‘This was not the change America voted for’
Introducing: Mitt Romney the Man — the man who vowed Thursday to strike back at President Barack Obama by vowing to restore the America of yore.
In what was the most important speech of his career thus far, the Republican party’s now official presidential candidate invigorated the crowd here at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, getting big cheers as he promised jobs over rhetoric, action over talk.
Sarah Boesveld / National PostMitt Romney after delivering his keynote address.
“I will work with all my energy and soul to restore that America, to lift our eyes to a better future,” Romney said. “That future is our destiny. That future is out there. It is waiting for us. Our children deserve it, our nation depends upon it, the peace and freedom of the world require it. And with your help we will deliver it.”
Of course he was preaching to the converted, as excited delegates crammed into the Forum to see and hear him speak. More significantly, he was speaking directly to the nation, without the usual filter of media, trying to reach undecided voters who may not have been entirely convinced Mr. Romney can make it better.
“President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet. My promise…is to help you and your family,” he said.
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