Transcript: Remarks by VA Gov. Bob McDonnell on the GOP Platform at the Republican National Convention
Edited by Jenny Jiang
Transcript of remarks by Gov. Bob McDonnell on the GOP Platform at the Republican National Convention on Aug. 28, 2012:
“It’s been an honor to chair the deliberations of your Committee on Resolutions of the Republican platform committee.
“I appreciate the diligent work of the 112 men and women from 50 states and six territories who served on that committee.
“They discussed, debated and delivered. It was a good team.
“I want to thank my co-chairs, Sen. John Hoeven of North Dakota and Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee.
“And I thank the staff of the RNC who conducted countless meetings and conference calls to compose this document.
“We have outlined a conservative vision of governance, a document that is many things-an indictment, a blueprint and a declaration of values.
“It is an invitation and a pledge.
“First, it is an indictment of the failed policies of the current administration’s record of debt, job losses and government overreach.
“More importantly, our platform is a blueprint for rebuilding the cherished American dream.
“It is an overview of our conservative principles and detailed policies for how we jumpstart economic growth and job creation.
“This ambitious blueprint projects a sea change in the way government works.
“It offers solutions for workers without jobs, families without savings and neighborhoods without hope.
“This platform addresses the elderly who are worried about Medicare.
“It tells the truth about Obamacare and the need to repeal and replace it.
“This blueprint lays out a bold agenda for government reform – a government that operates to serve the people better at less cost.
“States are going to take center stage in the long-overdue renewal of American society.
“By reclaiming management of education.
“By reforming Medicaid and welfare programs.
“By managing environmental problems locally.
“By enacting a comprehensive energy policy.
“This platform affirms the traditional meaning of marriage and the sanctity of human life, defends religious freedom and Second Amendment rights and calls for a balanced budget amendment.
“This platform is an invitation. It invites every American to consider what kind of country we want to be.
“An America where every person matters, every worker has an opportunity to work and every family can aspire to a better future.
“We invite Americans to consider this platform: a call for dramatic change in government, from stagnation to prosperity, from an entitlement society to an opportunity society.
“This platform is a pledge.
“We will restore American leadership in the world and honor our courageous men and women in uniform.
“We will stand by our friends and stand against those who dare to harm us.
“That is your platform. I urge its adoption.
“It is now my great pleasure to introduce one of my co-chairs of the platform committee, the outstanding senator and former governor from the state of North Dakota, John Hoeven. Please give him a warm welcome!
Bob McDonnell was sworn in as the 71st governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia on January 16, 2010. In his campaign for the office he received nearly 59% of the vote, and the most votes of any candidate for governor in Virginia history.
As Virginia’s Chief Executive, he has built a record of results.
Governor McDonnell inherited an unprecedented $6 billion in budget shortfalls. He defeated a proposed $2 billion increase in the state income tax, kept existing car tax relief in place and brought Democrats and Republicans together to close the shortfall without a single tax increase, producing a $400 million surplus. During that same time 80% of McDonnell’s legislative proposals passed Virginia’s bi-partisan General Assembly.
In 2011, McDonnell saw 92% of his legislative proposals pass the bi-partisan General Assembly, including his plan that makes the largest investment in transportation in Virginia in a generation, and legislation to make college more affordable and accessible for Virginia students.
Job creation and economic development remain the governor’s top priority. The unemployment rate in Virginia has fallen from 7.2% when McDonnell took office to 5.6% today, and Virginia was named in 2011 by CNBC as “The Top State for Business” in the country, with the highest total score in the history of the survey.
Governor McDonnell represents Virginia in other leadership roles outside of the Commonwealth as well. He currently serves as Chairman of the Republican Governors Association, Chairman of the Southern Growth Policies Board, Chairman of the Southern Regional Education Board, and Chair of the Legal Affairs Committee of the National Governors Association.
The governor has dedicated his life to public service. He served 21 years in the U.S. Army, both active duty and reserve, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1997.
Upon graduating from law school in 1989 he served as a Virginia Beach prosecutor. McDonnell was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1991 and served 14 years representing Virginia Beach. He was elected as the 44th attorney general of Virginia in 2005. As attorney general, McDonnell kept all seven of his campaign promises and successfully passed 92 of his 105 legislative proposals, with strong bipartisan support.
McDonnell was raised in Fairfax County. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame (BBA), Boston University (MSBA) and Regent University (JD and MA). In addition, he has received an honorary doctor of laws degree from the College of William and Mary, and an honorary doctor of humane letters from Virginia Commonwealth University. He and his wife Maureen have been married for 36 years. They have 5 children, ages 20-31. Their oldest daughter, Jeanine, served in the U.S. Army, including a tour of duty in Baghdad, Iraq in 2005-2006.