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Ramsey: GOP ‘United’ Behind Romney

Statement from Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey; August 31, 2012: 

The fall election season has begun. The Republican National Convention has concluded and the party has nominated two excellent men to lead it through November and beyond: Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan.

I was proud to represent both my party and my state as a Tennessee delegation co-chair in Tampa and witness the introduction of this great ticket to the American people. Our Tennessee delegation had a great time sharing stories and ideas with Republicans from across the country.

And then there were the speeches. So many different voices all coming together for one common purpose. Whether it was the foreign policy genius of Condoleezza Rice, the inspiring social conservatism of Governor Mike Huckabee or messages from the tea party delivered by Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, all the speakers were united in reaching one goal: electing Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan and ending America’s Obama ordeal.

As many of you may know I supported a different candidate in the primary. But after this past week and after studying the record of Mitt Romney, I truly believe we are united behind the best candidate to defeat Barack Obama.

The Obama campaign will try and paint Mitt Romney’s experience in business as a negative but I believe the American people will see through these transparent attacks. Mitt Romney has a story to tell and it is one of economic recovery.

For 15 years, Mitt Romney worked at a company that took failing businesses and turned them around. He described his experience in an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal.

“I know what it takes to turn around difficult situations. And I will put that experience to work, to get our economy back on track, create jobs, strengthen the middle class and lay the groundwork for America’s increased competitiveness in the world,” Romney explained.

Mitt Romney, for lack of a better term, is a turnaround artist. That skill is the number one requirement to lead America out of the Obama recession.

I’m excited at the prospect of a president who has worked in the private sector identifying new ways to maximize resources and solve problems. I’m energized to support a presidential candidate who speaks from experience and with optimism about the possibilities of our free enterprise system in contrast to a President who belittles the efforts of small businessmen.

Mitt Romney’s competency as an executive leader was proven once again in his choice of a runningmate. Many urged Governor Romney to make a safe choice and choose a bland figure who would make no waves. He instead made a bold choice.

Paul Ryan is young, visionary leader of the intellectual Right and one who has been unafraid to stake out clear and definable positions.

The choice of an advanced thinker such as Ryan shows that Romney is concerned not just with the politics of getting elected but with the policy expertise needed to govern. In his speech in Tampa, Rep. Ryan revealed himself as the perfect compliment to Mitt Romney and showed that he is ready to serve on day one.

The choice the American people have been given is a stark one — and that is just how I like it.

On one side, we have a man who spent a career building success out of failure, a man who has turned around companies and saved jobs. On the other side, we have a man who has taken a recession and turned it into a near depression all the while telling individuals who have managed success in tough times that “they didn’t build that.”

These two visions of America could not be more diametrically opposed.

In Tennessee, Republicans have proven that conservative governance works. We have proven that you can shrink a budget’s bottom line, cut taxes and still provide high quality services. We have shown that a state that pays its bills on time can thrive — even in the Obama recession.

I see the same principles of conservative governance in the Romney/Ryan ticket. I look forward to seeing a change in the White House and cannot wait to see Mitt Romney make America’s economic comeback his turnaround masterpiece.

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VIDEO: Governor’s Dispatches from Tampa

Gov. Bill Haslam says he’s “having a little fun” at the Republican National Convention this week between finding ways to brag about Tennessee in his various party duties and cheering on the GOP.

But he’s also finding himself in a handful of videos and interviews, including one with a Cleveland TV station curious what he thinks of his brother, Jimmy, buying the Browns football team.

“I don’t know how anybody — and I mean that — who I think is as competitive and committed to winning as my brother is. And that’s true in business, it’s true if we’re out jogging together, it’s true if we’re playing a family softball game. The NFL’s a competitive world, and I think it will help to have an owner that feels that way,” he explained, adding that politics and football share plenty of similarities.

“You think about it. They’re  both very visible, you both have a fan base that feels very passionate about what you’re doing, and then you obviously have people who aren’t cheering for you,” he said.

But on the political side, the governor found a way to talk up Tennessee at the convention while announcing the state was dedicating 58 delegates to back Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for president.

“Madam secretary,” Haslam called out, “Tennessee, the Volunteer State, a state with no income tax, low debt and a budget surplus, a state that first had the votes finally giving women the right to vote, and a state that with selfless disregard for the fact that we had a native son Al Gore in the race pushed George Bush over the top in 2000, proudly cast all 58 votes for the man who’s more than ready to take on the challenges facing this country, Gov. Mitt Romney.”

And in a video update sent home yesterday, courtesy of the Tennessee Republican Party, the govenor applauded Romney’s wife, Ann, for showing a different side of the nominee:

“When you’re running for office, people can cast you a lot of different ways. And people have portrayed Mitt Romney as this kind of heartless person who just is a cold, hard business person. And I think Ann shined a light on Mitt that was very different, as a husband who was caring, mainly, above all else, someone who was selfless.”

The governor is expected to be in Tampa through tonight’s speech when Romney will officially accept the GOP nomination.

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Lt. Governor Regales at RNC, Recounts Kurita’s ‘Ramsey’ Vote

While entertaining Tennesseans at the Republican National Convention, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey hopped in the way-back machine and told the story about the day he was elected Senate speaker in 2007.

His lively retelling Monday night featured the role then-Sen. Rosalind Kurita played the day she crossed party lines to vote to, in essence, hand the Republican Ramsey the gavel, according to the Memphis Flyer.

“I walk up the front of the chamber, turn around and come back and make eye contact with her, and she just winks at me. I said, ‘Hot dang, baby. We’re still in the game here. We’re still rocking and rolling.’”