Deval Patrick, the current governor of Massachusetts, gave a speech at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, and had a lot to say about Mitt Romney, and his time as governor of Massachusetts. Of course, it stands to reason that the democrats are going to badmouth Romney and the Republicans, but Patrick's speech was quite scorching, calling into question Romney's governor record on everything from job creation to education.
Patrick said that by the time that Romney had left office, Massachusetts was ranked 47th in the creation of jobs, even though the economy was in better shape. "Household income in our state was declining," he said, and went on to talk about Romney's other actions during his term. "He cut education deeper than anywhere else in America. Roads and bridges were crumbling. Business taxes were up, and business confidence was down. Our clean energy potential was stalled. And we had a structural budget deficit."
Patrick hit home with the democrats when he said, "Mitt Romney talks a lot about all the things he's fixed. I can tell you that Massachusetts wasn't one of them. He's a fine fellow and a great salesman, but as governor he was more interested in having the job than doing it."
Deval Patrick was very hard on Mitt Romney, and he made no bones about his thoughts on his record, and compared to what the state of Massachusetts was today, as compared to when Romney was governor. However, while Patrick's words were well thought out and extremely effective, Patrick just didn't have the same charisma as some of the other speakers at the DNC.
Patrick finished by asking everyone to vote for Obama, calling him a "champion" that Americans needed in the White House. "That champion is Barack Obama. That cause is the American dream. Let's fight for that. Let's canvass and phone bank and get out the vote for that. Let's go tell everyone we meet that, when the American dream is at stake, you want Barack Obama in charge."