Colorado Gov. Bill Owens highlighted today's convention. Wonder if Ramsey's were there and how Owens feels about John Ramsey running for office ...when he clearly ran and hid behind his lawyers after Owens asked him to come back to Colorado. Ironic isn't it.... John coming to him...to run for office..no less...*unbelievable* From todays news.... Colorado Gov. Bill Owens was the keynote speaker at the convention, held at DeVos Place. The new downtown convention center bears the name of Amway Corp. co-founder and billionaire Rich DeVos, Betsy DeVos' father-in-law. Owens called this year's presidential election the most important in at least 20 years. He said it will be won on two major issues: the economy and the war on terrorism. "Our economy is coming back. It's coming back strong," he said. "It's coming back strong because of President Bush's common-sense tax cuts." The Oval Office requires a tough leader, something the Democratic presidential candidate is not, the Colorado governor said. "John Kerry would wait for a permission slip to be filled out by the United Nations and initialed by France" before rebuilding Iraq, said Owens, who then segued into a couple of jokes at France's expense. "You know why they planted those big trees along the boulevard in Paris? So the invading armies could march in the shade," he said. "You know why the new French navy has glass-bottom boats? So it can see the old French navy." The jokes drew laughter and applause from many of the roughly 2,000 people in attendance. Convention-goers selected 63 delegates to attend the Republican National Convention in New York City this summer, and elected a new national committeewoman, a high-profile campaigning and fund-raising position. Holly Hughes, a Montague resident and treasurer of the Muskegon County Republican Party, unseated Sharon Wise, who had held the position as Michigan's female GOP representative to the Republican National Committee since 1997. Wise, an Owosso gourmet deli owner, pledged in her concession speech to keep working for Bush's re-election, and urged Republicans to support Hughes. Chuck Yob, the state GOP's national committeeman since 1989, was re-elected without opposition.