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Romney's Victory Speech

11:33 PM, Feb 28, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Here's the text of Mitt Romney's victory speech tonight, as prepared for delivery:

Thank you, Michigan.  And thank you, Arizona!

A week ago the pundits and the pollsters were ready to count us out.  But across Michigan and Arizona I kept meeting moms and dads, students and grandparents, all concerned about what was happening to this great country.  I was confident that we would come together today and take a giant step toward a brighter future.  Tonight, their efforts have brought our cause a great victory.

Tonight is all the more special because we’re celebrating in the state where I was born, surrounded by Michiganders we consider family.  Ann and I want to thank all of you who knocked on doors, made calls, and went to the polls.

And in Arizona, we want to thank Governor Brewer and Senator McCain who are celebrating with our two sons, Craig and Matt.

Our campaign is about restoring the promise of America.  Last week, I unveiled a bold economic plan that will jumpstart this economy and help get Michiganders and Americans back to work.

Americans are crying out for more jobs, less debt, and smaller government – and I will deliver.

You know, a lot of people say that if you’re running for office, you can’t speak honestly with the American people.  Well, I did – and I will – because this is a decisive moment that requires real leadership.

Times are tough.  And we need leaders who will live with integrity, who have the courage to tell the truth, and who have the experience to get our economy back on track.  That’s the kind of leader I am.  And that’s the kind of President I will be.

Our campaign is about more than replacing a President.  It’s about restoring America’s promise.

From generation to generation, Americans have always known that the future would be brighter and better.  Americans have always believed in a tomorrow full of possibility and prosperity.

That’s what it means to be a land of opportunity.  In America, if you work hard, you can build a better life.  If you teach your kids the right values and help them make the right choices, you know their future will be prosperous and secure.

That deep confidence in a better tomorrow is the basic promise of America.  Today, that promise is being threatened by a faltering economy and a failed presidency.

Four years ago, we warned that the Presidency was no place for on-the-job training.  Today, we have an economy to prove it.

This President likes to remind us that he inherited an economic crisis.  But he never mentions that he also inherited a Democratic Congress.  With majorities in the House and Senate, President Obama was free to pursue any policy he pleased.

Did he fix the economy?  Did he tackle the housing crisis?  Did he get Americans back to work?  No.  He put us on a path toward debt, deficits, and decline. It is time to get off that path and get back on the path to prosperity.

These days, when he’s not spending our money or infringing upon our rights, President Obama is busy running for re-election.  He believes he ranks among the top four presidents in history.

He thinks he deserves a second term.  He keeps saying, “We can’t wait.”  To which I say, “Yes, we can.”

Today, we’re $15 trillion in debt.  Real employment stands at 15%.

You’ve heard the saying, “I need a vacation from this vacation?”  Well, we need to recover from this so-called “recovery.”

Americans survived a Great Depression.  We weathered two world wars.  We’ve made it through tough times before.  And we have not come all this way to give up now.

We still believe in the hope, the dream, and the promise of America.  We know our future is better and brighter than these troubled times.

That unwavering conviction guides our campaign.  It has rallied millions of Americans to our cause.  And it’s the message we will take to every corner of this country – from Ohio and Idaho to Georgia and Tennessee.

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