By SARA LYNN COLLEY
TAMPA Fla. – Georgia House Speaker David Ralston and Speaker of the U.S. House John Boehner were filled with pride as they addressed the Georgia Republican Party at Thursday morning’s breakfast at the 2012 Republican National Convention.
“I am proud to be a part of a legislature that has conservative governing values, with hard workers, and plenty of good conversation,” Ralston said after thanking many of the delegates for their hard work and courage.
Along with highlighting the accomplishments of the GOP on a local level, Ralston encouraged the party’s support of presidential nominee Mitt Romney and running-mate Rep. Paul Ryan.
Ralston spoke of his experiences with the Republican National Convention, and was thrilled to see how far the party has come, and to watch the places it will go. Ralston then introduced the Speaker of the House John Boehner.
“Georgia has helped us (the GOP) in building majority in the House,” said Boehner, “and after November, we will have 10 winning seats for this state.”
In fact, Boehner is so committed to his representation of the GOP in his position as the Speaker of the House, that “For Nancy Pelosi to get her job back, she will have to pry that gavel from my cold, dead fingers.”
Boehner spoke of the relationship he has with Paul Ryan. After many years of hard work, Ryan has built up the trust and experience he needs to qualify him as the best candidate for the vice presidency.
“Mitt Romney’s pick of Paul Ryan for vice president says more about Mitt Romney than it does for Paul Ryan.” said Speaker Boehner.
The breakfast ended with a call to unite as a party from Gov. Mike Leavitt of Utah, who worked with Romney during the Utah Winter Olympics.
“We have been called to skate the performance of our lives,” he said. “History compels it and history needs it.”