Blog Posts by Chris Moody

  • Condoleezza Rice calls for a ‘compassionate’ immigration policy at RNC

    TAMPA—Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice implored Republicans to champion a "compassionate" immigration policy in her speech at the Republican National Convention Wednesday.

    "We must continue to welcome the world's most ambitious people to be a part of us. In that way we stay young and optimistic and determined," Rice said. "We need immigration laws that protect our borders; meet our economic needs; and yet show that we are a compassionate people."

    Rice's speech received the most enthusiastic reception of the evening, according to Yahoo News reporters on the convention floor.

    Her full prepared remarks:

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  • Tim Pawlenty calls Obama ‘the tattoo president’

    From former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's speech at the Republican National Convention Wednesday:

    I've come to realize that Barack Obama is the tattoo president. Like a big tattoo, it seemed cool when you were young. But later on, that decision doesn't look so good, and you wonder: what was I thinking? But the worst part is you're still going to have to explain it to your kids.

    The full speech:

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  • Rob Portman jokes about being passed over for VP

    TAMPA--For Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, there seem to be no hard feelings about not being selected as Mitt Romney's running mate.

    "My name is Rob Portman, and they say I was on Governor Romney's short list of vice presidential candidates," Portman said. "Apparently, it wasn't short enough."

    Portman went on to praise the man who got the job, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, calling him "a terrific partner" for Romney.

    "Governor Romney chose a terrific partner in Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. Paul is a close friend with a great family and a reformer's heart," he said. "Vice President Biden has told people out of work to just, 'hang in there.' So much for hope and change. Paul Ryan is not asking America to continue to hang in there. He is proposing new policies that will give poor and middle class families opportunities and hope for the future."

    Here are Portman's full remarks:

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  • Paul Ryan mask a hot item at GOP convention

    TAMPA--Yahoo News reporter Olivier Knox snapped this shot of 20-year-old Sarah Courtney and her new Paul Ryan mask. The masks are hot items being passed around on the convention floor.

    The Paul Ryan mask: a hot item at the GOP convention (Olivier Knox/Yahoo News)

  • John McCain leads attack on Obama’s foreign policy

    TAMPA--Arizona Sen. John McCain criticized President Barack Obama's defense record on Wednesday, and he argued that the United States should maintain an aggressive foreign policy.

    Under a bipartisan debt-reduction deal reached in Congress, the Pentagon will undergo a major automatic budget reduction next year. McCain has been one of the leading voices in the Senate against the cuts, and has called for a new spending plan, which must pass before the end of the year.

    "We can't afford another $500 billion in cuts to our defense budget--on top of the nearly $500 billion in cuts that the president is already making. His own secretary of defense has said that cutting our military by nearly $1 trillion would be 'devastating,'" McCain said during his speech at the Republican Nation Convention. "And yet, the president is playing no leadership role in preventing this crippling blow to our military."

    McCain, who was Republican nominee for president in 2008, was also critical of Obama for reducing troop levels in Afghanistan and for not pouring more federal resources into the conflicts in Iran and Syria.

    "People don't want less of America," McCain said. "They want more."

    Watch and read McCain's full remarks:

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  • ‘Abe Lincoln’ on the convention floor

    TAMPA--From the convention floor at the Republican National Convention, Yahoo News reporter Liz Goodwin sends this picture of a man dressed as Abraham Lincoln sitting with the Missouri delegation:

    Missouri state representative George Engelbach as Abe Lincoln (Liz Goodwin/Yahoo News)

    The man in the costume is Missouri state representative George Engelbach, who defended embattled Senate candidate Todd Akin from the floor.

    Goodwin reports:

    "He apologized, he asked for forgiveness and since when do we not forgive?" asked Engelbach, dressed in an uncannily spot-on Abe Lincoln costume. "I know where his heart is and he's one fine individual."

    Passing delegates greeted the delegate, who has donned the costume at past conventions, as "Mr. President" and "Honest Abe."

    Engelbach said he hopes the national GOP will reconsider their decision to close ranks against Akin after the convention.

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  • Rand Paul: Obama is ‘uniquely unqualified’ to be president

    Rand Paul (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    TAMPA -- Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul told delegates at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday that Barack Obama is "uniquely unqualified" to be president, citing a statement Obama made in July about the role of government and the success of businesses.

    "When I heard the current president say, 'You didn't build that,' I was first insulted, then I was angered, then I was saddened that anyone in our country, much less the president of the United States, believes that roads create business success and not the other way around," Paul said. "Anyone who so fundamentally misunderstands American greatness is uniquely unqualified to lead this great nation."

    The line in question, which Mitt Romney's presidential campaign seized on since Obama made the remarks last month, has become a prominent theme of the GOP convention. Obama was arguing that government spending on roads and education can help promote business and success, but Republicans have countered that Obama gave public investment projects more credit than they deserve.

    Paul also used the opportunity to briefly criticize his own party for refusing to scrutinize military spending, fulfilling a promise he made at a rally for his father on Sunday.

    "Republicans and Democrats alike must slay their sacred cows. Republicans must acknowledge that not every dollar spent on the military is necessary or well-spent, and Democrats must admit that domestic welfare and entitlements must be reformed."

    Read Rand Paul's full speech here:

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  • What Paul Ryan will say in his convention speech

    TAMPA -- Mitt Romney's presidential campaign released excerpts to Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan's address Wednesday at the Republican National Convention.

    The limited comments provided below may seem familiar to anyone who has has heard Ryan speak since he was tapped to be Romney's VP:

    "I accept the calling of my generation to give our children the America that was given to us, with opportunity for the young and security for the old — and I know that we are ready. Our nominee is sure ready. His whole life has prepared him for this moment — to meet serious challenges in a serious way, without excuses and idle words. After four years of getting the run-around, America needs a turnaround, and the man for the job is Governor Mitt Romney.

    ….

    "Obamacare comes to more than two thousand pages of rules, mandates, taxes, fees, and fines that have no place in a free country. The president has declared that the debate over government-controlled health care is over. That will

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  • Rudy Giuliani: Election between ‘Mr. Cool’ and ‘Mr. Competent’

    Rudy Giuliani (Torrey AndersonSchoepe/Yahoo News)

    TAMPA—Voters should consider "competence" over "cool" when deciding who to support for president in November, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Wednesday.

    Giuliani stopped by the media filing center near the Republican National Convention site, where he told reporters that voters "made a big mistake" by electing President Barack Obama in 2008.

    "If I had to select somebody to straighten out my business, I wouldn't necessarily select the cool guy, I'd select the competent guy," Giuliani said in response to a question about Mitt Romney's personal appeal to voters. "And I think maybe we made a big mistake last time. We selected Mr. Cool and we've had the worst unemployment that we've had since the Great Depression. Maybe this time if we select Mr. Competent, we'll be a lot better off."

    Another reporter asked Giuliani, who launched his own bid for the presidency in 2008, if he was concerned about the possible optics of holding a celebratory convention while a hurricane is

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  • Ron Paul delegates cause ruckus on convention floor

    He might not be the Republican nominee, but Ron Paul certainly has loyal delegates. And they're here to make their voices heard—literally. The boisterous delegates caused somewhat of an altercation on the convention floor this Tuesday evening, a night that should belong to Mitt Romney.

    Whenever a state that had Paul delegates announced its vote, the counter on stage tallied only the delegates for Romney, a standard practice under the convention rules. Hundreds of Paul delegates struck back by shouting the number of Paul votes in unison from the floor and the rafters, a practice that irked Romney supporters.

    One Texas delegate, a Ron Paul supporter, repeatedly screamed whenever Paul's name was mentioned. A group of his fellow Texans turned around and scowled at him.

    "Sorry," the Paul supporter said, shrugging and not really sorry.

    "Don't do it if you're sorry!" an angry Romney delegate snapped.

    A moment, later, the Paul delegate did it again, shouting even

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