Mia Love, the small town Utah mayor who is trying to unseat Rep. Jim Matheson (D), drew from her own biography in her convention speech Tuesday night, underscoring the importance of self-reliance. 

"The America I grew up knowing was centered in self-reliance and filled with possibilities of living the American dream," said Love, whose parents immigrated from Haiti. "This is the America we know because we built it."

Love, who would be the first black Republican woman elected to Congress, had a stern message for President Obama: "Mr. President, I'm here to tell you the American people are awake and we are not buying what you are selling in 2012."

She concluded by declaring that "we are truly the last best hope on Earth."