Black Mormon Daughter of Immigrants Talks About 'The America I Know'

By Susan Jones | August 29, 2012 | 7:14am EDT

Utah Republican Mia Love addresses the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2012. (AP Photo)

( - In a short but powerful speech to the Republican National Convention Tuesday, Mia Love -- a black, Mormon, Republican mayor from Utah who's running for a seat in Congress -- put in a plug for Mitt Romney, told President Obama the American people "are not buying what you're selling," and explained her family's own shot at the American dream.

"Let me tell you about the America I know," Love said. "My parents immigrated to this country (from Haiti) with ten dollars in their pocket and the hope that the America they heard about really did exist. When tough times came, they didn't look to Washington. They looked within.

"So the America I grew up knowing was centered in self-reliance and filled with the possibilities of living the American dream. The America I know is grounded in the determination found in patriots and pioneers, in small busineses with big ideas. It's found in the farmers who work in the beauty of our landscapes and our heroic military.

"It's found in the Olympic athletes and every child who looks at the seemingly impossible and says, I can do that. That's the America I know."

Love did not shy away from criticing President Obama, calling his vision of America "a divided one." Obama, she said, pits us against each other "based on income level, gender and social status.

"His policies have failed us," she said. ""We're not better off than we were four years ago, and no rhetoric, bumper sticker or Hollywodd campaign ad can change that," she said to cheers. "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 told the Republican delegates the American dream isn't her story or their story: "It's our story, she said. "It's a story of human struggle, standing up and striving for more. Our story has been told for over 200 years with small steps and giant leaps. From a woman on a bus -- to a man with a dream. From the bravery of the greatest generation to the innovators and entrepreneurs of today, this is our story.

And then came the line that brought down the house:

"This is our America. This is the America we know, because we built it!"

"With Mitt Romney as president, and Paul Ryan as vice president, we can restore and revive that American story we know and love. The world will know it, our children will tell it, and our grandchildren will possess it for years to come. God bless America! this is our time! We are truly the best,last hope on earth!

Thank you."


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