Mitt Romney promised strong economic recovery and castigated President Barack Obama for poor fiscal stewardship in his acceptance speech for the Republican party’s nomination for President.
“I wish President Obama had succeeded because I want America to succeed. But his promises gave way to disappointment and division,” Romney said from Tampa, Florida on the third and final night of the Republican National Convention. “This isn’t something we have to accept. Now is the moment when we can do something. With your help we will do something.”
In his strongest applause line of his speech, Romney charged that President Barack Obama ran with lofty goals, whereas his campaign message boiled down to a simpler theme.
“President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet,” Romney quipped. “My promise is to help you and your family.”
Romney invoked his private sector credentials as evidence of his ability to fulfill that goal.
“I learned the real lessons about how America works from experience,” Romney said, adding that what ultimately amounted to a success story became red meat for the Obama campaign.
“Is it any wonder that someone who attacks success has led the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression? In America, we celebrate success, we don’t apologize for it,” Romney said.
Explaining that America needs lots of jobs, Romney stated that he would create 12 million new jobs in five steps, including energy independence, education reform, new trade agreements, lower taxes for businesses and deficit reduction.
After Romney completed his remarks with a promise to “work with all my energy and soul to restore that America,” Romney and Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan joined with their families on stage beneath a shower of red white and blue confetti and blue balloons.