By Carole on Aug 14, 2012
In less than two weeks Mitt Romney will accept his party's nomination at a Republican National Convention set to feature strong and experienced leaders making the case for fiscally sound policies and what's already being called America's Comeback. A week after that will be the Democrats' turn.
Today's announcement that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will deliver the convention's keynote address guarantees a powerful presentation from the former prosecutor. In a preview of his speech, Governor Christie told reporters, "I'll try to tell some very direct and hard truths to people in the country about the trouble that we're in and the fact that fixing those problems is not going to be easy for any of them." He also said he will describe his experiences in New Jersey as evidence that "the American people are ready to confront those problems head-on and endure some sacrifice."
We can expect another dynamic and informative convention speech when Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) accepts the Vice Presidential nomination. Throughout his career and tenure as the House Budget Committee Chairman, Mr. Ryan has even impressed former Clinton Chief of Staff and co-chair of President Barack Obama's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility Erskine Bowles. In a 2011 address at the University of North Carolina, Mr. Bowles referred to Representative Ryan as "amazing" and said "the budget he came forward with is just like Paul Ryan. It is a sensible, straightforward, honest, serious budget and it cut the budget deficit just like we did by four trillion dollars." No doubt Mr. Ryan's convention speech will offer more of that sensible and straightforward honesty to a nation eager to hear real solutions to its problems.
Also announced today by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus is that Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) will be introducing Governor Romney at the convention. "It is fitting that he will take on such an important role at our convention in his home state," said Mr. Priebus, "Throughout his career, he has shown true dedication to constitutional principles, fiscal responsibility and free enterprise." In a possible preview of his remarks in Tampa, Mr. Rubio released a statement today which read in part, "Future generations of Americans depend on the hard work we will do in the weeks and months ahead. I know that together we will be successful in changing Washington and putting leaders in place who are committed to creating more jobs and opportunities for our people."
Among the other prominent speakers at the convention will be Former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, US Senatorial Candidate from Texas Ted Cruz and others who, according to Chairman Priebus, "share a dedication to the Republican principles of individual opportunity, responsible government and personal liberty.
Of course the most important speech of the convention will be delivered by Governor Romney himself. In what will be his first major address of the campaign heard by many Americans in its entirety, he will have the opportunity to demonstrate his strength of conviction in those principles and outline his plan to lead America's Comeback.
Then a week later, President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats will try to convince America that four more years of failed policies, broken promises, empty platitudes and shameless pandering will produce anything but the same dismal results we've experienced for the last four years.
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