J. Scott Applewhite, AP
Full text of Mitt Romney's remarks to the Republican National Convention Thursday in Tampa, as prepared for delivery.
"Mr. Chairman, delegates. I accept your nomination for President of the United States of America.
"I do so with humility, deeply moved by the trust you have placed in me. It is a great honor. It is an even greater responsibility.
"Tonight I am asking you to join me to walk together to a better future. By my side, I have chosen a man with a big heart from a small town. He represents the best of America, a man who will always make us proud — my friend and America's next Vice President, Paul Ryan.
"In the days ahead, you will get to know Paul and Janna better. But last night America got to see what I saw in Paul Ryan — a strong and caring leader who is down to earth and confident in the challenge this moment demands.
"I love the way he lights up around his kids and how he's not embarrassed to show the world how much he loves his mom.
"But Paul, I still like the playlist on my iPod better than yours.
"Four years ago, I know that many Americans felt a fresh excitement about the possibilities of a new president. That president was not the choice of our party but Americans always come together after elections. We are a good and generous people who are united by so much more than what divides us.
"When that hard fought election was over, when the yard signs came down and the television commercials finally came off the air, Americans were eager to go back to work, to live our lives the way Americans always have — optimistic and positive and confident in the future.
"That very optimism is uniquely American.
"It is what brought us to America. We are a nation of immigrants. We are the children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the ones who wanted a better life, the driven ones, the ones who woke up at night hearing that voice telling them that life in that place called America could be better.
"They came not just in pursuit of the riches of this world but for the richness of this life.
"Freedom of religion.
"Freedom to speak their mind.
"Freedom to build a life.
"And yes, freedom to build a business. With their own hands.
"This is the essence of the American experience.
"We Americans have always felt a special kinship with the future.
"When every new wave of immigrants looked up and saw the Statue of Liberty, or knelt down and kissed the shores of freedom just ninety miles from Castro's tyranny, these new Americans surely had many questions. But none doubted that here in America they could build a better life, that in America their children would be more blessed than they.
"But today, four years from the excitement of the last election, for the first time, the majority of Americans now doubt that our children will have a better future.
"It is not what we were promised.
"Every family in America wanted this to be a time when they could get ahead a little more, put aside a little more for college, do more for their elderly mom who's living alone now or give a little more to their church or charity.
"Every small business wanted these to be their best years ever, when they could hire more, do more for those who had stuck with them through the hard times, open a new store or sponsor that Little League team.
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