In the opening of the evening events last night, a thirty-six year old Mormon and small town Utah mayor named Mia Love, took to the stage to rally Republicans and remind them of why America is great. She took to the stage for four minutes to speak of the American spirit.
The crowd embraced her too as she told of her Haitian immigrant parents who came to the America she knows about.
“Let em 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. When times got tough they didn’t look to Washington, they looked within … So the America I came to know was centered in personal responsibility and filled with the American dream.”
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“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.”
She also ripped Barack Obama as 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. Mr. President, I’m here to tell you the American people are awake and we’re not buying what you’re selling in 2012.”
“This is the America we know because we built it,” Love concluded.
This is Love’s story: Her parents left Haiti for the U.S. 39 years ago. Her father worked several jobs to support the family, including paying for his daughter to attend the University of Hartford, where she graduated with a degree in fine arts.
“I remember taking my dad to college with me on the first day of orientation and he looked at me very seriously, and he said, ‘Mia, your mother and I have done everything we could to get you here. We’ve worked hard. We’ve never taken a handout. You’re not going to be a burden to society. You will give back,’” Love said in an interview Tuesday with Fox News.
“It actually stayed with me,” she said.
Love, who was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and raised primarily in Connecticut, moved to Utah in 1997 and married Jason Love. She converted to Mormonism and served on the Saratoga City Council for six years before running for mayor.
Love is running for Congress. If elected, she would become the first black Republican woman to ever serve in Congress. After her remarks on Tuesday, it’s quite possible that she just might take that congressional seat.
Listen to the remarks below: