Elections 2012: Republican Ideas are from ‘Last Century,’ Says President Obama

President Obama promised that his party would showcase a “better path forward” for the country, calling Republican ideas outdated.

Delivering his speech in Iowa, Barack Obama said his rival Mitt Romney and his party had offered no new ideas during their convention in Tampa. Photo: Barack Obama/Flickr

“Last week the other party gave you their pitch,” Obama said, speaking to a crowd of 10,000. “It was something to behold. Despite all the challenges that we face… what they offered over those three days was more often than not an agenda more suited for the last century.

“What they offered over those three days was more often than not an agenda that was better-suited for the last century,” Obama continued. “It was a rerun. We’ve seen it before. We might as well have watched it on a black-and-white TV.”

The President also criticized the Republican nominee for not mentioning the Afghanistan war or his plans for veterans care in his speech, and said his rival had failed to outline a credible plan to boost the economy.

“There was a lot of talk about hard truths and bold choices … but no one ever actually bothered to tell you what they were,” Obama said.

He also criticized Romney and his aides for peddling personal attacks instead of offering new ideas, reports ABC News.

“They talked a lot about me, they talked a lot about him [Romney], but they didn’t say much about you,” Obama said.

“And they spent even less time talking about what they planned to do. Not because they know you don’t like it, but because you lived through it and can’t afford to repeat it.”

By the way, according to Reuters poll, modest bump in popularity for Mitt Romney from this week’s Republican convention looks to be short-lived.

Obama regained a narrow lead this weekend by 44 percent to 43 percent over his rival in the latest daily installment of the four-day rolling poll.

The former Massachusetts governor eclipsed Obama by one point in Friday’s online poll and two points in Thursday’s survey as he was in the center of attention due to Republican Party convention.

Now is the time to restore the promise of America,” Romney said in prime-time speech, accepting his party nomination.

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.”

However, the convention was overshadowed by Hurricane Isaac, due to which the event was delayed, as well as a bizarre performance of Hollywood star Clint Eastwood, who addressed an imaginary Obama in an empty chair.

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