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Fallin, Cornett speak at RNC; local democrats react

TAMPA, Fla. — Two of Oklahoma’s own took center stage at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday.

Oklahoma City mayor Mick Cornett spoke in the afternoon and Governor Mary Fallin took the stage that evening.

Cornett praised the way Oklahoma City is developing and said our city is doing this under “fiscally conservative leadership.”

And Fallin talked about the Oklahoma spirit and how it’s individuals, not government, that make this country great.

“The history of my state of Oklahoma offers a great example of pursuing the American dream.  It was built and settled by pioneers moving west to seek better lives,” said Fallin.

Fallin touted the Oklahoma spirit and our success in energy production and creation of jobs.

“We owe these remarkable successes to the imagination and ingenuity of people like my friend, Oklahoman Harold Hamm,” she said.  Hamm is CEO of Oklahoma based Continental Resources.

A radical success story, he is now energy advisor to Mitt Romney.

“President Obama believes the power of a big government is the key to American success.  Mitt Romney believes in the power of the people,” said Fallin.

“We’re enjoying a renaissance in Oklahoma City,” said Cornett during his speech.

Cornett talked about the improvements OKC is enjoying, specifically through the MAPS program.

“Interestingly, we have NOT done this by creating large amounts of debt.  We did something unique for many of our infrastructure packages: we paid cash,” he said.

State Democratic chairman, Wallace Collins, said that statement by Cornett is not entirely true.

“He seems to be forgetting that several MAPS programs were actually bond issues voted on the people by themselves which is actually a short term tax increase, something Republicans don’t like to admit,” said Collins.

Collins also reacted with surprise to Fallin’s speech upholding the land run as an example of Oklahoma spirit.

“Basically the white people took away the lands from the native americans that were already here.  So I would think that her comments about the land run would be offensive to at least a certain segment of the Oklahoma society.”