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Julian Castro Speech Last Night: How Mitt Romney Responds to the Next Obama

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro delivered a powerful keynote address at the DNC Convention on Tuesday night, as the first Latino keynote speaker at a Democratic Convention.

The speech is bound to draw parallels to Barack Obama's signature DNC address in 2004, when he wowed the audience in a speech that put him into the national spotlight. And, that's exactly what Republicans want you to believe.

Here are a few excerpts from the Romney campaign's response to Julian Castro's address, which will serve as Republican talking points on Wednesday: 

“Castro Said Tuesday That He Hopes To Invoke Obama’s Soaring, Post-Partisan Rhetoric During His Own Speech.” “Castro said Tuesday that he hopes to invoke Obama’s soaring, post-partisan rhetoric during his own speech. ‘I remember watching his speech in 2004 and being inspired,’ Castro said in a video released by convention organizers. ‘When Obama talked about the audacity of hope, I thought back to my mother saying if you didn’t like the way things were, you could dare to change them,’ he said.” (Jonathan Lemire, “New Star Will Rise At Dems' Convention,” New York Daily News, 7/31/12)

FLASHBACK: At The 2004 Democratic Convention, Barack Obama Railed Against “Those Who Are Preparing To Divide Us, The Spin Masters And Negative Ad Peddlers Who Embrace The Politics Of Anything Goes.” OBAMA: “Now even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us, the spin masters and negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of anything goes. Well, I say to them tonight, there's not a liberal America and a conservative America; there's the United States of America.” (State Senator Barack Obama, Remarks, Boston, MA, 7/27/04)

But After Four Years In Office, President Obama’s “Post-Partisan Rhetoric” Has Been Replaced By A “Seek-And-Destroy Effort”: 

In His Re-Election Campaign, President Obama “Heads Up A Seek-And-Destroy Effort.” “But that was sooooo 2004. Specifically, that was so soooo Barack Obama in 2004, when the little-known state Senator from Illinois made these inspiring comments at the Democratic National Convention. Four years after that, Obama waged his juggernaut of a hope-and-change campaign. Now he heads up a seek-and-destroy effort. That means TV viewers in battleground states like Florida will face a lot more negative messaging from both sides than in 2008.” (Marc Caputo, “Obama Borrows Campaign Tactics From Bush,” The Miami Herald, 7/29/12)

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