*1,500 Republican women have gathered in KCMO for the National Federation of Republican Women Biennial Convention. The morning started with a great speech by MO Rep. Vickie Hartzler, followed by Governor Jan Brewer and Herman Cain, both of whom rocked the house. Topping off the morning was Rick Santorum with another great speech but more subdued applause.
Herman Cain was available after his speech to promote his new book, This Is Herman Cain! There was a huge line of (mostly!) women waiting for their chance to meet the candidate:
After his speech, Rick Santorum made his way to the back of the hall to shake hands, and answer questions:
After the luncheon, where Newt Gingrich will be speaking, I’ll be uploading videos of the speeches and posting more pictures.
*Correction: The number was more like 1,300 as not all who registered made it to convention.
Another shot of Mr. Cain and Governor Brewer in The Green Room:
I told Mr. Cain that two weeks ago I had planned to ask the following question if given the chance: “Given all of the conservative conventions you’ve been to – the great speeches, all of your solid debate performances, and the hard work you’ve put in, is it frustrating that your campaign hasn’t gained any traction?” I acknowledged that that question is no longer operable. He is now a top tier candidate.
He told me, (paraphrasing) – while it was a little frustrating, he always knew the hard work would pay off. His campaign assistant, Nathan Naidu told me that the $$$ is pouring in now, which is great news.
I’m still uploading the speeches onto YouTube and will put them in separate posts. I like to present speeches in their entirety which takes significantly longer than short outtakes.
Gov. Brewer’s speech is up: AZ Gov. Jan Brewer “Rocks and Rules” at NFRW Convention in KC, MO
RS McCain has more on the fund-raising angle: