Romney at rally: I will not cut military spending

Published: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 @ 10:05 AM
Updated: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 @ 4:20 PM

A rally for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan was conducted this afternoon at the Wright Brothers Aero Hangar at the Dayton International Airport. The following are notes about what occurred there.

@3:54 p.m.: Romney finishes speaking to crowd at the Dayton International Airport near the Wright Brothers Aero hangar.

@3:47 p.m.: Romney continues speaking and tells the crowd trade is good for the country. “China has cheated … I will not allow that to continue,” he says.

@3:38 p.m.: “I will not cut our military spending,” Romney tells the crowd. He goes on to say Obama did not keep promises he made in his 2008 campaign for president. “His idea now … he’s got one new idea … to raise taxes,” Romney said. “Is there anyone that thinks raising taxes will help the economy?” The crowd says, “No.”

@3:36 p.m.: Mitt Romney begins speaking to the crowd. Asks them to chant, “Romney, Ryan; Romney, Ryan; Romney, Ryan …”

@3:35 p.m.: Ryan pauses for a moment while the crowd begins to chant, “Romney, Romney, Romney …”

@3:33 p.m.: “This is the man who knows how to do turnarounds,” Ryan says of Mitt Romney. “We need leadership … someone who will not blame other people for the next four years. … That’s this man right here,” Ryan says. “This is a man who knows how the economy works because he’s created over 10,000 jobs.”

@3:27 p.m.: Paul Ryan speaks to the crowd. “We cannot afford four more years of President Obama’s failed policies,” he says. Mitt Romney has “proven policies to get the country back on track,” he said. “Gas, oil, coal, renewables, all of the above, it’s here, it’s ours … on Day 1 you know what he’s going to do? He’s going to say ‘yes’ to the Keystone Pipeline.”

@3:24 p.m.: Sen. Rand Paul takes the stage and asks, “Anybody here think it’s time for a new President? Anybody here mortified to see people burning the American flag?”

@3:20 p.m.: Sen. Rob Portman asks the crowd how many have an absentee ballot and will be voting that way. Asks that people spread the message to vote. “We need their vote and we need it now,” he says. “There are a thousand Delphi workers here in the Miami valley that were left behind by the Obama administration,” he says. “The Delphi workers deserve our support, don’t they?” Portman asked.

@3:09 p.m. Romney’s plane and Ryan’s bus have arrived at the rally. Ryan, Rand Paul, Romney and Portman take the stage together.

@2:50 p.m.: DeWine tells the crowd Romney is en route to the rally and will be there soon. Music resumes, kicking off with a Rascal Flatts song, and the crowd is waiting.

@2:44 p.m.: DeWine said, “O-H!” and the crowd chanted back, “I-O!” as he spoke. He encouraged voters to email and text friends and family to encourage them to vote for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. “Imagine the difference,” he said. “Let’s look at judges,” he said. “If Barack Obama is sitting in the White House four years from now … he will have changed the complexion of the United States Supreme Court for decades. … is that what we want?” He asked. The crowd shouted back, “No!” The decision for president “will come down to Ohio,” DeWine told the crowd.

@2:43 p.m.: Congressman Mike Turner and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine are addressing the crowd. Turner gave a “shout out” to those who attended the same high school he did. he asked, “Who’s going to control the out-of-control spending in Washington … and who are we going to greet with a warm Ohio welcome?” The crowd shouted, “Romney.”

@2:36 p.m.: Ohio Senator Peggy Lehner, R-Kettering, is speaking to the crowd.

@2:33 p.m.: A fifth-grader is leading the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance. @2:30 p.m.: Ohio Auditor Dave Yost introduces a pastor from a church who led the group in prayer. It is followed by a singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

@2:15 p.m.: Country music singer Lee Greenwood is singing for the crowd of hundreds at the event near the Wright Brothers Aero hangar at the Dayton International Airport.

@1 p.m.: Vendors are hawking T-shirts, hats, buttons and more, both along McCauley Drive and inside the airplane hangar. The Romney-Ryan plane is out on the tarmac, near where the speech is to be delivered.

@ Noon: Doors open to the public.

@11 a.m.: Attendees are lined up outside along McCauley Drive to get through security checks. Several local Republican candidates, including Ohio Rep. Jim Butler and Montgomery County commission candidate Dave Vore are campaigning outside the event. Outside the entrance to the event two people in reindeer costumes waved signs. One said “Romney Fire Half of the Reindeer” and the other “Romney Bankrupted KB Toys, Stage Dept. and North Pole.” They were playing off a quote from former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland at the Democratic National Convention earlier this month when he said if Mitt Romney were Santa Claus he would “fire the reindeer” and “outsource the elves.”

@9:30 a.m.: Secret Service, Dayton Regional Bomb Squad and other agencies are putting security measures in place.

Al Franken: What happens to his Senate seat if he resigns?

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 8:16 AM

What You Need To Know About Al Franken

Sen. Al Franken, (D-Minn.), will make an announcement on the floor of the U.S. Senate Thursday as to whether he will resign his seat amid allegations of sexual misconduct.

Franken is expected to speak at 11:45 a.m. ET.

Franken has been accused of inappropriate conduct by several women. On Wednesday, more than 20 fellow senators called for Franken to resign.

What happens to his seat if he does? Here’s a look at the process of filling the seat.


A person who would be a senator from Minnesota must:

Be at least 30 years old

Be a resident of Minnesota

Be a U.S. citizen for at least nine years

Who makes the decision on a replacement?

According to state law, Minnesota’s governor is authorized to fill the vacancy if a senator resigns. The governor, Democrat Mark Dayton, can make temporary appointments to fill Senate vacancies, but a special election must be held to fill the seat until the next scheduled election of that seat is held.

When would a special election be held in this case?

In Minnesota, if the seat is vacated at least 11 weeks before a scheduled primary, then a special election must be held the following November. There is a primary set for Aug. 14, 2018, in Minnesota, so that would mean that a special election would have to be held in November 2018 if Franken resigns before May 29, 2018. Minnesota’s other senator, Amy Klobuchar, (D), is up for re-election in that election.

The winner of the special election would serve out Franken’s term, which ends in January 2021. If that person wants to stay in the seat for the six-year term that begins in January 2021, he or she would have to face re-election in November 2020. 

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) looks over his papers during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands, on Capitol Hill November 14, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)(Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Atheists erect billboard saying church is ‘fake news’

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 7:23 AM

Atheist Billboards Spark Controversy In New Mexico

A billboard in Albuquerque is turning heads this Christmas season., the website for American Atheists, has purchased billboard space touting “Just skip church it’s all fake news!”

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Nick Fish, a member of American Atheists, told KRQE, “It’s a great way for us to in a kind of lighthearted way start those conversations and get people talking.”

People were talking about the sign, but maybe not the way the group intended.

Connie Lindsay told KRQE, “I think it’s terrible, because Christmas is almost here for one thing and that’s not the way I wish to celebrate the holidays.”

But others agreed with the sign.

“I myself am an atheist so gonna have to concur with that,” Devon Gutierrez told KRQE.

The sign is meant, according to Fish, to not only get people to think critically about the message conveyed by religion, but also to remind people. “Christianity or any other religion doesn’t have a monopoly on December. So, our message here is, however you want to celebrate it, go ahead and do that,” Fish said.

Similar billboards were scheduled to be installed in Texas, NBC News reported.

Billboards were scheduled to be put up in Oklahoma, but they were not permitted by the billboard company, NBC News reported.

U.S. Navy sailor sketched Pearl Harbor attack before he was killed in action

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 8:40 AM

VIDEO: Sailor Sketched Pearl Harbor Attack Before He was Killed in Action

Leonard Franklin Tomlinson lived and served in an age before social media, and the image he left behind is less ephemeral and certainly more meaningful than the slew of selfies we all serve up today.

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Man saves wild rabbit from California wildfires

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 9:53 AM

Scenes from Southern California Wildfire

A California man risked his life to save a wild rabbit among the flames in the state’s wildfires.

KABC reported that a video posted to social media shows the unidentified man dressed in shorts and a hoodie running after the rabbit in La Conchita, California. 

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Witnesses said the man pulled over to save the wild rabbit along Highway 1 in Southern California’s Ventura Country, according to ABC News

The man could be seen jumping up and down in a panic before crouching down into the bush and attempting to grab the animal. The rabbit ultimately allowed the man to pick it up.
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The man did not want to be interviewed.

The Thomas fire started Monday and has since grown to 90,000 acres. It has prompted evacuations across the region.