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Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, right, and Republican vice-presidential nominee, Representative Paul Ryan laugh with their campaign staff as they gather for a group picture at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 30, 2012. (Jae C. Hong/AP)
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, right, and Republican vice-presidential nominee, Representative Paul Ryan laugh with their campaign staff as they gather for a group picture at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 30, 2012. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

Romney attacks Obama for sowing ‘disappointment, divisions’ Add to ...

The Globe and Mail will be live-blogging Mitt Romney's address starting at 10 p.m. ET.

In accepting the Republican presidential nomination Thursday night, Mitt Romney will argue that President Barack Obama has only sown “disappointment and divisions” and that re-electing him would only guarantee a bleaker future for Americans.

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“Hope and Change had a powerful appeal. But tonight I'd ask a simple question: If you felt that excitement when you voted for Barack Obama, shouldn’t you feel that way now that he’s President Obama?,” Mr. Romney is expected to say, according to excerpts of his speech obtained by The Globe and Mail.

Mr. Romney will pay tribute to his mother, who ran for the Senate more than 40 years ago: “I can still hear her saying in her beautiful voice: ‘Why should women have any less say than men, about the great decisions facing our nation?’”

The proposition he will make to voters in his speech is this: “What is needed in our country today is not complicated or profound. It doesn't take a special government commission to tell us what America needs. What America needs is jobs.”

Mr. Romney is to make the case for his presidency by promising "to help you and your family." It is a simple vow meant to contrast what he will call the inflated, and unkept, promises made by Mr. Obama in 2008.

"I am running for president to help create a better future. A future where everyone who wants a job can find one. Where no senior fears for the security of their retirement. An America where every parent knows that their child will get an education that leads them to a good job and a bright horizon.," Mr. Romney will say, according to the excerpts.

The GOP nominee will speak at length about his business experience, highlighting the success his private equity firm Bain Capital had in helping struggling businesses. But Mr. Romney will also show a more personal side of himself, talking about his family and faith.

 "All the laws and legislation in the world will never heal this world like the loving hearts and arms of mothers and fathers. If every child could drift to sleep feeling wrapped in the love of their family – and God’s love– this world would be a far more gentle and better place," he is expected to say.

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