“With tens of millions of viewers watching the most important speech of his life, Romney painted a fuller portrait of himself, countering the image of a wealthy, out-of-touch, opportunistic politician that his political opponents have spent the past year creating for him,” the Boston Globe’s Viser writes, adding some lines from Romney: “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.”
And: “He also mocked President Obama’s goals, saying to laughter, ‘President Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet. My promise is to help you and your family.’”
“In accepting the Republican presidential nomination on Thursday after an eight-year quest for it, Mitt Romney opened a new chapter of his campaign: his closing argument to the American people,” the Boston Globe’s Johnson adds. “Before the largest television audience he has drawn as a political figure, the former Massachusetts governor sought to humanize himself by talking about his family history and personal life."
The AP: “Romney asks US to 'turn the page' on Obama.”
The AP in a separate story: “Social Security. Medicare. Iraq. Afghanistan. Illegal immigration. They’re all costly to taxpayers and the next president presumably will have to address them to one degree or another. Yet GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney made no mention of those issues Thursday in his wide-ranging acceptance speech that closed the Republican National Convention.”
Reuters: “Though U.S. voters may respect Romney, they don't seem to like him much, and the central mission of the Republican convention was to show the personal side of a candidate who has been reluctant to reveal it himself. Romney may never beat Democratic President Barack Obama in a popularity contest, but Republicans hope that voters will at least warm to him enough in the final months before the November 6 election that they can turn the focus back to the sluggish economy and Obama's job performance.”
The New York Daily News: “Mitt Romney accepted the Republican Party’s nomination for President Thursday by declaring that Barack Obama failed to deliver the change he promised — and warned that America’s future greatness is in danger. Romney, in the defining moment of his political career, briefly pulled back the curtain that had long shielded much of his private life from voters, but his main objective was to convince Americans they made the wrong choice in 2008.”
AP: “Mitt Romney promised voters Thursday night that he would cut deficits and put America on track to a balanced budget as president, but he left voters to take it on faith that he could deliver. The details behind that pledge, and the painful spending choices involved, are conspicuously lacking in his agenda.”
The Mormon moment: “It was more than politics,” USA Today writes. “This was the Mormons' moment, like African Americans' in 2008 with Barack Obama and Catholics' in 1928 with Democratic nominee Al Smith and 1960 with John F. Kennedy. … In his campaign this year, the candidate rarely and only vaguely spoke of his role in the church. But in an effort to explain Romney the Mormon, he was preceded on the convention stage Thursday night by other Mormons who told stories about him, his faith and his church work. He was described as a follower of Christ who worried less about theology than serving other people.”
USA Today: “To Democrats who have denounced him as an untrustworthy flip-flopper and Republicans who once derided him as a ‘Massachusetts moderate,’ Mitt Romney finally defined himself this week — as a cheerful conservative capable of rescuing the country from economic collapse. Think Ronald Reagan meets Clint Eastwood, both of whom played key roles — Reagan in a video, Eastwood in person — as the Republican National Convention ended Thursday."