Here in Tampa Tea Party members and 912 members gathered from throughout the entire Tampa Bay region to celebrate a very hot but fun day at Raymond James Stadium. Keynote speaker Sen. Marco Rubio was joined by Ralph Reed (Faith and Freedom Coalition), Apryl Marie Fogel (Americans for Prosperity), Michael Pinson (Americans for Freedom), Ed Braddy (American Dream Coalition), Amy Kremmer (Tea Party Express) and Dr. David McKalip (Neurosergeon and Health Care activist).
We also managed to score a couple of counter-protesters-a charming lady in a NARAL tee shirt and a man with a bullhorn wearing a white doctor's coat. I assume he was representing abortion doctors since he was with the pro death chic. Her sign reads, "TEABGGERS CORPORATE TOOLS and too dumb to realize it." Glad she decided to keep it classy.
While all the speakers did a wonderful job it was Marco that everyone was waiting to see and he did not disappoint. The video is not as clear as I would have liked and on several occasions Marco is obscured by a flag. There was no way I was going to ask a man who had proudly held up an American flag for hours in 90 degree weather to move so I just made do. In any case, it is Rubio's words we came to hear and he gave one very rousing speech. And now, I am taking my very tired, very sunburnt self to bed.