Speeches at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa FL, Aug. 28-31, 2012
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Budget & Economy|
Paul Ryan: FactCheck: S&P downgraded U.S. due to Congress, not Obama.
Condoleezza Rice: A nation losing control of finances loses control of destiny.
Paul Ryan: Solve $16 trillion debt before math & momentum overwhelm us.
Rand Paul: Not every military dollar is necessary,nor every entitlement.
Ted Cruz: Choice is more federal spending, or free markets & liberty.
Ted Cruz: FactCheck: Yes, gross federal debt now exceeds GDP.
Mitt Romney: I picked a woman Lt. Gov., and more women in my Cabinet.
Susana Martinez: Being first Hispanic female governor paves path for others.
Mitt Romney: In America, we celebrate success; we don't attack it.
Republican Party: FactCheck: Obama didn't say "you didn't build that".
Paul Ryan: Stimulus was political patronage & corporate welfare.
Rand Paul: Punishing the rich means the poor lose their jobs.
Rand Paul: Obama's "You didn't build that" insults American workers.
Mitt Romney: Successful risk-taking lets others launch new dreams.
Nikki Haley: My parents built business into a multimillion dollar company.
Mitt Romney: Every parent should have a choice of schools.
Condoleezza Rice: Parental choice in schools is civil rights issue of our day.
Jeb Bush: Let's give every parent in America a choice about schools.
Jeb Bush: School choice is about unions versus kids.
Chris Christie: Take on the teachers unions for real tenure reform.
Chris Christie: Dems believe in teacher's unions; we believe in teachers.
Mitt Romney: Abigail Adams scholarships: H.S. Top 25% get college tuition.
Energy & Oil|
Condoleezza Rice: Develop oil & gas resources, for energy independence.
Families & Children|
Marco Rubio: Better life means your kids accomplish what you never could.
Susana Martinez: Prosecuted cases of child abuse and child homicide.
Mitt Romney: No "storybook marriage"; just family & faith.
Rick Santorum: Marriage disappears where government dependency is highest.
Rick Santorum: Severely disabled daughter is still life worth living.
Mitt Romney: A free world is a more peaceful world.
Condoleezza Rice: American exceptionalism is based on an idea of opportunity.
Paul Ryan: Speak with clarity instead of managing American decline.
Condoleezza Rice: China has signed 15 agreements in time Obama signed only 3.
Marco Rubio: Choose more freedom instead of more government.
Paul Ryan: End the supervision and sanctimony of the central planners.
Scott Walker: Recall election rejected big government interests & spending.
Susana Martinez: At age 18, carried gun as security guard for dad's company.
Paul Ryan: ObamaCare's mandates & fines have no place in a free country.
Paul Ryan: Protect Medicare as an obligation to grandparents.
Rand Paul: ObamaCare is still unconstitutional, despite Supreme Court.
Mitt Romney: Military so strong that no nation ever dare test it.
Chris Christie: Second American Century: strong military & sure values.
Condoleezza Rice: We need immigrants but also need immigration laws.
Brian Sandoval: Greatest duty as judge: oath of citizenship to new Americans.
Rick Santorum: My grandfather immigrated for American Dream, not benefits.
Mitt Romney: To Obama, jobs are about government; to me, about business.
Mitt Romney: 5-step plan to create 12 million new jobs.
Paul Ryan: 12M new jobs by capping federal spending at 20% of GDP.
Deb Fischer: Nebraska's low 4% unemployment due to limited government.
Nikki Haley: Non-union Boeing jobs in SC did not cost one union job in WA.
Principles & Values|
Marco Rubio: Obama's "Change" is that "Hope" has been hard to find.
Mitt Romney: I was born in middle of the century in middle of the country.
Mitt Romney: Kids cared more about what sports I played than my church.
Mitt Romney: Obama promised to heal planet; I promise to help your family.
Mitt Romney: Americans deserved "hope and change" but didn't get it.
Condoleezza Rice: We overcame the birth defect of slavery; we can overcome now.
Paul Ryan: Lives now on same block in Janesville where he grew up.
Susana Martinez: Raised as Democrat; ran for District Attorney as Republican.
Brian Sandoval: Child of working class Hispanic Americans.
Chris Christie: More important for leaders to be respected than to be loved.
Mitt Romney: Met wife Ann at high school dance; now 5 sons & 18 grandkids.
Ted Cruz: Great Awakening: response to mess from career politicians.
Susana Martinez: Paid off NM deficit, with Democrats, without raising taxes.
Chris Christie: FactCheck: NJ taxes raised 115 times? Only if fees count too.
War & Peace|
Condoleezza Rice: We should support free people, including Syria.
Welfare & Poverty|
Condoleezza Rice: Turn toward entitlement tears apart the fabric of who we.
Rick Santorum: FactCheck: Obama waived workfare? No, he leaves it to states.
Ted Cruz: Government checks create dependency.
The above quotations are from Speeches at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa FL, Aug. 28-31, 2012.
Republican Conventions and Conferences:
- Republican Party Platform, Aug. 29, 2012
- Republican National Convention, Aug. 28-30, 2012
- Conservative Political Action Conference, Feb. 12-14, 2011
- Conservative Political Action Conference, Feb. 18-20, 2010
- Conservative Political Action Conference, Feb. 27-28, 2009
- Republican National Convention, Sept. 3rd-5th, 2008
- Conservative Political Action Conference, Feb. 7, 2008
- 2004 Republican Convention, in New York City, Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2004
Democratic Conventions and Conferences:
- Democratic Party Platform, Sept. 4, 2012
- Democratic National Convention, Sept. 4-6, 2012
- Democratic National Convention, Aug. 26th-Aug. 28th, 2008
- Take Back America Conference, June 18-20 2007
- Take Back America Conference, June 13-15, 2006
- Take Back America Conference, June 2-3, 2005
- Democratic National Convention, July 24-27 2004
- MoveOn questionnaire, June 17, 2003
- Take Back America Conference, June 4-6, 2003