Mia Love, mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah and GOP candidate for U.S. Congress, outperformed expectations in her speech at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, blasting President Obama for his “failed” policies and explaining why he isn’t the right candidate to protect the “American dream.”
She is hoping to become the first black GOP congresswoman, Fox News reports. Love is also a first-generation Haitian-American and a Mormon.
“Let me tell you about the America I know,” Love said. “My parents immigrated to this country with $10 in their pockets and the hope that the America they heard about really did exist.”
She explained that she was ingrained with a sense of personal responsibility at an early age by her parents, who taught her that great things can be achieved with hard work in America. That was the American dream, they told her.
“The America I now is grounded in the determination found in patriots and pioneers,” she continued. “It’s found in the Olympic athletes and every child who looks at the impossible and says, ‘I can do that.’ That’s the America I know.”
On President Obama, she said “his policies have failed us. We’re not better off than we were four years ago. And no rhetoric, bumper sticker or Hollywood campaign ad can change that.” At this line, the crowd erupted with applause.
Then she spoke directly to Obama: “Mr. President, I’m here to tell you the American people are awake and we’re not buying what you’re selling in 2012,” Love said to more applause.
“This is the America we know because we built it,” said Love.
Watch the entire speech below via Mediaite/C-SPAN:
After her success at the RNC Tuesday, Mia Love’s Wikipedia page was reportedly edited to call her a “dirty, worthless wh*re” and a “house ni**er.”