As Republicans take the stage in Tampa, we have a message for Americans: Elect Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, and we can get this country working again. America can do better than the last four years, and with the proven leadership of Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan, we can secure a better future for the country and the next generation.
Our convention is an opportunity to share our vision with the country. “A Better Future” is the theme of the four-day event. It’s also more than that. It is a promise to voters. While President Obama has no plan to fix the economy or rein in government spending, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have a plan and will be prepared to lead on Day One.
When Mr. Obama was elected in 2008, he was inexperienced and unproven. Americans were willing to take a risk, but it turned out to be a bad bet. He was not up to the job, as the weak economy and skyrocketing debt so unambiguously demonstrate.
Mr. Romney has a proven record of successful leadership. In the private sector, he provided steady leadership that saved failing companies and started successful ones, like Staples and Sports Authority. When the 2002 Winter Olympics were mired in scandal and mismanagement, they turned to Mitt Romney for help. He saved the games and brought pride to the nation.
That record convinced voters in Massachusetts that he was up to the task of leading their state. Once again, he did the job admirably. He balanced the budget every year, cut taxes, and left $2 billion in the state’s rainy day fund. The economy grew, and unemployment went down to 4.7 percent. Throughout his governorship, he was able to work across the aisle with the Democrat-controlled legislature, and when he left office, Massachusetts was undeniably better off.
This is the story we’ll tell at the convention — the Mitt Romney story, about his life of leadership as well as his dedication to family and faith. Those who listen will know he is a man uniquely qualified to address the challenges of our time.
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