Chris Christie and Ann Romney on Love

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Aug. 29 2012 8:09 AM

Chris Christie and Ann Romney on Love

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie addresses the 2012 Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum August 28, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GettyImages)

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TAMPA, Fla.—Below are two competing quotes from last night's closers. First, Ann Romney.

Tonight I want to talk to you about love. I want to talk to you about the deep and abiding love I have for a man I met at a dance many years ago. And the profound love I have, and I know we share, for this country. I want to talk to you about that love so deep only a mother can fathom it -- the love we have for our children and our children's children.
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Next, Chris Christie.

The greatest lesson Mom ever taught me, though, was this one: she told me there would be times in your life when you have to choose between being loved and being respected.  She said to always pick being respected, that love without respect was always fleeting -- but that respect could grow into real, lasting love. Now, of course, she was talking about women. But I have learned over time that it applies just as much to leadership. In fact, I think that advice applies to America today more than ever. I believe we have become paralyzed by our desire to be loved.

Can you love your children without being so paralyzed by the sensation that you ruin America?

UPDATE: And then sometimes you write something and notice that Buzzfeed already video-recapped it.

 

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.