Excerpts from Republican candidates' election night speeches
Excerpts of speech in Tampa
"This campaign is about more than replacing a president. It's about saving the soul of America. President Obama and I have very different visions of America. President Obama wants to grow government and continue to amass trillion-dollar deficits. I will not just slow the growth of government, I will cut the spending of government. … And without raising taxes, I will finally get America to a balanced budget. …
"President Obama wants to fundamentally transform America and make it something perhaps we wouldn't recognize. I want to restore to America the values and principles that made us the hope of the Earth, and I'll do it."
Excerpts of speech in Orlando
"Now, you'll notice that a number of folks are holding up a sign about 46 states to go. We did this in part for the elite media, because, you know, the same people who said I was dead in June and July and said I was gone after Iowa, who seemed totally quiet the night of the South Carolina victory, are now going to be back saying, 'What's he going to do? What's he going to do? What's he going to do?' So I just want to reassure them tonight: We are going to contest every place, and we are going to win, and we will be in Tampa as the nominee in August."
Excerpts of speech in Las Vegas
"Let's focus on the real issue, which is defeating Barack Obama. And we're not going to do that by mudslinging. …
"We're going to talk about the issues that are important to the people of Nevada, important to the people of Colorado, and Minnesota, and Missouri, the states that are up next in this next go-round, in the next week. We need a candidate who can get up on the issues of health care and draw clear contrasts with President Obama. We need someone who can get up on the issue of cap-and-trade and government using environmentalism to be able to crush the businesses of our country and draw a clear contrast with President Obama."
Excerpts of speech
in Henderson, Nev.
"There's a mess up in Washington. They've created a mess. They've given us a lousy foreign policy. They've given us a lousy budget. And they've given us a lousy recession. But where the wonderful thing is happening is in the grass roots. People are beginning to realize that the problem is too much government. We need more personal liberty.
"And this is where we're winning the hearts and minds of people. And the numbers are growing. I'll tell you what, there are many brush fires of freedom being lit across this country today. We don't even know where they are, there are so many."