CLEVELAND - President Barack Obama accepted his party's presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. Thursday night insisting to America that change takes time.
“I won't pretend the path I'm offering is quick or easy. 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.”
On Friday morning, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s wife, Ann Romney, reacted to the president’s speech and told NewsChannel5 why she feels Americans should cast their ballot for her husband.
Romney said Obama has had four years and that she believes it has been a disappointing four years, especially in relation to the current economic climate in the U.S.
Romney insisted that her husband knows the economy and knows how to create success.
“He cares about the individuals that are suffering right now that are underemployed or unemployed and he wants to get the job done…As I said in my convention speech, I said, ‘He will not fail’—he understands what’s going on and understands how to create a better economic climate,” said Romney.
Democrats have made women’s rights (and particularly women’s rights over healthcare and abortion) a talking point in their campaign—ads targeting Mitt Romney and Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan’s stances on federal funding for Planned Parenthood have been running since August.
While Obama did not specifically make mention of a woman’s right to “choose” in his speech, Vice President Joe Biden did in his outline of what he believes the future will be with Obama as president.
“A future where women control their own choices, health, and destiny,” said Biden.
Ann Romney said the conversations that she has had with American women paints a different picture—that American women are more concerned about the economy.
Romney said those hit hardest by the economy right now are women. She was quick to point out that women are facing unemployment at a higher rate than men and is encouraging women to listen to her husband’s economic policies.
“What I’m hearing from women all across this nation that they are not only worried about the security of their job…they are also worried about their children’s future.”
She said that women know that the money our country is spending is borrowed money—and that it will need to be repaid.
“Women are starting to figure that out and they’re starting to figure out that someone is going to have to pay those bills and it’s going to be their children…I think women care very deeply about the future for their children,” said Romney.
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will get their first chance to square off in a debate in Denver, Colo. on Oct. 3. The debate, which will cover domestic policy, will be moderated by Jim Lehrer (Host of NewsHour on PBS).
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