Tampa, Fla. - The 2012 Republican National Convention released the following excerpts of Governor Luis Fortuno's (R-Puerto Rico) prepared remarks to be delivered to the convention today, August 29.
"As a proud American serving the nearly four million American citizens of Puerto Rico, I am honored to be with you tonight. We gather to celebrate the hopes and dreams of every American. We all believe in the greatness of this nation, and this greatness lies within each of us. Hardworking Americans are fighting every day to provide for themselves and their families, and leave a more prosperous country for the next generation. That's true here in Florida, it's true in Puerto Rico, and it's true throughout this great land of ours. But, as families have tightened their budgets, Washington continues its wasteful spending. Unless we elect leaders who take responsibility now, our children and theirs will pay for it later. You and I know there is a better way, and like many conservative governors around the country, we are proving it."
"Our families cannot grow their budgets if politicians keep growing Washington's budget. Get government out of our way, and let freedom and the spirit of the American people shine through. We can out-think, out-dream, out-work, and out-produce anybody in the world. I know it, you know it, and Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan know it. They have a plan and a vision that places our faith in you, the American people, not in Washington."