Marco Rubio RNC Speech: Best Moments

Florida senator draws on his upbringing by his Cuban parents in a well-received speech at RNC.
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Transcript for Marco Rubio RNC Speech: Best Moments
You know before I begin this thank you before I begin this is such an important night for our country. I want to take just -- -- the your permission just a few seconds. The talk about another country. A country located just a few hundred miles away from the city the country of my parents' -- there's no freedom -- liberty in Cuba and and tonight. I ask for your prayers that soon freedom and liberty will be -- as well. Ahead. This is a big honor for me just not so long ago I was just a deep underdog candidate. The only people that but I couldn't win all lived in my house. Four of them -- under the age of ten. I thought the best way to introduce Mitt Romney tonight the next president of the United States. Ahead. It's the talk about what this election is about. And I'm so honored to be able to do it here in Florida at the Republican National Convention. And -- -- volume patriots I watched my first convention in 1980 -- my grandfather. A grandfather was born to a farming family and -- Cuba. Childhood polio left him permanently disabled. Because he couldn't work -- -- his family sent them to school. Was the only one and his family that knew how to read. It was a huge influence on me growing up. As a boy I used to sit on the porch of our house and listen to stories about history and politics and baseball. But he would -- on one of its three daily the -- cigars. And I don't remember all the things he talked to me about. But the one thing I remember. Is the one thing he wanted me never to forget. But the dreams he had when he was young became impossible to achieve. But there was no limit how far I could go because I was an American -- Now for the here's what I say that. Here's why -- say that because for those of us were born and raised in this country sometimes. It becomes easy to forget how special America is. But my grandfather understood how different America was from the rest of the world because he -- life outside America. Tonight. You will hear from another man who understands. What makes America exceptional. Now tonight we've heard for a long time now about Mitt Romney's success in business it's well known. But we've also learned that he so much more than that. Mitt -- a devoted husband. A father a grandfather. And generous member of this community and church share a role model for younger Americans like myself. Everywhere he's been he's volunteered his time and talent to make things better for those around him. And we are blessed that a man like this will soon be the president of these United States. Let me be clear. So no one misunderstand our problem -- President Obama isn't that he's a bad person. And by all -- he too is a good husband and a good father. And thanks to lots of practice a good golfer. Our problem is not that he's a bad person. Our problem. Is that he's about president. After -- old slogan. Under Barack Obama the only changes that -- was hard to find. Now. Sadly. Millions of Americans are insecure about their future. But instead of inspiring us reminding us of what makes a special. Divides -- against each other. He tells Americans -- -- worse off because others are better off that rich people got rich by making other people -- Hope and change has become divide and conquer. I -- from any of you watching at home tonight. The last few years have tested your faith in the promise of America. Maybe you're not an -- when you thought you would be entering retirement. But now because your savings and investments are wiped out your future is uncertain. Maybe after years of hard work this is the time he expected to be your prime earning years. But instead you've been laid off in your house is worth less than your mortgage. Maybe you did everything you were told he needed to do to get ahead -- studied hard and finish school but now you'll thousands of dollars in student loans. He can't find a job in your field. And -- had to move back in with your parents. You want to believe that we're still that special place where anything is possible. Just don't -- things just don't seem to be getting any better. And you wonder if things will ever be the same again. Yes we live in the troubled time. But the story of those who came before us reminds us that America has always been about new beginnings. And Mitt Romney is running for president because he -- That if we are willing to do for our children. What our parents did for us life in America can be better than it has ever been. My mother was one of seven girls. Whose parents often went to bed hungry so their children wouldn't. My father lost his mother when he was nine. He had to leave school and go to work and he will work for the next seventy years of his life. They immigrated to America was little more than the hope of a better life. I doubt as a bartender. Mom as a cashier a hotel -- a stock market Kmart. To never made it big. They were never rich. And yet they were successful. Because just a few decades removed from hopelessness. They made it possible for us all the things that had been impossible for them. Many nights going up I would hear my father's keys -- at the door. As he came home after another sixteen hour day. Many mornings I woke up just as my mother got home from the overnight shift at Kmart. When you're young you're in a -- The meaning of moments like this escape -- But now as my children get older. I understand -- better. My dad used to tell us. And you hit by -- content on -- political but I don't across a consultant napoleon's. Country you're going to be able to accomplish all the things we never could. Few years ago during a speech. I noticed the bartender behind a portable bar on the back of the ballroom. I remembered my father who worked -- for many years of banquet bartender. He was grateful for the work he had. But that's not the life he wanted for us. You see he stood behind a bar and in the back of the room all those years. So one day I could stand behind a podium in the front of -- room. That's not just my story. That's your story. That's our story. That's the story of your mother's. Who struggled to give you what they never had. That's the story of your father's work two jobs to that the door that have been closed for them would be open for you. That's the story of that teacher of that coach that -- to the lessons that made you who you are today. And it's the story of a man. Who was born into an uncertain future in a foreign country. This family came to America to -- -- revolution. They struggled through poverty in the great depression. And yet he rose to be an admired businessmen. And public servant. And in November. His son Mitt Romney will be elected president of these United States. The story of our time. We'll be written by Americans who haven't yet even been born. Let's make sure they write that we did our part. But in the early years of this new century. We lived in an uncertain time. But we did not allow fear to cause us to abandon what made a special. We chose more government instead of more freedom. We chose the principles of our founding to solve the challenges of our time. We chose a special man to lead us in a special time. We chose Mitt Romney to lead our nation and because we did. The American miracle lived on for another generation to inherit. My fellow Republicans. My fellow Americans. I am proud to introduce to you the next. -- made comments from the back of 20000. That dominated. Mitt Romney walking. -- -- After stirring speech from the son of immigrants Wachovia reported we'll show. -- -- candidate for president.

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