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I think I just drank when -- with water thank you.
What thank you so much thank you so much for having me here today and thank you for much for doing this convention here in Florida.
You know before I begin this thank you.
Before I begin this is such an important night for our country.
I want to take just and -- -- your permission just a few seconds.
The talk about another country.
A country located just a few hundred miles away from the city the country of my parents' birth there's no freedom liberty in Cuba and and tonight.
I ask for your prayers -- soon freedom and liberty will be theirs as well.
This is a big honor for me just not so long ago I was just a deep underdog candidate.
The only people that thought I could win all lived in my house.
Four of them -- under the age of ten.
But this is incredible when I was asked introduce governor Romney we'll hear from just the moment I promise he's backstage ready to go.
So I called a few people ask them what should I say and they had a lot of different opinions but the one thing they all that is don't mess it up so.
I thought the best way to introduce Mitt Romney tonight the next president of the United States.
It's the talk about what this election is about.
And I'm so honored to be able to do it here in Florida but the Republican National Convention in front of volume patriots and.
I watched my first convention in 1980 -- my grandfather.
-- grandfather was born to a farming family and -- Cuba.
Childhood polio left him permanently disabled.
Because he couldn't work -- his family sent them to school.
Was the only one in his family that knew how to read.
It was a huge influence on me growing up.
As a boy I used to sit on the porch of our house and listen to stories about history and politics and baseball.
But he would puff on one of its three daily the -- cigars.
Now -- I don't remember it's been three decades since he last sat on that porch.
And I don't remember all the things he talked to me about.
But the one thing I remember.
Is the one thing he wanted me never to forget.
But the dreams he had when he was young became impossible to achieve.
But there was no limit how far I could go because I was an American.
Now for the but.
Here's why I say that.
Here's why -- say that because for those of us who were born and raised in this country sometimes.
It becomes easy to forget how special America is.
But my grandfather understood how different America was from the rest of the world because he -- life outside America.
You will hear from another man who understands what makes America exceptional.
Mitt Romney knows America's prosperity didn't happen because our government simply spent more money.
It happened because our people use our own money to open a business.
And when they succeed.
They hire more people.
-- best to spend their money in the economy.
Helping others start a business or create jobs.
Now tonight you heard -- long time now about Mitt Romney's success in business it's well known.
But we've also learned that he so much more than that but.
-- is a devoted husband.
A father a grandfather and generous member of this community and church -- a role model for younger Americans like myself.
Everywhere he's been he's volunteered his time and talent to make things better for those around him.
And we are blessed -- That a man like this we'll soon be the president of these United States.
Let me be clear.
So no one -- understands our problem what President Obama isn't that he's a bad person.
And by all accounts he too was a good husband and a good father.
And thanks to lots of practice a good golfer.
Our problem is not that he's a bad person.
Cities about president.
You think he's watching tonight.
Because his new slogan Crist campaign as the word.
A government that spends one trillion dollars more than it takes them.
An 800 billion dollar stimulus -- created more debt -- jobs.
A government intervention and the health care paid -- -- higher taxes and cuts to Medicare scores of new rules and regulations.
These ideas don't move us forward these ideas move us back towards.
These are tired and old big government idea that a failed every time and everywhere they've been tried.
These -- ideas that people come to America to get away from.
These are ideas that threatened to make a more -- America more like the rest of the world instead of helping the rest of the world become more like America.
After -- old slogan.
Under Barack Obama the only changes that -- is hard to find.
Millions of Americans are insecure about their future.
But instead of inspiring us reminding us of what makes -- special.
He divides us against each other.
He tells Americans at their worse off because others are better off that rich people got rich by making other people -- Hope and change has become divide and conquer.
But in the end this election.
The matter how you feel about President Obama because this election is about your future not about kids.
Selection is not simply a choice between a Democrat -- Republican.
It's a choice about what kind of country we want America to be.
And as you prepare to make this choice.
We should remember -- made a special.
Is -- for most of our human history almost everybody was -- Power and wealth only belong to a few.
You're right so whatever your -- allowed you to have.
Your future was determined by your past.
If your parents -- so would you be.
If you're born without opportunities.
So your children.
But America was founded on the principle that every person has god given rights.
Founded on the belief that power belongs to the people.
That government exists to protect our rights and serve our interests and that no one should be trapped in the circumstances of their birth.
We should be free to go as far as our talents and our work can take us.
-- was special.
-- special because we're united mind -- united not as a common race or common ethnicity.
We're bound together by common values.
The family's the most important institution in society and and then almighty god is the source of all we have.
-- special because he never made the mistake of believing that we are so Smart.
That we can rely solely on our leaders are on our government.
Our national motto.
In god we trust reminding us that faith and our creator is the most important American value of the -- And what's special.
-- special because we've always understood the scriptural admonition.
-- for everyone to whom much is given.
From him much will be required.
-- My fellow Americans we are uniquely blessed people.
And we have honored those blessings with the enduring example of an exceptional America.
I know for many of you watching at home tonight the last few years have tested your faith in the promise of America.
Maybe you're not an -- when you thought you would be entering retirement.
But now because your savings and investments are wiped out your future is uncertain.
Maybe after years of hard work this is the time -- expected to be your prime earning years.
But instead you've been laid off in your house is worth less than your mortgage.
Maybe you did everything you were told he needed to do to get ahead you study hard and finish school but now you'll thousands of dollars in student loans.
You can't find a job in your field.
And -- had to move back in with your parents.
You want to believe that we're still that special place where anything -- possible.
Just don't seem things just don't seem to be getting any better.
And you wonder if things will ever be the same again.
Yes we live in a troubled time.
But the story of those who came before us reminds us that America has always been about new beginnings.
And Mitt Romney is running for president because he knows.
That if we are willing to do for our children.
What our parents did for us life in America can be better than it has ever been.
My mother was one of seven girls.
Whose parents often went to bed hungry so their children wouldn't.
My father lost his mother when he was nine.
He had to leave school and go to work and he will work for the next seventy years of his life.
They immigrated to America was little more than the hope of a better life.
I doubt as a bartender.
-- as a cashier at a hotel made a stock clerk at Kmart.
To never made it big.
They were never rich.
And yet they were successful.
Because just a few decades removed from hopelessness.
They made it possible for us all the things that have been impossible for them.
Many nights growing up I would hear my father's keys jangling at the door.
As he came home after another sixteen hour day.
Many mornings I woke up just as my mother got home from the overnight shift at Kmart.
When you're young and you're in a hurry.
The meaning of moments like this -- -- you.
But now as my children get older.
I understand it better.
My dad used to tell us.
And you hit -- -- content on the political but I don't of course a consultant napoleon's.
Country you're going to be able to accomplish all the things we never could.
Few years ago during a speech.
I noticed the bartender behind a portable bar on the back of the ballroom.
I remember my father who worked -- for many years is a banquet bartender.
He was grateful for the work he had.
But that's not the life he wanted for us.
You see he stood behind -- bar and in the back of the room all those years.
So one day I could stand behind a podium in the front of -- room.
-- That journey.
From behind that part -- behind this podium.
Goes to the essence of the American miracle.
That were exceptional not because we have more rich people here.
-- special because.
Dreams that are impossible anywhere else they come true here.
That's not just my story.
That's your story.
That's our story.
That's the story of your mothers.
Who struggled to give you what they never had.
That's the story of your fathers worked two jobs to that the door that have been closed for them would be open for you.
That's the story of that teacher of that coach that -- the lessons that made you who you are today.
And it's -- story of a man.
Who was born into an uncertain future in a foreign country.
This family came to America to escape revolution.
They struggled through poverty in the great depression.
And yet he rose to be an admired businessmen.
And public servant.
And in November.
His son Mitt Romney will be elected president of these United States.
We are all just a generation or two removed.
From someone who made our future the purpose of their lives.
America is the story of everyday people.
Who did extraordinary things.
A story woven deep into the fabric of our society.
Their stories may never be famous.
But in the lives they live it you will find the essence of America's greatness.
And to make sure that America is still a place.
Where tomorrow is always better than yesterday that is what our politics should be about.
And that is what we are deciding this election.
We decide do we want our children to inherit our hopes and dreams.
Or do we want them to inherit our problems.
Because Mitt Romney believes that if we succeed in changing the direction of our country.
Our children and grandchildren will be the most prosperous generation ever.
And their achievements will astonish the world.
The story of our time.
Will be written by Americans who haven't yet even been born.
Let's make sure they write that we did our part.
But in the early years of this new century.
We lived in an uncertain time.
But we did not allow fear to cause us to abandon -- made a special.
We -- more government instead of more freedom.
We chose the principles of our founding to solve the challenges of our time.
We chose a special man to lead us in a special time.
We chose Mitt Romney to lead our nation and because we did.
The American miracle lived on for another generation to inherit.
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