|Al Cardenas and 3 Romney Sons|
|Gov Susan Martinez|
|Sen Marco Rubio|
|HM PM John Howard|
|Rep Ron Paul and Paul Beaudry|
|Min Tony Clement MP John Carmichael Min Peter Van Loen|
|Super Blogger Dana Loesch|
|Josh Bolten Condi Rice Rep Kay Granger Contance Berry Newman|
|Sen Pat Toomey|
|Sen John McCain|
|Sen Norm Coleman|
|Mps Andrew Saxon John Carmichael nnd Bob Dechert|
I had an amazing time in Tampa last week. I attended the Republicans Abroad, IDU program. It was amazing to hear from journalists, Romney campaign insiders and many GOP politicians. I got to meet and ask Ron Paul a question. I asked him why he was against NAFTA. Ron Paul said he thought Canada was doing pretty well. I attende several International Republican Institute policy events on foreign policy with speakers like Condi Rice and Norm Coleman. It was great to meet Center right MPs from around the world( New Zealand, Canada, South Korea, Venezuela, Nicaragua...) I made lots of new friends. I spoke to the head of the IDU John Howard several times. It was amazing to speak to Dan Hannan and HM PM Howard about closer Anglosphere and Commonwealth ties. It was great talking to Lord Ashcroft of Conservative home and Baroness Warsi. He wanted "real" free trade. I also met Senator McCain, who was amazing. I wish this McCain was running in 2008. He was bright, funny and very likeable. I was impressed by the vast sums of money being spent by both parties. I loved Ann Romney's speech. I was very impressed by both Congreesman Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney. I am much more hopeful that obama can be defeated and the US put back on a center right path.
There were many great parties including Homocon 2012 of which I was a co sponsor. Homocon is the GoProud party. I got some ideas for our next Fabulous Blue Tent party at the 2013 Tory Convention. I'm not sure if we will have scantily clad dancing boys and girls though. I often got home after 1 AM , which is why I haven't blogged much. I was impressed with the kindness and hospitality that greted us at all events and by even average convention goers. i was equally impressed by the paucity of protesters and their complete ineffectiveness. The final prayer was given by Cardinal Dolan.
It was an amazing week!!!