Cue the balloons! Drop the confetti! On Thursday, a party atmosphere prevailed in Tampa, Florida, as Mitt Romney officially accepted the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States.
Romney’s address was the most anticipated of the three-day political event. In it, Romney made the case for why Americans should reject President Barack Obama and elect him as the country’s next leader. “President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet,” he said, echoing a 2008 Obama speech. “My promise is to help you and your family.”
Romney explained that his success in business made him the right choice for a country struggling with high unemployment. The latest figures released by the U.S. Department of Labor show that 12.8 million Americans are out of work.
“What Americans need is jobs, lots of jobs,” Romney told the crowd gathered at the Tampa Bay Times Forum for the Republican National Convention. He said that he had a plan to create 12 million of them. He promised to put unemployed Americans back to work, to balance the budget and to give parents a say in where they send their children to school.
Who is Romney?
Willard Mitt Romney was born March 12, 1947, in Detroit, Michigan. His parents, George and Lenore, had four kids. Mitt is the youngest. In 1969, Mitt married Ann Davies. At the time, they were both students at Brigham Young University, in Utah. The couple later moved to Massachusetts, where Romney attended Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School. He went on to have a career in business, helping to start such companies as Sports Authority and the office-supply store, Staples. From 2003 to 2007, Romney served as Governor of Massachusetts.
But Romney had ambitions for even higher office. In 2008, he ran for the GOP nomination for President. Romney lost that bid to Arizona Senator John McCain. McCain faced off against Barack Obama, who was then serving as a U.S. Senator from Illinois. This time around, Republicans are determined to win the White House.
What Happens Next?
Next week, Democrats will hold their convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. They will officially name Barack Obama and Joe Biden as their party’s candidates for President and Vice President. TFK will be at the convention.
From now until Election Day, November 6, it will be a race to the finish to see who will be elected the country’s President. Who would you pick? To vote in TFK’s election poll, go to timeforkids.com/election12.