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Cornett, Fallin Praise Okla. During GOP Convention (Aug 28, 2012)

TAMPA, Fla. - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett both praised their home state at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

Gov. Fallin's speech contrasted the state's early history with present day policies of the Obama administration, saying 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 Enviornmental Protection Agency, to the Internal Revenue Service," Fallin said.

She also cited Oklahoma City-based Continental Resources Chairman and CEO Harold Hamm, who grew up the son of sharecroppers in Lexington.  Continental Resources operates in 10 states, and is valued at over $13 billion.

"Harold and other energy entrepreneurs have completely transformed the U.S.'s energy outlook," Fallin said.  "And with a President Romney, we'll end America's dependence on foreign oil."

Cornett addressed the convention early Tuesday afternoon, representing Republican mayors from across the country. Cornett said the state's largest city is enjoying a renaissance ``fueled by sound, fiscally conservative leadership.'' He cited the entrepreneurial nature of the city and its low unemployment rate.

During a delegate roll call of the states on Tuesday, Fallin pledged 34 of Oklahoma's 43 delegates to Mitt Romney. Fallin described Oklahoma as the ``reddest state in the nation'' and noted that President Barack Obama lost every one of the state's 77 counties in 2008.

Full audio of Governor Fallin and Mayor Cornett's remarks can be found below.


Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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