Romney's remarks were a bit of biography for those Americans just beginning to pay attention, a bit of celebration over his long, expensive journey and a full-throated critique of the ex-state senator from Chicago.
Hitting on a theme that polls show Americans already believe, here's Romney's capsule campaign outline from his own lips:
"Four years ago Barack Obama dazzled us in front of Greek columns with sweeping promises of hope and change. But after we came down to earth, after the celebration and parades, what do we have to show for three and a half years of President Obama?
"Is it easier to make ends meet? Is it easier to sell your home or buy a new one? Have you saved what you needed for retirement? Are you making more in your job? Do you have a better chance to get a better job? Do you pay less at the pump?
"If the answer were “yes” to those questions, then President Obama would be running for re-election based on his achievements…and rightly so."
Then came Romney's prescient warning:
"But because (Obama) has failed, he will run a campaign of diversions, distractions, and distortions. That kind of campaign may have worked at another place and in a different time. But not here and not now. It’s still about the economy …and we’re not stupid."
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