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Chris Christie's Republican Convention Address

10:39 PM, Aug 28, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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They believe that the American people don't want to hear the truth about the extent of our fiscal difficulties and need to be coddled by big government. 

 

They believe the American people are content to live the lie with them. 

 

We believe in telling seniors the truth about our overburdened entitlements. 

 

We know seniors not only want these programs to survive, but they just as badly want them secured for their grandchildren. 

 

Seniors are not selfish.

 

They believe seniors will always put themselves ahead of their grandchildren.  So they prey on their vulnerabilities and scare them with misinformation for the cynical purpose of winning the next election. 

 

Their plan: whistle a happy tune while driving us off the fiscal cliff, as long as they are behind the wheel of power.

 

We believe that the majority of teachers in America know our system must be reformed to put students first so that America can compete.

 

Teachers don't teach to become rich or famous. They teach because they love children. 

 

We believe that we should honor and reward the good ones while doing what's best for our nation's future - demanding accountability, higher standards and the best teacher in every classroom.

 

They believe the educational establishment will always put themselves ahead of children. That self-interest trumps common sense. 

 

They believe in pitting unions against teachers, educators against parents, and lobbyists against children. 

 

They believe in teacher's unions.

 

We believe in teachers. 

 

We believe that if we tell the people the truth they will act bigger than the pettiness of Washington, D.C.

 

We believe it's possible to forge bipartisan compromise and stand up for conservative principles. 

 

It's the power of our ideas, not of our rhetoric, that attracts people to our Party. 

 

We win when we make it about what needs to be done; we lose when we play along with their game of scaring and dividing. 

 

For make no mistake, the problems are too big to let the American people lose - the slowest economic recovery in decades,  a spiraling out of control deficit,  an education system that's failing to compete in the world. 

 

It doesn't matter how we got here.  There is enough blame to go around. 

 

What matters now is what we do. 

 

I know we can fix our problems. 

 

When there are people in the room who care more about doing the job they were elected to do than worrying about winning re-election, it's possible to work together, achieve principled compromise and get results. 

 

The people have no patience for any other way. 

 

It's simple. 

 

We need politicians to care more about doing something and less about being something.

 

Believe me, if we can do this in a blue state with a conservative Republican Governor, Washington is out of excuses. 

 

Leadership delivers. 

 

Leadership counts. 

 

Leadership matters. 

 

We have this leader for America. 

 

We have a nominee who will tell us the truth and who will lead with conviction.  And now he has a running mate who will do the same. 

 

We have Governor Mitt Romney and Congressman Paul Ryan, and we must make them our next President and Vice President. 

 

Mitt Romney will tell us the hard truths we need to hear to put us back on the path to growth and create good paying private sector jobs again in America. 

 

Mitt Romney will tell us the hard truths we need to hear to end the torrent of debt that is compromising our future and burying our economy. 

 

Mitt Romney will tell us the hard truths we need to hear to end the debacle of putting the world's greatest health care system in the hands of federal bureaucrats and putting those bureaucrats between an American citizen and her doctor.

 

We ended an era of absentee leadership without purpose or principle in New Jersey. 

 

It's time to end this era of absentee leadership in the Oval Office and send real leaders to the White House. 

 

America needs Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan and we need them right now.

 

There is doubt and fear for our future in every corner of our country.

 

These feelings are real. 

 

This moment is real. 

 

It's a moment like this where some skeptics wonder if American greatness is over.  

 

How those who have come before us had the spirit and tenacity to lead America to a new era of greatness in the face of challenge. 

 

Not to look around and say "not me," but to say, "YES, ME."

 

I have an answer tonight for the skeptics and the naysayers, the dividers and the defenders of the status quo. 

 

I have faith in us.  

 

I know we can be the men and women our country calls on us to be.

 

I believe in America and her history. 

 

There's only one thing missing now.  Leadership.  It takes leadership that you don't get from reading a poll. 

 

You see, Mr. President - real leaders don't follow polls. Real leaders change polls. 

 

That's what we need to do now.  

 

Change polls through the power of our principles. 

 

Change polls through the strength of our convictions. 

 

Tonight, our duty is to tell the American people the truth.

 

Our problems are big and the solutions will not be painless. We all must share in the sacrifice. Any leader that tells us differently is simply not telling the truth. 

 

I think tonight of the Greatest Generation. 

 

We look back and marvel at their courage - overcoming the Great Depression, fighting Nazi tyranny, standing up for freedom around the world. 

 

Now it's our time to answer history's call. 

 

For make no mistake, every generation will be judged and so will we. 

 

What will our children and grandchildren say of us?  Will they say we buried our heads in the sand, we assuaged ourselves with the creature comforts we've acquired, that our problems were too big and we were too small, that someone else should make a difference because we can't?

 

Or will they say we stood up and made the tough choices needed to preserve our way of life?

 

I don't know about you, but I don't want my children and grandchildren to have to read in a history book what it was like to live in an American Century. 

 

I don't want their only inheritance to be an enormous government that has overtaxed, overspent and over-borrowed a great people into second-class citizenship. 

 

I want them to live in a second American Century.

 

A second American Century of strong economic growth where those who are willing to work hard will have good paying jobs to support their families and reach their dreams.

 

A second American Century where real American exceptionalism is not a political punch line, but is evident to everyone in the world just by watching the way our government conducts its business and everyday Americans live their lives.

 

A second American Century where our military is strong, our values are sure, our work ethic is unmatched and our Constitution remains a model for anyone in the world struggling for liberty.

 

Let us choose a path that will be remembered for generations to come. Standing strong for freedom will make the next century as great an American century as the last one. 

 

This is the American way. 

 

We have never been victims of destiny. 

 

We have always been masters of our own. 

 

I won't be part of the generation that fails that test and neither will you. 

 

It's now time to stand up. There's no time left to waste.

 

If you're willing to stand up with me for America's future, I will stand up with you. 

 

If you're willing to fight with me for Mitt Romney, I will fight with you.

 

If you're willing to hear the truth about the hard road ahead, and the rewards for America that truth will bear, I'm here to begin with you this new era of truth-telling. 

 

Tonight, we choose the path that has always defined our nation's history.

 

Tonight, we finally and firmly answer the call that so many generations have had the courage to answer before us. 

 

Tonight, we stand up for Mitt Romney as the next President of the United States. 

 

And, together, we stand up once again for American greatness.

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