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Mitt Romney’s Night: ‘We Believe in America’
Posted By Joe Kaufman On August 31, 2012 @ 12:44 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 50 Comments
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.
He described America as “a nation of immigrants,” comprised of those who are “the children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the ones who wanted a better life.” He spoke glowingly about his father, who had come to America by way of Mexico where he was born. His words about his mother touched the heart of everyone listening. And he took a jab at those who previously criticized his wife for being a homemaker, when he said, “Her job as a mom was a lot more important than mine. Ann would have succeeded in anything she wanted to do.”
He said that he wished President Obama would have succeeded, “because I want America to succeed.” He asked, “Is it any wonder that someone that attacks success has led the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression?” And he received huge applause, when he stated, “In America we celebrate success, we don’t apologize for success.”
Romney stated his five plans for American recovery. They are: 1. Energy independence; 2. School choice; 3. New trade agreements; 4. Cutting the deficit and balancing the budget; and 5. Repealing ObamaCare.
He brought up foreign policy, including the issue of Iran, a subject that had not come up all convention long. He said that Americans are less safe today, because President Obama “has failed to slow Iran’s nuclear threat.” He said that he will be tough on Russia and that Obama “threw Israel under the bus.”
He stated that Barack Obama began his presidency with an “apology tour,” claiming that Obama said America “had dictated to other nations.” To this Governor Romney replied, “No, Mr. President, America has freed other nations from dictators.”
And Governor Romney made the case for his presidency, when he said, “This President cannot tell us that you are better off today than when he took office.” Few if any watching could have made the claim that Mitt Romney did not look presidential during his speech.
Those few might have been the scaremongering commentators on MSNBC. The worst of the bunch was Chris Matthews, who repeatedly accused the former Governor of being “jingoistic” for bringing up Iran. The past two days, Matthews insinuated that both Paul Ryan and Rick Santorum were racists.
MSNBC’s entire coverage of the Republican convention was an absolute disgrace, and much of the blame can be laid at the feet of the NBC network and its executives for allowing the behavior to take place. While people like Matthews, Maddow and Sharpton charged the Republican Party with extremism, the real extremists were they themselves.
Regardless of the hate from the Left, those in the Republican Party did what they needed to do during their 2012 convention. They explained to the voters of America who Mitt Romney is, and they made the case for why Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan should be the next President and Vice President of the United States of America.
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