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« on: September 05, 2012, 02:38:00 am »


Deval Patrick Speech At 2012 Democratic Convention: Massachusetts Governor Attacks Mitt Romney


Posted: 09/04/2012 10:16 pm Updated: 09/05/2012 12:21 am


Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D), a longtime surrogate of President Barack Obama, used his unique vantage point as governor of Massachusetts to attack the record of his predecessor, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

"Mitt Romney talks a lot about all the things he's fixed. I can tell you that Massachusetts was not one of them," Patrick said to applause. "He's a fine fellow and a great salesman, but as governor he was a lot more interested in having the job than doing the job."

He linked the differences between himself and Romney to the 2012 election: "The same choice faces the nation today. All that today's Republicans are saying is that if we just shrink government, cut taxes, crush unions and wait, all will be well."

Patrick touted Obama's decision to order the mission to kill Osama Bin Laden, ending the war in Iraq, starting the process to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan, the Lily Ledbetter law, ending "don't ask, don't tell," and other moves.

"With a record and a vision like that, I will not stand by and let him be bullied out of office -- and neither should you." That line drew roaring applause from the crowd.

Patrick is a longtime friend and ally of Obama, having been an early endorser of him. Patrick grew up on the South Side of Chicago, where Obama spent significant time as a community organizer. They are both black politicians who were young during the civil rights movement and who attended elite educational institutions. Their campaigns have also shared similar themes -- something which led to charges of plagiarism by the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2008.

Patrick was elected after then-Gov. Mitt Romney decided not to run for reelection in 2006, ending 16 years of Republican control at the Massachusetts State House. Patrick has offered endless praise -- which also serves to to highlight Romney's sometimes awkward positioning -- for the health care law that the GOP nominee signed into law in Massachusetts. He only mentioned it in passing in his speech, saying that the state led the nation in health care coverage -- an achievement stemming largely from the state's requirement that individuals hold health insurance.

Patrick, however, has differed from Obama in one key area: He has defended Bain Capital, the private equity firm that Romney headed and what he presents as a primary qualification for being president. His aides insist that criticizing Romney's record there is "fair game," though Bain was not mentioned in his speech.

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    A worker crosses the main stage at Time Warner Cable Arena during the public unveiling of Democratic National Convention's facilities in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
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    CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 22: Workers construct modifications to the Time Warner Cable Arena in preparation for the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on August 22, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Charlotte-area residents have been invited to attend a public open house and podium unveiling at the arena on August 31 for the convention that starts on September 3. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
    Charlotte's Time Warner Cable Arena Transformed For Democratic Nat'l Convention

    CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 22: Workers construct modifications to the Time Warner Cable Arena in preparation for the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on August 22, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Charlotte-area residents have been invited to attend a public open house and podium unveiling at the arena on August 31 for the convention that starts on September 3. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
    Charlotte's Time Warner Cable Arena Transformed For Democratic Nat'l Convention

    CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 22: Workers construct modifications to the Time Warner Cable Arena in preparation for the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on August 22, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Charlotte-area residents have been invited to attend a public open house and podium unveiling at the arena on August 31 for the convention that starts on September 3. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
    Charlotte's Time Warner Cable Arena Transformed For Democratic Nat'l Convention

    CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 22: Workers construct modifications to the Time Warner Cable Arena in preparation for the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on August 22, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Charlotte-area residents have been invited to attend a public open house and podium unveiling at the arena on August 31 for the convention that starts on September 3. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
    Charlotte's Time Warner Cable Arena Transformed For Democratic Nat'l Convention

    CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 22: Workers construct modifications to the Time Warner Cable Arena in preparation for the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on August 22, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Charlotte-area residents have been invited to attend a public open house and podium unveiling at the arena on August 31 for the convention that starts on September 3. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
    Charlotte's Time Warner Cable Arena Transformed For Democratic Nat'l Convention

    CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 22: Workers construct modifications to the Time Warner Cable Arena in preparation for the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on August 22, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Charlotte-area residents have been invited to attend a public open house and podium unveiling at the arena on August 31 for the convention that starts on September 3. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
    Charlotte's Time Warner Cable Arena Transformed For Democratic Nat'l Convention

    CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 22: Workers construct modifications to the Time Warner Cable Arena in preparation for the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on August 22, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Charlotte-area residents have been invited to attend a public open house and podium unveiling at the arena on August 31 for the convention that starts on September 3. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
    Charlotte's Time Warner Cable Arena Transformed For Democratic Nat'l Convention

    CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 22: Workers construct modifications to the Time Warner Cable Arena in preparation for the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on August 22, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Charlotte-area residents have been invited to attend a public open house and podium unveiling at the arena on August 31 for the convention that starts on September 3. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
    Charlotte's Time Warner Cable Arena Transformed For Democratic Nat'l Convention

    CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 22: Democratic National Convention Committee CEO Steve Kerrigan speaks (R) as COO Theo LeCompte looks on near where workers construct modifications to the Time Warner Cable Arena in preparation for the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on August 22, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Charlotte-area residents have been invited to attend a public open house and podium unveiling at the arena on August 31 for the convention that starts on September 3. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
    US-VOTE-2012-DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION

    US First Lady Michelle Obama (R) is interviewed by actor and former Obama administration aide Kal Penn (L) after a rehearsal for her speech in the Time Warner Cable Arena September 3, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina as preparations for the 2012 Democratic National Convention continue. AFP PHOTO Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/GettyImages)
    Frames From The 2012 Political Conventions: RNC And DNC

    CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 03: (EDITOR'S NOTE: This image was shot with an iPhone) Workers make preperations on the stage before the start of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) at Time Warner Cable Arena September 3, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Democratic National Convention is scheduled to start on Tuesday and run through September 6th. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    Obama campaign logo is seen under the scoreboard hanging from the ceiling inside of Time Warner Cable Arena at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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