As the GOP convenes in Tampa for the 2012 Republican National Convention, the news media and blogosphere is alight with emotional discussions on how the campaigns are 'playing the race card', how the LGBT community is changing America, and how Hispanics are the key to victory in November.
The pandering, slandering, lying and begging are all at fever pitch.
This live blog -- a shared effort among HuffPost Gay Voices, HuffPost Black Voices, and HuffPost Latino Voices -- will highlight the issues, personalities, propaganda and truths that speak to these communities, to our communities, throughout the 2012 RNC.
We hope you'll join us and share your comments below.
08/30/2012 11:39 PM EDT
A Different Take On Romney's Speech
@ KarlFrisch :
Romney endorsed anti-gay discrimination AND religious bigotry in speech. Support LGBT candidates in 2012: http://t.co/O2oLcCMY #GOP2012
08/30/2012 11:38 PM EDT
The Final #negrospotting Count From RNC
@ baratunde :
Final #negrospotting count at #GOP2012 = 237. Maybe 60 of those were delegates or verifiable GOP
08/30/2012 11:08 PM EDT
An Adult In The Room Speaks
@ Ron_Christie :
Exactly what @MittRomney needs to do tonight: drawing stark contrasts between Obama's record and Romney's vision. #tcot #lnyhbt #gop2012
08/30/2012 10:38 PM EDT
Who's Dividing And Conquering More?
@ zachdcarter :
So Rubio excludes nonbelievers from America's ideals, and accuses Obama of "divide and conquer." #RNC2012
08/30/2012 10:34 PM EDT
No Doubt About It, Sen. Marco Rubio Is VERY Popular
@ HuffPostPol :
RT @gov: @MarcoRubio fueling 8,000+ Tweets per minute, easily topping @PaulRyanVP peak of 6,669 TPM last night. #GOP2012
08/30/2012 10:31 PM EDT
Got To Try And Win The Latino Vote Somehow
@ chucktodd :
Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and Craig Romney have all slipped some Spanish in their remarks tonight.
08/30/2012 10:31 PM EDT
Hilarious Tweet: Rubio Arrested!
@ TheDailyEdge :
BREAKING: Marco Rubio arrested by Sheriff Joe Arpaio #GOP2012
08/30/2012 10:23 PM EDT
Marco Rubio's Statement On American Exceptionalism By Birth Doesn't Make Sense
So, according to Marco Rubio, simply being born in the U.S. made him better...
Does that mean that those who were not born in the U.S., like his parents, are worse than everyone else born in the U.S.?
08/30/2012 10:19 PM EDT
Marco Rubio 2012 Speech - Full Text
Here are the remarks Marco Rubio plans to deliver this evening at the Republican convention in Tampa, Florida:
In 1980, I watched my first Republican Convention with my grandfather.
He was born to a farming family in rural Cuba. Childhood polio left him permanently disabled.
Because he couldn’t work the farm, his family sent him to school, and he became the only one in the family who could read.
As a boy, I would sit on our porch and listen to his stories about history, politics and baseball while he puffed on one of his three daily Padron cigars.
I don’t recall everything we talked about, but the one thing I remember, is the one thing he wanted me to never forget. The dreams he had when he was young became impossible to achieve.
But because I was an American, there was no limit to how far I could go.
For those of us who were born and raised in this country, it’s easy to forget how special America is. But my grandfather understood how different America is from the rest of world.
Tonight, you’ll hear from another man who understands what makes America exceptional.
Mitt Romney knows America’s prosperity didn’t happen because our government simply spent more. It happened because our people used their own money to open a business.
And when they succeed, they hire more people, who then invest or spend their money in the economy, helping others start a business and create jobs.
Mitt Romney’s success in business is well known. But he’s more than that.
He’s a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. A generous member of his community and church.
Everywhere he's been, he's volunteered his time and talent to make things better for those around him.
We are blessed that soon, he will be the President of the United States.
08/30/2012 10:13 PM EDT
Did They Not Realize It Was Historic? (No, Not Clint's Speech) #blackvoices #huffpostgay
@ elonjames :
Am I the only one who didn't appreciate the whole "Oprah was crying" and the crowd roared? Did they not realize it was historic? #GOP2012