Why did Mia Love get a coveted slot at the Republican National Convention? Mia Love is Haitian American, the first black mayor in Utah and is running for a seat in Congress.
Salt Lake City, Utah
Utah congressional candidate Mia Love said Tuesday it's possible to "revive" the American dream she came to know as the daughter of Haitian immigrants by focusing on self-reliance, not President Obama's failed policies.
Love drew rousing cheers Tuesday night during a coveted slot at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.
"Mr. President, I'm here to tell you the American people are awake and we're not buying what you're selling in 2012," Love said.
Love is a darling of tea-party and conservative Republicans for her groundbreaking role in state politics as Utah's first black woman to become a mayor.
She now stands to become the first black Republican woman in Congress if she topples Democrat Jim Matheson in the November election.
Love's speech lasted only a few minutes but she was an instant hit, drawing numerous ovations, even chants of "U-S-A."
"Let me tell you about the America I know," she said. "My parents immigrated to this country with 10 dollars in their pockets and the hope the America they heard about really did exist. When tough times came, they did not look to Washington, they looked within. So, the America I grew up knowing was centered in self-reliance and filled with the possibility of living the American dream."
Love took office as mayor of Saratoga Springs two years ago. Dubbed a rising GOP star, she has been getting a lot of support from top Republicans, with more to come.
Arizona Sen. John McCain and House Speaker John Boehner made recent stops in Utah to help Love raise money, and she was endorsed by Ann Romney, the wife of GOP presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney, in June. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice plans to give Love another boost Sept. 7.
Tuesday, she boosted the crowd.