Amid pre-convention panic that Hurricane Isaac would hit Tampa and cancel the Republican Convention all together, after getting through some rain on Sunday night and Monday and a reshuffling of the convention schedule, GOP’ers appear confident the country will hear their message loud and clear while they get to know presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney much better.
“Well I think the America people already believe the president has done a very poor job on the economy and on jobs. What they’re waiting to find out now is, what is the alternative,” said Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican.”
“I think most Americans don’t know much about Mitt Romney yet and I thin at the convention here in the next few days, we’re going to fill in the blanks as to who he is, how he’s lived his life and the fact that the guy spent a lifetime fixing things and if anything needs fixing right now it’s the United States,” McConnell added.
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus stressed the transparency and accountability issues on the Republican party platform this year.
“I think it’s an indication of where our party is going on some of these issues like transparency and accounting at the fed and it’s something I think that’s becoming very mainstream in the entire country that we ought to know where the money is going and where its coming,” Priebus said. “Accountability of the fed is something that would be good for this country.”
Former speaker of the House and GOP presidential primary candidate Newt Gingrich agreed saying, “I think, in general, if you look at the Romney plan, it starts with American energy independence, well it’s the guy who helped drill here drill now and pay less in 2008. I’m pretty excited about the Romney energy plan.”
Mr. Gingrich was pleased with the RNC platform and supports the auditing of the federal reserve as well as moving to the gold standard. “I’m looking, as Reagan did, to a more honest money standard,” he said.
Rep. Randy Forbes, Virginia Republican, told me on Monday: “I think the one thing that will dwarf every issue on the platform this year is going to be this economy and jobs and I have never in my lifetime seen a ticket with a president and vice presidential candidate with more intellectual fire power when it comes to the economy and jobs.”
Forbes added, “That’s what this election is going to be about going between here and November. That’s what’s going to win it.”
Rep. Michele Bachmann, Minnesota Republican and former Republican presidential primary candidate, told radio broadcasters that the market will likely react positively if the country knows that “adults are in charge.”
“I can’t predict exactly how long (it would take to bring unemployment below eight percent under Romney and Ryan) but it shouldn’t take very long because the market reacts to signals and when Mitt Romney comes in and says, ‘we’re gonna stop this nonsense of spending more than what we take in and continuing to run up the debt clock.’ We’re going to get our house in order,” she said.