2008 Republican National Convention: Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by Tommy Espinoza

2008 Republican National Convention: Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by Tommy Espinoza



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SAINT PAUL, Minn., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Below is the text of Tommy Espinoza’s remarks to the 2008 Republican National Convention this evening. The text is embargoed until delivery. The text will be available later tonight on the 2008 Republican National Convention’s media portal at portal.GOPConvention2008.com under “Speeches.”

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Tommy Espinoza

Good evening, my name is Tom Espinoza …

I’m CATHOLIC … HISPANIC … and a DEMOCRAT … and I’m proud to call John McCain my friend.

My grandparents emigrated from Mexico, and my parents were both born in Arizona. SERVICE runs deep in our family and in our culture. My father … ROBERT ESPINOZA … served as a Marine in the South Pacific during World War II where he was wounded in action and received a Purple Heart.

My mother, ERNESTINA, worked in the war effort building airplanes … My parents raised a DEVOUT FAMILY … rich in the TRADITIONS of … church … work … and SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY … My wife ELVIRA and I have built the typical Catholic Hispanic family … LOVING our five children … and 13 grandchildren.

Jesus Christ and La Virgen de Guadalupe are at the center of our home …

I first met John and Cindy McCain 25 years ago … I was intrigued with this MAVERICK Congressman from Arizona.

I asked Him: “WHAT SUSTAINED YOU … WHILE YOU WERE IN THAT PRISON CAMP?”

He looked intensely at me and said:

“MY Faith in GOD … My COUNTRY … and My FAMILY.” …

From then on we were Brothers … “HERMANOS” …

We’ve built a deep friendship, and I’m honored to be the godfather to John and Cindy’s son … JIMMIE.

You are probably asking, “WHY Does a Hispanic DEMOCRAT support JOHN McCAIN?”

First, because of FAITH …

No man can survive a prisoner of war camp without God’s Protection. HE called on his FAITH to bring him back HOME to his FAMILY and COUNTRY …

Second … HOPE. IT IS a rare man who makes you want TO BE MORE … TO DO MORE. I have seen John paint houses and clean yards for the POOR and ELDERLY in the Barrios of South Phoenix …

He is not just a public servant when the lights are on and the camera is running, it’s his way of life.

Public service is more than his profession.

It is his passion.

And Lastly …

LOVE …

The GOSPEL of MATTHEW …

Chapter 25 … verse 35 … says “I WAS A STRANGER AND YOU MADE ME WELCOME.”

When John McCain says, “IMMIGRANTS Are Also GOD’s children” … I know his SUFFERING … has given him COMPASSION for the weak, broken families, and the poor …

John McCain believes in the SANCTITY of human life from conception …

HE believes in the sanctity of MARRIAGE and FAMILY LIFE …

John McCain is the leader America needs.

VIVA … JOHN McCAIN … VIVA … AMERICA …

About the Republican National Convention

The 2008 Republican National Convention will be held at Saint Paul’s Xcel Energy Center from Sept. 1-4, 2008. Approximately 45,000 delegates, alternate delegates, volunteers, members of the media and other guests are expected to attend the convention. Minneapolis-Saint Paul is expected to receive an estimated $150-$160 million positive economic boost from the four-day event. For more information about the 2008 Republican National Convention, please visit our website at www.GOPConvention2008.com and join our social network sites on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and YouTube.

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2008 Republican National Convention: Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by Tommy Espinoza