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Glimpses into the Republican vision for America


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Republicans say Barack Obama's presidency has failed and the voters should send him home to Chicago. They want Mitt Romney running the country. Here are glimpses into the GOP's vision for America over the next four years from speakers at the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Tuesday:

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"The choice is clear: the status quo of the entitlement society, or dynamic change to an opportunity society." — Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell

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"President Obama's policies undermine the traditional family, weaken the education system, and this summer he showed us he believes in government handouts and dependency by waiving the work requirement for welfare."— Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum

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"In these difficult times, our nation still depends on others for our energy resources even though we share the largest overall supplies of energy in the world because we have an administration that shuns those assets and keeps us dependent on fragile foreign supplies. Mitt Romney will unshackle our assets, and lead us to real energy independence." — Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu

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"We trust the individual, not big government, to make decisions about their money, families and opportunities." — North Dakota Rep. Rick Berg

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"South Carolina recently passed one of the most innovative illegal immigration laws in the country. What did this president, who has failed to secure our borders and address this issue in any meaningful way, do? He sued us. If this president refuses to protect our borders, refuses to protect our citizens from the dangers of illegal immigration, then states have to take it upon ourselves." — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley

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"The Obama administration believes in experts and blue-ribbon panels. They believe in creating new agencies and boards. They believe in all that, but they just don't trust the entrepreneur's ability to grow her own business and to create jobs." — Sher Valenzuela, a small business owner and candidate for lieutenant governor in Delaware

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"No guarantees. No government there to hold your hand. Just a dream and the desire to do better. President Obama doesn't get this. He can't fix the economy because he doesn't know how it was built." — House Speaker John Boehner

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"Mitt Romney will tell us the hard truths we need to hear to end the debacle of putting the world's greatest health care system in the hands of federal bureaucrats and putting those bureaucrats between an American citizen and her doctor." — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

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"To balance budgets, we need to cut taxes not raise them to get on the right track." — Ohio Gov. John Kasich

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"The America I grew up knowing was centered in self-reliance and filled with the possibilities of living the American dream." — Mia Love, mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah.

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"People, not governments, create jobs." — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

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"They tell us we didn't build our businesses. That somebody else made it happen. They tell us not to dream, but to settle. You and I know America is better than that. Our national story is one of confronting challenges and winning." — Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval

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"When you hear the party that glorified Occupy Wall Street blast success, when you hear them minimize the genius of the men and women who make jobs out of nothing, is that what you teach your children about work?" — Former Alabama Rep. Artur Davis


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