Transcript of Mitt Romney's speech to the Republican National Convention

Published: Thursday, Aug. 30 2012 9:28 p.m. MDT

"But this president cannot tell us that YOU are better off today than when he took office.

"America has been patient. Americans have supported this president in good faith.

"But today, the time has come to turn the page.

"Today the time has come for us to put the disappointments of the last four years behind us.

"To put aside the divisiveness and the recriminations.

"To forget about what might have been and to look ahead to what can be.

"Now is the time to restore the Promise of America. Many Americans have given up on this president but they haven't ever thought about giving up. Not on themselves. Not on each other. And not on America.

"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.

"Lots of jobs.

"In the richest country in the history of the world, this Obama economy has crushed the middle class. Family income has fallen by $4,000, but health insurance premiums are higher, food prices are higher, utility bills are higher, and gasoline prices have doubled. Today more Americans wake up in poverty than ever before. Nearly one out of six Americans is living in poverty. Look around you. These are not strangers. These are our brothers and sisters, our fellow Americans.

"His policies have not helped create jobs, they have depressed them. And this I can tell you about where President Obama would take America:

"His plan to raise taxes on small business won't add jobs, it will eliminate them;

"His assault on coal and gas and oil will send energy and manufacturing jobs to China;

"His trillion dollar cuts to our military will eliminate hundreds of thousands of jobs, and also put our security at greater risk;

"His $716 billion cut to Medicare to finance Obamacare will both hurt today's seniors, and depress innovation — and jobs — in medicine.

"And his trillion-dollar deficits will slow our economy, restrain employment, and cause wages to stall.

"To the majority of Americans who now believe that the future will not be better than the past, I can guarantee you this: if Barack Obama is re-elected, you will be right.

"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.

"And unlike the President, I have a plan to create 12 million new jobs. It has 5 steps.

"First, by 2020, North America will be energy independent by taking full advantage of our oil and coal and gas and nuclear and renewables.

"Second, we will give our fellow citizens the skills they need for the jobs of today and the careers of tomorrow. When it comes to the school your child will attend, every parent should have a choice, and every child should have a chance.

"Third, we will make trade work for America by forging new trade agreements. And when nations cheat in trade, there will be unmistakable consequences.

"Fourth, to assure every entrepreneur and every job creator that their investments in America will not vanish as have those in Greece, we will cut the deficit and put America on track to a balanced budget.

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