Gov. McDonnell: 2012 is about restoring the American Dream
Virginia governor speaks at GOP convention
- Duration 8:09
- Date Aug 28, 2012
Virginia governor speaks at GOP convention
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-- Good evening my fellow Republicans.
Are you ready to elect Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan and 78.
We'll have a president who actually knows how to create jobs.
And a vice president who actually knows what state -- then.
I don't have to tell any of you and this is a tough economy.
We all have friends and family and neighbors who've lost their jobs.
And their homes.
They've lost their hope.
And -- lost hope is why we need a big change this November.
-- -- and is about restoring the American dream.
That -- let my grandfather.
A poor farm boy to leave Ireland a hundred years ago.
In combat Ellis Island to -- his journey of freedom in America.
My grandfather could have never guessed that his son would fight for this nation and World War II.
That is great granddaughter would lead a platoon in Iraq.
And his grandson.
Would grow up a middle class kid in Fairfax County.
Serve in the army.
And now hold the same job as tablets Jefferson and Patrick Henry what an incredible country we call home here in the United States of America.
This -- -- -- in the five by the great idea.
Of the American dream.
That's an idea says if you work hard.
If you dream big.
If you follow the rules.
And pursue opportunity.
The sky is the limit in the United States of America.
We cannot lose that dream.
Many Americans are now hurting very badly.
Too many Americans are looking for work because this president's policies simply haven't war.
Washington today has a surplus.
Of rhetoric and a deficit of leadership and results.
And you know the problems.
Unemployment over 8% for 42 straight months.
The national debt immoral.
At sixteen trillion dollars and growing.
New business startups at the lowest level in thirty years.
And now the EPA.
It is the employment prevention agency.
These times call for new leadership.
Did get this great country out of debt.
And back to work.
And the choice is very clear the status quo of the entitlement society.
-- is a dynamic change to an opportunity society.
That's what we need in America.
We need a president.
Who will say to a small small business woman congratulations.
We applaud your success.
You did make that happen you did build that in America.
Didn't build America.
You built America.
Small businesses don't come out of Washington DC -- made on flatbed trucks.
That coffee shop -- the right Cook County.
That's florist in Virginia -- that bakery in Radford Virginia.
They were all built by American -- the doors with big dreams.
Not a big spending government with a wide open wallet full of other people's money.
It is remarkable.
Years of the American experiment.
What the ingenious people of this magnificent nation can do when they're given the opportunity.
Deserves the opportunity of a limited responsible government.
The performs this core functions well and and -- the heck out of the way.
That's one good things happen in the United States of America.
Look at the results.
Of Republican policies in the states.
In states -- Republican governors.
The average unemployment rate is a full point lower than in states -- the democratic governors that made the deference.
Republican governors -- seven.
Of the ten states with the lowest unemployment rates.
And twelve of the fifteen states that have been ranked best for business have Republican governors.
Well the Obama administration -- now three billion dollars a decade just to keep the lights on.
Republican governors have closed up 65 billion dollars in budget shortfalls with out.
In Virginia over the last two years.
With Republicans and Democrats working together.
Our unemployment rate is down -- -- percent to five point 9%.
We've -- a 151000.
Net new jobs in Virginia.
We've had nearly one point four billion dollars in budget surpluses.
And we've done it by keeping regulation and litigation to a minimum.
And we haven't raised taxes.
-- my friends while.
While the president talks.
Republican governors leave.
Talk to see.
Conservative fiscal policies are working.
And so are more Americans -- the states with Republican governors today.
Just think what we could do if we had a president who would support us and not obstruct us.
Someone who has created jobs in the private sector.
Who understands the economy.
And who has actually balanced a budget.
-- for that matter somebody's actually pass the budget.
We -- president Mitt Romney -- I can -- when Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan get together.
And they work with Susanna Martinez.
We will get people back to work in this country.
Our great country.
Can no longer afford the job destroying policies coming out of Washington DC.
But we don't just have to hope.
For change we can make the changes this November.
We will lift up and grow the middle class.
We will celebrate.
Job creators again.
We will restore that great American dream.
That led my grandfather here from Ireland a hundred years ago.
And that all starts -- collecting Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan this November.
Thank you very --