The Republican Mitt Romney has formally accepted his party’s nomination as US presidential candidate with a promise to create millions of new jobs.
It was the biggest speech of Romney’s campaign so far. In it he focused on the state of the economy and said he would work to unify a country that had believed Obama’s promises, but lost hope of seeing them fulfilled.
One delegate from Wisconsin said: “It’s going to be a close election, but ultimately I believe the Republicans will win because the past four years have not been easy. I think people are looking for a change.”
Another delegate, from Romney’s home state of Michigan said: “The 2008 Convention didn’t have this kind of enthusiasm on the Republican side. It seemed like all the enthusiasm was on the Barack Obama side, because of the history and because of everything else that was going on. This time this is like a revival, this is hope.”
The address fired the gun for a two-month sprint to the election at the beginning of November, in a race that the polls say is neck-and-neck.
Romney’s advisers knew he had to take the chance to convince voters that he was a likeable and credible candidate, and not the aloof multi-millionaire painted by his opponents.
Euronews correspondent at the Convention in Florida, Stefan Grobe said: “For many Republicans here in Tampa, Mitt Romney is the Great White Hope. But that may not be enough. Polls suggest that he can only garner the support of less than a third of Hispanics and virtually zero of African-Americans. Romney will now have to make serious inroads with these minorities. That is an uphill battle.”