many Republicans doubt he'll seek a speaking slot.

That's not even counting the GOP presidential candidates who hung on the longest - Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul.
             --- end Tampa Bay Times ---

This morning on FoxBusinessNews TV Laura Ingraham indicated that Cheney, both Bushes, and Santorum have already been nixed from the speakers' list - but she didn't cite her sources.

FACTBOX:

- 2,286 GOP delegates; would have been 2,429 if some states had not been penalized for holding winner-take-all rather than the proportional delegate selection process established by the RNC rules passed at the 2008 Convention.

- Delegates are apportioned as follows;
5 per U.S. Senator,
3 per U.S. Representative,
20 from Puerto Rico,
16 from D.C.,
6 each from the four Island territories,
3 Party Leaders in each state/territory.

Bonus delegates are awarded by formula for a;
GOP governor,
GOP U.S. Senator,
GOP U.S. Representative,
GOP Electoral Votes for McCain in 2008, and
GOP majority in a state legislature.

- Romney received 51.87% of the 19+ million popular votes cast in the Republican candidate nomination selection process of caucuses, conventions and primaries. Those 19,129,672 popular votes comprise 8.8% of the 2012 estimated Voting-Eligible Population (VEP) of 217,342,419.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't wait for the chariot races.

Coebul has been working on the choreography all summer.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

auntmartymoo wrote:
Can't wait for the chariot races.

Coebul has been working on the choreography all summer.


Except for the three days he was cooking charity bugers last weekend.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mmmm.  Charity burgers...my favorite.

Do tell.  What charity, kind and benevolent Coebul?
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Transitional Youth.  It was founded by our Fearless Leader several years back.  It's function is to support and feed homeless youth (under 25) and in some cases assist with getting them off the street.  It owns/leases several homes in and around the city and the burbs.  

I donate a portion (albeit small in this economy) of every commission check and once a years donate pretty much all my weekend to manage and cook hamburgers with the proceeds going to help TY.    This year we served 550 to 600 hamburgers and a few grilled cheese samiches and should net about $2,500.   In years past we have made in the $4,000s.  But with the economy we feel blessed to see $2,500.

This is my 5th or 6th year doing this..

http://www.transitionalyouth.org/about-us/founders-message/
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like a terrific charity.  Nice work, Coebul.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good continuing link for RNC:
http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/rnc-2012-republican-convention/
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2012 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

VP short-list gets shorter with latest roll-out of convention speakers

Published August 07, 2012
FoxNews.com



TAMPA - The short-list of potential Mitt Romney running mates appeared to get even shorter overnight, as Republicans confirmed another crop of convention speakers -- an assignment typically reserved for politicians not in contention for the party's No. 2 slot. 

Add to the list of "not-its" two prominent names -- former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum.

Both were confirmed overnight as convention speakers at the Tampa gathering later this month. Some vice presidential speculation had surrounded Bush, though the idea of Santorum and Romney teaming up on a ticket was always a long shot, considering their bitter rivalry during the closing weeks of the GOP presidential primary. 

A former senior adviser for the former Pennsylvania senator confirmed to Fox News that Santorum has accepted the invitation to speak. 

"He is certainly looking forward to sharing with America the reasons President Obama must be defeated, and inspiring conservatives all across the country to help elect Mitt Romney," the adviser said. 

In addition to Bush and Santorum, a source confirmed to Fox News that Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul will also speak. 

Seven major speakers were announced Sunday night, making it unlikely any of them are being considered.

Those speakers are: South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Arizona Sen. John McCain, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Ohio Gov. John Kasich

Now, speculation can focus on who's conspicuously absent from that list as the Republican presidential candidate prepares to unveil his nominee likely before the Tampa convention, to be held Aug. 27-30. 

Lately, the attention has been on those Republican luminaries who are expected to join Romney's upcoming bus tour. So far, the list of bus tour guests includes Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and Ohio Sen. Rob Portman

"The Romney Plan for a Stronger Middle Class" bus tour begins Saturday in Virginia, and then stops Sunday in North Carolina, Monday in Florida and Tuesday in Ohio. 

Speculation has also followed Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal

The Republicans have not yet announced their convention keynote speaker, which could easily come from that list as well. 
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Fox News' Mike Emanuel contributed to this report.

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Two former GOP presidents, and several GOP candidates for president/vice-president, and none will be speaking?  

What's that all about?
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2012 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What about that, what?


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