‘Tested and proven’ Obama asks for second term
07 September 2012, 08:03
United States - US President Barack Obama Thursday implored Americans to grant him a second term to complete his battered crusade for change, warning of the starkest election choice in a generation.
Four years after his historic election win, Obama accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination for a second time, dispensing hard truths on US economic ills and warning that Republican Mitt Romney would endanger America abroad.
Sketching an agenda to create millions of jobs, cut $4 trillion from the deficit and bolster his nation’s strength overseas, Obama refused to abandon the hope of 2008, saying: “know this, America: our problems can be solved.”
“When you pick up that ballot to vote — you will face the clearest choice of any time in a generation,” Obama said, forecasting fateful choices looming on jobs and taxes and war and peace.
“The path we offer may be harder, but it leads to a better place and I’m asking you to choose that future,” he said, warning Romney would gut the middle class and return to “blustering and blundering” abroad.
“America, I never said this journey would be easy, and I won’t promise that now. Yes, our path is harder — but it leads to a better place. Yes our road is longer — but we travel it together. We don’t turn back. We leave no one behind.”