July 20, 2016
Good morning from Cleveland!!
Wednesday was by far our busiest day yet, as we started with a 3 hour breakfast meeting, attended a major event for Senator Cruz, and then heard from a solid lineup of top speakers.
At breakfast I was honored to lead the United States Pledge of Allegiance for the Texas Delegation. Following the pledges and prayer, former UN Ambassador John Bolton spoke to us about national security and the many mistakes made in the past 7 ½ years. He also discussed his Yale law school days, concentrating on one law student who was in the class after his….Hillary Rodham.
The Ambassador was followed by Frank Luntz, known for his appearances on Fox News, Hannity, etc. He noted that the four key states for this election were Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Florida. Win 3 of 4 and you are the next President.
He also provided the line of the day: “I polled one thousand women and asked if, given the opportunity, they would have sex with Bill Clinton. Twenty-one percent said never again!”
Matt Pinnell from the RNC (Oklahoma) discussed the positives that Texas has brought to the RNC. Steve Munisteri started the Grassroots Club in 2010. There are now 37 states that have similar plans, and the goal is for all 50 states to have a Grassroots Club shortly. Makes you Texas Proud to know we were the first!
Lt. Governor Dan Patrick next discussed his appearance of the recent town hall with the President. He noted that ABC News concentrated on his criticisms of the President, but edited out his joint statement with the son of a recent African American shooting victim asking for support of the police. There was an ABC reporter in the room, and Dan Patrick called him out by name several times, asking why these moments were edited out and why the full tape was not being released. Wow!
Congressmen Kevin Brady, Michael Burgess and Louie Gohmert addressed us on various issues, followed by the wife of the Navy SEAL who lost his life in Benghazi. I admit I was tearing up a little hearing her story, both from his loss and from anger at the total lack of response by the current administration.
At Noon we traveled to a riverfront restaurant to the Ted Cruz event. The free event was sold out via Evite quickly, and the wait list was over 700 people long. Thanks to George Flint and his wife for finding us seats at the bar, where we had a lite lunch. Ted thanked his supporters for their efforts…the crowd was huge.