Mia Love, GOP’s African American Mormon Candidate, Rocks RNC

Aug 29, 2012 12:38pm
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Mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah Mia Love speaks during the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Aug. 28, 2012 in Tampa. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Mia Love had only two minutes to speak yesterday.  Her time slot was during the 7p hour when most delegates are still milling around the hall and not paying much attention.  But she managed to do what many of the later bigger name speakers failed to do:  energize the hall and bring the delegates to their feet.

That’s why there’s a lot of talk about Mia Love today.  She is the African American (and Mormon) Mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah.  And she has a good shot of becoming the first black woman Republican elected to Congress if she can beat Utah Democrat Rep. Jim Matheson.

Her speech last night focused on the American Dream attained by her parents, who emigrated from Haiti with “ten dollars in their pocket.”

President Obama’s version of America is a divided one — pitting us against each other based on our income level, gender, and social status. His policies have failed! We are not better off than we were 4 years ago, and no rhetoric, bumper sticker, or campaign ad can change that.

Mr. President I am here to tell you we are not buying what you are selling in 2012.

The American Dream is our story. It is a story of human struggle, standing up and striving for more. It’s been told for over 200 years with small steps and giant leaps; from a woman on a bus to a man with a dream; and the bravery of the greatest generation, to the entrepreneurs of today.

This is our story. This is the America we know because we built it.

Watch her convention speech here:

 

I caught up with her back in may for an interview for the ABC/Yahoo Power Players series.  The video went viral, generating a million views.

Here it is:

 

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