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The room is a buzz... everyone is returning from dinner and seem to be upbeat.
BTW... side note here. More people than I can count have come up voluntarily saying that they are fans of the column. Which is good to know since - THIS IS MY CROWD!
SPOTTED: Blumenthal - Olbermann's sidekick - no doubt doing interviews to later slice and dice and out of context make the Bible Thumpers look stupid...
PACKED HOUSE for Romney speech...
Just about every seat filled and standing room only in the press area...
7:34pm - Feel good "Home" video from Ann Romney kicks it off...
7:35pm - Jay Sekulow to introduce... Man is he short, it's like Ziggy lookin' over the wall. Out of the shoot he praises Mitt's stand for marriage. Romney walks out to a standing ovation...
7:37pm - Thanks much all the way around... "protecting families" out of his mouth inside of 6 seconds... "I'm pro-family on every level - personal, professional AND political!"
7:38pm - "America's future will not be determined by heads of state but heads of households..."
7:38pm - quotes C.S. Lewis and invokes "Judao-Christian" quickly...
7:38pm - "Family is the economic engine of the society... touts statts demonstrating the value a Mother and Father brings to the kids, for child-rearing, illness, etc."
7:39pm - "A society is wealthier, healthier, and happier when it has strong families..."
7:39pm - "The most important work that goes on today is the work that goes on in the four walls of the American home..."
7:39pm - "Two parents are always the ideal for raising a family in America's society..."
7:40pm - "Ann and I are going to use the bully pulpit of America to teach children that before they make babies they should get married."
7:40pm - "68% of black kids are now born out of wedlock, and hats off to Bill Cosby for telling it how it is."
7:42pm - "If Ann gets to be first lady - her mission will be to encourage kids to stay in school, save sex for marriage, get married before having babies..."
7:43pm - "If I'm elected President I will outline policy that will encourage marriage not punish it!"
LOTS OF APPLAUSE so far - after almost every point...
7:43pm - "The tax penalty against marriage is OFFENSIVE!"
7:44pm - "If I become president I will reinstate the family impact statement."
7:44pm - "I will look to reinforce the rights of parents against schools that tramples those rights. No school should have the right to force second graders to read fairy tales about same-sex marriage."
7:45pm - "I will work to pass a marriage amendment to keep the institution defined as a relationship between one man and one woman."
7:47pm - "Every child deserves a MOTHER and a FATHER!"
7:47pm - "No longer just a Massachusetts issue, Iowa judge said that current marriage law serves only to harm same-sex couples..."
7:48pm - A federal marriage amendment is the only way we can protect marriage from being redefined unelected judges!
7:48pm - I WILL BE a pro-life president! Protect life and its sanctity... oppose military abortion, international aid abortions, oppose tax-payer funded abortions... and raise awareness of "snowflake babies."
7:49pm - "On every piece of legislation I came down every time on the side of life!"
7:50pm - "I know I'm a convert on this cause, but we WILL WIN this battle for the sanctity of human life!"
7:50pm - "I'm gonna fight the modern plague of internet pornography especially as it affects our kids!"
7:50pm - will push internet filter legislation...
7:51pm - And on internet predators: ONE STRIKE and you're ours - long prison sentences and ankle bracelets for the rest of your life...
7:51pm - "Young kids who have dinner five nights a week with their parents are six times less likely to use drugs..."
7:52pm - "I fixed health care in Massachusetts"
7:52pm - "Federal tax credit for homeschooling parents, I want to give them that credit to help defray the cost of those educational expenses..."
7:53pm - No capital gains tax on families of $200,000 or less...
7:54pm - The attack of the anti-religion religion of secularism has to come to an end. "We are a Nation Under God and we must have the right to live our life in Him!"
7:54pm - "Harry Reid is a bad example of Mormonism..."
7:55pm - "The three legs of the Republican Stool - defense conservatives, economic conservatives, and social conservatives."
7:56pm - "We're not going to beat Hillary Clinton by acting like Hillary Clinton!"
7:56pm - "This is a unique nation. It is essential to this nation for the family to remain strong."
7:57pm - "You know what we have to do and I can't wait until we can do it together!"