…Tonight I want to talk to you from my heart about our hearts.
I want to talk not about what divides us, but what holds us together as an American family. I want to talk to you tonight about that one great thing that unites us, that one thing that brings us our greatest joy when times are good, and the deepest solace in our dark hours.
Tonight I want to talk to you about love.
I read somewhere that Mitt and I have a “storybook marriage.” Well, in the storybooks I read, there were never long, long, rainy winter afternoons in a house with five boys screaming at once. And those storybooks never seemed to have chapters called MS or Breast Cancer.
A storybook marriage? No, not at all. What Mitt Romney and I have is a real marriage.
At every turn in his life, this man I met at a high school dance, has helped lift up others. He did it with the Olympics, when many wanted to give up.
This is the man America needs.
This is the man who will wake up every day with the determination to solve the problems that others say can’t be solved, to fix what others say is beyond repair. This is the man who will work harder than anyone so that we can work a little less hard.
I can’t tell you what will happen over the next four years. But I can only stand here tonight, as a wife, a mother, a grandmother, an American, and make you this solemn commitment:
This man will not fail.
This man will not let us down.
Yesterday was pretty exciting stuff at the GOP convention. First we had Ron Paul supporters creating all kinds of havoc during the roll call vote. Maine delegates lost a voice vote to seat more of their delegates. There were many upset about a rule change, but a compromise was reached.
I hope you didn’t miss Mia Love, candidate for Congress in Utah, speaking last night. A strong, conservative black woman who is so inspiring to me. Our own Ted Cruz was amazing as well. Artur Davis, African American former Obama supporter and Democrat, just tore it up in his speech. It was one of the best speeches of the night.
Then there was Ann Romney. A beautiful speech.
Those last two lines really speak to us. We all see and feel the failure around us. Americans need to know that our next President will not fail. Ann Romney was more amazing than I thought she would be. She was genuine, and just lovely. I know what it’s like to raise a larger family, but I never have been through the tough things she has, MS and breast cancer. But I know so many women have. She was very relatable. I read that 20 million people saw Ann Romney for the first time last night. I think it was an incredible introduction. She described Mitt Romney in ways we hadn’t heard before. She described how much Mitt has helped people, but never talks about it because “he sees it as a privilege, not a political talking point.” She really is Romney’s best asset.
Then there was Chris Christi. First the beauty, then the beast. “They believe in teacher’s unions. We believe in teachers.” He pointed out how hard it is to tell Americans the hard truth. How important it is to give that truth, and make the hard choices that will save this country.
It was a great night for conservatives like myself.