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Mitt Romney Claims He'll 'Restore America's Promise' At RNC: VIDEO


Mitt Romney put his best face forward when he officially accepted the Republican presidential nomination.

Hoping to warm over potentially chilly voters, Romney spent a chunk of his allotted time covering his biography, including his father's journey from Mexico to America, starting Bain Capital, a political thorn he presented as a small business success story, and raising his five sons with wife Ann, all with more emotional display than we've seen from the former governor.

Romney of course spent plenty of time contrasting himself with President Obama, a commander-in-chief Romney says "has disappointed America" and whose reelection campaign is about "attacking success." The GOP candidate urged voters to "put the disappointments of the last four year" and "look ahead to what can be." It wasn't all sunshine and deligh, though. Romney made sure to say he'll turn back the clock on equality, telling the crowd "I'll honor the institution of marriage" and warning that e"very American is less secure today
because [Obama] has failed to slow Iran's nuclear threat."

"Now is the time to restore the promise of America" and two other variants provided the most optimistic parts of the speech, which ended after about 45 minutes with Romney's wife, sons and grandchildren and other family members joining him on stage. A wave of balloons soon followed.

Watch it all, AFTER THE JUMP.

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Watch Clint Eastwood Talk To An Empty Chair At RNC: VIDEO


Yep, you read that headline right: actor Clint Eastwood, the "secret speaker" for the RNC's climax tonight, spent part of what is being kindly described as a "rambling" speech having a one-sided conversation with an imaginary President Obama.

He also said there are a lot of conservatives in Hollywood, they just don't go "hot-dogging it" and was goaded into doing "Go ahead, make my day," which he then turned into a call and response.

Benjy Sarlin from Talking Points Memo said the audience "seemed alternately confused and rapturously excited by the display".

Get confused yourself AFTER THE JUMP.

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This Is A Real Thing Found At The RNC


Barack Hussein Obama or Jesus H. Christ. There can only be one, according to some wingnut at the Republican National Convention.

(Via JMG)

Towleroad Guide To The Tube #1198

TRIBUTE: This is how you kiss libertarian butt, RNC style.

WAHLS ABROAD: American activist Zach Wahls on BBC.

FIREBALL: Science is fun.

'WRONG': Team Obama goes after Paul Ryan's RNC speech.

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It Would Take John Sununu Lots Of Beer To Discuss 'Complicated' Marriage Equality

SununuFormer New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu is a breakout star at this year's Republican National Convention, due both to the fact that Sununu was the politico who officially nominated Mitt Romney as the GOP presidential candidate and because, after about two decades out of the spotlight, Sununu's — er — unique personality is on full display for a new generation of politically-minded Americans.

Though typically eager to chat about almost any issue under the sun, Sununu surprised Siriux XM radio host Michelangelo Signorile's by dodging his questions about marriage equality.


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