Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice started her speech in Tampa Wednesday night in front a roaring crowd on a humbling note. She shared her memory of September 11, 2001 and pointed out the struggles America has faced in a new century.

“This young century has been a difficult one. I will never forget the bright September day, standing at my desk in the White House, when my young assistant said that a plane had hit the World Trade Center – and then a second one – and a third, the Pentagon. And then the news of a fourth, driven into the ground by brave citizens that died so that many others would live. From that day on our sense of vulnerability and our understanding of security would be altered forever,” Rice said, continuing on with discussion of the 2008 financial crisis.

Although Rice didn’t mention President Obama by name, her description of a need for Mitt Romney to lead and promote a stronger America in all areas ranging from the eononmy to foreign policy, told the entire story.

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