Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell spoke on behalf of presidential candidate Mitt Romney during the opening of the Republican National Convention on Tuesday evening.

McDonnell led off with familiar campaign rhetoric, “This election is about restoring the American Dream”. Then he spoke of how his family got its start when his grandfather came to the United States from Ireland.

“My grandfather could have never guessed that his son would fight for this nation in World War II, his great granddaughter would lead a platoon in Iraq and his grandson would grow up a middle-class kid in Fairfax County, serve in the Army, and now hold the same job as Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry. What an incredible country we call home.”

But the line of the night toted by all guest speakers was about building America, emphasizing the importance of Romney’s accomplishments in building his own business up from nothing into a financial success.

The Virginia governor gave his credentials as a way of championing the Republican Party, and Republican governors everywhere boasting that Virginia’s unemployment rate is down over 20% to 5.9%. The governor added that Virginia has added 151,000 new jobs and maintained nearly $1.4 billion in budget surpluses. “And we’ve done it by keeping regulation and litigation to a minimum, and we haven’t raised taxes!”

“Big government didn’t build America: You built America! Small businesses don’t come out of Washington, D.C. pre-made on flatbed trucks. While the president talks, Republican governors lead. Talk is cheap. Results matter. Conservative fiscal policies are working, and so are more Americans in states with Republican governors.”

Among the other speakers of the night: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former pres. candidate Rick Santorum, and the first speech by Ann Romney. But Gov.

The convention marks the first time in history a Mormon has been nominated for president by either major party.


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