Mia Love: Race, Gender Don’t Matter In Campaign

Mia Love is getting a lot of, well, love from the Republican party after her rousing speech Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention (RNC). Love didn’t have a whole lot of time on stage, but, in what little time she had, she drew cheers, claps, ovations, and even a chant of “U-S-A” to top it all off.

“The America I know is grounded in the determination found in patriots and pioneers, in small business owners with big ideas, in the farmers who work in the beauty of our landscape, in our heroic military and Olympians,” Love said during her speech on Tuesday. “It’s in every child who looks at the seemingly impossible and says, ‘I can do that.’ That is the America I know!”

“President Obama’s version of America is a divided one — pitting us against each other based on our income level, gender, and social status. His policies have failed! We are not better off than we were 4 years ago, and no rhetoric, bumper sticker, or campaign ad can change that.”

Love, who became the first black woman to become mayor in Utah, has become something of a star among Republicans, Tea Partiers included. The mayor currently has her sights set on the Congress, and, if she manages to best Democrat Jim Matheson in the November elections, she’ll also become the first black Republican woman to hold a seat in Congress.

Love, however, doesn’t think her race — or her gender for that matter — won’t play a big part in the election. NBC, who interviewed Love, reports:

“But Love feels that her race won’t be a factor in her effort to become the Republican’s first African-American congresswoman, saying that her race and gender ‘doesn’t matter.'”