Jackie Gingrich Cushman

LaBolt in confusing passion with being unhinged.

Talking about those who had been left behind in our economy in the past four years, Romney promised them, "You have not been forgotten, we will not leave you behind, this is American, we are Americans, it does not have to be this way, and we will make sure that American will be right for all our people."

Referring to Obama's campaign and Biden's remarks, "Mr. President, " said Romney, "take your campaign of division and anger and hate back to Chicago and let us get about rebuilding and reuniting America."

While sitting presidents often run on their record (think of the "Morning in America" ad for President Reagan), Romney noted, "You don't hear any answers coming from President Obama's re-election campaign. That's because he's intellectually exhausted, out of ideas and out of energy. And so his campaign has resorted to diversions and distractions, to demagoguery and defaming others. It's an old game in politics."

Romney referred to Obama's promises in 2008 and then remarked that regarding this type of campaigning, "He knows better, he promised better, and America deserves better."

"He and his allies are pushing us all even farther apart, by dividing us into groups," he continued. "He demonizes some, he panders to others. His campaign strategy is to smash American apart and then to try to cobble together 51 percent of the pieces. If an American president wins that way, we should all lose. But he wont win that way."

"America runs on freedom," Romney began his close. "Government does not build our businesses, people do. American people build the government. We pay for the government with our taxes."

"We believe in America, and we believe in you."

Romney was not unhinged -- but instead a candidate hitting his stride for the final quarter.

The question of this campaign will be: What do Americans believe in?

Do they believe in government or in the American people?

Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Jackie Gingrich Cushman is a speaker, syndicated columnist, socialpreneur, and author of "The Essential American: 25 Documents and Speeches Every American Should Own," and co-author of “The 5 Principles for a Successful Life: From Our Family to Yours”.