Reading this speech, I was reminded that former Governor Mitt Romney was a strong contender for many reasons in the presidential primary.  He was never my candidate but, I will offer this – many people I respect and admire were impressed by him.  And with tonight’s speech, I hope we can all be excited about the promise of the McCain presidency — and perhaps a Secretary Romney, at either Treasury or Commerce.

—Media Lizzy

Excerpts from the governor’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, are below.

On the need to change the culture of government in Washington:

“We need change all right – change from a liberal Washington to a conservative Washington! We have a prescription for every American who wants change in Washington – throw out the big government liberals and elect John McCain.”

On why John McCain is best qualified to be our next president:

“The right course is the one championed by Ronald Reagan 30 years ago, and by John McCain today. It is to rein in government spending and lower taxes, for taking a weed-whacker to excessive regulation and mandates, for putting a stop to tort windfalls, and to stand up to the Tyrannosaurus appetite of government unions.

“And at Saddleback, after Barack Obama dodged and ducked every direct question, John McCain hit the nail on the head: radical Islam is evil, and he will defeat it! Republicans prefer straight talk to politically correct talk!”

On the dangers of big government:

“Liberals would replace opportunity with dependency on government largesse. They would grow government and raise taxes to put more people on Medicaid, to work requirements out of welfare, and to grow the ranks of those who pay no taxes at all. Dependency is death to initiative, risk-taking and opportunity. It’s time to stop the spread of government dependency to fight it like the poison it is! It’s time for the party of big ideas, not the party of Big Brother!”

On why the McCain-Palin ticket is the right choice for the future of America:

“Just like you, there has never been a day when I was not proud to be an American. We inherited the greatest nation in the history of the earth. It is our burden and privilege to preserve it, to renew its spirit so that its noble past is prologue to its glorious future. To this we are all dedicated and I firmly believe by the providence of the Almighty, that we will succeed. President McCain and Vice President Palin will keep America as it has always been – the hope of the world.”