Live blog of Mitt Romney's powerful, scary acceptance speech
8:08: I will begin my presidency with a jobs tour. President Obama began his presidency with an apology tour.
Every American was relieved the day President Obama gave the order and Seal Team 6 took out Bin Ladin. On another front, every American is less secure today because he has failed to stem Iran's nuclear threat. He said we should talk to Iran. He has thrown allies like Israel under the bus. He abandoned our friends in Poland. (booooo)
But he's eager to give Putin the flexibility he desires after the election (boooo)
Afte rmy election, Mr. Putin will see a little less flexibility, and more backbone. (woooooo!)
We will honour America's democratic ideals because a free world is a more peaceful world.
You might have asked yourself if these last years are really the American we want. (noooooooo)
Does the America we want borrow a trillion dollars from China (noooooooo)
Does it fail to find jobs for kids graduating from college (nooooooo)....
Everywhere I go in America there's monuments to those who have given their lives for America. There's no mention of their race or what they did for a living. They lived and died under a single flag for a single purpose. They pledged allegiance to the United States of America. That America can...put Americans back to work...restore mother and father's confidence that their chlidren's future is brighter than the past....
That America, that United America, will uphold the constellation of rights that were endowed by our creator and codified in our Constitution.
that united america will care for the poor and the sick, care for the elderly...that america ...if I'm elected president of these united states, I'll work with all my energy and soul to lift America, that future is our destiny, it is out there waiting for us, our children deserve it and with your help we will deliver it. Let us begin tonight. May God bless you. May God bless the American people and may God bless the United States of America!!
8:04 now on to energy independence after saying he would create 12 million jobs. More trade agreements...to assure every entrepreneur and every job creator that their investments will not vanish as they have in Greece, we wlll ...put American on track for a balanced budget. Reduce taxes on small business. Simplify regulations. Rein in skyrocketed cost of health care by repealing and replacing Obama care.
Now the crowd goes insane as if inexpensive health care is awful.
Talking now about women. Says, unlike Obama, I will not raise taxes on the middle class of America. As president, I'll protect the sanctity of life, I'll honor the institution of marriage. And I will guarantee America's first liberty, the freedom of religion. President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans. Looks around like that was the stupidest thing ever to come out of a human's mouth.
And to heal the planet.
My promise is to help you and your family.
Wild applause erupts.
7:56 That business we started with 10 people has now grown into a great American success story... Names the stuff the business has done...
These are American success stories. And yet the centerpiece of the president's re=election campaign is attacking success. Says it's not remarkable that a person who attacks success has led worse economy since depression. Says in American we celebrate success, we don't apologize for success. (Positioning himself quite well with Americans?)
What this president doesnt understand he says is business and jbos is about taking risk, striving dreams, usually it doesn't work out exaclty as you imagine. Steve Jobs was fired at Apple and then he came back and changed the world. ....getting very worked up about how the system is there to support prosperity for future not redistribute wealth of today.
That's why every president since the great depression could look back at the last four years and say with satisfaction and say you're better off than you were four years ago, except Jimmy Carter and exept this president. (Uh, I seem to remember Bush walked into office with no deficit and left with a ginormous one. Oh, well.)
....Americans have been patient but today the time has come to turn the page. Put disappointments behind us. Forget what might have been and look ahead to what can be. 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 isn't complicated or profound. What America needs is jobs, lots of jobs.
In the richest country in the history of the world, this Obama economy has crushed the middle class. Health insurance premiums are higher, gas has doubled. Nearly one out of six Americans are living in poverty. Look around, these aren't strangers. .... his plan to raise taxes on small b usiness won't add jobs, it would eliminate them.
His assault on coals and gas and oil will send...jobs to China.