The Republican National Committee Convention has yet to reach the pinnacle moment of Mitt Romney formally accepting the nomination, but a host of memorable comments have already been uttered from the podium. On Tuesday the highly anticipated speech by Paul Ryan garnered laughter, cheers, and even some tears from members of the audience. Before the potential vice president discussed his endless admiration for his mother and the classic rock tunes on his iPod, warm-up speakers left a lasting impression on the audience.
RNC Convention speakers primarily focused on the differences between the liberal and fiscally conservative views on the path America should take going forward. There were, of course, some zingers aimed at President Barack Obama mixed into the speeches as well. Nearly all RNC Convention speakers made references to President Obama’s “you didn’t build that” comment.
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice focused the bulk of her speech on achieving success from humble beginnings, foreign policy, and a renewed focus on American exceptionalism. Rice’s personalized her Mitt Romney endorsement speech by sharing stories of the racism she experienced as a young girl living in the south.
Rice stated that, although she could not eat at the Woolworth’s lunch counter, her parents always instilled the belief in her that, if she worked hard, she could grow up to be anything she wanted to be including the president of the United States. Condoleezza Rice’s parents likely did not realize at the time exactly how close they came to correctly identifying their daughter’s future career path.
Mia Love also dazzled the audience with the story of her journey as a first generation American of Haitian immigrant parents. If the Utah Mayor is elected to Congress in November, she will be the first black Republican woman to do so in the history of the United States.
Most Memorable Quotes From The RNC Convention
10. “America has a choice between Mitt Romney, who seeks to grow the economy, and Barack Obama who seeks to redistribute it. Which one do you think will liberate America’s entrepreneurial spirit?” – Rob Portman, Republican Ohio Senator
9. “That coffee shop in Henrico; that florist in Virginia beach, that bakery in Radford, they were all built by entrepreneurial Americans with big dreams, not a big-spending government with a wide-open wallet full of other people’s money” – Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell
8. “My parents immigrated to the US with $10 in their pockets, believing that the America they had heard about really did exist. When times got tough, they didn’t look to Washington, they looked within. So the American I came to know was centered in personal responsibility and filled with the American dream.” – Mia Love, Utah Mayor
7. “I’ve come to realize that Barack Obama is the tattoo president. Like a big tattoo, it seemed cool when you were young.” – Tim Pawlenty, former governor of Minnesota
6. “They believe that the American people don’t want to hear the truth about the extent of our fiscal difficulties and they believe the American people need to be coddled by big government. They believe the American people are content to live the lie with them. They’re wrong.” – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
5. “Folks, let me tell you this – Joe Biden disputes a lot of those facts, but Joe Biden told me that he was a good golfer. And I’ve played golf with Joe Biden, I can tell you that’s not true, as well as all of the other things that he says.” – Ohio Governor John Kasich
4. “Some of you may know, the last time I spoke at a convention, it turned out I was in the wrong place. He [Mitt Romney] has no illusions about what makes America great, and he doesn’t confuse the presidency with celebrity, or loftiness with leadership.” – former US Representative (D) Alabama, Artur Davis
3. “This is the man America needs. This is the man who will wake up every day with the determination to solve the problems that others say can’t be solved, to fix what others say is beyond repaid. This is the man who will work harder than anyone so that we can work a little less hard.” Ann Romney, Mitt Romney’s wife
2. “College graduates should not have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life.” – Republican Vice-Presidential candidate Paul Ryan.
1. “Before I ran for District Attorney, two Republicans invited my husband and me to lunch. And I know a party-switch was exactly what they wanted. So, I told Chuck, we’ll be polite, enjoy a free lunch and then say goodbye. But we talked about issues. They never used the words Republican, or Democrat, conservative or liberal. We talked about many issues, like welfare – is it a way of life, or a hand-up? And when we left that lunch, we got in the car and I looked over at Chuck and said, I’ll be da**ed, we’re Republicans.” – First Latina governor in the United States, Susana Martinez, New Mexico.