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Transcript of Sen. Marco Rubio's Republican National Convention speech

Published: Thursday, Aug. 30 2012 8:32 p.m. MDT

"My Dad used to tell us: 'En este pais, ustedes van a poder lograr todas las cosas que nosotros no pudimos' 'In this country, you will be able to accomplish all the things we never could.'

"A few years ago during a speech, I noticed a bartender behind a portable bar at the back of the ballroom. I remembered my father who had worked for many years as a banquet bartender.

"He was grateful for the work he had, but that's not the life he wanted for us.

"He stood behind a bar in the back of the room all those years, so one day I could stand behind a podium in the front of a room.

"That journey, from behind that bar to behind this podium, goes to the essence of the American miracle that we're exceptional not because we have more rich people here.

"We're special because dreams that are impossible anywhere else, come true here.

"That's not just my story. That's your story. That's our story.

"It's the story of your mother who struggled to give you what she never had.

"It's the story of your father who worked two jobs so doors closed for him would open for you.

"The story of that teacher or that coach who taught you the lessons that shaped who you are today.

"And it's the story of a man who was born into an uncertain future in a foreign country. His family came to America to escape revolution.

"They struggled through poverty and the great depression. And yet he rose to be an admired businessman, and public servant.

"And in November, his son, Mitt Romney, will be elected President of the United States.

"We are all just a generation or two removed from someone who made our future the purpose of their lives.

"America is the story of everyday people who did extraordinary things. A story woven deep into the fabric of our society.

"Their stories may never be famous, but in the lives they lived, you find the living essence of America's greatness. To make sure America is still a place where tomorrow is always better than yesterday, that is what our politics should be about.

"And that is what we are deciding in this election.

"Do we want our children to inherit our hopes and dreams, or do we want them to inherit our problems?

"Mitt Romney believes that if we succeed in changing the direction of our country, our children and grandchildren will be the most prosperous generation ever, and their achievements will astonish the world.

"The story of our time will be written by Americans who haven't yet been born.

"Let's make sure they write that we did our part. That in the early years of this new century, we lived in an uncertain time. But we did not allow fear to cause us to abandon what made us special.

"We chose more freedom instead of more government.

"We chose the principles of our founding to solve the challenges of our time.

"We chose a special man to lead us in a special time.

"We chose Mitt Romney to lead our nation.

"And because we did, the American Miracle lived on for another generation to inherit."

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