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Christie's keynote: 'Absentee leadership' in D.C.



New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivered the keynote address at Tuesday night's GOP convention, decrying "absentee leadership" in Washington, D.C. and offering a solution -- namely, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

"We need them now," Christie said, facing 4,400 delegates and a large prime-time national television audience.

For a sizeable chunk of his speech, Christie talked not about Romney, but about himself -- his mother ("the enforcer"), father, wife, kids and willingness to slash spending and stand up to the teacher unions in New Jersey. 

Christie, the Republican governor of a northeastern Democratic state, forcefully talked about the need for stronger leadership, including cutting back federal spending and reducing the size of government. Any leader who doesn't demand shared sacrifice "simply isn't telling the truth," Christie said.

Never mentioning the president or the Democrats by name, he repeatedly described "they" and "them."

"We're taking our country back," Christie said, speaking in rapid bursts and periodically pausing to punctuate key words and phrases. "Our ideas are right for America, and their ideas have failed America ...  We need politicians who care more about doing something and less about being something."

Near the end of his speech, he ordered the delegates to stand up and join him in a "new era of truth-telling."




[Last modified: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 11:15pm]


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