President Barack Obama closed out this year's Democratic National Convention in Charlotte by officially accepting his party's nomination to run for president for a second term in the November 6 general election against Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
Obama did his best to clearly differentiate the choices that voters will have to make in less than two months.
"On every issue, the choice you face won't be just between two candidates or two parties," Obama said. It will be a choice between two different paths for America. A choice between two fundamentally different visions for the future."
He also put forth his goals and plans for the next four years, should he successfully retain the White House.
The president outlined plans to create one million new manufacturing jobs by 2016, cut net oil imports in half by 2020, reduce the growth of college tuition and trim the deficit by more than $4 trillion over the next decade.
"I won't pretend the path I'm offering is quick or easy," Obama said. "I never have. You didn't elect me to tell you what you wanted to hear. You elected me to tell you the truth. And the truth is, it will take more than a few years for us to solve challenges that have built up over decades."
Other speakers of note on Thursday included Vice President Joe Biden, Second Lady Jill Biden, Massachusetts senator John Kerry, Massachusetts rep Barney Frank and Montana governor Brian Schweitzer.
Speaking early in the evening, Frank set the tone by blasting Romney and his record.
"Now, just recently, Mitt Romney seems to have discovered the middle class," Frank said. "He talks about helping families, even though he made his fortune laying off workers. But that's nothing new for our opponent. He said the same thing when he was running for governor of Massachusetts."
The vice president was officially nominated for a second term earlier in the evening, and he took the occasion to support his running mate.
Biden cited the president's character, particularly in two critical decisions: bailing out the automobile industry, and the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
"My fellow Americans, we now find ourselves at the hinge of history," Biden said. "And the direction we turn is in your hands. It has been an honor to serve you, and to serve with a President who has always stood up for you. As I've said, I've seen him tested."
by RTT Staff Writer
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