Wednesday at the Republican National Convention I saw Texas Governor Rick Perry being interviewed for a radio show. There were many people around him taking photos, including me. I remember watching Perry on T.V. as he campaigned for the Presidency during the primaries, so it was exciting to see him in person.
Also being interviewed at the convention hall’s “Radio Row” was 14-year old Juliette Turner. She is the author of a new book called Our Constitution Rocks. It comes out in September. “I’m on cloud nine here,” she told me when I asked her what it was like to be at the convention. She went on to tell me that while many of her friends are fans of Justin Bieber and American Idol winner Scotty McCreery, she’s a fan of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. “I’m that weird,” she said with a laugh.
Later, at the entrance to the Tampa Bay Times Forum, I Interviewed several people as they made their way into the building to hear the evening’s speakers. I asked them what they thought about the convention so far. One convention goer was looking forward to hearing from Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan. “He is a very interesting gentleman,” the man told me. “He knows what he is doing with finances, and we need order in finances.”
Financial responsibility is an important theme at this convention. In the Forum, there is a large national debt clock, which measures America's debt since the start of the convention. It began counting at $15.9 trillion.
Former Secretary of State Condaleeza Rice was one of last night’s main speakers. She said that she thinks education is the civil rights issue of our time. She believes America will be able to get through this problem just as the country progressed beyond segregation. Rice said that in Birmingham, Alabama, where she grew up, she couldn't even get a burger at the Woolworth’s lunch counter because of segregation. Despite that, her parents brought her up to believe that she could be President of the United States. She said this is what makes America so great—that despite your financial or social situation, you can dream big. The crowd cheered enthusiastically for her.
The last speaker of the night was Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan. As expected, Ryan addressed the country’s debt. “We need to stop spending money we don’t have,” Ryan said. The crowd liked what they heard. He spoke about why Mitt Romney should be the next President of the United States.
At the end of the speech, Ryan’s wife, Janna, and their three children, daughter Liza and sons Charlie and Sam, took the stage alongside him. It was definitely way past the kids’ bedtime. Mine too.
Click here to watch a video of day two at the convention.