Tim Pawlenty – funny.
“Barack Obama’s failed us. But look, it’s understandable. A lot of people fail at their first job.”
Mike Huckabee – folksy.
“In the real world, you get the prize, not for promising something, but for producing something.”
Condoleezza Rice – gutsy.
“My mom was a teacher – I have the greatest respect for the profession – we need great teachers – not poor or mediocre ones. We need to have high standards for our students – self-esteem comes from achievement not from lax standards and false praise. And we need to give parents greater choice – particularly poor parents whose kids – most often minorities -- are trapped in failing neighborhood schools. This is the civil rights struggle of our day.”
Susanna Martinez – firey.
“I’ll be damned, we’re Republicans.
Paul Ryan – ready.
“Before the math and the momentum overwhelm us all, we are going to solve our nation’s economic problems. And I’m going to level with you: We don’t have that much time. But if we are serious, and smart, and we lead, we can do this…”
This was a great night in Tampa….