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Tea Party Rep. Allen West wowed by Condi, gives pointers to Romney

Romney needs to “talk about how he wants to make sure that his vision for America and the greatness and exceptionalism of America goes on for future generations,” says West.

One of the most recognized faces of the tea party movement, outspoken Florida Congressman Allen West, told reporters Thursday afternoon that the high point of the convention so far for him was former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice‚??s electrifying keynote speech last night.

‚??She and I share something,‚?Ě he said. ‚??You know, she was of course from Alabama. I‚??m across the border, from Chattahoochee in Georgia, and to know the things that our parents went through to enable her to be where she is and for me to be where I am, that‚??s the greatness of this country. We want to make sure we pass that on.”

West said he thought Rep. Paul Ryan‚??s vice presidential nomination address also hit it home.

‚??Paul Ryan gave a great speech last night as well, contrasting the philosophy and the principles of governance that we see in this country,‚?Ě he said.

While West protested that he wasn‚??t a speechwriter, he also laid out a plan of attack for Mitt Romney‚??s all-important nomination address tonight.

‚??I think he has to introduce himself,‚?Ě he said, ‚??which, I find it really hard that we‚??re talking about this, because in 2008 we voted for someone that we really did not know. I think Mitt Romney just needs to walk the way that has been set out for him by his wife, and all the other speakers that we‚??ve had here at this convention, and just define the contrast in governing philosophy. Talk about his issues, talk about his love for this country and what has brought him to this point, talk about how he wants to make sure that his vision for America and the greatness and exceptionalism of America goes on for future generations.‚?Ě

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Hope Hodge first covered military issues for the Daily News of Jacksonville, N.C., where her beat included the sprawling Marine Corps base, Camp Lejeune. During her two years at the paper, she received investigative reporting awards for exposing a former Marine who was using faked military awards to embezzle disability pay from the government and for breaking news about the popularity of the designer drug Spice in the ranks. Her work has also appeared in The American Spectator, New York Sun, WORLD Magazine, and The Washington Post. Hodge was born near Boston, Mass., where she grew up as a lover of Revolutionary War history and fall foliage. She also discovered a love of politics and policy as a grassroots volunteer and activist on Beacon Hill. She graduated in 2009 with a degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from The King's College in New York City, where she served as editor-in-chief of her school newspaper and worked as a teaching assistant when not freelancing or using student discounts to see Broadway shows. Hope‚??s email is