TAMPA, Fla. – During his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention (RNC) at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Aug. 30, Mitt Romney highlighted the accomplishments of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the Moon who passed away on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012. During his acceptance speech, Romney said the following:
“The soles of Neil Armstrong’s boots on the Moon made permanent impressions on our souls… God bless Neil Armstrong.”
Romney’s comments were made to highlight the concept of American exceptionalism. However, on the campaign trail Romney said the following concerning what he would do if a business executive:
“If I had a business executive come to me and say I want to spend a few hundred billion dollars to put a colony on the moon, I’d say, ‘You’re fired,” Romney said during a debate held in Jacksonville in response to then-candidate Newt Gingrich’s comments on space.