In the late afternoon of the first full session of the Republican National Convention, after casting their 50 votes for President for Mitt Romney during the roll call of states, New Jersey became the state to put Romney over the top and finally make him the official Republican nominee for President of the United States.
There were few if any surprises during the over one hour long roll call of how each state’s final delegate count and how they were voting but as usual, one could often hear in the background the obnoxious shouts of Ron Paul fanatics who could not contain their jubilation for a smattering of votes that their candidate occasionally received. Paul did manage to beat Romney in a few states, including Iowa which saw 6 delegates vote for Romney while 22 went for Ron Paul. Minnesota was another state that went to Ron Paul. In announcing that Minnesota cast 1 vote for Rick Santorum, 6 votes for Mitt Romney, and 33 votes for Ron Paul, the delegation leader even took a swipe at convention organizers by stating it was clear that Minnesota runs a fair nomination process. The remark suggested that the G.O.P. was not properly counting Ron Paul delegates.
Aside from the perpetual bitterness that comes out of the Ron Paul camp, Romney was nominated with 2,061 delegates, 991 more than needed to win the nomination.
Before the roll call vote took place, Former New Hampshire Governor John Sununu was given the honor of officially nominating Mitt Romney for President. His nomination speech was a hard-hitting endorsement that got right to the heart of what the 2012 election is all about and why Mitt Romney is the man to do the job we need. According to Sununu ”
“Mitt Romney will get our private sector moving again, and will respect the successes of our entrepreneurs who deserve credit because they really did build it. In these difficult times our nation still depends on others for our energy resources – even though we share the largest overall supplies of energy in the world – because we have an administration that shuns those assets and keeps us dependent on fragile foreign supplies.
Mitt Romney will unshackle our assets, and lead us to real energy independence. We also are a nation that has seen erosion of our respect around the world because we have a president who prefers to lead from behind.”
Following the official nomination of Mitt Romney for President was the nomination of Paul Ryan for Vice President. With no other candidates nominated to oppose the Wisconsin Congressman, Ryan was nominated by acclamation and with that came the end of the first full session of the Republican National Convention.
Next up, is a night filled with some powerful speeches that will make a strong case for replacing the Obama-Biden team with the Romney-Ryan team. The two speeches of most interest will be the ones offered by Ann Romney who will have to introduce her husband to the nation in a way that will humanize him enough to help overcome the stiff and mechanical perception that most people currently have of him. The other speech will come New Jersey Governor Chris Christie who will give his much awaited keynote address. Expect that to be a startling hard hitting, humorous and at the same time powerfully endearing speech which will largely explain how Romney’s success in business can and will be transferred into success for our nation if he he becomes our President.
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