msnbc | August 30, 2012
>> the newly-minted presidential and vice presidential nominees of the republican party , mitt romney and paul ryan joined by their wives on stage. the balloons are starting to fall. in tampa bay , a cover maybe of james brown brown's "living in america" playing there. reverend al sharpton is seated at my right. talk loudly.
>> great consternation.
>> mr. romney 's speech, a long speech in print but one that he read very, very fast. he rushed through the speech. quite a lot of energy. started with a lot of personal details. mr. romney appearing to get a little emotional, even choked up when describing the love between his mother and his fare father. he talked about hiring a lot of women in his administration in massachusetts, he reminisced about his own children, raising his own children, his time with his children and grandchildren, and then on to a stump speech that was slashing and negative, that had the crowd chanting "no, no, no" repeatedly. mr. romney at one point saying, when the world needs someone to do the really big stuff, you need an american. he also chided president obama for having almost no experience working in a business. he said he was there for essentially not qualified to be president. he took off without the basic qualification that most americans had, he had almost no experience working a business. he stands there with his vice presidential nominee paul ryan . i turn now to my colleague, chris matthews , who is in tampa. chris, what's your reaction in.
>> well, i thought it was -- as you said a while ago tonight, he's better on the positive than he is on the negative. i thought his tribute to his mother, who was by the way pro choice and ran for the senate, was wonderful. and i thought his tribute to the american free enterprise system was positive and wonderful and there was stuff at the end that began to be very dark, very anti-scientific and really no-nothing, attacking the president for his concern over climate change was pretty much -- a pretty bad line. i mean, should we be concerned about it or not, but to mock it and trying to raise -- or keep the sea level from rising, making fun of that. going after war, it was such a war-footed speech, i bet it was written by one of those real hawks because he really wants to go to war, it seems, strong, strong militaristic language. why build this indignation? i thought it was a cold war speech and i think it was bad for the country in that way. very bad to get us into a war-like mentality, talking about the russians in a way that they are our enemies again. what's the point of all that except to just savor rattle and i think it's bad for the country and i think on science and war and peace , i think this was bad. on the other, parents and his kids, it was all very nice.