By Erick Posted in 2008 | FRC Action — Comments (92) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
(These are my real time thoughts on Fred's speech. I think it is safe to say that his and Romney's are the most important for this crowd to hear)
He came in to the strains of Johnny Cash's "I've Been Every Where."
Jerri, Fred, and the family. The crowd went wild.
Then he starts speaking. He begins with a seemingly distracted aside about his daughter not wanting to get off stage. People laugh. But then he revs up.
It's his usual folksy style. Now here is the interesting thing about Fred. As of now, he really hasn't put out a lot of x point plans where x is some number 4 or higher. He's instead put out a list of principles, but his campaign has not really talked about them.
Right now, though, Fred is delving in. He's talking federalism and why it's a good idea and why it's important. He throws in some God references too. The crowd applauds.
"Our people have shed more blood for the liberty of other people than another other group of people on earth," he says and gets the crowd applauding.
Now here's the thing, though. Fred seems unscripted. And that's a good thing, but it is also a bad thing. People don't want super polish, but then need something.
But then he talks about life. And he begins to choke up. He has to stop. He's talking about how he knows life is so important because of the death of his one daughter and the birth of his other daughter.
The crowd appreciates it and then he gets to this. "As President of the United States, no legislation that supports this procedure [abortion] will pass my desk without my veto." The crowd likes it.
Now he's on gay marriage. Fred says he wants "a constitutional amendment to stop this particular brand of judicial activism in its tracks." Before he gets to that point, he says why he thinks it is wrong and gets a few "all rights" from the crowd. Then he points out that he sherpa'ed John Roberts through the Senate.
Fred talks a lot about judges. He says "I know the difference between a good one and a bad one. And we need someone in the Oval Office who doesn't have to call his lawyers to know that difference." A lot of the crowd laughs knowing the Romney reference, and they clap.
He takes an interesting turn here. Fred says that he and Tom Coburn (R-OK) agree that we are bankrupting the country and this is a moral issue. "Those who are yet to be born do not have a seat at the table as we kick the can down the road for someone else to deal with," he says. "We have to blow the whistle on this irresponsibility," gets pretty good applause. He says he's going to talk about social security, which something a lot of people want to hear about, but he says "If you can't tell the truth, you shouldn't be President."
"The will of the people is at least as important as their military might," Fred begins, quoting from The History of the English Speaking People, as he talks about the military.
"Our optimism doesn't come from what we see, but from faith," Fred says. Then he says he wants to do something about restoring people's optimism in the country and that's why he's running for President. The crowd really liked that one.
He went on to talk about the threat of radical Islam, the need to recognize the threat, and the need to fight it.
This is perhaps the best speech Fred has given. And it was very, very well received by the crowd.
He hit the themes he needed to hit and made sure they knew that, of the big three candidates, he's the only one with the 100% pro-life voting record.
Fred objectively did well.