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Party Spirit Alive With Young Republicans

HOLLYWOOD -- The Buzz is at the Young Republicans National Convention at the posh Westin Diplomat in Hollywood where – hours later – the well-dressed crowds are still electrified by former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson’s appearance earlier in the day.

At least three GOP presidential hopefuls made stops during the four-day event: U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter of California, Thompson of Tennessee and former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney, who is giving a keynote speech tonight. To read more, Fox 13 in Tampa is blogging the event.

For the campaigns, a convention that brings together active conservatives aged 18 to 39 (average age is 21) is like a political draft for volunteers.

“This is the backbone of the campaigns,” said Glenn Murphy, an Indiana GOPer who was elected as the group's national chairman earlier today.  While party faithful nationwide are sulking, Murphy described the mood here as upbeat for 2008. “The age of apathy is over,” he said. “We are the children of Reagan.”

Buzz spotted Gov. Charlie Crist, who was one name mentioned during Romney's West Palm speech this morning as a possible good vice presidential candidate.

-- John Frank

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:38pm]


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