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Convention Update: Romney Accepts GOP Nomination

by Newsteam Staff
August 31, 2012

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney at the final session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida August 30, 2012 (Eric Thayer/Courtesy Reuters). Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney at the final session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 30, 2012 (Eric Thayer/Courtesy Reuters).

The Republican National Convention wrapped up Thursday night with Mitt Romney formally accepting his party’s nomination for president. Romney and the other speakers focused primarily on domestic issues, such as education, and how they impact U.S. global competitiveness.

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush spoke about education (NationalJournal), highlighting how students in the United States stack up against those in other countries:

“We must make sure that our children and grandchildren are ready for the world we are shaping today. It starts in our homes and our communities and especially in our schools… of 34 advanced nations in the world, American students rank 17th in science and 25th in math. Only one quarter of high school graduates are ready for their next steps. China and India produce eight times more engineering students each year than the United States. This is a moral cost to our country. Our failing schools need to be fixed.”

“In this election, remember this: our future as a nation is at stake. The fact is, this election is not just about one office, it’s about one nation. If we want to continue to be the greatest nation on the planet, we must give our kids what we promised them — an equal opportunity. That starts in the classroom, that starts in our community, that starts where you live. And it starts with electing Mitt Romney the next president of the United States.”

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), a U.S.-born son of Cuban immigrations, opened his speech by asking for prayers of freedom and liberty for Cuba (Politico):

“[Obama's policies are] tired and old big government ideas that have failed every where and every time they have been tried. These are ideas that people come to America to get away from. These are ideas that threaten to make America more like the rest of the world instead of making the rest of the world more like America.”

Accepting the GOP presidential nomination, Mitt Romney laid out his economic plans and touched on some of the foreign policy issues he would make a priority, if elected in November:

“Paul Ryan and I have a plan to create 12 million new jobs. It has 5 steps. First, by 2020, North America will be energy independent by taking full advantage of our oil and coal and gas and nuclear and renewables. Second, we’ll give our fellow citizens the skills they need for the jobs of today and the careers of tomorrow. When it comes to the school your child will attend, every parent should have a choice and every child should have a chance. Third, we will make trade work for America by forging new trade agreements. And when nations cheat in trade, there will be unmistakable consequences. And fourth, to assure every entrepreneur and every job creator that their investments in America will not vanish, as have those in Greece, we will cut the deficit and put America on track to a balanced budget. Fifth, we will champion small businesses, America’s engine of job growth. That means reducing taxes on business, not raising them. It means simplifying and modernizing the regulations that hurt small business the most. And it means that we must rein in the skyrocketing cost of healthcare by repelling and replacing Obamacare.”

“I will begin my presidency with a jobs tour. President Obama began his presidency with an apology tour. America, he said, had dictated to other nations. No Mr. President, America has freed other nations from dictators.”

“President Obama has thrown allies like Israel under the bus, even as he has relaxed sanctions on Castro’s Cuba. He abandoned our friends in Poland by walking away from our missile defense commitments, but is eager to give Russia’s President Putin the flexibility he desires, after the election. Under my administration, our friends will see more loyalty, and Mr. Putin will see a little less flexibility and more backbone.”

“We will honor America’s democratic ideals because a free world is a more peaceful world. This is the bipartisan foreign policy legacy of Truman and Reagan. And under my presidency we will return to it once again.”

– Gayle S. Putrich, Contributing Editor

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