At issue: Bain Capital, a private-equity firm run by Romney that sometimes shuttered factories and laid off workers. But Bain also helped turn companies around.
Earlier in the evening, a founder of Staples office company roused the crowd as he credited Romney with boosting his business and creating jobs. Another business man, who founded a steel company, said Bain made it possible to expand and hire more workers.
A third speaker, Ray Fernandez, credited Bain for ultimately helping him build his company, Vida Pharmacy, in Hialeah.
Mitt Romney knows Americas prosperity didnt happen because our government simply spent more, Rubio said. It happened because our people used their own money to open a business.
Rubio, echoing the candidates wife and other speakers, also played up Romneys personal side, which has also taken a beating from Democrats over his refusal to release multiple years of his tax returns.
Mitt Romneys success in business is well known. But hes more than that, Rubio said.
Hes a devoted husband, father, and grandfather a generous member of his community and church.
Rubio faulted Obama for all the attacks, which stood in stark contrast to the presidents hope-and-change themed campaign in 2008.
Hope and change has become Divide and Conquer, Rubio said. Under Barack Obama, the only change is that hope has been hard to find instead of inspiring us by reminding us of what makes us special, he divides us against each other.
But Rubio made sure the speech didnt end on sour and bitter notes. The story of our time will be written by Americans who havent yet been born. Lets make sure they write that we did our part, he said. And because we did, the American Miracle lived on for another generation to inherit, Rubio said.
But Rubio made sure the speech didnt end on sour and bitter notes (though he flubbed a line, accidentally calling for more government instead of more freedom)
The story of our time will be written by Americans who havent yet been born. Lets make sure they write that we did our part, he said. And because we did, the American Miracle lived on for another generation to inherit.