Romney Urges Americans to 'Turn Page' on Obama

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Mitt Romney vowed to work for all Americans to fix the economy, as he accepted the Republican nomination for president, Thursday night.

Romney told the convention crowd that he's the candidate to bring jobs back to America.

He also fired back at the president's attacks on his business experience, saying Americans don't apologize for success, they celebrate it.

Awkward RNC Moment

Earlier, actor Clint Eastwood, the evening's mystery speaker, went into overtime with an unusual 15-minute monologue using a chair to represent the president.

But in the end he managed to make his point.

"When someone does not do the job, you let him go," the 82-year-old actor said.

Dr. Paul Bonicelli, executive vice president of Regent University, offered his analysis of Romney's big night on the CBN News Channel's Morning News, Aug. 31. Click play for his comments following Heather Sells' report.

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The Romney campaign later defended the elderly thespian, saying "Judging an American icon like Clint Eastwood through a typical political lens doesn't work."

"His ad-libbing was a break from all the political speeches, and the crowd enjoyed it," the campaign said. "He rightly pointed out that 23 million Americans out of work or underemployed is a national disgrace and it's time for a change."

How did Mitt Romney and the rest of the Republican speakers do? Dr. Charles Dunn, distinguished professor of government at Regent University, gave his analysis of Romney's speech and the final night of the RNC.

Romney Hits the Ground Running

After Eastwood cleared the stage, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio introduced the nominee. Romney lost no time in getting to his main point.

He laid out a five-point plan to create 12 million new jobs, hitting on key Republican themes, one by one.

"Now is the time to restore the promise of America," Romney said to a nation struggling with 8.3 percent unemployment and the slowest economic recovery in decades.

He vowed that under his leadership, the nation would be energy independent by 2020.

"By 2020 North America will be energy independent by taking advantage of oil, our coal, our gas, our nuclear and our renewables," the former governor vowed, drawing cheers from the audience.

Romney drew sharp contrasts with the president on issues from abortion to national security. He argued that the country is less safe because the president failed to slow Iran's nuclear threat.

He urged Americans who voted for President Obama to consider him instead.

"You know there's something wrong with the kind of job he's done as president when the best feeling you had was the day you voted for him," Romney said.

"I wish President Obama had succeeded because I want America to succeed," he said. "But his promises gave way to disappointment and division."

"America has been patient," he told the nation. "Americans have supported this president in good faith. But today, the time has come to turn the page."

Romney's Faith

Romney also sprinkled his speech with personal stories, including anecdotes about his faith.

"We were Mormons growing up in Michigan," he shared. "That might have seemed unusual or out of place but I really don't remember it that way. My friends cared more about what sports teams we followed than what church we went to."

The GOP nominee reached out to women voters by praising women office holders, his wife and his mother, who ran for the U.S. Senate.

"I can still hear her saying in her beautiful voice, 'Why should women have any less say than men about the great decisions facing our nation?" recalled.

In the end, Romney clearly sought to portray himself as a businessman who can fix the American economy. How convincingly he made his case remains to be seen.

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Heather Sells

Heather Sells

CBN News Reporter

Heather Sells enjoys reporting on a variety of issues for CBN News. Some of her recent stories have focused on religious liberties, technology, AIDS, overseas missions, domestic trafficking, and politics.  Follow Heather on Twitter @SellsHeather and "like" her at Facebook.com/HeatherSellsCBNNews.