U.S. Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, accepting the party’s nomination at his convention in Tampa, Florida, said he wants to restore America’s economy and cited Greece as an example of what happens when it goes wrong.
Referring to his plan to create 12 million jobs, Romney declared that every business person who creates positions will not disappear like those in Greece, where 68,000 businesses have closed, and help reduce America’s deficit. “We will put America on course to a budget that is balanced,” he said. Greece is drowning in nearly $460 billion in debt, while the U.S. has a debt of nearly $16 trillion.
At the end of the convention, where the wealthy Romney tried to show a human dimension, he committed himself to creating jobs and leading the American economy to recovery. “I accept the nomination,” he stated as the convention wound up. Asking to “revive the promise” of a “disappointed” America after four years of the Obama Presidency, he said that, “What our country needs today isn’t complicated or profound.” Romney presented a plan of five points to create jobs, saying he believed the economy was the most pressing issue for Americans. The unemployment rate is 8.3 percent, compared to 23.1 percent in Greece.
In the speech broadcast live to millions of Americans, the 65-year-old Romney, a business executive and former governor of Massachusetts and from a political family, tried to open up to Americans, talking about his faith as a Mormon too. He has been criticized as a rich patrician with no understanding of working people or their plight.
He faces a battle against the incumbent U.S. President Barack Obama, with only two months left before the Nov. 6 elections. As the convention ended, Romney said he would swing back into campaign action in Florida and Virginia, two important states. Obama will lead the Democrats at their convention in Charlotte, N.C.
Romney rolled out film star and Hollywood director Clint Eastwood, a legendary tough guy of the screen, who delivered a rambling 10-minute speech directed to an empty chair he said represented Obama, but got skewered by critics who said it was a disaster.