A string of fiery speeches from Republican governors fired-up RNC convention delegates Tuesday night. Grouping many of the governors together on one night made a lot of sense. On the whole, states with Republican governors are faring better economically than states led by Dems. These chief executives were able to contrast their success with the failures of the chief of executive in the Oval Office.
Starting with Ohio’s John Kasich and ending with New Jersey’s Chris Christie, the governors delivered a strong conservative vision for the country, while delivering accolades for GOP nominee Mitt Romney.
“We’ve made real progress in Ohio,” Kasich said. “But we need a new partner in Washington. This relationship is just not working.”
Thanks to his victories over unions and demonization from the left, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has become one of the most popular Republicans in the country. He received huge applause during the afternoon session during the roll call of the states. The delegates erupted again when Walker took the stage for his speech Tuesday evening.
“Today, 94% of our employers believe Wisconsin is headed in the right direction. That compares to just 10% who thought the same thing two years ago,” Walker said. “Elections have consequences! As was the case in Wisconsin two years ago, too many Americans think our country is headed in the wrong direction. But Mitt Romney understands, like I understand, that people – not governments – create jobs.”
Bob McDonnell of Virginia and Nikki Haley of South Carolina were among the other governors who received raucous applause. Haley’s speech was extremely well-delivered and she set the stage for Ann Romney. McDonnell made mention of Iowa Govennor Terry Branstad, who is one of our state’s 28 delegates.
“When Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan get to work with Susana Martinez, Scott Walker, John Kasich, Terry Branstad and governors from both parties across this country, we will get people back to work,” McDonnell said.
Chris Christie is possibly the best orator in the entire Republican Party, but the New Jersey governor found himself in an unenviable position Tuesday night. Christie’s speech followed Mitt Romney’s wife, Ann, who delivered one of the more memorable speeches every by a candidate’s spouse.
Christie was not as bombastic as some presumed he would be. Perhaps the looming threat of Hurricane Isaac made the RNC nervous about being too negative. Christie did a great job contrasting Republican views with Democrats, without ever mentioning President Obama by name.
Christie started with a softer tone, talking about his mother, who he called “the enforcer” of the family. The New Jersey governor then made it clear which parent he most closely resembles.
“She was tough as nails and didn’t suffer fools at all. The truth was she couldn’t afford to. She spoke the truth – bluntly, directly and without much varnish. I am her son,” Christie said to laughter and applause.
Christie also drew a clear contrast between Republicans and Democrats:
“Let’s be clear with the American people tonight. Here’s what we believe as Republicans and what
they believe as Democrats.
We believe in telling hard working families the truth about our country’s fiscal realities. Telling them what they already know – the math of federal spending doesn’t add up. With $5 trillion in debt added over the last four years, we have no other option but to make the hard choices, cut federal spending and fundamentally reduce the size of government.
They believe that the American people don’t want to hear the truth about the extent of our fiscal difficulties and need to be coddled by big government.
They believe the American people are content to live the lie with them.
We believe in telling seniors the truth about our overburdened entitlements. We know seniors not only want these programs to survive, but they just as badly want them secured for their grandchildren. Seniors are not selfish.
They believe seniors will always put themselves ahead of their grandchildren. So they prey on their vulnerabilities and scare them with misinformation for the cynical purpose of winning the next election. Their plan: whistle a happy tune while driving us off the fiscal cliff, as long as they are behind the wheel of power.
We believe that the majority of teachers in America know our system must be reformed to put students first so that America can compete. Teachers don’t teach to become rich or famous. They teach because they love children.
We believe that we should honor and reward the good ones while doing what’s best for our nation’s future – demanding accountability, higher standards and the best teacher in every classroom.
They believe the educational establishment will always put themselves ahead of children. That self-interest trumps common sense.
They believe in pitting unions against teachers, educators against parents, and lobbyists against children.
They believe in teacher’s unions.
We believe in teachers.
We believe that if we tell the people the truth they will act bigger than the pettiness of Washington, D.C.
We believe it’s possible to forge bipartisan compromise and stand up for conservative principles. It’s the power of our ideas, not of our rhetoric, that attracts people to our Party. We win when we make it about what needs to be done; we lose when we play along with their game of scaring and dividing.”
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