LIVESTREAM TRANSCRIPT: Mitt Romney’s Speech in Morrisville, Pennsylvania will be on CSPAN at 425pm CST today!
What: Mitt Romney speech from Morrisville, Pennsylvania
When: 425pm CST on 11/4/2012
How to watch: CSPAN, via a link HERE
Format: Livestream transcript of Romney’s big speech in Pennsylvania
Justin and I are headed back to Chicago from Wisconsin right now and I’m writing this on his phone, but wanted to make sure you knew that you can watch Mitt Romney speak from Morrisville, Pennsylvania at 425pm CST today.
I really want to see what the crowd looks like in Pennsylvania and how much energy will be in that speech.
I think we’ll get back in time for me to do a live stream transcript of this…but if not I’ll watch it later and transcribe as I go. But I think we’ll be back.
The speech starts at 425pm CST 11/4/2012.
Here’s something that’s really fun to find all in one place: CSPAN has all the modern speeches for Election Night going back many years. Both the Victory and the Concession speeches.
Mitt Romney will be giving his Victory Speech in Boston on Tuesday; meanwhile here in Chicago, Barack Obama will be making his Concession Speech from the fortress-like McCormick Place convention center.
We’ve waited for years to hear Barack Obama concede defeat and prepare to leave our daily lives…so watching some of these past speeches will hopefully get you in the groove for what’s to come.
It’s actually interesting to go back and listen to the Victory Speeches and think about how most of these guys say the same things over and over through the years…but nothing ever really gets better in terms of education, infrastructure, etc. No matter what party is in power, it’s always about how we need to improve education but yet we never do. Could be because we have not yet eliminated the teachers’ unions. How about we give that a shot in the future, and take the other public sector unions with them?
430pm CST — waiting for the rally to start. Some man is singing a song I don’t know.
Shots of people coming in for the rally. Lots of little kids bouncing on top of people’s shoulders. The music is kind of catchy.
While it plays I’m going to make Justin some dinner since we didn’t eat on the road to and from Wisconsin. I’m using that lasagna tray I love so much but I’m making three different kinds of macaroni and cheese tonight, in the three different compartments: one regular, one with beef, and then a white cheddar and bacon one with chicken. I got a bunch of different cheeses at Mars Cheese Castle near Kenosha on our drive back and am using some tips the cheese lady there gave me for making these different mac & cheeses for Justin.
I swear, this pan makes me so happy and I use it every week for something: it’s great for baking too. Everyone I know is getting this from me for Christmas because it just makes my life so easy since I can make food for three days’ worth of meals for Justin and myself because of the three different compartments. If you have a bigger family, you’d probably just use it all up in one big meal (or two), but Justin and I typically only eat one big meal a day and snack the rest of the time so this is three days’ worth of cooking for us.
I’ve never bought anything that makes me this happy before or that is this useful in the kitchen. I just love this Chicago Metallic lasagna pan. After Romney wins, I’m going to celebrate by using an Amazon gift card I saved up to buy us a roasting pan from Chicago Metallic too…and then all winter I can make all kinds of roasts and I will think, “That’s the pan I ordered after Romney won the presidency. I ordered that when he was making his victory speech”. I like to imbibe household tools with magical memories like this for some reason.
440pm CST —
Apparently, this is a big and famous “southern rock group”. They are really good…like 70s rock. I have no idea who they are though, but people there seem to know. I swear, if you show me a pic of a fashion show from 1995 I could name every model and could probably tell you the designer, too…and I am good with movie stars and TV people…and of course I cover politics so I know most of the Congresscritters by sight…but I just don’t know music very well. That’s totally Justin’s department. Music and computer stuff. Leave the supermodels to me.
The song the group is playing is “Can’t You See?”…but I can’t see who’s playing it…lots of flag waving…excited people. It looks like everyone in Pennsylvania has turned out for this.
It’s dark in Pennsylvania…still light here in Chicago though. Must be cold there too because everyone is bundled up with hats and scarves. Everyone is smiling and excited.
I lived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania back in 2004 and I worked on the Kerry campaign there. For the longest time they really thought Kerry would lose Pennsylvania and people were very freaked out all summer and into the fall. This was obviously back when I was still a Democrat. When we’d go canvassing for Kerry, people would say “I’ll vote for him because I always vote Democrat but he’s so gross. He looks like he would smell like farts. He reminds me of the guy on the Munsters”. I loved that. All of it was true. It wasn’t until the day or so before the election that the Kerry campaign felt it would actually win the state. And even then, we held our breath on election night. That was a sad and early night for me that year…I think I was home by 9pm, even though results were still coming in. We knew it was over though.
I mention this because it’s still hard for a lot of people to wrap their heads around the idea that Pennsylvania will go to Mitt Romney, but I really think it will. This is the best year ever for that to happen…and I can tell you that the fear in Kerry’s camp of losing Pennsylvania in 2004 was real. So it really is a state that could vote Republican…if the right Republican ran.
Mitt Romney is the right Republican and will win the state.
That’s such an exciting thought. It’s going to happen.
450pm CST — still the event pre-show…people getting into place, different musicians and canned music playing…
Sign in the crowd: REAL CHANGE on DAY ONE
Looks like Romney’s plane has been delayed. He’s flying in from Ohio. That would be my home state. Jealous?
I love saying that to Justin and teasing him that he’s not from Cleveland like me, so he must he jealous. Cleveland, Ohio…city of light, city of magic…where my heart will always be, even if Democrats have rendered it a pile of smoldering ruins.
CSPAN says that Romney “is also campaigning in Iowa, Ohio, and Virginia” today in addition to Pennsylvania. I wonder if they did it Iowa-Ohio-Pennsyvlania and then next up will be a later rally in Virginia, like an 8pm thing? A late one?
That would make sense to go west to east like that.
500pm CST — they are showing the crowd in Pennsylvania the video of the Romneys that they showed at the Republican Convention…the bio video, talking about the family, etc. Also talking about the Olympics. It’s a great video. I know someone will find it on YouTube and put it in comments for me.
Mitt’s talking about how much he loves Anne…and this is one of the only political couples who I think really are totally in love with each other. Like, old Hollywood romance love…like the Reagans had. I actually think the Carters really love each other too…and George and Laura Bush…and the first Bushes too.
I think the Clintons are best friends and know they are more powerful together than apart. The Obamas have an arranged “Down Low Club” marriage between a clearly gay man and a woman who was too difficult to deal with for a straight guy but who made a nice beard for a biracial guy who wanted black street cred.
It’s going to be great to have nice people who love each other and this country in the White House again.
506pm CST — I kind of love listening to Mitt Romney talk now. It makes me smile. He’s really going to fix things. I believe in him.
I pledge to do everything I can do to help him succeed in any way I can…and I hope you do, too. This remarkable man has agreed to serve…and he answered the call to duty. I hope you choose to help him from DAY ONE. He just said in the video he will devote every waking hour of his energy to making America strong again.
How about we all match that?
509pm CST — the video talks about Paul Ryan, and there’s a HUGE CHEER as he talks on his video from the VP introduction event.
Governor Corbett, former Governor Ridge, Senator Toomey and others are up there.
Ridge is doing the warmup of the crowd. He has a really cool leather jacket on. He looks great.
Romney’s plane has landed and he is on his way to the event area.
Ridge says that Paul Ryan is one of the best decisions Romney could have made…and I agree.
I wanted Allen West for VP because that man is AWESOME…but I do agree that Ryan was even better.
Ridge is saying that Obama had four years to do something, and he didn’t…time to send him home.
521pm CST —
Pat Toomey takes the stage. He says it is cold, but we are freezing for a reason. Love it.
He’s talking about making Harry Reid Minority Leader and the crowd cheers.
“We are going to paint Pennsylvania red on Tuesday”…Toomey has a red jacket on and refer to its color. I love a man who color coordinates for punchlines.
If you’ve never been to a campaign event, it’s fun to see people in person you don’t often get to hear speak. If you ever have a chance to go to a rally, you should one day. They’re fun. You meet a lot of fun people too.
524pm CST —
Governor Tom Corbett takes the stage.
What’s FASCINATING is that a lot of people in the crowd are actually wearing purple. That’s so wild to me. Like, it’s a reflection of the state. Purple…going into red. Did they all color coordinate?
“Pennsylvania is in play!”
It is a massive crowd…enormous.
Size-queen Bathhouse Barry can choke on it.
Corbett is telling everyone why the state is in play…give children a better country than we are giving them right now.
Corbett is stretching it out a little…waiting for the Romney motorcade to arrive. Saying that the Romney crowd tonight is bigger than the Obama crowd that assembled nearby for something. This is near the Washington crossing area. General Washington had a surprise victory and Pennsylvania will be a surprise victory too.
The Romneys are a family that believe in this country. This is about the future of the United States. It is about courage, doing the right thing even if it is not the popular thing. Integrity, character, honesty, love of country.
Corbett had campaigned with Tagg and Ben Romney yesterday…when they talk, they talk about Mitt as their dad. They tell the personal stories about Romney. Like the little boy with cancer who wanted to meet the Governor and to see fireworks on fourth of July. Mitt Romney arranged fireworks for the boy…but Massachusetts wouldn’t allow fireworks to be set off…so Romney took the boy to Maine and he got to see fireworks.
Telling story about when Romney’s colleagues’ daughter was kidnapped and held in chains he led the rescue effort to find her and bring her home. She was going to be sold into sex slavery but Mitt Romney organized the effort to stop it. I think there was an episode of Law & Order based on this (and would be surprised if there wasn’t).
Mitt Romney is kind of an action hero.
He’s actually awesome.
The crowd is chanting SEND HIM HOME, SEND HIM HOME and TWO MORE DAYS, TWO MORE DAYS.
THIS IS SO SMART!!!!!! Tom Corbett is telling everyone to take pictures of the crowd and put it on Twitter and Facebook and email to media…because the media loves to lie and claim “hundreds showed up” when there were thousands.
How awesome…to take down the Ministry of Truth by regular people becoming the reports.
Corbett says the different governors compete to see who brings in the biggest crowd for rallies…and Pennsylvania has beat them all!
“Take those pictures, don’t let the media lie”. Make Minitru look stupid. Show people that Minitru lies.
Romney is on his way.
“I want them to hear you in Philadelphia and Trenton. I want them to hear you in New York City. I want them to hear you in Washington DC.”
535pm CST —
Looks like the motorcade will arrive at 545pm CST. They are playing more music right now.
People look happy just bebopping and moving to the music. It’s fun.
Giant: VICTORY IN PENNSYLVANIA SIGN up above the crowd.
This is a larger crowd, by the way, than Bush drew in 2004 in the same location. People are excited!
546pm CST — the bus pulls up, with Mitt and Anne waving in the front!
People go nuts.
Patriotic music swells, flags wave…and then the ROCKY theme starts up (a Pennsylvania favorite).
Ladies and gentlemen…our next first family. They look great, wearing warm coats for the cold….
A warm Keystone State welcome to the next President of the United States and the next First Lady of the United States!
Chants of USA USA USA.
Romney: What a Philadelphia welcome. What a welcome.
Anne Romney speaks: Thrill of a lifetime. What a welcome. Thank you so much. This campaign is drawing to a close…what energy you have given us. Finish this race strong. We are so excited about Tuesday…and to be here in Pennsylvania. I am standing with a man that I have stood with for 43 years of marriage. In every circumstance I have seen him be exceptional in every way. He will not fail. We love this country and believe in America and this man will save this country and put it back on track. The next President of the United States, Mitt Romney.
ROMNEY: Thank you all. Thank you Marshall Tucker band. Talks about the hurricane. Please donate to the Salvation Army or other groups to provide care in tough time. Governor Christie is doing a great job and is giving his heart and passion. Thank you Governor. What a welcome. Thank you so very much. This audience and your voices are being heard all over the nation (even in Chicago!) and we will take back the White House because we will win Pennsylvania.
— This man looks presidential. It will be nice watching him for four years. He is competent. That’s change I can believe in —
This is a campaign about our country and our future. Stay at it all the way through victory on Tuesday. Look at the record of the people running for president. Change can’t be measured in speeches, but achievements. Candidate Obama promised a lot, but fell short. Obama promised to be post-partisan, but he’s been most partisan. He should have focused on creating jobs…but he focused on Obamacare and killed jobs. 9 million jobs short in the last report. Unemployment is higher today than when Obama took office. Obama raids medicare to pay for Obamacare. American family pays $3000 more a year now than when Obama was elected. Instead of bridging divides he makes them wider.
Obama has not lived up to promises to solve big problems. I will.
Obama fell so short of what he promised. He cared more about the Left’s agenda than new jobs. He declared war on coal and oil and gas. He raised taxes. He had an avalanche of new regulations. Everything he did hurt the economy. Americans are struggling to find a good job. Middle class is being squeezed with lower pay and higher taxes.
Obama thinks more government is the answer…but more good jobs is really the answer. The question of the election comes down to “Do you want four more years like the last four or do you want real change?”.
SEND HIM HOME SEND HIM HOME SEND HIM HOME is chanted.
I promise change and achieved change. I built a business. I turned around other ones. I turned around the Olympics. In my state I turned things around. That is why I am running for President. I will change the course the nation is on. I will see rising take-home pay.
— when the crowd chants his name, Romney actually blushes. It embarrasses him. He does not want this to be about him, but about the country. He is actually very humble and it shows —
I will not waste time complaining about predecessor. From DAY ONE I will go to work to get Americans back to work. Take advantage of energy resources: coal, oil, gas, renewables.
Speed through KeyStone Pipeline.
Boost trade with Latin America and designate China as currency manipulator.
Make all have skills they need for good paying jobs.
Downpayment on fiscal sanity act. Cut spending. Take office on January 20th and take responsibility for the office.
Boost small business to fix problems holding our economy back.
Grant all states waivers for Obamacare to begin its repeal.
For first time in four years, people will know that the President of the United States likes them and will bring business opportunities.
Obama has ignored, blamed, and attacked people in Congress. That freezes the economy. Obama can’t change Washington from the inside, so let’s send him home to get a chance to do it from the outside.
I am going to work with Republicans and Democrats and find the good ones who care about the country.
Change course on energy.
Help with prices at pump.
Achieve North American energy independence in 8 years.
Care about small business.
— incidentally…no TelePrompTer…Romney speaks extemporaneously —
603pm CST —
Not just the large size of the crowds, but the depth of your convictions. I learned as Governor that best achievements are shared achievements. I will conduct myself with respect for all and represent one nation, not one party.
USA USA USA is chanted.
Obama has tried claiming the last four years have been a success. His plan is to do all the things over again: stimulus, Obamacare, taxes. This will not lead to recovery or success. Obama will hurt the military. We could have more recession. Obama told his supporters to vote for REVENGE.
I ask you to vote for love of country instead.
Together we will lead America to a better place. We are two days away from a new beginning. I have an unshakeable faith in the American spirit.
With the right leadership, America will come roaring back.
We are Americans. We can do anything.
The only thing we are lacking is better leadership and that’s why we have elections.
You saw the differences at the debates. He says it has to be this way and I say it can’t stay this way. He has excuses and I have a plan.
We won’t settle. We have a dream. A better America. A better destiny.
TWO MORE DAYS and we will rebuild our country.
Confident we will be on a solid path and that college kids will find better jobs.
— Romney tells story about a troop that had sent a flag to the Challenger flight and it was recovered after the disaster and the flag was perfectly unharmed…and he saw the flag somewhere and got to touch it.
Talking about America the Beautiful song…honors veterans of armed forces to be recognized.
— watching him talk is watching THE PRESIDENT —
Take back America. We love you Pennsylvania. THANK YOU!
— Romney then goes to wave and shake hands and the crowd cheers. Flashbulbs on cameras pop like fireworks as real fireworks light up the sky. Flags wave. People are smiling. Many hold out their hands to touch the next president. Romney is swarmed as he tries to leave.
“God Bless you”, people shout. “THANK YOU MITT ROMNEY!” they yell.
— NOTE: The Secret Service is not treating him like a candidate. They are so tight in formation around him because he is the next President. They never were like this with McCain. The way they are scanning the crowd and watching him is like they do with a sitting president, not a candidate.
Everyone knows what’s going to happen Tuesday.
What think you?
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