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September 1, 2012

Rubio and Romney Rock Last Night of GOP Convention

While Senator Marco Rubio gave the better speech, Mitt Romney did what he had to do in his; which is to say hit a home run. First up is the Republican Party nominee for president in 2012:

Full text here.

Romney did not bash the president in any real sense. In fact he acknowledged that after he was elected Americans were optimistic a change for the better. But we did not get what we were promised, and Americans are struggling.

Romney spent a lot of time telling the story of his life, about growing up and how he met his wife Ann. He dealt with his being a Mormon and Bain Capital by dealing with them directly. About his religion he simply said that his childhood friends "cared more about what sports teams we followed than what church we went to." He told the story of how he and some friends founded Bain Capital and how hard work enabled them to succeed.

He then went on to our current situation, and how Obama has let us down. The president is full of excuses but has no solutions. His policies have failed, and he is out of excuses and time.

What we need now, he said, is simple; "...jobs. Lots of jobs." The president does not have any business experience and thus does not know how to create them, but he does. His five point plan:

First, by 2020, North America will be energy independent by taking full advantage of our oil and coal and gas and nuclear and renewables.

Second, we will give our fellow citizens the skills they need for the jobs of today and the careers of tomorrow. When it comes to the school your child will attend, every parent should have a choice, and every child should have a chance.

Third, we will make trade work for America by forging new trade agreements. And when nations cheat in trade, there will be unmistakable consequences.

Fourth, to assure every entrepreneur and every job creator that their investments in America will not vanish as have those in Greece, we will cut the deficit and put America on track to a balanced budget.

And fifth, we will champion SMALL businesses, America's engine of job growth. That means reducing taxes on business, not raising them. It means simplifying and modernizing the regulations that hurt small business the most. And it means that we must rein in the skyrocketing cost of healthcare by repealing and replacing Obamacare


Obviously, a convention speech is not the time for policy-wonk level detail. As such, Romney moved on to other subjects. Perhaps his best line of the evening was this one:

I will begin my presidency with a jobs tour. President Obama began with an apology tour. America, he said, had dictated to other nations. No Mr. President, America has freed other nations from dictators.

The rest of the speech was positive and can-do; uniquely American and Reaganesque "our best days are ahead of us."

There are a few shout-outs during the speech; to the plethora of Republican women, his pro-life stance, and the need for a strong military, robust foreign policy, and that we needed to stand by our ally Israel. But the main themes were his life story and job creation. It was delivered in as positive and upbeat a mood as he Romney will be.

Sentator Marco Rubio

Introducing Gov. Romney was Senator Marko Rubio, who gave one of the best speeches of the convention:

Full text here:

Rubio pretty much went straight into the president's failures; unemployment, stifling regulation, massive debt, and an unpopular health care plan that steals money from Medicare.

Rather than lead, the president blames others, and engages in shameless demagoguery (my term). "He tells Americans they're worse off because others are better off. That people got rich by making others poor." and rather than tout his successes, because they are so few, "Hope and Change have become Divide and Conquer."

As with so many other speakers, he talked about the American can-do spirit, about how we can lift ourselves up by reliance on family, community, and god, and that we are not dependent on government for everything we have. The "promise of America" is that we can make a better life for ourselves, not that we are helpless, at the mercy of powerful forces, and only government can save us.

We need to change the direction of our country, he said, and Mitt Romney is the man who can do it. Our legacy should be "that we chose more freedom instead of more government."

I didn't listen to all of them, but almost all of the speeches that I heard were very good. The only one that didn't work was Clint Eastwood's skit, and that's small potatoes in the big picture. It will be interesting to see if the Democrats offer anything other than fear and doubt at their convention.

Posted by Tom at September 1, 2012 8:00 AM

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Rubio also did an excellent job on the Daily Show last week.

Posted by: jason at September 4, 2012 10:15 PM

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