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Excerpts from Tuesday's speeches

Excerpts from Tuesday's speeches at the Republican National Convention, as prepared for delivery.

Reince Priebus, RNC chairman

Republicans believe American greatness comes from the American people — not from the federal government.

But Barack Obama thinks the government is at the center of the economic universe. He thinks that if you started a business, "You didn't build that."

Well, how would he know? President Obama's never run a company. He hasn't even run a garage sale or seen the inside of a lemonade stand. So it's time for a president with real experience in the real economy.

Mitt Romney will be that president.

John Boehner, U.S. House speaker

President Romney — boy, I like the sound of that — President Romney will keep his word and his courage, too. He'll keep faith with the idea that government exists to serve the people, and the people build the economy.

Mitt's jobs plan will build a stronger middle class through energy independence; schools where our kids — not the teachers unions — come first; free trade, the path to a balanced budget; and an end to the uncertainty — and the tax hikes — that threaten small businesses.

Bob McDonnell, governor of Virginia

While the president talks, Republican governors lead. Talk is cheap. Results matter. Conservative fiscal policies are working, and so are more Americans in states with Republican governors.

Scott Walker, governor of Wisconsin

In a few weeks, we will celebrate the 225th anniversary of our federal Constitution. Moments like that remind us that what makes America so great, what makes us exceptional, is that throughout our history, in moments of crisis, be they economic or fiscal, military or spiritual.

What makes America amazing is that there have always been men and women of courage who were willing to think more about the future of their children and grandchildren than they did about their own political careers.

Let this be one of those moments. Let this be our time in history so that someday we can tell our children and grandchildren that we were there, that we changed the course of history for the better.

Let us tell them that we helped elect Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to save America.

Mary Fallin, governor of Oklahoma

We can — and we will — overcome any economic challenge if government lets go of the regulatory choke hold zapping the air out of the economy and deflating the spirits of our entrepreneurs.

We need a president who will applaud and encourage those who work hard to pursue their dreams, to reach their potential, and, in doing so, make themselves and America better and stronger.

That man is Mitt Romney.

John Sununu, former governor of New Hampshire

We have 23 million Americans unemployed or underemployed because Barack Obama cannot figure out what makes free enterprise work.

Mitt Romney will get our private sector moving again, and will respect the successes of our entrepreneurs who deserve credit because they really did build it.

In these difficult times our nation still depends on others for our energy resources — even though we share the largest overall supplies of energy in the world — because we have an administration that shuns those assets and keeps us dependent on fragile foreign supplies.

Mitt Romney will unshackle our assets and lead us to real energy independence.

Ann Romney, wife of Mitt Romney

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.

Brian Sandoval, governor of Nevada

We must leave Tampa this week on a mission to remind Americans they deserve more than the status quo. They deserve to dream big.

We must remind Americans that the promise of opportunity remains unbroken — that every person in this great nation can succeed through hard work, courage and personal responsibility.

For that is the real American story.

Rick Santorum, former U.S. senator

Under President Obama, the dream of freedom and opportunity has become a nightmare of dependency with almost half of America receiving some government benefit.

It is no surprise fewer and fewer Americans are achieving their dreams and more and more parents are concerned their children won't realize theirs.

President Obama spent four years and borrowed $5 trillion, trying to convince you that he could make things better for you — to put your trust in him and the government to take care of every problem.

The result — massive debt, anemic growth and millions more unemployed. The president's plan didn't work for America, because that's not how America works.

Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey

Let's be clear with the American people tonight. Here's what we believe as Republicans and what they believe as Democrats.

We believe in telling hard-working families the truth about our country's fiscal realities — telling them what they already know — the math of federal spending doesn't add up.

With $5 trillion in debt added over the last four years, we have no other option but to make the hard choices, cut federal spending and fundamentally reduce the size of government.

They believe that the American people don't want to hear the truth about the extent of our fiscal difficulties and need to be coddled by big government.

They believe the American people are content to live the lie with them.

We believe in telling seniors the truth about our overburdened entitlements.

We know seniors not only want these programs to survive, but they just as badly want them secured for their grandchildren.

Seniors are not selfish.

They believe seniors will always put themselves ahead of their grandchildren. So they prey on their vulnerabilities and scare them with misinformation for the cynical purpose of winning the next election.

Their plan: whistle a happy tune while driving us off the fiscal cliff, as long as they are behind the wheel of power.

Excerpts from Tuesday's speeches 08/28/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 12:20pm]

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