TAMPA, Fla. (8/29/12)--Official Republican National Convention (RNC) events started at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, but Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and state league staff spread out to represent credit unions at events beginning early morning.
CUNA Executive Vice President John Magill (left) attends an RNC event to honor Junior Achievement's long service to promoting youth financial literacy, an issue near and dear to the hearts of credit unions across the nation and to CUNA and the state credit union leagues, as well. Sponsored by the Financial Services Roundtable, whose Scott Talbot is shown with Magill, the event drew many, including two members of the U.S. House Financial Services Committee. (CUNA Photo)
For instance, in nearby St. Petersburg at an event sponsored by the Financial Services Roundtable to honor Junior Achievement (JA), CUNA Executive Vice President John Magill, League of Southeastern Credit Unions League Vice President of Governmental Affairs Jared Ross, and the league's director of governmental affairs, Jason Cochran, represented credit unions at the session to highlight JA's work to promote financial literacy among the nation's youth. Financial literacy is a top priority issue for the nation's credit unions.
Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), a long-time supporter of credit union issues and a sponsor of legislation to increase the credit union business lending cap, attended and addressed the event. Royce, a high-ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee, was joined at the Roundtable event by fellow committee member, Rep. Bill Huizenga, a freshman congressman from Michigan.
Also, CUNA was prominent at the National Journal Group's Tuesday briefing program, entitled, "The Election in Numbers: A conversation with Leading Pollsters." CUNA is a sponsor of the daily briefings and the CUNA logo is featured each day, with other sponsors', behind the speakers and before the TV cameras.
Tuesday's National Journal Group session featured Ron Kaufman, senior adviser of the Romney Campaign, who was interviewed by Ron Fournier of National Journal
and John Dickerson of CBS.
That interview was followed by a panel scheduled to include:
- Kellyanne Conway, founder and president, the polling company inc./WomenTrend;
- Whit Ayres, North Star Opinion Research; and.
- Ed Goeas, The Tarrance Group.
CUNA and the leagues also had coveted passes for the Tampa Bay Times Forum, the RNC venue, to be in attendance for the day's activities. While the convention opened Monday, the real action moved to Tuesday when at 2 p.m. there were opening procedural steps, appointment of convention committees, and remarks by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.
The day's speakers list was extensive, combining the names of those postponed--when Monday's activities were abbreviated to a simple calling to order and adjournment because of storm Isaac concerns at the time--with those already scheduled for this day.
Also on Tuesday there was a roll call to nominate the party's candidate for president of the United States and for his vice presidential running mate. Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, as expected, secured the nominations. They are expected to accept today.
Also, Tuesday's speaker lineup included:
- House Speaker John Boehner;
- Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum;
- U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire;
- Ohio Gov. John Kasich;
- Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin;
- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker;
- Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval;
- South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley; and,
- First lady of Puerto Rico Lucé Vela Gutierrez.
And in the prime time, 10 p.m., hour were:
• Ann Romney; and,
• New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.