Mia Love, a Black Mormon Mayor in Utah, Electrifies Republican Convention
5:02 PM EDT 8/29/2012 by Terry Shropshire
Despite the fact that Mia Love, the African American mayor in the state of Utah and a practicing Mormon, only had only two minutes to speak Tuesday evening during the non-prime 7pm hour, did not prevent her from electrifying the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.
The CEO of little Saratoga Springs, Utah began when most delegates are still milling around the hall and not paying much attention. Yet, Love elicited a standing ovation when her speech and her unique story eclipse that of the bigger-named speakers on Tuesday.
Love has a good shot of becoming the first black woman Republican elected to Congress if she can beat Utah Democrat Rep. Jim Matheson. Her speech last night focused on the American Dream attained by her parents, who emigrated to the United States from Haiti with “ten dollars in their pocket.” Here is a brief synopsis of what she had to say, as provided by ABC News:
President Obama’s version of America is a divided one — pitting us against each other based on our income level, gender, and social status. His policies have failed! We are not better off than we were 4 years ago, and no rhetoric, bumper sticker, or campaign ad can change that.
Mr. President I am here to tell you we are not buying what you are selling in 2012.
The American Dream is our story. It is a story of human struggle, standing up and striving for more. It’s been told for over 200 years with small steps and giant leaps; from a woman on a bus to a man with a dream; and the bravery of the greatest generation, to the entrepreneurs of today.
This is our story. This is the America we know because we built it.
Below, check out the video of her short but electrifying convention speech as well as photos of her in Saratoga Springs, Utah:
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