31st Aug 2012 10:19am | By Petter Larsson
In a speech last night Mitt Romney appealed to disappointed Obama voters, showing what will be his tactics for the election campaign's last weeks.
Formally accepting the Republicans’ nomination of him to run for president, Romney focused on Obama’s weaknesses as he spoke to the Tampa audience, NY Times writes.
He said: “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."
Only briefly touching subjects such as the US foreign policy, not even mentioning Afghanistan, the president candidate got the loudest cheers when he said: “President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet.”
After a pause for laughter Romney continued: “My promise … is to help you and your family.”
The Republican presented a five-point plan that would create 12 million new jobs within four years and recover the economy, something he claimed Obama had failed with.
Romney also said he would abolish Obama's healthcare reform. "As president I will protect the sanctity of life. I will honour the institution of marriage. And I will guarantee America's first liberty: the freedom of religion," he said.
Aiming at domestic interests rather than to save the world, Romney opened up and talked about his Mormon religion before pitching female voters.
The teary-eyed candidate said: "When my mom ran for the senate, my dad was there for her every step of the way. 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?'"
Republican strategist Alex Castellanos told the Guardian that Romney had talked well. “I thought he did a workmanlike job,” he said.
The actor and director Clint Eastwood however stole the show interviewing an empty chair where he pretended an ad-libbed Obama was sitting, creating an #eastwooding Twitter trend.
Prestident Obama responded, posting a picture of himself in his White House cabinet room chair, saying: “This seat’s taken.”
Image via Getty.
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