Charles Dharapak, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., kicked off the Wednesday night session of the Republican National Convention, saying that it doesn't occur to Americans that someone else should solve their problems.
"Americans take pride in solving problems themselves, and if we fail, we get back up and try again," McConnell said. "It's what we do. It's who we are."
President Barack Obama may want to give up on the problems America faces, McConnell said, but the American people don't.
"It's a choice about who we are," he said. "Are we still a country that takes risks, that innovates, that believes anything is possible? Or are we a country that is resigned to whatever liberty the government decides to dish out?"
McConnell also said he often tells students the only way to fail in America is to quit.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.
Citing the "you didn't build that line" said by President Obama during a campaign stop in Roanoke, Va., Paul said that the statement angered him, then made him sad that anyone, particularly a president, could believe that roads create business success and not the other way around.
"Anyone who so fundamentally misunderstands American greatness is unqualified to lead this great nation," Paul said.
American inventiveness and the desire to build was developed because American citizens are guaranteed the right to their own creations, and individuals are the engine of America's greatness Paul said.
Paul also said that Republicans and Democrats must be willing to slay their sacred cows in order to get government spending out of control. He said that Republicans must acknowledge that not very dollar spent on the military is necessary or well spent, while Democrats must admit that domestic welfare and entitlements must be reformed.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
Four years after becoming the Republican presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain returned to the Republican National Convention, focusing his speech on America's role in the world and what he sees as President Obama's shortcomings in foreign policy
America is being tested by an array of threats more complex, more numerous and just as deep and deadly as he can recall, McCain said. This election is a consequential choice, where Americans can choose a "declining path," or to reform the government and renew the foundations of U.S. power and leadership around the world.
We can't afford to cause our friends and allies to doubt America's leadership, McCain said, and the nation must return to its tradition of providing leadership and support to those who face down tyranny from oppressors and enemies.
"I trust Mitt Romney to know that an American president always, always, always stands up for the rights and freedoms of all people," he said.
Sen. John Thune, S.D.
Sen. Thune opened his speech with a joke, saying Obama would be easy to defend in basketball because he always goes to the left, before going on to discuss the struggles small businesses and farmers are facing in the current economic climate.
The American dream is in serious jeopardy, Thune said, and big government bureaucrats have their sights set on the American way of life.
Despite all of the president's talk about the middle class, middle class incomes are down, health insurance premiums are up, fuel costs have doubles, college costs have gone up, the number of people of food stamps has increased, the national debt has gone up and the nation has had 42 months of unemployment above 8 percent, Thune said.
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