Highlights from speakers at the Republican National Convention Wednesday
"Folks, we won't be in this situation with Mitt Romney in the White House," he said.
"May it never be said of us that when confronted with the economic peril before us, that we averted our eyes, turned away and did nothing," Thune said. "Our children's future depends on our willingness to act and our decision to elect Mitt Romney president of the United States."
Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio
Sen. Portman, who was rumored to be one of Romney's picks for the vice president slot, spoke about knocking down barriers abroad and at home in order to spur job creation and get the economy moving again.
The U.S. needs to knock down barriers to trade abroad, Portman said, but also needs to knock down the self-imposed barriers to success at home, such as an outdated tax code, huge regulatory burdens and a flawed energy policy. The president seeks to redistribute the economy, but Romney seeks to grow it, he said.
"We cannot afford four more years," Portman said. "How about, no more years?"
Portman also discussed the American dream, sharing the story of how his father built a small business, and ho free men and women around the nation have similarly bult businesses by being willing to take risks and build something of value.
"We need new leadership and new policies to bring back the dream and renew America's promise," Portman said. "No more excuses. No more blaming others. No more waiting."
Gov. Luis Fortuno, Puerto Rico
Fortuno, who endorsed Romney early in the primary process, spoke to the convention about the greatness that lies within each American, and hos government can help provide a chance for individuals to harness that greatness.
As families have tightened their budgets, Washington has not, Fortuno said. However, he added, there is a better way, and Republican governors across the nation are proving that to be the case.
When he took power in Puerto Rico, Fortuno said, it was on the brink of bankruptcy. Since then, his administration has cut government expenses, starting with his own salary, and has lowered taxes and reduced the deficit while investing in schools, highways and hospitals.
"Imagine if we had national policies that support rather than prevent growth," Fortuno said. "We'd be able to truly unleash the engine of prosperity that our country and our people deserve."
Romney's mild former presidential opponent came out swinging Wednesday, cracking jokes about the president while driving home his point about the relationship between government and job creators.
It's hard to decide which of the president's decisions have been worse, Pawlenty said — the stimulus, his energy policy, his taxes, or Joe Biden.
"Barack Obama is the first president to create more excuses than jobs," he said.
Pawlenty called Obama a "tattoo president," saying he seemed cool when voters were younger, but now that they're older they look at it and wonder, "What was I thinking?" He also joked the hard part would be explaining it to your children.
The president will spend his time at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., next week trying to convince voters to give him more time and more money.
"Sorry Mr. President," Pawlenty said. "But you're out of time and we're out of money.
Although Huckabee was Romney's opponent in the 2008 GOP primaries, he may have helped Romney clinch the Evangelical vote with his speech at the convention Wednesday, which touched on the battle over contraception coverage and mentioned Romney's devotion to his religion.
For four years, the U.S. gave a chance to a man with very limited experience in government and no experience in business whatsoever, Huckabee said, but today, "we know full well we can do better."
The Obama administration's requirement that Catholics be required to cover birth control and some abortifacients, despite such things being against their religious beliefs, is an attack on all religions, Huckabee said.
On the subject of Romney's religion, Huckbee said, "I care far less as to where Mitt Romney takes his family to church than I do about where he takes this country."
He cited Romney's donations to charity as an example of his religious convictions, and said, "'d feel better about having a leader who gives more of his own money instead of mine."
While Democrats may say the president should get credit for trying, Huckabee said that sounded like "the nonsense of giving every kid a trophy for showing up."
"Friends, we're talking about leading the country, not playing on a third-grade soccer team," Huckabee said. "I realize this is the man who got a Nobel Peace Prize for what he would potentially do, but in the real world, you get the prize for producing something, not just promising it."
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