Republicans are showing the world that women are a very relevant part of the party. Former Secretary of State Condeleeza Rice and current New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez delivered powerful speeches during Wednesday night’s Republican National Convention. Those speeches came on the heels of the ballyhooed dialogues offered Tuesday night by Ann Romney and Mia Love.
Rice, without use of a teleprompter, delivered a stirring speech. She made the case that Mitt Romney would restore America’s standing in the world. That was a common refrain from the Democrats just four years ago as they constantly criticized the Bush administration and Rice’s role in it.
The former secretary of state made a clear statement that the conditions of one’s childhood will not determine how successful they will be in life, while also making a strong statement in favor of school choice. Rice also touched on her upbringing in the segregated South, in one of the most moving moments of the convention so far, which was praised even by hardened Democrats like MSNBC’s Chris Matthews:
“And on a personal note, a little girl grows up in Jim Crow Birmingham. The segregated city of the south where her parents cannot take her to a movie theater or to restaurants, but they have convinced that even if she cannot have it hamburger at Woolworths, she can be the president of the United States if she wanted to be, and she becomes the secretary of state.”
Susana Martinez, the first female governor of New Mexico, focused on her Latino heritage and blue-collar upbringing. She also railed against President Obama for the nation’s ever-growing debt and high unemployment. It was another very well-delivered speech that brought the convention crowd to its feet. Martinez also spoke of the American Dream:
“In many ways Mitt Romney and I are very different. Different starts in life. Different paths to leadership. Different cultures,” Martinez said during her speech. “But we’ve each shared in the promise of America, and we share a core belief that the promise of America must be kept for the next generation. El sueno Americanos es tener exito. It’s success. Success is the American Dream.”
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