Political Editors / July 20, 2016

GOP Convention Highlights, Day 2

“Make America Work Again”

Excerpts from Day 2 of the Republican National Convention:

House Speaker Paul Ryan: “This year of surprises and dramatic turns can end in the finest possible way — when America elects a conservative governing majority. We can do this, we can earn that mandate, if we don’t hold anything back, if we never lose sight of the stakes, if we never lose sight of what’s on the table. … Have we had our arguments this year? Sure we have. You know what I call those? Signs of life. Signs of a party that’s not just going through the motions. Not just mouthing new words for the same old stuff. Meanwhile, what choice has the other party made? … They are offering a third Obama term, brought to you by another Clinton.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: “I’m here to tell you that Hillary Clinton will say anything, do anything and be anything to get elected president and we cannot allow it. … The American people are tired of hearing about the bounty of government while the cost of just caring for a family or meeting daily expenses grows out of reach. Over the past few years, they’ve seen government officials abuse their office and get rewarded for it. They’ve seen the middle class shrink. And in the midst of all this they have raised a simple complaint. Who is looking out for us? At a moment when so many feel betrayed by their government, why in the world would Democrats put forward such a candidate?”

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie: “Since the Justice Department refuses to allow you to render a verdict, let’s present the case now, on the facts, against Hillary Clinton. She was America’s chief diplomat. Look around at the violence and danger in our world today — every region of the world has been infected with her flawed judgment. … Hillary Clinton, putting herself ahead of America — guilty or not guilty? Hillary Clinton, lying to the American people about her selfish, awful judgment — guilty or not guilty? Time after time, the facts, and just the facts, lead you to the same verdict both around the world and at home. … We cannot make the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the United States someone who has risked America’s secrets and lied about this to Congress and the American people.”

Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey: “Over the years, Hillary Clinton has done a lot and said a lot to show why she should not be president. But how she treated government secrets as secretary of state, and what she said before and after she was caught, sums up the case against her. She sent and received secret and top-secret and beyond-top-secret emails on an unsecure private email system instead of on the secure government system — and she did it without authorization.”

Sen. Ron Johnson: “What difference, at this point, does it make? I am the guy who provoked that infamous response from Hillary Clinton by asking a simple question: ‘Why didn’t you just pick up the phone and call the survivors?’ It makes a difference to the young Yazidi woman I met who was captured and brutalized by ISIS barbarians, the joy of life hauntingly absent in her eyes. It makes a difference to the travelers, passing through airports in Brussels and Istanbul, who just wanted to get home to their family and friends. It makes a difference to the ordinary Americans sharing holiday cheer at a Christmas party in San Bernardino. It makes a difference to the young men and women dancing on a summer night at a club in Orlando. And it makes a difference to the families watching fireworks at a celebration of freedom in Nice. … It doesn’t have to be like this — we shouldn’t have to live in fear. This is a fight for freedom. It’s not someone else’s fight, this is our fight. And it is a fight we absolutely must win.”

Entrepreneur Andy Wist: “I grew up in Brooklyn and started a business in my mother’s backyard when I was 21. … Standard Waterproofing. We restore building exteriors. Today we have 140 employees. Not as big as Mr. Trump’s company, but still pretty good, right? I’m also the trustee of Teamsters Local 522, because like Donald Trump and Mike Pence, I believe that working men and women still matter in this country and we have to look out for them. After eight years of President Obama, I don’t see the American Dream like I did when I was starting out. All I see is too many people out of work, too many jobs shipped overseas, and too many politicians who don’t care. Donald Trump is a builder. He’s a leader who will bring us together. He’ll make America work again, so we can believe again.”

NRA’s Chris Cox: “We fight for the rights of all Americans, regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation … because the right to protect your life is the most precious right you have. If you agree … you have to vote for Donald Trump.”

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