Gov. Fallin tells Oklahoma success stories at GOP convention
BY CHRIS CASTEEL The Oklahoman
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
8/28/12 at 10:24 PM
TAMPA, Fla. — Gov. Mary Fallin helped kick off the first night of the Republican National Convention here Tuesday with an Oklahoma rags-to-riches story, while former Sen. Rick Santorum spoke to the social conservatives his campaign attracted and Ann Romney portrayed her husband as a man committed to lifting up others.
Fallin mocked President Barack Obama as someone who believes the government drives success while countering that Oklahomans made their own way, first by staking their claims on the prairie and then by poking holes in it to find oil.
Eight years after the Land Run, in 1897, “a handful of adventurous pioneers risked their own money — not the federal government's — to drill Oklahoma's first oil well, the Nellie Johnstone,” Fallin said.
“By doing so, these early-day pioneers changed the future and the fortune of Oklahoma forever, and today Oklahoma is one of the nation's key energy producers and job creators. President Obama wants us to believe that Oklahomans owe that success to the federal government — to the Department of Energy, to the EPA, the IRS or maybe even to him.”
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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin addresses the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, speaking among other things about Oklahoma pioneers’ success in energy production. J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/Associated Press