Thank you, thank you.Â Â (APPLAUSE)
Thank you. Â Thank you very much. Â It is an honor as always,Â my fellow Republicans, to join you at our national conventionÂ and add my voice to yours as we nominate the next president ofÂ the United States, my friend, Governor Mitt Romney.Â Â (APPLAUSE)
I had hopes once of addressing under differentÂ circumstances, but our fellow Americans had another plan fourÂ years ago and I accept their decision. Â I’ve been blessed for soÂ long to play a role in our nation’s affairs and I am consciousÂ of the debt I owe America. Â And I thank you for the honor.Â Â (APPLAUSE)
When we nominate Mitt Romney, we do so with a greaterÂ purpose than winning an advantage for our party. Â We charged himÂ with the care of by a higher cause. Â His election represents theÂ best hopes for our country, and the world.
It is said that this election will turn on domestic andÂ economic issues. Â But what Mitt Romney knows, and what we knowÂ is the success at home also depends on our leadership in theÂ world. Â It is our willingness to shape world events for theÂ better that has kept a safe, increased our prosperity, preservedÂ our liberty and transformed human history.
At our best, America has led. Â We have led by our exampleÂ as a shining city on a hill. Â We have lead in the direction ofÂ patriots from both parties. Â We have led shoulder to shoulderÂ with steadfast friends and allies. Â We have led by giving voiceÂ to the voiceless, insisting that every human life has dignity,Â and aiding those brave souls who risk everything to secure theÂ inalienable rights that are endowed to all by our creator.Â We have…Â Â Â (APPLAUSE)
We have led with generous hearts, moved by an abiding loveÂ of justice, to help others eradicate disease, lift themselvesÂ from poverty, live under laws of their own making, and determineÂ their own destinies. Â We have led when necessary with the armed might ofÂ freedom’s defenders, and always we have led from the front,Â never from behind.Â Â (APPLAUSE)Â Â This is what makes America an exceptional nation. Â It’s notÂ just a matter of who we are, it is the record of what we haveÂ done. Â It is the responsibility that generations afterÂ generations of Americans has a firm and carried forward. Â It isÂ a cause that many Americans have sacrificed everything,
absolutely everything to defend, and when they’ve gone intoÂ battle as they do today, they have done so with the convictionÂ that the country that sent them there is worth their sacrifice,Â that it stands for something more than the sum of our individualÂ interests.
May God bless all who have served, all who serve today asÂ He has blessed us with their service.Â Â Â (APPLAUSE)
We are now being tested by an array of threats that areÂ more complex, more numerous, and just as deeply and deadly as IÂ can recall in my lifetime. Â We face a consequential choice, andÂ make no mistake, it is a choice. Â We can choose to follow aÂ declining path toward a future that is dimmer and more dangerousÂ than our past. Â Or we can choose to reform our failingÂ government, revitalize our ailing economy, and renew the
foundations of our power and leadership in the world.Â That is what is at stake in this election.Â Â Â (APPLAUSE)
Unfortunately, for four years — for four years, we haveÂ drifted away from our proudest traditions of global leadership.Â Traditions that are truly bipartisan. Â We’ve let the challengesÂ we face at home and abroad become much harder to solve. Â WeÂ can’t afford to stay on that course any longer. Â We can’t affordÂ to cause our friends and allies, from Latin America to Europe toÂ Asia to the Middle East, and especially in Israel, a nation
under existential threat, to doubt America’s leadership.Â Â Â (APPLAUSE)
We can’t afford to give governments in Russia and China aÂ veto over how we defend our interests and the progress of ourÂ values in the world.Â Â Â (APPLAUSE)
We can’t afford to have the security of our nation — weÂ can’t afford to have the security of our nation and those whoÂ bravely defend it endangered because their government leaks theÂ secrets of their heroic operations to the media.Â Â (APPLAUSE)
I believe we cannot afford to substitute a politicalÂ timetable to a military strategy. Â By committing to withdrawÂ from Afghanistan, the president has discouraged and emboldenedÂ our enemies, which is why our commanders did not recommend theseÂ decisions, and why they have said it puts our mission at muchÂ greater risk. Â We can’t afford another $500 billion in cuts inÂ our defense budget on top of the nearly $500 billion in cutsÂ that the president is already making.Â Â (APPLAUSE)
His own secretary of defense has said that cutting ourÂ military by nearly $1 trillion would be devastating. Â And yet,Â the president is playing no leadership role in preventing thisÂ crippling blow to our military. Â A wise congressman fromÂ Wisconsin has said, “Our fiscal policy and our foreign policyÂ are on a collision course.” Â And that man is our next vice-Â president, Paul Ryan.Â Â (APPLAUSE)
But most of all, we can’t afford to abandon the cause ofÂ human freedom. Â When long suffering peoples demand liberationÂ from their jailers and torturers and tyrants, the leader of theÂ free world must stand with them. Â Unfortunately, this is notÂ happening. Â When Iranians rose up by the millions against theirÂ repressive rulers, when day beseeched our president, chanting inÂ English, “Are you with us or are you with them?” Â When the
entire world watched as a brave young woman named Neda was shotÂ and bled to death in a street in Tehran, the president missed anÂ historic opportunity to throw America’s full moral supportÂ behind an Iranian revolution that shared one of our highestÂ interests: ridding Iran of a brutal dictatorship that terrorizedÂ the Middle East and threatens the world.Â Â (APPLAUSE)
The situation is far worse in Syria. Â What began asÂ peaceful protests has now become 18 months later a savage andÂ unfair fight. With the full backing of Iran and Hezbollah andÂ Russia, with tanks and helicopters and fighter jets, BashirÂ Asaad is murdering men, women, and children. Â More than 20,000Â people have perished, extremists are gaining ground, and theÂ conflict is becoming more dangerous by the day for our allies
and for us.Â In other times, when other courageous people fought forÂ their freedom against sworn enemies of the United States,Â American presidents, both Republicans and Democrats, have actedÂ to help them prevail.Â Â (APPLAUSE)
Sadly — sadly for the lonely voices of descent in SyriaÂ and Iran and elsewhere in the world will feel forgotten in theirÂ darkness and sadly for us, as well. Â Our president is not beingÂ true to our values.Â Â (APPLAUSE)
For the sake of the cause of freedom, for the sake ofÂ people who are willing to give their lives so their fellowÂ citizens can determine their own futures and for the sake of ourÂ nation, the nation founded on the idea that all peopleÂ everywhere have the right to freedom and justice. Â We mustÂ return to our best traditions of American leadership and supportÂ those who face down the brutal tyranny of their oppressors andÂ our enemies.Â Â (APPLAUSE)
My (ph) across the world, people are seizing control ofÂ their own destinies. Â They’re liberating themselves fromÂ oppressive rulers and they want America’s support. Â They wantÂ America’s assistance as they struggle to live in peace andÂ security, to expand opportunity for themselves and theirÂ children, to replace the injustices of despots with theÂ institutions of democracy and freedom. Â America must be on theÂ right side of history.Â Â Â (APPLAUSE)
The demand for our leadership in the world has never beenÂ greater. Â People don’t want less of America, they want more.Â Everywhere I go in the world, people tell me that they stillÂ have faith in America. Â What they want to know is whether weÂ still faith in ourselves.
I trust that Mitt Romney has that faith and I trust him toÂ lead us.Â Â (APPLAUSE)
I — I trust him to affirm our nation’s exceptionalÂ character and responsibilities.
I trust him to know that our security and economicÂ interests are inextricably tied to the progress of our values.
I trust him to know that if America doesn’t lead, ourÂ advisories will and the world will go darker, poorer and muchÂ more dangerous.
I trust him to know that an America president always,Â always, always stands up for the rights and freedoms and justiceÂ of all people.Â Â (APPLAUSE)
I trust Mitt Romney to know that good can triumph overÂ evil, that justice can vanquish tyranny, that love can conquerÂ hate, that the desire for freedom is eternal and universal and
that America is still the best hope of mankind.
And now my fellow Americans, let’s elect our next CommanderÂ in Chief and the next leader of the free world, my friend,Â Governor Mitt Romney.Â Â (APPLAUSE)