US Political Convention Speeches

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The official nominees for this year’s Presidential Elections were no surprise, the Republican Party nominated Mitt Romney for President and Paul Ryan to be his Vice President. Romney began his speech primarily talking about his father and then himself. He spent a lengthy amount of time informing the public at the Convention of his father’s roots of being born in Mexico and having to leave to the United States at the start of the Mexican Revolution. Mitt Romney then spoke about his life being a Mormon growing up in Michigan and raising his five sons. Finally towards the middle of his speech, Mitt got around to discussing his plans if he was to be the President of the United States, which included becoming energy independent, giving citizens vocational training, and establishing new trade agreements.

As I read Mitt Romney’s speech, I almost felt disappointed in it. For someone wants to know his politics and plans for America’s future, sifting through all of his family history is rather unappealing. Something that concerned me during his five steps was his policy on new trade agreements. He said that if nations were to cheat during trade agreements, there would be “Unmistakable Consequences.” I wasn’t sure if he meant cheating between the U.S. and other countries or foreign countries between themselves, but if it was the latter, I was concerned how he would try to regulate that.

A week after the Republican National Convention, the Democratic Party obviously nominated the current president, Barrack Obama, to be their nominee for President of the United States. His speech was roughly forty minutes long, but in those forty minutes, President Obama addressed many issues. Of those issues, the ones that were the most important were regarding the United States Economy, Education, being self-sufficient with Energy, and National Defense.

Throughout his entire speech, President Obama seemed to be very calm and collected about all of the issues. Granted you have to be a fantastic public speaker to be the leader of a nation, but he had an air about him that showed confidence. To me, it seemed that he was honest and believed in what he said to the public. The President knows that we are in a mess and that switching up on how to get us out of this mess would be like starting back at square one. Out of his entire speech, the one thing that stuck out the most and struck deep into the audience in my opinion was when he said the following quote from his speech. “I won’t pretend the path I’m offering is quick or easy. I never have. You didn’t elect me to tell you what you wanted to hear. You elected me to tell you the truth. And the truth is, it will take more than a few years for us to solve challenges that have built up over decades.”

BY: Nicholas Shelton