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Romney Mentions Neil Armstrong During RNC Acceptance Speech

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TAMPA, Fla. – During his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention (RNC) at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Aug. 30, Mitt Romney highlighted the accomplishments of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the Moon who passed away on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012. During his acceptance speech, Romney said the following:

“The soles of Neil Armstrong’s boots on the Moon made permanent impressions on our souls… God bless Neil Armstrong.”

Romney’s comments were made to highlight the concept of American exceptionalism. However, on the campaign trail Romney said the following concerning what he would do if a business executive:

“If I had a business executive come to me and say I want to spend a few hundred billion dollars to put a colony on the moon, I’d say, ‘You’re fired,” Romney said during a debate held in Jacksonville in response to then-candidate Newt Gingrich’s comments on space.


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Written by Jason Rhian

Jason Rhian gained Bachelor’s Degrees in journalism and public relations from the University of South Florida and spent countless hours volunteering with NASA and other space groups to gain experience. He has interned with NASA twice. Once at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) press site in 2007 and with NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) in 2009.

Jason has worked with a number of space-related groups and events - including Google Lunar X-PRIZE team Omega Envoy, the 2009 International Space Development Conference and NASA's KSC press site. Jason has covered over 30 launches. His work has been published in Aviation Week & Space Technology, The Spaceport News and online with,,,, Universe Today and other websites.

Whereas some journalists are comfortable repurposing a press release and using imagery provided to them by the public relations arm of that organization – Jason has made a habit of getting behind the pre-approved announcements to cover the events first hand. He covered President Obama’s remarks live from Kennedy Space Center in April 2010. Jason also flew out to Utah to cover the test fire of Alliant Techsystems second test of the company’s Development Motor-2 (DM-2). More recently, he sat in the backseat of history, flying on NASA’s Shuttle Training Aircraft with STS-135 Commander Chris Ferguson as he trained for the last mission of the space shuttle era during the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT).


  1. This is a great site except for these ventures into politics. It’s a shame that some writers use this site as their own personal internet bullhorn. Articles like this serve no useful purpose and enlighten no one.

    • Hey John,

      The site and it’s writers and editors try to be balanced. It would be helpful to us in our future work if you would point out to us where we were not so in this case.


      Jim Hillhouse
      Sr. Editor

  2. Or, seen in another light, pointing out a man who played a key role in what was a great national accomplishment as a means of inspiring us to once again explore.

    Jim Hillhouse

  3. John,

    I’m a moderate & don’t have a political “bullhorn.” Given the interest in this year’s election – Romney’s statement is topical and therefore newsworthy & the blurb mentions both Romney’s comments last night & on the campaign trail – which highlights potentially positive and negative aspects of his statement – it is therefore unbiased. This along with the fact that the same attention would be paid to Obama’s comments at the DNC convention make your comments baseless and inaccurate. Part of being unbiased means that BOTH sides express their points of view and have them debated – not just your own.

    Sincerely, Jason Rhian

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