Romney offers vision of hope for America, sets himself apart from Obama

Romney offers vision of hope for America, sets himself apart from Obama

TAMPA, Fla. — “Mitt Romney needs to introduce himself to the American public,” former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour told Human Events shortly before Romney delivered his long-awaited acceptance speech. “The public doesn’t really know him. He’s the challenger to a sitting president and, unless you’re Ronald Reagan, not many challengers are well-known. If Gov. Romney can do that tonight, then he’s off to a good start against Obama.”

A few hours later, preceded by speakers who knew him in business, church, and the Olympics he once oversaw, and as governor of Massachusetts, the 65-year-old Romney took to the convention podium and clearly lived up to the bar set by Barbour. In the process, the former Massachusetts governor and business executive drew the sharp contrasts he needed to draw between himself and Barack Obama.

In spelling out his agenda of a no-tax, small government, and opportunity society, the businessman-candidate also reached out to social conservatives — who have long mistrusted him — vowing to protect “the sanctity of life.”

Calling on conventioneers and a national television audience to “walk with me to a better future,” Romney called on Americans to recapture what he called “the promise of America.” He spoke of freedom (including Americans’ “freedom to build a business with their hands”), opportunity, and the disappointment in Obama’s unfulfilled promises of four years ago.

Click here to read the text of Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech.

Invoking the image of the recently-deceased Neil Armstrong and the moon landing of 1969, Romney told his cheering audience that for the big jobs, “You need an American.” He also spoke of his parents’ great love for each other, his father George Romney’s rags-to-riches rise to become governor of Michigan, his mother Lenore’s race for the U.S. Senate, and how his mother paved the way for today’s women leaders in politics. And he spoke of his own marriage, children, and business “helping others start businesses.”

Charging that Obama is “attacking success,” Romney declared: “In America, we don’t attack success. We celebrate success.” Every president since the Great Depression could seek re-election saying Americans “are better off than they were four years ago, except Jimmy Carter and this president.”

“What this country needs are jobs—lots of jobs,” said the businessman-candidate, charging that the Obama agenda did “not create jobs, it depressed them.” He denounced the President’s “assault on coal and energy,” his Obamacare legislation, and “his trillion dollar deficits,” all of which drew lusty boos from the crowds.

Romney then spelled out why he could make his promise to “create 12 million new jobs”—energy independence; education reform (“Every parent will have a choice”), new trade opportunities, and to “cut the deficit and put America on track to a balanced budget.” He also vowed to reduce taxes on business and simplify regulation and to lead the fight “for repealing and replacing Obamacare.”

“And unlike President Obama,” vowed the nominee, “I will not raise taxes on the middle class.”

He even touched on foreign policy, vowing that under a Romney Administration, “our allies will see a little more loyalty” and “[Russian President] Putin will see a little less flexibility.”

Judging by the prolonged cheers on the convention floor and the enthusiasm of delegates leaving the convention hall, the speech was a success.

Some conservatives in Tampa had lingering concerns that their nominee from Massachusetts could not rally grass-roots activists on the right. As former Rep. and longtime conservative activist Steve Stockman (R.-Tex.) told us, “Mitt has to reach out to the conservative hearts.”

This the nominee did repeatedly.

As numerous conventioneers told us, Mitt Romney had some “tough acts to follow” in concluding a week of widely-praised speeches, notably those by wife Ann Romney and running mate Paul Ryan last night. But his primary task was a different one: it was to get the American public to know him better. In doing so, Romney begins the most important leg of the race against Barack Obama with a good start.

To read more analysis of Mitt Romney’s RNC acceptance speech, click here.

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  • rdman_VietVet

    I haven’t felt this optimistic and just plain ‘good’ since Reagan looked over at Jimah Carter and said, “there you go again!”

  • eewell

    The speech was the easy part;now the hard work begins to close the deal.It’s good he has Paul Ryan because Paul Ryan can play hardball and he has faced down Obama and he needs those pointers from Ryan for the upcoming debates.Romney will need to do a lot of homework on the issues and on Obama.He will need every bit of information so he can trounce BHO.He will need to get his hands dirty and to leave nothing off the table and for God’s sake don’t do a McCain.Marquis Of Queensbury rules do not apply,the stakes are too high in this election and there is no Lady Bing Trophy for good sportsmanship.The only thing that matters is who’s the President-Elect on Nov.7.

  • eewell

    We have had our token President and now that it’s out of our system,it’s time to put the adults back in charge.The children have sure made a mess of things.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bud.asbell Bud Asbell


  • Lysander Spooner

    I’d easy off the Romney Kool-Aid.

  • TheSkalawag929

    If the sentiments in your post toward democratic leaders are indicative of a common thread running through the fabric of the republican party then I can see why republicans have a problem governing with democrats.

  • TheSkalawag929

    What does “token President” mean to you?

  • TheSkalawag929

    Do the same rules apply for the democrat’s side of the election?

  • TheSkalawag929

    Who would your hand picked choices be for President and Vice President?

  • TheSkalawag929

    I wonder how ready the U.S. would be to go to war if we had to bring back the draft to do it.

  • TheSkalawag929

    Is it fear that causes you to post in code?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Benjamin-Fox/1417763559 Benjamin Fox

    Go along to get along is dumb, it, the left are socialist, marxist commie’s who haven’t got the brains to know that it hasn’t worked anywhere, unless you have all the weapons and are a dictatorship.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Benjamin-Fox/1417763559 Benjamin Fox

    Caddy sounds good, he can’t play?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Benjamin-Fox/1417763559 Benjamin Fox

    Your just to dumb to reply to, your a socialist, islamist idiot lysander spooner, a joke except your not even funny commie.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Benjamin-Fox/1417763559 Benjamin Fox

    So lay down and die dustoff?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Benjamin-Fox/1417763559 Benjamin Fox

    Your kool-aid is communism, idiot, stupid and without common sense.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Benjamin-Fox/1417763559 Benjamin Fox

    Easy we don’t smoke you weed, we don’t drink your booze and have more sense in our little fingers then you have in your entire senseless body.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Benjamin-Fox/1417763559 Benjamin Fox

    Been there, there is a time to live, a time to die, a time for peace and a time for war, hope I don’t have to defend you coward butt.

  • TheSkalawag929

    Ben are you advocating stockpiling weapons and becoming a dictatorship?

  • justinwachin

    Mitt Romney did a great job Thursday night. He made his case for why he should be president. More importantly, his past indicates he will deliver on the hopes and promises made in the speech.

    Mr. Romney is running against an incumbent president which some consider to be a great orator, although I’m not in that crowd. Mr. Obama was unable to deliver on the lofty rhetoric of his 2008 acceptance speech. His administration has grown the debt and stifled economic growth. He squandered a golden opportunity to make the Middle East a region more friendly to democracy, religious freedom and human rights. President Obama has had his chance. It is time for someone else to lead–Mitt Romney is that man.

  • Rick_Kalifornication

    Hello, liar!

    For all those wondering, Bud here “claimed” yesterday that it was his last day commenting on H.E. That he was ‘bored’ with it and leaving.

    I just knew he couldn’t resist coming back. Weasel.

  • eewell

    The dems always play dirty.The problem is the repubs don’t play dirty enough.They have yet to comprehend that politics is a blood sport that makes ultimate fight club look like afternoon tea at Buckingham Palace.

  • TheSkalawag929

    Yeah right. What party was it that did the hack job on one of their own, John McCain, in 2000 and the Swift Boat campaign against John Kerry in 2004.
    No republicans don’t know anything about fighting dirty.