postheadericon RNC Night 2 – Warm up speakers don’t hold back

The second night of the Republican National Convention kicked off in a big way with one time McCain rivals Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and Rudy Giuliani taking center stage.  All had some pretty sharp words for the Democratic opponents.  Click the read more link to read excerpts and for links to video.

Mitt Romney speaks at the RNC.Mitt Romney (Click here for video)

If America really wants change, it’s time to look for the sun in the west, cause it’s about to rise and shine from Arizona and Alaska!

They think we have the biggest and strongest economy in the world because of our government. They’re wrong. America is strong because of the ingenuity and entrepreneurship and hard work of the American people.  The American people have always been the source of our nation’s strength and they always will be!

It is time to stop the spread of government dependency to fight it like the poison it is!  It’s time for the party of big ideas, not the party of Big Brother!

And I have one more recommendation for energy conservation — let’s keep Al Gore’s private jet on the ground!

Just like you, there has never been a day when I was not proud to be an American. We inherited the greatest nation in the history of the earth.  It is our burden and privilege to preserve it, to renew its spirit so that its noble past is prologue to its glorious future.

Mike Huckabee speaks at the RNC.Mike Huckabee (Click here for video)

But I want to begin by doing something a little unusual. I’d like to thank the elite media for doing something that, quite frankly, I wasn’t sure could be done, and that’s unifying the Republican Party and all of America in support of Senator McCain and Governor Palin.

But I want to begin by doing something a little unusual. I’d like to thank the elite media for doing something that, quite frankly, I wasn’t sure could be done, and that’s unifying the Republican Party and all of America in support of Senator McCain and Governor Palin.

Barack Obama’s excellent adventure to Europe took his campaign for change to hundreds of thousands of people who don’t even vote or pay taxes here. But let me hasten to say that it’s not what he took there that concerns me. It’s what he brought back: European ideas that give the government the chance to grab even more of our liberty and destroy our hard-earned livelihood.

The fact is, my friends, most Americans don’t want more government. They want less government.  It was — it was, in fact, the founder of our party, Abraham Lincoln, who reminded us that a government that can do everything for us is the government that can take everything from us.

Let me make something clear tonight: I’m not a Republican because I grew up rich. I’m a Republican because I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life poor, waiting for the government to rescue me.

And speaking of Governor Palin, I am so tired of hearing about her lack of experience. I want to tell you folks something. She got more votes running for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, than Joe Biden got running for president of the United States.

I wish we would all remember that being American is not just about the freedom we have; it is about those who gave it to us.  And let me remind you of something. John McCain is one of those people who helped buy the freedom and the school desk that we had. John McCain helped me have a school desk.  And I want to tell you: I pledge myself to doing everything I can to help him earn a desk, and I’m thinking the one that’s in the Oval Office would fit him very, very well.

Rudy Giuliani speaks at the RNC.Rudy Giuliani (Click here for video)

His [McCain's] principle independence never wavered. He stood up to special interests. He fought for fiscal discipline and ethics reform and a strong national defense. That’s the one choice. That’s the one man.

On the other hand, you have a resume from a gifted man [Obama] with an Ivy League education. He worked as a community organizer. Maybe this is the first problem on the resume. He worked as a community organizer. He immersed himself in Chicago machine politics. Then he ran — then he ran for the state legislature, and he got elected. And nearly 130 times, he couldn’t make a decision. He couldn’t figure out whether to vote yes or no. It was too tough. He voted — he voted “present.”  Sheesh! I didn’t know about this vote “present” when I was mayor of New York City. Sarah Palin didn’t have this vote “present” when she was mayor or governor. You don’t get “present” — it doesn’t work in an executive job. For president of the United States, it’s not good enough to be present. You have to make a decision.

But he’s never run a city, he’s never run a state, he’s never run a business, he’s never run a military unit, he’s never had to lead people in crisis.  He is the least experienced candidate for president of the United States in at least the last 100 years. Not a personal attack, a statement of fact. Barack Obama has never led anything, nothing!

For four days in Denver, the Democrats were afraid to use the words “Islamic terrorism.”  I imagine they believe it is politically incorrect to say it. I think they believe it will insult someone. Please, tell me, who are they insulting, if they say “Islamic terrorism?” They are insulting terrorists.

Governor Palin represents a new generation. She’s already one of the most successful governors in America and the most popular. And she’s already had more executive experience than the entire Democratic ticket combined. She’s been a mayor. I love that.  I’m sorry that Barack Obama feels that her hometown isn’t cosmopolitan enough. I’m sorry, Barack — that it’s not flashy enough. Maybe they cling to religion there. Ooh.

Well, first day — as far as I’m concerned, the first day she was mayor she had more experience as an executive than Obama and Biden combined.

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