The overall consensus among RNC attendees Thursday night was that Mitt Romney delivered a passionate and heartfelt speech that energized the Republican base.
Political analysts called the speech successful in appealing to the base and showing some of Romney’s personal side. The more emotional and patriotic appeals of Romney’s speech played well for a man who’s sometimes regarded as stiff and unapproachable.
Romney called to mind images of GOP icon Ronald Reagan in describing to a cheering Republican National Convention a future of opportunity and promise for the nation.
Declaring, “The time has come to turn the page. The time has come for us to put the disappointments of the last four years behind us,” “to put aside the divisiveness and the recriminations, to forget about what might have been and look ahead to what can be,” now is the time to restore the promise of America,” Romney brought the crowd to their feet.
In a speech that brimmed with hope and a promise of real results, Romney received roaring applause with comments such as these:
As president, I’ll respect the sanctity of life. I’ll honor the institution of marriage. And I will guarantee America’s first liberty, the freedom of religion.
Now is the time to restore the promise of America, now is the moment where we can stand up and say, `I am an American, I make my destiny, we deserve better, my children deserve better, my family deserves better, my country deserves better.
The strength and power and goodness of America has always been based on the strength and power and goodness of our communities, our families, and our faiths – That’s the bedrock of what makes America America.
I am running for president to help create a better future, a future where everyone who wants a job can find a job, where no senior fears for the security of their retirement, an America where every parent knows that their child will get an education that leads to a good job and a bright horizon, and unlike the president, I have a plan to create 12 million new jobs.
We will honor America’s Democratic ideals because a free world is a more peaceful world. This is the bipartisan foreign legacy of Truman and Reagan, and under presidency we will return to it once again.
If I am elected president of these United States I will work with all my energy and soul to restore America, to lift our eyes to a better future. That future is our destiny. That future is out there. It is waiting for us. Our children deserve it. Our nation depends on it. The peace and freedom of the world require it. And with your help we will deliver it. Let us begin that future for America tonight. Thank you so very much. May God bless you! May god bless the American people, and may God bless the United States of America