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Former senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania discussed how America gave his father, a coal-miner, “more than he had ever hoped.” He said that “under President Obama, the dream of freedom and opportunity has become a nightmare.” As well, Santorum touched on social issues, which he has been known for. He stated, “If America is going to succeed, we must stop the assault on marriage and the family today.” And he received a huge round of applause when he said that there is one party – the Republican Party – “reaching out to all of G-d’s children, born and unborn.”
Artur Davis, former Democratic Congressman from Alabama and former co-chair of the 2008 Obama campaign, stated that the last time he had spoken at a convention, “it turned out I was in the wrong place.” He gave a heartfelt message to Democrat-registered viewers. He said, “Ask yourself if these Democrats still care for you.” He compared President Kennedy who asked, “What can you do for your country?” to President Obama, “What can government give you?” Davis stated, “This is no dark hour. This is the dawn before we remember who we are… 2008 to 2011 – lesson learned. 2012 – mistake corrected.”
Governor Nikki Haley (R-SC) called President Obama “shameful and not worthy of the promise of America” for the President’s suing of Boeing, after the company had created thousands of jobs in South Carolina and Washington state. She proudly stated that South Carolina “fought and won.”
There were many women speakers during this first night, and that was capped off with Ann Romney, who appeared to huge applause. The theme of her talk was love. She also had a message for women. “I love you women, and I hear your voices,” she enthusiastically announced. And of course, she discussed her feelings towards her husband Mitt. She unequivocally stated, “This is the man America needs. This man will not fail.” It was that statement that received the loudest applause. Once her talk was over, Mitt came out to kiss her.
Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) was the keynote speaker. He discussed how his mom taught him to speak the truth and how she stressed respect over love. He said that Americans are “paralyzed by our desire to be loved.” He also discussed education reform and stated, “We need politicians who care more about doing something and less about being something.” He said that there is “absentee leadership” in the White House and that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will change that.
While the GOP convention projected for the most part a positive vibe, leftist pundits from MSNBC took aim at the participants. Ed Schultz said that Chris Christie appeared “angry” during his speech. Chris Matthews compared Christie to a “loudmouth Irishman from New York” and described Mitt Romney’s demeanor as “bizarre.” Rachel Maddow insinuated that Rick Santorum was racist, and Matthews said that Santorum’s talk of “welfare and food stamps” is racist code.
MSNBC also targeted those who were not speakers at the convention. Matthews and Maddow assailed Donald Trump for what they call his “birtherism” and “birther thing.” Schultz labeled Trump and Sarah Palin as “crazies.”
All of these attacks came off as petty and immature and took nothing away from the optimistic atmosphere at the convention. If anything, they helped the Republican cause.
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