Two Quick Takeaways from RNC Day Three: Mitt’s Modesty

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[Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images]

The convention is in the history books, the speeches have been given, and now we are driving home from Tampa to Tennessee.By the time you read this blog, you’ll likely have already read thousands of words of analysis of Mitt’s speech.  I just want to add two points, taken from our years of experience working to elect Mitt Romney.

1.  I’ve heard many people ask “Is Mitt Romney ashamed of his success?”  No, of course not.  He is modest about his success. In fact, He is modest about every virtue in his life.  One of the most touching aspects of the entire convention was the parade of friends and church members who spoke about who Mitt is, because Mitt won’t do it himself.  In an era of self-glorification, led by a President with a false self-glorifying memoir, Mitt’s modesty is a refreshing change.

2. Mitt may be modest, but he is passionate about America and knows that he has exactly the kind of experience we need. It was clear from the speech that Mitt sees America at its best just the way Ronald Reagan did.  All three legs of the Reagan Republican stool were on display.  Mitt emphasized the economy, of course, but he had strong words for President Obama’s decision to gut our military.  His respect for life and religious liberty brought the convention to its feet.  I’ve heard some commentators say that Mitt’s speech was non-ideological.  I completely disagree.  It was Reagan conservatism in its pure, undistilled form.

After seven years of work to bring us to the nomination, now comes a 70 day sprint to the finish.  While we can’t know the outcome, we do know that Mitt is leading an energized and unified Republican party and conservative movement.

  • swmpfx3000

    “Mitt is leading an energized and unified Republican party and conservative movement”

    This is scaring the heck out of the Democrats. The venom from the left is on full display.

  • Diana

    Let me preface my comments by saying I am going to vote for R&R . . . however, I have got to say that I was less than impressed with this convention.

    The organization was horrible and didn’t seem to make any sense and last night – beyond the personal stories – was horrible. So it leaves me thinking, if Mitt can’t lead an effort to produce a well thought out and run convention . . . why should I believe he can lead an effort to get the country out of this mess?

    • Evan Maughan

      From the convention goers I have heard from, your opinion is a minority opinion. From my own impression – your flat out wrong – it was a very good convention because many of see that the Republican party is transforming from the old school “political” party to the party that will save our nation.

  • Monagamist

    Why won’t Mitt release his tax returns? I tcan’t be just because he’s taken advantage of the tax laws, which isperfectly legal. could it be he doesn’t want us to see that he’s claimed exemptions for children he’s had via polygamous marriages?

    • Flagkeeper

      Really??? You proud of yourself there? The only thing worse than your ignorance are your intentions. Any decent person, especially if you are a Christian should and would know better than that. Get a life already.

    • Evan Maughan

      With a name like “Monagamist” I’m sure you are asking purely out of concern and have no ax to grind.

      Now with that said, I think it would be great if Mitt released two more years tax returns – if Obama will agree to release who has been leaking secret intel to the press. Then throw in Fast-n-Furious documents which BO is covering up via executive privilege for another couple of years. Two more years for details on all of BO’s personal information that he has locked up – just for fun.

    • Bert Chapman

      If monogamist would bother going to the Romney campaign website, they would see federal and Massachusetts state tax returns and multiple years of federal campaign finance disclosures. There’s also a statement here from a former IRS commissioner, attesting to the validity of Romney’s returns.. The complexity of these returns tells you a lot about the byzantine complexity of our tax code and how much productivity could be enhanced, not to mention additional revenue generated, if we moved to a flatter tax system.

  • Craig

    Are there any ways in which Mitt Romney is not like Jesus Christ? Boosting our economy while cutting deficit and maintaining Medicare is at least as impressive as turning water into wine. Could this be the second coming?

    • Evan Maughan

      Trying to be Christ like is the highest virtue in our faith – being snarky and belittling those that try to do good is the highest virtue of those on the left.

  • Flagkeeper

    Toll alert….
    According to Craig , actually trying to be Christ-like in our lives is no longer a virtue, especially if there is evidence of it.

  • FranInAtlanta

    Thanks to David and Nancy for all they have done. They helped give me the right things to say to my evangelical friends who were hesitant to support a Mormon. I don’t know that what I said made any difference – I think Mitt (and Huckabee this time around) helped, but at this point all evangelicals that I know are supporting Mitt.

    • Evan Maughan

      No – it was all David and Nancy ;-).

  • Norm

    Thank you David and Nancy for assisting us in understanding Mitt Romney and that he is the candidate for people of ALL faiths!

  • Paul

    The convention was great! Other than those who want the government to provide free housing and food and tuck them in bed every night until the day they die, it’s hard to think of reasons why we shouldn’t trust Romney and Ryan for a 4 year run.

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