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Huge crowds greet Romney and Ryan in Ohio + hk2 open thread [Poll Update]

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Want to know Paul Ryan’s favorite new line?
“This Catholic deer hunter is guilty as charged.”
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Update: Want the latest Ohio poll?
45-45 (with Romney ahead by TWO votes in sample)
Undecideds are “in control.”

Now, check out this photo (and article) from the Washington Post:

Washington Post photo – from 15 photos at Powell, Ohio rally for Romney and Ryan. CLICK IMAGE to see the entire slide show.

From a first-person report on the Ohio rally, “ROMNEY, RYAN IN OHIO: A FIVE POINT PLAN TO INVIGORATE THE ECONOMY”:

POWELL, Ohio — Saturday before dawn, thousands began finding their seats at the Village Green Park Amphitheatre in my small city of Powell, Ohio. The 8:30 a.m. rally with Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan would be the first time they would appear together in Ohio, and their last major rally before the RNC Convention in Tampa. … (continued below)

Here’s another fantastic photo, below the fold, along with quotes from the Washington Post and an especially important section on ROMNEY’S APPEAL TO FEMALE VOTERS from the Wall Street Journal article:

Here’s more from the first-person report on the Ohio rally begun above.

[Romney] elaborated on a five-point plan to invigorate the economy: energy independence; improving the education system for our children and our workers; taking advantage of trade globally to open new markets and export our goods, while stopping China’s cheating; cutting and capping federal spending, and getting on track to have a balanced budget; and, being the champion for small business to grow and create jobs.

Romney specifically stated that he wants to help women, who are more likely to start a small business, to have the tools needed to open and grow small businesses. He emphasized that he knows that jobs come from small businesses and his administration would make it easier to open and run a business in this country. For Powell especially, this is important as we have many solopreneurs and small businesses in our city who are struggling under the regulatory environment brought on by government bureaucracies.

Throughout Ohio, Romney’s message is applicable and vital. For those in the Appalachians who lack the educational opportunities to stop the cycle of government dependence, Romney’s plans for education would mean a better chance for their children. For the unemployed in northeast Ohio who used to work in manufacturing, but whose skills are not up-to-date for the technology sectors that are booming in Ohio, Romney’s plans would mean the opportunity to gain the necessary skills to fill an open job in the tech field. For the business owner who works. …

The Washington Post article is more realistic, but has some fascinating sections:

[...]

Obama won Ohio by five percentage points in the 2008 general election, and if Romney is to win the state this November, he will need to energize voters in places such as Delaware County, where Powell is located; Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) carried the county with 59 percent of the vote four years ago.

In seeking to draw a contrast between Obama and the GOP ticket, Romney and Ryan pointed to newly released economic data and seized on remarks made by the president on the campaign trail in recent weeks, as well as four years ago.

Ryan, who took the stage here before Romney, cited a report released this week by the firm Sentier Research showing that annual median household income has dropped more steeply during the economic recovery than during the recession itself.

“Family income — we just saw some new, really ugly statistics this morning about how the middle class has been hit so hard in the last three-and-a-half years,” Ryan said. “Family household incomes have gone down by more than $4,000 in the last four years. Under Mitt Romney’s leadership, when he was governor of Massachusetts, they went up by $5,000.”

He and Romney slammed Obama yet again for his “you didn’t build that” remark at a Roanoke, Va., campaign rally, and Ryan also reprised a line he has employed at recent campaign events in Pennsylvania and Michigan, telling the crowd that “this Catholic deer hunter is guilty as charged.”

[...]

Now, here’s the section from the Wall Street Journal article that I want all of you to see — it describes how Romney is reaching out to women. From “In Ohio, Romney Campaign Touts Family Values, Record in Appeal to Women“:

In a pitch to women in Ohio Saturday, Mr. Romney tapped the only selling point he’s offered female voters: That he’s better for their pocketbooks.

“We want to help you,” Mr. Romney said, directly his comments toward female entrepreneurs. “Women in this country are more likely to start businesses than men. Women need our help.”

He later expanded on that point, saying, “I want to speak to the women of America who have dreams, who begin businesses in their homes, who begin businesses out in the marketplace, who are working in various enterprises and companies: I want you to be successful.” …

Enjoy! I’m cleaning … but will be checking in! Wish the convention had started already. Can’t wait for Ann Romney on Tuesday night.

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  • HObama HObamanana

    The liberals seem to think that a woman is defined by their vagina. Code Pink seems to agree. They also believe that a woman’s right to get an abortion is the most important issue in any woman’s life. All of it rather demeaning and insulting to women in general.

  • HObama HObamanana

    I really like the photo of the large crowd but wish the poster had managed to spell check first. Unless (HUDGE) is some kinda newfangled way to spell HUGE. Another point, Powell, Ohio is a very wealthy neighborhood. Not exactly the image I would recommend that the Romney team champion too frequently. The HUGE coal miner supporters photos were much more effective, in my opinion.

  • getfitnow

    Mitt’s days as a missionary in
    France– not a composite story, I’m sure. Mitt is opening up. The timing, imo,
    is perfect.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2193907/Romney-revealed-GOP-presidential-hopeful-opens-years-France-young-Mormon-missionary–left-DEAD-horrific-1968-car-accident.html

    • HObama HObamanana

      I’ll say one thing about the Mormons; when they come knocking on the door I politely tell them I am not interested and just as politely they accept my decision. I’ve always found them to be persistent and respectful.

  • BronwynsHarbor

    WARNING: This is a very bad joke. But I saw it on Twitter, and can’t resist.

    #Obama, a socialist and a moron walk into a restaurant. Host says “Dining alone again tonight Mr. President?”

    • Hokma

      Good one!!!

  • HELENK2
    • getfitnow

      The Romneys are certainly a happy
      & accomplished family. Their natural warmth and friendliness not only
      encourages optimism others, but such inherent enthusiasm & good will has
      been sadly lacking from the 0bama WH for 4 long years.

      The 0bamas, in contrast, seem to be angry people who gripe about everything.
      Such constant unproductive negativity & failed policies are sure signs of
      failed leadership.

      • Hokma

        Costco – my kind of people.

  • HELENK2

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2012/08/26/jeb-bush-i-look-forward-working-romneys-reelection-2016-and-making-jo

    Jeb Bush looking forward to working on Romney’s reelection campaign in 2016 and making Jon Stewart crazy

  • getfitnow

    What’s in a label? Milton Friedman may surprise you–he called himself a “real liberal.” Listen.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfdRpyfEmBE

    • no_longer_a_democrat

      that’s because classical liberalism is conservatism. Look at Europe, there’s a reason why the conservative parties there say they want to “liberalize” their economies and allow for more freedom, indiv. rights.

      The term “liberalism” was sort of hi-jacked in America by progressives, because they want to PROGRESS past the US Constitution, conservatism means you want to CONSERVE what the US Constitution stands for, small govt, freer market, more indiv liberties, etc… what classical liberalism is.

  • TeakWoodKite

    The appeal to women voters will take a positive turn for Romney. Angry MO is a disturbing image railing against the values of others. As a lady commentator I heard on the am dial said…
    “Why is it that Michelle can tell me that my body is mine when it comes to my right to choose over abortion but she doesn’t bat an eye when telling me what I can eat?”

    • BronwynsHarbor

      And cannot TELL ME to shape up if I can’t afford my own personal trainer and a huge gym with nothing but the very, very best exercise gear?

      Not to mention the very LATEST in fashion attire and $300-$800 shoes to go along with the outfits. Right, Michelle?

      Gawd, if I just had a recumbent stationary bicycle, I would be SO THRILLED. Those are the coolest way for people with bad backs to exercise! And convenient … you can watch TV, even read, while you’re biking along + you can see how much exercise you’re getting, even calories you’re burning (on fancy models).

      SANTA? Are you listening? :) :)

      • getfitnow

        It will be so refreshing not to have a FLOTUS that’s willing to make a fool of herself, at the drop of a hat, jumping around, hula hooping, pulling, pushing, grimacing like a school girl on the school playground.

  • HELENK2

    http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/2012-republican-national-convention-tampa/2012/aug/25/tampa-bay-jews-palladian-view-rnc-2012-convention-/

    there will still be alot going on Monday even though the actual convention has been set back until Tuesday.
    there is a picture in here that is priceless on the backtrack years

    • BronwynsHarbor

      Helen, I have a HUNCH that Mitt has it all planned out if the storm hits New Orleans, and the convention cannot go on as planned … because it would be so unseemly, they’d never recover from the embarrassment. Besides, everyone would want to help out + watch the news reports from poor New Orleans.

      I just wonder what Mitt is planning. I bet it’s something really great that shows how much he cares and how HE would respond to a major disaster.

      P.S. Someday, is someone going to finally tell New Orleans that it might be best to move the city? The U.S., no matter what a national treasure New Orleans is, cannot constantly pour billions of dollars into patching up New Orleans. What is the point in building new housing and saving souls from rooftops if it’s just going to happen all over again every few years?

  • HELENK2

    http://pjmedia.com/tatler/headline/anonymous-plans-to-disrupt-emergency-services-at-rnc-2012/

    anonymous plans to disrupt emergency services at RNC

    if this is true, it is dangerous

  • BronwynsHarbor

    OT: If you’re like me, and you want to see the press releases every day, here’s the direct link.

    Romney’s people have redone the entire NEWS section, and relegated the Press Releases to a link at the bottom of each page. They’ve also dispensed with the repetitious blog posts by Republicans across the nation backing Romney and are now focusing on specific issues. There are many more changes you’ll catch if you’re a regular visitor to Romney’s site (which I am, particularly to find the newest ads and other videos).

  • getfitnow

    Great slide show. In the meantime, That One is whining and begging.
    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/08/26/Obama-email-if-I-lose-your-fault

    • BronwynsHarbor

      That is so sickening, it deserves its own post. GetFit, can you give us a bit more info when you post links?

      I’m guilty of passing links, since there are so many, if I don’t know what I’m going to see. That is NOT your fault. Unlike BO, I am NOT blaming you … I just don’t take the time to click every single link that so many of you post here every day.
      One reason, to be honest, is that the info you all find is so damn good, I want to put every single one of your finds in a post! And I can’t post 30-40 new posts every day! Wish we could.

      Another great way would be to “Follow” NQ’s Twitter account and send each other some of these finds … or? Any other ideas? The main thing I want is the title and a snippet of each source … it’d be a lot of fun.

      • TeakWoodKite

        Perhaps a “link page” where one can find them on one page? :)

        • BronwynsHarbor

          EXCELLENT idea. If I gave you the keys to the kingdom, would you consider listing a few of the very best ones?

          • TeakWoodKite

            Sent you an FB note. :)

    • Retired_from_SPOnaj

      Interesting. Is there no failure that Obama will not blame on others? Oborgs, weigh in–has Obama ever taken personal responsibility for a failure?

      • TeakWoodKite

        I waited…still the sounds of crickets Retired_from_SPOnaj…