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Mitt Romney at the Republican National Convention

After watching the speeches given over the past three days, it was only natural to wonder if Mitt Romney would be able to do his predecessors Mitt Romneyjustice. Ann Romney did a great job, as did Paul Ryan, and a host of other speakers. Thursday night’s programming was clearly designed to help introduce the real Mitt Romney to the rest of America. Many of us had not heard the stories we heard leading up to our nominee’s acceptance speech. We learned there is much more to the man than he has told. These are the stories Mitt Romney is not comfortable telling, stories about himself that reveal there is much more to his inner character than we have been led to believe.

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To be honest, Mitt Romney had a tough act to follow tonight. With Marco Rubio introducing him, and Clint Eastwood before that, it was no small task to pull off a convention speech that would fire up the Republican base, introduce our nominee to the rest of the country, and kick off a fall campaign that will hopefully unseat the most unsuccessful President since Jimmy Carter. In my humble and honest opinion, he did just that.

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Mitt Romney did what he needed to do tonight. In his acceptance speech, he highlighted exactly why we should vote for him on November 6. I keep coming back to this point, but let me reiterate it once more. Time after time, we have been told there is not a real and significant difference between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. Once again, I must beg to differ. Romney’s speech explained what many of those differences were. They are fundamental differences in the America each man believes in. The latter part of his speech tells these differences well. Quoted from a transcript at The Huffington Post.

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We will honor America’s democratic ideals because a free world is a more peaceful world. This is the bipartisan foreign policy legacy of Truman and Reagan. And under my presidency we will return to it once again.

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You might have asked yourself if these last years are really the America we want, the America won for us by the greatest generation.

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Does the America we want borrow a trillion dollars from China? No.

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Does it fail to find the jobs that are needed for 23 million people and for half the kids graduating from college? No.

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Are its schools lagging behind the rest of the developed world? No.

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And does the America we want succumb to resentment and division? We know the answer.

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The America we all know has been a story of the many becoming one, uniting to preserve liberty, uniting to build the greatest economy in the world, uniting to save the world from unspeakable darkness.

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Everywhere I go in America, there are monuments that list those who have given their lives for America. There is no mention of their race, their party affiliation, or what they did for a living. They lived and died under a single flag, fighting for a single purpose. They pledged allegiance to the UNITED States of America.

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That America, that united America, can unleash an economy that will put Americans back to work, that will once again lead the world with innovation and productivity, and that will restore every father and mother’s confidence that their children’s future is brighter even than the past.

That America, that united America, will preserve a military that is so strong, no nation would ever dare to test it.

That America, that united America, will uphold the constellation of rights that were endowed by our Creator, and codified in our Constitution.

That united America will care for the poor and the sick, will honor and respect the elderly, and will give a helping hand to those in need.

That America is the best within each of us. That America we want for our children.

If I am elected President of these United States, I will work with all my energy and soul to restore that America, to lift our eyes to a better future. That future is our destiny. That future is out there. It is waiting for us. Our children deserve it, our nation depends upon it, the peace and freedom of the world require it. And with your help we will deliver it. Let us begin that future together tonight.

In September, the blog that has grown into Political Realities will be five years old. I started writing in support of Mike Huckabee and one of his main rivals in that campaign was Mitt Romney. At the time, I was focused on trying to do what I could do for the Huckabee campaign and I was not a big fan of Mitt Romney. During this past primary, I voted for Ron Paul. I do not regret that vote. However, in the past several months, I have learned a lot about the man who is our nominee. As I mentioned in the opening paragraph, there is much more to him that meets the eye. His character and integrity were never in question, but I did wonder about some of his politics. Many, if not all, of those questions have been satisfied in my mind.

The differences between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are very real, the least of which is not our nominee’s vision of America. Even if I may still disagree with some of his politics, at least he wants to work to bring our country out of the hole it is in. Everything Barack Obama has done since taking office seems to have been focused on fundamentally changing the direction of America. I believe Mitt Romney will work, from his first day in office, to be the kind of President who inspires us to be the best we can be. He may not be Ronald Reagan, but there is a vast chasm between Mitt Romney and the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. I think I’ll bet on Mitt Romney.

About LD Jackson

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Founder and author of the political and news commentary blog Political Realities. I have always loved to write, but never have I felt my writing was more important than in this present day. If I have changed one mind or impressed one American about the direction our country is headed, then I will consider my endeavors a success. I take the tag line on this blog very seriously. Above all else, in search of the truth.

  • There are strong hints of Reagan in that speech… especially this part:

    That America, that united America, can unleash an economy that will put Americans back to work, that will once again lead the world with innovation and productivity, and that will restore every father and mother’s confidence that their children’s future is brighter even than the past.

    Does Romney have the charisma and message to get past the press which is hating on him more than they did McCain?

    Paul Ryan does… Eastwood made a good start… but ultimately it is Romney who must speak to Americans… he’s not a great natural speaker… I hope he makes his voice heard.

    • I thought Romney did a great job last night. He may not be a Ronald Reagan, more than ever, I am convinced he believes in America and what her citizens are able to accomplish.

  • Dragonconservative

    Oh, he did a great job. Wonderful speech. Mitt Romney 2012!

  • Great summary Larry. The night was definitely designed to show a different side of Mitt Romney and I think it worked well. Rubio took the stage and was terrific and as you said Romney had a tough act to follow. His speech was good, but not great, but I think he did what he had to do last night.

    • As long as I have known about Mitt Romney, the complaint has always been that he is stiff-necked, even stuck up. That he can not relate to every day Americans. I think last night’s program showed us just how untrue that really is. Was it just a production, put on by the Romney campaign, to showcase their candidate? Certainly, it was. That doesn’t make it any less true. I’ll have no problem casting my vote for Romney in November.

      • Steve Dennis

        I have to admit Larry that as I have thought about this today and listened to the clips again this speech was better than I was originally thought it was. As for the overall production yesterday, it was very well done and it showed Mitt Romney in a light that he is simply too humble to do himself.

  • I absolutely agree, there are clear differences between Obama and Romney. He did highlight many of those last night. Anyone who doesn’t see the differences between these two simply doesn’t want to see them.

    • I hope the Romney campaign builds on those differences and continues to highlight them. The American people need to be shown just how different the two men really are.

  • Yes LD, the differences between Obama and Romney are indeed stark.

    Go Mitt!

  • I get a kick out of how the media makes a big deal out of Romney needing to “emote” and “connect on a basic level” with the people. We are, after all, electing a president, not a best-friend.

    I may not be typical but I’ve NEVER voted for anyone based on how he/she made me “feel”, but rather on their policies and competency. On those grounds, the Mitt-ster did it all, supported wonderfully by the other Republican Convention speakers such as Ryan, Paul, Rice, Rubio and the remaining cast of outstanding people. A sharp and positive distinction was drawn between this ticket and the failed Obama administration. And I found it all inspiring.

    I feel more hopeful than I have for months, although there remains a steep hill to climb.

    • I think the amount of excitement for the Romney/Ryan campaign is unprecedented for them. Romney usually doesn’t generate that much because of his style. I understand what you are saying, that this election should be about more than just how we feel about a candidate, but I still believe Mitt Romney helped himself in that regard. Between that, and the pledges they are making to get down to work and solve the problems in our government, I am hopeful.

  • Last night served to show those who watched what a decent human being Mitt Romney is. I wish he were more conservative. I am not happy that he wants to “replace” ObamaCare. But, Romney is orders of magnitude better for America than Barack Obama.

    • I agree, Jim. There is no doubt in my mind that Mitt Romney will make a much better President than Obama. At least, he loves our country, whereas Obama seems to think very little of our successes. Give me Romney, any day of the week.

  • I agree completely, Larry. I had to laugh when Axelrod said there were no “specifics” in the Romney speech. His 5 steps were specific enough for me. I guess Axelrod wanted Romney to bring out a several-hundred-pound-document to prove real change is on the way – but of course, we wouldn’t know for certain, until it was passed and we read it. That’s how Axelrod and Obama do things.

    The whole convention made me a very proud American.

    • No specifics? Just wait until Romney gets to work on those specifics, if he wins the election. I am confident he will do the right thing because he loves this country. I’m convinced Obama thinks very little of America. You can see it in the way he speaks about us and in the actions he takes.