Tonight, Mitt Romney moves closer to his GOP base — literally

TAMPA — From an Associated Press article advancing GOP presidential nominee’s acceptance speech, sometime around 10:30 p.m. this evening:

When the big moment comes, he’ll be standing in the Tampa Bay Times Forum on a stage that organizers rebuilt overnight. They replaced what had been a standard stage at the front of the hall with a section that pushes the podium toward the center of the floor, so Romney will physically stand among the crowd as he speaks.

“It brings him a little bit closer,” campaign manager Matt Rhoades said of the new arrangement.

Before Romney speaks, a parade of people from his past will take to the podium to walk through different phases of his life: his time running the private equity firm Bain Capital, his years running the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and his experiences as governor of Massachusetts.

Referred to inside the campaign as “character witnesses,” the speeches are designed to showcase the man who friends say inspires fierce loyalty. Much of the list was drawn up by Romney’s son Tagg, who found acquaintances from their Mormon church in Massachusetts to talk about how his father helped them get by.

Among those set to address the crowd are Bob White, a longtime friend and colleague from Bain Capital, and Tom Stemberg, the founder of Staples, the office supply store; Olympic speed skater Derek Parra and hockey player Mike Eruzione; and former Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey, who is still a closer adviser.

Shortly before 10 p.m. Eastern time, organizers will run a film showcasing Romney’s life. A handful of young video staffers have spent weeks working 16-hour days inside a suite at the Marriott hotel where Romney is now staying, editing the piece through the wee hours of the morning.

Then, it will be Romney’s turn. When the speech is over, he’ll walk back up the stage to where his entire family — wife, five sons and their wives, and 15 of his 18 grandchildren — will be waiting. Thousands of balloons nestled in netting high above the convention floor will drop, carefully positioned so that none fall on the family.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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29 comments Add your comment

Bernie

August 30th, 2012
1:47 pm

Jim, cannot wait…have been hearing ALL day that MITT is the primary writer of his speech tonight!

This should be really GOOD to hear……for ALL AMERICANS!

GaBlue

August 30th, 2012
1:48 pm

Thank GOD there’s football tonight!

td

August 30th, 2012
2:09 pm

GaBlue

August 30th, 2012
1:48 pm

Thank GOD there’s football tonight!

And there will be football on next Thursday night when Obama speaks but I am a good American and will listen to his speech.

Mild Mannered Moderate

August 30th, 2012
2:11 pm

Good Americans aren’t mean to their opponents. Good Americans listen and don’t just PRETEND to listen.

Bernie

August 30th, 2012
2:11 pm

Mitt never saw a run down Neighborhood in America until he was 30years old! How strange! WOW!

cc

August 30th, 2012
2:13 pm

Governor Romney is far too modest. He does not elaborate on his accomplishments, talk of how he has befriended so many people in their time of need or the many other great things he has done for others in his life.

Maybe he thinks that the narcissistic current resident of the White House does enough bragging for the entire nation.

He would be right . . .

td

August 30th, 2012
2:16 pm

Bernie

August 30th, 2012
2:11 pm

Mitt never saw a run down Neighborhood in America until he was 30years old! How strange! WOW!

I see you are one of the less then 100,000 people that tune into PMSNBC everyday. Says a great deal about your mentality.

cc

August 30th, 2012
2:17 pm

td:

“And there will be football on next Thursday night when Obama speaks but I am a good American and will listen to his speech.”

It should resemble “Comedy Central”.

Bernie

August 30th, 2012
2:19 pm

Mitt is an Alien……CONE Head!

cc

August 30th, 2012
2:20 pm

td:

C’mon td! Bernie’s a regular guy! Why he even has a pin-up girl – Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

td

August 30th, 2012
2:21 pm

cc

August 30th, 2012
2:17 pm

Some of my friends and I have started a drinking game for Obama’s speech. You have to drink a shot every time Obama blames someone else for his administrations failures during the speech. I hope I do not get alcohol poisoning.

td

August 30th, 2012
2:23 pm

cc

August 30th, 2012
2:20 pm

td:

C’mon td! Bernie’s a regular guy! Why he even has a pin-up girl – Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Please allow me to correct you. “Bernie’s a regular” gal.

cc

August 30th, 2012
2:26 pm

td:

Consult your ObamaCare guide: have a physician present. If you are not at home, please have a designated driver!

cc

August 30th, 2012
2:27 pm

td:

Are you SURE she is a ‘regualr girl’?

Road Scholar

August 30th, 2012
2:27 pm

“Before Romney speaks, a parade of people from his past will take to the podium to walk through different phases of his life…”

Will someone bring his past tax returns?

cc

August 30th, 2012
2:28 pm

td:

Can’t spell today – ‘regular’

Mild Mannered Moderate

August 30th, 2012
2:31 pm

@cc – That’s funny. :D

@td – I am sad for you.

td

August 30th, 2012
2:32 pm

Road Scholar

August 30th, 2012
2:27 pm

“Before Romney speaks, a parade of people from his past will take to the podium to walk through different phases of his life…”

Will someone bring his past tax returns?

Not needed. If he would have broken the law then he would be in jail because Obama’s IRS and Justice department would have prosecuted. He has released as many returns as McCain, Clinton, Carter, Reagan and both Bush’s.

Now where are those pesky college applications forms for Obama?

cc

August 30th, 2012
2:32 pm

Road Scholar:

“Will someone bring his past tax returns?”

Sure, they will follow the person bringing all the records the Kenyan’s records that were ’sealed’.

Mild Mannered Moderate

August 30th, 2012
2:36 pm

@road scholar – I am concerned. But it is wrong to compare it to the birth certificate. I am not a birther. I believe mow that he as finally produced his long form birth certificate but the constitution requires a president to be a natural born citizenn. It does not require you to give up your tax returns.

But if Mitt Romney expects me to believe that it is just “envy” that I want to see them, he has another thing coming. I do think he is hiding something. Its wjy I am undecided.

Mild Mannered Moderate

August 30th, 2012
2:38 pm

@cc – That is very very funny! ;-) . Wait…kenya? Do you have reason to believe hislong form birth certificate is forged or were you just joking again? :-D

Bernie

August 30th, 2012
2:39 pm

Jim, One thing for sure MITT would never have any Members of his BASE as his Neighbors! That is for sure!

Atlanta Native

August 30th, 2012
2:41 pm

Looks like cc and td should get together so they can hate the president, democrats, liberals and anyone else who doesn’t agree with them – together. Hope you aren’t both the same sex, cause they don’t like that in the repugnant party. Seriously – get married, get a room, do something but get off this blog! It’s time for the grown ups to talk.

Road Scholar – LOL, that would be a great trick if they could bring Mr. Romney’s tax returns, but I doubt that’s going to happen. It would continue to show how little Mr. Romney has actually contributed to our country.

Bernie

August 30th, 2012
2:42 pm

td @ 2:23 pm – We ALL know that the REPUBLICANS are a bunch of FREAKS! they have repressed issues when it comes to the Bedroom. That is why Huckabee had a Glass to his EAR in his Hotel room listening in on Debbie Wasserman’s Hotel room.
He told that story to ALL last night during his speech! What a CREEP!

cc

August 30th, 2012
2:59 pm

Atlanta Native:

“It’s time for the grown ups to talk.”

Will the ‘grown-ups’ spaek of your love of everything ‘Obama’, the grand plan for America as dreamed by liberals or the death and destruction of religion, morality and ethics in the U. S.?
You would like nothing better than to ban free speech of all who disagree with you.

Sorry, it ain’t happening . . .

Tom

August 30th, 2012
3:45 pm

Heard ya’ talkin’ with Boortz, Jim.

Atlanta Native

August 30th, 2012
4:43 pm

@ cc 2:59pm – Will the ‘grown-ups’ spaek of your love of everything ‘Obama’, the grand plan for America as dreamed by liberals or the death and destruction of religion, morality and ethics in the U. S.?
You would like nothing better than to ban free speech of all who disagree with you.
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Must have struck a nerve there – LOL. See if you can get your sweetheart td to get you a nice cup of hot chocolate.

Now, to actually respond to your nonsense above ( I do have a little time before my next meeting ) I quite frankly wouldn’t mind seeing religion taken down a notch – that’s supposed to be a persons private faith between them and their God. Your religion is not my problem and I’m quite tired of having to hear crap about someones faith and religion. You want to praise God – you go right ahead, why to I always have to hear about it on the nightly news? For morality – just look at your previous posts about the “kenyan” and I think we can easily determine that you are already morally bankrupt – it didn’t take me or any other liberal to do that to you. And while I’m on the subject – the president is an American – I’m starting to question your patriotism though. And finally, I have no desire to ban free speech – I’m just tired of reading your stupid speech.

Grow Up! Get an education (sorry, just graduating elementary school doesn’t count) and most of all, stop blaming Liberals and everyone else but yourself for the state of this country – there is plenty of blame to go around and just so that we are clear – a great deal of that blame can be placed at the feet of the conservative republican party. Bush 43 – need I say more?

Native Atlantan

August 30th, 2012
6:33 pm

Atlanta Native: what has Obama contributed to this country besides a bunch of national debt and a crippling sense of entitlement to his voting base?

Your arrogance is just gross, by the way, and a poor reflection on my fair city.

What “meeting” do you have and does it involve standing in line for hand-outs?

PS This is not your blog so don’t try to wave people away and discourage participation.

S

August 30th, 2012
8:54 pm

So Romney has stooped to the lowest bowels of his party, that of the Extremist Right Wing base. I guess if your as desperate to win as Romney is, you will stoop to even that. With the pick of Lying Ryan he just lowered himself further into the abyss. The Romney/Ryan ticket that wants to go back to the failed Republican Policies of yesteryear is disturbing and would be a disaster for this Country and the American People. If you value your rights and your freedoms do not vote for Republicans.