Mitt Romney’s best line of the night summed up his whole speech. “President Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet. My promise is to help you and your family,” the GOP nominee said.
The key point of Romney’s speech was to illustrate to voters that Barack Obama’s rhetoric of four years ago has failed, and it is time for new leadership. To that end, his speech was a huge success.
Romney was more fiery, yet more relaxed, than in any speech he has ever given. He hit on all the key points. Opening with levity, then moving to the American Dream and how much harder that has been to strive for over the last four years. That segment transitioned into Romney’s first of several hard-hitting shot at the president.
“I wish President Obama had succeeded because I want America to succeed. But his promises gave way to disappointment and division,” he said. “This isn’t something we have to accept. Now is the moment when we can do something. With your help we will do something. Now is the moment when we can stand up and say, “I’m an American. I make my destiny. And we deserve better! My children deserve better! My family deserves better. My country deserves better!”
The Democrats might have overplayed their hand with the “war on women” meme. Republican women were heavily featured at the Republican convention and turned the war back on the Dems by delivering many of the most stirring speeches of the week. Romney gave deference to those women in his acceptance speech, while also getting choked up relaying memories of his deceased mother.
“My mom and dad were true partners, a life lesson that shaped me by everyday example. When my mom ran for the Senate, my dad was there for her every step of the way. I can still hear her saying in her beautiful voice, “Why should women have any less say than men, about the great decisions facing our nation?”
I wish she could have been here at the convention and heard leaders like Governor Mary Fallin, Governor Nikki Haley, Governor Susana Martinez, Senator Kelly Ayotte and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. As Governor of Massachusetts, I chose a woman Lt. Governor, a woman chief of staff, half of my cabinet and senior officials were women, and in business, I mentored and supported great women leaders who went on to run great companies.”
Then the GOP nominee took the gloves off.
“Hope and Change had a powerful appeal. But tonight I’d ask a simple question: If you felt that excitement when you voted for Barack Obama, shouldn’t you feel that way now that he’s President Obama? You know there’s something wrong with the kind of job he’s done as president when the best feeling you had was the day you voted for him.
The President hasn’t disappointed you because he wanted to. The President has disappointed America because he hasn’t led America in the right direction. He took office without the basic qualification that most Americans have and one that was essential to his task. He had almost no experience working in a business. Jobs to him are about government.”
The Obama campaign has been relentless in attacking Mitt Romney’s time at Bain Capital. Romney deftly turned those attacks around by tying the Obama campaign, and the First Lady, to the companies Bain helped succeed.
“That business we started with 10 people has now grown into a great American success story,” Romney said. “Some of the companies we helped start are names you know. An office supply company called Staples – where I’m pleased to see the Obama campaign has been shopping; The Sports Authority, which became a favorite of my sons. We started an early childhood learning center called Bright Horizons that First Lady Michelle Obama rightly praised.”
Romney continued to land solid shots at President Obama on everything from the deficit to getting caught telling the Russians he would have “more flexibility” to work with them after the election. The GOP nominee talked about his family, his personal faith and his five-point plan to get America back on the right track. He also made it a point to ring all the bells conservatives wanted to hear by pledging to repeal Obamacare, protecting life and standing up for the sanctity of marriage.
It was an all-encompassing speech, showing us a personal side to Romney we haven’t seen, while delving into foreign and domestic policy and pointing out the differences between his plans and those of President Obama’s. In the most important speech of Mitt Romney’s life, he delivered.
The Republicans now leave their convention with some much-needed momentum and presumably, a bounce in the polls. Whether or not that can carry them to victory in November remains to be seen. The Democrats will try to regain the spotlight when they hold their convention in Charlotte next week.
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