Duffy Gives Insight on Republican Convention
Posted at: 08/30/2012 11:23 PM
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Republican National Convention has wrapped up Thursday evening. Earlier in the day, Wis. Congressman Sean Duffy spoke about his experiences at the convention.
"To stand on that stage and look out at many of delegates in convention hall during that time frame, it's exhilarating to have that opportunity. I'm a small town guy from Hayward, Wis. I grew up doing lumberjack competitions and exhibitions. And to think that I'd have the opportunity to stand on that stage for short time and give some of my thoughts and views is remarkable honor," Duffy told Eyewitness News.
Duffy and the Wisconsin delegation have been front and center with U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) being selected as the Vice Presidential nominee. Duffy said it's a good time to be a Republican in Wisconsin.
"To be here in part of, what is, i think, very cool for Wisconsin. What with Paul Ryan on the ticket. It has been a lot of fun I've got to tell you. And the energy and enthusiasm we have here with the Wisconsin delegation has really been off the charts," Duffy said.
In his Thursday night speech, Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney combined details of his life story with a pledge to create millions of jobs and "restore the promise of America."
After entering the convention hall down one of the aisles, shaking hands with dozens of delegates along the way, Romney began a speech in which he spoke of his youth as a Mormon, and then as a married man with five rambunctious sons.
He choked up at least twice, once when he recalled how he and his wife Ann would awake to find "a pile of kids asleep in our room."
But the speech also contained repeated criticism of President Barack Obama, particularly his failure to spur a more robust economic recovery. Romney said Obama can "tell us it was someone else's fault" and that in the next four years "he'll get it right" -- but that he can't tell Americans that they are better off than when he took office.
Romney said he will start his presidency with a "jobs tour" -- and he accused Obama of starting off with an "apology tour." He also accused Obama of failing to support Israel, while showing patience with Israel's arch-enemy, Iran.
He drew cheers when he vowed to repeal Obama's signature health care law.
His speech ended with the now-traditional scene in which Romney and his wife Ann were joined by running mate Paul Ryan and his wife, and then by other family members, as delegates cheered and balloons fell.
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