The eight republicans have just taken the stage. It's that group photo we've been waiting to see. Romney and Brownback skipped the suit. Romney went with a black pullover, short-sleeved shift. Brownback chose a red, plaid, button down. Tancredo went halfway. He's wearing a sportscoat, but he skipped the tie. O.K., enough fashion talk.
Romney's taken the stage. His supporters have really filled the room. He, by far, had the loudest and largest ovation when he was announced.
Here are some highlights:
"Strengthen our military and strengthen our families."
"100,000 new military members."
Romney said everyone's been criticizing the President. But he said the Prez "has kept us safe these last six years." (big ovation)
Romney ripped on Clinton, Edwards and Obama for wanting to raise taxes. He went a step further on Edwards. He says Edwards wants to match up to 250 dollars for savings accounts fro the working poor. But Romney says those kinds of numbers "won't even buy (Edwards) a haircut". (big laughter and ovation) BTW, in case you care, I think Edwards' figure is actually $500, not $250, but who's counting?
Romney's voice is getting hoarse. I didn't notice that last night when we talked to him during his rally on Main Street in Ames.
"A Little Less Talk and a Lot More Action" by Toby Keith blared as he left the stage.