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Mitt Romney to the people of the United States: Quotes
Reuters | 31 August, 2012 10:41
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney (R) is joined by his wife Ann (2nd R) and vice presidential running mate Paul Ryan (L) is joined by his wife Janna after Romney's acceptance speechduring the final session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida August 30, 2012. Image by: RICK WILKING / REUTERS
The following is a selection of advance excerpts of Mitt Romney’s speech on Thursday to the Republican National Convention accepting his party’s nomination to face President Barack Obama in the November 6 election.
I wish President Obama
had succeeded because I want America
to succeed. But his promises gave way to disappointment and division. This
isn’t something we have to accept. Now is the moment when we can do something.
With your help we will do something ... Americans have a choice. A decision.
To make that choice, you
need to know more about me and about where I will lead our country ...
Unconditional love is a gift that Ann and I have tried to pass on to our sons
and now to our grandchildren ... My mom and dad were true partners, a life lesson
that shaped me by everyday example ... Like a lot of families in a new place
with no family, we found kinship with a wide circle of friends through our
Hope and change had a
powerful appeal (on Election Day in 2008). 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.
Today the time has come
for us to put the disappointments of the last four years behind us ... Now is
the time to restore the Promise of America. Many Americans have given up on
this president but they haven’t ever thought about giving up.
What is needed in our
country today is not complicated or profound. It doesn’t take a special
government commission to tell us what America needs. What America needs
Lots of jobs.
To the majority of
Americans who now believe that the future will not be better than the past, I
can guarantee you this: if Barack Obama is re-elected, you will be right. I am
running for president to help create a better future.
I have a plan to create
12 million new jobs. It has 5 steps: ... By 2020, North
America will be energy independent by taking full advantage of our
oil and coal and gas and nuclear and renewables ... We will give our fellow
citizens the skills they need for the jobs of today and the careers of tomorrow
We will make trade work
by forging new trade agreements. And when nations cheat in trade, there will be
unmistakable consequences ... We will cut the deficit and put America on
track to a balanced budget ... we will champion SMALL businesses.