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Romney's Victory Speech

11:11 PM, Feb 4, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Here's Mitt Romney's victory speech, as prepared for delivery, given tonight after he was projected the winner in the Nevada contest:

Mitt Romney

Tonight, I want to thank the people of Nevada.  Once again, you have given me your vote of confidence.  And this time, I intend to take it all the way to the White House!

Four years ago, candidate Obama came to Nevada, promising to help. But after he was elected, his help was telling people to skip coming here for conventions and meetings. Today, Nevada unemployment is over 12%, home values have plummeted, and Nevada's foreclosure rate is the highest in the nation.  I’ve walked in Nevada neighborhoods, blighted by abandoned homes, where people wonder why Barack Obama failed them.

Mr. President, Nevada has had enough of your kind of help!

Three years ago, a newly elected President Obama told America that if Congress approved his plan to borrow nearly a trillion dollars, he would hold unemployment below 8%.  It hasn’t been below 8% since.

This week he's been trying to take a bow for 8.3% unemployment. Not so fast, Mr. President. This is the 36th straight month with unemployment above the red line your own administration drew.  And if you take into account all the people who are struggling for work or who have just stopped looking, the real unemployment rate is over 15%.

Mr. President, America has also had enough of your kind of help!

Let me ask you a question. Did Obamacare encourage businesses to hire more people?  No.

Did the Dodd-Frank Act get banks to renegotiate or make more loans?

Did the NLRB's attack on Boeing in South Carolina encourage employers to expand?

Did efforts to block the domestic production of energy and the Keystone Pipeline speed job creation?

And did those billions of dollars the President sent to his green energy buddies give anyone here a job?

Mr. President, we welcome any good news on the jobs front, but it is thanks to the innovation of the American people in the private sector, not to you!

This President’s misguided policies made these tough times last longer.

Earlier this week, he spoke with a woman from Texas during an online event.  She told him that her husband has been out of work for three years.  President Obama said he found that “interesting.”

Interesting?  Really?  I’ve got a better word: tragic.  America needs a President who can fix the economy because he understands the economy!

This President began his presidency by apologizing for America.  He should now be apologizing to America.  

We won’t settle for a President who tells us it could be worse.  What defines us as Americans is our unwavering conviction that things must be better.  That conviction guides our campaign.  It has rallied millions of Americans to our cause, including tens of thousands of Nevadans who gave me their support today!

They know that our future is brighter and better than these troubled times.

It is better than 15% real unemployment.

It is better than $15 trillion in debt.

It is better than the misguided policies and broken promises of the last three years – and the failed leadership of one man. 

Our campaign is about more than replacing a President.  It is about saving the soul of America.

President Obama wants to “fundamentally transform” America. We want to restore America to the founding principles that made this country great. Our vision for the future could not be more different than his.

President Obama will grow government and amass more trillion-dollar deficits.  I will not just slow the growth of government, I will cut it.  I will not just freeze government’s share of the total economy, I will reduce it.  And, without raising taxes, I will finally balance the budget.

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