TAMPA, Fla. - Accepting the Republican presidential nomination, Mitt Romney vowed to move America past what he called the "disappointments" of President Barack Obama's four years in office if elected to the White House in November.
In a speech that hearkened back to an America typified by Romney's upbringing "in the middle of the century in the middle of the country," the nominee argued he was the candidate best-suited to rejuvenate a flagging economy.
"Today, the time has come for us to put the disappointments of the last four years behind us," Romney said.
The nationally televised address, the biggest of Romney's political career, sought to better introduce him to Americans and erase the low favorable rating from which he suffered before the convention. He made barely-veiled overtures toward winning women voters, among whom he trails Obama by 10 points in the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
But Romney also attempted to project a forward-looking vision of America, mentioning the word "future" a total of 13 times during the speech, and the word "tomorrow" three times.
In terms of policy, Romney leaned heavily on the broad planks he's already outlined as a candidate. He hit Obama on taxes, health care and foreign policy, though he scarcely detailed his own plans on Medicare and made no mention of Iraq or Afghanistan.
Romney's speech instead intended to seize on voters' disillusionment in Obama, based on the lofty promises made by the then-Illinois senator during his 2008 campaign.
"President Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet," Romney said. "My promise - is to help you and your family."
And as if to pre-empt Democratic criticism that he was rooting for failure, Romney said he had hoped for just the opposite.
"I wish President Obama had succeeded because I want America to succeed. But his promises gave way to disappointment and division," Romney said. "This isn't something we have to accept. Now is the moment when we can do something. With your help we will do something."