Romney accepts GOP presidential nomination
August 30th, 2012
10:42 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney accepts GOP presidential nomination

(CNN) - Mitt Romney told the Republican National Convention on Thursday that he accepts the nomination as the party's presidential candidate in November.

Mitt Romney said he wished President Barack Obama had succeeded, "but his promises gave way to disappointment and division."

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"This isn't something we have to accept," Romney told the Republican National Convention, adding that "now is the moment when we can stand up and say, 'I'm an American. I make my destiny. And we deserve better!' "

He went on to ask Americans if they still felt the excitement from when they voted for Barack Obama four years ago, saying "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."

"The time has come for us to put the disappointments of the last four years behind us" by electing him president, he said, adding that "many Americans have given up on this president but they haven't ever thought about giving up - not on themselves, not on each other and not on America."

The country's needs are not complicated or profound, he continued, telling the RNC that "what America needs is jobs, lots of jobs."

Americans "who now believe that the future will not be better than the past" will be correct if President Barack Obama gets re-elected, he said, and outlined his five-step plan that he says will create 12 million jobs, calling for increased domestic energy development, education reforms, new trade agreements, deficit reduction and easing taxes and regulations on small businesses.

Romney promised to bring a better future for America if elected president, telling the RNC that "our children deserve it, our nation depends upon it, the peace and freedom of the world require it."

soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. NikoEsquire

    Mitt Romney said he wished President Barack Obama had succeeded – Yes, that's why he and the other Republicans have been fighting him all along. His speech started off with a big lie and ended with one.

    August 30, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  2. Warren

    Republicans raise the deficit, start wars and raise taxes on the middle class & poor to lower taxes for the wealthy. Been done many times never worked, wont this time either in Romney gets in. Yes they have more money so, they want to buy the Presidency... SAD.....Funny thing is they are afraid to let Gary Johnson in debates because they may lose. Government does not work for Americans! They work for the Special Interest Groups. As soon as they accept a gift or the 1st dollar they no longer do things for Americans... They become traitors of the American people. Government needs reform and it needs to be by American Voter rules not theirs!

    August 30, 2012 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  3. Warren

    @ NikoEsquire
    You expected something different? Lying Ryan set the tone last night. Until laws are placed on government we will get nothing different!

    August 30, 2012 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  4. Jim

    Oh my, what a surprise.

    August 30, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    There so many questions that he raises. There are so many that I can't remember. Points that he made don't make to sense to me.

    August 30, 2012 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  6. T'sah From Virginia

    Yawn!!! Boring!!! Everything he is talking about we heard before!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Forward!!

    August 30, 2012 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  7. Warren

    Well, Republican ideas....... With in 1 year he'll have us at war in Iran.... Just what the wealthiest want!

    August 30, 2012 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  8. Romney Thinks He Is Better

    'I'm an American. I make my destiny. And I deserve better!'"

    Even though he claims to be "better," nothing whatsoever about this flip-flopping-flipping, etch-a-sketch candidate makes me think he is what he claims to be. Obama has my vote, and this unemployed guy from whichever state he is from can crawl back into the hole he came slitering out of. I listened to his ideas. There really was absolutely nothing new at all in his ideas. He's talking about going back to a world that doesn't exist. He's dreaming. In his dreams he thinks he is Ronald Reagan. The truth is that all he really is is a slick salesman who has nothing to say but bad things about the President of the United States, and an unemployed jerk who will never be president of the country I live in.

    So, you get NOTHING! You LOSE! Good DAY sir!

    August 30, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  9. Warren

    Well, I didn't vote for Obama, really don't plan to this time . Was hopeing all would go for Gary Johnson but if hopes look grim, I sure aint voting for Romney!

    August 30, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  10. Warren

    Romney forgot to mention that Republicans stonewalled Obama all the way. They didn't want to pass anything. They'd rather go on 5 weeks vacation at a time instead of working to solve things for Americans. They even said they were going to do that as soon as they lost the election 4 years ago!

    August 30, 2012 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  11. anthony76

    So Republicans didn't want Obama to fail? (According to Romney and Rubio)??? Um... didn't Mitch say his goal was to make him a 1 term prez on day one. Is Rubio a TeaPartier? If so.. then I KNOW those guys didn't want Obama to succeed at all.

    LIES. They never end from these guys.

    August 30, 2012 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  12. anthony76

    on Willard's speech...

    Cool story, bro...

    August 30, 2012 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  13. Geronimo tx

    Speech of a lifetime. Mitt is better of giving speaches to CEOs on how best to make them more money and cutting jobs for higher profits. Really, 12 million jobs in his first term or second. He didn't clarify how he would do that. I think Obama has a better chance of lowering ocean levels than MIT creating jobs.

    August 30, 2012 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  14. Could You Be More Insensitive?

    Levees are breaking and Americans are fleeing to their roofs on the Gulf Coast, while Romney laughs off rising oceans.

    August 30, 2012 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  15. Geronimo tx

    Republicans did not learn there lesson on vp picks. Palin and now Ryan. They would have had a better chance with Rubio on the ticket. Looks like four more years of Obama

    August 30, 2012 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  16. lyn

    All I hear from the Republicans is hate, lies,disapointment and division, First thing Romney and Ryan will do if they are elected will take us back to WAR, the Rich will get richer, the poor will suffer. Why is none of Romney Sons in the military? Money speaks where Romney is concern, but it is ok for our boys & girls to go in harms way fighting for America. Shame on you Romney. " OBAMA/ BIDEN 2012"

    August 30, 2012 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  17. ST

    I was astonished hearing Romney complaining that Pres. Obama is dividing us, while mentioning women who are at the high level in power, all the names were republican women NOT even mentioning the current woman holding the high office Hillary Clinton.

    August 31, 2012 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  18. Yonni

    Mitt the president of the USA is an American he has released a full form of his birth certificate. Come up with another way to win an election.

    August 31, 2012 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  19. jasara

    YES Mr Romney-I am just as excited as I was 4 years ago to have President Barack Obama!

    August 31, 2012 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  20. David

    Rather than rise to the occasion, Romney seemed to shrink in his speech. He still needs practice in public speaking but maybe he thinks if he is president he will not need to speak to anyone except to his billionaire donors. He eerily evoked not Reagan, but Richard Nixon, and seemed to cover-up his past and not give any glue about how he will create jobs, since he didn't create them at Bain. Romney seemed oddly not at ease, the stranger, not able to connect with the middle class or anyone else. He said that Obama would lower the ocean, etc., it seems like he and the whole convention people see Obama as some higher force that had more impact than they could. Why Romney wants to be president is still a big question mark. He does not seem ready for prime time. And neither does Ryan. Taken as a whole, the Republican pitch to the country was pessimism and hate and bitterness, Agnew coined this phrase: Nattering Nabobs of Negativity.

    August 31, 2012 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  21. Yonni

    Clint Eastwood what an embarrassment. His demeanor was beneath the level of respect of the president of the US.

    August 31, 2012 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  22. Thomas

    How long has this guy been running for office ?

    Romney = GW Bush 2012

    August 31, 2012 02:58 am at 2:58 am |
  23. Marie MD

    He's been trying for decades. I am surprised he didn't have a stroke from the excitement.
    Face it folks, if mccain didn't think he was vice presidential material back in 2008, after being the only ones to see his tax returns and look at his background and history and he picked the mutant from AK why should this man continue to go after the office of president?
    Those lies that his non working wife spewed about he made it on his own is pure c r a p. They had stock that they sold to make it. How many of us have stock at their age? How many of us can go to mommy and daddy and ask for $10,000?

    August 31, 2012 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  24. PaMom

    I try to be optimistic that dems will make intelligent comments but they never seem to get out of the gutter with their criticisms. If Romney/Ryan's speeches did not make sense to you, then educate yourself to what has happened to our economy. Yes, Obama did inherit a bad economy BUT almost four years into it, he has only made it much worse. You say the Repubs blocked him.....ever consider that, since Obama has absolutely no work experience, there was a reason why it would be blocked. Taxing small business to the point where they cannot make a profit to pay employees only cause more layoffs, lower salaries and sometimes even no business to employee anyone. I know. I am watchimng the demise of the company my husband works for and he is a numbers man who hasn't had a raise in 4 years. The US is a business and we need business minded men running it. You wouldn't hire a CEO without experience. By the way, Joe Biden should be ashamed that as a millionaire, his charity donations were $356. Obama's (also a millionaire) only $1000. Shame on them. There is true greed!

    August 31, 2012 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  25. Randy, San Francisco

    Romney failed to connect with the common man. He failed to address why he won't release his tax returns, tax shelters in off shore banking accounts to avoid paying his fair share of taxes, and $77,000 tax write off for his fancy dancing horse. He still came off as a slick rich Wall Street business man saying that he is doing us a favor by paying the lowest wages possible.

    August 31, 2012 07:55 am at 7:55 am |