“Now is the time to restore the promise of America,” Romney said in prime-time speech to a nation. “I accept your nomination for president,” he said, to more cheers.
In his speech the former Massachusetts governor tried to reintroduce himself as a candidate who is sympathetic to the concerns of struggling Americans, writes ABC News.
“I wish President Obama had succeeded because I want America to succeed,” Romney said. “But his promises gave way to disappointment and division.”
“Today,” the candidate continued, “the time has come for us to put the disappointments of the last four years behind us.”
The nominee promised the United States a vibrant economy, an invincible military, a health care system that works and an optimistic future for its children.
“If I am elected president of these United States, I will work with all my energy and soul to restore that America… Let us begin that future together tonight,” he said.
Romney did his best to show the contrast between his rival and himself, with Obama at times with sharp digs at the president.
“President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet,” Romney said considering Obama’s environmental policies and to laughs from the audience. “My promise is to help you and your family.”
He went on, adding, “When somebody does not do the job, you’ve got to let ’em go,” he told a crowd of 20,000 supporters and a TV audience of millions… “This isn’t something we have to accept.”
At the heart of his pitch Romney mentioned that his rival has failed to live up to his promise to create jobs.
“You know there’s something wrong with the kind of job he’s done as president when the best feeling you had was the day you voted for him,” he said to applause in the convention center.
“What America needs is jobs, lots of jobs,” The New York Daily News quotes him as saying.
“Today more Americans wake up in poverty than ever before… His policies have not helped create jobs they’ve depressed them,” he said of the president.
“Now is the moment when we can stand up and say, ‘I’m an American. I make my destiny. And we deserve better! My children deserve better! My family deserves better! My country deserves better!'”
The Republican nominee went further, “Hope and Change had a powerful appeal,” he said, quoting Obama’s once-effective slogan.
“If you felt that excitement when you voted for Barack Obama, shouldn’t you feel that way now that he’s President Obama? You know there’s something wrong with the kind of job he’s done as President when the best feeling you had was the day you voted for him.”
In recent few weeks the Republican challenger has been force to defend in what Democrats have dubbed a “War on Women.”
He appealed directly to women voters, speaking about his mother’s failed Senate bid. Thus, Mr Romney broke his tradition to speak about his father, former Michigan Gov. George Romney’s race for the White House.
“I can still hear her saying in her beautiful voice, ‘Why should women have any less say than men about the great decisions facing our nation,'” the candidate said of his mother.