Florida Primary 2012: Mitt Romney's Victory Speech

GOP candidate says a competitive campaign makes his party stronger.
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Transcript for Florida Primary 2012: Mitt Romney's Victory Speech
-- -- the in the -- okay. -- And I. A okay. -- am so grateful to all of you for being here tonight how great all of you are. Thank you this is a very wonderful reception. In the. Experience -- running for president has been extraordinary for -- -- It's just -- It's just hard to express what it what it means for a wife and a mother to see these kids like like this -- on the stage. I will tell you down. -- is -- -- -- see himself very seriously because we have the five boys along on the bus. They keep this humble. Only -- -- me here tonight you know my son -- season in residency we're sorry he's not here. We have made friendships. From here all across this country but in here in Florida it's been wonderful. Yeah loyal fans out. There's so many people we need to thank the list -- lines on an aunt staffers to do something in not to clap until we've gone through. The list that I'm gonna mention a few people. That it makes such a difference. So please hold your clients until the end commissioner Adam Putnam. Financial officer -- -- water. Let's see him by the attorney general him on. Investor John route. It's investor -- similar. You're not listening to me. Connie Mack. And senator Mel Martinez. And the members of congress who endorsement. -- man. Jeff Miller. John Mica. Lincoln Diaz-Balart. And Maria and -- -- -- not my idea that's the life. Ileana ros Lehtinen. And -- -- Time Rooney sandy Adams. Senator John thrashers and it is senator and it's -- Florence. Speaker Allan -- speaker designate will Weatherford and -- friends celebrating in Tallahassee Miami Jacksonville and across -- Molly Donnelley and -- Oster and heart and and it Hartman now. -- rates grassroots team throughout the states. And finally. Thank you all thank you all so much now. -- Into tasty my husband and father. My five sons might be grandfathered my sixteen grandchildren and the next president of the united. -- Okay. A. Thank you. For the people in this room and that the people all of Florida thank -- tonight for this great big. -- There. Are. Now the race. But three gentlemen. Our -- enable competitors there's still in the race and I want to congratulate them -- other hard fought contest in this campaign. Primary contests are not easy. And that's supposed to be. As this primary and polls are opponents in the other party have been watching. And they like to comfort themselves -- -- -- that a competitive campaign will -- -- divided. And weak. -- I've got news for them. A competitive primary does not divide as it prepares us and we will. I. And when we gather back here in -- seven months from now for our convention. Right. Will be a united party with -- winning ticket for America. You -- three years ago this week. A newly elected President Obama face the American people and he said look -- I can't turn this economy around three years I'll be looking at a one term proposition and we're here to collect. And. Okay. In other results I mean it's been 35 months of unemployment above 8%. And then -- this president. More Americans have lost their jobs and more home -- foreclosures -- that under the administration of any of the president in history. In the last ten days. I met with tea with a father. Who was terrified. That this would be the last night his family would be able mostly. In the only home his son is now. I've met seniors who thought these would be the best years of life. And other weren't -- -- about how to make against me. I met some Hispanic want to open doors. Who thought they'd achieved the American dream and -- -- -- disappeared. In his State of the Union Address the president actually said these words he says let's remember now how we got here. Don't worry Mr. President we remember exactly how we got here and. Okay. Leadership. Leadership is about taking responsibility. Now making excuses. In other -- -- American crisis Thomas Payne is reported to have said lead follow or get out of the way. Mr. President you were elected to -- You chose to follow and now it's time for you to get out of the way. A okay. I stand. I stand ready to lead this party and -- lead our nation. As a man who spent his life outside Washington. I know what it's like to start a business. I know how extra ordinarily difficult it is to build something from from nothing. I know how government kills jobs and yes I know how can help from time to time. My leadership helped build businesses. From scratch. My leadership ship helped save the Olympics from scandal. And give our American athletes the chance to make us all proud as they did. I have. Okay. My leadership cut taxes nineteen times. And cast over 800 vetoes. We balance the budget every single year and we kept her school's first in the nation. My leadership will end the Obama -- and Begin a new era of American prosperity. Am. This campaign. This campaign is about more than replacing -- president. It's about saving the soul of America. Present -- -- and I have very different visions of American. President Obama wants to grow government. And continue to -- trillion dollar deficits. I will not just slow the growth of government I will cut the spending to government I will not just freeze government share. Of the total economy. I will reduce it and without raising taxes I will finally get America to a balanced budget. Okay. President president Obama's view of a free economy. Is -- and your money to his friends. My vision for a free enterprise economy is to return ought -- -- worship and the genius and creativity to the American people. Okay. On one of the most personal matters of our lives our health care. President Obama would turn decision making over to government bureaucrats. He forced to obamacare. And I will repeal it. They know won't. Like his colleagues in the faculty lounge. Who think they know better. President Obama demonized as it denigrates almost every sector of our economy. I will make America the most attractive place in the world for -- to open doors for innovators for job creators. And unlike. The other people running for president. I know how to do that in -- A. President Obama orders religious organizations to violate. Their conscience. I will defend religious liberty and overturn regulations that trample on our first freedom. President Obama believes that our role as leader in the world is a thing of the past. He's intent on striking our military capacity. At a time when the world is facing rising threats. I will insist on the military so powerful. No one would ever think -- challenging it. It. President Obama has adopted a policy of appeasement and apology. I will speak out for those seeking freedom and I -- stand shoulder to shoulder with our friends around the world. Am. I. This state -- -- President Obama wants to fundamentally transform America. And make it something perhaps -- would recognize. A -- I want to restored to American the values and principles that made us the hope of the earth and out. Our plans. Are plans protect freedom and opportunity. And our blueprint is the constitution of the United States. Together. We will build an America. Where hope is a new job with a paycheck. Not a -- word at -- bumper sticker. Okay. -- -- -- That path I lay it out is not one paid with ever increasing government checks. And cradle to grave assurance that government will always be the solution. If this election as a bidding war for who can promise the most goodies in the most benefits. That I'm not your president. You have that president today. But if you want to make this election. About restoring American greatness. That I hope you'll join us if you believe that this deployments. If you believe the disappointments of the last three years -- a detour and not our destiny. But I'm asking for your vote. I'm -- -- -- you to remember how special it is to be an American. Now -- remember what it was like to be hopeful and excited about the future. And not to dread each new headline. How much you remember when -- spent more time dreaming about where to send your kids to college and wondering how you make it to the next paycheck. I want to remember when you weren't afraid to look at your retirement savings. For the price at the gas pump. -- remember what our White House reflected the best of who we are not the worst -- -- Europe has become. That America. Is still out there. We believe. And that America. We still believe in the America that is the land of opportunity. And a beacon of freedom. We believe in the American the challenges each of us to be bigger and better than ourselves. This election. Let's fight for the America we love. We believe in America thank you saw.

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