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US Election Updates - August 31, 2012

Romney reaches out to voters disappointed with Obama

Republican Mitt Romney pledged on Thursday to restore the promise of America as he accepted the Republican presidential nomination at his party’s national convention in Tampa, Florida.

He told voters he would rebuild the U.S. economy and create millions of new jobs, urging them to rise above their disappointment in President Barack Obama and join him.

"What is needed in our country today is not complicated or profound. It doesn't take a special government commission to tell us what America needs. What America needs is jobs. Lots of jobs," the former Massachusetts governor told the audience on the final night of the Republican National Convention.

Earlier in the evening, the convention heard from a series of Romney's friends and kin who set out to paint an image of a compassionate man in a bid to humanize a candidate often portrayed as cold and formal.

However, Romney’s speech was overshadowed by an odd performance by Hollywood star Clint Eastwood, who lambasted an imaginary Obama in an empty chair.

Romney's speech launches the two-month race to the November 6 polls and was seen by millions of television viewers, giving some of them a comprehensive look at the multimillionaire ex-businessman for the first time.

Romney also pledged to create 12 million jobs and drew a sharp comparison between the promise of Obama's election in 2008 and the outcome of the last four years.

"Today the time has come for us to put the disappointments of the last four years behind us, to put aside the divisiveness and the recriminations," he said. "Now is the time to restore the promise of America."

He went on to say Americans had wanted to believe in Obama but had been left disillusioned because of his failure to lead.

"Hope and change had a powerful appeal. But tonight I'd ask a simple question: If you felt that excitement when you voted for Barack Obama, shouldn't you feel that way now that he's President Obama?"

In response to the speech, the Obama campaign said Romney had once again resorted to personal attacks on his Democratic rival and failed to lay down a plan for America.

"Much like the entire Republican convention, Mitt Romney's speech tonight offered many personal attacks and gauzy platitudes, but no tangible ideas to move the country forward," Obama campaign manager Jim Messina said.