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It's you're gonna nominate Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan we're gonna have a great time here in Tampa.
This was done on the abundance of caution for our delegates and guests here in Tampa just.
And that -- as Republican National Committee chairman of rights rivas.
Telling the tale about the Tampa Republican National Convention which is they're happy but they're a little sorry.
Because there's going to be -- and for the Republican National Committee and for the Republican Party in fact.
Hurricanes -- a little complicated gives you may remember something called Katrina.
And that was not great for the 2006 and 2008 elections for George W.
Bush in his party so when they win chairman -- says he's.
Being cautious he's been real cautious.
So guess what Internet.
-- reply as an hour long.
We're in Tampa -- crazy about it and we're having a real good time down here and welcome to our big -- -- coverage and thank you so much for being with us now.
You know who knows stuff about tried to have a convention under good conditions for bad conditions.
-- -- -- Brad is and we should -- clarify.
Fred was a senior advisor to George W.
Bush might he was an advisor to George H.
Bush -- -- Brad knows how to get things done and logistically make things happen one of the things that the Republican Party has relied on bread for throughout his career.
Is making sure that the trains run on time.
And people get where they're supposed to do what was lesbians say what they're supposed to -- And Brandt is also I should point out a professor at Georgetown University.
Yes Brad welcome to a very special addition of -- no power yeah but are itself.
Mean I know that you have come what what number convention is this for you this.
This is I've been through every convention since -- 76 so you won't even count anyone even now I wanted to tell you and I've been in charge of several dimensions both for 41 and for 43 I was in charge of the Philadelphia convention in 2000.
For the Kennedy.
OK so you know that this is hard and this is complicated.
To get 20000.
Republicans -- with video anything to get in February that well the Democrats are even harder so at least you have that to enjoy yourself but.
Get -- -- -- -- -- elephant hats and enthusiasm and bar tabs all in the same place at the same time and do the same thing.
The -- a decision.
Michael Steele was very defensive about this I would just -- them outside.
And he says it's not his fault.
There's a hurricane come and hurricanes come to -- and August.
Was this a bad choice was this something that.
This was a great choice this is a battleground state yes if people if Tampa couldn't have been nicer than those just takes a tremendous Hillsborough County is a swing Tammy -- Wednesday the -- rate decision comes out.
When you look outside.
But blustery inside to its blushes -- I'm really the decision to cancel today.
More to do with the where the hurricane is going.
-- and Tampa.
And out of respect.
For the people who in the path of this tropical storm hurricane whatever eventually.
Is when he hits other places in our country that's really.
We're national convention where national party week it's not about Tampa it's about the United States and the people.
-- affected so it was a right decision make even though we're not.
Really is effect as we thought we think right this was still a great venue the people could not be nicer and electricity rolled out the red carpet with a democratic mayor.
And and the mayor I think he's I think it is that's better so great decision all the way around quite well I guess I can say this.
I don't think there will ever be another four day national convention I think is the very last one could -- because what's the point of the fourth that.
Three days it's hard to get Americans pay attention for ten minutes the -- right -- days right and so.
I don't see much material difference.
What was canceled for today and what's going to be on the Atlanta tomorrow it's all going to be there exactly and 44.
News outlets that are not.
They weren't gonna covered all anyway that -- Democrats -- down three days yeah really.
In their convention so it makes a lot of sense yes to -- down -- in the age of gavel to gavel coverage has gone yes and this this is really targeted coverage.
So I happen to agree get the work done may be in the first day yet platform rules and then move on to the and then have distributors of the speakers -- -- three -- does that have.
The stuff right so.
We were talking before we started.
You were there we've -- -- roll the video several times in previous days.
Read my lips yeah.
No new taxes and that was a defining moment for George H.
But it was a defining moment at that time and when he -- breached that battle right.
It was a defining moment for him getting reelected but at the time that was him grabbing the Reagan -- you Bennett and I -- -- did he -- it with two hands.
I was ten feet away from him backstage and when he read that line we all knew what that line would do -- brought the house down.
Where was that committed and that was eight academic data in the -- That's where I had was.
Just a defining moment of what the difference was between the previous administration.
With Reagan and now the mantle of carrying on that Reagan tradition through bush.
And he was very.
I'm I'm I'm 41 like -- when and then when he breach that promise of making the thing this deal we've done.
The speaker of the house is -- real.
Did some damage obviously in Israel -- But.
That it -- there was never -- more exciting moment in that you mentioned that when he said those.
Hours and -- -- Mitt Romney comes to this convention there's a parallel.
With the 41 president.
And that is the Republican base wants to be Barack Obama very much and conventions are about the guys.
Conventions are yes you're talking to a lot larger audience the -- that are gonna tune in and -- The week before Labor Day are politically and said they probably.
Already have a team and this is -- time to talk to your people.
Talk to your base.
HW bush did -- very successfully there.
What is Mitt Romney have to do this week in order to get his base unified.
And I guess we'll put it this way so we can stop talking until he's got to talk to on this week I could feel good to that he needs to stop doctor because he has talked on -- -- -- so much -- -- right.
We have to do Chris is he has to be reaganesque in his -- but we're thinking.
In his vision for America it is optimism.
We know how things.
How bad things have been -- -- -- yours and others speak to that during the convention fire them up and give the red -- be necessary.
What -- has to do -- rise above that.
And not so much talk about how bad things are but how he's going to fix things and how Americans can solve any problem if we collectively get ourselves together.
The Democrats and there are embarked on 3-D strategy distort the Romney Ryan record distract away from their own and divide America.
It's a very defeatist three -- -- treaty strategize he's got that and now Romney has got to give his own vision.
Clearly simply directly and optimistically and if he does that.
I think that's gonna fire up the days and more importantly we'll have a border appeal to independents and the kind of people we need to win.
-- red light went -- stuff.
He appreciates you you appreciate him so that's good relationship -- -- -- happy about that.
Brad we thank you for being like every week in Tampa OK let me tell you.
This is fairly significant as you think about it.
Charles Krauthammer is gonna join you today it's Charles.
Love you and is indulgent of me so Charles is going to be here and you like that.
Other things that are going to happen is -- take you behind the scenes at the Republican National Convention.
We're gonna go backstage at the RNC we're -- backstage here at the Fox News channel's big set -- in Tampa you love that we -- you -- we're gonna get your comments.
We're gonna have a ton of fun.
To stick around.
And that's what it looks like.
In the space in this universe where the Republicans are getting ready.
To choose their nominee for president and a little secret -- -- and on it's probably Mitt Romney.
Gary Johnson may rally later but I think Mitt Romney's going to pull this thing off this week and this is power play well back to Tampa.
We're here at the Tampa Bay history center.
And we've -- -- -- set decent and worthy shows.
And having a great time down here thank you for being with us.
And here's a big deal for this election and I want to think about it these terms so Hispanic voters.
Are the demographic prize for the next.
Five presidential elections for five presidential election fastest growing demographic group in the United States predominantly Democrat but.
Unlike other minority groups.
Up for the discussion and when we talk about Hispanics one thing we always talk about is depends on where you are.
Phoenix -- do not behave like African American voters do not behave like any other demographic block.
If you're in Texas and you're Hispanic you're probably -- there's a good change -- Republican if you're in California you're probably a Democrat.
How do you talk to this group.
How do Republicans change they are -- On this discussion.
And is the party ever going to get right with Hispanic Americans.
So let's do this loses Mobil make it simple let's -- welcome Acela.
Turco yes who is to -- -- Obama -- -- yes and you're from Nebraska yes I am I -- Omaha Nebraska not a big black being community and Omaha Nebraska.
No it's not there's a few of us more so they get more -- -- vandalized day calpers you're exactly absolutely a game now.
What office are you running for what whichever UC.
I am -- the office of legislative district 31 in west Omaha.
And you're in Tampa well I don't know -- -- -- maybe you're here because you're just like it here -- you like -- but.
Words argue because you're part of an effort on a national level from Republicans and this includes a -- And to broaden the Republican bench.
And to bring Hispanics and other minorities into the Republican fold correct -- -- the national program leadership council.
They're interested in doing this.
How much do voters care in your district about.
Where you where did you grow up by the way.
Well I grew up in Northern Virginia I moved to Nebraska twelve years ago when my husband my husband was born and raised in Omaha OK so you didn't just pick it.
No I didn't well actually I did pick him first -- -- can I pick ten to bring her down.
Showed them and then that's where you ended up right the question being -- do voters.
Care where you grew up and -- Where your parents are from.
No I donors they don't they cared that they send someone to Lincoln Nebraska.
To represent them who cares about jobs creating more jobs.
To lower our taxes -- and improve the economy that's what our voters care about Nebraska.
Okay well I'm sure that's -- that's -- care about steak and I appreciate that about them.
All right so we don't forget aren't -- No -- and don't forget its -- and we're as Delaware we remember corn.
The question though is this.
Your party -- a national level struggles with us.
And there's a a growing number.
Star players Marco Rubio.
Susanna Martinez France and -- Louis fortune on -- in court review for Republican governors.
Her for Hispanic Republican governors.
But at the same time your party does not do well and minority outrage which of the Republicans do differently.
Well I think the Republicans on.
Are reaching out to more Latinos and Hispanics.
To get involved in the political process.
I myself have not really felt that on.
The Republican Party has always supported me and they are supporting me now we stipulate that -- what should they do differently.
I think that they just need to get out their grassroots levels and talk to people and and myself like I am more than happy to talk to other Latinos and Hispanics and say hey you know what this -- the party for you.
This is the party that cares about -- you know faith family and country.
I suspect that's why you're here right now and yes it -- -- actually -- hair how we cracked the case yes and so we thank you very much for being -- well thank you very much okay all right we're gonna take a break but guess what.
I'm just crazy about him and I just want I'm just W a little bit so.
We taking you behind the scenes of the Republican National Convention would figure behind the scenes Fox News Channel you have a -- you'll see stuff.
That no one else will see.
-- stick around.
This is the stage and this is the podium that millions of Americans and people all over the world will be seeing.
As the Republicans gather here in Tampa to nominate Willard Mitt Romney as their presidential nominating.
But we thought you Internet might like to take a look behind the scenes here in Tampa and at the Fox News Channel.
So let's -- don't.
There's not a lot of drama for the delegates here at the Republican National Convention yeah they're excited to hear the leaders of their parties speak.
They're excited to have a big rally for their cause all of those things.
But they've known for a long time that Mitt Romney was going to be the man they've known really since April.
So there's not a lot on the line really.
For the media.
For hundreds of news outlets.
From around the world and you see all the lights lined up here.
For the media outlets across the world there's a lot on the line here they've spent millions of dollars to be here.
They've got to worry about hurricanes they've got to worry about getting the interviews that they want.
They've got to get these logistics.
And it's no easy task.
And look like much just some hallway here in the Tampa Bay times forum.
-- were here for Tampa Bay Lightning hockey game -- -- yet to get a -- daughter Shura or maybe even a cold beer.
But this is in fact where the magic is going to happen for fox viewers this RNC convention week so come with me let's take a look.
-- you go out here and you see.
This is the view that fox viewers are gonna get all week.
This is the view that you're gonna save over the shoulders of the biggest names -- Fox News you're gonna see Sean Hannity from right here from this very desk.
These are the men that make it possible these are the people to get it done.
You'll see Bret Baier Megyn Kelly right here from the -- explaining to you what's just happened for the big shows on convention nights.
And you can say.
That you saw -- first Internet.
And they've seen what it's like behind the scenes at the Republican National Convention over at the Tampa Bay times forum.
But let's take a look behind the scenes at fox HQ.
Over here in the Tampa Bay history center where we're making all kinds of television magic.
OK now let's take a bird's eye view at the big Fox News that over here -- in the Tampa history center.
And this is where you'll get to see maybe a little power play this is where you'll get to see shows throughout the day special report all kinds of stuff.
And as you can see back here it takes a lot.
To put on a show.
And -- anytime of the day but when you roll as much talent when you do as much as we do you need an awful lot.
So -- the folks from Fox News radio they are here to.
-- -- -- -- And -- -- out but you gotta eat when you're here so you know an army marches on its comic so it is day cable news network.
This is where they're making sure everything works.
There's the makeup room where they make us or at least in my case as passable for television as possible.
We come down here this is where this is the folks are waiting to go on and tell you things like Byron York from the Washington examiner.
Is getting ready to go on television and say something Smart to you.
And this is where the anchors were so let's come and let's crashed the party.
-- -- -- -- None other than Bill Hemmer is right there so that pleases you no doubt but this is where the anchors are working.
And you see Bret -- he's right there you know him -- that Steve pays down there.
Steve wave to the Internet.
Okay this is good.
There are always happy to see Steve so and Martha MacCallum just walked in so people wave to the Internet Martha place.
Okay are -- so we'll leave the real anchors back to their work.
And we'll take a look here in the second -- where the people who are really making this happen with the where they were in what they're.
And this is the nerve center.
We called the workspace but the whole point is that these are the folks the reporters the producers the news gatherers who are doing the stuff to make it all run.
Now of course you have to have a lot of coffee.
You always have to have a lot of Diet Coke.
You have to have plenty to eat that's important again.
These are the bunkers these folks are making sure that all of the shows have lots of good gas and lots of people to talk to.
And all of the production people all of the coordination people working all around the clock to make sure that all the resources are in the right places.
But also it's a place where you could run into somebody like Shannon Bream for example.
So this is -- -- this is how you do cross media multi promotion because.
You know I was I can't -- -- she's on the fake TV it's pretty big deal we like it.
And -- C stempel.
Who is the senior producer for the big show for the dominant Internet political telecast of the 1130 half hour.
But I was just putting the most important thing first which -- power play -- There OK we thank you very much all right so that's a look behind the scenes.
At the Fox News Channel at the RNC at Tampa we'll give you the same taste when we get up to Charlotte for the Democrats.
Thanks for got a -- There's -- -- clocks now in in the in the form.
There's one debt clock it is the cumulative total of national debt there's another debt clock which will start at zero.
And when not chairman -- this -- down.
The convention at 2 o'clock today.
That clock will start.
At the end of the convention on Thursday.
When chairman Boehner.
Gavels the convention closed the clock will stop and we'll see how much national debt has accumulated.
Over the four days.
And that is -- -- for who has a senior advisor to the Romney campaign talking about.
The -- the US debt which is about to be sixteen trillion dollars which sounds like a lot of money I'm not sure but it sounds like a lot of money.
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-- Republicans love to talk about the national debt I mean they love it they are like you you saw Russ tree for.
Also known as -- Houston's husband but you saw rush reaper like giddy talking about their debt clocks.
Let me put this out there this kind of crazy talk.
To voters actually care at the numbers so big it's so astronomical it's so insane 63 dollars a session insane number.
Try to imagine Shura that the Steelers have six Super Bowls act like it's so big that -- even contemplating he can't even understand it.
Why why -- -- about it so and -- -- I put myself on -- here.
Well I think you're right I think when you talk about numbers like the national debt the figures are so astronomical that a lot of voters find it -- -- they they can't imagine it can't fathom this much money.
But by putting the second debt clock obviously the amount of debt accumulated in four days is not what we've.
Accumulated over the past decorators.
And that's not just by the way that the due to the four days not just the bar tab right to marry out for the Romney campaign.
Right or maybe they're Republican House freshmen yeah.
And I -- got quite anyway yes and so that'll be a smaller number and maybe battle resonate a little bit more with voters at least that's what the Romney campaign seems to be helping.
Suzanne when we worked together at the Washington examiner.
Way that the truth that you always understood and always -- was keep it simple.
And you always whenever candidates on any level making their message too complicated.
So the Republicans with Paul Ryan.
Have tried to big bold stance as it relates to the dad and -- ball -- and debt and deficit hawk unquestionably.
People are more concerned about don't work.
Then they are about the death.
Therefore therefore they don't work after taking -- -- debt clock and their big numbers and their way forward and -- Because Paul Ryan is handing.
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