Governor Mitt Romney took the stage at the 2012 Republican National Convention to accept his nomination as the Republican candidate for President of the United States.
I accept your nomination for President of the United States.
I do so with humility, deeply moved by the trust you’ve placed within me. It’s a great honor, it’s an even greater responsibility. And tonight I’m asking you to join me to walk together to a better future. And by my side I’ve chosen a man with a big heart from a small town. He represents the best of America. A man who will always make us very proud. My friend and America’s next Vice President, Paul Ryan.
Last night, America got to see what I see in Paul Ryan — a strong and caring leader who’s down to Earth and confident in the challenge this moment demands. I love the way he lights up around his kids and how he’s not embarrassed to show the world how much he loves his mom.
I wish President Obama had succeeded because I want America to succeed. But his promises gave way to disappointments and division. This isn’t something we have to accept. Now is the moment when we can do something and with your help, we will do something.
Now is the moment when we can stand up and say, ‘I’m an American. I make my destiny. We deserve better, my children deserve better, my family deserves better, my country deserves better.’
So here we stand, Americans have a choice, a decision. To make that choice, you need to know more about me and where I’d lead our 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.
The soles of Neil Armstrong’s boots on the moon made permanent impressions on our souls. Ann and I watched those steps together on her parents’ sofa. Like all Americans, we went to bed that night knowing we went to bed in the greatest country in the history of the world. God bless Neil Armstrong. Tonight that American flag is still there on the moon and I don’t doubt for a second that Neil Armstrong’s spirit is still with us. That unique blend of optimism, humility and the utter confidence that when the world needs someone to do the really big stuff, you need an American.
For too many Americans, those kind of good days are harder to come by. How many days have you woken up feeling that something really special is happening in America? Many of you felt that way on election day four years ago, hope and change had a powerful appeal. But tonight I’d ask a simple question — if you felt that excitement when you voted for Barack Obama, shouldn’t you feel that way now that he’s President Obama? You know there’s something wrong with the kind of job he’s done as President when the best feeling you’ve had is the day you voted for him.
The President hasn’t disappointed you because he wanted to. The 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 with the task at hand. He had almost no experience with working at a business … I learned the real lessons about how America works from experience.
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 success … business and growing jobs is about taking risk, sometimes failing, sometimes succeeding, but always striving. It’s about dreams … it’s the genius of the American free-enterprise system to harness the extraordinary creativity and talent and industry of the American people with a system that’s dedicated to creating tomorrow’s prosperity, not trying to redistribute today’s.
That’s why every President since the Great Depression who came before the American people asking for a second term could look back at the last four years and say with satisfaction, ‘You’re better off than you were four years ago.’ Except Jimmy Carter. And except this President. This President can ask us to be patient, this President can tell us it was someone else’s fault, this President can tell us that next four years he’ll get it right. But this President cannot tell us that you’re better off today than when he took office. America’s been patient. Americans have supported this President in good faith. But today the time has come to turn the page.
Today the time has come for us to put the disappointments of the last four years behind us. To put aside the divisiveness and the recriminations. To forget about what might have been and to look ahead to what can be. Now is the time to restore the promise of America.
Many Americans have given up on this President, bu they haven’t ever thought about giving up. Not on themselves, not on each other and not on America. What is needed in our country today is not 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.
The America we all know has been a story of the many becoming one. Uniting to preserve liberty. Uniting to build the greatest economy in the world. Uniting to save the world from unspeakable darkness. Everywhere I go in America, there are monuments that list those that have given their lives for America. There’s no mention of their race, their party affiliation or what they did for a living. They lived and died under a single flag fighting for a single purpose. They pledged allegiance to the United States of America. That America, that united America, can unleash an economy that will put Americans back to work. That will once again lead the world in innovation and productivity. And that will restore every father and mother’s confidence that their children’s future is brighter even than the past.
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. If I’m elected President of these United States, I will work with all my energy and soul to restore that America, to lift our eyes to a better future. That future is our destiny. That future is out there. It is waiting for us. Our children deserve it, our nation depends on it, the peace and freedom of the world require it and with your help, we will deliver it. Let us begin that future for America tonight. Thank you so very much. May God bless you, may God bless the American people and may God bless the United States of America.
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