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“At the Olympics, he took a failing enterprise and made it the pride of our entire nation.

“As governor of Massachusetts, he worked with Democrats and Republicans to balance budgets with no tax increases, lower unemployment, increase income and improve people’s lives.

“In all of these things, Mitt Romney has shown himself to be a man of achievement, excellence and integrity.

“Janna and I tell Liza, Charlie and Sam that America is a place where, if you work hard and play by the rules, you can get ahead.

“We Americans look at one another’s success with pride, not resentment, because we know, as more Americans work hard, take risks, and succeed, more people will prosper, our communities will benefit, and individual lives will be improved and uplifted.

“But America is more than just a place … it’s an idea. It’s the only country founded on an idea. Our rights come from nature and God, not government. We promise equal opportunity, not equal outcomes.

“This idea is founded on the principles of liberty, freedom, free enterprise, self-determination and government by consent of the governed.

“This idea is under assault. So, we have a critical decision to make as a nation.

“We are on an unsustainable path that is robbing America of our freedom and security. It doesn’t have to be this way.

“The commitment Mitt Romney and I make to you is this:

“We won’t duck the tough issues…we will lead!

“We won’t blame others…we will take responsibility!

“We won’t replace our founding principles … we will reapply them!

“We will honor you, our fellow citizens, by giving you the right and opportunity to make the choice:

“What kind of country do we want to have?

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