CONVENTION SPEECHES (from the Committee on
Sen. Hon. Marco Rubio (R-FL)
August 30, 2012
[Remarks as Prepared for Delivery]
In 1980, I watched my first Republican convention with my grandfather.
He was born to a farming family in rural Cuba. Childhood polio left him
Because he couldn't work the farm, his family sent him to school, and
he became the only one in the family who could read.
a boy, I would sit on our porch and listen to his stories about
history, politics and baseball while he puffed on one of his three
daily Padron cigars.
I don't recall everything we talked about,
but the one thing I remember, is the one thing he wanted me to never
forget. The dreams he had when he was young became impossible to
But there was no limit to how far I could go, because I was an American.
those of us who were born and raised in this country, it's easy to
forget how special America is. But my grandfather understood how
different America is from the rest of the world, because he knew what
life was like outside America.
Tonight, you'll hear from another man who understands what makes
Romney knows America's prosperity didn't happen because our government
simply spent more. It happened because our people used their own money
to open a business. And when they succeed, they hire more people, who
then invest or spend their money in the economy, helping others start a
business and create jobs.
Mitt Romney's success in business is well known. But he's more
He's a devoted husband, father and grandfather. A generous member of
his community and church.
Everywhere he's been, he's volunteered his time and talent to make
things better for those around him.
We are blessed that soon, he will be the president of the United
problem with President Obama isn't that he's a bad person. By all
accounts, he too is a good husband, and a good father -- and thanks to
lots of practice, a pretty good golfer.
Our problem is he's a bad president.
The new slogan for the president's campaign is "Forward."
A government that spends $1 trillion more than it takes in.
An $800 billion stimulus that created more debt than jobs.
A government intervention into health care paid for with higher taxes
and cuts to Medicare.
Scores of new rules and regulations.
These ideas don't move us "Forward," they take us "Backwards."
are tired and old big government ideas. Ideas that people come to
America to get away from. Ideas that threaten to make America
like the rest of the world, instead of helping the world become more
Under Barack Obama, the only "Change" is that "Hope" has been hard to
millions of Americans are insecure about their future. But instead of
inspiring us by reminding us of what makes us special, he divides us
against each other.
He tells Americans they're worse off because others are better off.
That people got rich by making others poor.
Hope and Change has become Divide and Conquer.
matter how you feel about President Obama, this election is about your
future, not his. And it's not simply a choice between a Democrat and a
It's a choice about what kind of country we want America to be.
we prepare to make this choice, we should remember what made us
special. For most of history almost everyone was poor. Power and wealth
belonged to only a few.
Your rights were whatever your rulers allowed you to have. Your future
was determined by your past.
If your parents were poor, so would you be. If you were born without
opportunities, so were your children.
America was founded on the principle that every person has God-given
rights. That power belongs to the people. That government exists to
protect our rights and serve our interests.
That we shouldn't be
trapped in the circumstances of our birth. That we should be free to go
as far as our talents and work can take us.
We are special
because we've been united not by a common race or ethnicity. We're
bound together by common values. That family is the most important
institution in society. That almighty God is the source of all we have.
Special, because we've never made the mistake of believing
that we are so smart that we can rely solely on our leaders or our
Our national motto is "In God we Trust," reminding us that faith in our
Creator is the most important American value of all.
special because we've always understood the scriptural admonition that
"for everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required."
We are a blessed people. And we have honored those blessings with the
enduring example of an exceptional America.
I know that for so many of you, these last few years have tested your
faith in the promise of America.
you are at an age when you thought you would be entering retirement.
But now, because your savings and investments are wiped out, your
future is uncertain.
Maybe, after years of hard work, this
was the time you expected to be your prime earning years. But instead,
you've been laid off, and your house is worth less than your mortgage.
you did everything you were told you needed to do to get ahead. You
studied hard and finished school. But now, you owe thousands of dollars
in student loans. You can't find a job in your field. And you've moved
back in with your parents.
You want to believe we're still
that place where anything is possible. But things just don't seem to be
getting better. And you are starting to wonder if things will ever be
the same again.
Yes, we live in a troubled time. But the
story of those who came before us reminds us that America has always
been about new beginnings.
And Mitt Romney is running for
president because he knows that if we are willing to do for our
children what our parents did for us, life in America can be better
than it has ever been.
My mother was one of seven girls whose
parents went to bed hungry so their children wouldn't. My father lost
his mother when he was nine. He left school and went to work for the
next 70 years.
They emigrated to America with little more than the hope of a better
dad was a bartender. My mom was a cashier, a maid and a stock clerk at
K-Mart. They never made it big. They were never rich. And yet
were successful. Because just a few decades removed from hopelessness,
they made possible for us all the things that had been impossible for
Many nights I heard my father's keys jingling at the door
as he came home after another 16-hour day. Many mornings, I woke up
just as my mother got home from the overnight shift at K-Mart
When you're young, the meaning of moments like these escapes you. But
now, as my own children get older, I understand it better.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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?
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
make sure they write that we did our part. That in the early
this new century, we lived in an uncertain time. But we did not
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
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.