Today was full of surprises. Walking into breakfast I was interviewed by Fox News. They seemed most interested in how schedule changes are being communicated to the delegation and our opinion on continuing the convention.
Because convention activities were postponed today we had an opportunity to spend time with some of our leadership and it was a full day.
Ohio Republican Party Chair Bob Bennett updated us on the schedule for tomorrow. U.S. Sen. Rob Portman paid tribute to astronaut Neil Armstrong sharing several personal and touching stories.
U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi, a particular favorite of mine, spoke to us about his experience working two jobs to achieve a college education and his road to public service. If you don’t know Pat Tiberi’s story, it is inspirational and worth hearing.
Ari Fleischer, former White House press secretary talked about government’s role in our economy, how prosperity is created and why that hasn’t happened in the last for years. Josh Romney, I believe the youngest of Gov. Mitt Romney’s sons, spoke about his mom and dad in a very personal way.
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich was introduced by U.S. Rep. Bob McEwen. Speaker Gingrich was my favorite today. He has a spectacular talent for communicating complicated issues in an easy to understand manner. He talked about Ohio’s opportunities for gas and oil development and how that translates nationally. Referring back to Neil Armstrong it was noted that if the United States can land a man on the moon, we can find a way to safely explore the gas and oil beneath our feet.
At approximately 1:35 p.m. sirens sounded and a flurry of text messages were received. It was our first of 3 tornado warnings for the day. We were advised we were already in the safest place within the complex. Interior doors were closed and the meeting continued.
We broke around 2:30 p.m. and gathered again at 7 p.m. for a reception hosted by Ohio Speaker of the House William Batchelder. At the reception Ohio Gov. John Kasich addressed the delegation for the first time in Tampa.
We can be proud of our state. On a national stage, Ohio is a leader in deficit reduction and job creation. But Gov.Kasich pointed out there is only so much a governor and state officials can do. We have relatively higher unemployment in Ohio than what we are used to and people are unhappy. We need a president who supports policies consistent with the improvements Ohio has made.