Getting a late start today after the bloggers bash, last night. Pictures and video of that to come, (as soon as I get my camera back – left it at the party!)
Saturday, April 10
8:00 am: Registration Opens – HEC Prefunction, 2nd Floor
9:00 am: Exhibit Hall Opens – Grand Salon C&D, 1st Floor
9:00 am: Shuttle Accommodations Begin – Hotel Village
10:00 am – 5:00 pm: Straw Poll Voting – Fountain Room, 3rd Floor
10:00 am – 11:30 am: Delegate Brunch – HEC B&C, 2nd Floor
VIP Delegate Brunch – Grand Salon A&B, 1st Floor
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm: General Session Overflow Viewing, HEC B&C, 2nd Floor
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm: General Session – Grand Ballroom, 1st Floor
• Mike Pence
• Tim Pawlenty (via video)
• Rick Santorum
• Haley Barbour
• Ron Paul
• Michael Steele
Live streaming of the speeches, starting at 12:00 cst, here.
Once again, I’m off to the VIP brunch, will be back for a full day of blogging in a bit.
See R.S. McCain for video of Breitbart talking to Dave Weigel after his speech, yesterday. The left is still trying to question the authenticity of the ACORN sting videos based on what James O’Keefe was or wasn’t wearing, alleging that the tapes were “heavily edited”. Breitbart says that he would be willing to debate Maddow, or any other media detractor while on mescaline.
The first headliner of the day was Rick Santorum, introduced by Senator David Vitter:
“Conservatism didn’t fail America; conservatives failed conservatism”
Santorum says “Families are the basic unit of society, not government” and that Barack Obama wants to change what we want to be, and that’s why Americans are jumping out of their seats, and are willing to fight for America.
He’s taking questions from the crowd, and the first one was a doozy. Why did he endorse Arlen Specter over Pat Toomey in that 2004 PA Senate race? That was heart breaker. He mentioned that slight lead that the Republicans held in the Senate, and the need to hold onto that. He obviously saw Specter as the more electable candidate in PA at that time.
House Republicans will not rest until we have repealed that Government health care plan LOCK STOCK AND BARREL!
More quotable quotes from Pence’s speech:
“Republicans are back in the fight and they’re back in the fight on the RIGHT!”
“I’m Christian, a conservative and a Republican. In that order.”
“Your enthusiasm for liberty and limited gov’t is catching on – even Republicans in Congress are catching on.”
“We will take this country back in 2010 and 2012, so help us God.”-
“America stands with Israel.”
See the Right Scoop for video.
Governor of Mississippi, Haley Barbour next up:
After saying a few words about Katrina, Barber quips that we’re now dealing with a man-made disaster.
One thing matters to us for the next 6 months, and that is winning the 2010 elections. Do. not. take. your eyes off the ball.
“You can’t spend yourself rich. The American people know this”.
“The thought of cutting govt spending in Washington sends chills up their spines. ..Those that *have* spines”
“How do we win in 2010? We stick together…”
“I believe the right American energy policy is more American energy”
Tea party movement has been great partners with the Republican party…
Maybe some people in Washington should READ the Declaration of Independence…some people in Washington should READ the Constitution!
The three things he says we need to do:
Stay connected – they are trying to divide us and we need to stay connected in order to win…
Stay informed – Stay informed or you may end up drinking some liberal koolaid by mistake!
Quotes Thomas Jefferson: When the American people have the right information…they make the right decisions.
Stay inspired – they want you to believe that we can’t take back control of Congress.
Great speech…The other McCain has the video.
Ron Paul (Eh):
“There’s a revolution on college campuses….and they’re not looking for handouts, they’re looking for freedom”
“socialism will make you equally poor”
“Obama isn’t a socialist. He’s a CORPORATIST.”
Michael Steele closed the day:
Steele says that he takes responsibility for the mistakes he’s made.( Big applause)..
“They are looking for those distractions, and Lord knows I’ve provided a few.”
I’ll tell you how we get our country back: Fire Nancy Pelosi..
I’ll tell you how to get rid of the government health care system they just forced on us, ” Replace Harry Reid!”
“You all Twitter don’t you? If you don’t tweet, learn how. If you don’t know how, call me.”
“We’ve gotta drain the koolaid from their veins”