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It was interesting to hear President Obama speak at the Democratic National Convention.

I found it extraordinarily disappointing -- because in his speech four years ago and in the years since, Barack Obama laid out a whole series of lofty promises.
Yet I can think of very few promises Barack Obama has actually kept.

He said he'd raise incomes for people -- but in reality they've gone down by over $4,000 a family.

He said he would cut the deficit in half -- but in reality he doubled it.
He said he'd create more new businesses and encourage entrepreneurs to do so -- but in reality we are at a 30-year low in new business start-ups.

He said he'd get Americans back to work -- but in fact, unemployment has been above 8% for 43 straight months, and 23 million Americans have stopped looking for work, are out of work, or are underemployed. It is a national tragedy.

Paul Ryan and I have a plan to put America back to work with good jobs and higher take-home pay. Our jobs plan will add 12 million private sector jobs, reduce federal spending, cap federal spending at 20% of GDP, and preserve and protect Social Security and Medicare for today's and tomorrow's seniors.

If we focus on these five areas -- energy, education, trade, deficits, and championing small business -- America's economy and America's middle class will come roaring back to life.

Let's start having an honest conversation and solve the very real issues America faces. With your support, the Republican team can restore the belief that we can create a better future for our children.

Mitt Romney


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