GOP plans Armstrong tribute
August 26th, 2012
01:14 PM ET
10 years ago

GOP plans Armstrong tribute

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - Republicans planned Sunday to pay tribute to the late astronaut Neil Armstrong, who was the first person to walk on the moon.

Republican National Convention officials put together a video tribute to the astronaut using the 13 LED panels that are part of the stage where Mitt Romney is scheduled Thursday to formally accept the GOP nomination.

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The stage is in the Tampa Bay Times Forum, which is currently empty except for workers putting the final touches on the convention and the media broadcasting live shows.

The first day of the convention was canceled by officials, because of the threat of Tropical Storm Isaac. The Romney campaign plans to start the convention on Tuesday.

Armstrong, 82, died Saturday, "following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures," according to his family."

Tune it to CNN's documentary "Romney Revealed: Family, Faith and the Road to Power," with Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger, debuting Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET on CNN.

soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Ted

    Yeah the GOP, a profoundly anti-science, anti-progressive party gives a heck about NEil. All for political points.

    August 26, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  2. The Elephant In The Room

    This type of exploitation for political purposes is what I dislike about the GOP. I hope Armstrong`s family busts them out over this.

    August 26, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  3. Thomas

    No one party owns a man , or an accomplishment and commitment that took so many to achieve.

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA History Office. The Decision to Go to the Moon: President John F. Kennedy's May 25, 1961

    Was this not a Government achievement , that created and discovered ?

    If you think Bain Capital is the same as NASA , vote Romney 2012.

    August 26, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  4. Darryls brother Darryl

    I can think of another Armstong that should be given a nod as well.

    August 26, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. David

    First we should salute Mr. Armstrong an American Hero and it is fitting to honor his accomplishments. But we also need to understand the irony of the RNC at the "We Built That" convention honoring one of the biggest and most successful government endeavors and one of the primary participants in that.

    August 26, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  6. W.G.

    In their speech I hope they mention the future Disabled Veterans Budget Cuts they┬┤ll be making .

    August 26, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |