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August 31, 2012 / needhamgrassroots

ThinkProgress liveblogs the RNC Convention

Almost as good as MST3K. Get facts and counterpoint from ThinkProgress, in real time, here. A sampling of their posts early in the evening:

8:06: Bush touts Romney’s education record in Massachusetts, where his policies have been described as “inconsequential.” Here is Romney’s impact:

8:05: Bush says that “every child in America has equal opportunity.” That’s true, though Romney has previously said that students should only get “as much education as they can afford.”

8:04: Jeb Bush called the GOP’s tax and immigration policies “short sighted.”

8:03: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is up. For some strange reason, the RNC did not include Jeb’s somewhat more famous brother on it’s schedule this year.

7:58: Just yesterday, Ann Romney said that Hispanics would vote Republican “if they could just get past some of their biases.”

7:58: Mitt’s son Craig is trying to endear his father to Hispanic voters, hoping that they’ll ignore Romney’s promise to encourage self-deportation of undocumented immigrants.

7:57: Romney says he won’t let Hispanics down during a short video. Too bad he won’t tell them if he’d rescind President Obama’s DREAM directive.

7:54: Obama didn’t gut the work requirement in welfare reform, as Gingrich himself has admitted. “We have no proof today,” he told CNN.

7:53: The welfare reform that the Gingriches are touting has actually been a failure.

7:51: Gingrich praised Romney’s energy plan as a good way to use America’s energy resources, but Romney’s plan would give the five largest oil companies over $4 billion annually in new and existing tax breaks paid with taxpayer dollars.

7:48: Next up are Newt and Callista Gingrich. Newt has called Mitt Romney “a liar” just months ago, and he blasted Paul Ryan’s 2011 plan to phase out Medicare as “right-wing social engineering.”

7:46: Here is the Reagan clip they wont’ show:

7:46: Romney wasn’t always such a Reagan fan: “I was an Independent during the time of Reagan/Bush. I’m not trying to return to Reagan/Bush,” he said while challenging Teddy Kennedy on October 25, 1994:

7:45: Reagan tribute video time! Republicans forget that the 40th president raised taxes 11 times and nearly tripled the federal budget deficit.

7:43: Mack didn’t vote for Paul Ryan’s latest budget, explaining back in April: “I was here in Florida campaigning… You know that budget was a joke, doesn’t balance the budget for years.”

7:43: Mack cites Neil Armstrong and other American dreamers whose dreams would never have been realized without investment and help from the government.

7:39: Rep. Connie Mack (R-FL) voted for Paul Ryan’s 2011 plan to phase out Medicare, and he cosponsored along with Ryan and Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) the bill that introduced America to the term “forcible rape.”

7:00: Republicans had initially intended to include a hologram of Ronald Reagan in the festivities, but nixed the idea out of fear that he would overshadow Romney.

7:00: Media reports confirm that Clint Eastwood is tonight’s mystery speaker. Here is everything you need to know about his politics.

7:00: Ryan told a lot of big lies on Wednesday. Tonight it’s Romney’s turn. As he prepares to deliver his acceptance speech, ThinkProgress has compiled a Viewer’s Guide comparing what Romney says with the facts.

6:59: As you prepare for the final day of the Convention, consider Ryan’s ratings from last night: he attracted 17 million fewer viewers than Sarah Palin.

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