Friday, August 31, 2012
Sherrine and Phillip Thomas join neighbors to cheer Mitt Romney on his big night.
Sherrine and Phillip Thomas were doing what grandparents do best, happy to babysit their youngest grandchildren – the nearly four-month-old twin boys – while their daughter and son-in-law took the oldest grand kids to Florida for a couple days. But the reason for the trip was not a vacation but rather a celebration. And despite being 1,350 miles away, the Thomas' were able to join the nation watching the family in Tampa. The Thomas' are the in-laws of Greensbrook Way's Tagg Romney, Mitt and Ann's oldest son, who is married to Sherrine and Phillips' daughter, Jennifer. And last night, the Thomas' saw Tagg's dad deliver the acceptance speech as the Republican Party's nominee for the US Presidency. Rather then view the speech at their house, …
Was selected to introduce his friend, Mitt Romney.
Long-time Belmont resident Grant Bennett, friend of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, addressed the 2012 Republican National Convention on Thursday, Aug. 30 in Tampa, Florida. Bennett told Republican delegates at the GOP convention that Romney had "a listening ear and a helping hand." He said Romney devoted as many as 20 hours a week at his own expense to the church and their good works. C-SPAN covered his remarks live, as part of their gavel-to-gavel coverage of both conventions.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Republican presidential nominee says he'll restore America's promise, seeks to broaden support.
Mitt Romney accepted the Republican presidential nomination Thursday night, telling the Republican National Convention in Tampa that President Barack Obama failed to achieve what he promised. "It's a great honor and it's an even greater responsibility," Romney said in accepting the Republican nomination for president. Romney, the millionaire businessman and former Massachusetts governor, delivered a speech that touched on the importance of family, community, hard work, and patriotism. Beyond his introductory and experience, Romney zeroed in on a familiar theme, asking people if they were better off today than four years ago, when, he acknowledged, the country embraced Obama's message of "hope." "I wish President Obama had succeeded because…
Do you think he electrified the crowd, fell flat, or somewhere in between?
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney capped off the week-long Republican National Convention on Thursday night with his speech to the assembled delegates. It was the former Massachusetts governor's big moment in the spotlight, with the entire nation watching. He's counting on the convention – and his speech – to give him a bump in the polls as he heads into the final two months of the campaign. What do you think? Did Mitt electrify the crowd? Or do you think his speech left something to be desired? Leave us a comment below with your thoughts.
What does Mitt Romney need to tell America during his Thursday-night speech? Patch asks delegates including Belmont's Elizabeth Mahoney.
GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney will give the speech of his life Thursday night at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. What does the electorate need to hear? Massachusetts delegates – including State Representative Brad Jones – share their perspective.
Elizabeth Mahoney, Belmont's RNC delegate, gives her impression of Paul Ryan and the delegations anticipation of Mitt Romney's speech.
What a great night of speeches we had last night. Speakers included Sen. John McCain, Mike Huckabee, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and of course, Paul Ryan, our nominee for vice president. Ayla Brown, daughter of current Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, sang the national anthem. I think expectations were pretty high for Ryan's speech, but in my opinion he exceeded them. He offered a detailed critique of President Obama's first term, making a case for why we need new leadership. As he said, "without a change in leadership, why would the next four years be any different from the last four years?" This was the first time many of us were hearing from Paul Ryan and we were definitely impressed. More than one person on the floor …
Hear the WBUR interview of Grant Bennett and other Belmont residents describing their long-time friend and fellow church member, Mitt Romney.
Grant Bennett and his wife initially encountered Mitt and Ann Romney in 1978 after the Bennett moved to Boston so Grant could attend graduate school. "We met them our first Sunday at church and we’ve been friends ever since. We have served together in various capacities in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints," said Bennett in an interview today, Aug. 30, with Bob Oakes on WBUR's Morning Edition. You can listen to the interview on WBUR's website. Soon afterward, the Bennett's moved to Belmont and "have simply been friends" with the Romney's for those nearly 35 years. And tonight, the Dean Street resident has been given the honor to help introduce his longtime friend to a national audience and the convention, speaking …
Elizabeth Mahoney gives a first-hand impression from the Republican National Convention in Tampa of the speeches by Ann Romney and Chris Christie.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Tuesday night was amazing; the crowd loved Ann Romney. She talks about Mitt the man, husband and father so eloquently and with such passion. There was definitely a feeling on the floor of "what a fantastic First Lady she would be!" It was especially poignant when she talked about the struggles she and Mitt have endured, including her MS and her battle with cancer. As she said, they don't have the "storybook marriage" some think they do, they have "a real marriage." Everyone was very pumped up after hearing from Ann, and then on came Chris Christie who we knew would give a fiery speech. He did not disappoint! The energy in the room was incredible. Being on the floor of the convention, surrounded by fellow Republicans, hearing amazing …
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Mitt Romney's wife touched on her own battle with MS, when she visited a new therapeutic playground at All Children's Hospital.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Ann Romney delivered a message of hope and optimism Wednesday morning at the grand opening for a new theraupetic playground at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg: "Our little ones are our responsibility," she said. "It is our responsibility to take care of them and make sure their lives have joy." "No matter our limits, it is important to know joy," Romney, 63, told the crowd, which included parents of children with serious disabilities and medical conditions. Ann Romney's visit to St. Petersburg was her first public appearance since she made a heartfelt, well-received speech Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. Romney offered a personal story of her life and love for husband, Mitt, in…
Ben and Craig Romney's appearance came the morning after their mother, Ann, stole the show Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention.
Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney's sons used charm and family anecdotes to rouse a room of groggy Republican National Convention delegates during a breakfast speech Wednesday morning at Innisbrook. Ben and Craig Romney's appearance came the morning after their mother, Ann, stole the show Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention. "How about my mom last night?" Ben Romney asked the audience. "That was something special for all of us, my whole family. I looked up and down the row and saw a lot of wet eyes. I had to fight it back myself a number of times. I'm just so proud of her. She did such a phenomenal job," he said. Ben, who is a doctor, told the crowd his mother's talent for public speaking comes naturally, but …