From a county commissioner, to underdog, to U.S. Senate race, Republican candidate Darryl Glenn had a prime time speaking slot at the Republican National Convention.
"Good Evening. I said, Good Evening. My name is Darryl Glenn and I’m an unapologetic Christian, constitutional conservative, pro-life, second-amendment-loving Veteran (standing ovation) and I’m your Republican nominee for United States Senate in the number one battleground state in this country, and that's Colorado," started Glenn.
His speech lasted six minutes and 32 seconds. He spoke about his support of Donald Trump, then called President Obama the "Divider-In-Chief."
"This President ran to be Commander-in-Chief. Unfortunately, his rhetoric has made him 'Divider-in-Chief'. We're more racially divided now than before he ran," said Glenn.
He then followed with a familiar line.
"This is not about black America, white America or brown America, this is about the United States of America," said Glenn.
At his prime time speech at the DNC in 2004, then-Senator Barack Obama said a very similar sentence.
"There is not a black America and a white America and Latino America and Asian America, there's the United States of America," said Obama.
Immediately after his speech, Denver7 was the first to speak with Glenn. We asked if he knew the line was used by a Democrat in 2004.
"Yes, I've heard him say that, but I also think it's important to remind him of that because when he said that before, he was speaking as somebody that was trying to unite this country," said Glenn.
Glenn, a current El Paso County commissioner and former Colorado Springs city councilman and a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, beat four other candidates in June's primary to be the Republican candidate to take on Sen. Michael Bennet in November.
Below is a transcript of Glenn's speech as prepared for the RNC Monday night:
"Good Evening. My name is Darryl Glenn and I’m an unapologetic Christian, constitutional conservative, pro-life, second-amendment-loving Veteran and I’m your Republican nominee for United States Senate in the number one battleground state in this country… Colorado.
It’s my privilege to stand here and support our next President… Donald Trump.
I’m often asked, “Why are you a Republican?” The Democratic party is the party of handouts and after over 7 years of hope and change, the only thing we have left is change in our pocket.
This President ran to be Commander-in-Chief. Unfortunately, he's become “Divider-in-Chief”.
We’re more racially divided today than before he ran. But there's more!
The New Black Panthers, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton don’t speak for black
This is not about black America, white America or brown America, this is about the United States of America.
Mr. President here's the facts!
Neighborhoods have become more violent under your watch.
Your rhetoric has a direct impact on the relationship between communities and the police.
We can bring this country together. But you must realize that our heroes in “Blue” are part of the solution and not the problem. Nobody wants bad cops off the street more than good cops!
But to heal our communities, more men need to start helping in the care of their
Safe neighborhoods happen when fathers and mothers are in the home. But there's more!
We also must recognize that evil does exist in this world. The threat from Radical Islamic Terrorism is real.
Our troops don’t care what Party you represent. They care about having the tools, training and equipment to do their jobs. And, if you put them in harm’s way, let them win.
And, when they come home…honor them and care for their injuries.
We must win this election.
Hillary Clinton is unfit to be President. We all know she loves her pant suits, but we should send her an email… and tell her she deserves a bright orange jump suit.
Here’s the bottom line:
American exceptionalism is alive and well.
Evil exists. But as God as my witness, this battle has already been fought and won.
Believe we can win.
Believe we can change things.
Believe that together, we can Make America Great Again.
My name is Darryl Glenn. I can’t do this without your help. God bless each and every one of you…God bless the great state of Colorado…and God bless the United States of America."