Transcript: Remarks by Reince Priebus at the Republican National Convention

Edited by Jenny Jiang

Transcript of remarks by Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus at the Republican National Convention on Aug. 28, 2012: 

“Ladies and gentlemen, fellow Republicans, it is my distinct honor to welcome you to the 2012 Republican National Convention.

“Here we will nominate Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to be the next President and Vice President of the United States of America!

“But first I would like to offer our thoughts and prayers for the safety of all those in the pathway of the hurricane.

“On behalf of our party, let me extend our sincere gratitude to the people of Tampa. We’re just thrilled to be here-and humbled by your hospitality.

“Thanks to the tireless work of our convention staff and volunteers, this will be an inspiring three days-a convention truly worthy of the next President of the United States.

“From this stage, we’ll hear from some of our party’s most inspiring leaders. With us and with the entire country, they will share their stories and our vision for a better future.

“We have a message for America: Elect Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, and they will get this country working again. We will restore the idea that every person in America can live the American Dream. We embrace success, and we want everyone to be successful.

“As we gather here, the nation we love is a country in turmoil. Twenty-three million of our fellow Americans are struggling for work. Families are hurting. Wages are shrinking. The debt is rising. And just to make sure no one forgets that, we’ve installed two big debt clocks to remind America of Obama’s fiscal recklessness.

“We’ve seen what Obama and Biden offer. It looks nothing like hope or change. Give them another term, and we’ll just get four more years of failure.

“But with Mitt Romney’s experience and Paul Ryan’s expertise, we can expect great things from a Romney-Ryan administration.

“We must send America’s comeback team to Washington, so the middle class can thrive-and wages can rise-and our children can succeed once again.

“Republicans believe American greatness comes from the American people-not from the federal government.

“But Barack Obama thinks the government is at the center of the economic universe. He thinks that if you started a business, “You didn’t build that.”

“Well, how would he know? President Obama’s never run a company. He hasn’t even run a garage sale or seen the inside of a lemonade stand. So it’s time for a President with real experience in the real economy.

“Mitt Romney will be that President.

“Barack Obama and his party may be satisfied with attacking the American Dream.

“But Republicans won’t be satisfied until we’ve rebuilt the American Dream.

“We will fight for a future where government spends tax dollars wisely. Where every American has the education needed to succeed. Where energy is affordable because America is energy independent, and where the middle class is growing because incomes are rising.

“We invite all Americans who believe our children deserve this better future to join with us. A victory for the Romney-Ryan ticket is not merely a Republican victory. It is a victory for America.

“So welcome to Tampa, to our convention, and to the beginning of a better future.

“Thank you and God Bless you. Let’s have a great week.”

*Speaker’s Bio: 
Reince Priebus was elected Chairman of the Republican National Committee on January 14, 2011. In his first year as Chairman, Reince oversaw a dramatic turnaround of the RNC, building it into a strong and effective organization for electing Republicans in 2012.

Under Reince’s leadership, the RNC raised more major donor money in an off year than in the history of the RNC. At the same time, the RNC has broken new ground, deploying new communication strategies and innovative technology for voter outreach.

Reince is committed to uniting the Republican Party to reach our common goal – electing Republicans. With sound fiscal stewardship, a dedication to conservative principles, and a message of freedom and prosperity, Reince continues to lead the party toward victory in 2012.

A successful chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, Reince created the framework that brought about one of the most historic election cycles Wisconsin has ever experienced. During Reince’s tenure, Republicans in Wisconsin not only defeated Russ Feingold by electing citizen legislator Ron Johnson to the Senate, but they gained two additional U.S. House seats, won the Governor’s office, took back both the state Assembly and the state Senate and defeated the leaders of both of those chambers.

Reince has a long history in Republican politics, having served on his first campaign at the age of 16. Since then, he worked his way up through the ranks of the Republican Party of Wisconsin as 1st Congressional District Chairman, State Party Treasurer, First Vice Chair, and eventually State Party Chairman. In 2009 Reince served as General Counsel to the RNC, a role in which he volunteered his time to help manage the RNC’s most difficult challenges.

A proud native of Kenosha, Wisconsin, Reince is happily married to his wife, Sally. They have two young children, Jack and Grace.

*SOURCES: Republican National Convention 2012 &

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