Arguing that “what America needs is jobs,” the former Massachusetts governor asked voters to “forget about what might have been and to look ahead to what can be.” In other words, don’t look backward; keep your eyes focused on the future.
“Hope and change had a powerful appeal,” Romney said. “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.” Those sentiments were mirrored in Clint Eastwood’s comments when he said “if someone is not doing the job, you have to let them go.” It was simple, but it was eclectic at the same time. I think those two statements captured exactly what the Republican candidates are trying to say to the American people and especially the Independent voters.
Governor Romney’s speech electrified an excited crowd of delegates packed into the Tampa Forum, who rose repeatedly to their feet to cheer and applaud the GOP nominee while waving signs of support for him and for Congressman Ryan. One sign I saw might turn out to be prophetic: “You Can’t Go Forward By Looking Backward.” His address was clearly aimed at independent swing voters watching at home, who thus far have been unable to embrace a candidate who does not appear to be warm and receptive. Romney acknowledged as much in his speech, telling Americans that to win their vote, “you need to know more about me and about where I will lead our country.”
The early part of the night was filled with personal stories and testimonials to the character and caring of the GOP nominee. Personal friends, everyday people, business colleagues, and former Olympians gave testimonials on Romney’s character, intelligence, and genuine caring nature. The theme of the night was the family and the struggles of every family to achieve the American dream of becoming the best we can be. When Romney took the stage, he spoke earnestly about his family and faith, calling them the foundation of American values. He expressed true emotion and determination and stories of his successes.
To the joy of everyone in the arena, Romney said “We look to our communities, our faiths, our families for our joy, our support, in good times and bad, It is both how we live our lives and why we live our lives. The strength and power and goodness of America has always been based on the strength and power and goodness of our communities, our families, our faiths.” Romney stressed the goodness and determination of the American people. Romney is not an orator like Obama, but he speaks from the heart with a passionate nature.
I was dumbfounded when he told the story that hushed the convention floor. Romney choked up as he told the story of how his father brought a rose and placed it on his mother’s night table every day for six decades. He went on to say: “that’s how she found out what happened on the day my father died – she went looking for him because that morning, there was no rose,” and you could see the tears welling up in every face in the hall.
Not only have Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan done things to improve their lives and the lives of those close to them, but they express themselves with true excitement and emotion. How many times were they interrupted with applause for all the wonderful things they have done in their personal and business careers? These are real people who did really good things for their friends and associates. They have accomplishments that would prepare anyone for doing an exceptional job of bringing this country back from the abyss. They not only talk a good game; they live it, and their past successes prove it.
There are no seals applied to their early lives or the people they have known. They are genuinely good people who want to do the best for their country; and, given their previous accomplishments, they have proven that they can do it. Romney framed his promise to the American people in one simple phrase: “President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet,” Romney said. “My promise is to help you and your family.” In one simple sentence, he nailed Obama and his false promises to the wall. As Romney said in his closing statements, “That future is our destiny. That future is out there. It is waiting for us…Our children deserve it, our nation depends upon it, the peace and freedom of the world require it. And with your help we will deliver it. Let us begin that future together tonight.” This is what America needs now. We need a man we can believe in, a man who has proven he can do the impossible. We need Mitt Romney for president of these United States.
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