Mitt Romney in 2012 Republican National Convention speeches


On Civil Rights: I picked a woman Lt. Gov., and more women in my Cabinet

My mom said, "Why should women have any less say than men, about the great decisions facing our nation?" I wish she could have been here at the convention and heard leaders like Gov. Nikki Haley, Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

As Governor of Massachusetts, I chose a woman Lt. Governor, a woman chief of staff, half of my cabinet and senior officials were women, and in business, I mentored and supported great women leaders who went on to run great companies.

Source: 2012 Republican National Convention speech Aug 30, 2012

On Corporations: In America, we celebrate success; we don't attack it

is attacking success. Is it any wonder that someone who attacks success has led the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression? In America, we celebrate success, we don't apologize for it.

We weren't always successful at Bain. But no one ever is in the real world of business. That's what this President doesn't seem to understand. Business and growing jobs is about taking risk, sometimes failing, sometimes succeeding, but always striving. It is about dreams.

Source: 2012 Republican National Convention speech Aug 30, 2012

On Education: Every parent should have a choice of schools

We will give our fellow citizens the skills they need for the jobs of today and the careers of tomorrow. When it comes to the school your child will attend, every parent should have a choice, and every child should have a chance.
Source: 2012 Republican National Convention speech Aug 30, 2012

On Foreign Policy: A free world is a more peaceful world

Putin the flexibility he desires, after the election. Under my administration, our friends will see more loyalty, and Mr. Putin will see a little less flexibility and more backbone.

We will honor America's democratic ideals because a free world is a more peaceful world. This is the bipartisan foreign policy legacy of Truman and Reagan. And under my presidency we will return to it once again.

Source: 2012 Republican National Convention speech Aug 30, 2012

On Homeland Security: Military so strong that no nation ever dare test it

That America, that united America, will preserve a military that is so strong, no nation would ever dare to test it.

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, will honor and respect the elderly, and will give a helping hand to those in need.

That America is the best within each of us. That America we want for our children.

Source: 2012 Republican National Convention speech Aug 30, 2012

On Jobs: To Obama, jobs are about government; to me, about business

President has disappointed America because he hasn't led America in the right direction. He took office without the basic qualification that most Americans have and one that was essential to his task. He had almost no experience working in a business. Jobs to him are about government.

I learned the real lessons about how America works from experience. When I was 37, I helped start a small company. That business we started with 10 people has now grown into a great American success story.

Source: 2012 Republican National Convention speech Aug 30, 2012

On Jobs: 5-step plan to create 12 million new jobs

new trade agreements. And when nations cheat in trade, there will be unmistakable consequences.
  • Cut the deficit and put America on track to a balanced budget.
  • Champion SMALL businesses, America's engine of job growth. That means reducing taxes on business, not raising them. It means simplifying and modernizing the regulations that hurt small business the most. And it means that we must rein in the skyrocketing cost of healthcare by repealing and replacing Obamacare.
    Source: 2012 Republican National Convention speech Aug 30, 2012

    On Principles & Values: I was born in middle of the century in middle of the country

    I was born in the middle of the century in the middle of the country, a classic baby boomer. It was a time when Americans were returning from war and eager to work. To be an American was to assume that all things were possible. When President Kennedy challenged Americans to go to the moon, the question wasn't whether we'd get there, it was only when we'd get there. When the world needs someone to do the really big stuff, you need an American.
    Source: 2012 Republican National Convention speech Aug 30, 2012

    On Principles & Values: Kids cared more about what sports I played than my church

    We were Mormons and growing up in Michigan; that might have seemed unusual or out of place but I really don't remember it that way. My friends cared more about what sports teams we followed than what church we went to.

    My mom and dad gave their kids the greatest gift of all--the gift of unconditional love. They cared deeply about who we would BE, and much less about what we would DO. That's how I was brought up.

    Source: 2012 Republican National Convention speech Aug 30, 2012

    On Principles & Values: Obama promised to heal planet; I promise to help your family

    As president, I will protect the sanctity of life. I will 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 and heal the planet. MY promise...is to help you and your family.

    I will begin my presidency with a jobs tour. President Obama began with an apology tour. America, he said, had dictated to other nations. No Mr. President, America has freed other nations from dictators.

    Source: 2012 Republican National Convention speech Aug 30, 2012

    On Principles & Values: Americans deserved "hope and change" but didn't get it

    Americans now doubt that our children will have a better future. This was the hope and change America voted for. It's not just what we wanted. It's not just what we expected. It's what Americans deserved.

    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.

    Source: 2012 Republican National Convention speech Aug 30, 2012

    On Corporations: Successful risk-taking lets others launch new dreams

    As his partner on this amazing journey, I can tell you Mitt Romney was not handed success. He built it.

    He stayed in Massachusetts after graduate school and got a job. I saw the long hours that started with that first job. I was there when he and a small group of friends talked about starting a new company. I was there when they struggled and wondered if the whole idea just wasn't going to work. Mitt's reaction was to work harder and press on. Today that company has become another great American success story.

    Has it made those who started the company successful beyond their dreams? Yes, it has.

    But because this is America, that small company which grew has helped so many others lead better lives. The jobs that grew from the risks they took have become college educations, first homes. That success has helped fund scholarships, pensions, and retirement funds. This is the genius of America: dreams fulfilled help others launch new dreams.

    Source: Ann Romney's 2012 Republican National Convention speech Aug 28, 2012

    On Education: Abigail Adams scholarships: H.S. Top 25% get college tuition

    At every turn in his life, this man I met at a high school dance, has helped lift up others. He did it with the Olympics, when many wanted to give up.

    He did it in Massachusetts, where he guided a state from economic crisis to unemployment of just 4.7%.

    Under Mitt, Massachusetts's schools were the best in the nation. The best. He started the John and Abigail Adams scholarships, which give the top 25% of high school graduates a four-year tuition-free scholarship.

    This is the man America needs.

    Source: Ann Romney's 2012 Republican National Convention speech Aug 28, 2012

    On Families & Children: No "storybook marriage"; just family & faith

    I read somewhere that Mitt and I have a "storybook marriage." Well, in the storybooks I read, there were never long, long, rainy winter afternoons in a house with five boys screaming at once. And those storybooks never seemed to have chapters called MS or Breast Cancer.

    A storybook marriage? No, not at all. What Mitt Romney and I have is a real marriage. I know this good and decent man for what he is--warm and loving and patient.

    He has tried to live his life with a set of values centered on family, faith, and love of one's fellow man. From the time we were first married, I've seen him spend countless hours helping others, and been there when late-night calls of panic came from a member of our church whose child had been taken to the hospital.

    You may not agree with Mitt's positions on issues or his politics. But let me say this to every American who is thinking about who should be our next President: No one will work harder. No one will care more.

    Source: Ann Romney's 2012 Republican National Convention speech Aug 28, 2012

    On Principles & Values: Met wife Ann at high school dance; now 5 sons & 18 grandkids

    This boy I met at a high school dance--his name is Mitt Romney. I could tell you why I fell in love with him--he was tall, laughed a lot, was nervous--girls like that, it shows the guy's a little intimidated--and he was nice to my parents but he was really glad when my parents weren't around. That's a good thing. And he made me laugh.

    When Mitt and I met and fell in love, we were determined not to let anything stand in the way of our life together. I was an Episcopalian. He was a Mormon. We were very young. Both still in college. There were many reasons to delay marriage, and you know? We just didn't care. We got married and moved into a basement apartment. We walked to class together, shared the housekeeping, and ate a lot of pasta and tuna fish. Our desk was a door propped up on sawhorses. Our dining room table was a fold down ironing board in the kitchen.

    That was 42 years ago. Now we have five sons and 18 grandchildren and I'm still in love with that boy I met at a high school dance.

    Source: Ann Romney's 2012 Republican National Convention speech Aug 28, 2012

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