RNC releases excerpts for Portman, Thune
August 29th, 2012
08:13 PM ET
2 years ago

RNC releases excerpts for Portman, Thune

(CNN) - Excerpts from the upcoming speeches of Sens. Rob Portman of Ohio and John Thune of South Dakota were released by the Republican National Convention on Wednesday.

Both were thought to be on the vice presidential short list for the party's presidential candidate, Mitt Romney.

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According to the releaase, Portman will say:

"Governor Romney had a plan to build his business. He now has a detailed plan to restore our economy and strengthen the middle class. I ask you... Where is the president's economic plan? Blaming others does not qualify as a plan...

"We need to knock down these trade barriers abroad, but we also need to knock down the self-imposed barriers to success right here at home. We need to reform our outdated and complicated tax code. We need to fix our burdensome regulatory system and we need an energy policy that encourages development of our resources right here, in the ground, in America. America has a choice between Mitt Romney who seeks to grow the economy, and Barack Obama who seeks to redistribute it. Which one do you think will liberate America's entrepreneurial spirit?...

"Mitt Romney made his mark turning around businesses and solving problems. Paul Ryan made his mark as a respected reformer focused on results. Together they will do what President Obama has not done: They will lead in breaking through the partisan gridlock in Washington, DC. America, give them the chance to restore America's economy and restore the American dream."

Thune is expected to say:

"We have a sluggish economy, burdened by Obama Administration policies that are weighing down our job creators. Middle class Americans, in cities and on farms, are bearing the brunt. The big government bureaucrats of the Obama administration have set their sights on our way of life. Instead of preserving family farms and ranches, President Obama's policies are effectively regulating them out of business. ... Folks, we won't be in this situation with Mitt Romney in the White House. He understands what it takes for businesses large and small to thrive...

"His experience tells him that the most valuable insight can be gained - not by lecturing - but by listening. And when he does use his Presidential bully pulpit, it will be to champion the cause of small business and make it clear to all companies that it is safe to hire again...

"On Day One of Mitt Romney's presidency, the transformation of Washington will begin. Gone will be the arrogance of a President whose first instinct is to condemn achievement. Gone will be the attitude that government knows best and solves all. What you will see and hear is a President who will do everything in his power to make sure government is a catalyst for growth, not an obstacle to success. And, a President with a plan to strengthen the middle class."


Filed under: 2012 • John Thune • Rob Portman
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. enuff

    ROMNEY hasn't given us any plans. He's given generalities to nothingness. By the way CNN, NOT ONLY was your camera person insulted, why haven't you mentioned that Priebus wants President Obama "prosecuted" for not following through on promises? Even my local paper covered that one.

    August 29, 2012 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  2. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Yawn, wake me up when this nonsense is over. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    August 29, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  3. NamGreg

    What has Obama done? What is his plan?

    August 29, 2012 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  4. enuff

    Gone will be the middle class...

    August 30, 2012 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  5. Anonymous

    If President Obama is reelected he has positioned himself to run the country with czars. Government agencies will write law and he will rely heavily on Executive Orders to completely by-pass Congress. A President Obama unrestrained by another election will be a very dangerous President Obama.

    August 30, 2012 04:44 am at 4:44 am |
  6. Bruce D.

    If President Obama is reelected he has positioned himself to run the country with czars. Government agencies will write law and he will rely heavily on Executive Orders to completely by-pass Congress. A President Obama unrestrained by another election will be a very dangerous President Obama.

    August 30, 2012 04:45 am at 4:45 am |