Despite some dust-ups that drew national attention, Steve Fair said he was pleased with the outcomes of this year's Republican Convention and with his first meeting as a member of the Republican National Committee.
Fair, who is chairman of the Stephens County Republican Party and also chair of the Fourth Congressional District Republicans, was a delegate to the 2012 Convention in Tampa, Fla., and he said the four-day event ended on a high note, as the convention concluded Thursday night with the acceptance speech of presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
"I thought he knocked it out of the park. He did what he needed to do," Fair said Friday as he was preparing to leave Tampa, noting that Romney included all the necessary specifics in his speech. "I think he did very well."
Romney passed by delegation
A special treat for the Oklahoma delegation: Members were standing only 30 feet from where Romney entered the convention hall.
"When he walked up the aisle, several of our delegates got to shake his hand. Unfortunately, I wasn't on the end of the aisle," Fair said, of missing his opportunity with Romney as the candidate headed up the floor for his acceptance speech.
Fair noted that Romney hit all the crucial issues in his speech: Social, abortion, economic, foreign policy and "I think he was very thorough."
He said most of the Oklahoma delegation was pleased with the Republican platform, even the "Libertarian-leaning people, they all liked the platform. It was debated very little. That proves in and of itself we agree," Fair said, noting that there may be differences of opinion, but in the end, Republicans are united.
"We have a common opponent that we need to go after, and that's Obama. He's really the person we need to concentrate on. It's his failed policies that got us into this mess. We have to concentrate on getting united and staying united through November."