Madam Secretary…We are from the real Washington, Washington State. Yeah, we’re not from the Washington that is leading us to bankruptcy. We’re from the Evergreen State…the state that’s green with trees, not with other people’s money…and we cast five votes for Congressman Ron Paul. And we enthusiastically cast thirty-eight votes for the next president of the United States, Mitt Romney.
— Former Republican standard bearer Dino Rossi, who has lost three campaigns for statewide office (governor in 2004, governor in 2008, U.S. Senate in 2010), delivering Washington’s response to the roll call at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.