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A great speech by Marco Rubio, proud moments with Olympians, appearances by Jeb and Newt, and an unusual performance by Clint Eastwood – set all of that aside. This was Mitt Romney’s night, and all who watched, save the far-left media, must have sensed that he shone like a President.
Thursday night was the final night of the Republican Convention 2012. The focus was on getting to know who Mitt Romney is – the man behind the politician. Before that could take place, some well-known faces from the GOP were presented to the anticipating crowd.
A touching video of Ronald Reagan was shown, followed by Newt and Callista Gingrich comparing Obama to Carter and Romney to Reagan. Newt stated that both Obama and Carter “weakened America’s confidence in itself and our hope for a better future.” Jeb Bush spoke of the need for School Choice. “You can either help the politically powerful unions or you can help the kids,” he stated.
Telling the story of Mitt Romney were members of Romney’s church, former business associates, including from Bain Capital and Staples, gold medal-awarded Olympians, his son Craig, and leaders from his Massachusetts gubernatorial staff.
At the 10:00 hour (Eastern), Clint Eastwood took the stage and proceeded to ad lib a conversation with President Obama, who was represented by an empty chair. At times, it got a rise from the crowd – “We own this country. Politicians are employees of ours.” And “When somebody doesn’t do the job, we gotta let him go.” But other moments didn’t seem appropriate.
Eastwood was followed by Marco Rubio, who introduced the man of the hour, Mitt Romney. Rubio is an excellent speaker and a star among Hispanics, a crowd that the GOP worked hard to reach during this convention. His speech contained a number of applause lines. He described Obama’s policies as “tired and old big government ideas, ideas that people come to America to get away from.” He stated that Obama’s “Hope and Change has become Divide and Conquer.” And of his father, who was a banquet bartender, he said, “He stood behind a bar in the back of the room all those years, so one day I could stand behind a podium in the front of a room.”
Rubio was an amazing warm-up act for the man who might very well soon be the leader of the free world. Mitt Romney truly brought the house down and uplifted everyone inside of it.
Romney spoke like a man of compassion and conviction, a man of strength and dignity. He spoke like a leader. He looked and sounded like a president, and similar to Rubio, Governor Romney had a number of memorable lines.
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