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CONVENTION HIGHLIGHTS: For Romney, a focus on economic disappointment

Thursday, August 30, 2012 | 11:37 p.m. CDT; updated 5:48 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Balloons fall as Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan's families take the stage at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday.

This article was written by Nicole Garner based on reporting from The Associated Press.

Job creation and the economy were the focus of the Republican National Convention's last evening Thursday. The convention concluded with speeches by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and actor and producer Clint Eastwood.

Romney's speech

Romney addressed the convention crowd with muted criticism toward campaign opponent President Barack Obama. "I wish President Obama had succeeded because I want America to succeed," he said. "But his promises gave way to disappointment and division."

Romney centered his speech around the need for job creation and a recovering economy. He said he has a five-step plan for creating 12 million jobs over four years which would include deficit cuts, but Romney was vague about other details of the plan.

In his address, Romney also discussed his faith and upbringing.

At the convention

Hollywood star Clint Eastwood took the stage before Romney, beginning his remarks with jokes. He soon turned to seriousness, recalling his enthusiasm after Obama's 2008 nomination.

"Everybody's crying. Oprah was crying. I was even crying," he joked, followed by a differing sentiment. "I haven't cried that hard since I found out there's 23 million unemployed people in this country. That is something to cry for. That is a disgrace, a national disgrace."

Eastwood's speech concluded with a call for a new presidential administration, saying it's "time for somebody else to come along and solve the problem."

Fact check

Romney spoke of his ideas for job creation, saying his plan would "create 12 million new jobs" and have "five steps." Beyond the convention, economic forecasters aren't sure his five-step plan will work in a tough economy. Financial research company Moody's Analytics expects a rebound in jobs during the next four years, whether Romney or Obama leads the country.

Romney also discussed the need for cutting the deficit in an effort to "assure every entrepreneur and every job creator that their investments in America will not vanish as have those in Greece." According to the AP, Romney has previously promised to cut $500 billion per year from the federal budget by 2016, which would drop spending below 20 percent of the U.S. economy. By 2020, the federal budget would be balanced. Although suggesting cuts, Romney has been vague on what his exact plan of action would be.

What to watch for

The Democrats will meet Tuesday through Thursday next week for their national convention in Charlotte, N.C.

Supervising editor is Frank Russell.


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